Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Blizzard Juno Edition

As you may have heard, we had some inclement weather hit the East Coast this week in the form of a whole lot of snow. Thankfully, Albany was never in the danger zone; we were originally only estimated to get up to 14 inches, which is a lot but nothing that we don’t know how to deal with. You wouldn’t have known that if you went to any of the area supermarkets, though. People were loading up on supplies like the end of the world was coming. The bread aisle looked likes a scene from The Hunger Games. Suburbanites sure do like to get riled up about the weather. Ultimately, we wound up getting much, much less which is always good news in my opinion. New York City also got a lot less snow than expected, which I was also relieved for since I have a lot of plans in Manhattan this weekend and I was going to be very sad if those got derailed. And, of course, I don’t want anyone to be hurt or in danger. But mostly I don’t want my plans ruined 🙂 At least I own my selfishness. But hopefully the cities that did get a lot of snow have begun to dig out and resume normal life.

But if you are snowed in, you might as well take a break from all the shoveling and catch up on all the pop culture that you might have missed. A lot seemed to happen in the last seven days, but don’t worry – I’ve got you covered.






  • Sam Smith is paying Tom Petty royalties, but how similar are “Stay With Me” and “I Won’t Back Down?”



  • John Oliver wants to audition for Fifty Shades of Grey:


  • Get caught up on the last three Jurassic Park movies (there were three of them?) with this animated recap:


Time for some trailers….

  • Our first look at the Fantastic Four reboot:


  • Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:


  • A look at season ten of Keeping Up with the Kardashians:


  • Netflix’s first teaser for Wet Hot American Summer:


  • Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite:


  • Dead Rising: Watchtower:


  • It Follows:


  • A trailer for Ben Fold’s new orchestral album:


  • Tom Hardy in Child 44:



  • Conan went to the Taco Bell test kitchen; hilarity ensued. No one does a remote piece like Coco:



63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Show


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

  • Here’s The Big Lebowski mashed up with Springsteen’s “Secret Garden”


  • A supercut of every knob, switch and interface from Star Wars:




  • Hundreds of scenes from iconic films edited together to make a trailer:


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  • Family Matters as anime:


  • This Duran Duran/Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars mashup is very catchy:


  • The Avengers re-cut in the style of Watchmen:


  • A montage of memorable movie mustaches:


  • And finally, The Muppets doing Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” may be my favorite thing of the week:

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