0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
Trends — whether in fashion, music or on
television — are only slightly noticeable as they emerge, but become
abundantly obvious in hindsight. From fleeting fads to more memorable
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With two episodes of Breaking Bad left, everyone’s gone a
little Walter White crazy — you’d think actual meth fumes were being released
from our televisions. Jimmy Fallon & Co. have had a Breaking
Bad spoof in the works for a while now, teasing fans all the while with
photos and hashtags like #JokingBad.
The nearly 13-minute sketch is a hilarious Late Night take on Bad,
starring Fallon as Walt and (Steve) Higgins as Jesse and complete with all the references
you’d expect, plus some cameos you wouldn’t. Bask in the glory that is “Joking
Bad!” (Mild spoliers from seasons 1-4, if you’re being picky.)
And while we’re at it, check out
Drakeing Bad — a blog of illustrations by Barry Schwartz and Shea Serrano (who
brought the world Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book)
featuring iconic Breaking Bad scenes…with
rapper/former Degrassi High student Drake randomly inserted, replacing various
characters. Again, sort-of spoilers abound, so anyone who intends to watch Bad but isn’t caught up should proceed
with caution (if at all). And may god have mercy on your soul.
Saturday Night Live returns to NBC
for its 39th season Sept. 28 (Tina Fey will host; Arcade Fire is the
musical guest) and with the new season comes lots of changes. We already know Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader will no longer be gracing
the SNL stage with their presence this year, and now newcomer Tim Robinson has been banished to the writers’ lair (JK, maybe it's really cool there). The rest of 2012-2013’s
cast, including soon-to-be Late Night
host Seth Meyers, is sticking around.
New people: Fresh featured players
will include Beck Bennett (that suited dude in the AT&T commercials
who spends far too much time in children’s
classrooms), Kyle Mooney (he and Bennett are in comedy group Good Neighbor), Upright Citizens Brigade member and Cracked contributor Noel Wells (the only new female to join the
cast), SNL writer Mike O'Brien, Comedy
Central’s comic to watch Brooks Wheelan and John Milhiser, another UCB-er.
Meyers will retain his Weekend Update duties until he takes over Late Night in February and, possibly,
throughout the full season. Last year’s featured player Cecily Strong will join
him at the desk and take over Weekend Update when Meyers eventually leaves.
Strong was probably best remembered for her character, Girl You Wish You Hadn’t
Started a Conversation With at a Party (which I still think is kind of meh) and
a pretty accurate interpretation of a porn star-turned-home shopping model.
We’ll see how she transitions into this much larger role!
Confession time! I’m kind of seriously into Insane Clown Posse Theater on Fuse. I
turned it on as a joke once, but now I actually find it pretty hilarious. (Note:
If anyone sees me rocking JNCOs and cornrows while drinking Faygo, send help!) It’s
basically Mystery Science Theater 3000 but with ICP’s Violent J and Shaggy 2
Dope unleashing their offensive insights on an array of music videos.
They also bring on
guests like Tom Green, Coolio and comedian Jim Norton, talk with them for a
little bit, react to more videos and then awkwardly tell them to leave. I never
would have guessed ICP could be so entertaining and —dare I say — likable! I
mean, I’d think they would just objectify video vixens, which they certainly
do, but there’s an equal amount of homo-erotic comments I’d never expect. And their constant
inaccurate facts that have to be corrected onscreen get me laughing every time.
At the very least, add this to your “drinking show” watch list, because that is
a perfectly acceptable pastime as well as a good way to categorize TV shows,
OK? Catch ICP Theater at 11 p.m.
Wednesdays on Fuse.
Taystee from Orange
Is the New Black (Government name: Danielle Brooks) is gonna be a Girl,
the series’ first black female character.
Every mother and girlfriend’s worst nightmare was was released Tuesday
as Grand Theft Auto V. The game
allows players to wreak havoc on the streets of San Andreas, get high and drunk
and even check out a strip club where dancers in private rooms give a topless
show (digital boobs!). So yes, the infamous game has and will continue to spark
controversy and backlash over the amount of violence and overall incorrigible
behavior, but anyone with half a brain cell who watches or plays the game can
see it is rife with satire, almost making fun of the culture it represents. The
visuals, attention to detail and amazing pop culture and allegorical Easter
eggs woven in the game are nothing short of astounding. Get your character this Drive-esque jacket and crush skulls in style!How often do you think, “Good job, fast food restaurant,” or “Smart
advertising, national chain eatery!”? Probably never, and that’s why Chipotle’s
new promo, The Scarecrow, is getting so much attention. The
fast-casual Mexican chain has cut ties with McDonald’s (its former majority
partner) and plans to be the first U.S. restaurant chain to go GMO-free. Now,
with this haunting anti-factory farm ad (with a little help from Fiona Apple on
vocals), Chipotle is taking its “Food With Integrity” motto even further.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Based on a true story, Orange Is the New Black
(now available on Netflix) follows Piper Chapman (played by a very
convincing Taylor Schilling) as she trades in her Brooklyn yuppie life
with a loving fiancé for 15 months in lock-up and a prison wife.
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What a week, guys.
While I usually like to keep things light around here, this week's pop culture round-up is peppered with some
upsetting current events. So, if you experience an occasional case of the sads,
watch Carley Rae Jepsen throw a terrible first pitch, rock out to Britney’s new song
or look at this adorable, tiny cat who’s
being rehabilitated via crochet therapy.
By now you’ve
heard about the Asiana
Airlines Boeing 777 that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport
the weekend before last. Three people have died as a result of the crash and more
than 180 others were hospitalized for injuries. Unfortunately, when it comes to
sharing the news of such catastrophes, many television networks are primarily
concerned with breaking the story first. More than, say, getting the facts
straight. Take it away, KTVU!
The San Fransisco Fox affiliate has
retracted the information and apologized for the error, but Asiana confirms it
will sue the station. It was recently revealed that a summer intern at the National Transportation Safety Board
was the culprit who wrongfully confirmed the incorrect, racist — and, OK, some
may say comical — names to KTVU. In other news, apparently the National
Transportation Safety Board hires 10-year-old boys into its summer internship
So, to all our
summer interns who get tired of fact-checking and entering calendar listings
all day — sorry, guys. This is why you can’t have nice things.
Taking this whole
mess a step further, comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted in response to the KTVU
Salon saw the
tweet, gasped, clutched its pearls and unleashed an ever-updated story
proverbially wagging its finger at Oswalt for being racist, even though his
joke Tweet was completely within the context of the KTVU blunder. Check it out
writer Joe Veix submitted a hilarious post on BuzzFeed last week, only to have
it deleted and then become banned from the site within minutes. What heinous
article could he have possibly tried to publish? This awesome BuzzFeed parody. According to Bullett, Veiz said the community editor banned him for being “mean
spirited,” but this shit is just plain funny to me.
Beyoncé performed a sold-out concert in Nashville this Saturday. In
attendance were Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss
(who actually wrote Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Bug-a-Boo”),“Kid
Robby Novack and yours truly! A Beyoncé fan since I first put The Writing’s on the Wall in my Walkman,
the show was a true spectacle and — I’m not a bit ashamed to admit — a dream
come true. Mrs. Carter served up around 30 songs that spanned from her
Destiny’s Child days (“Survivor”) to her early solo stuff (“Crazy in Love,”
“Baby Boy”) to her most recent album (“Run the World,” “Love on Top”) and her newly leaked jams. One of
my favorite performances of the night was her new leaked-but-not-officially-released
song that’s featured on a Pepsi commercial, “Grown Woman.” Queen Bey, her
pop-and-lockin’ duo, “Les Twins,” (new dream: to have my own ambiguously named
sidekicks!) and backup dancers got down and played around onstage to an
Afro-beat in more fun, casual attire than the dramatic garb of the rest of the
show. I love my Divayoncé, but it was a refreshing departure and a great
At one point, Bey hopped on a harness and flew over the crowd to a
smaller stage in the back of the arena... My very high quality, professional photo of this epic moment...where she performed “Irreplaceable” —
allowing a few lucky fans, including Kid Prez and one hoarse, hyperventilating mega-fan, to sing “To the left, to the left” — and “Survivor.” You best believe I did
the choreography. Between acts, while Bey changed up her freakum dresses/weaves,
they played these awesome short films — everything from Beyoncé as a broke-down princess to personal videos (everyone freaked when we saw her kiss Blue Ivy,
and a shot of her with President Obama got massive cheers) to a remix of “Love
on Top.” Her backup singers — "The Mamas" — and her entire band — which included drums, brass, guitar and bass — were all incredibly talented black women. They got plenty of bi screen shots and Bey shout outs throughout the show, which I thought was really cool.In short, it was amazing — Mike, I hope you approve of my usage in
this instance! At the end of the night, Beyoncé asked for "A moment of silence, for Trayvon.” The George Zimmerman trial verdict had been reached at 10 p.m.
Saturday — it was likely most concert goers were unaware of what had happened (I had no phone service throughout the whole show, 8-11:30 p.m., which includes her opener, Luke James).
After the somber moment, Beyoncé sang “I
Will Always Love You” which led into “Halo.”
People are loving Weeds
creator Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New
Black, the latest Netflix series now available in its entirety. Orange is based on the memoir of Piper Kerman, who
spent 15 months in a minimum security women’s prison for money laundering and
drug trafficking. Check it out!
In especially sad
news, actor and singer Cory Monteith, best known as Finn from Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver
hotel room Saturday. The coroner reports a mix of alcohol and heroin was the
cause of death. The 31-year-old was open about his past struggles with addiction and sought treatment
at a rehab facility in April. His girlfriend, 26-year-old Lea Michele, also
stars in the hit show.
don’t you go to www.vogue.co.uk. With your
arrow keys, hit up,
up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. Keep clicking A. Now feel less
Syfy’s Sharknado touched down Thursday,
proving the only thing more terrifying than a shark tornado is the revival of
Tara Reid’s acting career.
The original 90210’s (I can’t believe I have to say
that) Ian Ziering also starred. The movie got such a response, particularly on
social media, SyFy is already planning a sequel for 2014, set in New York.
Anyone else notice
Otis from The Walking Dead is now a vampire
therapist on True Blood?
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It’s September 2011. Occupy Wall Street
is in its early stages, the country mourns the 10-year anniversary of
9/11, the 2012 election race is in full swing — a tumultuous and
exciting time to re-enter The Newsroom (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO).