Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Spring Break Edition

My Facebook feed this week has been filled with vacation photos from all my friends who are enjoying spring break and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. I’m about a month away from my vacation and I’ve been so busy lately that I could use a few days of R&R. Of course most of my friends are vacationing with their children who are on break, so I’m not sure how relaxing their vacations actually are. Family trips are always an adventure – whether you want them to be or not.

So while I long for a few days off, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup. A perfect way to kill a morning if you are taking a staycation.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Detroit:

 

  • The Little House:

 

  • The Bad Batch:

 

  • American Assassin:

 

  • Bloodline, final season:

 

  • Drone:

 

  • Netflix’s Dear White People:

 

  • 6 Days:

 

  • Orphan Black, season 5:

 

  • The Hero:

 

  • Beatriz at Dinner:

 

  • Outlander, season 3:

 

  • Gotham:

 

  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard:

 

  • Wakefield:

 

  • Krypton:

 

  • Lost in London:

 

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

 

  • Wizard of Lies:

Music

Theater

Stand-up

Books

Odds and Ends

The first time Jasmine's favorite character, Pikachu came to visit her months ago she was only crawling. For Easter Sunday @laurenhashianofficial and I thought, Pikachu should make a special visit once again. Well, Pikachu didn't account for the fact that now Jazzy RUNS and for 2hrs straight she wants to play her new favorite game, "I run away and you chase me Pikachu. And you're not allowed to take a break until I go night night". At the end of the vid you can hear her yell, "Peekyu" because she can't say, Pikachu. I'm tired, today's my only day off, it's 118 degrees in this costume and Hobbs keep trying to p*ss on my leg. And I luv every minute of it. Bring it on. It's what daddy's do. Happy Easter to you guys and enjoy your families. #Rockachu #DaddyPuttinInWork #TheGameThatNeverEnds #PikachuLooksBloated

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Mashups and Supercuts

  • Riz Ahmed and James Corden had a rap battle:

 

  • A Rick and Morty mod for Grand Theft Auto V:

 

  • A heavy metal cover of “Dancing Queen”:

 

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 takes on Stranger Things:

 

  • The Force Awakens mashed up with The Last Jedi:

 

  • Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon take their feud to the not so friendly skies:

 

  • Classic love and heartbreak songs as Stephen King novels:

 

  • La La Land mashed up with lots of songs:

 

  • Doug Funnie sings “Throw Some D’s”:

The Return of Stephen Colbert

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It seems like forever since Stephen Colbert was a regular fixture on my television; The Colbert Report aired its final episode way back in December of 2014, which seems like a lifetime ago. I’ve missed him as a part of my daily viewing and while he’s been around in various forms on social media outlets, it hasn’t been quite the same. So I’m excited about the fact that his tenure on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert begins tonight; I’m ready to once again have my daily dose of Colbert.

Of course, most of the world primarily knows Stephen Colbert as “Stephen Colbert,” the character that he created who was a right-wing pundit that looked up to Bill O’Reilly. After doing that character for nearly a decade, he’ll be hosting The Late Show as himself. That might be a change for some people, but I think that they will be delighted with who he really is. I’ve had limited exposure to Colbert out of character, but he’s proven himself to be a charming, funny and delightful man and I think audiences will agree.

Ironically, when I saw Colbert “out of character” he was interviewing the man that he’ll once again be in direct competition with – a man by the name of Jimmy Fallon. Colbert is involved with the Montpellier Film Festival and for the last four years has participated in their main fundraiser, where he sits down and talks one on one with a famous person (Jon Stewart was his guest the first year, Steve Carrell did it last year and this year’s guest is J.J. Abrams). Even though going to Newark is never high on anyone’s list, I made the drive to see Colbert and Fallon and had a fabulous time. It was the first glimpse that I had of Colbert when he wasn’t being “Stephen Colbert” and he seemed to be warm and genuine and just a hell of a nice guy. I always liked the persona that he created for The Colbert Report, but seeing him just do his thing using his own identity was just as entertaining. When Colbert came out to speak with the audience before the taping of The Colbert Report that I attended, he only reinforced my good impression of him. So when it was announced that he’d be taking over for Letterman, I wasn’t wringing my hands like some observers about America adjusting to him as himself. If America doesn’t like Stephen Colbert when he isn’t being “Stephen Colbert,” then I weep for America. Because Stephen Colbert has proven to be nothing but awesome when I’ve seen him.

My concern, if you can even call it that, is that The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is entering an already pretty saturated late night talk show field. Letterman has his own loyal audience that had been with him for years, but those people have had all summer to find other viewing options. The Tonight Show has become something of a ratings juggernaut, so I don’t envy anyone having to go head to head with that. I think Colbert already understands that he’s going to have to play the social media game to stay competitive; I don’t know how many people actually watch The Tonight Show every night, but people share the YouTube videos of the show’s funniest moments. The Tonight Show has totally figured out how to use social media to court younger viewers and keep people engaged with the show even if they don’t stay up to watch it (or DVR it every night like I do). The Late Show with Stephen Colbert would be smart to take a similar approach. The fact that Colbert did a web series over the summer is a good indication that they have already embraced this strategy. Despite the apparent friendship between Fallon and Colbert – both appeared on each other’s shows many times – The Tonight Show isn’t pulling any punches the first week that Fallon and Colbert go head to head; The Tonight Show has booked Jimmy’s BFF Justin Timberlake and everyone’s “favorite” presidential candidate Donald Trump, both of whom are guaranteed to get a lot of attention. I just hope that people don’t write off The Late Show if it doesn’t do amazingly in the ratings from the very beginning.

Even though I’ve been a vocal supporter (that’s probably an understatement) of Fallon and his various late night shows, I’m still planning to also DVR Colbert and The Late Show every night. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to do this, especially with The Daily Show returning at the end of the month, but I’m more than ready to give Colbert a fair shake. Best case scenario – The Late Show is fabulous and pushed The Tonight Show to be even better. That’s a win/win for everyone, expect maybe Jimmy Kimmel. I’ve already snatched up my tickets to see The Late Show in October; hopefully I don’t injure myself on the way to this taping. I’m pretty underwhelmed with the new crop of fall TV shows this year, so there may be more room on the DVR for multiple late night shows in my regular rotation. I love The Tonight Show, but if The Late Show dazzles me, I would consider switching my allegiance to team Late Show.

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We’ll have to see how this all plays out. I’m sure The Tonight Show is quaking in its boots over this.

Best of luck to Stephen Colbert and the rest of The Late Show crew tonight. I look forward to seeing what they have in store for us.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 pm on CBS.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Heather’s Frustrated Edition

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So I’m still sidelined with this stupid sprained ankle and I’m starting to lose my patience with this whole experience. This morning I woke up and cried a little, frustrated that I’m in some pain and that this continues to be a disruption to my life. I’m beginning to think that I’ll never feel 100% ever again and I’m ready for this to no longer be a topic of conversation. I just want to go back to normal and not have to curtail my activities; for someone like me who is always on the go and prides herself on her independence, this is a tough pill to swallow. Now of course I know that this is not even that serious of an injury and that there are others that have it so much worse than me. But I’m also allowed to be over this entire situation. I know I just have to give it time, but this is slowly driving me crazy. I’m looking forward to the day when my limp suddenly disappears like Keyser Soze:

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But at least the pop culture roundup was something of a distraction this week; you can’t be sad and annoyed when you’ve fully immersed yourself in all that the world of pop has to offer. So while I look into magic cures that will get me back on my feet again and walking around like a normal person, catch up on all the pop culture that you may have missed in the last seven days.

Quentin Tarantino sat down for a lengthy conversation with New York Magazine.

Captain Obvious George R.R. Martin says that HBO might finish Game of Thrones before him.

Anna Kendrick was interviewed by Elle magazine.

There have been some new developments in the case from Serial.

A believed dead Game of Thrones character (no, not THAT one) was spotted in Belfast (spoilers).

Stephen Colbert announces his full slate of guests for the first week of The Late Show.

Colbert was interviewed by GQ.

Don’t look for Superman in Suicide Squad.

Alfre Woodard may join Netflix’s Luke Cage series.

Perhaps in solidarity with me, Jimmy Fallon injured himself again.

ABC has ordered a pilot for Marvel’s Most Wanted, which is based around Mockingbird.

Bruce Willis may or may not have been fired from Woody Allen’s latest movie.

Jeremy Renner is skeptical that an Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover will happen.

The Rock to star in a movie based on Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride.

Here’s the Rock dancing:

 

Missy Elliott will be an advisor for Pharrell’s team on The Voice.

Lea Seydoux will star opposite Channing Tatum in Gambit.

James Franco and Bryan Cranston to star in Why Him?

Kanye West will receive the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs.

Here’s who is performing at the VMAs.

Fear The Walking Dead is the most watched series premiere in cable TV history.

Coming soon…..Star Wars soup cans.

Hulu has ordered a pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

The unstoppable Shonda Rhimes has sold another show to ABC.

The director of CITIZENFOUR will do a documentary series on Julian Assange.

John Mayer and The Grateful Dead are doing a ten city tour (including Albany – YAY!).

Fans discovered a Friends subplot that was scrapped after 9/11.

The owner of the Goonies house in Oregon has had it with visitors.

Fox has picked up a comedy from the producers of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Katherine Heigl will join the CBS drama Doubt.

Christian Bale will play Enzo Ferrari.

This post describes what it’s like to be an extra on Game of Thrones.

Bill Simmons, formerly of ESPN, will drop a new podcast on October 1st.

Jon Stewart seems to be enjoying his retirement:

 

J.K. Rowling likes a fan theory about Dumbledore.

NBC has ordered a “sexy soapy Cain and Abel story.” I have no idea what that means and I don’t really want to find out.

Steven Spielberg shut down the idea of an animated Jurassic Park series.

Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs and Chris Gethard to star in Mike Birbiglia’s new film.

The new Ghostbusters reboot has plenty of girl power both in front of the camera and behind it.

One Direction is planning on taking an extended hiatus.

Ruth Kearney will be the female lead in Will Arnett’s Netflix comedy.

The Foo Fighters Rick Rolled the Westboro Baptist Church:

 

It’s the 90s all over again – members of Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Guns N’ Roses and Screaming Trees have formed a Stooges cover band.

Rayanne from My So-Called Life is now a Countess.

Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm once hosted an “Emmy Losers” party.

Time for some trailers……

Gotham, season two:

 

Dark Places:

 

Two new teasers for the new season of AHS: Hotel:

 

 

Kill Your Friends:

 

Mickey Rourke in Ashby:

 

Andy Samberg in a promo for the Emmys:

 

Ash vs. Evil Dead:

 

A trailer for Banksy’s latest installation, Dismaland:

 

Supergirl:

 

The Final Girls:

 

Hellions:

 

Hell & Back:

 

The creator of UnREAL is developing a series about the NYC restaurant business.

Vin Diesel confirms an xXx sequel starts filming in December.

Rod Man, the winner of last season’s Last Comic Standing, has a development deal for a sitcom at NBC.

Debra Winger has joined Ashton Kutcher’s Netflix series.

Captain America: Civil War has wrapped shooting.

People are naming their kids Anakin.

Kevin Bacon will star in Rear Window on stage.

Matthew Lewis joins Happy Valley series 2.

Anna Bates, serial killer?

Miles Teller in talks for a PTSD drama.

Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers prove that the couple that Dubsmash together stays together:

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Mo McRae will be a love interest for Gabourey Sidibe on Empire.

Anthony Michael Hall will join Brad Pitt in War Machine.

Probably not a great sign…the showrunner of the new fall show The Grinder has left.

Chicago Med is down a showrunner as well.

Universal Studios Orlando will unveil a Fast & Furious ride.

Sam Kinison almost starred in Beetlejuice.

Gabriel Chavarria will appear in War of the Planet of the Apes.

Who said it, Donald Trump or Mr. Burns?

Jay Leno will guest star on Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing.

John Leguizamo will be a series regular on the second season of Bloodline.

Forest Whitaker will make his Broadway debut this spring.

Instagram of the week: Man Buns of Disneyland.

Danzig will appear on Portlandia.

Julianne Moore is petitioning to get the name of her high school changed.

Iron Maiden dedicated a song to Robin Williams on their new album.

Bindi Irwin (daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter) will appear on Dancing With The Stars.

David Beckham hung out with Frozen’s Elsa and Anna:

 

Morrissey is releasing his first novel next month. I’m sure it will be happy and uplifting.

T.I. reportedly owes the IRS over $4 million in back taxes.

Wiz Khalifa was arrested for riding a hoverboard.

The actors who play Tommen and Myrcella Baratheon on Game of Thrones may be dating IRL.

Shannen Doherty has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The guy who spent way too much money to look like Justin Bieber has gone missing.

Tracy Morgan got hitched on Sunday.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a daddy!

Kelly Clarkson is pregnant with her second child.

Shiri Appleby is also pregnant.

Congrats to Alison Brie and Dave Franco on their engagement! The duo somehow dated for four years without me knowing it.

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

The friends sing the Friends theme song:

 

Ricky and Morty: Back to the Future:

 

Mad Max: Fury Road retold in hieroglyphics:

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Taylor Swift and Alanis Morissette do “You Oughta Know”:

 

A supercut of every Jason Statham punch thrown on film:

 

A supercut of Batman’s kill count in the movies:

 

A cover of “Sweet Dreams” by Mumford & Sons, Mark Hoppus and The Vaccines:

 

Mario Skate:

 

Breaking the forth wall:

 

The Weeknd covered Beyoncé:

 

Was Daniel the real bully in The Karate Kid? This edit says yes:

 

Pentatonix covers “Cheerleader”:

 

Secret movie star skills supercut:

 

Here’s a Dr. Dre mashup on the piano:

 

And finally, Black Thought (aka Tariq Trotter from The Roots) raps over the Mad Men theme (NSFW):