by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Live! took over TVs last week and it
wasn’t nearly as messy as last year’s live spectacle, The Sound of Music, but I’m still confused about a very feminine woman (Allison Williams) playing
a boyish man — and so are the folks at SNL. More on that later.
Marnie did a fine job and Christopher Walken was,
well, Christopher Walken, but Jane Krakowski’s interpretation of Peter Pan would have been truly
Last week I wrote about
the other big TV spectacular du jour,
Eaten Alive on Discovery Channel.
Basically, for weeks the network teased us with the promise that nature-type
Paul Rosolie baited a giant anaconda into eating him alive (while wearing a
special safety suit, oxygen and a camera), all for us viewers at home to watch —
only he didn’t. After an hour and 45 minutes of build-up, dude tapped out after
only a portion of his head inside the snake for, like three seconds. Understandable
outrage spilled onto Twitter. I mean,
how long until I can turn on basic cable and watch a man get killed on live
television?In Case You Missed It: Charlie Hustle is hawking
Sketchers now. In this commercial (which apparently debuted a couple months ago
but I just recently saw), Pete “The Relaxer” Rose touts the brand’s new comfy
shoe line and pokes fun of the whole Hall of Fame ban.
Also, great cameo from his glamorous wife Kiana. I
miss seeing her on TV.
Queen Bey and King Hov hung out with their British
at a Nets game this week. Prince William and Duchess Kate took a royal tour of
NYC, complete with a visit to the Empire State building, some chill time with
LeBron James (they even got a tiny Cavs jersey for baby George) and a quick Illuminati meet-up with the Carter Dynasty. Kate, give the people what they
want, already. No, not a prime baby bump pic — a “7/11”
video reenactment in Buckingham Palace!This week in Let’s Feel Old: the stars of MTV’s Laguna Beach recently attended their 10-year high
James Franco and Nicki Minaj performed on Saturday Night Live last week. In
addition to poking fun at Peter Pan Live!,
highlights included a Hip Hop
nativity, Nicki as Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, a realistic Star Wars trailer and a hilariously weird skit with Mike O’Brien, "Grow-A-Guy."
And in a skit that was cut for time, hosts of a St.
Louis morning show feel incredibly awkward going live after the events in
Sons of Anarchy is officially over and, DAYUM, the last few episodes/season/basically
all of it was brutal. No spoilers, but I will definitely miss seeing Charlie
Hunnam’s chiseled butt cheeks on the reg and sweet
Nero, with his delicate V-neck cardigans. (Jimmy Smitts was seriously amazing in this
role). If you, too, need your Hunnam fix, check out his early days on Queer as Folk or in Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks follow-up, Undeclared. Baby British Jax! And
congrats to Vanderpump Rules’ Jax Taylor
for basically stealing the name being the new reigning Jax of television.
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: the latest film version of the beloved French short story The Little Prince; Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star in romantic musical
The Last Five Years; Dwyane "Still The Rock" Johnson's natural disaster flick San Andreas.
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.
Plus, Kiss keeps raising the drama bar for its Rock Hall induction and The Nuge promises to watch his mouth
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Nicki Minaj gets sued for $30 million over some wig designs, Kiss can't get it together enough to perform at its own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Ted Nugent kind of apologizes for calling the president a "subhuman mongrel."
Photographer Matthew Rolston features Vent Haven figures in upcoming book
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Matthew Rolston has taken close-up portraits, startlingly realistic
headshots, of some 200 figures — colloquially known as dummies — at Fort
Mitchell, Ky.’s Vent Haven ventriloquism museum. The results are in a
new book, Talking Heads, to be published next month by Pointed Leaf Press.