Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Game of Thrones is Coming Edition

The new season of Game of Thrones debuts on Sunday and I for one couldn’t be happier about it. I’m fully prepared to immerse myself once again in the political intrigue and family drama of Westeros. My DVR, however, is probably less happy since television has gotten crazy good all of a sudden and the number shows that I need to record is kind of off the charts. Just on Sundays alone, I now have Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Veep, Silicon Valley, Last Week Tonight, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Revenge. It’s a great time to be a fan of television.

It’s also a great time to be a fan of pop culture. My travels and a cold put me behind schedule this week, but I guaranteed that this week’s roundup was worth the wait. So while we all are killing some time until we can hang out with the Starks and the Lannisters again, get caught up on some of the pop culture that you might have missed.

  • The Roots are also here to catch you up on GoT with a one-minute rap:


  • Sesame Street did a Game of Thrones parody:


  • Jon Snow is terrible at dinner parties:


  • James Corden has already done some funny stuff on The Late Late Show. He played Musical Chers:


And had Dave Grohl, Rainn Wilson and Jordana Brewster do some sketches of a nude model :


Time for some trailers….

  • Straight Outta Compton:


  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl:


  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided:


  • Sinister 2:


  • Burying the Ex:


  • A documentary about comic Tig Notaro:


  • NBC’s Mr. Robinson:


  • The Gift:


  • The Carmichael Show, also at NBC:


  • Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead:


  • A documentary about Amy Winehouse:


  •  Jurassic World:


  • Get too close to George Clooney’s Italian villas (yup – plural) and you’ll get fined.


  • Ha! This website lets you know how long you have to wait in a movie until Jason Statham throws his first punch.
  • Ed Sheeran dropped by Sesame Street:


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • Game of Thrones and Legend of Zelda – together:



  • Here’s a supermix of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo:


  • The evolution of the MGM logo:


  • A ragtime remix of Eminem’s “Without Me”


  • And finally, all of the season 5 kills (walker and human) on The Walking Dead:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – No A/C Edition

So as I mentioned yesterday, I’m spending the week in training for my job. It somehow feels longer than a day at work, which may have something to do with the fact that we are trapped in a second floor classroom that doesn’t have any air conditioning. You read that right – 9 hours a day the second week of July in a room that doesn’t have a/c. The room doesn’t even have screens on the windows, which at least means some semblance of a breeze is generated when people swat flies away. It’s hard to concentrate on the finer points of project management when you are ready to pass out. I may just have to roll a cooler into class with me tomorrow.

While I consider options for beating the heat, enjoy your bi-weekly roundup of pop culture stories.

  • Jenny McCarthy is a possible new host on The View. There are multiple hosting seats available – Elizabeth Hasselbeck is headed to Fox News, Joy Behar is also leaving and Barbara Walters is retiring.
  • Ha! An Arrested Development fan put George Michal’s internal clock to the test:

Well played Arrested Development. Well played.

  • Dane Cook is going out on a stand-up tour, his first in four years. I saw him on his last tour; here’s to hoping he improved over the hiatus.
  • Chris Pratt is getting seriously ripped for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • I’m still sad that no one would take me to the Phish concerts last weekend; they did a first time ever cover of “Energy” by The Apples in Stereo:


  • Jay-Z’s domination continues – not only did he singlehandedly get the RIAA to change how they count sales, but the MTV movie awards are getting a special statue for their Brooklyn debut. I have no proof that Jay-Z had anything to do with the Moonman remodel; let’s just call it a hunch.
  • Speaking of Mr. Carter, turns out we share a cereal preference:


  • Jerry Seinfeld did a Q&A with Jimmy Fallon’s audience:


  • I’ve always wanted to go to Universal theme park for Halloween, but now that they are doing a Cabin in the Woods themed maze I REALLY want to go. As you may recall, I was a fan of that movie.
  • Chucky’s back – a new Child’s Play film will come out this fall:


  • A new poster for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake has been released:


I’m still not totally on board with this project.

Firth deserves better. This Mr. Darcy is CREEEPPPPPYYYY

Firth deserves better. This Mr. Darcy is CREEEPPPPPYYYY


  • This slowed down version of the Seinfeld theme is kind of terrifying:


  • Pearl Jam announced a North American tour this fall. In other news, I will be traveling to Buffalo, Worchester, Brooklyn, Philly, Hartford or Baltimore this fall on “unrelated” business.
  • James Gandolfini’s legendary generosity continues after his passing; the actor left $500,000 to a friend with an autistic son.
  • David Beckham’s career recreated in LEGOs is impressive:


  • The Flintstones and Hong Kong Phooey may get revamps. My childhood continues to get ravaged.
  • Tumblr of the week: Icorns (celebrities as corn on the cob)
  • Anchorman gets the 8 bit treatment:


  • Spongebob makes everything better:


  • Turns out that I’m not the only person that noticed the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show “curated” by Usher featured…..well, a lot of Usher.
  • These Game of Thrones mini LEGO figures would look nice to my Walter White and Omar Little figure on my desk. It is really amazing that they give me any responsibility at work – between the bobbleheads, Yankee paraphernalia and other toys, my office doesn’t exactly scream professionalism.
  • I can’t decide if this maid of honor toast is fantastic or terrible. One the positive side, it is original and memorable. Negatives are that it takes attention away from the bride and it is hard to understand. You decide.


  • Businessweek (of all places) has an infographic comparing how much money rappers say they have vs. how much money they actually have. Pitbull – your pants might be on fire.
  • Set your DVRs everyone – SyFy debutes Sharknado tomorrow night ( and who doesn’t love a tornado comprised of sharks?).
  •  Is it plagiarism if you steal from yourself? Aaron Sorkin likes to recycle his own dialogue:


  • Tomorrow (Thursday) is 7/11 day – head to your local franchise of the convenience store for a free Slurpee.
  • I’m bummed that there is a rift between the band members of The Civil Wars. I like them.
  • Jessica Simpson gave birth to a baby boy, her second child in 14 months. If a celebrity gives birth and no one cares, did it really happen?

And, as always, we end with the supercuts and mashups

  • All the coffee and pie scenes from Twin Peaks


  • Johnny Depp does enjoy making weird faces:


  • Kevin James sure does fall down a lot:


  • A supercut of movie trailers that use the cliché “one man” reference:


When does the “in a world” supercut come out?

  • You thought I was out of “Get Lucky” mashups? You would be wrong:


  • Actually you would be doubly wrong:


  • A Game of Thrones/Gotye mashup (includes major spoilers if you haven’t watched season one yet)


  • I totally love this Kanye West/Depeche Mode mashup:


  • This Ginuwine/Kill Paris/Daft Punk mashup ain’t bad either:


  • This is outstanding – a mashup of The Lumineers “Ho Hey” and Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray impersonation:


  • And finally, this may be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen: a “Blurred Lines”/The Cosby Show mashup:



Stay cool, my friends.