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Son of a Gun

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Last week’s Sons of Anarchy (10 p.m. Tuesdays, FX) final season premiere broke network records with more than 9 million viewers tuning in to the first broadcast. And it makes sense — Sons does have its draws.  

Fall TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and with that comes the return of hit shows — many for their final seasons — and some new hopefuls.  
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I Just Can't Get Enough

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, like rapping! 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… The 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? On 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. Lea 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. Peep 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! Peep these popular movies and TV shows rendered as Little Golden Book-style children’s reads. So Marnie 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. OK, what the shit is happening here: Katy 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! New 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.
 
 
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I Just Can't Get Enough

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 to Paul? 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 same time… 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. Great job! 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 swimsuits?) 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 songs. 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 reboot. 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!)
 
 

New Esquire Network Offers Fresh Series and Syndicated Favorites

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).  

Streaming Shows to Binge on This Thanksgiving

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.  

Neil Patrick Harris Secures Status as Go-To Host with The Emmys

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.  

To Thine Own Self Be True

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.  

'Boardwalk' Barrels Beyond Atlantic City for Season Four

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 Joe Masseria.  

Liz and Criss: The Wedding Event of the Century

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).   

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