ICYMI Pop Culture Round-Up (July 17 edition)

So many things have happened in the past few days, pop-culture wise, so in case you missed any of it, here's one post to summarize things for you.



One of the most awaited movies of the year is of course the eighth movie in the Star Wars saga, this one ominously titled The Last Jedi. And at the recently concluded Disney D23 Expo, we didn't get a new trailer, but we did get a very special behind the scenes video.  We get new footage, cast members singing and dancing, and if you don't tear up whenever the late Carrie Fisher shows up, then your heart has already turned to stone.



Probably almost all private school kids were made to read Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time in school. If you didn't appreciate it then, I dare you to read it again now, especially before the movie comes out in March of next year. The trailer looks amazing with a mix of magic and sci-fi and good-looking people. And yes, I plan to re-read the entire series as well. 



Unfortunately for us who were not in the room where it happened (heh), we can only rely on the descriptions of those who were actually able to see it (no secret cameras here, darn it). The teaser sounds pretty jam-packed with characters and details, so reading about it and actually seeing it may be worlds away. But for now, we have to rely on frame by frame details like this

Oh and we do get a first look at the big bad Thanos. Sort of.



After much clamoring from fans, the glass ceiling has sort of been broken on Doctor Who. When the Doctor regenerates into Thirteen in the December special, Jodie Whittaker will be playing her! Yes, we finally have a female Doctor. While most people are pretty excited about this, there has also been a backlash from some fans who can't accept the fact that there can be a doctor that is not a white male. But who cares, can't wait for December and then the next season! Don't screw this up guys!



The announcement of their deaths came just a few hours after each other, and film enthusiasts honored them by remembering their contributions to cinema and pop culture.

Walking Dead and zombie fans owe a lot to Romero because he brought the zombie genre to life (heh) in the Night of the Living Dead series of movies in the 60s and 70s. The ending of that first movie still haunts me to this day. I won't spoil it for you, just watch it if you can.


Landau had a lot of memorable roles, but I'll remember him most for his Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (he won a Best Supporting Oscar for that), the guy chasing Cary Grant in the Mt. Rushmore scene in North by Northwest and as Jack Malone's (Anthony LaPaglia) dad in Without A Trace.


It feels like forever since we last watched Game of Thrones and so after this long hiatus, everyone was pretty psyched. Initial thoughts here since some have probably not watched it yet (so no spoilers)

  • That cold open was one of their best ever! I kinda knew what was going to happen from the first frame, but it was still oh so satisfying and goosebumps-inducing. The North remembers!
  • The much-talked about cameo by a famous pop singer was pretty cool, especially since we did hear him sing of course. Now will he appear in more episodes, that is the question. And will fans riot if he gets killed off?
  • The Hound gets the best lines in this episode, doesn't he? 
  • The arrival of a main character in a place that I will not name is oh so satisfying but oh so bitin. Can't wait to see that character interact with even more characters. Especially that other main character. HA!
  • I really thought it would be more than one hour since we only have seven episodes this season. Oh well. Can't wait for next week! 



Trailers unveiled during this year's San Diego Comic Con

In case you missed all the trailer goodness, both for movies and TV shows at the San Diego Comic Con 2016, here is all of them so you can watch them in one place :) 



Of course I'm most excited about Doctor Strange because of my unwavering love for anything that Benedict Cumberbatch is in. The trailer gives off a very trippy, Inception-esque vibe with all the weirdness that comes with it. I'm in the middle of reading the Season One comics, and it seems to have the same spirit. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch :) (Coming this November)


And of course, everyone's favorite Amazonian's full trailer did not disappoint. It is not as dire and dark as the past DC movies, so expectations for Wonder Woman are pretty high. Plus, you can't get that music out of your head.  Coming: 2017


I am still cautiously optimistic about the Justice League movie, given our recent history with DC movies. But Jason Momoa looks gorgeous and menacing and Ezra Miller seems perfect as Barry Allen (although I still feel bad for Grunt Gustin. But I think we can love them both).  Coming: 2017


I'll reserve judgement until after I watch the movie. But safe to say, I'm not that excited about Suicide Squad, to be honest.  SHOWING: August 4


Now this one, I'm pretty excited about! Will Arnet for the win! Coming: 2017


Seems like a grittier take on the King Arthur legend, because of course Guy Ritchie is directing. It's weird though that Merlin is not around. And hey, Charlie Hunnam, thanks for turning down 50 Shades and doing this instead. (David Beckham is in too, but you can't see him in the trailer. Boo) Coming: 2017


I'm not that big of a Potterhead, but this looks cool. And of course, Eddie Redmayne makes everything interesting.  Showing: November 17



OF COURSE THIS IS THE ONE I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT!!! Let's hope it gives justice and even improves on Neil Gaiman's novel. American Gods, I can't wait to meet you!!! Starts January 2017


Legion also looks pretty interesting and trippy and weird. It's also weird to see Dan Stevens so far from Matthew Crawley. It looks very much unlike the other superhero shows on TV right now. Let's see... Starts early 2017


The 3rd new series I'm interested in, only because it's my brother's favorite comic superhero. It would also be interesting to see if Finn Jones can do justice, at least according to the fanboys who are still not too keen on him. Starts March or April 2017


Not such a fan of Luke Cage the character, but Daredevil and Jessica Jones were pretty awesome, so maybe this can sway me.  Starts September 2017


Not really a trailer, but a teaser. And yes, super psyched for this as well


Not a new series but the second season of a very under appreciated series. You guys, you have to start watching the first season before the second one drops! Second season starts either late 2016 or early 2017


Not really a Trekkie, but this will probably be the first of their series that I'll be watching. 


SHERLOCK SEASON 4!!! That is all. Also, see my all-encompassing love for anything Cumberbatch