by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
One good thing about Halloween falling on a Thursday is that we get two
weekends of celebrity costumes to dissect.
Heidi Klum always pulls out the stops for Halloween, hosting a major
bash every year. And her costumes are always over-the-top. This year is no
different, though Heidi wasn’t dressed in a crazy cyborg suit or a scary Kali
goddess getup — Ms. Project Runway was
unrecognizable as an old ass lady!
a 15 percent chance this is actually just Heidi Klum after a week with no Botox,
green juice or airbrush artists.
There are essentially three categories in which Halloween costumes fall:
“sexy” costumes, offensive costumes and pop culture costumes. As Julianne Hough
proved with her Orange Is the New Black-face
ensemble, it’s typical for costume categories to overlap. Here are
my fave star costumes of the year, which happen to all be celebs dressed as
other celebs. #meta
Miley as Lil' Kim
Honey Boo Boo family as the Kardashian Klan
Ellen as Nicki Minaj
Jenny McCarthy as Miley’s moufSo apparently "funeral selfies" are a goddam thing – Bust, The
Jezebel and others are all talking about the trend this week. Some people argue that kids of the digital age
don’t know how to express their feelings except by documenting every passing
moment — no matter how somber — on social media. This is just the modern way of
grieving! Which actually make sense because, come to think of it, when I went
to a funeral as a young teen, all the kids would snap self-portraits in church
with disposable cameras, run to Walgreen’s afterward and then scan them to our
LiveJournal pages — hashtags just weren’t invented yet! Oh wait, none of that
actually happened because that’s fucking strange behavior no matter your generation.
Guy Fieri né
FERRY is all over the news this week. The intolerable TV “chef” got into a
recorded altercation with his drunk hairdresser who had just gotten sloshed on a plane
(taking them to Flavortown, I presume).
Fighting is never the answer, children, but who wouldn’t want to beat
down the person responsible for basing a real hairstyle......off of a hat primarily
given as a gag gift:
“Flaming Flair Hair Visor,” not the
actual scalped head of Guy Fieri
Two days after the cat fight, the King of Donkey Sauce found himself in court
testifying against the man who allegedly stole his neon yellow Lamborghini (which is
equally as obnoxious as Guy himself), resulting in one of the best trial sketches of all time.
From one example of tragically iconic headwear to another, Limp Bizkit’s
Fred Durst is working on a CW show about his life. The only way this could
possibly come to fruition is if the CW audience of 12-19-year-olds watch out of ignorance ("What's a limp biscuit?").
If you ever want to make a ridiculous childhood dream come true, you should
probably move to China, where all weirdly wonderful things happen. Latest
example: Shanghai’s Kerry Hotel recently installed the world’s largest ball pit
— an empty swimming pool full of ONE MILLION brightly colored plastic balls.
While the child in me is ready to cannon ball into this vast abyss of
happiness, my realistic adult side can only assume there are exponentially more
snakes, dead rats
and petrified diapers at the bottom than regular ball pits…
Everyone wants to be like the “cool kids.” It’s the reason many people
pick up smoking, get tattoos or experience really bad spray tans — to emulate
some super hip senior in school. So it goes without saying that Harrison Ford
is a perpetual cool kid. When Ford appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to chat about Ender’s Game, Fallon was captivated by Ford’s cool grandpa pierced
ear. So captivated, in fact, that he allowed Ford to pierce his own. In front
of a live audience. FOR REAL. From
Ford’s piercing procedure to his choice of jewelry, the result was TV gold.
Ali G is back! Sacha Baron Cohen is reviving his original character for the
new network FXX. The channel will air old episodes with new material (intros to
skits — not full new episodes, though) in February 2014. Respek.
This week in Craigslist Perfection: Local Edition — Are you a tall,
handsome man who works at or frequents the Northside Tavern? Your great-great granddaughter
has traveled from the future to meet you. Details here.
Rachel McAdams shines again in this smooth-running dramedy
0 Comments · Friday, November 12, 2010
This smooth-running dramedy is a warm, familiar story that audiences will recognize exactly for what it is and appreciate all the same, likely because it isn't quite so heavy. And in a world where all performances are viewed equally, Rachel McAdams would be a highly touted possible Best Actress nominee for her effort here. Grade: B.
Medical drama too predictable for its own good
0 Comments · Friday, January 22, 2010
Director Tom Vaughan ('What Happens in Vegas') grinds his way through a script that does nothing but occupy 105 minutes of your life and leave you feeling vaguely more uplifted afterwards. Turn on the Oxygen or Lifetime cable channels any weeknight evening and you can achieve the same result without leaving your couch. Grade: D-plus.
Writer/director Wayne Kramer traffics in immigrant collisions
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
With so much drama and so many crossed narrative lines, the comparisons to 'Traffic' and 'Crash' will seem blatant and overplayed, but the aim here is more tightly focused than it might initially seem. There's a lush, overgrown forest, but the tallest tree in the center is Max Brogan (Harrison Ford). He comes to illustrate all sides of the immigration debate without merely flip-flopping between positions. Grade: C.