Your week in pop culture: Play summer catch up with 'Scandal'
The cast of 'Scandal' is led by Kerry Washington. (Source: Craig Sjodin/ABC)
Bill Simmons and Doc Rivers played the roles of a dumped girlfriend and the man who upgraded. (Source: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons, Keith Allison/Flickr)
Johnny Depp (left) and Armie Hammer (right) star in the Disney reboot of the 1950s classic 'The Lone Ranger." (Source: Flickr/The_JIFF)
Lorde is a new singing sensation from New Zealand with soulful vocals and youthful lyrics. (Source: Vevo/YouTube)
Amanda Bynes in 2009 (Source: The Heart Truth/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons)
(RNN) - There are many reasons why you should watch Scandal, the hot ABC show about crisis management, sex and other stuff in Washington, DC. In fact, UPROXX published more than 20 of them. The main reason: Kerry Washington was born to be the lead on a major network TV show. She stars as Olivia Pope, the brilliant "fixer" to the rich, politically powerful and mightily screwed up.
Aside from her talented staff of ex-cons, witness protection program victims and government super-spy assassins, Pope has her own super-secret Scandal brewing with the handsome President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn.
It reminds you of the first few seasons of Grey's Anatomy, except with political intrigue and love scenes that make Meredith and Derek look like sixth graders holding hands. No, seriously. Show runner Shonda Rhimes, the mastermind behind Gray's Anatomy, has done it again with this one.
Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn are television's hottest couple: we aren't just stopping at forbidden love, because they love each other with a white-hot passion that cannot be stopped. It makes you hate both of them at some point, because they are risking ruining his presidency and her career, but their on-screen chemistry is out of control.
Being a gladiator in a suit is more than a title, it's a way of life: with Scandal's huge Twitter fan base, it's no wonder their viewership grew with each episode in Season 2. Watching a show that your friends are into is a big part of what was so good about shows like Grey's Anatomy and Mad Men. What makes the social media experience even better is that the cast actively engages the fans at every new episodes' airing. What other show's cast does that?
It must be really painful to be a Boston Celtics fan.
Aside from trading aging superstars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce along with Jason Terry to division foes Brooklyn late last week, Celtics Nation lost head coach Doc Rivers to the fast-improving Los Angeles Clippers nearly a week before. The Rivers thing really hurt Celtics fans, especially ESPN analyst and king of blatant homerism Bill Simmons, who took to the airwaves and did his best impersonation of a Boston sports radio meathead to voice his disdain for Rivers, who left two years into a 5-year, $35 million contract.
On the night of the 2013 NBA Draft's first round, Rivers was interviewed by ESPN's Shelley Smith, and Smith fed into the media frenzy about the war of words, knowing full well that Simmons was on the set with the rest of the draft coverage crew.
The look on the Sports Guy's face is priceless.
Simmons morphed into a total fan boy, blinders on and objectivity free, unbecoming qualities in a professional sports analyst.
There was plenty of blame to go around. Rivers should have refrained from his unprofessional rejoinder, Simmons should have shrugged it off and Smith shouldn't have asked the question in the first place.
Boston sports radio proceeded to make the Sports Guy into some kind of champion, basically fueling the fire for Rivers to say Simmons was against him from the get-go (which he was), and wanted to be a partner in his firing. Simmons refuted it openly on Twitter calling this grown man by his real name and calling him a liar.
I guess a championship can't buy a high paid homer happiness. Plus, the Celtics have moved on - they hired Butler University head coach Brad Stevens Wednesday.
Movies: 'Monsters U' still no. 1
Monsters U still continues to bring laughs through the first week of July, holding down the No. 1 spot. Last week's big debuts – The Heat and White House Down – debuted towards the top, ranking in big buck at the second and fourth place, respectively. Man of Steel – starring YWIPC's favorite British super hero Henry Cavill – rounds out the top five in its third week in theatres.
Here is the top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to last week's spot and weekend gross):
Monsters University - (1) $45,607,745
The Heat - (NR) $39,115,043
World War Z - (2) $29,774,625
White House Down - (NR) $24,852,258
Man of Steel - (3) $20,737,490
UPCOMING: 'The Lone Ranger', Kevin Hart will fill seats
Another July 4 weekend brings blockbusters to the silver screen.
The Lone Ranger – A reboot of the 1950s television series of the same name follows a Native American warrior named Tonto (Johnny Depp) and his Wild West crime-fighting partnership with the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer). Is it just me, or is Disney - like most women - obsessed with Johnny Depp?
Despicable Me 2 – The sequel to the popular 2010 animation film finds the evil Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) being asked to help fight a super villain on the rise.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain – Recorded comedy performance from Madison Square Garden by superstar Kevin Hart from his 2012 Let Me Explain Comedy tour. Hart is in elite company of comedians to sell out MSG: Chris Rock, Andrew Dice Clay, Dane Cook, Russell Peters and Eddie Murphy.
Music: Patriotic jam, 90s jam of the week, Summer grooves w/ Lorde
This song was first performed in 1985, but because we love America, here is a classic by Lee Greenwood.
90s jam of the week
One of the things that screams Americana is a good-ole fashioned road trip. Perfectly showing the love of your friends, making it through any defeat and the ability to perform a near perfect guitar solo (looking at you, John Frusciante), the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Scar Tissue - the fourth track from 1999's Californication – makes looking beat up a necessary accessory for a summer road trip.
NEW JAM OF THE WEEK – Lorde, Royals (2013) - The New Zealand beauty has a down-under vibe with intense lyrics that reminds YWIPC of the first time we heard Adele. And we like it.
Lorde currently has a five-track EP entitled The Love Club, with the bouncy, pop self-entitled track. Another one of her tracks we love is the instant summer jam Tennis Court from another two-track release. The EP is dirt cheap in the Google Play Store and iTunes, just in time for your beach trip or a summer night out with your girls.
We all know that former teen queen Amanda Bynes has changed throughout the years.
After massive hit movies and hit TV shows, her eccentric behavior is now taking center stage. In 2012, Bynes, 27, was arrested twice in 2012 for various driving offenses and arrested in 2013 for marijuana possession and tampering with evidence after allegedly throwing a bong out of her apartment's window.
Aside from her tweeted photos of her revealing plastic surgeries - which include breast implants and several nose jobs, even having surgery to change a birth defect - webbing in between her eyes - that will help go move into the next phase of her career: hip-hop artist. Bynes will team up with rapper Waka Flocka Flame, and rap under the name A.B.