Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Squandering Summer Edition

I feel like I’m not doing summer right this year. I made the conscious decision to not overbook myself this year and to spend more time at home. This was partially a cost savings measure since I’ll probably be in need of a new car soon, but also so I could spend more time with my little nephew.  I didn’t want to miss out on these important few months because I was away. In theory, this was supposed to be a summer when I didn’t miss out on things going on locally and that I would spend more time with my friends here. In practice, that hasn’t much come to fruition – which is partially my fault for not advertising that I am in town. But the invites to BBQs and patio drinking haven’t been pouring in like I hoped and now it’s already the middle of July and I feel like I haven’t accomplished much of anything on my summer time bucket list. So I really need to kick it in gear for these final weeks of summer. I’m going to visit that Game of Thrones bar in DC if it’s the only thing I do.

So while I try to figure out a summer’s worth of activities into five weeks, get yourself caught up on the pop culture you might have missed while you were making better use of your summer.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • A Wrinkle In Time:

 

  • The Glass Castle:

 

  • Blade Runner 2049:

 

  • The Layover:

 

  • Wild River:

 

  • Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman:

 

  • The Tick:

 

  • Mr. Mercedes:

 

  • The Disaster Artist:

 

  • The Incredible Jessica James:

 

  • Darkest Hour:

 

  • Crown Heights:

 

  • Leatherface:

 

  • Narcos, season 3:

 

  • Difficult People, season 3:

 

  • American Assassin:

 

  • Atypical:

 

  • Outlander, season 3:

 

  • Naked:

Music

Theater

Books

Odds and Ends

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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Still unclear – is her son’s name Sir Carter Carter?

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Hamilton meets Game of Thrones:

 

  • Every Rage Against the Machine song in 3 minutes:

 

  • The Game of Thrones theme play on traditional Southeast Asian folk instruments:

 

  • What if Garden State had a Dave Matthews Band soundtrack:

 

  • Ghostbusters recut as a slasher flick:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Vacation Booked Edition

I have commitment issues. This has manifested itself in many aspects of my life, but most recently reared its head when it came to planning for my upcoming vacation. I am, by nature, an organized person. For me, sometimes planning a trip is almost as fun as actually going on the trip. I love exploring the different things to see, eat, and do when I am away from home. I have the Pinterest boards to prove it.

But getting me to actually commit to flights is always a struggle. When it comes to airfare, I’m always playing a game of chicken, hoping that the price of flights will drop further before I am willing to book. I’ve known that friends and I are going to Austin for months now, but I was convinced that I could get a better deal (not only do I like to maximize my time, but my dollars as well). This strategy is nerve-wracking and I wind up booking when I finally stress myself out enough to make a decision. This week, I was starting to put myself in a panic as flights were actually getting more expensive – not the trend I was looking for. I was worried that I was going to blow my travel budget before I even got to Austin, but then, like an angel from above, I found a tremendous deal. Even then I briefly hesitated, wondering if something better may come along. Much like Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler, I’m never satisfied. But then common sense prevailed and I made the purchase. Now my vacation is real and I can finally let myself get excited for it. It’s only three days off from work, but man do I need them.

Something else to get excited for – this week’s pop culture roundup. As always, I’ve tried to bring you the best that the world of pop has to offer. So while I scout Austin for the best breakfast tacos and BBQ, get yourself caught up on what you may have missed.

Television

 

Movies

Trailers

  • It:

 

  • Game of Thrones, season 7:

 

  • A teaser for The Defenders:

 

  • Dimension 404:

 

  • Preacher, season 2:

 

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword:

 

  • Silicon Valley, season 4:

 

  • War Machine:

 

  • Claws:

 

  • War for the Planet of the Apes:

 

  • Alien: Covenant:

 

  • Girlboss:

 

  • Ingrid Goes West:

 

  • The Mummy:

 

  • Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets:

 

  • Berlin Syndrome:

 

  • I Am Heath Ledger:

 

  • Unforgettable:

 

  • Get Me Roger Stone:

 

  • Annabelle Creation:

 

  • The Book of Henry:

 

  • A Dark Song

 

Music

Books

Stand-up

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Jack Nicholson getting mad montage:

 

  • It meets Cat in the Hat:

 

  • A side-by-side comparison of It (2017) and It (1990):

 

  • A soap opera comprised of only Katy Perry lyrics:

 

  • Chris Evans in a trailer for the fake biopic Dennis:

 

  • Billy on the Sesame Street:

 

  • This Spider-Man: Homecoming homemade trailer is pretty darn close to the original:

 

  • The Muppets cover 50 Cent’s “In the Club”:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over Edition

I woke up to some very sad news this morning – Yankee great Yogi Berra had passed away at the age of 90. This wasn’t a total surprise – the fact that he was unable to attend the ceremony when his fellow catcher Jorge Posada’s number was retired was a clue that he wasn’t well – but it still hurts all the same. I’m too young to have ever seen Berra play live, but his legacy was well known to me. Not only did Berra earn 10 World Series rings and multiple MVP and All-Star game appearances, but he was just an adorable man known for his paradoxical quotes and sayings. I looked forward to seeing him at Old Timers Day and various other Yankee events and he always received standing ovations. It just makes me so sad to know that I won’t ever see him again riding around in a golf cart, waving to the fans. He was one of the greats – not just for the Yankees but in all of baseball. I’m sincerely going to miss him. Rest in peace, Yogi.

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But the show must go on….as usual, I’ve searched the Internet high and low to curate for you the best that the world of pop culture has had to offer in the last week. So tip your cap to Yogi and then find some solace in this week’s pop culture round up.

  • Beyoncé dropped a new song with Naughty Boy:

 

  • Stephen Colbert and Steph Curry square off:

 

Time for some teasers and trailers….

  • The American Horror Story: Hotel teasers keep rolling out:

 

  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant:

 

  • Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs:

 

  • FX’s American Crime Story:

 

  • IFC’s Benders:

 

  • Freeheld with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page:

 

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2:

 

  • Baskets with Zach Galifianakis on FX:

 

  • Kristen Wiig in Nasty Baby:

 

  • Netflix’s With Bob & David:

 

  • Season 3 of Nathan For You:

 

  • The Last Witch Hunter:

 

  • In the Heart of the Sea:

 

  • WWE 2K16:

 

  • Mariah Carey is a dragon slayer in this trailer for Game of War:

 

  • A new trailer for the Point Break reboot:

 

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk:

 

  • The Good Dinosaur international trailer:

 

  • Season 3 of The Originals:

 

  • Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell in The Big Short:

 

  • The Peanuts Movie:

 

  • CBS’ Supergirl:

 

 

  • Justin Timberlake attempts to write a sew theme for Seth Meyer’s Late Night (who knew Timberlake was allowed on other late night shows?:

 

  • CNN congratulates Jon Hamm on winning an Emmy by tweeting a photo of someone who is not Jon Hamm. Get your sh*t together, CNN.

 

  • Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the Superman TV show, has passed away.

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

  • The 1967 Jungle Book meets the 2016 remake:

 

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox raps some Blackalicious:

 

  • A mashup of 100 movie dance scenes to “Uptown Funk”:

 

  • A supercut of a single phone call across 57 films:

 

  • Yeezy for President:

 

  • Foo Fighters perform with HAIM and Stevie Nicks:

 

  • A compilation of Superman’s kill count in the movies:

 

  • Ryan Adams’s cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 is streaming track by track on YouTube:

 

 

  • Not to be outdone, Father John Misty covered “Blank Space” in the style of Velvet Underground:

 

  • A mash-up of Taylor Swift songs from YouTube star Todrick Hall:

 

  • The Tonight Show parodies Empire:

 

 

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