Snooki 'seriously worried about this country's future'

CREDIT: Funny or Die

Daybreak Daily’s excursion into the politics of pop culture finds C-SPAN (kind of), movie talk, other things, and the mystery music video.

PROFOUND: A worried constituent, per The Hollywood Reporter, “It turns out the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore is secretly full of political junkies. At least that’s the premise of a new Funny or Die video, which sees Snooki quoting Abraham Lincoln and GTL redefined as game theory logic. “What the eff is wrong with you people? I have a baby inside of me,” Snooki tells her shore-mates. “I’m seriously worried about this country’s future.”

HERE’S TO THE LITTLE GUY: Blockbuster, blockshmuster, per the New York Times, “This was the summer when all eyes were supposed to be on heavily hyped spectacles like “Prometheus” and “Total Recall” and on the latest comic vehicles for Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. In some cases expectations have been met, as the Marvel and DC superheroes have sustained their box office hegemony. But those muscular do-gooders are far from the only game in town. Audiences have also flocked to see Mike and Madea, Hushpuppy and Princess Merida, the runaway children of “Moonrise Kingdom” and the randy geezers of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

MITT BAILS: Maybe, anyway, per the Los Angeles Times, “Just weeks before the national political conventions get underway, a crucial figure has yet to commit to the presidential race. Jason Sudeikis, who plays "Saturday Night Live's" Mitt Romney as a cheerfully button-down, out-of-touch, Ward Cleaver-like figure, said he has not yet decided whether to return to the sketch show when it resumes this fall."{ }

UM, WHAT?: Coming soon: stone tablets, per the Wall Street Journal, “First came the revival of vinyl LPs. Then cassettes made a minor comeback. Now, one singer is taking the retro trend to an extreme–back to a format that predates recorded music itself. Beck’s next collection of new songs will arrive in the form of sheet music.”

MERYL STREEP: Getting it done yet again, per the Washington Post, ““Hope Springs” is a minor miracle of a movie. Within a Hollywood tradition accustomed to treating sex as something titillating, taboo, gauzily idealized or downright pornographic, finally someone has made a movie that treats it in the riskiest way possible: as the physical expression of intimacy between two flawed but recognizable adults.”

NOT HAPPENING: That’s his story and he’s sticking to it, per the Chicago Tribune, “It looks as if Jimmy Fallon won’t be presiding at the Dolby Theatre after all. On Wednesday, the late-night host went on “Today” in London to say he will not be hosting the Academy Awards in 2013, essentially confirming a Times report on Tuesday that talks between him and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have stalled.”

CONGRATS: Of Ditka, per the AP, “Kristin Cavallari is a new mom. The former star of MTV reality shows "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" has given birth to her first child, a boy named Camden Jack Cutler. The baby's father is Cavallari's fiance, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.”

INAPPROPRIATE: Hey, he’s the boss, per Rolling Stone, “Rihanna has been deemed too sexy to continue to represent Nivea, Stefan Heidrenreich, the new CEO of the skincare brand's parent company Beiersdorf, told the German newspaper Welt. "I do not understand how to associate the core brand of Nivea with Rihanna," Heidrenreich said, adding, "Rihanna is a no go."

REVIEW: Bourne to be wild, or not, per the Boston Globe, “If you’re going to make a “Bourne” movie without Matt Damon, Jeremy Renner isn’t a bad second choice. He’s runty but determined, with some of the bantam confidence of Jimmy Cagney in his prime. And he gets things done, more so in his character of Aaron Cross, ¬another on-the-run survivor of the CIA’s top secret superspy program, than as a newly minted star assigned the task of reviving a dormant movie franchise. The best thing that can be said about “The Bourne Legacy” is that Renner will survive it.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)