Friday, January 30, 2009

Things I found in my Purse:

I’m going out of town this weekend, so I decided to clean out the 10 pound monstrosity that is my purse. While pulling things out, I thought it would make kind of an amusing blog post, so here goes.

Things I found in my purse:
Camera case- no camera ☹
Blackberry Storm
Sunglasses case, no sunglasses
Car keys
Jump drive
$1.47 in spare change
(OK, so far so good…nothing too strange…)

One SC vs. Vandy basketball ticket
2 six inch strips of 16mm film leader
2 empty packs of Stride Gum
one blank sheet of white paper, folded
3 one dollar bills
6, yes SIX different lip glosses
3 Pens
too many receipts to count
one ticket to REPO: The Genetic Opera
a few packs of propel fitness water mix… ???
Lots of gum wrappers
A baby sock full of pennies
A ticket stub for Brokeback Mountain (seriously)
A valet card
A ticket stub for Milk
A Jack Daniels drink stirrer from the New Pornographers show
Eye drops
3 packs of Splenda

Andddd now my purse is MUCH lighter.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I can't put my reaction to this video into words, so I'll direct you to BWE.

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When News Anchors Go Insane

The following two youtube videos are my favorite news bloopers of all time. It's been at least a year since I've seen them and they never fail to make me laugh.

Dana Is Off Tonight

But... He's Gay

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pop Cultured's Best Picture of 2008

Being disappointed with the Academy Award nominees this year and having read about their INSANE nomination process in this Variety article, we've decided that Pop Cultured should have it's own Best Picture of 2008 vote. So to start we need some nominees.

Here's what you've got to do. Write down any five films released theatrically between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2008 in order of preference with #1 being your favorite and send it to We will be accepting nominees through Feb 3, at which point we will tabulate the results using that wacky Academy rubric.

So if you think Beverly Hills Chihuahua was painfully underrated step up and make your voice heard.

If you're having trouble remembering films from 2008, a list of most theatrically released films can be found on Wikipedia HERE.

Feel free to make a case for your favorites in the comments!

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Better Blue than Red...

March 6 can't get here soon enough.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Suggested Reading...

PopCultured companion, and occassional contributor, Rebecca 'Soul Glo' Morrell left good 'ole Sparkle City, SC earlier this year to pursue a career in Hollywood. She got a cool new job doing something or other that has to do with this fabulous new Website- I suggest you check it out, and check it out often so Rebecca can feed herself and her dog.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Apologies for making you cry...

As many of you probably know, I have an obsessive love for dogs, mostly my dog and any dog I've ever lived with--so I have a soft spot for any dog related story (which makes me wonder why I haven't seen Marley and Me...hmm). Knowing this, my roommate sent me this story by The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons.

Oddly enough, this is the second post I've written this month linking to the Sports Guy...

Read at your own risk...tears are guaranteed.

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Just so you know...

I think my feelings about the 2008 Oscar nominations can be best expressed by this article. Don't worry, David and I will continue to bitch about the noms, right up to the actual ceremony. Oh how we long for the days of the less pretentious Academy...

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Gregory House Has a Message for You

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Saturday, January 24, 2009


The following YouTube video asks an important question.... Is this nightstand a wookie?

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

LOST is Back and Still Confusing

Last night's LOST premiere was filled with confusing goodness. As such I thought it only appropriate to post this recap.

A similarly themed Felicity video After the Jump....

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Oscar Nominations 2009

Below are the films which received the highest number of nominations and the categories in which they were nominated. Note that The Dark Knight got 8 nominations without making headway into any of the major categories. And no, Ledger's pity Oscar doesn't count. 

Meanwhile WALL-E got screwed over by the "Best Animated Feature Film" category.  Also, what's up with Doubt... four performances nominated and a screenplay nod. When everyone in the movie is getting a nomination for Best Actor/Actress isn't that the definition of great direction? I'm usually all about Oscar but this is the most predictable pack of "meh" yet. With Hugh Jackman hosting this year... I may just be over it. 

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a Kennedy/Marshall Production (Paramount and Warner Bros.) (13 nominations)
Brad Pitt - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Taraji P. Henson - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Art direction
Costume design
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Sound mixing
Visual effects
Adapted screenplay

"Slumdog Millionaire," a Celador Films Production (Fox Searchlight) (10 nominations)
Film editing
Original score
Original song - "Jai Ho"
Original song - "O Saya"
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Adapted screenplay

The rest, including the horribly overlooked The Dark Knight and WALL-E, after the jump!

"The Dark Knight," a Cape Road Limited Production (Warner Bros.) (8 nominations)
Heath Ledger - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Art direction
Film editing
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Visual effects

"Milk," a Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production (Focus Features) (8 nominations)
Sean Penn - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Josh Brolin - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Costume design
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Original screenplay

"WALL-E," a Pixar Animation Studios Production (Walt Disney) (6 nominations)
Best animated feature film
Original score
Original song - "Down to Earth"
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Original screenplay

"Doubt," a Scott Rudin Production (Miramax) (5 nominations)
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Meryl Streep - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Amy Adams - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Viola Davis - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adapted screenplay

"Frost/Nixon," a Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production (Universal) (5 nominations)
Frank Langella - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Film editing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

"The Reader," a Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production (The Weinstein Company) (5 nominations)
Kate Winslet - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Taylor Momsen is a Super Hero?

Going along with my theory that Jenny from Gossip Girl is actually Gossip Girl... it turns out that Taylor Momsen is in fact Spider-Girl. Yes such a character exists and she's much cooler than lame-ass Spider-Woman.

Or maybe it's a viral Nike promo. I prefer to think Momsen is a mutant.

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Mr. Temptleton from 30 Rock

Michael Bublé's brilliant song from last Thursday's 30 Rock is on YouTube. Listening to it this way is so much easier than rewinding my TiVo over and over again.

Jack and his girlfriend take her elderly, patient on their date and musical montage brilliance ensues.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Favorite Inauguration Day Facebook Statuses/Tweets!

Here are some Facebook/Twitter statuses that reinforced what I already knew about my friends' political views ;).

John Doe, Cheney looks like Mr. Potter from it's a wonderful life.

Jane Doe, [Cheney] totally looks like the Penguin in Batman Returns!

John Doe, Holy crap, he's really in a wheelchair like some kind of evil mad scientist!

John Doe is a little dissapointed in Michelle's choice

John Doe is so pumped about today! Maybe it's the large amounts of Mate Vana tea- or maybe
the new president.

Jane Doe, Thank you President George W. Bush! Gonna miss you.

Jane Doe Is soooooooo excited about the inaguration! Democrat or republican...This is
sooooooooo awesome.

Jane Doe is loving that Obama will use the Torah for his oath.

Jane Doe is Obama!

More Statuses (or is it statai?)/Tweets after the jump!

John Doe, our country is doomed!!!!

John Doe feels like he is living in an idyllic Norman Rockwell painting: it is snowing outside and Barack Obama is moments from being inaugurated...

Jane Doe, Hillary's having a bad hair day.

John Doe is trying really hard to concentrate at work but can't stop watching CNN.

John Doe wishes Bush would get chased out of town, dodging shoes left and right thrown at him
by an angry mob.

John Doe is glad that we don't need the National Guard to integrate the Executive Branch!

John Doe, Slumdog Millionaire... worst... movie...ever...

Jane Doe is watching history!!!

Jane Doe, Michelle is calm, cool, and looking hot!

John Doe cannot believe Obama is president. Today didn't come soon enough.

Jane Doe Christ, they look like they're all walking out of a gulag. Couldn't they light that hallway
a little better?

John Doe, Al Gore is riding his jet pack to the inauguration.

John Doe wants to know what was in the box the Obamas gave the Bushes.

Jane Doe, no more white lies. My president is black.

Jane Doe caught snowflakes on her tongue while wearing a bedazzled Obama hat.

John Doe can't believe the long national nightmare is over. Someone pinch me?

John Doe says, good luck President Obama. I hope you're as good as everyone thinks you are.

John Doe is curious to know whether Cheney was in a wheelchair because the "devil" left his body.

Jane Doe is the next 4 years are going to be interesting...

Jane Doe is packing her bags and heading to the islands for the next four years...

Jane Doe may not agree w Obama but unlike others over the past 8 yrs, I respect the office of the President. Giving Obama the chance Bush never got.

Jane Doe is tired of the Odrama.

John Doe, I feel like something big happened today. i can't quite put my finger on what it is though.

John Doe is thinking they should have tossed Bush on his ass, just like they did Jazz on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Jane Doe...did something happen today in DC? I'm lost.

John Doe is so inspired that a lawyer that went to Harvard can become the president of the United States.

Jane Doe, Who is the bitch who sang that note longer than Aretha??? Heads will roll.

John Doe, this moment=the beginning of Dan Quayle's huge, unexpected comeback. 8 BALL HAS SPOKEN

Jane Doe, Street vendors everywhere. Get your obama earrings. Inaugurate your ears!

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Glad someone else noticed this...

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Lessons from LaLa :)

Today is an historical and joyous day in US history, as one of America’s least favorite leader’s is leaving office and a new, promising administration enters. But January 20th will always be kind of a sad day for me, because my grandmother, Lala, passed away exactly one year ago today. I’m not writing this to get “so sorry…” blah blah blah (if I wanted that, I’d post it on twitter or facebook), but I just think Lala deserves a little pop culture related note on the blog.

Like every other adult in my life, Lala exposed my siblings and me to many classic films when we were little. One instance of this included Bambi. My mother hated Bambi for obvious reasons, and forbade us from watching it. One day, when my Grandmother asked my sister if she wanted to watch Bambi, she was surprised to hear that we weren’t allowed, and asked what movies our mother did let us see…my sister’s answer was Terminator 2. Yeah, weird family…

Anyway, I learned a great deal from her, most importantly, that smoking will age you faster than drinking from the wrong grail in an Indiana Jones film. Another lesson Lala taught me came before I went to college: never drink anything purple at a fraternity party. Well, I technically followed this rule, but those sneaky Kappa Alpha’s changed their recipe, and made that dangerous drink she was warning me about red… I unfortunately partook in this beverage several times, and in hindsight, Lala was very right to warn me--but that's a story for another day... :)

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Inauguration Day

Watching all the festivities on this historic morning I can't help but think of this catchy election jingle which is STILL in my head to this day.

Now didn't that make you feel less patriotic?

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Let's hope this works out...

Could V-mars be coming to the big screen? If creator Rob Thomas has any say, then yes. Read the interview here.

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I say "Inappropriate" like this guy all the time.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thanks Hulu!

My favorite video from last week's SNL, starring Neil Patrick Harris was put on Hulu FINALLY. Here it is in all of its glory:

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Quiznos Loves Lesbians

This is the strangest commercial bumper ever... Quiznos takes credit for some characters on Battlestar being gay and then remarks "Mmm mmmm TOASTY!"

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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Star Wars Trilogy as Told By Some Girl That's Never Seen It

I don't know if there's anything I can add to this one. Some girl's retelling of the Star Wars trilogy, which she's never seen, is animated. It's pure genius.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Liberator Medical Supply Company Commercial

The following commericial is one giant WTF?!? This woman is "so sick of boiling, drying, and reusing old catheters," which has got to be the biggest overshare in the history of television. And she was "nervous" about "calling strangers"?!? But these strangers "quickly became her friends." They bonded over catheter resupply.

Also, who knew "to cath" is a verb.

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Winnnn in the endd!

I was reading on my cool new phone, and came across this little passage in the Bill Simmons "Sports Guy" column. . Of course I had to mention it in Pop Cultured because it references and praises one of my favorite movies of all time, Teen Wolf.

Q: If you could have the best seats in the house for any sporting event of the past century, which would you choose?

SG: The only answer can be "USA 4, USSR 3." A tougher question: Which sports-movie event would you choose? I'd pick the game in which Michael J. Fox first turns into Teen Wolf. Name me a more stunning sports-movie moment. Fans in the stands are frozen for, like, 45 seconds. You're not topping the experience of being in a sparsely attended high school hoops game in which one of the players turns into a monster, then dunks on everybody. I'm sorry.

You have to agree though, being in the gymnasium with Boof, Styles, and Mr. Howard watching the Beavers that day would have been frackin’ awesome. Maybe a little something like the video I've provided after the jump. If you were wondering, the title of this post is derived from the song that plays during said basketball game, and can be seen here.

Teen Wolf - watch more funny videos

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

And Now He's Dead - Ricardo Montalban


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I'd Like a Slice of Plain and a Small Fruit Punch Please

I cry from laughing every time I watch this. How is it possible that so much awesome is packed into 50 seconds? Thank you interweb. You're far, far too good to me.

I spot two wonderfully obscure future facebook statuses in this short.

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My Life Would Suck Without You

American Idol came back yesterday and so did Kelly Clarkson. Her new single, My Life Would Suck Without You, is a return to the poppy, scream-a-long goodness of Since U Been Gone. Knowing my man, I imagine I'll know all the words to this one soon enough.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Things I'm Obsessed With: Chuck Bass

I don’t know if anyone that reads this blog even watches Gossip Girl, but since it’s a show that’s blog themed, I, of course, adore it. One of the reasons I love GG so much is the voice of Gossip Girl is Miss Veronica Mars herself, Kristin Bell. But the other reason is of course, that God among high school boys, Chuck Bass. Even that name—“Chuck Bass” is so sexy…who wouldn’t love a name that brings to mind images of ground beef and fish?

Anyway, if you’ve ever seen an episode, any description of Chuck is inadequate, so you might as well stop reading now. He is played by Mr. Ed Westwick from jolly old England, but does an amazing American accent with a certain, how the French say, I don’t know what…BUT his delivery is always dry, mean, cynical, and generally hilarious.

David hated Chuck at first, but only because Chuck tried to rape lil’ J—I mean give the guy a break, lil’ J was probly askin’ for it. Let it just be known that I return to Gossip Girl every Monday night with my eyes batting at Chuck, and the meaner he is, the more I love him.

More about Mr. Bass, and a video after the Jump:

Here’s Chuck’s Wikipedia background:
"Charles Bartholomew Bass was born to the late Bartholomew "Bart" Bass, a self-made billionaire who owns the New York Palace Hotel, where Chuck resides. Both of his parents are now deceased, as of It's a Wonderful Lie, leaving Chuck with only his step-family, the van der Woodsens and uncle, Jack Bass. Chuck attends the prestigious St. Jude's School for Boys with long-time best friend Nate Archibald. He is the resident bad boy of the Upper East Side, originally portrayed as a Casanova type. After sleeping with Blair Waldorf in Victor, Victrola, he has taken on a softer side, and is often shown to be nearly monogamous in light of his love for Blair. He is the male version of Blair when it comes to manipulation and revenge, the two often coming together to form cruel and sometimes elaborate plans for vengeance and self-gain. Fan-favorites, they have proven to be the sharpest, wittiest characters on the show, and are thus often described as equals. In the second season, Chuck reveals to Dan Humphrey that his mother died giving birth to him. With the tragic death of his father, Chuck has essentially come full circle in his character development, now the same dangerous lothario he was introduced as at the start of the show."

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Monday, January 12, 2009

The Secreeeeeeetttttt!

The following Amazon customer review for "The Secret" is a brilliant little piece of literature and unequivocally the best endorsement of any product ever.

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American Idol is Coming

Tomorrow night American Idol is coming for you whether you like it or not. Season Eight kicks off with back to back episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday night and I could not be more excited. Sure it'll be weeks of crappy auditions, but they swear there will be less this year. An extra week of the Hollywood round will be added in place of one week of auditions.

To get myself pumped up I decided to take a look back at my favorite moments from last season. Starting with my absolute favorite performance:

Syesha Mercado - One Rock and Roll Too Many

Syesha always had quality vocals but it wasn't until she started playing characters on stage that she had a personality. I love, love, LOVE this performance, the studio version of which is the fourth most played song on my iPod. Stop judging me!

"Too much ringing that bell..." *ding*

More great performances and a few god awful train wrecks after the jump!

Kristy Lee Cook - "God Bless the U.S.A."

Holy crap. My jaw hit the floor when Kristy Lee Cook picked this song for "Inspirational Song Week." It's BRILLIANT pandering. She'd had a lot of crap performances up to this point. Though her really spastic double-time countrified version of "Eight Days a Week" has grown on me. This song moved her out of the bottom two thanks to a hoard of teary-eyed viewers in flyover states that couldn't help but vote for her repeatedly.

Simon says it best: "The most clever song choice I've seen in years."

Fantasia - "Bore Me"

A spectacular train wreck of a "performance," the highlights of which are Fantasia's crazy, bestial clapping 2:19 and Simon's reaction to the whole affair at 2:43. I actually have the studio version of this single on my iPod and love it but before I knew the words I used to imitate the performance with random noises: "Bejubba jubujja bejubba jubujja bejubba jubujja jabo!"

Renauldo Lopuz - "I Am Your Brother"

A year later.... I still don't understand. Thankfully he got to come back and reprise this one with a marching band at the finale.

And the Winner is David.... Cook

The most satisfying moment of the whole season was watching little Porkchop's dreams crushed live in front of an audience of millions. Cook certainly deserved it. His brilliant performances are too many to list but some of my favorites were: "Hello" "Billie Jean" "Eleanor Rigby" "Day Tripper" and "Always Be My Baby."

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2009 is Here, Program Your TiVos

It's a new year and that means new beginnings... for TV programming. I just programmed my TiVo for all the series coming back and debuting for the winter. Here's a quick list of what I've added and when they start. I have to say I'm excited. Almost everything I'm really looking forward to is starting in Winter this year. And there's 16 episodes of 30 Rock left this season, compared with the 6 aired before Christmas. 

American Idol: Season Eight - Jan 13

Friday Night Lights: Season Three - Jan 16

Battlestar Galatica - The Final 10 Episodes - Jan 16

Lost: Season Five - Jan 21

Survivor: Tocantins - Feb 12

Dollhouse - Feb 13

The Amazing Race 14 - Feb 15

Cupid - Mar 24

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jack is Back!!!

Yay for the return of 24!

Here is 24 Redemption, the prologue to season 7 if you're interested.

If y'all are lucky, I'll write about this tomorrow!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Protest for the Gays...

Today I joined Columbia's gays and straight allies for an afternoon of sign holding and cheering. Here are some pictures...

Kristin and Kenley--2 of Pop Cultured's biggest fans...

A militant hipster bisexual...

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Old Movie Trailers: The Thing with Two Heads

"It seemed like a good idea at the time..."

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Old Movie Trailers: Beethoven's Second

This was the first movie I ever saw by myself at a theater. And it happens to be playing on USA right now...I heart vaycay.

BTW, can you believe Ivan Reitman made this movie? CAAArraaazzzyyy...

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Monday, January 05, 2009

The Curious Case of Frog riding Turtle.

So this has nothing to do with pop culture really, but I saw this ornament and it posed so many questions. First off, notice that the frog is riding a turtle. Why? Though the frog is encumbered with his gift, one would still assume that the frog could move faster than the turtle. Second, why has a frog domesticated a turtle for riding purposes? Why a turtle? Why not a lizard? and how did the frog domesticate the turtle? I realize the frog has been "humanized" because he is wearing a Santa hat, has a gift, and put a nice little bow on his pet turtle...but still, how does one train a turtle? and finally, where are these two mysterious reptilphibians going? Any thoughts?

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