Odds and Ends – Almost June edition

Sorry folks…I don’t have much in way of a snappy intro this week. I don’t know if all this dreary and rainy weather is sapping my enthusiasm or if it is just because I’ve been so busy, but the creative juices just aren’t flowing like normal today. So I’ll skip the long intro – that’s not what you’re here for anyway – and just get to the main event. Enjoy your biweekly roundup of all things pop!

  • Congrats to Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and his new bride, who were married last weekend. He seems like a very down to earth guy. We should be pals.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal will star in Jon Stewart’s directorial debut.
  • I had no idea that people were this into Vin Diesel – 14 pieces of fan art featuring the actor. Da Vinci’s Diesel is easily my favorite:

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  • Sounds like earlier reports might have been incorrect – Sam Mendes appears to be back in the picture to direct the next Bond movie. Yay! He did a great job with Skyfall.
  • Oh NBC – you shouldn’t be spelling the name of one of your stars wrong in the credits:

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  • I posted this on the blog’s Facebook page, but it bears repeating – Jimmy Fallon’s Game of Desks skit:

 

  • Will Smith and his son Jaden reunited with some familiar faces during this appearance on The Graham Norton Show:

I’ve seen enough clips from this show to make me think I should be tuning in. They seem to have a lot of fun.

  • Ellen Degeneres had a mini Friends reunion:

 

  •  A LEGO Lord Voldemort goes wand shopping:

 

  • If the measure of success is having a walking tour and adult film based on your show, than Girls has definitely made it.
  • A new Kelly Clarkson video has been released:

 

  • Ke$ha drank her own pee on her reality show, which got the Parents Television Council all up in arms.
  • I’m very excited for this – Starz has announced the debut date for their show The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory best-selling novel series The Cousins’ War.
  • These guys did a homemade version of the Clock Tower Scene in Back to the Future:

 

  • I have been to exactly zero of Esquire’s best bars in America. That is kind of a tragedy. I’ll have to add these to my travel folder along with restaurants from Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
  • This is nice – after fans bought gifts from his registry, Washington Redskins QB RG3 sent them handwritten thank you notes. That’s better than some of my friends have done – I’m still waiting for thank you notes from a handful of weddings over the years. So tacky.
  • This 4 year old knows more about Marvel Superhero trivia than I ever will:

 

  • There’s going to be a Paula Deen museum. Sadly, it is in Albany, GA not Albany, NY.
  • My beloved tolerated Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo has been done up to look like the home of the Giants for a movie. I find that kind of insulting; it’s one thing to be a stand in for a fake team, but quite another to be made to look like another NFL team plays there.
  • Ryan Gosling’s latest film was booed at the Cannes Film Fesival.
  • Uproxx has the top 100 network shows for the 2012-13 television season. Interesting that several shows that were cancelled actually had higher ratings than Community (including Happy Endings).

And as always, we wrap up with the mashups and uppercuts:

  •  A mashup of Daft Punk and Soul Train:

 

  • Not to be outdone, a Mad Men/Daft Punk mashup:

 

  • And to complete the Daft Punk trifecta: “Get Lucky” played on the banjo:

 

  • Beer of Thrones:

I can assure you this doesn’t happen when you drink the actual Game of Thrones beer.

 

  • A supercut of dancing in movies:

 

  • A Minecraft made trailer for Man of Steel:

 

  • A supercut of video games and arcades in film:

 

 

  • Jane Austen’s Fight Club:

 

  • A mashup of the theme from Space Jam and Titanic greatly improves the latter:

 

  • And finally, since Memorial Day weekend marks the kickoff of summer, a remix of summer-themed songs:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – May Day Edition

Happy first day of May! While this date used to be commemorated with festivals and May baskets, now it just means that I need to pay my rent, which is decidedly less glamorous. I think we should bring all those celebrations back, if for no other reason I could use a day off from work and it is a gorgeous day outside. I’d even be willing to dance around a Maypole if need be.

While I try to convince my boss that we should be observing this ancient spring festival, kick back and enjoy your bi-weekly roundup of pop culture stories that you might have missed. If you see a story that you think should be included in this feature, please feel free to hit me up on the blog’s Facebook page or tweet me (@AsHeathersWorld). And don’t forget to vote to decide what my summer viewing project will be; the polling sample is small at the moment, but The Good Wife is off to a narrow lead. Finally, a very special welcome to all the new people following the blog – your readership is much appreciated!

Now let’s get our pop culture on!

  • Seth Rogen and FX are teaming up for an animated program about Bigfoot.
  • Check out this jazzy cover version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” that will be in The Great Gatsby:

 

  • However, the soundtrack also features this horrific cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” Beyoncé is fine, but Andre 3000 ruins it:

 

  • Johnny Depp is in talks to star in the big screen adaption of the Broadway musical Into the Woods.
  • The Madonna/Elton John feud has been squashed. This has really been going on a decade?
  • A woman recreated the opening of a bunch of TV shows for her hubby’s birthday:

 

  • More pop culture birthday: a How I Met Your Mother themed party.
  • Mad Men has gone to the dogs:

 

  • After the success of Veronica Mars, Zach Braff has also turned to Kickstarter to fund his new movie. For some reason, this has people all worked up into a tizzy. I know it’s not cool to say, but I actually really liked Garden State, so I’m eager to see this new film.
  • All My Children and One Life to Live have been revived; the soaps started an on-line only run o Monday.

Renewal news:

  • The CW has renewed The Vampire Diaries, Heart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast. They also picked up The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals.
  • NBC has renewed Parenthood (yay!), Chicago Fire, Revolution, Grimm and Law & Order: SVU.
  • Two and a Half Men will be back, short a half man; Angus T. Jones will not be a regular.
  • Comedy Central has renewed The Jeselnik Offensive and Nathan for You.
  • MTV has renewed Snooki and JWoww and is reviving Nick Cannon Presents Wild n Out.

 

  • Paul Scheer and Will Arnett decided, for unknown reasons, to recreate the Bill Clinton/Arsenio Hall interview (with some creative license):

 

  • Armie Hammer and Tom Cruise are slated to co-star in Guy Richie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E film remake.
  • Neil Diamond is donating the profits from “Sweet Caroline” the week of the Boston bombings to a charity for the victims.
  • Quentin Tarantino’s car – driven by John Travolta in Pulp Fictionhas been recovered 17 years after it was stolen.
  • This guy nails his Louis CK impression (NSFW):

 

  • This is kind of spectacular: Norman Reedus (Daryl from The Walking Dead) photobombed a Game of Thrones fan picture:

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  • The Tony nominations were announced. Tom Hanks is closer to getting an EGOT.
  • In honor of the Red Headed Stranger’s 80th birthday, watch Willie Nelson’s “audition tape” for The Hobbit:

 

  • I haven’t played in years, but I was interested to hear a new Grand Theft Auto game is coming out in September. I always enjoyed that game, though I mostly just drove around and wrecked stuff.
  • Watch SNL’s Kate McKinnon do her Ellen DeGeneres impression for Ellen on Ellen:

 

  • Fans of The Simpsons may want to check out this website that encourages artists to reinterpret Homer Simpson.
  • Supervillian speed dating:

 

  • This is hilarious – E.L. James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series – is releasing a writing advice journal. Those books were a lot of things, but well written wasn’t one of them.
  • NBC will allegedly be burning off the remaining episodes of the dreadful Do No Harm over the summer.
  • Watch a short film directed by Michael Cera:

 

  • I didn’t make it again this year, but the winners of the Tribeca Film Festival have been announced.
  • Michael Bublé put on an impromptu show in the NYC subway:

 

  • House of Card’s Corey Stoll is attached to a vampire pilot for FX from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro, based on the del Toro’s book The Strain.
  • A musical Dowton Abbey spoof? Why thank you! (contains spoilers)

 

  • Uproxx created a power ranking of Ted’s girlfriends on How I Met Your Mother. Zoey should have been much lower – she was the worst.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • It’s a quip off between Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess and Game of Throne’s Lady Olenna
  • Here’s a mashup of trailers for summer 2013 movies:

 

  • The Game of Thrones/Friends mashup (contains GoT spoilers):

 

  • MineKart 64 – Minecraft and Mario Kart 64:

 

  • Statler, Waldorf, & Inglourious Basterds

 

  • This Taylor Swift/Demi Lovto mashup (“I Knew You Had a Heartattack”) is pretty catchy:

 

  • Mad Men and The Simpsons both have done episodes involving Planet of the Apes, so it was only a matter of time before someone put them together:

 

  • An Arnold Schwarzenegger supercut:

 

  • And finally, here is Cookie Monster singing Tom Waits (NSFW). I am embarrassed to say how many times I have watched this: