TIME Magazine named Pope Francis its 2013 Person of the Year
TIME Magazine named Pope Francis its 2013 Person of the Year

With my seasonal affective disorder (not medically diagnosed, but I have it) kicking in, time for some combative December takes:

  • There's such a fine line between clever and stupid (thank you, Spinal Tap), and Will Ferrell seems to have crossed it with his non-stop promotion of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

The first little things -- showing up on Conan and doing Dodge Durango spots as Ron Burgundy -- were great. But now every day it's something new with this guy: He's anchoring North Dakota news stations, appearing at Emerson College, doing interviews with Peyton Manning.

It's so weird that the most successful and loudest SNL star doesn't know the meaning of the word "over-saturated."

  • TIME Magazine named its Person of the Year for 2013: Pope Francis, who somehow beat out Miley Cyrus.

Fine selection and all, but mainstream media people that fawn all over this guy know he isn't actually pro-choice, right?

  • I Love Lucy, Live on Stage at the Colonial Theatre in Boston wasn't bad, but it could have been better. The cast, which was pretty much flawless, would have been better served by the choice of more iconic episodes (where's the chocolate conveyor belt?) and less jokes about the new-fangled contraptions from the '50s like the hi-fi and 22-inch television.

I'm not giving up hope on stage revivals of classic shows, though. The Brady Bunch is so ripe for that.

  • I don't think I've ever watched the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show before, and after turning to it Tuesday night I still don't quite understand it.

If you're a woman, the models aren't showing off things that you can buy, so I don't get the appeal from their perspective.

And for the guys: Whatever you're getting out of this, aren't there some websites or something somewhere that can provide that more effectively?

  • The second film chapter of The Hobbit, called The Desolation of Smaug, is so much better than the first (full review coming Friday on whatdoUwannado.com). But it's still annoying how the story is yet another franchise pigeonholed into the trilogy format.

You get a successful franchise these days, you're making a trilogy. Case in point: Batman, Star Wars, Spider-Man, Men in Black -- even the freaking Spy Kids made four installments.

It's ridiculous. I mean, can you imagine a movie as good as, say, The Godfather having two sequels?

  • The SAG Award and Grammy Award nominations are out and are anger-inducing, as is typical for almost all award shows.

For the SAG Awards: Stop it with this The Butler talk. The absence of Orange is the New Black and Mad Men is a joke. And I love Maggie Smith, but she doesn't hold a candle to Keri Russell in The Americans.

For the Grammys: I guess if you don't nominate My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Album of the Year, it's tough to expect Yeezus to get a nod. But still -- Sara Bareilles?

And I can just smell a win for Macklemore over the deserving album, Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. That will be a fun Monday to read the internet.

R. Kelly
R. Kelly
  • Speaking of awards: On my blog, Sweet Pete's Culture Club, I've started the first annual SweetPete-ies, recognizing the best and worst of 2013 in pop culture.

Each day through the rest of the year will feature a post on a different award -- already up are Best Online Video of the Year (R. Kelly's interview with Rolling Stone) and Worst Movie of the Year (R.I.P.D.). Look out for the rest at blogs.lowellsun.com/sweetpetes.

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