by Jac Kern 10.30.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The Walking Dead is getting pretty crazy this season, and so is its after-show, Talking Dead. Sunday night’s guests included Jack Osbourne, TWD Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and a very entertaining, probably inebriated Marilyn Manson. His long-winded, unfocused comments were punctuated with references including Hitler, “scissoring” and the character Carol’s likeness to Jamie Lee Curtis (“Activia!"). Poor Osbourne could barely get a word in as Manson constantly interrupted. He’d often cut off Hurd as she made interesting point from, you know, the perspective of someone who helped create the show, to blab on about is own confusing theories. It was watchable for all the wrong reasons and host Chris Hardwick wasn’t having any of this shit. The Entourage movie is officially happening, for real this time. One of television’s magic tricks (cut to Gob: “ILLUSIONS!”) is its ability to make locations around Hollywood look like places in cities across the world. Alas, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is not actually filmed in Pennsylvania and Pawnee City Hall seen in Parks and Recreation is actually Pasadena City Hall. A.V. Club traveled around L.A. to track down memorable exterior TV locations from shows set outside of California including Dunder-Mifflin (The Office), American Horror Story’s original “Murder House,” the New Girl apartment and other spots from popular shows. Los Angeles plays itself (and the settings of The Office, Parks And Recreation, It’s Always Sunny…) Not every girl wants a stupid, one-sided public marriage proposal, as seen in this clip of a woman who thought she was on The Today Show to promote her nonprofit organization but was actually there to get proposed to by her lame, misguided boyfriend. The Daily Show began as a news satire show but, over the years, Jon Stewart & Co. have exposed some actual Washington dumb-fuckery, inspiring real political change. Case in point: TDS’ Aasif Mandvi interviewed North Carolina GOP precinct chair Don Yelton about the state’s voter I.D. laws and Yelton responded in a shocking and perhaps the most racist way possible. Yelton was forced to step down from his position the next day. It bears repeating that this was not a fake/satirical/scripted bit. Yelton really admitted voter ID laws are in place to restrict Democrats. He actually said he doesn’t understand why black people can say “nigger” but he can’t. And he backed all of this with the fact that he has a black friend. Jesus, take the wheel! Yelton didn’t even have an “oh shit” moment the next day — he continues to stand by his comments. His party, however, does not and asked Yelton to step down less than 24 hours after the interview aired. Can we make this Wes Anderson horror film (via Saturday Night Live) a real thing, please?   Emile Hirsch will portray comedic legend John Belushi in a new biopic. Sesame Street is decidedly directed toward little kids, teaching them how to count and share and interact with gigantic talking animals. But, like Yo Gabba Gabba!, the show is nice enough to tip the hat at adults in the audience. I loved their take on True Blood and Sons of Anarchy, and now the Muppets have put their stamp on Homeland.   Of course, I am rarely around small children so I actually just watch puppet spoofs of TV shows for sheer pleasure.

'Parenthood' Brings the Feels in a Smart Way

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
NBC’s Parenthood (10 p.m. Thursdays), now in its fifth season, is loosely based on the 1989 Ron Howard film starring Steve Martin. This hilarious offering from the quotable ’80s movie vault sets the stage for its contemporary series counterpart.   

Halloween on the Small Screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
All Hallows’ Eve might not be for another week, but judging by the number of “fun-size” candy bags on sale, pumpkin patch photo shoots on Instagram and Halloween-inspired television offerings, it appears this quintessential fall holiday is already upon us.   

Don't Drink the Water

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Last week’s fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead was the first offering from new showrunner Scott Gimple. He and others involved in the series have expressed a desire to incorporate more character development, leaving some fans worried that dull human storylines could get in the way of epic zombie scenes (who could forget the painfully slow second season?). Judging by the first episode, however, this is not the case.  

Enter the Coven

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
American Horror Story: Coven (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX), as the subtitle suggests, is all about witches. Of course, this is no Hocus Pocus — the series will jump across time and the country to feature modern-day witchcraft, 19th-century Voodoo and the Salem witch trials. In present day, witches are rare and in danger.  

A Cast Of Heroes

Tony Moore and friends save the day by giving Cincinnati the comic con they deserve

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Comic book conventions have exploded in recent years (e.g., the monolithic San Diego Comic-Con) but they’ve also lost touch with what a comic convention should be, forfeiting the artistry of graphic novels to instead concentrate on a tumescent number of celebrity guests.  

Fall TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Critically acclaimed favorites, new premieres and chilling falltime series promise a great lineup onscreen this season. Check out a few highlights.  
by Jac Kern 07.22.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

With Kate Middleton on the verge of popping out a little prince or princess, Royal Baby Watch has reached CODE RED. So secure your fanciest fascinator — you do not want to be naked-headed when this kid enters the world — because with Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly in labor! Fans and press alike have congregated outside Buckingham Palace and the hospital where Wills-n-Kate are set up, prepping for a birth announcement, despite epic temperatures. You know, some celebrities have experienced especially tough scrutiny in the press while pregnant -- Kim K's fashion choices, Jessica Simpson's apparent marathon gestation period. And while, obviously Kate Middleton, royalty, is held to another standard, can we please talk about how she's been pregnant forever? This kid should come out with a couple giant British teefs and, with his/her prenatal care, at least the slightest understanding of the English language. Kate is approximately 13 months pregnant and 97 pounds, so I’m guessing the kid’s first words will be, “GIMMIE A BISCUIT!” So here’s hoping Kate releases a dainty hiccup (the only way I imagine her "giving birth") and lets that kid out fast! Because there's no amount of riches that can possibly make being nine+ months pregnant in the middle of a July heatwave even menially comfortable. We're pullin' for ya, gurl.UPDATE: SHE POPPED. IT'S A BOY. (Which means Queen E won't slowly poison Kate for screwing it up. GOOD JOB, KATE.) KING BABY. Geraldo Rivera says "70 is the new 50," burns all our eyes (NSFLife, but no actual privates at Large), then removes the nekkid photo from Twitter. San Diego Comic Con was this weekend, which means every movie, TV show, comic and any other piece of media that exists served up something exciting for fans to enjoy. One of which is the trailer for the Veronica Mars movie, which was totally funded by fans via Kickstarter. The Walking Dead Season Four trailer also premiered: Exciting news: Derek Wallace from The Water Boy plays a new character! Confusing news: Not even a glimpse of The Governor at the end? Wha? Everyone and their estranged Facebook friend has an opinion on the latest Rolling Stone cover, which features Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the headline, “The Bomber.” The debate is more than just over whether the Rock mag should handle news fare or tragic subject matter, though — Rolling Stone has long covered current events. The image of Tsarnaev, a photo he had posted online himself, depicts him as a cool young man. Without any context, one might assume he was a musician, a rising star — definitely not a terrorist. Is it OK to depict terrorists as cool or sexy? Did Rolling Stone simply use this tactic to create buzz for the magazine? Is this what Tsarnaev wants — Rock star status? With all the controversy about the cover and the subject, are people even reading the actual story? These are probably just a few of the questions currently cluttering your newsfeed. Local chain Tom + Chee was featured on Shark Tank back in May and, although owners Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward ended up turning down the deal they accepted on TV, business has been booming ever since. The guys have received more than 7,000 franchise requests since their episode of Shark Tank aired two months ago, and grilled cheese-n-tomato soup fans across the country (and world?) will be able to get their hands on Tom + Chee yums with the 60 new locations expected to open in 2014. Emmy nominations were announced last week. Check them out here. For the first time ever, digital-only Netflix original series were included in the awards (House of Cards, Arrested Development and Hemlock Grove). And speaking of, I finally started watching the latest Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black, and it is awesome. Early Weeds vibe, funny, dark, great characters. It's always nice to see Donna from That '70s Show continue to be super hot. And I don't know why I'm rooting for Jason Biggs, but I like that he's in something successful. Also, Laverne Cox. Watch it.

'Drunk History' Staggers to Comedy Central

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Funny or Die’s popular web series Drunk History makes the leap to TV with its Comedy Central debut this week (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday).  
by Jac Kern 04.03.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

As the weather gets warmer, music lovers tend to get antsy looking forward to summer concerts and music festivals. There’s Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Bunbury all within a reasonable drive from Cincinnati, plus tons of touring concerts like The Shins, The Lumineers, country acts galore and the most anticipated tour of them all: The Package. Boy band lovers of the ‘80s and ‘90s will unite for this music spectacular from New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Cincy’s own 98 Degrees. The tour kicks off next month and Nick Lachey & Co. may not officially come home until the sold-out concert June 25, but Buzzfeed is already getting in the spirit with this collection of photos that reminds us about how Justin Jeffre was essentially the Michelle Williams of 98 Degrees. Upon looking up some 98 deets on Wikipedia, I realized dude is the only bandmate who doesn’t have his own page. And he ran for mayor in 2005! Poor Justin. At least he took a break from rehearsing to stop by our Best of Cincinnati party last week (and if you obnoxiously asked him for a photo or just squealed and pointed at his presence…Shame on you), which was just one day before the release of the reunited band’s newest single. “Microphone” (which, according to The Daily Beast’s painstaking analysis, could have also been entitled “Penis”) has all the ingredients for a killer boy band tune: a danceable beat, barely-subtle phallic references that preteens could unknowingly sing on the back of the school bus, and lyrics that pay tribute to the group’s barber shop quartet past (“Say, ‘do-re-mi-fa-sooooo’ ”). Remember Ryan Cabrera? He was an early-2000s Pop singer who dated pre-Pete Wentz Ashlee Simpson and was later resurrected on that post-Lauren Conrad final season of The Hills that probably only I watched. Well, in a move I can only wish I was bold enough to pull first, he got Ryan Gosling’s face tatted on his calf. One glance at the InAPPropriate Comedy trailer and it was obvious — that shit was going to be bad. But as this Huffington Post live-blog of the — ahem — “film” describes, it was baaad. Like being-inside-Lindsay-Lohan’s-vagina bad (Spoiler Alert). The Walking Dead’s third season finale was Sunday night and, though the season closer was full of ample zombie/Governor scariness, the most terrifying part of the night came during the live after-show, Talking Dead. Somehow, this dude managed to make it on the air: Hey, if you want a captive, conspiracy-loving audience to stir up, TWD fans are it. OK, time to get serious for a minute. I don’t usually like to discuss serious matters like death or illness on this silly pop culture blog, but this latest news from MTV is just too crazy to ignore. A cast member from Buckwild, MTV’s take on the rednecksploitation trend that replaced Jersey Shore, was found dead in his car after having gone missing over the weekend. While full details have not officially been released, it’s looking like the accident is a result of off-roading after a stint at a local watering hole. Shain Gandee, 21, was found dead with his uncle and a friend in Gandee’s truck, which was partially submerged in mud. Their deaths have been ruled accidents, caused by carbon monoxide poisoning (with the car's exhaust stuck under mud, fumes filled the car).Obviously, this is tragic and not something to make light of. What’s really disturbing is that, had this not taken a terrible turn, the whole drinking-and-mudding scenario is something that easily would have been included in an episode of the series. Not that MTV needs to be a beacon for safety (see: Jackass, Ridiculousness, the Jersey Shore's “smoosh room,” etc.) But maybe it’s time to seriously re-think what we promote via reality TV bullshit. Production on the show's second season has since been halted and it has been reported that Gandee's funeral expenses will be covered by Buckwild producers. And here’s a cute video of baby Gorilla Gladys at the Cincinnati Zoo to help you recover from that story.