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.

Television

 

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Trailers

  • 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:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Podcasts

Stand-up

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 – Game 7 Edition

Pop-Culture-608x500I’ll admit that this year I kind of checked out on baseball. My Yankees just weren’t very good and I was a little emotionally exhausted from going to so many retirement ceremonies and final games for the players that I had been watching since I got into baseball. I needed a break; I didn’t go to a single Yankee game this year and the two games I did go to (Atlanta and Washington DC) I wasn’t all that engaged in. But I have to say that the playoffs have really drawn me back in, especially the Cubs historic run into the World Series. I love an underdog – I am a Buffalo Bills fan after all – so I’m always rooting for the Cubs to break their curse and finally win the Wold Series again. I don’t know that they’ll actually pull that off tonight as Cleveland has been more than a worthy opponent, but it’s been kind of thrilling to watch. My only complaint is that I am old and these games last too long. I’ve been exhausted for weeks. Whoever walks away the champion tonight, it’s been a fun ride and it has reinvigorated my love of baseball. Now the Yankees just have to be good next year. Hope spring eternal.

But even if you aren’t into baseball, you can still be excited since it’s also pop culture roundup day. And who doesn’t love that? As usual, I’ve scoured high and low to bring you the best that the world of pop culture had to offer in the last week. So get yourself caught up….and Go Cubs go!

Television

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Movies

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Trailers

  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk:

 

  • 24: Legacy:

 

  • Life:

 

  • Rules Don’t Apply:

 

  • The Crown:

 

  • Dreamland:

 

  • Split:

 

  • Frank & Lola:

 

  • The Eyes of My Mother:

 

  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage:

 

  • Gifted:

 

  • David Blaine: Beyond Magic:

 

  • Fuller House, season 2:

 

  • 20th Century Woman:

 

Music

Books

Theater

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Odds and Ends

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Mashups and Supercuts

  • In honor of the World Series, a fictional Cubs/Indians mashup:

 

  • Tina Turner meets Queen:

 

  • Bryan Cranston does a dramatic reading of Little Mix’s song, “Shout Out To My Ex”:

 

  • Quantico’s Jay Armstrong Johnson paid tribute to Hocus Pocus:

 

  • The Ghostbusters theme played on pumpkins:

 

  • David S. Pumpkins makes every movie scarier:

 

  • SPOILERS A LEGO recreation of the deaths in The Walking Dead season premiere:

 

  • The Goonies recut as a thriller:

 

  • A Stranger Things Christmas:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – R.I.P. Grantland edition

 

 

Last Friday I was minding my own business when some news came across Twitter that really bummed me out – ESPN was shutting down their sports and pop culture website Grantland. In retrospect the news wasn’t that shocking; Grantland founder Bill Simmons left the company under acrimonious circumstances and many of the top editors and writers at Grantland had already abandoned ship. It was unlikely that ESPN was going to cultivate a website that was so much a manifestation of the guy that they had just fired. But even though in my heart of hearts I knew Grantland’s days were already numbered, it didn’t make Friday’s announcement that Grantland was done effective immediately any easier.

Grantland was the type of website that I dreamed of working for. It was a one-stop shop for a plethora of great writers who wrote smart things about pop culture and sports. In essence, it would have been my dream job. Thanks to the talented people at Grantland, I discovered a lot of pop culture that I probably wouldn’t have necessarily taken the time to check out. The only reason that I binge watched – and loved – Mr. Robot was because Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan gushed about it on their Hollywood Prospectus podcast. I went to the Museum of Play in Rochester because of a piece written by Rembert Browne. Half the fun of watching the first season of True Detective was hearing what the Girls in Hoodies podcast would have to say about it. I didn’t always agree with Wesley Morris’ movie reviews, but he always had something thoughtful to say. I got my blast of nostalgia reading David Shoemaker’s posts on the WWE. The Grantland pop culture podcasts, as a collective, got me through many a late night drive from my own pop culture adventures. And now they are all gone.

The people that worked at Grantland will find other jobs – many already have – and I will follow them in their future endeavors. But there was just something so great about having them all housed in one space, bouncing ideas and opinions off each other, in what seemed like a pretty great community. My iTunes feed seems so empty without the latest installments of their podcasts. So before we get to the pop culture roundup, I wanted to pour one out for my peeps at Grantland. Your work meant something to me, not only as a pop culture consumer, but as an aspiring pop culture blogger. Grantland will be missed.

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And now….on to the pop culture roundup……

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Time for some trailers……..

  • AMC’s Preacher:

 

  • Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro in Dirty Grandpa:

 

  • Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa:

 

  • The Wiz Live!:

 

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in By The Sea:

 

  • Spike Lee’s CHI-RAQ:

 

  • A final trailer for The Peanuts Movie:

 

  • Patricia Arquette and David Zayas in The Wannabe:

 

  • WEtv’s South of Hell:

 

  • Sally Field in Hello, My Name Is Doris:

 

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip:

 

  • Over Your Dead Body:

 

  • James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Sound and the Fury:

 

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider:

 

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  • The Hocus Pocus kids also hung out:

 

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As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts…..

  • I cannot even begin the fathom what is going on with this Joe Jonas cover of Adele:

 

  • Sir David Attenborough narrates Adele’s video for “Hello”:

 

  • Bond villains love to laugh

 

  • All 24 Bond theme songs in under a minute:

 

  • The Inside Out emotions react to the new Star Wars trailer:

 

  • An “Is that all you’ve got?” supercut:

 

  • Cats in film:

 

  • Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney do a dramatic reading of “Hot Blooded”:

 

  • Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson sing “All I Ask”:

 

  • A mashup of Justin Bieber and Drake:

 

  • President Obama sings “Thriller”:

 

  • And finally, Batman vs. Superman syncs up nicely with The Force Awakens: