Pop Cultured Summer 2015 – August

Summer is upon us! Which means its that special time of year where a lot of things happen, but also don’t happen. The movie blockbusters are coming in at full force, while TV takes it easy (sorta). There will also be plenty of concerts and events to fill up those wonderful summer days and nights. So here are some of the things I’m looking forward to!

AUGUST

After a jam-packed July (so much so that I didn’t have a chance to go see ANY movies I wanted to see), August slows down considerably. Once I actually get around to seeing my July (and honestly, some of the June movies), the one movie coming out this month I want to see is Fantastic 4 (Aug. 7). I know a lot of people have their doubts about it and I’m still not entirely sure about it, but I’m trying to be optimistic! Plus, how could I say no to this cast? Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jaime Bell! That’s an awesome young cast and I want the best for them.

I’ve been spending my summer catching up on shows I hadn’t gotten around to watching. Among those shows was Playing House (Aug. 4), which is going into its second season. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s a comedy about two childhood best friends, who now face a new challenge in their lives. In season 1, with Maggie pregnant and her marriage ending, Emma decides to uproot her entire life and move back to their hometown to help Maggie. Season 2 will see more of the awesome friendship and what happens now that Maggie and Emma are taking care of baby Charlotte.

And what’s summer without concerts? Some of my One Tree Hill faves, Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele, are taking their joint European tour to Canada for a few dates! They’ll be hitting Toronto on August 24th, and I’m just SO excited about it!

Pop Cultured Summer 2015 – July

Summer is upon us! Which means its that special time of year where a lot of things happen, but also don’t happen. The movie blockbusters are coming in at full force, while TV takes it easy (sorta). There will also be plenty of concerts and events to fill up those wonderful summer days and nights. So here are some of the things I’m looking forward to!

JULY

Music in general has been a little slow for me, and by that I mean there hasn’t been a whole lot of new music coming out that I truly love. I suppose it’s sort of a good thing, seeing as how I don’t have very much time these days to be searching for new music and even so, I haven’t had much time to just sit and listen. All that ramble is to say that despite that fact (or maybe because of), I still manage to have one album I look forward to. On July 17th (yes, a Friday, because the industry has decided that new music releases get dropped on Fridays starting this month), PJ Morton and the Crusade will release their live CD/DVD Live Show Killer. PJ Morton is an incredibly talented musician, who is best known these days for working with Maroon 5. Don’t let that stop you (if you happen to not like Maroon 5, for which, shame) from listening to PJ’s solo work, which is a wonderful mix of R&B, pop, blues, and jazz. PJ assembled his own group of musician friends to put on this live concert back in May, and the result is this release.

Besides the stuff that premiered last month, TV maintains its laid-back summer style, with only two shows (both of which are kinda similar) that I’m excited to see. The first is the return of Hollywood Game Night (July 7), which is just SO much fun to watch, with the celebs and a great way for me to put my pop cultured brain to use. In the same vein, SyFy will premiere Geeks Who Drink (July 16), based off of the popular bar trivia contest, wherein two trivia pros and a celebrity will come together to compete against another team. Oh, and Zachary Levi plays host and executive producer for the show.

What’s the summer without movies? Though July brings about A LOT of movies, there are only three coming out this month that I really want to check out. Of course, we’ve got the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man (July 17), starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly. I know people have their doubts, especially after Edgar Wright left, but I have faith that at the very least, it’ll be a fun time at the movies. Also opening on July 17th is Trainwreck, a comedy starring and written by Amy Schumer, and directed by Judd Apatow. Flipping the script a little, the movie is about a commitment-phobe woman re-thinking her beliefs that monogamy isn’t possible when she meets a good guy (played by Bill Hader). The other movie I’m looking forward to is Southpaw (July 24), which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope, a boxer whose life falls apart after a tragedy and he must fight to get it back together. With a script from Sons of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter, directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film also stars Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, and Eminem (who was initially eyed for the lead) serves as the soundtrack’s executive producer.

Oh, and there’s also a little thing this month called San Diego Comic-Con; maybe you’ve heard of it? All kidding aside, I am SO EXCITED for it! This will be my third year going and I can’t wait for awaits me down in San Diego.

San Diego Convention Centre

 

 

 

 

Pop Cultured Summer 2015 – June

Summer is upon us! Which means its that special time of year where a lot of things happen, but also don’t happen. The movie blockbusters are coming in at full force, while TV takes it easy (sorta). There will also be plenty of concerts and events to fill up those wonderful summer days and nights. So here are some of the things I’m looking forward to!

JUNE

Yeah, that thing I said about TV taking it easy? Well, by the look of things, it doesn’t really look like it. First of all, my favourite summer show, So You Think You Can Dance (June 1), is back! Some changes are afoot for season 12, the first being that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be on the judging panel. I understand having Paula as a judge, Jason not so much. The biggest change for SYTYCD however, is that they will be doing Stage vs. Street – meaning the Top 20 will consist of 10 dancers with formal training (Stage) and 10 dancers with no formal training (Street). The logistics of how that will ultimately change the show’s fundamentals can be read here. Syfy continues to add some interesting new shows to their lineup with Dark Matter (June 12) and Killjoys (June 19), both of which are Canadian-made and American co-produced. Dark Matter, based on the comic book of the same name, is about a spaceship crew that awakens with no memory of who they are or how they even got there, and now must work together to figure out those secrets and survive. In Killjoys, Hannah John-Kamen, Luke Macfarlane, and Aaron Ashmore play a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters. While we’re on the topic of space, I’m actually quite excited to check out The Astronaut Wives Club (June 16), based on the true story of the women who were left behind as their husbands ventured into space. It’s an interesting time period to look at, but I’m actually just really excited about the cast involved: Joanna Garcia Swisher, Odette Annable, Yvonne Strahovski, Wilson Bethel, Bret Harrison, and Desmond Harrington are the more recognizable names. Then there’s Zoo (June 30), based on author James Patterson’s book about a not-so-distant future that sees all the animals in the world revolt against humanity for how we’ve treated them over the years. The so-called limited series (though CBS said the same thing about Under the Dome and Extant, which are going into seasons 3 and 2) is a suspense thriller with a slight tinge of sci-fi – all good considering one of the writers and executive producers on the show is Jeff Pinkner, one of the men responsible for Fringe. Lastly, June sees the return of Suits (June 24) and Graceland (June 25). Season 5 of Suits will see the fallout from last season’s ender, with Donna leaving Harvey and working instead for Louis, and of course, there’s that little thing of Mike and Rachel being engaged! Meanwhile, with season 3 of Graceland, we finally get the answer to whether Mike is dead or alive (he has to be alive though right? Hurt/damaged but alive.)

On the movie side of things, the only movie I’m REALLY looking forward to is Inside Out (June 19). It’s a Pixar movie, featuring a voice cast that includes Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling! I’m sorry, that’s just a no-brainer. I’m excited for everyone to see Love & Mercy (June 5), a movie about Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys, during two very critical times in his life. It’s a film I saw at last year’s TIFF and just really great.

June will see the release of two albums that I’m really looking forward to!. The first is Tori Kelly‘s “Unbreakable Smile” (June 23). After this post, I went and downloaded more of Tori’s previous releases. I’m still in love with her song “Nobody Love” and can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like. Joy Williams, formerly of The Civil Wars, will be releasing her first solo album “Venus” (June 30), since the band’s break-up (she released 4 albums prior to forming The Civil Wars). Based on her first single, “Woman” (which for the record, is co-written by Matt Morris, a wonderfully talented musician in his own right), Joy’s new sound is a departure from what people may expect (that is, if they’re expecting just The Civil Wars’ sound but solo) but it is entirely refreshing.

Pop Cultured Summer 2015 – May

Summer is upon us! Which means its that special time of year where a lot of things happen, but also don’t happen. The movie blockbusters are coming in at full force, while TV takes it easy (sorta). There will also be plenty of concerts and events to fill up those wonderful summer days and nights. So here are some of the things I’m looking forward to!

MAY

Obviously the first thing we have to talk about are the MOVIES! Because as is tradition now, the first May weekend kicks off the summer blockbuster season, and this year, we start off with The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)!! To say I’m excited would be an understatement (this also applies to just about anyone who cares about the Marvel movies). I’m fairly certain I’ll be watching it a couple of times in theatres, even facing the crowds opening weekend to watch it, so I can continue with my Agents of SHIELD watching. It bugged me so much that I couldn’t keep watching AoS last April because my siblings and I hadn’t found time to watch Winter Soldier, so I’m going solo and watching it this weekend, before going again with them (which will probably be like 3 weeks later lol.) More acapella fun is to be had with the release of Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15). I absolutely loved the first movie and am so looking forward to more riff-offs and mash-ups, plus Pentatonix! Even though everything just seems like a sequel or reboot, we do tend to get some new original movies coming out – one of those is Tomorrowland (May 22), based somewhat on the Disney parks land. Not much is REALLY known about the movie, but its written/directed by Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof co-wrote the script, and the cast includes George Clooney, Britt Robertson, and Hugh Laurie, among others, so I’m pretty much in! Cameron Crowe’s latest, Aloha (May 29), stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who returns to work with the US Space program in Honolulu and attempts to reconnect with his ex played by Rachel McAdams, as he falls for Emma Stone’s Air Force pilot. I’ve always enjoyed Crowe’s films, so I’m hoping for the best; plus, Crowe has assembled a wonderful supporting cast as well, with John Krasinski, Bill Murray, and Alec Baldwin.

On the TV front, we’ll be seeing the end of the regular TV season, where cliffhangers, twists, shockers, deaths, and the occasional happy moments abound. I don’t particularly like seeing my shows end for the season, but ya know, such is TV life. Somewhere amidst all the finales though, there will be some shows premiering but frankly, nothing is standing out. I MIGHT give Wayward Pines (May 14) a look, just to see if Shyamalan can come back from his string of movie bombs, but I’m being cautious with my expectations on this one. One show I can’t believe I’m saying I’m looking forward to? The second season of Girl Meets World (May 11). So I’m not part of the actual demographic, but hey, I was a Boy Meets World fan back in the day, and I’m here for the nostalgia of it all. This season will see appearances from Mr. Feeny, Eric AND Mr. Turner! (So yeah, nostalgia.) I don’t keep up with the show regularly, but I’ll watch it when I have time and don’t feel like getting into anything else; it’s a good 20 minute mindless escape.

Music has been a little slow for me. In terms of albums, the last one I bought was Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece back in March; since then, there hasn’t been much for me to get excited about. And even so, there are no new albums (that I know of at this very moment) that I’m really excited about. On another note, I don’t even have any concerts lined up! The one possibility is The Script at the end of the month, and I may be doing that one solo, which is why I’m on the fence about it, even though I love them.