by Jac Kern
15 days ago
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:
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
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
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.
by Jac Kern
57 days ago
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
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
a.k.a. Tara from True Blood, and Glenn
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
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!
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.
RuGarrison Keillor (@RuG_Keillor) is your pop culture mash-up du jour.
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:
Galifianakis is also transitioning…into a ghost of his former self.
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
Viola Davis gave a touching speech
while accepting an award for her work on How
to Get Away With Murder.
the best part of the night was on the red carpet, where A-listers SNUBBED the
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.
all the winners here.
by Jac Kern
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
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
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
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.
Love this but seriously, do celebrities really use Uber?
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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.
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.
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).
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
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Move over, Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory may have helped popularize or mainstream “nerd culture,” but Silicon Valley keeps it real with sharp wit, spot-on tech
references and just a touch of social awkwardness — the makings of any
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
When it comes to a series that transports
viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless
characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue
the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season
Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king.