The Mandalorian is the most pirated TV show of 2020

When “Game of Thrones” ended, so too did its yearly reign as the most pirated television series. Last year, Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” officially usurped the title, according to TorrentFreak, a blog dedicated to the latest news and trends on the BitTorrent protocol and file sharing. Previously the third most downloaded show in 2019, it took the number one spot last …

‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’ aims to cook up first-of-its kind fun

The TikTok community’s love for a little chef has left English theater director Lucy Moss with what you could say is a tall order. Moss will debut “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,” a first-of-its kind collaboration that will test the creative possibilities of the beloved app and platform. Moss said, “It’s very scary. It’s a lot of eyes and a lot …

Harry Styles releases a new video and ‘People’ are, like, LOVING it

The year has scarcely begun, and ubiquitous pop star Harry Styles has saved it already with a stylish dance video for his new toe-tapper, “Treat People with Kindness.” It’s racked up more than six million views on YouTube already. The former One Direction star plays a nightclub singer who invites “Fleabag” Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge to dance with him in the …

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” goes to number one for the first time

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” has topped the UK singles chart for the first time, 36 years after it was first released. The festive classic was streamed 9.2 million times over the holidays, knocking LadBaby’s “Don’t Stop Me Eating” off the top spot. First released in December 1984, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s song was held off the top spot by Band …

Harry and Meghan say ‘love wins’ in first podcast from Spotify deal

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released their first podcast, in which they reflect on 2020 with a string of celebrities and activists. Singer Sir Elton John, presenter James Corden, tennis player Naomi Osaka and others feature on the first episode of Archewell Audio. It is the first fruit of Prince Harry and Meghan’s podcast deal with Spotify.Meghan tells …

‘Bridgerton’ brings steamy romance to Netflix but plays a weak hand

“Grey’s Anatomy” producer Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix series, “Bridgerton,” plays a weak hand, turning Julia Quinn’s novels about a 19th-century London family into “Masterpiece Theater” with more sensuality. The eight episodes follow the titular Bridgerton family, through eldest daughter Daphne, who is at the age where marriage and finding a worthy suitor are of paramount concern. With her prospects threatened …

‘Soul’ rivals the Pixar classics but might aim too high for the kids

The best Disney/Pixar animated movies straddle the line between delighting children and adults. “Soul,” a Pixar title diverted to Disney+, tilts toward the latter, beautifully exploring the meaning of life that should resonate more with adults than younger souls. That warning aside, it’s an addition to Pixar’s library worthy of its classics. While the movie might not have been a …

Ex-US president Obama lists The Queen’s Gambit, Nomadland, Mank among favorite 2020 shows

Enjoyed Netflix’s chess drama The Queen’s Gambit? Then you share similar tastes with former US president Barack Obama. The 59-year-old unveiled his yearly list of favorite films, TV shows, books and music of 2020, in a series of posts on Twitter. In films, he highlighted a diverse slate of content, including Beijing-born director Chloe Zhao’s critically acclaimed Nomadland; the Pixar …

The best albums and songs of 2020

Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters has been named music critics’ favorite album of 2020.The songs on the US singer-songwriter’s first record in eight years topped a “poll of polls” compiled by BBC News. Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher came second, with Taylor Swift’s Folklore taking third place. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s bass-heavy rap anthem WAP was named the year’s …