by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Miley Cyrus hosted and performed on Saturday
Night Live this weekend and I have to admit — she rocked it. You have to
give it to the writers for coming up with some original ways to incorporate her
recent now-ubiquitous scandals (VMAs, buzzworthy music videos, ever-exposed
tongue), but MiCy deserves some credit, too.
Bitch may be feuding with Sinead O’Connor
and giving twerking a bad name, but she is definitely a solid performer. The weak skits of the night (How
dare SNL make a failed attempt at a
cheerleader sketch when we all know the Spartans
can never be topped? Too soon!) flopped because of poor ideas or shoddy
writing, not due to Miley’s lack of acting skills. The trend so far this year is the
best skits being prerecorded ones (the Girls
spoof with Tina Fey, this week's
Fifty Shades of Grey auditions),
which kind of defeats the purpose of it being a live show. Nonetheless, the No. 1 sketch of the night perfectly
blended a Miley earbug with the government shutdown: “We Did Stop.”
Meanwhile, Nori West is racking up finer garments
before her fourth month on Earth
(FOR FREE) than the rest of us can probably ever imagine owning. In our adult lives.
In Case You Missed It: Dumb and
Dumber To is actually happening. Not to be confused with the cringe-worthy
2003 prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When
Harry Met Lloyd (which I totally saw in theaters the day it opened), this Farrelly Brothers sequel will feature OG stars Jim
Carrey (Lloyd Christmas) and Jeff Daniels (Harry Dunne) picking up 20 years
after the duo’s last adventure. In D&D2,
which currently has an unspecified 2014 release date, one of the guys has a
long-lost offspring, and they both embark on a journey to find the child in
hopes of attaining a new kidney. Kathleen Turner will play Fraida Felcher, a
character mentioned but never seen in two scenes of the original (Below). Sounds like she's the baby mama. And
SPOILER ALERT: Jennifer Lawrence
will make a surprise cameo as a young Fraida. Hopefully we’ll get to see the
French Tickler in action. Billy the blind kid and Sea Bass will also return,
played by their respective original actors.
And because behind-the-scenes movie peeks are so fun, here’s Quvenzhane
Wallis on the set of Annie
with her near-identical stunt double who
is at least three times Q’s age. The Jay Z and Will Smith-produced remake, due
in theaters during Christmastime next year, will also star Jamie Foxx in the
Daddy Warbucks role, appropriately renamed “Benjamin Stacks.”
Although it’s been 13 years since Freaks
and Geeks originally graced our television screens, longtime fans and
newcomers discovering the fantastic series on Netflix or IFC can now experience
McKinley High in a whole new way. The Fine Brothers, Internet creatives behind
the popular React series, developed a Freak and Geeks
choose-your-own-adventure game that combines great television, old-school video
games and your inner 10-year-old’s favorite genre of books. Players can
actually click on different choices in the YouTube video, leading them to new
videos based on their selections. Play now!
Watch what you say to Siri: That robot voice on your phone is
actually a real lady!
Recently, we learned Lisa Frank is an actual, live human.
Next up: Siri. Voice actress Susan Bennett has come forward as the woman behind
the mysterious personal assistant living inside newer Apple mobile devices. The
recent Apple software update iOS 7 gives users the option of a new “male” Siri
voice, prompting Bennett to reveal Siri’s original real-life counterpart. Meet
Check out these cool paintings on coins:
Plus, not everyone's sad about Maggie Thatcher's death and Macklemore gets a dude choked on his birthday
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs put the (polite-ish) smack-down on smart device obsessives, a lot of musicians and others in the U.K. aren't too broken up about the death of former PM Margaret Thatcher and Macklemore gets some dude choked on his birthday.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
After months of speculation about when
Apple would announce the launch of the iPhone 5, the company today
finally scheduled the press conference that would change all of our
lives forever ... and announced that there would be no iPhone 5. Tech
geeks across the land responded with rage to the offer of an improved
iPhone 4S, promising to switch to the Samsung Galaxy 2 and then weeping
because they know it’s not true.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Have you ever been forced to use one of your poor friend's cell phones to make a call only to rub your index finger across the screen and have nothing happen because the phone has actual buttons? Flip-phone owners around the world today were repaid for such bothersome details in their lives, as news spread of the new iPhone's problem getting a signal if it's held a certain way. Ha ha!
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 31, 2010
U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner performed the equivalent of complaining to the night manager at McDonald's when he formally urged the state of Ohio to join a lawsuit against the new federal health care law. Boehner said in a statement that the law will mean higher costs, lost jobs, fewer freedoms and blah blah blah.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The week after Thanksgiving might mean a shopper's paradise for some, but for others it's the best reason ever to oil up the ol' rifle, climb up into a tree house and shoot the shit out of something that's alive. That's right, friends! It's hunting season! Whoot! Whoot! Whoot!