by Jac Kern
47 days ago
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 Nick Swartsell
Posted In: News
at 09:04 AM | Permalink
Barricades, free speech, and museums up, McDonalds down
It's morning. I've got news. Check it out.Barricades along McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine and Fairview
are working to deter prostitution, Cincinnati Police said yesterday in a
presentation to City Council’s Human Services Committee. The barriers sit in
three locations along the street and were put up April 30 as part of a program
to fight sex work and human trafficking in the area. Other efforts include new
laws making penalties tougher for pimps and johns and releasing the names of
those convicted of soliciting prostitutes.
The stretch of McMicken is known for high levels of
prostitution and other crime. In January, a 24-year-old woman was shot in the
head and killed on the street. Authorities suspect she was involved in the sex
trade. Police say the volume of prostitution in the area has gone down with the
barricades, though they also acknowledge that they’ve seen an uptick in
activity in places like the West End. Residents in West Price Hill have also
reported an increase in prostitution since the barriers went up.
Some residents in the area aren’t convinced the barricades
help and say they make their daily commutes more difficult, though others say
they’ve noticed a difference in the level of crime. The barricades will come
down by the end of the summer.
• Everyone’s favorite proto-tea party group and an anti-abortion
organization got a win yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled that they can
challenge an Ohio law prohibiting false statements in political advertising.
The court ruled both the Coalition Opposed to Additional
Spending and Taxes, or COAST, and the Susan B. Anthony List were harmed by the
Ohio law and could sue the state. In 2010, Democrat Steve Driehaus, then
running for governor, threatened legal action over SBA plans to buy billboards
saying he voted for “tax-payer funded abortions.” SBA cited Driehaus’ support
of the Affordable Care Act as proof of the claim. Though Driehaus dropped the
matter after losing the election, SBA sued, saying their First Amendment rights
were violated. COAST jumped on the suit as well, claiming they did not carry out
plans for similar advertisements due to fear of legal action.
SBA’s assertion against Driehaus was incredibly
questionable — using taxpayer money for abortions is still illegal under the ACA, and abortion
providers must still go to great pains to show they’re not using public money to
administer the procedure — but the larger issue of free speech convinced both liberal
and conservative justices at the Supreme Court. Lower courts originally
dismissed the groups’ suits, but the case will now go back to them to be
• Former Reds slugger and skipper Pete Rose got to manage a baseball team again yesterday,
doing a one-day stint with the Bridgeport Bluefish, a Connecticut team in the
independent Atlantic League. The 73-year-old hasn’t managed a game since his
suspension from major league baseball 25 years ago for gambling. • In other sports news, Team USA won over Ghana to kick off
its bid for the World Cup, but you probably already know that from all the
yelling your neighbors did about it last night. At least that’s how I know
about it. We're number one!
• …Except when it comes to health care. In fact, a new study
by the Commonwealth Fund shows the United States is number 11 when it comes to
our health care system when compared with 10 other developed countries. The
U.S. ranked behind the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Germany,
The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, France and Canada in terms of quality of
healthcare available. We’re number 11! That’s like being number one twice! The
U.S. was legitimately number one in a single category, though: We have the
most expensive health care of all the countries in the study.
• Before you get too sad, consider this: Another study
found there are more museums in the United States than Starbucks and McDonalds
combined. We have about 25,000 of the two chains combined, and more than 35,000
museums. Now if they would just combine the two so I can see some postmodern
art and grab a Big Mac at the same time, or maybe enjoy a smoothie as I check out the Kansas Underground Salt Museum.
Pete Rose comes home for Opening Day
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ask a non-Cincinnati native of a certain
age what they know of the Queen City, and inevitably Pete Rose and the
Big Red Machine will come up. Hey, probably better that than the
Mapplethorpe controversy, WKRP in Cincinnati or Jerry Springer’s various post-mayoral hijinks.
by Mike Breen
Posted In: baseball
at 11:48 AM | Permalink
The Cincinnati Reds' star/Hit King to appear at Belterra next weekend
No matter how many times Pete Rose makes an appearance at a casino, it still just screams, "INAPPROPRIATE!" in light of his place in baseball history (the bad stuff, not the greatness). Guess a guy's gotta make a living somehow. Next weekend you can once again hang with the Hit King and play the slots when he makes an appearance at Belterra Casino in Indiana. He'll appear in the casino/resort's "CenterStage Showroom" (now THAT's appropriate). The event is being billed as "An Evening with Pete Rose: 4,192, The Making of the Hit King."Here's what you can look forward to, per the press release:Baseball enthusiasts will witness Belterra’s CenterStage transform into a ballpark atmosphere for a 90 minute interactive celebration of Pete Rose and the great game of baseball.The one night only event will give fans an inside look at what it was like be on the ride as Rose reached key milestones and earned his place among baseball greats. Unique video and photo highlights serve as the backdrop for Rose as he shares personal stories from his playing career and fields questions from the event host.Join Pete Rose as he recounts the greatest moments in his legendary career from his glory days with the Big Red Machine and playing in the World Series to his 44 game hitting streak and the epic collision in the 1970 All-Star game. Rose will recount his feelings as he chased the 3,000 and 4,000 hit plateau and the emotion he felt when he reached the pinnacle of his career, hit number 4,192. Tickets are available here or here and cost $30.
1 Comment · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Those of us who long ago replaced our iPods with the one Apple invented that also has a phone in it don’t have to worry about getting our cars broken into for leaving our 8-gig sitting on the seat (in which case we’d only really care about the broken window and change missing from the console). Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis today broke Rule No. 2 when it comes to leaving electronics in plain sight of thieves: Don’t forget about the charger.
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
If I say "Second City," you say "Chicago?" Maybe. But I bet "comedy club" comes in a close "second." The Windy City’s legendary improv club is now exporting city-specific shows around the country, including one right here for Cincinnati audiences at Playhouse in the Park for the holidays.
New documentary celebrates the playing career of Pete Rose
2 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Remember Pete Rose the baseball player, the unparalleled competitor who played nearly every inning of every game for more than two decades and got more hits than anyone in Major League Baseball history? Terry Lukemire's new documentary, '4192: The Crowning of the Hit King,' aims to put the spotlight back on a singular career that's been overshadowed by its subject's admittedly self-inflicted mistakes.
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Cincinnati Reds today honored Hit King Pete Rose on the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking 4,192nd hit, only the second time Rose has participated in an on-field activity here since his lifetime banishment in 1989 for betting on baseball. Rose afterwards attended a roast in his honor, during which he gave an emotional speech and was subsequently reinstated to Major League Baseball.
0 Comments · Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record on Sept. 11, 1985, with his 4,192nd hit. It was such a momentous occurrence in baseball (and Cincinnati) history that even the art world took notice. That year, knowing Rose would break Cobb's seemingly enduring record, the Cincinnati Art Museum commissioned Andy Warhol to create a portrait of Rose.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
There are good reasons for sports fans to hate certain professional baseball teams, but a new algorithm that analyzes how people feel about things has determined that the Cincinnati Reds are actually the third most hated team in baseball, trailing only the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.