Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Beware the Ides of March Edition

Whoo-boy – we got a lot of snow yesterday. This may be the worst storm that I can remember, though I’m not 100% sure my recollections are accurate. All I know is that 48 hours ago the tree outside my office was beginning to bloom and now it is buried under a blanket of white. For someone like me who straight up hates winter and snow, this is a troubling development. Times like this, however, I am pretty stoked that I don’t own a home. My snow removal responsibilities are limited to cleaning off my car.

So while the region is digging out from what this blizzard had to offer (and if your name is Caesar you’re watching your back today), take a break and get caught up on this week’s pop culture roundup. It will make your kids’ snow day much more bearable.





  • The first teaser for season 7 of Game of Thrones:


  • Wonder Woman:


  • Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale:


  • Life red band trailer:


  • The Get Down, part II:


  • Veep, season six:


  • Better Call Saul:


  • Baby Driver:


  • Fate of the Furious:


  • The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version):


  • Rough Night:


  • Atomic Blonde:


  • Doctor Who, season 10:


  • Most Hated Woman in America:


  • Smurfs: The Lost Village:


  • Becoming Bond:


  • Despicable Me 3:


  • Naked:


  • Leap!:


  • Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana:







Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  •  Andrew Garfield and Adam Drive audition for Clueless:


  • A vintage cover of No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs”:


  • Samuel L. Jackson reprises his movie roles with James Corden:


  • Tyrion Lannister one-liners:


  • Zootopia as a crime thriller:


  • A Notorious B.I.G. newscast:


  • Belle and Boujee:


  • Teletubbies sing “Get Ur Freak On”:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Amtrak Edition


I’m back from my thrilling grant writing bootcamp adventure; I learned a lot, met some nice people (hi Hannah) and got the closest thing to a vacation that I’m going to get for a while. So all in all, it was a productive few days. Of course even with keeping up on work email covertly, I’m still way behind on a tone of stuff. But I didn’t want to leave you all hanging, so I used my my train ride home and Amtrak’s free wi-fi to get the pop culture roundup completed. See – I care about you people.

My fundraising campaign for the Children’s Tumor Foundation is coming to a close, but there is still time to make a donation if you are so inclined. You can never say thank you enough, so once again, from the bottom of my heart, a sincere appreciation to all of you who supported the blog and this worthwhile cause. Y’all are the best.

So without further ado…catch up on all the pop culture that you may have missed in the last week with this installment of the pop culture roundup.


  • This might be the best looking double date of all time:

  • Nothing to see here; just Samuel L. Jackson doing a little karaoke:
  • Wendy’s has somehow recruited Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ralph Macchio and Alfonso Ribeiro for a commercial; that’s not an obvious combination:


  • Hear Lorde’s song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay:



  • A new American Horror Story: Freak Show trailer – with actual footage from the show!


  • Not a trailer, but here are the opening credits for AHS: Freak Show:


  • Taken 3


  • More Exodus: Gods and Kings:


  • Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix special:


  • The Theory of Everything:


  • A new Horrible Bosses 2 trailer:


  • A new Intersteller trailer:


  • A new look at Big Hero 6:


  • Blackhat with Chris Hemsworth:


  • A NSFW book trailer for Thug Kitchen Cookbook:


  • A first look at Inherent Vice:


  • This is what happens with Tim and Eric recruits Jeff Goldbloom for a GE commercial:


  • Here’s a first look at Christopher Walken as Captain Hook:
  • Mindy Kaling dropped by Sesame Street:




As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts.

  • Pogo is back with a new Harry Potter remix:


  • Here’s Bruno Mars played on some beer bottles:


  • Portugal. The Man played “Dayman” in concert:


  • This supercut looks at Alfred Hitchcock’s obsession with eyes:


  • Bob’s Burgers returns Sunday; here’s Tina techno remix to get you ready:


  •  Kittens re-enacting Assassin’s Creed: Unity:


  • A Clockwork Orange recut with the music from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo:


  • A supercut of the best walker kills on The Walking Dead is only improved with the musical score:


  • The “Let Her Go” movie cliché supercut:


  • Aretha Franklin covers Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”:


  • Here’s Uber Driver, a Taxi Driver parody:


  • The Game of Thrones theme is the show was a western:



Pop Culture Odds and Ends – The Roosevelts Edition


Is anyone else out there watching the new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts this week? The film does an interesting job of intertwining the stories of Teddy, Eleanor and Fraklin and I’m learning a lot about historical figures that I already knew a lot about, but the run-time for this thing is killing me.  The film is a total of 14 hours long and is showing every night this week in two hour blocks. I think this program is slowly killing me; I know that if I don’t stay current on it the episodes will just pile up on my DVR and I’ll never watch it, yet the two hour time commitment every night is a little daunting – especially since this is the type of programming that I need to focus on. So unlike most shows that I watch, I can’t multitask while it’s on; I tried doing that and then had to rewind it once I realized that I had no idea what was going on. Teddy was suddenly in Panama and the last I knew the story was focused on Franklin’s childhood. It’s all really interesting – Eleanor’s dad was a MESS –  but this is my equivalent of running a marathon. This week it’s all eat, sleep and Roosevelts.

Lucky for you, I foresaw this giant time suck and got a head start on this week’s roundup, so my commitment to presidential history will not derail our journey through pop culture. That’s the kind of dedication that would make the Roosevelts proud 🙂 So while I single handily try to resurrect the use of the word “bully” as a positive exclamation, kick back and get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you may have missed in the last seven days. And don’t forget that I’m blogging for the Children’s Tumor Foundation this month – please consider making a donation if you enjoy the blog.

  • Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are now parents. They welcomed a baby girl Friday.

Katey Sagal Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

  • Watch Conan O’Brien perform “The Monorail Song” from an episode he wrote at The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowl:


  • You can watch the other live performances from The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowhere.


  • No big whoop – just Benedict Cumberbatch channeling Mr. Darcy:

  • A new poster for Into the Woods:


  • Bryan Cranston + baseball = Heather’s wheelhouse:


  • You can now text Groot, though his response is about what you’d expect:




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  • Chris Pratt – still winning the Internet:

Let’s break for some trailers

  •  James Franco has a new webseries on AOL where he mashes up movies:


  • A trailer for Neil Patrick Harris’ new book:


  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay:


  • More Jennifer Lawrence, this time with Bradley Cooper, in Serena:


  • A preview of the upcoming season of Person of Interest:


  • A teaser for the new season of Broad City, debuting in January 2015 (yay!):


  • Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss in Listen Up Philip:


  • Chris Evans in Playing It Cool:


  • A promo for Jerrod Carmichael’s standup special on HBO:


  • Another week, another American Horror Story: Freak  Show teaser (bonus – NO CLOWNS!):


  • Morgan Freeman will appear in both Ted 2 and the Ben-Hur remake.
  • I can’t picture the fraternity brothers that I fraternized with doing anything like this, but this “Shake It Off” lipdub made me laugh:


  • Billy Eichner and David Letterman play “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?”


  • Lupita Nyong’o dropped by Sesame Street:


  • Jeff Goldblum has created lyrics for the Jurassic Park theme:


As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  • What happened to cartoon stars of the 1980s?



  • Someone recreated the open sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy in the video game Destiny:


  • Pop songs remixes with bike horns:


  • “Cell Block Tango” re-done with Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and Rihanna:



  • Sesame Street did a Star Wars parody, Star S’Mores.




  • A few weeks ago, I found fault with the assertion that Frank was the most evil character on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; the supercut proves my point:


  • Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ad meets True Detective:


  • The DuckTales theme sung with movie clips:


  • And finally, Orange Is the New Black meets The Golden Girls: