Lip Sync Battle – The Voice Edition

photo from NBC.com

photo from NBC.com

There’s no other way to say it – yesterday was a tremendously shitty day for me. I had one of those days where nothing really seems to go your way and you wind up questioning your abilities and judgment. It was simply not a great 24 hours and by the time I got home from work last night I was truly and utterly defeated. A pep talk from a friend helped restore some of my confidence, but as I continued my marathon of The Roosevelts I still was all sorts of melancholy.

So, of course, Jimmy Fallon knew exactly what I needed to put a smile temporarily back on my face – a lip sync battle!

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy these segments on The Tonight Show and I’m glad that they are using them sparingly; I don’t know that I would ever actually tire of them, but I like that these bits are an unexpected surprise. Since I’ve been struggling with insomnia all this week due to stress – I’ve managed about 12 hours of sleep over the last 4 days – I’ve been able to watch my late night shows live rather on DVR at a later date, so I was able to experience the awesomeness that is an unexpected lip sync battle first hand. It snapped me out of my wallowing for a bit and was just what the doctor ordered. I don’t watch The Voice regularly and I’m lukewarm at best to Gwen Stefani, but she and Blake Shelton did a fabulous job, so kudos to them. “Call Me Maybe” is a guilty pleasure of mine, so that only increased the awesomeness of this whole endeavor in my opinion. I’m thankful to anything that gives me some reprieve from feeling awful; I’ll even forgive Stefani for her butchering of my pal Colbert’s name at the Emmys after this. Shelton is a regular guest on The Tonight Show and proves that once again he is game for anything.

Check it out for yourself:

 

John Krasinski’s lip sync will always be my favorite because he was first and because I have *ahem* strong feelings for Mr. Krasinski, but Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were more than admirable combatants. Actually, they have yet to have a lip sync battle that wasn’t great. Let’s hope the streak continues.

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Spring is (Hopefully) Here Edition

I hate to jinx anything, but I think that Spring has finally arrived. The weather is slightly warmer, the days are longer and baseball is back. If that doesn’t mean Spring, I don’t know what does. I even heard the music of my first ice cream truck of the season. My mood has drastically improved the last two days – part of that is because I’m finally getting a breather at work, but I can’t discount the impact of the changing seasons. I think the worst is really behind us. Of course, we’ll probably get a blizzard next week just so Mother Nature can show who’s  the boss.

The improving weather doesn’t give me permission to slack of from my duties, however, so I’ve once again assembles a fantastic menagerie of pop culture goodness. There’s a little bit of everything in here, so if you have fallen behind on what’s going on in the world of pop during your winter hibernation this should help get you back up to speed.

  • Watch Crowe, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play “Folsom Prison Blues”

 

Who knew Jimmy could play the harmonica?

  • Billy Dee Williams has dropped out of Dancing with the Stars. Probably for the best.
  • Drake has a new song – that name checks Jennifer Lawrence:

 

  • Conan is in Dallas all this week; he tries to become a Texas Deputy:

 

  • More details on the new season of American Horror Story: it will be called Freak Show and Michael Chiklis has joined the cast. Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare Sarah Paulson, Angela Basset, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jessica Lange will all be returning in some capacity.
  • How much do you love this photo of some of the Game of Thrones cast on a beach day:

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The Lannisters are the worst, but the actors that play them are pretty awesome.

  • Perhaps to prove progress has been made, George R.R. Martin has released a chapter from the next Game of Thrones book.
  • A youth orchestra in Spain did a flash mob version of the Game of Thrones theme:

 

  • Gotta love the NYC real estate market – the apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead has already been rented.
  • There was briefly rumor that the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys were going out on tour together, but that isn’t happening.
  • For those that enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel, here’s a vignette on Zubrowka (the fictional European country dreamed up by Wes Anderson)
  • I’m still annoyed by the How I Met Your Mother finale, but this makes me smile – Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel perform “The Confrontation” from Les Mis:

 

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  • Justin Bieber won at Canada’s Juno Awards – and was roundly booed. When you’ve lost Canda, you’ve lost the world.
  • You guys…Ginuwine performed “Pony” on Arsenio.

 

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  • Also from The Tonight Show – Samuel L. Jackson did some Boy Meets World slam poetry:

 

  • A ranking of all of Frank’s hats on 30 Rock.
  • Some of the stars of Nashville (not named Connie Britton or Hayden Panettiere) are doing some live shows.
  • A model transformed herself into a real life version of Marge Simpson:

 

  • This just has to be seen to believed – Arnold Schwarzenegger does the Nae Nae Dance:

 

This man used to govern a state.

  • Celebrity beef of the week: Eddie Money vs. Kenny Loggins. Tough call – one has two tickets to paradise, but the other is familiar with the danger zone. Edge: Loggins
  • Star Wars released a featurette on the birth of the lightsaber:

 

  • This map determines what states will be best prepared for a zombie attack. I’m screwed.

Trailers:

  • The first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

 

  • A new trailer for FX’s Fargo miniseries:

 

  • Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again:

 

  • Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive:

 

  • A new teaser for Louie, coming back May 5th:

 

  • A new trailer for The Purge: Anarchy:

 

  • A red-band trailer for Let’s Be Cops:

 

  • The new Tom & Jerry:

 

  • The Drop, James Gandolfini’s last film:

 

  • A red band trailer for Sex Tape, starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz (NSFW):

 

  • Katy Perry may be sort of dating Riff Raff (the rapper, not the character from Rocky Horror).

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • Wolverine the Musical:

 

  • A Carnegie Hall ensemble played 43 cartoon theme songs:

 

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  • Mike Tyson training videos with Street Fighter sound effects added:

 

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  • Every suit Barney ever wore on HIMYM:

 

  • A supercut of every time Barney had sex on HIMYM:

 

  • For those of you that used to love Homestar Runner as much as me, here’s a Strong Bad/Daft Punk mashup:

 

  • Batman recut:

 

  • A supercut of actors gearing up for battle:

 

  • And finally, Breaking Bad vs. Street Fighter:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Christmas Eve Edition

Tis the season of giving and I could think of nothing better to give my dear readers than an extra jam packed stocking of pop culture links. There is a lot in here, which will hopefully keep you entertained as the blog takes a mini-holiday hiatus for a couple of days. If all goes according to plan, I should be back Friday with a Wolf of Wall Street review.

And now, my gift to you: more pop culture knowledge than you can shake a stick at:

  • You can now watch Metallica’s entire concert in Antarctica:

 

  • Lifetime has also announced dates for their Flowers in the Attic and Lizzie Borden movies.
  • Kate Winslet has picked a name for her newborn son and yes, it’s unusual (though kudos for NOT giving the kid his father’s last name of Rocknroll).
  • STOP THE PRESSES – a Tom Hiddleston/Benedict Cumberbatch dance-off:

I think the Internet just exploded.

  • I do love me some touchdown celebrations, so I appreciate the Wall Street Journal analyzing all 1,150 in the 2013 season:

They also created this fancy chart.

  • Watch Ron Burgundy perform “Ride Like the Wind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 

  • Paul Rudd told Letterman about the time he tried to break up a drag queen fight while in his Anchorman 2 costume:

THAT should have been added to the movie!

  • Put Conan, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart together and watch the magic happen:

 

  • Conan also visited The American Doll store.

I think Conan has just earned his way to a season pass on my DVR. He’s killing it lately.

  • Watch a Jeopardy! contestant do his best Bane impression:

 

  • I enjoyed this Cougar Town ad created from thousands of corks. The Cul-de-sac crew loves its vino!

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  • Cracker Barrel pulled, then restocked, their Duck Dynasty merchandise after Phil Robertson’s controversial GQ interview.
  • Justin Timberlake photobombed some people at his concert:

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  • Ha! Watch Michael K. Williams (OMAR!) promote the Chalky White line of children’s books:

 

  • I’ll be on the market for a new car within a year; perhaps I should look into this LEGO car.

For your holiday perusal – a tone of trailers:

  • A new teaser for Community (January 2! Can’t wait!)

 

  • A teaser trailer for the new season of Orphan Black:

 

  • Anne Hathaway and Jamie Foxx in Rio 2:

 

  • A promo for Patton Oswalt’s new standup special:

 

  • A longer look at HBO’s Looking:

 

  • An animated trailer for Community:

 

  • Did the Oscars always have trailers?

 

  • Ha! Netflix did a trailer for their streaming Yule Log:

 

  • A trailer for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel:

 

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

 

 

  • A red band trailer for 22 Jump Street:

 

  • The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton:

 

  • The Expendables 3 teaser trailer:

 

  • Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up for what I’m already predicting will be one of the worst movies of 2014:

 

  • Jon Hamm + Baseball = Heather’s wheelhouse. I will see Million Dollar Arm 100 times.

 

  • A third season trailer for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:

 

  • I have never seen Kanye as happy as he is in this photo, eating ice cream:

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There has been a sudden proliferation of oral histories;

A few quick Mashups and Supercuts

  • Check out this illustrated mashup of memorable pop culture events in 2013:

 

 

  • I try to keep you guys up to date, but if you want a real crash course, here’s a three minute video on 2013 pop culture:

 

  • Watch Jeff Winger and Dean Pelton’s relationship on Community reimagined as a psychological thriller:

 

And finally, we end with a bunch of holiday stuff:

  • A holiday themed Billy on the Street featuring Amy Poehler:

 

  • For those of you who feel a little grinchy, an “I hate Christmas” supercut:

 

  • This never gets old – the Happy Endings Hip Hop Santa dance-off:

 

  • A Peanuts flashmob? Outstanding!

 

  • Watch Elf re-enacted with pugs:

 

  •  Whoa – check out this gingerbread Optimus Prime:

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  • A song made only from Christmas tree ornaments:

 

  • Some guy named Paul inserted himself into Home Alone:

 

  • In honor of Festivus, a supercut of Seinfeld characters airing their grievances:

I’ve got a lot of problems with you people.

  • “Defying Gravity” as sung by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer:

 

  • And finally…..Conan reveals a terrifying twist for Elf on the Shelf:

 

Wishing you all a very happy holidays – however you choose to celebrate, I hope you are smiling.