Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Happy Holidays Edition

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After months of build up, the holidays are finally here. The run-up to Christmas started so long ago that it almost feels anticlimactic now that it has arrived. I’ve kind of struggled with getting into the spirit most of my adult life and this year is no different; I even took two trips to NYC in December to try and kick start something in my cold, dead heart, but my attitude toward this weekend’s festivities is generally meh. Part of that is that my family is all local, so there is not great reunion coming. For now, our Christmas celebration is all adults, which is kind of boring; hopefully things will be a little more exciting when we have a new baby in the family next year.  I’m not really a Grinch, I just wish I felt more excited about the holidays. Hopefully the rest of you are a little more enthused, whatever you celebrate.

I may not be all that jazzed about Christmas, but I am always jazzed to bring you the pop culture roundup. This week there was a lot of pop culture goodness out there in the ether. Get yourself caught up on what you might have missed with this installment of the week in pop.

Television

 

 

Movies

 

Trailers

  • Dunkirk:

 

  • Snatched:

 

  • Despicable Me 3:

 

  • Unforgettable:

 

  • Sneaky Pete:

 

  • Blade Runner 2049:

 

  • Taken (the TV series):

 

  • The Good Fight:

 

  • Arsenal:

 

  • Sense8 – A Christmas Special:

 

  • Riverdale:

 

  • Homeland, season 6:

 

  • The Path, season 2:

 

  • Billions, season 2:

 

  • Going in Style:

 

  • Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers:

 

  • John Wick: Chapter 2:

 

  • The Boss Baby:

 

  • The Bronx Bull:

 

  • The Bye Bye Man:

 

Music

Books

Theater

Stand-up

 

Best of 2016

 

Odds and Ends

Supercuts and Mashups

  • 2016 Live TV News Bloopers:

 

  • “All I Want For Christmas” Carpool Karaoke:

 

  • An acapella cover of the Westworld theme song:

 

  • A Christmas Carol supercut:

 

  • Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Paul McCartney, and the cast of Sing perform “Wonderful Christmastime”:

 

  • Hamildolph:

 

Stephen Colbert gives “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” a 2016 remix:

 

  • Fargo as a holiday comedy:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Pre-Valentine’s Day Edition

This has been an exceedingly chaotic week for me – a friend unexpectedly died, I had a weird stomach bug and the Super Bowl festivities somehow managed to throw off my entire weekend schedule. I think things are finally getting back on track, which is a good thing as I am not a fan of this much disruption at once. I’m a person who likes to stick to a game plan and that’s been out the window lately.

But even with everything going on, there’s still a pop culture roundup. I couldn’t leave you all hanging. As usual, I’ve searched high and low to bring you all the pop culture that you might have missed in the last seven days. This is a one-stop pop culture shop; hopefully you find something of interest in this menagerie that I’ve collected.

 

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Time for some trailers:

  • Captain America: Civil War:

 

  • Jason Bourne:

 

  • Miles Ahead:

 

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane:

 

  • Demolition:

 

  • X-Men: Apocalypse:

 

  • Zoolander 2:

 

  • Ice Age: Collision Course:

 

  • The Jungle Book:

 

  • Fuller House:

 

  • Me Before You:

 

  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates:

 

  • Get A Job:

 

  • Netflix’s The Characters:

 

  • An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows (aka – the fake Friends reunion):

 

  • The Secret Life of Pets:

 

  • High-Rise:

 

  • Green Room:

 

  • Gods of Egypt:

 

  • The Lobster:

 

 

 

 

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

  • A history of sports movies:

 

  • The Wizard of Oz as a Michael Bay movie:

 

  • Villains smiling are kind of disconcerting:

 

  • A supercut of people saying that they should have killed someone when they had the chance:

 

  • A medley of Disney love songs:

 

  • If movies ended when someone said the title:

 

  • Bern Your Enthusiasm:

 

  • And finally, Making a Simpsons Murderer:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Sunshine Day Edition

After two very rainy days in Albany it looks like we’ve finally turned a corner and will have some nice sunny days. This is a relief, since while we needed some rain we probably didn’t need the small tornado that touched down nearby. I’d always rather have rain during the week than on the weekend, but the dreary skies were making it harder to get out of bed in the morning and it’s already pretty difficult for me to get out of bed in the morning. If this weather could hang around until after Saturday that would be great, since I’m going to an outside concert that doesn’t allow umbrellas. I really don’t want to be standing in a field with thousands of other people in a rain poncho. Plus sunshine just puts everyone in a better mood, so I’m glad it’s back. And if the name of this post gets this song stuck in your head, so much the better.

What else puts people in a good mood? Well the pop culture roundup, of course! As usual, I’ve searched the Internet high and low to bring you the latest and greatest pop culture news that you may have missed in the last week. So kick back and relax and enjoy the smorgasbord of pop culture goodness.

  • In honor of Kanye West’s 38th birthday, the website First We Feast has created an ice cream menu inspired by Yeezus and available at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream. I would absolutely order the I Am a God Ice Cream Croissantwich.
  • Channing Tatum went undercover to dance at a Magic Mike XXL screening:

 

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  • Amy Schumer gave a hilarious acceptance speech at the Glamour awards:

 

Time for some trailers…..

  • The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part Two:

 

  • Meryl Streep in Ricki and The Flash:

 

  • The Martian or “why do people keep leaving Matt Damon in space?”

 

  • Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation:

 

  • I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner’s new docu-series:

 

  • Season three of Rectify (probably the best show that you aren’t watching):

 

  • The star-studded Suffragette:

 

  • The first promos for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

 

 

  • Star Wars Rebels season 2:

 

  • Not one, but two new True Detective promos:

 

 

  • Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes:

 

  • Masters of Sex, season three:

 

  • Greta Gerwig in Mistress America:

 

  • Michael Fassbender in Macbeth:

 

  • Jake Gyllenhaal in Everest:

 

  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers:

 

  • Emily Blunt went exploring with Elmo on Sesame Street:

 

  • Connie Britton is an excellent hula hooper (and all-around person):

 

  • The Broadway casts of The Lion King and Aladdin had a sing-off during a flight delay:

 

  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter looks just like her:

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Brother proof. Sort of.

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  • Mary Ellen Trainer, best known for her roles in The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon franchise, has passed away.
  • Victoria Siegel, one of the children featured in the fantastic documentary The Queen of Versailles, was found dead at 18.

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

  • Taylor Swift meets Taylor Swift? I think the universe just exploded:

 

  • The worlds of Orange Is The New Black and Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt collide:

 

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  • Kelly Clarkson covers Rihanna:

 

  • An all bass version of Metallica’s And Justice For All

 

 

  • Sesame Street does a Jurassic Park parody:

 

  • A blues version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme:

 

  • The Muppets are back with “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by ODB:

 

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  • A medley of hip-hop sings preformed in the style of Broadway:

 

  • And finally…SpongeBob Squarepants mashed up with Breaking Bad: