by Jac Kern
19 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Miley Cyrus kicked off her Bangerz tour in expected fashion: with a
mini-Britney, a gigantic phallic hot dog, the return of the infamous foam
finger and Miley entering the stage via a giant Miley head, sliding down a giant Miley tongue. Here’s a look at this recent performance of “Party in the USA,” basically a
children’s patriotic school play, if said children drank a bathtub full of
molly-laced Kool-Aid first.
Side note: This is what U.S. History class will look like in 2064.
We’re more than halfway through the Olympics and the U.S. is currently
in third place for medal standings
with 23 medals —the most decorated country at this point.
There have been some ups and downs: Superstars Shaun White and Shani
Davis failed to attain medals and other U.S. favorites scored much lower than expected. But history was made with Charlie White and Meryl Davis winning the first U.S.
gold in Olympic ice dancing; bobsledder Steven Holcomb again broke a 62-year
losing streak for the States (he and Steve Langton won bronze in the two-man
race, medaling for the first time since 1952; Holcomb in 2010 also led his
four-man sled team to the country’s first medal in that event in 62 years); and the U.S. commanded the podium for
men’s ski slopestyle as Americans Joss Christensen, Gus
Kenworthy and Nick Goepper took home the gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
The best spectacle came on the ice rink, though. Is that any surprise? With
music, dancing and sparkly costumes, the other sports just don’t compete when
it comes to entertainment. Retired ice princess Johnny Weir hasn’t missed a step with his
flawless looks while providing figure skating commentary for NBC — Gawker has
been on Weir Watch, documenting his sassiest
ensembles and accessories.
Is anyone else kicking themselves for having just discovered Russian
skating god Evgeni Plushenko? The highly decorated figure skater embarked on
his fourth Olympics in Sochi this year after undergoing surgery on his spine in
early 2013. Plush won Russia’s first gold at the games, competing in two team
events before kicking off the figure skating short program. Sadly — and right after
NBC aired an amazing reel on Plush and his very interesting history — the
skater injured himself during practice, just before he was about to compete.
Plush withdrew from the event, retiring from his sport effective immediately.
So this kind of thing happens all the time with athletes who push their
bodies to the limit. But Plushenko is more than just a talented skater. He was
a presence — with “top three in Russian woman” wife —
as this now-viral showcase (aka not a competition) performance proves.
And finally we have The Faces of Figure Skating, which pretty much
speaks for itself.
This dude is a dead-ringer for David Wain seeing a pair of boobs for the first time.You know that Crystal Head vodka that comes in a cool glass skull? Well,
fun fact, Dan Aykroyd founded the company, and some scientists created a face
based on the “skull’s” dimension. Here’s what it would look like if the Crystal
Head was a real guy:Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show hosting duties Monday and it’s
already clear fans of his Late Night
jokes, skits and recurring bits can expect just about the same from his new
show and time slot. A cavalcade of celebrities
welcomed Fallon on Monday, with Lindsay Lohan, Rudy Giuliani, Lady Gaga and
other famous New Yorkers paying up as if they lost a bet that he’d never take
over Tonight. Fallon’s first guest
was Will Smith who, along with Jimmy, schooled us on the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.
I also finally discovered that The Roots, when introducing Fallon, aren’t just yelling random numbers (I thought they were area code shout outs?), which
became clear when ?uestlove enthusiastically shouted, “One!” at the start of the
Fallon’s gonna kill it. So it’s definitely appropriate that his original
Saturday Night Live audition tape is
making its rounds. Spoiler Alert: Jimmy is a baby and auditioning for SNL appears to be the most terrifying
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Dumb Starbucks, we hardly knew you!
The “parody” coffee shop, which mimicked the
real Starbucks' name, logo, menu (Dumb Frappuccino, Dumb Espresso, served in
Dumb Tall, Dumb Grande or Dumb Venti), everything
— even font — opened in L.A. Friday only to be shut down by the Los Angeles
Health Department Monday. Forbes posted Dumb Starbucks’ “frequently asked
questions,” which explains that by adding the word “dumb,” it’s protected by
parody law. Therefore the “coffee shop” was actually recognized as an art
gallery and the coffee, art. Guests, who lined up out the door and around the
strip mall where Dumb Starbucks set up shop, were treated to friendly service
and free coffee and pastries (there were even CDs for sale at checkout,
including a “Dumb” Norah Jones album). The real Starbucks acknowledged the
parody shop, explaining the two had no connection and they were pursuing legal
Word about the stunt (which it obviously was, dummies) spread across the
Internet via various comedians’ Twitters, so some it was no surprise that a
comic was at the helm. Nathan Fielder, deadpan genius with the Comedy Central show in which he “helps”
struggling business by offering ridiculous ideas (among other meta satirical
“pranks”), revealed himself as the owner with this video:
Now I really can’t wait for
the next season of Nathan For You.
Some big changes are happening to NBC’s long-running late-night shows,
and you can read all about them in this week’s TV column.
After some sad goodbyes (Jay Leno’s
final episode of Tonight, Jimmy
Fallon’s last time hosting Late Night
and Seth Meyer’s final Weekend Update segment), there’s a lot to look forward
to. Fallon brings house band The Roots and announcer/sidekick Steve Higgins
with him — hopefully the same goes for all the celebrity drinking games and
generally bizarre bits and skits. Like this gem:
Fallon’s first week of guests includes Michelle Obama and Justin
Timberlake, so fingers crossed for another Evolution of Mom Dancing
and History of Rap.
As for Late Night, Seth Meyers
starts his run Monday, Feb. 17 and in a total surprise announcement, Meyer’s
old SNL buddy and modern comedic god
Fred Armisen will be the show’s band leader.
The Olympics have taken over NBC (miss you, Parks and Rec) and oh, what a hot mess they’ve been! Plumbing
problems and strange bathroom setups in the Sochi hotels,
the Olympic rings mega-fail
during the opening ceremony, the fact that it’s actually too warm for any of these damn outdoor winter sports — the list goes on. C’mon, Russia, you can’t even get winter right? At least
we’ll always have this:
I'm not ashamed to admit VH1's Couples Therapy is one of my favorite shows on right now. With The Real L Word disappearing without a trace, I am finally able to get my Whitney-Sada fix (the couple is featured on Therapy), plus Jon Gosselin is apparently dating another mega-bitch and "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham is equally intriguing and frustrating and alienesque. But the true star of the show is Ghostface Killah's girl, Kelsey Nykole...'s hair. #flawless
Remember Celebrity Death Match?
The MTV claymation classic pitted musicians, actors and other famous people in
pop culture or the news against each other in an over-the-top gruesome fight to
the death. Showdowns included Marilyn Manson v. Charles Manson, Mariah Carey v.
Jim Carrey (featuring Drew Carey) and Lil’ Kim v. Little Richard. Well, a few
years after its 1998 debut, Fox presented a toned-down real-life version with Celebrity Boxing, which went down as one
of TV Guide’s worst shows of all time. Has-beens like Danny Bonaduce and Barry
Williams (of The Partridge Family and
The Brady Bunch, respectively) took
to the ring in what usually just a really sad battle. Only two episodes aired.
So how do you take a bad idea like Celebrity
Boxing to another level of shame? Add in the man at the center of one of
the most controversial murder trials in recent years!
George Zimmerman was set to box rapper DMX in a televised match, but
both DMX and boxing promoter Damon Feldman have backed out, presumably after
thinking about it for three seconds. The fight is still on for now and will be
broadcast from a secret location this March, Zimmerman just needs an opponent.
In completely unrelated news, Brooklyn
Nine-Nine co-stars Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti used to be childhood
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Syfy isn’t exactly known for its high-quality, critically celebrated programming...But its new series Helix (10 p.m. Fridays) — from Battlestar creator Ron Moore — is seriously good.