Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Tom Petty Edition

I was mid-call with a co-worker when I saw the news. “Hold on,” I said. “Gotta call you back – Tom Petty is dead.” It turns out that when I saw that tweet Petty had not actually died yet, but the news still broke my heart. I think it broke everyone’s heart, because I don’t know a damn person who didn’t like Tom Petty. Petty was an everyman rocker who churned out hits like nobody’s business. Put on “American Girl” in a room full of people and I guarantee you you’ll hear murmurs of what a great tune it is and that people will start singing along. I’ve liked Tom Petty for as long as I can remember and it makes me so sad that he’s no longer with us.  I’ve seen Petty and the Heartbreakers perform, but I’m kicking myself for not going to see them on their 40th anniversary tour. Monday was already a very sad day after the mass shooting in Vegas, but losing Petty on top of that just made it worse. I don’t have much of a vinyl collection, but one of the few records I do own is Full Moon Fever. I played it Monday night in tribute.

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R.I.P., Tom Petty. You will be missed.

And now….on to the pop culture roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Father Figures:

 

  • The Babysitter:

 

  • Paddington 2:

 

  • Wonder Wheel:

 

  • The Leisure Seeker:

 

  • Creep 2:

 

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, season 3:

 

  • Shameless, season 8:

 

  • The Death of Stalin:

 

  • Darkest Hour:

 

  • Star Trek Discovery:

 

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer:

 

  • Annihilation:

 

  • Geostorm:

 

  • Red Dead Redemption II:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Stand-up

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A Broadway-themed version of “Despacito”:

 

  • Lorde covers “In the Air Tonight”:

 

  • Stranger Things reimagined as a romantic comedy:

 

  • A capella covers of Star Trek TV theme songs:

 

  • Mean Girls reimagined as a forbidden lesbian romance: