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'Lachey's Bar' Lays on the Cincy Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
When word spread that brothers Nick and Drew Lachey — Cincinnati natives of 98 Degrees fame — were not only opening a bar in their hometown but also documenting the experience on A&E, the legitimacy of both ventures was questionable at best.  
by Jac Kern 01.29.2015
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I Just Can't Get Enough

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 funnywomen. 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 Wesley, a.k.a. Tara from True Blood, and Glenn Flesher, 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 how. 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! After 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. Related: RuGarrison Keillor (@RuG_Keillor) is your pop culture mash-up du jour. The 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: Zach Galifianakis is also transitioning…into a ghost of his former self. The 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 trophies). And Viola Davis gave a touching speech while accepting an award for her work on How to Get Away With Murder. But the best part of the night was on the red carpet, where A-listers SNUBBED the mani cam! Apparently 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. Find all the winners here.

The State Alumnus Now a Hunk of 'Burning Love'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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 owner.  
by Jac Kern 07.20.2012
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Your Weekend To Do List: 7/20-7/22

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! Monthly, local 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 Missionary Position, 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.