A new year brings a lot of new things, but right now we’re in a little bit of a pop culture lull. I actually like this time of year, when the craziness of the holidays is over and TV shows are slowly beginning to come back with new episodes. It’s also something of a holding pattern for new movie releases as well; most of the big Oscar movies are already showing and there aren’t a ton of new releases. For me, this is a great time to get caught up on things. I’m very excited to currently have no plans this weekend other than football, so I can binge watch to my little heart’s content and knock off some remaining films in preparation for the Oscars. Every once in a while a break from the action is needed so as to not completely drown in all the pop culture out there. And I am definitely catching up – after being mostly MIA from the cinemas, I’ve gone to the movies three times in four days and I binged two series over the weekend. In my world, that’s crazy productive. Soon enough I’ll be running around trying to track down an obscure foreign film for my Oscar Death Race and my DVR will be back up to 75%. But for now, I’m enjoying the relative calm before the storm.
This lull means that like last week, the pop culture roundup is a little on the light side. We’ll probably be back to basics next week, but in the meantime enjoy the slightly more manageable collection of all the pop culture news in the last week.
- HBO has moved up the premiere date for the Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds documentary Bright Lights.
- Carrie Fischer will posthumously appear on two episode of Family Guy. She had a recurring role as Peter’s boss.
- The Man in the High Castle has been renewed for a third season on Amazon.
- Meg Ryan will star in the Epix comedy series Picture Paris.
- The Will & Grace revival may have a 10 episode commitment.
- JonBenét Ramsey’s brother Burke is suing over the CBS docuseries The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, which suggested that he was responsible for his sister’s murder.
- Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new The Apprentice catchphrase is pretty much what you would have guessed.
- The final season of Bates Motel will begin February.
- Rumor has it – Twin Peaks reboot may premiere in April.
- Ryan Gosling will reteam with La La Land director Damien Chazelle for a Neil Armstrong biopic.
- Woody Harrelson is in talks to appear in the Han Solo spin-off movie.
- Despite earlier rumors to the contrary, it sounds like Deadpool will not have a cameo in Logan.
- Deadpool was the most illegally downloaded movie of 2016. Congrats?
- Leslie Jones thinks that she’d be a great sidekick for Deadpool and I see zero downside to this. Make it happen.
- Rogue One originally had an opening crawl. Editors also revealed which scenes were added in reshoots.
- Someone crunched the numbers to figure out how much money Kevin’s dad spent in Home Alone.
- Bryan Cranston will play himself in James Franco’s The Masterpiece.
- Aquaman will be using the Mad Max: Fury Road stunt team, which is promising.
- Doctor Strange will play a significant role in Thor: Ragnarok.
- TCM will air a 24-hour Debbie Reynolds movie marathon.
- Kevin Costner wants to direct a 10-hour Western.
- Disney is building an Avatar theme park.
- Scarlett Johansson is the highest grossing actor of 2016.
- Terrence Malick’s new movie will feature a lot of musician cameos.
- All the Indiana Jones movies quietly debuted on Hulu and Amazon Prime. Will 2017 be the year that I finally watch one of them?
- Sylvester Stallone says that The Expendables 4 will happen. He’d probably know.
- Stallone also plans to direct and star in a war veteran biopic with Adam Driver.
- Bright Lights:
- HBO’s Crashing:
- Between Us:
- Fifty Shades Darker:
- The Lovers:
- Kanye and Tyga released a new collaboration.
- Ed Sheeran announces that new music is coming soon.
- Beyoncé, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar will headline Coachella 2017. *starts packing a suitcase*
- Chance the Rapper will headline Governors Ball 2017 *packs another bag*
- Foo Fighters end their 19-month hiatus by headlining the BottleRock festival in Napa.
- Sleater-Kinney are doing a live album.
- 2 Chainz has announced his new project Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.
- An oral history of George Michael’s “Freedom” music video.
- Ariana Grande will be a character in Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius mobile game.
- Mean Girls the musical gets a world premiere date in Washington DC.
Odds and Ends
- Beyoncé leads the list for 2016’s most charitable celebrities.
- Serial’s Adnan Syed was denied his motion for bail.
- Benedict Cumberbatch and Arthur Conan Doyle are distantly related.
- Ice Cube is launching a professional basketball league.
- Run-DMC is suing Amazon and Walmart for $50 million.
- Lauren Conrad and husband William Tell are expecting their first child.
- Pink and Carey Hart welcomed their second child, Jameson Moon.
- Ellen Pompeo and hubby Chris Ivery welcomed their third child.
- Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana welcomed their first child, a son name Eissa.
- Ashley Greene and Paul Khoury are engaged.
- Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist and Glee’s Blake Jenner set to divorce.
- Trey Songz was arrested after his show in Detroit.
- DMX has reportedly filed for bankruptcy (again).
- Survivor: Gabon contestant Dan Kay has died. He was 40.
- The inventor of the red Solo cup has died. Play some beer pong in his honor.
- The Beatles’ first manager Allan Williams has died. He was 86.
- M*A*S*H’s William Christopher lost his battle with cancer.
- Actress Barbara Tarbuck, best known for her role on General Hospital, has passed away at 74.
- 2017 was determined to end on a heartbreaking note – R.I.P. to the great Debbie Reynolds.
Mashups and Supercuts
- Bryan Cranston and Bryan Cranston in Why Walt?:
- Everybody Wants to Kill Bruce Willis 2:
- Did Monica and Chandler move into the house from Home Alone?:
- An Eminem and Arthur mashup:
- A Carpool Karaoke megamix:
- A homemade remake of the Captain America: Civil War trailer:
- 2016: The Movie: