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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The big news this week is not that Donald Trump is still an actual candidate for president, but that Saturday Night Live let him host last weekend. I mean, I’m as grossed out by Trump as the next woman, minority, immigrant, democrat or human with a brain, but I sure as hell was not going to skip the trainwreck to participate in some fruitless protest. Shouldn’t people be more upset that he’s running for president than that he appeared for probably 30 minutes total on a late-night sketch comedy show? Anyway, the best part of the night, yet again, was Larry David. The reprisal of his impeccable Bernie Sanders impression set the show off and SNL even used David to joke about the protest — rumors swirled that one organization would pay $5,000 to anyone in the studio audience who yelled “racist” at The Donald during the show. Larry David is the Tina Fey of this presidential election. Beyond that, most sketches poked fun at Trump in various aspects and many didn’t feature him at all. I was honestly more offended by the Trump-less, dated skit spoofingof M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” video — which came out almost four years ago. Highlights that don’t include America's Daddy Warbucks: Jay Pharaoh’s Drake impression in the “Hotline Bling” skitSIA!Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s applause-less cameo. WOMP WOMP (she so pretty tho)Drunk UncleMartin Short’s Ed Grimley randomly showed up in the Drake sketch. This just in: “Hotline Bling” is the new “Uptown Funk.” IT’S OVER.Anything Beck Bennett did — he and Kyle Mooney need their own weird show. And the publicity stunt brought the show higher ratings than it’s had in years. I like pugs. I also like TV. So... A local ice sculptor (#professiongoals) is competing on Food Network's Christmas Cake Wars. Aziz Ansari ‘s new Netflix show, Master of None, is amazing. A true gem. Watch it now. You will accidentally watch the entire season, but it’s OK. Playing a version of himself, the show goes into a lot of race issues — casting minorities, minority actors stuck in stereotypical roles, stuff like that. One conversation Dev (Aziz) has with a fellow Indian actor touches on Fisher Stevens’ brownfaced role as an Indian in the Short Circuit movies, and how even when there are minorities represented on TV, it’s often by someone of another race. But I swear, it’s really hilarious… This week Aziz wrote about the topic of race in Hollywood for the New York Times and even interviewed Stevens about the now-controversial role. We’ve been waiting for this ever since her surprise performance at the Super Bowl, and now, Missy Elliott is BACK! Snoop Dogg getting his own brand of weed products.Oh, and about the not-controversial Starbucks cup controversy, D.J. Tanner says they aren’t offensive. So I think we can all move on now. (function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Starbucks War on Christmas?It's a red cup, folks. Until Starbucks puts a baby Jesus or nativity scene on the cup...Posted by Candace Cameron Bure on Monday, November 9, 2015
 
 
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

American Idol’s 14th season premiered last week and if you think you shouldn’t care because Ryan Seacrest makes you uncomfortable, you are wrong. Well, not about the Ryan Seacrest part — he is very distracting. Like, why is he still around? How much does he get paid to be a weirdo to young singers? Is he actually a robot? What really happened to Brian Dunkleman? But you should be excited because Cincinnati’s own Jess Lamb is on it, and there’s a very good chance she’ll go far in the competition. I typically don’t watch the music competition shows like Idol and The Voice, because witnessing genuine humans be embarrassed on television really upsets me. But when I heard Jess Lamb had auditioned and got the golden Hollywood ticket, I had to give the show a shot. Jess is a great local artist and I camped next to her at Bonnaroo one year, so I'm pretty much famous by proxy.Anyway, at 28 years old, Jess is painted as the mature one of the auditioning bunch, which is probably going to make you feel like a shriveled French fry at the bottom of a car. But with her age (seriously, I can’t) comes a breadth of talent and experience. She writes and performs her own songs but — judging by her audition — has no trouble with the traditional covers Idol necessitates. Jess auditioned in Kansas City, Mo., and got a great reaction from the judges, particularly crooner Harry Connick, Jr. Check it out: Auditions will continue every Wednesday and Thursday for the next couple weeks, so we won’t be seeing much of Jess again until the final 48 contestants are narrowed down to 24 after a performance in front of a live audience (this has already been filmed). So, will Jess make the cut? Idol teased us with a “look” — or rather, listen — at the top 24. You can hear them sing but can’t really make out anyone’s face. Judge for yourself. All I can make out is a Captain Hook-looking dude with dreads. GO JESS. Remember the uber-sleazy Gaston from Beauty and the Beast? You know the song, “No one's slick as Gaston/No one's quick as Gaston/No one does push-ups in the middle of an amusement park like Gaston…” What? Yes. Sia’s “Chandelier” girl is back, and she’s dance-battling in a dirty cage with Shia LaBeouf, which some people are NOT OK with. Also, why did I just learn that the little girl, Maddie Ziegler, is from Lifetime gem Dance Moms?! Speaking of times when we all get sucked into Wikipedia holes… Rapper T.I. is basically a suicide prevention specialist. This isn’t news, but it’s new to me (please don’t ask why I’m Internet-searching random rappers at night). Seriously, “Rescue of suicidal men” is a sub-section on his Wikipedia page. In 2010, he stopped a young man from taking his life by convincing him to not jump off a 22-foot Atlanta building. T.I. heard about the situation on the radio, drove to the scene and asked police if there was anything he could do to help. Pretty incredible. But before that, in 2006, T.I. discovered a struggling Scott Stapp after the Creed frontman had jumped over his hotel balcony (whether this was a suicide attempt or the result of insomniac hallucinations varies in reports). Can we have T.I. intervene on Scott Stapp again please? Side note: Awesome reality show idea. For real, though, dude seems like he needs it. On a lighter note, here’s a Larry David Lynch blog! Parks and Recreation’s final season premiered last night. Jurassic World will be unleashed into theaters this summer. Chris Pratt stars in both. Relevant: American Crime Story casting news! If you recall, Ryan Murphy is spinning off on his American Horror Story miniseries franchise with a true crime series. The idea is to explore a different criminal case in American history each season, like how each AHS season explores fear and freaky folklore in a different arena. The series’ debut will focus on the O.J. Simpson trial. Cuba Gooding, Jr.will play O.J., David "Forever Ross" Schwimmer will play Robert Kardashian and John Travolta will play Robert Shapiro. So much wut.This dog takes a bus to the dog park and knows to get off at the appropriate stop — alone — which is more than I can say about myself. The Golden Globes, a.k.a Amy ‘n’ Tina’s Sleepover Party, were Sunday. The duo kicked ass in their final hosting gig, don’t get me wrong, but overall the show left me wanting something more exciting. Maybe it was the fact that the awards were so spread out. There were big winners, for sure (Transparent, Boyhood), but there were a lot of new winners (which yields heartfelt but otherwise boring speeches) and no one show or film truly swept. If anything, it gave me a bunch of new movies and shows to add to my watch-list. Peep the nominees and winners here, if you care, but the best part of the production was the monologue. TinAmy were perfection. They even killed it with a Cosby rape joke that certainly shook up the audience. Nothing like seeing rich, famous celebrities panic over whether it’s OK to laugh.Other notes: Leelah Alcorn — the local transgender teen who took her own life earlier this month — got a shout out from Transparent creator Jill Soloway. The stars of Fifty Shades of Grey couldn’t muster enough chemistry to present an award, so that’s probably not a good sign… George Clooney got a lifetime achievement award and said nice things about his new wife. Chrissy Teigen ugly-cried when husband John Legend accepted an award with Common. And that’s about it! Of course, the Oscars are the pinnacle of awards season, and those nominees will be announced Thursday.
 
 

Whatever Works (Review)

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Larry David, of 'Seinfeld' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' fame, is an acquired taste I no doubt won't ever wholly embrace. That being said, I had far less difficulty than you might imagine giving Woody Allen's latest film, 'Whatever Works,' the benefit of the doubt despite the presence of David as Boris Yellnikoff, a pompous boor. Grade: B-.  

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