Unless you’re completely cut off from the world of pop culture, you’ve heard by now that Prince William and his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, have finally announced their engagement. What’s better than a royal wedding to cheer up a nation in the depths of a financial crisis, amiright? Uh, sort of. Because the Brits are all dealing with their own recession issues, it would be in pretty poor taste for the royal family to throw an over-the-top wedding bash for Prince Willy and his blushing bride. At the same time, the idea of a modest royal wedding is pretty much impossible. Quite the conundrum, isn’t it? Gosh, it must be so hard to be royalty.
The biggest story on the college scene this week (and pretty much every week since the beginning of the fall 2010 semester), has definitely been Four Loko. At first, it was just this thing that you drank that got you really drunk and hyper at the same time. Then, it was this thing that got you drunk and hyper and also could lead to your untimely death. Now, it’s this thing that’s guaranteed to make you blackout if you can still find it in stores – which has become harder since states have begun banning it and the FDA is considering taking serious action on a national level. This week, Four Loko manufacturers announced they’d be taking the caffeine out of their products in an attempt to alleviate bad press and the FDA’s wrath. But I’m not sure the collegiate crowd will give a damn about Four Loko if it’s not pumped full of stimulants. So, what can you do if you want to relive the glory of the drink before it became totally lame? Other than rushing every bodega in your neighborhood before they sell out, you could always try to make your own. (Warning: homemade Four Loko is probably really, really bad for you. Then again, real life Four Loko is, too. The key word is discretion, people. Discretion.)
So, you know how Tina Fey won that Mark Twain award for being hilarious? And she gave this great speech where she thanked just about everyone, and then made some really funny and sardonic statements about Sarah Palin? Well it turns out that PBS cut that last part out. Why? Because the speech ran just a little too long for broadcast. A PBS spokesperson claimed that the cut had nothing to do with politics – it was just a timing issue. But (big surprise!) the internet just doesn’t believe them. You can watch Tina Fey’s original speech right here. Go ahead, bask in the glory of her comic feminism!
Okay, so I might have been a little harsh in my last review of Conan’s new show. The truth is, his interviews this week have been lava (meaning they’ve basically burned a molten path through Conan’s competitors before hardening into legend in the sea of comedy). Last night, Conan welcomed Jesse Eisenberg, the star of this year’s biggest film, “The Social Network”. Eisenberg exploded his awkwardly endearing neuroses all over the audience, talking about topics ranging from being a geek, being afraid, and having way too many cats. The day before that, Russell Brand admitted being sexually attracted to both the Queen and to Helen Mirren (who, you might be surprised to know, actually bathed Brand in a film that will be released next year). But the cream of the interview crop was without a doubt Harrison Ford, who confused Conan and the audience by being either the awkwardest person on earth, or incredibly intoxicated during his appearance. Every single one of these interviews it worth watching. Enjoy yourself!
Over the weekend, SNL produced a parody of the latest Denzel Washington film, “Unstoppable”. The video is hilarious, not only because it features Scarlett Johansson with a New York accent, but because it makes fun of just about every odd-couple action movie ever produced. Watch the video here, and be ready to chuckle appreciatively.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is totally out! And people are talking about it! Read the reviews here, watch the trailer here, and watch Harry Potter-themed videos here and here! This is a time to celebrate! Have you seen it yet?
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