December’s Entertainment

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West Side Story Box Cover. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Amelia T. '25, Writer, Entertianment

This past month has been full of entertainment and excitement. Whether it’s talking about the new Marvel movies or blasting “All Too Well” on a speaker, pop culture is poppin’ and we’re all here for it. COVID-19 has enforced many restrictions on our daily lives; however, people are beginning to return to pre-pandemic activities like going to concerts and movie theatres. The upcoming tours are sure to get people back in the groove of enjoying live music.

For many, missing out on concerts and music festivals was just another negative in 2020. Now that COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted, many are scurrying to find concert tickets to see their favorite artists. For example, Harry Styles has started his Love On Tour and is undoubtedly going to be highly successful. With his already huge fanbase, this tour is sure going to get his new music more attention. His world tour started in September and is going to end in late November as he promotes his hit album Fine Line. Many other artists whose music production was delayed by COVID-19 are making strong comebacks from 2020, such as Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Giveon, Tyler The Creator, and many more.

Speaking of music and excitement, Britney Spears was finally freed from the conservatorship from her father. This 14-year-long legal battle ended on November 12, 2021. Britney’s father Jaime Spears had been controlling all of the pop star’s finances, medical decisions, real estate, and career without her input. The day she was freed, she immediately tweeted thanking her fans, “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy!!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever…” Hundreds of Britney fans were outside the courtroom when they heard the news, shouting “Free Britney!” The conservatorship was enforced in 2008 when Jaime Spears was granted legal control over Britney because she had been behaving erratically after her divorce from Kevin Federline, as there had been several incidents that raised concerns about her mental health. As part of the conservatorship, Britney wasn’t able to get legally married or have a baby. Finally, she is able to live her life freely without having to worry about approval from conservators or even worse, her own father.

Is November not entertainment-packed enough for you? Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! The sequel to the infamous 1984 movie Ghostbusters has hit the top of the charts as it racked up a weekend total of $40.5 million. Ghostbusters: Afterlife was directed by the brilliant Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman, who wrote and directed the original Ghostbusters film. It also stars many popular actors such as Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, and Finn Wolfhard. Afterlife is definitely the go-to film to watch with family or friends if you enjoy supernatural comedies.

Speaking of films everyone wants to watch, West Side Story is definitely one that people are very excited about. This musical romance is based on the book written by Arthur Laurents in 1957. Steven Spielberg, the director of the remake, became enchanted with West Side Story during his first listen of the Broadway Cast Album. The film is about two teenagers of different ethnicities and backgrounds who fall in love. The story is based in the 1950s in the Upper West Side of New York City which was at the time a very racially diverse area. It explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs—the Jets and the Sharks. The sophisticated dance scenes, theatrical music, and outstanding plot make this film a classic.

Whether you’re ready for in-person concerts or simply want to watch from home, this winter there is an extensive variety of entertainment opportunities, all intriguing.