Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Tom Petty Edition

I was mid-call with a co-worker when I saw the news. “Hold on,” I said. “Gotta call you back – Tom Petty is dead.” It turns out that when I saw that tweet Petty had not actually died yet, but the news still broke my heart. I think it broke everyone’s heart, because I don’t know a damn person who didn’t like Tom Petty. Petty was an everyman rocker who churned out hits like nobody’s business. Put on “American Girl” in a room full of people and I guarantee you you’ll hear murmurs of what a great tune it is and that people will start singing along. I’ve liked Tom Petty for as long as I can remember and it makes me so sad that he’s no longer with us.  I’ve seen Petty and the Heartbreakers perform, but I’m kicking myself for not going to see them on their 40th anniversary tour. Monday was already a very sad day after the mass shooting in Vegas, but losing Petty on top of that just made it worse. I don’t have much of a vinyl collection, but one of the few records I do own is Full Moon Fever. I played it Monday night in tribute.

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R.I.P., Tom Petty. You will be missed.

And now….on to the pop culture roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Father Figures:

 

  • The Babysitter:

 

  • Paddington 2:

 

  • Wonder Wheel:

 

  • The Leisure Seeker:

 

  • Creep 2:

 

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, season 3:

 

  • Shameless, season 8:

 

  • The Death of Stalin:

 

  • Darkest Hour:

 

  • Star Trek Discovery:

 

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer:

 

  • Annihilation:

 

  • Geostorm:

 

  • Red Dead Redemption II:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Stand-up

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A Broadway-themed version of “Despacito”:

 

  • Lorde covers “In the Air Tonight”:

 

  • Stranger Things reimagined as a romantic comedy:

 

  • A capella covers of Star Trek TV theme songs:

 

  • Mean Girls reimagined as a forbidden lesbian romance:

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Three Day Weekend Edition

I am taking this Friday off from work, which will be my 3rd vacation day of the year and my first since May. So this week, I am firmly embracing the philosophy of Stanley from The Office:

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Honestly, all I’m trying to do is survive this week. I don’t even care that it’s my birthday – my eyes are on the prize, and that prize is walking out of the office for a three day weekend.

So while I figure out how to run out the next 48 hours, kick back and get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s installment of the roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • The Shape of Water:

 

  • Better Watch Out:

 

  • All I See Is You:

 

  • Gilbert:

 

  • Coco:

 

  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson:

 

  • Tragedy Girls:

 

  • Jack Ryan:

 

  • Cook Off!:

 

  • All The Money in the World:

 

  • Breathe:

 

  • Just Getting Started:

 

  • Search Party, season 2:

 

  • Five Foot Two:

 

  • Tomb Raider:

 

  • Parts Unknown:

 

  • Tokyo Project:

 

  • Tales From the Tour Bus:

 

  • Gotham, season 4:

 

  • Dealt:

Music

Books

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Lil Wayne covered the Friends theme song for the NFL:

 

  • Pennywise dropped by Grand Theft Auto V:

 

  • A glam rock cover of Nine Inch Nail’s “Hurt”:

 

  • Chris Pine singing “I Will Survive”:

 

  • Miley Cyrus does a grown-up cover of her Hannah Montana-era songs:

 

  • Thor: Ragnarok gets an 80s trailer edit:

 

  • And if anyone makes this for my birthday, I will kill them:

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”: