Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Using Up Vacation Time Edition

This year, I find myself in the surprising position of having to use up vacation time before the end of the year. I’ve never taken a ton of vacation – the last time I took one full week off was way back in 2010 – but this has never been an issue before. Normally I take an average of 10-15 days off for the year, but thanks to the craziness at work I’ve taken a total of four vacation days in 2017. I’m also accumulating time faster, thanks to my promotion, which means I have to burn off some days in the next month. However, since I just purchased a new car and it’s the holidays, it’s not really in my budget to go anywhere other than perhaps a day trip to NYC. So I’m planning a staycation, which is hopefully good news for all of you since that means I have time to go to the movies, catch up on streaming series, and maybe even write so that regular blog posts can once again resume. Honestly, I’m looking forward to a day of Netflix from my bed possibly more that I would be a trip to Hawaii.

So while I look forward to a gloriously lazy pop culture-filled few days off, get yourself caught up on what you might have missed with this week’s roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Avengers: Infinity War:

 

  • 12 Strong:

 

  • All The Money In The World:

 

  • Paddington 2:

 

  • Black Mirror, season 4:

 

  • Drunk History, season 5:

 

  • The Mercy:

 

  • Smallfoot:

 

  • A new season of HBO’s High Maintenance:

 

  • El Camino Christmas:

 

  • Journeyman:

 

  • Mary Magdalene:

 

Best Friend From Heaven (I can’t even believe this is a real movie):

Music

Stand-Up

Theater

Books

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Sharing Things:

 

  • The National covered another Bob’s Burgers song:

 

  • Bono, Sean Penn, and Chris Martin performed a Frank Sinatra song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!:

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – The Plague Edition

Apparently a plague has settled in to my office, as pretty much everyone on staff has some degree of sickness. In an ideal world, everyone would get to stay home when they aren’t feeling 100%, but unfortunately that’s not the world we’re living in so the echoes of hacking coughs permeate my building. I don’t know if cough drops count as a food group, but I’ve pretty much been sustaining myself on them for most of this week. I started drinking hot toddys over the weekend which didn’t do much to prevent me from getting sick, but certainly diminished how much I cared about it.

So while I get IDed for the hundredth time buying cold medicine, get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Game Night:

 

  • The Greatest Showman:

 

  • A Deadpool 2 teaser:

 

  • Early Man:

 

  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story:

 

  • Dark:

 

  • Waco:

 

  • Kaleidoscope:

 

Music

Stand-up

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A SpongeBob SquarePants rap song:

 

  • Lion King auditions:

 

  • A cockatoo performs a Queen medley:

 

  • A street performer plays a cover of the Harry Potter theme song on a glass harp:

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – New Car Edition

I bought a new car this week, which would be relatively uneventful except that this is the first time that I’ve ever purchased a car. My hand was kind of forced when the Carolla I have been driving for the last 15 years didn’t start Friday morning. This wasn’t completely unexpected, as the car has been slowly marching toward potentially very costly repairs for a while now – I already knew I needed new tires and there was clearly something going on with the muffler/exhaust based on how loud my car was and the faint smell of exhaust that I couldn’t escape. So I bit the bullet Monday and got a new set of wheels. This is only the third car that I’ve ever owned since I turned 16, so it has been a definite adjustment for me – this is the first time I’ve had a car with power windows and locks, let alone heated seats, a backup camera, and Bluetooth. My mind is kind of blown.

Perhaps less mind-blowing is this week’s pop culture roundup. As is the norm, I’ve scoured the Internet to collect the best stories that the world of pop has to offer. So while I try to figure out how to use cruise control, get yourself caught up on everything that you might have missed.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • I, Tonya:

 

  • Downsizing:

 

  • The Post:

 

  • Pottersville:

 

  • Peter Rabbit:

 

  • Sherlock Gnomes:

 

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

 

  • Fifty Shades Freed:

 

  • Counterpart:

 

  • Coco:

 

  • The Crown, season 2:

 

Music

Books

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • John Stamos, Weird Al and Finn Wolfhard performed Wily Wonka at the Hollywood Bowl:

 

  • Perfect Stranger Things:

 

  • Thor: Ragnarok 4D: