Plus four other things we love in pop culture this week
Since the release of her first major international hit, “Habits (Stay High),” the world has been addicted to Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo’s infectious music. Notching two solo hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 2013 and 2015, Lo went on to appear on a handful of tracks by other artists, including Nick Jonas’ “Close,” Alesso’s “We Can Be Heroes,” Coldplay’s “Fun,” and Years & Years’ “Desire”; She even wrote the lead single, “Sparks,” from Hilary Duff’s fifth studio album.
Now, Lo is focusing on herself once again with the release of “Cool Girl,” the throbbing electropop jam with lyrics inspired by David Fincher’s 2014 drama Gone Girl. “I’m a cool girl, I’m a, I’m a cool girl. Ice cold, I roll my eyes at you boy,” she confidently croons during the song’s seductive chorus, setting the stage for her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Lady Wood, with a red-hot lead single that’s one of the best of 2016 thus far.
Bryce Dallas Howard’s not running around in heels this time around. Disney’s remake of the 1977 classic stars the Jurassic World actress as a park ranger who discovers an orphan boy, Pete, living in the woods with a giant green dragon named Elliott. The fantasy picture also stars Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford in his first major role since playing Dan Rather in the 2015 drama Truth.
With dazzling special effects, a heartwarming story, and nostalgic feels coursing through its veins, Pete’s Dragon is an unmissable reimagining of an enduring Disney classic.
Pete’s Dragon hits theaters Aug. 12
Jeff Bridges’ True Grit twang returns to the dust bowl in Hell or High Water, David Mackenzie’s Cannes-verified crime thriller also starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster as a pair of brotherly bank robbers.
Mackenzie screened the film in the Un Certain Regard section at the prestigious festival in May, where it premiered to glowing reviews. Hell or High Water, which EW’s Chris Nashawaty says “will remind you of other Texas-set masterpieces like John Sayles’ Lone Star and the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men” in his A-grade review, stands at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the must-see films of the summer.
Hell or High Water is in limited release beginning Aug. 12.
Killjoys began its second season in July, but halfway through its sophomore run, it’s upping the ante in more ways than one. The series follows three intergalactic bounty hunters as they traverse distant space, hunting criminals as they avoid involvement in a potentially catastrophic planetary war.
Catch up with all the action you’ve missed thus far on SyFy’s official site. Killjoys‘ second season continues Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on the network.
Navigating your daily commute without a quality podcast in your ears can leave you feeling lost; we understand. Let us present the solution: FOUND, Wondery’s new series which explores “personal stories of love, loss, hope, transformation and aspiration through the lens of lost and found notes – with the power of humor and music.” Hosted by This American Life alumni Davy Rothbart, the series is set to feature guest appearances by Nick Nolte and David Cross, adding a dose of celebrity wattage to its already-addicting format.