This Week in Pop Culture

By Lauren Sadler - Posted on 20 April 2012


Hey, everyone! It’s 4/20…well, what'dya know!

Everyone who’s anyone who’s dead was at Coachella. All of the wannabe hippies of Hollywood – Lea Michelle, Lindsay Lohan, Vanessa Hudgens, Paris Hilton, etc. – were spotted this past weekend at Coachella, an annual music and arts festival held in Indio, CA. But leave it to an infamous dead thug to steal their boho-chic flower child thunder.

Tupac Shakur rose from the dead once again (i.e. was projected as a hologram) to perform a few ditties including “Hail Mary” alongside Snoop Dogg Sunday night at the festival. Snoop-a-loop was later joined by (somehow) still-living artists Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa.

2Pac won’t be going back to the ground anytime soon, though. Dre and Snoop are seriously considering bringing ghost-Pac on tour with them in the near future. "This is just the beginning," Digital Domain's (the company that created CGI Tupac) chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich, told the Wall Street Journal. "Dre has a massive vision for this."

Rumor has it Snoop’s late cousin Nate Dogg will also be featured on the tour. As long as Warren G’s included for an encore of “Regulators”, this oddly creepy plan is okay by me.

RIP Dick. New Years Eve won’t ever be the same. This past Wednesday morning, famous TV host and producer Dick Clark (82) passed away after suffering a massive heart attack following an outpatient procedure performed the night before. Clark was known for his hosting gigs on American Bandstand and Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, as well as the old game show $10,000 Pyramid. He also created a production company, Dick Clark Productions, which continues to be a powerhouse behind events such as the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the popular television series So You Think You Can Dance.

Countless celebrities tweeted their Clark-tributes, but it was Ryan Seacrest who memorialized him best: “He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman…He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.”

Clark is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.

Say hello to your new role models. Time magazine announced its annual list of the 100 Most Influential people in the world this week and well, it’s kind of a joke. The list includes: Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, Rihanna (wtf?), Claire Danes, Pippa Middleton, and Louis C.K. to name a few. Luckily, there are also some real influential players included like Cami Anderson (Newark School Superintendent) and Andrew Cuomo (governor of NY) to balance out the crazy picks. Again, Rihanna? Really?

Mel Gibson’s ranting…again. Here comes the crazy train that is Mel Gibson, and it’s right on schedule. Can anyone say they’re surprised? Gibson was caught cursing like a sailor and damaging his vocal chords in a fit of rage over not receiving the first draft of a screenplay for his currently suspended project, The Maccabees. Click here to listen to his tirade. Good Lord. Calm down, Mel. Worse things are happening in the world.

Gibson was secretly recorded by his screenwriter’s (Joe Eszterhas) fifteen-year-old son while vacationing in Costa Rica this past December. The recording was released shortly after Eszterhas published a nine-page letter alleging that Gibson made an offensive amount of anti-Semitic comments while developing the screenplay.

Rehab, anyone?

Date Night:
See It: Marley [PG-13] – Unfortunately, this Bob Marley documentary can only be seen in theatres in NYC and Ohio; however it will be streaming live on Facebook for $6.99 the same day it’s released. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Save the Children, a charity for impoverish youth. The documentary will also be released for video-on-demand on April 20. Best 4/20 ever?! I think so.

Skip It: The Lucky One [PG-13] – The premise of this movie is just so incredibly ridiculous. Based on a novel from the guy that brought you The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks), a forlorn soldier overseas comes across a picture of a beautiful girl in the dirt, which somehow saves him from being blown to pieces. He swears to himself that if and when he returns home (which of course he does or there wouldn’t be a movie), he’ll find her and thank her. And then he falls in love with her, yadda yadda yadda. This would NEVER happen in real life!

Celebrity Birthdays This Week: Emma Watson (22), Seth Rogen (30), Martin Lawrence (47), Victoria Beckham (37), Jennifer Garner (39), Kourtney Kardashian (32), Conan O’Brien (48), Kate Hudson (32), James Franco (33), Suge Knight (45), Tim Curry (65), Miranda Kerr (28), Joey Lawrence (35), Carmen Electra (39).

Have a great weekend! Go watch Marley! I'll leave you with this photo of Soulja Boy taken by Snoop Dogg: