What You Missed In Pop Culture During Thanksgiving Weekend

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While you were busy eating your weight in turkey and mashed potatoes this holiday weekend, Hollywood was abuzz. Celebrities don’t ever seem to take a break from scandals and drama. But then again, if they did, we’d have nothing to read about! Don’t worry though, since you were busy this weekend, we managed to round up all of the important pop culture stories that you need to know from the weekend. There is a new royal wedding to look forward to in 2018!

Prince Harry is engaged!

There has been speculation for months on when Prince Harry would pop the question and it looks like that speculation was within reason! It was reported that the prince proposed to his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, earlier this month. The engagement was announced in a statement from Clarence House. Their wedding is set for spring 2018, though hopefully not too close to his big brother’s anniversary! Prince Harry and Megan’s engagement is the first time a British royal is marrying an American since 1936 when King Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis when he abandoned the throne for American socialite Wallis Simpson.

The royal family had many good wishes for the newly engaged couple. Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a statement, saying, “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and see how happy she and Harry are together.” Meghan’s parents are quite obviously overjoyed by the news as well, the released a statement saying “Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.” The duo will appear together for a photo call at Kensington Palace. Congrats to the happy couple!

Presidents’ Daughters defending Presidents’ Daughters


In a refreshing breath of politically charged news, we got to see one president’s daughter supporting another. Being the daughter of the Commander-in-Chief can take quite the toll on someone. For Malia Obama, she grew up right in front of our eyes over the course of eight years. Any awkward phases she might have felt she was going through, we all saw it. That can be very mentally draining on a young woman. But that doesn’t even factor in how often the media can attack and nitpick every little thing that a president’s daughter can do. When stories about Malia ~partying in college~ started cropping up in the news over the weekend, the current president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, stepped in to defend Malia.

Their parents might be on very different ends of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t make them enemies. Malia is only 19 years old and deserves privacy. She is trying to live her life now after her father’s presidency. The conservative media sites that attacked Malia shared video and images of her attending college parties with friends, just like every other college student is often seen doing. Along with Ivanka, Chelsea Clinton stepped forward to share support for Malia. “Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait,” she wrote. “Be better.”

Speaking of Ivanka… Celebrities’ messages to the President’s daughter


On the flip side, Ivanka Trump probably had a lot of notifications on her social media accounts over the weekend. Many celebrities, like Sophia Bush, Olivia Wilde, Cara Delevigne, and more had a strong word to share with Ivanka. And they hoped she would then relay back to her father, President Donald Trump. As senior advisor to her father, the celebrities were pleading with Ivanka to compel her father to have a clean Dream Act.

The Dream Act, which stands for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, is proposed legislation that would provide legal status for young undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children. People are proposing that this act be “clean,” meaning that the legislation cannot include or get attached to other measures that will harm immigrants. The support behind the Dream Act has risen ever since the Trump administration announced it would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from being deported. As of Monday morning, Ivanka Trump has not publicly addressed all the social media attention. But maybe she called her father to discuss it? Wishful thinking…

Emma Watson is single again


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Emma keeps such a low profile when she is dating someone, you might have completely forgotten she had a boyfriend at all! The Harry Potter alum and her boyfriend William Knight have split. The couple had been going on nearly two years, but the exact date of their breakup remains a mystery. They were last seen together in May of 2017 and it is reported that they broke up sometime this year. Emma has remained tight-lipped about her dating life but has made a point to say that she wanted to keep her private life separate from the media.

“I want to be consistent. I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home,” Emma explained to Vanity Fair. “You can’t have it both ways.” She deserves whatever privacy she wants. Hopefully, the couple parted on good terms. Given how classy and kind Emma is, that seems very likely!

We got our first look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


Not much is known about 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard are returning to star in the film. The plot is currently listed on Wikipedia as, “Ex-military man Owen Grady encounters terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs.” The film’s scriptwriter, Colin Trevorrow shared the first exclusive footage of the film and even though it is only six seconds, everyone is pretty excited by it. The teaser tweet got a lot of attention! In the video, it is just Chris Pratt’s character, Owen greeting a friendly raptor baby.

The plot suggests we’re meeting even crazier dinosaurs than before, which is a tough task given how bloodthirsty the Indominus Rex was in Jurassic World. This little raptor seems to be one of the good guys though (hopefully). Along with Chris and Bryce, Justice Smith, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, and Jeff Goldblum will all star in the film. Jurassic Park fans all rejoiced when it was announced that fan favorite Jeff was returning to the series. We can’t wait to see what great oneliners he has in this sequel!

More details on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald have emerged


On November 16, 2017, news dropped that made Harry Potter fans cheer with joy. The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them got a new name and the cast photo was revealed. Fans got to see the first look of Jude Law‘s young Albus Dumbledore and another look at Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, fans are theorizing that Dumbledore and Grindelwald will get into their epic battle and it all comes down to their wands. Eagle-eyed fans spotted the fact that Grindelwald was holding the Elder Wand in the photo, which every diehard HP fan knows is eventually Dumbledore’s wand.

New information about the characters was released exclusively to Entertainment Weekly. Dumbledore’s role in the film is to “enlist his former student Newt Scamander to help him take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald as war threatens to break out among muggles and the wizarding world alike.” Meanwhile Grindelwald is “gathering pure-blood followers and is plotting to conquer mankind.” Along with introducing us to young Dumbledore, we get to meet Leta Lestrange, who was a former close friend of Newt’s and is now his big brother’s fiancée. No word on how, but Credence managed to survive and make it to this sequel!

Sarah Hyland opens up about her life on medications and “moon face”


Happy Halloween! I hope all of you end your night like this…. stuffing your face with fast food. ?????

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Over the last few years, Sarah Hyland has been fighting off plastic surgery rumors. Being on the hit TV show Modern Family has put her in the spotlight since she was a teenager. What many people have assumed was her getting “work done” was actually her struggling with her serious health problems. Sarah has kidney dysplasia and underwent a kidney transplant back in 2012. She has opened up a few times in 2017, calling it her “worst health year” yet, though not fully disclosing if her condition has gotten worse or if she’s had any other health concerns. Just a few weeks ago, she slammed “professionals” who were weighing on whether or not she’s gotten surgery on her face.

In a series of Instagram stories, Sarah revealed one of her skin care methods to avoid “moon face.” Sarah takes prednisone, which can cause moon face. Moon face is “rounded appearance due to fat deposits on the sides of the face. It is often associated with Cushing’s syndrome or steroid treatment (especially corticosteroids).” Sarah is often very active on social media and shares posts from her home, which makes sense given the actress has been put on bed rest numerous times in 2017. In the video, Sarah was hilariously honest about using a roller for her face, saying, “I use this thing to roll my face out. I don’t know if it works or not, but…”

It’s super inspring to see a celebrity open up about chronic health issues and we hope Sarah’s health is improved in 2018! Considering how much fun she’s been having with Wells Adams (documented on social media lately), it’s nice to see she’s keeping a smile on her face!


That’s all for this week’s installment of This Weekend in Pop Culture, stay tuned for a new one next Monday. Because while celebs may go stale, you can count on the gossip to always stay fresh.