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Pop Culture Roundup

Hello hipsters! Sorry about the hiatus for the past few weeks, but the entertainment column is finally back in business. I don’t know about you, but the holidays kind of snuck up on me, and I can’t believe how fast the end of the year is coming! Since this time of year is so crazy, make sure to take some time to de-stress. There’s usually plenty of fun entertainment choices at Christmas time, so let’s check out our options.

The Big Short opens in theaters today with an all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling, among others. It’s based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Michael Lewis, which looks into the 2008 financial crisis, specifically with the housing market. Not necessarily a cheery holiday movie, but it does look interesting.

Also opening in theaters today is In the Heart of the Sea, which is “based on the incredible true story that inspired Moby Dick”. At least, that’s what the posters say. I had no idea Moby Dick was inspired by a true story. Anyway, you can pretty much gather what this movie is about just from that tagline, but just in case you have no idea what the book is about, here’s the basic summary: there’s a giant whale that assaults a whaling ship, and then the crew has to survive and goes through a lot of bad stuff.

The second season of the hit podcast Serial debuted its first episode yesterday. This season, host Sarah Koenig explores the case of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of the Taliban for almost five years, but was accused of being a deserter and a traitor when he finally arrived back in the states. He’s been charged by the military with two crimes, but hasn’t spoken out with his side of the story, until now. I’m not sure if this season will be as much of an addiction for people as the first one was, with the story of Adnan Syed, who was accused of murdering his girlfriend, but it sounds intriguing, so I’ll at least give it a chance.

If you’re in the mood for some holiday TV, ABC Family has got you covered this weekend. Tonight you can check out the classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (my personal favorite), or Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Saturday night features Elf and Fred Claus, and on Sunday you can see all of the Toy Story movies (although how those relate to Christmas, I’m not sure). You can see the whole lineup, including times and other specials, on the ABC Family website.

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