Tune in each week as Marhaba delves into the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books, and music.


Emily in Paris Season 2 
Netflix, 22 December

Netflix’s most-viewed comedy series of 2020 returns on Wednesday, 22 December, with a brand new season. Emily in Paris follows the story of Emily Cooper (played by Lily Collins), an American who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris. The show follows her adventures in romance, work, and making friends, and all the hilarity that ensues. The second season picks up with Emily more entrenched in life in Paris. While she is somewhat adjusting to her new world, the struggles with day-to-day life in Paris persist. The show creators have explained that this season they want to explore some of the characters from the first season in more depth, one example being Sylvie, Emily’s tough seeming boss.


The Matrix Resurrections
HBO Max, 22 December

To the delight of many fans of the original Matrix movies, the fourth entry to the franchise is set to release on HBO Max on Wednesday. With the previous film in the series releasing in 2003 (The Matrix Revolutions) the excitement for this movie is palpable following an 18-year wait for it. Reprising his role as Neo, Keanu Reeves is joined by fellow original cast members Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith. New to the cast are Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Jonathan Groff, playing characters both new to the franchise and characters that fans will certainly be familiar with. The Matrix Resurrections continues the story of the original trilogy, picking up nearly 20 years later. The story finds Neo once again needing to follow the white rabbit to see if his reality is a physical or mental construct. The synopsis for the movie claims that the Matrix is stronger, more secure and far more dangerous than ever before – surely creating an action-packed adventure that will be an unmissable experience.

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How Not to Fall in Love
Jacqueline Firkins

Jacqueline Firkins is releasing her long-awaited second book on Tuesday 21 December. This romantic novel follows the story of two lifelong friends, Theo and Harper. Harper, having worked in a wedding dress shop for years, has become cynical to romance and believes it to be nothing more than a marketing tool. Theo, however, wears his heart on his sleeve and falls in love far too easily. After once again finding Theo nursing heartbreak, Harper offers to help teach him how to be more detached and avoid falling in love so easily. While his lessons are going great Harper’s plan begins to crumble as she finds herself developing feelings for Theo. Fans of Jacqueline Firkins have eagerly been awaiting her latest release ever since her debut Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things and this book will surely not disappoint.


ITZY, 22 December

Famous South Korean girl group ITZY is releasing their debut Japanese album on Wednesday 22 December. The quintet girl group has seen massive international success since they formed in 2019 with their hit Wannabe sitting at over 400 mn views on YouTube. More recently, however, they have surged in popularity in Japan, topping the charts. This led to the creation of the new album IT’z ITZY; while the album does not contain any new songs it is a collection of Japanese versions of their hit songs. These songs include Wannabe, Dalla Dalla, NOT SHY, and Loco. If you are a fan of ITZY or looking to get into J-pop and K-pop, be sure to tune in on 22 December for a great listen.

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Author: Matthew Wright

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