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…Pop…Culture…Bites…

  • Based on the reviews I’ve read about SATC 2, sounds like it’s time to stick a fork in it. — NY Daily News
  • Speaking of goodbyes, Simon Cowell and his black t-shirt rode off into the American Idol sunset last night. — ABC News
  • Oh, and there was an American Idol winner last night too. — Star-Ledger
  • Conspiracy Theory: how can we be sure Lindsay Lohan looks twice her age due to partying, and not that she is a time-traveler? Perhaps Lindsay looks 40 because she really is 40, and she’s traveled back in time to warn us of something! — NY Daily News
  • Why I love Chelsea Handler, reason # 1,427. — E!

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Laverne & Shirley: The Movie

At last night’s premiere of Valentine’s Day the film’s director, Garry Marshall, mentioned to reporters that he’s thinking of bringing the hit TV show that he co-created, Laverne & Shirley, to the big screen, and he’s considering Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel to both star  in the film.

Garner and Biel?? Ugh, no thanks and here’s why: Laverne & Shirley starred Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, both who were total comedic pros and played off each other so naturally that you imagined they had to have been cohorts since birth. Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel both have had roles where they were cute and said some funny things, but I would never say they are comedic, as they seem to lack that instinct that so many other truly funny actresses possess. On top of that, I don’t really detect any chemistry there…but then maybe I’m just biased because I really don’t like either of them all that much and feel somewhat protective about who could/should fill Laverne and Shirley’s shoes.  Therefore I’ve taken the job of casting this possible film project into my own hands…

Jenna Fischer & Kristen Schaal

Ta-da! These two would be great together as they both have similar comedic styles and backgrounds.  We of course know  Jenna as Pam Beesley in NBC’s enormously popular show, The Office; and those of you who are fans of the off-beat comedy, Flight of the Conchords know Kristen as Mel, the obsessed fan.

Both actresses have demonstrated their impeccable comedic timing, and their quirky and improvisational chops, all of  which would be essential to the dialogue and general flow of the Laverne & Shirley film (of course, this would also mean there would have to be some good comedic writers too). Not only would they both be an ideal fit as the iconic characters, but assuming the film would go for a present day time line versus the 1960’s as it was originally set in, they both have enough talent to bring some edginess and help modernize the roles. Kristen can totally pull off the loud, tomboyish Laverne, and step up the hilarity with some of that awkwardness she’s so good at; while Jenna would be endearing as the sweet, optimistic Shirley, with just a hint of that Pam Beesley sigh/I’m-on-my-last-nerve tone every now and again.

So, what do you think? Any other Laverne & Shirley casting suggestions? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did cross my mind, but I think they are bit too obvious, and already have a thing going…I’d rather see them as just Tina & Amy. And for outrageous casting, I thought about Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman. Can you imagine? That would definitely get an R-rating or maybe even an NC-17!

Anyway, below is a brief clip of Jenna Fischer on The Office, followed by Kristen Schaal on Flight of the Conchords

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’09 In Review: This year’s most annoying quasi-celebrities

Thanks to reality TV and dysfunctional families desperate for fame, quasi-celebs are everywhere and most of them are ridiculous and do idiotic things. Here is a list of the most annoying ones (in random order) from this year. PLEASE feel free to comment with additional honorable mentions.

  • Jon Gosselin–lover of Ed Hardy t-shirts, this very recently divorced dad from TLC’s hit series, Jon & Kate Plus 8 acts like he doesn’t want press attention, yet I can’t turn around without seeing his face somewhere…Kate’s over him, TLC’s over him, now we just need the tabloids to be over him.
  • The Kardashians–ugh, this family is beyond annoying. They only have a reality show on E! because their dad was a lawyer and someone is married to Bruce Jenner, and they like to shop and date football players. Hey, E!, thank you for Joel McHale and Chelsea Handler, but all your other “shows” can go, thanks.
  • Michael Lohan–also known as Lindsay Lohan’s dad.  This guy has proven to be a real a-hole time and time again, but this year, he topped even himself when he released very private taped conversations he had with his daughter and his ex-wife.
  • The Balloon Family–remember a few months back when there was breaking news that a little boy was believed to have been in a helium balloon somewhere over Colorado? And it turned out to be a hoax, all because of a scumbag father wanting to create drama and get a TV show out of it. Thanks reality TV, this is your legacy.
  • OctoMom–see the above, but swap out kid in helium balloon over Colorado hoax/scumbag father with deranged California woman who gave birth to eight babies.
  • Everyone on MTV’s The Jersey Shore–I’ll admit, I checked out this show just to see what all the buzz was about, and by the second episode I began to get dizzy and light-headed by all the hair and tanning-product fumes seeping from my TV set. Or maybe it was because my brain was slowly turning to mush. I’m not sure.
  • Spencer & Heidi Pratt–lucky for us, these two idiots have been laying low recently…maybe we should be worried, are they plotting some huge publicity event/photo op?

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