Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Still Loving Guardians of the Galaxy Edition

It’s been almost a week since I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and I’m still singing its praises to anyone who will listen. I haven’t yet seen it again in the theater, but that’s probably going to happen in the next few weeks. I’m just so happy to be excited about a movie again. It’s been way too long since that happened. My Groot bobblehead has arrived and has take an place of honor in the bobblehead army:


Even my student assistant, who has not yet seen the movie, agreed that Groot was pretty adorable. And it appears that my promptness paid off as my friend alerted me that this boblehead has doubled in price in the last week! The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is still on pretty heavy rotation as well; I’ll tire of all things GOTG soon enough, but right now I’m just having fun with it. I assure you that if I could have pre-ordered the movie on Blu-Ray I would have already done so already.

But it turns out that there is more to life than just Guardians of the Galaxy – though if you haven’t done so, go see it! – as this week’s roundup of pop culture stories demonstrates. Even though all the excitement of Comic Con and the Television Critics Association is over, there is still plenty going on in the world of pop culture. Everyone in my office may be taking vacation , but there is no rest for a pop culture aficionado. Get yourself caught up with a quick rundown of the last week in pop.

  • The Foo Fighters are teasing some sort of big announcement on Monday:



  • Conan had the cast of Orange is the New Black on his talkshow; here’s the cold open:


  • Chris Pratt is slowly taking over the Internet; here he is rapping on a morning radio show:


  • Y’all ready to feel ANCIENT? Adam Duritz, is on the cover of AARP magazine:


  • Jeff Bridges channeled “The Dude” when he threw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game:


  • An actress whose role was recast on Game of Thrones had a pretty great reaction:

  • Obviously trying to cash in on that sweet Sharknado money, Tara Reid had released a new perfume – Shark by Tara. I’m guessing she didn’t watch her own movie, since they made a pretty big deal out of how terrible sharks smell.



  • Beyonce and Nicki Minaj collaborated on a remix of “Flawless” that has sparked further speculation of the state of the Carter marriage:


Time for some new trailers

  • A live action/animated Spongebob Squarepants movie:


  • A look at the new season of Total Divas on E!:


  • Here’s a trailer for the documentary Mudbloods, about real-life quidditch teams:


  • See Jon Snow with short hair in the trailer for Testament of Youth:


  • Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley in Stonehearst Asylum:


  • The first trailer for Disney’s Into The Woods:


  • A final trailer for The Expendables 3:


  • Michael Keaton in Birdman:


  • Night at the Museum 3:


  • Pierce Brosnan in The November Man:


  • Kingdom First, an original series on DirecTV:


  • A trailer for the new Netflix series, BoJack Horseman:


  • A documentary about the man who inspired the movie Dog Day Afternoon:



  • Someone did not take kindly to the Washington Post smearing Fred Flintstone’s good name in a story about Ray Rice.
  • A poster for the upcoming Tarantino movie:


  • The good people at EconPop look at the economics of The LEGO Movie:



As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts

  • A musical with Doctor Who and Sherlock:


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  • A supercut of Tom Haverford’s business ideas on Parks and Recreation:



  • I’ve enjoyed these while they lasted, but this is the final Saturday Morning Slow Jam – the original My Little Pony theme:




  • Here’s a trailer for Harry Potter done in the style of Scott Pilgrim:


  • And finally….President Obama sings “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea:



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