Every film is a cultural artifact. As singular works of art, movies are their own self-contained contributions to popular culture, but their often essential inclusion of things like music, fashion, and slang within their own narratives puts them into a unique space – art wrapped around art, culture enveloped in culture. It’s why even bad period-set films are so fun to watch, as seeing canny cultural representations is almost always amusing, if not a bit intriguing. Blame it on nostalgia, shared memory, or even a good old-fashioned affection for otherwise forgotten pop culture snippets, but movies that work hard to accurately depict a time period or an era always have an extra it of built-in entertainment.
Have you ever watched the CBS series 'Under the Dome'? No? It's okay, because 'Late Show' host David Letterman has, and he's more than ready, willing, and able to explain the dramatic series to his audience. Letterman is hip to the real plights inside the series -- sometimes, people want to leave, but they can't, because the dome. The
Acid-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers recently stirred up a little bit of trouble when she walked out of an on-air interview after taking issue with the supposedly "negative" host (who was asking Rivers - who makes her bread and butter by making fun of people - about the negativity in her act and her latest book)
'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon loves transforming himself -- quite fully, and often kind of unnervingly so -- into famous musicians to sing unexpected jams to his audience. He last did it with Stevie Nicks, outfitting himself (both in look and sound) to resemble Tom Petty so that the duo could belt out "their" hit song "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," and now he's brought that kind of attention to Neil Young.
Aliens are always en vogue when it come to blockbuster offerings -- after all, why else are audiences still clamoring to see another 'Independence Day' nearly twenty years after the original hit theaters, complete with one of cinema's best (and most misheard) line deliveries and an already embarrassingly dated take on how computer viruses work? -- but as much as we love to yell "welcome to Earf!" to nefarious alien intruders before a good old-fashioned face punching, there's one thing we love more: befriending them
Tacking on a “based on a true story” tag has always helped bolster the scare factor of horror films, but its usage has become increasingly more frequent (and less fact-based) in recent years – though that doesn’t mean we’re suddenly in the golden age of reality-based horror films. Just because a film boasts about its real world roots doesn’t mean it’s always true. What’s really scary is how often it’s not.
On last night's 'Conan,' host Conan O'Brien and Andy Serkis talked quite a bit about some of his best roles, which Serkis then gleefully imitated for the entire crowd. Ever wonder what it would sound like if Gollum and Caesar the ape had a chat? Wonder no more.
Ice-T is a serious dude. He's serious about music, movies, 'Law and Order,' and also video games, particularly online shooting games, like Call of Duty. But the best part? He does not have a problem telling anyone -- even Conan O'Brien -- to just move out of his damn way when he and his "clan" come through (admittedly, they do have a pretty cool name, which Ice is not afraid to share).
College is a time of exploration, adventure and self-discovery. For some people, that means "doing drugs." Even your new best friend Jenny Slate, star of this summer's charming and daring 'Obvious Child,' turned to marijuana during her college years, and the results were pretty mixed, as she shared with Seth Meyers on last night's 'Late Night.'
Jimmy Fallon's love for turning basic drinking games into outsized (often, quite literally) versions of themselves is well documented, but the 'Tonight Show' host just might have reached the apex of his drinking game adoration when he challenged Pitbull (Mr. Worldwide, please) to a round of Giant Duff Beer Pong. Wait, why Duff? Because Fallon and his show have been camped out at Universal Studios in Orlando all week, and yes, this game is all about Duff Beer, the favorite fictional beer of 'The Simpsons.'
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