Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Almost Vacation Edition

Just when I thought that winter might finally be behind us, Mother Nature decided that we needed one last storm (I hope!) to make things all snowy and white. I am not a fan. The only thing making this bearable is the knowledge that in less than a week I will be in Florida with some of my favorite people and watching baseball. The idea of sitting in the sunshine and not having to wear a winter coat make me positively giddy. Plus it has been five dark and lonely months since I last saw my beloved Yankees, which feels like a lifetime. I’m ready for our reunion. But never fear, dear readers – you won’t be without the blog while I’m away. I’ve got some posts ready to go up in my absence. I’m just that dedicated.

So while I dream of warm weather while I scrape ice and snow off my car, here’s your biweekly round up of some of the pop culture stories that you might have missed.

  • Today would have been Mister Rogers’ 85th birthday


  • Christopher Meloni has been cast in a new pilot from Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) based on the book I Suck at Girls.
  • Jimmy Fallon and Selena Gomez performed “Mario Kart Love Song” last night on Late Night:


  • I’m not sure that anyone was asking for it, but Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is getting a sequel (my guess is without Jeremy Renner).
  • If you’ve got nothing to do this weekend, MTV will be marathoning old seasons of The Real World. The Real World: Portland will debut on March 27th.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed director has been tapped for Jurassic Park 4. I really enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed – worth checking out on DVD. A sweet and quirky indie.
  • A Walking Dead/Homeland mash-up:


  • This dog does indeed resemble Samuel L. Jackson:


  • The actor who played Captain Peacock on the British comedy Are You Being Served? has passed away.


  • The Funny or Die website is venturing into the world of feature films. Their first product is iSteve, a comedic biopic of Steve Jobs and starring Justin Long (which has got to be better than the not intentionally funny Ashton Kutcher version).
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company released a cool short film:


  • The blog Thumbs and Ammo has replaced all the guns from TV shows and movies with actors giving a thumbs up. The result is surprisingly positive.


  • Check out this LEGO paper plane folding machine (it took 600 hours to build):


  • I didn’t understand a word of this “March Madness explained with Star Wars” video


  • You can watch the first three minutes of the new BBC America show Orphan Black online. The show debuts March 30th.
  • Sigh. I really didn’t need to stumble upon this website of pop culture tribute prints.
  • A Good Times movie is being developed. Not so Dyn-o-mite, though I bet J.J. Walker is available.
  • HBO has released a trailer for the second season of Veep:
  • Vampire Weekend has released two new songs: “Step” and “Diane Young.” Their new album Modern Vampires of the City is out May 7th.
  • Listen to a mix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” and Daft Punk:


  • What every home needs – A Breaking Bad terrarium. I’m not kidding – I would put this in my living room.
  • Filming for the third season of the BBC’s Sherlock has begun.  A fourth season is happening as well. More Cumberbatch for everyone!
  • A Shining/Dumb and Dumber mashup:


  • Beyoncé has posted a new song on her Tumblr:


  • A new red-band trailer for Kick-Ass 2 has been released:


  • This is a good dad – a game developer hacked Donkey Kong so his daughter could play the game as a female character that rescues Mario
  • Whoa – Pete Campbell from Mad Men and Rory Gilmore are getting married (well – the actors that play them are, anyway)
  • Watch Usher and the Afghan Whigs perform together at SXSW:


  • I can sympathize with Hitler’s reaction in the video I linked to above – I love Google Reader and am very bummed that it will be retired soon. It’s what I use to keep track of all the links that I share with you in these roundups.
  • A new trailer for Despicable Me 2 has been released:


  • Cedric the Entertainer is the new host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
  • And finally – The Princess Bride meets Game of Thrones:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Crazy Busy Edition

I am absolutely swamped this week at work – we’re unveiling a big new program next week and I’m running around trying to get all our ducks in a row. It’s great to be busy, but I’m probably one of the few people I know who was laboring on Labor Day (from home, but still). Every day I look forward to leaving the office and immersing myself in some pop culture goodness to ease my pain. Here are some of the stories I’ve been reading to get me through this insanity. Fingers crossed, things will be less stressful next week.

  • Most unexpected delegate at the DNC? Hello Newman.

Yup – that’s really Wayne Knight, Delegate from Oregon (?)


  • The latest Twitter craze? Eastwooding. Not as catchy as Tebowing.
  • I love when politicians sing and I especially love when it’s Springsteen. So last night’s Jimmy Fallon/Governor Christie duet was right up my alley.


  • Jim Carey is apparently going to appear in the long awaited (at least by me) Kick-Ass 2.
  • The premiere dates for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League that were unavailable when I wrote my Fall TV schedule have now been released – both with debut of FX on Thursday October 11 at 10 and 10:30 pm respectively.
  • Another pop culture round up, another celebrity death. I was very surprised to hear that Michael Clarke Duncan had passed away and was even more surprised to discover that he had not been in as many films as I thought. His performance in The Green Mile was just fantastic and really was a role that was perfect for him. I had also forgotten until his passing that he was engaged to former The Apprentice villain Omarossa. An odd pairing. Rest in peace Michael.
  • The trailer for the latest Jeremy Renner vehicle has been released; check him out in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (no – seriously)

I have no doubt I’ll see this movie; if I watched Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, I’ll watch this.

  • Speaking of movies with a questionable premise – Will Smith is attached to The Redemption of Cain, the tale of Cain and Able with a vampire twist. Oy.
  • Ryan Gosling is going to be directing a movie starring Christina Hendricks. It doesn’t matter the plot – this is officially the most awesome movie ever made (though the plot sounds pretty cool too).
  • The NFL is shopping around a movie about football (duh) that is unique in that it will actually have the league’s blessing. The NFL has not cooperated with many productions, so this is kind of a big deal. However, they are also fiercely protective of their brand, so expect a pretty sanitized version of life on the gridiron. I am still mad at the NFL for pressuring ESPN to drop their scripted show Playmakers because they didn’t like how the sport and league were portrayed. That show was great. Did anyone else watch it when it was on (circa 2004)?
  • Speaking of the NFL, happy kickoff day! The Giants and Cowboys start of the season tonight. As a fan of a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 12 years, I’ll just be happy with a winning season. I haven’t even had one of those since I became a fan.
  • A sequel to Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise will be made as a TV show. Eddie Murphy is involved and will appear at least in the pilot, though the show will focus on his character’s son, who is also a cop. I’d be more skeptical, but Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield) is involved. Does this mean I actually have to get around to watching Beverly Hills Cop?
  • I’m not particularly a Minnie Driver fan (is anyone?) but I’m intrigued by her latest project – a horror-musical described as “Scream meets Glee.”
  • Your weekly Arrested Development news – Henry Winkler will reprise his role as Barry Zuckerkorn. That’s wonderful, but I hope that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting an appearance from Bob Loblaw.
  • New webseries alert – Conan O’Brien will be launching Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O’Brien next month.
  • Rumors surfaced late last week that Jennie Garth and Luke Perry might be dating, which sent the hearts of a lot of Beverly Hills, 90210 fans all a twitter (not mine – I was team Brenda). While the pair denies any romance, they are in fact shopping a sitcom together.
  • The follow up to the web hit Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog (starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day) may finally be moving forward after years of speculation. If you missed this when it debuted four years ago, The CW will be broadcasting it on October 9th (which strikes me as odd – why wait so long?) and I highly recommend it.
  • For those of you who enjoyed my post on British television, Paste magazine did their own roundup of the 16 best shows on the BBC. I now have some new programs to check out.
  • MTV has announced that the upcoming season of The Jersey Shore will be its last. I poured some Ron-Ron juice out on the sidewalk to commemorate the occasion.
  • I got a kick out of this video, where someone spliced together the dialogue from Mad Men to make the cast “sing” Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Some people are very creative – and have a lot of spare time.

  • Two comedy specials are debuting this weekend that I plan to check out – Lewis Black In God we Rust (Saturday at midnight on Comedy Central) and Jay Mohr Funny for a Girl (Saturday at 8 pm on Showtime). I’ve see Lewis Black live multiple times, but I’m curious what Jay Mohr’s stand-up is like.
  • Um…how do you have a “Price is Right” 40th Anniversary special and NOT invite Bob Barker? CBS, you do not want to tangle with Mr. Barker. We know what he is capable of.


And finally, enjoy this Funny or Die video “Cosby Watches Cosby.” The editing is really perfect and sums up how a lot of people felt about that last season of The Cosby Show. Olivia and Cousin Pam? Bad idea.