Non-Election Pop Culture News for Disengaged People


Non-Election Pop Culture News for Disengaged People

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Wall-to-wall election coverage got you down? Waiting for it all to be over so everyone in your feed will stop talking about politics? Just a sort of vapid, uninteresting person in general? No worries, we’ve still got some pointless pop culture ephemera to talk about today for you from around the web.

Dowager countess Cameron Diaz’s advances were rebuffed by Robert Pattinson at some ridiculous thing or other in Hollywood the other night, US Weekly reports.

“She was pretty obvious,” says one of three witnesses who watched Diaz come on to the Twilight star, 26. “Cam was seated next to Rob at dinner. She was touching his arm, doing her big Cameron laugh at everything he said and trying really hard. He was polite, but not having it.”

That last part sounds like a pretty good description of Mitt Romney actually. Sorry, didn’t mean to slip that one in there.

Is Matthew Vaughn going to direct the next Star Wars movie? MAYBE, says a bunch of websites, like Cinema Blend.

Collider has learned of a rumor – and please put an extra special emphasis on rumor in this case – that Matthew Vaughn, best known for helming X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Stardust, and Layer Cake is currently in talks to direct the latest Star Wars movie. To add to the rumor, it’s suggested that the new project is the reason why Vaughn dropped out of directing the upcoming X-Men sequel, a gig that eventually went to Bryan Singer. It’s been said that the new sci-fi film already has a full treatment in the works, but production on the movie is likely still a long way off, as Disney won’t be releasing it until 2015.

Also a long way off? A Republican presidential administration, if America’s nerdiest stat laureate in chief’s latest projections are to be believed.

The next M.I.A record is going to be delayed, apparently, Spin reports.

Arulpragasam says that’s the story behind her upcoming album, Matangi, which has been delayed past its expected December 2012 due date (she declined to specify until when). Maya repeatedly said she wasn’t going to discuss her latest music but decided to show the audience one image, which she said was “spirituality on the Internet as it happens.” It appeared to be a Matangi mood board of sorts, whose central focus was two green parrots, which M.I.A. identified as key.

I’d try to tie that into the election somehow to keep up with the flimsy premise of this blog post, but I’m not sure I understood what any of it meant. In my life, spirituality on the internet as it happens typically means my aunt on Facebook posting Bible quotations over chintzy photoshops of Jesus playing football with orphans.

Oh screw it, here’s some hateful shit heads in Minnesota dressed up in cute costumes to promote their cause of denying same sex couples the right to marry. LOL. It’s so cute when bigots have fun.

Minnesota voters will decide whether to reiterate the ban on same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution on Nov. 6 — but a group of Northwestern College students is already voicing their opposition in a series of photographs.

The photos, which have already been posted by Buzzfeed and Queerty among other media outlets, can originally be found on the “Minnesota for Marriage” Facebook page. The students smile into the camera as they hold placards explaining their reasons for voting in favor of the state’s Amendment 1, which will add a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

And that’s who you’re up against, reasonable people of the world. Go vote.

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