by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Last week was Mercedes Benz
Fashion Week in New York, the time of year when style trends are set, when
fashion gods are carried from runway to runway,
when Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen emerge from their tiny troll lair to present a
new collection of looks for their line, The Row. Here are the sisters trying to
convince us they’re human before the show. I dare you to only watch once.
I like to think they’re
communicating using a sort of Morse code-esque troll twin hand gestures beneath
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
welcomed their baby girl into the world on Friday. In case you need to check
yourself: There’s a days-old human out there with better genes, a bigger bank
account, cooler parents and a nicer home that is already more famous than
you’ll ever be. Seriously, though, I hope they have a dozen body guards
watching that baby at all times. Between all the Hey Girls and The Notebook
fans out there still praying for the reunion of Ryan and Rachel and anyone
wanting to use Mendes-Gosling DNA for a voodoo-like beauty regime (guilty as
charged), someone is bound to try to steal that baby.When Fox 19 reality series Queen City ended,
we were left with a void of shows featuring mildly interesting locals
interacting with each other in staged scenarios. Thankfully, Dayton CW has
given us The Valley. The show stars
six Miami Valley-area high school grads during the summer before they head off to
college. Cameras follow the group as they hang out at area attractions, meet
“mentors” and explore personal issues — all while providing superfluous commentary after the
fact. Think Real Housewives without
the Botox or budget. Yes, it’s bad. Sadly, not even bad in a good way.
If I wanted to see awkward kids
mingle in forced situations, I’d watch teens on the Levee explore the confusing
world of “group hangs.” And if I did that, I’d be a fucking weirdo. I’m not
throwing shade at the kids involved — I shudder to think what 18-year-old me
would do on a local reality show. But who is the audience for a show like this?
Find out for yourself and watch the first episode here.
Miss New York Kira
Kazantsev may have won the Miss America crown this Sunday, but Miss Ohio MacKenzie
Bart stole the show with her talent: ventriloquism.
Obviously, Miss Ohio
Roxy was robbed.
Saturday Night Live returns for its 40th season next Saturday, Sept. 27 and, as usual, there
will be some casting changes. Last year’s newbies John Milhiser, Noël Wells
and Brooks Wheelan were let go; Mike O’Brien will leave the stage and return to
the writers room. SNL’s resident Kim
Kardashian (also a lot of other great characters) Nasim Pedrad departed to star
in the upcoming Fox comedy Mulaney.
Colin Jost, who took over Weekend Update with Cecily Strong when Seth Meyers
left, will return to the desk without
Strong (though she’s still a cast member). SNL
writer and Daily Show correspondent
Michael Che will replace her as co-anchor. Finally — hope you’re ready to feel
old — the show will bring on its first player born in the ‘90s as 20-year-old
comic Pete Davidson joins the cast. Chris Pratt hosts the season opener next
week with music guest Ariana “Not A Baby” Grande.
Nasim Pedrad may have taken
her talents elsewhere, but we can still enjoy her work in this unaired skit
where she plays —to perfection — Aziz Ansari.
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: After plenty of teases, the
first full-length preview of The Hunger
is out; Serena —the 35th film
starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper — places the stars in 1920s North
Carolina; John Wick
stars Keanu Reeves as a former
hit-man thrown back into the game.
Ferrell and Wahlberg stretch beyond the routine buddy cop comedy
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Desk jockey detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) stumble onto the heroic forefront in Adam McKay's latest laughfest collaboration ('Anchorman,' 'Step Brothers') with Ferrell. This is more than a straight-ahead send-up of the "buddy cop" convention, as Ferrell and Wahlberg burrow past the laughs until something almost recognizable and real emerges. Grade: B.
Nicolas Cage deliriously over the top as drug-addled homicide detective
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2010
German wild-man Werner Herzog blissfully resurrects old-school Nicolas Cage in this hilarious, noir-infested tale about a drug-addled homicide detective whose disintegration (both moral and physical) coincides with that of his hurricane-ravaged hometown. Cage hasn't been this deliriously over the top since 'Wild at Heart.' Grade: A-.