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Promising British Sci-Fi Lands Stateside

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
In the not-so-distant future, artificial intelligence is created to help out those who created it — aka us, people.   

‘Hannibal’ Returns as an International Feast for the Senses

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Last season’s finale of Hannibal (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC) left viewers in shock. Outside of the typical sensory overload the show consistently presents, that last episode marked what very well could be the end for several main characters.   

Summer TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Check out these new seasons and series debuting this summer.  
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Seeing locals on reality TV combines two of my favorite things: Cincinnati and trashy television. So I was elated to hear that A&E’s Neighbors with Benefits – a new unscripted series following swingers — is set just north in Warren County. The show will document married couples in a suburban neighborhood that have open, extra-marital relationships. The show hasn’t even aired yet (it premieres Sunday, March 22), but it already has reality red flags, as with many A&E shows filmed in Cincinnati (remember Rowhouse Showdown?). While at least one couple on the show is confirmed local, some residents of the Thorton Grove neighborhood near Maineville question the legitimacy of the other couples and shooting location. There’s speculation that a rental home outside Thorton Grove was used to shoot the series after residents complained about associating the neighborhood with a swinger capital. But honestly, if the worst thing about your neighborhood is that people are having sex with each other, isn’t that something to brag about? Marilyn Manson is all about his pops these days. He took an unexpected but awesome role on Sons of Anarchy’s final season, saying he took the role because he watched the show with his father, and now the two are in Paper Magazine.Cute!New show news: True Detective Season Two is still without a premiere date, but stars Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams have been at work shooting the next installment. Go here to read more about the season’s storyline — public transportation + murder + conspiracy — the characters and directors — various directors will take over for Season One’s Emmy winner Cary Fukanaga — and see photos from set. (Spoiler Alert only if you want to go in to the show with zero background info on the story.) The ladies of Litchfield will be back for the binging when Orange Is the New Black Season Three premieres June 12.  American Horror Story’s fifth season will apparently take a look at the horrid world of hospitality because Lady Gaga revealed the next setting will be a hotel. Gaga will reportedly star. AHS: Hotel premieres in October and here’s some totally unconfirmed juice goose (translation: juicy gossip) posted on the AHS Reddit thread. I don’t know about Gaga taking the lead on this — let alone starring in three seasons amidst her very successful music career — but the general storyline sounds good to me! And the present-day setting with flashbacks to different eras is in line with the show’s pattern (so far, odd seasons have been set in modern day — Murder House, Coven — while even seasons were period pieces — Asylum, Freak Show). I love the idea of peeking in on various scandalous guests over the years — so many opportunities for killer guest-stars! Hannibal returns June 4 and the first image is out. I’m getting Dr. Lecter-meets-SAMCRO vibes and I'm loving it. Speaking of new shows, check out this week’s TV column for a spring television preview. Winter might finally be gone, Game of Thrones is coming!Zoolander 2 is officially happening, as evidenced by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson stomping the Valentino runway as Derek and Hansel during Paris Fashion Week. Nothing says haute couture quite like Ben Stiller’s old ass on a runway. And if you really want to roll your eyes to the back of your skull and never to see the light of day again, get this: I looked on IMDB for evidence that this sequel is really happening (yes, I fact-check the gossip rags I read; yes, IMDB is a reputable fact-checking source) and found that Stiller is also attached to Dodgeball 2 (predictable) and Space Jam 2 (da fuh?). Ryan Gosling must be craving some attention since that baby of his stole the spotlight, because he shared some cute throwback dance videos that have everyone saying, “Hey girl,” again. Ryan, if you think we haven’t already seen all your talent show videos and Mickey Mouse Club clips, you are seriously underestimating the stalkiness of your fans. Speaking of, why is there no term for Gosling fans, a la Cumberbitches? Can I bring up “juice goose” twice in one post? But I digress. Here’s the little man at work: Vince Gilligan would like everyone to stop throwing pizzas on Walter White’s house, please. The Breaking Bad creator says fans flock to the real house used for exterior shots in the show, and the current owners are cool with that, except when people creep up at night and recreate the famous pizza scene.The Dress that captivated the Internet is dead and buried and I’m not trying to resurrect it anytime soon, but if you are curious about the science behind why one dress looks completely different to different people, read here. And see how good you are at differentiating colors here — you may have a fourth cone, which means you probably saw the blue and black dress for what is was: a goddamned blue and black dress. And here’s Earl Sinclair singing “Hypnotize” because it’s Thursday and we all need this. (Thanks, Amberly)
 
 
by Jac Kern 01.29.2015
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The Ghostbusters reboot has its leading ladies! Director/co-writer Paul Feig posted a picture on Twitter of what he’s confident will be the next ghost-busting foursome: Talk about some badass funnywomen. Now, considering that tweets aren’t legally binding at this point, it isn’t an official cast announcement. But why would Feig lie to us? Let’s indulge the speculation. First up is Kristen Wiig. The MVP of recent Saturday Night Live alumnae has previously worked with Feig on Bridesmaids. Just like Melissa McCarthy — also an excellent pick. It’s not really a surprise that McCarthy is on board, considering the script is also co-written by The Heat writer Katie Dippold, but it’s still a solid cast pick. Then we’ve got two current SNL castmates: Leslie Jones (who just joined the cast this season) and Kate McKinnon (who I am super pumped to see on the big screen for a change). No other details have been announced yet (including a title, plot summary or release date), but I’d love to see Sarah Silverman as Slimer. In music news, Sam Smith has been ordered to share writing credits and royalties from his breakout hit “Stay With Me” with Tom Petty and songwriter Jeff Lynne, because it turns out that shit is almost identical to “I Won’t Back Down.” Yeah, it’s kind of depressing that all popular songs basically sound the same, but what’s interesting about the whole situation is how cool Smith and his people have been about it. Apparently as soon as the similarities were pointed out, Smith paid up and the whole thing stayed out of the courts. He claims it was just a coincidence and that he in fact had never heard the song — one of the most recognizable Rock songs of its time (OK, gurl) — but this could have been a whole lot messier. So yay, we get to keep liking Sam Smith! The next season of Hannibal may be pushed back until summer, but we’ve got a peek at some new characters joining the show. Rutina Wesley, a.k.a. Tara from True Blood, and Glenn Flesher, a.k.a. the Yellow King from True Detective, are both in for Season Three. Presented without comment: Bruce Jenner will have an E! reality show following his “journey.” For those not in the Kardashian know (consider yourself lucky/a great human), many have been speculating whether Jenner is transgender and in the process of transitioning. In Touch magazine even went so far as to put this altered image on a January cover. Whatever the journey is, we trust it will be covered respectfully and delicately, as only E! knows how. Cult David Wain comedy Wet Hot American Summer is getting the TV-prequel treatment with the upcoming Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.   It’s pretty exciting to see the entire cast is back (including those who have gone way beyond absurdist comedies, like Bradley Cooper), and still takin’ it higher and higher! After what’s felt like an eternity, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans finally have their Season Seven premiere date. On March 2, a new gaggle of queens will debut on Logo along with some new judges — Santino Rice has been replaced (but will still guest-judge) by Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley and human hedgehog on helium Ross Mathews. Prepare your earholes accordingly. Peep the trailer here. Related: RuGarrison Keillor (@RuG_Keillor) is your pop culture mash-up du jour. The Screen Actors Guild Awards were Sunday and, as per usual, it was a snoozefest. Any award show where all people talk about on the red carpet is another more important award show (the Oscars) can’t possibly be that good. Wake me up when there’s a SAAG Award, because I would definitely be more interested in Indian food than this shit. But here are some highlights: Zach Galifianakis is also transitioning…into a ghost of his former self. The Orange Is the New Black cast won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and were all super cute (Uzo “Crazy Eyes” Aduba also snagged an Actor — that’s what they call those ugly SAG trophies). And Viola Davis gave a touching speech while accepting an award for her work on How to Get Away With Murder. But the best part of the night was on the red carpet, where A-listers SNUBBED the mani cam! Apparently the women wanted to avoid sexist reporting tactics — yet none clammed up when asked about their dress, jewels, hair or make up, nor when told how beautiful they were. Hmm. Instead, I like to imagine Jennifer Aniston sent a group text to all her fellow Oscar nominees leading ladies warning them to stay away from the finger-sized red carpet like a mean girl telling all of her friends not to sit with Susie at lunch today. Find all the winners here.
 
 
by Jac Kern 09.24.2014
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Human grumpy cat Aubrey Plaza will provide the voice for actual Grumpy Cat (real name: Tardar Sauce) in a Lifetime Christmas special! Who knew people still cared about Grumpy Cat? Moreover, who knew Lifetime made intentionally funny programs? John Malkovich has portrayed a plethora of characters over the years and now he’s taken on the stars of famous photographs in some cool recreated shots by Sandro Miller:  See them all here.As “fannibals” of the artfully demented Bryan Fuller spectacle await the next course of NBC’s Hannibal, we get a taste of what’s to come. Whereas the first season focused on French cuisine, pulling episode titles from traditional French courses, and the second did the same with Japanese fare, it appears Season Three will be Italian, judging by Fuller’s tweet of the first episode’s script, titled “Antipasto.” We last saw Hannibal (in one of the most insane episodes of any show ever) on a plane to France — perhaps this season finds him in Italy? With the possibility that nearly every character on the show is dead, maybe this season will totally flip the script and just become the creepiest cooking show of all time. I can see it now: “Today on Eating Hannibal, we have a special guest joining Chef Lecter. Please welcome Bobby Flay! Well, parts of Bobby Flay…” If you like miniature things, animal videos and eating, you are one of billions of people who use the Internet. Also, you may be familiar with the tiny hamster that eats tiny versions of human treats, like in this video, where he enjoys an authentic Mexican feast of tiny burritos. Well, Tiny Hamster is back, this time taking on competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi: You may also be familiar with Jasmine Tridevil. In a shocking turn of events, it seems that Total Recall prostitute wannabe claiming to have a third breast added to her body is a FRAUD. Doctors agree the surgery would be nearly impossible to pull off and my eyeballs agree that the shit looks fake. Drag queens have been using prosthetic breast plates for years! Jasmine clearly will go to any lengths to get a TV show — besides actually getting a third boob, I guess. And she appears to have a past of creating stunts for media attention. Ya been Snopes’d, girl! And speaking of Total Recall, the star of the movie’s 2012 remake Colin Farrell has been confirmed as one of the many speculated-about leads for the second season of HBO's True Detective. Vince Vaughn was also confirmed as another star in an HBO press release yesterday. Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, "a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him,” according to the release. Vaughn will portray Frank Semyon, “a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.” Both actors had been rumored to star in the show for a while now, so if they’re confirmed we can probably expect Taylor Kitsch to formally come aboard soon. The show will also feature a female lead, after getting some kickback for the lack of leading ladies in Season One. Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss and Michelle Forbes (aka Maryanne the maenad from True Blood) are two possibilities from the rumor mill — they’re also listed on the show’s IMDB page, along with Kitsch, but that’s not offish — and supposedly Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, Abigail Spencer, Malin Akerman, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander and Brit Marling have all read for a part. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes, which should make us all nervous. Awesome director of Season One Cary Joji Fukunaga won an Emmy for his work; this season will feature several different directors. Kirsten Dunst stars in a lovely “short film” that actually more of a PSA about how not to be a weird dick to celebrities and other humans in general. ASPIRATIONAL from Matthew Frost on Vimeo. Love this but seriously, do celebrities really use Uber?
 
 

What the Heart Wants

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.  

Summer TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The long-awaited summer is upon us, and with it comes new series and seasons of shows worth checking out between beach vacations and barbecues.  

'Louie' Is Back in the New York Groove

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After nearly two years off the air, Louie C.K. is back on the small screen, presenting another season of brilliant dark humor with Louie (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, FX).  

'Daily Show' Alumni Land Big Solo Projects

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Daily Show has propelled more comics to fame than just host Jon Stewart. Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (OK, a lot of white guys) and many others sparked their careers with regular appearances on Comedy Central’s “fake news” show   

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