Welcome back to #WhatsUpWednesday, your weekly recap of the latest pop culture, movie, music and local buzz. Check in every Wednesday for a weekly dose of entertainment news.
March Madness is finally here! With all of the people flooding into the Phoenix metro area, our downtown nightlife communities are coming to life with fantastic live entertainment. Take a look below for a list of concerts happening in the Valley this weekend.
Pop Culture Update
Quick! These Movies Are Coming Off Netflix
All good things must come to an end. We know how much you love finding a good Netfilx flick to provide a much needed reprieve from reality. We’re only a couple days away from April, meaning you only have two days left before many beloved movies and TV shows disappear from Netflix. Watch these popular titles before it’s too late!
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- House, M.D.
- Superman I-IV
- The Princess Bride
- The X-Files
‘H&M Love’s Coachella’ Collection Launches
Popular clothing brand, H&M has designed a new collection specifically for one of America’s top music festivals, Coachella. These items aim to be affordable, stylish and comfortable — the perfect combination for long days spent in the California desert. The outfits range from printed tees for men to lacy dresses for women. According to the company, “It’s about capturing that festival spirit whether you’re lucky enough to be in the Californian desert, or sharing the Coachella feeling around the world.” This line radiates youth and confidence, just like the festivals themselves.
First Look: Pirates of the Carribean
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment of the beloved series, is set to hit theaters May 26th. The film, which centers around the voyage of Jack Sparrow, stays true to the heart of the series, but adds a unique spin that is not seen in the others. Sparrow is sailing to uncover Poseidon’s Trident, but of course, it won’t come without obstacles. According to the cast and crew, these obstacles are quite treacherous and highly exciting. The team has been dishing non-stop about the spectacular action scenes dispersed throughout. In fact, with massive explosions and other noteworthy stunts, this film is said to be the most shocking and enthralling of them all. We’ve now been able to get a sneak peek into the creation of these scenes! Check out some on-set footage below.
Reality Stars Left Stranded
Many shows that originate in other countries become popular in the United States, and sometimes the shows even get remade in America. But do you know anyone who has ever watched the show, “Eden?” If you’re like us, you probably don’t. “Eden” was a reality TV show created in the United Kingdom about a group of strangers attempting to build a society in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. This was a real experiment in which contestants would have to forage for food and build shelter entirely on their own without help from producers. The show aired for four episodes, but ratings were much lower than expected and it was quickly cancelled. The show began with 23 contestants but ended with significantly less, as many quit due to conflicts and hunger. Many had already returned home by the time the show was cancelled. However, the network neglected to mention the cancellation to the remaining 10 contestants on the show. For months, the reality stars continued on with their laborious work in the woods, completely unaware that their show had been taken off the air. It was only about a week ago that they emerged from the wilderness, oblivious to anything that had occurred in the word in the past year — including Brexit and the United States’ recent presidential election. Talk about living under a rock!
New Music Dropping This Week
Several artists are releasing new albums this Friday, including rock legend, Bob Dylan and Grammy winner artisit, Nelly Furtado. See the below list for more new music hitting the market this week.
- Aimee Mann, Mental Illness
- Bob Dylan, Triplicate
- Nelly Furtado, The Ride
- Rodney Crowell, Close Ties
- Saltland, A Common Truth
- Tei Shi, Crawl Space
- The Mavericks, Brand New Day
- Trace Adkins, Something’s Going On
- Wire, Silver/Lead
- Jamiroquai, Automaton
- Said The Whale, As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide
That’s it for this week’s What’s Up Wednesday. Check back next week for more music, pop culture and entertainment news.