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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

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 year. 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 taking a 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.  Jimmy 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. Right? 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. 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The Legend of Will Ferrell Continues

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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.   
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I Just Can't Get Enough

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 award presentation. Get More: 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News, Will Ferrell 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 material 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).
 
 

The Campaign

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.   

Beastie Boys, Clapton and Keith Richards

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!).”  

Megamind (Review)

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-.  

The Other Will Ferrell

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.  

The Other Guys (Review)

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.  

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