by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Super Bowl may have disappointed Broncos
fans (and nearly anyone who wanted to see a real football game), but the night
brought plenty of entertainment for the rest of us. Joe Namath kicked off the fun, dressed for a late-night pimp stroll across the Arctic. Not that we’d expect anything less!
After the Seahawks crushed the first half,
viewers experienced an incredible half-time show.
My bad, that's actually from Puppy Bowl X.
Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers actually
performed, which is funny because you just know execs originally wanted to shoot for the
young crowd and then realized 15-year-old girls don’t buy Toyotas or Budweiser,
so they just added RHCP last-minute.
Halftime show pros:
Bruno Mars opened with an epic drum solo
Bruno's gold suit
His James Brown moves
Sweet back-up band
Cool Bruno segue into “Give It Away”
Anthony Kiedis is just as fine as ever
That’s the only song RHCP played
Their music — along with Bruno Mars’ band —
was pre-recorded (but it wasn’t their
choice. People made a big fuss about RHCP’s
instruments not being plugged in, but pre-recording is generally the rule for a
live performance like this. Bruno’s singing and drumming were life, as was
Anthony’s singing, while the rest of the music was mimed).
The Pepper guys weren’t wearing only tube
After a “messages from our troops” sequence,
Bruno Mars sang that awful song from the Us
Weekly commercials that totally does not work after a “messages from our
The realization that I actually just can’t like Bruno Mars
All in all, there were some good
performances, just nothing shocking or spectacular. However, being the 10th
anniversary of Nipplegate, maybe that was the point.
Now, on to the commercials!
The Church of Scientology tried to trick us
into thinking we were watching some low-budget Apple ad with this surprising commercial (and the only religious ad of the night):
Goldie Blox borrowed another Rock song for
the toy company’s latest ad — hopefully they got permission this time.
We finally got to see what that Seinfeld
reunion rumor was all about: A promotion for Jerry Seinfeld’s web series,
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Overall, two themes were prevalent in this
and Animals (grab the tissues):
Also announced during Super Bowl commercials
was the return of the hit drama 24
coming this May as well as Noah,
the biblical epic starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly in
theaters March 8.
On last week’s episode of Workaholics, the guys hire an escort to
bang theirv boss so she'll be in a good mood and allow them to host a fish fry
in honor of Blake's dead koi fish. All completely acceptable work behavior.
Anywho, Blake, Adam and Ders interviewed candidates and guess who appeared in
None other than Brace, star of the gripping
Showtime series, Gigolos. Nice move,
Not that BuzzFeed isn’t always up in our
grills, but lately the site’s unleashed an endless avalanche of pop culture
quizzes — so much so, the site has even taken to making fun of itself with its “What
Arbitrary Thing Are You?"
quiz. They’re stupid, but irresistable. So it was kind of funny when Garbage
frontwoman Shirley Manson took BuzzFeed’s “Which ‘90s Alt-Rock Grrrl Are You?”
quiz…and didn’t get herself. Who doesn’t love The Sandlot? The
1993 coming-of-age comedy followed the adventures of Smalls, Benny, Ham, Squints, Yeah-Yeah and
the rest of their baseball-loving crew in 1962 Los Angeles. It’s a contemporary
classic! Unfortunately, 20 years later, most of the child stars from the movie
aren’t seen much in the movies and TV shows of today. On that note, meet
modern-day Yeah-Yeah, who is a total choad. As seen on The Soup:
part might actually be his girlfriend bragging, “I graduated from UCLA,” with a
mouthful of deep-fried street food.Jonathan
Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking
Bad, has signed on to be part of Better
Call Saul. Awesome. So you’re probably sick of Grammy-winning Lorde’s hit, “Royals” by now, but
this cover is worth checking out. Don’t let the seven-foot sad clown scare you. (Spoiler Alert: That’s actually impossible)
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Syfy isn’t exactly known for its high-quality, critically celebrated programming...But its new series Helix (10 p.m. Fridays) — from Battlestar creator Ron Moore — is seriously good.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Super Bowl has evolved from a
football championship game to an annual popular culture event. Even
people who aren’t sports fans host Super Bowl parties and watch for the
big-budget halftime performances (this year it’s Bruno Mars and Red Hot
Chili Peppers) and some of the most entertaining commercials of the
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Could this third season of Girls
(10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) be the strongest yet? We’re only two weeks and
three episodes in, but it’s obvious the show is evolving — along with
the Girls themselves.
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It’s time to say goodbye to America’s ski-masked sweetheart, a man only known by his alias, “Jon.” Delocated will end with a single, Bourne Identity-esque 30-minute special (12:30 a.m. Friday, Adult Swim).
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In an unaired episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show,
the queen of all media shocked comedians from across the country and
world as she awarded each of them with their own television series. “You
get a show, and you get a show — everybody gets a show!”
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Some comic actors are better identified
by their characters they portray, like Ken Marino: You may know him as
Auggie’s slacker step-dad; a Jewish summer camp counselor/unlikely
virgin; or a Los Angeles caterer and future Soup R’ Crackers franchise
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Survivor starts its 26th(!)
season this week and the Queen City will see one of its own on the show
as local BMX rider, entrepreneur and musician Matt Bischoff joins the
“Fans vs. Favorites” showdown.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sure, everyone loves a good walker-bashing scene, but it’s the human
element of the series that elevates The Walking Dead as a critically acclaimed and commercially successful drama.