by Jac Kern
82 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Here at IJCGE, we’re in the
business of talking trash and making jokes, not patting ourselves on the back.
That being said, some readers might be interested to know that this blog was
recognized last week at the Cincinnati Society for Professional Journalists’
Excellence in Journalism awards, which we assure you sounds incredibly fancier
that it actually is. I Just Can’t Get Enough nabbed first place for Lifestyle
Reporting — just one of several awards CityBeat received. So rest assured, when you
come here for the latest Beyoncé scoop or completely biased awards show commentary, you’re utilizing an award-winning source.
And speaking of Queen Bey —
who just topped Forbes’ Most Powerful
list (Bow down, Oprah) — locals got
the rare opportunity to breathe the same air as Mrs. Carter last weekend (just
kidding, of course — we all know Bey is an alien robot goddess that does not
require oxygen like us plebs). Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run tour made its
second stop at Great American Ballpark Saturday; read our review here. Spoiler Alert: It was the best thing that has
Part of the joy of being a
kid is the adventure. It’s all about having fun, throwing caution to the wind!
Ten-year-olds don’t worry much about safety or the fact that death is lurking
behind every corner.
Some people believe we, as a society, are too overprotective of our children — we
shelter them. But across generations we can all probably agree we did some
pretty fucked up shit in our youth we’d never dream to attempt now. For kids
around the northern New Jersey area between 1978 and 1996, Action Park in Vernon,
N.J., played a role in those haunting memories of destructive youth decisions. Check out this short, highly entertaining doc on “the world’s most dangerous theme park.”
The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever (Full
Length) by insane-amusement-park
So we’ve all had a good
laugh about this defunct attraction (except all those people who died or got
hurt). Well, surprise, bitch!
Action Park has reopened, and everyone’s freaking out about it.
Tim & Eric fans: Check
out the Steve Brule Name Generator,
for your health! (I got Jranice Kringus, which is what I will answer to
exclusively from this point on.)
In other news, apparently we’re still
talking about Grumpy Cat. The Internet-famous feline was recently united with her
doppelganger, Peter Dinklage,
and is also in a new Honey Nut Cheerios commercial.
you’re in good company! #beegotswag #whyisthishappening
Remember “First Kiss,”
that hot black-and-white viral vid with strangers making out (that was actually
somehow a clothing ad)? Well, now there’s “The Slap,” a hands-on response to
Wren’s kissing project. It features Haley Joel Osment so it is obviously
recording what’s become known as a rape anthem, pissing off Marvin Gaye’s
family and probably cheating on/breaking up with/desperately trying to win back
wife Paula Patton, Robin Thicke is generally disliked by most humans at this
point. So VH1 thought this was a good opportunity to open up Twitter to
questions for the singer. Apparently they never heard about #AskRKelly.
It went about as well as you’d expect.
movie trailers to hit the
Interwebz: Fury, a World War II action drama from David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day) starring Brad Pitt, Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower and a way-too-method Shia LaBeouf; odd-couple comedy St. Vincent that has nothing to do with Annie Clark starring Bill Murray, Chris O'Dowd, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy in a role that doesn't appear to be that same sloppy, stupid fat lady caricature; and dark comedy The
Skeleton Twins, in which Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play recently reunited troubled twins.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 01:44 PM | Permalink
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!