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This week, Alyssa Nakken became the first woman to train on the court in MLB history, Dolly Parton’s cake mixes and frosting line became available in the stores, and the Kardashians returned.
Here’s what NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour team was aware of – and what you should check out this weekend.
Julia on HBO Max
I’m loving Julia on HBO Max. It’s a miniseries that follows Julia Child’s rise from cookbook author to TV personality, and it shows her and her marriage in a light I have not seen before. Her frustrations, insecurities, ambitions and gangs are all at the center.
The show is also just a delight to the eye. It has all the colorful 1960s sets and costumes. Everything is beautiful, the cast is amazing, and I can not say enough good things about Julia. —Kristen Meinzer
Rothaniel on HBO Max
Jerrod Carmichaels Rothaniel is his latest stand-up special for HBO, and it’s a full 180 from Carmichael Show. He leaves himself revealed in a way that I have not really seen from him or from most comedians.
In the thesis, as you may have heard, Carmichael comes out as gay. I love the way he talks about his get-out process because I feel like a lot of pop culture treats it as a kind of “one-and-done” situation. You have the dining table conversation with your parents and you never have to come out again, you just move on with your life. And that’s not his story. And especially as a 34-year-old coming out – it adds a whole different level of complications. I just found it so nice and so breathtakingly honest. And Bo Burnham, who directed the thesis, adds so many interesting visual deviations from what we generally expect from stand-up specials. It was incredible. – Inkoo Kang
All at once
Everyone must see All at once. I’ve seen it maybe three times already and it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen, maybe ever.
It talks about family, motherhood, love and nihilism. It touches on how maybe nothing matters but also everything does, and it really makes you appreciate the important things in your life. The movie made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry and basically just feel all the emotions I have ever felt and could ever feel in my whole life. I would high recommend it. – Laura Sirikul
Our flag means death on HBO Max
Our flag means death is a fantastic comedy series on HBO Max. Imagine, if you will, the sensitivity of What we do in the shadows and Wellington Paranormal brought to the genre that is: shattered pirate. It’s not a mockumentary, but it has the Taika Waititi essence and is based on a true story, which is perhaps the strangest thing about it.
Rhys Darby, who finally gets the spotlight he has always deserved, plays Gentleman Pirate Place Bonnet, a nobleman who really woke up one day and decided to become a pirate and eventually met Blackbeard, played in the show by Taika Waititi. This show knows exactly the mood it is going for and beats it from the leap. It is so safe and so smart and so deeply queer that it gets my highest recommendation. – Glen Weldon
More recommendations from the Pop Culture Happy Hour newsletter
- I read a lot this week and I just loved Susan Rigetti’s Tire history, which is an insightful, tense story that is exactly what you want from a twisted thriller about a hustler (think Anna Delvey), which is not what she looks like. More book recommendations from me in this thread.
- If you have not used the apartment, in light of the death of Gilbert Gottfried, to see “Your fool!” clip, just … go and see “You fool!” clip.
- Series Anatomy of a scandal falls on Netflix Friday. Starring Rupert Friend, Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery. Created by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, this is not what I would consider “good”. But there are times when it almost has a kind of trashy 90s thriller vibe – a friend and I both independently compared it to Adrian Lynne’s work – so if you need a weekend shot, this is what you’re looking for. , maybe try an episode or two to see how you feel. – Linda Holmes
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