0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2015
All of the things you should have been watching this year, from the best new and returning shows to final seasons.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Throughout its seven seasons, Mad Men has remained as elusive as its complicated
lead character Don Draper. Audiences never quite knew what the
heavy-drinking, handsome ad man would do next, much like the story
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Early into the second season of Silicon Valley (10
p.m. Sundays, HBO), data compression startup Pied Piper is experiencing
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Comedians playing fictional versions of
themselves on scripted television is nothing new — just ask Lucille Ball
or Jerry Seinfeld — but it’s certainly a hot trend right now.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The phrase “best TV show you’re not watching” is overused, but Orphan Black is one of
the few shows that’s definitely deserving of the title.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
As many know, Game of Thrones (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is based on author George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. But what happens when the show’s progression surpasses that of the source material?
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Like a film femme fatale from that era, Mad Men
lured audiences in with the idealistic beauty of men and women who
dressed up every day to go out into a picturesque world that seemed so
different from ours — something perfectly embodied by the impossibly
handsome and charming Don Draper and the advertising industry in
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
A terrified-looking local 2-year-old has become something of an Internet sensation over the past week. In
a funny photo with a cute story-turned-viral image, Quincy Kroner posed with
two friendly looking garbage men in front of their truck (as he held his
own mini garbage truck toy).
Pictured: Internet gold.
Dad and Northside resident
Ollie Kroner, who’s no stranger to CityBeat,
posted the photo on Facebook, saying, “Quincy's been waiting all week to
show the garbage men his garbage truck. But, in the moment, he was overwhelmed
in the presence of his heroes.” The photo was shared by friends and family,
then their friends and so on until the image appeared prominently on Tumblr, Imgur, Awkward
Family Photos, Huffington Post and ABC News.Despite the sudden fame, Quincy
continues to live a low-profile, tiny human life. Read more here. (Worth noting is the writer’s choice to drive home the point that “it started
with a sticker chart” and to include the comment "Garbage men get swole as
hell and are generally the greatest people around.")
Stock footage provider
Dissolve created a “faux” TV trailer using only stock video, and it appears only
slightly more generic that a CBS fall lineup.
Just in time for Mad Men’s final season premiere, AMC
paid tribute to the show with a bench resembling the Don Draper
silhouette logo that has become so iconic. The bench — which I really need them
to mass-produce — was unveiled in front of the Time-Life building, which
Sterling Cooper & Partners has called home in Mad Men universe since Season Four. Jon Hamm was profiled in GQ’s April issue, and the show’s leading
man shared some advice given to him from a guy who knows what it’s like to
portray an iconic TV character and then, suddenly, not — Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.
"It's hard, man," Cranston told him. "It's hard to let it
go. It'll hit you a couple of different ways at different times."
But before you get
depressed thinking about all of Mad Men joining
Walter White and the other characters in the big TV set in the sky, there’s
still a whole (OK, half) season of Mad Men to obsess and drink over, starting
Serena Williams made her
own 7/11 video a la Beyoncé.
Almost as good as the
original and how cute is it when she stops dancing to let that old man walk by?
Definitely needed more azz, though.
Goodbye Zuckerberg, hello
Luthor! Jesse Eisenberg lost his curly locks to embody his upcoming role as Lex
Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of
Justice. Check out his TRANSFORMATION (he just shaved his head) here.The cast of Pretty Woman the movie’s
25th anniversary with a reunion on the Today Show.
While it has been quite a few years since the last good hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold
movie, don’t count on a sequel. They say there will never be a Pretty Woman 2. At least some things are
With that being said, of course there’s new remake news this
Fox announced that David
Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will return as Mulder and Scully in the
network’s limited-series reboot of The
The John Candy classic Uncle Buck is also getting a TV remake. Mike
Epps and Nia Long are set to star in the ABC comedy. (This isn’t the first time
Uncle Buck is getting the TV
treatment — there was a short-lived series of the same name in 1990). Until
then, go downtown and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face.
Some movies are getting
turned into TV shows while some television series are getting reworked for the
big screen. Finally, the Entourage
movie trailer is here.
Who doesn’t love a good
conspiracy theory? Reddit user Euchrid_Eucrow posted an
in-depth analysis on the Barenaked Ladies song “One Week” (yes, you’re reading
all of this correctly) in the Fan Theories subreddit. S/He argues that that
song — an upbeat Pop-Rock earworm full of random bits of early-Millennium pop
culture — is about a man who killed his girlfriend and is slowly going mad as
he stays in a room with the corpse. Internet!
Here’s Sarah Jessica Parker
throwing fifty shades of shade at Tom Hanks at a hockey game.
Forget Resting Bitchface —
Carrie Bradshaw’s got a very active bitchface.
by Jac Kern
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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.