Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Happy Holidays Edition


After months of build up, the holidays are finally here. The run-up to Christmas started so long ago that it almost feels anticlimactic now that it has arrived. I’ve kind of struggled with getting into the spirit most of my adult life and this year is no different; I even took two trips to NYC in December to try and kick start something in my cold, dead heart, but my attitude toward this weekend’s festivities is generally meh. Part of that is that my family is all local, so there is not great reunion coming. For now, our Christmas celebration is all adults, which is kind of boring; hopefully things will be a little more exciting when we have a new baby in the family next year.  I’m not really a Grinch, I just wish I felt more excited about the holidays. Hopefully the rest of you are a little more enthused, whatever you celebrate.

I may not be all that jazzed about Christmas, but I am always jazzed to bring you the pop culture roundup. This week there was a lot of pop culture goodness out there in the ether. Get yourself caught up on what you might have missed with this installment of the week in pop.







  • Dunkirk:


  • Snatched:


  • Despicable Me 3:


  • Unforgettable:


  • Sneaky Pete:


  • Blade Runner 2049:


  • Taken (the TV series):


  • The Good Fight:


  • Arsenal:


  • Sense8 – A Christmas Special:


  • Riverdale:


  • Homeland, season 6:


  • The Path, season 2:


  • Billions, season 2:


  • Going in Style:


  • Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers:


  • John Wick: Chapter 2:


  • The Boss Baby:


  • The Bronx Bull:


  • The Bye Bye Man:







Best of 2016


Odds and Ends

Supercuts and Mashups

  • 2016 Live TV News Bloopers:


  • “All I Want For Christmas” Carpool Karaoke:


  • An acapella cover of the Westworld theme song:


  • A Christmas Carol supercut:


  • Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Paul McCartney, and the cast of Sing perform “Wonderful Christmastime”:


  • Hamildolph:


Stephen Colbert gives “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” a 2016 remix:


  • Fargo as a holiday comedy:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Using Some Vacation Days Edition

Normally my summer vacations revolve around going to visit friends; over the years many of my friends have scattered across the country and vacation is a chance to catch up with people and explore some of my favorite cites. I am lucky that most people have relocated to fun and exciting places that I would want to visit anyway, so it works out for everyone. This year, however, a weird phenomenon has happened – the stars have aligned and almost all of my far away friends are coming through Albany at some point this summer. It’s kind of weird to have everyone on my home turf, but it is also has been beneficial for my travel budget. Since I don’t have anyone to go visit, I’ve decided to do a bunch of smaller trips instead of one big trip this year. I’m still not 100% what I’m doing, but since summer is more than half over I’m starting to put together some concrete plans. It’s exciting to have so many possibilities, but it’s also a little overwhelming. I’m also trying to work around my already over-scheduled social calendar; I’d already committed to a bunch of activities before I decided to use up some vacation time. I’ve got to stop buying concert tickets.

While I spend hours figuring out some ways to blow through my stockpile of vacation days, catch yourself up on the pop culture that you may have missed in the last week. With the Television Critics Association meeting wrapping up and Comic Con about to begin, there was plenty of pop culture goodness to choose from this week. I love when that happens!

  • A Game of Thrones theory has been making the rounds lately. It isn’t new, but this video explaining it has revitalized it (spoilers):


  • Kanye gave an interview to GQ and as usual, it is filled with ridiculous quotes. Don’t ever change, Yeezus.



  • There’s a contest to win a hometown screening of the new Star Wars film – and give a sneak peek at the new X-wing prototype (full disclosure – I have no idea what that is):


  • The final season of Sons of Anarchy will not only have Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, but also Theo Huxtable.
  • I was so very sad to hear that the great Elaine Stritch had passed away. In her honor, here’s some of her best moments on 30 Rock:


  • Here’s a photo of Joe Manganiello as a kid and Joe Manganiello now. Impressive transformation.



  • Side note – I don’t even really drink soda any longer, but I’m kind of obsessed with finding a Coke bottle with my name on it.
  • I only just learned of American Ninja Warrior thanks to my friend Laura’s kids, but even I recognize that this run through the course is pretty impressive:



Note to LEGOLand, my birthday is in September. Start building.

  • Ryan Murphy teases the conjoined twins from American Horror Story: Freak Show:



  • Edit out the banter and an episode of Family Feud only lasts 3 minutes:


  • Conan and Dave Franco explore Tinder; hilarity ensues:


  • Here’s a first look at Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Adam Sandler in Pixels:



  • A look at the new season of Homeland:


  • A teaser trailer for Fifty Shade of Grey turned up in an unlikely place – Beyoncé’s Instagram feed:

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  • A first look at Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler:


  • Elisabeth Moss in The One I Love:


  • Jim Parsons and Rihanna lend their voices to Home:


  • Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game:


  • Dominic West (McNulty!) in the new Showtime series, The Affair:


  • Another week, another new trailer for Gotham:


  • Keira Knightley in Laggies:


  • The Conjuring spinoff, Annabelle, gets a trailer:


  • More scary stuff – the trailer for Ouija:


  • Syfy’s new show, 12 Monkeys:


  • The Rock predicts the outcome of a fight between Hercules and Superman (he’ll portray the former in an upcoming movie that looks terrible but that I will still see).
  • Tumblr of the week: Bea A Day, because who doesn’t love Bea Arthur?


  • This aquarium is pretty cool:


  • Footage has surfaced of a young Kanye West rapping in 1996:


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts.

  • The Game of Thrones theme – the dubstep remix:


  • Kids cursing in movies:


  • A cover of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust<” created using clips of people screaming in movies:




  • Here’s a slow jam version of The Muppet Babies theme:


  • Jack White covering “99 Problems” is like my dream come true:


  • Hear the Queen’s Guard play a cover of The Game of Thrones theme:


  • And finally, “Let It Go” sung using clips from 80s TV shows:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Kick off the Weekend Edition

Some technical difficulties and a wonky schedule this week mean that you are getting your pop culture roundup a few days late. Apologies to anyone who was disappointed, but I tried to make it up to you with an extra-long batch of links. With Sundance, The Television Critics Association winter meeting and awards season all happening at the same time, there was no shortage of news to report. This is actually the condensed version of links! So while most of the country is in a deep freeze, grab a blanket and stay inside all weekend pouring through the last 2+ weeks in the world of pop!

  • Last night was Adam Scott’s final installment in his The Greatest Event in Television History specials. They ended with a bang, with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to Bosom Buddies:

I will miss these.

  • HBO has passed on the Sarah Silverman pilot, People in New Jersey. Boo!


  • As someone who regularly hangs out with our interns at the office, this Conan bit made me literally laugh out loud:


  • Adrian Grenier was almost Dawson on Dawson’s Creek. I didn’t think it was possible to make that character more awful, but that would have done it. #Pacey4Life
  • This will make some people I know happy – the first photo from Dumb and Dumber To:


  • Bam! Pow! The original Batman TV series with Adam West is finally coming to home video. So. Much.Kitsch.

Now for some news on the Super Bowl:

  • The Full House guys are reuniting for a yogurt commercial:


  • Good news for the Bronies out there – the Bronytunes app allows you to stream 7,000 different songs about My Little Pony.
  • One Direction will appear on the show:


  • This is kind of cool – watch Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi rehearse Reservoir Dogs:


  • The first poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I have been released (and it doesn’t look much different than the poster for the previous two films):




  • One of the stars of Shipping Wars has died.
  • Watch a one armed teen scare The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus:



  • A teaser trailer for FX’s The Strain:


  • I bailed after J.R. died, but here’s a trailer for the 3rd season of the new Dallas:


  • A new trailer for The LEGO Movie, which I really want to see:


  • Chloe Sevingny’s new show, Those Who Kill:


  • James Franco’s Child of God:


  • Showtime’s new creepy thriller, Penny Dreadful:


  • A very Syracuse-y trailer for Adult World, starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack


  • A new prom for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:


  • I did far better than I expected on this SNL quiz, thanks to some catchphrases from the 90s.
  • Just because, here’s a photo of Tupac and Suge Knight playing Sonic the Hedgehog:


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

The film Her seems to have inspired a lot of parodies:

  • A trailer for Him:


  • Her starring Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones:


  • If you ever wondered what Game of Thrones would look like if it was set in ancient Japan (and who hasn’t?), wonder no longer.
  • As a fan of independent films, this parody trailer made me giggle:


  • Mean Girls by cats:


  • A supercut of every Nintendo start screen….ahh memories:


  • A hipster remake of American Psycho:


  • Donald Glover’s last episode of Community was last night; here’s a Childish Gambino/Community mashup to help ease the pain:


  • It was only a matter of time- someone mashed up Haim’s “The Wire” with footage from The Wire :


  • Watch a supercut of “Let It Go” in 25 different languages:


  • Teen Wolf of Wall Street:


  • A supercut of Larry David’s best insults:


  • And finally…The Facts of Life/Breaking Bad mashup you didn’t even know you needed:


Have a great weekend!!!