by Jac Kern
11 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Survivor-type Bear Grylls may drink his own pee
and propose to his wife with an ass diamond,
but naturalist filmmaker Paul Rosolie is upping the ante in the weird
wilderness game by allowing himself to be “eaten alive” — for real, apparently
— by an anaconda on TV.
Judging by the trailer,
viewers will witness Rosolie and his crew travel to the Amazon, hunt down an
anaconda, suit up in a custom death-proof ensemble, douse himself with pig
blood and wait for said anaconda to get hungry. The Eaten Alive special airs on Discovery on Sunday, Dec. 7 as part of
something called “Mega Week.” Apparently both Rosolie and the anaconda survived
the incident, which was filmed in advance. Cue the music!
In other “Oh my god, Becky” news, Kim Kardashian’s greasy butt on the
cover of Paper magazine has everyone all in a tizzy.
I think we should be offended by the headline/goal of the spread to “Break
the Internet,” because haven’t we all seen Kim’s dump truck plenty of times
before? More noteworthy is the fact that she’s popping out of a trash bag,
which is actually quite fitting.
Look at these cute illustrations of movies with one
letter removed from the title. And yes, I would totally see a Ron Swanson
superhero movie called Ron Man.
Some of your favorite lady-shows are coming back in
Girls returns Jan. 11:
City is back Jan. 14: Broad
CityGet More: Comedy
ShowsYour BFF Jennifer Lawrence will never get a Twitter, and it’s all because of all
you pervs who looked at her hacked pics she’s “not very good on phone or
TIL Jennifer Lawrence is all of our moms.
reunion issue is on stands now, which means apparently it’s already time to reminisce about Mean Girls and Napoleon Dynamite.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly accidentally cursed on air
when introducing Mike Huckabee this week. She said Fuckabee.
Watch these 1980s aerobic workout stars get down to
Taylor Swift earworm “Shake It Off”
Kim Kardashian is releasing a selfie coffee table book called Selfish. Wait,
two Kardashian-related items in one post? Everything is horrible, bye!
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) teams up with the incomparable Sharlto Copley again
with Chappie, about a robot raised by a group of humans (Dev Patel, Yolandi and Ninja of
Die Antwoord), proving once again that Copley is the go-to actor to play robot men; World War I drama Testament
of Youth, starring Kit
Harington (aka a beardless Jon Snow) and Hayley Atwell; and a fucking Minions
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Spring is coming — despite what the weather would have us believe — with a fresh crop of new series and returning favorites.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Over the course of the second season of Vice we’ll delve into Evangelical support for Israel in the American Bible Belt, climate change in Greenland, bonded laborers in Pakistan’s brick kilns and other international stories of politics and culture from a wide range of correspondents.
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
HBO’s True Detective came to
an end Sunday with an intense finale to the anthology series’ premiere season. Over
the course of eighth action-packed and thought provoking episodes, fans watched
detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle work a case for nearly two decades. Like American Horror Story, next season will
take on a new set of detectives working another case in a different
setting. When so many shows judge
success by the number of seasons they’re able to churn out, it’s refreshing to
enjoy a complete story, from beginning to end, in such a condensed amount of
time. The finale garnered so many viewers on HBO Go, the live-stream service
crashed Sunday night.
But no amount of acclaim and popularity protects a show from parodies —
quite the contrary, it seems. Here are a few gems:
And if you're hungry for another crime drama, Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan has a new show in the works. Battle Creek, starring Dean Winters (Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock, The Mayhem Guy) and Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Fergie's hubby) and will follow two detectives named Milton and Russ. Hmmm...
Swansons: Want to disappear off the Internet? LifeHacker has some tips for
erasing your social media footprints to stay off the grid.
RIP Ke$ha! No, the
trash-pop “singer” didn’t meet an untimely demise, but the $ in her stage
name (turns out Kesha is her actual birth name) did. Upon her exit from rehab
for an eating disorder, Kesha unveiled a new twitter handle, @KeshaRose, which revealed she
was dropping the $. It’s always great to see people get healthy, and using a
dollar sign as a letter in your name is fucking stupid, but what will these changes mean for
her music/celeb persona? Can the girl who popularized whiskey as dental hygiene
make the leap to squeaky-clean good girl?
And speaking of
hot mess makeovers, the new Oprah-backed Lindsay Lohan docu-series Lindsay premiered on OWN Sunday. The
mighty O offered Linds $2 million to complete the filming of eight
episodes for her network (in addition to one-on-one interviews aired throughout
the show). The premiere was considerably boring for being the first “real,”
inside look at the troubled star’s personal life. Honestly, it felt more like Celebrity Hoarders than anything. There
were some genuinely sad moments — Lindsay was essentially forced to skip an AA
meeting due to a crowd of stalkerly paparazzi threatening the others’
anonymity; she struggles to find a stable apartment she so desperately
needs for her continuing recovery because no one wants her in their building
(without a hefty insurance fee) — and some thinly veiled digs at the actress — an
optimistic Linds explains how proud she feels to be independent, only to have the screen cut to her personal assistant moving all of her belongings from one hotel
room to another without help. But if the series trailer is any indication, drama is
forthcoming — particularly in a scene where Oprah tells LL to “cut the
has been entertaining audiences with his spoof-talk show Between Two Ferns since 2008. The comedian has interviewed some of
the most famous actors and personalities as well as Tila Tequila. The latest
episode raises the bar by featuring none other than Barack Obama, further
proving that the prez should just move to Hollywood in 2017. It is also
revealed that Galifianakis has not been filming his segments in some public
access studio, but rather the White House. Enjoy:
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis:
President Barack Obama from President
Everyone with a
human heart loves ice cream, but perhaps no one appreciates a good soft-serve cone
more than this dog.
Lena Dunham hosted
Saturday Night Live last week. The Girls creator did a fine job with the
material she was given, which is pretty much the overall consensus of this
season (writers, up ya game!). One highlight was how SNL dealt with Girls.
Obviously they have to address the show, her nudity and the ridiculous
characters in it, but without relying on it as the punchline for every joke.
Instead, the Girls spoofery was
limited to a previously filmed faux trailer for (The First) Girl, complete with the reprisal of Taran Killam’s spot-on Adam
Lena Dunham - The 1st Girl (Eve) - SNL
3-8-14 by IdolxMuzicCate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler and other stars are in Cincinnati right now for the filming of the upcoming movie, Carol. We're keeping a close watch on Paulson's Twitter (she's the only star that has an account) and, according to our research, so far she has definitely been to CVG airport and a local CVS. Keep @CityBeatCincy abreast of any celeb spottings you may experience during this magical time!
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Matthew McConaughey’s star power has
exploded over the past couple years, capped off with Sunday’s Academy
Award win for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The dark and decadent dinner party that is Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (Season
Premiere 10 p.m. Friday, NBC) returns this week, continuing its
grotesquely beautiful take on the story of Dr. Lecter, his companions
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Upright Citizens Brigade alumnae Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer started Broad City
as a lauded Web series from 2009-2011. Both formats — TV and Web —
follow two young women navigating adult responsibilities and life in
general in New York City.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A new era in NBC late night begins this week as Jay Leno passes The Tonight Show on to a new host, Jimmy Fallon. Fallon previously hosted Late Night beginning in March 2009 through last Friday’s final show.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Syfy isn’t exactly known for its high-quality, critically celebrated programming...But its new series Helix (10 p.m. Fridays) — from Battlestar creator Ron Moore — is seriously good.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Super Bowl has evolved from a
football championship game to an annual popular culture event. Even
people who aren’t sports fans host Super Bowl parties and watch for the
big-budget halftime performances (this year it’s Bruno Mars and Red Hot
Chili Peppers) and some of the most entertaining commercials of the