Easter eggs, April Fools', and a new late night battle — what more could a pop culture enthusiast hope for? NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would be replacing Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in 2014 as Jay-Z decided to push even further into the sports industry (while a real sports hero took the nastiest of falls). And in the middle of all of this, North Korea started moving some of its missiles. Needless to say, there was plenty to make the Twitter comedians explode during the week of March 31.
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See what funny comments they had to say this week on Twitter.
10 Funniest Pop Culture Tweets of the Week:
1. Julie Segal: "North Korea is taking this Leno leaving the Tonight Show thing way too hard."
North Korea is taking this Leno leaving the Tonight Show thing way too hard.
— Julia Segal (@juliasegal) April 4, 2013
2. Stephen Colbert: "Jay-Z is trying his hand at being a sports agent. He's got 99 problems, but negotiating a great back-end deal w/Gatorade ain't one."
Jay-Z is trying his hand at being a sports agent. He's got 99 problems, but negotiating a great back-end deal w/Gatorade ain't one.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 3, 2013
3. Jimmy Kimmel: "congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon - a formidable rival and an incredible lover"
congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon - a formidable rival and an incredible lover
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 3, 2013
4. Damien Fahey: "I feel like if we give North Korea Pizza Tracker technology we could get them on our side."
I feel like if we give North Korea Pizza Tracker technology we could get them on our side.
— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) April 3, 2013
5. Sam Grittner: "Taylor Swift already wrote a hit song about Kevin Ware's leg."
Taylor Swift already wrote a hit song about Kevin Ware's leg.
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) April 3, 2013
6. Eugene Mirman: "I bet Rick Ross would think it was pretty funny if tonight a few guys pull molly in his drink & made love to him while he peacefully slept."
I bet Rick Ross would think it was pretty funny if tonight a few guys pull molly in his drink & made love to him while he peacefully slept.
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) April 4, 2013
7. Neal Brennan: "I'm glad Germany took away Bieber's monkey. That kid ain't sold enough records to have a monkey. #MJ"
I'm glad Germany took away Bieber's monkey. That kid ain't sold enough records to have a monkey. #MJ
— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) April 3, 2013
8. Josh Gondelman: "April Fool's Day was cancelled. APRIL FOOL! It still exists and sucks!"
April Fool's Day was cancelled. APRIL FOOL! It still exists and sucks!
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) April 1, 2013
9. Michael Ian Black: "A good April Fools prank would be for doctors to tell all their patients it's cancer."
A good April Fools prank would be for doctors to tell all their patients it's cancer.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 1, 2013
10. Joan Rivers: "Passover and Easter are overlapping this weekend, so I've decided to dye my matzo balls."
Passover and Easter are overlapping this weekend, so I've decided to dye my matzo balls.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) March 29, 2013
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With each outing in his evolving filmmaking career actor-turned-director Ben Affleck has amped up the scope. Gone Baby Gone was a character drama woven into a hard-boiled mystery. The Town saw Affleck dabble in action pulling off bank heists many compared to the expertise of Heat. In Argo the director pulls off his most daring effort melding one part caper comedy and two parts edge-of-your-seat political thriller into an exhilarating theatrical experience.
At the height of the Iranian Revolution in 1979 anti-Shah militants stormed the U.S. embassy and captured 52 American hostages. Six managed to escape the raid finding refuge in the Canadian ambassador's home. Within hours the militants began a search for the missing Americans sifting through shredded paperwork for even the smallest bit of evidence. Under pressure by the ticking clock the CIA worked quickly to formulate a plan to covertly rescue the six embassy workers. Despite a lengthy list of possibilities only Tony Mendez (Affleck) had a plan just enticing enough to unsuspecting Iranian officials to work: the CIA would fake a Hollywood movie shoot.
There's nothing in Argo or Affleck's portrayal of Mendez that would tell you the technical operations officer has the imagination to conjure his master plan — Affleck perhaps to differentiate himself from the past plays his character with so much restraint he looks dead in the eyes — but when the Hollywood hijinks swing into full motion so does Argo. Mendez hooks up with Planet of the Apes makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) to convince all of Hollywood that their sci-fi blockbuster "Argo " is readying for production. With enough promotional material concept art and press coverage Mendez and his team can convince the Iranian government they're a legit operation. A location scout in Tehran will be their method of extracting the bunkered down escapees.
Without an interesting lead to draw us in Affleck lets his eclectic ensemble do the heavy lifting. For the most part it works. Argo is basically two movies — Goodman and Arkin lead the Ocean's 11-esque half and Affleck takes the reigns when its time to get the six — another who's who of character actors including Tate Donovan Clea Duvall Scoot McNairy and Rory Cochrane — through the terrifying security of the Iranian airport. Arkin steals the show as a fast talking Hollywood type complete with year-winning catchphrase ("ArGo f**k yourself!) while McNairy adds a little more humanity to the spy mission when his character butts heads with Mendez. The split lessens the impact of each section but the tension in the escape is so high so taut that there's never a moment to check out.
Reality is on Affleck's side his camera floating through crowds of protestors and the streets of Tehran — a warscape where anything can happen. Each angle he chooses heightens the terror which starts to close in on the covert escape as they drift further and further from their homebase. Argo is a complete package with the '70s production design knowing when to play goofy (the fake movie's wild sci-fi designs) and when to remind us that problems took eight more steps to fix then they do today. Alexandre Desplat's score finds balance in haunting melodies and energetic pulses.
Part of Argo's charm is just how unreal the entire operation really was. To see the men and women involved go through with a plan they know could result in death. It's a suspenseful adventure and while there's not much in the way of character to cling to the visceral experience tends to be enough.