Tag Archives: Pop Culture

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler’s popular show, Chelsea Lately, on E Television will end on Tuesday, August 26th.  I’m  not sure what is next for the author of Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea.  Her show has given a number of comedians an excellent platform, and I really liked her format which is very different from other night time talk shows on television.

I have no idea who will follow Stephen Colbert after he replaces David Letterman on CBS, but I’d love to see her follow Stephen and replace the Craig Ferguson Late Show.

If Pitbull’s song “Timber” was released in the 1950s it might have sounded something like this

Back in March I shared this retro take on Beyonce’s Drunk In Love, performed by Cristina Gatti.  Here is another in that same series of remaking modern hits with a retro sound.  The Tee Tones remake Pitbull’s “Timber” by putting a 1950′s spin on the cover. 

Kenneth Walsh: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? a memoir

Kenneth WalshKenneth Walsh, the man behind the uber popular gay blog, Kenneth in the 212, recently released his book Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? a memoirGay men who grew up before the dawn of the Internet will likely find themselves relating to this memoir that is told through the lens of a young man who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s.   

Here is an excerpt of text I pulled from the book’s Amazon.com page. 

In the summer of ’77, while other boys in the Midwest were busy playing Little League and flocking to see Star Wars, young Kenny Walsh was obsessed with Chris Evert and Woody Allen movies — and daydreamed about moving to New York City. But when his family headed west from the suburbs of Detroit to Phoenix, it was the first in a series of events that set his Big Apple ambitions on the wrong course.

With Memorial Day Weekend now just weeks away, this maybe the must read book to add to your summer reading list.

Top Chef coming to Boston

Top Chef BostonEarlier this week Eater Boston said rumors were swirling that Top Chef might be filming upcoming Season 12 in Boston.  Yesterday those rumors were confirmed.  The cast and crew will film all over the city and at the coast, including sites like Fenway Park and Plimoth Plantation as possible destinations. The season will also involve some Boston personalities who are affiliated with the show. Past Boston-based “Top Chef” contestants include Sweet Cheeks boss Tiffani Faison , who was on the first season of the series, and restaurateur Michael Schlow , who was on “Top Chef Masters” were mentioned in the Boston Globe article.

I’ve never watched the show since cooking competitions stress me out.  I’m more interested in the food than the intrigue or competition, but I think it will be cool to have them showcase Boston by filming here.

 

Rolling Stone cover

Julia Luis-DreyfusThis morning I had a good laugh when I saw the current Rolling Stones magazine cover in a Boston.com article.  It features a naked Julia Louis-Dreyfus with the US Constitution and John Hancock’s signature scrawled on her back. It is unclear to me if the historical error is intentional or a gaffe. The Boston.com makes it seem that it was (sadly) the former.

You can read more about this in today’s Boston.com.

declaration of independence

Unbelievable bus shelter courtesy of Pepsi Max

Love this advertising campaign in the UK. Those crazy Brits.

If Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” was released in the 1940′s

How cool is this video?  Scott Bradlee has created a vintage cover of Beyonce’s hit song, Drunk In Love with the help of Cristina Gatti who sings in front of a 5 piece band that replicates the big band sound that was so popular before rock & roll in the 1940s.

Take a listen and tell me what you think. I loved it.

 

Breakfast Club: 30 years ago today

Breakfast ClubWant to feel old? Thirty years ago today, Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez), Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), John Bender (Judd Nelson), Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald), and Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) were all supposedly serving a weekend detention at Sherman H.S.

The Breakfast Club was actually released in February 1985 so the 30th anniversary of the film’s release is still a year away but I couldn’t resist sharing when I saw this making the rounds on Twittah.

Cher Dressed to Kill Tour rolls into Boston April 9

Cher Dressed to Kill TourCher may have had more farewell tours than all other bands / musicians combined but this one does have the ring of finality to it.

More info about the tour (and tour dates) here: www.cher.com.

 

Neil Patrick Harris: Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2014 Man of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, MA - FEBRUARY 7: The Hasty Puddding Theatricals honor Neil Patrick Harris as the 2014 Man of the Year at Farkas Hall on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images for the Hasty Pudding Institute)

CAMBRIDGE, MA – FEBRUARY 7: The Hasty Pudding Theatricals honor Neil Patrick Harris as the 2014 Man of the Year at Farkas Hall on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Cambridge, MA (Photo by Gail Oskin / Getty Images for the Hasty Pudding Institute)

I previously wrote about how Neil Patrick Harris was named the Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2014 Man of the Year. Yesterday NPH came to Harvard to collect his award and as you can see he looked quite dapper.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - FEBRUARY 7: The Hasty Pudding Theatricals honor Neil Patrick Harris as the 2014 Man of the Year at Farkas Hall on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Cambridge, MA. (Photo by Gail Oskin / Getty Images for the Hasty Pudding Institute)

CAMBRIDGE, MA – FEBRUARY 7: The Hasty Pudding Theatricals honor Neil Patrick Harris as the 2014 Man of the Year at Farkas Hall on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Cambridge, MA. (Photo by Gail Oskin / Getty Images for the Hasty Pudding Institute)

However, as the ceremonies started, the ribbing and jesting began and of course, it wouldn’t be the Hasty Pudding if there wasn’t any cross-dressing and kissing.  Do you think David Burtka was jealous; I doubt it. Here is a quick overview of all the fun in Cambridge courtesy of Reuters.

Neil Patrick Harris to receive Hasty Pudding Award

neil patrick harrisHarvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals has named Neil Patrick Harris as this year’s “Man of the Year”.  He will be given his pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and roast scheduled for Friday, February 7th.

Neil Patrick Harris will join an esteemed list that includes men like Paul Newman, James Cagney, Robin Williams, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr and many more.  You can see the full list of award recipients from our nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe here.

HBO new series Looking premieres tonight

gay televisionHBO’s newest series, Looking, supposedly will share the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living in modern-day San Francisco. The trio’s stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy.

Looking premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.  Will you be looking watching?

The Voice UK: Can’t get this guy out of my head

Lee GlassonMuch thanks to Brenton of Aussielicious for sharing this eerie rendition of Kylie Monogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Lee Glasson on The Voice UK blind auditions. I thought he was amazing.  What do you think?

The Dennis Rodman and North Korea news cycle

Kim Jong Un

Apparently he didn’t get the black suit memo

One more example of why I watch PBS News Hour and have practically shunned all major news networks is their ‘reporting’ on Dennis Rodman’s visits to N. Korea. Major news networks and their cable news spinoffs  pretend this is newsworthy, knowing there is no news value other than it feeds two monsters’ egos.

Nearly nobody on earth has any relations with Kim Jong Un of North Korea because of his (and his father’s) repressive regime. In a world of bad guys, his government is gunning for the gold. Yet, when a has-been NBA star craving the spotlight visits North Korea our news outlets feel compelled to report on his trips with a level of detail even our US Secretary of State, John Kerry, would envy.

What do you want to bet that Rodman’s relationship with North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jon Un, would end the minute nobody reported on his ‘diplomatic’ visit? This is a relationship based on two megalomaniacs. If the cameras stopped taping, this relationship would whither.

Stop giving both these jerks the attention they crave. The only people who would be upset if you stopped reporting on these fake diplomatic meetings would be the short, fat dictator of North Korea and this idiot former NBA player struggling to find relevance in a world that is tired of his antics.

Gisele Bundchen playing in the snow

Gisele Bundchen BOSnow 2.14Supah model / Tom Brady’s main squeeze, Gisele Bundchen, just posted this photograph of her stepping out from her Back Bay home to play in the snow along Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue Mall on her Instagram account. Even in a blizzard this woman is beautiful.