Pop Culture Odds and Ends – I’m Back, Baby edition

I couldn’t think of any better way to bring the blog back from its brief hiatus than with everyone’s favorite post, the bi-weekly pop culture roundup. Pop culture stops for no man (or woman) and stories kept rolling out even while I was away, so this post is as much for me as it is for you. So while we all play catch up, enjoy this barrage of links to stories that you might have missed:

  • You people are failing me when it comes to Happy Endings. Shame on you.
  • Kids retell Star Wars in their own words:

 

  • This might be a reason to have a baby – White Stripes songs have been turned into an album of lullabies (just kidding, Mom. Probably).
  • The History Channel’s The Bible miniseries is already out on DVD.

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  • Dang – I missed out on the auction for Tupac’s fedora from the “California Love” video. I look excellent in hats.
  • Listen to a new song from John Legend and Rick Ross.
  • Crackle is now streaming episodes of The Shield for free. Definitely a show to check out if you haven’t seen it. It is where I first discovered the awesomeness that is Walton Goggins.
  • Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno addressed The Tonight Show succession rumors:

Jimmy, my friend, some unsolicited advice: stop palling around with Leno. He cannot be trusted.

  • The Hollywood Reporter says that Fallon has signed a deal to take over The Tonight Show. Seth Meyers is the frontrunner to take over Fallon’s 12:30 time slot.
  • Steve Buscemi will direct a live Vampire Weekend webcast.
  • Not sure how I feel about this: Amy Poehler is rumored to be dating fellow comedian (and occasional Parks and Recreation guest star) Nick Kroll. Love them both, but I’m still not over her split with Will Arnett.
  • This seems like a waste of perfectly good Easter candy:

 

  • Glee star Cory Monteith has checked into rehab and will miss some episodes of season 4, currently in production.
  • Springsteen has brought someone on stage to sing “Waiting on a Sunny Day” at every show I have been to, but I’ve never seen him do this before:

Lucky kid – and this only makes me love the Boss more.

  • The collected wisdom of Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si. I don’t watch the show – should I check it out?
  • OK – this kind of freaked me out – celebrities that are unbelievably the same age. The Taylor Swift/Adele thing always kills me.
  • There is adorable and then there is Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Jeopardy! in 1997:

 

  • Cher’s mom is getting a Lifetime movie. It has got to be better than Liz & Dick and the recent Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (based on a murder one town over from where I live).
  • Based on the success of the Veronica Mars kickstarter, Funny or Die has some 90s TV shows that they think should get the movie treatment.
  • Queens of the Stone Age debuted a new song at Lollapalooza Brazil, the band’s first in six years.
  • I have discovered yet another website that specialized in pop culture inspired art. I really think this print would tie my living room together.
  • Tublr of the week: Mean Mad Men (Mad Men/Mean Girls mashup). Totally fetch.

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  • Thanks to a new website, I can listen to many of the Phish concerts that I attended for free.
  • The creator of the 90s Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All has brought the character back as an adult in a new book.
  • Adios TV Guide Network.
  • Watch the cast of The Big Bang Theory do a number from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sheldon Cooper in drag is unsettling.
  • Bronson Pinchot hijacks a weather cast on a local news cast. I have no words:

 

  • Actor Richard Griffiths, who played Harry Potter’s Uncle Vernon (among other things) passed away last week.
  • Are Walking Dead and Toy Story the same?
  • The CW has released the first images of their new The Vampire Diaries spin-off pilot, The Originals.
  • Ron Howard will appear as himself on an upcoming episode of Arrested Development. He is also the show’s narrator.
  • I enjoy this collection of GIFs of Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead sneaking up on people. He is one stealth dude.

And now, some supercuts and mashups:

  • People running in movies:

 

  • I’m glad I didn’t watch this before I flew Southwest last week.
  • All of Woody Allen’s stammers:

 

  • Bill & Ted & Lincoln’s Excellent Adventure:

 

  • And finally, spliced together like this, Fraggle Rock was pretty deep (and a little depressing):

2013 Golden Globe Nominations

As far as I’m concerned, all you need to know about the legitimacy of the Golden Globes can be stated in one sentence.

They do not consider Mad Men in the conversation for Best Drama.

In other words, the Golden Globes are pretty meaningless.

The nominations are determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press and they are notorious for giving nominations to unworthy candidates and their seemingly haphazard standards not only in how they make their nominations, but in how they categorize different films and television shows; the Globes has separate categories for dramas and comedies in films, so the two don’t compete against one another. But in the television categories, everyone is thrown together in the supporting actor and actress categories, regardless of the genre of their program, which leads to some very weird match-ups. They are particularly bad when it comes to the television nominations, but they have an overall preference for what they consider to be young and pretty upstarts and for movie stars slumming it on the small screen; the Emmys have the same fixation with the latter, but the Golden Globes is even worse about it.

In my opinion, the Golden Globes are barely a step up from the People’s Choice Awards and the MTV Movie Awards, which isn’t saying much. I don’t think anyone in the business takes the awards very seriously; it is nice to win and be nominated, but it just doesn’t have the prestige of some of the other awards out there. This doesn’t mean that they don’t get things right, but there are always plenty of nominations that make you shake your head. Awards in generally are kind of silly anyway.

However, the Golden Globes ceremony can be a lot of fun to watch. It’s one of the few times television and movie stars are in the same room running elbows with each other and the free flowing alcohol sometimes makes for some fun speeches and good reaction shots in the audience. It isn’t an accident that NBC advertises the ceremony as “the most unpredictable party of the year.” Everyone is there just to have a good time. It’s all an exercise in futility, but as long as everyone is in on the joke, it can be a fun night. This year I’ll definitely be tuning in as two of my favorite ladies are hosting: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. They are always funny and are a good team.

 

The 2013 nominations are listed below; my predicted winners are in bold. Note that these are not necessarily who I think should win, but my best guess on how the American Foreign Press will vote. Many of the films haven’t been released yet, so I haven’t seen them all.

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

“Argo”

“Django Unchained”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

 

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

“Exotic Marigold Hotel”

 “Les Miserables”

“Moonrise Kingdom”

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck, “Argo”

Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

 

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”

John Hawkes, “The Sessions”

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Denzel Washington, “Flight”

 

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Marion Cotillard, “Rust & Bone”

Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”

Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

 

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”

Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Maggie Smith, “Quartet”

Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

 

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Jack Black, “Bernie”

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”

Bill Murray, “Hyde Park On Hudson”

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, “The Master”

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 “Amour”

“A Royal Affair”

“The Intouchables”

“Kon-Tiki”

“Rust and Bone”

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

“Zero Dark Thirty”

“Lincoln”

“Django Unchained”

“Argo”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“Anna Karenina”

“Argo”

“Cloud Atlas”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Brave”

“Frankenweenie”

“Hotel Transylvania”

“Rise of the Guardians”

“Wreck-It-Ralph”

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“For You”

“Not Running Anymore”

“Safe and Sound”

“Skyfall”

“Suddenly”

 

Television Series – Drama

“Breaking Bad”

“Boardwalk Empire”

“Downton Abbey: Season 2”

“Homeland”

“The Newsroom”

 

Actress In A Television Series – Drama

Connie Britton, “Nashville”

Glenn Close, “Damages”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

 

Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

 

Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Episodes”

“Girls”

“Modern Family”

“Smash”

 

Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”

 

Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Don Cheadle, “House Of Lies”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

Matt Leblanc, “Episodes”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

 

Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

 “Game Change”

“The Girl”

“Hatfields & McCoys”

“The Hour”

“Political Animals”

 

Actress In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”

Sienna Miller, “The Girl”

Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

 

Actor In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & Mccoys”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”

Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”

Toby Jones, “The Girl”

Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

 

Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”

Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

 

Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

Ed Harris, “Game Change”

Danny Huston, “Magic City”

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

 

The Golden Globes will take place on January 13, 2013 on NBC.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – It’s Almost My Birthday edition

It’s Wednesday, y’all. We’re halfway through the week! I’m especially excited for this week to wrap up so I can start my birthday celebration. Most people stop getting excited for their birthday sometime in their teens, but I am not like most people. I’m not alone in thinking my birthday is awesome – Earth, Wind and Fire even wrote a song about it:

So while the nation waits with bated breath for the big day to arrive, here’s your bi-weekly roundup of pop culture stories to help kill the time.

  • I also share a birthday with Bill Murray, Nicole Richie, Faith Hill, Ricki Lake, H.G. Wells, Jerry Bruckheimer, Liam Gallagher, Dave Coulier, Alfonso Ribeiro, Leonard Cohen, Larry Hagman, Cecil Fielder and Greg Jennings. Not too shabby.
  • The highly anticipated release of the big screen adaptation of Les Miserable has been delayed 11 days. It will now open on Christmas Day, going head to head with Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Guess which one I’ll be seeing.
  • Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly will debate each other online on October 6th, which has got to be more entertaining than the actual presidential debates.
  • There is a cat running for Mayor of Halifax, Canada. If my cat Pumpkin ever was elected to office, he would make Stalin look like a pushover.
  • Sad news from the world of soaps – John Ingle, who played Quartermaine patriarch Edward on General Hospital, passed away at the age of 84. His last appearance on the soap was September 11th, which was apparently done at the actor’s request so he could play the role one more time. Port Charles won’t be the same without him.
  • I hadn’t even heard of most of the shows on this list of obscure British comedies to watch, but I guess I now have a new project (because I have so much free time).
  • Soundgarden will release their first new album in 16 years this November.
  • Ben Folds Five + Fraggles = Awesome Sauce

Oh Ben Folds Five. How I have missed you.

  • Speaking of a time suck, Google now has a new search tool that allows you to find out how many degrees an actor is from Kevin Bacon. For example, Jon Hamm’s “bacon number” is 2 – Hamm appeared with Rebecca Hall in The Town and Hall appeared with Bacon in Frost/Nixon.
  • Lindsay Lohan was arrested this morning for hitting a pedestrian with her car. Your move, Amanda Bynes.
  • As an unabashed Golden Girls fan, I enjoyed this story about the books written by the women of the cast. I may have to seek one or two of them out.
  • I used to watch The Dick Van Dyke show religiously when it was on Nick at Nite, so I was glad to see this piece on the A.V. Club about the 10 best episodes. One of my favorites (“It May Look Like a Walnut!”) made the list. That was seriously a great show.
  • Ben and Jerry has announced their newest limited edition flavor – cannoli. This will not end well for me.
  • While the iPhone5 is getting all the attention, Nintendo announced their follow up to the Wii console. Wii U will be released in November.
  • Sending well wishes to Kathy Bates, who announced last week that she had a double mastectomy.
  • Also wishing a speedy recovery to Jerry “the King” Lawler, who had a heart attack during the filming of Monday Night Raw. I grew up watching wrestling, so he holds a special place in my heart.
  • While we’re on the topic….Saved by the Bell’s Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding) has decided to try his hand at wrestling. Oh the humanity.
  • I was already excited for the upcoming new season of Parks and Recreation (debuting 9/20), but the news that Jonathan Banks (Mike on Breaking Bad) will guest star makes me positively giddy.
  • I have no idea if Ken Marino really punched Nick Kroll on the set of The League or not, but I’m kind of dying to find out. My gut says he didn’t, but you just never know.
  • Adam Scott is really the best. Here he is last night on Conan, dissecting the lyrics to “Ice, Ice Baby”
  • As a huge fan of Halloween, I hope to someday get to Universal Studios for their annual Halloween Horror Nights. This year they have a maze inspired by The Walking Dead.
  • Well, that was short-lived – the company that brought you “Hologram Tupac” has gone bankrupt.
  • A Breaking Bad/Simpsons mash-up? Sign me up!
  • I love that Rahm Emanuel’s spokesperson had to deny that the Chicago Mayor likes Nickleback.
  • My current album obsession is the new Avett Brothers release, The Carpenter. I’m particularly fond of “I Never Knew You.”
  • There has been debate circulating on the internet about the ending of Titanic, specifically the idea that there was indeed room for two people on the wooden plank that Rose rides to safety on. Director James Cameron disagrees and has enlisted the help of Mythbusters to prove his point.
  • Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder shared a stage in Chicago during the Boss’ concert. I would have killed to see that. My heart hurts just thinking about it.
  • Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have decided to separate after 9 years of marriage. I still don’t think I’m ready to talk about it.
  • Lots of changes at the judges’ tables of two popular singing competitions. American Idol announced their full slate of judges – Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban – last week. Not to be outdone, The Voice announced that Usher and Shakira will replace Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo in the spring edition of the show.
  • I finally finished Justin Cronin’s The Passage and I have to say that overall I enjoyed it. I found that once I was able to sit and read long passaged without interruption; there is a very deliberate pacing that I couldn’t fully appreciate when I was reading short snippets. While I didn’t love the ending, it got the job done and made me very interested in picking up the second book in the trilogy, The Twelve, when it is released next month. Don’t let the vampire angle scare you off – this is very different than Twilight. I’d definitely recommend it.
  • I was already looking forward to the new 007 film, Skyfall, but that has only been amplified with the announcement that Adele will be singing the theme song. There have been some pretty spectacular Bond theme songs (I’m partial to “Live and Let Die,” “Nobody Does It Better” and “A View to a Kill”), but I have a hunch that Adele will be the best of them all.

Have a wonderful week, everybody.