Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

Well friends, I had a hell of a week last week. Not only was work bonkers, but I also had a death in the family which obviously kind of upended my week. This week isn’t shaping up to be a lot better, frankly, but it’s time to get back on the blogging horse before y’all forget about me completely.

So while I try to get life in general sorted out, get yourself caught up on this slightly supersized edition of the pop culture roundup. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • New season of Game of Thrones:

 

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle:

 

  • Pitch Perfect 3:

 

  • The Incredible Jessica James:

 

  • Marvel’s Inhumans:

 

  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later:

 

  • Insecure:

 

  • Fun Mom Dinner:

 

  • My Little Pony: The Movie:

 

  • The Greatest Showman:

 

  • I Do…..Until I Don’t:

 

  • Good Time:

 

  • A Bad Mom’s Christmas:

 

  • Stronger:

 

  • Marshall:

 

  • Logan Lucky:

 

  • Borg vs McEnroe:

 

  • Person to Person:

 

  • I’m Sorry:

 

  • Breathe:

 

  • Polaroid:

 

  • She’s Gotta Have It:

 

  • Battle of the Sexes:

 

  • Ballers, season 3:

 

  • Death Note:

 

  • The Foreigner:

 

  • To The Bone:

 

  • Room 104:

 

  • Cult of Chucky:

Music

Books

Theater

Stand-up

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Here’s a saxophone cover of Iron Maiden:

 

  • A string quartet plays Foo Fighters:

 

  • “Get Lucky” recreated in a variety of classical styles:

 

  • A supercut of New York City in cinema:

 

  • I would watch the hell out of this fake Warren G. Harding biopic from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

 

  • Movie characters deliver insults (NSFW):

 

  • My Cousin Vinny as a courtroom thriller:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Happy Birthday Dave Grohl Edition

 

Today is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s 46th birthday. I’ve been a fan of Dave for as long as I can remember and it seems like the rest of the world has caught up with me given the seeming ubiquitous popularity of the Foo Fighters generally and Grohl specifically. He honestly just seems like a solid dude. I often said that I have little desire to meet most celebrities that I like out of fear that they would be a disappointment, but I would make an exception for Grohl. I’m pretty confident that what you see is what you get with him, and what you see is all sorts of awesome. I’m pretty giddy that I’m finally going to see him perform live this year and the concert isn’t even until July. That’s a lot of giddiness seven months ahead of time. I’m even going into the belly of the beast – Fenway Park – to see him. If that doesn’t denote commitment, I don’t know what does.

So I’m dedicating this week’s pop culture roundup to the celebration of Grohl’s birth. 46 years ago, the world became a little cooler. Put on your favorite Foo Fighters or Nirvana song in his honor and get caught upon all the pop culture that you might have missed in the last seven days. It’s what Dave would want you to do. 🙂

  • The beginning of the end…..

 

  • Late Night with Seth Myers had a special guest in the audience:

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  • Here’s Matthew McConaughey audition tape for Dazed and Confused:

 

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese got together to do an ad for a casino:

 

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Time to take a break for some trailers….

  • New Avengers:

 

  • Better Call Saul:

 

  • New Comedy Central series, This is Not Happening:

 

  • Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Spy:

 

  • A trailer for a new The Venture Bros. special:

 

  • Season two of Penny Dreadful:

 

  • Unfriended on MTV:

 

  • A new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer:

 

  • iZombie on CW:

 

  • House of Cards season 3:

 

  • A trailer for the new Sons of Anarchy video game:

 

  • The Last Man on Earth:

 

  • A new season of Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver:

 

  • This infographic shows that the girls on Girls couldn’t afford their lifestyles.

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  • Liam Neeson played a pretty great prank on Maggie Grace’s ex-boyfriend:

 

  • Macklemore dropped by Sesame Street:

 

  • This Instagram photo has sparked speculation that Beyoncé is pregnant:

 

  • Kelly Clarkson dropped a new single:

 

  • Someone hijacked a LA traffic sign for a noble purpose:

 

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

  • A Clockwork Orange in Grand Theft Auto:

 

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  • For no apparent reason, here’s Beyoncé mashed up with the Night Court theme:

 

  • Think all country music sounds the same? This mashup makes a strong case for that argument:

 

  • The MacGyver into without music is just weird:

 

  • Here’s an hour of Angela Lansbury having epiphanies on Murder, She Wrote:

 

  • A supercut tribute to Ben Wyatt’s butt on Parks and Recreation:

 

  • And finally, here’s the Bruno Mars/Macho Man Randy Savage mashup that you didn’t know you needed but will now wonder how you lived without it:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Snow Day edition

Another day, another snowstorm – I am really beginning to hate living in Upstate New York. It’s been a bad winter for everyone and the fact that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow is not a good omen. We’re getting up to a foot today and there are rumblings of a Nor’easter headed our way on Sunday. This may be the winter that finally breaks me.

Thankfully I am working from home today so I don’t have to go out in this mess and I am looking forward to participating in a conference call this morning while still in my pajamas. I feel terrible for the people who don’t have that luxury or who don’t have a very understanding boss and are bracing this weather to go into work today. Stay safe!

For those of you that are snowed in, hopefully my biweekly roundup of pop culture stories will help keep you warm and make you forget about all the white stuff piling up outside. Maybe there’s even a thing or two in here to help you keep the kids entertained.

  • In honor of the weather, check out this side by side comparison of the beginning of The Walking Dead and Atlanta after 2 inches of snow paralyzed the city:

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch dropped by Sesame Street:

 

  • The good people of Savannah, GA had to watch the same boring Super Bowl that the rest of us did, but they also got to watch this ridiculously epic local commercial for a personal injury lawyer:

They are the clear winners of Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Last time it was Liberace, this time it’s Peter Pan. Bill Murray knows how to make an entrance:

 

  • Steve Carell’s college mustache is OUTSTANDING:
  • A gag reel from Thor: The Dark World:

 

  • David Beckham – fan of LEGOs. He just became more perfect.
  • One unknown perk of winning the Super Bowl – you get to hang out with Beyoncé and Jay Z:
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@BrooklynNets

  • Neil Gaimain reads Green Eggs and Ham for charity

 

  • Former Olympian Tara Lipinksi skated a The Big Lebowski-themed routine on Fallon:

 

  • Conan is the king of the remote segments; in this one, he tries to sell some of his old memorabilia:

 

  • The cover for Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue has been revealed:

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Julia Roberts is one lucky duck!

Trailers:

  • Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West (Red Band – NSFW):

 

  • Kevin Costner’s Draft Day:

 

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction:

 

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

 

  • 24: Live Another Day:

 

  • Vampire Academy:

 

  • Liam Neeson in Non-Stop:

 

  • From Dusk Til Dawn – the series:

 

  • A trailer for the video game Thief:

 

  • The Amanda Knox story inspired a feature film, Face of an Angel:

 

  • The final Divergent trailer:

 

  • Another interesting trio: Aaron Paul, Rob Thomas and Bill Murray at a Kings of Leon concert:
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@ThisisRobThomas

  • Animator Arthur Rankin, Jr., who was responsible for holiday classics like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, passed away.
  • This week is Beatles week at Late Night with David Letterman.
  • As a fan of the original cult classic, I was impressed with this trailer for a fake Warriors reboot:

 

  • There were beer drones? Why am I just hearing about this now that they are grounded?

As always, we end with the Supercuts and Mashups

  • A supercut of Oscar visual effects winners:

 

  • A Superman vs. Jesse Eisenberg supercut:

 

  • Grumpy Cat in Frozen:

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  • This supercut ignores the so-called plot of the first 3 Transformers movies and just focuses on the actual transforming:

 

  • A mashup of every Harrison Ford movie:

 

  • Mr. Freeze sings “Let it Go”

 

  • And finally, a supercut of all of Tina’s moans on Bob’s Burgers:

 

Spring can’t get here quickly enough!