Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Post Halloween, Election and Daylight Saving Time Edition


I don’t know about you, but this last week has been kind of a crazy one – between Halloween, Daylight Savings Time and Election Day, there was just a lot going on. Even though I didn’t have to take anyone out trick or treating or worry about anyone’s sleep cycle getting thrown out of whack, there was just something about the last seven days that felt a little off. Maybe it’s the Thera-Flu that I’ve been guzzling every evening in an attempt to shake this cold that’s been bringing me down. Whatever it is, I’m glad that things have settled down  bit – well, as settled as my life ever is.

I was worried that the pop culture roundup would be a little light this week, with so much attention focused on other things, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. After being momentarily distracted, the pop culture machine continued to pump out all sorts goodness for us to consume. Thank goodness for that! So without further ado, here are some of the pop culture stories that you may have missed while you were trick or treating, oversleeping and voting.



  • Once again the Neil Patrick Harris family wins Halloween:

  • Amy Poehler played Game of Thrones trivia with George R.R. Martin on Late Night:


Time for some trailers….

  • Furious 7:


  • Minions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • A first look at Chappie:


  • A final Annie trailer:


  • A Most Violent Year:


  • McFarland, USA:


  • The final Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) trailer:


  • Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever:


  • A new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:


  • A teaser for the new season of Archer:


  • A look at the new season of Girls:



  • This is cool – T-Pain performing without Auto-Tune


  • Watch Prince’s eight minute set from SNL:


  • Speaking of which, Conan reviewed the game in his latest installment of “Clueless Gamer”:


  • Jon Hamm was on @midnight:


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  • Nathan Fillion is putting together a team for the zombie apocalypse. I like where his head’s at:


As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups

  • Here’s a supercut of kids dancing to “Shake It Off”:



  • A compilation of Ellen scarring celebrities:


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  • The Real Housewives of Horror:


  • The cast of Breaking Bad sings “Crystal Blue Persuasion”:


  • Middle school students did a shot-for-shot remake of the Ghostbusters trailer:


  • A supercut of Kramer stealing Jerry’s food on Seinfeld:


  • And finally, last night wasn’t a great night for President Obama, but The Tonight Show had him “Shake it off”:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Festival Recovery Edition


Sigh. I’m getting old.

Last weekend I was in Boston for a music festival – more on that to come – and while it was a really fun time, it completely threw my entire schedule out of whack. I used to bounce back much more quickly, but this minor disruption in my sleep and eating patterns has really messed me up. I got home from the festival very early Monday morning and here it is Wednesday and I’m still trying to recover. My back hurts, my knee is all screwed up and I alternate between being exhausted and having insomnia. I just can’t rock and roll quite like I used to.

But my pain is your gain, since being wide awake until 3 am gave me plenty of time to curate this week’s pop culture roundup. As usual, I’ve cast a wide net to try and collect all the pop culture that you may have missed in the last seven days.

Don’t forget that I’m blogging for charity this month; if you like this post – or the blog in general – please drop by the blog’s fundraising page for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

And now while I pop some ibuprofen and try to get my sleep back to normal, on to all things pop.

  • All the relationships on Orange Is the New Black are hard to keep track of. This chart is here to help.
  • Here’s seven Seinfeld facts you probably didn’t know (even I didn’t know some of these):


  • Kermit the Frog discusses his favorite summer movies:


  • The Rugby World Cup hired Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) to give a locker room speech:




  • To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film, the cast of Little Rascals recreated the movie poster:

Time for some new trailers……

  • Al Pacino in The Humbling:


  • HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge:


  • A look at the new video game Alien: Isolation


  • Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake star in the first iPhone 6 ads (though you never see them):


  • A new trailer for the new season of The Walking Dead:


  • Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories for Adult Swim:


  • Brad Pitt in another trailer for Fury:


  • Horrible Bosses 2:


  • Finally – a longer trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show:


  •  They also dropped three more teasers, including this nonsense with a clown:


  • A trailer for Play It Again, Dick – the new webseries from the Veronica Mars gang:


  • A teaser for the new season of Scandal:


  • Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door:


  • A new look at the 4th season of Homeland:


  • Key & Peele made a music video to get you ready for season 4:


  • Further proof Wisconsin is a cool state – they reunited the cast of Airplane! for a tourism video:


  • Yay! Congrats to Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka on making it legal.

  • James Franco is now bald (for a movie role):



As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts.

  •  A supercut of animals riding other animals:


  • Hear Taylor Swift mashed-up with Pat Benatar in “Love is Trouble.”
  • The Muppets meet Pharrell Williams:


  • ROYGBIV: A Pixar supercut:


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  • Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” re-done in vintage1940s jazz style:


  • The DuckTales theme song….with real ducks:


  • This supercut, The Ghost of North West, chronicles the often talked about – but rarely seen – daughter of Kim and Kanye:




  • The Game of Thrones credits redone in the style of classic graphic designer Saul Bass:


  • The Ohio State marching band did a halftime tribute to TV theme songs:


  • A Land Before Time/Guardians of the Galaxy mashup:



Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Jimmy Took Over The Tonight Show Edition

It finally happened – Jay Leno (hopefully) went off into the sunset and blog favorite Jimmy Fallon took over the reins of The Tonight Show. I’ve only been able to see one show so far, but I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen. He seems to be keeping the same general show that he had when he was doing Late Night, which I think is a good thing. I’ll just be happy when he finally takes over his real time slot – starting the show at midnight to accommodate the Olympics is just late enough that I can’t justify staying up to watch it live. I cannot tell you how nervous I was watching the first show of his Tonight Show tenure; I think I would have been less nervous if I was up there telling jokes.

But the succession in late night isn’t the only thing that has been going on in the world of pop culture; despite the long shadow that the Olympics has shined over the landscape, a lot has been happening in the last two weeks. While you’ve been busy watching curling, I’ve been compiling all the links that you might have missed. So here’s your biweekly cheat sheet on some of the stories that you might have missed:

  • In honor of the man of the hour, here are 39 facts about Fallon. Please note the mention of College of St. Rose, which I drive by every day on my way to work.
  • See a 17 year old Jimmy in his first stand up performance:


  • Here’s Jimmy’s Saturday Night Live audition:


  • What does Conan think of all this? Classy as always:


  • Stephen Colbert is now the First Lady of France:


His logic is flawless.


  • There will be a mini-Seinfeld reunion on TV Land’s Kirstie, which is still not enough to get me to watch Kirstie.


  • Check out Walter White’s Facebook Look Back video:


  • There is just so much to love in the Kraft mac and cheese ad:


Vanilla Ice as a stock boy? TOTALLY believable.


  • If you enjoyed the movie as much as I did, you’ll get a kick out of The LEGO Movie “blooper” reel:


  • See Will Arnett read school closings as Batman:


  • Scrubs may also head to Broadway. TV shows aren’t cancelled – they just become fodder for musicals.
  • A visual guide to who owns the movie rights to various Marvel characters:


  • The star of the National Geographic reality show, Snake Salvation, died from a snake bite. That’s some M. Night Shyamalan stuff right there – who saw THAT coming?
  • A full list of the BAFTA winners (aka the British Oscars).
  • See Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Ryu from Street Fighter in this clip from The Pete Holmes Show:


  • Channing Tatum has a bust of Matthew McConaughey. I absolutely need one of these for my living room.



  • Check out this Parenthood/Friday Night Lights crossover on this NBC webseries:


  • While I’m still very bummed about Derek Jeter’s retirement, you have to admit that his dating history is pretty dang impressive:


  • Even I am not immune to the charms of the Jamaican bobsled team and their theme song.


  • The first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer debuted last night:


  • Jake Gyllenhaal has a dual role in The Double:


  • A teaser for the 2nd season of Inside Amy Schumer:


  • Tom Hardy in Locke:


  • Christopher Meloni in Surviving Jack, a new sitcom at FOX:


  • A trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black. I can’t wait!!


  • John Cusack in Drive Hard


  • Nicolas Cage in Joe:


  • An extended trailer for the Spanish language version of Breaking Bad:

I’d watch that.


  • The Purge: Anarchy:


  • A teaser trailer for the new season of Veep:


As always, we wrap up with the mashups and supercuts

  • The same goes for Sesame Street’s answer to Flappy Birds – Flappy Bert.
  • I love this New Orleans style cover of Guns N Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”


  • This couple breaks up – using 154 movie titles:


  • A supercut of hit songs from 2000, which appears to have been a very dark time for music:


  • A supercut of cats in movies:


  • As a former Greek, I was amused by this The Wolf of Wall Street parody, The Wolf of Phi Psi:


  • And finally, Billy Ray Cyrus has redone Achy Breaky Heart as a hip-hop jam. For reals, people: