by Jac Kern
70 days ago
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Last week was Mercedes Benz
Fashion Week in New York, the time of year when style trends are set, when
fashion gods are carried from runway to runway,
when Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen emerge from their tiny troll lair to present a
new collection of looks for their line, The Row. Here are the sisters trying to
convince us they’re human before the show. I dare you to only watch once.
I like to think they’re
communicating using a sort of Morse code-esque troll twin hand gestures beneath
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
welcomed their baby girl into the world on Friday. In case you need to check
yourself: There’s a days-old human out there with better genes, a bigger bank
account, cooler parents and a nicer home that is already more famous than
you’ll ever be. Seriously, though, I hope they have a dozen body guards
watching that baby at all times. Between all the Hey Girls and The Notebook
fans out there still praying for the reunion of Ryan and Rachel and anyone
wanting to use Mendes-Gosling DNA for a voodoo-like beauty regime (guilty as
charged), someone is bound to try to steal that baby.When Fox 19 reality series Queen City ended,
we were left with a void of shows featuring mildly interesting locals
interacting with each other in staged scenarios. Thankfully, Dayton CW has
given us The Valley. The show stars
six Miami Valley-area high school grads during the summer before they head off to
college. Cameras follow the group as they hang out at area attractions, meet
“mentors” and explore personal issues — all while providing superfluous commentary after the
fact. Think Real Housewives without
the Botox or budget. Yes, it’s bad. Sadly, not even bad in a good way.
If I wanted to see awkward kids
mingle in forced situations, I’d watch teens on the Levee explore the confusing
world of “group hangs.” And if I did that, I’d be a fucking weirdo. I’m not
throwing shade at the kids involved — I shudder to think what 18-year-old me
would do on a local reality show. But who is the audience for a show like this?
Find out for yourself and watch the first episode here.
Miss New York Kira
Kazantsev may have won the Miss America crown this Sunday, but Miss Ohio MacKenzie
Bart stole the show with her talent: ventriloquism.
Obviously, Miss Ohio
Roxy was robbed.
Saturday Night Live returns for its 40th season next Saturday, Sept. 27 and, as usual, there
will be some casting changes. Last year’s newbies John Milhiser, Noël Wells
and Brooks Wheelan were let go; Mike O’Brien will leave the stage and return to
the writers room. SNL’s resident Kim
Kardashian (also a lot of other great characters) Nasim Pedrad departed to star
in the upcoming Fox comedy Mulaney.
Colin Jost, who took over Weekend Update with Cecily Strong when Seth Meyers
left, will return to the desk without
Strong (though she’s still a cast member). SNL
writer and Daily Show correspondent
Michael Che will replace her as co-anchor. Finally — hope you’re ready to feel
old — the show will bring on its first player born in the ‘90s as 20-year-old
comic Pete Davidson joins the cast. Chris Pratt hosts the season opener next
week with music guest Ariana “Not A Baby” Grande.
Nasim Pedrad may have taken
her talents elsewhere, but we can still enjoy her work in this unaired skit
where she plays —to perfection — Aziz Ansari.
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: After plenty of teases, the
first full-length preview of The Hunger
is out; Serena —the 35th film
starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper — places the stars in 1920s North
Carolina; John Wick
stars Keanu Reeves as a former
hit-man thrown back into the game.
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City ranks in another pointless list
in time for Valentine’s Day shopping, Amazon.com released a list of the 20 “most
romantic” cities, based on sales data of romance novels,
sex and relationship books, romantic comedy DVDs, Barry White CDs (seriously) and sexual
wellness products (per capita) since Jan. 1, 2010. As your aunt, boss and childhood neighbor probably already shared on Facebook,
Cincinnati made the list — we’re the 15th most romantic city, guys.
like these are generally an attempt to quickly grab a mass audience with some
kind of marketing motive. Positive or negative, when a city is mentioned on a national
list, there’s a built-in readership that will talk about and share the story on
social media. Do they spark “debate?” Sure. Are these useful, proactive
conversations? Rarely. But hey, we’re No. 1 (or, in this case, 15)!
The Queen City landing on some arbitrary sales-based list is nothing new. For some reason, a
2010 Daily Beast list that dubs Cincy the "craziest" city is making its rounds again as of late.
The criteria used to create this list include “psychiatrists per capita,
stress, eccentricity and drinking levels,” all quantitative data, no doubt.
Here are a
few other examples of how Cincinnati stacks up on recent national countdowns:
2011: Most Social via Mashable
2011: Most Bed Bugs via Orkin
2012: (One of the) Most Racist via Deadspin, whose love for Cincinnati knows no bounds.
2013: (10th) Most Polluted via Time
2013: Trendiest (on Twitter) via Washington Post
2013: (72nd) Most Livable City (but
the only Ohio city on the list) via Livability.com
we miss any? Which pointless Cincinnati list is your favorite — or least fave?
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Upon reading recent entertainment news, you may find yourself wondering,
“Are awards shows are still happening?” The answer is yes, but not anything
that really counts.
The MTV Movie Awards took place Monday night, hosted by the Australian
fireball that is Rebel Wilson. She’s stolen scenes in Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect
and Workaholics, and while she made a
good host for the second-rate, teen-targeted show, it was kind of disappointing
that 90 percent of her jokes were about either her vagina or her weight. Other
low points included Taylor Lautner’s attempt at comedy
(Side Note: How will the MTV Movie Awards live on now that the Twilight series is over?), Selena
Gomez’s possibly offensive
Bollywood-inspired performance and the fact that the whole production was
essentially a giant lead-up to the premiere of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer (Oh,
that’s how the show will continue…).
But there were some quality moments, namely during the Comedic Genius
2013 MTV Movie
Awards, Latest Movie
Peter Dinklage presented this prestigious prize to Will Ferrell (they worked
together in Elf) and you could tell
that The Dinks was thinking, “Don’t these people know I am Tyrion Lannister? I
am too good for this shit,” the whole damn time. Ferrell came out in a
money-printed suit, dropping classic WF hilarity (aka saying literally anything
in his Ron Burgundy voice) and sufficiently creating plenty of buzz for the
forthcoming Anchorman sequel. The
best part, however, was when a shwasted Aubrey Plaza stormed the stage during
Will’s acceptance speech. With glazed-over eyes, a plastic cup of booze and “#
The To Do List,” (her upcoming movie) written on her chest, the actress hopped
onstage, half-heartedly tried to grab the popcorn award from Will’s hands,
quickly realized how this looked to everyone else, then ran back to her seat.
Ferrell did not take this opportunity to embarrass her further, as she clearly
regretted the stunt immediately.
"What the shit was I
thinking?! I’m such an idio—Smile for the camera!"Plaza was escorted out of the show after the stunt, and you know you’re
at a new level of drunk when you must be removed from an MTV event. On Monday,
she gave us this morning-after tweet of shame:
Logo’s NewNowNext Awards followed on Monday night. With a fabulous mix
guests (Read: drag queens for DAYS) and campy categories, it was a fun event that didn’t
take itself too seriously. Which is good, because that shit was hella
low-budge. Check out the whole show here.
Now that Arrested Development’s
Netflix premiere date has been officially announced (May 26!), promotional
and fan-created goodies are
rolling out in full force. Designer Josh Cox created these awesome record
sleeves for each member of the Bluth clan.
My favorite:And speaking of Arrested
Development, Brandon Killham, the actor who played young Michael Bluth also played a young Dick Whitman on
this week’s Mad Men (and in previous
episodes). Oh, and he also played a young Brian Moser/Rudy Cooper
on Dexter. Mind = Blown.
Why am I obsessed with celebrity Coachella fashion? I don’t know, but if
you feel like getting sucked into a denim cutoff-crop top-hippie-hobo abyss,
browse photos here.
Holy shit, Glee finally did a school shooting episode — sort of. Sue
Sylvester’s right-hand woman, Becky, brought her father’s gun to school
because, as a student with Down syndrome, she was nervous to graduate and leave
the school’s safe haven. She wanted to keep it for protection. The gun went of
by accident when Becky was discussing the issue with Sue in her office, and no
one was hurt. To protect Becky, Sue took the blame for the gun and was fired.
It is not clear if or when Jane Lynch’s character will return, but it is
likely. Check out the controversial scene here.
Louis C.K.’s HBO special, Oh My God debuted last Saturday and, to
no one’s surprise, it was poignant, intelligent and laugh-out-loud hilarious.
For such a dark, crude comic, I found the larger themes of many jokes to have
something of a positive message.
OK, not every joke… Check out
the New York Times’ recent interview
with Louie here. And now, for a segment I’d like to
call “Hold Up, Y’all, Cincinnati’s on the TV!”
Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward, the guys behind gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup spot
Tom + Chee, announced Friday that they will be featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in
an episode airing at 9 p.m. May 17. Lauren
Brown, local chef at Igby’s who starred in the single greatest television show of all time,
will also appear on the small screen. Brown will be one of four chefs competing
on Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell
to be hired on as head chef at Nikki Beach in Miami, Fla. The episode airs at
10 p.m. April 25 on Food Network. The show also featured Jeff Ruby and The
Precinct on a recent episode (Spoiler Alert: The winning chef didn’t even end
up accepting the job offer).
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I read an article once that said you should
never date (or eventually marry) someone you can’t travel with, and as
far as advice goes, that’s in the same ballpark as shacking up before
putting a ring on it — another warning I ignored on my trek down the
City, Duke Energy spar over streetcar construction technicality
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If you listen to many native
Cincinnatians, they will tell you their hometown is different from other
cities. Special. Unique even. What works everywhere else doesn’t always
work in the Queen City, and vice-versa. Whether the provincial attitude is due to
a sense of pride or a neurotic inferiority complex, its accuracy
ultimately is a matter of personal opinion.
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Barack Obama and John Boehner walk into a bar. The bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind in here … just kidding — what do you assholes want?” This stupid joke is a lot funnier than what actually happened when Obama and Boehner walked into a meeting room in an attempt to avoid a government default, only to walk back out and blame each other for walking away.