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 · 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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
After seven seasons of night cheese, epic eye-rolls and general hilarity, Liz Lemon and the TGS crew head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for one last show. 30 Rock comes to an end this week with a one-hour finale (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
This week, Cincinnati will see one of our own competing in one of the most fun, outrageous reality competitions on television: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Monday, Logo).
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
People sure are concerned with Girls for a time when television is full of objectionable content — terrorists, gigolos, Bill O’Reilly, etc. For better or worse, Lena Dunham’s comedy has garnered a ton of attention since its premiere in April 2012.
1 Comment · Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Step aside, Ricky Gervais. There’s a new pair of Globe hosts in town as comedy queens Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take the reins during this year’s Golden Globes (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC).
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
As holiday hiatuses come to an end and new seasons/series are picked up, here are a few picks on what to watch in early 2013.