Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Florida Escape Edition

Last Friday morning, it snowed here in Upstate New York. By Friday evening, I was in Florida. I’d love to tell you that I have the kind of life of leisure and the wealth to just jet off to a warmer climate at the first sign of winter, but this trip had been planned long before this latest arctic blast descended upon most of the country. My timing just happened to be fortuitous, so while pretty much everyone I know was complaining about how freezing cold it was I was in flip flops and shorts, soaking up an 80+ degree weekend. It was glorious and a much needed getaway. But it wasn’t all sunshine and roses; I also had the worst Cuban sandwich of my life, which was unfortunate since I’ve been looking forward to having one since I saw Chef.

Of course, now that I’m back I’ve resumed being miserable; it’s still pretty cold, now I have the whole winter stretched out before me and all my stress from work was waiting for me when I returned. But for a little over 48 warm hours, I had the luxury of briefly running away from everything. I highly recommend it; it was nice while it lasted.

But enough slacking off; I took a few days off from the blog and pop culture, but now I’m back at it with today’s pop culture roundup. So keep yourself warm with some of the stories that you might have missed in the last week.


  • Game of Thrones Natalie Dormer did a Reddit AMA. She says that Ser Pounce was difficult to work with, which is goddamn heresy.




  • Jimmy and the Roots pinched hit for U2 on Monday:


  • Pacey and Dawson…..reunited:


  • A LEGO recreation of the 11th Doctor regeneration into the 12th Doctor:


  • David Spade and his Joe Dirt mullet are back:


  • The Rock is doing stand-up now???


  • Nightcrawling, as depicted in the Jake Gyllenhaal movie, is a real thing.


  • Another promo for Peter Pan Live!:


  • Netflix’s Marco Polo:


  • A new Avengers 2 trailer:


  • A look at Rainn Wilson’s new series for Fox, Backstorm:


  • A new trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey:


  • A trailer for the new Peanuts Movie:


  • Adam Sandler in The Cobbler:


  • A new promo for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:


  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2:


  • The DUFF, which is a complete waste of the great Mae Whitman:




  • One Direction was on Sesame Street:


  • It’s Wayback Wednesday (not a thing), so here’s Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien from 1994:


  • Metallica kicked off their The Late Late Show residency by playing the first song they ever recorded:


  • Kristin Bell and Straight No Chaser team up for an instant holiday classic:



  • Sesame Street turns 45, so Ernie got a colonoscopy on Conan:


  • R.A. Montgomery, the writer and publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure books, has died


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts

  • Sam Smith meets vintage New Orleans jazz:


  • A Battlestar Galactica/Top Gun mashup:


  • Parodying the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln commercial never gets old:


  • This impressionist does a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” as various cartoon characters:


  • Watch Benedict Cumberbatch do 11 celebrity impressions in under a minute:



  • A mashup of space movies:


  • Seth Meyers does a pretty solid Sorkin parody:


  • Foxcatcher + The Fantastic Mr. Fox = one creepy trailer:



  • A supercut of He-Man’s best one liners:


  • Not to be outdone, best cops one liners:


  • And finally, Breaking Bad meets……Frozen?



Pop Culture Odds and Ends – The Roosevelts Edition


Is anyone else out there watching the new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts this week? The film does an interesting job of intertwining the stories of Teddy, Eleanor and Fraklin and I’m learning a lot about historical figures that I already knew a lot about, but the run-time for this thing is killing me.  The film is a total of 14 hours long and is showing every night this week in two hour blocks. I think this program is slowly killing me; I know that if I don’t stay current on it the episodes will just pile up on my DVR and I’ll never watch it, yet the two hour time commitment every night is a little daunting – especially since this is the type of programming that I need to focus on. So unlike most shows that I watch, I can’t multitask while it’s on; I tried doing that and then had to rewind it once I realized that I had no idea what was going on. Teddy was suddenly in Panama and the last I knew the story was focused on Franklin’s childhood. It’s all really interesting – Eleanor’s dad was a MESS –  but this is my equivalent of running a marathon. This week it’s all eat, sleep and Roosevelts.

Lucky for you, I foresaw this giant time suck and got a head start on this week’s roundup, so my commitment to presidential history will not derail our journey through pop culture. That’s the kind of dedication that would make the Roosevelts proud 🙂 So while I single handily try to resurrect the use of the word “bully” as a positive exclamation, kick back and get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you may have missed in the last seven days. And don’t forget that I’m blogging for the Children’s Tumor Foundation this month – please consider making a donation if you enjoy the blog.

  • Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are now parents. They welcomed a baby girl Friday.

Katey Sagal Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

  • Watch Conan O’Brien perform “The Monorail Song” from an episode he wrote at The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowl:


  • You can watch the other live performances from The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowhere.


  • No big whoop – just Benedict Cumberbatch channeling Mr. Darcy:

  • A new poster for Into the Woods:


  • Bryan Cranston + baseball = Heather’s wheelhouse:


  • You can now text Groot, though his response is about what you’d expect:




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  • Chris Pratt – still winning the Internet:

Let’s break for some trailers

  •  James Franco has a new webseries on AOL where he mashes up movies:


  • A trailer for Neil Patrick Harris’ new book:


  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay:


  • More Jennifer Lawrence, this time with Bradley Cooper, in Serena:


  • A preview of the upcoming season of Person of Interest:


  • A teaser for the new season of Broad City, debuting in January 2015 (yay!):


  • Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss in Listen Up Philip:


  • Chris Evans in Playing It Cool:


  • A promo for Jerrod Carmichael’s standup special on HBO:


  • Another week, another American Horror Story: Freak  Show teaser (bonus – NO CLOWNS!):


  • Morgan Freeman will appear in both Ted 2 and the Ben-Hur remake.
  • I can’t picture the fraternity brothers that I fraternized with doing anything like this, but this “Shake It Off” lipdub made me laugh:


  • Billy Eichner and David Letterman play “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?”


  • Lupita Nyong’o dropped by Sesame Street:


  • Jeff Goldblum has created lyrics for the Jurassic Park theme:


As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  • What happened to cartoon stars of the 1980s?



  • Someone recreated the open sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy in the video game Destiny:


  • Pop songs remixes with bike horns:


  • “Cell Block Tango” re-done with Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and Rihanna:



  • Sesame Street did a Star Wars parody, Star S’Mores.




  • A few weeks ago, I found fault with the assertion that Frank was the most evil character on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; the supercut proves my point:


  • Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ad meets True Detective:


  • The DuckTales theme sung with movie clips:


  • And finally, Orange Is the New Black meets The Golden Girls:


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – September’s Here Edition


I legitimately cannot believe that it is September already. On the one hand, I am psyched since autumn is my favorite season and turning the calendar page means that Fall is right around the corner, bringing with it so many awesome things – football, playoff baseball, cider donuts, apple picking, new TV season, changing leaves, pumpkin flavored everything. On the other hand, even though I had a very fun summer, I feel like I didn’t do half of what I wanted to do. This happens every year – if you haven’t figured out yet, I like to be busy – but this year the summer seemed to go by especially quickly. All the rain didn’t help either. By the time I finally get adjusted to it being September, the month will be over.

But the changing of the seasons doesn’t slow down the flow of pop culture, so we’re back with another weekly installment of the pop culture roundup to summarize all the pop culture that you may have missed while cramming some activities into the last days of summer or prepping the kids to go back to school. It’s a crazy time of year, but don’t worry – I’ve got your pop culture needs covered.

Before we get to all the pop culture goodness, just a friendly reminder that I am blogging during the month of September to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation in honor of my pal Connor, who has NF. If you enjoy the blog, please consider making a donation to the blog’s fundraising page. A huge THANK YOU to those that have already made a contribution; that really means the world to me and it will help out a very worthwhile cause.

Without further ado, here’s a look back at the last week in pop.

  • Here’s two of my favorite things – John Oliver and Cookie Monster. Together at last!


  • Jimmy Kimmel staged a mini-Friends reunion:


  • This isn’t the first time that the cast has worked together post-Friends; here’s a roundup.
  • Levine and Fallon did a great bit last night on The Tonight Show:


  • Here’s Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell performing together at Second City in 1993:



  • This new Batman roller coaster looks terrifying:




Time for some new trailers

  • Elsa’s debut on Once Upon a Time:


  • A new Foxcatcher teaser:


  • A trailer for Harmontown:


  • A first look at Rosewater, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut:


  • Another week, another new American Horror Story: Freak Show preview:


  • Season 5 of Downton Abbey:


  • A look at the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:


  • Jeff Bridges in Seventh Son:


  • Shaun the Sheep: The Movie:


  • Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite:


  • The Flash:


  • A look at Interstellar:


  • A first look at Amazon’s Transparent:


  • Keanu Reeves turned 50 yesterday.


  • Chelsea Handler wrapped up her show with a star-studded finale:


  • Christie Brinkley is returning to Parks and Recreation.


  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made it official. My invite to the nuptials was apparently lost in the mail.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts

  • What if Christopher Nolan directed The Incredibles?


Ikea Instructions on how to assemble horror movie killers:


  • Edgar Wright knows how to do a close-up, as indicated by this supercut:


  • A supercut of arcades in the movies:


  • A compilation of celebs in commercials before they were famous:


  • A supercut of all the times April insulted Ann on Parks and Recreation:


  • A chronological supercut of every time the gang says “Goddamnit” on It’s Always Sunny:


  • And finally, Wu-Tang Clan performed with movie dialogue (NSFW):