Backstreet’s Back (on Tour) and More: 6 Things to Know From the Week in Pop Culture


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Hello! Welcome to your weekly roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.

Just when I think I understand celebrity culture, I find out about Cameo, an app that lets you pay lower-level celebrities to send you personalized videos. Fans get to exert some control and perform “a kind of celebrity ventriloquism,” explains Amanda Hess in this great installment in her Internetting video series.

At the new Whitney Museum retrospective you can find the Andy Warhol “for whom art, whatever else it was, was an expression of personal hopes and fears,” writes Holland Carter in his review. There’s also a lot of interesting stuff in this video from the Whitney about Warhol and our current pop-culture landscape.

“If he doesn’t kiss the back of your neck when you’re scrambling eggs, leave him,” is just one of the lovely things Brian Tyree Henry remembers saying to his mother before she died. Zach Baron spoke with the actor for GQ, and the piece has lots of beautiful moments and crying.

This week, The Times’s Manohla Dargis reviewed the newest installments in two big movie franchises, and found both to be underwhelming. In “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story,” our heroine has become “a Goth cosplaying James Bond.” Manohla found “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” chockablock with stuff, and suffocating for it.



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