Pop Culture Odds and Ends – I’m sick edition

So it turns out, dear readers, that I am indeed a mere mortal and occasionally I feel under the weather. Right now I’m battling either a nasty cold or a light flu; I’m not sure if it has made up its mind yet as to what it is. This has knocked me down for the count – my boss took one look at me yesterday and sent me home, where I slept most of the day and watched a lot of wedding-related programming which seems to comprise a lot of the daytime TV schedule. I’m feeling slightly better today, but I’m also hopped up on enough cold medicine to take down an ox. The good news is that I seem to have stopped coughing; the bad news is I’m exhausted walking from one room to the next.

However, I must soldier on. I couldn’t leave you without your pop culture roundup. That would be heresy. I just can’t guarantee that everything is spelled right and that the order of links makes total sense. I tried my best, but I can’t make any promises as to coherency. So while I try the difficult act of breathing without getting winded, kick back and enjoy the pop culture goodness that I’ve assembled.

  • Charlie Hunnam has quit the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation. I think this was a good career move for him, though he was the only reason I had any interest in the movie.
  • If you love those Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy commercials for Dodge as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that he made SEVENTY of them.
  • Watch Tom Hanks play around on a giant piano keyboard (with a little help from Sandra Bullock):

 

  • Bullock also showed off her rap skills:

 

  • The Simpsons will have guest vocals from Judd Apatow, Channing Tatum, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Seth Rogan.
  • File this under things that make you go hmmm….Japanese school kids perform “Day Man” from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

 

  • The A.V. Club has a story on an old favorite of mine, Homestar Runner.
  • Britney Spears’ new album has a name – her name.
  • The cast of Modern Family played Family Feud on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 

  • Lady Gaga and The Muppets are making a Christmas special. This could either be amazing or terrible. I don’t see any middle ground.
  • The showrunner for The Daily Show has left.

Trailers

  • Michael Bay and Starz are teaming up for a new pirate show:

 

  • Sarah Silverman’s new HBO special:

 

  • I’m really looking forward to Will Ferrell’s Spoils of Babylon mini-series on IFC

 

  • George Clooney and Matt Damon head up an all-star cast in Monument Men

 

  • This documentary on Calvin & Hobbes looks great

 

  • The trailer for Avalanche Sharks, SyFy’s newest terrible movie, has been released:

 

  • Ad Week has an interesting story on how much it costs to run a commercial on different TV shows.
  • The guy from Blur is working with actor Idris Elba on new music.
  • Elizabeth Berkley revisited her Saved By The Bell roots on Dancing with the Stars:

 

  • Alexander Skarsgard stars in the music video for Cut Copy’s “Free Your Mind.”

I would totally sign up for this cult.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • An Archer/Top Gun mashup:

 

  • Someone mad a Pokemon/King of the Hill crossover:

 

  • And finally, here’s a supercut that theorizes that Tom Hank’s career is just one long movie:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – No A/C Edition

So as I mentioned yesterday, I’m spending the week in training for my job. It somehow feels longer than a day at work, which may have something to do with the fact that we are trapped in a second floor classroom that doesn’t have any air conditioning. You read that right – 9 hours a day the second week of July in a room that doesn’t have a/c. The room doesn’t even have screens on the windows, which at least means some semblance of a breeze is generated when people swat flies away. It’s hard to concentrate on the finer points of project management when you are ready to pass out. I may just have to roll a cooler into class with me tomorrow.

While I consider options for beating the heat, enjoy your bi-weekly roundup of pop culture stories.

  • Jenny McCarthy is a possible new host on The View. There are multiple hosting seats available – Elizabeth Hasselbeck is headed to Fox News, Joy Behar is also leaving and Barbara Walters is retiring.
  • Ha! An Arrested Development fan put George Michal’s internal clock to the test:

Well played Arrested Development. Well played.

  • Dane Cook is going out on a stand-up tour, his first in four years. I saw him on his last tour; here’s to hoping he improved over the hiatus.
  • Chris Pratt is getting seriously ripped for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • I’m still sad that no one would take me to the Phish concerts last weekend; they did a first time ever cover of “Energy” by The Apples in Stereo:

 

  • Jay-Z’s domination continues – not only did he singlehandedly get the RIAA to change how they count sales, but the MTV movie awards are getting a special statue for their Brooklyn debut. I have no proof that Jay-Z had anything to do with the Moonman remodel; let’s just call it a hunch.
  • Speaking of Mr. Carter, turns out we share a cereal preference:

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  • Jerry Seinfeld did a Q&A with Jimmy Fallon’s audience:

 

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Universal theme park for Halloween, but now that they are doing a Cabin in the Woods themed maze I REALLY want to go. As you may recall, I was a fan of that movie.
  • Chucky’s back – a new Child’s Play film will come out this fall:

 

  • A new poster for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake has been released:

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I’m still not totally on board with this project.

Firth deserves better. This Mr. Darcy is CREEEPPPPPYYYY

Firth deserves better. This Mr. Darcy is CREEEPPPPPYYYY

 

  • This slowed down version of the Seinfeld theme is kind of terrifying:

 

  • Pearl Jam announced a North American tour this fall. In other news, I will be traveling to Buffalo, Worchester, Brooklyn, Philly, Hartford or Baltimore this fall on “unrelated” business.
  • James Gandolfini’s legendary generosity continues after his passing; the actor left $500,000 to a friend with an autistic son.
  • David Beckham’s career recreated in LEGOs is impressive:

 

  • The Flintstones and Hong Kong Phooey may get revamps. My childhood continues to get ravaged.
  • Tumblr of the week: Icorns (celebrities as corn on the cob)
  • Anchorman gets the 8 bit treatment:

 

  • Spongebob makes everything better:

 

  • Turns out that I’m not the only person that noticed the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show “curated” by Usher featured…..well, a lot of Usher.
  • These Game of Thrones mini LEGO figures would look nice to my Walter White and Omar Little figure on my desk. It is really amazing that they give me any responsibility at work – between the bobbleheads, Yankee paraphernalia and other toys, my office doesn’t exactly scream professionalism.
  • I can’t decide if this maid of honor toast is fantastic or terrible. One the positive side, it is original and memorable. Negatives are that it takes attention away from the bride and it is hard to understand. You decide.

 

  • Businessweek (of all places) has an infographic comparing how much money rappers say they have vs. how much money they actually have. Pitbull – your pants might be on fire.
  • Set your DVRs everyone – SyFy debutes Sharknado tomorrow night ( and who doesn’t love a tornado comprised of sharks?).
  •  Is it plagiarism if you steal from yourself? Aaron Sorkin likes to recycle his own dialogue:

 

  • Tomorrow (Thursday) is 7/11 day – head to your local franchise of the convenience store for a free Slurpee.
  • I’m bummed that there is a rift between the band members of The Civil Wars. I like them.
  • Jessica Simpson gave birth to a baby boy, her second child in 14 months. If a celebrity gives birth and no one cares, did it really happen?

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

  • All the coffee and pie scenes from Twin Peaks

 

  • Johnny Depp does enjoy making weird faces:

 

  • Kevin James sure does fall down a lot:

 

  • A supercut of movie trailers that use the cliché “one man” reference:

 

When does the “in a world” supercut come out?

  • You thought I was out of “Get Lucky” mashups? You would be wrong:

 

  • Actually you would be doubly wrong:

 

  • A Game of Thrones/Gotye mashup (includes major spoilers if you haven’t watched season one yet)

 

  • I totally love this Kanye West/Depeche Mode mashup:

 

  • This Ginuwine/Kill Paris/Daft Punk mashup ain’t bad either:

 

  • This is outstanding – a mashup of The Lumineers “Ho Hey” and Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray impersonation:

 

  • And finally, this may be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen: a “Blurred Lines”/The Cosby Show mashup:

 

 

Stay cool, my friends.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Bated Breath Edition

I’m on pins and needles this week as the Major League Baseball regular season comes to a chaotic end. The introduction of an additional wild card slot has thrown everything into a tizzy. The Yankees are definitely in the playoffs, but are still playing for postseason position. I scored tickets to the first Yankee home game of the American League Division Series, but I still don’t know when the game will be (or if the Yankees will get that far) which means I have to keep the next week open to suddenly jet off to the Bronx. I know, I know – these are first world problems. Thankfully I have an awesome boss who’s OK with me skipping work if necessary.  But for someone who is a planner and a little type A, I’m ready for this to be all sorted out.

So while I root against the Orioles, here’s your biweekly round up of pop culture nuggets:

  • So we have our Oscar host and it’s kind of a surprise – Family Guy and Ted’s Seth MacFarlane. I’d better get over my freaking out about Brian the dog’s voice coming out of a human by then.
  • I went to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film The Master on Monday night and I’m still not sure what I think about it. The performances were great, but I’m working through the story and what it all means. That movie may be smarter than I am. I’m more a Boogie Nights kind of girl.
  • Some info has been released on the new S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot from Joss Whedon.
  • *Shameless plug* My friend (and pretend cousin) Chris is building and trying to raise funding to develop an app called plygrnd.es for iOS/Android that helps you discover nearby playgrounds and add new ones to share with your friends. You can check it out here.
  • In honor of my newfound love of Once Upon a Time, here’s some Hipster Disney Princesses

 

  • This doesn’t make me happy; Fargo is going to be a TV show. At least the Coen brothers are involved. That gives me some small solace.
  • Taylor Swift really seems to be more trouble than she is worth.
  • Aw man. If you thought I was addicted to the penguin cam, I’m in big trouble with this. Pumpkin (my cat) is not a fan.
  • True confession: I have had “Gangnam Style” stuck in my head all week, thanks to the Dancing With the Stars promos running on ABC that use the song.
  • Big week for Boardwalk EmpireSesame Street did a parody of it. Feast your eyes on “Birdwalk Empire”

 

  • Meryl Streep is in talks to join the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway play Into the Woods. I love this play, so I’m anxious to see the movie.
  • Patton Oswalt will be appearing on Justified season 4. I like Oswalt a lot; he’s a great comedian and actor. If you haven’t seen him in Big Fan, it’s definitely worth a look.
  • Neil Patrick Harris is writing a memoir. I expect it will be legend…wait for it
  • Someone spliced together every on-air drink on Mad Men. Bottoms up!

 

  • If you are a fan of the TV show Louie, you may get a kick out of the parody twitter account @FakeLouieEps. It’s just what it sounds like – pitches for future (fake) episodes of the show. Hilarious. I should get into the parody twitter account business.
  • Also hilarious – this mash up of Breaking Bad and Calvin and Hobbes (Breaking Calvin).
  • This clown collection is legitimately my worst nightmare. You know who liked clowns? John Wayne Gacy. Thanks to all you hilarious people who sent me this video. You are real comedians.

 

  •  I loved the trailer for the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Glad to see Haley Joel Osment is still around.

 

  • Speaking of replacements – Mike Love apparently kicked a bunch a people out of The Beach Boys. They found out from a press release.
  • ….ary! Definitely legendary.
  • Poor Justin Bieber. Throwing up on stage is no way to kick off a tour (video is available if you need it)
  • And finally, in advance of my review of Taken 2 on Friday, here’s Liam Neeson: The Musical!