by Jac Kern
68 hours 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.
by Jac Kern
87 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
A role on a Law and Order episode is a rite of
passage for actors — it won’t necessarily guarantee success, but nearly every
major TV actor has done time in the Law
and Order franchise. I mean honestly, if you haven’t portrayed a bludgeoned
child prostitute, an over-affectionate music teacher or an undercover crack
dealer, I’m really not interested in the rest of your body of work.
Who doesn’t love
recognizing actors before they made it in old SVU reruns, or seeing more established actors guest-star on new
episodes? One minute it’s, “Hey, isn’t that bailiff the neighbor from Shameless?” Next thing you know, it’s 3
a.m. on a Tuesday and you’re in an IMDB black hole. We’ve all been there.
Thankfully for fans of Orange Is the New
Black that are obsessive TV watchers, someone has cross-referenced the
L&O archives to create this list of every Orange character’s appearances on everyone’s favorite
Fun Fact: OITNB star Taylor Schilling has never
appeared on L&O — and her IMDB page starts in 2007. Newbie!
Fun Fact No. 2: Taylor
Swift recently got a cat and named it Olivia Benson, so. It’s been a very Dick
Since TV and food go
together like Benson and Stabler (never forget), Ben & Jerry’s is releasing
a line of Saturday Night Live-inspired
ice cream flavors.
Lazy Sunday — named after the Andy Samberg/Chris Parnell rap video that put the
SNL Digital Shorts on the map in 2005 — is not
flavored with Mr. Pibb and Red Vines (missed opportunity), but rather yellow
and chocolate cupcake pieces in vanilla cake batter ice cream with a chocolate
frosting swirl (I seriously gained four pounds typing that). Gilly’s
Catastrophic Crunch, a chocolate and sweet cream ice cream swirled with
marshmallow, fudge-covered almonds and caramel clusters for no apparent reason,
pays tribute to Kristen Wiig’s prankster schoolgirl character. Two additional SNL flavors will roll out later this
Double Dare was a gem of a game show from Nickelodeon’s heyday. But stacked up
against today’s sophisticated offerings like American Ninja Warrior, the family-friendly DD
probably wouldn’t work in the new millennium.
At least we’ll always have Marc Summers and these faaaabulous pri-zes!
History will be divided
into two times: before there were selfies and when everyone just gave up on
life. If this is true, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis will find themselves on
both sides of history, as they recently recreated their famous selfie
Polaroid self-portrait photograph from Thelma
Athletes are no strangers
to hecklers. Take a pastime that’s revered on a religious level for many fans,
then add alcohol — it’s not always going to be classy. During last week’s
rain-delayed Reds game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, one spirited Pirates
fan took to heckling Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. His taunts echoed in the near-empty
stadium, ringing loud and clear for an amused Phillips. The second baseman
responded by signing a ball for the heckler, thanking him for the support and
asking him to kindly “shut the phuck up,” and posing for a picture.
This will go down as the
friendliest interaction between a Cincinnati athlete and a Pittsburgh fan,
In news that makes us say,
“What, w-why?” Lifetime is making a TV movie about the making of Saved by the Bell. There’s already been
an E True Hollywood Story on SBTB (why yes I can confirm this, having
seen it multiple times – don’t judge me), so there really is no need for
another dramatized look at the ‘90s hit. The stars (aka “Who?” x 6 — see them
all here) look like Bratz Babyz versions of the originals, but they were selected by
original SBTB casting director Robin
Lippin, for whatever that’s worth. It’s going to be terrible. And I’m going to
watch it as soon as it premieres.
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The long-awaited summer is upon us, and
with it comes new series and seasons of shows worth checking out between
beach vacations and barbecues.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After nearly two years off the air, Louie
C.K. is back on the small screen, presenting another season of
brilliant dark humor with Louie (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, FX).
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 · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In 2030, a man sits his children down to
tell them the story of how their parents got together. Nine seasons
later, audiences are still eavesdropping on the Longest Story Every
Told, How I Met Your Mother (Series Finale, 8 p.m. Monday, CBS).
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Matthew McConaughey’s star power has
exploded over the past couple years, capped off with Sunday’s Academy
Award win for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The dark and decadent dinner party that is Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (Season
Premiere 10 p.m. Friday, NBC) returns this week, continuing its
grotesquely beautiful take on the story of Dr. Lecter, his companions
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Super Bowl has evolved from a
football championship game to an annual popular culture event. Even
people who aren’t sports fans host Super Bowl parties and watch for the
big-budget halftime performances (this year it’s Bruno Mars and Red Hot
Chili Peppers) and some of the most entertaining commercials of the