Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Ice Bucket Challenge Edition

Who would have thought that the craze sweeping the nation would be dropping a bucket of cold water on your head for charity? It was only a matter of time until my turn would come up in the ALS ice bucket challenge roulette and this weekend I was challenged by not one but two people. I’m not one to back down from a challenge – especially for a good cause – so I enlisted the help of my friend’s five year old son who was more than willing to assist me in this endeavor. The idea that he would be able to dump water on an adult and get away with it brought such a gleam to his eye that I almost didn’t mind the cold. In all honestly, it really wasn’t bad at all and was a minor inconvenience at best. It was actually kind of fun. I hope other charities are able to find ways to raise awareness and money that are as successful. If people can have fun with something and call other people out in the process, that’s a recipe for a profitable campaign. And though I should be tired of watching them, for some reason the sight of people pouring ice cold water of their head still cracks me up. I’m easy to entertain.

So while you nervously wait to be challenged (or if you are drying off from your participation), catch up on some of the pop culture that you may have missed in the last week.

  • It’s not a contest, of course, but Dave Grohl pretty much won the Ice Bucket Challenge with this video:



  • Godzilla 2 will not lumber into theaters until 2018.
  • Paul F. Tompkins blindfolds Breaking Bad‘s RJ Mitte and asks him to ID  cereals, since we all know Walt Jr. loved breakfast:


  • You know, I was just thinking that what the N.W.A. movie was missing was Paul Giamatti. Crisis averted.
  • The winner of Last Comic Standing made his debut on The Tonight Show:



  • Watch Willie Nelson perform a card trick:


  • Weird Al was asked “If a deli named a sandwich after you, what would be on it?” The folks over at Consumerist actually made his answer.
  • I’ve made no secret that I am #teamLittlefinger on Game of Thrones, so this photo of Aidan Gillen with a Magnum ice cream bar cracked me up. So serious!

  • Whoa – Jack Nicholson’s son sure looks like his famous dad:

Apollo in the Hamptons 2014

  • Lil Bow Wow will appear on CSI:Cyber.

Time for some trailers……..

  • A red band trailer for new stuff from the Trailer Park Boys:


  • Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite…..for an Emmy promo. Julia Louis-Dreyfus joins the fun:


  • A new trailer for Lifetime’s Saved be the Bell movie (I may have to have a party for this):


  • Serious Adam Sandler returns in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children:


  • Nicolas Cage misses the Rapture in Left Behind:


  • Revenge of the Green Dragons:


  • Johnny Depp in Mortdecai:


  • A look at the new Fox comedy Mulaney:


  • Z Nation, Syfy’s new zombie show:


  • Juliette Lewis in Kelly & Cal:


  • There’s no new footage in the trailer that Yahoo released for Community, but it’s a nice stroll down memory lane:


  • A look at Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 2:


  • Verne Troyer really loves Shark Week:


  • Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff reunited to perform “Summertime” in Vegas:


  • Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and NKOTB’s Jordan Knight have released their first single from their new collaboration (ridiculously named Nick and Knight).
  • Lindsay Lohan is planning to write a memoir trilogy, “like Harry Potter.” Oy vey. That shows a serious misunderstanding of the Potter series (7 books is not a trilogy) and a serious overestimation of public interest in Lohan.

The Houston Astros Vs. The Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park

  • This GIF features all the fake sequels at the end of 22 Jump Street:


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts……

  • Watch kids reenact Emmy-nominated shows:


  • Groot and Taylor Swift in a dance-off:


  • A Charles Bronson supercut:


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  • What if Sid & Nancy was more like Growing Pains:


  • What would Up look like if Michael Bay directed it?


  • Star Wars meets Friday:


  • Last week he sang “Fancy,” this week Barack Obama does Ariana Grande’s “Problems”


  • Bill Pullman’s climatic speech in Independence Day is less inspiring when done by Gilbert Gottfried:


  • And finally, a  supercut of deaths in Quentin Tarantino’s movies:

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