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.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Cincinnati may be 20 years behind the times (according to that old
adage), but no more than two months after New York's Dominique Ansel Bakery birthed the cronut
— a magical, croissant-donut hybrid — the Queen City’s already got local
bakeries with our own varieties. Holtman’s Donut Shop
is serving up the pastry at its Loveland location and Savor Catering sells them at Roebling Point Books, Bow Tie Café and Left Bank Coffee (they
even offer “croughnut holes!”). Better yet, the cronut is actually still trendy
in its homeland, drawing long, early-morning lines and even high price scalping
on Craigslist, so we’re really not that passé after all!This happened. Via AV Club:<br>
When Big Brother first made
its U.S. debut in 2000, I recall being excited to witness some actual
uncensored drama go down with an online companion to the television show (Oh innocent,
early Internet era me). What would producers actually show? People peeing?
Nipples? Sexy time? F-bombs? Now, of course, that’s practically standard fare
for a boring Housewives hour. More
than a decade later, we still have Big Brother and it’s still uncensored online,
it’s just a little surprising what’s getting caught on camera. Basically, this
bunch — Season 15 — is a group of bona fide racists, a bunch of regular Paula
Deens. But we’re not talking about backwoods idiots who don’t know any better
or politically incorrect Daniel Tosh wannabes. These are people who can’t refer
to their Asian roommate without listing off the Panda Express menu while making
Fans have been upset that producers weren’t showing any of this behavior
on the actual telecast (these shining moments were only seen online), but some
real gems were exposed on Sunday night’s episode. Watch a roundup of This Week
in Big Brother Racism,
ya know, if you want to just hate
humanity some more. With a title so innocent,
who would have thought the show could
expose so much evil?!
Comedy Central’s Inside Amy
Schumer finished its first season with a bang last week. The comedian’s series,
which has been picked up for a second season, was stellar — the perfect mix of
stand-up, on-the-street interviews and sketches and, while it was clearly
targeted to women, it was funny across the board. The episode closed with Amy’s
stand-up, where she brought out her opening act, Bridget Everett (the
martini-guzzler seen in the finale's “Crazy Sex Tips” sketch). While
the clip isn’t available online now, Bridget performed a similar bit on an HBO
Skip to 3:30 for the song I’ve been shouting out the car at strangers
for the past week. And yes, that’s Ad-Rock in the back. Bridget Everett, marry me!
Breaking Bad’s final episodes air starting Aug. 11, but will that be the end to all
the Bad characters we’ve come to
love? The rumors of a Saul Goodman spinoff are getting more and more credible
as BB creator Vince Gilligan says he
and producer Peter Could have a concept in development that they plant to seriously pitch once Breaking Bad comes to a close
Artist-type Steve Lovelace got a lot of attention last year for his
Corporate States of America map in which Lovelace selected a brand that best represented each of the 50 states.
(Ohio got Wendy’s. JBCs for all!) Now, he’s done it with booze.
Quick question: WTF is Hoppin’ Frog?!
Last week was all about callin’ bitches on online. Prime example No. 1:
The Vegan Sellout
site — which has since been wiped from the web — a forum for calling out vegan/vegetarians
who do not practice what they preach (i.e. people who “hold secret barbecues,”
gave up the lifestyle to wear leather or claim to be vegan but eat meat on
occasion). Whether this was a product of veg saboteurs or the most pretentious,
backwards-thinking vegans ever is yet to be determined. Over in
the Hamptons, James Cuomo is getting loads of credit for forming a Facebook
group called “Douche spotter,”
aimed at targeting weekenders who infiltrate Hamptonites' homeland with their nasty rat
faces every summer. I’m typically all for calling out bad parking jobs and
fashion nightmares (these make up most of the photos), but not so that some waspy a-holes can feel better about themselves. Ironically, Cuomo definitely looks like a douche himself. Join the group
here, and see why it totally warranted a GD New York Post story. Hey, people with voluntary restrictive diets and/or East Coast upbringings: Mind ya bidness!Better late than never obsession: British sci-fi dark comedy, Misfits. It’s everything I wish True
Blood still was, only in the U.K. instead of Louisiana. Young delinquents + freaky storm + crime + super
powers + sex + camp = I’m on the third season and I haven’t even been watching
for a week! Thanks, Hulu!Texas gym teacher Deal Irby wore the same ensemble on every school picture day for 40 years! Meanwhile, I can barely fit into my T-shirts from four years ago. BRB, gonna go drink my lunch now.
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
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
A Parisian bridge
covered in padlocks was featured on two reality shows in the last week or so — Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (1. Don’t
judge me. 2. Isn’t it weird that both shows ventured outside their titular
cities to the same destination?). Kyle and Mauricio (RHOBH) and Kourtney and Scott (KKTM)
visited the Pont
des Arts in their respective (but not respected!) shows to take part in what
appeared to be a romantic tradition of signing a lock, attaching it to the
bridge’s chain-link structure and tossing the key into the Seine below. Ah, c’est
I had never heard of this tradition, but I've never been to Paris, so
what does my uncultured ass know? Apparently this is just another annoying
tourist attraction trampling over French culture. What started as a private, inconspicuous act of love done at night has become
nothing more than a photo op that is starting to endanger Parisian architecture.
Good news: a Machete sequel is coming this summer!
Bad news: my arch nemesis Sofia Vergara is in it and it looks like she took Katy Perry’s discarded firework-shootin’
boobs and souped ‘em up.This has not been a good year for Saturday
Night Live. Kristen Wiig, arguably the show’s strongest player, stepped
down after last season along with the awesome Andy Samberg. The non-topical skits
have been just off ever since and even hyped-up hosts like Jennifer Lawrence and
Christoph Waltz fell flat. But this 38th season just may have been saved by
Justin Timberlake’s recent episode.From the throwback skits (JT’s now-famous
food mascot and the “Dick in a Box” bit with Samberg) to his performances
(Jay-Z made an appearance during “Suit and Tie!”),
the entire episode was wholly entertaining. I’m going to stop blaming the
writers now and assume Justin agreed to host for the fifth time in
exchange for every good skit idea for an entire season, plus at least five
cameos. The monologue featured a skit about the Five-Timers Club — an exclusive
group of guests that have hosted at least five times. Paul Simon, Steve Martin,
Dan Aykroyd (he’s only a bartender because he actually has only hosted once),
Martin Short (just a waiter; only hosted three times), Alec Baldwin, Candice
Bergen, Tom Hanks and Chevy Chase all swung by. Did you want a ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’
reprise? Done. How about a Three Amigos
reunion? Got it. Go here
to watch the full episode.
Need an extra kick
with your morning coffee? Meth: It's what's for breakfast! (via Rebel Donut)Albuquerque, N.M.’s Rebel Donut offers a special “Blue Sky” Breaking Bad donut sprinkled with the
signature blue rock made famous on the AMC hit. OK, it’s not really meth, but
blue rock candy, like they use on the series. Breaking Bad (which is set in Albuquerque)
returns for its last season this summer. Go here for a behind-the-scenes look at the final eight episodes.
Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Reggie Watts created
a new YouTube comedy channel, JASH. What is JASH, you ask?
Also this week: Former ‘Girl Next Door’ and Hugh Hefner humper Holly Madison made a baby and
named her Rainbow. Russell Crowe saw a UFO.
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
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Election season is
over! Regardless of how you voted, I think we can all celebrate the fact that
our portals to pop culture — television, radio, social media and the rest
of the Internet — will no longer be clogged with annoying political rants, campaign
advertisements and baseless polls, making more room for puppy cams, nail art
blogs, unflattering celebrity photos and other important things the American
But, since we’re
talking politics, this week we witnessed what can only be described as the
best Rom-com of 2012. Here’s a sampling of the finest presidential gifs:And, for old time's sake:As people in
Colorado and Washington are legalizing recreational weed, the cannabis king himself, now known as Snoop
Lion, is working on his first Reggae album. While the release date for Reincarnated is yet to be
announced, Snoop debuted his video first single under his new moniker, titled
“La La La.” While it’s no “Oh Sookie,” this colorful Jamaican adventure looks
straight out of Pee Wee’s Playhouse and was directed by Eli Roth (Hostel, Grindhouse).
Here’s a really
freaky map plotting out the expansion of Walmart locations over the past 40
sequels have become a staple in Hollywood at this point. It’s irritating, but
can you blame ‘em? You’ve got your foundation already set, there’s a built-in
audience and, presumably, it requires a lot less effort than a completely
original work. Generally, I detest the modernization of classics (or even silly
childhood gems), but my heart skipped a beat when I read Disney is in the early
of a Boy Meets World sequel.The ‘90s
T.G.I.F. staple followed Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) as he grew from an
adorable sixth grader to the best college-aged husband ever (oops, Spoiler
Alert). From 1993-2000 audiences got to know and love Cory, his family, BFF Sean, GF
Topanga and neighbor/principal Mr. Feeny. Girl
Meets World, Disney’s proposed sequel, is to follow Cory and Topanga’s
tween daughter as she comes of age herself *wipes tears*. Casting Savage and Danielle
Fishel (who played Cory’s main squeeze/’90s lioness) is crucial to this being
acceptable in my book. Savage’s work has been sparse in the past 10 years — a
couple indie flicks and a few single TV show episodes — and if Fishel can take
a break from her “I almost lost my virginity to Lance Bass”
tour, I’m thinking they can make this work.
news, MythBusters is working on an episode
devoted to Breaking Bad.
While Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage
won’t be cooking any of the blue stuff, they will be trying two experiments from the series’ first season. One involves the stomach-churning scene where Jesse uses hydrofluoric acid to dispose of some evidence. Since BB has offered countless other scenes begging to be myth-busted, there is talk of additional episodes dedicated to Walter White & Co. The episode, airing in Spring 2013, will feature Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) and creator Vince Gilligan.
Breaking Bad is
one of those shows that, if you are or ever even plan to get into, you really don’t want anything to be
spoiled. But in this age of the Internet, where millions of people think an
unsolicited “woah can’t believe [character] just died on [series]” is a
necessary and interesting message to share with the world, spoilers lurk around
every corner. College Humor created a helpful guide to dancing around spoilers.
TV people, take note.
by Jac Kern
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It’s a good time
to be a Louie C.K. fan. And probably a good time to be Louie C.K., since in the last year
the comedian has nabbed two Emmys, wrapped a successful third season of his FX series
and pretty much single-handedly changed the way performers distribute media.
Where most performers might ride this wave until it crashes, taking on
additional projects and endorsements, C.K. is taking the opportunity to lay low
for a bit. The comedian is taking an extended break from the spotlight, putting
his show Louie on hiatus until 2014.
Yes, it sucks to wait more than a year for a great series, but even his most
devoted fans must wipe their tears and acknowledge this smart move. Instead of
ordering extra episodes, cranking out more material until he gets so burnt out
he pulls a Chappelle, C.K. will be able to take the time to continue producing
(directing, writing and starring in) more hilariously dark shows.
Speaking of good
shows we have to wait so very long for, here’s a fun Breaking Bad dance jam to
get you through ‘til next summer. No spoilers, but I’ll warn you, it’s mighty
Everyone with an
Instagram account and Starbucks latte believes they are a photographer, but
most of us leave the real snapping to the pros, knowing better than to fake
such a talent. Right? When two real photogs discovered an alarming number
of crappy pictures taken by supposed “professionals,” they decided to call
these fools out with one message: You Are Not A Photographer.
The highly anticipated film Skyfall hits theaters next month, but Bond fans are
already geeking out over the new theme song by Adele:
This is the
singer’s first release since her award-winning 2011 album, 21. She’s due to give birth to her first child any day now.
Cook? He was that comedian that was pretty funny for about 15 minutes in 2005
but quickly joined the likes of Nickelback and Ed Hardy enthusiasts in the
Douchebag Hall of Fame. Well, Dane Cook’s still around and he still sucks.
Cook was set to
star in a new NBC sitcom, Next Caller.
Cook played host of a sex and dating-type radio show, “Booty Call,” oddly
paired with a new, bubbly female co-host. I know what you’re thinking. When does
this television gold hit the airwaves?! Unfortunately, NBC found the final
product so dismal, they scrapped the entire series after filming four of six
episodes. So, for the record, NBC felt throwing money in the toilet was a better plan
than giving Cook screen time. I’ll admit, I gave Cook props for appearing on a
second season episode of Louie in
which he faced the accusations that he steals jokes (from C.K., in fact). But
watch the Next Caller post-mortem
trailer and you’ll agree this cancellation was for the
Now, to wash away
that gritty pockmarked face from your memory, enjoy this story about Ed, the
peg-leg pug!Ed is one of Australia’s first rescue dogs to receive a prosthetic limb. Let
this be a reminder to spay and neuter your cats and dogs and support rescue pets over breeders.It was recently announced
that two of my all-time favorite humans will host next year’s Golden Globes.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will take over for Ricky Gervais, who hosted the
tribute to film and television for the past three years. I could go on at
length about my love for this duo, carefully citing my favorite works (everything they've ever done), but I’ll leave my official endorsement to this:
Bitches get stuff done.
As far as politics
go, I'm pretty sure all we need to know is there was a debate Monday night and Mitt Romney has binders
just chock full of women.
Yes, November is
going to be quite an interesting month. Who’s to say what the outcome will be?
So many insane characters — how can we keep them all straight? Oh, I’m not
talking about the election. I’m referring to the MFing return of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet Hip Hopera. Trapped capped off with 22 chapters
released between 2005-2007. The maestro has composed an additional 20 chapters
to be released on IFC on Black Friday, Nov. 23 — a perfect way to spend your
holiday eating leftovers. Here’s a peek at the latest, Chapter 23. Take it from
R. Kelly, “These next chapters of Trapped in the Closet is gonna be so craaaazy."
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place Sunday night. Each year I get excited for
this one awards show dedicated to television, and every year I forget how
boring and predictable it usually is. First off, there is no booze served at the Emmys (unlike
the drink-friendly Golden Globes which honor TV and film), and that just puts a
damper on everything. Pre-show red carpet interviews have to be one of the most
uncomfortable interactions ever (I swear one E! douche bag actually said, “I don’t really
care, ‘cause we’re dudes, but it’s my thing tonight — Who are you wearing?”
Gag.) — stars need some hooch to make it all OK. Then there are the clear academy favorites that are continually nominated
year after year for no apparent reason — Can’t we all agree Big Bang Theory lacks any real humor or
geek cred? But I suffer through the Emmys just in case there’s a redeeming
wardrobe malfunction or surprise winner. Raise your hand if you're tired of faux nerdery!
Jimmy Kimmel made
an entertaining host, playfully poking fun at various celebs and, in a
particularly funny bit, showed an “In Memoriam” video of himself, stating that
we shouldn’t wait until stars are dead to remember their work.
The big winners of
the night were Showtime’s drama series Homeland,
the HBO movie Game Change and ABC’s Modern Family (one of those perpetual
Fashion trends for
the night (and fall in general) included bold solids and metallics, but I always
find it interesting just a few stars sport very similar, striking looks. This
year it was apparently good luck to mimic the award statue — all dressed in yellow, Julianne Moore (Game Change), Julie Bowen (Modern Family) and a pregnant
Claire Danes (Homeland) each walked away with a golden lady for their respective leading
The good: Tracy
Morgan faked a medical issue to generate buzz, Amy Poehler and Julia
Louie-Dreyfus “accidentally” swapped acceptance speeches and Jon Stewart kept
censors on their toes during his acceptance speech on behalf of The Daily Show (which makes 10 wins in a row for the show). I was happy to see Jessica Lange honored as best supporting actress in a miniseries/movie — and, really, how smart of them to re-define American Horror
Story each season, categorizing it as a miniseries. The always-hilarious Louis C.K. was "vindicated" with two Emmys for his writing on Louie and his stand-up special, Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater. And while the drama category was
filled with some of my favorite shows, a very deserving Homeland pretty much swept the
category. Aaron Paul was awarded for his role as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad,
to which I say, “Yeah, bitch!” While Paul may have been confused during fashion
week, he must have picked up some style tips on the
catwalk, because his chocolate suit was sick, and only enhanced by his fiance’s coordinating gown. All together now: Aww!Season 4 of Breaking Bad was
outstanding, and I’m a Jesse fan but…
The bad: Giancarlo Esposito
should have won for his performance in Breaking Bad. I will never not be terrified
of him after seeing him as the disturbing Gus Fring. I would have liked to see Kristen
Wiig win for her last season on SNL. And Jon Cryer? I love ya, Duckie, but Two and a
Half Men does not belong in the awards arena. "Wait, me? Are you guys sure?"So, it was mostly
a snoozefest, but at least we had the opening skit featuring all the leading
ladies and, namely, a “nude” Lena Dunham eating cake in a bathroom stall.
In non-Emmy news, Clint Eastwood’s infamous
empty chair assault during the Republican National Convention is old news by
now, but that’s not going to stop the folks at Extra from babbling on about it. During an interview about his
film Trouble With the Curve, Eastwood
had this to say: "If
someone's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say
something, they're going to have to take what they get."
Is Amanda Bynes the new Britney? With Ms. Spears cleaning off
her Cheeto dust to fulfill her duties as “Britney, bitch”
on The X Factor, another
downward-spiraling starlet must accept the role as train wreck supreme. Sure,
Lindsay Lohan is the obvious candidate, but if you’ve been following the
“retired” actress of Nickelodeon fame, you know Bynes is barreling to the front
of the race. Seemingly out of nowhere, Bynes has recently had her car impounded after facing charges for a DUI, driving without a license (twice) and two hit-and-runs.I will go as far as calling my dad in from the 'burbs to
chauffeur my ass around (or, in dire situations, dealing with the living hell that is Ron’s Cab) to
avoid traffic stops and drunk driving. Can’t these child stars payroll a driver to be
available at their every whim, or call a damn taxi? Also, people are saying she's crazier than one of those silly characters she played when she was 12. AMANDA PLEASE
Apple sold more
than 5 million iPhone 5s over the weekend, completely running out of stock.
Those who didn’t camp outside Apple stores or take advantage of pre-sale offers
will have to wait until October for the newest iPhone, but I borrowed my
boyfriend’s I tested one out all professional-like over the weekend. Here’s
the rundown. “Fastest, thinnest, lightest iPhone ever?” Yes. It's so light, it feels like a
toy phone that should have chiclets inside or something. iPhone 5 prototypeThe phone itself is
more compact, but the screen surface is actually larger. It’s equipped with 4G
LTE and features a new smaller, reversible charger. Siri remains pretty
inessential to those of us with the ability to look out windows, although I’ve found it moderately entertaining to ask it existential
questions and see how well it can decipher fake accents. And the cool, easy-to-use panoramic camera
feature is sure to set the Instagram world on fire.
1 Comment · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Let’s face it: The majority of shows on
TV can be considered “guilty pleasures” at best. Just based on the sheer
ratio of churned-out, crappy television to quality programming, the
Kardashians and gypsies far outnumber the Drapers and Game of Thrones. But there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence, right?
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
When IFC took
on Bullet in the Face (10 p.m. Thursday and
Friday), the network embraced the campy side of action favorites to
present an explosive, comedic television event.