This week in Culturegeist: Let’s go Heat! Plus: get to know Aubrey Plaza, Salma talks dirty, vintage Shakira & more!
By ANGIE ROMERO
And you thought the #winning hashtag was played out. Shame on you! This week, it was all about the Miami Heat’s championship win. How did you celebrate? Or hate (if you were rooting for the Thunder)?
The good news is, you lose some, you win some, right? Like Karen Huff Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor and widow in Greece, NY who was continuously bullied by students. That’s when the Internet came to the rescue, raising upwards of $500,000 to help her.
Speaking of winning, troublemaker Charlie Sheen can add “President of the United States” to his credits, thanks to Robert Rodriguez, who has cast him in Machete Kills.
Look out for our own interview with Sheen next week.
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The subtle genius of Aubrey Plaza
In comedy, as in any other genre, game recognizes game. So Aubrey Plaza, otherwise known as April, Amy Poehler’s snarky college intern on NBC’s mockumentary-style showParks and Recreation, is the kind of funny that my favorite comedians — people likeConan or Chelsea — give props to. It’s called subtlety.
Miami Heat’s win: Gloria Estefan, pot banging and soccer chants
Only in Miami: the Heat’s victory was celebrated around town with Cuban Americans screaming “Libertad,” Spanish pop music blasting from cars, and hundreds chanting “oe oe oe oeee” in unison. Also, we ran into Gloria. Go Heat!
In honor of Snooki & JWOWW, the best (and worst) things to come out of Jersey
The infamous guidettes’ new spin-off show on MTV, Snooki & JWOWW, got us thinking about the best and worst things to stem from the Garden State. Don’t worry – the bests far outweigh the worst.
Video mash-up: The best of Penelope Cruz in Hollywood
Penelope’s an actress in Spain and a movie star in Hollywood. There is a difference. Don’t believe us? Check out some of her most memorable roles in America, which consist mostly of three prototypes. Can you guess what they are?
Blast from the past: a 13-year-old Shakira singing a horrible song
Watch a bushy-browed Shakira in action – before she reached superstardom and had good songs backing her up. But the hunger, the drive, and the moves were always there…
‘El Chavo del Ocho’ still ca$hing in after 41 years
Roberto Gomez Bolaños’ show first aired in 1971 in Mexico, and 41 years later, its re-runs are still making tons of money. Between the U.S. and Latin America, El Chavo pulls in over 90 million viewers daily.
How Latino immigrants gain visibility and a sense of identity through art
Arturo Conde on growing up the son of Spanish immigrants and a new installation project depicting the plight of migrant workers in the U.S.
Salma Hayek talks dirty and plays a drug cartel leader in ‘Savages’
The Mexican powerhouse recently sat down with us in L.A. to discuss, among other things, why she enjoyed slapping the ish out of Benicio Del Toro and why she loves talking dirty. ‘Cause Oliver Stone likes it that way.
Evelyn Lozada’s new book makes Ochocinco say WTF
She knows how to serve up the drama on VH1’s Basketball Wives, and now the Puerto Rican reality star is bringing the melodrama to her first novel, Inner Circle.
Justin Bieber’s fans to haters: stop and deal with our swag
What does a perfectly orchestrated release of a new album and a perfume on the same day look like? Hysteria! A look at the Biebs’ lovers and haters.
I’ll have a side of Diego Garcia with that Grande Mocha Frappuccino, please
If you visit Starbucks this week and you hear Los Amigos Invisibles or Nortec Collective playing, you’re not dreaming or caffeine-deprived. Starting this week, your cup of coffee may be accompanied by the release of Nacional Records’ piping hot compilation CD, Café Con Música.
Artist Uriel Landeros vandalizes Picasso painting in Texas museum
A video titled “Conquista la Bestia,” posted on YouTube last week, shows a suited man in black scribbling over an original piece by Pablo Picasso at Houston’s Menil Collection.
Peruvian man turns into Superman, gets himself out of unemployment
This one makes us want to put our cape on and conquer the world!
Viral Video of the Week: Argentina president Kirchner fails at English
When a President messes up during a speech, we giggle and let it go. When a President continuously messes up, it becomes a viral video.
Mexican elections: The most hilarious songs used at rallies
Political campaigns are a great time for creativity. Even more so if the campaign season is taking place in Mexico. Here are some of the catchiest, the sexiest, and the funniest tunes from Mexico’s presidential race.
Juanes gives an inside look into his personal life in new docu-series
Ever wonder what it would be like to follow Juanes’ every move? Well, now you can in his docu-series titled, 123:POV Juanes.
SAY WHAT? A round-up of our favorite soundbites from all over:
“Losing in the finals last year put me back in place. It humbled me a lot and I was able to go back to the basics. I just looked at myself in the mirror and said ‘you need to be better’.” – LeBron James to ESPN after his NBA title win last night. Guess the reality didn’t really sink in until today, when the superstar player tweeted: “OMFG I think it just hit me, I’m a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!”
“You want to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ and ‘funky grandma’? Fine. It’s not my place to say you’re irrelevant. But if you’re gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity.” – Deadmau5 to Rolling Stone, in reference to Madonna. The electronic dance music producer/DJ is still bitter about Madge’s appearance at the Ultra Music Festival, where she made a drug reference in front of thousands.
“I just cast Charlie Sheen in #machetekills as the President of the United States! Who better? More soon…” – Robert Rodriguez dropping this casting bomb on Twitter.
“I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over…” – Alec Baldwin on Twitter, linking Trayvon Martin’s death to his allegedly punching a NY Daily News photographer. The 30 Rock Star later ran over a producer’s foot on his bike. He has since then shot out sarcasm-laced tweets about both incidents, including, “I am told I ran over someone’s foot on my bike today. I think it was that person who placed their foot under the wheel of my bike.”
“My heart was already full & now it runs over! There’s a new man in my life! Sasha Argento Estefan, our 1st grandson was born at 8:04! I’m in love!” – Gloria Estefan announcing the birth of her son Nayib’s baby on Twitter.
“I’m sorry, I hate to be that actress who says ‘I don’t talk about my personal life.’ I was such a fan as a kid, and there were so many people I wanted to know about. I understand it; I just can’t bring myself to do it.” – The Amazing Spider-Man actress Emma Stone to New York Magazine.
THE A-LIST: We asked, Oliver Stone answered.
The Savages director weighs in on Mexican politics.
Q. From your research, what is your opinion of the political situation there?
A. There’s too much money in Mexico, huge amount that’s washing around. They need to put the money in a legitimate economy. It was told to me that I can’t make the judgment on the parties, but I do think that the guy that they elected in 2006, Calderon, was a disaster. He was the equivalent of George Bush. That party stole the election, and I have no doubt that Obrador won. I really don’t. It’s a shame, because he brought what George Bush brought to this country, he brought a nightmare on Mexico by declaring war on these guys. Four cartels became seven cartels and there’s more violence. It’s like a civil war in your own country.