by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The stoner gods have
answered our prayers by way of Taco Bell’s “first meal.” Now folks across the
country can start living mas as soon as they wake up, because everyone's favorite south-of-the-border fast food chain now
serves breakfast. Taco Bell giant unveiled the new morning menu with a
commercial that takes a dig at the golden arches:Taco Bell breakfast is
served 7-11 a.m. — 30 minutes later than McDonald’s, yet still too early for
their target demographic. When will fast food restaurants learn that the people
who really want to consume waffle tacos do not typically wake before noon?
Bill Murray can do whatever
he wants. He can crash your party, drink fancy champagne on the rocks and, now, raid
your dad's closet circa 1981.Yeah, he wore PBR pants to a recent golf outing. NBD.
Murray’s Coffee and Cigarettes co-stars and South
by Southwest buddies of
the Wu-Tang Clan are causing a stir with the release of their new album…which
apparently will consist of one single copy.
Of all the terrible reality
shows I relish in, I have never been able to get into The Bachelor/ette. I’m not sure what separates this piece of trash from
the heap of garbage I enjoy — it’s not like the materialistic, bratty children
in Botoxed old lady bodies known as Real
Housewives don’t perpetuate negative female stereotypes, but I enjoy shows
that are somewhat self-aware and poke fun at themselves, and The Bach just doesn’t do that for me.
So, any show in the vein of 2003’s Joe Millionaire
that misleads women who signed up for a TV dating show is a winner in my book.
In a new show coming to Fox, 12 women will compete for the affection of a man
they claim to believe is Prince Harry, despite what the smallest amount
of common sense and eyesight would prove — the dude’s just a redheaded
I Want to Marry “Harry” premieres this May. You know when the truth bomb is
dropped on these hoes they’ll be all, “How dare this television show
orchestrated to create ‘true love’ be
fake?!” But in the meantime we can ponder which is worse: a woman trying to
meet and marry a prince (of whom she’s obviously never even seen a photo) and
believing British royalty would dare be seen on American reality TV or a woman knowing all this mess is some
bullshit but riding that gravy train as long as possible?In what must be
the most fabulous robbery ever, three
people were arrested for stealing a replica pair of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The shoes were on
display in a Hilton
Garden Inn lobby (which is kind of rude). The trio has been released without bail
and is due back in court next month. If only clicking your heels got you out of
Vice Mayor and Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Todd Rodgers is running for
L.A. sheriff in an upcoming June election. Typically, county election campaign
coverage wouldn’t have a place in a pop culture roundup, save for maybe making
fun of an unintentionally funny low-budget ad. But those Hollywood types have
connections on the West Coast. If I lived in L.A., it would be important for me
to elect an official with not only celebrity endorsements, but a good sense of
humor as well. Therefore I’d definitely vote for Todd Rodgers, who last week
reunited (most of) the cast of Reno 911! for a series of TV spots.
Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Ben
Garant, Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Carlos Alazraqui and Joe Lo Truglio all
suited up in their khaki uniforms for the occasion. While the videos haven’t
been released yet, you can see photos here.
You may be asking,
“Why would a serious candidate for sheriff seek out the cast of a Comedy
Central mockumentary?” or “Why wouldn’t he seek endorsements from actors on a
show that is still actually on the air?” or “Isn’t Reno in Nevada? What does
any of this have to do with a sheriff election?” The answers all lie in Lt. Dangle’s signature booty shorts. But seriously, Reno was filmed at Carson Station in L.A. from 2001-2006, where
Rodgers was a captain at the time, so the cast was actually familiar with him
and his work. We’ll take any excuse for a Reno
reunion, though. Vote for Rodgers!
And here’s Samuel
L. Jackson reciting some slam poetry about Boy
Ferrell and Wahlberg stretch beyond the routine buddy cop comedy
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Desk jockey detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) stumble onto the heroic forefront in Adam McKay's latest laughfest collaboration ('Anchorman,' 'Step Brothers') with Ferrell. This is more than a straight-ahead send-up of the "buddy cop" convention, as Ferrell and Wahlberg burrow past the laughs until something almost recognizable and real emerges. Grade: B.
Multi-threaded drama comes together nicely
0 Comments · Friday, June 18, 2010
Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia ('Looking at Her' and 'Nine Lives') tells the story of three California women (played by the capable trio of Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts) dealing with issues pertaining to, as the title overtly suggests, mothers and children. Check out Samuel L. Jackson, who in a supporting role does his best, most subtle work in years. Grade: B-plus.
Bernie Mac's final performance is fittingly irreverent
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Bernie Mac's last film before his untimely death is a let-it-rip, irreverent comedy invested with the comedian's trademark brand of earthy humor. Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) haven't spoken since their days singing together as a duo ended 20 years ago after the departure of their R&B group's leader, but his passing presents an opportunity for Floyd and Louis to reunite for a memorial concert at the Apollo Theater.
0 Comments · Thursday, November 6, 2008
Bernie Mac’s last film before his untimely death is a let-it-rip, irreverent comedy invested with the comedian’s trademark brand of earthy humor. Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) haven’t spoken since their days singing together as a duo ended 20 years ago after the departure of their R&B group’s leader John Legend (Marcus Hooks). Legend’s recent passing presents an opportunity for Floyd and Louis to reunite for a memorial concert at the Apollo Theater if only they can make amends and survive a cross-country drive together. "Soul Men" opens Friday.