Pop Culture Odds and Ends – True Detective Edition


Last night I finally got the chance to catch up on the first three episodes of the new season of True Detective; I’ve been so busy that I didn’t get around to watching it when it first debuted and the episodes started to pile up on my DVR. The buzz around this season has not been great, so I was also kind of putting off watching it out of fear of being disappointed. Having actually finally getting myself up to date, I’m not sure what people have been so salty about. It’s different than the first season, which is what I think bothers people the most. Gone is some of the mysticism and potential supernatural elements that were peppered in the first season, which to me is a welcome modification. I don’t necessarily think that the new season is as good as the first season, but I don’t think that it’s bad either. It’s perfectly entertaining television and the mere fact that Taylor Kitsch is back to being a regular part of my life is reason enough for celebration. #Texasforever

Also reason for celebration…..it’s time for another pop culture roundup. I’ve searched high and low to assemble all of the pop culture that you may have missed in the last seven days. No mystery here – just lots of nuggets of info about movies, television and music. So kick back and fully immerse yourself in the world of pop.


  • Robert Downey Jr. decided to get in on the Jurassic World meme:


  • Ed Sheeran is not letting the colonists’ rebellion go:



  • The Rock gave the USWNT a pre-game pep talk via video:


  • Here’s the Mayor of Philly doing “Rapper’s Delight” with The Roots:
  • There was a mini-Parks and Recreation reunion on Independence Day:


  • The new marquis at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is not what people expected (I walked by this Thursday and it wasn’t up yet):


  • Colbert also interviewed Eminem on a Michigan Public Access show:


  • Here’s the new Ghostbusters vehicle:


Time for some trailers…..

  • The X-Files:


  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip:


  • Chris Tucker Live:


  • Alexis Bledel and Katherine Heigl get married in Jenny’s Wedding:


  • Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs:


  • Tom Clancy’s The Division:


  • A new trailer for Ant-Man:


  • Strike Back season 4:


  • Pixels:


  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl (check out the stache on Alexander Skarsgard!):


  • Ricki and the Flash:


  • Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone in Irrational Man:


  • Sharknado 3:


  • Staten Island Summer:


  • London Has Fallen:


  • Fantastic Four:


  • Conan crashed girls’ night to see Magic Mike XXL:


  • Actress Diana Douglas (mother of Michael and ex-wife of Kirk) has passed away.

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

  • Bartkira – a mashup of The Simpsons and the Japanese anime Akira:



  • A Death Metal version of “You’re the One that I Want”



  • Incept Out (Inception meets Inside Out):



  • A montage of Jon Stewart singing on The Daily Show:








  • No Country for Old Mario Kart:



  • A supercut of people flipping the bird in movies:



  • A tribute to movie fights:



  • “Bad Blood” covered in twenty different styles:



  • The Fresh Prince of Rockford Hills (The Fresh Prince in Grand Theft Auto V):


And finally, Uptown Funk Newsies will put a smile on your face:

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