Non-Vampire Movies to Watch this Summer…

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell...this summer's other heartthrobs

I Eat Pop Culture is back!! I know, you don’t have to say it, you missed us. We took a little summer hiatus-pop-culture-meditation-staff-retreat-getaway-vision-quest. I’m hoping this means my two interns (Roxy and Suzy) will stop napping and licking their paws all the time, and actually be of some use around here. Okay, let’s get down to business…

TWILIGHT. ENOUGH. Listen, I like vampires as much as the next person, but holy zombie cow, all those moody brooding teens and their issues! Not to mention those ridiculous Burger King ads about choosing between Team Heartthrob #1 and Team Heartthrob #2 blah, blah, blah, the point is they are taking over everything right now…before we know it that Justin Bieber kid is going to start growing fangs too (if he hasn’t already). So, for those of you looking for summer movies that don’t involve vampires, you are in luck. I spent all morning on YouTube and came across some trailers that look interesting/entertaining. Check them out below, and enjoy!

Predators – July 9

The Kids Are All Right – July 9

Inception – July 16

I Love You Phillip Morris – July 30

Middle Men – Aug 6

The Other Guys – Aug 6

Eat Pray Love – Aug 13


The Expendables – Aug 13

The Switch – Aug 20

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VH1′s Princess Rehab

Most of the reality shows airing these days make my eyes bleed, especially those that feature privileged/wealthy people acting like a-holes. But wait…what if there was a reality show about privileged/wealthy a-holes who had their credit cards taken away, were forced to move out of their parent’s mansion, and actually had to work for a living? Yes, please!

VH1‘s You’re Cut Off premiered last week, and it is one of those awesome bait and switch reality shows—nine spoiled rich women, each think they have signed up for a reality show celebrating their wealthy lifestyles, but instead they are financially cut off.

With nowhere to go, they all move into a house together, and under the direction of their Host and Life Coach, Laura Baron, they have to learn to cook, clean, and work (referred to as “princess rehab”). They also have to participate in weekly group sessions, where they are expected to “take an honest look at themselves.” Drama ensues, and so do the ridiculous soundbites: “I decided to allow the girls to wear my tiaras because if I were them I’d want to be like me too.” “Erica just has nothing between her ears, except botox and lip injections.”“You are in the wilderness, stop trying to look hot!”

Yes, a part of me likes this show because it makes for good TV watching rich spoiled women lose control over stupid petty things, and freak out about normal stuff the rest of us do on a daily basis. But the other part of me appreciates the message tucked underneath all the screaming and crying: it’s not the end of the world to cut back, DIY, reprioritize, and to have some self-respect.

You’re Cut Off airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c. Click here for more info/video clips.

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Of course I’ll sign your McKinley High yearbook!

Dear New Directions,

Have a great summer, see you next year!

and don’t worry, one day you guys will beat Vocal Adrenaline!

xoxo -I eat Pop Culture

Last night’s Glee finale did not disappoint—it had all the high drama, emotion, singing and dancing one could ever want AND it included Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban. Glee had a fantastic first season, and I can’t wait for the next one!

For those of you who haven’t checked out this show, YOU NEED TO! Fox will re-run episodes this summer (check local listings). Click here for clips/additional info about the show.

And for you fans out there—what songs/artists would you like to see Glee cover next season???

*Image source Fox.com

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…Pop…Culture…Bites…

  • America hearts burned spies! The fourth season premiere of Burn Notice was record-breaking. — The Hollywood Reporter
  • Sounds like Sandra Bullock stole the show at last night’s MTV Movie Awards. — People
  • Speaking of Sandra, she shocked everyone with a surprise appearance at the Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards. Go Team Sandra! — E!
  • Something tells me the new Harry Potter theme park (opening later this month in Orlando) will magically help America’s sagging economy. — NY Daily News
  • Oh thank goodness! Somebody found one of the Jaws prop sharks. — Yahoo
  • In other movie prop news…someone, with a serious case of attention to detail, put together a photo montage revealing that the same prop newspaper has been used in several films and TV shows. — /Film

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Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 Returns With New Season

Last night, while flipping through channels, I landed on Comedy Central and came across a Daniel Tosh comedy special from a couple of years ago.  I had previously heard of Tosh, but I had never actually listened to any of his material.

OMG, he’s hilarious! If you like obnoxious, smug, irreverent, and very witty comedy, then he is your type of comedian. The new season of Tosh.0 premieres tonight at 10:30 PM. It’s a clip show, hosted by Tosh, similar to The Soup or Best Week Ever, but a bit more absurd and over-the-top. If you aren’t familiar with his work, below is a clip of his stand-up (graphic language/NSFW)…

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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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Garden State of Mind

Ah…New Jersey…the birthplace of Bruce Springsteen, baseball, and Jay and Silent Bob. Most recently though, in case you haven’t noticed, the Garden State has taken over cable. There are so many TV shows featuring Jersey that it’s hard to keep track. That’s why I’ve put together this little round-up:

  • Jersey Couture – Premieres June 1 @ 10 PM on Oxygen, this new docu-series follows a New Jersey family who runs a popular women’s formal wear store
  • Jersey Shore – MTV’s ridiculously popular series returns for a second season July 29
  • Jerseylicious - A new series on the Style network about a Jersey hair salon, airs Sundays @ 10 PM
  • Cake Boss – TLC series about a bakery in Hoboken, where they make the most insane cakes, airs Mondays @ 9 PM
  • 9 By Design – Follow Sixx Design on their latest project, to design the interior of The Bungalow Hotel, a new boutique hotel on the Jersey Shore, episode premieres May 25 @ 10 PM on Bravo
  • Boardwalk Empire – The highly-anticipated new HBO series, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition, premieres this fall

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