by Jac Kern
5 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
James Franco is coming to
Cincinnati two shoot not one but two films this May. The actor/filmmaker, who
will always be Daniel Desario to me, will be working on two movies
simultaneously: Goat, a frat hazing
film based on the memoir King Kelly by
Brad Land, and The Long Home, about
bootlegger Dallas Harden, adapted from William Gay’s novel of the same name.
Franco is on to produce Goat, which
stars Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer; he’ll produce and direct The Long Home. The latter film’s cast
has not been announced yet, but a recent Facebook post by Franco mentioned the movie along with Josh Hutcherson
(The Hunger Games series, Union, Ky.,
native), Timothy Hutton (a bunch of TV dramas I've never seen + Ordinary People), Keegan Allen (not to be confused with Andrew Keegan), Ashley Green (all the Twilights), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Jim Parrack
(True Blood) and Scott Haze (lots o' Franco flicks). Let’s
ponder while looking at a topless Franco:
In a Salon article about HBO's Silicon
Valley that called out the show’s “woman problem,”
the writer mistakenly reported that Silicon’s
Kumail Nanjiani is the same person as Big
Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar. OOF.
at this: Women Having A Terrible Time At Parties In Western Art History
The Full House sequel show you’ve been wishing for is finally coming,
and the cherry on top of this nostalgic cake has to be the fact that Kimmy
Gibbler will return!
Fuller House is set to premiere on
Netflix sometime next year and will focus on D.J. (Candace Cameron-Bure),
Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy (Andrea Barber). Adult D.J. is a vet, she
has two boys and is pregnant with another, and the show picks up with her being
recently widowed (R.I.P. Steve?!). Aspiring musician Stephanie moves in along
with single mom Kimmy and her teenage daughter. It sounds like a pretty fucked
up plot until you realize it is exactly
the same as the original, but with ladies. Remake ALL THE THINGS with ALL
John Stamos is producing
and will pop in from time to time as Uncle Jesse, but the rest of the original
cast is still up in the air. This could be a big pile of awful, but one thing
gives me hope: Stephanie is still pursuing her entertaining dreams!
A masked hero in the UK is
going around spray painting penises around potholes to try to get them filled
faster. Best part: they’re going by the name Wanksy.
Inside Amy Schumer’s third
season just started, and already there have been some epic musical moments. She
pays tribute to the It Girl of body parts, the butt — watch out, eyebrows are
comin’ for that title — in “Milk Milk Lemonade”
and gives One Direction a realistic makeover with “Girl, You Don’t Need
David Ayer revealed Jared
Leto’s Joker look for the upcoming Suicide
Squad movie. Let the mockery begin!
Cecily Strong hosted “nerd
prom,” which is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and not Comic-Con. See the SNL star’s
full speech here.
Obama addressed the crowd
beforehand and, thankfully, Luther the anger translator was on hand.
Apparently any time more
than two stars of a past TV show/movie are in the same room, that constitutes a
reunion. So I guess there was a Lizzie
McGuire “reunion” with Hilary Duff, Lalaine (Miranda) and Jake Thomas
(Lizzie’s little brother whose name I can’t remember and won’t look up).
Considering Gordo, Lenny and animated Lizzie weren’t there, this is truly a
weak reunion. Sorry. Read more in this TIME article (seriously).
If you need a massive dose
of Beyoncé in a short amount of time:
New movie trailers: Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling accidentally go to a strange sex party in The Overnight; Tyson Beckford’s answer to Magic Mike, Chocolate City (dear god).
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apocalyptic scenarios, we often imagine the lucky few to survive as
being the toughest, hardest, most disciplined born leaders. Phil Miller
is none of these things.
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Comedians playing fictional versions of
themselves on scripted television is nothing new — just ask Lucille Ball
or Jerry Seinfeld — but it’s certainly a hot trend right now.
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The phrase “best TV show you’re not watching” is overused, but Orphan Black is one of
the few shows that’s definitely deserving of the title.
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While HBO pokes fun at modern day tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, AMC’s newest drama gives viewers a look at the early-1980s “Silicon Prairie” with Halt and Catch Fire.
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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
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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
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In 2030, a man sits his children down to
tell them the story of how their parents got together. Nine seasons
later, audiences are still eavesdropping on the Longest Story Every
Told, How I Met Your Mother (Series Finale, 8 p.m. Monday, CBS).
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Spring is coming — despite what the weather would have us believe — with a fresh crop of new series and returning favorites.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Cincinnati may be 20 years behind the times (according to that old
adage), but no more than two months after New York's Dominique Ansel Bakery birthed the cronut
— a magical, croissant-donut hybrid — the Queen City’s already got local
bakeries with our own varieties. Holtman’s Donut Shop
is serving up the pastry at its Loveland location and Savor Catering sells them at Roebling Point Books, Bow Tie Café and Left Bank Coffee (they
even offer “croughnut holes!”). Better yet, the cronut is actually still trendy
in its homeland, drawing long, early-morning lines and even high price scalping
on Craigslist, so we’re really not that passé after all!This happened. Via AV Club:<br>
When Big Brother first made
its U.S. debut in 2000, I recall being excited to witness some actual
uncensored drama go down with an online companion to the television show (Oh innocent,
early Internet era me). What would producers actually show? People peeing?
Nipples? Sexy time? F-bombs? Now, of course, that’s practically standard fare
for a boring Housewives hour. More
than a decade later, we still have Big Brother and it’s still uncensored online,
it’s just a little surprising what’s getting caught on camera. Basically, this
bunch — Season 15 — is a group of bona fide racists, a bunch of regular Paula
Deens. But we’re not talking about backwoods idiots who don’t know any better
or politically incorrect Daniel Tosh wannabes. These are people who can’t refer
to their Asian roommate without listing off the Panda Express menu while making
Fans have been upset that producers weren’t showing any of this behavior
on the actual telecast (these shining moments were only seen online), but some
real gems were exposed on Sunday night’s episode. Watch a roundup of This Week
in Big Brother Racism,
ya know, if you want to just hate
humanity some more. With a title so innocent,
who would have thought the show could
expose so much evil?!
Comedy Central’s Inside Amy
Schumer finished its first season with a bang last week. The comedian’s series,
which has been picked up for a second season, was stellar — the perfect mix of
stand-up, on-the-street interviews and sketches and, while it was clearly
targeted to women, it was funny across the board. The episode closed with Amy’s
stand-up, where she brought out her opening act, Bridget Everett (the
martini-guzzler seen in the finale's “Crazy Sex Tips” sketch). While
the clip isn’t available online now, Bridget performed a similar bit on an HBO
Skip to 3:30 for the song I’ve been shouting out the car at strangers
for the past week. And yes, that’s Ad-Rock in the back. Bridget Everett, marry me!
Breaking Bad’s final episodes air starting Aug. 11, but will that be the end to all
the Bad characters we’ve come to
love? The rumors of a Saul Goodman spinoff are getting more and more credible
as BB creator Vince Gilligan says he
and producer Peter Could have a concept in development that they plant to seriously pitch once Breaking Bad comes to a close
Artist-type Steve Lovelace got a lot of attention last year for his
Corporate States of America map in which Lovelace selected a brand that best represented each of the 50 states.
(Ohio got Wendy’s. JBCs for all!) Now, he’s done it with booze.
Quick question: WTF is Hoppin’ Frog?!
Last week was all about callin’ bitches on online. Prime example No. 1:
The Vegan Sellout
site — which has since been wiped from the web — a forum for calling out vegan/vegetarians
who do not practice what they preach (i.e. people who “hold secret barbecues,”
gave up the lifestyle to wear leather or claim to be vegan but eat meat on
occasion). Whether this was a product of veg saboteurs or the most pretentious,
backwards-thinking vegans ever is yet to be determined. Over in
the Hamptons, James Cuomo is getting loads of credit for forming a Facebook
group called “Douche spotter,”
aimed at targeting weekenders who infiltrate Hamptonites' homeland with their nasty rat
faces every summer. I’m typically all for calling out bad parking jobs and
fashion nightmares (these make up most of the photos), but not so that some waspy a-holes can feel better about themselves. Ironically, Cuomo definitely looks like a douche himself. Join the group
here, and see why it totally warranted a GD New York Post story. Hey, people with voluntary restrictive diets and/or East Coast upbringings: Mind ya bidness!Better late than never obsession: British sci-fi dark comedy, Misfits. It’s everything I wish True
Blood still was, only in the U.K. instead of Louisiana. Young delinquents + freaky storm + crime + super
powers + sex + camp = I’m on the third season and I haven’t even been watching
for a week! Thanks, Hulu!Texas gym teacher Deal Irby wore the same ensemble on every school picture day for 40 years! Meanwhile, I can barely fit into my T-shirts from four years ago. BRB, gonna go drink my lunch now.