Celebritology 2.0: Pop Culture


Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Celebritology’s 10 essential holiday pop songs

A list of songs this writer has to hear every Christmas. Note: It skews toward tracks from the ’80s.

By Jen Chaney  |  04:09 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music | Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 12/05/2012

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star in 2012’s oddest holiday music video

This almost undid years of “You’re the One That I Want” loyalty. Almost.

By Jen Chaney  |  03:03 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Travolta, Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and Mariah Carey make ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ enjoyable again

Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and Mariah Carey make Carey’s yuletide staple surprisingly tolerable.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:04 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music | Tags:  Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/04/2012

10 celebrities who deserve their own holiday specials

What will it take to give one of these to Taylor Swift or Wes Anderson?

By Jen Chaney  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 10/04/2012

The Hungry Hungry Hippos movie is happening

It’s an epic story about ... eating marbles and then doing it again?

By Jen Chaney  |  05:00 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Pop Culture Head-Scratchers

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 08/15/2012

‘A Christmas Story 2’ actually happened?

Yes, it exists and it’s coming to DVD and Blu-ray.

By Jen Chaney  |  04:57 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Holiday Movies, Pop Culture Head-Scratchers

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Will Ferrell vs. Zach Galifianakis: Who is the funnier candidate in ‘The Campaign’ teasers?

It’s Will Ferrell vs. Zach Galifianakis in an epic battle of political tone-deafness for the upcoming movie.

By Jen Chaney  |  02:42 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Political Pop Culture

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Peeps, pop culture-style: Turning ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ and more into dioramas

The Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest has, as always, yielded a number of entries inspired by movies and TV shows.

By Jen Chaney  |  02:24 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pop Culture

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Madonna on M.I.A.’s Super Bowl move: ‘It was just out of place’

In case there was any doubt, Madonna did not approve M.I.A.’s middle-finger Super Bowl message.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:58 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Super Bowl Pop Culture, Madonna

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Beyonce reappears after Blue Ivy’s birth; Maria Menounos loses Super Bowl bet, wears bikini

Also in the morning mix: Paz de la Huerta is out at “Boardwalk Empire.”

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  08:42 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beyonce, Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Ferris Bueller vs. ‘Ferris Bueller’: How the movie scenes compare to the Super Bowl Honda commercial

A look at the John Hughes film, side-by-side with the commercial.

By Jen Chaney  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Cee Lo, MIA: Who was the best Super Bowl performer?

Which artist entertained most effectively during Sunday’s game?

By Jen Chaney  |  09:41 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 09:31 PM ET, 02/05/2012

M.I.A.: Did she flip the bird during the Super Bowl halftime show?

She appeared to raise her middle finger during Madonna’s performance.

By Melissa Bell  |  09:31 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Madonna and the Super Bowl halftime show: A play-by-play

Cartwheels, cheerleaders and Cee-Lo. Yes, the three C’s were present and accounted for.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:02 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music | Tags:  Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Was Kelly Clarkson’s national anthem flawless? (Poll)

Honestly, not sure what she could have done better.

By Jen Chaney  |  06:39 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music | Tags:  Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Elton John and Melanie Amaro go for royal respect in Pepsi Super Bowl ad

And then Flavor Flav shows up.

By Jen Chaney  |  03:51 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 02/02/2012

‘The Avengers’ to ‘Hunger Games’ to ‘G.I. Joe’: Which Super Bowl movie promo are you most eager to see?

The big game = a big time to promote potential blockbusters.

By Jen Chaney  |  01:34 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Super Bowl Pop Culture

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/24/2011

‘A Christmas Story’ and Grover Dill: Tribute to a toadie

An appreciation of the kid who aided and abetted yellow-eyed bully Scut Farcus.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:44 AM ET, 12/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Unconventional holiday movies: What to watch if you’re sick of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Seven viewing options to make this a non-traditional cinematic Christmas.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:18 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Max from ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’: Unsung holiday pop culture hero

Sure, the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes. But Max the dog already had a big heart — and a high tolerance for abuse.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:56 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Gift guide 2011: Holiday ideas for the celebrity- and pop culture-obsessed

Present possibilities, from the I Am T-Pain microphone to a plush Lil’ Sebastian.

By Jen Chaney  |  04:52 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/09/2011

‘Community’ celebrates Christmas by ripping into ‘Glee’ (Video)

It was a very musical, and very funny, episode.

By Jen Chaney  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Shermy in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’: A tribute to an unsung holiday pop culture hero

He may have only one line, but if this unsung hero is more than just a taller Linus — always the shepherd, always in our hearts.

By Jen Chaney  |  03:23 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Pop Culture

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Five things Julianne Moore won’t do in her role as Sarah Palin

Here’s a list of five things that Julianne Moore has done on film or television in the past that, presumably, she won’t be doing in the role of Sarah Palin.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Political Statement | Tags:  Pop Culture, TV

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/17/2010

Our six favorite peripheral Muppet characters

Everyone loves Betty White. We've more than established that at this point. But you know who else people love, unconditionally and unequivocally? The Muppets. Seriously, find a person who honestly, deep in their soul, loathes the foam-and-felt ambassadors of family comedy delight. It can't be done. And if such a person can be found, I strongly suggest that said person immediately begin some intense psychotherapy. Those who keep close tabs on Muppet-related happenings already know that yesterday was a significant day: May 16 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Muppet creator Jim Henson, a man for whom those of us in the Washington, D.C. area harbor particular fondness. Henson not only spent part of his childhood here and attended the University of Maryland, he also unveiled the first, primitive Muppets on our local airwaves. As a small tribute to Henson and those Muppets that everyone -- that's right,...

By Jen Chaney  |  12:35 PM ET, 05/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pop Culture | Tags:  Pop Culture

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 05/14/2010

Friday List: More candidates for a Betty White-style career revival

Hollywood likes a remake, so it's no surprise that Betty White is the latest thing to -- again -- take the entertainment world by storm. But surely White -- the 88-year-old sensation who utterly burned up the small screen when she hosted "SNL" last weekend -- isn't the only card-carrying AARP member worthy of a later-in-life career revival. In fact, another grassroots Facebook campaign is already underway in support of another comic legend taking the "SNL" stage: Carol Burnett. With that in mind, we started thinking about more elder statesmen -- and women -- of stage and screen who could totally mount successful returns to an entertainment landscape awash in whippersnappers. We've listed five candidates below and ask that you return the favor by sharing more nominees in the comments section. Don Rickles in 2007. (Los Angeles Times) Don Rickles: If it's funny we're after, this king of comedy --...

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  |  10:54 AM ET, 05/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Friday Lists, Friday Lists | Tags:  Betty White, Friday List, Pop Culture