Pop Culture Odds and Ends– Lots of videos edition

Happy Wednesday! The sun is actually shining today, which gives me hope that the rain is behind us for a while. I was so over the dreariness. The good news about all the rain is that it gave me plenty of time to hole up and surf the web in search of pop culture stories to share with you, my dear readers. I found more videos of interest than usual, so this week is more audio/visual heavy than usual. Why read when you can just click a button and watch? Enjoy your biweekly roundup of all things pop!

  • The Dumb and Dumber sequel that would reunite Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels has been dropped by Warner Brothers. Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly are shopping the project to other companies. Countdown until the inevitable Kickstarter?
  • Congrats to Kate Winslet on her pregnancy. This will be her third child, her first with new husband Ned Rocknroll (still the best name ever).
  • Johnny Depp is FIFTY! How the f*&k did that happen?
  • A new trailer has been released for the next Hobbit movie:

 

  • Also recently released – a trailer for the newest Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine. Look – It’s Louis CK!

 

  • Happy belated birthday to the wonderful Peter Dinklage. He turned 44 yesterday. I could watch this scene of him slapping Joffrey all day long.

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  • That was quick – after a solid opening weekend, The Purge is getting a sequel.
  • The guy who plays Hodor (Hodor!) on Game of Thrones is also a DJ.
  • What’s that you say? Baseball and boy bands? You have my attention.

 

  • Laraine Newman and company nail this Girls parody:

 

  • Bob Saget couldn’t help but stop by a familiar location while on a trip to San Francisco

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  • True Blood returns for its 6th season on Sunday. Here’s to hoping that it’s better than last season; as you may recall, I was not too impressed.

 

  • The new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee drops tomorrow at noon:

 

I didn’t watch the Tonys – Game of Thrones and Mad Men own my Sunday nights – but looks like I missed a hell of a show.

 

Note to Seth MacFarlane – THAT is how you host an awards show. Full slate of winners (and the shows that are now impossible to get tickets to) can be found here.

  • Attention all Juggalos – Insane Clown Posse is getting their own show. I’ll admit – the episode of their webseries that I saw was kind of amusing.
  • The band Portugal. The Man scored some familiar faces (if you are a It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fan) for their newest short:

 

  • Speaking of It’s Always Sunny – if you ever wondered what the guys were saying backwards in the end credits each season, wonder no more:

 

  • I love these covers of songs from Bob’s Burgers. This one is by The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt and it’s great.
  • Looks like I’m planning a trip to DC this fall – An Anchorman exhibit opens at the Newsuem in November.
  • Warner Brothers gave up their rights to Friday the 13th and South Park for a piece of the new Christopher Nolan movie.
  • Samuel L. Jackson reads the iconic “I am the one that knocks” monologue from Breaking Bad. My head just exploded.

 

  • This is kind of cool: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” reimagined in different musical styles through the decades:

 

  • One thing Kanye ain’t lacking is confidence, as evidenced by this New York Times article with the self-proclaimed “visionary.” The most ridiculous quotes are here.
  • The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Scott Thorson (Liberace’s Ex) about HBO’s Behind the Candelabra (a must see – Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are fantastic and you have to see Rob Lowe to believe it).
  • If you missed it, Google had a wonderful Google Doodle earlier this week honoring the late great Maurice Sendak:

 

  • Look for Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 in 2015. Shows how much I know – I didn’t even know that there had already been 3 movies.
  • Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) has joined the cast of the live action reimagined Cinderella.
  • While waiting for a Green Day concert to start, an Bohemian Rhapsody sing-a-long broke out:

 

  • A Christmas Story, the Musical returns to New York this holiday season (but not on Broadway).
  • Singer Jon Marco isn’t famous, but he’s trying to make a name for himself with a video that features recreations of several 80s movies. Not so sure about the song, but I’ll give him points for creativity.

 

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • I refuse to tire of these Daft Punk mashups. This one is with moments from the Bill and Ted’s franchise:

 

  • Sex and the City debuted 15 years ago last week. To celebrate, here is a mashup of all the guest stars on the show (I remember almost none of them).
  • Spoilers abound in this Princess Bride/Game of Thrones mashup, so proceed with caution:

 

  • Mad Men reacts to the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones (SPOILERS – but seriously – that episode was almost two weeks ago. Catch up already)

 

  • A supercut of all the fake websites on Arrested Development:

 

  • A mashup of animals who can’t handle mirrors:

 

And finally, these supercuts of NBC’s Brian Williams make me giggle uncontrollably. Damn you Fallon – you’ve done it again:

  • Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”

 

  • Warren G’s “Regulate:”

 

  • The pièce de résistance– NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton”

 

Have a great day!

Sneak Peek – 21 Jump Street

When I saw the first trailer for 21 Jump Street, I just rolled my eyes. The Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill pairing didn’t seem like it was going to work and the scenes featured in the clips did not inspire confidence that the rest of the movie was going to be my sense of humor. Or that it was even necessarily going to be funny, period. So when I went into the screening last week, I had pretty low expectations. To be completely honest, I anticipated that it was going to be terrible.

Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit.

Tatum and Hill play former high school classmates who ran in very different social circles. One was a popular jock and the other was a dorky outcast. I’ll let you guess which was which. They meet up again when they both join the police force and become friends and partners. Their general ineptitude and youthful looks land them on the undercover squad where they are charged with infiltrating a local high school to bring down a drug ring. They get to experience high school all over again, but with their roles reversed. Hilarity ensues.

Despite my reservations, the lead pairing actually compliment each other quite well. The comedic chops of Tatum were particularly surprising as he is mostly know for being in movies I would never see (The Vow, Dear John, Step Up) or more action driven fare. Who knew that he would revel in being goofy? Hill is solid as usual. The humor can be raunchy and slapsticky, but there are also moments of sweetness as well as some fun action sequences. There really is something for almost everyone.

Also of particular note is Dave Franco as one of the high schoolers that Hill and Tatum encounter. Though he hasn’t had any staring roles yet, he will probably look very familiar to viewers as he bears a striking resemblance to his older brother James. Clearly there is a lot of talent in that gene pool as Dave does a solid job. The rest of the supporting cast also brings the funny, with the exception of Ice Cube as the officer in charge of Jump Street. He just didn’t work for me.

My knowledge of 21 Jump Street, the TV show, is limited to what I gleamed from reading teen magazines (Tiger Beat, Bop, Teen Beat, Big Bopper – I read them all) while the program was popular. I never actually watched it. I know Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson and Richard Grieco were on it. That’s basically it. So I have no great affinity for the franchise and have no idea if this movie did it justice. There were probably references to the original that I missed. My guess is that the 80s show only provided a jumping off point (pun intended) for the premise of the movie; from there, the writers (including Jonah Hill) made it their own.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Albany gets a brief shout-out in the movie, which was warmly received by the local audience. It takes so little to make us happy.

21 Jump Street isn’t a perfect movie and it certainly isn’t particularly sophisticated. The first act stumbles a bit. But once the boys are undercover, it is relatively smooth sailing. It proves to be a fun popcorn movie that provides plenty of laughs and action. I’m glad my first instincts were proven wrong.

21 Jump Street opens nationwide on Friday March 16th.