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The Best in the World of Pop Culture This February

best pop culture february 2020

The Dandelion Chandelier Entertainment Calendar showcases the best in the world of pop culture. The notable new movies, movie festivals, TV shows, new plays and podcasts in pop culture in February 2020. Plus new drops and tours launching in pop music, and the top music festivals in February 2020. For the full February 2020 Luxury Calendar, click here. And for a list of fantastic new books being published in February 2020, click here.

what’s happening in pop culture this february 2020?

Awards season is in full swing this month with the BAFTA Awards and Academy Awards both taking place. There are also new films debuting, like The Invisible Man starring Elisabeth Moss; new TV shows, such as the eagerly awaited Hunters on Amazon; and the revival of West Side Story on Broadway. A slew of new podcasts launch, including Darknet Diaries, which is about the deep, dark side of the web. 

the best in pop culture this february 2020

1. best new movies and film festivals in february 2020

The film awards continue on Super Bowl Sunday with the 73rd BAFTAs at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Graham Norton. Joker leads the nominations with 11 – Feb 2

Agent of chaos, Harley Quinn finally gets a movie of her own in Birds of Prey. The film follows a post-Joker-break-up Harley (Margot Robbie) as she joins up with an unlikely team to fight off the villainous Black Mask – Feb 7

The Academy Awards return to the Dolby Theater and ABC. Joker leads with 11 nominations, including in the categories of Directing, Actor in a Leading Role and Achievement in Film Editing. Once again, the show will have no host – but the red carpet is sure to have lots of style – Feb 9

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The best in pop culture, including new movies and movie festivals in February 2020: Downhill. Courtesy Photo.

Disney is releasing an English-language remake of the Scandinavian black comedy Force Majeure called Downhill. The film stars Will Farrell and Julia Louis Dreyfus as a couple on vacation with their family in The Alps – Feb 14

The 70th Berlinale will open with the world premier of Philippe Falardeau’s My Salinger Year starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley. This festival is considered one of the “big three”in film to attend each eyar – Feb 20 – Mar 1

In The Invisible Man, Elisabeth Moss plays Cecilia, an escapee from a terrible relationship, whose husband later kills himself. She soon discovers that not only was his death a set-up, but that he is actually invisibly haunting her in an effort to make her look  insane – Feb 28

2. big television events in february 2020

USA’s Briarpatch stars Rosario Dawson as an investigator who returns to her border-town home in San Bonifacio, Texas to search for her sister’s killer – Feb 6

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The best in pop culture, including new movies and movie festivals in February 2020: High Fidelity. Courtesy Photo.

The 1995 Nick Hornby novel High Fidelity, which was made into a 2000 John Cusack movie, is now a 2020 TV series on Hulu starring Zoë Kravitz as record store owner Rob – Feb 14

Outlander returns for a 5th season on Starz, and this time it’s set around the time of the American Revolution. Will the choices that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) make potentially prevent the United States from existing? – Feb 16

Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird is based on the book of the same name and stars Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown, Daveed Diggs as Frederick Douglass and Wyatt Russell as federal army officer J.E.B. Stuart – Feb 16

Hunters on Amazon is an action drama about vigilante justice, but it’s not a typical superhero show. The vigilantes in this case are Nazi hunters determined to take out the remaining loyalists to the Third Reich lurking in 1977 New York. Their leader? An Auschwitz survivor played by Al Pacino – Feb 21

3. best new plays in february 2020

Ruth Negga is reprising the role of Hamlet (a role she played at Dublin’s Gate Theater in 2018) at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, alongside the original cast direct from Dublin. The show’s five-week run marks Negga’s first appearance on a New York stage – Feb 1

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The best in pop culture, including new plays and podcasts in February 2020: Hamlet. Courtesy Photo.

After a much-lauded run at the Public last year, Girl from the North Country, which uses the songs of Bob Dylan to tell the story of boarding-house denizens in Depression-era Minnesota, moves to the Belasco Theatre – Previews Feb 7, Opens Mar 5

Paapa Essiedu, Alexander Eliot, and Gershwyn Eustache Jr. star in the U.K. premiere of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over at the Kiln Theatre in London. In Pass Over, seen last year at LCT3 and previously in Chicago, two young black men, Moses (Essiedu) and Kitch (Eustache Jr.), find ways to pass the time while sitting and waiting on a street corner. The play paints a chilling portrait of what it means to be a young black man in the world today – Feb 13

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Pretty Woman: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1990 romantic comedy, arrives at London’s Piccadilly Theatre – Feb 15

After his kinetic reinventions of A View from the Bridge, The Crucible and Network, Ivan van Hove returns to Broadway with another American classic, West Side Story. The re-imagined production at the Broadway Theatre features choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (supplanting the iconic original work of Jerome Robbins). The production features 32 actors making their Broadway débuts – In previews now, opens Feb 20

4. best pop music events in february 2020

Post Malone kicks off the 2nd leg of his Runaway Tour in Omaha. The tour runs through March 21st, where it’ll wrap in Salt Lake City. Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh are the openers – Feb 4

Kendrick Lamar is the inspiration behind punk rock group Green Day’s 13th album Father of All… – Feb 7

La Roux returns with her third album Supervision. The first single, “International Woman Of Leisure,” suggests we should expect something vibrant, synth-laden and fun – Feb 7

The aptly titled The Slow Rush is Tame Impala’s first album in 5 years – Feb 14

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The best in pop culture, including new movies, movie festivals, plays and podcasts in February 2020: Cher. Courtesy Photo.

The one and only Cher will have a short term residency in Sin City at the MGM before embarking on the second North American leg of her “Here We Go Again” tour – Feb 19 – 29

5. best new podcasts in february 2020

The Darknet Diaries is a new podcast about all things cyber-crime and the deep, dark side of the web. Host Jack Rhysider might just have you taking a second look at all your favorite gadgets.

In You’re Wrong About, hosts Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall revisit the ’90s media frenzies that everybody got completely wrong such as Yoko Ono (who didn’t break up the Beatles) and Tonya Harding (who deserved sympathy, not judgment). Come for the game-changing new info, stay for the thoughtful, expansive conversations.

In each episode of Foxy Browns, hosts Priyanka Mattoo and Camilla Blackett talk about beauty and wellness in the world of women of color in an effort to deconstruct Western beauty standards. The duo also find the time to rank the efficiency of products like eye creams, too.

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The best in pop culture, including new plays and podcasts in February 2020: Dear Young Rocker. Courtesy Photo.

Musician and writer Chelsea Ursin created and narrates Dear Young Rocker, a podcast/memoir about being an insecure, anxious teenager who finds herself through music. She created the podcast more than a year ago, but it’s finally premiering via iHeart Radio this year.

In Motherhood Sessions, Dr. Alexandra Sacks hosts conversations with moms each week.   She answers questions ranging from how to deal with toxic grandparents to how to survive co-parenting with your ex. 

the best in pop culture this february 2020

That’s it. Our top picks for the best in the world of pop culture this February 2020. Let’s get it started!

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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