I used to think people who got really worked up over TV series finales were a little insane. What could possibly prompt someone to spend days crying real tears over characters that don’t even exist? Why would viewers get so delusional as to believe a show’s writers and producers owed them something?
But then “How I Met Your Mother” broke my heart last night. Keep reading »
This weekend’s Louis C.K.-hosted “Saturday Night Live” capped off with a winner of a sketch that we hope to see a lot more of: “Dyke & Fats,” the cop show about a pair of Chicago police officers named Lez Dykawitz (Kate McKinnon) and Chubbina Fatzarelli (Aidy Bryant). But fair warning, criminals! Don’t go calling them by their nicknames, Dyke and Fats — only THEY get to say it. Watch above!
Joe Sabia is a director and advocate for changes in copyright law. In an attempt to show just how reliant great comedy is on shared experiences and others’ intellectual property, he’s made “The Office” Time Machine. The site is organized by year and uses video clips to break down 1,300 pop culture references made throughout the series. Yes, 1,300 of them! Sabia says the goal was “to prove culture is not only everywhere, but that certain references to films, songs, and works of art are critical for our collective understanding of comedy and to the importance of relating to content.” So basically, it seems that the hope is that today’s creators can write references of previous art into their work without fear of massive legal action. Sabia certainly made that point with his site, which took a year and a half to complete. This video is the collection of all the cultural references just from the year 1997 in the series. I can’t imagine how much pop culture knowledge he must have had to even undertake the project or the amount of research it took on top of that. The site’s homepage even includes a video of some references he hasn’t placed yet, and invites site visitors to contribute. Sigh. Does this make you miss “The Office” as much as me? This series is just so many levels of awesome. [Wired]
Last week, some baby genius with a bit of time on their hands slowed down a video of American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson talking so that he sounded, well, baked. The host of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” enjoyed the video so much (you can watch it after the jump) that he showed it to a full audience at a speaking engagement in Toronto this weekend. Coincidentally, last night’s episode of “Cosmos” (my current reason for living) saw Tyson revealing that some of science’s most renowned thinkers enjoyed marijuana, which I read as an enthusiastic recommendation that viewers smoke more weed. Whatever you say, Neil, you’re the boss. Check out the original “Neil deGrasse Tyson stoned” video after the jump! [Gawker] Keep reading »
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the latest teaser for “Mad Men”‘s seventh and final season doesn’t tell us a whole lot about what to expect. After all, this is the show that teases each upcoming episode with a series of unrelated soundbites taken out of any discernible context. But whatever! Everyone — Don, Betty, Peggy, Megan, Roger, THE WHOLE GANG — is at the airport, flying in the brightest, craziest, tackiest styles of the era. (Cool daisy pin, Peggy.) Are they going or coming? Is this a metaphor? April 13 can’t get here soon enough. [NYMag.com]
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I feel about today’s announcement that ’80s cartoon favorite, “Jem & The Holograms,” is being made into a live-action movie. Mostly because three dudes who could not possibly understand the cultural significance of “Jem” are making it. They are: Scooter Braun, who manages, or attempts to manage, Justin Bieber; the producer of the “Paranormal Activity” movies; and the director of “G.I. Joe.” I mean, it would make more sense for, say, Drew Barrymore’s company, Flower Films, to reboot the classic, which is about a professional woman named Jerica who moonlights as a rock star named Jem. Well, whatever. It’s happening. The producers are looking for casting suggestions, and while I’m not entirely sure who I would like to see in the various roles, I whipped up a few badly photoshopped renderings of Jennifer Lawrence as Jem and Taylor Momsen as Pizzaz from The Misfits. Side note: How good does J. Law look with cotton candy-colored hair? Truly outrageous, no? [MTV]
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reboot of Carl Sagan’s 1980s’ television documentary series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” is, so far, one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring shows I’ve ever watched. (Seriously, watching it I was more excited and moved than this little girl.) Jetting around in Tyson’s “Ship of the Imagination” — “free from the shackles of space and time” — “Cosmos” explores the origins of the universe and life itself, explained in a way that is both comprehensible and absolutely mind-blowing, alongside visuals that stun. As Tyson has said, “The universe is in us … Many people look up at the sky and they feel small. But I feel big. Because my atoms came from those stars.” Click on for just 15 of the most profound quotes from “Cosmos” first two episodes and then actually watch them in full on Hulu. You won’t regret it. Keep reading »
Attention sci-fi nerds, dystopian future enthusiasts and clone lovers! Have you watched the BBC’s “Orphan Black”? I just finished the 10-episode first season and am HOOKED. Thankfully, the show is back on April 19, giving you a full month to get addicted … but trust me, it won’t take that long. Here are nine reasons you should watch the cult clone thriller. Keep reading »