0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter.
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
James Gandolfini, who rose to icon status with his leading role in The
Sopranos, died Wednesday in Italy from a heart attack. He was 51 years old.
Holsten’s, the New Jersey ice cream shop featured in the final scene of the legendary
television series’ finale, paid tribute to Gandolfini by reserving the booth where
he and his on-screen family filmed their last shot. Let’s remember Tony Soprano
by watching this 2002 clip of Jim on Sesame
Street, where he talks to Zoe about how it’s OK to feel scared sometimes.
are no strangers to harsh public scrutiny – just ask Miss Utah USA, Marissa
Powell. But most contestants don’t have to worry
about being criticized for being too cute. At the 25th annual
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif., freaky is fabulous. You’ll
find everything from hairless, cross-eyed mutts with missing body parts to
patchy, freckled pooches with potbellies and snaggleteeth. The Chinese crested,
seen here, is an iconic “Ugly” dog with features often exhibited by this
contest’s winner — but not this year. Pictured: a NOT UGLY ENOUGH DOGThis weekend, Walle, a “late entry” 4-year-old beagle-boxer-basset mix, won the
crowd over with his gigantic head (ugly?), the hump on his back (ugly?) and the ability to sit upright on
his butt (ugly?!). Like Potter Stewart, when it comes to ugly, I know it when I
see it and I ain’t seein’ it. Sashay away, Walle. You’re too pretty for this
What do you get
when you cross the egotistical prince of Hip Hop with a beloved stylistic
filmmaker? Kanye Wes.
Molly Miley Cyrus’
evolution into full-on festival groupie/Tumblr chick is complete. Check out her
new vid for “We Can’t Stop,” featuring cameos by taxidermy, a My Size Barbie, Pepto-Bismol blood, smoke bomb crotches and a hot dog piñata:
#WHATISHAPPENING Noisey raises some
“important questions” about the video
since it is both impossible and futile to even form an opinion about it. All I
know is Miley’s fervent ass shaking/slapping and non-drug references are making
me totally uncomfortable. Just a few years ago I relied on older friends to
explain drug stuff to me and now I’m feeling totally weirded out by Miley and
her rolling (or whatever the term is now), twerking, thumb-sucking friends.
Yet, I can’t stop…watching this freaky
mess over and over!
Is your stockpile of
Twinkies starting to dwindle? Fear not, Tallahassee,
because select Hostess snacks are set to be back on store shelves July 15.
& Co. and Apollo Global Management teamed up to buy Twinkies, CupCakes,
Donettes and other Hostess cakes so we can continue to fill our bodies with
preservative-rich baked goods for years to come.
The Steve Jobs
biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is in theaters Aug. 16. Check out the new
Ashton’s Steve Jobs
is legit but, so help me God, if I have to hear that Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis song one more time…
Nik Wallenda crossed a gorge near the Grand Canyon on live television Sunday,
walking 1,500 feet above the ground on a two-inch cable, and didn’t fall to his
death. Good job, Nik! Wallenda comes from a family of tightrope walkers — his great-grandfather
Karl Wallenda, born in Germany in 1905, began performing at age 6. Nik became
the first person to cross Niagra Falls on a high wire last June and Sunday’s
stunt gave him the title as the first aerialist to walk directly over the Little
Colorado River Gorge. There weren’t any harnesses, cables or safety nets — just
a pole to hold for balance. Wallenda prayed loudly to Jesus throughout the
23-minute spectacle. At the peak of the gorge crossing, 13 million viewers tuned in either on TV or online, a staggering number compared to the 2.7
million who tuned into the game-changing Mad
Men finale also on Sunday night (the series’ biggest audience ever). Why do people watch this stuff? It's kind of sick, even if there's a 10-second body splatter insurance delay. :'( :'( :'(
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Japan is the
breeding ground for freaky trends that never (thankfully) make it across the
ocean. In fall of 2012 we were introduced to “bagel heads,”
a temporary look achieved by injecting saline into the forehead until a dome is
formed, then creating a creating a small crater in the center. The end result
looked like a bagel or donut implant in your forehead. Totes desirable. Then there's ganguro, a Japanese fashion trend where harajuku meet Snooki, resulting in orangey-tan
girls that look freshly plucked from an anime cartoon (tanime?) and now…eyeball licking? Gawker reports
conjunctivitis is running rampant in Japanese middle schools with the sudden
popularity of kids licking each others' MFing eyeballs. Japan, I will take your cat cafés
and affinity for all things tiny (see below) but keep your tongues away from my
Portlandia has been renewed for two more seasons!
The Simpsons is definitely ingrained in American popular
culture. Once an edgy, almost salacious TV show, Homer & fam are pretty
mild in comparison to television’s modern-day exports — animated or otherwise.
So it’s no surprise that Universal Studios announced
a Simpson’s theme park to open this summer at its Orlando, Fla., resort with
a full replica of the fictional town of Springfield. There’s a Krusty Burger,
Kwik-E-Mart, Duff Brewery (yes, an actual brewery with beer created exclusively
for the park) and, of course, Springfield would not be complete without Moe’s
Tavern. Go here
to check out photos and video from the newly-opened park.
This week, everyone’s RTing Feminist Taylor SwiftApparently Hodor
(real name: Kristian Nairn), gentle giant and Bran Stark’s personal Segway on Game of Thrones, is actually a real 21st century person and DJ. Check him out!
If Hodor’s a DJ, Winterfell's
a dance floor
Veneers, dwarf darts and chest beating — that’s what you can really look
forward to going into The Wolf of Wall
Street, Martin Scorsese’s new film based on the story of ‘90s stock market
criminal type, Jordan Belfort. OK, that and Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill(‘s
freaking veneers) and Matthew McConaughey.
Can Leo’s dance move at 1:34 be the new Harlem Shake?
The song playing in the background is off Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus, which came out Tuesday. Kanye,
who apparently is a father now (apparently, because since Kim hasn’t produced
so much as a bowel movement in the past decade without an accompanying press
release, no one can really be too sure about this baby thing), promoted the new album with an American Psycho-inspired commercial — I
am not calling this a short film — starring Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s
baby daddy, and Jonathan Cheban, Kim K’s main butt buddy/occasional frienemy.
Before American Psycho fans
call blasphemy, author Bret Easton Ellis has come out saying he actually wrote
the spoof himself.
Mad Men’s penultimate season — arguably its darkest yet — wraps up this
Sunday. Now that the merged agencies have agreed on a name and logo, they’re
ready to go public! Check out this awesome press release (via Mad Men’s
Facebook page) SC&P letter:
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
It’s time to spark up a J, laugh out loud and then question your existence with an Australian guy in a gnarly dog suit. Wilfred’s back (10 p.m. Thursdays, FX).
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Now in its sixth season, Southern-fried vampire drama True Blood (9
p.m. Sundays, HBO) has truly “turned.” What started as a somewhat
realistic take on the genre, suspenseful and sexy with a wink of camp,
is now a full-blown supernatural soap opera.
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
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
After a three-week run of episodes (April 1-15) taped at the Duke Energy Convention Center last summer, Antiques Roadshow will premiere behind-the-scenes footage from the show’s Cincinnati stop (8 p.m. Monday, CET).
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Arrested Development story is a TV nerd’s dream come true. A smart, quirky, new kind of comedy struggles to attract an audience. Despite being critically acclaimed, the series fails to draw in enough viewers (and playfully mocks its own demise) and gets canned after the third season. Enter the Netflix era.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tom+Chee, the local gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurant, will be featured on this week’s episode of Shark Tank. Founders Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward
will pitch their business proposition to a panel of
entrepreneur-investors (“The Sharks”) in hope of striking a deal and
expanding the franchise.