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Johnny Football: misguided college sophomore or immature superstar? Both. (Source: Dallas Morning News/MGN Online) Johnny Football: misguided college sophomore or immature superstar? Both. (Source: Dallas Morning News/MGN Online)
Backstreet's back, alright! (Source: Krystaleen/Wikimedia Commons) Backstreet's back, alright! (Source: Krystaleen/Wikimedia Commons)
Hugh Jackman didn't have to claw back to the top of the box office - Wolverine fans did that for him. (Source: 20TH Century Fox/MGN Online) Hugh Jackman didn't have to claw back to the top of the box office - Wolverine fans did that for him. (Source: 20TH Century Fox/MGN Online)

(RNN) – Fans addicted to college football are aware of the life and times of the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

In a recent interview for ESPN the Magazine, writer and filmmaker Wright Thompson spent time with Manziel and his family, discussing the ups and downs of Manziel's swift rise to notoriety.

According to Manziel's father, Paul (call him Daddy Football?), one statement makes his 20-year-old son's fame clear.

"He ate Skittles, drank beer and won the Heisman," Paul Manziel said.

That's the recipe for any successful college student.

Paul Manziel also expressed concern about Johnny's psyche – the collegiate version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - between being Jonathan Manziel and Johnny Football. His parents are worried about his temper, and fear his underage drinking may be how he copes with rising stardom.

That fresh-faced freshman who won college football's highest honor seems long gone now, after Manziel's social media exploits placed him front and center this off season.

He's not a Boy Scout like Tim Tebow (sorry, ESPN).

Manziel is taking advantage of his celebrity. He needs to put on his big boy helmet and take the hits that come with youthful behavior.

'The Wolverine' claws to the top

As expected, the latest Wolverine movie debuted huge at the box offices. The film, starring Hugh Jackman in his recurring role, knocked the thriller The Conjuring out of the top spot.

Here is last weekend's top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. The Wolverine (NR) $53,113,752
  2. The Conjuring (1) $22,208,389
  3. Despicable Me 2 (2) $16,424,135
  4. Turbo (3) $13,740,247
  5. Grown Ups 2 (4) $11,600,811

UPCOMING: July 31-August 2

2 Guns – Two high-level law enforcement officers (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) are caught in a tight spot after a failed attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. In the midst of trying to kill one another, they learn that both are working undercover and may have been set up. Also stars Paula Patton (Mrs. Robin Thicke), Bill Paxton and James Marsden.

The Spectacular NowCOOL INDIE FLICK ALERT - A hard-partying, popular high school senior (Miles Teller) who "lives in the now" falls for the shy girl (Shailene Woodley) with a bright future, and they figure out that opposites attract in a wonderful way. This throwback is in the spirit of those classic 1980s John Hughes movies, and was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival. Teller is also a dead ringer for a young Ben Savage from Boy Meets World.

The Smurfs 2 – In the sequel to the 2011 film, the Smurfs search the real world for the kidnapped Smurfette, who is in the hold of the evil sorcerer Gargamel. Also in play, Gargamel's newest creation – the Smurf-like Naughties, to harness the Smurfs' magical powers. It features Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and characters voiced by Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, George Lopez, Jonathan Winters and J.B. Smoove.

Backstreet's back for 20th anniversary with new album, tour

The first album I ever purchased was 1999's Millennium. I still listen to the album in its entirety.

The walls of my pre-teen bedroom were covered with Backstreet Boy posters from Bop and Tiger Beat. There may have also been some amateur fan websites made and fan fiction written where a certain pop culture columnist marries Nick Carter. Dare to dream. 

The band is celebrating their 20th anniversary together with their eighth studio album, In a World Like This, released Monday. The album is their first from their group's own record label, K-Bahn/BMG. The album is also the first with the original lineup since 2006's Never Gone – Kevin Richardson rejoins the band after a six-year hiatus.

After listening to In a World Like This (pre-ordered with no shame), I have to admit, their maturity is refreshing and the 12-track disc is enjoyable, but it's not Millennium or Black & Blue. Fans shouldn't be looking for that.

The songs are good, but Permanent Stain is destined for a Kidz Bop CD.

On the upside, the Backstreet Boys have gotten increasingly sexy with age. The boys also received the 2,485th star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in April. There is no doubt they will add to the 130 million albums they've sold worldwide during their 20-year career. 

Jam of the week: Backstreet Boys, In a World Like This (2013)

Watching 'Sonic the Hedgehog' as Sonic is CRAZY

First-person player video games are intense, especially anything with zombies coming at you.

But for kids of the 1990s, the following clip brings you closer to living like the video game icon Sonic the Hedgehog.

Coming from someone who freaked out during rounds of Super Mario Brothers as a child, the first level of Sonic, in a video produced by Machinima, is crazy as a first-person player.

WARNING: YWIPC does not suggest watching this if you're epileptic.

So. Many. Colors.

Friends don't let friends take vertical cell phone videos

Do you know someone who swears by their smartphone but doesn't know how to use it?

Do you or a loved one suffer from not knowing how to capture moments correctly with the above mentioned device?

Many cell phone users fall under the distinction of making the despised vertical video, where the phone is held upright and the video just looks terrible.

This public service announcement, produced by YouTube user gloveandboots, is speaking directly to the heart of those who want to correct their friends, but don't want to be "that guy/girl."

So, be warned, vertical video makers, don't let this epidemic take over. If you do, George Lucas will re-release Star Wars: The Skinny Edition. The world needs to be spared that.

Honorable mentions

Musicians and puns are great together

Jimmy Fallon's writers continue to make Brian Williams a decent rapper

Why this could be a historic awards season for black Hollywood

(Dis)honorable mention

Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper says racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert

Troubled rapper DMX files for bankruptcy

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    As Long as You Love Me
    15%
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    Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
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    Quit Playing Games with My Heart
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    I Want it That Way
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    Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
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    Shape of My Heart
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    We've Got it Going On
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    Larger Than Life
    31%
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    Incomplete
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    In a World Like This
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