by Jac Kern
126 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With Jenny Slate’s new,
ahem, “abortion comedy” Obvious Child
coming to theaters (no word on a Cincy screening yet), I could highlight
many examples of the comedian’s genius: Marcel
the Shell with Shoes On;
Mona Lisa from Parks and Rec;
“PubLIZity” on Kroll Show;
even the f-bomb heard ‘round the world on her SNL debut.
But I truly cannot get enough of Catherine,
one of the strangest and most hilarious little web series I’ve ever watched!
Take about 30 minutes and watch this gem from beginning to end. Then lather, rinse,
Nearly 20 years after Tupac
Shakur’s death, a police officer present at the scene that night has come
forward to reveal the rapper’s last words: “Fuck you.”
Conan O’Brien is a true
talent, and I love the guy but I’ve hardly tuned in to his show since his move
to TBS (kind of like how I “support” local restaurants but still just eat Taco
Bell anyway sometimes). But I did tune in recently to catch what is apparently
a recurring bit: Clueless Gamer. Conan, not a big video gamer, tests out a new
or classic game, mocking various aspects to comedic results. Last week Conan test-drove
Watch Dogs, which was released across
Conan and I are about the
same speed when it comes to video games. He can’t help but focus on the
futuristic fashion choices and unrealistic aspects or run over a sidewalk of
people with a stolen UPS truck or, in turn, inevitably perturb avid gamers. Bill Murray.
to be living the life of a retired playboy, despite the fact that he’s still
active in Hollywood. Besides being a pretty much universally loved actor
comedian, in his off time he’s campaigning to be inducted in the Cool
of Fame. In his latest move, Murray addressed a bachelor party at a
steakhouse on finding “the one,” and then led the group in lifting the
into the air. Watch the magic here. Next up: Bill Murray delivers baby in out-of-service
elevator, fashions a diaper out of own T-shirt.
Ever noticed how Red Hot Chili
Peppers drummer Chad Smith bears a striking resemblance to Will Ferrell? According
to Ferrell, the two are confused so often
it’s beginning to become and issue. The doppelgangers met last week to decide
once and for all who was who, and which was the better drummer on The Tonight
Show (aka Where Celebrities Go to Act
a Fool). The results were predictably outstanding:
Fans of True Detective are chomping at the bit for
any clues about next season’s stars and settings. Recent rumors stated Jessica
Chastain was offered a lead, but the Zero
Dark Thirty actress claims that isn’t the case. Thankfully series creator
Nic Pizzolatto revealed a few details
about Season Two: This round — a completely new case, setting and cast — will
feature three leads instead of two (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred
in Season One), it will focus on “hard women, bad men and the secret occult
history of the United States transportation system,” and the action will take
place in a California city — somewhere more off-the-beaten path than L.A. Considering
the bit of pushback regarding the lack of substantial female characters last
season, we can likely expect more focus on at least one woman.
The AMC network bid farewell to two beloved characters recently (spoilers coming). Porkchop — Chihuahua, star of Small Town Security and HBIC of JJK Security — was put to sleep in last week's episode of the reality show. And in "not so real but also pretty sad" news, Mad Men character Bert Cooper passed away in Sunday's mid-season finale. The SC&P co-founder died right after watching the historic Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969 — but don't worry, actor Robert Morse is still going strong. Coop bid farewell to Don Draper — and viewers — in a sweet, surreal and theatrical final scene.
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This Sunday, HBO offers another look at the early AIDS crisis, also based on true events. The Normal Heart, adapted from Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical
Tony Award-winning play, explores the social, medical and political
responses to an unknown disease attacking the gay population in
early-’80s New York City.
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The long-awaited summer is upon us, and
with it comes new series and seasons of shows worth checking out between
beach vacations and barbecues.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After nearly two years off the air, Louie
C.K. is back on the small screen, presenting another season of
brilliant dark humor with Louie (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, FX).
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Daily Show has propelled more
comics to fame than just host Jon Stewart. Steve Carell, Ed Helms,
Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (OK, a lot of white guys) and many others
sparked their careers with regular appearances on Comedy Central’s “fake
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Senior prom is a special
milestone for many American teens, but even traditions as old as school dances
change over time. Intimate one-on-one dates have given way to group dates and attending as friends. Flip-flops and cutout cocktail dresses replaced the overdone evening
look for many girls. And now a southern-fried specialty is getting in the prom
game. Kentucky Fried Chicken — What? Yes. — partnered with Louisville florists to create the chicken corsage. For $20, Louisville residents can purchase a corsage from Nanz and Kraft Florists that includes a $5 gift card to KFC, where folks can then go buy the perfect piece of chicken. It can only be assumed that after prom, girls will press the greasy chicken bone between their yearbook pages, just like their moms did with their corsages when they were young.
It’s confirmed: Stephen
Colbert will take over the Late Show desk
once David Letterman retires sometime in 2015. That’ll mean no more Colbert Report and, likely, the end of
the host’s faux-servative character. Start the countdown to the announcement of
a new reality show following Letterman, Leno (and, let’s just be honest — Craig
Ferguson and Conan O’Brien) around Ex-Host Island. Move over, old people!
Slightly younger people are takin' yer jerbs!In the contemporary classic Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan’s Cady
describes Halloween as, “the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut
and no other girls can say anything about it.” Well, Coachella must be kind of like
Halloween for celebrities, except instead of wearing lingerie and some form of
animal ears, they throw on the most jumbled assortment of terrible fashion fads. Not
sure about the new cream-colored designer jumpsuit you purchased? Try it out in the middle of
the desert! Want to channel Woodstock without ever having been to, read about
or seen a photo of Woodstock? Grab a Native American headdress and wear that
shit to Coachella. The fest is HQ for floral head wreaths, jorts and combat
boots (often all worn at once), and for some reason I cannot pull myself away
from the celeb photos of this mess.
It’s like someone made a slot machine with various teenagers’ style blogs on Tumblr and
everyone going to Coachella must take a spin to determine their outfit. “Ooh, I
got a bindi, a latex bra, a crocheted duster and gladiator sandals!” Just look
at these famous attendees, capped off with Koachella Kweenz Kylie and Kendall Jenner.
But seriously, you need to
see this video that’s (probably) of Leonardo DiCaprio Coachin’ it up (people
say that, right?) at an MGMT performance, which makes me feel weird and old.
And since I brought up
Lindsay, the supposedly sober starlet was supposedly washing down all that
Coachella dust and glitter with vodka this weekend. The reports come days after the latest
episode of her Oprah docu-series, in which she admits to drinking alcohol after
her latest stint in rehab. Also, there were a lot of emo scenes of Lindsay
filming herself crying. Get it together, girl. OPRAH WILL CUSS AT YOU AGAIN.
And everyone knows if Oprah has to cuss at you twice, you will spontaneously burst into flames.
Celebrispawn in the media
is quite the hot topic as of late, particularly thanks to Dax Sheppard and
Kristen Bell vs. Papz (this will definitely be a court case our children will study in history class). But what about fake famous babies
— fair game? OK! Leslie Knope is pregnant! Pawnee's upcoming addition will be the Prince George of
fictional TV comedy births. Which is to say, a very big deal. Parks and Rec's Leslie and Ben
will be the best parents ever. I think I speak for fans everywhere by saying we can't wait for his or her first playdate with the world’s most
attractive child, Ann and Chris’ little Oliver.
Sunday was an epic night
for television with the final Mad Men premiere
and a crazy-ass episode of Game of
Thrones. These two are great popular, critically-acclaimed dramas, but
they’re on complete opposite ends of the style spectrum. Mad Men’s seventh season
debut was gradual and calculated (as always), giving viewers a chance to fill
in the blanks between Season Six and now, speculate on what’s to come and read into every
little detail. And by detail, I mean Pete’s California Ken Doll look, which was
#flawless. Ratings were way down Sunday — the lowest-rated premiere since the second
season's in 2008. Some
attribute the drop to a lackluster episode, but the truth is probably that
everyone was too busy losing their shit over this week’s Game of Thrones to get into the cool Mad Men mood.
Without giving too much
away (and because I spoiled “the incident” for myself since I can’t stay off the damn
Internet — so I know it sucks), Thrones fans
who hadn’t already read the books were treated to a truly righteous, bubbly,
bloody scene this week that totally flips the script for many of our favorite
characters. Can’t these people get through one wedding without having to
immediately plan a funeral?
New movie trailers to hit
the Interwebz: bestseller-turned-likely blockbuster Gone Girl;
two red band previews for 22 Jump Street (The
starring Cameron Diaz and a manorexic Jason Segel, a comedy that’s exactly what
you think it’s about; and Jon Favreau’s take on the foodie world, Chef.
Aaand it looks like Jay-Z and Beyoncé
may tour together for a string of shows this
summer, so I need to go quit my job and fulfill
my dreams of being a roadie. Byé!
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Move over, Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory may have helped popularize or mainstream “nerd culture,” but Silicon Valley keeps it real with sharp wit, spot-on tech
references and just a touch of social awkwardness — the makings of any
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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.
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It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Spring is coming — despite what the weather would have us believe — with a fresh crop of new series and returning favorites.