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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
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
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.
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.
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. Read more about the show and TV this week here.
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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
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
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.
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
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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
Jac's favorite recent pop culture and Internet findings
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.
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
evening was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who took the stage like a true equal
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!
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:
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!
this Craigslist ad:
by Mike Breen
Posted In: Music History
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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
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.
Cincinnati native Andre Hyland is ready for his comedy close-up
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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