Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Vacation Booked Edition

I have commitment issues. This has manifested itself in many aspects of my life, but most recently reared its head when it came to planning for my upcoming vacation. I am, by nature, an organized person. For me, sometimes planning a trip is almost as fun as actually going on the trip. I love exploring the different things to see, eat, and do when I am away from home. I have the Pinterest boards to prove it.

But getting me to actually commit to flights is always a struggle. When it comes to airfare, I’m always playing a game of chicken, hoping that the price of flights will drop further before I am willing to book. I’ve known that friends and I are going to Austin for months now, but I was convinced that I could get a better deal (not only do I like to maximize my time, but my dollars as well). This strategy is nerve-wracking and I wind up booking when I finally stress myself out enough to make a decision. This week, I was starting to put myself in a panic as flights were actually getting more expensive – not the trend I was looking for. I was worried that I was going to blow my travel budget before I even got to Austin, but then, like an angel from above, I found a tremendous deal. Even then I briefly hesitated, wondering if something better may come along. Much like Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler, I’m never satisfied. But then common sense prevailed and I made the purchase. Now my vacation is real and I can finally let myself get excited for it. It’s only three days off from work, but man do I need them.

Something else to get excited for – this week’s pop culture roundup. As always, I’ve tried to bring you the best that the world of pop has to offer. So while I scout Austin for the best breakfast tacos and BBQ, get yourself caught up on what you may have missed.

Television

 

Movies

Trailers

  • It:

 

  • Game of Thrones, season 7:

 

  • A teaser for The Defenders:

 

  • Dimension 404:

 

  • Preacher, season 2:

 

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword:

 

  • Silicon Valley, season 4:

 

  • War Machine:

 

  • Claws:

 

  • War for the Planet of the Apes:

 

  • Alien: Covenant:

 

  • Girlboss:

 

  • Ingrid Goes West:

 

  • The Mummy:

 

  • Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets:

 

  • Berlin Syndrome:

 

  • I Am Heath Ledger:

 

  • Unforgettable:

 

  • Get Me Roger Stone:

 

  • Annabelle Creation:

 

  • The Book of Henry:

 

  • A Dark Song

 

Music

Books

Stand-up

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Jack Nicholson getting mad montage:

 

  • It meets Cat in the Hat:

 

  • A side-by-side comparison of It (2017) and It (1990):

 

  • A soap opera comprised of only Katy Perry lyrics:

 

  • Chris Evans in a trailer for the fake biopic Dennis:

 

  • Billy on the Sesame Street:

 

  • This Spider-Man: Homecoming homemade trailer is pretty darn close to the original:

 

  • The Muppets cover 50 Cent’s “In the Club”:

 

 

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – R.I.P. Grantland edition

 

 

Last Friday I was minding my own business when some news came across Twitter that really bummed me out – ESPN was shutting down their sports and pop culture website Grantland. In retrospect the news wasn’t that shocking; Grantland founder Bill Simmons left the company under acrimonious circumstances and many of the top editors and writers at Grantland had already abandoned ship. It was unlikely that ESPN was going to cultivate a website that was so much a manifestation of the guy that they had just fired. But even though in my heart of hearts I knew Grantland’s days were already numbered, it didn’t make Friday’s announcement that Grantland was done effective immediately any easier.

Grantland was the type of website that I dreamed of working for. It was a one-stop shop for a plethora of great writers who wrote smart things about pop culture and sports. In essence, it would have been my dream job. Thanks to the talented people at Grantland, I discovered a lot of pop culture that I probably wouldn’t have necessarily taken the time to check out. The only reason that I binge watched – and loved – Mr. Robot was because Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan gushed about it on their Hollywood Prospectus podcast. I went to the Museum of Play in Rochester because of a piece written by Rembert Browne. Half the fun of watching the first season of True Detective was hearing what the Girls in Hoodies podcast would have to say about it. I didn’t always agree with Wesley Morris’ movie reviews, but he always had something thoughtful to say. I got my blast of nostalgia reading David Shoemaker’s posts on the WWE. The Grantland pop culture podcasts, as a collective, got me through many a late night drive from my own pop culture adventures. And now they are all gone.

The people that worked at Grantland will find other jobs – many already have – and I will follow them in their future endeavors. But there was just something so great about having them all housed in one space, bouncing ideas and opinions off each other, in what seemed like a pretty great community. My iTunes feed seems so empty without the latest installments of their podcasts. So before we get to the pop culture roundup, I wanted to pour one out for my peeps at Grantland. Your work meant something to me, not only as a pop culture consumer, but as an aspiring pop culture blogger. Grantland will be missed.

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And now….on to the pop culture roundup……

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Time for some trailers……..

  • AMC’s Preacher:

 

  • Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro in Dirty Grandpa:

 

  • Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa:

 

  • The Wiz Live!:

 

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in By The Sea:

 

  • Spike Lee’s CHI-RAQ:

 

  • A final trailer for The Peanuts Movie:

 

  • Patricia Arquette and David Zayas in The Wannabe:

 

  • WEtv’s South of Hell:

 

  • Sally Field in Hello, My Name Is Doris:

 

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip:

 

  • Over Your Dead Body:

 

  • James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Sound and the Fury:

 

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider:

 

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  • The Hocus Pocus kids also hung out:

 

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As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts…..

  • I cannot even begin the fathom what is going on with this Joe Jonas cover of Adele:

 

  • Sir David Attenborough narrates Adele’s video for “Hello”:

 

  • Bond villains love to laugh

 

  • All 24 Bond theme songs in under a minute:

 

  • The Inside Out emotions react to the new Star Wars trailer:

 

  • An “Is that all you’ve got?” supercut:

 

  • Cats in film:

 

  • Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney do a dramatic reading of “Hot Blooded”:

 

  • Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson sing “All I Ask”:

 

  • A mashup of Justin Bieber and Drake:

 

  • President Obama sings “Thriller”:

 

  • And finally, Batman vs. Superman syncs up nicely with The Force Awakens:

 

 

 

Random Tuesday

I have apparently developed ADD overnight, as my ability to focus on anything for any prolonged period of time has evaporated. I must have started three different blog posts and then lost interest in them as I jumped to other things.  I’m hoping is just a temporary condition because I really don’t enjoy feeling this scattered.  My brain feels like it is on speed today. It’s exhausting and I am getting nothing accomplished.

So if today’s post feels a little disjointed, it’s because it is. I’m mashing up all the disparate ideas that I had today into one post in an attempt to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. At some point this morning, all of these things crossed my mind but none of them really took hold. They’re all pop culture related, but don’t have much else in common.

  • The Met Gala was last night. This is the annual ball that The Metropolitan Museum holds to commemorate the opening of their new exhibit at the Costume Institute. Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue and the inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada, presides over the ball which is themed to sync with the exhibit being unveiled. This year’s theme was punk and it is pretty clear that looking at the pictures of the event that celebrities don’t really know what punk means. And I won’t even get into Kim Kardashian’s dress. Yowza. Kanye’s face says it all.
Photo from The Huffington Post

Photo from The Huffington Post

 

  • The mother of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, passed away in late April. While this is of course a sad event for the family, her obituary shows just how influence Groening drew from his personal life when he was creating the residents of Springfield. Lots of familiar names in there, but it makes me wonder what brother Mark did to be excluded.

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  • Happy birthday to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s classic song, “Baby Got Back,” which was released 21 years ago today. It hardly seems possible.

 

  • I would probably try this poutine soda if it were available in the U.S. I’m sure it is disgusting, but as a person who loves poutine I feel I’d be obligated to give it a shot. This logic is also what caused me to search for Lay’s chicken and waffle chips, were indeed gross.
  • What’s the name going to be for the new agency on Mad Men? SCDPCGS doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue. I’ve been thinking of alternatives since Sunday and I’ve got nothing.
  • You can get a free Redbox rental (May 7th only) with the code 7743RRRB. Despite the fact that I’ve seen pretty much everything, I found something to rent to take advantage of the deal.
  • I’m not a Star Trek fan, though I am going to see the new movie, but I can appreciate this commercial that brings old and new Spock together:

 

Hope your Tuesday is a lot less random than mine has shaped up to be.