Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Vacation Booked Edition

I have commitment issues. This has manifested itself in many aspects of my life, but most recently reared its head when it came to planning for my upcoming vacation. I am, by nature, an organized person. For me, sometimes planning a trip is almost as fun as actually going on the trip. I love exploring the different things to see, eat, and do when I am away from home. I have the Pinterest boards to prove it.

But getting me to actually commit to flights is always a struggle. When it comes to airfare, I’m always playing a game of chicken, hoping that the price of flights will drop further before I am willing to book. I’ve known that friends and I are going to Austin for months now, but I was convinced that I could get a better deal (not only do I like to maximize my time, but my dollars as well). This strategy is nerve-wracking and I wind up booking when I finally stress myself out enough to make a decision. This week, I was starting to put myself in a panic as flights were actually getting more expensive – not the trend I was looking for. I was worried that I was going to blow my travel budget before I even got to Austin, but then, like an angel from above, I found a tremendous deal. Even then I briefly hesitated, wondering if something better may come along. Much like Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler, I’m never satisfied. But then common sense prevailed and I made the purchase. Now my vacation is real and I can finally let myself get excited for it. It’s only three days off from work, but man do I need them.

Something else to get excited for – this week’s pop culture roundup. As always, I’ve tried to bring you the best that the world of pop has to offer. So while I scout Austin for the best breakfast tacos and BBQ, get yourself caught up on what you may have missed.

Television

 

Movies

Trailers

  • It:

 

  • Game of Thrones, season 7:

 

  • A teaser for The Defenders:

 

  • Dimension 404:

 

  • Preacher, season 2:

 

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword:

 

  • Silicon Valley, season 4:

 

  • War Machine:

 

  • Claws:

 

  • War for the Planet of the Apes:

 

  • Alien: Covenant:

 

  • Girlboss:

 

  • Ingrid Goes West:

 

  • The Mummy:

 

  • Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets:

 

  • Berlin Syndrome:

 

  • I Am Heath Ledger:

 

  • Unforgettable:

 

  • Get Me Roger Stone:

 

  • Annabelle Creation:

 

  • The Book of Henry:

 

  • A Dark Song

 

Music

Books

Stand-up

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Jack Nicholson getting mad montage:

 

  • It meets Cat in the Hat:

 

  • A side-by-side comparison of It (2017) and It (1990):

 

  • A soap opera comprised of only Katy Perry lyrics:

 

  • Chris Evans in a trailer for the fake biopic Dennis:

 

  • Billy on the Sesame Street:

 

  • This Spider-Man: Homecoming homemade trailer is pretty darn close to the original:

 

  • The Muppets cover 50 Cent’s “In the Club”:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Digging Out of the Snow Edition

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I foolishly thought that we might make it through this winter without too much fuss, but Mother Nature had other ideas in mind and decided to dump a fair amount of snow on us in a very short window of time. I’ve certainly been through much worse snow storms and other parts of the country have received way more snow this year, but after the relative tranquility of this winter (weather-wise, at least) it was a bit jarring to have to remember how to drive on partially plowed roads. I thankfully live in an apartment complex so my only responsibility is cleaning off my car, but I remember the struggle that was having on-street parking during a snow emergency. I don’t miss those days of shoveling your car out only to have it plowed back in ten minutes later. I hate snow in general, but I didn’t even mind the storm Sunday since I had nowhere that I had to be. I took that as a cue to stay put and work my way through the pileup on my DVR. It was relaxing. I don’t need there to be any more snow for the rest of the season, though. We’re good.

Also good – this week’s roundup. I took advantage of the snow day to get caught up on all the pop culture that I had missed and now I share that bounty with you. There’s a little bit of something for pretty much everyone, so dig into the pop culture bounty and see what you discover.

Television

 

 

Movies

Trailers

  • It Comes At Night:

 

  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie:

 

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:

  • Julie’s Greenroom:

 

  • Personal Shopper:

  • Feud:

  • The Circle:

 

  • Bill Nye Saves the World:

 

  • Girlboss:

  • The Beguiled:

 

  • The Marine 5: Battleground:

  • Billions, season 2:

 

  • The White Princess:

 

  • Underground, season 2:

 

  • Everything, Everything:

 

  • The Bad Batch:

 

  • Unlocked:

 

  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series:

 

  • Ghost in the Shell:

 

  • The Ticket:

 

  • Beach Rats:

 

  • All Eyez On Me:

Music

Theater

Stand-up

Books

 

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Harry Potter and Voldemort: A Love Story:

 

  • “All-Star” recreated in Windows XP:

 

  • Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty cover “It Takes Two”:

 

  • Barack Obama in NBA 2K17:

  • The Mad Max cars with Pixar eyes is unsettling:

 

  • The Stranger Things theme mashed up with The Weeknd’s “Starboy”:

 

  • Beauty and Lord Voldemort:

 

  • Tom Cruise falling through movies:

  • A vintage cover of “What Is Love”:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Hulu Binge Edition

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Last weekend all my plans fell through, so I had a lot of free time on my hands. That is both a good and a bad thing, as I am a person who enjoys being on the move and being busy, but sometimes you need to slow down to catch your breath. So much to the annoyance of my knockoff fitbit, I spend most of the weekend sitting – either in the movie theater (I saw three movies) or on my couch. This seemed like as good a time as any to check out some network comedies that I had heard a lot about – The Good Place and Black-ish, both of which were available on Hulu. I enjoyed both of them a lot – I started with The Good Place since it only had 12 episodes and I’d heard rumblings of a game-changing season finale that I didn’t want to get spoiled for me.  I’m still working my way through Black-ish, since I decided to start with the pilot episode and then work my way through to the current season. I still have a ways to go – network seasons are so long! – but it’s been an enjoyable ride. I really need new shows like a hole in the head, but I’m glad I tried them both.

I’m also glad that it’s Wednesday, which is everyone’s favorite day on the blog – pop culture roundup day! As usual, I’ve looked high and low to curate the best that the world of pop culture news of the last week. So get yourself caught up on all the exciting news that you might have missed.

Television

 

Movies

 

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Trailers

  • The final Beauty and the Beast trailer:

 

  • Broadchurch, season 3:

 

  • Bates Motel, the final season:

 

  • The Assignment:

 

  • My Cousin Rachel:

 

  • Catfight:

 

  • Beyond The Edge:

 

  • When The Street Lights Go On:

 

  • Claws:

 

  • 13 Reasons Why:

 

  • Love, season 2:

 

  • In Dubious Battle:

 

  • Wolves:

 

  • Trumped:

 

  • Bokeh:

 

  • Imperial Dreams:

 

Music

Books

Stand-up

Theater

Odds and Ends

 

Mashups and Supercuts

  • The twitter account @WinnieDancing has turned Winnie the Pooh into a dancing machine:

 

 

 

  • The Arthur theme like you’ve never heard it before:

 

 

  • All the movie references in La La Land:

 

  • “Poker Face” gets a Big Band-style makeover:

 

  • Migos rapping a children’s book: