This Week in Trending: October 6

By Cayman Watson

Joker

The Joker movie opened October 4th to strong box office numbers with an estimated $93.5 million in domestic opening weekend ticket sales. It grossed another $140.5 million in overseas box office sales.

The movie is doing well despite the backlash it has received up to its release date. The film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, provides the origin story of how the Joker became the infamous DC villain, his past filled with isolation and rejection.

The backlash came from fear that the Joker’s story echoes backstories of mass shooters and prompted relatives and friends who lost loved ones in the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting to write a letter to Warner Bros. expressing their concerns.

The Royals

Prince Harry is set to sue the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged claims of phone hacking.

The news of the lawsuit broke just days after The Duke of Sussex issued a letter against the press for the constant bullying of his wife, making comments about her as a mother, her race, and her relationship with the rest of the royal family.

In his statement, he said that Meghan has  “become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.”

Hunger Games Prequel

In June, Suzanne Collins, author of “The Hunger Games” announced a new prequel to the bestselling series. The book titled “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is set to release on May 19, 2020.

The prequel will take place on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games, 64 years prior to the first book. Collins describes her approach in this novel as exploring nature and survival. Collins went on to share this quote about what can be expected in the novel:

“The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days—as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet—provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

Kim Petras

On Tuesday, October 1, German pop artist Kim Petras released her second album this year “Turn Off The Light” following her debut album “Clarity”, which was released in June.

The album sets the tone for the Halloween season perfectly the album has 17 tracks, but eight are from last year’s Halloween EP “Turn Off the Light Vol. 1” and instead of making another EP for volume two, Petras decided to give fans an entire album. 

If anymore convincing is needed that this is a Halloween album, the title track boasts a feature from Cassandra Peterson, known for her role as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

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