This Week in Pop Culture

By Lauren Sadler - Posted on 06 April 2012

Ryan Gosling

Happy Opening Day, everyone! If you're making the trek downtown and into the orange and black sea of thousands, have fun and be safe! See ya there!

My knight in shining armor. As if he couldn’t get any hotter, Ryan Gosling became a hero again this week. In August 2011, the Ides of March actor broke up a street fight in NYC between two guys brawling over a painting. This time, he swooped in and saved British journalist, Laurie Penny, from becoming taxicab road kill. Penny, who is accustomed to looking left for traffic in her hometown of London, mistakenly thought the coast was clear when Gosling yelled, "Hey! Watch out!" and pulled her out of harm's way (and into those strong, boat-rowing, house-building arms from The Notebook). Professionally good-looking and a Good Samaritan? He's just too good to be true (so he must be gay, right? Kidding.).

Keepin' it in the family. It turns out one of the few long-lasting marriages in Hollywood is actually one of incestual relations. Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) and Kevin Bacon (Crazy, Stupid, Love), who have been married for 23 years, are, in fact, distant cousins. Their genealogy was revealed on the new program Finding Your Roots on PBS. The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, indeed. Looks like the joke's on us. Touché, Bacon. Touché.

Rihanna gives no f*$ks. Since arriving on the mainland in 2005, Rihanna has made it very clear that she couldn't care less what people think about her, her style, who she's dating, or who beats her up after a pre-Grammy party. In the latest issue of Elle magazine, Rihanna finally comments about her continued contact with her former lover. The pop princess believes people are wasting their time ranting about her life. "I respect what other people have to say. The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently. It's very hard for me to accept, but I get it…I don't hate them for it. Because tomorrow I'm still going to be the same person. I'm still going to do what I want to do." She added that the beating she endured "gave [her] guns" and liberated the shit out of her. "I have more freedom the more people know about me. It's like, one less skeleton in the closet, one less burden, one less secret; now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don't have anything to hide." Well, whatever she's doing, it's working for her. Let the girl live.

Babies havin' more illegitimate babies. Some chick who doesn't happen to be the daughter of the woman formerly running for Vice President let Levi Johnston knock her up. This will be the second child for Johnston (21) and first for girlfriend of one year, Sunny Oglesby (20). "I'm looking forward to having a new baby," Johnston said. New baby? Why, because your other baby is old news and can't get you another Playgirl spread? Johnston also noted that he and Oglesby might "eventually get married or something." What a winner. Am I right, ladies?

Jessica Simpson baby-bump/mountain update: It's still in there. While partying in Australia, reporters asked sister Ashlee Simpson if she was worried about missing her big sis give birth, but Ash told them she "has plenty of time" to get back home for that. It doesn't seem like Jess will be poppin' out her kid anytime soon.

Rumor has it. Is Saturday Night Live losing its three funniest cast members? According to UsWeekly, this season is the last for Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis. Reps for Wiig and Sudeikis say UsWeekly is taking crazy pills and that no decisions will be made until the end of the season. Let's just hope this rumor is false for Lorne Michaels's sake. But if not, this begs the question: Who will make videos about jizzing in your pants and copulating with mermaids? Certainly not Kenan Thompson. They'd have to bring in Kel Mitchell for those shenanigans.

Kim K. and Kanye. Not only do their names begin with Ks, but they rhyme, too. Just great, America. The two notorious fame whores were caught canoodling at a showing of The Hunger Games Wednesday night and again at lunch the next day in NYC. Interestingly, their rendezvous conveniently occurred around the same time West dropped his new single, "Theraflu", in which he confesses his hot, hot lovin' for Kimmy: And I'll admit, I fell in love with Kim/’Round the same time she had fell in love wit’ him/Well, that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thing/Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team. No doubt Kris Jenner was behind this nonsense. Who else could time a publicity stunt so perfectly?

Harry and Lloyd are back and dumber than ever. Quick on the heels of the Anchoman sequel announcement last week comes the confirmation of yet another follow-up to a cult classic. The Farrelly brothers, along with stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, are reuniting in September to begin shooting the highly anticipated sequel. With Sean Anders and John Morris (Sex Drive and Hot Tub Time Machine) penning the screenplay, Peter Farrelly emphasized that this movie will be nothing like the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer. This will be the first sequel for the directing duo.

Date Night:See It: American Reunion [R] – The gang’s all here! Jim and friends return to East Great Falls for their high school reunion and, naturally, hilarity ensues.
Skip It: Titanic 3D [PG-13] – You saw it four times in theaters in 1997. You own the VHS set and the DVD. James Cameron has already taken enough of your money.

Celebrity Birthdays This Week: Al Gore (64), Christopher Walken (69), Rodney King (46), Eddie Murphy (50), Alec Baldwin (53), Robert Downey, Jr. (46), Zach Braff (36), Paul Rudd (42).

Have a great weekend!