Pop Culture Odds and Ends – One and Done Edition

Well that was quick – one game and the Yankees are out of the playoffs. I can’t say that I’m necessarily surprised, as the Yankees have been playing terrible baseball as of late. They really got about as far as they really deserved to, given their recent lackluster play, but I’m still a little bummed that they couldn’t make it farther. It’s always bittersweet when your team’s baseball season comes to an end. I’ll still watch the rest of the playoffs – I’m currently pulling for the Mets and Cubs – but it isn’t quite the same.

After a week off, we’re back with the pop culture roundup. As usual, I’ve scoured the pop culture globe to find you the best that the Internet has to offer. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this week’s roundup, so get yourself caught up on some of the stories that you might have missed.

  • HBO and Zack Snyder are in talks for a Watchmen TV series. I’d be more excited if Snyder wasn’t involved.
  • Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel go to couples therapy:

 

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  • There was a surprise mini The Wire reunion in NYC:

 

  • Khalessi and Khal Drogo also reunited:

 

Time for some trailers…..

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II:

 

  • Bryan Cranston in Trumbo:

 

  • Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant:

 

  • The return of The X-Files:

 

  • Bradley Cooper in Burnt:

 

  • Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival:

 

  • A new season of FX’s Fargo:

 

  • Krysten Ritter in Asthma:

 

  • The Good Dinosaur:

 

  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones (on Netflix):

 

  • Dianna Agron in Bare:

 

  • Triple 9:

 

  • The final trailer for Spectre:

 

  • Another teaser for tonight’s American Horror Story: Hotel:

 

  • Anthony Jeselnik’s new Netflix special, Thoughts and Prayers:

 

  • The Jellies, an animated series from Tyler the Creator:

 

  • HBO’s Vinyl:

 

  • John Stamos and Julianne Moore star in a Taylor Swift soap opera:

 

  • Honey Boo Boo released a rap song:

 

  • Check out the Doctor Who LEGO set:

 

  • The Rock had to put down his new puppy Brutus 😦

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Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus' suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil' paw as he was finally at peace. As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil' family members. Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City. We'll always love you Brutus.. and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldHaveSavedYouOneMoreTime #TheresPickUpTrucksInHeavenYouCanPeeIn

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  • Catherine Coulson, the Log Lady on Twin Peaks, passed away.

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

  • A mashup of two things people haven’t thought about in a while: Rockwell and Quantum Leap:

 

  • Matt Damon recreates his most of his film career in eight minutes:

 

  • Florence + the Machine cover “Where Are U Now”:

 

  • A Star Wars/Disney mashup:

 

  • James Franco does a mashup of Freaks and Geeks and Saved By The Bell:

 

  • Will Smith’s greatest hits…all played at once:

 

  • Ed Sheeran covers “Ain’t No Sunshine”:

 

  • Yeezer (Kanye meets Weezer):

 

  • Here’s Peggy Hill singing a little Nicki Minaj:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Get Out the Broom Edition

So the Yankees lost again last night, putting them one more loss away from elimination. At this point I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they are swept by the Tigers – even though our ace C.C. Sabathia is pitching tonight, he probably won’t get any run support. This team makes me mad.

Only one team has ever come back from this sort of deficit to make it to the World Series – the 2004 Boston Red Sox, after what is often referred to as one of the biggest chokes in sports. The team that collapsed, allowing the Red Sox to go on and end their World Series drought, taking away my favorite sports chant of all time (“1918”)?

The New York Yankees. Sigh.

On to more positive things. Here’s your biweekly roundup of pop culture stories you may have missed.

  • Questlove of The Roots and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will be teaching a class at NYU.
  • R. Kelly is bringing you twenty more chapters of Trapped in the Closet. I’ve got some catching up to do.
  • The trailer for the wholly unnecessary Carrie remake has been released:

 

  • I don’t normally watch Raising Hope, but this might be enough to get me to tune in – Christopher Lloyd will make an appearance in a DeLorean. Great Scott!
  • Jim Carey is in discussions with Lorne Michaels (SNL) to star in Loomis Fargo, based on a real life armored car heist.
  • Marinate on this – Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers is 50.
  • This weekend during football, one TV at the bar was turned to Felix Baumgartner’s space jump. It wasn’t all that impressive and seemed like a tremendous waste of money. But if you missed it, you can check out the Lego recreation:

 

  • Bill Murray continues to live an awesome life – he recently crashed a kickball league. He also loves the movie Roadhouse. He is full of surprises.
  • Imagine this – you go to get on the subway in NYC and there is Rick Springfield leading a sing-a-long of “Jessie’s Girl.” That’s what happened last Wednesday. I like the song, especially for its proper use of the word moot.
  • The New Yorker has a profile of historical fiction writer Hilary Mantel. I had trouble getting into Wolf Hall, but I’m determined to revisit and and see if a second attempt goes more smoothly. Her choice to write in the third person was a challenge for me, but since I am fascinated by this time period, it’s worth another go.
  • Grub Street has compiled the best lines from the roast of Anthony Bourdain (they roast chefs? There has got to be a joke in there somewhere).
  • Speaking of Bourdain, the finale of No Reservations (airing on November 5th) finds Bourdain sampling the cuisine of Brooklyn (Crown Heights) with his special tour guide Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire)
  • It’s a pairing that has been fruitful in the past – Ben Affleck is in talks to adapt the newest Dennis Lehane novel, Live By Night. Affleck made his directorial debut with another Lehane adaptation, Gone Baby Gone.
  • Presented without comment – they are making a new version of Little Rascals featuring one of the little girls from Toddlers and Tiaras (NOT Honey Boo Boo)
  • As if I wasn’t already excited enough for the premiere of American Horror Story tonight, Ian McShane (Deadwood’s Al Swearengen) will be appearing this season.
  • You can stream the new Kanye West song “White Dress” online. It will appear on the upcoming soundtrack for the film The Man With the Iron Fists.
  • ABC is going to make a comedy starring Michael Bolton. Yes – THAT Michael Bolton who is, in the words of Office Space, a “no talent ass-clown.”
  • Someone put together a supercut of celebrities that have appeared on the various Law & Order franchises:

 

  • R.I.P. Alex Karras. Though he was probably best known as a longtime member of the Detroit Lions football team, he will always be Webster’s dad to me.
  • This really needs no further explanation  – Christopher Walken reads lines from Honey Boo Boo:

 

  • Rebel Wilson has landed a deal to write, act and produce a yet untitled project at Universal.
  • This sounds like one of the levels of hell to me, but Regal Cinemas are doing an all-day marathon of all the Twilight movies for $20 on November 15 to coincide with the release of the final film.
  • It’s only one episode into the third season, but I already feel like Walking Dead has fixed some of the problems that plagued the second season. I’m cautiously optimistic.
  • File this under totally random – Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Pierce Brosnan were hanging out together at a Radiohead concert.
  • Amber Tamblyn and David Cross were married last week at what looks to be a pretty cool wedding. Even though I was too old for the books or the movies, I somehow think it’s nice that all the girls from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films attended.
  • At a recent Peter Gabriel concert at the Hollywood Bowl, John Cusack came on stage and handed Gabriel a boom box during “In Your Eyes.” Awesome.
  • Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian-Odom will join the X-Factor as hosts. Still not watching.
  • Snoop Dogg Lion is now a spokesman for hot pockets

Hard to believe this guy was once on trial for murder. This may be the most non-gangsta thing I’ve ever seen.

  • Harper Lee, the author of my favorite book To Kill a Mockingbird, penned a letter to Oprah about her love of books. This reminds me that I am overdue for another read through of this classic.
  • Since the last round up, another celebrity couple has decided to separate – Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito call it quits after 30 years of marriage.
  • Hugh Jackman, dressed as Wolverine, doing “Gangnam Style” with Psy – it happened!
  • Tunes by Frank Sinatra and Adele make the list of most requested funeral songs. Is this a British thing? I don’t think I’ve ever been at a funeral where there were pop songs played. Is this something I should be worrying about?
  • Someone made a documentary about the 80s television show (and Nickelodeon staple) You Can’t Do That on Television. Why? I don’t know. *slime*
  • I’m on a quest to try the limited edition Candy Corn Oreos, but can’t seem to find them anyplace. I refuse to order them online, as they were $12 a package and I’m sure they aren’t that good. If anyone seems them in the Capital Region, let me know.
  • And finally, someone wrote a love song that is chock full of Arrested Development references: