Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Game of Thrones Withdrawal Edition

The first few weeks after a season of Game of Thrones ends is always an adjustment period; after ten weeks of being completely immersed in and obsessed with a television show, I feel a little rudderless. Now begins the long summer television season, where there is little to offer. I hold out hope that HBO’s shows will help fill the void – True Detective was great last year – but I would much rather be spending time in Westeros. For now, I’m reading plenty of Game of Thrones fan theories to help with the transition. I just can’t quit Game of Thrones cold turkey. That would be a shock to my system. Of course, this also marks the annual faux commitment to finishing the books (I’m still stuck in the middle of book 2), which we all should realize isn’t going to happen. I miss Game of Thrones, but those freaking books are LONG.

One way to ease the pain of having to wait 9 months until one of my favorite shows returns is to throw myself into this week’s pop culture roundup, which is exactly what I did. Surfing the web looking for nuggets of pop culture goodness was a nice distraction from worrying about the fate of Game of Thrones characters. So lose yourself in this menagerie of pop culture goodness.

  • Here’s the first poster for Fear The Walking Dead:


  • Even Marvel was impressed:

  • The Rock is a goddamn national treasure:


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Here's a fun story to start your week off… I'm driving to set in my pick up truck – music blasting – I'm singing away like I'm having a one man party in my truck – then I hear a loud BANG. What the hell..? Look in my rear view and see I sideswiped another pick up that was parked in the street and destroyed the side mirror. First thing I thought was, "Aw shit.. someone's not gonna be happy..". I flipped a U-turn and drove back to scene. Just as I got out of my truck a guy was walking across the street to his truck. I said "Sir, is this your truck?". He stopped and stared at me for a good 5 seconds, looked around his neighborhood, looked back at me and "Yes it is. Why?". I said "Well, sorry to tell ya I sideswiped it and knocked the hell outta your mirror and may have done even more damage. You give me your info and I'll leave you mine and I'll take care of everything". He stared at me again, cocked his head sideways and said.."Uhhh.. Are you The Rock?". I said "Yup". He broke out into a huge smile and said "Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story!". I started belly laughing at that, then he started laughing and before you know it we're both standing in the middle of the street pointing to his mirror and laughing like two ol' crazy buddies. I checked back in with him a few days later and he refused to accept any money and said he fixed the damage himself. Want to thank Mr. Audie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. for being so cool about the whole thing. Life is funny cause you never know who you're gonna run into… and sure as hell never know who's truck you're gonna sideswipe while driving to work.

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  • The best thing about Donald Trump running for president is the boon it will be for late night talk shows. Colbert was one of the first out of the gate:


  • Kit Harington judged Jon Snow impersonators on Jimmy Kimmel Live!:


  • How the movie Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (a movie film near and dear to my heart) achieved cult status.
  • Chris Pratt tries out running in heels:


  • Lauren Graham’s TV daughters finally met:

Time for some trailers….

  • A trailer for Will Ferrel and Kristen Wiig’s Lifetime movie (which may be the best thing that ever happened to me):


  • Disney’s Zootopia:


  • Spectre, the new James Bond movie:


  • The Fantastic Four:


  • A new spot for Ant-Man:


  • Wale will host Seinfeld Remix on TBS this summer:


  • Bill Murray and Bruce Willis in Rock the Kasbah:


  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:


  • Jeremy Sisto in Break Point:


  • Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson in Regression:


  • A red band trailer for The Overnight:


  • A new Peanuts trailer:


  • Sharknado 3:


  • Season 2 of The Leftovers:


  • Metallica played the National Anthem before Game 5 of the NBA finals:


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

  • Star Wars meets Ocean’s Eleven:


  • Here’s a smooth jazz version of the Game of Thrones theme:


  • An 8-bit version of Jurassic Park:


  • A supercut of characters checking out the contents of their fridge:


  • Jurassic World meets Aladdin:


  • I have no idea why, but I found this supercut of the opening credits of forgotten 1995 TV shows strangely fascinating:


  • The Real Housewives of Westeros:


  • Seth MacFarlane sings Cyndi Lauper songs as Family Guy characters:


  • A Game of Thrones version of “Pinot Noir” from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:


  • What if David Lynch directed The Shining?


  • The Full House opening isn’t quite as wholesome when recreated in Grand Theft Auto V:


  • And finally….Orphan Black meets Clueless:


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