I probably should just move to NYC at this point, right?
My friend Amanda has been telling me this for years; she even has my neighborhood picked out (Chelsea). And I have to admit that there is a certain logic to it, given how much time I spend in the city and how much I love being there. I’m on my way there today, one of my last trips this year. Sadly the day job is putting a major damper on this trip, but I’m still trying to make the most of it. I’ll be flying solo for a lot of the time, which I do kind of love – it’s great spending time with my friends, but it’s also nice to have the freedom to do all the silly stuff that I like to do, like chase down art installations/street art and eat weird stuff that doesn’t necessarily appeal to everyone else. If I want to spend 3 hours trying to locate some graffiti or walk 20 blocks out of the way to try a cupcake ATM (both things that have actually happened), I am free to do so. And honestly nothing makes me happier than waking up in NYC, even if I have to cut the trip short because I am apparently the only person who can do anything around the office.
But I’d hate to leave my family and the friends that I have here and despite my current annoyance I do enjoy my job. I’m also convinced that as much as I love NYC that it would lose some of its appeal if I actually lived in NYC. Right now, it’s a perfect little getaway that gives me a reprieve from my normal life. The reality of day to day life in the city would be a lot different. The cruel irony is that living in NYC would meant that I probably couldn’t afford most of what I like to do in the city; the harsh reality is that I most likely wouldn’t be living in Chelsea, or even Manhattan or Brooklyn in general because I would be priced out. Wah-wah.
Never disappointing – the pop culture roundup. See what you might have missed in the last week.
- There was a discussion of a Westworld and Game of Thrones crossover.
- REDACTED has been spotted on the Game of Thrones set.
- Spoilers: Additional set photos from Game of Thrones also tease potential plot developments.
- ABC is staying in the Shonda Rhimes business – the network has ordered a legal drama from her production company.
- All 13 episodes of the second season of Jessica Jones will be directed by women.
- The Young Pope hasn’t debuted yet, but it is getting a second season.
- The New York Times interviewed David Letterman.
- Chris Pratt will play his real-life wife Anna Faris’ love interest on Mom.
- Adam Scott will make a multi-episode appearance on The Good Place.
- The new Anne of Green Gables series has found its Anne.
- Benedict Cumberbatch will host SNL on November 5th with musical guest Solange.
- Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood will star in Netflix’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game.
- The new series that Jennifer Lopez is producing for NBC sounds bananas.
- My brother gets credit for this one: the oral history of baseball on Seinfeld.
- Bryan Cranston hinted that a familiar face from Breaking Bad will turn up on Better Call Saul next season (and he wasn’t talking about Gus, Jesse or Walt). Guess away!
- Fox is developing a comedy with Common about a ‘90s rapper.
- The Rock, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay are developing a wrestling comedy for Fox.
- Knight Rider will once again be resurrected as a digital series.
- Lauren Ambrose will star in TNT’s drama pilot Monsters of God.
- More reasons Amy Poehler is the best – she’s bringing Carol Burnett back to TV!
- ABC is making a TV sequel to the film Enemy of the State.
- ABC has trimmed the episode order for Notorious.
- Here’s what’s coming and going from Hulu in November. And Amazon. And Netflix. And HBO NOW.
- Sundance ordered the documentary series In Cold Blood Revisited.
- Mark Feuerstein will play a major role in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. Alyssa Milano will also appear.
- Amazon will turn the podcast Lore into a series.
- Seeso has renewed HarmonQuest for a second season.
- Jodie Foster will direct an episode of Black Mirror.
- Christopher Lloyd will guest star on 12 Monkeys.
- ABC is developing a comedy about a military family that is produced by Kelsey Grammer.
- The return of America’s Next Top Model has a premiere date.
- The CW renews Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- The David S. Pumpkins Halloween costume from SNL is selling out.
- Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo spinoff movie. Suddenly I give a crap about Star Wars.
- Colin Firth has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns.
- Creative differences has led to the exit of Deadpool 2’s director from the project. A petition has started for Quentin Tarantino to take over.
- Jennifer Lawrence is set to play Zelda Fitzgerald in a biopic from Ron Howard.
- Leonardo DiCaprio will play music producer Sam Phillips in a biopic.
- Chris Pine has joined the cast of A Wrinkle in Time.
- Warner Brothers is planning a Willy Wonka prequel.
- Jordan Gordon-Levitt will star in the sci-fi thriller Sovereign.
- Jesse Plemons will star in Kirsten Dunst’s adaptation of The Bell Jar.
- You have Ava DuVernay to thank for one of the cooler shots in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Garth’s Mirthmobile from Wayne’s World is going on the auction block.
- Space Jam is returning to theaters (briefly) for its 20th anniversary.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Rock don’t want you to text during the movies:
- Joss Whedon is writing a “dark” horror movie set during WWII.
- Josh Gad joins the cast of the Murder on the Orient Express remake.
- Daniel Radcliffe to star in the thriller Beasts of Burden.
- Tom Hardy will play an Antarctic explorer in his next role.
- A bunch of movie props from Twilight are up for auction.
- A teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
- Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life:
- Nocturnal Animals:
- Always Shine:
- Come and Find Me:
- Loving Vincent:
- Nashville on CMT:
- I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House:
- Red Dead Redemption 2:
- A Cure for Wellness:
- Kanye says that there’s no Watch the Thrones 2 because of beef between Tidal and Apple.
- Eminem is working on new music.
- Drake dropped some new songs in anticipation of his new “playlist” More Life.
- Jay Z is now in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- Bruce Springsteen wrote a song for the Harry Potter movies and they didn’t use it.
- Taylor Swift sang “This is What You Came For” (which she co-wrote with ex Calvin Harris) for the first time in concert.
- Prince’s Paisley Park Museum officially opens Friday.
- Madonna’s Rebel Heart concert special will air on Showtime
- Radiohead will headline Glastonbury for the first time in 14 years.
- At least two new Price albums are on the way, compiled from unheard music from his vault.
- The Flaming Lips announced a new album.
- Run the Jewels announced a new album.
- Have you ever wondered how often certain spells are used in the Harry Potter universe? Wonder no longer.
- A new J.R.R. Tolkien book will be published May 2017.
- Anthony Ramos is leaving Hamilton. That leaves Jasmine Cephas Jones and Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan as the last original cast members.
- The musical Bandstand is heading to Broadway.
- Rachel McAdams would be game for the Mean Girls musical.
- 13 Going On 30 is being turned into a musical.
- Christopher Marlowe has officially been credited as the co-author of 3 Shakespeare plays.
- Pump the brakes – Jake Gyllenhaal’s return to Broadway has been postponed.
- Glenn Close returns to Broadway with Sunset Boulevard.
- Louis CK is releasing Barry Crimmins’ first standup special.
Odds and Ends
- Vulture looks at the greatest pop culture conspiracy theories.
- John Candy’s kids talk about their dad, who would have been 66 this year.
- Suge Knight is suing Dr. Dre for allegedly trying to have him killed.
- Scarlett Johansson is getting into the gourmet popcorn business.
- Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter are expecting baby #2.
- DJ Khaled Snapchatted the birth of his son (and has the world’s most forgiving wife).
- Jennifer Lawrence is rumored to be dating director Darren Aronofsky.
- Real World San Francisco couple Pam and Judd are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary.
- Comic book artist Steve Dillon, who co-created Preacher, has passed away.
- Comedian Kevin Meaney passed away over the weekend.
- Peter Burns, the lead singer of Dead or Alive, has died.
Mashups and Supercuts
- Top 10 horror movie deaths of all-time:
- The movies sing the Friends theme song:
- A Vintage 1940s version of Maroon 5’s “This Love”:
- Rapping with Tom Hanks:
- Kings of Leon covered Selena Gomez:
- Cher and James Corden update “I Got You Babe” for the modern era:
- Tom Cruise and James Corden recreated some of Cruise’s iconic roles:
- Weird Al takes on the final presidential debate:
- Miss Piggy busts out a little Lauryn Hill:
- And finally, a trick or treat TV supercut: