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Homeland has always been a psychological drama. The series began as a
mind-bending story centered on “turned” prisoner of war Nicholas Brody
and CIA officer Carrie Mathison (the role for which Claire Danes just
nabbed another Emmy). But the bombing in last season’s finale has turned
Homeland on its head, along with most of the show’s characters.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Japan is the
breeding ground for freaky trends that never (thankfully) make it across the
ocean. In fall of 2012 we were introduced to “bagel heads,”
a temporary look achieved by injecting saline into the forehead until a dome is
formed, then creating a creating a small crater in the center. The end result
looked like a bagel or donut implant in your forehead. Totes desirable. Then there's ganguro, a Japanese fashion trend where harajuku meet Snooki, resulting in orangey-tan
girls that look freshly plucked from an anime cartoon (tanime?) and now…eyeball licking? Gawker reports
conjunctivitis is running rampant in Japanese middle schools with the sudden
popularity of kids licking each others' MFing eyeballs. Japan, I will take your cat cafés
and affinity for all things tiny (see below) but keep your tongues away from my
Portlandia has been renewed for two more seasons!
The Simpsons is definitely ingrained in American popular
culture. Once an edgy, almost salacious TV show, Homer & fam are pretty
mild in comparison to television’s modern-day exports — animated or otherwise.
So it’s no surprise that Universal Studios announced
a Simpson’s theme park to open this summer at its Orlando, Fla., resort with
a full replica of the fictional town of Springfield. There’s a Krusty Burger,
Kwik-E-Mart, Duff Brewery (yes, an actual brewery with beer created exclusively
for the park) and, of course, Springfield would not be complete without Moe’s
Tavern. Go here
to check out photos and video from the newly-opened park.
This week, everyone’s RTing Feminist Taylor SwiftApparently Hodor
(real name: Kristian Nairn), gentle giant and Bran Stark’s personal Segway on Game of Thrones, is actually a real 21st century person and DJ. Check him out!
If Hodor’s a DJ, Winterfell's
a dance floor
Veneers, dwarf darts and chest beating — that’s what you can really look
forward to going into The Wolf of Wall
Street, Martin Scorsese’s new film based on the story of ‘90s stock market
criminal type, Jordan Belfort. OK, that and Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill(‘s
freaking veneers) and Matthew McConaughey.
Can Leo’s dance move at 1:34 be the new Harlem Shake?
The song playing in the background is off Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus, which came out Tuesday. Kanye,
who apparently is a father now (apparently, because since Kim hasn’t produced
so much as a bowel movement in the past decade without an accompanying press
release, no one can really be too sure about this baby thing), promoted the new album with an American Psycho-inspired commercial — I
am not calling this a short film — starring Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s
baby daddy, and Jonathan Cheban, Kim K’s main butt buddy/occasional frienemy.
Before American Psycho fans
call blasphemy, author Bret Easton Ellis has come out saying he actually wrote
the spoof himself.
Mad Men’s penultimate season — arguably its darkest yet — wraps up this
Sunday. Now that the merged agencies have agreed on a name and logo, they’re
ready to go public! Check out this awesome press release (via Mad Men’s
Facebook page) SC&P letter:
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
about the punk-themed Met Ball today, but I’m still in awe from last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race season finale and
reunion, where America’s Next Drag Superstar was crowned in true pageant style.
It’s easy to confuse the two: both are over-the-top parades of outrageous
fashion, debut ‘dos and bodies squeezed into numerous pairs of Spanx, but only
one event has RuPaul, so I’m focusing on that one.
The spotlight was
on the final three dragsters, Roxxxy Andrews, Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska, but I
couldn’t take my eyes off Penny Tration, Cincinnati’s own queen supreme who was
voted onto this season by viewers — only to be eliminated in the first episode.via Homorazzi
Like any good
queen, Penny varies up her looks, but I’ve never seen her like this before! E!
put Penny on their worst dressed list,
but any press is good press, right? With a leotard made from the fabric of the
dress she wore when she was eliminated, manic makeup and a tiny tuft of hair on
her big bald head, homegurl looked like a pageant baby Treasure Troll on crack,
and by that I obviously mean she looked amazing.via Homorazzi
Detox, who I
originally pegged as the winner but only made it to the final four, also stole
the show with this incredible black-and-white look. No Photoshop!
And Season 4
winner, Sharon Needles, served up Pee Wee Herman realness in this hot little
In the end, the
camptatstic Jinkx, “Seattle’s premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen” took the
The full trailer
for True Blood’s sixth season is
here. All hail Billith!
This shit is so
far beyond, but I don’t think any amount of supernatural caca could keep me
from indulging in this mess year after year. Season Six premieres June 16.
Ever since the
unveiling of that crazy Tupac hologram at 2012’s Coachella fest, there have
been rumors of similarly reviving other dead musicians and performers,
including TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. With a TLC reunion on the horizon, the
idea has come up again
but for now we can just settle for this peek at VH1’s upcoming TLC biopic. I am not familiar with two of the actresses, but Lil Mama plays Left Eye. I
just can’t right now.
RIP Marge Simpson!
Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s
mother, Margaret, the inspiration for the iconic blue-haired matriarch, has
passed away at age 94. Looking at her obituary,
I learned Groening tucked a bunch of autobiographical bits into The Simpsons. The real Marge was
actually married to a Homer, and had daughters named Maggie and Lisa. Her
maiden name, Wiggum, is used in the show as the resident police chief’s name.
Has anyone else
noticed that Shae from Game of Thrones
kind of looks like Megara, the goddess from Hercules?
Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack
was basically the playlist of my childhood, I figured the music selections for
The Great Gatsby would be on-point. I was right. Stream the whole soundtrack,
featuring Beyoncé, Andre 3000, Fergie, Lana Del Rey and a heavy coat of flapper Jazz, via NPR.
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0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
After six action-packed seasons, even a show about a sociopath in sheep’s clothes can get stale. Thankfully, this season, things are taking an
interesting turn as Dexter must “break code” and share his secret with a
significant character — and the implications are hefty.