ET Obsessions: ‘Deadpool 2,’ ‘13 Reasons Why,’ Timothee Chalamet T-Shirts and More!
By Stacy Lambe
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Here at ET, we’re obsessed with all things pop culture -- and here’s what we’re most excited about this week:
Why We’re Obsessed With Deadpool 2
Ryan Reynolds is back as Wade Wilson, the hilariously snide, fourth-wall breaking, masked crusader, in the second installment of the Deadpool franchise. The spinoff of the ongoing X-Men series sees Wade recruiting fellow mutants to form X-Force in order to protect a young mutant, Russell (Julian Dennison), from the time-traveling, mostly shirtless Cable (Josh Brolin). Like the first film, Deadpool 2 is at its best when the titular hero lobs snarky commentary at everyone from the audience to his fellow X-Men as well as other caped heroes from other Marvel franchises. While recent superhero films -- Black Panther, Wonder Woman -- have been shattering box office records and earning awards season buzz, Deadpool 2 is expected to kick off the summer film season with a huge opening and it will definitely be a contender thanks to Celine Dion’s opening credits ballad, “Ashes,” which is about as Oscar-bait as one can get. Of course, the sequel comes with plenty of fanfare, including partnerships with Espolòn, which released an exclusive collector's set featuring the tequila's new "creative director of culture n' stuff" Deadpool himself, and Trolli, which is selling Sour Brite Tiny Hands inspired by Deadpool's regenerative powers exclusively in 7-Eleven stores.
Adapted from Jay Asher’s YA novel and executive produced by Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why was -- not surprisingly -- a huge hit on Netflix, when it debuted on the streaming network last year. The story about the mysterious death of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who left behind a box of cassette tapes with clues about her suicide, picks up a few months after season one with Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) seeking justice for Hannah as he, Jessica Davis (Alisha Boe) and other students continue to cope with her loss while facing their own demons and lies. “It's naturally going to progressively get to a more emotional place due to the nature of the story we're telling,” Minnette revealed to ET, adding that while there’s plenty of new stories, audiences “will learn more about familiar events” of the past. Holding fans over until the release of season two is Gomez’s new single, “Back to You”, an electropop ballad about past love, from the show’s soundtrack.
Jessica Knoll knows how to make a splash. Her first book, The Luckiest Girl Alive, was a wildly successful debut, selling 450,000 copies, spending months on the New York Times’ best-sellers list and even found a fan in Reese Witherspoon, who purchased the rights to bring Knoll’s thriller to the screen. Now, the author, whose work has garnered comparisons to Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Ruth Ware (The Girl on the Train), is back with her second novel, The Favorite Sister, another irresistible thriller. This time, Knoll tells the story of five successful and competitive New York women -- including two sisters -- who agree to appear on the reality TV series Goal Diggers, which pits the cast against each other until the season ends in murder. Opening with a tell-all interview with the show’s surviving sister and star, the book then jumps back in time to depict how the lives of these women became interwoven until a twist ending brings it all together.
Why We’re Obsessed With Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour
Following her musical performance on Saturday Night Live, we can’t stop jamming to Kacey Musgraves’ critically acclaimed new album, Golden Hour, which was first released in March. Taking the stage at studio 8H, Musgraves channeled Cher as she performed the disco-tinged “High Horse” and later followed up with the album opener, “Slow Burn.” After the Mother’s Day-themed episode, which was hosted by Amy Schumer, Musgraves released a video clip for “Mother,” a tear-jerking tribute to her own mom, on Sunday, ensuring we couldn’t escape the singer the entire weekend. Golden Hour, which Musgraves described to Rolling Stoneas “space country,” is a genre-defying delight and deserves repeat plays this summer.
Why We’re Obsessed With Timothee Chalamet T-shirts
When Call Me by Your Name screenwriter James Ivory walked the red carpet at the 2018 Academy Awards and later accepted the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, fans were immediately taken with his custom T-shirt, featuring the likeness of Timothee Chalamet’s character, Elio, designed by artist Andrew Mania painted across the chest. Inspired by the character wearing a Matisse-themed shirt in the final scenes of the film, Mania designed an homage to the burgeoning screen idol, which quickly became a viral sensation and, after a couple of months of saying, “Where can I get my own shirt?,” it is now available to everyone. Dubbed the “James Ivory 2018 Oscars Commemorative Series,” the artist is selling various T-shirts as well as tote bags, iPhone cases and posters of the now-iconic Chalamet design. The collection is a must-have for any diehard fan of the film directed by Luca Guadagnino, who is working hard on a sequel, which will reunite Chalamet and co-star Armie Hammer.