Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Vacation Countdown Edition

I’m so excited – in less than a month I’ll be going on a much needed vacation. I haven’t taken more than a day off from work since last March and between the increased responsibility and stress at work and this long winter, I’m about ready to snap. As I told a co-worker, if I don’t get away for a while they are taking me out of the office in either handcuffs or a body bag. So thankfully for everyone, it’s only a few more weeks and threat level midnight for my mental health will hopefully be over. How bad is it? My boss, who recently had a major health scare, seems really concerned about how I’m doing. Not a good sign.

But thankfully, I have the blog and the world of pop culture to help me relax until I can get away. A few minutes surfing the web and reading up on television, music and movies and I forget briefly that I’m near my breaking point. And lucky for you, I save up all my pop culture therapy to share with you. So check out the plentiful bounty of pop culture goodness that is helping me bide my time until I’m enjoying sunshine and time with good friends.

  • Two of my favorites singing a duet for St. Patrick’s Day:


  • Some excerpts from McConaughey’s character notes for True Detective.
  • It was only a matter of time – Billy Dee Williams did a Star Wars themed cha cha on Dancing with the Stars:


  • Someone has put a sweet beat behind the Dean’s rap from last week’s Community:


  • Early reviews aren’t great, but they at least got the poster right:
  • If you are like me, you may need a refresher before the new season of Game of Thrones begins. This may help:


  • News to me – Danai Gurira (Michonne on The Walking Dead) is a playwright.
  • I am fascinated by Graph TV, which charts the ratings of TV shows by episode.


  • Jason Segel in a Krispy Kreme drive-thru. And I didn’t think I could love him any more.


  • A new Wu-Tang Clan single has dropped (NSFW):


  • Whoa. THIS is Walt from Lost looks like now:
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  • See Tom Hiddleston sing in The Pirate Fairy:


  • The NFL reportedly wants to fine M.I.A. $16 million for flipping the bird during the halftime show of the Superbowl (back in 2012). To recap – giving the middle finger is a major problem, but rape, murder and animal abuse are no big whoop.

Trailers! Get your trailers here:

  • Veep season 3!


  • Our first look at the James Brown biopic, Get On Up:


  • The Boondocks are back for season 4:


  • A featurette for Transcendence with Johnny Depp :


  • Kristen Wiig and Hailee Steinfeld in Hateship Loveship:


  • A maddeningly short teaser for season 7 of Mad Men:


  • A new trailer for Maleficent:


  • The Mazerunner:


  • I’m still conflicted about this, but check out the first teaser trailer for the 3-D Peanuts movie:


  • The final The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer has arrived:


As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  • The Dworf of Westeros (ignore the dumb title; it’s a Game of Thrones/Wolf of Wall Street mashup):


  • Patton Oswalt did a True Detective parody:


  • Someone mashed up the faces of Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence. The result is pretty impressive.
  • A University of Limerick student did a Wolf of Wall Street inspired campaign video for student body president:


  • A supercut of 1001 movies you must see before you die:


  • Watch Die Hard with Pugs:


  • Someone redid The Simpsons couch gag out of LEGOS


  • A Batman (comics)/True Detective mashup:


  • People are mashing up rap and the Thomas the Tank Engine theme song and it’s SPECTACULAR:




Why are they doing this? WHO CARES???


  • This supercut of Christopher Walken dancing made me smile:


  • And finally, I’m loving this King of the Hill/True Detective mashup:


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Hell Has Frozen Over Edition

Now, I don’t know for a fact that Hell has in fact frozen over, but I don’t see why it should be exempt from the deep cool that most of the United States has been plummeted into. This weather is ridiculous – part of western New York may get 80 inches of snow in the next few days. 80 inches! I didn’t even know that was possible! For someone who hates winter on a good year, I’m miserable beyond belief. I need to move.

I’m bouncing back from several weeks of computer issues – malware is no joke, my friends – so unfortunately this week’s pop culture roundup is not as thorough. There’s still plenty of good stuff in here to peruse when you are hibernating from these frigid temperatures. Kick back, grab some hot cocoa and catch up on what’s been going on in the world of pop:


  • It was only a matter of time: Jordan Belfort (the inspiration for The Wolf of Wall Street) is shopping a reality show.
  • Freed up from his commitments on Community, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) is going out on tour.
  • Marvel has released the first still for Guardians of the Galaxy:


  • How many times would The Wet Bandits die if Home Alone was real?


  • Forbes released their list of 30 Under 30 for arts and entertainment.
  • MythBusters is getting a spinoff, perhaps as a result of all the posts I’ve written about the show recently.
  • An A to Z guide to Abed’s pop culture references on Community.
  • A Girls parody involving cats? Sounds good to me:


  • Steven Seagal and Clay Aiken are both considering running for office (Arizona governor and Congress, respectively).
  • A recent Jeopardy! category forced Alex Trebek to rap:

Seriously – those were the easiest questions ever!

  • Ringo Starr and…the Powerpuff Girls?


Trailer Time:

  • This new Sundance Channel series Red Road looks promising:


  • The first promos for the late night changing of the guard at NBC have been released. First up, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

Too much Leno for me and I’m surprised Conan got any screen time at all.

  • Next up – Late Night with Seth Meyers:


  • A new promo for FOX’s The Following:


  • A new trailer for the second season of House of Cards:


  • A trailer for the Veronica Mars movie:


  • This documentary about Tom’s Restaruant in NYC, made famous by Seinfeld, looks interesting:


  • New footage from Spiderman 2:


  • The Raid 2:


  • Falling Downton Abbey:


  • Will Smith, Tyrese and the Crown Prince of Dubai all went skydiving. That sounds like the set-up to a joke, but it really happened.

And, as always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  • A tribute to dancing in movies (set to The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance” for extra awesomeness):


  • A supercut of Norm MacDonald being a terrible salesman:


  • A supercut of TV commercials of actors and actresses before they were famous:


  • A Psy/Lincoln Park mashup:


  • Leonardo DiCaprio: The Movie:



  • And finally – two of my absolute favorite things: The Breaking Bad opening credits done in the style of The Wire:


Stay warm, people!

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Comic Con Edition

One of the things on my pop culture bucket list that I’m dying to do is to attend Comic Con in San Diego. If you are unfamiliar with Comic Con, it is basically pop culture mecca; while the convention originally was focused primarily on comic books, it has morphed into a giant celebration of all things pop culture. It is the venue where tons of exciting news about television shows and movies is revealed and where die-hard fans congregate for the chance to see their favorite actors and directors at panels. If you love pop culture, it is something that you have to check out. It’s ridiculously popular and the people often have to camp out to get into the more popular panels, but I feel like it is something that I have to experience at least once if I am going to call myself a pop culture enthusiast. Perhaps next year.

But thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you don’t have to go to Comic Con to get all of the breaking news and scoop about your favorites. This week’s round-up is chocked full of nuggets from convention as well as some other pop culture goodness that happened in the last two weeks. I just saved you all a roundtrip ticket to California.

So kick back and peruse my bi-weekly summary of all things pop.

  • The biggest news of the Con in my opinion – Superman and Batman are going to be in a movie together!
  • Game of Thrones paid tribute to dead characters with an In Memoriam video (contains spoilers- duh):


  • NBC has released a trailer for Dracula:


  • Watch the entire X-Men: Days of Future Past Panel:


  • Neil deGrasse Tyson is rebooting Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.


  • Also Breaking Bad related – Walter White’s journey:


  • A How I Met Your Mother video from Comic Con. Amen, kids. Amen!


  • You can watch the entire HIMYM panel here.
  • A trailer for JJ Abrams’ new show Believe:


  • Sons season 6 promo – everyone looks really mad:


  • A new NSFW red band trailer for Kick-Ass 2 debuted at Comic Con:


  • A trailer for the new season of The Walking Dead:


  • A sneak peek of the Veronica Mars movie:


  • Metallica released a trailer for their upcoming film:


  • Watch the entire Marvel panel:


  • A Hannibal gag reel:


  • Trailer for season 2 of Arrow:


  • I’m still shocked by the sudden death of Cory Monteith. I long abandoned Glee, but he was always my favorite. Addiction is no joke, my friends. To remember him, one of my favorite performances from the show:


  • CBS has posted episodes of Swingtown, Jericho and Wolf Lake online.
  •  An article in Rolling Stone states that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will end after its 10th season. Glenn Howerton took to Twitter to say that might not be the case:


  • Watch Jon Hamm’s ESPY’s monologue:


  • As a political scientist who used to use “I’m Just a Bill” in her Into to American Government classes, I enjoyed Jimmy Kimmel’s Schoolhouse Rock parody:


  • Parks and Recreation has some great guest stars lined up for next season: Henry Winkler (in some inspired casting) and Kristin Bell.
  • Watch Jerry Seinfeld and Stephen Colbert (two of my faves) chat:


  • Britney Spears new music video for her song in Smurfs 2 features 2 cute co-stars – her sons:


  • Tumblr of the week: 99 Problems (illustrations of possible Jay Z problems)
  • Florence Welch is just like us – gets drunk and sings “Get Lucky”


  • A trailer for the 4th season of Boardwalk Empire:


  • Vampire Weekend covers “Blurred Lines”


  • Jason Momoa (Drago, GoT) has been cast in a new Sundance Channel show.
  • Dave Grohl joined Sha Na Na on stage during a Grease sing-a-long because Dave Grohl is awesome (and to the kids in the video – shut up! A legend is on drums):


  • A new trailer was released for Catching Fire:


  • Sacha Baron Cohen has quit the Freddie Mercury biopic. That’s too bad – that had promise.
  • Watch Jesse and the Rippers (John Stamos’ band from Full House) reunite on Fallon:


  • The Backstreet Boys have released a new acoustic single:


  • Beyoncé: gets hair caught in a fan during a concert, keeps singing.
  • R.I.P. Dennis Farina. As a tribute, here is a supercut of the actor saying the F word (NSFW, obviously):


Baby News!

  • Robin Thicke covers Icona Pop’s “I Love It”


  • Aaron Paul appeared on Beverly Hills, 90210:



  • Pearl Jam debuted some new songs at their concert at Wrigley Field:


  • Hear your first taste of the Elvis Costello and The Roots collaboration:


  • Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic” rewritten so it is actually ironic:


  • A thief stole a van full of band equipment for the band A Flock of Seagulls. The interesting part of this story is that A Flock of Seagulls is still a thing – I haven’t heard a peep out of them since the 1980s.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts

  • Blurring Pains


  • Bill Clinton sings “Blurred Lines” (a song that I am completely obsessed with):


  • “Ice Ice Baby” sung by the movies:


  • History gets a Game of Thrones makeover in this video of the building of the Capitol:


  • Some new mashups courtesy of Girl Talk. First up, A Michael Jackson/Daft Punk combination:


  • Kanye and Marilyn Manson (I really dig this one):


  • This is impressive – a reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz done a cappella with pop songs:


  • A Game of Hodor:


  • A supercut of people watching movies in the movies:


  • It’s Always Sunny in Pacific Rim:


  • And finally……A Cher/Golden Girls mashup? Spectacular!