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Your week in pop culture: The phenomenon of 'Breaking Bad' parodies

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'Breaking Bad' inspires people to make silly memes. At least they aren't making meth. (Source: AMC/MGN Online) 'Breaking Bad' inspires people to make silly memes. At least they aren't making meth. (Source: AMC/MGN Online)
Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' may be the last chance for the fashionista to prove her worth in pop music. (Source: Lady Gaga Vevo/YouTube) Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' may be the last chance for the fashionista to prove her worth in pop music. (Source: Lady Gaga Vevo/YouTube)

(RNN) – YWIPC does not condone the usage or cooking of meth but does enjoy shows depicting the making of illegal narcotics by the dad from Malcolm in the Middle.

Fans of AMC's insanely popular Breaking Bad agree – Walter White's story from ho-hum chemistry teacher to cancer-stricken drug kingpin has captivated since its debut in 2008. The final season premiered Sunday.

While some are content to tune in every week, others make incredible TV segments, memes, gifs and musicals of the series led by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.

Aspiring musician and social media maven Andrew Huang made the coolest tribute of them all.

He took everyday household and chemistry tools that could be used to make meth and, along with his guitar, recreated the show's theme song.

It's pretty dope (pun intended).

Lady Gaga's leaked track leads to early release, shameless fan-bribing

Lady Gaga released her latest single Applause Monday off her upcoming album ARTPOP, which is scheduled for release Nov. 11.

Applause is reminiscent of her first album The Fame, but it is overshadowed by the latest Katy Perry track, Roar, the first from her upcoming LP Prism. The battle of pop divas releasing radio-ready singles at the same time equals a battle for radio plays and digital sales, which could show who's ready to reign supreme. Both tracks were released Monday after internet leaks popped up.

In a desperate move, Gaga promised Tuesday on Twitter that the two fans with the most digital purchases of the single and evidence of the purchases would win a meet and greet at a concert. Pushing a diehard fan base to over-purchase your single is a little shady.

Gaga has created a reverse psychology narrative in a video on her official YouTube page, saying "If you don't like pop music, you should turn this off," and that she is not relevant because "Ever since Born this Way, she's a flop." Have to agree with you there, Gaga. But since YWIPC shamelessly loved The Fame, Mother Monster may be on her way back.

Meanwhile, Perry hasn't escaped controversy with Roar – many online listeners said it's a rip-off of Sara Bareilles' Brave in sound and subject matter.

The rivalry between Gaga and Perry is merely media driven, but it makes for interesting dialogue for the pop divas. Both are performing Aug. 25 at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Jam of the Week: Skylar Grey, Wear Me Out (2013) – This song has a Fiona Apple Criminal vibe that is sultry and smooth.

RGIII poses for 'GQ'

Washington football fans, rejoice - quarterback Robert Griffin III is finally taking snaps with the first team again, shaking off signs of rust from a reconstructive knee surgery.

The second-year quarterback is also taking pictures in expensive clothes for GQ, following in the footsteps of Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Mark Sanchez. The September 2013 issue is the NFL Kickoff edition and also features San Francisco 49ers superstar Colin Kaepernick.

The recently married RGIII posed in Dolce & Gabbana, Polo Ralph Lauren, Adidas cleats and Tommy Hilfiger. The photo shoot took place at the team's practice facility and was probably a welcome distraction from his ongoing spat with former Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Since Andre 3000 is an actor, can we get him to gain like 100 pounds of muscle and play RGIII in a movie? They are totally separated at birth.

Movies: Cyborg Matt Damon wins the weekend

The Matt Damon sci-fi flick Elysium was the big winner at the box office last weekend. The comedy We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Anniston came in second in its debut weekend.

Here is last weekend's top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

1. Elysium (NR) $29,807,393

2. We're the Millers (NR) $26,419,396

3. Planes (NR) $22,232,291

4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (NR) $14,401,054

5. 2 Guns (1) $11,249,145

This summer's powerhouse weekend at the box office is here.

Aug. 16

Lee Daniels' The Butler - Cecil Gaines (Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker) is the quiet but strong family man and butler who serves eight U.S. presidents from Truman to Reagan, while raising a family and living through the Civil Rights era and a changing nation. The film is based on the article by Washington Post journalist Wil Haygood, who interviewed the film's inspiration, Eugene Allen, before the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. The cast is full of recognizable stars: Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lenny Kravitz, John Cusack, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda.

Kick-Ass 2 – The sequel to the 2010 film finds the high school super hero has inspired the masses to become masked heroes themselves, forcing the hand of the city's police. Meanwhile, Kick-Ass has a bounty on his head after the death of his adversary's father. The movie stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Morris Chestnut, Jim Carrey, Donald Faison and McLovin' Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Jobs – Since Ashton Kutcher is playing the title character, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, this film is either going to be great or terrible, depending on your opinion of the That '70s Show alum and Punk'd creator. We're going with verging on great since the cast around Kutcher is pretty solid. The film also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad from The Book of Mormon, J.K. Simmons (from those Farmers Insurance commercials and as a creepy white supremacist in Oz), James Woods, Lukas Haas and Matthew Modine.

A little something from YouTube: Diva impressionist takes on ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart' as 19 different people

There's a lot to be said about a comedic genius who can do dead-on impersonations of famous people. It's another talent to sing well while doing the impersonations.

Enter impressionist, singer and Broadway performer Christina Bianco. In her stage performance  Diva Moments, she sings one song as 19 musical divas from pop and Broadway, including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters and Barbra Streisand.

Bianco's impressions are spot on, and her own voice is brilliant.

Honorable Mention

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#sadgooglesearches equals the best hashtag since #BlackTwitterBuzzfeed

(Dis)honorable mention

Toy gun named after 'Osama bin Laden' popular among Pakistani kids

Johnny Manziel is Superman on Texas magazine cover

Hugh Douglas threatened to beat up ESPN colleague Michael Smith, shouted racial slurs

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