Finding yourself using the balding old man emoji to incorporate George Constanza into text conversations? You won’t have to much longer: The guys behind the Seinfeld Current Day Twitter account will soon be debuting a set of 42 Seinfeld emoji, including pictographs of Constanza, Seinfeld, and the rest of the gang—plus Junior Mints, of course.
Tag: Nostalgia (11-20 of 541)
Tonight, the National Geographic Channel—or, as the hepcats call it, Nat Geo—will air the first installment of The ’90s: The Last Greatest Decade?, a three-night documentary series event that explores what is undoubtedly the Internet’s favorite ten years.
You might be asking, “Why do I need to see yet another nostalgic docuseries/blog post/revived children’s show or movie about a decade that gave the world The Postman?” Well, friendly naysayer, we’ll tell you: The special features a bunch of famous people saying fun/interesting/silly things about the past. You love fun/interesting/silly things about the past! Don’t you? READ FULL STORY
It’s strange to feel sheepish about loving a film that won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture—a critical and commercial smash that earned nearly $700 million at the global box office and has been chosen for preservation in the National Film Archive.
And yet: Exactly two decades after its release, calling Forrest Gump one of your favorite movies is an act bound to raise eyebrows, provided you’re talking to anyone who fancies herself a film buff. Most anti-Gumpers resent the movie more for what it isn’t than what it is; as they’ll be the first to remind you, Robert Zemeckis’s film bested Pulp Fiction, now widely regarded as the movie most deserving of the top prize at the 67th Annual Academy Awards. (The Shawshank Redemption also has its partisans, though they’re a less vocal minority.) More passionate haters will attack the movie itself, calling Gump mawkishly melodramatic, aggressively uncool, an elaborate production designed to pander to a certain demographic’s documented historical vanity.
Sure, the World Cup has produced a number of vivid and unusual dances from players on the field. But as the Brooklyn Cyclones’ Seinfeld-themed baseball game proved on Saturday, not even elite footballers can kick like Elaine Benes.
In honor of the sitcom’s 25th anniversary yesterday, the New York Mets-affiliated minor league team treated the city to Salute to Seinfeld Night, which featured players warming up in puffy shirts, visits from both the Soup Nazi actor and the real Kramer, and an appropriately absurd Elaine Dancing Contest. READ FULL STORY
Psst: The Fourth of July isn’t really about crazy fireworks displays, or eating a record-breaking 69 hot dogs in just 10 minutes, or those layered American flag cakes that look so gorgeous on Pinterest but are physically impossible to reproduce IRL.
No, my friends—it’s about our glorious nation’s glorious genesis, spearheaded in the City of Brotherly Love 238 years ago when our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. You could honor them by comparing bifocals with a Benjamin Franklin impersonator, or perhaps wearing a powdered wig to the beach. By my money, though, there’s no better way to celebrate than by watching 1776, a goofy/poignant/boring/riveting musical that frames the process of ratifying the Declaration as the original reality show (a bunch of dudes are trapped in a room together for weeks, with nothing to do but form alliances and bitch at each other). But 1776 isn’t just entertaining—it doubles as the perfect distillation of what it truly means to be an American.
A bold statement, to be sure—but one I’m prepared to defend for the entire length of “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” (a.k.a. forever). Why? Simple: READ FULL STORY
Meshach Taylor, who earned an Emmy nomination for playing Anthony Bouvier, the falsely-accused ex-con delivery man-turned-partner at the Atlanta-based Sugarbaker interior design firm on Designing Women, has died at the age of 67.
Fans of Scandal know Guillermo Díaz as torture-addicted Gladiator Huck, who’s been known to lick his colleague-turned-enemy-turned-lover Quinn (Katie Lowes) and do unspeakable things to her in parking garages. Nearly 20 years ago, though, Díaz was an emerging actor who’d just starred opposite Parker Posey in Party Girl and was looking for a breakout gig. Enter Stonewall.
Díaz booked his first leading role as La Miranda, a larger-than-life drag queen (and I’m not just talking about her hair), in Nigel Finch’s fictionalized account of the days leading up to the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement on June 28, 1969. READ FULL STORY
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
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.
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
28 Days Later
“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“Soak up the Sun” – Sheryl Crow
“Superman” – Five for Fighting
“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
“Work It” – Missy Elliot
J.Lo + Ben Affleck = Bennifer
Serena Williams’ amazing win streak
Anna Nicole Smith’s court battle
“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
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Da Ali G Show
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Freddy vs. Jason
“Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly
“All the Things She Said” – t.A.T.u
“Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore start dating
Dixie Chicks speak out against President Bush and Iraq War
“The Star Wars Kid” viral video
Steve Bartman incident at Chicago Cubs game
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
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
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