by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
HBO’s True Detective came to
an end Sunday with an intense finale to the anthology series’ premiere season. Over
the course of eighth action-packed and thought provoking episodes, fans watched
detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle work a case for nearly two decades. Like American Horror Story, next season will
take on a new set of detectives working another case in a different
setting. When so many shows judge
success by the number of seasons they’re able to churn out, it’s refreshing to
enjoy a complete story, from beginning to end, in such a condensed amount of
time. The finale garnered so many viewers on HBO Go, the live-stream service
crashed Sunday night.
But no amount of acclaim and popularity protects a show from parodies —
quite the contrary, it seems. Here are a few gems:
And if you're hungry for another crime drama, Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan has a new show in the works. Battle Creek, starring Dean Winters (Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock, The Mayhem Guy) and Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Fergie's hubby) and will follow two detectives named Milton and Russ. Hmmm...
Swansons: Want to disappear off the Internet? LifeHacker has some tips for
erasing your social media footprints to stay off the grid.
RIP Ke$ha! No, the
trash-pop “singer” didn’t meet an untimely demise, but the $ in her stage
name (turns out Kesha is her actual birth name) did. Upon her exit from rehab
for an eating disorder, Kesha unveiled a new twitter handle, @KeshaRose, which revealed she
was dropping the $. It’s always great to see people get healthy, and using a
dollar sign as a letter in your name is fucking stupid, but what will these changes mean for
her music/celeb persona? Can the girl who popularized whiskey as dental hygiene
make the leap to squeaky-clean good girl?
And speaking of
hot mess makeovers, the new Oprah-backed Lindsay Lohan docu-series Lindsay premiered on OWN Sunday. The
mighty O offered Linds $2 million to complete the filming of eight
episodes for her network (in addition to one-on-one interviews aired throughout
the show). The premiere was considerably boring for being the first “real,”
inside look at the troubled star’s personal life. Honestly, it felt more like Celebrity Hoarders than anything. There
were some genuinely sad moments — Lindsay was essentially forced to skip an AA
meeting due to a crowd of stalkerly paparazzi threatening the others’
anonymity; she struggles to find a stable apartment she so desperately
needs for her continuing recovery because no one wants her in their building
(without a hefty insurance fee) — and some thinly veiled digs at the actress — an
optimistic Linds explains how proud she feels to be independent, only to have the screen cut to her personal assistant moving all of her belongings from one hotel
room to another without help. But if the series trailer is any indication, drama is
forthcoming — particularly in a scene where Oprah tells LL to “cut the
has been entertaining audiences with his spoof-talk show Between Two Ferns since 2008. The comedian has interviewed some of
the most famous actors and personalities as well as Tila Tequila. The latest
episode raises the bar by featuring none other than Barack Obama, further
proving that the prez should just move to Hollywood in 2017. It is also
revealed that Galifianakis has not been filming his segments in some public
access studio, but rather the White House. Enjoy:
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis:
President Barack Obama from President
Everyone with a
human heart loves ice cream, but perhaps no one appreciates a good soft-serve cone
more than this dog.
Lena Dunham hosted
Saturday Night Live last week. The Girls creator did a fine job with the
material she was given, which is pretty much the overall consensus of this
season (writers, up ya game!). One highlight was how SNL dealt with Girls.
Obviously they have to address the show, her nudity and the ridiculous
characters in it, but without relying on it as the punchline for every joke.
Instead, the Girls spoofery was
limited to a previously filmed faux trailer for (The First) Girl, complete with the reprisal of Taran Killam’s spot-on Adam
Lena Dunham - The 1st Girl (Eve) - SNL
3-8-14 by IdolxMuzicCate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler and other stars are in Cincinnati right now for the filming of the upcoming movie, Carol. We're keeping a close watch on Paulson's Twitter (she's the only star that has an account) and, according to our research, so far she has definitely been to CVG airport and a local CVS. Keep @CityBeatCincy abreast of any celeb spottings you may experience during this magical time!
by Mike Breen
Famous musical marriages and Ke$ha's hidden talents
Were it not for the Grim Reaper, two celebrated musical couples would be celebrating wedding anniversaries today. Country music superstars Johnny Cash and June Carter (soon-to-be Carter Cash) tied the knot on this date in 1968 in a Franklin, Ky., church. The bride wore light blue; the groom wore (duh!) black. Their relationship was the basis for the celebrated biopic Walk the Line, which showed the couple's rocky patches in all their glory, as well as their dedication to each other. The couple had just one child together, John Carter Cash (born in 1970). The couple managed to put their problems behind them and remained married until June's death in May of 2003. Cash passed away five months later. June co-wrote (with Merle Kilgore) one of Johnny's biggest songs, 1963's "Ring of Fire," which is said to have been inspired by her conflicted feelings for Johnny.Also on March 1, Punk poetess Patti Smith and former MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith were hitched at the Detroit Mariner's Church in 1980. They'd met in 1976 in front of Detroit's Lafayette Coney Island, a famous hot dog joint, introduced by her guitarist, Lenny Kaye, before Fred's Sonic Rendezvous Band was set to open for Patti's band. They were a couple two years later and after marrying, the pair pulled back from the public eye to raise their children, daughter Jesse (born in 1987) and son Jackson (in 1982), who went on to marry The White Stripes' drummer Meg White in 2009. In 1988, Smith released Dream of Life, a collaborative project with her husband and her first album since 1979's Wave. Smith died of a heart attack in 1994, leading Patti back to New York City and back to music. She toured with Dylan in 1995, then released Gone Again the following year, marking her total return to the music world (she's had four albums since). Here's "Dancing Barefoot" from 1979, a song Patti dedicated to her new beau, Fred Smith.Click on for Born This Day featuring … OMG, Justin Beiber is 18 today!