by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
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?
Tedious documentary stretches itself too far
0 Comments · Thursday, April 22, 2010
The presence of Maynard James Keenan, frontman for Art Metal bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, is no doubt the only reason for the existence of 'Blood Into Wine,' a documentary that looks at his deepening interest in the art of winemaking. Keenan is a notoriously private guy, thus his involvement is both a blessing (gives it a higher profile) and a curse (he's not the most charismatic interviewee). Grade: C-.
0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
When I sat down at the computer to write, I was beat to a pissy pulp. I had a mountain and a half of work to do. What to do? I chose to listen to Patton Oswalt, the funniest person on the planet right now. And within the first 20 seconds of his new album, 'My Weakness Is Strong,' my exhaustion was a thing of the past. All of those laughing cliches? Did 'em. Laughed 'til my sides ached? Check. Laughed 'til I cried? Check.