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Pop Culture Updates

The People’s Choice Awards are tonight! 


The 43rd People’s Choice Awards will honor the best in popular culture for 2016 live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast live on CBS. This year’s show will be hosted by comedian Joel McHale, who is probably best known for hosting the E! News program, “The Soup.”

The nominees were announced last November, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting the results ever since! The film “Captain America: Civil War” leads the pack on nominations with a total of seven. Beloved TV series Grey’s Anatomy and actor Kevin Hart each scored five nominations and Zootopia takes a close third place with four. Who are you most excited to see on the red carpet?

Amal and George Clooney


There’s so much more to lawyer and activist Amal Clooney than just her marriage to her Hollywood heartthrob husband. On Tuesday, she was honored at the World Economic Forum for her work battling the terrorist organization, ISIS, alongside her Nobel Peace Award-nominated client Nadia Murad. We can’t ignore Amal’s fabulous vintage getup. We love her classic Chanel ensemble, paired with Paul Andrew pumps.

Congratulations are in order for actress Katherine Heigl and singer/songwriter Josh Kelley!

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actress Katherine Heigl (R) and her husband, musician Josh Kelley arrive at the TrevorLIVE Los Angeles benefit event at the Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Izzie Stevens has come a long way since her days in “Grey’s Anatomy.” The celebrity couple welcomed their third child, Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Though the couple already has two daughters, their newest addition to the family is their first biological child. Eight-year-old Naleigh was adopted by Katherine and Josh from South Korea in 2009, while 4-year-old Adelaide was adopted from right here in the U.S. in 2012. Congratulations to the happy family!

Featured Movies Coming to Theaters Friday, Jan. 20


The Founder: Craving McDonalds? “The Founder” follows the true story of how Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. See how Kroc turned a family-owned business into a billion-dollar empire.

Split: Kevin has revealed 23 different personalities to his psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher. Yet one remains suppressed within him and threatens to dominate the others. After abducting three teenage girls, Kevin reaches an internal war for survival as he slowly begins to unravel.

20th Century Women: This character driven drama is set in 1979 and follows a single mom and boardinghouse landlord as she enlists the help of her young tenants to help her parent her teenage son.  Soon, the lives of a quirky punk photographer, a mellow handyman and a stubborn teenage girl collide in a way that’s unexpected and heartwarming.

Albums Dropping This Week


Several artists have brand new albums set to drop this Friday, January 20, including indie rock band, Joan of Arc, and electro music group, Austra.

Check out the full list below:

  • AFI — AFI (The Blood Album)
  • Austra — Future Politics
  • Cherry Glazerr — Apocalipstick
  • Foxygen — Hang
  • Joan of Arc — He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands
  • Kid Koala — Music To Draw To: Satellite
  • Shintaro Sakamoto — Love If Possible
  • The Proper Ornaments — Foxhole
  • Tim Cohen — Luck Man
  • William Basinski — A Shadow In Time

That’s it for this week’s #WhatsUpWednesday. Check back next week for more music, pop culture and entertainment news.