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Aubrey Plaza's Best Talk Show Moments

No one makes a host uncomfortable quite like Aubrey Plaza.

Aubrey Plaza is an actress, comedian, and producer, and now, a late night phenomenon thanks to her odd anecdotes and supremely awkward reactions.

Promoting her new movie Child's Play, Aubrey Plaza is on the media circuit again, generously giving the people what they want. Plaza makes the most seasoned hosts fumble gloriously— you can't help but laugh. Her strange persona sparkles one-on-one and now, more than ever, she's simply the most fun.

Aubrey Plaza Meets Ellen

Aubrey Plaza Meets Ellen Show www.metatube.com

Aubrey Plaza had already been on various talk shows at this point in her career, but when she finally made it to daytime television, she became a memorable interviewee. A clip of the interview was difficult to find, possibly because The Ellen DeGeneres Show tried to scrub it from the internet. Throughout their five stupendous minutes together, Ellen had no idea how to handle Plaza's off-beat delivery and humor— for once, Ellen was thrown off and hilariously perplexed.


Aubrey Plaza: F#*% You Old People, I'm Going To Live Forever!

No one can banter with Aubrey Plaza like Conan O'Brien. She's often a highlight of his program, but out of all the videos, this one stands out. Here, Aubrey recounts her legendary speech after winning the Young Hollywood Award, where she told old people to go f#*% themselves and declared that she was going to live forever. Wonderfully, she goes on to explain that as a child, she wanted to be an old woman because she believed old people could get away with anything.

Aubrey Plaza Flashed The Dirty Grandpa Producers at Her Audition

For once, the headline of a late night clip isn't clickbait. Seth Meyers, with his boyish charm, giddily laughed while Plaza narrated the unforgettable moment. Although Plaza had been asked to audition for Zac Efron's love interest, she pushed to play the role of Robert De Nero's smokin' boo. This interview has it all: butts, producers, dirty pictures, and of course, Aubrey Plaza.


Aubrey Plaza's Audition For Catwoman

Just the other day, Plaza graced Stephen Colbert's show to promote Child's Play. Jump forward to the 6:50-minute mark to experience their hysterical bit. After Colbert asks her about wanting to audition for Catwoman, she slowly transforms into the role as Colbert brings out more cat-like accessories. The clip ends with Plaza on Colbert's desk, pawing at his face. The host couldn't help but smile as he tried to move to commercial break.

The Parks and Recreation Cast Sings "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian"

Saving the best for last, Aubrey Plaza took bits to a whole other level on Late Night with Seth Meyers during the Parks and Recreation send-off— stealing the spotlight with another co-star. Please, just watch for yourself if you haven't seen the sensational clip already.

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This Week in Internet Hell: Evil Spirits for Sale and a Good Kind of Stroke

We ruined our browser history to bring you the best the freaky web had to offer.

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Shame, intrigue, and human connection are the pillars of Internet culture.

At least, those are lies we tell ourselves when we don't want to admit that all media is driven by loneliness, sex, and absurdity. While Internet rabbit holes are lovely, dark, and deep—exactly like that Robert Frost poem, an Anselm Kiefer painting, or puberty—some stories just keep on giving. Our ace Popdust staff has curated the best the freaky web had to offer this past week, gladly sacrificing time spent with loved ones, our ability to be appropriate at dinner parties, and our inner peace of mind. Here are this week's Internet gems:

1. Woman Suffers a Stroke Receiving Oral Sex

This story has sexy, life-threatening danger and uncomfortable detail about how nature's most intimate hug can go so terribly wrong. Plus, the woman turned out fine, so after the perverse thrill and vague undercurrent of shame, we all feel relief at the end.

2. www.reddit.com/r/Mirrorsforsale

Here's a fully active subreddit with over 50,000 subscribers entirely dedicated to looking at pictures of mirrors that are for sale somewhere. Mind you; the posters are not necessarily selling the mirrors themselves. They're just sharing pictures of them.

r/Mirrorsforsale


3. Imagine Beta O'Rourke in Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Yes, that's Beto O'Rourke's head photo-shopped onto a frat kid's body. It rocks because people will literally vote for a candidate because he's handsome.

4. EBAY: Wicca Priestess Evil Voodoo Doll Iva Haunted Active

The perks are endless: 100% buyer satisfaction, free delivery in 4 days, and step-by-step instructions how to activate and use your authentic Voodoo Doll, which was "individually handmade by the Witches of the Coven of Rosen who are Witches by birthright. They have not made up some coven or joined one." With "more than 93% sold," this is your last chance to own an authentically evil doll instead one of Mattel's manufactured ones, like creepy Little Mommy or Barbie.

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5. Florida Man Wearing Spider-Man Mask Robs Liquor Store

Dumb criminals wearing dumpster masks to their crime scenes is as common as celebrities turning out to be criminals, but Edward "Fast Eddie" Wilburn is special. As Deputy Bruce Milne said, "Wilburn might have gotten away with it if he didn't scout the store first and then return wearing the Spider-Man mask to rob the store."

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5 Forgotten Parodies That Predicted the Future

Spoofs have been fortune-telling with eerie accuracy long before The Simpsons or Family Guy predicted Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn.

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Yes, we've all heard that The Simpsons predicted the future, and Matt Groening is probably a time-traveling harbinger of doom.

But spoofs have been fortune-telling with eerie accuracy long before The Simpsons or Family Guy predicted Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn. From crime confessions to the future of sex toys, satire has proven to be more reliable than the news in many cases. These five parodies that came true are proof that everything is only getting weirder. You might as well start laughing now.

1.Chris Rock predicted O.J. Simpson's book, If I Did It

Chris Rock predicted O.J. Simpson's confessional bookIFC

The Chris Rock Show was under-appreciated for its run on HBO between 1997 and 2000. The raunchy comedian hosted the show's satirical sketches and parody commercials with guest stars like George Carlin, Arsenio Hall, Conan O'Brien, and Tracy Morgan. In a 1997 parody of a studio tour, Rock rummages through a collection of gifts supposedly given by celebrities. 20 years before O.J. Simpson allegedly approved ghostwriters to release the confessional book, If I Did It, Rock held up a VHS tape and reflected, "Who could forget the night O.J. Came by to sell his new instructional videotape: I Didn't Kill My Wife! But If I Did, Here's How I'd Do It?"

Chris Rock Sees The Future youtu.be

2. The Onion predicted eerily specific masturbation technology

The Oculus Rift Sex simulatorThe Daily Dot

The only real difference between Samsung's "Apex" and the Oculus Rift sex simulator is that the Apex was the subject of The Onion's satirical news video and the Oculus Rift offers a wider variety of simulated sex acts. The Onion first spoofed the idea with the description that the Apex "streams video into your left eye, Internet into your right eye, and sucks your dick at the same time." Now, developers in Japan have crafted next-gen masturbation techniques that allow virtual reality users to simulate sex with crudely-animated 3D women. They even offer compatible masturbation aids for a fully "immersive experience."

New Wearable Computer Also Sucks Your Dick youtu.be

3. Gremlins 2 (1990) first broke the news that Donald Trump was a cheater

Filmmakers Joe Dante and Charlie Haas cooked up a Donald Trump riff in their comedy sequel. In Gremlins 2, Daniel Clamp is a crass, narcissistic billionaire who dominates New York real estate despite being too idiotic to believe. He also has an affair with his employee named Marla. Shortly after the film's release, front page news broke one of Trump's most public scandals of the 90s when he cheated on his wife with Marla Maples, who would later become his second wife. Haas said, "He was an emblem of what was going on in the '80s and '90s with greed and money and crassness, and [the idea of] the whole world being for sale. But he still seemed sort of harmless."

John Glover as Daniel Clamp (Gremlins 2 ) youtu.be

4. EDtv (1999) mocked soulless reality TV before reality TV existed

Few people had good things to say about Ron Howard's comedy at the time, but the entire premise of the film seemed patently absurd in 1999 (even with The Truman Show riffing on media and sitcoms the year before). Ellen Degeneres portrays the comically cold-hearted studio head of "True TV" network who tries to drum up ratings with the novel idea of filming a painfully average man (Matthew McConaughey) and broadcasting his life 24/7. One year before Survivor and Big Brother debuted, "reality TV" didn't exist as a genre when the comedy captured how successful a show can become when people watch for "no reason, I just want to see what happens."

Edtv Official Trailer #1 - Dennis Hopper Movie (1999) HD youtu.be

5. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) turned airport scanners into nude pictures

Airplane 2: the sequel predicted nude airport scannersIFC


The 1982 disaster movie spoof delivers more of the original's bawdy humor and dirty jokes. But in a simple scene of travelers passing through airport security, there's a passing joke about security scanners being able to view passengers naked. The bored security guard and quick pacing of the scene banks on the sheer ridiculousness carrying the joke. Of course, in 2013 the TSA introduced Advanced Imaging Technology scanners soon dubbed "naked scanners." The backlash was so extreme that the TSA eventually switched software systems to reduce the clarity of the images.

Airplane II: The Sequel. Airport youtu.be



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With songs like "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Kerosene," Miranda Lambert has long proven that she has no interest in what's polite. Like an event right out of one of her songs, the CMA award winner was reportedly dining out at a Nashville restaurant with her mother and a "family friend" on February 10th when the group got into an altercation with another diner.

According to TMZ, Lambert's "friend" was in the restroom when another man became angry over a statement about millennials' cellphone use. The man later approached Lambert's table and raised his voice at the singer and her companions, prompting Lambert to dump a salad in his wife's lap. The police were called, but the two-time Grammy award winner and her companions had left by the time they arrived. Thus far, neither Lambert nor her team have commented on the event.

Now, the recordings of the various 911 calls that were made at the time have been released. They're exceptionally entertaining.

Highlights include:

"Miranda's trying to hit people and she's flipping over on 'em!"

"One guy says he's a cop and the other says he works for homeland security."

The manager of the restaurant describing the two men's weights very specifically.

The calls have made it very clear that one of the perpetrators of the fight was Miranda Lambert's new husband, Brendan Mcloughlin, a NYPD police officer who matches the descriptions relayed in the calls. At the time of the incident, Lambert had yet to announce her marriage, waiting until Valentine's Day to post the following:

We guess a couple that throws salad together, stays together. Maybe. It appears Lambert's new man has a bit of a track record of infidelity. The 27-year-old welcomed a new baby into the world with a woman named Kaihla Rettinger just 3 months ago, despite being engaged to Jackie Bruno at the time of the baby's conception and birth. According to Bruno's mother, Rettinger called Bruno to inform her about the baby while Bruno was in Sweden playing professional soccer, "[Brendan] tried to deny it and then begged her to stay with him," she continued. "She was only going for a few months to play, he was begging her to marry him before she left, even though he knew the girl was pregnant." It remains unclear when the law enforcement officer began dating Lambert.

While we don't blame Lambert for the restaurant throw down because we're also tired of salad, the constant criticism of millennials, and we're definitely tired of old men who think they have the right to your attention. We are a little concerned about the reliability of her new man, though. But then again, if he does end up being a scum bag, we'll inevitably get more iconic break up anthems from the least lady-like lady in country music.


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I Can't Wait to Be Offended by Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers 2.0"

You're all invited to my mid-2000s sleepover watch party.

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In the mid-2000s, Comedy Central had a golden age of adolescent humor and political incorrectness.

From Chappelle's Show and Reno 911! to some of South Park's tightest seasons, the network welcomed unabashed irreverence. This week Comedy Central renewed our middle school urge to rile strangers with a 20-episode revival of Crank Yankers. The original series ran from 2002-2007, treating prank calls as an art form by featuring celebrity guests making actual prank calls to unsuspecting strangers and businesses. Onscreen, puppets in imaginative sets acted out the ridiculous and elaborate scenarios laid out to the strangers.

The original masterminds behind the series, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, and Daniel Kellison, will all serve as executive producers, with younger brother Jonathan Kimmel serving as showrunner. Each half hour episode will follow the original format, but the network promises that this time "the world's favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social media, e-sport platforms and any venue where trouble can be made."

Jimmy Kimmel said, "Crank Yankers has always been my favorite show to make. Nothing is more fun or makes me laugh harder than a great crank call and I am thrilled that Comedy Central asked us to do it again. At this time, I would like to ask all Americans to disable their caller ID. Thank you."

Whether or not Crank Yankers 2.0 will try to match the same level of high-octane profanity that brought us recurring characters named "Special Ed" and "Spoonie Luv" remains to be seen. Until then, here are three clips that perfected the art of prepubescent sleepover pranks:

1. "Gladys Reports a Turd"

Wanda Sykes voices an irate women picking up her car from a parking service and reporting a "human turd in the back seat."

Crank Yankers - Gladys Reports a Turd youtu.be


2. "Want a Taste of Helen's Cookies?"

An elderly woman calls in an order to her local grocery store and attempts to solicit the young clerk to delivery her cookies personally (he goes for it).

Crank Yankers - Want a Taste of Helen's Cookies? youtu.be

3. "Spoonie Places a Personal Ad"

Recurring character Spoonie Luv attempts to place a personal ad in the Village Voice, but the operator is forced to tell him that it's "too raunchy" to print.

Crank Yankers - Spoonie Places a Personal Ad youtu.be


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