0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
With October 31 just around the corner, there’s plenty on TV to get you in the Halloween spirit.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
When we last saw New York’s Knickerbocker
Hospital, it was in a state of shambles. The institution’s first chief
of surgery killed himself after an unsuccessful operation, and his
replacement, mad-genius Dr. Thackery, had turned to a deadly diet of
cocaine and opium to meet the job’s demands.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
We’ve moved into the Murder House, been
institutionalized in the Asylum, entered the Coven and joined the Freak
Show. This week, fans will check into American Horror Story: Hotel (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX).
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Labor Day weekend means two things for
television viewers — basically none of your shows are on this week, but
Fall TV is right around the corner!
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Seeing locals on reality TV
combines two of my favorite things: Cincinnati and trashy television. So I was
elated to hear that A&E’s Neighbors
with Benefits – a new unscripted series following swingers — is set just
north in Warren County. The show will document married couples in a suburban
neighborhood that have open, extra-marital relationships. The show hasn’t even
aired yet (it premieres Sunday, March 22), but it already has reality red
flags, as with many A&E shows filmed in Cincinnati (remember Rowhouse Showdown?).
While at least one couple on the show is confirmed local,
some residents of the Thorton Grove neighborhood near Maineville question the
legitimacy of the other couples and shooting location.
There’s speculation that a rental home outside Thorton Grove was used to shoot
the series after residents complained about associating the neighborhood with a
swinger capital. But honestly, if the worst thing about your neighborhood is
that people are having sex with each other, isn’t that something to brag about?
Marilyn Manson is all about
his pops these days. He took an unexpected but awesome role on Sons of Anarchy’s final season, saying
he took the role because he watched the show with his father, and now the two are in Paper Magazine.Cute!New show news:
True Detective Season Two is still without a premiere date, but stars Vince Vaughn,
Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams have been at work shooting the
next installment. Go here
to read more about the season’s storyline — public transportation + murder + conspiracy
— the characters and directors — various directors will take over for Season
One’s Emmy winner Cary Fukanaga — and see photos from set. (Spoiler Alert only if you
want to go in to the show with zero background info on the story.)
The ladies of Litchfield
will be back for the binging when Orange Is
the New Black Season Three premieres June 12.
American Horror Story’s fifth season will apparently take a look at the
horrid world of hospitality because Lady Gaga revealed the next setting will be
a hotel. Gaga will reportedly star. AHS:
Hotel premieres in October and here’s some totally unconfirmed juice goose (translation:
posted on the AHS Reddit thread. I don’t know about Gaga taking the lead on this
— let alone starring in three seasons amidst her very successful music career —
but the general storyline sounds good to me! And the present-day setting with
flashbacks to different eras is in line with the show’s pattern (so far, odd
seasons have been set in modern day — Murder House, Coven — while even seasons
were period pieces — Asylum, Freak Show). I love the idea of peeking in on
various scandalous guests over the years — so many opportunities for killer
Hannibal returns June 4 and
the first image is out. I’m getting Dr. Lecter-meets-SAMCRO vibes and I'm loving it.
Speaking of new shows,
check out this week’s TV column for a spring television preview. Winter might
finally be gone, Game of Thrones is coming!Zoolander 2 is officially happening, as evidenced by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson
stomping the Valentino runway as Derek and Hansel during Paris Fashion Week.
Nothing says haute couture quite like Ben Stiller’s
old ass on a runway. And if you really want to roll your eyes to the
back of your skull and never to see the light of day again, get this: I looked on
IMDB for evidence that this sequel is really happening (yes, I fact-check the
gossip rags I read; yes, IMDB is a reputable fact-checking source) and found
that Stiller is also attached to Dodgeball
2 (predictable) and Space Jam 2
Ryan Gosling must be
craving some attention since that baby of his stole the spotlight, because
he shared some cute throwback dance videos that have everyone saying, “Hey girl,” again.
Ryan, if you think we
haven’t already seen all your talent show videos and Mickey Mouse Club clips,
you are seriously underestimating the stalkiness of your fans. Speaking of, why
is there no term for Gosling fans, a la Cumberbitches? Can I bring up “juice
goose” twice in one post?
But I digress. Here’s the
little man at work:
Vince Gilligan would like
everyone to stop throwing pizzas on Walter White’s house, please. The Breaking Bad creator says fans flock to
the real house used for exterior shots in the show, and the current owners are
cool with that, except when people creep up at night and recreate the famous pizza
scene.The Dress that captivated
the Internet is dead and buried and I’m not trying to resurrect it anytime
soon, but if you are curious about the science behind why one dress looks
completely different to different people, read here. And see how good you are at
differentiating colors here — you may have a fourth cone, which means you probably saw the blue and black dress for
what is was: a goddamned blue and black dress.
And here’s Earl Sinclair
singing “Hypnotize” because it’s Thursday and we all need this.
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1, which means rent’s due, Halloween season is upon us and Netflix is shuffling
its offerings. New offerings starting today include the entire Gilmore Girls series, Romeo + Juliet and Team America: World Police. No longer available are Battlestar Galactica, Center Stage and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Find a full list of what you
can and can’t stream this month here.
In what can only be described as an offering to the
Internet gods, Drake got an emoji tattoo.Still no confirmation on whether that emoji is
high-fiving hands or praying hands illuminated by Jesus’ power.
Smart girls gained an epic win over bimbos this
weekend as George “Forever Bachelor” Clooney married lawyer/activist/author
Amal Alamuddin. Cocktail waitresses across the globe mourn as they realize it
wasn’t him, it was them.American
Horror Story: Freak Show premieres in a week and we finally have a look at some actual show
footage. This short preview packs in a lot — look out for Pepper (Naomi
Grossman), the only AHS character to
cross over into multiple seasons (you may remember her from Asylum — Freak Show takes place in 1952, about 12 years before the events of
Asylum); Sarah Paulson playing
conjoined twins Bette and Dot; Kathy Bates as a bearded lady; Angela Bassett as
triple-tittied woman (sit down, Jasmine);
Evan Peters as a man with ectrodactyly
(giving him claw-like hands); smallest living woman Jyoti Amge; John Carroll
Lynch’s terrifying clown; and, of course, Jessica Lange in her final AHS performance as the striking German
ringleader of it all.
ICYMI: Rhinegeist’s Bryant Goulding is featured in GQ’s “The 50 Best Craft Beers Every Man
Must Try.” Goulding
serves as an expert with tips on the best “stein filling quenchers,” suggesting
Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Double
Mountain Vaporizer and Moonlight Reality Czeck Pilsner for when you really want to get yo drink on.The Magic
Mike sequel will be air-humping its way into theaters next summer — without
director Steven Soderbergh or Matthew McConaughey. Magic Mike XXL will be helmed by Gregory Jacobs (who co-produced the
original); Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe
Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are all set to
reprise their roles. Newcomers this time around include a very curious mix of
actors: Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett
Smith, Andie MacDowell and Michael Strahan. The official synopsis, found here, is equally confusing. Didn’t the dudes move to Miami at the end? Didn’t
Channing Tatum quit stripping for his dead-faced nurse friend?Am I the only one who wishes SNL’s weird ‘90s sitcom sketch was a real show? By far one of the
funniest moments of Saturday’s season premiere.
Apparently this isn’t the first skit of its kind
with Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett — check out this very sexually tense episode with
Andrew Garfield, which was cut from his episode last May. From the stiff acting
and awkward delivery to the constant laugh tracks, applause and “ooohs,” this
bit nails that weird, satirical, almost Tim
& Eric-esque humor that’s so popular right now. Hopefully we’ll see it
again later in the season. No movie trailers this week, but know that Zombieland 2, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Taken 3 are all happening so we can probably just give up on movies for now.
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Children of the ‘80s likely
remember Jem, the glitziest high-tech
cartoon of the decade. The series followed Jerrica Benton (hottest name ever), band manager and HBIC at Starlight Music who used a holographic computer to
transform into the frontwoman of Jem and the Holograms. It’s basically the
blueprint for every show featuring secret alter-egos (lookin’ at you, Hannah
Montana). Well, Jem is getting the
movie treatment now, thanks to Jon Chu
(director of fine cinematic offerings like Step
Up 2: The Streets and Justin Bieber:
Never Say Never). This will be a modern, LIVE-ACTION remake. May I make a
For more Jem fun, go here to check out this horrendous/hilarious
Not Safe For Humanity spoof, courtesy of my little sister (pray for her).
Broad City is just the best. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer rocked the first
season of their Comedy Central series — peep the finale tonight at 10:30 p.m. —
and the show’s been renewed for a second season. Here’s the duo adequately
expressing how I feel when depositing my tax return check.
CityGet More: Comedy
Want to watch Lady Gaga’s
new music video? Well you better have an hour and a love for all things Bravo.
The vid features the Real Housewives of
Beverly Hills ladies as a family band, Andy Cohen as God, Gaga as a wounded
phoenix or some shit, a synchronized swim team and four minutes of damn credits. Enjoy!
Ever since it was revealed
that American Horror Story would
follow an anthology format — with each season taking on new characters,
settings and themes — audiences have been speculating about where each subsequent season
would take us. I always hoped for some kind of dark sideshow set in the early
20th century, like a scarier, grittier Water
for Elephants. We’ve seen a murder house over the course of a century, an
insane asylum in the ‘60s and nearly the entire timeline of witchcraft and
Voodoo. Thankfully for weirdos like me who want to be scared by the creepy underground
world of old-timey carnivals, the wait is over. American Horror Story: Freak
Show is a go!
Ryan Murphy tweeted the
news Monday and here’s what we know so far: This season
will take place in Jupiter, Fla., (Palm Beach) in 1950. Jessica Lange, AHS queen for every season (this will be
her last), will portray a German Marlene Dietrich-type character
running one of the last freak shows in the States. Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson,
Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates have all signed on for the season
— they will reportedly
play the “freaks” at hand. Many other AHS alum are in talks to join this
carnival, thought the show tries to keep some details under wraps to surprise
the audience (ahem, son of Bloody Face). The season will premiere in October.
So, Kim and Kanye are on the April kover
of Vogue. Here’s some behind-the-scenes shit featuring little baby North, who
consistently has “Da fu?” face. Get used to it, gurl.
Former TV judge Joe Brown
was arrested this week for losing his shit in a court room. The mustachioed judge
was later released on his on recognizance, but not before giving us face in his mega-grump mug shot. Judge Joe Brown was cancelled last year.
Bradley Cooper and Louis C.K. both appeared in American Hustle, but a new video circulating connects the two in
another interesting way.
Louis C.K. hosts Saturday Night Live this week.
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American Horror Story: Coven (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX), as the subtitle suggests, is all about witches. Of course, this is no Hocus Pocus
— the series will jump across time and the country to feature
modern-day witchcraft, 19th-century Voodoo and the Salem witch trials.
In present day, witches are rare and in danger.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
New Orleans Hip Hop artist and “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia was
twerking back when Miley was still “Hannah.” Her booty-shaking anthems like
“Azz Everywhere” command crowds to pop their shit — Cincy was lucky to get a
taste of Big Freedia during the 2011 MidPoint Indie Summer Series. Now that the
world has gotten wind of twerking, completely taken it out of musical context
and become grotesquely obsessed with it, Freedia is here to tell us the true
story of bounce music and booty dancing. Check out the new docu-series Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
on Fuse debuting Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11 p.m.
Big Freedia hosted Guinness World Twerking Record dance-off in New York
City Wednesday. Yes, there is now an official world record for “most people twerking at
1:05 - Twerk, Grandma, TWERK!
Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night —
his second major award hosting gig this year (He also filled the role at July’s
Tony Awards). NPH did a fine job, but the skits and monologues were nothing to
write home about. Maybe he needs a break from being the face of every awards
After an excruciatingly long intro monologue (saved barely by the
flawless Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), the night kicked off with the award for Outstanding
Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Nurse
Jackie’s Merritt Wever answered everyone’s prayers by skipping an
acceptance speech altogether to give us a bathroom break (turns out Wever
wasn’t shooed offstage for time considerations as speculated — she was just
nervous, which is adorable).
Veep’s Tony “Buster Bluth Forever” Hale nabbed the Supporting Actor in a
Comedy prize, later reprising his role as the Vice Prez’s bitch boy onstage
when co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.
Other notable wins of the night:
Anna Gunn (Skyler White, Breaking
Bad) was finally validated with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
after portraying a major love-to-hate character for five seasons. Breaking Bad was also awarded as the
best drama series, because obviously. Side Note: For those unable to watch
Sunday’s Breaking Bad series finale
in real time and all you pathetic chumps still not caught up, social media can
be a landmine of spoilers. That’s why Netflix created the Spoiler Foiler, which censors the tweets in your feed that
contain “breaking,” “bad” or other “danger words.” But until we see the day
when people realize “I can’t believe XX killed XXX” is not share-worthy
commentary, no one is truly safe.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama was full of worthy contenders:
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones),
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Jonathan
Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut, Breaking Bad)
to name a few. But it was Bobby Cannavale who deservingly took the trophy for
his role as Gyp Rosetti, Boardwalk Empire’s
Season Three villain. As much as I adore the other nominees, Cannavale’s take
on the dangerous, hypersensitive Italian gangster Gyp was a performance to be
James Cromwell won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his
role in American Horror Story: Asylum (the show’s only major win, despite
having the most nominations). Cromwell is great in everything from Babe to Six Feet Under, but his role as this sexually repressed mad
scientist was truly chilling.
Finally, The Colbert Report beat
The Daily Show (among others) for Outstanding Variety Series, breaking
Jon Stewart’s 10-year winning streak (although Stewart is actually an executive
producer for Colbert, so he kind of
to see all the nominees and winners.
Richard Simmons (who really seems to be popping up everywhere lately, which I'm loving) got done up in drag to pay tribute to his fave Emmy nominees
(Richard Simmons dressing up like a man can also be considered drag, I
If you needed an explanation for why hashtags are inherently stupid, you
probably have much more pressing problems than those confined to social media.
But thankfully, besties Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are here to drop
some knowledge. #truthbomb
Because women aren’t perceived as nagging bitches enough, there’s Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train to call out dudes for not minding
their personal space on public transportation. ONLY MEN DO THIS! Including the
one and only Robb Stark, actor Richard Madden.
The American Horror Story:
Coven trailer is here! After AHS’ lineup of signature
teaser videos, we finally get a glimpse of what wicked witchery lies ahead. The
series premieres at 10 p.m. Oct. 9 on FX. (Teasers followed by the first trailer at 3:38)
by Jac Kern
In what can best
be described as #whitepeopleproblems, Will Smith inadvertently caused a county-wide
school lockdown last week in Ambridge, Pa. An area high school was organizing a
Fresh Prince of Bel Air themed dance (whatever
that means) so, naturally, some students were getting really into it —
19-year-old Travis Clawson even changed his voicemail recording to his own
cover of the iconic theme song. Unfortunately, an local office receptionist was
not in on the joke.The woman did not understand the voicemail recording when she called Clawson
to confirm an appointment (it has not been confirmed whether or not this woman
was in a coma from 1990-1996, but that is really the only justifiable excuse
for not knowing that tune). At some point during the recording, perhaps when
she heard “shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school,” the woman was worried
there had been a school shooting (“shootin’ some peo-ple outside of the
school?”) and called the police, who issued a lockdown at that high school and
all other schools in the county. Of course, it was soon discovered that their
was no incident and everyone was cleared. But it just goes to show you... Parents Receptionists Just Don't Understand
As Eminem so
eloquently said, Will Smith don't
gotta cuss in his raps to sell his records, but what’s considered a cuss word these days? Ask Lil
Poopy. This 9-year-old Boston native raps about lots of stuff kids like, such
as money, fine foods and coke. Yeah, Lil Poopy calls himself a coke boy (he also calls himself Lil Poopy), but,
according to the “Pop That Remix” lyrics, “Coke ain’t a bad word, Coca Cola/Coke ain’t a
bad word, it’s only soda.”
Vice featured the
tiny rapper in January,
but Poopy’s making news again now as his father is being investigated by family
services. (Thanks, Amberly!)
Did you know
Chipotle has a secret menu? The next time you’re in the Mexican fast food
mecca, try ordering a Quesarito. You know, if you could use a spare 1500
calories. Bask in its cheesy, caloric glory!
Cruises can’t seem
to catch a break these days, and I’m not talking about Tom’s quest for a new
robot bride. Ever since that Carnival Cruise became a gigantic floating overflowing toilet last month, people are not
really into vacationing by boat. Partly because of this, CityBeat now has to
find a new annual team-building event because the Mark McGrath & Friends Cruise has been cancelled.
SPOILER ALERT, maybe: American Horror Story rumor time! Fans
of the show have been theorizing the next season’s theme since co-creator Ryan Murphy
announced there were clues about the next season throughout Asylum. Many of the actors from both
previous seasons will be returning, including Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Lily
Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Sarah Paulson and Frances Conroy. The third season’s theme,
which changes with installment, still remains a mystery.
Here’s what we know: Set to premiere in October, this season will jump around time periods, but will
primarily stay in the present. It will take place in a setting where “true
horror has happened” (three locations, apparently). “Evil glamour” will be a
theme and Murphy has said it will be a more humorous season and he hopes to include a Romeo and Juliet-like romance,
similar to the relationship between Tate (Peters) and Violet (Farmiga) in Season One. After scrutinizing the
last season for clues, hearing songs like “Love Potion No. 9” and “I Put a Spell on You,”
my watch-group and I were hoping for a voodoo storyline taking place in the
swampy south, like New Orleans. But the Internet by and large agreed the next
season would be devoted to witches (not necessarily throwing out our wish —
voodoo is practiced by witch
doctors). And when it was announced that Kathy Bates would be joining the
season (breathe, breathe, breathe), the witch theory
seemed perfect. Can you imagine Bates and Lange as two badass mystic bitches?! AHS alum Dylan McDermott thinks so!
According to the actor, who played Ben in the inaugural season and Johnny “Son
of Bloody Face” in No. 2, the next chapter will follow the Salem Witch Trials. SQUEE!Because everyone loves lists, Complex counts
down the funniest comedies of all time, from The Three
Stooges to 30 Rock.
Hey, ever wondered how
many people were killed off in Quentin Tarantino movies, and how they bit the
dust? Miramax got you.