by Jac Kern
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Eccentric millionaire type
Robert Durst — not the Limp Bizkit one, AP
— has been arrested in New Orleans amidst
gun charges and a separate investigation of his involvement in the 2000 death
of his friend Susan Berman. If you’re reading this like, “Get that hard news out
of my pop culture roundup!” you clearly missed the recent HBO docu-series, The Jinx. The show looked into the life
of Robert Durst, who had been connected to but not convicted of three separate
crimes: the 1982 disappearance of his wife, the 2000 murder of his friend and
the 2001 death and dismemberment of a neighbor. The series featured interviews
with Durst; police, detectives and lawyers involved in the various cases;
friends and family of the victims. It also resulted in new information — the
finale ended with a shocking (apparent) off-camera confession from Durst after
being cornered with new evidence. The final minutes of the episode featured
audio of Durst, likely unaware he was still mic’d up, offering self-incriminating
revelations. The cherry on top: “[I] killed them all, of course.”
In a perfect storm of
events — or perfectly calculated turn of events, depending on what you believe
— the finale coincided with the real-time arrest of Durst, who was found in New
Orleans using a false name. Filmmakers claim the timing was merely coincidence,
that they’d shared all their findings with police and were not involved with
the investigation. Durst is now locked up. To compare this to the popular
podcast Serial, it would almost be
like Adnan Syed was released from prison the day the final chapter aired.
(Although Adnan is set to present his case to the Maryland Court of Special
Appeals this month, thanks in part to the podcast.)
The whole story — of the
documentary, Durst’s life and the events unfolding in real time — has been
nothing short of captivating, taking true crime entertainment to a new level.
Now, we go from watching Durst on an HBO show to reading about him in the
news. And friends, the news doesn’t come with spoiler alerts.In less murdery news, Will Ferrell stopped by The Late Show on St. Patrick’s Day
looking like an Irish Buddy the Elf, and Letterman asked him for some of
his vintage Harry Caray realness. Ferrell obliged. So here’s Will Ferrell as
Buddy the Elf as a leprechaun as Harry Caray:
Awards season might be over
with the Oscars behind us, but the Emmys are already gearing up for September’s
show. It was announced last week
that Andy Samberg will host. Fellow SNL veteran Seth Meyers got the gig last
WWJD — What Would Joan Do?
— is probably something the folks over at Fashion
Police are asking themselves right now. Since legendary host Ms. Rivers
passed away and Kathy Griffin took over, FP
just hasn’t caught a break. First, Giuliana Rancic made some controversial remarks about
singer Zendaya’s dreadlocked look she wore to the Oscars, then Kelly Osborne
left the show, and now new host Kathy Griffin is ditching Fashion Police after just seven episodes. Since the show cannot be
carried by stylist/new panelist Brad Goreski and E.T./bobblehead Giuliana
alone, Fashion Police is
break until September (likely timed with the Emmys).Truth or Dare? Dare: I dare
you to watch this trailer for the first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary
without crying. Truth: I couldn’t.
Kimmel brought his late night show back to Austin, Texas this week for South by
Southwest. As per usual, he tricked a bunch of POSERS into sharing their
opinions on completely made-up bands. He
also offered his services to produce a commercial for Vulcan
Video, an Austin video store, with help from “local actor” Matthew McConaughey.
Cincinnati was featured on Catfish the TV Show again in last
night’s episode. If you recall, last time Nev Schulman and the Catfish crew were here, it resulted in a
really sad episode where a dude was being catfished by his own cousin because
he said she was fat once or something. This episode was also depressing, but for totally
different reasons. The episode focused on Daisy, who lives in North Carolina.
She met a guy on Instagram (need I even go on?) named Marcus, who’s from
Cincinnati. The two hit it off and continued communication via text since summer
of 2012. In the years since, they’ve never seen met one another, video-chatted or
even talked on the phone (ugh, Daisyyyyy). But wait, there’s more. Daisy has
mailed Marcus around $2,000 worth of gifts and cash over the years, including a
professional-grade camera. Oh, and Marcus is a video producer. Marcus never put
the camera or his skills to use as far as communicating with Daisy goes, so all
signs point to Marcus being a real human who is exactly who he says he is.
Surprisingly, yes. After
Marcus hesitated and backed out of a meetup several times, Daisy and the crew came
to Cincinnati and agreed to meet him at a riverside park in Northern Kentucky.
To everyone’s surprise (except dumbass Daisy, ironically), Marcus was legit! He
wasn’t being sneaky and secretive and hesitant to thank her for gifts or return
the favor because he was a catfish or even because he had a girlfriend on the
side — dude just hates talking to humans on the phone, via video or in person and
is just really rude, I guess. Seriously, one of the weirdest episodes ever, and
another example of stupid, communicationally-challenged Millennials that the
world definitely did not need. Read more about the ep here.That local swingers show on A&E premieres this weekend. Read more about the show and TV this week here.
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Anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is
back, but San Diego is in the rearview mirror this time. Burgundy and
his lovely lady Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) have made a
home in the Big Apple and the big-time big-boy anchor desk looms, as the
mack daddy of news anchormen Mack Harken (Harrison Ford) prepares to
make an offer that cannot be refused.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Upon reading recent entertainment news, you may find yourself wondering,
“Are awards shows are still happening?” The answer is yes, but not anything
that really counts.
The MTV Movie Awards took place Monday night, hosted by the Australian
fireball that is Rebel Wilson. She’s stolen scenes in Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect
and Workaholics, and while she made a
good host for the second-rate, teen-targeted show, it was kind of disappointing
that 90 percent of her jokes were about either her vagina or her weight. Other
low points included Taylor Lautner’s attempt at comedy
(Side Note: How will the MTV Movie Awards live on now that the Twilight series is over?), Selena
Gomez’s possibly offensive
Bollywood-inspired performance and the fact that the whole production was
essentially a giant lead-up to the premiere of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer (Oh,
that’s how the show will continue…).
But there were some quality moments, namely during the Comedic Genius
2013 MTV Movie
Awards, Latest Movie
Peter Dinklage presented this prestigious prize to Will Ferrell (they worked
together in Elf) and you could tell
that The Dinks was thinking, “Don’t these people know I am Tyrion Lannister? I
am too good for this shit,” the whole damn time. Ferrell came out in a
money-printed suit, dropping classic WF hilarity (aka saying literally anything
in his Ron Burgundy voice) and sufficiently creating plenty of buzz for the
forthcoming Anchorman sequel. The
best part, however, was when a shwasted Aubrey Plaza stormed the stage during
Will’s acceptance speech. With glazed-over eyes, a plastic cup of booze and “#
The To Do List,” (her upcoming movie) written on her chest, the actress hopped
onstage, half-heartedly tried to grab the popcorn award from Will’s hands,
quickly realized how this looked to everyone else, then ran back to her seat.
Ferrell did not take this opportunity to embarrass her further, as she clearly
regretted the stunt immediately.
"What the shit was I
thinking?! I’m such an idio—Smile for the camera!"Plaza was escorted out of the show after the stunt, and you know you’re
at a new level of drunk when you must be removed from an MTV event. On Monday,
she gave us this morning-after tweet of shame:
Logo’s NewNowNext Awards followed on Monday night. With a fabulous mix
guests (Read: drag queens for DAYS) and campy categories, it was a fun event that didn’t
take itself too seriously. Which is good, because that shit was hella
low-budge. Check out the whole show here.
Now that Arrested Development’s
Netflix premiere date has been officially announced (May 26!), promotional
and fan-created goodies are
rolling out in full force. Designer Josh Cox created these awesome record
sleeves for each member of the Bluth clan.
My favorite:And speaking of Arrested
Development, Brandon Killham, the actor who played young Michael Bluth also played a young Dick Whitman on
this week’s Mad Men (and in previous
episodes). Oh, and he also played a young Brian Moser/Rudy Cooper
on Dexter. Mind = Blown.
Why am I obsessed with celebrity Coachella fashion? I don’t know, but if
you feel like getting sucked into a denim cutoff-crop top-hippie-hobo abyss,
browse photos here.
Holy shit, Glee finally did a school shooting episode — sort of. Sue
Sylvester’s right-hand woman, Becky, brought her father’s gun to school
because, as a student with Down syndrome, she was nervous to graduate and leave
the school’s safe haven. She wanted to keep it for protection. The gun went of
by accident when Becky was discussing the issue with Sue in her office, and no
one was hurt. To protect Becky, Sue took the blame for the gun and was fired.
It is not clear if or when Jane Lynch’s character will return, but it is
likely. Check out the controversial scene here.
Louis C.K.’s HBO special, Oh My God debuted last Saturday and, to
no one’s surprise, it was poignant, intelligent and laugh-out-loud hilarious.
For such a dark, crude comic, I found the larger themes of many jokes to have
something of a positive message.
OK, not every joke… Check out
the New York Times’ recent interview
with Louie here. And now, for a segment I’d like to
call “Hold Up, Y’all, Cincinnati’s on the TV!”
Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward, the guys behind gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup spot
Tom + Chee, announced Friday that they will be featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in
an episode airing at 9 p.m. May 17. Lauren
Brown, local chef at Igby’s who starred in the single greatest television show of all time,
will also appear on the small screen. Brown will be one of four chefs competing
on Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell
to be hired on as head chef at Nikki Beach in Miami, Fla. The episode airs at
10 p.m. April 25 on Food Network. The show also featured Jeff Ruby and The
Precinct on a recent episode (Spoiler Alert: The winning chef didn’t even end
up accepting the job offer).
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Jay Roach, director of the Austin Powers movies as well as the excellent HBO-backed political dramas Game Change and Recount,
would seem the perfect guy to guide this ribald satire of a North
Carolina congressional race wherein each candidate is flawed.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Beastie Boys have denounced a lot of their early work. Maturity and a social conscious apparently do not allow for songs about Wiffle Ball-bat rape and giant penis stage props. So it was a bit of a shock when it was reported that the Boys’ Adam Yauch is working on a short film based on the trio’s first huge hit, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).”
Hilarious animated adventure turns the 'Superman' mythos on its ear
0 Comments · Thursday, November 4, 2010
While the animated story of a criminal mastermind who stumbles off the beaten track and onto the path of heroic fame and glory (and for the chance to win the love of a woman) might seem a bit familiar to audiences, 'Megamind' devotes more time to turning the 'Superman' mythos on its ear to hilarious effect. Grade: A-.
A semi-serious look at the seriously funny star of 'The Other Guys'
0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Back in 2006 at the media weekend for 'Stranger Than Fiction,' Ferrell seemed poised for a breakout of sorts, a stretch outside the comic mold that had earned him a legion of fans eager to cast him as "the next Adam Sandler," which is a rather narrow tag when you consider that those guys have very little in common in terms of comic stylings and the fact that they both got breaks on SNL. During interviews for 'Fiction,' seemed so driven to distance himself from his wild and crazy persona that he completely locked the funny guy in the hole.
Ferrell and Wahlberg stretch beyond the routine buddy cop comedy
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Desk jockey detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) stumble onto the heroic forefront in Adam McKay's latest laughfest collaboration ('Anchorman,' 'Step Brothers') with Ferrell. This is more than a straight-ahead send-up of the "buddy cop" convention, as Ferrell and Wahlberg burrow past the laughs until something almost recognizable and real emerges. Grade: B.