‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Explores New Territory

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
With the undeniable success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, it makes sense that the network would produce a spinoff. Fear the Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) promises zombie-apocalypse action in the fictional universe fans have come to love, with a different setting, cast and timeline.  

IFC Ushers in New Age of Parody

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Just last month, HBO aired the hilariously absurd 7 Days In Hell, a fake sports documentary following two fictional tennis rivals played by Kit Harington and Andy Samberg. IFC ups the ante by debuting an entire series of faux documentaries with the new comedy Documentary Now! (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday).  

Jon Stewart Says Goodnight To ‘The Daily Show’

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Jon Stewart might not be the only host of The Daily Show — Craig Kilborn hosted the original program from 1996-98 — but the comedian-commentator will always be associated with his work on the show, spanning from 1999 through this week’s final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11 p.m. Thursday, Comedy Central).  

'Lachey's Bar' Lays on the Cincy Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
When word spread that brothers Nick and Drew Lachey — Cincinnati natives of 98 Degrees fame — were not only opening a bar in their hometown but also documenting the experience on A&E, the legitimacy of both ventures was questionable at best.  

2015 Emmys: The Nominees

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The 2015 Emmy Awards nominees were announced last Thursday, stacking some of the best television shows, specials and movies against one another. Andy Samberg will host the big show on Sept. 20, but here’s what we know so far.   

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.  
by Jac Kern 03.12.2015
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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
Posted In: Movies, Music, TV/Celebrity at 01:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.