Random Rantings About Pop Culture

Just wanted to get few things off my chest that I have found out about so far this week.  First of all, The Hangover 2 has pulled in over $200 million worldwide since it was released on Thursday paving the way for The Hangover 3.  Why do we need a third Hangover movie?!  I have not will not see the first two because I think it’s a waste of film.  From what I read about The Hangover 2 it is just about the same as the first movie. Yet it is number 1 at the box office.  The demographic that sees these movies must be the same as those who watch reality shows like Jackass. 

My next rant is about the news that broke yesterday about DC Comics, publisher of comics such as Superman and Batman, are relaunching 52 titles with issue #1.  After weeks of speculation about DC Comics possibly doing this, USA Today reported this story yesterday causing an uproar among die-hard fans of the publisher.  Co-publisher of DC Comics, Dan Didio, was quoted as saying, “We really want to inject new life in our characters and line.  This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”  That’s fine but what I do have a problem with is if they are going to restart long-running comics, Action Comics and Detective Comics, which will have 904 and 881 issues respectively come August before the relaunch.  Another problem I have with this relaunch is whether it will affect the marriage of Lois Lane and Clark Kent.  This is my biggest concern because ever since the wedding of Lois and Clark happened back in 1996, I have loved the fact that these two iconic characters were married.  I really hope the minds at DC Comics do not retcon the Lois and Clark marriage like Marvel Comics did with Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, which I think to this day was a big mistake.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 5/22-5/27/2011

Well I thought I would try something different.  This week has been great for both me and pop culture.  So many things have happened this week that it’s necessary to do a week in review article.

First off,  Sunday was the Billboard Music Awards here in Las Vegas, and I was down there at the white carpet taking pictures.  I have to say even though I wish I could have been there inside the MGM Grande Arena to watch the show, seeing some the best performances on television was the next best thing.

  How amazing was Beyonce?  This woman is unstoppable force.

Rihanna and Britney Spears’ performance was unbelievable.  The thing that I loved most about this performance was that the general public knew that Rihanna would be performing but the producers kept it a secret that Britney was going to perform.  Here in Vegas we found out that this was the case the day before when a pic of Britney onstage with Rihanna during rehearsals was leaked.

  Before I saw this performance, I never cared to even check into Nicki Minaj’s music but after seeing her on the white carpet and seeing this performance made me at least have an appreciation for her as artist and a fan of her song “Super Bass”.

  She is freaky to watch but I want to see what her facial expressions are going to be throughout the video.

On Monday, Lady Gaga’s second album was released.  You can read my review here.  Also released on Monday was Glee, The Music Vol. 6 with the original songs from the season finale, “Pretending” and “Light Up The World”.

These songs were even better than the songs they did for Regionals. 

On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey ended her 25 year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Mind you I am not a big fan of Oprah.  I do not dislike her but I was never really into her show.  Needless to say that she has had a huge impact on pop culture.  Jimmy Kimmel did a hilarious take on her farewell to her fans.

Finally today after two weeks in a coma, Jeff Conaway best known for both his role as Kenickie in “Grease” and from the television “Taxi” died today.  Conaway, who was 60, was put into a medically induced coma after a case of pneumonia and too many prescribed drugs.   He was taken off of life support yesterday.

My Thoughts on the American Idol Finale 2011

Okay after watching the two-hour long American Idol finale, I have to conclude that this seemed like it was the longest finale in Idol history.  It was good in some spots but for the most part it was bad.  Here are the thoughts I wrote during the show in chronological order:

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American Idol Season 10 Top 12 Guys

Here are my ratings for the top 12 guys on American Idol.  Rating system is * (stars) with 4 stars being the highest.

  • Clint Jun Gamboa “Superstitious”- *
  • Jovany Barretto “I’ll Be”- *
  • Jordan Dorsey “Oh My God”- **
  • Tim Halperin “Streetcorner Symphony”- *
  • Brett Lowenstern “Light My Fire”- ***
  • James Durbin “You Got Another Thing Coming”- ****
  • Robbie Rosen “Angel”- *
  • Scotty McCreery “Letters From Home”- ***
  • Stefano Langone “Just the Way You Are”- **
  • Paul McDonald “Wake Up Maggie”- ***
  • Jacob Lusk “A House is Not a Home”- ****
  • Casey Abrams “I Put a Spell on You”- ****