by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
1, which means rent’s due, Halloween season is upon us and Netflix is shuffling
its offerings. New offerings starting today include the entire Gilmore Girls series, Romeo + Juliet and Team America: World Police. No longer available are Battlestar Galactica, Center Stage and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Find a full list of what you
can and can’t stream this month here.
In what can only be described as an offering to the
Internet gods, Drake got an emoji tattoo.Still no confirmation on whether that emoji is
high-fiving hands or praying hands illuminated by Jesus’ power.
Smart girls gained an epic win over bimbos this
weekend as George “Forever Bachelor” Clooney married lawyer/activist/author
Amal Alamuddin. Cocktail waitresses across the globe mourn as they realize it
wasn’t him, it was them.American
Horror Story: Freak Show premieres in a week and we finally have a look at some actual show
footage. This short preview packs in a lot — look out for Pepper (Naomi
Grossman), the only AHS character to
cross over into multiple seasons (you may remember her from Asylum — Freak Show takes place in 1952, about 12 years before the events of
Asylum); Sarah Paulson playing
conjoined twins Bette and Dot; Kathy Bates as a bearded lady; Angela Bassett as
triple-tittied woman (sit down, Jasmine);
Evan Peters as a man with ectrodactyly
(giving him claw-like hands); smallest living woman Jyoti Amge; John Carroll
Lynch’s terrifying clown; and, of course, Jessica Lange in her final AHS performance as the striking German
ringleader of it all.
ICYMI: Rhinegeist’s Bryant Goulding is featured in GQ’s “The 50 Best Craft Beers Every Man
Must Try.” Goulding
serves as an expert with tips on the best “stein filling quenchers,” suggesting
Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Double
Mountain Vaporizer and Moonlight Reality Czeck Pilsner for when you really want to get yo drink on.The Magic
Mike sequel will be air-humping its way into theaters next summer — without
director Steven Soderbergh or Matthew McConaughey. Magic Mike XXL will be helmed by Gregory Jacobs (who co-produced the
original); Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe
Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are all set to
reprise their roles. Newcomers this time around include a very curious mix of
actors: Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett
Smith, Andie MacDowell and Michael Strahan. The official synopsis, found here, is equally confusing. Didn’t the dudes move to Miami at the end? Didn’t
Channing Tatum quit stripping for his dead-faced nurse friend?Am I the only one who wishes SNL’s weird ‘90s sitcom sketch was a real show? By far one of the
funniest moments of Saturday’s season premiere.
Apparently this isn’t the first skit of its kind
with Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett — check out this very sexually tense episode with
Andrew Garfield, which was cut from his episode last May. From the stiff acting
and awkward delivery to the constant laugh tracks, applause and “ooohs,” this
bit nails that weird, satirical, almost Tim
& Eric-esque humor that’s so popular right now. Hopefully we’ll see it
again later in the season. No movie trailers this week, but know that Zombieland 2, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Taken 3 are all happening so we can probably just give up on movies for now.
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Here’s a twist on the old “Don’t pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the gallon.” That was when print ruled. Now,
it’s don’t pick an online fight with an immensely popular actor and a
respected lawyer who come from journalism families: George Clooney and
fiance Amal Alamuddin.
Nick Clooney on film's reflection of the human condition and how Hollywood finally set the record straight about the brutality of slavery
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
As the March 2 date for this year’s
Academy Awards approaches, and with it the growing suspense over who
will win what, Nick Clooney follows from his Augusta, Ky., home with
Movie industry tries to stay ahead of the curve in a challenging marketplace
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Toronto International Film Festival is a movie geek's wet dream. The festival's avalanche of films (300-plus over 10 days) offered something for cinemaphiles of every stripe, including a typically healthy dose of new works by established filmmakers from across the globe. The prime example was Jason Reitman's slick yet affecting 'Up in the Air' (starring a never-better George Clooney) that confirms the young director is more than just Diablo Cody's 'Juno' bitch.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
For participants in cannabis culture, 4/20, 420, or 4:20 is Christmas, July 4th and Thanksgiving wrapped into one. The annual date has evolved from being message board material and a secret stoner code to something much more widespread.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A Separation presents Simin (Leila
Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Maadi), a couple caught in a legal battle.
Simin wants a divorce, so she can take their daughter and flee the
social oppression of Iran, with its restrictions on women, education and
by Mike Breen
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The nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. Local-boy-done-very-very-good George Clooney, as expected, is up for this year's Actor in a Leading Role trophy for his work in The Descendants, while The Ides of March scored Clooney another nod for best Adapted Screenplay (the only nomination for the largely-locally-filmed flick). Below is the full list of noms. So — who's winning an Oscar this year?
by Jason Gargano
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After months mediocre movie options, recent weeks have give us a plethora of worthwhile offerings in a variety of genres — from art-house-leaning fare like Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Skin I Live In, Like Crazy, Take Shelter, The Interruptors, Senna, The Way and The Guard to higher-profile multiplexers like Moneyball, Drive, 50/50 and The Ides of March. The winning streak continues this week. In fact, it's shaping up to be the best slate of opening films in recent memory.
George Clooney's political thriller doesn't quite transcend genre
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Myers (Ryan Gosling) — the precociously successful political media
consultant at the center of The Ides of March — knows how to
handle his business. Sure, he might believe that the man he’s
working for, Pennsylvania Gov. Mike Morris (George Clooney), is the
best candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination and the man
who can do the most to make America better. But he’s also just fine
with feeding a specious allegation about their opponent to the media,
just so it will require time spent to fight it off.” If you’re
looking for a starry-eyed idealist in The Ides of March, whose
utopian dreams might be crushed by harsh reality, you best look
by Jason Gargano
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George Clooney's The Ides of March opens today. Given the avalanche of local press its already received (mostly by the endlessly smitten Enquirer, but also via hordes of social-media geeks), need much more be said about the behind-the-scenes aspects of Clooney's political thriller? (If you answered “yes” to that question, read my interview with Ides of March actor Max Minghella here.) The burning question now is whether The Ides of March is any good.