Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Epic Roundup edition

So it appears I went a little overboard this week with the links; I was freaking out that I was behind schedule on this post and just started plugging away in compiling links. Next thing you know, the document was nine pages long. I guess I just kind of lost track of what I was doing. So while you wade through all the pop culture goodness I’ve cultivated for you over the last two weeks, I’m going to consider taking a nap after a job well done.

  • Chris Brown is facing possible jail time after an alleged hit and run incident. That’s kind of like getting Al Capone on tax evasion.
  • Don Draper’s childhood home is a real place (and for sale), though it was heavily CGIed for Mad Men. Michael Jackson’s Thriller video and scenes from Chinatown were filmed in the same neighborhood.
  • Get off the ledge – Robert Downey, Jr. is confirmed for Avengers 2 and Avengers 3.
  • Breaking Bad is the latest TV show to get its own beer. Anyone in Albuquerque want to send me some?
  • Um….am I the only one that finds it odd that they are using an Eminem song in the trailer for Despicable Me 2?

 

  • Starz has officially announced a new series Outlander, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon. Not sure it is for me, but sounds interesting.
  • No shocker here – Dan Harmon finally watched the 4th season of Community and he wasn’t a fan.
  • Flavor Flav’s last chicken and ribs restaurant has closed. Fun fact – Flavor Flav is inexplicably one of my Twitter followers (Word up, Flavor FLAV!).
  • Stephen Colbert’s mother passed away last week. If you haven’t seen his touching tribute to her, it is a must watch. I bawled through the whole thing.

 

  • The national nightmare is over – Twinkies, Ho Hos and the rest of the Hostess cake family will return to shelves July 15. I’m guessing the people who dropped a ton of cash to stock up are feeling kind of foolish right now.
  • Someone (brave) got an Arrested Development inspired license plate:

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  • The Faceblock App from the new episodes of Arrested Development can now be downloaded.
  • Shark Week is coming in August – and if this promo is an indication, it’s going to be particularly twisted. RIP Snuffy.

 

  • CNN breaks down the accuracy of the recent Lifetime movie on Jodi Arias (which yes, I watched). Good job CNN – no worldwide crises you should be covering.
  • Nick Swisher and his actress wife Joanna Garcia have released the first picture of their baby daughter and she is just precious:

 

Welcome to the world, Emerson Jay!

Welcome to the world, Emerson Jay!

 

  • Finally! One of Taylor Swift’s (alleged) exes has (allegedly) written a song about her. Oh John Mayer – I knew you were the one that was douchey enough to do this and I love you for it.
  • Jon Stewart was on the Egyptian version of The Daily Show. It switches over to English about 2.5 minutes into the interview

 

I’m still reeling from the death of James Gandolfini and am touched with the various ways he has been honored:

  • The New York Yankees took a moment to observe his passing:

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  • Holsten’s Ice Cream, the locale for the final scene of The Sopranos, saved a table in his honor:

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  • Sesame Street posted a clip of his 2002 appearance:

 

  • Gary David Goldberg, creator of Family Ties and Spin City, passed away. Michael J. Fox remembers him.
  • I’m regretting that I didn’t go to the Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival – it happened only a hop, skip and a jump away in North Adams, MA. I’m especially bummed I missed Wilco’s all cover set, but now I can listen to it online in its entirety.

 

  • Happy 50th birthday to Georgios Kyriacos Panagiòtou (George Michael to the uninitiated).  In honor of half a century, here’s one of my favorite songs:

 

  • A new poster has been released for the final season of Breaking Bad (did anyone else internally yell out Fame? Just me? Moving on….)

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  • Men’s Wearhouse has fired their founder (and star of their commercials). I’m guessing they didn’t like the way he looks.
  • The Village Voice has an interview with my favorite member of The Roots, Questlove.
  • A Street Fighter parody – with cats. My Pumpkin would dominate in this.

 

  • Among the new Houseguest on this season of Big BrotherRachel’s sister (if you watched the show, you know what this means).
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was really exceptional last week – great guests and fun bits – but this Super Mario Brother’s rap is really fantastic:

 

  • Speaking of…this photo makes me deliriously happy:

Rob Stringer Honored As UJA-Federation Music Visionary Of 2013

 

  • The first episode of the Stephen King miniseries Under the Dome did very well for CBS. The rich get richer.
  • An infographic of Leonardo DiCaprio movies.

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  • The first trailer for the upcoming Lego movie has been released:

 

  • This screencap pretty much sums up the 90s:

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  • Parks and Recreation will kick off its sixth season with an hour long episode that takes place outside Pawnee.
  • Disney has (thankfully) decided to change the name of the upcoming Muppets sequel from The Muppets…..Again! to Muppets Most Wanted.

 

  • Ridley Scott. Cormac McCarthy. Brad Pitt. Michael Fassbender. Penelope Cruz. Javier Bardem. Cameron Diaz. All associated with one movie – The Counselor

 

  • The actor in this character might look familiar – he was the awful Oliver on The O.C.

 

  • OK – I PROMISE this is the last Kanye-related thing this week. He made a terrible short film to promote his new album Yeezus that features fellow Kardashian baby daddy Scott Disick and Kim BFF Jonathan Cheban. They are not great actors, but this is kind of hilarious since Disick has always given off an American Psycho vibe. Glad to see he owns his sociopathic-ness.

 

  • This isn’t really pop culture related, but it’s far too crazy not to share (and it happened a few towns over from me).

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts

  • Here’s montage of famous movie actresses, edited to make their heads explode

 

  • Wonder what it would be like if John Lennon auditioned for The Voice? Wonder no longer

 

  • I’m still not tired of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky;” listen to it performed by President Obama:

 

  •  A supercut of all of Troy McClure’s credits on The Simpsons

 

  • Jon Snow gets an 80’s style training montage, as it should be:

 

  • This supercut seems to indicate that David Letterman is kind of obsessed with drums:

 

  • A supercut of zombie headshots

 

  • And finally – Hannibal’s open credits get an Arrested Development make-over:

 

Have a great week!

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Get Out the Broom Edition

So the Yankees lost again last night, putting them one more loss away from elimination. At this point I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they are swept by the Tigers – even though our ace C.C. Sabathia is pitching tonight, he probably won’t get any run support. This team makes me mad.

Only one team has ever come back from this sort of deficit to make it to the World Series – the 2004 Boston Red Sox, after what is often referred to as one of the biggest chokes in sports. The team that collapsed, allowing the Red Sox to go on and end their World Series drought, taking away my favorite sports chant of all time (“1918”)?

The New York Yankees. Sigh.

On to more positive things. Here’s your biweekly roundup of pop culture stories you may have missed.

  • Questlove of The Roots and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will be teaching a class at NYU.
  • R. Kelly is bringing you twenty more chapters of Trapped in the Closet. I’ve got some catching up to do.
  • The trailer for the wholly unnecessary Carrie remake has been released:

 

  • I don’t normally watch Raising Hope, but this might be enough to get me to tune in – Christopher Lloyd will make an appearance in a DeLorean. Great Scott!
  • Jim Carey is in discussions with Lorne Michaels (SNL) to star in Loomis Fargo, based on a real life armored car heist.
  • Marinate on this – Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers is 50.
  • This weekend during football, one TV at the bar was turned to Felix Baumgartner’s space jump. It wasn’t all that impressive and seemed like a tremendous waste of money. But if you missed it, you can check out the Lego recreation:

 

  • Bill Murray continues to live an awesome life – he recently crashed a kickball league. He also loves the movie Roadhouse. He is full of surprises.
  • Imagine this – you go to get on the subway in NYC and there is Rick Springfield leading a sing-a-long of “Jessie’s Girl.” That’s what happened last Wednesday. I like the song, especially for its proper use of the word moot.
  • The New Yorker has a profile of historical fiction writer Hilary Mantel. I had trouble getting into Wolf Hall, but I’m determined to revisit and and see if a second attempt goes more smoothly. Her choice to write in the third person was a challenge for me, but since I am fascinated by this time period, it’s worth another go.
  • Grub Street has compiled the best lines from the roast of Anthony Bourdain (they roast chefs? There has got to be a joke in there somewhere).
  • Speaking of Bourdain, the finale of No Reservations (airing on November 5th) finds Bourdain sampling the cuisine of Brooklyn (Crown Heights) with his special tour guide Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire)
  • It’s a pairing that has been fruitful in the past – Ben Affleck is in talks to adapt the newest Dennis Lehane novel, Live By Night. Affleck made his directorial debut with another Lehane adaptation, Gone Baby Gone.
  • Presented without comment – they are making a new version of Little Rascals featuring one of the little girls from Toddlers and Tiaras (NOT Honey Boo Boo)
  • As if I wasn’t already excited enough for the premiere of American Horror Story tonight, Ian McShane (Deadwood’s Al Swearengen) will be appearing this season.
  • You can stream the new Kanye West song “White Dress” online. It will appear on the upcoming soundtrack for the film The Man With the Iron Fists.
  • ABC is going to make a comedy starring Michael Bolton. Yes – THAT Michael Bolton who is, in the words of Office Space, a “no talent ass-clown.”
  • Someone put together a supercut of celebrities that have appeared on the various Law & Order franchises:

 

  • R.I.P. Alex Karras. Though he was probably best known as a longtime member of the Detroit Lions football team, he will always be Webster’s dad to me.
  • This really needs no further explanation  – Christopher Walken reads lines from Honey Boo Boo:

 

  • Rebel Wilson has landed a deal to write, act and produce a yet untitled project at Universal.
  • This sounds like one of the levels of hell to me, but Regal Cinemas are doing an all-day marathon of all the Twilight movies for $20 on November 15 to coincide with the release of the final film.
  • It’s only one episode into the third season, but I already feel like Walking Dead has fixed some of the problems that plagued the second season. I’m cautiously optimistic.
  • File this under totally random – Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Pierce Brosnan were hanging out together at a Radiohead concert.
  • Amber Tamblyn and David Cross were married last week at what looks to be a pretty cool wedding. Even though I was too old for the books or the movies, I somehow think it’s nice that all the girls from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films attended.
  • At a recent Peter Gabriel concert at the Hollywood Bowl, John Cusack came on stage and handed Gabriel a boom box during “In Your Eyes.” Awesome.
  • Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian-Odom will join the X-Factor as hosts. Still not watching.
  • Snoop Dogg Lion is now a spokesman for hot pockets

Hard to believe this guy was once on trial for murder. This may be the most non-gangsta thing I’ve ever seen.

  • Harper Lee, the author of my favorite book To Kill a Mockingbird, penned a letter to Oprah about her love of books. This reminds me that I am overdue for another read through of this classic.
  • Since the last round up, another celebrity couple has decided to separate – Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito call it quits after 30 years of marriage.
  • Hugh Jackman, dressed as Wolverine, doing “Gangnam Style” with Psy – it happened!
  • Tunes by Frank Sinatra and Adele make the list of most requested funeral songs. Is this a British thing? I don’t think I’ve ever been at a funeral where there were pop songs played. Is this something I should be worrying about?
  • Someone made a documentary about the 80s television show (and Nickelodeon staple) You Can’t Do That on Television. Why? I don’t know. *slime*
  • I’m on a quest to try the limited edition Candy Corn Oreos, but can’t seem to find them anyplace. I refuse to order them online, as they were $12 a package and I’m sure they aren’t that good. If anyone seems them in the Capital Region, let me know.
  • And finally, someone wrote a love song that is chock full of Arrested Development references: