Fortnite Gets Sued and More: 5 Things to Know in Pop Culture Today

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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.

There’s a lot going on in the beautifully unpredictable worlds of TV, pop music and movies, so today we’re going to get right to it.

1. Golden Globe nominations are out

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Rachel Weisz, left, and Olivia Colman in “The Favourite,” which was nominated for five Golden Globes.CreditYorgos Lanthimos/20th Century Fox

And they were as idiosyncratic as always:

• The Dick Cheney biopic “Viceled the film pack, with six nominations. “A Star Is Born” picked up five, as did my favorite, “The Favourite.” The TV show “Atlanta” and the movie “Widows” were left out completely.

• You can browse the full list of nominees here.

• Read about the often-nonsensical Globes categories.

• There were several other movie snubs, including Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” while the British thriller “Bodyguard” was a surprise TV nominee.

2. MoviePass stages a return

Can we learn to love MoviePass again? The subscription service seemed too good to be true until it really was: In August, the company reduced the (previously unlimited) number of movies that subscribers could see to three a month, and restricted the films to a rotating list. Now it has unveiled a three-tiered pricing plan for 2019; all three tiers allow members to see three films a month.

3. 2 Milly sues Fortnite

What happened? The Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly sued Epic Games, the makers of the wildly popular video game Fortnite, for their use of the Milly Rock, a dance he popularized in his video for the song of the same name.

There are dances in Fortnite? They’re called “emotes,” and players purchase them so they can celebrate on the battlefield. (The game’s version of the Milly Rock is called “Swipe It.”) The emotes are based on everything from TV shows to music videos to memes.

What do people think of this? Criticism over lack of credit, especially from the hip-hop world, has been bubbling for a while. Chance the Rapper called out Fortnite over the summer, saying that the creators of the dances should get paid.

Can you even copyright a dance move? Yep — as long as it’s an original idea and “fixed in a tangible object,” such as a video or written notation.

4. ‘Clueless’ Off Broadway

The actress playing Tai in “Clueless, The Musical” had to figure out how to open a flip phone for her part, having been a child when the original 1995 movie was in theaters. This and so many other wonderful details can be found in Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s piece on the musical and Amy Heckerling, the film’s director — who always wanted it to be a musical.

5. Give your ears the best

The Times pop music critics have posted their rundowns of the best songs and best albums of 2018. There’s a lot to dig into, so I will just say hooray for Mitski and boygenius, and I guess I have to listen to Charlie Puth’s “Voicenotes” all the way through now. “Clean” by Soccer Mommy was a top album for both Jon Caramanica and Jon Pareles.

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