Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Early Bird Edition

You’re getting the pop culture round up early this week because I had it done and my schedule this week is a bit out of whack. So rather than sit on this post for tomorrow, I thought I’d give it to you a day early. Change is good. Embrace it.

So take an extra-long coffee break and catch up on things that you might have missed from the world of pop.

  • Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons and her work on The Bob Newhart Show, sadly has passed away. In her memory, here’s a compilation of her character’s sarcastic laugh:

 

  • We also lost music legend Lou Reed. The Artic Monkeys paid tribute to him by playing “Walk on the Wild Side” at a recent show:

 

  • Who knew Regis was a Wu-Tang Clan fan?

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  • Lorde’s “Royals” is the latest to get the country cover treatment:

 

  • I am not ashamed to say that I totally nailed this quiz where you match Brad Pitt’s hair to the corresponding  movie role.
  • A new poster has been released for Muppets Most Wanted:

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  • The full cast for Adam Scott’s The Greatest Event in Television History Part III has been revealed. Based on the photo, I’m guessing they are doing Family Ties.
  • George R.R. Martin has seen the Game of Thrones porn parody and is not impressed.
  • Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango” reimagined with Disney villains (and some familiar faces):

 

  • I really liked the song that Howard sang to Bernadette on last week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory. Entertainment Weekly has the lyrics, which were written by the musical comedy team Garfunkel and Oates (of whom I am a fan).
  • Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visits The Great American Beer Festival:

 

  • A Star Wars blooper reel was just released:

 

  • Watch Jimmy Fallon and pals bowl against the Nerdist Team in All Star Celebrity Bowling:

 

  • I have no idea if this is actually real, but if this is what Britney really sounds like – yowza:

 

  • Wait…what? Chuck Lorre wrote the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song? This changes everything.

Trailers:

  • The trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past (whatever that means) is finally out!

 

  • A new trailer for HBO’s True Detective. Can’t wait until this starts!

 

  • The final trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 

  • A new trailer for FOX’s Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

  • NBC has released the first promo for live production of The Sound of Music:

 

  • The cartoon Mr. Peabody & Sherman is heading to the big screen:

 

  • Zac Efron and Seth Roan in Neighbors:

 

  • A first look at the upcoming Justice League: War

 

  • “Blurred Lines” as an Appalachian bluegrass – style square dance arrangement:

 

  • Watch Dolly Parton rap on The Queen Latifah Show:

 

  • I’m enjoying the “What if Walter White Told Stupid Chemistry Jokes” meme on Reddit.
  • Comedian Pete Holmes has a new sketch show that follows Conan on TBS. This skit where he fires the X-Men shows some promise:

 

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Sesame Street did Homeland….and the results are better than the current season of Homeland:

 

  • The Ring meets Seinfeld:

 

  • This mashup from Conan proves that local news anchors didn’t show much creativity in announcing Mike Myers newest offspring:

 

  • And finally, hear Chris Cornell mashup Metallica and U2:

Happy Tuesday!

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Condensed Edition

Y’all will unfortunately have to make do with a shorter version of the pop culture roundup this week. It’s still chock full o’ awesome, but between endless meetings and vacation days my week has shaped up to be all sorts of crazy this week. I’m doing lots of cool stuff that I’ll blog about, but right now I am less than 12 hours from a trip to NYC and I have not even begun to plan out my day in the big apple. So while I scour the internet and plan my mass transit route, enjoy the more manageable collection of pop culture stories that you may have missed in the last two weeks.

  • If you live in any of these cities, PLEASE take a picture for me of one of these Breaking Bad inspired car washes. Nothing cool like this ever happens in Albany.
  • Speaking of Jay Z, he made a performance art film of his appearance at the Pace Gallery last month:

 

  • Christian Bale has hung up the Bat Suit; here are six actors that Warner is reportedly considering for the role. May I humbly suggest one actor that they overlooked – Jon Hamm.
  • Billy Bob Thorton will star in the FX adaption of Fargo. Still think this is a bad idea.
  • Watch a Greendale Community College recruitment video:

 

  • Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical. OUTSTANDING.

 

  • The music video for Mumford & Sons “Hopeless Wanderer” features a lot of familiar faces:

 

  • The O.C. debuted ten years ago this week – Vulture put together a superfan quiz to celebrate. I got a depressing 35 right; I’ll let you decide if I am depressed that I got 35 right or if I’m depressed that I only got 35 correct.
  • Oprah interviewed Lindsay Lohan for a special that will air on August 18th on OWN. Oprah is getting desperate for ratings; that being said, I will probably watch.

 

  • Speaking of Lohan – she guest hosted Chelsea Lately last night:

 

  • Soleil Moon Frye (better known as 80s style icon Punky Brewster) is taking over hosting duties on OWN’s show Home Made Simple.
  • This doesn’t make me happy – Jack White’s ex-wife has filed a restraining order against him and called him an unfit parent.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba is one weird show, but I’ll watch anything with Josh Holloway on it:

 

He can sing too? Swoon.

  • These were the original opening credits for Dexter, which Showtime deemed “too dark” to use:

 

  • Stream the new The Civil Wars album online.
  • If you loved playing Oregon Trail as much as I did back in the day, Mental Floss has a cool story on its history and development.
  • I kind of wish this live action Daria was a real thing (La-la-la):

 

  • Stephen Colbert and Hugh Laurie decided to recite all the vulgar words that you are allowed to say on basic cable:

 

You want trailers? We got trailers.

  • Diana (starring Naomi Watts)

 

  • Enough Said (James Gandolfini’s last role)

 

  • Muppets Most Wanted (wait……was that Diddy?)

 

  • Lone Survivor (Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg)

 

  • Can’t leave out TV – American Horror Story: Coven

 

  • Sherlock, Season 3

 

  • Ha! The Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon war wages on:

 

As always, we conclude with the Mash-ups and Supercuts

  • The new Doctor has been selected – Peter Capaldi will take over the title role after this season. To celebrate, here is a very NSFW mashup of Doctor Who footage and some of Capaldi’s previous roles (which involved frequent use of the F word)

 

  • A guy on reddit created a facial composite of all the actors that have played Superman in the modern age and the results ain’t too shabby:
created by reddit user morphinapg

created by reddit user morphinapg

  • Sesame Street does Sons of Anarchy:

 

  • They were busy over on “the Street;” Cookie Monster found time to cover Icona Pop:

 

  • A supercut of all the Breaking Bad scenes filmed from below:

 

  • Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” performed in 13 different styles:

 

  • Wolverine: A Movie by Woody Allen

 

  • Game of Thrones meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

 

  • 177 episodes of House in 7 minutes:

 

  • Star Wars characters dancing to “Blurred Lines”

 

Chewbacca has some sweet moves!

  • And finally…a Weird Al/Breaking Bad mash-up? Makes total sense to me.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – May Day Edition

Happy first day of May! While this date used to be commemorated with festivals and May baskets, now it just means that I need to pay my rent, which is decidedly less glamorous. I think we should bring all those celebrations back, if for no other reason I could use a day off from work and it is a gorgeous day outside. I’d even be willing to dance around a Maypole if need be.

While I try to convince my boss that we should be observing this ancient spring festival, kick back and enjoy your bi-weekly roundup of pop culture stories that you might have missed. If you see a story that you think should be included in this feature, please feel free to hit me up on the blog’s Facebook page or tweet me (@AsHeathersWorld). And don’t forget to vote to decide what my summer viewing project will be; the polling sample is small at the moment, but The Good Wife is off to a narrow lead. Finally, a very special welcome to all the new people following the blog – your readership is much appreciated!

Now let’s get our pop culture on!

  • Seth Rogen and FX are teaming up for an animated program about Bigfoot.
  • Check out this jazzy cover version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” that will be in The Great Gatsby:

 

  • However, the soundtrack also features this horrific cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” Beyoncé is fine, but Andre 3000 ruins it:

 

  • Johnny Depp is in talks to star in the big screen adaption of the Broadway musical Into the Woods.
  • The Madonna/Elton John feud has been squashed. This has really been going on a decade?
  • A woman recreated the opening of a bunch of TV shows for her hubby’s birthday:

 

  • More pop culture birthday: a How I Met Your Mother themed party.
  • Mad Men has gone to the dogs:

 

  • After the success of Veronica Mars, Zach Braff has also turned to Kickstarter to fund his new movie. For some reason, this has people all worked up into a tizzy. I know it’s not cool to say, but I actually really liked Garden State, so I’m eager to see this new film.
  • All My Children and One Life to Live have been revived; the soaps started an on-line only run o Monday.

Renewal news:

  • The CW has renewed The Vampire Diaries, Heart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast. They also picked up The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals.
  • NBC has renewed Parenthood (yay!), Chicago Fire, Revolution, Grimm and Law & Order: SVU.
  • Two and a Half Men will be back, short a half man; Angus T. Jones will not be a regular.
  • Comedy Central has renewed The Jeselnik Offensive and Nathan for You.
  • MTV has renewed Snooki and JWoww and is reviving Nick Cannon Presents Wild n Out.

 

  • Paul Scheer and Will Arnett decided, for unknown reasons, to recreate the Bill Clinton/Arsenio Hall interview (with some creative license):

 

  • Armie Hammer and Tom Cruise are slated to co-star in Guy Richie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E film remake.
  • Neil Diamond is donating the profits from “Sweet Caroline” the week of the Boston bombings to a charity for the victims.
  • Quentin Tarantino’s car – driven by John Travolta in Pulp Fictionhas been recovered 17 years after it was stolen.
  • This guy nails his Louis CK impression (NSFW):

 

  • This is kind of spectacular: Norman Reedus (Daryl from The Walking Dead) photobombed a Game of Thrones fan picture:

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  • The Tony nominations were announced. Tom Hanks is closer to getting an EGOT.
  • In honor of the Red Headed Stranger’s 80th birthday, watch Willie Nelson’s “audition tape” for The Hobbit:

 

  • I haven’t played in years, but I was interested to hear a new Grand Theft Auto game is coming out in September. I always enjoyed that game, though I mostly just drove around and wrecked stuff.
  • Watch SNL’s Kate McKinnon do her Ellen DeGeneres impression for Ellen on Ellen:

 

  • Fans of The Simpsons may want to check out this website that encourages artists to reinterpret Homer Simpson.
  • Supervillian speed dating:

 

  • This is hilarious – E.L. James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series – is releasing a writing advice journal. Those books were a lot of things, but well written wasn’t one of them.
  • NBC will allegedly be burning off the remaining episodes of the dreadful Do No Harm over the summer.
  • Watch a short film directed by Michael Cera:

 

  • I didn’t make it again this year, but the winners of the Tribeca Film Festival have been announced.
  • Michael Bublé put on an impromptu show in the NYC subway:

 

  • House of Card’s Corey Stoll is attached to a vampire pilot for FX from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro, based on the del Toro’s book The Strain.
  • A musical Dowton Abbey spoof? Why thank you! (contains spoilers)

 

  • Uproxx created a power ranking of Ted’s girlfriends on How I Met Your Mother. Zoey should have been much lower – she was the worst.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • It’s a quip off between Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess and Game of Throne’s Lady Olenna
  • Here’s a mashup of trailers for summer 2013 movies:

 

  • The Game of Thrones/Friends mashup (contains GoT spoilers):

 

  • MineKart 64 – Minecraft and Mario Kart 64:

 

  • Statler, Waldorf, & Inglourious Basterds

 

  • This Taylor Swift/Demi Lovto mashup (“I Knew You Had a Heartattack”) is pretty catchy:

 

  • Mad Men and The Simpsons both have done episodes involving Planet of the Apes, so it was only a matter of time before someone put them together:

 

  • An Arnold Schwarzenegger supercut:

 

  • And finally, here is Cookie Monster singing Tom Waits (NSFW). I am embarrassed to say how many times I have watched this: