Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Jimmy Took Over The Tonight Show Edition

It finally happened – Jay Leno (hopefully) went off into the sunset and blog favorite Jimmy Fallon took over the reins of The Tonight Show. I’ve only been able to see one show so far, but I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen. He seems to be keeping the same general show that he had when he was doing Late Night, which I think is a good thing. I’ll just be happy when he finally takes over his real time slot – starting the show at midnight to accommodate the Olympics is just late enough that I can’t justify staying up to watch it live. I cannot tell you how nervous I was watching the first show of his Tonight Show tenure; I think I would have been less nervous if I was up there telling jokes.

But the succession in late night isn’t the only thing that has been going on in the world of pop culture; despite the long shadow that the Olympics has shined over the landscape, a lot has been happening in the last two weeks. While you’ve been busy watching curling, I’ve been compiling all the links that you might have missed. So here’s your biweekly cheat sheet on some of the stories that you might have missed:

  • In honor of the man of the hour, here are 39 facts about Fallon. Please note the mention of College of St. Rose, which I drive by every day on my way to work.
  • See a 17 year old Jimmy in his first stand up performance:

 

  • Here’s Jimmy’s Saturday Night Live audition:

 

  • What does Conan think of all this? Classy as always:

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  • Stephen Colbert is now the First Lady of France:

 

His logic is flawless.

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  • There will be a mini-Seinfeld reunion on TV Land’s Kirstie, which is still not enough to get me to watch Kirstie.

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  • Check out Walter White’s Facebook Look Back video:

 

  • There is just so much to love in the Kraft mac and cheese ad:

 

Vanilla Ice as a stock boy? TOTALLY believable.

 

  • If you enjoyed the movie as much as I did, you’ll get a kick out of The LEGO Movie “blooper” reel:

 

  • See Will Arnett read school closings as Batman:

 

  • Scrubs may also head to Broadway. TV shows aren’t cancelled – they just become fodder for musicals.
  • A visual guide to who owns the movie rights to various Marvel characters:

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  • The star of the National Geographic reality show, Snake Salvation, died from a snake bite. That’s some M. Night Shyamalan stuff right there – who saw THAT coming?
  • A full list of the BAFTA winners (aka the British Oscars).
  • See Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Ryu from Street Fighter in this clip from The Pete Holmes Show:

 

  • Channing Tatum has a bust of Matthew McConaughey. I absolutely need one of these for my living room.

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  • Check out this Parenthood/Friday Night Lights crossover on this NBC webseries:

 

  • While I’m still very bummed about Derek Jeter’s retirement, you have to admit that his dating history is pretty dang impressive:

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  • Even I am not immune to the charms of the Jamaican bobsled team and their theme song.

Trailers:

  • The first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer debuted last night:

 

  • Jake Gyllenhaal has a dual role in The Double:

 

  • A teaser for the 2nd season of Inside Amy Schumer:

 

  • Tom Hardy in Locke:

 

  • Christopher Meloni in Surviving Jack, a new sitcom at FOX:

 

  • A trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black. I can’t wait!!

 

  • John Cusack in Drive Hard

 

  • Nicolas Cage in Joe:

 

  • An extended trailer for the Spanish language version of Breaking Bad:

I’d watch that.

 

  • The Purge: Anarchy:

 

  • A teaser trailer for the new season of Veep:

 

As always, we wrap up with the mashups and supercuts

  • The same goes for Sesame Street’s answer to Flappy Birds – Flappy Bert.
  • I love this New Orleans style cover of Guns N Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

 

  • This couple breaks up – using 154 movie titles:

 

  • A supercut of hit songs from 2000, which appears to have been a very dark time for music:

 

  • A supercut of cats in movies:

 

  • As a former Greek, I was amused by this The Wolf of Wall Street parody, The Wolf of Phi Psi:

 

  • And finally, Billy Ray Cyrus has redone Achy Breaky Heart as a hip-hop jam. For reals, people:

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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

 

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

 

Stay warm, people!

And the winner is……

I’m most likely not going to be officially back until tomorrow (don’t get promoted kids – it will wreak havoc with your ability to blog), but I wanted to stop in and announce the winner of my summer viewing project. It was a close race; the television program that received the most votes beat out two other shows by just a single vote. But with 99% percent of the precincts reporting, I feel that I can confidentially call this race. The program that I will spend this summer watching is (drum roll please…………)

SHAMELESS!

Now that the crowd-sourcing of my viewing is over, I can admit that this is one of the shows that I was kind of hoping would win. All the shows on the list, with the exception of Duck Dynasty, are shows that I do eventually want to watch, but some I was more excited for than others. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Shameless and the show comes with the benefit that is has only 3 seasons of 12 episodes each, which is a lot less daunting than catching up on multiple seasons of a network show like The Good Wife. In this case, 36 episodes >90 episodes.

If you aren’t familiar with Shameless, it airs on Showtime and is a remake of a British show of the same name. The show stars William H. Macy and, according to Wikipedia, it “follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves.”

Thank you to those of you that took the time to vote and congrats to the Shameless boosters who have successfully determined how I will spend my summer. I may still try some of the other shows on the list, but it will depend on what my summer schedule looks like. Once I watch all three seasons of Shameless, I’ll report back with some thoughts.

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