by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Ghostbusters reboot has its leading ladies!
Director/co-writer Paul Feig posted a picture
on Twitter of what he’s confident will be the next ghost-busting foursome:
Talk about some badass
Now, considering that
tweets aren’t legally binding at this point, it isn’t an official cast announcement. But
why would Feig lie to us? Let’s indulge the speculation. First up is Kristen
Wiig. The MVP of recent Saturday Night
Live alumnae has previously worked with Feig on Bridesmaids. Just like Melissa McCarthy — also an excellent pick.
It’s not really a surprise that McCarthy is on board, considering the script is
also co-written by The Heat writer
Katie Dippold, but it’s still a solid cast pick. Then we’ve got two current SNL castmates: Leslie Jones (who just
joined the cast this season) and Kate McKinnon (who I am super pumped to see on
the big screen for a change).
No other details have been
announced yet (including a title, plot summary or release date), but I’d love
to see Sarah Silverman as Slimer.
In music news, Sam Smith
has been ordered to share writing credits and royalties from his breakout hit “Stay With Me”
with Tom Petty and songwriter Jeff Lynne, because it turns out that shit is
almost identical to “I Won’t Back Down.”
Yeah, it’s kind of
depressing that all popular songs basically sound the same, but what’s
interesting about the whole situation is how cool Smith and his people have
been about it. Apparently as soon as the similarities were pointed out, Smith
paid up and the whole thing stayed out of the courts. He claims it was just a
coincidence and that he in fact had never heard the song — one of the most recognizable
Rock songs of its time (OK, gurl) —
but this could have been a whole lot messier.
So yay, we get to keep liking Sam Smith!
The next season of Hannibal may be pushed back until
summer, but we’ve got a peek at some new characters joining the show. Rutina
a.k.a. Tara from True Blood, and Glenn
a.k.a. the Yellow King from True
Detective, are both in for Season Three.
Presented without comment:
Bruce Jenner will have an E! reality show following his “journey.”
For those not in the Kardashian know (consider yourself lucky/a great human), many have been
speculating whether Jenner is transgender and in the process of transitioning. In Touch magazine even went so far as to
put this altered image on a January cover. Whatever the journey
is, we trust it will be covered respectfully and delicately, as only E! knows
Cult David Wain comedy Wet Hot American Summer is getting the
TV-prequel treatment with the upcoming Netflix series Wet
Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
It’s pretty exciting to see the entire cast
is back (including those who have gone way beyond absurdist comedies, like
Bradley Cooper), and still takin’ it higher and higher!
what’s felt like an eternity, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans finally have their Season
Seven premiere date. On March 2, a new gaggle of queens will debut on Logo
along with some new judges — Santino Rice has been replaced (but will still guest-judge)
by Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley and
human hedgehog on helium Ross Mathews. Prepare your earholes accordingly. Peep the trailer here.
RuGarrison Keillor (@RuG_Keillor) is your pop culture mash-up du jour.
Screen Actors Guild Awards were Sunday and, as per usual, it was a snoozefest.
Any award show where all people talk about on the red carpet is another more
important award show (the Oscars) can’t possibly be that good. Wake me up when
there’s a SAAG Award, because I would definitely be more interested in Indian
food than this shit. But here are some highlights:
Galifianakis is also transitioning…into a ghost of his former self.
Orange Is the New Black cast won Outstanding
Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and were all super cute (Uzo
“Crazy Eyes” Aduba also snagged an Actor — that’s what they call those ugly SAG
Viola Davis gave a touching speech
while accepting an award for her work on How
to Get Away With Murder.
the best part of the night was on the red carpet, where A-listers SNUBBED the
the women wanted to avoid sexist reporting tactics — yet none clammed up when
asked about their dress, jewels, hair or make up, nor when told how beautiful
they were. Hmm. Instead, I like to imagine Jennifer Aniston sent a group text
to all her fellow Oscar nominees leading ladies warning them to stay
away from the finger-sized red carpet like a mean girl telling all of her
friends not to sit with Susie at lunch today.
all the winners here.
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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
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Get ready to hump
the fridge, write in your gournal and party Camp Firewood style,
because Mayday is throwing a Wet Hot American Summer
party Saturday. Enjoy a summer movie marathon, burgers and dogs from the grill,
craft beers and a late-night dance party. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and
continues through the night. I want you inside me!
LGBTQ magazine CNKY Scene presents its first-ever film festival this weekend.
The three-day fest will screen 22 international short and feature films,
present Q&As and workshops through Sunday at Know Theater. Special events
include the screening of Raid of the
Rainbow Lounge followed by Q&A with narrator, actress Meredith Baxter
and after-parties each night. Find a full schedule here.
Tickets start at $10; a full-access pass is $60.The Chippendales perform at Belterra Casino Friday. Find your own Magic Mike.
Travel back in
time for a Midsummer Masquerade
at Loveland Castle Saturday. Dress in masks and costume, or just sport your most
fanciful duds, and enjoy performances by Dante’s Gypsy Circus, Robbin Marks
Magic, aerial dancers, live music and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at
the door — er, castle gates. The soiree runs 8-11 p.m.Come to the castle early
for an all-ages festival beginning at 11 a.m. Castle Day features food, beer,
crafts, entertainment and a great opportunity to saunter the castle grounds.Considered to be the oldest festival in Cincinnati, Schutzenfest is a German celebration for all ages. The Kolping Center will be packed with authentic food and beer, games, vendors, rides and lots of live entertainment. The fest runs Friday-Sunday and admission is $3. Find details here.
If you missed
Thursday’s presentation of Ugandan artist Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine’s multimedia piece, A
Friday night is the last chance. Mwine portrays four different characters
onstage to describe the oppression of LGBTQ citizens in Uganda. The performance
includes raw video footage and photographs, dealing with a serious subject
matter with an upbeat tone. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are $20, $14 for
members.Ongoing events include the Vent Haven ConVENTion, the Warren County Fair and more arts and theater suggestions from our To Do page.