Pop Culture Odds and Ends – New Look Edition

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You may notice this week that the pop culture round-up looks a little different this week. It is now set up by subject areas to group similar news items together. This was suggested by a reader and I thought I’d give it a try this week to see if how everyone liked it. Thankfully it’s not too much extra work and it plays into my type-A personality need to keep things organized. Plus readership has been dwindling a lot in the last few months and I really need to keep the few of you who are loyal readers happy. Hopefully this makes it easier for you to keep track of all the news in the roundup. Feel free to give me your feedback.

And now….on to what you’re really here for…..the pop culture extravaganza that I assemble each week. Get yourself caught up on what you might have missed with the latest edition of the roundup.

Television News

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Movie News

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Trailers

  • Hands of Stone (red-band trailer):

 

  • Sully:

 

  • La La Land:

 

  • Same Kind of Different as Me:

 

  • Narcos, season 2:

 

  • End of A Gun:

 

  • Mechanic 2:

 

  • Rings:

 

  • Kidnap:

 

  • Audrie & Daisy:

 

  • Morgan:

 

  • Max Steel:

 

  • Scream Queens, season 2:

 

  • Jean-Claude Van Johnson:

 

  • Zoom:

 

  • You’re The Worst:

 

  • MacGyver:

 

  • Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey:

 

Music News

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Theater News

 

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Odds & Ends

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As always, we end with the Mashups and Supercuts……

  • The Voice coaches cover “Dream On”:

 

  • A hamster version of Super Mario:

 

  • More of kids recreating The Real Housewives of Atlanta:

 

  • A supercut of awkward moments:

 

  • Rogue One meets Friends:

 

  • Rogue One meets the Beastie Boys:

 

  • Brothers Osborne covered the Dixie Chicks:

 

  • This compilation proves that the cast of Star Trek Beyond loves its dubsmash:

 

  • SNL actors breaking character:

 

  • A tribute to movie fight scenes:

 

  • A supercut of “best supporting weirdos”:

 

  • The Revenant as an 8-bit video game:

 

  • A supercut of Jonah Hill one-liners:

 

  • A Sherlock musical parody:

 

  • And finally, The Shawshand Redemption recut as the upbeat romance it was always meant to be:

 

 

 

#Fav7Films

If you’re active on Twitter, you may have noticed that the hashtag #Fav7Films was trending last week as people were sharing their 7 favorite films. Some people took this seriously, while others had some fun with it, but it was an interesting look at the movies that are nearest and dearest to the Internet’s heart. UPROXX did a roundup of the 10 movies that were named most, and it’s not super surprising to see the usual suspects (but not The Usual Suspects) make the cut. Celebrities even joined in on the fun, giving a little insight into the movies that actors, musicians and other creative people like the most. The more cynical Twitter users even created a template for how people selected their favorite 7 movies:

I had a surprisingly hard time coming up with my list; the first few entries were no-brainers, but as I tried to finish out my list I began to struggle with what movies I actually are my favorite and what criteria I would use to determine that. There are movies that I think are breathtaking and amazing, but that I’d never watch again because they are just too emotionally taxing. There are other movies that I’ve watched a lot, but mostly because they are mindless entertainment and familiar rather than what I would necessarily consider my favorite. Like most people, I suspect that some of these selections would change depending on when you asked me; some of the movies that I’d say were my favorites five years ago didn’t make the cut now. So while some of these films I suspect will be on my list for eternity, others may drop off and be replaces with new favorites. I’m nothing if not constantly evolving.

So with all those caveats in place, here are my #Fav7Films (in no particular order):

  1. Goodfellas
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. The Shawshank Redemption
  4. The Godfather
  5. Rear Window
  6. Heathers
  7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ask me ten more times and I’m guessing that the final three would probably change ten more times; the top four are pretty unwavering and have been my favorites forever. Fight Club nearly cracked the top 7 as did any variety of comedies. I haven’t re-watched Eternal Sunshine in a while, so there is a chance that will no longer resonate with me as much as it has in the past. But if you put a gun to my head (please don’t) right now, these would be my answers.

Now it’s your turn – what cracks your top 7? Let us know in the comments.

Heather Visits The Museum of Ice Cream

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If you have ever met me, even briefly, you know a few things to be true:

  1. I have an incredibly sarcastic sense of humor
  2. I know way too much about pop culture (obvs)
  3. I have a deep and abiding love for ice cream
  4. I will cut a bitch

Ignore #4…I’m not sure how that got in there (but you’ve been warned).

My obsession with ice cream probably borders on the unhealthy, and not just because of the caloric intake. If I could, I would have ice cream every single day. Ben and Jerry are practically close personal friends at this point. When a new flavor of Ben and Jerry’s comes out, I’m like a lion stalking a gazelle, searching every store until I can find it. Sarah McLachlan’s “Ice Cream” is one of my favorite songs; I’d probably use it as my wedding song if I ever get married because if I think someone is better than ice cream, that’s probably the person I should be spending my life with. The irony of this love of ice cream is that I’m pretty sure that I am slightly lactose intolerant. So every time I have ice cream, there is a legitimate chance that it is going to make me sick afterward. I don’t care. This isn’t a rational love affair.

So when news came down that there was going to be a temporary pop-up Museum of Ice Cream in New York City, I knew that I had to go. I also knew that tickets for this thing would sell out quickly, so I jumped on the opportunity as soon as I had a vague idea of my schedule. I didn’t want to miss out. I was right to move on this quickly, as all the dates of the pop-up quickly sold out. I heard rumors that they may be taking the pop-up on the road to other cities, which is definitely a good idea. Just in the time I was standing in line waiting to enter, a ton of people who wanted to go in were turned away because they hadn’t pre-bought their tickets. There is apparently a 70,000 person wail list for tickets and people are selling their Craigslist for top dollar. Everyone loves ice cream.

Tickets were timed so that only a certain number of people could enter the museum at a time. This was important since the space wasn’t particularly big. We entered in groups of 10 or so and had to go through the stations with our group. Our first stop was to get some ice cream, naturally. A rotating group of specialty ice cream shops were featured each week with a different sweet treat for visitors to sample. We got to try a boysenberry rose milk jam flavor from McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream and it was delicious. Sadly, I was too busy devouring the ice cream to get a photo of it, but it was beautiful, with crumbles from Maman bakery sprinkled in.

The next room featured edible balloons that were concocted from some witch’s brew of sugar and helium. The room was also surrounded with ice cream cones. Guests were encouraged to suck in the helium to change their voices. It was cool to watch them make the balloons, though our group lost some time in this room as there was so complication in making the balloons. This meant that we merged with some of the group behind us, so we were a larger group in a small space, which made it difficult to take photos.2016-08-17 13.58.36

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The next room didn’t have anything to eat (boo!), but featured an interactive exhibit where every guest was asked to add a scoop of ice cream to “Zorn’s magic chalice” (corporate tie-in with Fox) to create an un-melting giant sundae. Of course, the chalice isn’t magical and what you are scooping isn’t actually ice cream (shh…it’s actually vegetable shortening), but it’s a cool visual nonetheless.

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The weakest part of the exhibit was the chocolate room, mostly because there really wasn’t anything to do or see there. The whole room smelled like chocolate, which was cool, but that was the extent of it. I thought that there was supposed to be some sort of chocolate fountain, but perhaps that wasn’t working when I went. There were cushions to lounge on and the Willy Wonka theme song played in the background, but no one had much interest in spending time in there since right beyond the curtain of this room was what I think most people were excited about……

….the pool of sprinkles!

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Now, I don’t even like sprinkles all that much; when given the choice to choose something with or without sprinkles, I always choose without. I didn’t like them much as a kid and having to sort a jar of sprinkles by color when I was pledging didn’t do much to increase my affinity for the little sugary confectionery. But even I was pretty psyched to get to swim in a pool of sprinkles since when the hell was that opportunity going to provide itself again? Plus I knew this would make an awesome Instagram photo, which is pretty much my driving force for most things in life. The pool was about 3 feet deep, but you could pretty much submerge yourself if you wanted to. This is where the size of our group became most problematic, as everyone was trying to take photos and there wasn’t enough room for everyone to maneuver. This was especially an issue since there was a woman in our group who was under the impression that the museum was for her own personal photo shoot and the rest of us were just people that were in her way. She took up half the pool doing elaborate poses for her fiancé.  She is lucky that I didn’t invoke item #4 above.

Still, despite her shenanigans, the sprinkle pool was definitely the highlight of the whole experience. That’s what most people are impressed with when I tell them about the museum and really who can blame them? It was magical, even with a diva taking up all the space.

The next room involved food again, which is always a bonus in my book. We were given a candy that would alter our taste buds – what would normally taste sour would be sweet. I probably should have asked some more questions before I just randomly popped said candy in my mouth – like how long this alteration would last – but if you can’t blindly trust people at the Ice Cream Museum, then who can you trust? It took about two minutes for the candy to work its magic, so that gave use time to look around at the ice cream-inspired art work that decorated the room.

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When the time was up, we were given more ice cream that was garnished with lemon slices. The ice cream mysteriously appeared from behind a wall – a hand would suddenly pop out and present us with some ice cream, which added to the mystery of it all. We were instructed to eat the lemon slices first and I’ll be damned if those magic little candies didn’t work. The lemon slices still had the taste of lemon, but it was softened and not tart at all. I don’t know that it worked for everyone, but it certainly worked for me. The effects wore off in about 30 minutes or so, which is a good thing as I do enjoy the sweet and sour combination.

The final room had some things to play on. There was a see-saw in the shape of an ice cream scooper and a swing that looked like an ice cream sandwich. There was also a little kiosk selling ice cream related items. I did give the ice cream charm bracelet a look, but ultimately decided against it. Fiscally responsibility and whatnot.

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The whole experience took about 25 minutes and was a lot of fun. The sprinkle pool alone was worth the trip down to NYC and there are plenty of fun photo opportunities. Believe it or not, even after having two ice cream portions in the museum, I went and got ice cream again later that afternoon after my visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art (across the street from the Ice Cream Museum). I had never tried Ample Hills Creamery and I had a small cone of The Munchies (pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&Ms). I have no regrets.

If you are lucky enough to have a ticket for the Ice Cream Museum, you’ll have a good time. If not, maybe you can fill your own pool up with sprinkles to imitate the experience (if you do this, PLEASE send me photos!).