by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Orange Is the New Black is back and it’s better than I imagined. The Netflix
series centered on a women’s prison premiered its second season Friday and,
despite my earnest intentions to pace myself, I couldn’t help but get through
12 of the 13 episodes (Thanks a lot, autoplay). One of the
striking differences this season is the fact that this is no longer The Piper
Show. Yes, our blonde convict is still a major player, the thread throughout
the series. But as Piper becomes more acclimated to prison life, she begins to
share much more in common with her fellow prisoners, and we get a look into
those women’s backstories — in such a fulfilling way. If you weren’t already
invested in Red, Poussey, Morello and the other inmates, you will be after
learning the very different and often surprising reasons they ended up in
Litchfield. As for Piper, she’s hardened (perfectly if not cheesily represented
by her selection of a 40 over a bottle of champagne on a night out during her
furlough)— but not to the point where last season’s character is
unrecognizable. If anything, the shift makes her more likable. For now, I’m
holding off on the finale. I don’t want it to end!
Photographer Jeff Friesen has shot series of fun images using LEGOs for what’s
culminated in an upcoming book, The
United States of LEGO, available this September. In the series, each state
is depicted in a scene full of colorful bricks and plastic yellow people (See Ohio here). Another, titled “Bricksy,” uses the popular toy to recreate various Banksy
Poet and thespian of our
generation James Franco basically recounted Lindsay Lohan’s pursuit of him for Vice’s Fiction Issue. This “work of
creative writing” that I’m just going to assume is completely
true claims LiLo shamelessly came after Franco while they were both staying at
Beverly Hills’ Chateau Marmont. In the end, she settled for a bedtime story
reading of A Perfect Day for a Bananafish.
I’m not sure which part
crushes my childhood memories the most: The fact that the Parent Trap ginge has
fully blossomed into a desperate trash monster; or that Daniel Desario is
actually a pseudo-intellectual douche/tattletale; or that I now have to burn my
entire Salinger collection.
Nicolas Cage may have done
his share of shitastic films in recent years, but you have to hand it to him:
dude has a sense of humor about himself. This fact was illustrated recently in
a photo of Cage, at a Guns N’ Roses concert with Andrew Dice Clay, dressed to
the nines in a T-shirt with his meme-face on it.
Anyone remember Clone High?
The MTV toon depicted a
high school for clones of historical figures throughout time, was weirdly
hilarious and, thus, was cancelled after one season in 2003. The creators, Phil
Lord and Chris Miller, have since put out a successful string of productions: 21 Jump Street (and its sequel, 22 Jump Street, in theaters tomorrow), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The LEGO Movie. They talked recently of
revisiting Clone High as either a
show or movie — read more here.
Lil' Kim welcomed a baby
girl this week, Lil' Lil' Kim. Sorry. But seriously, Blue Ivy, North West,
Jermajesty, all y’all epic-named babies watch out. Royal Reign is in the house.
In things that are making me feel feelings this week: the Dumb and Dumber To trailer.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
If the apocalypse is nigh, then it would
seem that there’s no better place to be than James Franco’s house, where
everybody parties like it’s 1999 (and I wish they had actually dropped
that track into the mix). By everybody, I mean Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel,
Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and, of course, Franco
playing alternate versions of themselves.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man trilogy) tackles the
backstory of the greatest and most powerful wizard this side of Gandalf;
that would be Oz (James Franco), who starts off as a small-time
magician before landing in an enchanted land in dire need of rescuing.
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I spent a hefty
number of hours watching Trapped in the Closet this past holiday weekend, thanks to IFC’s
marathon of the R. Kelly Hip Hopera followed by a debut of a new chunk of
chapters. Despite my avid enthusiasm for T
in the C as a teen, I must have lost track of the final few chapters because I totally forgot that by the end of the first two installments, a majority
of the characters (hilarious flowchart here) have likely been exposed to AIDS.
R. Kelly released
18 new chapters last Friday and, in true T
in the C style, few questions were answered and even more now stand. The
quick and dirty: Rosie and Randolph are Pimp Lucius’ parents! R. Kelly played
two new characters: a therapist (who counseled Rufus and Cathy) and a scary
gangster with a fang-like grill named Beeno (for real). Between scenes, the
camera would cut away to interviews with various characters on a talk show (likely setting for the next installment).
There was also a point where Rev. Mosley was shown on a commercial hawking
books — they showed a real, Chicago phone number that connected to a
hilarious recording. Still, no one knows where the hell Chuck is and we never
got any real answers about “the package” they might all have but don't worry — Kelly
has penned a reported 85 additional chapters, some to be released next year,
and look out, Broadway: Trapped is
coming to the stage! "Oh shit!"
marathons of the non-active persuasion, it just wouldn’t be a long weekend
without a good Law and Order marathon
— often with a relevant theme! This summer, I’m pretty sure I saw a Labor Day SVU marathon of episodes featuring women
about to give birth. Ever wondered how all those final court rulings stack up?
Overthinking It (via Buzzfeed) looked into every verdict of the original
series’ 450 court cases over 20 seasons. Check ‘em out!
NEEDS A PREQUEL/SEQUEL/REBOOT NOW, Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man 1-3)
is bringing a fresh take on the classic story of The Wizard of Oz this March. James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs, a Kansas
magician who is whisked away to a magical land where goes onto become the
eponymous wiz. Oz: The Great and Powerful certainly
will be a visual playground for audiences and the storyline — which precedes
both the original book and film — actually seems interesting. Plus, a trio of
top-notch actresses (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams) portraying
young versions of those infamous witches? I'm in. Watch the trailer:
So, if you were
worried there wouldn’t be a good opportunity to drop LSD at a movie this
spring, fear not.
RuPaul’s Drag Race returns for a
fifth season this January and for those missing out on the fabulosity, it’s
basically Logo’s version of American Idol
or America’s Next Top Model, but with
way more prosthetic boobs and junk tucking. Hosted by the baddest queen of all,
RuPaul’s Drag Race pits drag queens
against each other in various challenges to be judged on makeup and hair,
costume design, on-camera performances, musical acts, comedy and much more. The
show is campy, hilarious and, for a show about men dressed up as over-the-top
women, surprisingly real.
If you need any
more reason to tune into the premiere, local entertainer Penny Tration (real name: Tony Cody) has been cast as
a contestant! Penny was voted onto the show as this season’s Facebook fan
favorite, which is pretty major. See the Cincy star at 0:51 in this trailer:
Drag Race Full Episodes, RuPaul,
performs Saturdays at The Cabaret (above Below Zero Lounge) in addition to
several other regular appearances. Check out a show while you can — Penny’s
‘bout to be mad famous.
It is said that as
one star rises, another falls. And after the debut of Lindsay Lohan’s anticipated role in Liz and Dick, it
looks like that train wreck’s career has suffered a fatal blow. “Did somebody say blow?”
What was —
shockingly — supposed to be a serious tribute to Elizabeth Taylor and her
relationship with Richard Burton turned out to be a Lifetime channel disaster.
Then again, what else was anyone expecting from the network that brought us My Stepson, My Lover and She Woke Up Pregnant? Surely, few had
high hopes for Lindsay and everyone else associated with this mess — Liz
Taylor’s shoes are tough to fill, so it was kind of unfair to put a young and
arguably unstable actress in that position. But all poor writing, directing and
casting aside, Lindsay does need to take some of the blame on this one. If
Cooter from True Blood
was able to mask his New Zealand accent
with a mediocre Burton impression, couldn’t Lindsay have at least tried to
out-act her smoker’s voice? And I’m sorry, but no 26-year-old should be able to
play a woman in her 50s more convincingly that a girl her own age. Somebody,
please, fix that face.
If you'd rather read entertaining reactions than actually sit through this piece of crap, Huffington Post
collected a bunch of Liz and Dick tweets you can read here.
actually am rooting for you, so here’s my advice: Why don’t you go back to your
Mean Girls ginge look, take a couple
years off, get your Eat Pray Love on
in India or whatever and come back to us once you’ve “found yourself” or Disney
decides to cast you as Aunt Vicki in their Parent Trap remake. Whichever comes first.
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Jac's favorite recent pop culture and Internet findings
Meme-mania has officially ensued. Read: whenever South Park makes an episode about something, I start paying attention. A few weeks ago, "What _____ Thinks I Do/What I Really Do" took over the Internets like a pop culture wildfire (Spoiler Alert: No one thinks or cares about your boring job). Now, a Tumblr page created by a couple law students in February is attracting millions of viewers — daily.#whatshouldwecallme is simple, browsable, funny and therefore mindlessly addictive. The bloggers take popular clips from movies, TV and YouTube videos, turn them into animated gifs and stamp a personal anecdote on it. You can tell they stem from inside jokes, but most of them are relatable and laugh-out-loud funny (especially for '90s sitcom and reality TV lovers). For example: When people tell me I shouldn't be reading blogs when I'm on deadline:Twenty-plus years ago, Kirk Cameron was a Tiger Beat-worthy hottie, known to all kids of the '80s as Mike Seaver, his character on Growing Pains (and real life brother to Candace Cameron, DJ from Full House). Mike was a good-hearted troublemaker, always getting wrapped up in a scheme. But when Cameron hit 17, he became a born-again Christian and soon objected to any risque lines or scenes in Growing Pains. Yeah, this is coming from a guy who's character had a best friend named Boner (RIP).While born-again Christians can be mildly annoying, you can't really hate on Cameron for wanting to keep a family program kid-friendly. And post-Growing Pains he went on to avoid drugs, tranny hookers and other scandals associated with former child stars. Great job, Kirk! Unfortunately, he just couldn't quietly fade into oblivion; he had to spew his crazy all over the media. And let me define crazy: He believes homosexuality is "unnatural" and "destructive" and that evolution has Nazi ties.Thankfully, other (sane) former child stars have come together to speak out against Cameron. And they're a bunch of CCOCKs.
There are countless blogs out there devoted to ugly trends somehow accepted by fashionistas, and there's a place in my heart for all of them. I'm not going to wear harem pants and neon crop tops in public, but that doesn't mean I don't want to look at them online! My new favorite is Heavy Browsing — two hilarious women take on some of the more ridiculous fashion trends, like sneaker heels, boyfriend jeans and cut-outs. Want to give into fug-tation and try a questionable trend? These bloggers show you how to pull them off without ending up on a "Worst Dressed" list.
Finally, enjoy this video of James
Franco, looking like KFed for an upcoming Spring Break movie, singing co-star Selena Gomez’s "Love
You Like a Love Son."
How did he manage to make that swoon-worthy?
An adventurous filmmaker discusses '127 Hours'
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' is another intriguing entry in the 54-year-old British director's diverse, rapidly expanding collection of films. Since his impressive mid-1990s one-two breakthrough of 'Shallow Grave' and 'Trainspotting,' Boyle has tried his hand at a number of genres, the sign of an adventurous filmmaker eager to take on new challenges. He discusses his career and '127 Hours' with CityBeat.
Danny Boyle and James Franco team up for compelling true-life story
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 23, 2010
'127 Hours' is based on mountain climber Aron Ralston's memoir about his
misadventure in Utah's Canyonlands National Park where he became
trapped by a boulder and was forced to cut off his own arm in order to save his life. Boyle has fun playing with the challenge of presenting such a tale by compressing time with things like dream sequences that mirror Ralston's warped mental state that floated in while trapped in the middle of the desert. Grade: A.
Director Gus Van Sant revisits the brief but vital life of Harvey Milk
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
There's no way one can view the new film 'Milk' without thinking about Proposition 8, the recently passed ballot initiative that bans same-sex marriages in California. In a strange and ironic parallel, Harvey Milk's crowning achievement, well documented in the film, was his battle against Proposition 6, which would have barred gay teachers from jobs in California public schools.
Sean Penn shines as the Mayor of Castro Street
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It seems director Gus Van Sant stands more than foursquare with the strays of the world. His career highlights include 'Drugstore Cowboy,' 'My Own Private Idaho' and 'Good Will Hunting.' So it should come as no surprise that the tragic story of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), San Francisco's and the nation's first openly gay public official voted into office, might stir a sense of kinship in him.