Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Community LIVES Edition

The unthinkable has happened – Community has been brought back from the dead, thanks to a last minute deal with Yahoo! for another season. The dream of #Sixseasonsandamovie lives on! Once Hulu passed on the deal, I really thought that there was no chance for the show’s survival and I had made my peace with that. I’ll be curious to hear more details about the resurrection – will the entire core cast be back, how many episodes will there be – and there is always a legitimate chance that this is a mistake, but I’m choosing to be cautiously optimistic about this announcement. In the words of Greendale’s greatest philosopher, Magnitude:

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Don’t worry – if you don’t give a hoot about the return of a cult sitcom with terrible ratings, there is still plenty for you to enjoy in this week’s round up. I get that Community isn’t for everyone – only the best people 🙂 So while we wait for the three-day holiday weekend, kick back and get yourself caught up all the pop culture that you may have missed in the last seven days.

  • What would a nature show hosted by Snoop Dogg look like? Probably something like this:

 

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  • Kelsey Grammer has returned to Twitter – to correct people’s grammar:

He’s not the hero we want, but the hero we deserve.

  • I have no idea why this happened, but I’m glad it did – Dolly Parton playing The Benny Hill Show theme song at the Glastonbury music festival:

 

  • Anya and Sansa Stark were finally reunited….at Glastonbury:

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  • What happens when you watch the first three Transformers movies at the same time?

 

  • If you are going to lose at Jeopardy!, this is the way to do it:

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The barrage of trailers:

  • A new documentary about George Takei sounds like required viewing:

 

  • A teaser for the final season of Boardwalk Empire:

 

  • Sharknado 2 is approaching:

 

  • Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins:

 

  • Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon in The Last of Robin Hood:

 

  • Bruce Willis in The Prince:

 

  • A teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I:

 

  • Downton Abbey’s cousin Matthew is kind of a jerk in the trailer for The Guest:

 

  • Aubrey Plaza in Life After Beth:

 

  • James Franco in Child of God:

 

  • Into the Storm:

 

  • Dracula Untold:

 

  • A teaser for the new season of Doctor Who:

 

  • Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent:

 

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby:

 

  • The gang is back for Horrible Bosses 2:

 

  • Tom Hardy has joined the Leonardo DiCaprio thriller, The Revenant.
  • Miley Cyrus has a super cute new puppy:

  • This guy beat Super Mario Brothers in less than five minutes. That’s about how long it takes me to figure out how to jump:

 

As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  • This guy blazes through the entire Blink-182 catalog in five minutes:

 

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Mental note – Brickworld looks amazing.

  • Jack White opened his show in Dublin with a cover of Kanye’s song “Black Skinhead”

 

  • This guy does 29 impressions in one song:

 

  • The Wolf of Gilligan’s Island:

 

  •  And finally, Game of Thrones meets….Frozen?

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Spring is (Hopefully) Here Edition

I hate to jinx anything, but I think that Spring has finally arrived. The weather is slightly warmer, the days are longer and baseball is back. If that doesn’t mean Spring, I don’t know what does. I even heard the music of my first ice cream truck of the season. My mood has drastically improved the last two days – part of that is because I’m finally getting a breather at work, but I can’t discount the impact of the changing seasons. I think the worst is really behind us. Of course, we’ll probably get a blizzard next week just so Mother Nature can show who’s  the boss.

The improving weather doesn’t give me permission to slack of from my duties, however, so I’ve once again assembles a fantastic menagerie of pop culture goodness. There’s a little bit of everything in here, so if you have fallen behind on what’s going on in the world of pop during your winter hibernation this should help get you back up to speed.

  • Watch Crowe, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play “Folsom Prison Blues”

 

Who knew Jimmy could play the harmonica?

  • Billy Dee Williams has dropped out of Dancing with the Stars. Probably for the best.
  • Drake has a new song – that name checks Jennifer Lawrence:

 

  • Conan is in Dallas all this week; he tries to become a Texas Deputy:

 

  • More details on the new season of American Horror Story: it will be called Freak Show and Michael Chiklis has joined the cast. Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare Sarah Paulson, Angela Basset, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jessica Lange will all be returning in some capacity.
  • How much do you love this photo of some of the Game of Thrones cast on a beach day:

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The Lannisters are the worst, but the actors that play them are pretty awesome.

  • Perhaps to prove progress has been made, George R.R. Martin has released a chapter from the next Game of Thrones book.
  • A youth orchestra in Spain did a flash mob version of the Game of Thrones theme:

 

  • Gotta love the NYC real estate market – the apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead has already been rented.
  • There was briefly rumor that the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys were going out on tour together, but that isn’t happening.
  • For those that enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel, here’s a vignette on Zubrowka (the fictional European country dreamed up by Wes Anderson)
  • I’m still annoyed by the How I Met Your Mother finale, but this makes me smile – Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel perform “The Confrontation” from Les Mis:

 

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  • Justin Bieber won at Canada’s Juno Awards – and was roundly booed. When you’ve lost Canda, you’ve lost the world.
  • You guys…Ginuwine performed “Pony” on Arsenio.

 

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  • Also from The Tonight Show – Samuel L. Jackson did some Boy Meets World slam poetry:

 

  • A ranking of all of Frank’s hats on 30 Rock.
  • Some of the stars of Nashville (not named Connie Britton or Hayden Panettiere) are doing some live shows.
  • A model transformed herself into a real life version of Marge Simpson:

 

  • This just has to be seen to believed – Arnold Schwarzenegger does the Nae Nae Dance:

 

This man used to govern a state.

  • Celebrity beef of the week: Eddie Money vs. Kenny Loggins. Tough call – one has two tickets to paradise, but the other is familiar with the danger zone. Edge: Loggins
  • Star Wars released a featurette on the birth of the lightsaber:

 

  • This map determines what states will be best prepared for a zombie attack. I’m screwed.

Trailers:

  • The first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

 

  • A new trailer for FX’s Fargo miniseries:

 

  • Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again:

 

  • Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive:

 

  • A new teaser for Louie, coming back May 5th:

 

  • A new trailer for The Purge: Anarchy:

 

  • A red-band trailer for Let’s Be Cops:

 

  • The new Tom & Jerry:

 

  • The Drop, James Gandolfini’s last film:

 

  • A red band trailer for Sex Tape, starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz (NSFW):

 

  • Katy Perry may be sort of dating Riff Raff (the rapper, not the character from Rocky Horror).

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • Wolverine the Musical:

 

  • A Carnegie Hall ensemble played 43 cartoon theme songs:

 

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  • Mike Tyson training videos with Street Fighter sound effects added:

 

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  • Every suit Barney ever wore on HIMYM:

 

  • A supercut of every time Barney had sex on HIMYM:

 

  • For those of you that used to love Homestar Runner as much as me, here’s a Strong Bad/Daft Punk mashup:

 

  • Batman recut:

 

  • A supercut of actors gearing up for battle:

 

  • And finally, Breaking Bad vs. Street Fighter:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Snow Day edition

Another day, another snowstorm – I am really beginning to hate living in Upstate New York. It’s been a bad winter for everyone and the fact that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow is not a good omen. We’re getting up to a foot today and there are rumblings of a Nor’easter headed our way on Sunday. This may be the winter that finally breaks me.

Thankfully I am working from home today so I don’t have to go out in this mess and I am looking forward to participating in a conference call this morning while still in my pajamas. I feel terrible for the people who don’t have that luxury or who don’t have a very understanding boss and are bracing this weather to go into work today. Stay safe!

For those of you that are snowed in, hopefully my biweekly roundup of pop culture stories will help keep you warm and make you forget about all the white stuff piling up outside. Maybe there’s even a thing or two in here to help you keep the kids entertained.

  • In honor of the weather, check out this side by side comparison of the beginning of The Walking Dead and Atlanta after 2 inches of snow paralyzed the city:

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch dropped by Sesame Street:

 

  • The good people of Savannah, GA had to watch the same boring Super Bowl that the rest of us did, but they also got to watch this ridiculously epic local commercial for a personal injury lawyer:

They are the clear winners of Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Last time it was Liberace, this time it’s Peter Pan. Bill Murray knows how to make an entrance:

 

  • Steve Carell’s college mustache is OUTSTANDING:
  • A gag reel from Thor: The Dark World:

 

  • David Beckham – fan of LEGOs. He just became more perfect.
  • One unknown perk of winning the Super Bowl – you get to hang out with Beyoncé and Jay Z:
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  • Neil Gaimain reads Green Eggs and Ham for charity

 

  • Former Olympian Tara Lipinksi skated a The Big Lebowski-themed routine on Fallon:

 

  • Conan is the king of the remote segments; in this one, he tries to sell some of his old memorabilia:

 

  • The cover for Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue has been revealed:

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Julia Roberts is one lucky duck!

Trailers:

  • Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West (Red Band – NSFW):

 

  • Kevin Costner’s Draft Day:

 

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction:

 

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

 

  • 24: Live Another Day:

 

  • Vampire Academy:

 

  • Liam Neeson in Non-Stop:

 

  • From Dusk Til Dawn – the series:

 

  • A trailer for the video game Thief:

 

  • The Amanda Knox story inspired a feature film, Face of an Angel:

 

  • The final Divergent trailer:

 

  • Another interesting trio: Aaron Paul, Rob Thomas and Bill Murray at a Kings of Leon concert:
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  • Animator Arthur Rankin, Jr., who was responsible for holiday classics like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, passed away.
  • This week is Beatles week at Late Night with David Letterman.
  • As a fan of the original cult classic, I was impressed with this trailer for a fake Warriors reboot:

 

  • There were beer drones? Why am I just hearing about this now that they are grounded?

As always, we end with the Supercuts and Mashups

  • A supercut of Oscar visual effects winners:

 

  • A Superman vs. Jesse Eisenberg supercut:

 

  • Grumpy Cat in Frozen:

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  • This supercut ignores the so-called plot of the first 3 Transformers movies and just focuses on the actual transforming:

 

  • A mashup of every Harrison Ford movie:

 

  • Mr. Freeze sings “Let it Go”

 

  • And finally, a supercut of all of Tina’s moans on Bob’s Burgers:

 

Spring can’t get here quickly enough!