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by Jac Kern 03.04.2014
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I Just Can’t Get Enough…Oscars

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

And just like that, “Awards Season” comes to a close. Does anyone else think it went out with more of a bore than a bang?

Sunday’s Oscars were preceded by the Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday. I was introduced to this indie movie celebration last year and was pleasantly surprised by the fun, fast-and-loose nature of the show in addition to its highlighting of lesser-known, smaller-budget films compared to the Academy Awards. Maybe it was due to Jameson no longer sponsoring the event/getting everyone wasted; perhaps it was the fact that many of the winners went on to receive Oscars in similar categories the very next day. Either way, I found this year’s show, hosted by Patton Oswalt, to be just a little blah. See for yourself here.

Sunday night was not much of a departure from that feeling. I do love me some Ellen — she can always deliver consistently funny material everyone can relate to. She picked on stars without being too mean and rocked some fab suits, but it takes more than that to keep me awake through a 15-hour production like the Oscars.

But there were plenty of both touching and funny moments throughout the night. Supporting actor and actress winners, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o, delivered thoughtful, emotional acceptance speeches (while looking freaking gorge). Leto — who I still can’t believe was the oldest nominee in that category — spoke about his mother’s inspiring perseverance, the conflicts in Venezuela and Ukraine and the victims of AIDS as well as discrimination (both central themes of Dallas Buyers Club). He also looked sharp in a cream tux with burgundy tie and the most coveted ombré locks of any human man.

And, clearly, the 42-year-old gets his looks from his hot ass mother. But seriously, maybe we should consider the fact that Jordan Catalano is a vampire. Any thoughts, Pharrell?

Speaking of, Pharrell performed his Oscar-nominated hit, "Happy," in what appeared to be a legit GAP ad circa 2003.

Lupita Nyong’o, who won for her role in 12 Years a Slave, also gave a heartfelt acceptance speech. Everyone is crushing on Lupita right now, myself included, but let’s talk about her equally attractive brother, Peter.

They’re basically the Kenyan Tegan & Sara in that they are super hot siblings with super cool androgynous hairdos.

Fans of Her (which nabbed Best Adapted Screenplay) no doubt cried, rewound, and cried again as Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performed “The Moon Song” from the film, which totally got shut out by that stupid Frozen song everyone (including local weather guys) won’t shut up about.

Broadway darling Idina Menzel went on to perform the Frozen's “Let It Go,” but not before John Travolta’s Thetin levels temporarily crashed, causing him to forget how to speak.

This, of course, sparked a hilarious Adele Dazeem twitter account and John Travolta name generator. My Travoltified name is Jessica Kzing!

Early in the evening, Ellen was kind enough to order a few pizzas for all the starving celebs in the audience, which led to what will be known forever as The Selfie* That Broke Twitter. The star-studded pic has more than 3 million retweets, the most of anything ever #sorryobama.

*I just can’t with the term “selfie” anymore. I’m tired of the way newspeople say, “selfie” like they’ve coined some new generation-defining trend. Haven’t people been taking pictures of themselves via an extended arm since forever? Much like “hipster,” this term lives on thanks to the diligence of out-of-touch white people trying to be current.

America’s bestie Jennifer Lawrence was nominated, so naturally she fell on the red carpet. Warning to JLAW: We love you. You’re a “real woman” according to people, which means you’re not a robot I think, but you don’t constantly have to flaunt that fact by tripping and talking about eating fries all the time. You’re bordering on the Zooey Deschanel “adorkable” territory that has forced me to despise the banged, blue-eyed beaut. I still love you, JLAW — you cited Caroline Manzo as your American Hustle character inspiration for Chrissake — you just don’t have to push the clumsy slob persona all the time.

As far as winners go, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club cleaned up pretty well with three wins each and Gravity dominated the technical and directing categories, garnering a whopping seven awards. The Academy essentially said, "And none for you, American Hustle," and people are still crying over Leonardo DiCaprio's continued Oscar losing streak.

OK, that’s all the important stuff. Peep all the winners below.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena

12 Years A Slave

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender,12 Years A Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf Of Wall Street

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo Dicaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Animated Feature

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine

Frozen

The Wind Rises

Best Cinematography

The Grandmaster (Philippe Le Sourd)
Gravity
(Emmanuel Lubezki)
Inside Llewyn Davis
(Bruno Delbonnel)
Nebraska
(Phedon Papamichael)
Prisoners
(Roger A. Deakins)

Best Costume Design

American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)
The Grandmaster
(William Chang Suk Ping)
The Great Gatsby
(Catherine Martin) Totally blocked this one out of my memory.
The Invisible Woman
(Michael O'Connor)
12 Years a Slave
(Patricia Norris)

Best Directing

American Hustle (David O. Russell)
Gravity
(Alfonso Cuarón)
Nebraska
(Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave
(Steve McQueen)
The Wolf of Wall Street
(Martin Scorsese)

Best Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)
Cutie and the Boxer
(Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher)
Dirty Wars
(Richard Rowley, Jeremy Scahill)
The Square
(Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)
20 Feet from Stardom
(Nominees to be determined)

Best Documentary Short

CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff)
Facing Fear
(Jason Cohen)
Karama Has No Walls
(Sara Ishaq)
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
(Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
(Edgar Barens)

Best Film Editing

American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten)
Captain Phillips
(Christopher Rouse)
Dallas Buyers Club
(John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa)
Gravity
(Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
12 Years a Slave
(Joe Walker)

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Great Beauty
(Italy)
The Hunt
(Denmark) I tried to watch this on Netflix but the subtitles were faster that the actual audio and video, which made it impossible to watch. Had to turn it off, but ILY MADS.
The Missing Picture
(Cambodia)

Omar
(Palestine)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
(Stephen Prouty) Jesus H, a Jackass movie is nominated for an Oscar.
The Lone Ranger
(Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny) I guess turning Johnny Depp into a fauxtive American deserves recognition?

Best Original Score

The Book Thief (John Williams)
Gravity
(Steven Price)
Her
(William Butler, Owen Pallett)
Philomena
(Alexandre Desplat)
Saving Mr. Banks
(Thomas Newman)

Best Original Song

“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
“Let It Go” (Frozen)

“The Moon Song” (Her) ROBBED
“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Production Design

American Hustle (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)
Gravity
(Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard)
The Great Gatsby (
Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Her
(K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena)
12 Years a Slave
(Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker)

Best Animated Short Film

Feral (Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden)
Get a Horse!
(Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)
Mr. Hublot
(Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
Possessions
(Shuhei Morita)
Room on the Broom
(Max Lang, Jan Lachauer)

Best Live Action Short Film

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) (Esteban Crespo)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre
(Just Before Losing Everything) (Xavier Legrand, Alexandre Gavras)
Helium
(Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?
(Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (Selma Vilhunen, Kirsikka Saari)
The Voorman Problem
(Mark Gill, Baldwin Li)

Best Sound Editing

All Is Lost (Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns)
Captain Phillips
(Oliver Tarney)
Gravity
(Glenn Freemantle)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
(Brent Burge, Chris Ward)
Lone Survivor
(Wylie Stateman)

Best Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)
Gravity
(Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
(Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson)
Inside Llewyn Davis
(Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)
Lone Survivor
(Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow)

Best Visual Effects

Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
(Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)
Iron Man 3 (
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick)
The Lone Ranger
(Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier)
Star Trek Into Darkness
(Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
Captain Phillips
(Billy Ray)
Philomena
(Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
12 Years a Slave
(John Ridley)
The Wolf of Wall Street
(Terence Winter)

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)
Blue Jasmine
(Woody Allen)
Dallas Buyers Club
(Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack)
Her
(Spike Jonze)
Nebraska
(Bob Nelson)

 
 
by Kelsey Kennedy 02.25.2014
Posted In: TV/Celebrity at 08:44 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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'Downton Abbey' Season Four Finale

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Oh, blah. I don’t know about you, but I was expecting more out of Sunday's finale of Downton Abbey Season Four. The entire season, in general, seems to have lost its touch. Moments that used to flow together now seem forced with excessive violin string plucks. And have I mentioned I’m still grieving for Matthew? I think the reason why I am left so unsatisfied with this season is the fact that the characters have been, well, happy. (By English standards).

So where does this leave the cast of Downton?

Mary, who seems to be stuck between her two men, has a decision to make regarding her future. She continues to refer to her son without any affection and turn her nose down at Rose’s bad decisions.

Paul Giamatti’s cameo as Cora’s brother was the only surprising thing to happen during the 92-minute finale. I became bored with his American “bad-boy” act rather quickly. His relationship with Rose’s friend was dull because there was no character background to support the story. Come on, Fellowes! Make me connect and bond with the characters before you make them fall in love with Paul Giamatti.

Edith still remains the strongest, most progressive character on the show. With her boyfriend missing, she went abroad and had a damn baby in Switzerland. Toward the end of the episode, Edith makes a deal with the local pig farmer to secretly raise her baby. Will Michael Gregson appear again next season? Is he secretly involved in some Nazi business?

If you can’t get enough of Lady Edith, Laura Carmichael hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit’s r/television thread Monday. She talks about taking Downton personality quizzes online says about her fictional baby daddy’s disappearance: “It’s a mystery. It’s always a mystery to us, the cast, when they do these storylines. We’re constantly trying to figure out where a character is going to go next. We read the script, Charlie (Gregson) and I, and were as in the dark as everyone else!” Read more here.

I suppose this season needed to be one of healing, since most of our characters have endured extreme trauma (Anna). I expect Season Five, which is filming now, to bring the heat. I need death, I need scandal. Because as much as I hate to admit it, the constant agony these characters are put through makes for some damn good television.

Until next season.

 
 
by Jac Kern 02.19.2014
Posted In: TV/Celebrity, Culture at 03:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Miley Cyrus kicked off her Bangerz tour in expected fashion: with a mini-Britney, a gigantic phallic hot dog, the return of the infamous foam finger and Miley entering the stage via a giant Miley head, sliding down a giant Miley tongue. Here’s a look at this recent performance of “Party in the USA,” basically a children’s patriotic school play, if said children drank a bathtub full of molly-laced Kool-Aid first.

Side note: This is what U.S. History class will look like in 2064.


We’re more than halfway through the Olympics and the U.S. is currently in third place for medal standings with 23 medals —the most decorated country at this point.

There have been some ups and downs: Superstars Shaun White and Shani Davis failed to attain medals and other U.S. favorites scored much lower than expected. But history was made with Charlie White and Meryl Davis winning the first U.S. gold in Olympic ice dancing; bobsledder Steven Holcomb again broke a 62-year losing streak for the States (he and Steve Langton won bronze in the two-man race, medaling for the first time since 1952; Holcomb in 2010 also led his four-man sled team to the country’s first medal in that event in 62 years); and the U.S. commanded the podium for men’s ski slopestyle as Americans Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper took home the gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

The best spectacle came on the ice rink, though. Is that any surprise? With music, dancing and sparkly costumes, the other sports just don’t compete when it comes to entertainment. Retired ice princess Johnny Weir hasn’t missed a step with his flawless looks while providing figure skating commentary for NBC — Gawker has been on Weir Watch, documenting his sassiest ensembles and accessories.

Is anyone else kicking themselves for having just discovered Russian skating god Evgeni Plushenko? The highly decorated figure skater embarked on his fourth Olympics in Sochi this year after undergoing surgery on his spine in early 2013. Plush won Russia’s first gold at the games, competing in two team events before kicking off the figure skating short program. Sadly — and right after NBC aired an amazing reel on Plush and his very interesting history — the skater injured himself during practice, just before he was about to compete. Plush withdrew from the event, retiring from his sport effective immediately.

So this kind of thing happens all the time with athletes who push their bodies to the limit. But Plushenko is more than just a talented skater. He was a presence — with “top three in Russian woman” wife — as this now-viral showcase (aka not a competition) performance proves.

And finally we have The Faces of Figure Skating, which pretty much speaks for itself.