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A ‘Creed 2’ Trailer and More: Your Wednesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

Welcome to your new daily breakdown of the movie, TV and pop music news you should know about, curated from The New York Times and across the web.

Email us at popculture@nytimes.com and let us know what you would like to see in these roundups.

• “Creed 2” will be released on Nov. 21, and a new trailer shows a dark chapter in the boxing movie franchise — literally dark, as Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone appear to spend a lot of time in dimly lit rooms as they plot how to take on Ivan Drago’s son, Victor.

Amanda Hess went to the Rosé Mansion and all she got were dribbles of wine and some existential dread. Luckily for us she also wrote this thoughtful and funny essay on pop-up “experience” palaces, and what doing it for the ’gram really means.

• So much of the new fall TV lineup has been so disappointing! I’m almost glad, as this gives me an excuse to continue watching “Cheers” on Netflix at every available moment. The “Murphy Brown” reboot is the latest newbie to get an unenthusiastic review, this one from our chief TV critic, James Poniewozik. [NY Times]

Will Smith has embraced social media, and it’s a rare bright spot in the war zone that is being online. For his 50th birthday on Tuesday, he bungee jumped out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, then vlogged about it:

I am here for the “zodiac signs as” meme. But this “Sesame Street” chart has raised a lot of questions.

• Why aren’t the signs in order?

• Apart from the two-headed monster (justice for Geminis), why is there no correlation between sign characteristics and the muppets’ personalities?

• Why is Elmo pointing his butt at us?

• The Earth is rotating on its axis, the sun rose in the East this morning, and “Harry Potter” fans are angry with J.K. Rowling about something. This time it’s for the new “Fantastic Beaststrailer, in which Voldemort’s snake is revealed to have once been a woman, played by the South Korean actress Claudia Kim. [Slate]

The horror on display in “1922” has less to do with ghosts or jump scares than with a slow tearing apart of conventions about masculinity, writes Karen Han. You can watch the movie, adapted from a Stephen King novella, on Netflix.

If you’d rather watch a sultry drama, consider “Good Behavior,” starring Lady Mary from “Downton Abbey” on Hulu. “The show can be quite bleak and very violent, but it tries to keep its more vulnerable, human side, too,” writes Margaret Lyons.


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