by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Eccentric millionaire type
Robert Durst — not the Limp Bizkit one, AP
— has been arrested in New Orleans amidst
gun charges and a separate investigation of his involvement in the 2000 death
of his friend Susan Berman. If you’re reading this like, “Get that hard news out
of my pop culture roundup!” you clearly missed the recent HBO docu-series, The Jinx. The show looked into the life
of Robert Durst, who had been connected to but not convicted of three separate
crimes: the 1982 disappearance of his wife, the 2000 murder of his friend and
the 2001 death and dismemberment of a neighbor. The series featured interviews
with Durst; police, detectives and lawyers involved in the various cases;
friends and family of the victims. It also resulted in new information — the
finale ended with a shocking (apparent) off-camera confession from Durst after
being cornered with new evidence. The final minutes of the episode featured
audio of Durst, likely unaware he was still mic’d up, offering self-incriminating
revelations. The cherry on top: “[I] killed them all, of course.”
In a perfect storm of
events — or perfectly calculated turn of events, depending on what you believe
— the finale coincided with the real-time arrest of Durst, who was found in New
Orleans using a false name. Filmmakers claim the timing was merely coincidence,
that they’d shared all their findings with police and were not involved with
the investigation. Durst is now locked up. To compare this to the popular
podcast Serial, it would almost be
like Adnan Syed was released from prison the day the final chapter aired.
(Although Adnan is set to present his case to the Maryland Court of Special
Appeals this month, thanks in part to the podcast.)
The whole story — of the
documentary, Durst’s life and the events unfolding in real time — has been
nothing short of captivating, taking true crime entertainment to a new level.
Now, we go from watching Durst on an HBO show to reading about him in the
news. And friends, the news doesn’t come with spoiler alerts.In less murdery news, Will Ferrell stopped by The Late Show on St. Patrick’s Day
looking like an Irish Buddy the Elf, and Letterman asked him for some of
his vintage Harry Caray realness. Ferrell obliged. So here’s Will Ferrell as
Buddy the Elf as a leprechaun as Harry Caray:
Awards season might be over
with the Oscars behind us, but the Emmys are already gearing up for September’s
show. It was announced last week
that Andy Samberg will host. Fellow SNL veteran Seth Meyers got the gig last
WWJD — What Would Joan Do?
— is probably something the folks over at Fashion
Police are asking themselves right now. Since legendary host Ms. Rivers
passed away and Kathy Griffin took over, FP
just hasn’t caught a break. First, Giuliana Rancic made some controversial remarks about
singer Zendaya’s dreadlocked look she wore to the Oscars, then Kelly Osborne
left the show, and now new host Kathy Griffin is ditching Fashion Police after just seven episodes. Since the show cannot be
carried by stylist/new panelist Brad Goreski and E.T./bobblehead Giuliana
alone, Fashion Police is
break until September (likely timed with the Emmys).Truth or Dare? Dare: I dare
you to watch this trailer for the first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary
without crying. Truth: I couldn’t.
Kimmel brought his late night show back to Austin, Texas this week for South by
Southwest. As per usual, he tricked a bunch of POSERS into sharing their
opinions on completely made-up bands. He
also offered his services to produce a commercial for Vulcan
Video, an Austin video store, with help from “local actor” Matthew McConaughey.
Cincinnati was featured on Catfish the TV Show again in last
night’s episode. If you recall, last time Nev Schulman and the Catfish crew were here, it resulted in a
really sad episode where a dude was being catfished by his own cousin because
he said she was fat once or something. This episode was also depressing, but for totally
different reasons. The episode focused on Daisy, who lives in North Carolina.
She met a guy on Instagram (need I even go on?) named Marcus, who’s from
Cincinnati. The two hit it off and continued communication via text since summer
of 2012. In the years since, they’ve never seen met one another, video-chatted or
even talked on the phone (ugh, Daisyyyyy). But wait, there’s more. Daisy has
mailed Marcus around $2,000 worth of gifts and cash over the years, including a
professional-grade camera. Oh, and Marcus is a video producer. Marcus never put
the camera or his skills to use as far as communicating with Daisy goes, so all
signs point to Marcus being a real human who is exactly who he says he is.
Surprisingly, yes. After
Marcus hesitated and backed out of a meetup several times, Daisy and the crew came
to Cincinnati and agreed to meet him at a riverside park in Northern Kentucky.
To everyone’s surprise (except dumbass Daisy, ironically), Marcus was legit! He
wasn’t being sneaky and secretive and hesitant to thank her for gifts or return
the favor because he was a catfish or even because he had a girlfriend on the
side — dude just hates talking to humans on the phone, via video or in person and
is just really rude, I guess. Seriously, one of the weirdest episodes ever, and
another example of stupid, communicationally-challenged Millennials that the
world definitely did not need. Read more about the ep here.That local swingers show on A&E premieres this weekend. Read more about the show and TV this week here.
by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
When Catfish The TV Show premiered in 2012, I was less than impressed.
While I enjoyed the original documentary film
about a man’s (the filmmaker’s brother, Nev Schulman) online
relationship-gone-wrong, Nev’s MTV version lacked the same authenticity and felt
rather exploitative. But when Schulman tweeted about being in the Cincinnati
area (Findlay Market, specifically) this past February, my interest was
certainly piqued. Who doesn’t love seeing Cincy on TV (even if it inevitably
would be a negative representation of the city and its people)?
The Cincinnati episode of Catfish aired last week and local ties
aside, it was one of the most controversial episodes thus far. Nev and his docu-series
partner-in-crime Max embarked on a unique catfishing adventure when Carmen
contacted the duo to help her host a “catfish intervention” with her cousin
Antwane whom, despite never meeting the man in person, had been in a
relationship with a guy named Tony for three years. Antwane explained that he “met” Tony on a
late-night chat line but he’d never so much as seen a photo of him. Carmen and
‘Twane are both big personalities, sure to get a reaction from viewers, but
they both seemed genuine.
After a crazy turn of
events, Antwane’s cousin Carmen nonchalantly revealed that she was “Tony” all
along, and she had kept up the sick charade as revenge for…wait for it…the one
time Antwane called her “a fat ass Kelly Price” in front of her family three
years ago. Oy.
When Max and Nev learned that
Carmen was behind the whole thing and that she planned the Catfish cameras to catch her so she could get a brush with fame,
they were furious. And rightfully so, that’s a straight Disney villain move
(also your cousin?!). In a very
edited scene, Nev heatedly called out Carmen, mocking the way she talked, when
producers immediately stepped in to call for a break. While I in no way condone
any of her sociopathic actions, I did find it bitterly just that these MTV
hotshots got a taste of their own exploitative medicine. They embarrass
countless people on the show (though some might argue the subjects ask for it)
and while they say they do it to help people, like any television producers, it's all about ratings and "good" TV. In the end, this episode was sure to rack up plenty
After the show aired, Nev posted the following
message on his Facebook page, which reeks of his signature smug judginess:
“Shooting this weeks episode of Catfish was
one of the most intense and emotional experiences of my life. Relating to and
understanding Antwane was a struggle for me in many ways, but I really grew to
appreciate and respect him. He has many fears and flaws, but showed so much
courage and resolve in the face of adversity. He is a man who proves that you
don't need anybody else's approval to be happy. My lesson learned is to be
confident and proud of who you are no matter what anybody else says or thinks.
Life isn't always easy, but we can all chose to be positive in the way we treat
ourselves and others. Cheers.”
Watch the full episode
The show features shots of Short Vine (it looks like Antwane lives across the
street from Bogart’s); Coffee Emporium in Over-the-Rhine (Nev and Max famously
do all their research in a coffee shop in each episode, and were very impressed
by the local spot); and various locations across Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
The term “catfish” has
caught on as a definition for people who assume false identities on the Internet
(or the act of doing so) — so much so, that the word’s new meaning has been
added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Go here to read about how the term originated in
the doc by the same name.
Every year, the Guardians
of the English Language at M-W begrudgingly add new words and definitions to the
dictionary. This year’s list was just released and, in addition to catfish’s
new meaning, there’s hashtag, selfie and steampunk . Peep the full list here.
Brad Pitt and Matthew
McConaughey are neighbors now, and apparently just a couple of bros.
Magic Mike was a hit. Channing Tatum is apparently working on a sequel, Magic Mike XXL.
So it’s no surprise that “The Real” Magic
is also in the works. Directed by Joe Manganiello (“Big Dick” Richie in Mike, Alcide in True Blood), La Bare gives
a raw, inside look at the talented male dancers at La Bare Dallas.
LA BARE RED BAND
TRAILER from Main Street Films
on Vimeo.We now live in a world where Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets invited to give commencement speeches and receives honorary doctorates. Which is to say, an awesome world. Check out his words of wisdom here.
Jimmy Fallon has been doing
a Suggestion Box bit on The Tonight Show, where he takes completely random questions or ideas from
fans and brings them to life in epic Tonight fashion. Fallon has dubbed Game
of Thrones with children’s voices, gotten Audra McDonald to sing real Yahoo
Answers and tested out Digi-Staches on Higgins. But this might be one of my
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Five years after the
mysterious disappearance of Katie (Katie Featherston) and her nephew,
paranormal activities emerge in a new suburban community.
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In Catfish The TV Show, Nev Schulman helps
young folks track down and meet their long
distance loves in person. The series has potential to tread some new
waters and take subject matter just a little bit seriously. Of course,
in true MTV style, it could also seem incredibly scripted or
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On their Web site, The Comforts call themselves “crowd pleasers at biker bars and church festivals.” Listening to their latest release, the six-song EP Come On In!, it’s hard to tell whether that nod to their evident fan base is tongue-in-cheek or honest, because the Anderson Township-based band actually sounds pretty damn good for a grown-up bubblegum band content with hitting the suburban circuit.
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I walked down to Flo’s Plate Full of Soul (133 E. Court St., Downtown, 513-421- 3567) from CityBeat World Headquarters last week with a couple staffers. The new girl in the office, a vegetarian, picked out a nice Thai place on the way to Flo’s as a backup. She suspected Flo’s vegetarian options might be minimal. When we arrived, we checked out the menu briefly, and she bid us farewell.