by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
James Gandolfini, who rose to icon status with his leading role in The
Sopranos, died Wednesday in Italy from a heart attack. He was 51 years old.
Holsten’s, the New Jersey ice cream shop featured in the final scene of the legendary
television series’ finale, paid tribute to Gandolfini by reserving the booth where
he and his on-screen family filmed their last shot. Let’s remember Tony Soprano
by watching this 2002 clip of Jim on Sesame
Street, where he talks to Zoe about how it’s OK to feel scared sometimes.
are no strangers to harsh public scrutiny – just ask Miss Utah USA, Marissa
Powell. But most contestants don’t have to worry
about being criticized for being too cute. At the 25th annual
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif., freaky is fabulous. You’ll
find everything from hairless, cross-eyed mutts with missing body parts to
patchy, freckled pooches with potbellies and snaggleteeth. The Chinese crested,
seen here, is an iconic “Ugly” dog with features often exhibited by this
contest’s winner — but not this year. Pictured: a NOT UGLY ENOUGH DOGThis weekend, Walle, a “late entry” 4-year-old beagle-boxer-basset mix, won the
crowd over with his gigantic head (ugly?), the hump on his back (ugly?) and the ability to sit upright on
his butt (ugly?!). Like Potter Stewart, when it comes to ugly, I know it when I
see it and I ain’t seein’ it. Sashay away, Walle. You’re too pretty for this
What do you get
when you cross the egotistical prince of Hip Hop with a beloved stylistic
filmmaker? Kanye Wes.
Molly Miley Cyrus’
evolution into full-on festival groupie/Tumblr chick is complete. Check out her
new vid for “We Can’t Stop,” featuring cameos by taxidermy, a My Size Barbie, Pepto-Bismol blood, smoke bomb crotches and a hot dog piñata:
#WHATISHAPPENING Noisey raises some
“important questions” about the video
since it is both impossible and futile to even form an opinion about it. All I
know is Miley’s fervent ass shaking/slapping and non-drug references are making
me totally uncomfortable. Just a few years ago I relied on older friends to
explain drug stuff to me and now I’m feeling totally weirded out by Miley and
her rolling (or whatever the term is now), twerking, thumb-sucking friends.
Yet, I can’t stop…watching this freaky
mess over and over!
Is your stockpile of
Twinkies starting to dwindle? Fear not, Tallahassee,
because select Hostess snacks are set to be back on store shelves July 15.
& Co. and Apollo Global Management teamed up to buy Twinkies, CupCakes,
Donettes and other Hostess cakes so we can continue to fill our bodies with
preservative-rich baked goods for years to come.
The Steve Jobs
biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is in theaters Aug. 16. Check out the new
Ashton’s Steve Jobs
is legit but, so help me God, if I have to hear that Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis song one more time…
Nik Wallenda crossed a gorge near the Grand Canyon on live television Sunday,
walking 1,500 feet above the ground on a two-inch cable, and didn’t fall to his
death. Good job, Nik! Wallenda comes from a family of tightrope walkers — his great-grandfather
Karl Wallenda, born in Germany in 1905, began performing at age 6. Nik became
the first person to cross Niagra Falls on a high wire last June and Sunday’s
stunt gave him the title as the first aerialist to walk directly over the Little
Colorado River Gorge. There weren’t any harnesses, cables or safety nets — just
a pole to hold for balance. Wallenda prayed loudly to Jesus throughout the
23-minute spectacle. At the peak of the gorge crossing, 13 million viewers tuned in either on TV or online, a staggering number compared to the 2.7
million who tuned into the game-changing Mad
Men finale also on Sunday night (the series’ biggest audience ever). Why do people watch this stuff? It's kind of sick, even if there's a 10-second body splatter insurance delay. :'( :'( :'(
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
City Council officially repealed Cincinnati’s nine-year
pit bull ban last week, removing all breed-specific language from the
city’s municipal code.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Once upon a time there was a bar on
Second Street in Cincinnati called Flanagan’s Landing. There were 10
owners, none of whom were Irish, none of whom therefore were kin to me.
But they longed to have an “Irish” bar because they were trying to
compete with places like Caddy’s. Who could blame them? It made good
1 Comment · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Most Americans don’t spend a lot of time thinking about places outside of our country, so it would be normal for many to respond to news of Copenhagen, Denmark’s ranking as the happiest city in the world with something along the lines of “Who cares? Fuck Denmark.”
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Anyone who frequents the downtown business district knows that certain local celebrations guarantee a less-than-diverse collection of visitors to our fair city (try yelling “Go back to Mason!” to random people at Opening Day, Taste of Cincinnati or Oktoberfest and you’ll be surprised at how many people think you know them).
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2010
After blessing a Vatican MySpace site that featured a list of apparently Pope-endorsed songs that included ones by 2Pac and Fleet Foxes, the Vatican newspaper/Web site The Holy See recently released another list of “good/Godly” Pop songs.
The season's real history is even crazier than the made-up one
3 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Be forewarned, all ye who dare to enter: It's time for me to play the role of that crotchety old bastard, Scrooge, in service of finding the truth and reclaiming a good time. For instance, available evidence indicates early Christians didn't celebrate Jesus' birth and Christmas itself was an attempt by the Roman Empire to pacify and convert the pagan nations they had conquered, which were brimming with populations that enjoyed holding raucous parties during the long, dark and depressing nights of winter.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
On Easter I attended a family dinner at which my ex-wife served roast leg of lamb. Thoughts of my friend Greg's words from Friday were in my head — that there's proof Jesus had lived. What would Jesus think of me eating a lamb? I started to feel guilty. But I hope that Jesus did live. If it's true, I'm sure he was a good person and someone I would have wanted to hang out with.
Carnegie gets the formula right for Superstar
1 Comment · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Carnegie in Covington has spent several years in search of the best way to present musicals on the small, tight stage in its renovated Otto M. Budig Theatre. With this month’s minimally staged but aggressively choreographed production of Jesus Christ Superstar the formula now seems evident: Put the energy into the performance, keep the production simple and let the passion do the dazzling.