by Jac Kern
106 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Bowl Sunday has come and gone, and what an emotional rollercoaster it was! Not
only was the game neck and neck until the end, but viewers were taken through a
gauntlet of tear-jerking ads between plays.
puppies? Check. Dead children?
Of course! It is the Super Bowl,
after all. It’s as if advertisers suddenly realized humans have emotions, and
that beer + bikini + kick to the crotch is not in fact the perfect formula to
lure every football fan. Check out more Super Bowl commercials here.
there were some funny ads, too. Lindsay Lohan
poked fun at her wreck of a life for Nationwide; Mindy Kaling
learned what it was like to be invisible; and that Pete Rose Sketchers
commercial aired, so that’s not embarrassing or anything.
Meanwhile the IRL Women
and Women First, the owners of Portland, Ore.’s feminist bookstore In Other Words, took over
twitter account to give a feminist commentary on the night’s events. Here are
we knew it, it was half-time, headlined by Katy Perry.
she’s no Beyoncé (the disclaimer I give before complimenting anyone), homegirl
brought it. Even people who are way too cool to listen to the pop star were
all, “I’m not a Katy Perry fan, but that was a great performance,” which is
hipster for “I liked it.” And if you were a fan of the amazing graphics
throughout the show, you have a local company to thank! Lightborne
Communications was behind all the 3-D animations and projections (they also
worked on her recent tour). Read more about Lightborne’s involvement here.
singer came out on a gigantic metallic man-powered lion, danced on a
checkerboard come-to-life, served up early-Katy Perry retro beach realness (#leftshark
4 lyfe) and flew across the stadium looking like “The More You Know” star.
Lenny Kravitz was already announced as a guest star, and he didn’t disappoint,
performing Perry’s breakout single “I Kissed a Girl.” And oh, how I wanted to be
that girl. Seriously, the man has not aged in the last 20-30 years. I wonder if
and Gwen Stefani
both sold their souls to the devil around the same time in the ‘90s.
But Kravitz wasn’t Perry’s only guest! Rumored performer Missy Elliott surprised the
audience with a medley of some of her top hits. It’s been a decade since she
released any new music, so hopefully there’s more to come from Missy because
the bitch can still put her thang down, flip it and reverse it.
There must be something in
the air with pre-Millennium R&B musicians returning to the spotlight,
because D’Angelo performed on Saturday
last weekend at took us all to church while he did it. I never thought I’d like
D’Angelo with so much clothing on, but he killed it (and owns the sophisticated
celebrates 40 years later this month (on a Sunday, which is weird). Tons of
former cast members and hosts will appear: Dan Aykroyd, Jim Carrey, Jimmy
Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Justin
Timberlake, Christopher Walken and so, so many more,
including Eddie Murphy, who’ll be returning for the first time in more than 30
Now stop everything, because
the Game of Thrones trailer is here.
“Who said anything about him?” BOOM.
Jimmy Fallon took The Tonight Show on the road for the
week, and some of the show’s most hilarious clips have resulted. First, after
the Super Bowl, Fallon and friends did a live show from Phoenix. Will Ferrell
and Kevin Hart — who watched the big game together and co-star in the upcoming Get Hard — threw down in a lip sync
battle (“for their LIVES” – RuPaul) with Fallon. Watch the guys do either best
Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and more here.
On Monday, the crew
traveled to L.A. So, naturally, Fallon opened the show with a recreation of the intro from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
But the throwback fun
doesn’t stop there. No stranger to Mark-Paul Gosselaar (who famously did an
interview with Fallon as Zack Morris on Late
Night), Fallon reunited the Saved By the Bell crew — Zack (Gosselaar),
Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen), Slater (Mario Lopez) and Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley) —
for a trip back to Bayside.
This is all great but
where is Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies)?! I mean I know Dustin “Screech” Diamond
was probably busy with his recent arrest
and all, but what’s her excuse?
Finally, the movie event
horny bitches across the planet have been waiting for is finally here. Folks
have been talking about it — anticipating it — since 2012. Some scenes can’t
even be shown on TV.
No, I’m not talking about
that Fifty Shades bullshit, I’m
talkin’ Magic Mike XXL. Try to keep
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came out yesterday that Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show was the
most-watched and highest-rated of any in history that featured entertainment,
there was celebration at Lightborne Communications, the
video-production-services company in Over-the-Rhine.
created all the animated video projections used in Perry’s 12-and-a-half-minute
set, which featured a medley of abbreviated versions of her hits amid
phantasmagoric and theatrical staging, costumes, videos, dancing and set
Lightborne President Scott Durban was wary about taking too much credit — lots
of artists, obviously including Perry herself, were involved in the show — he
did note that no other company involved in the overall production was based in Cincinnati.
got involved because its Tour Visuals and Stage Content division already had
been working on Perry’s ongoing Prismatic World Tour. (It also has done or is
working on video for tours by Kanye West, Kenny Chesney and Fleetwood Mac.)
the head of that division, explained Lightborne’s involvement with Perry’s
Super Bowl performance:
working on the project very shortly after she was announced in October as the
half-time performer,” Bryant said. “We had done over two hours of content for
her Prism tour, so she was already familiar with our company and work. We got a
call from her creative director, Baz Halpin, asking us to work on her Super Bowl
“As soon as
we found out her set list, we started working with [Halpin] for some concepts
that would work with the logistics and constraints of the show,” Bryant
continued. “We started doing individual frames to capture the overall idea for a
particular song. That process went into November. Once we arrived at a concept
for each song that everybody was happy with, we started storyboarding them out
to give an idea of what the flow of ideas would be for each song.
December we started doing animatics, taking all the different frames we created
and stringing them out to songs in still-frame form so everybody could get an idea
of what it would look like when finally animated. That took us to the middle of
December,” he said.
“Then we started
animating ideas to rough tracks for her Super Bowl medley. That’s when we
started using a really amazing piece of software called D3. It’s simulation
software, specifically designed about 10 years ago to simulate any live event
on a software platform.”
after some intermediary steps, Lightborne had a working 3D model of the University
of Phoenix Stadium, the performance stage and all the key props. Its crew
started loading its animations into that.
“It gave everybody
on our team, including Katy herself, a really good idea of what our animated
content would look like when projected onto a 160-foot diameter surface,”
Bryant said. “That’s when it gets really exciting because you start seeing the idea
come to life.”
a four-person Lightborne team went out to Los Angeles to participate in
rehearsals. A few days before the Super Bowl, everyone involved moved to
Phoenix to rehearse in the actual venue.
everything went fine, Bryant said there was great nervousness as the actual
Super Bowl game began. Lightborne was counting on some degree of darkness for
“The first and
second quarter went by extremely quickly, and my team on location in Phoenix
and everybody else with the show was getting nervous because it was still light
outside,” Bryant said. “They had the dome roof open and 15 minutes to show time
it was still bright sunshine outside and the field was being hit by sunlight.
Luckily some things happened in the game that had the quarter slow down, so it
went off without a hitch."Watch the full performance:
by Jac Kern
120 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Academy Award nominees
were announced Thursday, but you only need to know one name:
Dick Poop. Dick Poop! Read the rest of the stupid,
non-funnily named nominees here.
Dick Poop is the Adele
Dazeem of 2015.
And speaking of Idina
Menzel, the woman whose name was famously botched by John Travolta at last
year’s Oscars/she who is responsible for all the bitches still singing “Let It
Go” will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. John Legend
will also perform prior to the game, singing “America the Beautiful.” Katy
Perry is the half-time star; Lenny Kravitz (and surely many more to be
announced) will join her.
Is the moon a star or a
planet? Isaac Mizrahi and designer Jane Treacy discuss.
FYI, brainiacs, the moon is
just a moon. Don’t shame yourself by Googling it.
Parks and Recreation is busting out its final season with two episodes
per week, and while the show’s time jump to 2017 has provided some laughs
(Councilman Jamm fell for Tammy Two; Jerry is now Terry – Dammit, Terry!), it’s
nice to see the show go back to its roots. After opening the season with a feuding
Ron and Leslie, last night’s ep brought them back together — like never before.
And speaking of Parks and Rec, if you’re a serious fan
and/or serious gamer, someone is raising funds for a very serious Cones of
Dunshire game on Kickstarter.
So far they’ve got about 10 percent of their $300,000 goal, and it’ll cost you
a $500 donation to receive the game. Pretty steep, but I think Ben would
approve of the financial investment.Justin Bieber is the next
celeb to be roasted on Comedy Central. The Photoshop victim and general twat joked that he had finally
given the network enough material to work with. No film or air date yet, but Biebz says it’s a gift for his 21st birthday,
which is coming up on March 1 (so help us).
Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, but
all eyes were on musical guest Sia. Actually, her eyes were covered as she gave
the spotlight to her fellow (amazing) performers.
Maddie “Lil’ Sia” Ziegler
performed her blonde-wigged/nude-suited choreography for “Elastic Heart” with a
matching female dancer (instead of Shia LaBeouf, who costars in the video).
And then she performed
“Chandelier” with a badass mime.
All the feels!
And here’s a weird Kyle
Mooney (redundant) skit that was cut from the episode:
Lots of people are talking
about American Sniper: Did director
Clint Eastwood get snubbed for an Oscar nod? Is it “war porn?” Can we stop
talking about Bradley Cooper’s “transformation” as if eating 8,000 calories a
is some super difficult task? And what the fuck is happening with that fake
has been trending, and it all refers to a quick scene with Cooper and Sienna
Miller’s characters and their new baby. Which is most definitely a not-alive
doll. Seriously, an Oscar-nominated movie with a fake baby? Kids today just do not understand work ethic.
Finally, President Obama
gave the State of the Union Address last night, which is a real important
thing. Also important: John Boehner’s tan in corresponding Pantone colors:
Plus, Genesis pisses off fans and NFL has huge balls
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Legendary Punk singer shows Gene Simmons and other celebrities who say, "Sorry," how to actually apologize without sounding like a dick, Genesis pisses off fans with cash-in album announcement and the NFL reportedly has the balls to ask Super Bowl halftime performers to pay THEM.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Many longtime Parks and Recreation fans are well aware
of actor Chris Pratt’s greatness, but sometimes it takes the combination of a personal
trainer and a blockbuster action flick for an actor to get big mainstream
recognition. Sure, Parks and Rec’s
Andy Dwyer may be all buff now, but Pratt is definitely not just relying on
that body — he’s even exploring other aspects of the entertainment business,
When on a radio show
recently, Pratt talked about living in a van in Hawaii, smoking weed every day
and blasting The Chronic 2001 on
repeat. (Yes, Chris Pratt really was basically Andy Dwyer and yes, this story
will fuel fantasies for years to come.) Thankfully, all that weed fog didn’t
cloud his memory, as he proved by rapping the better half “Forgot About Dre”
from memory, to perfection.
Between his actually good
rap skills and his obvious musical talent as seen on Parks (Mouse Rat for life!), Pratt could probably be a successful
musician. I can hear it now: Matchbox 20 meets Eminem…
titular line from The Killers’ song “Are We Humans or Are We Dancer” has been
dubbed the weirdest lyric ever. Am I alone in just now realizing “dancer” wasn’t plural? Am I alone in giving
this any thought at all?
Aug. 1, Netflix dumped a bunch of streaming movies and shows — due to the
constantly expiring contracts with distributors — but several more were added. You
may have to find other ways to watch Airplane!, Paper Moon and Heartbreaker,
but you can now stream Air Bud, Kinky Boots, the Rocky franchise, Spice World and several other movies,
plus new show releases throughout the month.
Michele is latest on the growing list of random
celebrities appearing in the final season of Sons of Anarchy. The squeaky-clean Glee star joins the likes of Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love.
this vid of Jax Teller himself, Charlie Hunnam, addressing Comic Con fans from
the Sons set.
And to think he was
thisclose to starring in 50 Shades…
Beyoncé dropped a remix of
“Flawless” this weekend. The track features Nicki Minaj — fresh album art azz controversy
— and in it Bey acknowledges, for the first time, the infamous elevator
incident of 2014. Quel scandale!
popular movies and TV shows rendered as Little Golden Book-style children’s
from Girls is going to play Peter Pan in NBC’s live staging of the musical. Really not
sure how I feel about this, especially considering my confusion over always
casting a woman to play the man-boy. Does it somehow make it less disturbing
that the character is an adult, acts like a kid, and takes children from their
room at night? Like, "Hey, guys, this actually isn’t scary because Peter Pan is
really a lady!”? I mean, far be it from me to insist on more men onscreen —
There just aren’t enough! — but all
the guys I know with Peter Pan Complex are far from impish, androgynous waifs.
the shit is happening here:
Perry’s videos always carry a strong WTF factor, but “This Is How We Do” hurt
my brain/eyeballs. There’s a twerking ice cream cone, random nods to famous
works of art, inedible tacos and pizza (the nerve!) and a sprinkling of
cultural appropriation. Basically I haven’t felt as hypnotized, confused and
old since I watched “We Won’t Stop” for the first time. Get off my lawn, girls!
movie trailers to hit the
Interwebz: Disney musical Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine; dark comedy Birdman, which centers on an actor (Michael Keaton), known for his superhero role in films, as he attempts to create a Broadway play; and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: wormholes and space travel with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
Katy Perry, Young Money get sued and doctors in Germany study headbanging hazards
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Katy Perry gets sued for allegedly being a Satanic song thief, doctors in Germany find serious side effects possibly related to headbanging and Lil Wayne is having some website issues.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Stephen Colbert makes the best of Daft Punk cancelling its appearance on his show (though Pitchfork only gives it a 2.4); Katy Perry's gold promotional semi-truck has somehow only been involved in one accident so far; and Chris Brown is still a douchebag.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Cincinnati Reds today probably won their first Central Division championship since 1995 when the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates and/or the Reds defeated the Houston Astros. Should this not have occurred, it is expected to happen the following day or the next. Barry Larkin is my favorite player.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2008
MUSIC: KATY PERRY, cheeky former Christian Pop singer, will most likely perform her bi-curious hit "I Kissed a Girl" at the Van's Warped Tour.