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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

    Sonic The Hedgehog, Fan Service, And What's Making Us Happy

    Sonic The Hedgehog, Fan Service, And What's Making Us Happy

    The new movie Sonic the Hedgehog is about this hedgehog — who runs fast. Ben Schwartz voices the Hedgehog, Jim Carrey is the evil Dr. Robotnik, and James Marsden is also in there somewhere.

    • 21 min
    Revisiting To All The Boys I've Loved Before

    Revisiting To All The Boys I've Loved Before

    In 2018, Netflix had a big hit with its adaptation of Jenny Han's YA novel To All The Boys I've Loved Before, a high-school rom-com with a big heart. Stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo are now back in the sequel To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. Before you check that one out, we wanted to revisit our conversation about the first film. (This episode originally aired on September 5, 2018.)

    • 20 min
    Birds of Prey and What's Making Us Happy

    Birds of Prey and What's Making Us Happy

    Margot Robbie played Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad in 2016. Now, she's back in Birds of Prey. It finds Harley crossing paths with characters played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, and a very bad villain played by Ewan McGregor. The film provides the backstory for the team that will become the Birds of Prey, and it develops the character of Harley beyond her relationship with the Joker.

    • 21 min
    2020 Oscars Recap

    2020 Oscars Recap

    We are wrapping up the 92nd Academy Awards. Parasite took home the Oscar for best picture--the first time a film not in the English language has one the prize. Parasite also took home awards for best director, international feature, and original screenplay. Acting awards went to Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, and Renee Zellweger.

    • 16 min
    2020 Oscars Preview And What's Making Us Happy

    2020 Oscars Preview And What's Making Us Happy

    The Oscars are Sunday night, and while some of the races have clear front-runners, plenty still seem to be up in the air. As always, we're ready to help you put together your watch list, and prepare for your Oscar pool by giving you some of our own guesses.

    • 43 min
    2020 Super Bowl

    2020 Super Bowl

    On Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs came from behind to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. But of course there was more than football — there was also an exuberant, hip-shaking halftime show from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

    • 19 min

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