0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
After fans were teased by its brief availability online two weeks ago — a “bug,” they say — the next chapter of House of Cards (Season Premiere, Friday, Netflix) is finally here.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Comedy Central’s nightly
“news” lineup is amidst a total overhaul with the recent end of The Colbert Report and the addition of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
Stephen Colbert stepped down in December, and now The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is following suit. The comedian
shocked audiences at a Daily Show taping
this week with the announcement that he’d be retiring from the show sometime
later this year.
While Colbert left to replace David Letterman as Late Show host (Letterman will step down in May; Colbert will take
over in September), it’s unclear whether Stewart has another gig lined up, but
it does sound like the show will continue with a new host. (The show originally
featured Craig Kilborn before Stewart took over in 1996.)
Amy Schumer stars in a new
Judd Apatow movie and, predictably, it looks hilarious.Some previously unreleased
Spice Girls songs hit the webz Wednesday, only to disappear from
SoundCloud soon after. Could this be assign of another girl powa’ reunion?!
Speaking of leaks, House of Cards’ third season — which
does not premiere until Feb. 27 — was available on Netflix for about 30 minutes
yesterday. No, Frank Underwood was not pulling a Beyoncé by releasing a full
season unannounced. It was a “mistake.”
A leak? More like the best House of Cards ad ever. Anyone who had
momentarily forgotten about the upcoming season is now ready to binge the
moment it premieres.
It’s been a great week in
fashion for models who don’t look like hungry baby aliens, which is rare. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit
issue featured two plus-size models; “World’s Oldest Supermodel,” 83-year-old Carmen Dell’Orefice appeared on the
cover of New You magazine; and Jamie Brewer, who many of us know from American Horror Story, walked in a New York Fashion Week show
today, becoming the first person with Down syndrome to do so. Yay beauty diversity!
And then there was The
The night’s program kind of
reminded me of the Super Bowl half-time shows of the early 2000s, where the
desperate attempt to appeal to as many people as possible resulted in a mashup
of lineups that simultaneously featured Nelly, Britney Spears and Aerosmith.
Between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and Jessie J and Tom Jones, there were lots
of slow songs sung by duos of old and young people, which made it very easy to
watch the 603 other shows on Sunday nights (Hey, Better Call Saul!)
Sam Smith was the big
winner of the night: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best
Pop Vocal Album all went to the magical songbird. Beck won Album of the Year
and Best Rock Album (“Beck is still making music?” – everyone. Yes, he is. Morning Phase came out a full year ago).
All those categories sound the damn same!
Of course, since Beyoncé
was also nominated for Album of the Year — and a bunch of other categories she
didn’t win #salty — Kanye just had to, well, Kanye Beck’s acceptance speech,
and Bey and Jay Z were definitely surprised
I love Beyoncé’s subtle
“No, Kanye, don’t...Someone stop him…” — which is basically the equivalent of
“Somebody get a sponge!”
— and Jay’s legit look of terror.
Also of course, if anyone
thought Kanye was taking a jab at himself by recreating Taylorgate, he wanted
to remind them of what a real asshole he is by running his mouth some more after the show. And then other people responded to
Kanye’s response and now I’m writing about it. Circle of life, folks.
Sia’s “Chandelier” performance
with Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler totally takes the cake as my favorite
performance (and you know this is a serious claim when Queen Bey is in the
picture). Kristen Wiig gave a soulful choreographed performance with the Dance Moms star — who would have
Beyoncé recreated her
sister’s recent wedding
with her performance of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” It was Sunday, after all. Amen!
Speaking of taking us to
church, Hozier and Annie Lennox was my favorite collab of the night, performing
the former’s breakout hit and “I Put a Spell on You.” Intoxicating!
his Arby’s hat for an old-timey child bellhop uniform and presenting a heavy
performance of “Happy”
And then it looks like Taylor Swift begged Jay Z to
go to brunch with her. Awkward, especially when he finds out “brunch” is
Taylor’s word for playing tea party with her cats while in pajamas. But judge
"Brunch." "Brunch!" "BRUNCH."
See all the winners here.
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Hitchcock made Psycho infamous by
killing off the main character 30 minutes into the movie. Audiences were
shocked — some even walked out of the theater. This had never been done before.
Viewers had already invested 30 minutes into Janet Leigh. But her character’s
death — as shocking as it was — created an essential space for Norman Bates to emerge
and develop. The movie took a twist for the unexpected, and Norman Bates
remains one of the most fundamental characters in the history of film.
me awhile to get into House of Cards.
The series seems to pick up more steam the longer you watch. Kevin Spacey makes
me uncomfortable (for good reason). I wasn’t hooked right away. Like Heisenberg
in Breaking Bad, we are captivated by
the villains — the evil doers. Frank and Claire Underwood are the political
equivalent to Bonnie and Clyde. The audience is part of a first-person psychopathic
journey through a politician’s road to world domination, and we’re frozen on
the edge of our seats.
turning point for many was the first episode of the second season, “Chapter 14.”
Here we are, fully engaged with these characters, rooting for the journalists (I was rooting for the journalists) and
waiting to see what amazing one-liners this series would come up with next. And
then Zoe died. I had to re-watch the subway scene twice before I believed it
was real. It was quick and dirty (just like Frank), an ingenious move on
creator Beau Willimon’s part.
kind of moment where you think about criminal intent and defendants blaming
their murders on “insanity.” Frank Underwood is an insane character with direct
criminal intent. He didn’t get angry and frustrated and regret his decision. He
saw an opportunity to get rid of a pesky journalist, so he took it. We all knew
Frank was capable of stepping on anyone (Peter Russo) who was in his way. But
this…this was different. This was a character that he had an established sexual
and professional relationship with. And he killed her in two seconds. (It was
so acrobatic and ninja-like.) That was the turning point for me, the point
where I was hooked. Zoe’s death was a classic Hitchcockian move, only viewers had already
invested an entire season into her.
reason why Zoe’s death was so shocking to viewers is because we don’t believe
our government officials to be capable of throwing journalists in front of
trains when they are getting uncomfortably close to the truth. (9/11 truthers
will disagree). In reality, dictatorships and corrupt regimes all over the
world have the power to kill and do so regularly. Especially journalists. I
find it so interesting that we are fascinated by a concept of unethical
government and abuse of power when there is so much damn truth to it. We are
romanticizing tyranny. We are making crooked governments into a drama series
and it’s enticing and addicting because that’s not how we think we live. It’s dramatic
to imagine Congress as a group of blood-thirsty criminals. Things like that
“just don’t happen” in this country — so we make it into a TV show.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A new era in NBC late night begins this week as Jay Leno passes The Tonight Show on to a new host, Jimmy Fallon. Fallon previously hosted Late Night beginning in March 2009 through last Friday’s final show.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
After seven seasons of night cheese, epic eye-rolls and general hilarity, Liz Lemon and the TGS crew head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for one last show. 30 Rock comes to an end this week with a one-hour finale (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).