Out this week
- What Is Love? by Clean Bandit: Second album by the British electronic music group; features the songs ‘Rockabye’ (featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie), ‘Symphony’ (featuring Zara Larsson), and ‘Solo’ (featuring Demi Lovato), and also includes guest appearances by Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Charlie XCX, and Julia Michaels.
- Skins by XXXTentacion: Third album by the American rapper, released posthumously following his June death; led by the single ‘Bad!’.
- Ben Is Back (starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Courtney B. Vance) – drama; a mother tries to help her addict son (Hedges) after he returns home from rehab.
- Mary Queen of Scots (starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant) – historical drama; chronicles the 1569 conflict between Scotland, led by Mary (Ronan) and England, led by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie).
Nicholas Caradoc Hoult
- Born on 7th December 1989 in Berkshire, England.
- Has three siblings – brother James and sisters Rosanna and Clarista.
- Played basketball during his childhood.
- Appeared in local theatre productions as a kid.
- Attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
- Made his screen debut in the film Intimate Relations (1996).
- Got his breakthrough role in the comedy drama movie About a Boy (2002) and received recognition for starring in the teen drama TV series Skins (2007 – 2008).
- Has since appeared in films including A Single Man (2009), Clash of the Titans (2010), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Dark Places (2015), Collide (2016), and The Favourite (2018), as well as portraying Hank McCoy in the X-Men series (2011 – present); is set to reprise his role in the 2019 X-Men film Dark Phoenix.
- Dated actress Jennifer Lawrence for five years before they broke up. Has been in a relationship with model Bryana Holly since 2017; they have a son together.
Also born today: Emily Browning, Aaron Carter, Sara Bareilles, Nicole Appleton, Damien Rice, Jeffrey Wright, Tom Waits
- Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe): The only people I really trust are negative Amazon reviewers.
- Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings): You can now send Instagram stories just to "close friends?" Well, isn't that ironic given I have no close friends left because I'm always making damn Instagram stories.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill
Director: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
- Animation; in a quest to find a replacement part for the broken Sugar Rush, Ralph (Reilly) and Vanellope (Silverman) use the arcade’s Internet connection to set out on a new adventure.
- Sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph.
- Had a budget of $175 million; has made over $200 million in two weeks.
- Has received positive reviews from critics, who praised its visuals, story, and the leads’ vocal performances, although some have criticised the excessive brand placement.
- Features cameos by characters from Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and several Disney and Pixar features.
- The original voice actresses for all the Disney Princesses reprise their roles, except Adriana Caselotti (Snow White) and Ilene Woods (Cinderella) who have passed away, and Mary Costa (Aurora) who has retired.
- Score composed by Henry Jackman. Soundtrack includes the songs ‘Zero’ by Imagine Dragons, ‘A Place Called Slaughter Race’ performed by Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot and its pop version ‘In This Place’ performed by Julia Michaels.
- Might be followed by a spin-off film focusing on the Disney Princesses.