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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
Posted In: TV/Celebrity, The Worst, Movies, Fun, Comedy, Commentary at 12:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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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
Posted In: Music History at 10:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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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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