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Brian Is (Not) a Punk Rocker

Brian Wilson's never heard of Punk, Frances Bean Cobain makes headlines and some major labels considering talk show cutbacks

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Brian Wilson is asked his opinion on Punk, asks what the hell that even is; Frances Bean Cobain's musical tastes make headlines; and some major labels are reportedly considering putting the kibosh on bonus music clips for artists appearing on talk shows.  
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Eccentric millionaire type Robert Durst — not the Limp Bizkit one, AP  — has been arrested in New Orleans amidst gun charges and a separate investigation of his involvement in the 2000 death of his friend Susan Berman. If you’re reading this like, “Get that hard news out of my pop culture roundup!” you clearly missed the recent HBO docu-series, The Jinx. The show looked into the life of Robert Durst, who had been connected to but not convicted of three separate crimes: the 1982 disappearance of his wife, the 2000 murder of his friend and the 2001 death and dismemberment of a neighbor. The series featured interviews with Durst; police, detectives and lawyers involved in the various cases; friends and family of the victims. It also resulted in new information — the finale ended with a shocking (apparent) off-camera confession from Durst after being cornered with new evidence. The final minutes of the episode featured audio of Durst, likely unaware he was still mic’d up, offering self-incriminating revelations. The cherry on top: “[I] killed them all, of course.” In a perfect storm of events — or perfectly calculated turn of events, depending on what you believe — the finale coincided with the real-time arrest of Durst, who was found in New Orleans using a false name. Filmmakers claim the timing was merely coincidence, that they’d shared all their findings with police and were not involved with the investigation. Durst is now locked up. To compare this to the popular podcast Serial, it would almost be like Adnan Syed was released from prison the day the final chapter aired. (Although Adnan is set to present his case to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals this month, thanks in part to the podcast.) The whole story — of the documentary, Durst’s life and the events unfolding in real time — has been nothing short of captivating, taking true crime entertainment to a new level. Now, we go from watching Durst on an HBO show to reading about him in the news. And friends, the news doesn’t come with spoiler alerts.In less murdery news, Will Ferrell stopped by The Late Show on St. Patrick’s Day looking like an Irish Buddy the Elf, and Letterman asked him for some of his vintage Harry Caray realness. Ferrell obliged. So here’s Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf as a leprechaun as Harry Caray: Awards season might be over with the Oscars behind us, but the Emmys are already gearing up for September’s show. It was announced last week that Andy Samberg will host. Fellow SNL veteran Seth Meyers got the gig last year. WWJD — What Would Joan Do? — is probably something the folks over at Fashion Police are asking themselves right now. Since legendary host Ms. Rivers passed away and Kathy Griffin took over, FP just hasn’t caught a break. First, Giuliana Rancic made some controversial remarks about singer Zendaya’s dreadlocked look she wore to the Oscars, then Kelly Osborne left the show, and now new host Kathy Griffin is ditching Fashion Police after just seven episodes. Since the show cannot be carried by stylist/new panelist Brad Goreski and E.T./bobblehead Giuliana alone, Fashion Police is taking a break until September (likely timed with the Emmys).Truth or Dare? Dare: I dare you to watch this trailer for the first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary without crying. Truth: I couldn’t.  Jimmy Kimmel brought his late night show back to Austin, Texas this week for South by Southwest. As per usual, he tricked a bunch of POSERS into sharing their opinions on completely made-up bands. He also offered his services to produce a commercial for Vulcan Video, an Austin video store, with help from “local actor” Matthew McConaughey. Cincinnati was featured on Catfish the TV Show again in last night’s episode. If you recall, last time Nev Schulman and the Catfish crew were here, it resulted in a really sad episode where a dude was being catfished by his own cousin because he said she was fat once or something. This episode was also depressing, but for totally different reasons. The episode focused on Daisy, who lives in North Carolina. She met a guy on Instagram (need I even go on?) named Marcus, who’s from Cincinnati. The two hit it off and continued communication via text since summer of 2012. In the years since, they’ve never seen met one another, video-chatted or even talked on the phone (ugh, Daisyyyyy). But wait, there’s more. Daisy has mailed Marcus around $2,000 worth of gifts and cash over the years, including a professional-grade camera. Oh, and Marcus is a video producer. Marcus never put the camera or his skills to use as far as communicating with Daisy goes, so all signs point to Marcus being a real human who is exactly who he says he is. Right? Surprisingly, yes. After Marcus hesitated and backed out of a meetup several times, Daisy and the crew came to Cincinnati and agreed to meet him at a riverside park in Northern Kentucky. To everyone’s surprise (except dumbass Daisy, ironically), Marcus was legit! He wasn’t being sneaky and secretive and hesitant to thank her for gifts or return the favor because he was a catfish or even because he had a girlfriend on the side — dude just hates talking to humans on the phone, via video or in person and is just really rude, I guess. Seriously, one of the weirdest episodes ever, and another example of stupid, communicationally-challenged Millennials that the world definitely did not need. Read more about the ep here.That local swingers show on A&E premieres this weekend. 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by Jac Kern 09.30.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

One of the greatest television shows of all time came to an end Sunday with the series finale of Breaking Bad. Without going into spoilery detail about this last episode, the finale was truly satisfying for fans of the show. Often times, even great shows can have disappointing endings that leave storylines ambiguous and questions unanswered. Breaking Bad wrapped up fully, touching on nearly every main character and plot point. Alas, it is still emotional to say goodbye to a beloved series. Thankfully, we’ll get a little more Bad with the latest spin-off, Huell’s Rules! Huell's Rules from Lavell Crawford      Just kidding. But the Better Call Saul spinoff is actually a go (although it is a comedy and will likely be a prequel, having nothing to do with Breaking Bad aside from the Saul character). Bad creator Vince Gilligan also has his next project lined up —a CBS cop drama titled Battle Creek, which Gilligan actually wrote for the network more than a decade ago. Cop drama? CBS?! OK… Natalia Rojas compiled the profile pictures of every single Facebook user and the finished product looks like this: Zooming in, you’ll find more than 1.2 billion people, in order of when the user first signed up for the soul-sucking site. Nothing but grains of sand, amirite? Check out The Faces of Facebook here. While some of us are still trying to process Lifetime’s hot mess of a biopic, Anna Nicole, New York City Opera recently staged a show based on the ill-fated pop culture icon’s life (which happens to have the same inventive title). Read Vice’s glowing review (loljkjk). Anna Nicole Smith has her own opera. Wasn’t Anna Nicole the human a parody in and of herself? Ever notice your favorite HBO shows having overlapping actors? The HBO Recycling Program, while two years old now, charts the actors that have appeared in at least three episodes of an HBO scripted series from Oz to Game of Thrones.                                                                                                Woooooahhhhh Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel are in a feud. It all started with Kimmel's sketch about the rapper’s recent BBC interview, which barely can be considered a parody as the child actor in “Kimmel Kid Re-Kreation” is directly quoting Kanye. The skit rubbed ‘Ye the wrong way, sparking an onslaught of angry tweets (since deleted) and even a personal phone call to the late-night host. Kimmel, who was behind the viral “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” prank video, swears this is not a fake feud. Pete and Pete have a podcast! Danny Tamberelli and Mike Maronna, co-stars of the ‘90s Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete and members of the Ginger Hall of Fame have teamed up on a new monthly podcast. The first episode takes the TV brothers to Portland, Ore., site of Petefest, an actual festival for Pete & Pete fans. Listen to the first installment of The Adventures Of Danny And Mike here. Hate your job? Got a shitty boss? Live vicariously through this chick who quit her editing job at Next Media Animation (the folks who create those funny animated interpretations of “news stories” like Charlie Sheen’s 2010 reign of terror at the Plaza Hotel) by making her own viral video.   Here’s a Cracked article poking fun BuzzFeed list-icles. Pot, meet kettle. Between Two Ferns is back! Zach Galifianakis’ interview with Justin Bieber might actually be the best PR move for the teen angst-ridden drop-crotch enthusiast. Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Justin Bieber from Justin Bieber     
 
 

Stone Temple Fired and Snarky Mass. Holes

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
As we were teetering off the fiscal cliff last week, an inexplicably large amount of people were concerned about just one American who lost his job: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.  
by Jac Kern 04.30.2012
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's favorite recent pop culture and Internet findings

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was Saturday, and while CityBeat’s invitation must have gotten lost in the mail, the event brought journalists, celebrities and famewhores from across the country to Washington, D.C. What began in the 1920s as an opportunity to recognize journalists is now more of a “Washington goes Hollywood” event, usually hosted by comedians and attended by celebs who have little (if anything) to do with politics or reporting. Although the event gets criticism for becoming a schmooze-fest, I’m a fan of what has become a Washington roast, where politicians stop taking themselves too seriously, at least for one night. President Obama kicked off the night with a dig at his recent “hot mic” incident, and continued by poking fun at other politicians, odd celebrity guests and other current events. The evening was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who took the stage like a true equal opportunity offender: Speaking of diminishing journalistic integrity, how ‘bout the rise and (immediate) fall Gawker’s Fox News mole? Earlier this month, Gawker announced a new column by a Fox News employee, who was prepared to share the deepest, darkest secrets from everyone’s favorite conservative channel — or something. Two days later, the “mole” (revealed as O’Reilly Factor associate producer Joe Muto) was found out by the network and subsequently fired. So that’s the end of that, right? Not quite. Muto was served with a search warrant early Wednesday morning. New York’s District Attorney’s office seized Muto’s laptop, cell phone and some notebooks as part of an open investigation. Fox News is accusing Muto of conspiracy and grand larceny, according to this warrant. The best/worst part of the whole debacle is that Muto only managed four Gawker posts, which included juicy Fox dirt like a photo of a bathroom Bill O’Reilly uses and a clip of Mitt Romney talking about his horses to Sean Hannity. Yawn. UPDATE: Muto apparently grew up in Cincinnati. Represent! From Pizza Hut’s new pies with cheeseburgers instead of crusts to the Heart Attack Grill living up to its name, junk food on ‘roids is all the rage right now! Las Vegas’ Heart Attack Grill is known for its over-the-top diner grub, including a “Quadruple Bypass Burger,” so should anyone be surprised that eating there could potentially be harmful to one’s health? For the second time this year, a guest collapsed at the restaurant, which boasts the Guinness World Record for highest calorie hamburger (9,983 — about five times the calories recommended for one day). People go to Vegas for the thrill of a gamble — the Heart Attack Grill just offers a unique spin! Meanwhile, in the Middle East, Pizza Hut is finally solving that boring pizza crust problem (what are we supposed to do — just eat plain dough?!) by swapping it for cheeseburgers and chicken sliders. This came just weeks after we were introduced to The Hut’s hot dog-stuffed crust, which is now available in the U.K. The most shocking part about these pizza monstrosities? They aren’t served in the States (yet)! Are we becoming a healthier nation or is our fatness just rubbing off on other countries? In movie news, a 2007 viral comedy short is now becoming a star-studded smorgasbord. Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse starred Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogan as friends confined to an apartment during the end of the world. Filmed in just four days immediately following production on Knocked Up, the short is only available as a trailer on YouTube: After the success of Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and other Rogen comedies, the crew is remaking the short into a feature film, currently titled The End of The World. In the film, James Franco (playing himself) hosts a party at his apartment when the world begins…to end. Party-goers will include Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari, in addition to Rogen and Baruchel. It’s an Apatowpocalypse! While these dudes are taking something scary (the apocalypse) and turning it into something funny, this bitch is turning something from my youth (dolls) into the stuff of nightmares. Meet Valeria Lukyanov, “human” Barbie! Also, this Craigslist ad:
 
 
by Mike Breen 02.27.2012
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This Date in Music History: Feb. 27

Frankie Lymon's tragic end and Josh Groban's comedy efforts

On this day in 1968, one of Rock & Roll's Shakespearean tragedies came to an end as singer Frankie Lymon, a Pop superstar in the mid-’50s with Rock & Roll/R&B vocal group The Teenagers, died from a heroin overdose at the age of 25. Actually, if you've ever seen the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love (named for Lymon and the Teenagers' biggest hit), you know that the singer's death was a trick ending. The story of Lymon's sad legacy (blockbuster hit leads to lead singer ego explosion; quits group; can't find solo success; finds drugs; gets drafted; quits drugs; mounts comeback; celebrates with drugs; dies) took an unusual turn in the ’80s. Three different women came forward claiming to be Lymon's widow and entitled to his estate. Turns out, they were all telling the truth — Lymon had married all three but never divorced any of them. Ultimately, the singer's estate was awarded to his third wife; if that conclusion was reached on a coin-flip, could you really blame the judge? Here's archival footage of Lymon's last TV appearance, a 1965 slot on the program Hollywood A Go-Go where the 22-year-old singer lip-synched to the original version of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" — recorded when he was 13. Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Feb. 27 birthday include Jazz legend Dexter Gordon (1923); ex-WKRP in Cincinnati DJ, Dr. Johnny Fever, aka Howard Hesseman (1940); Journey guitarist and MILF pilfer Neal Schon (1954); guitarist/songwriter with Metal giants Iron Maiden, Adrian Smith (1957); Sex Pistols hanger-on Nancy Spungen (1958); singer with R&B/Hip Hop/Pop trio TLC, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas (1971); and Classical/Pop vocalist Josh Groban (1981). Groban is the kind of singer who would be really easy to make fun of if he didn't have such a good sense of humor about himself already. One of those Classical/Opera crossover Pop stars (like Charlotte Church or Il Divo) who approaches Pop and Rock material with the same overly careful enunciation and melodrama, Groban has parodied himself on various comedy programs, including Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and this bit from Jimmy Kimmel Live, where the singer used his talents to make Kanye West's nutty tweets sound even nuttier.
 
 

The Hyland Road

Cincinnati native Andre Hyland is ready for his comedy close-up

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It’s perfect for the Cincinnati native/L.A. resident, an improvisational comic whose guerrilla style finds him inhabiting a broad range of fringe characters, disturbing the audience unaware of the joke and delighting the audience that is. It’s a fine wire to walk, and Andre Hyland traverses it with Wallenda-like agility  

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