Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Almost Vacation Edition

Just when I thought that winter might finally be behind us, Mother Nature decided that we needed one last storm (I hope!) to make things all snowy and white. I am not a fan. The only thing making this bearable is the knowledge that in less than a week I will be in Florida with some of my favorite people and watching baseball. The idea of sitting in the sunshine and not having to wear a winter coat make me positively giddy. Plus it has been five dark and lonely months since I last saw my beloved Yankees, which feels like a lifetime. I’m ready for our reunion. But never fear, dear readers – you won’t be without the blog while I’m away. I’ve got some posts ready to go up in my absence. I’m just that dedicated.

So while I dream of warm weather while I scrape ice and snow off my car, here’s your biweekly round up of some of the pop culture stories that you might have missed.

  • Today would have been Mister Rogers’ 85th birthday

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  • Christopher Meloni has been cast in a new pilot from Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) based on the book I Suck at Girls.
  • Jimmy Fallon and Selena Gomez performed “Mario Kart Love Song” last night on Late Night:

 

  • I’m not sure that anyone was asking for it, but Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is getting a sequel (my guess is without Jeremy Renner).
  • If you’ve got nothing to do this weekend, MTV will be marathoning old seasons of The Real World. The Real World: Portland will debut on March 27th.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed director has been tapped for Jurassic Park 4. I really enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed – worth checking out on DVD. A sweet and quirky indie.
  • A Walking Dead/Homeland mash-up:

 

  • This dog does indeed resemble Samuel L. Jackson:

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  • The actor who played Captain Peacock on the British comedy Are You Being Served? has passed away.

 

  • The Funny or Die website is venturing into the world of feature films. Their first product is iSteve, a comedic biopic of Steve Jobs and starring Justin Long (which has got to be better than the not intentionally funny Ashton Kutcher version).
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company released a cool short film:

 

  • The blog Thumbs and Ammo has replaced all the guns from TV shows and movies with actors giving a thumbs up. The result is surprisingly positive.

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  • Check out this LEGO paper plane folding machine (it took 600 hours to build):

 

  • I didn’t understand a word of this “March Madness explained with Star Wars” video

 

  • You can watch the first three minutes of the new BBC America show Orphan Black online. The show debuts March 30th.
  • Sigh. I really didn’t need to stumble upon this website of pop culture tribute prints.
  • A Good Times movie is being developed. Not so Dyn-o-mite, though I bet J.J. Walker is available.
  • HBO has released a trailer for the second season of Veep:
  • Vampire Weekend has released two new songs: “Step” and “Diane Young.” Their new album Modern Vampires of the City is out May 7th.
  • Listen to a mix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” and Daft Punk:

 

  • What every home needs – A Breaking Bad terrarium. I’m not kidding – I would put this in my living room.
  • Filming for the third season of the BBC’s Sherlock has begun.  A fourth season is happening as well. More Cumberbatch for everyone!
  • A Shining/Dumb and Dumber mashup:

 

  • Beyoncé has posted a new song on her Tumblr:

 

  • A new red-band trailer for Kick-Ass 2 has been released:

 

  • This is a good dad – a game developer hacked Donkey Kong so his daughter could play the game as a female character that rescues Mario
  • Whoa – Pete Campbell from Mad Men and Rory Gilmore are getting married (well – the actors that play them are, anyway)
  • Watch Usher and the Afghan Whigs perform together at SXSW:

 

  • I can sympathize with Hitler’s reaction in the video I linked to above – I love Google Reader and am very bummed that it will be retired soon. It’s what I use to keep track of all the links that I share with you in these roundups.
  • A new trailer for Despicable Me 2 has been released:

 

  • Cedric the Entertainer is the new host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
  • And finally – The Princess Bride meets Game of Thrones:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Bated Breath Edition

I’m on pins and needles this week as the Major League Baseball regular season comes to a chaotic end. The introduction of an additional wild card slot has thrown everything into a tizzy. The Yankees are definitely in the playoffs, but are still playing for postseason position. I scored tickets to the first Yankee home game of the American League Division Series, but I still don’t know when the game will be (or if the Yankees will get that far) which means I have to keep the next week open to suddenly jet off to the Bronx. I know, I know – these are first world problems. Thankfully I have an awesome boss who’s OK with me skipping work if necessary.  But for someone who is a planner and a little type A, I’m ready for this to be all sorted out.

So while I root against the Orioles, here’s your biweekly round up of pop culture nuggets:

  • So we have our Oscar host and it’s kind of a surprise – Family Guy and Ted’s Seth MacFarlane. I’d better get over my freaking out about Brian the dog’s voice coming out of a human by then.
  • I went to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film The Master on Monday night and I’m still not sure what I think about it. The performances were great, but I’m working through the story and what it all means. That movie may be smarter than I am. I’m more a Boogie Nights kind of girl.
  • Some info has been released on the new S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot from Joss Whedon.
  • *Shameless plug* My friend (and pretend cousin) Chris is building and trying to raise funding to develop an app called plygrnd.es for iOS/Android that helps you discover nearby playgrounds and add new ones to share with your friends. You can check it out here.
  • In honor of my newfound love of Once Upon a Time, here’s some Hipster Disney Princesses

 

  • This doesn’t make me happy; Fargo is going to be a TV show. At least the Coen brothers are involved. That gives me some small solace.
  • Taylor Swift really seems to be more trouble than she is worth.
  • Aw man. If you thought I was addicted to the penguin cam, I’m in big trouble with this. Pumpkin (my cat) is not a fan.
  • True confession: I have had “Gangnam Style” stuck in my head all week, thanks to the Dancing With the Stars promos running on ABC that use the song.
  • Big week for Boardwalk EmpireSesame Street did a parody of it. Feast your eyes on “Birdwalk Empire”

 

  • Meryl Streep is in talks to join the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway play Into the Woods. I love this play, so I’m anxious to see the movie.
  • Patton Oswalt will be appearing on Justified season 4. I like Oswalt a lot; he’s a great comedian and actor. If you haven’t seen him in Big Fan, it’s definitely worth a look.
  • Neil Patrick Harris is writing a memoir. I expect it will be legend…wait for it
  • Someone spliced together every on-air drink on Mad Men. Bottoms up!

 

  • If you are a fan of the TV show Louie, you may get a kick out of the parody twitter account @FakeLouieEps. It’s just what it sounds like – pitches for future (fake) episodes of the show. Hilarious. I should get into the parody twitter account business.
  • Also hilarious – this mash up of Breaking Bad and Calvin and Hobbes (Breaking Calvin).
  • This clown collection is legitimately my worst nightmare. You know who liked clowns? John Wayne Gacy. Thanks to all you hilarious people who sent me this video. You are real comedians.

 

  •  I loved the trailer for the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Glad to see Haley Joel Osment is still around.

 

  • Speaking of replacements – Mike Love apparently kicked a bunch a people out of The Beach Boys. They found out from a press release.
  • ….ary! Definitely legendary.
  • Poor Justin Bieber. Throwing up on stage is no way to kick off a tour (video is available if you need it)
  • And finally, in advance of my review of Taken 2 on Friday, here’s Liam Neeson: The Musical!