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Everything mentioned from 2004 and 2005 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

VH1′s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3GS. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!

If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, covering the years 2004 and 2005. Some of the movies, TV shows, celebrity scandals, and assorted other ephemera that came up were legitimate phenomena (Mean Girls, Livestrong bracelets, Brokeback Mountain). Others… weren’t. To wit: Polar Express? Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it marriage? Burger King’s omelet sandwich? Weezer’s “Beverly Hills,” which is a perfectly fine song but hardly a cultural touchstone? READ FULL STORY

Everything mentioned from 2002 and 2003 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

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It’s been a dozen years now since 2002, but thanks to VH1′s I Love the 2000s, we can be reminded of what a great year it actually was. Serena Williams was the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jennifer Lopez’s latest breakup was in the headlines, and zombies were the latest craze at the movies.

Clearly, much has changed in the world since then.

Of course, in all seriousness, VH1 also spotlighted plenty of other nostalgia-worthy phenomena hyper-specific to 2002 and 2003—like the return of the movie musical, Nelly’s evergreen musical reason to take your clothes off, and the Verizon ad campaign literally heard all over the world. Here’s a recap of what VH1 had to highlight.

THE YEAR 2002

TV
The Wire

MOVIES
Blue Crush
Chicago
28 Days Later
8 Mile

MUSIC
“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“Soak up the Sun” – Sheryl Crow
“Superman” – Five for Fighting
“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
“Work It” – Missy Elliot

CELEBS
J.Lo + Ben Affleck = Bennifer
Serena Williams’ amazing win streak
Anna Nicole Smith’s court battle

MISC
“Axis of Evil” – George W. Bush’s State of the Union address
Juicy Couture (sweat-clothes of the stars) Poker craze
Verizon’s “Can You Hear Me Now?” campaign Cellphone ringtones Satellite radio

George Takei’s “Oh My” Moment of 2002: Michael Jackson dangling his infant son out a Berlin hotel window.

Nelly’s Hotties of 2002: Brandy (Full Moon hottie) Jessica Abla (Dark Angel hottie), Kelly Ripa (Regis’ Perky Sidekick hottie)

The Year in Spears (Britney, that is): Breaks up with Justin Timberlake, Crossroads is a box-office bomb, wins Best Actress Razzie award and is No. 1 on Forbes Celebrity 100 List.

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2002: Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) - The Shield 

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasure of 2002: Crank Yankers and spray tans

THE YEAR 2003

TV
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Da Ali G Show
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

MOVIES
Monster 
Freddy vs. Jason
Kill Bill

MUSIC
“Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly
“All the Things She Said” – t.A.T.u
“Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes

CELEBS
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore start dating
Paris Hilton
Dixie Chicks speak out against President Bush and Iraq War

MISC
“The Star Wars Kid” viral video
Steve Bartman incident at Chicago Cubs game
Freedom fries
New York City blackout

George Takei’s “Oh My” Moment of 2003: Pedro Martinez tackles Yankees coach Don Zimmer

Nelly’s Hotties of 2003: Kristanna Loken (Evil Robot Terminator hottie), Jennifer Garner (Daredevils’ hottie girlfriend), Kate Beckinsale (Werewolf-killing hottie)

The Year in Spears (Britney, that is)Performs at VMAs with Madonna and Christina Aguilera, releases fourth album, and wins Grammy for “Toxic.”

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2003: Magneto (Ian McKellen) - X-Men 

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasure of 2003: Gigli, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness, America’s Next Top Model

Everything mentioned from 2000 and 2001 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

Before VH1′s I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what’s actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term “the 2000s”? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.

That’s why there’s a saving grace to VH1′s nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It’s hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific pop-culture entities from the early 2000s—Tuesday’s episodes in particular focused on the years 2000 and 2001—and if I’m being fully honest, there were certain things I kind of, sort of learned during the throwback.

I never actually saw Brian McKnight’s “Back at One” video, but in it, he apparently dies in a plane crash and spends time walking through a cornfield. I also never knew that speed dating was invented in 2000, or that someone got stabbed on Cheaters, or that The Perfect Storm ended with everyone dying, or that Bret Michaels is a fan of Gilmore Girls. I was, however, a young teenager then. This is probably all old news for some of you, and that’s the beauty of the series: It’s nostalgic and educational.

Whether or not you watch Tuesday’s 2000/2001 episodes, here’s a quick recap of what you missed. (And if you’re wondering why they never mention Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out,” you’re not alone.) READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' meets 'The O.C.' in fan-made video

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[SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven't seen Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones.]

The internet might not always give us what we want, but it always gives us what need. And we definitely needed this mash-up of The O.C. and Game of Thrones. READ FULL STORY

Funny or Die 'Reading Rainbow' spoof: Reading leads to superpowers -- VIDEO

For years, Reading Rainbow taught kids that reading could make them go twice as high as any butterfly. But according to Funny or Die’s spoof of the Reading Rainbow theme song, we now know reading can do much more: turn you into a god, give you superpowers — as the song says, you can “literally do anything” if you read a book. They do say knowledge is power…

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to raise money to expand the Reading Rainbow tablet app to the Web and mobile and to fund special Reading Rainbow packages for schools. As of Wednesday, almost $3.5 million has been donated — that’s more than three times the amount Burton originally was asking for and there are still 28 days left to donate. As Burton can probably attest to, money is also power.

Check out the spoof below: READ FULL STORY

Blast from the past: Steve left 'Blues Clues' because he was... balding?

When Steve Burns left Nickelodeon’s Blue Clues without warning in 2002, he broke children’s hearts everywhere. Some just sobbed; some whispered that he had actually died of a drug overdose. But the explanation for his departure was hardly as dramatic in real life.

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Donald Faison and Zach Braff reprise 'Guy Love' live -- VIDEO

It’s guy love between two guys — live and in person!

During an event promoting Zach Braff’s latest film, Wish I Was Here, the ex-Scrubs star reunited with his on- and offscreen BFF Donald Faison to sing a live version of the classic Scrubs tune. Seven years ago, Faison and Braff first performed “Guy Love” in a special musical episode of the medical sitcom, cementing their status as TV’s cutest (platonic) couple. Though Scrubs is over now, they still remain best friends in real life — making their embrace at the end of this performance even more adorable.

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'Donnie Darko' reimagined as an 8-bit videogame -- VIDEO

It’s Donnie Darkobut without Donnie’s impassioned Smurfette monologue and with 8-bit graphics — the result looks like a very, very mad world, indeed. READ FULL STORY

Barry Williams remembers 'Brady Bunch' costar Ann B. Davis: 'She didn't even know how to make meatloaf!'

Ann B. Davis, best known as Alice on The Brady Bunch, died Sunday. Barry Williams, who portrayed oldest brother Greg Brady on the show, remembered his longtime friend and costar on Today Monday morning.

“When she came on our set she was already a big star, having won a couple of Emmys,” Williams explained. (Davis won a pair of Supporting Actress in a Comedy statuettes for her work on NBC’s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show.)”So I knew even as a young teenager she was someone I wanted to pay attention to.”

Williams also remembered one time where paying attention too closely got him called out. “She turned and stopped the rehearsal — I guess I was interrupting her rhythm — and said, ‘Barry, comedy is not funny!’ And I was crushed,” Williams recalled. “I thought I’d disappointed her. Later I snuck over to her and I said, ‘What did you mean by ‘comedy is not funny?’ And she said, ‘Oh, I was just kidding with you.’ Which was her sense of humor.”

Williams noted that while Davis was “a wonderful, wonderful woman,” there’s one thing about her that fans should know: “Most people think of her as a really wonderful cook. But she didn’t even know how to make meatloaf!”

Watch below: READ FULL STORY

LeVar Burton talks Kickstarter success, why we need 'Reading Rainbow' now more than ever

On Wednesday, actor LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million to bring back Reading Rainbow. On Thursday, the $1 million was raised. And by Friday, nearly $3 million had been donated — and there are still 32 days left to contribute to the campaign. Talk about a fundraising success. READ FULL STORY

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