Your Week in Pop Culture: Most notable grad speeches of 2014

Your Week in Pop Culture: The most notable grad speeches of 2014

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Bored with your commencement speaker - you can watch a few better ones on your phone during the ceremony ... if cell phones are allowed. (Source: Jessie Jacobson/Flickr/MGN Online) Bored with your commencement speaker - you can watch a few better ones on your phone during the ceremony ... if cell phones are allowed. (Source: Jessie Jacobson/Flickr/MGN Online)

(RNN) – It's that time of year again – graduation season.

Congratulations to all of you college graduates who made it through those four or five years of studying, partying and making lifelong friends. It was worth every penny, wasn't it?

For you high school seniors, congrats to you as well. College is better than high school ever will be, and you can take those comfy high school hoodies with you. Trust me, no one will care when you wear them your senior year.

Now it's graduation - here come all those cards stuffed with cash! And cake! Most will have to suffer through a boring speech from a state official who recites empty words filled with hopeful cliches that sound like lines of script from 7th Heaven. But many notable people have stepped up to the plate to give great, heartfelt and funny speeches to the class of 2014. Here is a short list.

  1. Charlie Day to Merrimack College – notable line: "Do what's uncomfortable and scary and hard, but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail. Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?"
  2. Peyton Manning at University of Virginia – notable line: "When you're chided for your naivete, and you will be, remind your critics that an amateur built the ark, experts built the Titanic."
  3. Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson at Wake Forest University
  4. Sandra Bullock at Warron Easton High School in New Orleans – notable line: "Stop being so scared of the unknown, because anything I worried about didn't happen."
  5. Vice President Joe Biden at the University of South Carolina
  6. PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill at American University
  7. Kal Penn at DePauw University

Want to know who's speaking to graduates across the country? Check out this list at Graduation Wisdom.

A little something from YouTube: Beloved and spoiled bulldog gets creature comforts of home at kennel

In the YouTube sensation "A true bulldog love story," you will see what a lovable bulldog named Igor means to his Norwegian family.

Igor's family was taking a vacation to Thailand for Easter, but Igor couldn't tag along and had to be placed in a kennel. Fortunately for Igor, he did not have to suffer the cold and unkind grayness of the kennel. His owner, Kai, built Igor an exact replica of the family living room - complete with sofa, pictures and a giant bone.

Watching Igor fit in and invite some canine friends to his home away from home is totally worth watching.

TV: CeeLo Green reunites with Goodie Mob for TBS reality comedy, er, TV show

Rapper CeeLo Green and the hip hop group Goodie Mob reunited last year for their first album together since 1999.

Now their reunion will be shown completely as CeeLo, Bigg Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo star in The Good Life, debuting June 23 on TBS.

Many dislike shows that follow celebrities around (raises hand) but when it's four guys who have known each other for more than 20 years and love to clown on one another, it might be worth watching this summer.

Watch the trailer for the show here.

SPORTS: Arsenio Hall wants to buy the Clippers, lays brokenness out to bare

You may have forgotten this, but Arsenio Hall is back in the late-night talk show game. Yeah, most have forgotten.

But while many may be Google-ing who Arsenio Hall is (just watch Coming to America, please), he's injected himself into the NBA/Donald Sterling/Los Angeles Clippers saga and wants America's help to buy the Clippers.

Yes, Hall knows he doesn't have the estimated $1 billion it would take to actually buy the franchise. His proposal - crowdsourcing, of course – and with the help of #Clipgogo and a touch of comedy, Hall's skit could be a feasible reality.

Because let's face it, America just wants Sterling, his wife and his money-grubbing mistress to go away.

‘Tara the Hero Cat' UPDATE: Attempts to throw first pitch…well…

In case you've been living under a rock, or just ignore every cat story on the internet, a house cat named Tara saved a little boy from a dog attack and is the most popular animal in existence this week.

Thanks in large part to the viral video that caught her heroic feat in action, Tara is a huge hit. And you know what happens to internet celebrities – they get rewarded because of our short attention spans!

The Bakersfield Blaze minor league baseball team is no exception. They asked Tara the Hero Cat to "throw" out the first pitch at their game on May 20, and since, you know, cats do not have hands with which to throw a baseball, someone thought tying the baseball to a string and the string to the cat was a good idea.

You can watch the video here.

Tara, who was your typical tabby until her heroic exploits were captured on surveillance video, is now being exploited – she has her own website and you can even buy Tara the Hero Cat swag. Why? Because ‘Murica.

Movies: ‘Godzilla' is biggest opening weekend debut of 2014 – so far

Here are last weekend's Top 5, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Godzilla (NR) $93,188,384
  2. Neighbors (1) $25,065,895
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2) $16,803,227
  4. Million Dollar Arm (NR) $10,515,659
  5. The Other Woman (3) $6,307,823

In theaters: May 23

X-Men: Days of Future Past – In the seventh installment of the X-Men franchise, Wolverine is sent to the past to change the fortunes of the mutants and humans and events that could eventually spell doom for all involved. The all-star cast includes Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. View the trailer here.

Blended – In another super cute rom-com starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, two single parents find themselves falling for one another on a family vacation to Africa after a failed blind date. The movie also stars Terry Crews, Kevin Nealon, Joel McHale, Shaquille O'Neal and Bella Thorne. View the trailer here

Also in theaters: Cold in July, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Words and Pictures, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Honorable mention

'Hashtag,' 'selfie' are officially words, according to Merriam-Webster – Raycom News Network

Watch: ‘SNL' spoofs Jay Z, Solange elevator incidentVariety

‘SNL' spoofs Magic Johnson in season finaleFTW

Your Week in Music: All the music news we can cram into 1 column – Raycom News Network

Michael Jackson hologram highlight of Billboard Music Awards – CNN

Jezebel's Hot 100: The men we love, ranked Jezebel

Fossils of world's largest dinosaur discovered in Argentina – CNN

(Dis)honorable mention

The new first class: Jay Z is opening a 40/40 Club in an airportElite Daily

Fake student wraps up fake college career with graduation bomb threatGawker

Donte Stallworth met a very sweaty Anthony WeinerDeadspin

‘Stairway to Heaven' leads to copyright-infringement lawsuit – Raycom News Network

Dude's demand for an open relationship backfires spectacularly Jezebel

Tennessee Volunteers fan throws most ‘Rocky Top'-themed wedding everFor The Win/USA Today

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