Pop Culture I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

The beginning of a new year is a time when a lot of people are reflective and think back on the last 365 days. Not only do people consider things about their lives that they would like to change, but this is when we see a plethora of “Best of” lists that highlight what the previous year had to offer. But the beginning of a new year is also a nice time to look forward and see what exciting things are on the horizon. For me, sometimes the anticipation is almost as much fun as the actual event; I’m a person who always likes to have something to look forward to. Knowing that there is something that you want to see/read/hear/do makes the not so great days more manageable.

As it stands now, 2015 looks like it will be a quite promising year for pop culture. Of course, there are always things that will pop up later in the year that are exciting, but as of now, these are the things that I am personally looking forward to in 2015:

 

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  • Not giving a crap about Fifty Shades of Grey or Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – being a contrarian is fun and I can honestly say that I plan to give absolutely zero hoots about either of these movies that a lot of people are looking forward to. As of now, I have no plans to see either one of them. I hated the Fifty Shades of Grey books and the idea of sitting in a movie theater watching this movie with a bunch of revved up housewives does not sound appealing to me at all. I might have made an exception if Charlie Hunnam was still starring, but once he left the cast I lost all interest. I’ve never been into Star Wars and only saw the original trilogy pretty recently (I was unimpressed), so I just don’t have any interest in the new film or any stake in how it turns out. I’m sure both of these films will get a lot of attention when they come out, but I plan to be blissfully unaware.

 

 

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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – I am, however, very excited for the new Avengers movie. I’m a sucker for just about anything Marvel –related on the big screen and while I have really enjoyed some of the more recent individual movies in this universe – Captain America: Winter Soldier was a particularly strong entry – I always like when they get the gang back together in one film. The cast has great chemistry together and there are many interesting dynamics to play around with. I would be psyched for this movie anyway, but the addition of James Spader to the mix puts my excitement level off the charts.

 

 

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  • The return of Community – I never in a million years that Community would actually make it to six seasons, but this is the little show that could. It may have jumped ship from NBC to Yahoo and the returning cast may be trimmed down, but I actually think that both these developments are good things. A streamlined cast means that they don’t have to make as much effort to service all the characters and this was a show that was built for an internet audience. As someone said, Community was always a web series that was just never on the web. Now that it has freed itself from the shackles of a disinterested network, I’m anxious to see what direction Dan Harmon takes the show in. It may be a disaster, but there is no way that it could be worse than season 4.

 

 

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  • The end of Mad Men – I’m not necessarily happy that one of my favorite shows is ending its run – not seeing Jon Hamm on a regular basis is never a good thing – but it probably is time. This show has been so great for so long that I’m interested to see how they stick the landing. I really have no idea how the story of Don, Peggy, Pete, Joan and company will wrap up or what I would consider emotionally satisfying, but I have complete faith in Matthew Weiner to bring it all home in an interesting and compelling manner. However Mad Men ends its run, I suspect that it will be an enjoyable ride to the finish line.

 

 

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  • U2, Foo Fighters and Jack White – I’m trying to cut down on the number of concerts that I go to this year – as a nod to both fiscal responsibility and my general exhaustion – but there are three high profile shows in 2015 that I am very excited to be attending. U2, Foo Fighters and Jack White are all on my bucket list of people that I’ve been wanting to see play live and it certainly looks like I’ll be doing all three this year. If I can squeeze in a Garth Brooks show, I’ll be close to finishing my list.

 

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  • New Music from Adele – I don’t know for certain that we’re getting a new album from Adele, but there sure are a lot of hints indicating that we will. Hopefully the rumors are true and we’ll get what I presume will be 25, if she follows the themes of her previous albums. I have no idea how you top the perfection that was 21, but if anyone could do it I think Adele can.

So how about you – what are you mist looking forward to in 2105? Let us know what pop culture that you are eagerly anticipating in the comments.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Everything Old is New Again Edition

Hollywood is all out of ideas; that is the only conclusion I can draw from this installment of pop culture odds and ends, as the links are littered with stories about reboots and spinoffs. Original thought just doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Chances are if you loved something in the last 20 years, you’ll get to experience it all over again with a new version for the next generation. I’m not necessary against the idea of recycling ideas, but it is happening way too frequently now. Is nothing sacred?

While I sound like a crabby old lady and tell some kids to get off my lawn, enjoy your biweekly roundup of pop culture stories that you might have missed.

  • Marvel has announced that they will develop four original series for Netflix that focus on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, followed by a The Defenders miniseries.
  • 21 new characters will appear on Game of Thrones this season. Here’s the list and the actors attached. *spoilers*
  • The NY Times has a story on Fallon taking over The Tonight Show in February. He says he has his first guest in mind; I’ll be happy to do it Jimmy!
  • A local sports anchor did his entire segment as Ron Burgundy for Halloween:

 

  • Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang is 20 years old. We’re getting old, pals. But Wu
  • Notre Dame alum Regis Philbin re-enacted the Janitor’s speech from Rudy:

 

  • Adam McKay wants to make a movie about Ron Burgundy’s dog and kid going on adventures. I would totally watch this.
  • Dave Grohl played with the Zac Brown Band at the CMAs.
  • A study found that PG-13 movies are actually more violent than R movies.
  • Kate Upton may be the female lead in the Entourage movie. I didn’t think it was possible for me to want to see this movie any less. I was wrong.
  • Oh man – I love these Comedy Central spots featuring Loki:

 

  • Ali G is coming to FXX as part of a deal with Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • Hear The National’s song from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack:

 

  • Lorde covered Tears for Fears for the soundtrack as well:
  • The History Channel is remaking Roots. 10 years ago I would have thought this was maybe an OK idea, but now that the History Channel lineup features shows about aliens and Swamp People, they have lost all credibility.
  • Bruno Mars released a new Gorilla remix featuring R. Kelly and Pharrell:

 

  • If you looking for some clarification about the ending of Thor: The Dark World, Slash Film has got you covered. *SPOILERS*
  • Jimmy Fallon let Harrison Ford pierce his ear. For reals:

 

  • The Fifty Shades of Grey movie won’t be released until February 2015.
  • Miley covered Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”

 

  • A new initiative tries to get people to read and recite the Gettysburg Address. Plenty of politicians have participated, but so have Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and Louis C.K.
  • I liked this sweet LEGO commercial:

 

  • The wrecking ball sculpture at GVSU will be reinstalled; it was removed after students rode it to parody the Miley Cyrus video.
  • Ylvis’ hit “The Fox” is going to be a children’s book. I’m guessing the same will not happen for their follow up song “Massachusetts.” Definitely not for kids (NSFW either):

 

  • HAHA….sorry Packers, but Dawson delivered a pretty good burn:

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  • Beyoncé fans have started a petition asking her not to attend Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding. For the record, I would totally attend a Kimye wedding.
  • What in the HELL did Lucky magazine do to Kerry Washington? Step away from the Photoshop.

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  • Rumors that a certain actress wouldn’t be appearing much in season 2 of Orange is the New Black may have been exaggerated.
  • Pitbull will host the American Music Awards.
  • Oscar the Grouch and Grumpy Cat hung out. The opposite of hilarity ensued.

 

  • The future for an Ender’s Game sequel is unclear.
  • Lauren Manzo from Real Housewives of New Jersey is engaged.

Trailers

  • A teaser trailer for Looking on HBO.

 

  • Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer:

 

  • Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe in Winter’s Tale:

 

  • How I Met Your Mother is doing an all rhyming episode. Here’s a sneak peek:

 

  • The new Robocop trailer:

 

  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones:

 

  • A Case of You with Peter Dinklage, who frankly deserves better:

 

A teaser trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent:

 

As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  •  Cats remake The Hunger Games:

 

  • I shouldn’t have found this M.C. Thor “Hammer Time” rap as funny as I did.

 

  • Jimmy Kimmel re-cut Thor: The Dark World to be a romantic comedy (Thor Actually):

 

  • Sherlock gets the Friends opening credits treatment:

 

  • And finally, David Hasselhoff “sings” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song:

If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Happy Wednesday!

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Back to School edition

In this part of country today is the first day of school, which has little direct impact on my except that I had to avoid school buses during my morning commute and that my Facebook feed is filled with pictures of my friends’ offspring heading off to their institutions of learning. It’s still weird to me to not have a first day of school anymore; when you are a student and teacher continuously from the age of 4 to 32, you get used to such things. I do miss back to school shopping. I may have to buy myself some highlighters and folders just for old time’s sake. Best of luck to all the kiddos and teachers out there for a productive and educational school year and congratulations to all the parents in weathering another summer (and a special shout out to those of you who now have all your children in school and no longer have to pay for day care – the nightmare is over!).

In honor of the first day of school, allow me to educate you on all the pop culture stories that you might have missed while you were looking for the school prescribed type of scissors or haggling over first day of school outfits. Kick back and enjoy the beginning of Fall with your biweekly pop culture roundup:

  • Someone at HBO has been listening to me – next season of True Blood will be the series’ last. They are proving to be smarter than the books.
  • The new cast of Dancing with the Stars was revealed. I knew it was only a matter of time until Snookie turned up, though I wouldn’t have predicted Bill Nye the Science Guy,

 

  • Official Comedy looks at what would happen if Mark Wahlberg got his wish and became Iron Man:

 

  • Clint Eastwood and his wife have separated (I called this when she got her own reality show).
  • This dude made a homemade version of KITT from Knight Rider:

 

  • Here’s a photo of Peter Dinklage hula-hooping at a gay bar in Canada. If this doesn’t make you smile, you have no heart:

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He was joined by his Game of Throne’s sister Lena Headey. Say what you will about the Lannisters – these people know how to have a good time.

  • This parody site offers suggestions for Robin Thicke for “what rhymes with hug me.”
  • This weekend we had a debate about what kind of tattoos we would get (neither of us got tatted up in college with all our friends). I’ve considered a lot of options, but somehow a Minion tattoo never crossed my mind.
  • Michelle Williams (the actress, not the Destiny’s Child singer) will make her Broadway debut in Cabaret. In other news, someone needs to get me tickets to Cabaret.
  • Aaron Paul continues his general tour of awesomeness with this napkin that he left for a server that he found out was a Breaking Bad fan:

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  • Watch a trailer for the 4th season of Downton Abbey:

 

  • Also on Thursday, Fiona Apple stormed off stage. Seriously – was there a full moon?
  • David Schwimmer angered his neighbors by tearing down a townhouse in NYC that was one year away from receiving landmark status. Their passive aggressive response is outstanding:
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  • Jay Pharoah does a fantastic Kanye impersonation in his parody of West’s “I Am A God” (NSFW):

 

  • This is ONLY A RUMOR, but Benedict Cumberbatch may join the cast of the new Star Wars film.
  • The director of the Academy Award winning animated short Paperman has left Disney. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors – I loved his film.
  • Internet sensations Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub met for the first time at the Internet Cat Festival in Minneapolis. Yeah – you read that last part correctly.
  • The role of Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones has been recast. Because it isn’t hard enough already to keep all those characters straight when they are played continuously by the same actor.
  • Speaking of parent/child switcheroos, this tweet made me literally laugh out loud:

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  • This guy definitely sounds like a legit doctor – a dentist who bought John Lennon’s molar at an auction wants to use it to clone the Beatle. Yup – that’s not at all creepy.
  • Damn you to hell, Chase Utley. I have been perfectly content to hate you and your stupid hair since 2009 and then you had to go and do something relatively awesome like answer Mac’s fan letter from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

 

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  • Kyle Chandler isn’t particularly interested in a Friday Night Lights movie (based on the TV show, obviously, since there already is a Friday Night Lights movie in existence). I still need to get around to watching season 5.
  • Muhammad Ali and Liberace once performed together. No, seriously:

 

  • I love this video of a guy dressed up as Spiderman, schooling people on the basketball court:

That was twice as entertaining as The Amazing Spiderman.

  • Further proof that Charlie Hunnam will do just fine in the Fifty Shades of Grey lead – he already basically played the other lead role on Queer as Folk.
  • According to Entertainment Weekly the greatest boy band of all time is……The Backstreet Boys.
  • Someone figured out how to play “Get Lucky” on Mario Paint:

 

  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost actually do a decent cover of the song as well:

 

As always, we end with the mashups and shupercuts

  • A supercut of near kisses in movies:

 

  • People on The Newsroom sure like to shout:

 

  • Every time Leonardo DiCaprio says “old sport” in The Great Gatsby:

 

  • The new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia starts tonight on FXX. Watch clips from the show re-cut as a trailer for a psychological thriller:

 

  • Kill Him – the supercut:

 

  •  I was forced to watch a lot of Thomas the Tank Engine while babysitting a dreadful little boy while I was in grad school, so I took particular joy in this mash-up:

 

  • And finally, a fan already cut together a trailer for Man of Steel 2, adding the rumored Brian Cranston as Lex Luthor for good measure: