by Jac Kern
20 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Many longtime Parks and Recreation fans are well aware
of actor Chris Pratt’s greatness, but sometimes it takes the combination of a personal
trainer and a blockbuster action flick for an actor to get big mainstream
recognition. Sure, Parks and Rec’s
Andy Dwyer may be all buff now, but Pratt is definitely not just relying on
that body — he’s even exploring other aspects of the entertainment business,
When on a radio show
recently, Pratt talked about living in a van in Hawaii, smoking weed every day
and blasting The Chronic 2001 on
repeat. (Yes, Chris Pratt really was basically Andy Dwyer and yes, this story
will fuel fantasies for years to come.) Thankfully, all that weed fog didn’t
cloud his memory, as he proved by rapping the better half “Forgot About Dre”
from memory, to perfection.
Between his actually good
rap skills and his obvious musical talent as seen on Parks (Mouse Rat for life!), Pratt could probably be a successful
musician. I can hear it now: Matchbox 20 meets Eminem…
titular line from The Killers’ song “Are We Humans or Are We Dancer” has been
dubbed the weirdest lyric ever. Am I alone in just now realizing “dancer” wasn’t plural? Am I alone in giving
this any thought at all?
Aug. 1, Netflix dumped a bunch of streaming movies and shows — due to the
constantly expiring contracts with distributors — but several more were added. You
may have to find other ways to watch Airplane!, Paper Moon and Heartbreaker,
but you can now stream Air Bud, Kinky Boots, the Rocky franchise, Spice World and several other movies,
plus new show releases throughout the month.
Michele is latest on the growing list of random
celebrities appearing in the final season of Sons of Anarchy. The squeaky-clean Glee star joins the likes of Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love.
this vid of Jax Teller himself, Charlie Hunnam, addressing Comic Con fans from
the Sons set.
And to think he was
thisclose to starring in 50 Shades…
Beyoncé dropped a remix of
“Flawless” this weekend. The track features Nicki Minaj — fresh album art azz controversy
— and in it Bey acknowledges, for the first time, the infamous elevator
incident of 2014. Quel scandale!
popular movies and TV shows rendered as Little Golden Book-style children’s
from Girls is going to play Peter Pan in NBC’s live staging of the musical. Really not
sure how I feel about this, especially considering my confusion over always
casting a woman to play the man-boy. Does it somehow make it less disturbing
that the character is an adult, acts like a kid, and takes children from their
room at night? Like, "Hey, guys, this actually isn’t scary because Peter Pan is
really a lady!”? I mean, far be it from me to insist on more men onscreen —
There just aren’t enough! — but all
the guys I know with Peter Pan Complex are far from impish, androgynous waifs.
the shit is happening here:
Perry’s videos always carry a strong WTF factor, but “This Is How We Do” hurt
my brain/eyeballs. There’s a twerking ice cream cone, random nods to famous
works of art, inedible tacos and pizza (the nerve!) and a sprinkling of
cultural appropriation. Basically I haven’t felt as hypnotized, confused and
old since I watched “We Won’t Stop” for the first time. Get off my lawn, girls!
movie trailers to hit the
Interwebz: Disney musical Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine; dark comedy Birdman, which centers on an actor (Michael Keaton), known for his superhero role in films, as he attempts to create a Broadway play; and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: wormholes and space travel with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
by Jac Kern
83 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.