by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With Halloween coming up
Friday, we’ve got lots of costumes to look forward to/dread: over-the-top
celebrity ensembles, clever pop culture costumes, folks who didn’t get
the memo that Halloween is not an excuse to be racist. But we get an awesome
early costume from Paralympian Josh Sundquist.
The athlete lost his left leg as a child and couldn’t be any better of a sport
about it, as evidenced by his creative costumes year after year. This time
around, he’s a foosball player.Holy shit, Harry Potter can rap.
LeVar Burton has read countless books to children
during his time on Reading Rainbow.
But now, Burton just wants kids to Go the
Fuck to Sleep.
Let’s talk about last week’s SNL. Jim Carrey hosted for the third time, this one in advance of
the upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel (so help us, god). If you’re wondering why
the comedian never starred on the sketch comedy show, instead getting his big
break on In Living Color, he tried
— read more about his failed auditions here. While the episode had its low points — more on musical guest Iggy Azalea later —
Jim Carrey served up classic Jim Carrey insanity with plenty of physical
humor, face-morphing impressions and even a walk down memory lane with
his characters from the past 25 years. Best of all was his take on the weird
Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ads.
Then there was Iggy Azalea. The musical guests so
far this season have all catered toward a mostly younger audience, but that’s typically the
case. And whether you’re sick of her faux Atlanta rap-cent or you still have
“Fancy” as your ringtone, Iggy has churned out hit after hit over the past year
and she should have been able to produce at least a mildly entertaining
performance. But she did not. Both performances flat-lined, plagued with bad lip
synching to less-than-stellar pre-recorded tracks, awkward quasi-dancing (you
don’t have to have choreography just
because you’re a girl, you know) and featured artists with whom she had zero
chemistry. And I know following every episode of SNL someone writes a “Was this the worst performance in SNL
history?” commentary, but you really have to watch the uncomfortable, dead-eyed
performances for yourself.
It seemed more like a skit making fun of white girl
rappers than anything. But it stands as a reminder that ass alone does not a rapper make.
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Pardon my Seinfeldism, but what is the deal with kids
on competition shows? First there was MasterChef
Junior, where kids who have been
cooking since they were in diapers compete to impress Gordon Ramsay and other
chefs. Now there’s Project Runway:
Threads with little
Tim Gunns that know their way around a sewing machine better I can ever dream
(hot glue is my savior). Do you want me to feel inferior to 9-year-olds?
Apparently you can permanently alter the color of
your eyes if you hate yourself just enough!
Marcel the Shell is back! Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s lovable personified shell returns
for the first time since 2011 with a new video and a book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On went
viral in 2010 but the short film actually has critical accolades, too: It was awarded Best
Animated Short at AFI FEST 2010, was an official
selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury and
Audience Awards at the New York International Children's Film Festival. (You
know, just in case you needed any further proof that Jenny Slate is the best.)
And speaking of new installments of viral videos,
there’s a new Between Two Ferns with —
as Zach Galifianikis calls him — Bradley Pitts.
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: Paddington Bear, a character made popular through
children’s books since 1958, gets the live-action treatment in Paddington;
A troubled young man finds the will to live when his young but more mature
niece is put in his care in Before I
and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Chelsea
Peretti has a stand-up special coming to Netflix next month, One of the Greats.
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
HBO’s True Detective came to
an end Sunday with an intense finale to the anthology series’ premiere season. Over
the course of eighth action-packed and thought provoking episodes, fans watched
detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle work a case for nearly two decades. Like American Horror Story, next season will
take on a new set of detectives working another case in a different
setting. When so many shows judge
success by the number of seasons they’re able to churn out, it’s refreshing to
enjoy a complete story, from beginning to end, in such a condensed amount of
time. The finale garnered so many viewers on HBO Go, the live-stream service
crashed Sunday night.
But no amount of acclaim and popularity protects a show from parodies —
quite the contrary, it seems. Here are a few gems:
And if you're hungry for another crime drama, Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan has a new show in the works. Battle Creek, starring Dean Winters (Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock, The Mayhem Guy) and Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Fergie's hubby) and will follow two detectives named Milton and Russ. Hmmm...
Swansons: Want to disappear off the Internet? LifeHacker has some tips for
erasing your social media footprints to stay off the grid.
RIP Ke$ha! No, the
trash-pop “singer” didn’t meet an untimely demise, but the $ in her stage
name (turns out Kesha is her actual birth name) did. Upon her exit from rehab
for an eating disorder, Kesha unveiled a new twitter handle, @KeshaRose, which revealed she
was dropping the $. It’s always great to see people get healthy, and using a
dollar sign as a letter in your name is fucking stupid, but what will these changes mean for
her music/celeb persona? Can the girl who popularized whiskey as dental hygiene
make the leap to squeaky-clean good girl?
And speaking of
hot mess makeovers, the new Oprah-backed Lindsay Lohan docu-series Lindsay premiered on OWN Sunday. The
mighty O offered Linds $2 million to complete the filming of eight
episodes for her network (in addition to one-on-one interviews aired throughout
the show). The premiere was considerably boring for being the first “real,”
inside look at the troubled star’s personal life. Honestly, it felt more like Celebrity Hoarders than anything. There
were some genuinely sad moments — Lindsay was essentially forced to skip an AA
meeting due to a crowd of stalkerly paparazzi threatening the others’
anonymity; she struggles to find a stable apartment she so desperately
needs for her continuing recovery because no one wants her in their building
(without a hefty insurance fee) — and some thinly veiled digs at the actress — an
optimistic Linds explains how proud she feels to be independent, only to have the screen cut to her personal assistant moving all of her belongings from one hotel
room to another without help. But if the series trailer is any indication, drama is
forthcoming — particularly in a scene where Oprah tells LL to “cut the
has been entertaining audiences with his spoof-talk show Between Two Ferns since 2008. The comedian has interviewed some of
the most famous actors and personalities as well as Tila Tequila. The latest
episode raises the bar by featuring none other than Barack Obama, further
proving that the prez should just move to Hollywood in 2017. It is also
revealed that Galifianakis has not been filming his segments in some public
access studio, but rather the White House. Enjoy:
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis:
President Barack Obama from President
Everyone with a
human heart loves ice cream, but perhaps no one appreciates a good soft-serve cone
more than this dog.
Lena Dunham hosted
Saturday Night Live last week. The Girls creator did a fine job with the
material she was given, which is pretty much the overall consensus of this
season (writers, up ya game!). One highlight was how SNL dealt with Girls.
Obviously they have to address the show, her nudity and the ridiculous
characters in it, but without relying on it as the punchline for every joke.
Instead, the Girls spoofery was
limited to a previously filmed faux trailer for (The First) Girl, complete with the reprisal of Taran Killam’s spot-on Adam
Lena Dunham - The 1st Girl (Eve) - SNL
3-8-14 by IdolxMuzicCate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler and other stars are in Cincinnati right now for the filming of the upcoming movie, Carol. We're keeping a close watch on Paulson's Twitter (she's the only star that has an account) and, according to our research, so far she has definitely been to CVG airport and a local CVS. Keep @CityBeatCincy abreast of any celeb spottings you may experience during this magical time!
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When selecting television bits to feature in this column, I’m
constantly trying to balance out all the funny programs I love with
dramas and other options. To me, comedy is like pizza — whether it’s
simple or sophisticated, cheesy or over-the-top, there’s something for
everyone and it’s usually pretty good.