by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy will embark in its final
ride this fall, after a game-changing penultimate season. The show has featured a few guest stars from the music world, including Henry Rollins and Dave
Navarro. Next on that list is a surprising name — Marilyn Manson.
Manson will play a
recurring role in the final season: Ron Tully, a white supremacist behind bars
who could prove to be a useful player for Jax. Hello, nightmares!
It turns out Manson is far
from the heartless characters he portrays on stage or screen — he reportedly
picked up the role as a tribute to his dad, who is a big fan of the show.
“Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,”
he told Variety. “So I was determined
to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the
most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of SOA is
about that relationship.” Aww, Marilyn!
Marilyn Manson is not, for
the record, Paul from The Wonder Years.
We now know this as fact because the cast of the family classic recently reunited to promote a Wonder Years DVD set coming soon. We
all know Winnie (Danica McKellar) went on to become a super hot mega genius and
Kevin (Fred Savage) is still involved with show business (he's been a director and producer on Always Sunny and lots of other comedies), but what ever happened
As you can see, grown-up Paul
(Josh Saviano) looks nothing like Manson today. But I guess we never have seen them in the same place at the
While we’re taking a walk
down memory lane, O-Town is the latest early-‘00s boy band to reunite, though at least 15 women will be upset to discover Ashley Parker Angel, “The Cute
One,” is no longer a part of the band. If you recall, the band was formed as
part of 2000's Making the Band, a show
that acknowledged the inauthentic, assembly-line nature of manufacturing boy bands while also...manufacturing a boy band. O-Town was assembled by Lou
Pearlman, the manager behind the Backstreet Boys, *NSync, LFO, Aaron Carter and
other Pop acts of the 1990s and early
2000s.Fun Fact: Pearlman was sued by every band/performer he worked with
except one, and is now serving a 25-year sentence for charges of conspiracy,
money laundering and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding.
Tennis star Serena Williams
“crashed” a wedding last week, because I guess being asked to take a photo with
a bride and groom constitutes wedding crashing. It would be a fun memory to run into a celeb on your big day, but I don’t know
if I’d really want my new spouse to get an eyeful of this
right after committing eternally to me. Oh well, you know what they say: If you
choose to get married on a public beach, you just might get crashed by a bangin' pro tennis player in animal print. (Also: Are leotards the new
The Bottle Boys are a
Danish performance group that use bottles in various ways to play songs. Their
latest cover, of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” is going viral. Check it out.
The crew has competed on Britain’s Got Talent using beer bottles, water jugs and other containers to recreate popular
Two badass babes
have signed on to the upcoming Star Wars
Episode VII. Lupita N’yongo — Academy Award-winning actress from 12 Years a Slave and People’s “Most Beautiful” person of the
year — and Gwendoline Christie — better known as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones — are both slated to
star in the latest Star Wars chapter,
along with 600 other amazing actors.
Also in movie news: From
Edward to Indy? Robert Pattinson will likely take the role of Indiana Jokes for the next
Now, here’s Chance
The Rapper performing the theme song to my favorite educational cartoon, Arthur, at Sasquatch! Music Festival:(Thanks for the tip, Brooke!)
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Walking Dead is getting pretty crazy this season, and so is its after-show, Talking Dead. Sunday night’s guests
included Jack Osbourne, TWD Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and a very entertaining, probably
inebriated Marilyn Manson. His long-winded, unfocused comments were punctuated
with references including Hitler, “scissoring” and the character Carol’s likeness to Jamie Lee
Curtis (“Activia!"). Poor Osbourne could barely get a word in as Manson constantly interrupted.
He’d often cut off Hurd as she made interesting point from, you know, the
perspective of someone who helped create the show, to blab on about is own
confusing theories. It was watchable for all the wrong reasons and host Chris
Hardwick wasn’t having any of this shit.
The Entourage movie is
officially happening, for real this time.
One of television’s magic tricks (cut to Gob: “ILLUSIONS!”) is its ability to make locations around Hollywood look like places in cities
across the world. Alas, It’s Always Sunny
in Philadelphia is not actually filmed in Pennsylvania and Pawnee City Hall
seen in Parks and Recreation is
actually Pasadena City Hall. A.V. Club traveled around L.A. to track down memorable exterior TV locations from shows
set outside of California including Dunder-Mifflin (The Office), American Horror
Story’s original “Murder House,” the New
Girl apartment and other spots from popular shows.
Angeles plays itself (and the settings of The Office,
Parks And Recreation, It’s Always
Not every girl wants a stupid, one-sided public marriage proposal, as seen in
of a woman who thought she was on The Today Show to promote her nonprofit organization but
was actually there to get proposed to by her lame, misguided boyfriend.
The Daily Show began as a news satire show but, over the years, Jon Stewart & Co.
have exposed some actual Washington dumb-fuckery, inspiring real political
change. Case in point: TDS’ Aasif Mandvi interviewed North Carolina GOP precinct chair Don Yelton
about the state’s voter I.D. laws and Yelton responded in a shocking and
perhaps the most racist way possible. Yelton was forced to step
down from his position the next day.
It bears repeating that this was not a fake/satirical/scripted bit.
Yelton really admitted voter ID laws are in place to restrict Democrats. He actually
said he doesn’t understand why black people can say “nigger” but he can’t. And he backed all of this with the fact that he has a black friend. Jesus, take the wheel!
Yelton didn’t even have an “oh shit” moment the next day — he continues
to stand by his comments. His party, however, does not and asked Yelton to step
down less than 24 hours after the interview aired.
Can we make this Wes Anderson horror film (via Saturday Night Live) a real thing,
Emile Hirsch will portray comedic legend John Belushi in a new biopic.
Sesame Street is decidedly directed toward little kids, teaching them how to
count and share and interact with gigantic talking animals. But, like Yo Gabba
Gabba!, the show is nice enough to tip the hat at adults in the audience. I loved their take on True Blood and Sons of Anarchy, and now the Muppets have put their stamp on Homeland.
Of course, I am rarely around small children so I actually just watch puppet spoofs of TV shows for sheer pleasure.
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Despite more than 10 years passing
since the height of Marilyn Manson’s career, his music has continued to be
exceptionally good. His latest album, Born Villain, is full of the same scream-laden, pain-filled AltMetal he’s always done and yet it continues to sound fresh.