0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
After seven seasons celebrating local
government, breakfast foods and Mouse Rat, it’s time to bid farewell to
Leslie Knope and all the residents of Pawnee as Parks and Recreation (8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC) comes to a close this week with a one-hour series finale.
by Jac Kern
86 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Academy Award nominees
were announced Thursday, but you only need to know one name:
Dick Poop. Dick Poop! Read the rest of the stupid,
non-funnily named nominees here.
Dick Poop is the Adele
Dazeem of 2015.
And speaking of Idina
Menzel, the woman whose name was famously botched by John Travolta at last
year’s Oscars/she who is responsible for all the bitches still singing “Let It
Go” will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. John Legend
will also perform prior to the game, singing “America the Beautiful.” Katy
Perry is the half-time star; Lenny Kravitz (and surely many more to be
announced) will join her.
Is the moon a star or a
planet? Isaac Mizrahi and designer Jane Treacy discuss.
FYI, brainiacs, the moon is
just a moon. Don’t shame yourself by Googling it.
Parks and Recreation is busting out its final season with two episodes
per week, and while the show’s time jump to 2017 has provided some laughs
(Councilman Jamm fell for Tammy Two; Jerry is now Terry – Dammit, Terry!), it’s
nice to see the show go back to its roots. After opening the season with a feuding
Ron and Leslie, last night’s ep brought them back together — like never before.
And speaking of Parks and Rec, if you’re a serious fan
and/or serious gamer, someone is raising funds for a very serious Cones of
Dunshire game on Kickstarter.
So far they’ve got about 10 percent of their $300,000 goal, and it’ll cost you
a $500 donation to receive the game. Pretty steep, but I think Ben would
approve of the financial investment.Justin Bieber is the next
celeb to be roasted on Comedy Central. The Photoshop victim and general twat joked that he had finally
given the network enough material to work with. No film or air date yet, but Biebz says it’s a gift for his 21st birthday,
which is coming up on March 1 (so help us).
Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, but
all eyes were on musical guest Sia. Actually, her eyes were covered as she gave
the spotlight to her fellow (amazing) performers.
Maddie “Lil’ Sia” Ziegler
performed her blonde-wigged/nude-suited choreography for “Elastic Heart” with a
matching female dancer (instead of Shia LaBeouf, who costars in the video).
And then she performed
“Chandelier” with a badass mime.
All the feels!
And here’s a weird Kyle
Mooney (redundant) skit that was cut from the episode:
Lots of people are talking
about American Sniper: Did director
Clint Eastwood get snubbed for an Oscar nod? Is it “war porn?” Can we stop
talking about Bradley Cooper’s “transformation” as if eating 8,000 calories a
is some super difficult task? And what the fuck is happening with that fake
has been trending, and it all refers to a quick scene with Cooper and Sienna
Miller’s characters and their new baby. Which is most definitely a not-alive
doll. Seriously, an Oscar-nominated movie with a fake baby? Kids today just do not understand work ethic.
Finally, President Obama
gave the State of the Union Address last night, which is a real important
thing. Also important: John Boehner’s tan in corresponding Pantone colors:
by Jac Kern
93 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
American Idol’s 14th season
premiered last week and if you think you shouldn’t care because Ryan Seacrest
makes you uncomfortable, you are wrong. Well, not about the Ryan Seacrest part — he is
very distracting. Like, why is he still around? How much does he get paid to be
a weirdo to young singers? Is he actually a robot? What really happened to Brian Dunkleman? But you should be excited because Cincinnati’s own Jess Lamb is on it, and
there’s a very good chance she’ll go far in the competition.
I typically don’t watch the
music competition shows like Idol and
The Voice, because witnessing genuine
humans be embarrassed on television really upsets me. But when I heard Jess
Lamb had auditioned and got the golden Hollywood ticket, I had to give the show a
shot. Jess is a great local artist and I camped next to her at Bonnaroo one year, so I'm pretty much famous by proxy.Anyway, at 28 years old, Jess is painted as the mature one of the auditioning bunch, which is
probably going to make you feel like a shriveled French fry at the bottom of a
car. But with her age (seriously, I can’t) comes a breadth of talent and
experience. She writes and performs her own songs but — judging by her
audition — has no trouble with the traditional covers Idol necessitates.
Jess auditioned in Kansas
City, Mo., and got a great reaction from the judges, particularly crooner Harry
Connick, Jr. Check it out:
Auditions will continue
every Wednesday and Thursday for the next couple weeks, so we won’t be seeing
much of Jess again until the final 48 contestants are narrowed down to 24 after
a performance in front of a live audience (this has already been filmed). So, will
Jess make the cut? Idol teased us
with a “look” — or rather, listen — at the top 24. You can hear them sing but
can’t really make out anyone’s face. Judge for yourself.
All I can make out is a Captain Hook-looking dude with dreads. GO JESS.
Remember the uber-sleazy
Gaston from Beauty and the Beast? You
know the song, “No one's slick as Gaston/No one's quick as Gaston/No one does push-ups in the middle of an
amusement park like Gaston…” What? Yes.
Sia’s “Chandelier” girl
is back, and she’s dance-battling in a dirty cage with Shia LaBeouf, which some
people are NOT OK with.
Also, why did I just learn
that the little girl, Maddie Ziegler, is from Lifetime gem Dance Moms?!
Speaking of times when we
all get sucked into Wikipedia holes… Rapper T.I. is basically a suicide prevention
specialist. This isn’t news, but it’s new to me (please don’t ask why I’m Internet-searching
random rappers at night). Seriously, “Rescue of suicidal men” is a sub-section
on his Wikipedia page. In 2010, he stopped a young man from taking his life by
convincing him to not jump off a 22-foot Atlanta building. T.I. heard about the
situation on the radio, drove to the scene and asked police if there was
anything he could do to help. Pretty incredible. But before that, in 2006, T.I. discovered a struggling Scott Stapp
after the Creed frontman had jumped over his hotel balcony (whether this was a suicide
attempt or the result of insomniac hallucinations varies in reports). Can
we have T.I. intervene on Scott Stapp again please? Side note: Awesome reality
show idea. For real, though, dude seems like he needs it.
On a lighter note, here’s a
Larry David Lynch blog!
Parks and Recreation’s final season premiered last night. Jurassic World will be unleashed into theaters this summer. Chris
Pratt stars in both. Relevant:
American Crime Story casting news! If you recall, Ryan Murphy is spinning off on his American Horror Story miniseries
franchise with a true crime series. The idea is to explore a different criminal
case in American history each season, like how each AHS season explores fear and freaky folklore in a different arena.
The series’ debut will focus on the O.J. Simpson trial. Cuba Gooding, Jr.will play O.J., David "Forever Ross" Schwimmer will play Robert Kardashian and John Travolta will play Robert Shapiro. So much wut.This dog takes a bus to the
dog park and knows to get off at the appropriate stop — alone — which is more than I can
say about myself.
The Golden Globes, a.k.a Amy
‘n’ Tina’s Sleepover Party, were Sunday. The duo kicked ass in their final
hosting gig, don’t get me wrong, but overall the show left me wanting something
more exciting. Maybe it was the fact that the awards were so spread out. There
were big winners, for sure (Transparent,
Boyhood), but there were a lot of new
winners (which yields heartfelt but otherwise boring speeches) and no one show
or film truly swept.
If anything, it gave me a
bunch of new movies and shows to add to my watch-list. Peep the nominees and
winners here, if
you care, but the best part of the production was the monologue.
TinAmy were perfection. They
even killed it with a Cosby rape joke that certainly shook up the audience. Nothing
like seeing rich, famous celebrities panic over whether it’s OK to laugh.Other notes:
Leelah Alcorn — the local
transgender teen who took her own life earlier this month — got a shout out
from Transparent creator Jill Soloway.
The stars of Fifty Shades of Grey couldn’t muster enough chemistry to present an award, so that’s probably not a good sign…
George Clooney got a
lifetime achievement award and said nice things about his new wife.
Chrissy Teigen ugly-cried
when husband John Legend accepted an award with Common.
And that’s about it! Of
course, the Oscars are the pinnacle of awards season, and those nominees will
be announced Thursday.
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!
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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 · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
When it comes to a series that transports
viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless
characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue
the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season
Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king.
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Over the course of the second season of Vice we’ll delve into Evangelical support for Israel in the American Bible Belt, climate change in Greenland, bonded laborers in Pakistan’s brick kilns and other international stories of politics and culture from a wide range of correspondents.