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READ: All Of Your Pop Culture Fixes For May

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And you! And you! And you! You’re gonna love….MAYYYYYYYYY! If you don’t get that reference I don’t know how we’re even friends. We are friends right? Oh god, this is not the time to shake my fragile ego. Maybe I can convince you to be my best-friend-forever by providing you with a slew of entertainment to get you through May? I knew you’d come around…That’s right, as Spring marches on we have no time to stop and smell the roses because there is A LOT of precious, precious entertainment we need to absorb. Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this month:

Television: (Click title for more information)

Cobra Kai May 2 on YouTube Red

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition May 11 at 8p EST on CBS

Citizen Rose May 17 at 10p EST on E!

2018 Billboard Music Awards May 20 at 8p EST on NBC

2018 Miss USA May 21 at 8p EST on FOX

***Editor’s Choice***

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance May 13 at 8p EST on Lifetime

Some may say I am a hopeless romantic…the haters might say I have princess envy…either way I am tuning in to see this biographical love story. Lifetime’s knack for tugging heartstrings seems to supply the foundation for this film as the network promises to show viewers the courtship of the now-iconic couple. In addition to the love, viewers will also see how the Royal Family dealt with accepting a once divorced, American actress into their kingdom. This looks to be an adult’s version of a Disney tale, so be sure to cosy up with your own prince/princess charming…finally an excuse to wear my Cinderella tiara…

Movies (Click title for more information)

Overboard  May 4

Tully May 4

Life of the Party May 11

Breaking In May 11

Deadpool 2 May 18

Solo: A Star Wars Story May 25

***Editor’s Choice***

Ok, maybe it’s because I just binge-watched every episode of Grace and Frankie but this movie looks so good! I am sure lots of those basic b’s would be listing Deadpool 2 as their movie choice, but allow me…a much more complex b…to sway you. This movie is what happens when The Golden Girls meets Girls Trip. The premise is about 4 longtime gal pals who run a book club and decide to give 50 Shades Of Grey a read. The book inspires the women to spice up their own sex lives, and hijinks ensue. There is an all star cast behind this one with Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen taking the lead. There is a scene about being roofied with Viagra….are you intrigued yet?!?

Netflix

The Rain May 4

A Little Help With Carol Burnett May 4

The Who Was Show May 11

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife May 13

***Editor’s Choice***

The Break With Michelle Wolf

After comedian Michelle Wolf KILLED IT at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last weekend, how can I not choose this show?!? Wolf is the hilarious, frizzy haired, redhead that every gay man wants to be besties with…omg she’s the public’s Grace Adler! Netflix describes this show as “a weekly half-hour variety/sketch series, will have jokes, sketches, celebrities, and more.” I. Am. Sold.

Broadway/Off-Broadway (click title for more information)

Summer and Smoke Opens May 3

Long Day’s Journey Into Night Opens May 8

Twelfth Night Opens May 13

Woman and Scarecrow Opens May 20

***Editor’s Choice***

The Boys In The Band Opens on May 31

As the only Broadway show on the list, it is a bit of an obvious choice. Contrary to what the title may leave you to believe, this is not a show about N’Sync….or any other 90’s boy band for that matter. Instead, it is a gripping play about a group of friends and the harsh realities that may ultimately divide them. The original production of this show ran in the late 60’s and was one of the first public works to present a story that centered on a group of homosexuals. The cast for this revival is amazing with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells headlining. This will surely be the must-see show of the season!

Music

Charlie Puth Voicenotes – May 7

James Bay Electric Light – May 18

Mean Girls Original Cast Recording – May 18

Hoobastank Push Pull – May 25

Snow Patrol Wilderness – May 25

***Editor’s Choice***

Frozen Original Cast Recording – May 11

So this might be a bit of a stretch for those who aren’t big Broadway fans, but I couldn’t justify crediting Hoobastank as my choice.. Frozen was actually an amazing musical, both in it’s soundtrack as well as it’s spectacle. With Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez adding new music to the film’s score, the entire show feels like a fuller, fleshed out version of the animated hit. Don’t let it go and skip this soundtrack, it is definitely worth the listen!

 

May’s looking pretty good right? So…we are besties again? Perfect because while you were reading I took the time to fasten up some friendship bracelets…hope you like human hair! Enjoy the list, and see you next month!

 

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect

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Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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Planters ‘Baby Nut’ Has Somehow Already Turned 21 And People Are Not Loving The News

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2020 keeps getting nuttier.

The world was shocked when the iconic Mr. Peanut was killed during a pre-Super Bowl ad earlier this year. There wasn’t much time to mourn, however, before a new nut was thrust onto us like back-to-school commercials in July. Yes, after the 59-year-old mascot met his untimely death consumers were introduced to his reincarnate, Baby Nut. With big, expressive eyes and a tiny stature fans began to swoon over the cute branding revamp and accepted him as the new mascot. Well as if 2020 hasn’t been crazy enough, Planters just released a new commercial celebrating Baby Nut’s 21st birthday and I’m not sure how to feel about it.

According to a quick Google search, a peanut plant takes 4-5 months to reach maturity. So with Baby Nut being born in February, he is technically right on track in his growth cycle. The OG Mr. Peanut was the reigning mascot for 59 years so does that mean he was actually over 3,000 peanut-years old? The accelerated aging is not explained in the new ad with Baby Nut (Young Adult Nut?) simply saying “it’s been a weird year.” Reactions on Twitter are largely negative but as always, hilarious. Here are some of the best:

Yikes. Good thing Baby Nut is old enough to drink now…looks like he might need to throw back a few to handle some of these reactions.

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The Last Blockbuster Store In Existence Is Now Listed On AirBNB

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Netflix could never.

Remember how exciting it was to take a trip to Blockbuster back in the 90’s? You’d try to get there early enough to rent one of the latest “new releases” before everyone else in the neighborhood got to them. You’d beg your parents for some popcorn and candy which were conveniently placed on the checkout line. And if it was a whole family outing, you’d wander off to look at all the films and games that you were never going to rent but found comfort in knowing you could rent someday. Gosh, it felt like you could spend days inside one of those movie meccas. Well good news, now you can because the last Blockbuster in existence is now listed on AirBNB!

The retailer, located in Bend, Oregon is offering up three one-night stays for up to four guests for folks who want an “end of summer sleepover.” The store has added an adorable living room set up which includes a pull out sofa and a big screen tv so guests can binge all their favorite films. Oh and there’s snacks! Along with providing ideas for a perfect 90’s night the ad also suggests that you should “help yourself to some NERDS, Raisinets and popcorn (heavy on the butter), but make sure you save room for a couple slices.”

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There is a catch to the whole experience though, the listing is only available to Deschutes County residents. Is it too late to move!?! Manager Sandi Harding explained that the publicity stunt is a response to the newfound economic uncertainty due to the pandemic. “Not much has changed at our store – not even our prices – and that’s just how we like it! We think of ourselves as a family, and that includes everyone from the global travelers who come to visit, to the lifelong friends and couples who first met as Blockbuster employees. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a test of our community unlike any other, so we decided to list this stay to keep this tradition alive during these uncertain times.”

Such a clever way to keep this iconic 90’s treasure trove alive! To check out the AirBNB listing, click here!

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