by Jac Kern
54 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy will embark in its final
ride this fall, after a game-changing penultimate season. The show has featured a few guest stars from the music world, including Henry Rollins and Dave
Navarro. Next on that list is a surprising name — Marilyn Manson.
Manson will play a
recurring role in the final season: Ron Tully, a white supremacist behind bars
who could prove to be a useful player for Jax. Hello, nightmares!
It turns out Manson is far
from the heartless characters he portrays on stage or screen — he reportedly
picked up the role as a tribute to his dad, who is a big fan of the show.
“Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,”
he told Variety. “So I was determined
to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the
most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of SOA is
about that relationship.” Aww, Marilyn!
Marilyn Manson is not, for
the record, Paul from The Wonder Years.
We now know this as fact because the cast of the family classic recently reunited to promote a Wonder Years DVD set coming soon. We
all know Winnie (Danica McKellar) went on to become a super hot mega genius and
Kevin (Fred Savage) is still involved with show business (he's been a director and producer on Always Sunny and lots of other comedies), but what ever happened
As you can see, grown-up Paul
(Josh Saviano) looks nothing like Manson today. But I guess we never have seen them in the same place at the
While we’re taking a walk
down memory lane, O-Town is the latest early-‘00s boy band to reunite, though at least 15 women will be upset to discover Ashley Parker Angel, “The Cute
One,” is no longer a part of the band. If you recall, the band was formed as
part of 2000's Making the Band, a show
that acknowledged the inauthentic, assembly-line nature of manufacturing boy bands while also...manufacturing a boy band. O-Town was assembled by Lou
Pearlman, the manager behind the Backstreet Boys, *NSync, LFO, Aaron Carter and
other Pop acts of the 1990s and early
2000s.Fun Fact: Pearlman was sued by every band/performer he worked with
except one, and is now serving a 25-year sentence for charges of conspiracy,
money laundering and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding.
Tennis star Serena Williams
“crashed” a wedding last week, because I guess being asked to take a photo with
a bride and groom constitutes wedding crashing. It would be a fun memory to run into a celeb on your big day, but I don’t know
if I’d really want my new spouse to get an eyeful of this
right after committing eternally to me. Oh well, you know what they say: If you
choose to get married on a public beach, you just might get crashed by a bangin' pro tennis player in animal print. (Also: Are leotards the new
The Bottle Boys are a
Danish performance group that use bottles in various ways to play songs. Their
latest cover, of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” is going viral. Check it out.
The crew has competed on Britain’s Got Talent using beer bottles, water jugs and other containers to recreate popular
Two badass babes
have signed on to the upcoming Star Wars
Episode VII. Lupita N’yongo — Academy Award-winning actress from 12 Years a Slave and People’s “Most Beautiful” person of the
year — and Gwendoline Christie — better known as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones — are both slated to
star in the latest Star Wars chapter,
along with 600 other amazing actors.
Also in movie news: From
Edward to Indy? Robert Pattinson will likely take the role of Indiana Jokes for the next
Now, here’s Chance
The Rapper performing the theme song to my favorite educational cartoon, Arthur, at Sasquatch! Music Festival:(Thanks for the tip, Brooke!)
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In its 1933 inception, Esquire Magazine’s
mission was to “become the common denominator of masculine interests —
to be all things to all men.” The meaning behind this and the magazine
itself have evolved over the years, effectively incorporating a
television component, Esquire Network (formerly Style Network).
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Many popular series take a break this week for the holiday, which is kind of a bummer — for some of us, the Real Housewives
are the closest thing we have to family! But it does give us a chance
to feast on some buzzed-about shows on streaming sites and devices. Here
are some great choices to enjoy between football and plates of grub.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. Sunday,
CBS) celebrate the stars of the small screen and while the spotlight is
on the television shows, it’s always telling to see who’s been chosen
to host these grand ceremonies. Neil Patrick Harris will “suit up” (as
his TV character Barney Stinson would say) this year to host Sunday’s
program, a task he’s certainly prepared for.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The motorcycle gang thriller that’s subtly influenced by the story of Hamlet — Sons of Anarchy (10
p.m. Tuesdays, FX) — returned Sept. 10 for its sixth and penultimate
season. President of biker club SAMCRO Jax Teller must remain true to
himself as he balances smart moves for the club against what is safe for
his family’s future.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As HBO’s gripping period piece Boardwalk Empire
(Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday) returns for a fourth season, months
have passed since last year’s explosive finale. It’s February 1924.
Nucky Thompson has been lying low, eventually making peace with mob boss
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Fresh off the premiere of Lifetime’s unintentionally hilarious monstrosity, Liz and Dick, comes
a new chapter of a love story that defines a generation. This week, Liz
Lemon and Criss Chross will be joined in holy hotdog matrimony on 30 Rock (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tag-teaming Thursday nights, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League make FX the weekly spot for quotable comedy and gross-out laughs.
0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Last year’s FX breakout American Horror Story surprised audiences while weaving sexy and scary storylines into one addicting series. So how do Ryan Murphy and his crew top such a sensational season? By creating a new frightening format altogether.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Blending violence and gore with drama and heart, The Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) is the perfect seasonal scare-fest for grown-ups. Returning for its third season, TWD picks
up a few months after the finale left off, with Rick and the crew
attempting to take over a nearby prison.