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Pop Culture Week in Review

December 7, 2012 | 1

Prin Kate is Pregs

I can’t even be bothered to write whole words about this as it really isn’t that interesting.  The married couple who have an obligation to an entire country to maintain the family line have conceived a child!  Who would have thought.

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(Tr)iPad

November 25, 2012 |

The iPad has been in the news recently for several reasons – here’s what you missed!

Here’s why you should NEVER buy an iPad at Wal-Mart

A video that four Kentucky Wal-Mart workers created has caused quite a stir.  The … Read More

How to be Conversant in ‘Lost’

November 15, 2012 |

As much as I try, even I can’t watch all the television there ever was. Personally, I despise the moments where I admit I haven’t seen a show and the person I’m talking to freaks out. “How can you claim a television obsession and have never seen [Insert title]?!?!”  I’m sure you have also had a moment like this  and I’m here to help. Here’s everything you need to know to have a conversation with someone about Lost.  [SPOILER ALERT]- I would think this is obvious, but I just wanted to cover my bases. Read More

Ultimate 6er | It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

November 14, 2012 |

The latest, and as always, ridiculous It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues to a 12th season. And what better show to sit down with an Ultimate 6er for? Well, maybe not the entire six pack since some of these are strictly for the type of… gentlemen… that the series showcases. So here’s to everyone’s favorite show about everyone’s favorite alcoholics.
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Pop Culture Week In Review – 11/4-11/10

November 12, 2012 |

4 more years! 4 more years! 4 more years of Boy Meets World!

This has been a great week in America, not just because we had another historic election, but because Hollywood has done some cool stuff. So regardless of which candidate you voted for, the future is bright – there’s casting news, performance reviews, and crushes of Drew’s in this article. It’s the pop culture week in review for November 4-10… let’s go!

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Awesomesauce- IFTTT

November 8, 2012 | 1

While on the younger end of the spectrum, I don’t consider myself to be particularly tech savvy.  Let’s put it this way- I may have watched a liveblog of an Apple announcement or two, but I can’t rebuild your hard drive.  Despite this, I’m constantly surprised by the number of services I use on a daily basis that not one of my friends or coworkers has EVER heard of.  I’m here to show you some of the coolest things you’ve never heard of…yet.

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Pop Culture Review – Oct. 28 – Nov. 4

November 4, 2012 |

In case you missed it (or hate huge news in popular culture), Disney acquired Lucasfilm this week for $4.05 billion dollars.  One day later, Lucasfilm announced a new Star Wars trilogy is in the works, with Episode VII expected to release in 2015.  For more important details on the matter and why you should care, check out my special Disney-Star Wars Pop Culture feature.

Now, it’s time for all the happenings that don’t involve corporate control, lightsabers, and the (arguably) most important film franchise in our culture.  Oh don’t worry, other news, you’re…still…important… Read More

Pop Culture Special Report: Star Wars

November 3, 2012 |

The Star Wars franchise is nothing short of a generational touchstone…I literally can’t think of any comparable cultural phenom that has so pervasively shaped and galvanized viewers to the extent that Star Wars has. It’s embedded in my — and our — cultural DNA in a unique way and these are enduring strands.” – Shawn Levy*

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Pop Culture Week in Review – October 21-27, 2012

October 29, 2012 |

A few things we learned from this week in pop culture. Buckle up, this is a long article – almost as long as the script for “The Hobbit” or the line outside 30 Rock to see Louis CK on SNL.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 10/12-10/19

October 19, 2012 |

Walking? Dead

Any concerns of this season being boring (the main complaint from last season) were totally erased in the first episode. VAGUE SPOILER ALERT: I’m going to try to not go into specifics, but there will be hints of what happened in Sunday’s season premiere so if you really don’t want to know- skip ahead. First and foremost, all children are accounted for and now bear arms. That’s enough to improve this season leaps and bounds over where were last year. Goddamn Sophia. Any way, the last five minutes of the premiere had me in convulsions. I needed my smelling salts because I nearly went into full on lady vapors. I wouldn’t say I screamed per se, but sounds of shock and horror were emitted from my mouth. This episode was one of, if not the best episode of the series. Holy leg hack, batman. If you fell off last season, watch this premiere and get back on board. It’s a fun ship. I mean, I’m there. Read More

Drink Like A Fictional Character

October 18, 2012 | 5

Goodness gracious, people from movies and TV love alcohol. I’m one of those nerds who scrutinizes any scene with drinking to figure out what specifically characters ordered (my friends got angry when we went to see “Friends With Benefits” because I was the guy saying “Oh, they’re drinking Shiner Bock. I like that beer!”). But you don’t always have to study beer labels or examine a cocktail glass to deduce what characters are drinking; sometimes they order stuff so often, their drink becomes a character trait. Here’s a look at what some of our favorite on-screen heroes drink over and over and over again. Hit up the comments section to let us know what drinks of choice we missed. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 10/5-10/12

October 12, 2012 | 1

Bad News Human Beings

NBC has announced the premiere of Community has been postponed.  The network has actually been doing well this season (which is a change for them) and they said they want to continue heavily advertising their shows they still believe in new shows.  I know this isn’t the case as they would be insane to pay for shows they have no intention of airing, but if I were to sneakily cancel a show this is how I would do it.  And to be fair, in saying they want to continue to support their new shows, they also said that the postponement will allow them to focus on Community if/when they decide to do that. Read More

Pop-Culture Week in Review – September 29 – October 5

October 7, 2012 |

Throughout the week, I try to catch some sort of pop-culture phenomenon that can help lead off my review.  In order to make the cut, the idea needs to be equal parts strange, funny, quirky and somewhat relevant to interesting events in entertainment.  So, luckily during the presidential debate, the folks at Touchstone Pictures decided to air this trailer.  Watch it.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 9/21-9/28

September 28, 2012 |

So I’m pretty sure we’re all over the Emmy’s at this point.

Many of you may be thinking, “Oh yeah, I forgot that just happened.”  And I don’t blame you because they were a total snooze.  Here are the only important parts:
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Ultimate 6er | Greatest Action Movie of All Time

September 26, 2012 |

One of my favorite conversations, and I think one of the most contested arguments throughout history, is that of the best action movie of all time. I have watched friendships end and new ones begin during the heated exchanges of Running Man versus Commando; Predator or Die Hard; Lion King or Aladdin?

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Pop Culture Week-In-Review 9/14-9/21

September 21, 2012 |

TV Is Back! … I Didn’t Say Good TV.

This is actually my scaled back fall TV preview. I was lucky enough to participate in PorchDrinking.com’s first ever Google hangout, where our pop culture team discussed fall TV at length. I’ll spare you most of the things we said there and end my plug with that.

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Pop Culture Week in Review: 9/1 – 9/9

September 9, 2012 |

Know, dear reader: we live in trying political times. The right hates the left, the left lampoons the right and between the destructive forces of the two-party system lay the twitching corpse of the American electorate, tragically caught in the crossfire. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review for 8/24-8/31

August 31, 2012 |

My dreams are coming true

If that didn’t get your nerd engine revving juices flowing excited bits excited, this should. Joss Whedon is returning to television. I’ll give you a moment to parade through the streets.  ABC has ordered a pilot episode of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Pop Culture Week in Review for 8/17-8/24

August 24, 2012 |

Upfront apology—this is a bit sad. Today, in my regular podcast listening I found out that comedian Tig Notaro was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I would like to first (well, I guess, second) say that I don’t know this woman. I find her absolutely enjoyable but I don’t actively follow her career. That said, when I heard she was diagnosed, it was as if a close friend or relative of my very own had been given this news. I know a lot about her from the various podcasts she’s done and she’s had a string of really, really awful things happen in her life. Notaro was hospitalized with pneumonia that developed into a bacterial infection and lost 30 pounds. A few days after she was released from the hospital, her mom died after falling and hitting her head. Then, her girlfriend broke up with her. And now she has cancer. Oh, and all that happened in the last FOUR MONTHS. I just cannot understand how all that can happen to one person. I’m a little ball of emotion right now but I highly encourage you to check out her comedy and laugh through sadness.
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Pop Culture Week in Review 8/11-8/17

August 17, 2012 |

In between Shark Week marathon-ing and mundane activities of “life,” I managed to sneak in “Harry Potter 7: Part 2” again this week.  It was then I realized that every Pop Culture Review should begin with “I open at the … Read More