Barely Legal Pawn
In a six-minute Audi-sponsored Emmys ad, Breaking Bad co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul unite to run a legitimate, but creepy, pawn shop. Enter Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, who’s trying to make money by selling her old Seinfeld Emmy award. There are plenty of nods to Breaking Bad and Veep as well as jokes about the worth of a supporting actor Emmy (something Paul staunchly defends). Cranston then claims that the trophy would be more valuable if it had been won for a drama, because “comedy is easier”. All three of the spot’s stars have previously won Emmy awards and each took home another statue during last week’s award show. Uploaded August 19, it’s been watched over 10 million times.
Jennifer Aniston didn’t know what fan fiction was and she didn’t seem to know what Jimmy Kimmel had in store for her. Touting his Friends fan fiction and convincing Aniston to read lines with him, the Jimmy Kimmel Live host staged a Friends reunion by bringing out her former co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. Kimmel created a painstakingly detailed replica of the famous Friends kitchen. There, Aniston and Kimmel (as Ross) begin to read lines about Ross’s prowess in bed. If there was a real episode, it would have been ‘The One About How Great Ross is at Lovemaking’. Kimmel explained the absence of Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc by saying that they were dead. The video, uploaded on August 27, has been watched 7 million times.
Taylor Swift’s new No.1
Taylor Swift’s new song Shake It Off became the first in 18 months to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at No.1. Swift also performed Shake on the MTV Video Music Awards held last Sunday. It’s the first single from her upcoming album 1989, to be released later this year. The 24-year-old plays a variety of roles in it, from a ballerina to a hip-hop dancer, from a cheerleader to a ribbon dancer. The video, watched over 52 million times since August 19, has become the subject of memes and GIFs on how akwardly she dances. But then as Swift herself says in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, the “self-empowering” song tells people to “dance to the beat of your own drum”.