Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Golden Girls Edition

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Thirty-one years ago today, a little show called The Golden Girls debuted. Like most women my age, I am inexplicably enraptured by this series about the friendship of four women over 50 (and in one case, really over 50). I actually liked the show when it originally aired, even though in retrospect I was way too young to have fully appreciated the series and some of the jokes sailed right over my head. But Saturday nights tended to be when my parents went out (“date night” before there was such a thing as “date night”) and I have vivid memories of me, my friend, her older sister, and my brother (who had no choice in the matter) settling in to watch Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia do their thing. I’m not really sure what an eight year old was getting out of the show, but I loved it. I remember how old they all seemed back then, which goes to show you the power of perspective. When I revisited the show as an adult, I was surprised by just how much sexual innuendo the show got away with; I guess when it’s coming out of the mouths of senior citizens, people are willing to let more slide.  Despite the fact that I own the entire series on DVD, I will still stop and watch a few episodes if I ever come across it on television. When I went to California to visit my best friend, it happened to be right after Bea Arthur died and we were more than content to just sit on the couch all day and watch a Golden Girls marathon in her honor despite the fact that I had just flown across the country. I think it’s the friendship at the heart of the show that’s so appealing to so many people; this show fully embraced the idea that friends are your family and though “the girls” bickered and called each other names and sometimes drove each other crazy, in the end they loved and supported one another through it all. And who doesn’t want that? So happy anniversary Golden Girls – thank you for being a friend.

 

On to the pop culture roundup…………

Television

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Movies

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Trailers

  • Live By Night:

 

  • Legion:

 

  • Gold:

 

  • Collateral Beauty:

 

  • Divorce:

 

  • Goat (red-band trailer):

 

  • Free Fire (red-band trailer):

 

  • Saving Banksy:

 

  • Miss Sloane:

 

  • Fifty Shades Darker:

 

  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life:

 

  • All Eyez On Me:

 

Music

 

 

 

Stand-up

Books

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and supercuts

  • The Fast and the Furious recreated with toy cars:

 

  • Several TV doctors reunited for a commercial:

 

  • Michael Phelps lip syncs Eminem:

 

  • Eddie Murphy can do a surprisingly good Tracy Morgan impression:

 

  • Meg Ryan and Adam Scott star in James Corden’s Beyoncé soap opera:

 

  • Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks have a Pixar showdown:

 

  • Celine Dion raps….sort of:

 

  • Southern University marching band does Drake:

 

  • Happy Gilmore gets the 8-bit treatment:

 

  • Adam Sandler knows his way around product placement:

 

  • Postmodern Jukebox puts their spin on “Never Gonna Give You Up”:

 

  • Goosebumps meets American Horror Story:

 

  • And finally, Harry Potter as a 90s sitcom:

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Still Haven’t Seen Ghostbusters Edition

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Well, my best laid plans to try and squeeze in a viewing of the new Ghostbusters didn’t pan out as expected. Between going away to visit friends and the craziness of the last few days at work, I just haven’t had the time or energy. I’m really dropping the ball with going to the movies this summer, though that is partially because I haven’t been too interested in a lot of what’s been released. But when my friends asked me the last movie that I saw in the theater, I had no idea. Thank goodness I have a blog so I could look it up (it was X-Men: Apocalypse, which really was pretty forgettable). I really need to get back into the swing of things. I’m home this weekend before I start traveling again, so perhaps I can have a mini-movie marathon to get caught up. I’m excited to finally see Ghostbusters so I can weigh in on the debate. I hate not being part of the pop culture conversation.

Speaking of keeping up with the pop culture conversation, that’s what the roundups are for. As I am wont to do, I’ve searched high and low to bring you the best that the world of pop culture has had to offer in the last seven days. So get yourself caught up by perusing my menagerie of pop culture stories…..

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Time for some trailers…

  • The Girl on the Train:

 

  • The Magnificent Seven:

 

  • La La Land:

 

  • Star Trek Beyond:

 

  • A Monster Calls:

 

  • Kickboxer Vegence:

 

  • Suicide Squad:

 

  • Take My Wife:

 

  • The Hollars:

 

  • Better Things:

 

  • The Edge of Seventeen:

 

  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage:

 

  • Sharknado 4:

 

  • Hell or High Water:

 

  • Boo! A Madea Halloween:

 

 

As always, we end with the mashups, supercuts and covers….

  • Jimmy Fallon and Ariana Grande do a Snapchat duet:

 

  • Phantom of the Empire:

 

  • 75 impressions in 5 minutes:

 

  • Game of Thrones theme on floppy disks:

 

  • A vintage cover of “Toxic”:

 

  • And finally, two of my favorite things, finally together:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Be Careful What You Wish For Edition

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So after a few weeks of complaining that I’ve had nothing to do, my social calendar has suddenly kicked into high gear in the last week. Since the 4th of July weekend, I’ve been pretty busy and there isn’t much of a slowdown in sight. I’ll be away back to back weekends and then, after a short respite, I’ll be off to Atlanta and then Washington DC. I’m thrilled to be busy, but I’d forgotten how exhausting it can be to be, in the words of Hamilton, non-stop. I’ll take a little fatigue over boredom any day, however; it’s good to be back in the groove of my crazy hectic life.

The world of pop culture also seems to be kicking into high gear as it bounces back from a slow holiday weekend. Pokemon Go certainly has helped (signs that I’m old – I refuse to play the game because I’m worried about using up my data); my office is across from the biggest park in the city,which it is apparently a hotbed for Pokemon hunting based on the sudden uptick of people I see out there wandering around with their cell phones. So if you’ve fallen behind on the rest of the pop culture while you out there trying to capture Pidgey or Jigglypuff ( I looked those up), the roundup is hear to get you all caught up.

 

 

 

 

Time for some trailers…..

  • Table 19:

 

  • Other People:

 

  • The Intervention:

 

  • Loving:

 

  • Atlanta:

 

  • Ash vs Evil Dead:

 

  • Last Chance U:

 

  • Rebirth:

 

  • White Girl (NSFW):

 

  • Ballers, season two:

 

  • Goat:

 

  • Sing:

 

  • Edge of Winter:

 

  • I Am Not A Serial Killer:

 

  • Blood Father:

 

  • Five Nights in Maine:

 

 

 

 

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

  • A Norwegian metal makeover of the Friends theme song:

 

  • New Yorkers vs. The MetroCard:

 

  • Batcat v Supercat:

 

  • Alabama Shakes covered The Backstreet Boys:

 

  • St. Vincent made the Golden Girls theme song a dirge:

 

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

 

  • This weather forecast is sunny with a chance of Ghostbusters:

 

  • Meowtallica:

 

  • A Suicide Squad-inspired Game of Thrones trailer:

 

  • I always suspected Bugs Bunny was a Tupac fan:

 

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