by Jac Kern
120 days ago
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
1, which means rent’s due, Halloween season is upon us and Netflix is shuffling
its offerings. New offerings starting today include the entire Gilmore Girls series, Romeo + Juliet and Team America: World Police. No longer available are Battlestar Galactica, Center Stage and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Find a full list of what you
can and can’t stream this month here.
In what can only be described as an offering to the
Internet gods, Drake got an emoji tattoo.Still no confirmation on whether that emoji is
high-fiving hands or praying hands illuminated by Jesus’ power.
Smart girls gained an epic win over bimbos this
weekend as George “Forever Bachelor” Clooney married lawyer/activist/author
Amal Alamuddin. Cocktail waitresses across the globe mourn as they realize it
wasn’t him, it was them.American
Horror Story: Freak Show premieres in a week and we finally have a look at some actual show
footage. This short preview packs in a lot — look out for Pepper (Naomi
Grossman), the only AHS character to
cross over into multiple seasons (you may remember her from Asylum — Freak Show takes place in 1952, about 12 years before the events of
Asylum); Sarah Paulson playing
conjoined twins Bette and Dot; Kathy Bates as a bearded lady; Angela Bassett as
triple-tittied woman (sit down, Jasmine);
Evan Peters as a man with ectrodactyly
(giving him claw-like hands); smallest living woman Jyoti Amge; John Carroll
Lynch’s terrifying clown; and, of course, Jessica Lange in her final AHS performance as the striking German
ringleader of it all.
ICYMI: Rhinegeist’s Bryant Goulding is featured in GQ’s “The 50 Best Craft Beers Every Man
Must Try.” Goulding
serves as an expert with tips on the best “stein filling quenchers,” suggesting
Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Double
Mountain Vaporizer and Moonlight Reality Czeck Pilsner for when you really want to get yo drink on.The Magic
Mike sequel will be air-humping its way into theaters next summer — without
director Steven Soderbergh or Matthew McConaughey. Magic Mike XXL will be helmed by Gregory Jacobs (who co-produced the
original); Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe
Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are all set to
reprise their roles. Newcomers this time around include a very curious mix of
actors: Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett
Smith, Andie MacDowell and Michael Strahan. The official synopsis, found here, is equally confusing. Didn’t the dudes move to Miami at the end? Didn’t
Channing Tatum quit stripping for his dead-faced nurse friend?Am I the only one who wishes SNL’s weird ‘90s sitcom sketch was a real show? By far one of the
funniest moments of Saturday’s season premiere.
Apparently this isn’t the first skit of its kind
with Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett — check out this very sexually tense episode with
Andrew Garfield, which was cut from his episode last May. From the stiff acting
and awkward delivery to the constant laugh tracks, applause and “ooohs,” this
bit nails that weird, satirical, almost Tim
& Eric-esque humor that’s so popular right now. Hopefully we’ll see it
again later in the season. No movie trailers this week, but know that Zombieland 2, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Taken 3 are all happening so we can probably just give up on movies for now.
by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
When Catfish The TV Show premiered in 2012, I was less than impressed.
While I enjoyed the original documentary film
about a man’s (the filmmaker’s brother, Nev Schulman) online
relationship-gone-wrong, Nev’s MTV version lacked the same authenticity and felt
rather exploitative. But when Schulman tweeted about being in the Cincinnati
area (Findlay Market, specifically) this past February, my interest was
certainly piqued. Who doesn’t love seeing Cincy on TV (even if it inevitably
would be a negative representation of the city and its people)?
The Cincinnati episode of Catfish aired last week and local ties
aside, it was one of the most controversial episodes thus far. Nev and his docu-series
partner-in-crime Max embarked on a unique catfishing adventure when Carmen
contacted the duo to help her host a “catfish intervention” with her cousin
Antwane whom, despite never meeting the man in person, had been in a
relationship with a guy named Tony for three years. Antwane explained that he “met” Tony on a
late-night chat line but he’d never so much as seen a photo of him. Carmen and
‘Twane are both big personalities, sure to get a reaction from viewers, but
they both seemed genuine.
After a crazy turn of
events, Antwane’s cousin Carmen nonchalantly revealed that she was “Tony” all
along, and she had kept up the sick charade as revenge for…wait for it…the one
time Antwane called her “a fat ass Kelly Price” in front of her family three
years ago. Oy.
When Max and Nev learned that
Carmen was behind the whole thing and that she planned the Catfish cameras to catch her so she could get a brush with fame,
they were furious. And rightfully so, that’s a straight Disney villain move
(also your cousin?!). In a very
edited scene, Nev heatedly called out Carmen, mocking the way she talked, when
producers immediately stepped in to call for a break. While I in no way condone
any of her sociopathic actions, I did find it bitterly just that these MTV
hotshots got a taste of their own exploitative medicine. They embarrass
countless people on the show (though some might argue the subjects ask for it)
and while they say they do it to help people, like any television producers, it's all about ratings and "good" TV. In the end, this episode was sure to rack up plenty
After the show aired, Nev posted the following
message on his Facebook page, which reeks of his signature smug judginess:
“Shooting this weeks episode of Catfish was
one of the most intense and emotional experiences of my life. Relating to and
understanding Antwane was a struggle for me in many ways, but I really grew to
appreciate and respect him. He has many fears and flaws, but showed so much
courage and resolve in the face of adversity. He is a man who proves that you
don't need anybody else's approval to be happy. My lesson learned is to be
confident and proud of who you are no matter what anybody else says or thinks.
Life isn't always easy, but we can all chose to be positive in the way we treat
ourselves and others. Cheers.”
Watch the full episode
The show features shots of Short Vine (it looks like Antwane lives across the
street from Bogart’s); Coffee Emporium in Over-the-Rhine (Nev and Max famously
do all their research in a coffee shop in each episode, and were very impressed
by the local spot); and various locations across Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
The term “catfish” has
caught on as a definition for people who assume false identities on the Internet
(or the act of doing so) — so much so, that the word’s new meaning has been
added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Go here to read about how the term originated in
the doc by the same name.
Every year, the Guardians
of the English Language at M-W begrudgingly add new words and definitions to the
dictionary. This year’s list was just released and, in addition to catfish’s
new meaning, there’s hashtag, selfie and steampunk . Peep the full list here.
Brad Pitt and Matthew
McConaughey are neighbors now, and apparently just a couple of bros.
Magic Mike was a hit. Channing Tatum is apparently working on a sequel, Magic Mike XXL.
So it’s no surprise that “The Real” Magic
is also in the works. Directed by Joe Manganiello (“Big Dick” Richie in Mike, Alcide in True Blood), La Bare gives
a raw, inside look at the talented male dancers at La Bare Dallas.
LA BARE RED BAND
TRAILER from Main Street Films
on Vimeo.We now live in a world where Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets invited to give commencement speeches and receives honorary doctorates. Which is to say, an awesome world. Check out his words of wisdom here.
Jimmy Fallon has been doing
a Suggestion Box bit on The Tonight Show, where he takes completely random questions or ideas from
fans and brings them to life in epic Tonight fashion. Fallon has dubbed Game
of Thrones with children’s voices, gotten Audra McDonald to sing real Yahoo
Answers and tested out Digi-Staches on Higgins. But this might be one of my
Top 10 films of the year — from two perspectives
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Summing up a year’s worth of movies can
be tricky. Top 10 lists often yield more questions than answers. The
subjective nature of the endeavor inevitably reveals personal interests,
quirks and prejudices, all of which can be either intriguing or
infuriating depending on whether you agree with a given compiler’s
(Warner Home Video) 2012, Rated R
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Steven Soderbergh, despite threats of an
early retirement, continues his relentless pace with the entertaining,
sneakily incisive Magic Mike, the 49-year-old director’s 11th effort
since 2004 and his third in less than a year following the effective
thrillers Contagion and Haywire. (By comparison, his buddy David Fincher
has made nine movies since 1992.)
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Tatum just might be a real Hollywood swinger and one shrewd customer. Dreaming
of fictionalizing his early days as an exotic dancer, Tatum teams up with
Steven Soderbergh (after approaching Nicolas Winding Refn of Drive fame) for Magic Mike, which, from
the spirited trailers, gives the impression of a return to the fun-loving Ocean’s franchise box office form for
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Is it possible to get burned out on, or overwhelmed by,
simple human interaction? My recent nightlife apathy stems from equal
parts unwillingness and utter lack of motivation to take on the
potential hours-long task of getting from Point A (leggings and hot
rollers) to Point B (prettified and in a reasonable parking space). As
the great Peter Gibbons said, “It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just
don’t care.” But I want to.