by Jac Kern
56 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With Jenny Slate’s new,
ahem, “abortion comedy” Obvious Child
coming to theaters (no word on a Cincy screening yet), I could highlight
many examples of the comedian’s genius: Marcel
the Shell with Shoes On;
Mona Lisa from Parks and Rec;
“PubLIZity” on Kroll Show;
even the f-bomb heard ‘round the world on her SNL debut.
But I truly cannot get enough of Catherine,
one of the strangest and most hilarious little web series I’ve ever watched!
Take about 30 minutes and watch this gem from beginning to end. Then lather, rinse,
Nearly 20 years after Tupac
Shakur’s death, a police officer present at the scene that night has come
forward to reveal the rapper’s last words: “Fuck you.”
Conan O’Brien is a true
talent, and I love the guy but I’ve hardly tuned in to his show since his move
to TBS (kind of like how I “support” local restaurants but still just eat Taco
Bell anyway sometimes). But I did tune in recently to catch what is apparently
a recurring bit: Clueless Gamer. Conan, not a big video gamer, tests out a new
or classic game, mocking various aspects to comedic results. Last week Conan test-drove
Watch Dogs, which was released across
Conan and I are about the
same speed when it comes to video games. He can’t help but focus on the
futuristic fashion choices and unrealistic aspects or run over a sidewalk of
people with a stolen UPS truck or, in turn, inevitably perturb avid gamers. Bill Murray.
to be living the life of a retired playboy, despite the fact that he’s still
active in Hollywood. Besides being a pretty much universally loved actor
comedian, in his off time he’s campaigning to be inducted in the Cool
of Fame. In his latest move, Murray addressed a bachelor party at a
steakhouse on finding “the one,” and then led the group in lifting the
into the air. Watch the magic here. Next up: Bill Murray delivers baby in out-of-service
elevator, fashions a diaper out of own T-shirt.
Ever noticed how Red Hot Chili
Peppers drummer Chad Smith bears a striking resemblance to Will Ferrell? According
to Ferrell, the two are confused so often
it’s beginning to become and issue. The doppelgangers met last week to decide
once and for all who was who, and which was the better drummer on The Tonight
Show (aka Where Celebrities Go to Act
a Fool). The results were predictably outstanding:
Fans of True Detective are chomping at the bit for
any clues about next season’s stars and settings. Recent rumors stated Jessica
Chastain was offered a lead, but the Zero
Dark Thirty actress claims that isn’t the case. Thankfully series creator
Nic Pizzolatto revealed a few details
about Season Two: This round — a completely new case, setting and cast — will
feature three leads instead of two (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred
in Season One), it will focus on “hard women, bad men and the secret occult
history of the United States transportation system,” and the action will take
place in a California city — somewhere more off-the-beaten path than L.A. Considering
the bit of pushback regarding the lack of substantial female characters last
season, we can likely expect more focus on at least one woman.
The AMC network bid farewell to two beloved characters recently (spoilers coming). Porkchop — Chihuahua, star of Small Town Security and HBIC of JJK Security — was put to sleep in last week's episode of the reality show. And in "not so real but also pretty sad" news, Mad Men character Bert Cooper passed away in Sunday's mid-season finale. The SC&P co-founder died right after watching the historic Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969 — but don't worry, actor Robert Morse is still going strong. Coop bid farewell to Don Draper — and viewers — in a sweet, surreal and theatrical final scene.
by Jac Kern
112 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The stoner gods have
answered our prayers by way of Taco Bell’s “first meal.” Now folks across the
country can start living mas as soon as they wake up, because everyone's favorite south-of-the-border fast food chain now
serves breakfast. Taco Bell giant unveiled the new morning menu with a
commercial that takes a dig at the golden arches:Taco Bell breakfast is
served 7-11 a.m. — 30 minutes later than McDonald’s, yet still too early for
their target demographic. When will fast food restaurants learn that the people
who really want to consume waffle tacos do not typically wake before noon?
Bill Murray can do whatever
he wants. He can crash your party, drink fancy champagne on the rocks and, now, raid
your dad's closet circa 1981.Yeah, he wore PBR pants to a recent golf outing. NBD.
Murray’s Coffee and Cigarettes co-stars and South
by Southwest buddies of
the Wu-Tang Clan are causing a stir with the release of their new album…which
apparently will consist of one single copy.
Of all the terrible reality
shows I relish in, I have never been able to get into The Bachelor/ette. I’m not sure what separates this piece of trash from
the heap of garbage I enjoy — it’s not like the materialistic, bratty children
in Botoxed old lady bodies known as Real
Housewives don’t perpetuate negative female stereotypes, but I enjoy shows
that are somewhat self-aware and poke fun at themselves, and The Bach just doesn’t do that for me.
So, any show in the vein of 2003’s Joe Millionaire
that misleads women who signed up for a TV dating show is a winner in my book.
In a new show coming to Fox, 12 women will compete for the affection of a man
they claim to believe is Prince Harry, despite what the smallest amount
of common sense and eyesight would prove — the dude’s just a redheaded
I Want to Marry “Harry” premieres this May. You know when the truth bomb is
dropped on these hoes they’ll be all, “How dare this television show
orchestrated to create ‘true love’ be
fake?!” But in the meantime we can ponder which is worse: a woman trying to
meet and marry a prince (of whom she’s obviously never even seen a photo) and
believing British royalty would dare be seen on American reality TV or a woman knowing all this mess is some
bullshit but riding that gravy train as long as possible?In what must be
the most fabulous robbery ever, three
people were arrested for stealing a replica pair of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The shoes were on
display in a Hilton
Garden Inn lobby (which is kind of rude). The trio has been released without bail
and is due back in court next month. If only clicking your heels got you out of
Vice Mayor and Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Todd Rodgers is running for
L.A. sheriff in an upcoming June election. Typically, county election campaign
coverage wouldn’t have a place in a pop culture roundup, save for maybe making
fun of an unintentionally funny low-budget ad. But those Hollywood types have
connections on the West Coast. If I lived in L.A., it would be important for me
to elect an official with not only celebrity endorsements, but a good sense of
humor as well. Therefore I’d definitely vote for Todd Rodgers, who last week
reunited (most of) the cast of Reno 911! for a series of TV spots.
Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Ben
Garant, Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Carlos Alazraqui and Joe Lo Truglio all
suited up in their khaki uniforms for the occasion. While the videos haven’t
been released yet, you can see photos here.
You may be asking,
“Why would a serious candidate for sheriff seek out the cast of a Comedy
Central mockumentary?” or “Why wouldn’t he seek endorsements from actors on a
show that is still actually on the air?” or “Isn’t Reno in Nevada? What does
any of this have to do with a sheriff election?” The answers all lie in Lt. Dangle’s signature booty shorts. But seriously, Reno was filmed at Carson Station in L.A. from 2001-2006, where
Rodgers was a captain at the time, so the cast was actually familiar with him
and his work. We’ll take any excuse for a Reno
reunion, though. Vote for Rodgers!
And here’s Samuel
L. Jackson reciting some slam poetry about Boy
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The “story” of Roger Michell’s new film, Hyde Park on Hudson, derives from the personal letters of Daisy (Laura Linney), the nominal protagonist who happens to have been a distant cousin of President Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray).
Robert Duvall lays his burden down in indie dramedy
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Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is that old coot that every rural community used to have. 'Get Low,' based in part on the true story of a legendary Tennessee loner from the 1930s, starts with a fever dream, a house afire and a figure, a man who dives from an upper-story window and staggers off as the house continues to burn. It's a pleasure to watch Duvall engaged with old pros like Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray. Grade: B.