Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Short Week Edition

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend; I am a big fan of any holiday that results in me having a short work week. This has been a good week for me not only because of the bonus day off, but because this week is the lull when a lot of shows have ended and summer series haven’t begun yet. The Tonight Show, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are all in re-runs this week as well, so I have a legitimate chance at catching up on programs that I’ve fallen behind on and cleaning out the old DVR. I really need the chance to get current on some programs – I have the entire second season of The Americans waiting for me to devour and I just caught up on Mad Men over the weekend, in time for the mid-eason finale.. I guess an alternative would be to watch less television in general, but that sounds like kooky talk to me. Who wants to live like that? I am, however, a little concerned about the withdrawal symptoms that I am exhibiting after no new episode of Game of Thrones this week. It is quite possible that I have developed an unhealthy attachment to that show.

I’m still beta testing the pop culture roundup as a weekly feature; so far the limited feedback that I’ve received (thanks Ang!) has been positive and I’m digging it so far, so I think this will stick. So while I relish all my brief freedom from being a slave to television programming, check out what’s been going on the last week in the world of pop.

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  • Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg got high and recapped Game of Thrones (spoilers, obvs):

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  • What does Morgan Freeman sound like after inhaling helium?

 

  • The New York Post wrote perhaps the greatest wedding announcement:

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  • I did less well on this quiz on Drew Barrymore’s dating life on-screen and off.
  • The kids at the University of Delaware recreated the Friends intro:

 

  • More celebrity commencement speeches: Jim Carrey and Ed Helms (the latter at Cornell, naturally).
  • Congratulations to Happy Ending’s Casey Wilson, who got married Memorial Day weekend

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John Mayer covers Beyoncé:

 

Time for some trailers…..

  • Disney’s Big Hero 6:

 

  • The first trailer for Life Itself, the documentary about Roger Ebert:

 

  • A trailer for a new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I need to catch up!

 

  • Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the play Venus in Fur:

 

  • River Phoenix in Dark Blood:

 

  • Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria:

 

  • The Cannes Film Festival winner, Winter Sleep:

 

  • Denzel Washington in The Equalizer:

 

  • Here’s the cover of Amy Poehler’s new book:

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As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  • This week – the previous roles of the actors on Mad Men:

 

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  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin, re-cut as a psychological horror film:

 

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  • MTV CribsStar Wars edition:

 

  • The Smashmouth Redemption:

 

  • Beyoncé meet Godzilla in the parody trailer:

 

  • Halo and Minecraft, mashed up together:

 

  • System of a Down and Elton John go surprisingly well together:

 

  • H Jon Benjamin voices HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey:

 

  • Disney villains get their own musical:

 

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  • Hannibal re-cut as a cooking show:

 

  • And finally….Game of Thrones meets Perfect Strangers:

C’mon Get Happy

It’s been a stressful few weeks for me here at the ol’ day job; while I am grateful and appreciative that I’ve been promoted, it’s been an adjustment period as I get used to spinning a lot more plates at the same time. I am tremendously lucky that they created a new position for me based on what I said I was interested in doing, but I’ve also been putting tremendous pressure on myself to prove that I deserve this faith being instilled in me. Being giving a blank piece of paper to define a position however you want is a true luxury, but it also can be extremely daunting, especially for a person like me who holds herself to ridiculously high standards and is my own worst critic. Uncertainty and a type A personality aren’t a great combo, nor am I one to delegate to someone else. Add in the fact that I’ve been out of the office a lot for meetings and that it’s been difficult to get some of the necessary information I need to do my job and things were sort of at a boiling point last week. It’s sorting itself out and I’m adapting, but for a while there it was just really nerve-wracking. Change and I are not pals and I hate not having control.

One of the things that helped me get through this stressful time was music. Everyone has a list of songs that simply make them happy; they aren’t necessarily your favorite songs or even necessarily good songs. You may recognize that these songs aren’t all that artistic and that they might even be cheesy. But for whatever reason, these songs are the best remedy to a bad mood; they make you smile when you don’t want to and by the time the lyrics come to an end you already feel yourself feeling just a little bit better. These songs are an instant mood booster; sometimes in life you just have to dance it out. I’ve never seen anyone stay mad or upset after a mad phat dance party.

 

These are the songs that, for whatever reason, do that for me. There’s no real logic to it; I couldn’t break it down and explain it for you if I tried. I can’t distill why these songs do it for me and other similar songs don’t. All I know is that if I throw these tunes on, suddenly a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day suddenly doesn’t seem quite as bad.

  • Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

 

Almost any Journey song would work in a pinch, but if you have real issues you have to go the granddaddy of all Journey songs.  The smart guys I’ve dated have known that if they put this song on, whatever I as annoyed with them about will suddenly be forgotten (I’m not joking – this has happened). If they just played “Don’t Stop Believin’” on a loop in the Middle East that might solve all problems. This is my absolute go-to song after a really crappy day.

 

  • Crush” – Dave Matthews Band

 

  • “Mr. Jones” – Counting Crows

 

  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

 

  • “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” and “Glory Days” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

 

 

The Boss gets two songs on this list – anyone who has a problem with that should meet me out back.

 

  • “Supernatural Superserious” – R.E.M.

 

  • “Something to Talk About” – Bonnie Raitt

 

  • “The Way We Move” – Langhorne Slim & the Law

 

  • “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

 

Yes – I know this song is silly and has been overplayed, but I still like it. So there.

 

  • “California Love” – Tupac

 

  • “Rich Girl” – Hall and Oates

 

  • “Tell Her About It” – Billy Joel

 

  • “Back in the New York Groove” – Ace Frehley

 

  • “Good Vibrations” – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

 

  • “Touch of Grey” – Grateful Dead

 

I know that this is the most “mainstream” of the Dead songs, but it was my first real exposure to the band and I still think it is a great song.

 

I could go on and on, but that’s a good collective sampling of the music that is on my “C’mon Get Happy” playlist on my iPod (and I’ve frankly embarrassed myself enough for one day).  I’m not necessarily proud of some of these songs, but they get the job done when they are needed. I’m actually in a better mood just writing about these tunes. Every once in a while you just have to bust a move to work things out of your system.  Look how blissed out these guys are:

 

What are your go to happy songs? Sound off in the comments below – and do not judge me on this list. You have to go with what speaks to the soul and apparently what speaks to me is some songs that are questionable in quality.

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:

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  • 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!

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  • 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:

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

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  • 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….)

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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

 

  • This screencap pretty much sums up the 90s:

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  • 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!