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by Jac Kern 02.24.2015 87 days ago
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I Just Can't Get Enough…Oscars

Recapping the 87th Academy Awards

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 87th Oscars Sunday night. Let’s talk about it! Having hosted multiple Emmy and Tony award shows in the past, quadruple-threat NPH (he sings, dances, acts and does magic) was well suited — cue Barney Stinson high-five — to the task. He did in fact sing, dance, act and do magic all while poking fun at the nominees, recreating significant movie moments and ad-libbing on the fly. Great job, NPH! As far as the night’s trends, there were a few: Using the acceptance speech as a bigger platform While some folks stick to the traditional “Thank God, the Academy and my manager” speech, others used the time in the spotlight to address other issues. This is nothing new — Marlon Brando famously boycotted the 1973 Academy Awards for Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans, arranging for Sacheen Littlefeather to attend in his behalf and decline the Best Actor award (for The Godfather). This year’s acceptance speech shout-outs ranged from appreciating parents (J.K. Simmons) and supporting ecological sanitation and women’s rights (Patricia Arquette) to empowering the LGBTQ community (Graham Moore) and discussing immigration (Alejandro González Iñarritu). Play someone with a disease, win awards Again, this trend is far from new. The Academy — and audiences — love to see an actor transform, and portraying someone with a mental or physical condition can certainly do the trick. It’s not a surefire way to win an Oscar — just ask poor Leonardo DiCaprio (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator) — but the Oscars have looked favorably on roles like this in the past. And present: Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything; Julianne Moore was awarded Best Actress for her role as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. Ladies in White Whiteness wasn’t just the hilarious subject of NPH’s first joke in the monologue (see below), it was also a prominent dress color for many attendees, nominees and performers. Patricia Arquette, Reese Witherspoon, Carmen Ejogo, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Nicole Kidman and others all rocked white, channeling the snow that many of those not in L.A. were knee-deep in. Now for a play-by-play recap of the event. Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a theatrical song, but not before making a joke about celebrating the “best and the whitest” – err, brightest film stars. I like how the Oscars always start with the supporting actor award to get people excited, only to spend the following hour busting out all the technical awards and best picture nominee previews.Best Supporting Actor Ethan Hawke, Boyhood Edward Norton, Birdman J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher Robert Duvall, The Judge Yay! Simmons has been in the acting game a long time and killed it in Whiplash. Totally deserved.He used the time to thoughtfully and thoroughly thank his wife, kids and parents and urged viewers to do the same. “Call your mom. Call your dad.” Adam Levine continues to take over the world/every television program. He performed a song from a movie he was in (???). Costume Design The Grand Budapest Hotel Inherent Vice Into the Woods Maleficent Mr. TurnerMakeup and Hairstyling Foxcatcher The Grand Budapest Hotel Guardians of the Galaxy Makeup, hair and costume design awards went to the visually delightful The Grand Budapest Hotel. Costume designers always wear the best stuff, obviously Exhibit A: Milena Canonero’s sequined pants. Oscar lobby boys officially became weird when they held Channing Tatum's hand down the stairs. Best Foreign Film Ida Tangerines Leviathan Timbuktu Wild Tales I love director Pawel Pawlikowski’s style — he just talked though the Oscars’ STFU Music Cue until it finally stopped playing! All bets are off now that we know the truth: Just. Keep. Talking. The (not nominated) Lego Movie had its moment in the sun with an over-the-top performance of “Everything is Awesome.” Best Live Action Short Aya Boogaloo and Graham Butter Lamp (La Lamp au Beurre de Yak) Parvaneh The Phone CallBest Documentary Short Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 Joanna Our Curse The Reaper (La Parka) White EarthSound Mixing American Sniper Birdman Interstellar Unbroken Whiplash NPH recreated Birdman undies scene: Sound Editing American Sniper Birdman The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Interstellar Unbroken Jared Leto showed up in Dumb and Dumber cosplay to present Best Supporting Actress; he also had a heavenly moment.Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Emma Stone, Birdman Meryl Streep, Into the Woods Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game Laura Dern, Wild Yay again! The Boyhood actress had this one in the bag. During her speech, Arquette promoted the organization GiveLove and gave a call to action to all the country’s mothers. Visual Effects Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Guardians of the GalaxyInterstellarX-men: Days of Future PastBest Animated Short The Bigger Picture The Dam Keeper Feast Me and My Moulton A Single Life Feast director Patrick Osborne is a Cincinnati native and gave us a little shout-out. Best Animated Feature How to Train Your Dragon 2 Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Star T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) was literally in the last row of the theater, but still managed to get the camera's attention as he celebrated in the nosebleed seats. Production Design The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Interstellar Into the Woods Mr. Turner Best Cinematography Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel Ida Mr. Turner Unbroken Film Editing American Sniper Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Whiplash Idina Menzel finally got her revenge on Glom Gazingo John Travolta. Yet he still managed to act like a fucking weirdo. Best Documentary Feature Citizenfour Finding Vivian Maier Last Days in Vietnam The Salt of the Earth Virunga Best Original Song “Glory” (Selma) “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie) “Grateful” (Beyond the Lights) “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me) “Lost Stars” (Begin Again) John Legend and Common won this right after giving a powerful performance of the song. Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything Hans Zimmer, Interstellar Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner Lady Gaga gave the most “normal” — for lack of a better word — performance of her career with a tribute to The Sound of Music, proving that beyond the meat dresses and famous fiancés and 9-inch heelless platform monstrosities, Gaga is a talented entertainer. Best Original Screenplay Birdman Boyhood Foxcatcher The Grand Budapest Hotel Nightcrawler Best Adapted Screenplay American Sniper The Imitation Game Inherent Vice The Theory of Everything Whiplash In his acceptance speech, director Graham Moore revealed he tried to kill himself as a teen because he felt different. “Stay weird. Stay different,” he encouraged. Best Director Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Richard Linklater, Boyhood Alejandro González Iñarritu, Birdman Bennet Miller, Foxcatcher Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Michael Keaton, Birdman Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Steve Carell, Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Best Actress Reese Witherspoon, Wild Julianne Moore, Still Alice Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night Best Picture American Sniper Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything WhiplashIñarritu dedicated the award to, among others, Mexicans and immigrants. While I was rooting for Boyhood (a movie I will probably never stop talking about and encouraging people to see), I’d be remiss not to say Birdman deserved all the accolades it received. Overall, many of the year’s best films got some deserved recognition on a night that was entertaining for movie makers and lovers alike. Also, did this year's show break the record for tighty whitie references?
 
 
by Jac Kern 01.21.2015 121 days ago
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The Academy Award nominees were announced Thursday, but you only need to know one name: Dick Poop. Dick Poop! Read the rest of the stupid, non-funnily named nominees here. Dick Poop is the Adele Dazeem of 2015. And speaking of Idina Menzel, the woman whose name was famously botched by John Travolta at last year’s Oscars/she who is responsible for all the bitches still singing “Let It Go” will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. John Legend will also perform prior to the game, singing “America the Beautiful.” Katy Perry is the half-time star; Lenny Kravitz (and surely many more to be announced) will join her. Is the moon a star or a planet? Isaac Mizrahi and designer Jane Treacy discuss. FYI, brainiacs, the moon is just a moon. Don’t shame yourself by Googling it. Parks and Recreation is busting out its final season with two episodes per week, and while the show’s time jump to 2017 has provided some laughs (Councilman Jamm fell for Tammy Two; Jerry is now Terry – Dammit, Terry!), it’s nice to see the show go back to its roots. After opening the season with a feuding Ron and Leslie, last night’s ep brought them back together — like never before. And speaking of Parks and Rec, if you’re a serious fan and/or serious gamer, someone is raising funds for a very serious Cones of Dunshire game on Kickstarter. So far they’ve got about 10 percent of their $300,000 goal, and it’ll cost you a $500 donation to receive the game. Pretty steep, but I think Ben would approve of the financial investment.Justin Bieber is the next celeb to be roasted on Comedy Central. The Photoshop victim and general twat joked that he had finally given the network enough material to work with. No film or air date yet, but Biebz says it’s a gift for his 21st birthday, which is coming up on March 1 (so help us). Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, but all eyes were on musical guest Sia. Actually, her eyes were covered as she gave the spotlight to her fellow (amazing) performers. Maddie “Lil’ Sia” Ziegler performed her blonde-wigged/nude-suited choreography for “Elastic Heart” with a matching female dancer (instead of Shia LaBeouf, who costars in the video). And then she performed “Chandelier” with a badass mime. All the feels! And here’s a weird Kyle Mooney (redundant) skit that was cut from the episode: Lots of people are talking about American Sniper: Did director Clint Eastwood get snubbed for an Oscar nod? Is it “war porn?” Can we stop talking about Bradley Cooper’s “transformation” as if eating 8,000 calories a day is some super difficult task? And what the fuck is happening with that fake baby? Yes, #fakebaby has been trending, and it all refers to a quick scene with Cooper and Sienna Miller’s characters and their new baby. Which is most definitely a not-alive doll. Seriously, an Oscar-nominated movie with a fake baby? Kids today just do not understand work ethic. Finally, President Obama gave the State of the Union Address last night, which is a real important thing. Also important: John Boehner’s tan in corresponding Pantone colors: 
 
 
by Jac Kern 03.14.2014
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Your Weekend To Do List: 3/14-3/16

Cincinnati may be known as a German city, what with our legendary Oktoberfest and love for pork and sausages, but Irish heritage is also strong here, as we’ll see this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day is officially Monday, March 17, but the green beer starts flowing early in anticipation. The 48th annual Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off Saturday at noon downtown. The route begins at Eggleston Avenue and Reedy Street, wrapping around Central Avenue, crossing over Sycamore Street and back down Fifth Street. Hang out on Fountain Square during the parade, where festivities run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with live music, Irish grub and plenty of beer. Fun on the square continues Monday starting at 11 a.m. — for those playing hooky. For those looking to take a more culturally rich approach to the holiday, Cincinnati actually has its own Irish Heritage Center located in the East End. Read our story on the center and its founders, Kent Covey and Maureen Kennedy, here. Doors open at the center at 2 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday; events include Irish music and dance, art exhibitions, children’s events and food and drink for purchase. They host an Irish mass at 1:30 p.m. Monday, followed by more celebrating. Find the full schedule here. The Cincinnati Museum Center also gets in on the St. Paddy’s fun with its Celtic Lands Culture Fest Saturday-Sunday. Get your fill of folklore, performances and art from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Kids will enjoy workshops, games and crafts throughout the weekend. Activities in the rotunda are free; access to the museum requires admission. Go here for tickets and more details. Movie lovers will want to check out Cincinnati World Cinema’s annual Oscar Shorts screening this weekend; a mix of the Academy Award-nominated flicks in the Short Film – Animated and Short Film – Live Action categories will be shown in two programs Saturday and Sunday. Each program contains a mix of five live action and animated shorts — be sure to check out both programs to see the winners from both categories. Find program details and schedules here. It’s a Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend, with free art events across the Tristate all day Saturday. This month’s sampler includes a special “Catch the Spirit” concert featuring the collaboration of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and other local arts organizations. The performance takes place at 1 p.m. at Music Hall. Additional performances, classes, exhibits and other exciting activities for all ages will be offered at Elementz downtown, Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Ky., Fairfield Community Arts Center, Hamilton’s Fitton Center for Creative Arts and more. Go here for more locations with a lineup of events.For more art openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 

R.I.P. Reading Comprehension

Plus, the Oscars get musicial and Bill O'Reilly blames rap for everything again

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A map showing listening trends around the country inadvertently also shows that people don't read anymore; U2, Karen O, Pharell and "Adele Dazeem" rock the Oscars; and Bill O'Reilly decides that if the president really wants to help young black men, he needs to get "gangsta rappers" Kanye West and Jay-Z to "knock it off."  
by Jac Kern 03.04.2014
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I Just Can’t Get Enough…Oscars

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

And just like that, “Awards Season” comes to a close. Does anyone else think it went out with more of a bore than a bang? Sunday’s Oscars were preceded by the Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday. I was introduced to this indie movie celebration last year and was pleasantly surprised by the fun, fast-and-loose nature of the show in addition to its highlighting of lesser-known, smaller-budget films compared to the Academy Awards. Maybe it was due to Jameson no longer sponsoring the event/getting everyone wasted; perhaps it was the fact that many of the winners went on to receive Oscars in similar categories the very next day. Either way, I found this year’s show, hosted by Patton Oswalt, to be just a little blah. See for yourself here. Sunday night was not much of a departure from that feeling. I do love me some Ellen — she can always deliver consistently funny material everyone can relate to. She picked on stars without being too mean and rocked some fab suits, but it takes more than that to keep me awake through a 15-hour production like the Oscars. But there were plenty of both touching and funny moments throughout the night. Supporting actor and actress winners, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o, delivered thoughtful, emotional acceptance speeches (while looking freaking gorge). Leto — who I still can’t believe was the oldest nominee in that category — spoke about his mother’s inspiring perseverance, the conflicts in Venezuela and Ukraine and the victims of AIDS as well as discrimination (both central themes of Dallas Buyers Club). He also looked sharp in a cream tux with burgundy tie and the most coveted ombré locks of any human man. And, clearly, the 42-year-old gets his looks from his hot ass mother. But seriously, maybe we should consider the fact that Jordan Catalano is a vampire. Any thoughts, Pharrell?Speaking of, Pharrell performed his Oscar-nominated hit, "Happy," in what appeared to be a legit GAP ad circa 2003. Lupita Nyong’o, who won for her role in 12 Years a Slave, also gave a heartfelt acceptance speech. Everyone is crushing on Lupita right now, myself included, but let’s talk about her equally attractive brother, Peter. They’re basically the Kenyan Tegan & Sara in that they are super hot siblings with super cool androgynous hairdos. Fans of Her (which nabbed Best Adapted Screenplay) no doubt cried, rewound, and cried again as Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performed “The Moon Song” from the film, which totally got shut out by that stupid Frozen song everyone (including local weather guys) won’t shut up about. Broadway darling Idina Menzel went on to perform the Frozen's “Let It Go,” but not before John Travolta’s Thetin levels temporarily crashed, causing him to forget how to speak. This, of course, sparked a hilarious Adele Dazeem twitter account and John Travolta name generator. My Travoltified name is Jessica Kzing! Early in the evening, Ellen was kind enough to order a few pizzas for all the starving celebs in the audience, which led to what will be known forever as The Selfie* That Broke Twitter. The star-studded pic has more than 3 million retweets, the most of anything ever #sorryobama. *I just can’t with the term “selfie” anymore. I’m tired of the way newspeople say, “selfie” like they’ve coined some new generation-defining trend. Haven’t people been taking pictures of themselves via an extended arm since forever? Much like “hipster,” this term lives on thanks to the diligence of out-of-touch white people trying to be current. America’s bestie Jennifer Lawrence was nominated, so naturally she fell on the red carpet. Warning to JLAW: We love you. You’re a “real woman” according to people, which means you’re not a robot I think, but you don’t constantly have to flaunt that fact by tripping and talking about eating fries all the time. You’re bordering on the Zooey Deschanel “adorkable” territory that has forced me to despise the banged, blue-eyed beaut. I still love you, JLAW — you cited Caroline Manzo as your American Hustle character inspiration for Chrissake — you just don’t have to push the clumsy slob persona all the time.As far as winners go, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club cleaned up pretty well with three wins each and Gravity dominated the technical and directing categories, garnering a whopping seven awards. The Academy essentially said, "And none for you, American Hustle," and people are still crying over Leonardo DiCaprio's continued Oscar losing streak. OK, that’s all the important stuff. Peep all the winners below. Best Motion Picture of the Year American HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomena12 Years A SlaveThe Wolf Of Wall Street Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Barkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsBradley Cooper, American HustleMichael Fassbender,12 Years A SlaveJonah Hill, The Wolf Of Wall StreetJared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Sally Hawkins, Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence, American HustleLupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A SlaveJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, Nebraska Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Amy Adams, American HustleCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityJudi Dench, PhilomenaMeryl Streep, August: Osage County Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Christian Bale, American HustleBruce Dern, NebraskaLeonardo Dicaprio, The Wolf Of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A SlaveMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Best Animated Feature The CroodsDespicable Me 2Ernest & CelestineFrozenThe Wind Rises Best Cinematography The Grandmaster (Philippe Le Sourd)Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)Prisoners (Roger A. Deakins) Best Costume Design American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)The Grandmaster (William Chang Suk Ping)The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin) Totally blocked this one out of my memory.The Invisible Woman (Michael O'Connor)12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris) Best Directing American Hustle (David O. Russell)Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)Nebraska (Alexander Payne)12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese) Best Documentary Feature The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher)Dirty Wars (Richard Rowley, Jeremy Scahill)The Square (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)20 Feet from Stardom (Nominees to be determined) Best Documentary Short CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff)Facing Fear (Jason Cohen)Karama Has No Walls (Sara Ishaq)The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (Edgar Barens) Best Film Editing American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten)Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa)Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker) Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)The Great Beauty (Italy)The Hunt (Denmark) I tried to watch this on Netflix but the subtitles were faster that the actual audio and video, which made it impossible to watch. Had to turn it off, but ILY MADS.The Missing Picture (Cambodia)Omar (Palestine) Best Makeup and Hairstyling Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Stephen Prouty) Jesus H, a Jackass movie is nominated for an Oscar.The Lone Ranger (Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny) I guess turning Johnny Depp into a fauxtive American deserves recognition? Best Original Score The Book Thief (John Williams)Gravity (Steven Price)Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman) Best Original Song “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)“Let It Go” (Frozen)“The Moon Song” (Her) ROBBED“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) Best Production Design American Hustle (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)Gravity (Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard)The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)Her (K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena)12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker) Best Animated Short Film Feral (Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden)Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)Possessions (Shuhei Morita)Room on the Broom (Max Lang, Jan Lachauer) Best Live Action Short Film Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) (Esteban Crespo)Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) (Xavier Legrand, Alexandre Gavras)Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (Selma Vilhunen, Kirsikka Saari)The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill, Baldwin Li) Best Sound Editing All Is Lost (Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns)Captain Phillips (Oliver Tarney)Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Brent Burge, Chris Ward)Lone Survivor (Wylie Stateman) Best Sound Mixing Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson)Inside Llewyn Davis (Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)Lone Survivor (Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow) Best Visual Effects Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick)The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier)Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton) Best Adapted Screenplay Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter) Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack)Her (Spike Jonze)Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
 
 

Untangling the Oscar Race

The Academy's top two prizes are up for grabs after an entertaining and engaging year of film

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
While I am not known for my Oscar handicapping capabilities, let me go out on a limb here and state that this year’s telecast will offer few if any real surprises in the four performance categories.  
by Jac Kern 02.27.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Beardwatch 2013 Last week on Survivor, most of the episode was devoted to the Bikal tribe, aka the Favorites. Our homeboy Matt Bischoff didn’t get a ton of airtime, but was selected to join an alliance with Sherri, Laura, Julia, Shamar and Mike. The other alliance, referred to as “The Lovers,” is comprised of the four attractive people who bonded early on their collective attractiveness. When Gota got their buts kicked in the immunity/reward challenge, Cincy-born Reynold Toepfer immediately addressed his issues with Shamar. The Iraq War veteran, who started a tiff with Matt last week, prefers to “conserve energy” and do crazy Pilates stretches over wasting time fishing, securing the shelter or doing pretty much anything else.                                                               Feel the burn!After Reynold spoke his peace, he proverbially slipped in an extra chair at the popular kids’ lunch table and asked Matt to join the pretty people’s decision and vote Shamar off, going against Matt’s original alliance. Later, Reynold found a hidden immunity idol (which is a thing?) that protects whoever’s in possession from elimination. After hiding the object in his pants, trying to keep it secret, Laura immediately noticed a telling “bulge” and knew the plan to eliminate one of the Lovers was foiled. Clearly, this was all just a producer’s plot to get people to talk about Reynold’s “bulge.” Success! Unfortunately, Reynold did not give his immunity idol to cuddle buddy Allie, and the blonde got six out of 10 votes (Matt stuck with his original alliance). Looks like there’s more space at the popular table! Speaking of locals on TV, it looks like Cincy has their own Sons of Anarchy (I wish). You know how at the end of every Law and Order episode, a message states that the stories are not based on actual events? Well, we all know that’s a bunch of bullshit, and this week’s upcoming episode of Special Victims Unit couldn’t make that any more clear. Via Dlisted: A famous young Hip Hop couple in a physical dispute screams “Chris and Rihanna!” but, in SVU world, the abuser done gets killt! People love it when local products make national news. The latest: BuzzFeed’s list of “Cincinnati Foods That Are Better Than Yours.” Sure, you’ve got the ubiquitous Skyline and Montgomery Inn (yawn, sorry), but there are some fresh Cincy exports like Tom + Chee’s grilled cheese donut, Kings Island’s blue soft-serve and portable yums from It’s Just Crepes. Check nearly any humor blog/Internet recreation site and you’ll likely find a list of the “Worst Tattoos EVAR” complete with misspellings, poor drunken decisions and unfortunate portraits. Also, you’ll probably see this picture. Well, not anymore — Scott Versago of Akron’s Ohio Ink Studios fixed the butchered tat! Channeling my guilty pleasure crush Oliver Peck (panel judge on Ink Master and ex-husband of Kat Von D — don’t judge me), I have to say the “new” tat has entirely too much dark shading, but it’s certainly an improvement and looks much more like the original woman who passed away. The Oscars were kind of fun this year. Seth MacFarlane didn’t attack us with his arsenal of voices (though many saw his jokes as misogyny at its finest) and the awards were pretty spread out among the films (as opposed to the usual one or two favorites). But after watching Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards, no other movie awards show will match up. The much-funnier-than-MacFarlane Andy Samberg hosted, the show is uncensored on IFC and the evening was brought to us by Jameson, an apparently magical ingredient for a high-larious evening. And, yes, independent films are way cooler than Lincoln. The night kicked off with the award for Best First Screenplay (See what I mean? What a cool award.) As the camera panned around to all the nominees, Derek Connolly (of the perfectly surreal Safety Not Guaranteed) took a giant swig of what appeared to be a wine glass full of Jameson (each table had a half gallon!). To his surprise, Connolly won and went on to make a speech that stumbled along for more than six minutes (this was what appeared to be the only time the show was cut/censored), ending with a fabulous moment with the one and only Bryan Cranston. Check out this moment and more highlights: And one last Oscars gripe: I was enraged to see Channing Tatum perform an entire dance sequence onstage without tearaway pants, Ginuwine's "Pony" or a single pelvic thrust. They totally overlooked a potential Magic Mike nod and I don't appreciate it.
 
 
by Jac Kern 02.22.2013
Posted In: Fun, Food, Drinking, Eats, Events at 11:34 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Your Weekend To Do List: 2/22-2/24

More and more restaurants and food trucks are offering late-night yums to meet the demands of the area college students, bar crowds and general night owls. Usually “fourth meal” conjures up the thought of tacos or pizza, but what about donuts? Busken has set up a pop-up donut shop at 1218 Vine St. (between A Tavola and Sloane Boutique), open 7 p.m.-midnight Thursdays and 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 16. Here, guests can swing by after dinner or drinks for a free Lite-Hearted donut, Busken’s new heart-shaped glazed treat. After tasting one of these bad boys, you’ll be shocked to find they’re only 140 calories a pop. You won’t have to feel too bad about indulging in a mindnight snack, but you may be left wondering whose soul Busken had to sell to get these delicious donuts to clock in at 2.5 grams of fat. Bockfest might not officially begin until next weekend, but events leading up to the big parade and festival are already in full effect. Friday is the annual Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Milton’s Tavern. Why the retaliation? In 2008, a huge snowstorm nearly shut down Bockfest, so the next year a paper snowman was set ablaze as a sacrifice to the precipitation gods. The burning snowman tradition stuck, and it continues tonight at 8 p.m. Grab a drink and watch the sucker burn! In the market for some unique furniture, home décor or apparel? 20th Century Cincinnati is a must this weekend. The 19th annual show brings vintage and mid-century modern trends to a one-stop shop at Sharonville Convention Center. Sixty dealers bring furnishings, paintings, textiles and much more, filling 20,000 square feet. And fashionistas: There will be lots of vintage clothing, costume jewelry, accessories and more dating from the ‘20s to the ‘80s. The showroom is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $7 admission is good for the full weekend. Find more info here. The Northern suburbs of Cincinnati sometimes get left out of the city’s biggest celebrations, so they made one their own! The Taste of Northern Cincinnati, also in the Sharonville CC, features food from some of the top eateries in the ‘burbs. From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, attendees will enjoy grub from LaRosa’s, Red Squirrel, Velvet Smoke BBQ, Blue Goose and more. These restaurants will also be competing for awards for best appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert and a people’s choice prize. Admission is $18; $5 for kids. The Academy Awards are Sunday and if your invitation also got lost in the mail (every damn year!), there’s a local way to celebrate. People Working Cooperatively presents its annual Oscar party at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, complete with a red carpet, cocktails, dinner, and a live screening of the show. Ticket sales benefit PWC’s Modifications for Mobility Program, which helps low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners make important alterations to their houses so they can remain safe and comfortable in their own homes. Buy tickets and find details here.Check out our To Do list and full calendar for more events, art exhibits, theater shows and concerts.
 
 

The State Alumnus Now a Hunk of 'Burning Love'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Some comic actors are better identified by their characters they portray, like Ken Marino: You may know him as Auggie’s slacker step-dad; a Jewish summer camp counselor/unlikely virgin; or a Los Angeles caterer and future Soup R’ Crackers franchise owner.  

Minority Report 2012

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 4, 2012
As a judge for this year’s Black Reel Awards, I am screening the shorts and features up for consideration, and at the conclusion of each new film I catch myself swelling with real pride because, through these independently produced films, I feel like the reflection I’ve been seeking sharpens as the frames settle into place.   

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