0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The long-awaited summer is upon us, and
with it comes new series and seasons of shows worth checking out between
beach vacations and barbecues.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After nearly two years off the air, Louie
C.K. is back on the small screen, presenting another season of
brilliant dark humor with Louie (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, FX).
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Daily Show has propelled more
comics to fame than just host Jon Stewart. Steve Carell, Ed Helms,
Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (OK, a lot of white guys) and many others
sparked their careers with regular appearances on Comedy Central’s “fake
by Jac Kern
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Senior prom is a special
milestone for many American teens, but even traditions as old as school dances
change over time. Intimate one-on-one dates have given way to group dates and attending as friends. Flip-flops and cutout cocktail dresses replaced the overdone evening
look for many girls. And now a southern-fried specialty is getting in the prom
game. Kentucky Fried Chicken — What? Yes. — partnered with Louisville florists to create the chicken corsage. For $20, Louisville residents can purchase a corsage from Nanz and Kraft Florists that includes a $5 gift card to KFC, where folks can then go buy the perfect piece of chicken. It can only be assumed that after prom, girls will press the greasy chicken bone between their yearbook pages, just like their moms did with their corsages when they were young.
It’s confirmed: Stephen
Colbert will take over the Late Show desk
once David Letterman retires sometime in 2015. That’ll mean no more Colbert Report and, likely, the end of
the host’s faux-servative character. Start the countdown to the announcement of
a new reality show following Letterman, Leno (and, let’s just be honest — Craig
Ferguson and Conan O’Brien) around Ex-Host Island. Move over, old people!
Slightly younger people are takin' yer jerbs!In the contemporary classic Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan’s Cady
describes Halloween as, “the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut
and no other girls can say anything about it.” Well, Coachella must be kind of like
Halloween for celebrities, except instead of wearing lingerie and some form of
animal ears, they throw on the most jumbled assortment of terrible fashion fads. Not
sure about the new cream-colored designer jumpsuit you purchased? Try it out in the middle of
the desert! Want to channel Woodstock without ever having been to, read about
or seen a photo of Woodstock? Grab a Native American headdress and wear that
shit to Coachella. The fest is HQ for floral head wreaths, jorts and combat
boots (often all worn at once), and for some reason I cannot pull myself away
from the celeb photos of this mess.
It’s like someone made a slot machine with various teenagers’ style blogs on Tumblr and
everyone going to Coachella must take a spin to determine their outfit. “Ooh, I
got a bindi, a latex bra, a crocheted duster and gladiator sandals!” Just look
at these famous attendees, capped off with Koachella Kweenz Kylie and Kendall Jenner.
But seriously, you need to
see this video that’s (probably) of Leonardo DiCaprio Coachin’ it up (people
say that, right?) at an MGMT performance, which makes me feel weird and old.
And since I brought up
Lindsay, the supposedly sober starlet was supposedly washing down all that
Coachella dust and glitter with vodka this weekend. The reports come days after the latest
episode of her Oprah docu-series, in which she admits to drinking alcohol after
her latest stint in rehab. Also, there were a lot of emo scenes of Lindsay
filming herself crying. Get it together, girl. OPRAH WILL CUSS AT YOU AGAIN.
And everyone knows if Oprah has to cuss at you twice, you will spontaneously burst into flames.
Celebrispawn in the media
is quite the hot topic as of late, particularly thanks to Dax Sheppard and
Kristen Bell vs. Papz (this will definitely be a court case our children will study in history class). But what about fake famous babies
— fair game? OK! Leslie Knope is pregnant! Pawnee's upcoming addition will be the Prince George of
fictional TV comedy births. Which is to say, a very big deal. Parks and Rec's Leslie and Ben
will be the best parents ever. I think I speak for fans everywhere by saying we can't wait for his or her first playdate with the world’s most
attractive child, Ann and Chris’ little Oliver.
Sunday was an epic night
for television with the final Mad Men premiere
and a crazy-ass episode of Game of
Thrones. These two are great popular, critically-acclaimed dramas, but
they’re on complete opposite ends of the style spectrum. Mad Men’s seventh season
debut was gradual and calculated (as always), giving viewers a chance to fill
in the blanks between Season Six and now, speculate on what’s to come and read into every
little detail. And by detail, I mean Pete’s California Ken Doll look, which was
#flawless. Ratings were way down Sunday — the lowest-rated premiere since the second
season's in 2008. Some
attribute the drop to a lackluster episode, but the truth is probably that
everyone was too busy losing their shit over this week’s Game of Thrones to get into the cool Mad Men mood.
Without giving too much
away (and because I spoiled “the incident” for myself since I can’t stay off the damn
Internet — so I know it sucks), Thrones fans
who hadn’t already read the books were treated to a truly righteous, bubbly,
bloody scene this week that totally flips the script for many of our favorite
characters. Can’t these people get through one wedding without having to
immediately plan a funeral?
New movie trailers to hit
the Interwebz: bestseller-turned-likely blockbuster Gone Girl;
two red band previews for 22 Jump Street (The
starring Cameron Diaz and a manorexic Jason Segel, a comedy that’s exactly what
you think it’s about; and Jon Favreau’s take on the foodie world, Chef.
Aaand it looks like Jay-Z and Beyoncé
may tour together for a string of shows this
summer, so I need to go quit my job and fulfill
my dreams of being a roadie. Byé!
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Move over, Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory may have helped popularize or mainstream “nerd culture,” but Silicon Valley keeps it real with sharp wit, spot-on tech
references and just a touch of social awkwardness — the makings of any
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
When it comes to a series that transports
viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless
characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue
the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season
Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Spring is coming — despite what the weather would have us believe — with a fresh crop of new series and returning favorites.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Internet is a scary place, and anyone who’s browsed 4chan can attest
to that. But this creepy technological web can connect strangers and answer
questions, often with unexpected results. The latest example: Jenna Jameson
exchanged an unverified story and super sad, semi-nude pics for information
about her former agent who Jameson said turned out to be a con man and is sabotaging her
online presence. She was given the man’s phone number, address, social security
number, credit score an more private information within the hour. Cool?
David Lynch fans will likely recall the last episode of Twin Peaks, where Laura Palmer tells Agent
Cooper she’ll see him in 25 years. Peaks
took place in 1989, which means she was referring to this year — 2014. Hence,
Lynch is filming new episodes of the cult series, as evidenced by a Twin Peaks casting call.
It’s always exciting to see Cincinnati on the big screen — not just a
mention, but actual shots of the city. It’s certainly not the most exotic
locale, and many scenes of a Cincinnati-based movie could probably be
replicated in a Hollywood studio. So movies that do make the trip Midwest tend
to be very special to locals. Rain Man, Traffic and The Ides of March all brought a spotlight and stars to the Queen
City. Next up: Cate Blanchett and
Rooney Mara make their way to Cincinnati this spring to film Carol. Based on the Patricia Highsmith
book also known as The Price of
Salt, the movie will be set in 1950s New York City, but shot exclusively in
Cincinnati. Blanchett and Mara in vintage garb, traipsing around town?
Celeb-stalking will be in full force, #ClooneyWatch style. Read more here.
In case you missed it, Shia LaBoeuf has lost his damn mind. Exhibit A.
But, due to my undying love of Louis Stevens, I still anticipate seeing his
wiener (again) in Nymphomaniac.
We’re a week into 2014 but, judging by the proliferation of “best of”
articles and continued obligatory year-end reflection posts on Facebook, it
appears most people are still in #RIP2013 mode — so we’re going to follow suit.
Now that our marathon New Year’s hangover has passed (and since awards season
doesn’t kick off until this week's People’s Choice Awards and Golden Globes), let’s look back at some of the highlights — and low points — of 2013.
The most photographed location on Instagram was a Bangkok mall; the most “popular” is this shot of Will Smith and the Biebs, with more
than 1.5 million likes.
A sacrifice to the Xenu gods? No such luck.
Moving on to Twitter, the most re-tweeted post was a somber one — Lea
Michele of Glee’s photo of herself with boyfriend Cory Monteith, who died of
a drug and alcohol overdose in July.
A close second was the announcement of actor Paul Walker’s death in
OK, enough with the sads! The most illegally downloaded artist of the
year was Bruno Mars. Not sure whether that means he’s even more popular than his record sales show,
or if people are just really ashamed to buy a Burno Mars album. Either way, the
guy who penned, the exquisite phrase, “You
and me baby making love like gorillas,” will be performing at
halftime during next month’s Super Bowl. Good luck topping last year’s!
During awards shows and in end-of-the-year roundups, we often take a
moment to remember people that have passed away. Since just looking at that
Cory Monteith photo makes me want to sob and hide in a room full of Pug puppies and
body pillows, actual real humans are out of the question. So, as a variation of
this trend, let’s look back on some of the important TV characters we lost this
Game of Thrones
After the main protagonist of Game
of Thrones, Ned Stark, was shockingly beheaded in the first season, audiences
quickly learned any character on the series could find themself chopping block
at any time. But who (besides, of course, those who’ve read A Storm of Swords) would expect Ned’s
widow and oldest son to join him so quickly — and in such a terrifying fashion? The episode “The Rains of Castamere” brought the
merciless death of Catelyn and Robb Stark plus Robb’s wife, Talisa, their
unborn baby and direwolf Grey Wind, in addition to at least a dozen others at the "Red
Wedding" alone. Earlier in the season, Ros — one of my favorite “working ladies”
on television — fell victim to the insufferable Joffrey. While she played a much
smaller role than the Starks, her death was heartbreaking and shocking. You’ll
all be missed!Boardwalk Empire
A Prohibition gangster drama is bound to rack up a serious body count. For
some of the historically-based characters, like Al Capone, viewers have a
pretty good idea about how long they will last. The fictional characters, however,
can meet their maker at any point. While I’m still not over Jimmy and Angela’s
demise, Boardwalk fully crushed my
heart by having Richard Harrow go out in a completely un-badass style. Harrow
was more than just a talented sniper with half a prosthetic face. He was a hero
in the show. He killed — a lot — but usually only the true bad guys, and often
to protect others. He was sensitive and strong, but slipped in his final
scenes, accidentally killing Chalky’s daughter instead of his target, Narcisse.
As soon as he missed the shot, I knew he was done for — Harrow, by definition,
always hits his mark! Sure enough, after a dream sequence in which Harrow
reunited with his family, we were jolted back to reality to find the wounded
war vet dying peacefully under the boardwalk. The show will go on, but won’t
have the same heart without him.Dexter
Oh, Debra. I never much cared for Dexter’s little sis — the phony fowl
mouth act just rubbed me the wrong way. But she definitely played an important
role in the series, especially once she found out about her brother’s “dark
passenger.” Dexter seriously declined
after its fourth season, and this final one was a doozy. But it still didn’t
prepare us for Deb’s death. After surviving a shot to the stomach, Deb appears
to be recovering at a hospital. While Dexter was busy chasing down his sister’s
shooter, Deb’s health turned for the worse, leaving her brain-dead. As a
hurricane hits Miami, sending the hospital staff into a frenzy, Dex is able to
pull the plug on his sister — sure she would not want to continue on in a
vegetative state at a hospital for the rest of her days — and takes her body on
his boat, to be whipped into the stormy sea. It seems like Deb and Dex died
together in the water, until we meet up with a bearded, lumberjack Dexter in
some mysterious woodsy locale, living in solitude. The fuh?
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead killed off a number of significant characters between the end of Season
Three and first half of Season Four this year. Andrea, who once shared a bed
with the Governor, ended up dead because of him. The Gov. hunted and captured
Andrea after she attempted to run away to her group at the prison. Trapped in a
torture chamber with the ticking time-zomb™ that was Milton, Andrea was unable
to protect herself from a deadly bite. Michonne made it to her BFF Andrea’s
side, only in time to put her down before she turned. And, after making an anticipated
return to the show, Merle also fell victim to the Governor. His brother, Daryl,
was tasked with killing zombie-Merle in a super-sad scene.
The Governor’s path of terror finally came to an end at the prison, but
not before he was able to take out Hershel (the closest thing the group had to
a doctor, not to mention Maggie and Beth’s father and the sweetest one-legged
man to make it in the apocalypse). The villain was finally taken down in a big
shoot-out between his group and Rick’s, which left all the survivors in
disarray. Also, baby Judith is MIA, probably in a zombie’s belly. :(Breaking Bad
I made up my mind early on that Walter White needed to die at the end of
Breaking Bad in order for the story to retain its authenticity. Walt got into
the meth business in order to pay for his medical costs and provide ample
support for his family if and when he succumbed to cancer. We all know he stuck
with the game for so long because, as he finally admitted in the finale, he
liked it. He was good at it. “I did it for me,” he tells Skyler in their final
scene. Most fans probably expected Walt to die, and he did so in a truly epic
fashion, while protecting Jesse. His brother-in-law Hank also went out like a
champ, after a brutal desert showdown. The saddest death of all was the end of
the show itself, but Breaking Bad will
surely stand the test of time as one of the greatest American dramas.
Talk about a surprise ending! After breaking free from countless
near-death experiences, Nicholas Brody was captured and killed. Viewers got a taste of a Brody-less Homeland this season, as the character
was on the lam and not present in much of this season. But the show was so much
better with Brody in it — somehow, he balanced Carrie’s cray, despite the fact
that he was a damaged man who flipped every chance he got. This death gives the
show an opportunity to take a completely new route. Hopefully we’ll still check
in on his family (am I the only one who still cares about them?) but
we’re definitely going to have a little bit of Brody in the form of his child
with Carrie. How a fetus could survive the stress, cigs and booze she put it
through proves that this is definitely a Marine baby.
0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
Trends — whether in fashion, music or on
television — are only slightly noticeable as they emerge, but become
abundantly obvious in hindsight. From fleeting fads to more memorable
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Deadspin’s Albert Burneko recently determined a signature
food that represents each of the 50 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and ranked each
dish/state accordingly — from The Greats and Goods (deep-dish pizza, pulled
pork sandwiches) to The Better-Than-A-Finger-In-The-Eyes (chicken-fried steak,
hamburger casserole)…and worse. Ohio was ranked dead last with Cincinnati chili,
which came in at No. 52. “But there’s only 51 states including D.C.,” you may
be thinking. Well, the delicate Burneko added “Being hit by a car” as No. 51 to
really drive the point home.
“Cincinnati chili is the
worst, saddest, most depressing goddamn thing in the world,” Burneko writes,
describing our hometown favorite as “horrifying diarrhea sludge.”
It really stings (much like the raging heartburn that follows any successful Skyline
adventure). Not every Cincinnatian ingests three-ways whole like a ravenous
python. I like a coney or five-way every now and then, but I much prefer making
it fresh at home (Skyline’s grainy, runny consistency can be a little
off-putting, I’ll admit) — which, to all my Cincy-born friends who’ve moved
away, is not only possible, but incredibly simple. Stop acting like you’re
deprived of your native foods and get to browning some beef.
But I digress. Sure, I understand the outside disdain for this
not-really-chili chili, but our artery-clogging lunch staple pales in
comparison to No. 47, Alaska’s akutaq. Also known as “Eskimo ice cream,” this
delightful dish is comprised of berries and WHIPPED FAT. Ain’t no way a cheese
coney is grosser than fruit-laced lard.
Does someone shit-talking (literally?) your favorite snack make you
wanna rage? Calm down with these manatees.
Winter is coming — well, the cool chill of fall is upon us — but Game of Thrones is still months away. So
this new (and possibly the best?) Bad Lip Reading of Game of Thrones
should hold you over until March/April. Comprised of scenes from the first
season of Thrones (so maybe a slight,
vague spoiler alert? Spoiler Threat Level: Blue), the latest BLR actually
follows a plot, in which Westeros meets Adventureland.
And it’s brilliant.
If only there was a Game of Thrones amusement park for real. Though if
it were authentic, most people would probably find themselves getting beheaded at the
food court before their visit was complete.Kanye put a ring on it.
If you thought January’s Golden Globes ceremony was the best awards show in
recent history, you were correct (Source: Me). Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Few
killt it and hence, they’ve been invited back to run the show in 2014 and 2015.
As if the Golden Globes weren’t already the second-best awards show for
watching for drunken celebrity hijinks (beat only by IFC’s Independent Spirit
Awards), we can now rest assured there will be plenty of intentionally funny
bits throughout the next two events. FOUR MORE YEARS!Watch the always-talented Ohio State University marching band moonwalk like never before in their recent Michael Jackson halftime tribute (and prepare for a jaw-drop at 4:15 and 4:40).
Ever had to contact Netflix because streaming delays were cramping your Pretty Wild marathon (no judgment)? Like
most 21st century customer service departments, Netflix allows users to chat
live with a representative to help fix their issue. Of course, this function
can be a goldmine for trolls or just plain unhelpful. Sometimes, however, the
live chat customer service experience can be a positive and hilarious one.
Netflix customer service rep Michael kicked off the exchange in a jovial
fashion, speaking like a ship captain:
When customer Norm responded in a similarly playful tone, it was smooth
sailing form there. (I know, I need to take a seat now.)
Now I kind of wish my Netflix would malfunction…
The real reason anyone subscribes to Entertainment
Weekly, their Reunion Issue, is on stands! The casts of Boy Meets World, Mystic Pizza, The X-Files,
School of Rock and many more
reassembled for the issue, proving yet again that women stars of the ‘80s and
‘90s looks strikingly more attractive now than they were two decades ago on
Gillian Anderson, hubba hubba. DD: You pretty fine, too.
For more before-and-afters, go here .
When Beyoncé shares a Beyoncé-inspired DIY dance video, the world watches.
You know what they say, "Every time a young Asian guy dances to Beyoncé, an angel gets its wings."Finally, someone sent a private messaged of this dog costume photo to CityBeat's Facebook page. Presented without comment, Muttley Cyrus: