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Academy Awards Live Blog

February 22, 2013 |

We may have broke the internet the last time we tried to live blog an awards show, but this Sunday we’re going to win the internet with our Academy Awards Live Blog. Join us Sunday at 7 eastern, 5 mountain for a live blog to end all live blogs.  We’ll bring the snark, we’ll bring the wit and we’ll have complete coverage of this year’s Academy Awards!  With our new format you’ll be able interact with us in real time.  See you Sunday!

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Oscars 2013 Cheat Sheet

February 21, 2013 |

The 2013 Oscars are this Sunday. And you haven’t seen all of the movies and performances nominated. That’s okay. You can still pretend you did. This cheat sheet has all the info you’ll need! If you’re watching with friends or strangers, just spew some of these fun facts, behind-the-scenes info, and random trivia. You’ll seem like you know what you’re talking about. I did the research so you can seem like a movie savant. You’re welcome. Enjoy the show.

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Pop Culture Week in Review: February 16-22

February 15, 2013 | 1

So the Grammys happened…remember?

I know Tristan already did a breakdown of the show, but I love the Grammys so you will hear what I have to say.  I don’t give a shit about the awards themselves but the performances are usually bananas.  I’m still talking about the Mumford/Avett/Dylan performance from two years ago.  But this year, no trapeze.  No weird eggs.  And seriously not enough Beyonce.  Ok, so apparently I just want it to be 2011 again.  At least then we wouldn’t have to deal with LL Cool J or his silly hats.  You’re not hiding anything from anyone- Just be bald.  Own it.  And I know they weren’t your fault exactly, but you could have chosen not to make a “Grandma/Grammy” or a “Fun. is fun” joke.  We are the choices we make, sir.

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Awesomesauce- Uncommon Goods

February 14, 2013 | 1

If you’ve never heard of Uncommon Goods, you’ve been missing out.  The sustainable and eco-friendly purveyor of awesome stuff has been around since 1999 (that’s the same year this song was released, for some perspective.)  They feature awesome handmade, specialty, and sustainable gifts for almost anyone you can imagine. Read More

The Grammys Recap

February 11, 2013 |

Last night’s Grammys was amazing.  In what was a brilliant mix of part old school comebacks, part indie folk taking center stage, and part Katy Perry’s boobs, we saw awesome performances from Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, and Frank Ocean. It was really awesome to see recognition for truly talented artists like the Alabama Shakes, Frank Ocean  and the Lumineers and less focus on your traditional pop performers. Here’s your Grammy’s recap quick hits.

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The Year of Beyoncé

February 10, 2013 |

We’re calling it now- 2013 will be the year of Beyoncé.

After the lip syncing/inauguration “scandal” that turned into awesomeness times a million (seriously, who else has the chutzpah to invite a bunch of reporters into one room and prove that you have the skills to sing the national anthem live?!?) and owning it at the Super Bowl halftime Show, Bey had a pretty great start to 2013.  If you thought she was going to slink back under the radar for a bit, you were wrong.  Thanks to the awesomeness that is the internet, we’ll all be rehashing her halftime performance for just a bit longer. Read More

Community Returns to NBC: All You Need to Know About Community

February 7, 2013 |

I don’t know anyone who watches television that would say, “Oh Community?  None for me, thanks.”  But maybe you just somehow missed the train the past 4 seasons.  Or maybe you need a refresher before the season 4 premiere on Thursday.  Or probably you just find my writing charming and clever.  Either way but it should mostly be the third reason,  here’s everything you need to know about our favorite Greendale crew.

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Super Bowl Commercials Recap

February 4, 2013 | 2

Aside from the epic Superdome blackout of 2013 and, y’know, that football game, February 3, 2013 was all about commercials. Whether you’re one of those people who obsessively watches the ads or a football fanatic who went to the bathroom during commercials and missed all the action, here we are to present the recap of the best (and worst) Super Bowl commercials of 2013.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 1/26 – 2/1

February 1, 2013 | 1

Let me start by stating this for the record: J.J. Abrams is a fantastic choice to direct Star Wars VII. I know, it’s “old” news by now, but come on. Freaking J.J. Abrams! Directing a script written by an Oscar winner, supervised by Lawrence Kasdan (the guy who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)! How is this NOT the only pop culture happening that matters?!

Because it happened five days ago, and wonton crowds of shameful hooligans have already begun droning, “Ugh. Move oonn already! Star Wars, Shmar Shmwars!”  Well, luckily for you, vermin, there’s pop culture freshness to be had.

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Super Bowl Commercials Bingo

January 31, 2013 |

Be sure to check out our updated bingo boards for this year’s big game between the Broncos and the Seahawks!

Earlier this week, Mike Zoller brought you downloadable bingo cards for the big game. However, if you aren’t really into football, chances are you’ll still be watching the Super Bowl, if only for the commercials. A lot of companies have already released info about their planned ad campaigns, and we’ve used that info along with trends from previous years to piece together a second set of bingo cards for this Sunday.

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Call The Locksmith!

January 26, 2013 |

If you ever want to unlock your smartphone, you have mere hours left to do it. Effective today—Saturday, January 26, unlocking your smartphone in the US will be illegal. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 1/19-1/25

January 25, 2013 | 1

Look, a lot of things happened this week.  I know what you guys really want to talk about, but we really have to address some things first.  Important things.  Like Doctor Who important.

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A Netflix Addict’s Cry for Help

January 24, 2013 | 6

I am writing this piece at my computer during one of the rare free moments when I’m not consuming media. About four and a half years ago, while sitting in my freshman college dorm’s common area, I heard someone mention Two years ago, my cousin bought me a trial of something called Netflix.

Since discovering these (and other) ways to enjoy movies and TV, they’ve become a huge part of my life.

And I’m not sure whether that’s a great thing.
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Pop Culture Week in Review 1/11-1/18

January 18, 2013 |

So I’m sure you are either tired of hearing about the Golden Globes or forgot they happened already.

But bear with me whilst I do a brief recap told mostly in video and picture form.  There weren’t any really horrible moments that didn’t involve Anne Hathaway or Claire Danes, so I’ll just run you through my favorites/first five I could think of. Read More

Awesomesauce – StumbleUpon

January 17, 2013 |

StumbleUpon is an extension for most web browsers that allows you to discover some of the coolest sites you’ve never heard.  Billed as a “discovery engine,” StumbleUpon’s goal is to find amazing content on the internet that you’ll love.  How, you ask? Read More

Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience and More

January 13, 2013 | 8

UPDATE* It was announced last night that JT will in fact be releasing a new album titled The 20/20 Experience, which is being produced by Timbaland.  To hear the just released single Suit & Tie featuring Jay-Z check out this post from Hip Hop n More.

Attention world. Justin Timberlake is ready. And now we wait.  The music world, no, the entirety of the internet, nay all of humanity came to a screeching halt Thursday morning when JT dropped a little nugget via Twitter, which hinted at his potential return to music.  In a video titled “I’m Ready”, the 21st century renaissance man agonizes that music means more to him than anyone else in the world, that he is obsessive over his craft, and general that he wouldn’t be proud to just put anything out, that you have to wait for it.  The dramatic voice over culminates with a solitary shot of our hero in a music studio announcing to the world “I’m Ready”.  While this doesn’t overtly indicate that a new album is nearby, one can assume what the world has been waiting for… Justin Timberlake is returning to music.

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Golden Globes Live Blog

January 13, 2013 | 6

Hey there folks! Join us tonight as we live blog the Golden Globes!  We’ll be joined by our PorchDrinking Pop Culture team who will bring the hilarity and snark! Blog starts at 8 Eastern on THIS thread.  Feel free to add your comments in the comments section. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 1/5-1/12

January 12, 2013 |

This week, nominations came spilling into and over our collective consciousness for every film and television show we wanted-to-but-didn’t-get-the-chance to see.  But for all of the Hollywood hoopla, leave it to Piers Morgan and CNN to finally get the most of our attention.  In an interview with radio sensation Alex Jones, Piers sought what many journalists have since the shooting sprees of late: debate about gun control.  Instead, he got screamed at, mocked, threatened, and flabbergasted by a certifiable lunatic seeking to deport him.  OoOoOoOoooo!  Entertainment!

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Oscar Nomination Predictions (UPDATED!)

January 9, 2013 |

In perhaps my least snarky PorchDrinking article to date, I’m going to take some shots in the dark and guess who will be nominated for the Academy Awards. PD is looking forward to bringing you some great Oscars coverage, but here now is one guy telling you what he thinks (and hopefully having something to brag about once nominees are announced tomorrow). I’ve marked movies I’ve seen with ***asterisks***, so you can know I’m not full of it. Watch nominations come out, then keep coming back to for more Oscars coverage from our team of amateur pop-culture experts.

UPDATE: Oscar nominations were announced this morning (Thursday). A few surprises, especially in the directing category. I’ve added some additional commentary, partly in the interest of giving you the most information possible, and partly because I’m proud of how close I was in a lot of cases.

Below, I’ve bolded the predictions that were accurate.
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A Shameless Plea: Watch Cougar Town

January 8, 2013 | 1

I love Cougar Town.  Please hear me out.  I know, the title sucks.  No one is arguing that.  But other than the shit title, what do you really know about the show?  You might say, “Well, its about cougars.”  This is the point where steam comes out of my ears, I slap you in the face with a fish and yell, “NO ITS NOT YOU STUPID FACE. YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING.” Then I apologize and get you the alcoholic beverage of your choice.

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