Football Nostalgia

19 Dec 18
EW.com

A Disney musical about a street urchin who befriends a genie and falls in love with a princess isn’t a premise that comes to mind when one thinks of Guy Ritchie. The British director, 50, is known for gritty thrillers featuring robberies, explosions, and car chases, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and […]

19 Dec 18
Yeah, Write!

‘Who likes cartoons?’ when the question was directed to the crowd, it wasn’t a surprise to see all the 30-40-year-old kids raise their hand. It wasn’t just a question, they actually had a plan to show us cartoons (Yay!). Then it started rolling, and Shaun and his friends came out to play cabbage football. It […]

19 Dec 18
New Delhi Times

And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are … Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you […]

19 Dec 18
Frantic Planet dot blog

[click here for last year’s Christmas special — Jim Davidson’s adult panto] A Christmas Carol must hold the record for the single most adapted piece of literature, with countless feature films and stage shows, and TV episodes borrowing the premise for Christmas specials. While many, particularly the most well-loved, pull their take straight from the […]

18 Dec 18
RemnarcTrebor

Team of plucky losers battles through a series of bizarre and hilarious situations based around 5 a-side football. Frequently drifting between fantasy and reality, referencing things the target audience would have no idea of and soundtracked by the best indie-pop the late 90s had to offer. What’s not to love?

18 Dec 18
A Year With Jurgen

It was Sunday 16th December, the top story on the BBC website was about Theresa May refuting a report in The Sunday Times that she was planning another EU referendum, yet again refusing to even contemplate the merits of such an idea in what is admittedly  consistent with this week’s policy of not wanting anyone […]

18 Dec 18
CBS Detroit

Forgettable and unforgettable Pop Culture Moments from this past year.

18 Dec 18
The Denver Post
And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are … Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you wanted a break from that, there was a royal wedding with something for everyone, some groundbreaking movies, the return of Mary Poppins (to the screen) and Harry Potter (to Broadway), a goodbye to some favorite celebrities, a tale of two coats that were more than just coats, and more. Join us on a highly selective chronological journey through a year in pop culture: JANUARY The first awards shows reflect a changed Hollywood, only a few months after the #MeToo movement engulfed the industry. At the GOLDEN GLOBES, the red carpet becomes a sea of glittering black gowns in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct, and OPRAH WINFREY gives a barn-burner of a speech, looking to a day “when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again!” At the GRAMMYS, stars don white roses, and singer Kesha dedicates a tearful performance of “Praying” to the #MeToo movement. FEBRUARY Welcome to WAKANDA: The latest Marvel hero to jump off the page into his own movie is the “BLACK PANTHER,” and RYAN COOGLER’S film is universally acclaimed. “Tell them who you are” is a catchphrase of the film, but it might as well be a pre-Oscar motto for Coogler and a starry cast including CHADWICK BOSEMAN, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, LUPITA NYONG’O and a slew of others. Ten months later the film will be nominated for a Golden Globe and generating serious Oscar buzz. MARCH Speaking of OSCAR, it’s that time, and we’re still talking about #MeToo, not to mention “Time’s Up!” Appearing onstage to mark the moment is a powerful trio of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers: ASHLEY JUDD, ANNABELLA SCIORRA, and SALMA HAYEK. And when FRANCES McDORMAND says she has “some things to say,” people listen: The best actress winner asks all the women nominees in the room to stand, and instructs Hollywood to tell their stories. APRIL Times are changing at the PULITZERS, too, where rapper KENDRICK LAMAR wins the music prize for “DAMN.” He’s the first rapper to win the prestigious laurel and the first winner who’s not a classical or jazz musician. In film, director JOHN KRASINSKI energizes the horror genre with the creepy, silent “A Quiet Place,” also starring wife EMILY BLUNT. On Broadway, the enduring magic of HARRY POTTER is conjured with the hit London transplant, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” MAY Let’s say “Do Svidaniya” to our favorite Soviet spy couple as “THE AMERICANS” ends its six-season run on FX with an elegant, surprising and moving series finale. At the annual glittery MET GALA, the theme is “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination ,” and imaginations are running rampant — we’re talking about you, KATY PERRY and your giant angel wings! But perhaps the most memorable fashion statement comes when the very American MEGHAN MARKLE weds the very British PRINCE HARRY in a refreshingly unadorned white gown. A gospel choir sings “Stand By Me,” and an American bishop, MICHAEL CURRY, almost steals the show with a spirited improvisational sermon before saying: “We gotta get y’all married!” Also this month, “THIS IS AMERICA” by CHILDISH GAMBINO, aka multi-talented DONALD GLOVER (also having a big year with “Atlanta”) opens at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, accompanied by a viral video of nonstop dancing punctuated by shocking scenes of shootings. And goodbye, ROSEANNE: The show’s reboot is canceled following her racist tweet. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] JUNE What was she thinking? MELANIA TRUMP doesn’t say, but the writing on her Zara jacket has everyone talking. “I don’t really care. Do U?” reads the garment worn by the first lady on parts of her trip to visit detained migrant children in Texas. Four months later she’ll explain it was “for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me.” In music, JAY-Z and BEYONCE continue to exert their unique influence with a surprise joint album, “Everything is Love.” On a sad note, two admired celebrities are mourned after taking their own lives: global culinary chronicler ANTHONY BOURDAIN and colorful it-bag designer KATE SPADE. JULY Last year, it was WEINSTEIN. This year, it’s LES MOONVES, one of the most powerful men in television. Reporter RONAN FARROW breaks the explosive story of sexual misconduct on the part of the CBS chief executive; in September, with accusations escalating, Moonves will step down. And at year’s end he’ll lose his $120 million severance when CBS says it has grounds to fire him for cause, concluding he violated company policy and was uncooperative with an investigation — a claim Moonves’ attorney denies. AUGUST Farewell to the Queen of Soul: ARETHA FRANKLIN’s death sparks worldwide mourning, and the singer is hailed not only for her talent — the greatest of a generation — but her lifelong demand for “RESPECT,” as a woman and an African-American. She is eulogized in an epic eight-hour funeral. Another longtime great, PAUL MCCARTNEY, does carpool karaoke with JAMES CORDEN, and their visit to McCartney’s hometown of Liverpool that has many fans crying sweet tears of nostalgia. SEPTEMBER “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” says a new NIKE ad that makes waves because of the man speaking the lines: COLIN KAEPERNICK, the former San Francisco quarterback who began a wave of protests among NFL players against police brutality and racial inequality. At the EMMYS, the awards themselves are upstaged by a surprise marriage proposal. And happy birthday, HARRY POTTER! Wow, you’re 20 years old. OCTOBER Usually DONALD TRUMP has the spotlight in the Oval Office, but apparently not when KANYE WEST visits. The rapper, ostensibly there to discuss prison reform, delivers a 10-minute speech about the president, politics, and of course himself. “You are tasting a fine wine,” he says, referring to, er, his truly. “It has multiple notes to it.” Onscreen, the ultimate chameleon, LADY GAGA, reinvents herself yet again with a stunning turn in BRADLEY COOPER’s acclaimed “A STAR IS BORN.” And some fine-art news: The elusive BANKSY pulls a stunt for the ages with his self-shredding painting at a Sotheby’s auction. But was that him, in the audience? Maybe. NOVEMBER Three broken ribs might sideline a football player, but RUTH BADER GINSBURG? Nah. Days after her injury from a fall, the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice is back on the job, capping a year in which she’s emerged as a true pop culture heroine. Already in the spotlight for “RBG,” the documentary in which she’s shown doing push-ups among other things, she’s also the subject of a popular SNL rap video, and by year’s end a new feature film, “On the Basis of Sex.” Oh, and she’s back at the gym, too. DECEMBER Wanna be the new Oscar host? They’re hiring! (Unless you’d prefer to be Trump’s chief of staff.) KEVIN HART is forced to step down — two days after being named — when past homophobic tweets are aired. And remember all the talk over the first lady’s Zara coat? Now it’s NANCY PELOSI’s MaxMara coat we’re discussing, a fiery red number that she wears — with Armani shades — emerging from a tense showdown with the president. The fashion label immediately reissues the discontinued garment. And speaking of cool overcoats: A stylish new MARY POPPINS is on the block, thanks to BLUNT, who proves a worthy successor to Julie Andrews in the Disney sequel. At the end of a tough year, it feels nice to indulge with just a spoonful of sugar.
18 Dec 18
MIKE SHERMAN

It was Christmas season last year when news first leaked that the XFL might be making a comeback. As someone who fell in love with the 2001 version as a sophomore in high school in the Washington, D.C. area, the XFL’s return, coupled by the announcement that D.C. is getting a team, has been nothing […]

18 Dec 18
National Post

And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are … Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you […]

18 Dec 18
TheSixYardRing

As a fan of one of Jose Mourinho’s former clubs, last night I happened to come across a video of him on social media from about a decade ago celebrating a last minute victory. And despite taking into account the obvious effect that father time has on all of us, it was startling to see […]

18 Dec 18
Site Title

Our box began to move. We were coming off the shelf! Like firemen whizzing down the pole, we were ready for action. The top rustled and shimmied for a moment and then it was the first day of creation all over again. Light flooded in. Seconds later the box was turned over and we were […]

18 Dec 18
The Giggery

He invented rock, and it’s still his to command

18 Dec 18
England Memories

This week sadly marks the fifth anniversary of the death of legendary commentator and presenter David Coleman. During the 1970s he would be the BBC’s voice of football, but unfortunately his years as lead commentator would coincide with the England team going into decline… The broadcasting exploits of David Coleman were, to use the phrase […]