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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It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter.
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Last month, one of the greatest, most
influential Rock bands to come out of the Cincinnati music scene, The
Afghan Whigs, announced their return to the concert stage.
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One of the greatest television shows of all time came to an end Sunday
with the series finale of Breaking Bad. Without going into spoilery detail
about this last episode, the finale was truly satisfying for fans of the show.
Often times, even great shows can have disappointing endings that leave
storylines ambiguous and questions unanswered. Breaking Bad wrapped up fully,
touching on nearly every main character and plot point. Alas, it is still
emotional to say goodbye to a beloved series. Thankfully, we’ll get a little
more Bad with the latest spin-off, Huell’s Rules!
Huell's Rules from Lavell Crawford
Just kidding. But the Better Call
Saul spinoff is actually a go (although it is a comedy and will likely be a
prequel, having nothing to do with Breaking
Bad aside from the Saul character). Bad
creator Vince Gilligan also has his next project lined up —a CBS cop drama
titled Battle Creek, which Gilligan actually wrote for the network more than a decade ago.
Cop drama? CBS?! OK…
Natalia Rojas compiled the
profile pictures of every single Facebook user and the finished product looks
Zooming in, you’ll find more
than 1.2 billion people, in order of when the user first signed up for the
soul-sucking site. Nothing but grains of sand, amirite? Check out The Faces of Facebook here.
While some of us are still trying to process Lifetime’s hot mess of a
biopic, Anna Nicole, New York City
Opera recently staged a show based on the ill-fated pop culture icon’s life
(which happens to have the same inventive title). Read Vice’s glowing review
(loljkjk). Anna Nicole Smith has her own opera. Wasn’t Anna Nicole the human a parody
in and of herself?
Ever notice your favorite HBO shows having overlapping actors? The HBO
while two years old now, charts the actors that have appeared in at least three
episodes of an HBO scripted series from Oz
to Game of Thrones.
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel are in a feud. It all started with Kimmel's sketch about the rapper’s recent BBC interview,
which barely can be considered a parody as the child actor in “Kimmel Kid
Re-Kreation” is directly quoting Kanye.
The skit rubbed ‘Ye the wrong way, sparking an onslaught of angry tweets
(since deleted) and even a personal phone call to the late-night host. Kimmel,
who was behind the viral “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” prank video, swears this is not a fake feud.
Pete and Pete have a podcast! Danny Tamberelli and Mike Maronna, co-stars of the ‘90s
Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete
& Pete and members of the Ginger Hall of Fame have teamed up on a new
monthly podcast. The first episode takes the TV brothers to Portland, Ore.,
site of Petefest, an actual festival for Pete & Pete fans. Listen to the
first installment of The Adventures Of Danny And Mike here.
Hate your job? Got a shitty boss? Live vicariously through this chick
who quit her editing job at Next Media Animation (the folks who create those
funny animated interpretations of “news stories” like Charlie Sheen’s 2010
reign of terror at the Plaza Hotel)
by making her own viral video.
Here’s a Cracked article poking fun BuzzFeed list-icles. Pot, meet kettle.
Between Two Ferns is back! Zach Galifianakis’ interview with Justin
Bieber might actually be the best PR move for the teen angst-ridden drop-crotch enthusiast.
Between Two Ferns with Zach
Galifianakis: Justin Bieber from Justin
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Get ready to treat yo’self, because Parks and Recreation (8 p.m. Thursdays, NBC) is back with an hour-long premiere this week. This sixth season opens with the Pawnee
crew in London, where Leslie is honored with an international “Women in
Government” award. Expect Leslie, Ben, April and Andy to take in the
sights as Ron preaches his disdain for all things European.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With two episodes of Breaking Bad left, everyone’s gone a
little Walter White crazy — you’d think actual meth fumes were being released
from our televisions. Jimmy Fallon & Co. have had a Breaking
Bad spoof in the works for a while now, teasing fans all the while with
photos and hashtags like #JokingBad.
The nearly 13-minute sketch is a hilarious Late Night take on Bad,
starring Fallon as Walt and (Steve) Higgins as Jesse and complete with all the references
you’d expect, plus some cameos you wouldn’t. Bask in the glory that is “Joking
Bad!” (Mild spoliers from seasons 1-4, if you’re being picky.)
And while we’re at it, check out
Drakeing Bad — a blog of illustrations by Barry Schwartz and Shea Serrano (who
brought the world Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book)
featuring iconic Breaking Bad scenes…with
rapper/former Degrassi High student Drake randomly inserted, replacing various
characters. Again, sort-of spoilers abound, so anyone who intends to watch Bad but isn’t caught up should proceed
with caution (if at all). And may god have mercy on your soul.
Saturday Night Live returns to NBC
for its 39th season Sept. 28 (Tina Fey will host; Arcade Fire is the
musical guest) and with the new season comes lots of changes. We already know Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader will no longer be gracing
the SNL stage with their presence this year, and now newcomer Tim Robinson has been banished to the writers’ lair (JK, maybe it's really cool there). The rest of 2012-2013’s
cast, including soon-to-be Late Night
host Seth Meyers, is sticking around.
New people: Fresh featured players
will include Beck Bennett (that suited dude in the AT&T commercials
who spends far too much time in children’s
classrooms), Kyle Mooney (he and Bennett are in comedy group Good Neighbor), Upright Citizens Brigade member and Cracked contributor Noel Wells (the only new female to join the
cast), SNL writer Mike O'Brien, Comedy
Central’s comic to watch Brooks Wheelan and John Milhiser, another UCB-er.
Meyers will retain his Weekend Update duties until he takes over Late Night in February and, possibly,
throughout the full season. Last year’s featured player Cecily Strong will join
him at the desk and take over Weekend Update when Meyers eventually leaves.
Strong was probably best remembered for her character, Girl You Wish You Hadn’t
Started a Conversation With at a Party (which I still think is kind of meh) and
a pretty accurate interpretation of a porn star-turned-home shopping model.
We’ll see how she transitions into this much larger role!
Confession time! I’m kind of seriously into Insane Clown Posse Theater on Fuse. I
turned it on as a joke once, but now I actually find it pretty hilarious. (Note:
If anyone sees me rocking JNCOs and cornrows while drinking Faygo, send help!) It’s
basically Mystery Science Theater 3000 but with ICP’s Violent J and Shaggy 2
Dope unleashing their offensive insights on an array of music videos.
They also bring on
guests like Tom Green, Coolio and comedian Jim Norton, talk with them for a
little bit, react to more videos and then awkwardly tell them to leave. I never
would have guessed ICP could be so entertaining and —dare I say — likable! I
mean, I’d think they would just objectify video vixens, which they certainly
do, but there’s an equal amount of homo-erotic comments I’d never expect. And their constant
inaccurate facts that have to be corrected onscreen get me laughing every time.
At the very least, add this to your “drinking show” watch list, because that is
a perfectly acceptable pastime as well as a good way to categorize TV shows,
OK? Catch ICP Theater at 11 p.m.
Wednesdays on Fuse.
Taystee from Orange
Is the New Black (Government name: Danielle Brooks) is gonna be a Girl,
the series’ first black female character.
Every mother and girlfriend’s worst nightmare was was released Tuesday
as Grand Theft Auto V. The game
allows players to wreak havoc on the streets of San Andreas, get high and drunk
and even check out a strip club where dancers in private rooms give a topless
show (digital boobs!). So yes, the infamous game has and will continue to spark
controversy and backlash over the amount of violence and overall incorrigible
behavior, but anyone with half a brain cell who watches or plays the game can
see it is rife with satire, almost making fun of the culture it represents. The
visuals, attention to detail and amazing pop culture and allegorical Easter
eggs woven in the game are nothing short of astounding. Get your character this Drive-esque jacket and crush skulls in style!How often do you think, “Good job, fast food restaurant,” or “Smart
advertising, national chain eatery!”? Probably never, and that’s why Chipotle’s
new promo, The Scarecrow, is getting so much attention. The
fast-casual Mexican chain has cut ties with McDonald’s (its former majority
partner) and plans to be the first U.S. restaurant chain to go GMO-free. Now,
with this haunting anti-factory farm ad (with a little help from Fiona Apple on
vocals), Chipotle is taking its “Food With Integrity” motto even further.
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The Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. Sunday,
CBS) celebrate the stars of the small screen and while the spotlight is
on the television shows, it’s always telling to see who’s been chosen
to host these grand ceremonies. Neil Patrick Harris will “suit up” (as
his TV character Barney Stinson would say) this year to host Sunday’s
program, a task he’s certainly prepared for.
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The motorcycle gang thriller that’s subtly influenced by the story of Hamlet — Sons of Anarchy (10
p.m. Tuesdays, FX) — returned Sept. 10 for its sixth and penultimate
season. President of biker club SAMCRO Jax Teller must remain true to
himself as he balances smart moves for the club against what is safe for
his family’s future.
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As HBO’s gripping period piece Boardwalk Empire
(Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday) returns for a fourth season, months
have passed since last year’s explosive finale. It’s February 1924.
Nucky Thompson has been lying low, eventually making peace with mob boss
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards melted the face off the Internet, so if
you’re still trying to form an opinion and sift through gif reactions, or you’re
one of those people pretending you don’t know what the VMAs are — the Moonman
has been around since 1983 and the VMAs have been pooping out
pseudo-controversy for just as long. You know what they are. Sit back down — don’t worry, momma’s here.
If you really don’t watch the VMAs, it’s important to understand that the V and A do not
matter — MTV rarely plays music videos, as we all know, and no one ever
remembers who actually wins the Mooman by the end of the night. The respected
academy of critics are teens who vote for whichever marginally talented star tweets
the most. You watch for the pop culture experience — whether it’s Fiona Apple’s
“bullshit” acceptance speech, the Britney-Madonna kiss or Beyonce’s baby bump
announcement, crazy shit goes down at the VMAs. And this year was no different.
The big draw of the night was Lady Gaga’s big comeback. It’s been two
years since a big performance and release, and Mama Monster also is back from a
hip injury that kept her out of the public eye for a bit. Gaga opened the show
with her new single, “Applause,” which was welcomed by audience boos (those
turned out to be staged. Gaga — go figure.). The performance looked like some
kind of jazzy, art school, off-broadway number, complete with dudes in leotards and onstage
weave and costume changes, ending in LG in a big ass brown curly wig, a mermaid
shell bra and thong. Her body was siiiiick
(eat it, haters) and it was nice to see her look/act like a human — this is not the
meat dress-wearing, alien goth princess, Jo Calderone Gaga. This is ARTPOP
Artists.MTV, Music, Lady
She seemed a little more down-to-earth, if that’s possible? Like she was
having fun, and not taking it too seriously. Which is good, because her new
song is in a fucking Kia commercial.
Next up is the kind of moment that makes careers
and ends presidencies. Just kidding. It’s just Miley! So I (like every human
with access to the Internet) detailed my roller coaster of emotions when I first
watched Miley Cyrus’ video “We Can’t Stop.” And I must say, I have no problem
with MiCy growing up and changing directions. Alternatively, I have no problem with her being a completely fake, manufactured product (cut to Lady Gaga —Government Name: Stefani Germanotta — looking like the normal girl she
actually was less than a decade ago, on an episode of Boiling
Points. Most pop stars were once Hannah Montanas before their producers gave them "molly"
and a rejected Rihanna beat, OK?). I have no qualms with her getting an fierce
haircut and wearing denim diaper shorts and
juxtaposing her former good girl image with her current hot lady looks. But there's a difference between shifting
from Country to Pop or Disney kid to edgy starlet and purposefully quashing
your saccharine image by motorboating a woman's thonged butt on TV just for the
shock factor. I see you Miley, and I will not respond to you.
One note I must make about the performance is Miley did share the
spotlight with the black chicks from her "We Can't Stop" video. (Side note: those giant bear
backpack apparatuses they’re wearing look really heavy!) Many critics of the
vid questioned why these “friends” only appeared in one scene of the video,
when she appears to be so immersed in black culture throughout (See: Conversation
on cultural appropriation
I’m not prepared to start here). Once Miley was done assaulting her backup
dancers, rubbing her fur-covered crotch and definitely not lip synching (for
better or worse), the two songs that had everyone clutching their pearls this
year came to an uncomfortable head as Robin Thicke made his way onstage.
Thicke’s video for “Blurred Lines” sparked up just as much controversy
as Miley’s in recent months. From scantily-clad models (plus a naked one in the
uncensored version) to lyrics like “I know you want it” — plus dumb hastags
all over the place — there were bound to be some haters. But, doesn’t that
description sound comparable if not tamer than nearly any popular music video
circulating right now? Now, I can understand the concern about the subject of
“blurred lines” when there is so much right-wing bullshit about rape culture
going on right now. But the video came out in March, and it wasn’t until
recently, once a few people started writing about their disapproval, that other
folks started recycling these opinions and making parody videos that completely
miss the point. Look, I’ve got a soft spot for Robin Thicke. He started off more
than a decade ago as an R&B singer — he’s got a smooth-as-a-baby’s-butt
voice so of course his songs are
going to be sexual and of course some of his videos are going to feature sexy
girls. He’s married to actress Paula Patton, whom he’s been with since he was
16. They have an adorable son named Julian Fuego. If anything, Miley would corrupt him!
So Miley rips off her PedoBear onesie to reveal the two-piece from the
“Blurred Lines” video and everyone realizes yes, she’s going there. The world
looked on in sheer terror as she twerked every which way upon Thicke, stroking
him and herself with a We’re No. 1 finger you see at hockey games. Miley’s butt
looked really scary and Robin looked like Beetlejuice.
Let’s all cleanse ourselves by looking back on Thicke’s earlier, hairier years.
One actual quality performance of the night came from Justin Timberlake.
Sure, he’s ubiquitous, but damn, the dude is talented. JT sang and danced his
way across every stage in the Barclays Center, never missing a beat or breath, touching on
hits from all throughout his career. Naturally, everyone was waiting for the
anticipated *NSYNC reunion, and every time a cluster of male back-up dancers
rushed onstage, I thought that was the moment. Finally, four shadowy figures
emerged from an illuminated stage, and Justin joined them in the center.
I hate to be a spoilsport, but, *NSYNC, you’re tearin’ up my heart. Nearly any
millennial Pop lover was either a Backstreet Boy or *NSYNC fan, and I was
more of an *NSYNC girl. Nevertheless, when I recently had the opportunity to
attend the BSB reunion concert of PNC Pavilion, you better believe I screamed
my lungs out with the rest of the crowds of pathetic women. I had to hand it to
the ‘Boys — they looked more attractive as 40-year-olds than they did 20 years
ago! They were in shape, still had their chops and were really good sports
about it. The concert really was a fun time. So when I saw an overweight,
wobbling Chris Kirkpatrick struggling to pull his jacket over his tummy, I
could not focus on anything else. A single tear ran down my cheek. And why the
hell, of all songs to play during this rare moment, would they sing
“Girlfriend?!” I still love you, *NSYNC, but reunion wasted, in my opinion.
VMA, Artists.MTV, Music, Justin
More stuff: This picture is NOT the Smith family reacting to that Miley mess I
just recounted. This is a still taken during Gaga’s performance and it’s not
even an accurate reaction, so stop sharing it, ya losers.
Drake, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kanye also performed,
and no one is going to say anything about that. Drake reminds me of a dinosaur
and his song was really boring. Kanye performed in a shadow in front of a
screen cuz he’s a dad now and he can’t be bothered with camera close-ups, guys.
The camera cut away to reaction shots from Taylor Swift so often, she should be credited as a co-host. Good god.
Katy Perry’s new song "Roar" ended the night with a boxing-themed performance
by the Brooklyn Bridge, but it seems like everyone was too busy freaking out about
Miley to notice. It was pretty fun, but apparently it sounds a lot like Sara
VMA, Artists.MTV, Music, Katy Perry
news, even D-list celebs, Like Dharma & Greg’s Thomas Gibson can get
Breaking Bad’s Anna Gun (Skyler White) wrote a New York Times op-ed about how everybody
HATES her — or at least the character she plays — any how this widespread
abomination doesn’t seem to carry over to male characters on television.
"Beauty and the Beat?"
In his latest video, my newest hero Todrick Hall takes it to the next level and
tells the story of Cinderella using the music of Beyoncé. Rupaul’s Drag Race star Shangela plays the fairy god mother.