by Jac Kern
8 days ago
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The fellas of Mad Men showed off their mad manes (sorry)
when Jon Hamm and Pete Campbell revealed some pretty epic ‘dos to the public
this week.Let’s start with
Mr. Draper. Apparently in all my research of Jon Hamm (Read: browsing his
free-ballin’ pics), neither I — nor the rest of the
Internet — realized the star had appeared on the short-lived dating show The Big Date in 1996. The USA Network game show was hosted by Mark Walberg (the Antiques Roadshow one, not the triple-nipple one). Then-25-year-old
Hamm, identified on the show as a waiter, rocked the classic ‘90s parted shaggy
‘do (which I like to call the Shawn Hunter).
And as if that wasn’t enough to confuse your boner (or ladyboner), just watch as he
describes his perfect first date: (Cut to the 2-minute mark for Hamm’s
introduction, but seriously just watch the whole thing).
TOTAL FABULOUSITY! For
some unknown reason that will go down as one of life’s biggest mysteries, Hamm
did not go on to win a date. FOR SHAME!
OK, fast forward
to modern times at the Mad Men premiere
party last week. Vincent Kartheiser aka
Pete Campbell showed up looking like he started to pull a Britney
before changing his mind and running to the red carpet.Apparently the actor shaves his bang area (why does that sound so dirty) so his character Pete
can have a receding hairline — because
obviously — but couldn’t he achieve that look with makeup and a bald cap? Or
why not just shave the whole thing? This is especially bothersome to me because, as a child, I was convinced you didn't need to "grow out" your bangs once you grew tired of them, you just had to cut them off. This could have been me: WHAT IS HAPPENING
final season premieres Sunday night at 10 p.m. on AMC. Like Breaking Bad, this final season will be split between this year and
next. Read more in this week’s TV column.
This week in movie
remake fuckery: The Goonies 2 is
realized Leno wasn’t backing out of retirement this time, so he hopped on the
bandwagon and announced he’d be
leaving The Late Show in 2015. Chelsea
Handler also recently revealed she’ll be leaving E! when her contract is up in
a few months, and is one of many celebs rumored to be considered to take Dave’s
place. (Her first change: Swap out Stupid Pet Tricks for Stupid Vagina Tricks.
Or maybe just Stupid Tricks, a game show with hookers? Call me for more ideas,
Chels!) Stephen Colbert is at the center of these rumors as well,
as his Colbert Report contract also ends
at the end of this year. Meanwhile Late Late host and Letterman follow-up Craig
waits in the shadows as 75 percent of Americans still think Craig Ferguson is
"the black guy from The Office."
Iconic album art
like The Beatle’s Abbey Road can transform
ordinary places into fan destinations. Check out these classic record
covers inserted into their respective Google street view locations.
women with a hardcore love for Disney turn me off — everyone’s entitled to a
nostalgia fest every now and again, but you should not see Frozen three times in theaters if you do not have a child in your
life. And there’s a new announcement for you:
hosted Saturday Night Live for the
first time this weekend and her debut featured not one but two nods to Disney
with her Beauty and the Beast-themed monologue and, later, a Little
But — as you’ll see from the links — Kendrick’s stint was anything but basic.
Bravo, Anna! This will certainly be a highlight episode of the season.
Could you use
$500,000? Have you always wanted to be on TV? Are you either a soft-spoken
racial minority or a loud-mouthed racist?
Big Brother is casting its 16th
season and the crew will be in Cincinnati next month to scope prospects. According
to the online application, casting is curious about important personal
information like applicants' weight, hair color and a “self biography” of a
whopping 70 words. Those interested in being locked in a house, recorded 24/7
by 65 cameras and 98 microphones and pitted against some of the worst human
beings on the planet can apply in person at Mount Adams Pavilion between 11
a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, May 2.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Cincinnati may be 20 years behind the times (according to that old
adage), but no more than two months after New York's Dominique Ansel Bakery birthed the cronut
— a magical, croissant-donut hybrid — the Queen City’s already got local
bakeries with our own varieties. Holtman’s Donut Shop
is serving up the pastry at its Loveland location and Savor Catering sells them at Roebling Point Books, Bow Tie Café and Left Bank Coffee (they
even offer “croughnut holes!”). Better yet, the cronut is actually still trendy
in its homeland, drawing long, early-morning lines and even high price scalping
on Craigslist, so we’re really not that passé after all!This happened. Via AV Club:<br>
When Big Brother first made
its U.S. debut in 2000, I recall being excited to witness some actual
uncensored drama go down with an online companion to the television show (Oh innocent,
early Internet era me). What would producers actually show? People peeing?
Nipples? Sexy time? F-bombs? Now, of course, that’s practically standard fare
for a boring Housewives hour. More
than a decade later, we still have Big Brother and it’s still uncensored online,
it’s just a little surprising what’s getting caught on camera. Basically, this
bunch — Season 15 — is a group of bona fide racists, a bunch of regular Paula
Deens. But we’re not talking about backwoods idiots who don’t know any better
or politically incorrect Daniel Tosh wannabes. These are people who can’t refer
to their Asian roommate without listing off the Panda Express menu while making
Fans have been upset that producers weren’t showing any of this behavior
on the actual telecast (these shining moments were only seen online), but some
real gems were exposed on Sunday night’s episode. Watch a roundup of This Week
in Big Brother Racism,
ya know, if you want to just hate
humanity some more. With a title so innocent,
who would have thought the show could
expose so much evil?!
Comedy Central’s Inside Amy
Schumer finished its first season with a bang last week. The comedian’s series,
which has been picked up for a second season, was stellar — the perfect mix of
stand-up, on-the-street interviews and sketches and, while it was clearly
targeted to women, it was funny across the board. The episode closed with Amy’s
stand-up, where she brought out her opening act, Bridget Everett (the
martini-guzzler seen in the finale's “Crazy Sex Tips” sketch). While
the clip isn’t available online now, Bridget performed a similar bit on an HBO
Skip to 3:30 for the song I’ve been shouting out the car at strangers
for the past week. And yes, that’s Ad-Rock in the back. Bridget Everett, marry me!
Breaking Bad’s final episodes air starting Aug. 11, but will that be the end to all
the Bad characters we’ve come to
love? The rumors of a Saul Goodman spinoff are getting more and more credible
as BB creator Vince Gilligan says he
and producer Peter Could have a concept in development that they plant to seriously pitch once Breaking Bad comes to a close
Artist-type Steve Lovelace got a lot of attention last year for his
Corporate States of America map in which Lovelace selected a brand that best represented each of the 50 states.
(Ohio got Wendy’s. JBCs for all!) Now, he’s done it with booze.
Quick question: WTF is Hoppin’ Frog?!
Last week was all about callin’ bitches on online. Prime example No. 1:
The Vegan Sellout
site — which has since been wiped from the web — a forum for calling out vegan/vegetarians
who do not practice what they preach (i.e. people who “hold secret barbecues,”
gave up the lifestyle to wear leather or claim to be vegan but eat meat on
occasion). Whether this was a product of veg saboteurs or the most pretentious,
backwards-thinking vegans ever is yet to be determined. Over in
the Hamptons, James Cuomo is getting loads of credit for forming a Facebook
group called “Douche spotter,”
aimed at targeting weekenders who infiltrate Hamptonites' homeland with their nasty rat
faces every summer. I’m typically all for calling out bad parking jobs and
fashion nightmares (these make up most of the photos), but not so that some waspy a-holes can feel better about themselves. Ironically, Cuomo definitely looks like a douche himself. Join the group
here, and see why it totally warranted a GD New York Post story. Hey, people with voluntary restrictive diets and/or East Coast upbringings: Mind ya bidness!Better late than never obsession: British sci-fi dark comedy, Misfits. It’s everything I wish True
Blood still was, only in the U.K. instead of Louisiana. Young delinquents + freaky storm + crime + super
powers + sex + camp = I’m on the third season and I haven’t even been watching
for a week! Thanks, Hulu!Texas gym teacher Deal Irby wore the same ensemble on every school picture day for 40 years! Meanwhile, I can barely fit into my T-shirts from four years ago. BRB, gonna go drink my lunch now.