PCNews Roundup

You know something’s off when I don’t have time to read and react to Oscar nominations. The Academy Awards are my Super Bowl, my Olympics, my…oh, you get the idea. But I was buried under a couple of deadlines so am playing catch-up. There’s no point going over the nominations now but I did a create a slide show below of some other pop culture happenings this week.

First, I want to mention a couple things. Check out the new PCN header at the top of the page! In case you can’t make it out, that’s a nerdy ninja girl carrying a sack of her favorite tools—books, TV and movie clapboard. Katie at KD Designs created it, giving me exactly what I wanted. If you’re looking for someone to do graphics for your blog, bookmarks, business cards, etc., definitely check her out. You can’t beat her prices or fast turnaround. And no, I’m not saying this because she’s a friend, family member, or someone who paid me. I just found her on the web and am grateful for her work.

I also started a PCN Facebook page so if you’re interested in hanging out with me there, click here or on the button in the sidebar. Even though I didn’t have time to really blog this week, I was still tweeting pop culture tidbits and connecting with my cyber pals because tweets only take seconds to send. It occurred to me that many of you aren’t on Twitter so I created the FB page in case you’re interested in keeping up with my pop culture updates. But this is NOT a hard sell; I’m not suggesting you “Like” my page because I hate when people send me those suggestions. I’m simply making you aware of the page. I’d be as happy with two “Like”s as I would be with 100 because I love intimate parties.

But enough of the yada yada. Enjoy the slide show. I’ll be rehashing the SAG Awards on Sunday and should be back to normal next week with reviews, a video, and a giveaway.

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And in case you missed it, here’s the video of Lauren Alaina’s audition on American Idol, after which Steven Tyler thought she might be “the one.” Do you agree?

What are you watching/reading this weekend? Hope you’re having a good one!



  • Reply
    January 29, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Big props to Katie’s design! Her nerd ninja is perfect and adorable!

    Don’t know if I’ll be watching the SAGs, but you’re my go-to for the recaps!

    We’re not even DVRing Idol this year, so thanks for posting that video of Lauren – wow! Nice way for the judges to end that day, eh? Seems appropriate that she came out of the Nashville auditions – Music City, baby! 😉 I loved how she kept asking Steven Tyler to join in the song.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      I thought of you when the auditions were in Nashville. You didn’t want to camp out for 3 days for a chance at a golden ticket?

      I can’t stand that cheesy Aerosmith song but Lauren made me want to listen because all of a sudden, it sounded good coming out of her mouth. THAT’S talent.

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    January 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Great slideshow and updates, Elyse. And that is one nifty graphic! It’s perfect for you. Kudos to KD Designs! Thanks.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you, le0. I’m glad you like the header, too.

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    January 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

    As usual, your thoughts mirror mine. (Inception? Really? More like EXception…) My favorite movie of the year? Get Low. (In the list of Oscar noms? The King’s Speech and The Facebook, er, The Social Network my two faves.)

    Love the new logo!


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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      It’s really strange that Nolan is losing ground with the Academy. The pundits are also saying David Seidler will probably win the best original screenplay award for KING’S SPEECH. Now I liked that movie a lot but INCEPTION is the definition of original.

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        January 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

        oh, whoops — we’re on opposite sides here: I thought Inception was dull and self-indulgent. Ugh. I would have walked out, but I was at a screening, in the middle of a row….

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    Shell Sherree
    January 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Hey, cute new banner, PCN! I’m really happy Katie was able to come up with something so perfect for you. Thanks for the round-up slideshow ~ all great tidbits. Have a lovely rest-of-the-weekend.

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    Naomi Johnson
    January 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Love the header! If I was any kind of artist (hah!) that’s what I would have created for you. It’s perfect.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    January 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Shell & Naomi—Thanks so much! I already love the header but it makes me even happier that you think it represents me well. I’d hate it if you looked at it and thought, “Huh?”

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