By Sameen Amer
Fri, 11, 20

Received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in acting from the University of Washington....


Out this week

* Albums

  • Good News by Megan Thee Stallion: Debut album by the American rapper; includes the singles ‘Savage Remix’ (featuring Beyoncé), ‘Girls in the Hood’, and ‘Don’t Stop’ (featuring Young Thug).
  • Harmony by Josh Groban: Ninth album by the American singer; follows 2018’s Bridges; includes the songs ‘Shape of My Heart’ (with Leslie Odom Jr.), ‘Both Sides Now’ (with Sara Bareilles), and ‘The Fullest’ (featuring Kirk Franklin).


  • The Croods: A New Age (with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann) – animation, sequel to The Croods (2013); prehistoric family the Croods develop a rivalry with, the Bettermans, a family that claim to be more evolved.
  • Jiu Jitsu (starring Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, Tony Jaa, Nicolas Cage) – action, based on the 2017 comic book; an ancient order of Jiu Jitsu fighters faces vicious alien invaders.
  • Sound of Metal (starring Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci) – drama; a drummer (Ahmed) struggles as he begins to lose his hearing.
  • Run (starring Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen) – thriller; raised in isolation, a teenager (Allen) begins to suspect that her controlling mother (Paulson) has a dark secret

Celeb Tweets

  • Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien): Instead of “What’s new?” I’ve started asking people “Develop any fun coping mechanisms lately?”
  • Maura Quint (@behindyourback): This is the first holiday season where the best way to show you truly hate your family is by visiting them.
  • Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr): I hope Trump goes back to hosting Celebrity Apprentice but this time whenever he tries to fire anyone, they sue him and refuse to leave.


Joel Edward McHale

  • Born on 20th November 1971 in Rome, Italy.
  • Has an older brother, Christopher, and younger brother, Stephen.
  • Received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in acting from the University of Washington.
  • Gained recognition for playing the lead role in the sitcom Community (2009 – 2015).
  • Hosted the satirical weekly television show The Soup (2004 – 2015).
  • Has also appeared in films including Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011), Ted (2012), Blended (2014), and The Happytime Murders (2018).
  • Currently co-hosts The Darkest Timeline podcast with former Community co-star Ken Jeong.
  • Upcoming projects include the comedy thriller film Happily.
  • Has been married to Sarah Williams since 1996. They have two sons together.
  • Is dyslexic, as are his sons.



Cast: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke, Charles Dance

Director: David Fincher

  • Biographical drama; screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Oldman) battles director Orson Welles (Burke) over screenplay credit for Citizen Kane (1941).
  • Is based on a script written by the director’s father, Jack Fincher, in the 1990s.
  • Was originally going to be David Fincher’s follow-up to The Game (1997) with Kevin Spacey set to star.
  • Had an estimated budget of around $20–30 million.
  • Has received very positive reviews, with critics praising the writing and performances.
  • Score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.