by Jac Kern
15 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Comedy Central’s nightly
“news” lineup is amidst a total overhaul with the recent end of The Colbert Report and the addition of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
Stephen Colbert stepped down in December, and now The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is following suit. The comedian
shocked audiences at a Daily Show taping
this week with the announcement that he’d be retiring from the show sometime
later this year.
While Colbert left to replace David Letterman as Late Show host (Letterman will step down in May; Colbert will take
over in September), it’s unclear whether Stewart has another gig lined up, but
it does sound like the show will continue with a new host. (The show originally
featured Craig Kilborn before Stewart took over in 1996.)
Amy Schumer stars in a new
Judd Apatow movie and, predictably, it looks hilarious.Some previously unreleased
Spice Girls songs hit the webz Wednesday, only to disappear from
SoundCloud soon after. Could this be assign of another girl powa’ reunion?!
Speaking of leaks, House of Cards’ third season — which
does not premiere until Feb. 27 — was available on Netflix for about 30 minutes
yesterday. No, Frank Underwood was not pulling a Beyoncé by releasing a full
season unannounced. It was a “mistake.”
A leak? More like the best House of Cards ad ever. Anyone who had
momentarily forgotten about the upcoming season is now ready to binge the
moment it premieres.
It’s been a great week in
fashion for models who don’t look like hungry baby aliens, which is rare. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit
issue featured two plus-size models; “World’s Oldest Supermodel,” 83-year-old Carmen Dell’Orefice appeared on the
cover of New You magazine; and Jamie Brewer, who many of us know from American Horror Story, walked in a New York Fashion Week show
today, becoming the first person with Down syndrome to do so. Yay beauty diversity!
And then there was The
The night’s program kind of
reminded me of the Super Bowl half-time shows of the early 2000s, where the
desperate attempt to appeal to as many people as possible resulted in a mashup
of lineups that simultaneously featured Nelly, Britney Spears and Aerosmith.
Between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and Jessie J and Tom Jones, there were lots
of slow songs sung by duos of old and young people, which made it very easy to
watch the 603 other shows on Sunday nights (Hey, Better Call Saul!)
Sam Smith was the big
winner of the night: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best
Pop Vocal Album all went to the magical songbird. Beck won Album of the Year
and Best Rock Album (“Beck is still making music?” – everyone. Yes, he is. Morning Phase came out a full year ago).
All those categories sound the damn same!
Of course, since Beyoncé
was also nominated for Album of the Year — and a bunch of other categories she
didn’t win #salty — Kanye just had to, well, Kanye Beck’s acceptance speech,
and Bey and Jay Z were definitely surprised
I love Beyoncé’s subtle
“No, Kanye, don’t...Someone stop him…” — which is basically the equivalent of
“Somebody get a sponge!”
— and Jay’s legit look of terror.
Also of course, if anyone
thought Kanye was taking a jab at himself by recreating Taylorgate, he wanted
to remind them of what a real asshole he is by running his mouth some more after the show. And then other people responded to
Kanye’s response and now I’m writing about it. Circle of life, folks.
Sia’s “Chandelier” performance
with Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler totally takes the cake as my favorite
performance (and you know this is a serious claim when Queen Bey is in the
picture). Kristen Wiig gave a soulful choreographed performance with the Dance Moms star — who would have
Beyoncé recreated her
sister’s recent wedding
with her performance of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” It was Sunday, after all. Amen!
Speaking of taking us to
church, Hozier and Annie Lennox was my favorite collab of the night, performing
the former’s breakout hit and “I Put a Spell on You.” Intoxicating!
his Arby’s hat for an old-timey child bellhop uniform and presenting a heavy
performance of “Happy”
And then it looks like Taylor Swift begged Jay Z to
go to brunch with her. Awkward, especially when he finds out “brunch” is
Taylor’s word for playing tea party with her cats while in pajamas. But judge
"Brunch." "Brunch!" "BRUNCH."
See all the winners here.
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114 days ago
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is officially over and I have to say, this year’s costumes — both celebrity and
normal humans — left a lot to be desired (and I’m not even going there with the
Ray Rice costumes). In my book, a costume can be scary, funny or sexy, but it
has to be clever, one-of-a-kind or really well-executed. Enough with the “I’m a
mouse, duh” getups, already!
star who slayed the costume game was Iggy Azalea. I-G-G-Y: I know I slammed you
last week for your lackluster SNL
performances, but you totally redeemed yourself. A little background first: There
have been memes going around comparing Iggy to the Wayons Brothers in White Chicks — both because of her
apparent cultural appropriation of the Dirty South and, well, because she kind
of looks like them.
had the last laugh on Halloween, dressing up in an eerie White Chicks costume with a friend.
did a killer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume.Also, Riri’s back on Instagram!
always sad when a holiday ends — except, of course election season. Let’s toast
to the end of campaign ads and at least a decrease in asinine political
Facebook posts. To this photobomber!
Cumberbatch is officially off the market, and he made the announcement
in the most Charlotte way ever. If you’re wondering what that faint
sound is, it’s a million CumberBitches’ hearts breaking simultaneously.
Spacey went on The Tonight Show on
Halloween and proved once and for all that he is an acting god, via the Wheel
somebody say, “wish”? If you were hoping for
a new Pee-wee Herman movie, well, Jambi has granted your wish. Paul Reubens is
working with Judd Apatow for a reboot I can definitely get behind for once.
Another mega-Yoncé album is coming this month. The Platinum Edition will feature
everything from Beyoncé, plus two new
songs, 10 live performances from the On the Run Tour, four remixes and some
other swag if you purchase a physical copy.
Watching ignorant politicians make fools of themselves on The Daily Show never ceases to amuse.
But when said ignorant politician is the Butler County sheriff, that just makes
it all the sweeter (Richard Jones and his epic 'stache come in around the one-minute mark, and again at 3:30).
The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video ArchiveYou know that iconic black and white photo of Sophia
Loren and Jayne Mansfield? Some see it as representing the rivalry between blondes and brunettes, others see it as a testament to Sophia Loren's killer side-eye. So what was she looking at? Apparently, what everyone else (presumably) was. "I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate," Loren told Entertainment Weekly. There you have it!You may know T-Pain from his Hip Hop hits rife with Auto-Tune.
Surprisingly, dude can sing for real. And he can buy me a drank any day.
by Nick Swartsell
121 days ago
Posted In: News
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Council passes a bunch of stuff; Sheriff Jones' not-so-excellent adventure; Grimes hangs out with Hillary
All right! So I’ve got some great Halloween parties lined up and it’s really hard to sit still and focus on important things. But since that’s pretty much what being a grownup is about, and since they pay me to (kind of) be a grownup around here, let’s talk about news for a few.• Though most of the action happened in committee meetings, City Council made final a bunch of things it has been working on, including funding the mayor’s Hand Up initiative. The jobs program has been controversial since the funding will come in part from other programs. Get the back story on that here. Council also gave the thumbs up for City Manager Harry Black’s proposals for the city’s $18 million budget surplus. The city will stash most of it away in savings or emergency accounts for weather and such, give some to a new data analysis office, use some to fight infant mortality and to repay neighborhood programs. Council also gave final approval to an ordinance that would make getting expungements easier for those convicted under Cincinnati’s old marijuana law. Lingering criminal records for a number of city residents mean difficulty finding jobs and getting school loans, something the new law looks to address.Finally, council passed new regulations on Uber and Lyft. You can read more about that here. Busy day. • A while back I told you about outspoken Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones taping an interview for The Daily Show. Well, this probably goes without saying, but… it didn’t go so well. It’s gotta be hard when you’re diametrically opposed to the viewpoints of the show you’re going on, and they have all the editing power, but still. It was rough. Jones, who made his way down to the belly of the liberal beast, Austin, Texas, for the taping, continually insisted that illegal immigrants get all sorts of free stuff the rest of us aren’t privy to. I’ll let you watch the results yourself if you haven’t already.• Also a while back, and also something you should watch — the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial meeting at which Gov. John Kasich more or less ignored beleaguered challenger Ed FitzGerald. I also, because I’m thoughtful like that, linked you to a page with a video of the exchange, or, well, lack thereof. Only the Plain Dealer later took that video down, which is weird, right? So here it is again. Warning: strong language in the article accompanying the vid, including the terms "douchecanoe" and "asshat."• Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting more help from the Clintons in her nail-biter of a challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell. Hillary Clinton will appear with Grimes today in Louisville and Saturday in Covington at 11th-hour campaign rallies. No word what their Friday plans are, but I’m going to some great Halloween parties if y’all are reading and interested.
by Nick Swartsell
134 days ago
Posted In: News
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Butler County's Sheriff Jones to tangle with Jon Stewart; 3CDC to buy low-income units, move tenants; Undead Santa wants to crash on your couch
All right. It’s beautiful outside right now and I’m at a desk (as I imagine you are) with a load of election stories to write. I’m sure you’ve got your own stuff going on as well; let’s do this news thing quick so we can all be a little closer to getting to the weekend.Are you embarrassed for Ohio yet? No? Just wait. Everyone’s favorite big-talkin’ sheriff will be representing the Greater Cincinnati area to an audience of millions soon. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is filming a segment of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where he will tangle with host Jon Stewart. Jones is well known for his antics and sometimes factually questionable assertions. He recently tried to bill Mexico for the amount it cost Butler County to jail undocumented immigrants he alleges came from that country. He also likes to equate immigrants with crime, drugs and disease which I explored briefly a while back. Now… he’s going national.“We’re going to be filming a segment on illegal immigration and the upcoming elections,” Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer about the show, which he’s filming this afternoon. Can’t wait! • Dena Cranley, wife of Mayor John Cranley, will join 14 area pastors’ wives in an effort to extend health tests and information about diseases that predominantly affect low-income urban areas, the mayor's office said in a news release today. The services will be available at area churches with financial support from Walgreens. The program is part of a national push called First Ladies Health Initiative that has already been launched in Los Angeles and Chicago. The initiative provides free screening for diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and more. • 3CDC will buy three buildings with 80 units of low-income housing in Over-the-Rhine on the 200 block of West 12th Street across from the Drop Inn Center and at 1301 Walnut Street. The developer says the buildings are “problem” properties, with high amounts of police calls, and that residents there want out. 3CDC says it’s helping those living in the 64 occupied units find other places to live. The developer doesn’t know what it will do with the buildings yet, but says the building on Walnut may become an expansion of nearby Mercer Commons project and could end up as mixed-income housing,. Helping low-income people find more enjoyable, safer surroundings sounds great, but a couple questions spring to mind. Will the low-income units be replaced one-for-one? What do residents have to say, and will they be relocated to nearby housing in OTR? None have been quoted so far about the buildings’ problems, and it’s unclear where they will be moved to. You can peruse crime stats yourself to see the propensity of police calls to the buildings, how many people arrested lived in the buildings and so forth. • There’s a reason you shouldn’t get relationship-related tattoos, and I think it’s kind of the same with building names. Chiquita Brands International peaced out on Cincinnati in 2011, first moving to North Carolina and now training its wondering eyes toward Ireland. Until recently, we still had a big, prominent building, the Chiquita Center, bearing the company’s name. It kind of made us look like we weren’t ready to move on from the relationship. No more. We’re finally letting go. The center will be rebranded as 250 East Fifth, a simple, bold declaration that the building doesn’t need to define itself by its bygone relationship with some flashy, globe-trotting company with tons of banana money.• Finally, I think I found my Halloween costume. This guy was dressed in the creepiest possible way when he drunkenly entered someone’s house and passed out on their couch, only to be discovered by children. Undead Santa couch surfer for the win.
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The Daily Show has propelled more
comics to fame than just host Jon Stewart. Steve Carell, Ed Helms,
Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (OK, a lot of white guys) and many others
sparked their careers with regular appearances on Comedy Central’s “fake
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Walking Dead is getting pretty crazy this season, and so is its after-show, Talking Dead. Sunday night’s guests
included Jack Osbourne, TWD Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and a very entertaining, probably
inebriated Marilyn Manson. His long-winded, unfocused comments were punctuated
with references including Hitler, “scissoring” and the character Carol’s likeness to Jamie Lee
Curtis (“Activia!"). Poor Osbourne could barely get a word in as Manson constantly interrupted.
He’d often cut off Hurd as she made interesting point from, you know, the
perspective of someone who helped create the show, to blab on about is own
confusing theories. It was watchable for all the wrong reasons and host Chris
Hardwick wasn’t having any of this shit.
The Entourage movie is
officially happening, for real this time.
One of television’s magic tricks (cut to Gob: “ILLUSIONS!”) is its ability to make locations around Hollywood look like places in cities
across the world. Alas, It’s Always Sunny
in Philadelphia is not actually filmed in Pennsylvania and Pawnee City Hall
seen in Parks and Recreation is
actually Pasadena City Hall. A.V. Club traveled around L.A. to track down memorable exterior TV locations from shows
set outside of California including Dunder-Mifflin (The Office), American Horror
Story’s original “Murder House,” the New
Girl apartment and other spots from popular shows.
Angeles plays itself (and the settings of The Office,
Parks And Recreation, It’s Always
Not every girl wants a stupid, one-sided public marriage proposal, as seen in
of a woman who thought she was on The Today Show to promote her nonprofit organization but
was actually there to get proposed to by her lame, misguided boyfriend.
The Daily Show began as a news satire show but, over the years, Jon Stewart & Co.
have exposed some actual Washington dumb-fuckery, inspiring real political
change. Case in point: TDS’ Aasif Mandvi interviewed North Carolina GOP precinct chair Don Yelton
about the state’s voter I.D. laws and Yelton responded in a shocking and
perhaps the most racist way possible. Yelton was forced to step
down from his position the next day.
It bears repeating that this was not a fake/satirical/scripted bit.
Yelton really admitted voter ID laws are in place to restrict Democrats. He actually
said he doesn’t understand why black people can say “nigger” but he can’t. And he backed all of this with the fact that he has a black friend. Jesus, take the wheel!
Yelton didn’t even have an “oh shit” moment the next day — he continues
to stand by his comments. His party, however, does not and asked Yelton to step
down less than 24 hours after the interview aired.
Can we make this Wes Anderson horror film (via Saturday Night Live) a real thing,
Emile Hirsch will portray comedic legend John Belushi in a new biopic.
Sesame Street is decidedly directed toward little kids, teaching them how to
count and share and interact with gigantic talking animals. But, like Yo Gabba
Gabba!, the show is nice enough to tip the hat at adults in the audience. I loved their take on True Blood and Sons of Anarchy, and now the Muppets have put their stamp on Homeland.
Of course, I am rarely around small children so I actually just watch puppet spoofs of TV shows for sheer pleasure.
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Back in 2006, Lewis Black told CityBeat
in an interview that the Bush administration and the GOP were “fucking
out of their minds.” So it is fortuitous that a recent interview took
place on the second day of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster to protest
the Affordable Care Act.
Podcasts, stand-up and radio shows help spread Jimmy Dore's socially-aware comedy
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When he hears people describe fellow comedians Jon Stewart and Bill Maher as “liberal comics,” Jimmy Dore bristles. “They’re comedians,” he insists. “They tell jokes.” More than once on his Jimmy Dore Live radio show, as well as his podcast Comedy and Everything Else, he has stated that a comedian should “speak truth to power.”