by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
"Weird Al” Yankovic pulled
a ‘Yoncé last week, dropping eight music videos in conjunction with the release
of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun.
As inherently corny as Weird Al may be, you have to commend the guy for
sticking with his schtick for almost 40 years — not to mention finding such
success with it. His parodies are continually accessible without hitting below
the belt. For example, his take on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” “Word
Crimes,” covers facepalm-worthy
grammatical errors running amok in our current age of emojis and 140-character
declarations — not the rape culture controversy surrounding the original,
Thicke’s pathetic fall from grace following his VMA stunt with Miley or any
other gossipy low-hanging fruit like that.Mandatory Fun, Al’s final album
on his 32-year contract, features riffs on Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”)
and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”)
along with general style spoofs like “Sports Song” and “First World Problems,”
which resembles like a Pixies tune.
The Queen’s Guard performed
the Game of Thrones theme song outside Buckingham Palace, which is kind of
strange when you remember Thrones is
a show where royals are slaughtered, babies are fed to scary ice zombies and
the queen is an incestuous bitch. Happy Birthday, Prince George!
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Glee’s Naya Rivera both got
secret-married this weekend – just not to each other. Levine and Victoria’s
Secret model Behati Prinsloo were wed in a ceremony officiated by Jonah Hill (seriously) while Rivera tied the knot
with Ryan Dorsey, a guy who is definitely not rapper Big Sean (whom Rivera was
engaged to just three months ago). All together now: “We want prenup, we want
In non-news related news, Kanye West continues
his Delusions of Grandeur tour, spouting nonsensical bullshit in his latest
interview with GQ. In the cover story, West talks
Kim K., calls himself a blowfish and quotes Step
Brothers. What is interesting, however, is this video of a 19-year-old
West, Baby 'Ye, freestyling in New York record shop Fat Beats in 1996.Someone
noticed that Joaquin Phoenix has a very expressive forehead that, when viewed
upside down, looks like a second face.
movie trailers to hit the
Interwebz: Dear White People, a satirical look at race relations from millennials' perspectives; Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the British genius/computer science pioneer; and creepy "cabin in the woods" thriller Honeymoon starring Ygritte from Game of Thrones and Dr. Frankenstein from Penny Dreadful.
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Many popular series take a break this week for the holiday, which is kind of a bummer — for some of us, the Real Housewives
are the closest thing we have to family! But it does give us a chance
to feast on some buzzed-about shows on streaming sites and devices. Here
are some great choices to enjoy between football and plates of grub.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Combining dramatized history, a late-’50s
American setting and the topic of sex is guaranteed to attract an
audience to nearly any show. But Masters of Sex (10 p.m.
Sundays, Showtime) delivers beyond these popular tropes to explore the
real-life early scientific study of human sexuality.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
American Horror Story: Coven (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX), as the subtitle suggests, is all about witches. Of course, this is no Hocus Pocus
— the series will jump across time and the country to feature
modern-day witchcraft, 19th-century Voodoo and the Salem witch trials.
In present day, witches are rare and in danger.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It’s time to say goodbye to America’s ski-masked sweetheart, a man only known by his alias, “Jon.” Delocated will end with a single, Bourne Identity-esque 30-minute special (12:30 a.m. Friday, Adult Swim).
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Survivor starts its 26th(!)
season this week and the Queen City will see one of its own on the show
as local BMX rider, entrepreneur and musician Matt Bischoff joins the
“Fans vs. Favorites” showdown.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sure, everyone loves a good walker-bashing scene, but it’s the human
element of the series that elevates The Walking Dead as a critically acclaimed and commercially successful drama.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
After seven seasons of night cheese, epic eye-rolls and general hilarity, Liz Lemon and the TGS crew head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for one last show. 30 Rock comes to an end this week with a one-hour finale (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Pack your bags for a holiday retreat to the place where the dream of the 1990s and 1890s is alive. Portlandia might
not return for Season Three until next month, but IFC has left a little
gift in every hipster’s stocking with the holiday special, Winter in Portlandia.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Crazy Cat Lady has gone from a silly
stereotype to a career path thanks to Ben Huh and the staff behind
popular website I Can Has Cheezburger. Get a peek at the inner-workings
of Cheezburger as LOLwork premieres this week, focusing on the office side of this Seattle-based business.