Pop Culture Odds and Ends – I’m Out Of Here Edition

It felt like it would never happen, but the day is finally here – tomorrow I head out on vacation. Hooray! Just in time too; after spoiling us with some gorgeous weather this weekend, Mother Nature decided that she wanted to remind us who was boss. I’m currently watching it snow outside my apartment. If I wasn’t getting out of dodge in less than 48 hours I might be more upset about this turn of events, but since my bags are packed I’m taking all of this in stride. As long as I can still fly out of here Thursday morning, I can handle anything.

I’d love to tell you that I planned well enough that blog postings won’t be disrupted while I’m away, but that would be a lie. I’m going to really try to take a break from all my responsibilities while I’m gone and that extends to blogging. So unless inspiration strikes me out of nowhere and a story comes along that I just HAVE to write about, the blog will temporarily be on hiatus until I get back in the middle of next week. Try not to freak out 🙂

So while I try to figure out how much I can fit in a carry-on and break the news to Pumpkin that he’s flying solo for a while, feel free to peruse this menagerie of pop culture links that I’ve assembled. If you read a little bit at a time, you can stretch this blog post out to cover my brief leave of absence. It will be like I never left.



  • File this news under “duh” – HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a 5th and 6th season.
  • The real “Alex” from Orange is the New Black (played by Laura Prepon on the show) speaks with Variety.
  • ABC is doing an Agent Carter TV series. Hayley Atwell will reprise her role from Captain America: The First Avenger.


  • Jon Hamm was on Sesame Street:


  • This LEGO replica of Fenway Park was awesome enough that even this Yankee fan was impressed:


  • Someone who is in the new Star Wars? Peter Mayhew, the man behind Chewbacca.
  • Aaron Paul was also at the music festival, photobombing like a boss:



  • Meanwhile, Paul’s former Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston was helping a kid ask a girl to prom:


I think this prom-posal trend is ridiculous, but that is fantastic.

  • Jimmy Fallon and Stevie Nicks recreated her “Stop Draggin My Heart Around” video, with Fallon assuming the Tom Petty role:


  • Jennifer Hudson has released a new track:


  • Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar have a song in the new Amazing Spider-Man movie:


  • The MTV movie awards were up against Mad Men and Game of Thrones on Sunday, so I didn’t watch them (plus I’m a grown up), but host Conan O’Brien had quite the celebrity studded cold open.
  • I do have to respect an awards show that doesn’t even pretend to be something that they are not. For example, Zac Efron won the award for Best Shirtless Performance and accepted in the most appropriate fashion:




  • A first look at Ben Affleck in Gone Girl:

That didn’t look terrible.

  •  A new clip from The Fault In Our Stars:


  • A first look at Maps to the Stars:


  • The bronies are getting another documentary:


  • A Most Wanted Man, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final roles:


  • Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff’s new film:


It’s been noted that this trailer has a lot in common with his last film, Garden State.

  • The first trailer for The Leftovers on HBO:


  • The final trailer for X-Men:Days of Future Past:


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts

  • It was only a matter of time – Defying Frozen Gravity:




  • A James Brown/Game of Thrones mashup:


  • Game of Thrones…with kittens:


  • Mad Men meets Blaxploitation:


  • The Firefly theme song redone as “yacht rock”


  • This Frozen/Breaking Bad mashup is perfection (and does not involve “Let It Go”):



Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Working Late Edition

Blerg. I’m stuck at work until at least 8:30 tonight, which means I’m putting in a solid 12+ hours at the office today. I like my job and all, but that is a long freaking day. This will also throw off my delicately calibrated television viewing schedule. While most normal adults are watching the news and having dinner with their families, I use that time to catch up on The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and whatever 10 pm shows I didn’t finish the night before. At least I’m getting some comp time.

So while I settle in for the long haul, enjoy your bi-weekly roundup of pop culture nuggets:

  • People magazine announced their Sexiest Man Alive – Channing Tatum. With Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street (not to mention that body), I can’t say that I blame them. But I thought this might be Ryan Gosling’s year.
  • Liza Minnelli will guest star on Smash. This had better not interfere with her ability to reprise her role as Lucille 2 on Arrested Development.
  • Conan has been doing a great bit where he imagines what the new Star Wars film would look like in the hands of different directors.

Woody Allen

Kevin Smith

Michael Moore

  • If you spend any time around tweens, you probably already knew this – Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have apparently called it quits.
  • A Drive/Mario Kart mashup
  • Music group INXS finally gets around to announcing that they are done touring, only 15 years after lead singer Michael Hutchence’s suicide.
  • Louis C.K.’s next comedy special will air on HBO (but will also be available for download on his website).
  • ABC has given Nashville a full season pick up. I still haven’t had the chance to watch the show; perhaps over Thanksgiving.
  • Showtime is airing a ten part documentary series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. I can only imagine what that’s about.
  • Check it out – Joe Biden was on Carmen Sandiego in 1993
  • Vulture examines what James Bond villain plots would work and which would not with the help of an economist (If they told me I could have done stuff like this with my economics degree, I might pursued that instead.)
  • Mumford and Sons + Idris Elba = Happy Heather
  • Bret McKenzie will once again write the songs for the new Muppets film. Double Yay!
  • The Dr. Who Christmas Special will debut in the U.S. on December 25th (fitting) at 9 pn (ET) on BBC America.
  • The New York Times critic was not a fan of Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant
  • And finally, I saw this trailer for the new Jackie Robinson movie 42 over the weekend and I practically squealed. I seriously cannot wait for this movie.