Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Three in a Row Edition


Holy smokes – three blog posts in three days! It’s like a blogging renaissance. I haven’t done this since the heady early days when I used to blog five days a week. LOL – don’t expect this frequency to continue; soon enough, I’m sure I’ll slow down to a more manageable schedule. But right now I have a backlog of content and since I’ve given myself permission to blog less I find that I’m actually enjoying it more. Funny how that works out.

Of course one blog post that I always look forward to doing is the weekly pop culture roundup. Now that the holidays are over, the pop culture business has picked up steam and there’s a lot more going on. So get yourself caught up on everything that you might have missed with this look at the week in pop.





  • Beauty and the Beast:


  • The Handmaid’s Tale:


  • Bates Motel, the fifth and final season:


  • Jim Gaffigan: Cinco:


  • I Am Not Your Negro:


  • Gold:


  • Better Call Saul, season three:


  • The Girl With All The Gifts:


  • The Good Fight:


  • Dying Laughing:


  • Rings:


  • Guerrilla:


  • Frontier:


  • The anthology series Urban Myths – WTF with Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson?!?:


  • Genius:


  • Archer, season 8:


  • All Nighter:


  • Riverdale:


  • Santa Clarita Diet:


  • Witness for the Prosecution:


  • Cult of Chucky:


  • Embeds:


  • Don’t Knock Twice:


  • The Lure:


  • Baywatch international trailer:


  • Girls season 6:







I assume this is how they will stage the duel from now on.

I assume this is how they will stage the duel from now on.

Odds and Ends


Mashups and Supercuts

  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid reimagined as a Godzilla movie:


  • Public domain songs with Jamie Foxx and James Corden:


  • Jim Carrey joined Alice Cooper on stage for the Maui Food Bank benefit:


  • Neil Patrick Harris and James Corden have a Broadway riff-off:


  • By popular request on Twitter, Mark Hamill is reading Donald Trump quotes as The Joker:


  • Home Alone with blood is less fun:


  • Postmodern Jukebox puts a vintage jazz spin on “Ice Ice Baby”:


  • An 80s remix of Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For”:


  • And finally, a trailer for Hidden Fences, the movie that conflates Hidden Figures and Fences as was done at the Golden Globes:


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Jury Duty Edition


Well my luck finally ran out. Yesterday I came home to a jury summons in my mailbox. I have no idea when it actually arrived, as I have a bad habit of forgetting to check my mail since I pay all my bills online and unless it’s Christmas or my birthday I don’t receive much of interest. I could ask for a six month extension, but I’d have to actually call someone to do that and that just seems like too much of a hassle. There’s no real reason that I can’t do this next week, so I might as well just go and get it over with. I actually think being on a jury might be interesting, but the idea of being out of work for a prolonged time gives me anxiety. I have a hard enough time taking more than two days off to actually go on vacation. If it’s a couple of days I’ll be fine, but with my luck I’ll wind up on a case like the O.J Simpson trial.

My theory is that even if I do have to go in that I’m unlikely to actually be picked for a jury because of my background – my doctoral studies were in public law and I used to teach classes on civil liberties and constitutional law. Honestly, they are probably better off without me because there is a legitimate chance that I might go all Runaway Jury on them.


Worst case scenario, I can borrow from the Liz Lemon playbook:

jury duty

So while I look into borrowing someone’s Princess Leia costume, entertain yourself with this week’s pop culture roundup. I’ve pulled together the best that the world of pop had to offer to help you get caught up on some of the stuff you might have missed.






Time for some trailers….

  • Ghostbusters international trailer:


  • Season two of Another Period:


  • Yoga Hosers:


  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You:


  • Vice Principals:


  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, season 8:


  • Man vs Snake:


  • Atlanta:


  • Julia’s Greenroom:


  • Phantom Boy:


  • Breaking A Monster:




As Always, we end with the mashups and supercuts….

  • Every Stanley Kubrick reference on The Simpsons:


  • A 1920s style cover of “Never Forget You”:


  • A Whiplash remix:


  • Guy Fieri eating to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”:


  • Rebel Wilson was Ursula at The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl:


  • Metallica performed the national anthem before game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs:


  • This low-budget version of the Game of Thrones opening credits is terrible, but charming:


  • Blink 182 on the ukulele:


  • A supercut of movie moments that will make you cry:






Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Post Halloween, Election and Daylight Saving Time Edition


I don’t know about you, but this last week has been kind of a crazy one – between Halloween, Daylight Savings Time and Election Day, there was just a lot going on. Even though I didn’t have to take anyone out trick or treating or worry about anyone’s sleep cycle getting thrown out of whack, there was just something about the last seven days that felt a little off. Maybe it’s the Thera-Flu that I’ve been guzzling every evening in an attempt to shake this cold that’s been bringing me down. Whatever it is, I’m glad that things have settled down  bit – well, as settled as my life ever is.

I was worried that the pop culture roundup would be a little light this week, with so much attention focused on other things, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. After being momentarily distracted, the pop culture machine continued to pump out all sorts goodness for us to consume. Thank goodness for that! So without further ado, here are some of the pop culture stories that you may have missed while you were trick or treating, oversleeping and voting.



  • Once again the Neil Patrick Harris family wins Halloween:

  • Amy Poehler played Game of Thrones trivia with George R.R. Martin on Late Night:


Time for some trailers….

  • Furious 7:


  • Minions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • A first look at Chappie:


  • A final Annie trailer:


  • A Most Violent Year:


  • McFarland, USA:


  • The final Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) trailer:


  • Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever:


  • A new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:


  • A teaser for the new season of Archer:


  • A look at the new season of Girls:



  • This is cool – T-Pain performing without Auto-Tune


  • Watch Prince’s eight minute set from SNL:


  • Speaking of which, Conan reviewed the game in his latest installment of “Clueless Gamer”:


  • Jon Hamm was on @midnight:


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  • Nathan Fillion is putting together a team for the zombie apocalypse. I like where his head’s at:


As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups

  • Here’s a supercut of kids dancing to “Shake It Off”:



  • A compilation of Ellen scarring celebrities:


mr-brunch personal-brand


  • The Real Housewives of Horror:


  • The cast of Breaking Bad sings “Crystal Blue Persuasion”:


  • Middle school students did a shot-for-shot remake of the Ghostbusters trailer:


  • A supercut of Kramer stealing Jerry’s food on Seinfeld:


  • And finally, last night wasn’t a great night for President Obama, but The Tonight Show had him “Shake it off”: