by Jac Kern
114 days ago
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The fellas of Mad Men showed off their mad manes (sorry)
when Jon Hamm and Pete Campbell revealed some pretty epic ‘dos to the public
this week.Let’s start with
Mr. Draper. Apparently in all my research of Jon Hamm (Read: browsing his
free-ballin’ pics), neither I — nor the rest of the
Internet — realized the star had appeared on the short-lived dating show The Big Date in 1996. The USA Network game show was hosted by Mark Walberg (the Antiques Roadshow one, not the triple-nipple one). Then-25-year-old
Hamm, identified on the show as a waiter, rocked the classic ‘90s parted shaggy
‘do (which I like to call the Shawn Hunter).
And as if that wasn’t enough to confuse your boner (or ladyboner), just watch as he
describes his perfect first date: (Cut to the 2-minute mark for Hamm’s
introduction, but seriously just watch the whole thing).
TOTAL FABULOUSITY! For
some unknown reason that will go down as one of life’s biggest mysteries, Hamm
did not go on to win a date. FOR SHAME!
OK, fast forward
to modern times at the Mad Men premiere
party last week. Vincent Kartheiser aka
Pete Campbell showed up looking like he started to pull a Britney
before changing his mind and running to the red carpet.Apparently the actor shaves his bang area (why does that sound so dirty) so his character Pete
can have a receding hairline — because
obviously — but couldn’t he achieve that look with makeup and a bald cap? Or
why not just shave the whole thing? This is especially bothersome to me because, as a child, I was convinced you didn't need to "grow out" your bangs once you grew tired of them, you just had to cut them off. This could have been me: WHAT IS HAPPENING
final season premieres Sunday night at 10 p.m. on AMC. Like Breaking Bad, this final season will be split between this year and
next. Read more in this week’s TV column.
This week in movie
remake fuckery: The Goonies 2 is
realized Leno wasn’t backing out of retirement this time, so he hopped on the
bandwagon and announced he’d be
leaving The Late Show in 2015. Chelsea
Handler also recently revealed she’ll be leaving E! when her contract is up in
a few months, and is one of many celebs rumored to be considered to take Dave’s
place. (Her first change: Swap out Stupid Pet Tricks for Stupid Vagina Tricks.
Or maybe just Stupid Tricks, a game show with hookers? Call me for more ideas,
Chels!) Stephen Colbert is at the center of these rumors as well,
as his Colbert Report contract also ends
at the end of this year. Meanwhile Late Late host and Letterman follow-up Craig
waits in the shadows as 75 percent of Americans still think Craig Ferguson is
"the black guy from The Office."
Iconic album art
like The Beatle’s Abbey Road can transform
ordinary places into fan destinations. Check out these classic record
covers inserted into their respective Google street view locations.
women with a hardcore love for Disney turn me off — everyone’s entitled to a
nostalgia fest every now and again, but you should not see Frozen three times in theaters if you do not have a child in your
life. And there’s a new announcement for you:
hosted Saturday Night Live for the
first time this weekend and her debut featured not one but two nods to Disney
with her Beauty and the Beast-themed monologue and, later, a Little
But — as you’ll see from the links — Kendrick’s stint was anything but basic.
Bravo, Anna! This will certainly be a highlight episode of the season.
Could you use
$500,000? Have you always wanted to be on TV? Are you either a soft-spoken
racial minority or a loud-mouthed racist?
Big Brother is casting its 16th
season and the crew will be in Cincinnati next month to scope prospects. According
to the online application, casting is curious about important personal
information like applicants' weight, hair color and a “self biography” of a
whopping 70 words. Those interested in being locked in a house, recorded 24/7
by 65 cameras and 98 microphones and pitted against some of the worst human
beings on the planet can apply in person at Mount Adams Pavilion between 11
a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, May 2.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Greatest Event in Television History,
the 15-minute special on Adult Swim in which Jon Hamm and Adam Scott remade the intro to ‘80s detective series Simon & Simon, shot-by-shot? If not, watch the clip here, and stick around after the credits for the original theme song to
truly appreciate the attention to detail.
Well, as you’ll
hear from impeccable host Jeff Probst in the clip below, he lied to us last year. It wasn’t the greatest event in television history. THIS IS:
That's right, Adam Scott and Amy
Poehler (with help from Horatio Sans) recreated the beginning credits to Hart to Hart, another ‘80s detective drama.
Here’s the original:
If your significant other suddenly begins
behaving differently — working late hours, cancelling plans, hanging out with
new people you’ve never met, being secretive — there’s a possibility he or she
may be cheating on you. You have two options: confront your loved one with
honesty and concern and try to repair your relationship or call Cheaters.
Now in its 13th season, Cheaters really is one of those bottom-of-the-barrel shows.First of
all, Spoiler Alert: Yes, they’re cheating on you. No one’s paying a camera crew
to document some anticlimactic shit. Secondly, people (myself included)
actually watch these public, messy splits as entertainment! Who would sign up
For those classier than I who’ve never seen
the show, here’s the gist: Cheaters sends
a surveillance crew to investigate a suspicious complaintant’s partner. After a
few days of “detective work,” the show’s host brings the evidence to the
complaintant and offers them the chance to confront the cheater (generally in a
very public and/or embarrassing situation). Of course, they do. Madness ensues.
Cheaters’ longtime host Joey Greco rose to iconic status
when, during the confrontation of a woman’s cheating boyfriend, he was stabbed
in the gut by the fleeing boyfriend. Later evidence suggests the stabbing might
have been staged, but Greco will forever go down in reality TV infamy as the man who would take
a knife to reunite a woman with the man who cheated on her…or something. Sadly,
Greco stepped down as host in 2012, a fact I was not aware of until this
weekend when I caught the show during some late-night channel surfing. It turns
out Grecs has been replaced by a younger host with a certain L.A. coke
junkie dead-eyed je ne sais quoi. Something about him screams, "I've got roofies in my pocket, and I'm not afraid to use them."After a few scenes, it was reveled this
fresh meat’s name was none other than Clark Gable. At first I figured this dude
was taking notes from porn star James Deen or countless other celebrity
hopefuls who simply borrow a Hollywood icon’s name. But no. Gone With The Wind’s Clark Gable had a
grandson and that guy is hosting Cheaters.
(Thankfully, the show’s wordsmith of a narrator lives on.) According to Gable
III’s Cheaters bio, he is a
model/actor who also enjoys surfing, racing dirt bikes and volunteering with
charities. According to IMDB, his only completed acting credit is a 2001 movie, Ordinary Madness,
in which he played "Skateboard Kid.” For some reason, the bio neglects to mention
that, like his Cheaters predecessor, Gable also has experience with knife fights — Gable was stabbed at an L.A. house
party in 2008.
Ever had a totally insufferable coworker, a
person whose mere presence awakens your most inner demons? Imagine having to make
cheery smalltalk with the bitch on television.
Since apparently we Americans couldn’t quite
get it right,
BBC is making a new Elizabeth Taylor film, Burton
starring Helena Bonham Carter as Liz and Dominic West and Richard Burton. But
you won't find Lifetime, the network behind that Lohan monstrosity, playing the whole “coulda, shoulda, woulda” game,
because they’re on to the next one: Anna Nicole Smith, to be precise.
Lifetime actually was smart about this one —
by making a movie about a star like Anna Nicole, you don’t need to worry about
casting a star that can actually act. Though she does have the sedated baby
voice down to a T. And who knew people popped pills in their cocktails like
Alka-Seltzers? I’m just happy/terrified the clown face makes an appearance.
Hey, want to see Daft Punk without their
HBO’s Girls will likely have a long
shelf-life, but 38 seasons? Writer/Producer/Director Gail Lerner looks into the
future of Lena Dunham's painfully hip lost girls with this hilarious parody. Via Nylon:
Now it’s time for:
Hold Up, Y’all, Cincinnati’s On the TV!
Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible will be filming
at Aponte’s Pizzeria in Mason this Wednesday-Thursday. On the
series, the beefy Brit Chef Robert Irvine offers business advice, new recipes
and $10,000 in renovations to struggling restaurants. Aponte’s 2.0 will
re-launch to a fully-booked house Thursday evening.
And, while not on
television, A Tavola’s tricked-out pizza oven was named one of America’s
“coolest” by Food and Wine magazine. See a full slideshow here.
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Step aside, Ricky Gervais. There’s a new pair of Globe hosts in town as comedy queens Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take the reins during this year’s Golden Globes (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC).
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Julie and Jason take notes as the arrival of children seems to rip the
romance out of the relationships of their coupled friends, the
ever-horny Ben and Missy and the humorously
rock-solid Leslie and Alex. The six are
lively and cultured New Yorkers enjoying their version of Sex and the City,
but all of them are vaguely aware, in theory, that kids will challenge
their ability to dine out in style and vacation with ease.
Established movie actors continue to find better work on TV
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The new remake of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' makes the best case possible for why good actors are better served by television than movies these days. Sure, there is a cluster of genuine movie stars who are also fine actors in their prime and able to headline in big, important films with well-written, complex characters. But many serious actors are now better served in a good TV drama, especially the kind of edgy, provocative material finding its way to pay and basic cable, and even sometimes to the networks.