Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Sunshine Day Edition

After two very rainy days in Albany it looks like we’ve finally turned a corner and will have some nice sunny days. This is a relief, since while we needed some rain we probably didn’t need the small tornado that touched down nearby. I’d always rather have rain during the week than on the weekend, but the dreary skies were making it harder to get out of bed in the morning and it’s already pretty difficult for me to get out of bed in the morning. If this weather could hang around until after Saturday that would be great, since I’m going to an outside concert that doesn’t allow umbrellas. I really don’t want to be standing in a field with thousands of other people in a rain poncho. Plus sunshine just puts everyone in a better mood, so I’m glad it’s back. And if the name of this post gets this song stuck in your head, so much the better.

What else puts people in a good mood? Well the pop culture roundup, of course! As usual, I’ve searched the Internet high and low to bring you the latest and greatest pop culture news that you may have missed in the last week. So kick back and relax and enjoy the smorgasbord of pop culture goodness.

  • In honor of Kanye West’s 38th birthday, the website First We Feast has created an ice cream menu inspired by Yeezus and available at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream. I would absolutely order the I Am a God Ice Cream Croissantwich.
  • Channing Tatum went undercover to dance at a Magic Mike XXL screening:



  • Amy Schumer gave a hilarious acceptance speech at the Glamour awards:


Time for some trailers…..

  • The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part Two:


  • Meryl Streep in Ricki and The Flash:


  • The Martian or “why do people keep leaving Matt Damon in space?”


  • Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation:


  • I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner’s new docu-series:


  • Season three of Rectify (probably the best show that you aren’t watching):


  • The star-studded Suffragette:


  • The first promos for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:



  • Star Wars Rebels season 2:


  • Not one, but two new True Detective promos:



  • Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes:


  • Masters of Sex, season three:


  • Greta Gerwig in Mistress America:


  • Michael Fassbender in Macbeth:


  • Jake Gyllenhaal in Everest:


  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers:


  • Emily Blunt went exploring with Elmo on Sesame Street:


  • Connie Britton is an excellent hula hooper (and all-around person):


  • The Broadway casts of The Lion King and Aladdin had a sing-off during a flight delay:


  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter looks just like her:

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Brother proof. Sort of.

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  • Mary Ellen Trainer, best known for her roles in The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon franchise, has passed away.
  • Victoria Siegel, one of the children featured in the fantastic documentary The Queen of Versailles, was found dead at 18.

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

  • Taylor Swift meets Taylor Swift? I think the universe just exploded:


  • The worlds of Orange Is The New Black and Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt collide:




  • Kelly Clarkson covers Rihanna:


  • An all bass version of Metallica’s And Justice For All



  • Sesame Street does a Jurassic Park parody:


  • A blues version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme:


  • The Muppets are back with “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by ODB:



  • A medley of hip-hop sings preformed in the style of Broadway:


  • And finally…SpongeBob Squarepants mashed up with Breaking Bad:


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