by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
about the punk-themed Met Ball today, but I’m still in awe from last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race season finale and
reunion, where America’s Next Drag Superstar was crowned in true pageant style.
It’s easy to confuse the two: both are over-the-top parades of outrageous
fashion, debut ‘dos and bodies squeezed into numerous pairs of Spanx, but only
one event has RuPaul, so I’m focusing on that one.
The spotlight was
on the final three dragsters, Roxxxy Andrews, Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska, but I
couldn’t take my eyes off Penny Tration, Cincinnati’s own queen supreme who was
voted onto this season by viewers — only to be eliminated in the first episode.via Homorazzi
Like any good
queen, Penny varies up her looks, but I’ve never seen her like this before! E!
put Penny on their worst dressed list,
but any press is good press, right? With a leotard made from the fabric of the
dress she wore when she was eliminated, manic makeup and a tiny tuft of hair on
her big bald head, homegurl looked like a pageant baby Treasure Troll on crack,
and by that I obviously mean she looked amazing.via Homorazzi
Detox, who I
originally pegged as the winner but only made it to the final four, also stole
the show with this incredible black-and-white look. No Photoshop!
And Season 4
winner, Sharon Needles, served up Pee Wee Herman realness in this hot little
In the end, the
camptatstic Jinkx, “Seattle’s premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen” took the
The full trailer
for True Blood’s sixth season is
here. All hail Billith!
This shit is so
far beyond, but I don’t think any amount of supernatural caca could keep me
from indulging in this mess year after year. Season Six premieres June 16.
Ever since the
unveiling of that crazy Tupac hologram at 2012’s Coachella fest, there have
been rumors of similarly reviving other dead musicians and performers,
including TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. With a TLC reunion on the horizon, the
idea has come up again
but for now we can just settle for this peek at VH1’s upcoming TLC biopic. I am not familiar with two of the actresses, but Lil Mama plays Left Eye. I
just can’t right now.
RIP Marge Simpson!
Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s
mother, Margaret, the inspiration for the iconic blue-haired matriarch, has
passed away at age 94. Looking at her obituary,
I learned Groening tucked a bunch of autobiographical bits into The Simpsons. The real Marge was
actually married to a Homer, and had daughters named Maggie and Lisa. Her
maiden name, Wiggum, is used in the show as the resident police chief’s name.
Has anyone else
noticed that Shae from Game of Thrones
kind of looks like Megara, the goddess from Hercules?
Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack
was basically the playlist of my childhood, I figured the music selections for
The Great Gatsby would be on-point. I was right. Stream the whole soundtrack,
featuring Beyoncé, Andre 3000, Fergie, Lana Del Rey and a heavy coat of flapper Jazz, via NPR.
Miss this week’s Mad Men? Here’s all you need to know:
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America’s Best Bites (4:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cooking Channel), hosted by Natalie Forte, is in
its first season, and Abigail Street’s Chef Dan Wright and his wife Lana
will be featured on the third episode.
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It’s often said that the vice president
of the United States is “one heartbeat away” from the role of commander
in chief. But if Veep (10 p.m., Sundays, HBO) is any indication, sometimes second-in-command is actually much further down the totem pole.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Nathan Fielder goes beyond poking fun at these “expert takeover” series to reveal these little cultural phenomena, like what it takes to become a viral sensation or what some people are willing to do in order to be on television.
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Did you think awards season was over? If you like your awards shows with little more camp, tune in to the over-the-top tribute to the year in pop culture, the NewNowNext Awards (10 p.m. Monday, Logo).
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
With this sixth and
penultimate season of Mad Men comes a new work space, an updated group
of partners and a fresh start for SCDP, the people who work there, and,
likely, the other “mad” characters that make this show so captivating.
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The remaking and
re-imagining of classic films and TV shows is often met with high expectations
and harsh reviews. Despite this, I was really looking forward to A&E’s new
horror-drama, Bates Motel. Something
of a warped prequel to Psycho, the
thriller places a young Norman Bates and his mother Norma in charge of a
previously foreclosed motel in a contemporary setting. With the swoon-worthy
Vera Farmiga (big sis to American Horror
Story’s Violet, Taissa Farmiga) starring as the mother to the future sociopath
(who is portrayed by creepy-yet-cute Freddie Highmore), I really thought it was going to be
awesome. It wasn’t. Check out my full reaction in this week’s TV column.
I know I should
have lowered my expectations — prequels generally suck — but I was really
pulling for this one. Sadly, I’ve felt more suspense in an episode of A&E’s
Intervention that in this show where
multiple people were murdered in the premiere. Dammit, Bates Motel, I was rooting for you!
recommendation site Urbanspoon recently listed the most buzzed about
bar-n-grills across America and Cincinnati topped the list with seven restaurant-bar mentions
— matched only by Chicago, New Orleans and St. Louis. The restaurants
include A Tavola, Adriatico's Pizza, Bakersfield OTR, Nada, Senate, Taste of
Belgium Bistro and Terry’s Turf Club. With Covington’s Wunderbar bringing the
local count up to eight, it looks like Greater Cincinnati is the place to go
for beers and bites!
Usually when my
mom shares with me something she found on the Internet, it’s either a pug photo
shoot on YouTube or an MSN slideshow of inappropriate advertisements, but
recently she sent me something even
better. Check out this informational North Korean documentary footage of
Ah, America: Where
there aren’t any birds, except for the ones we all ate yesterday. Just a
reminder, next time you order your snow coffee, make sure to ask if it’s
Thanks for the cake, North Korea!
So the Catholics
got a new pope last week. Remember: There’s always money in the Vatican!
Usually when I
hear “Satan” and “Obama” in the sentence, I quickly tune out whichever Fox News
zombie or disgruntled family member is ranting, but this week the two were
compared for a new reason. The History Channel’s incredibly factual miniseries The Bible obviously features the devil,
an important supporting character from the original masterpiece, but some
people are upset about the resemblance to our president. Check it out for yourself here.
The Princess Bride is a classic, but
what if little Fred Savage’s grandpa gave him another book instead?
If the kid hated
all that kissing in PB, I can only
imagine what he’d think of GOT’s uh, adult scenes.Hey remember my American Horror Story Season Three guesses? AHS: Coven = confirmed. Witches! Squee!
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The snow is melting, crocuses are popping
up; it can only mean one thing — a fresh crop of spring shows! Here’s
what to look forward to in the coming months.
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
historically be an unlucky number, but we’re all sure to be blessed with pop
culture gold this year. Sure, Heidi and Spencer are back on TV and Kim
Kardashian is cooking up a baby with Kanye West — don’t run for the hills quite
yet. The fact that the New Year was rung in by a washed up Jamie Kennedy
and a stoned Macy Gray on this low-budge Los Angeles NYE show
has to be a good sign of what hot messes are to come. Here’s a peek at what’s to come in 2013. Many spoilers
lie ahead; proceed at your own risk.
This Sunday, the
Golden Globes (aka the one show where TV and movie stars mingle while drunk) will be hosted by women for the first time ever! OK, the show has only had an
official host since 2010, but it’s been Ricky Gervais every year since. This time around,
dynamic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler run the show. The pair have a long
history, back to their improv days at Second City in the ‘90s. Over the past
decade+ they’ve proven their comedic chemistry on Saturday Night Live and in Baby
Mama, but they’re also awesome in their respective rights, as seen on 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. Check out some of my unlikely-but-hopeful Golden
Globes picks here.
calendar may deem 2013 the Year of the Snake, but according to my diva calendar,
this is definitely the Year of Beyonce. The musical maven, who just celebrated
baby Blue Ivy’s first birthday with hubby and baby daddy Jay-Z, is set to sing
the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration Jan. 21. Next, she’ll fly
down to New Orleans to headline the Super Bowl halftime show
on Feb. 3. Bey is rumored to perform with a reunited Destiny’s Child (FINALLY)
and the Hov. Just two weeks later, HBO will premiere Queen B’s full-length documentary
on Feb. 16. The Bey-directed doc touts a personal, never-before-seen look at
“Beyonce the person” (there’s no way she’s 100% human, but whatever) as opposed
to Sasha Fierce the performer. A few things I’m really hoping to see: Jay-Z
changing Blue’s Egyptian cotton diaper; Beyonce eating actual solid food; a
baby bump shot to put those pesky rumors to rest; at least 13 different
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for the second half of
Season Three on Feb. 10. We’ll pick up with the new Woodbury/prison storylines
introduced in early December’s mid-season finale. Fan fave Daryl has been
captured by the Governor, who places him in the demented fighting arena against
his brother Merle (who was pretty much presumed dead by the group after leaving
a trail of blood and sawed-off hand behind in Season One). Loyalties will
certainly be tested when the Dixon bros meet for the first time and, according
to this sneak peak, the Woodbury clan wants them to battle to the death. Back
at the prison, Rick questions his leadership role and Tyreese (a character
plucked from the comics) will step up as the group’s token black guy. On the other side of the camera, showrunner Glen Mazzara, who took over for
Frank Darabont after a rather sluggish second season, will be stepping down.
Some speculate the move may be due to a lackluster second half of this season,
but Mazzara, AMC and comic creator/exec producer Robert Kirkman all claim the
departure is on good terms.
We’ll see for ourselves next month; meanwhile, check out this preview:
At first glance, Game
of Thrones did not seem like my small screen cop o’ tea. I generally don’t read
or watch anything too fantastical/mythical (but bring on the zombies and True Blood), plus the number of
characters and settings almost make fictional family trees and note-taking a
must. Regardless of TV preferences, though, GoT
is an addictive epic. And on March 31, fans will return to Westeros for a third,
slightly super-sized season.
See, in the past, episodes were generally just more than 50 minutes long. This
season promises several eps as long as 57 minutes, ultimately adding up to almost a whole extra episode. Way too nerdy and nitpicky?
Well, that’s Thrones for you. But another
fun addition to this season is that fans can now drink along with the show as New York’s Brewery Ommegang
releases a series of Game of Thrones beer. The first, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, is set
to debut in time for the season premiere.
And speaking of TV
show beer tie-ins, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will also get its own brew
with Aleman and Two Brothers Brewing Co.’s Dayman Coffee IPA, also slated to come out this
March. Let’s just hope the gang hasn’t touched the stuff.
And since you
can’t even read the word “Dayman” without singing:
Moving along to
May, you better scratch those Star Wars Day
and Cinco de Mayo plans. Cult hit Arrested
Development is coming back with a new season, to be released on Netflix in
its entirety on May 4. Of course, everyone is happy to have a little more Tobias Fünke in their
lives, but this is a huge, possibly telling move for television in general.
Plenty of failed shows gain a following after their demise on TV, but rarely do these
shows actually get picked up again, and certainly not 7 years after
cancellation. My only fear is super-fans’ high expectations will be hard to meet in just a single season. 'Til the release,
catch up on the series and look out for these Easter eggs.
After being pushed
from its original Christmas 2012 premiere date,
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby will
hit theaters May 10. The director is known for his visually exciting films,
such at Romeo + Juliet (which starred
Gatsby himself, Leonardo DiCaprio) and Moulin
Rouge, and likes to blend contemporary music and themes in with those of
the films’ eras. For example, in the following trailer, Kanye West's “No Church in the Wild” juxtaposes the 1922 setting.
If that's not enough for ya, stay tuned for more 2013 pop culture previews for summer and fall.
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.