0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The motorcycle gang thriller that’s subtly influenced by the story of Hamlet — Sons of Anarchy (10
p.m. Tuesdays, FX) — returned Sept. 10 for its sixth and penultimate
season. President of biker club SAMCRO Jax Teller must remain true to
himself as he balances smart moves for the club against what is safe for
his family’s future.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As HBO’s gripping period piece Boardwalk Empire
(Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday) returns for a fourth season, months
have passed since last year’s explosive finale. It’s February 1924.
Nucky Thompson has been lying low, eventually making peace with mob boss
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Since 2008, fans of Breaking Bad
(9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) have watched the show’s central character, Walter
White (Bryan Cranston), make like the series’ title and slowly shed his
morals, becoming a more ruthless beast — a far cry from his beginnings
as a meek, sickly chemistry teacher.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Following Dexter is Showtime newcomer Ray Donovan (10
p.m. Sundays), starring Liev Schreiber as a man with a messy job — one
we’ve seen before. But that familiarity doesn’t make it any less
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Based on a true story, Orange Is the New Black
(now available on Netflix) follows Piper Chapman (played by a very
convincing Taylor Schilling) as she trades in her Brooklyn yuppie life
with a loving fiancé for 15 months in lock-up and a prison wife.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It’s September 2011. Occupy Wall Street
is in its early stages, the country mourns the 10-year anniversary of
9/11, the 2012 election race is in full swing — a tumultuous and
exciting time to re-enter The Newsroom (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO).
(HBO Home Entertainment) 2012, Not Rated
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Newsroom is at once a
high-minded critique of what television news divisions have become
(ratings-obsessed entities more concerned with the bottom line than with
“speaking truth to stupid,” as one character puts it) and a wit-infused
comedic drama with myriad romantic subplots (most of which come off as
clunky rip-offs of the one that anchored James L. Brooks’ far more
successful Broadcast News).
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
When fun in the sun loses its draw, it’s
nice to retreat in the AC with some quality TV. Here are some returning
favorites and new picks to watch out for this season.
HBO Documentary Film Serie
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Television gets a bad rap for being the
poor man’s medium. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of weak and
culturally regressive programming out there, from The Bachelor to Huckabee.
But because of its accessibility and popularity, fads on television
often represent greater cultural trends.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
its latest Easter egg of a search tool last week, inducing “bacon number” madness. Now when
you’re playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, instead of cross-referencing IMDB,
Googlers can simply type in the actor’s name and “bacon number” for an
After hours of
furious research, it was found nearly every human remotely involved in show
business over the years (including ‘90s Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell and silent
actor Charlie Chaplin) are within just 2 degrees of Mr. Bacon. The only stars I
could find with a higher number are Paula Abdul and Humphrey Bogart (who both
have a whopping BN of 3). Here’s to Google: the company responsible for
incredible technological advances that continues to make us waste time on the
Internet and screw off at work.
Netflix Picks of the Week: Looking for something new on
Netflix now that you’re all caught up on Breaking Bad and Celebrity Rehab? Check out Bobcat Goldthwait’s over-the-top pop culture massacre God Bless America and Winnebago Man, the humorously touching
documentary about the angry star of an early viral Internet video.
Saturday Night Live returned for its
38th season Saturday. Jay Pharoah debuted as Barack Obama, with
Fred Armisen handing over the presidential torch. We also saw Taran Killam will
serve as Paul Ryan and Jason Sudekis will continue to play Mitt Romney
(squashing the rumors that he’d leave SNL
along with Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg). The trio is expected to appear
on SNL Primetime Edition, the special
election season show to air this Thursday and Sept. 27 on NBC. Seth McFarlane hosted
Saturday’s premiere, and to sum up his performance in one word: VOICES. HuffPo
breaks down the episode.
And as one
television show kicks off, another comes to a close. Sunday brought the
one-hour series finale of Showtime’s pot dramedy, Weeds. Without spoiling too
much, the finale gave us a peek seven years into the future. The good news about 2019:
the Botwin crew (plus Doug and Andy) is alive and mostly well. If the show's predictions pan out, fan-made renderings of an even-thinner, transparent future iPhone
were totally spot-on; the next diet craze will feature Regina George’s all-carb regime; and, most importantly, marijuana will not only become legalized, but sold
like cigarettes in stores and in edible forms at coffee shops. The bad news:
Shane grows a bad ‘80s cop mustache.
Everyone has an
opinion on TLC’s hillbilly hullabaloo, Here
Comes Honey Boo Boo, especially regarding the series’ matriarch, mama June
and her scary Jabba neck. But have you seen The Real Housewives of Miami? I
give you Mama Elsa: the stuff of surgical nightmares.
In music news, Ben
Folds Five is back and showing some love to Jim Henson in this new video.
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is due in theaters this November, and the trailer has just been released. Apparently 90 percent of Hollywood is in the film, including what I’m guessing is an Tupac-inspired Abraham Lincoln hologram (seriously, though, Daniel Day Lewis is scary good). I was
totally captivated, swept away to the 19th century, up until Adam
from Girls arrived on the scene. From
1:37 on, it was all union suits and depraved sex acts to me.
Alison Pill apparently
didn’t learn one lesson explored in the show on which she stars, because
homegirl accidentally tweeted a topless pic last week. The photo tweeted was meant for
boyfriend, actor Jay Baruchel, which reveals that Alison Pill has no idea what Twitter
is or how it works. It was removed immediately and, in the best reaction possible, Pill
owned up to the flub and apologized for being just as technologically inept as The Newsroom's MacKenzie.