by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Throughout history, people
have often said they can remember many details about where they were when they
heard monumental news: the moon landing or JFK’s assassination, for example. So
it is likely we’ll recount to our children and grandchildren what we were doing
when we learned of the most recent Great American Tragedy: The Solange-Beyoncé-Jay
Z Feud of 2014.
Just weeks ago, sisters
Beyoncé and Solange Knowles were playfully performing onstage together at
Coachella. Now, Solange has all but erased her
sibling from her life (well, from her Instagram, at least).
The fallout comes after the
release of an elevator surveillance video from the Met Gala after-party in
which (supposedly) Solange Knowles (apparently) attacked (a man who might be)
Jay-Z as Beyoncé (reportedly) stood by. Check out the video here.
This shit is a goldmine for
gossip rags every media entity, so rumors, anonymous reports and vague
speculations are coming out of the woodwork regarding all three recording
artists. Some say Solange was just being a drunk mess and flipped when Jay told
her to chill out; others report Solange has concerns about Jay’s fidelity and
Beyoncé has become his robot bride; it’s also being speculated that the stunt
is just a piece of performance art arranged by James Franco.
At the end of the day, we
can all hope the trio will work things out, because they are a fambily.
And speaking of, shout out to my friend Miranda who brought it to my attention
that the sisters sang the theme song for the early-2000s Disney animated
series, Proud Family. Never forget.
Now, cue the “Drunk in an
Usually when your grandma
discovers social media, it can be an embarrassing disaster. Not if your grandma
is a badass bitch, though. Enter Baddie Winkle.
With a Twitter and
Instagram tagline that reads, “stealing your man since 1928,” Baddie lives up to her name
by posting pictures of her babely outfits, words of wisdom and videos of her
twerk game. BuzzFeed calls her “the most hardcore grandma on the Internet.”
And she’s a local! Baddie hails from Williamstown, Ky., just a few miles south
of Cincinnati on I-75. Represent, Baddie!
Macaulay Culkin was
trending this week when his pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, Pizza
Underground (yes, yes, a million times yes) tweeted an epic photo of Culkin.
Kevin McAllister himself is seen wearing a T-shirt with a photo Ryan
Gosling…wearing a T-shirt with a photo of Macaulay. Meta, for sure, but not to
be missed in the photo is the awesome Pizza Underground coffee mug. I’ll take
one of each, please.
BREAKING: Add another layer
to this meta-ception.
(Totally ‘shopped, but I
Like it or not, Ben Affleck
is the new Bruce Wayne in the upcoming (and still untitled) Batman vs. Superman movie. Check out the first look at the
actor in character with the new and improved bat suit and Batmobile here.
Plenty of great authors
have odd writing process quirks, and A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones creator George R.R.
Martin discussed one of his writing secrets on Conan this week. When asked if he was ever worried about a computer
crash or virus deleting any of his lengthy works-in-progress, the writer
revealed he uses WordStar 4.0 on a DOS — essentially a dinosaur of a word
processor on an ancient computer not connected to the Internet. Because when you’re
writing fantasy work about the Middle Ages, you get into character as much as
Game of Thrones is in the final four episodes of the season, but we’re in for a bevy of
new and returning shows this summer. Check out this week’s TV column for a
summer show preview. We’re
really looking forward to HBO’s The
Leftovers and Cinemax’s The Knick,
to name a few.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
There are moments when the stars and planets are in near-perfect
alignment as a comet crosses the night sky and the movie gods cast their
smiles on the screen, and a film dares to come close to living up to
the undeniable hype that has been heaped upon its frames. It would
appear that Christopher Nolan has produced just such an occurrence with
the finale to his Batman trilogy.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
You Are My Superhero, opening
Sunday at Dayton Art Institute (DAI), is here to rescue art lovers from
the summer blahs. The difference starts at the door, where there’s $2
off for wearing a superhero costume.
Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen team up for breezy romp
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Channeling the post-slacker comic stylings of Seth Rogen into a heroic fantasy would seem far-fetched even in an alternative reality, and Michel Gondry’s precious indie vision clashes wildly with the CGI-dominated frames of most of the current crop of comic book and graphic novel translations. But it is in these contradictions that 'The Green Hornet' finds its groove. Grade: B.
Reinventing the creation myth behind franchise films
1 Comment · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We’ve gotten so jaded about the hackneyed, hyperactive “franchise films” that Hollywood floods us with each summer — X-Men Origins: Wolverine, anyone? — that we fail to recognize when the movie business comes up with a good new idea.
Dissecting the big fictional dramas of the moment
0 Comments · Sunday, August 17, 2008
I can mark my life as a Baby Boomer -- and maybe, too, our changing
society -- by the ongoing waves of cultural impact Batman has had. As
Boomers have grown into adults, Batman has stayed with us as a