by Jac Kern
63 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.
by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Britney Spears’ infectious single “Work Bitch” has the singer using a
Madonna-esque faux accent to bring the Jesse Pinkman-inspired message
that if you want the finer things in life (a Lamborghini, martinis, to look hot
in a bikini, etc.), they won’t just be handed to you. You better work for it.
Bitch. But just how much work would it take to purchase the items Brit lists
off in the song? MTV investigates.
Based on national average salary of $43,000, it would take us regular
folk 52 years of work to buy a 2013 Bugatti Veyron (which runs more than $2
million). You want a Maseratti? You better work — for nearly three years to
flip that six-figure bill. Martinis and bikinis are generally much more
affordable, unless you’re looking to the Diamond is Forever cocktail sold at
the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton. This $18,241 Grey Goose martini is served with a
1-carat diamond garnish.
Check out the “Work Bitch” video below, which is basically just shots of B.
Spears in a desert, leaning on things and
continuing to rock the black jazz pant like it’s 1997. Homegirl should have
taken her own advice — I find myself screaming the chorus at her for the lazy dancing!
Apparently Charlie Hunnam values Jax over Christian
(as he damn well should) — the British actor has backed out on his Fifty Shades of Grey role due to
“scheduling conflicts.” Fans who want to see him sexin’ it up or flexing his
butt cheeks can just continue watching Sons
of Anarchy and old Queer as Folk
What to Japanese children, Peter Griffin and Always Sunny have in common? They’re all featured in this amazing
and unexplainable video.
So this is what all our friends who go overseas to “teach English” are
really up to…
Elizabeth Berkley can probably never adequately express her excitement
over anything. After all, her caffeine pill-fueled breakdown as Jessie Spano on
Saved By the Bell is immortalized for
all time. “I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so — SCARED!”
We’ve seen it a million times. But Berkley doesn’t shy away from this meme-like
scene from a show she starred in 20 years ago. She embraces it.
Berkley is competing on the current (and 17th?!) season of Dancing With the Stars and it’s no
surprise that she’s got killer moves — who hasn’t
seen her dance her tits off in Showgirls?
But it was quite a surprise when she and partner Val Chmerkovskiy took viewers through
an ‘80s time warp by reprising that iconic scene and dancing to the Pointer
Sisters' hit. Get it, Jessie!
Rapper’s Real Name or Republican Congressman? Test your knowledge now!
The dream team behind viral music videos “Friday”
and “It’s Thanksgiving”
have unleashed another extremely literal
Auto-Tune-heavy “song” to crawl into your ears and take up residence in your brain. Highly
respected producer Patrice Wilson strays from the topic of specific days his latest pre-teen ditty,
“Chinese Food.” (Though he continues his trend of showing up in animal costume,
which is not at all disconcerting). Alison Gold’s video is simple — it’s just a
song about a girl and her love of beautiful chow muh-muh-muh-muh-mein.
Wilson must be in on the ridiculousness because he also produced Jimmy
Kimmel’s hilarious spoof video, “Sausage Party.”
Hate all you want, but you know dude is probably too busy Scrooge McDucking
his piles of cash to care.
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Screech is going to be at Boogie Nights. The ‘90s TV geek-turned-porn star
Dustin Diamond will make an appearance at Hollywood Casino’s night club Friday.
Cover is $10 cover, but admission is free if you dress like Kelly Kapowski,
Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano or any of your favorite Saved By the Bell characters.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Get ready to dance like you’re so excited…
The Mutual UFO
Network (MUFON, real thing) hosts an international symposium this weekend at
the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. If you have seen an unexplainable
object in the sky, are interested in the idea of intelligent extraterrestrial
life or just love a good conspiracy theory, here’s an opportunity to share your
stories and learn more about UFOs. Speakers include a nuclear physicist, an
abduction researcher, an aerospace engineer and many others in the field.
Additionally, researchers at MUFON will announce a major discovery, presenting
credible evidence for UFOs. Register here
and see what it’s all about,
Friday-Sunday in Covington (Spoiler Alert: ticket prices are kinda steep).
Remember Wiedemann beer? George Widemann founded the company in 1870
with a brewery on Columbia Street in Newport, Ky., making the Bohemian-style beer
synonymous with Northern Kentucky. The brewery closed in 1983, but the brand
has recently been reclaimed and the new owners are debuting Wiedemann’s Special
Lager Friday night. Swing by Pompilio’s, another Newport landmark, at 5 p.m. for
a celebration and the inaugural keg-tapping at 5:30 p.m.
Washington Park hasn’t even been open for a month and already it’s
become a city hub, bringing tons of Cincinnatians and visitors together. On
Friday, four of the city’s prominent performance organizations will also come
together for a concert and show unlike any we’ve seen in the park thus far. The
performance will include Cincinnati Ballet dancers, the Cincinnati Pops,
Cincinnati Opera soloists and the May Festival Chorus, with conductor John
Morris Russell. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and get comfy on the Civic Lawn.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton County Park District has teamed up with edible Ohio Valley Magazine to present the first Ohio Valley
a weekend-long festival celebrating local
eats and agriculture and healthy, sustainable food practices. Special events
include a pig roast Friday at Winton Woods; a workshop and lecture on green
floral design Saturday; and Sunday’s big greenmarket at Glenwood Gardens,
featuring a farmers market, cooking and gardening demos, speakers and
activities for kids.
“Back to School” might have been out of your vocabulary for a few years,
but there are local kids whose summers are coming to an end and they are still
in need of adequate supplies. So, once again, PROJECTMILL presents Back to
School_MF this Saturday. In addition to fun art installations and dance music,
MFers are asked to bring donations for area students. Think standard school
supplies like pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, backpacks, and other
goodies you couldn’t go without when you were in school. Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers optional. The free dance party
is 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. at Northside Tavern.
events this weekend include: the World’s Longest Yard Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday at MainStrasse Village; Glier’s Goettafest
at Newport on the Levee every day through Sunday; more recommended arts, theater and event picks here.
And be sure to stop by the square tonight for the MidPoint Indie Summer
Series with Bear Hands, Lightning Love and Fort Lead, 7-11 p.m.!