Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Get Out the Broom Edition

So the Yankees lost again last night, putting them one more loss away from elimination. At this point I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they are swept by the Tigers – even though our ace C.C. Sabathia is pitching tonight, he probably won’t get any run support. This team makes me mad.

Only one team has ever come back from this sort of deficit to make it to the World Series – the 2004 Boston Red Sox, after what is often referred to as one of the biggest chokes in sports. The team that collapsed, allowing the Red Sox to go on and end their World Series drought, taking away my favorite sports chant of all time (“1918”)?

The New York Yankees. Sigh.

On to more positive things. Here’s your biweekly roundup of pop culture stories you may have missed.

  • Questlove of The Roots and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will be teaching a class at NYU.
  • R. Kelly is bringing you twenty more chapters of Trapped in the Closet. I’ve got some catching up to do.
  • The trailer for the wholly unnecessary Carrie remake has been released:

 

  • I don’t normally watch Raising Hope, but this might be enough to get me to tune in – Christopher Lloyd will make an appearance in a DeLorean. Great Scott!
  • Jim Carey is in discussions with Lorne Michaels (SNL) to star in Loomis Fargo, based on a real life armored car heist.
  • Marinate on this – Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers is 50.
  • This weekend during football, one TV at the bar was turned to Felix Baumgartner’s space jump. It wasn’t all that impressive and seemed like a tremendous waste of money. But if you missed it, you can check out the Lego recreation:

 

  • Bill Murray continues to live an awesome life – he recently crashed a kickball league. He also loves the movie Roadhouse. He is full of surprises.
  • Imagine this – you go to get on the subway in NYC and there is Rick Springfield leading a sing-a-long of “Jessie’s Girl.” That’s what happened last Wednesday. I like the song, especially for its proper use of the word moot.
  • The New Yorker has a profile of historical fiction writer Hilary Mantel. I had trouble getting into Wolf Hall, but I’m determined to revisit and and see if a second attempt goes more smoothly. Her choice to write in the third person was a challenge for me, but since I am fascinated by this time period, it’s worth another go.
  • Grub Street has compiled the best lines from the roast of Anthony Bourdain (they roast chefs? There has got to be a joke in there somewhere).
  • Speaking of Bourdain, the finale of No Reservations (airing on November 5th) finds Bourdain sampling the cuisine of Brooklyn (Crown Heights) with his special tour guide Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire)
  • It’s a pairing that has been fruitful in the past – Ben Affleck is in talks to adapt the newest Dennis Lehane novel, Live By Night. Affleck made his directorial debut with another Lehane adaptation, Gone Baby Gone.
  • Presented without comment – they are making a new version of Little Rascals featuring one of the little girls from Toddlers and Tiaras (NOT Honey Boo Boo)
  • As if I wasn’t already excited enough for the premiere of American Horror Story tonight, Ian McShane (Deadwood’s Al Swearengen) will be appearing this season.
  • You can stream the new Kanye West song “White Dress” online. It will appear on the upcoming soundtrack for the film The Man With the Iron Fists.
  • ABC is going to make a comedy starring Michael Bolton. Yes – THAT Michael Bolton who is, in the words of Office Space, a “no talent ass-clown.”
  • Someone put together a supercut of celebrities that have appeared on the various Law & Order franchises:

 

  • R.I.P. Alex Karras. Though he was probably best known as a longtime member of the Detroit Lions football team, he will always be Webster’s dad to me.
  • This really needs no further explanation  – Christopher Walken reads lines from Honey Boo Boo:

 

  • Rebel Wilson has landed a deal to write, act and produce a yet untitled project at Universal.
  • This sounds like one of the levels of hell to me, but Regal Cinemas are doing an all-day marathon of all the Twilight movies for $20 on November 15 to coincide with the release of the final film.
  • It’s only one episode into the third season, but I already feel like Walking Dead has fixed some of the problems that plagued the second season. I’m cautiously optimistic.
  • File this under totally random – Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Pierce Brosnan were hanging out together at a Radiohead concert.
  • Amber Tamblyn and David Cross were married last week at what looks to be a pretty cool wedding. Even though I was too old for the books or the movies, I somehow think it’s nice that all the girls from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films attended.
  • At a recent Peter Gabriel concert at the Hollywood Bowl, John Cusack came on stage and handed Gabriel a boom box during “In Your Eyes.” Awesome.
  • Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian-Odom will join the X-Factor as hosts. Still not watching.
  • Snoop Dogg Lion is now a spokesman for hot pockets

Hard to believe this guy was once on trial for murder. This may be the most non-gangsta thing I’ve ever seen.

  • Harper Lee, the author of my favorite book To Kill a Mockingbird, penned a letter to Oprah about her love of books. This reminds me that I am overdue for another read through of this classic.
  • Since the last round up, another celebrity couple has decided to separate – Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito call it quits after 30 years of marriage.
  • Hugh Jackman, dressed as Wolverine, doing “Gangnam Style” with Psy – it happened!
  • Tunes by Frank Sinatra and Adele make the list of most requested funeral songs. Is this a British thing? I don’t think I’ve ever been at a funeral where there were pop songs played. Is this something I should be worrying about?
  • Someone made a documentary about the 80s television show (and Nickelodeon staple) You Can’t Do That on Television. Why? I don’t know. *slime*
  • I’m on a quest to try the limited edition Candy Corn Oreos, but can’t seem to find them anyplace. I refuse to order them online, as they were $12 a package and I’m sure they aren’t that good. If anyone seems them in the Capital Region, let me know.
  • And finally, someone wrote a love song that is chock full of Arrested Development references:

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