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:



  • 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:



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



  • 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….)

breaking bad poster


  • 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.



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


  • This screencap pretty much sums up the 90s:



  • 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 – “It’s August Already?” Edition

My goodness – this summer is flying by at warp speed. I can’t believe I’m already making plans for November. I’ve not accomplished half of what I wanted to for the summer. I haven’t visited a single new ballpark or caught up on the programs that I’m considering adding to the fall television rotation. I need to start getting paid for this pop culture consumption; I spent far too many hours at work that could be spent doing more productive things, like reading by the pool and traveling to pop culture destinations. While I figure out how to make that happen, enjoy your biweekly roundup of links and tidbits from the world of pop.

  • Today is a great day – filming on the new season of Arrested Development commences today!!!
  • Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been delayed until the summer of 2013. Not usually a good sign for a movie – especially one that is hoping for Oscar consideration – but I’m holding out hope that the film will be good. But I am lowering expectations.
  • My post on my dislike of the Olympics pretty much had the opposite of the intended effect. While in the past the Olympics would only come up occasionally, now people are actively seeking me out – texting and posting on Facebook – to let me know that they are watching the Olympics and why they love it so much. To clarify – I think it’s great that other people like the Olympics; I’m not calling for them to be abolished or think we shouldn’t have them. I just don’t particularly care about them. But I’m happy for the success of the U.S. athletes and I’m glad everyone else gets such a kick out of them. Now stop bothering me 🙂
  • They are efforting a Dawson’s Creek reunion on Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 this season. While I am not particularly a Dawson’s fan, I do love all things Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips, so I would definitely be excited for this. Good timing for Katie Holmes and it’s been a while since anyone has seen Kerr Smith. So I hope they pull this off – especially if they bring back Joshua Jackson. The show should have been called Pacey’s Creek With a Side Order of His Annoying Best Friend Dawson.
  • File this under collaborations that I thought I’d never see: Jessica Paré (Mad Men’s Megan) singing with the Jesus and Mary Chain (who knew they were still together?):


  • As a fan of the HBO show Girls, I enjoyed this parody trailer for Boys (NSFW – adult themes and language). Too bad it’s not a real show; I might actually watch this:


  • Speaking of parodies, I got a kick out of this trailer for the movie Taken if it featured a real dad:

I love my father, but he’s no Liam Neeson.

  • Thank goodness I see so many movies for free – ticket prices are at an all time high.
  • I’ve been intrigued by the idea of Penn Badgley (Dan Humphry on Gossip Girl, aka “Lonely Boy) playing Jeff Buckley in a biopic, but there hasn’t been much news on the project. Some footage of Badgley performing one of Buckley’s songs has surfaced and he does a surprisingly good job. Not bad for the guy who used to date Blake Lively.
  • I’m not usually a huge fan of the Comedy Central Roasts, but I’m planning to DVR the roast of Roseanne that debuts this Sunday (August 12) at 10 pm. I think she can dish it out as well as take it and there are some interesting guests that are scheduled to appear.
  • The feud between Madonna and Elton John that bubbled up around the Golden Globes is still going strong.
  • Best Week Ever is returning to VH1. Comedians across the world rejoice and I now have to figure out where VH1 is on my cable guide.
  • I’ll have my review of The Campaign up on Thursday, but here’s a video of stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis reading excerpts from 50 Shades of Grey:


  • The Star Wars theme played on a washing machine? Sure – why not:


  • I may be the only person who is excited by this news, but Roy is coming back to The Office this season. I always liked that actor. Of course, it is still to be determined if I will be back. The Office is on my list of bubble shows.
  • The NFL has its first female official. She makes her debut in a preseason game between the Packers and the Chargers.
  • The final season of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations will begin on the Travel Channel on September 3rd.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210’s Brandon Walsh and Andrea Zuckerman (Jason Priestley and Gabrielle Carteris, respectively) have reunited for an Old Navy ad:


  • I’m still watching The Newsroom, though I think it is a flawed show. Perhaps some The Newsroom Bingo will make the experience more fun.
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee continues to be great with its second episode featuring Ricky Gervais. The webseries has proven to be so popular that they will now be uploading new episodes every Thursday night, rather than every other week.
  • And finally – you know you have a great life when you utter the following sentence, as I did last week: “I’m really excited for the two day musical festival and performer meet and greet, but I had to turn down appearing on a reality show to go to it.”

Happy Tuesday!!