Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Almost the Oscars edition

We’re in the home stretch – the Academy Awards are this Sunday. All I have left in my quest to see all of the Oscar nominated films are some foreign films and some documentaries. If everything goes according to plan, I think I am going to come up two movies short of my goal. It’s proven to be impossible to find the foreign film No and the documentary The Guardians. The closest that either film is playing is NYC and unless I want to take the day off to make the trip downstate (which I did actually consider), I think the dream may be dead. But still – I’ll come pretty darn close!

As I frantically try to find some Oscar screeners, enjoy your biweekly roundup of pop culture stories you may have missed:

  • A happy belated 75th birthday to author Judy Blume!
  • In honor of the season three finale (what did everyone think??), here’s the cast of Downton Abbey performing One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”

 

  • Maybe they were jealous of the attention that Jeopardy! has been receiving lately, but Wheel of Fortune decided to up their game with a dog on a scooter.

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  • The 2013 Bonnaroo line-up was announced yesterday. I want to go!
  • I hate Monopoly – it takes way too long and just isn’t much fun – but I might change my mind if I played this Breaking Bad version.
  • Check out Leonardo DiCaprio’s foreign ad for Jim Beam:

 

  • This is hilarious – Guy Fieri didn’t secure the full URL for his restaurant’s website, so someone else bought it and posted a parody menu. Well played.
  • Josh Duhamel and Fergie are expecting their first child; the singer announced the news on Twitter, using the hashtag #mylovelybabybump (which I have to admit is pretty cute).
  • The movie Lincoln inspired the state of Mississippi to finally ratify the 13th Amendment. They somehow hadn’t managed to get around to that yet. Who says pop culture can’t make a difference?
  • Listen to Mariah Carey’s new song from the upcoming film Oz the Great and Powerful (I’m not a fan – she sounds weird)

 

  • I don’t know that it was in doubt, but It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be back for a ninth season.

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  • So, is everyone else watching The Following and kind of getting obsessed with it? Intellectually I have a ton of problems with the show, but damn it if it doesn’t manage to drag me in every Monday night.
  • SNL continues to be dreadful; I only made it about halfway through last week’s episode with Christoph Waltz. I did, however, really enjoy this digital short:
  • Whoo-boy. Things are not going well for Renee Zellweger. Lifetime just passed on her pilot Cinnamon Girl. Let that sink in for a moment. The network that gave us Liz & Dick passed on a pilot featuring an Oscar winner. I think we may have just found rock bottom.
  • The great Andre Braugher has joined Andy Samberg’s new police comedy pilot on Fox. The likelihood that I will tune in to this show if it goes to series just jumped to 100%.
  • It’s been a good couple of weeks for me – another one of my favorites joined a pilot. Josh Holloway (aka Sawyer on Lost) will star in the CBS drama Intelligence.
  • The New York Times Magazine has a long profile of blog favorite Connie Britton.
  • Sarah Michelle Geller will be starring opposite Robin Williams in a new sitcom.
  • Don’t cry for the B in Apt. 23 – Krysten Ritter landed a role in a pilot for NBC. Let’s hope James Van Der Beek has as smooth a transition.
  • PBS is trying to become the first nonprofit organization to reach one billion views on YouTube.

 

  • HBO may have pulled the plug on Luck, but it lives on in blog form. Added bonus – no horses can die online.
  • I guess they had a lot of fun filming Silver Linings Playbook; Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting with director David O. Russell on his next film (and holy hell – this film has an amazing cast!).
  • TV Land had become the go-to network for 90s sitcom stars. They have ordered a new comedy starring Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards.
  • NBC’s new drama Hannibal will debut on Thursday April 4th.

 

  • Jerry Seinfeld stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to do some stand-up:

 

  • Dean Norris (Hank to Breaking Bad fans) has been cast in the upcoming Stephen King miniseries, Under the Dome.
  • As an unabashed fan of The Golden Girls, I couldn’t pass up this collection of the 10 best musical numbers from the series.
  • The Strokes are back with a new song:

 

  • TV Duck has an infograph of 15 things you didn’t know about The Walking Dead.
  • My baseball husband Mark Teixiera made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages. Check out video here.
  • The Discovery Channel is launching two new documentary series that focus on marijuana. The are calling the block of programming “Weed Wednesdays.”
  • And finally, a 60 second, live action version of the wonderful Wreck it Ralph:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Community is BACK edition

Today is finally the day! After several missed starts and anxiety, Community will finally return to the NBC schedule. Winter storm Nemo had derailed my weekend plans, but knowing I’ll be soon reunited with the folks at Greendale Community College is helping to cheer me up. This is probably the beginning of the end, as I have no illusions that the show will get a fifth season, but even if these are the last episodes of Community that are ever produced I plan to watch the hell out of them. I just hope the new showrunners don’t screw the series up. Fingers crossed.

While I count down the hours until 8 pm tonight (assuming NBC doesn’t change their minds again – there’s still time), here are is a roundup of pop culture stories that you may have missed:

  • To help get you pumped, here’s a trailer for season 4 of Community:

 

  • Watch Tiffani Amber Thiessen look extremely uncomfortable when she was surprised by a mini Saved by the Bell reunion on the Today show:

 

  • This made me happy for some unknown reason: Adam Brody (Seth Cohen from The O.C.) is rumored to be dating Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf).
  • Justin Timberlake debuted two new songs at a Super Bowl Party:

 

He has released the track list and album art for The 20/20 Experience, which will be released on March 19th.

  • A new Bridget Jones book will be released in November. Can’t say I’m excited for this; I liked the first book just fine, but the later installment was not great.
  • George R.R. Martin has signed a deal with HBO to remain co-executive producer on Game of Thrones while also developing other projects. Good for him, but shouldn’t he be working on finishing the books?
  • It was announced yesterday that the USPS will stop Saturday delivery in August. My first reaction to this was outrage that it will slow down my Netflix delivery.
  • Robin Roberts will return to Good Morning America on February 20th. Don’t watch the show, but that is great news.
  • Downton Sixbey made its return to Late Night Jimmy Fallon this week:

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  • Not to be left out, Sesame Street also did a Downton parody:
  • Tim Hortons made “The Priestley,” inspired by a joke on this week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother.
  • Speaking of HIMYM, the people behind the show are teasing a “new storytelling approach” for the final season. Not enough to lure me back in, but mixing things up wouldn’t be the worst idea.
  • The actor who played Ethan Rayne on Buffy the Vampire Slayer has passed away.
  • Chris Pratt (Andy on Parks and Recreation) has landed the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Amazon Instant is now available to stream on your Wii. Register by February 28th and you’ll receive a $5 video credit.
  • I’m a sucker for bluegrass, so this remix of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s “Last Episode” made me smile:

 

  • McSweeney’s has a new feature of rejected joke lists from the Bob’s Burgers writing room.
  • Who knew so many people were hit by buses? Check out this supercut:

 

  • Johnny Deep will play crime boss Whitey Bulger.
  • Wait, there is not one, but TWO “celebrity” diving shows? Is the market really demanding this?
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a new song:

 

  • Judd Apatow is considering a spin-off of This is 40 that focuses on the kids in the film, who also happen to be his kids in real life. I was not a fan of This is 40, but I thought his kids were actually the best part.
  • Tumblr of the week: Les Mean Girls (a Les Miserables/Mean Girls mashup)
  • See Al Pacino as Phil Spector in this trailer for the upcoming HBO film, airing March 24:

 

  • Guillermo Del Toro and the author of Beasts of the Southern Wild are teaming up for a film of one of my other favorite children’s books, The Secret Garden.
  • Jeopardy! made a “Call Me, Maybe Joke.”
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from the NPR Music Tumblr

  • Fall Out Boy have reunited. To be honest, I didn’t even know that they had broken up.
  • It’s only the beginning of February, but I’m already calling Pacific Rim as being the Battleship of 2013.

I will absolutely see this, however, because it stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, two gentleman I am particularly fond of.

  • And finally, in honor of The Walking Dead returning on Sunday, the opening credits redone as a 80s sitcom: