Pop My Culture
  • September19th



    Pop My Culture Podcast Live
    “Stars of TGIF”
    Reginald Veljohnson (Family Matters)
    Jodie Sweetin (Full House)
    and Stuart Pankin (Dinosaurs)

    Join hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland as they present their Pop My Culture Podcast, live at the second annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival! They’ll celebrate the shows of TGIF, ABC’s beloved lineup of sitcoms from the 80s and 90s with guests from some of their flagship shows — Reginald VelJohnson (Carl, head of the Winslow clan on Family Matters); Jodie Sweetin (spunky middle Tanner child Stephanie on Full House); and Stuart Pankin (voice of Earl Sinclair, head of the household on Dinosaurs). Don’t miss this rare chance to Thank Goodness Its Friday — on a Saturday!

    Come say hello! We’ll be hanging out at the lounge (it’s a thing, apparently!) and we’ll have tees for sale and such! Hope to see some of you there!

    Saturday, October 5th, 6pm
    Espada Room, Sheraton Delfina Hotel, Santa Monica
    Passes and info: lapodfest.com

  • September16th

    Robyn Lively interview on Pop My Culture podcast

    Robyn Lively (“Teen Witch” — TOP THAT, other podcasts!) joins Cole and Vanessa to chat about Batman casting, twerking fails, Miley Cyrus, Longmire, Woody Harrelson, Twin Peaks, The Coreys, Not Quite Human, the Top That rap, little Kate Hudson, John Hughes films, John Travolta, LL Cool J, background acting, Ralph Macchio’s accent and Robyn’s emotional scene with Ben Affleck.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first rap song you tried to memorize) on our website for a chance to win a Teen Witch DVD signed by Robyn!

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    Robyn Lively with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton
    Teen Witch DVD signed by Robyn Lively
  • September11th


    Short Term 12
    2013, 96 mins
    Grade: A

    Short Term 12 is, quite simply, one of the best films of the year. An engrossing drama with moments both touching and funny, it’s a confident debut from writer/director Destin Daniel Crettin. The film follows Grace (Brie Larson, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses) who dedicates her life to helping at-risk kids and teens at an undermanned facility, with the help of her (secret) boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher, Jr., charming) and a small staff. The film picks up on new employee Nate’s first day (Rami Malek, always good) who is quickly overwhelmed by the bevy of troubled youth at the center. Grace keeps a level head and advises him “You kind of have to be an asshole before you can be their friend.” Things change for Grace the day a fifteen year old girl named Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever, from Justified) is admitted, who has bounced around from facility to facility due to violent behavior. The two have more in common than one would suspect, as Grace has a troubled past of her own. Read More

  • September3rd

    Jason Antoon and Tricia O'Kelley interview on Pop My Culture podcast

    Jason Antoon and Tricia O’Kelley, stars of the web series “Bitter, Party of 5,” join Cole and Vanessa to chat Twitter etiquette, Elmore Leonard, match box cars, Emmanuelle Beart, Riffifi, Martin Short, Downwardly Mobile, Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Murder She Wrote, three name people, Captain EO, and Tricia’s harrowing dognapping story.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first foreign film you were into) on our website for a chance to win a brand new Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

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    Tricia O'Kelley and Jason Antoon with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland

  • August28th



    By Dino-Ray Ramos (special to Pop My Culture)

    Note: Cole and Vanessa are excited to welcome writer/journalist/all around nice guy Dino-Ray Ramos as a contributor to the Pop My Culture Podcast website. Look for periodic pieces by Dino in the future!

    Morgan Spurlock is probably best known as the guy who made a documentary about going on an all McDonald’s diet in Supersize Me. Since then, he has created some clever documentaries but his latest project will take him into the echelons of fame and power…at least with teen and tween girls it will. In One Direction: This is Us he documents the lives of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry — the members of the hottest boy band since the days of Backstreet Boys and Nsync. We had the chance to talk with him about the dreamy members of One Direction, traveling the world with them, making a 3D movie, and why he decided to take on something so unexpected.

    Considering your other movies, why did you decide to do a documentary about One Direction?

    Morgan: Why not? Why can’t a handsome 42-year-old man can’t be a Directioner? Is that what you’re saying? (laughs) Paramount called me when they were getting ready to do the Justin Bieber film. They said, “We’d love you to come in and meet with us about possibly making this movie.” At that time I was doing The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and I was like, “There’s no way I can start to wrap my head around this.” Then last January we’re finishing both Comic-Con (Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope) and Mansome.  Again, we got a call saying, “Would you like to go meet with Paramount about possibly doing the Kate Perry movie?” I was like, “There’s no way I can do this.” I said, “We’re finishing two movies right now.” I said, “It’s impossible. There’s no way I can even think about adding another movie to this pile.” Read More

  • August23rd

    Luke Edwards interview on Pop My Culture podcast

    Luke Edwards (“The Wizard,” “Little Big League”) chats with Cole and Vanessa about Famke Janssen’s weird break in, Kendrick Lamar, The Simpsons Tapped Out, playing young Johnny Depp, Dennis Farina, super soaker parties on Newsies, hockey, Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo Bills, Joanne Whalley, cape man, Ken Griffey Jr.’s pranks, the Nintendo Power Glove, and Luke’s drunken reunion with Jenny Lewis at her Silverlake abode.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first sports team you considered yourself a fan of, and why) on our website for a chance to win a “Little Big League” or “The Wizard” DVD signed by Luke!

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    Luke Edwards with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton

    Luke Edwards signed Little Big League DVD and The Wizard DVD