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'30 Rock' Goes Live — Again!

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
If I had to pick fictional television characters to represent 2000s-era humans for a future generation, 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon would be my No. 1. Tina Fey’s character, while over the top, really represents the average snack food-loving workaholic.   
by Jac Kern 04.16.2012
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's favorite recent pop culture and Internet findings

Meme-mania has officially ensued. Read: whenever South Park makes an episode about something, I start paying attention. A few weeks ago, "What _____ Thinks I Do/What I Really Do" took over the Internets like a pop culture wildfire (Spoiler Alert: No one thinks or cares about your boring job). Now, a Tumblr page created by a couple law students in February is attracting millions of viewers — daily.#whatshouldwecallme is simple, browsable, funny and therefore mindlessly addictive. The bloggers take popular clips from movies, TV and YouTube videos, turn them into animated gifs and stamp a personal anecdote on it. You can tell they stem from inside jokes, but most of them are relatable and laugh-out-loud funny (especially for '90s sitcom and reality TV lovers). For example: When people tell me I shouldn't be reading blogs when I'm on deadline:Twenty-plus years ago, Kirk Cameron was a Tiger Beat-worthy hottie, known to all kids of the '80s as Mike Seaver, his character on Growing Pains (and real life brother to Candace Cameron, DJ from Full House). Mike was a good-hearted troublemaker, always getting wrapped up in a scheme. But when Cameron hit 17, he became a born-again Christian and soon objected to any risque lines or scenes in Growing Pains. Yeah, this is coming from a guy who's character had a best friend named Boner (RIP).While born-again Christians can be mildly annoying, you can't really hate on Cameron for wanting to keep a family program kid-friendly. And post-Growing Pains he went on to avoid drugs, tranny hookers and other scandals associated with former child stars. Great job, Kirk! Unfortunately, he just couldn't quietly fade into oblivion; he had to spew his crazy all over the media. And let me define crazy: He believes homosexuality is "unnatural" and "destructive" and that evolution has Nazi ties.Thankfully, other (sane) former child stars have come together to speak out against Cameron. And they're a bunch of CCOCKs. There are countless blogs out there devoted to ugly trends somehow accepted by fashionistas, and there's a place in my heart for all of them. I'm not going to wear harem pants and neon crop tops in public, but that doesn't mean I don't want to look at them online! My new favorite is Heavy Browsing — two hilarious women take on some of the more ridiculous fashion trends, like sneaker heels, boyfriend jeans and cut-outs. Want to give into fug-tation and try a questionable trend? These bloggers show you how to pull them off without ending up on a "Worst Dressed" list.   Finally, enjoy this video of James Franco, looking like KFed for an upcoming Spring Break movie, singing co-star Selena Gomez’s "Love You Like a Love Son." How did he manage to make that swoon-worthy?
 
 

Realistic Female Humor Champions Lena Dunham’s 'Girls'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A group of young women balance life, love and work as they try to make their mark on New York City. Sound familiar? But where Carrie and Co. represented an embellished fantasy of glamorous, high-powered, sexualized New Yorkers, HBO’s Girls offers a more realistic view of entering adulthood as a 21st century female.   

Goin’ Down to South Park: 16 Years and Counting

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Who would have thought that a cutout animation featuring four potty-mouthed kids, one of the first viral Internet videos, would go on to become an international phenomenon?  
by Mike Breen 03.13.2012
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This Date in Music History: March 13

Scientology and 'South Park' kill Chef, plus Common's uncommon backlash

On this day in 1911, pulp fiction/sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard — who would go on to develop the self-help "Dianetics" program as well as found the Scientology religion — was born. Ninety five years later (to the day), one of his disciples, legendary Soul man Isaac Hayes, asked to be released from his contract with South Park (on which he brilliantly voiced the character Chef) following the cartoon's skewering of the Scientology movement. Hayes initially said he didn't mind the pair's satire of his religion, saying they were equal opportunity offenders, but someone from the "church" must've gotten to him, because he gradually shifted that position. Some reports emerged later that Hayes' announcement was written by someone else; essentially "someone quit for him," Fox News reported. Still, Hayes was granted his release immediately, though creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone brought him back for an episode (with cobbled together audio previously recorded for other shows), essentially to kill his character off. The episode aired a mere nine days after Hayes (or someone representing Hayes) quit the show.  Hayes passed away about two years later from complications from a stroke he suffered about six months after leaving South Park. Fortunately, Hayes' contribution to music was so large, the cartoon mess didn't impact his legacy too much. It still begs the question of what was worse for Hayes' career — Scientology or South Park? Last year, a former Scientologist revealed a memo he claimed was from a higher up in the church who was "investigating" Parker and Stone, allegedly spying on the duo and their associates to dig up dirt. According to the former church member, the memos also show that the church gave up its investigation after not finding any weaknesses to exploit. The Church of Scientology has been repeatedly accused of such intimidation factors involving critics and former members who talk about the religion. I, for one, have nothing against Scientology specifically, and wish all Scientologists the best of luck in reaching the highest level of their spirituality and one day meeting the church's alien overlords (or whatever it is they believe). So please don't start spying on me and digging through my garbage. You'll only find discarded debt collection notices, well-used Victoria Secret catalogs and empty beer cans, anyway. Heil, Hubbard!And let's all remember Hayes as one of the baddest muthas in Soul music history and not the celebrity who was guided/misguided by his chosen spiritual beliefs or that fat cartoon character who falls off a cliff to his gruesome death on South Park. (Though, you have to admit, that "Chocolate Salty Balls" song was the jam.) Here he is in all his glory:Click on for Born This Day, featuring Mike Stoller, Terence Blanchard and Common.

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Shaming Kanye, Freaking Out to Metallica and Changing the Buffalo Killers' Name

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
After eviscerating The Jonas Brothers (well, their Disney overlords, more precisely) earlier this season, the creators of 'South Park' took on the egomaniacal Kanye West in a recent episode ... and might have actually caused the Hip Hop superstar to reconsider his arrogant ways.  

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