0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
HBO recently announced that it had canceled the Duplass Brothers comedy Togetherness (Series Finale, 10:30 p.m., HBO), currently in its second season.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
HBO’s newest addition to the Sunday dramedy lineup is the TV debut from filmmaker brothers Jay and Mark Duplass.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
With Lena Dunham’s omnipresence in the media between the build-up for and release of her book Not That Kind of Girl and her controversial Tweet/hair color/relationship du jour, it’s easy to forget we’re due for a new season of Girls (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO).
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
It’s a familiar tale: A sleepy town’s beguiling picturesque landscape hides the flaws of the people who call it home.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sometimes a true story is far more fascinating than
anything Hollywood could dream up. If you’re a fan of interesting
documentaries and you’ve already conquered Netflix’s detailed doc genre
list, tune into HBO on Monday nights. The network has expanded its
popular summer documentary series to a year-round schedule of
entertaining, thought-provoking programming.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
This Sunday, HBO offers another look at the early AIDS crisis, also based on true events. The Normal Heart, adapted from Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical
Tony Award-winning play, explores the social, medical and political
responses to an unknown disease attacking the gay population in
early-’80s New York City.
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
One of the greatest television shows of all time came to an end Sunday
with the series finale of Breaking Bad. Without going into spoilery detail
about this last episode, the finale was truly satisfying for fans of the show.
Often times, even great shows can have disappointing endings that leave
storylines ambiguous and questions unanswered. Breaking Bad wrapped up fully,
touching on nearly every main character and plot point. Alas, it is still
emotional to say goodbye to a beloved series. Thankfully, we’ll get a little
more Bad with the latest spin-off, Huell’s Rules!
Huell's Rules from Lavell Crawford
Just kidding. But the Better Call
Saul spinoff is actually a go (although it is a comedy and will likely be a
prequel, having nothing to do with Breaking
Bad aside from the Saul character). Bad
creator Vince Gilligan also has his next project lined up —a CBS cop drama
titled Battle Creek, which Gilligan actually wrote for the network more than a decade ago.
Cop drama? CBS?! OK…
Natalia Rojas compiled the
profile pictures of every single Facebook user and the finished product looks
Zooming in, you’ll find more
than 1.2 billion people, in order of when the user first signed up for the
soul-sucking site. Nothing but grains of sand, amirite? Check out The Faces of Facebook here.
While some of us are still trying to process Lifetime’s hot mess of a
biopic, Anna Nicole, New York City
Opera recently staged a show based on the ill-fated pop culture icon’s life
(which happens to have the same inventive title). Read Vice’s glowing review
(loljkjk). Anna Nicole Smith has her own opera. Wasn’t Anna Nicole the human a parody
in and of herself?
Ever notice your favorite HBO shows having overlapping actors? The HBO
while two years old now, charts the actors that have appeared in at least three
episodes of an HBO scripted series from Oz
to Game of Thrones.
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel are in a feud. It all started with Kimmel's sketch about the rapper’s recent BBC interview,
which barely can be considered a parody as the child actor in “Kimmel Kid
Re-Kreation” is directly quoting Kanye.
The skit rubbed ‘Ye the wrong way, sparking an onslaught of angry tweets
(since deleted) and even a personal phone call to the late-night host. Kimmel,
who was behind the viral “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” prank video, swears this is not a fake feud.
Pete and Pete have a podcast! Danny Tamberelli and Mike Maronna, co-stars of the ‘90s
Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete
& Pete and members of the Ginger Hall of Fame have teamed up on a new
monthly podcast. The first episode takes the TV brothers to Portland, Ore.,
site of Petefest, an actual festival for Pete & Pete fans. Listen to the
first installment of The Adventures Of Danny And Mike here.
Hate your job? Got a shitty boss? Live vicariously through this chick
who quit her editing job at Next Media Animation (the folks who create those
funny animated interpretations of “news stories” like Charlie Sheen’s 2010
reign of terror at the Plaza Hotel)
by making her own viral video.
Here’s a Cracked article poking fun BuzzFeed list-icles. Pot, meet kettle.
Between Two Ferns is back! Zach Galifianakis’ interview with Justin
Bieber might actually be the best PR move for the teen angst-ridden drop-crotch enthusiast.
Between Two Ferns with Zach
Galifianakis: Justin Bieber from Justin
Comedy and commentary veteran Bill Maher returns to Cincinnati's stage and HBO's screen
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Bill Maher knows his niche. The king of
political comedy, Maher stops by Cincinnati for a stand-up show Sunday
just as his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, returns from
summer hiatus Friday. Busy with touring and hosting an Emmy-nominated
weekly talk show, he won’t be making another documentary like 2008’s Religulous anytime soon.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As HBO’s gripping period piece Boardwalk Empire
(Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday) returns for a fourth season, months
have passed since last year’s explosive finale. It’s February 1924.
Nucky Thompson has been lying low, eventually making peace with mob boss
by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Country music is
kind of one of those love-it-or-hate-it genres. You often hear people with
limited exposure to music say “I listen to anything but Country;” at the same
time, area Country music concerts draw huge crowds (CityBeat readers even voted
the 2012 Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw show the best concert of the year. Sigh.) — and we’re north of the
Mason-Dixie line. Sure, it’s pretty easy to make fun of the stereotypical
redneck Country music lover, but Country is making its way more and more into
the mainstream, popular stage with crossover artists like Taylor Swift. And you
don’t have to be a toothless moonshiner to like her squinty-eyed ass, right?
Brad Paisley just set
the genre back a few decades with his new single, “Accidental Racist.”
The song is meant to explain how just because someone is southern and proud of
his roots, doesn’t mean he wishes we still had slaves. See, all Paisley wants
is to be able to wear a Lynyrd Skynyrd T-shirt to Starbucks without some black
barista thinkin’ he’s a racist (and who hasn’t
been in that situation). Between that target of a song title and the
poorly-written lyrics, Paisley’s gotten a lot of backlash. He appeared on Ellen Tuesday to rectify the song and
his intention and started the conversation like any good non-racist should: by
citing that one of his best friends is black (LL Cool J, who appears on the track).
The song is being
pulled from YouTube and music sites faster than you can say “publicity stunt,” but
you can see the lyrics here. One gem of note is
LL’s chorus: "If
you don't judge my do-rag/I won't judge your red flag/If you don't judge my
gold chains/I'll forget the iron chains." See, guys? If you just stop being
afraid of black guys who wear bling, all that white guilt can go away because
What’s that sound? Oh, it’s
Conan O’Brien quietly weeping in the shower, because Jimmy Fallon is officially
taking over for Jay Leno by this time next year. Fallon’s Late Night is by far my favorite of all
the nightly talk shows, so I think he’ll kill it in the earlier slot with the
help of his trusty house band The Roots and Saturday
Night Live’s Lorne Michaels as producer. The Tonight Show will move back to New York with this change, the
first time in 40 years, when Johnny Carson hosted. Rumored Late Night replacements include current SNL “Weekend Update” host, Seth Meyers.
Imagine if you
were the sibling of a popular ‘90s singer/actress, trying to make your own name
in the business. You release a couple mediocre albums, leak a sex tape with
your no-name girlfriend, even star in a VH1 reality show. Years pass and, somehow,
that big-booty trick you propelled into the spotlight is now about 700 times
more famous than you. What do you do? Well, if you’re Ray J, you release “I Hit
a song with “Kim K” written all over it. And if lyrics like “She might move on
to rappers and ballplayers/But we all know I hit it first” weren’t obvious enough,
the single cover is a pixelated photo of Kanye’s baby mama:
Cincinnati on TV
Alert: The Cooking Channel debuts a new series, America’s Best Bites, on
April 20 (a perfect program to accompany your munchies. Yes, I am 17 years
old). Hosted by Natalie Forte, the show travels across the country to showcase
local fare and favorites. Nothing revolutionary here, but Cincy’s own Daniel and
Lana Wright of Abigail Street and Senate will appear on the show’s third
episode. Check out Abigail Street on ABB at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Move over sloths.
Step aside, oil-covered birds getting Dawn baths. My new favorite quirky cuties
of the animal world are pets with cleft palates.
You say deformity,
I say givemeonenoooowwwww
Meet Lentil. This little pup
has had a rough road due to his irregular palate, but thanks to a feeding tube
and a wonderful foster family, this little bean is growing to be healthy and adorable. Follow his heart-melting
story on Facebook.
are not just exhibited in dogs, though. Take it from Lazarus,
Lazarus was a
sickly alley cat when he was rescued, but now maintains a relatively normal
kitty life, even without a nose and several teeth!
And, on the topic
of online pet stalking, it would be remiss to not highlight the animal Internet
trend du jour: dogs in pantyhose.
Big thanks to HBO
for the shout out in their new HBO Go commercial!