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Pop Culture Round Up (Dec. 30-Jan.5)

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Uncle Phil Dies

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If you were a kid around the 90’s, then this news probably hit you as hard as me. James Avery aka Uncle Phil from the 90’s classic, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has passed away at the age of 68. For kids of the 90’s, he was one of the prominent and most loved father figures on TV. With his passing a few stations like TBS and ABC Family are showing old episodes in his honor, not to mention the countless YouTube clips and Tumblr GIFs that are letting us relive those classic moments. Will Smith recently spoke on Avery’s loss via his Facebook page, saying: 

“Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil.”

He also shared the above photo, saying that it was the last time they were all together.

NFL Playoff Miracle

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It’s coming down to the wire and the excitement is building. With just 28 days till the Super Bowl XLVIII, all bets are off and players are pulling out all the stops. Some are calling it impeccable timing, but most consider it plain luck! While the New York Daily News reports “It was a comeback for the ages, and a coming of age.” The Colts made a unbelievable comeback during their game against the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to quarterback  Andrew Luck. “He threw three of his four touchdowns in the second half, scored on a fumble return and connected with a wide-open T.Y. Hilton on a 64-yard TD pass to give the Colts an improbable 45-44 wild-card victorySaturday,” reported ESPN. Something tells me we’re in for one hell of a Playoff Season and at this point, anything could happen.

Snapchat Gets Hacked

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4.6 million users of the infamous Snapchat App had their phone numbers jacked and released to the masses. “Our motivation behind the release was to raise awareness around the issue and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed,” the group, SnapchatDB, said in a statement to TechCrunch. “It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources, but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does.” Although the numbers were posted on the now-defunct www.snapchatdb.info, the last two digits of every number were blurred our. Supposedly this was to protect users from receiving spam. The group stresses,”Our main goal is to raise public awareness on how reckless many internet companies are with user information.” Apparently they believe a thanks should be in order.

The Hobbit Still on Top

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To no surprise The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug started the year with a bang in the box office.  Domestically, the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster has grossed $209.3 million in 20 days, but a whopping  $465 million overseas. Other great contenders on the Box Office too 10 include Frozen, The Wolf of Wall Street, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, and the still relevant Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.