0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“You have to make your reputation on being honest and unmerciful.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Whip-smart dark comedy has been a
signature thus far in the career of writer-director Jason Reitman, who
kicked things off by skewering the marketing/promotional efforts of the
tobacco industry (and American society as a whole) in Thank You for Smoking.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Imagine, if you will, living in a
hellhole, deep, dank and dark. You’re a teen forced to turn tricks by
your mother to pay your own way, while also knowing that your earnings
are feeding her drug habit.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Games teach us life lessons, and so do
movies. But movies can strip away all of the metaphor and hidden
machinations, showing us the broad strokes of what happened, meaning we
get the highlights and the outcome — the shorthand version of the
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Golden Globe Awards are a true Hollywood party. Awards are given out
for television and film categories, so you get the playfulness of the Emmys and
the movie stars of the Oscars without as much seriousness. And it is a
widely-known fact that everybody gets their drank on throughout the ceremony.
Globes were awarded Sunday night; here are some highlights.
Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey served as ringleaders for this celebrity
circus, supplying audiences at home and at the show with tons of laughs. Having a fine eye for detail (HA!), I appreciated that they swapped gown colors from last year’s show.
The duo threw hilarious digs at the nominees, calling Matt Damon a
“garbage person” in reference to the caliber of A-listers and introducing the
Wolf of Wall Street himself with, "And now, like a supermodel's vagina,
let's all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio!" There were also super
funny cutaway shots, like Julia Louis-Dreyfus acting like she was too good for
this mess, puffing on an e-cig and refusing to take a selfie with Reese
Jennifer Lawrence accepted the first Golden Globe of the night — wearing
what appeared to be a bed sheet secured with seat belts — for her role as a
certified Real Housewife of New Jersey in American Hustle. She displayed
her usual candor, expressing true befuddlement and, for lack of a better word,
cute “awkwardness.” And America’s love affair with her continues.
Jacqueline Bisset was shocked — or intoxicated? —when she was announced
as Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for her role in
Dancing on the Edge. Eventually she got her words together, speaking
right over that "STFU" music and ended up defying the censor to get
an s-word in that bitch. Go Jackie!
Behind the Candelabra nabbed Best TV Movie or
Mini-Series, because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doesn’t have a category for
“Best Use of Bejeweled Thongs.”
Mad Men was SNUBBED! This year, but Peggy (aka
Elizabeth Moss) got an award, at least, for Top of the Lake (Best
Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie). And, seriously, she seems like a total
Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama for Breaking Bad’s
final season. The series also received the award (which was presented by Paula
Patton dressed in a blooming tampon-inspired number?) for Best TV Series,
Drama. Aaron Paul said it best: “Yeah, bitch!”
Best Original Score - Motion Picture went to Alexander Ebert for All
is Lost. When the camera cut to this fancy hobo, I realized that’s the lead
singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! Way to go, you crazy dude.
Also: new hair icon.
One of the more surprising awards of the night was Best Supporting Actor
in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie — that’s a wide-spanning category packed
with talent. The Globe went to Jon Voight for Ray Donovan, in which his
character advised his grandson, who was sick with a stomach ache, “Maybe you
need to faht!” in a heavy Boston accent (Read: This was one of the season’s
highlights). But Rob Lowe was fucking robbed of that award. I’ll never forget
that face (even if I could)!
Amy Adams(' side boob) received the award for Best Actress In A Motion
Picture, Musical or Comedy for American Hustle. She and her girls
accepted the award in a neckline ripped from the film. Adams is well on her way
to becoming a mega-star, but I still keep confusing her with Isla Fischer!
The Globes have this weird tradition of selecting a Mr. and Ms. Golden
Globe each year, which is basically a celebri-spawn that wears expensive
clothes to help usher award winners out the correct stage exit. This year’s
Miss was Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s daughter, Sosie Bacon. As for the
Mister, Tina introduced her little-known adult son from a previous relationship.
Robin Wright, female perfection incarnate, was awarded for her role on
Netflix series, House of Cards (Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama) The
princess attended the show with new fiancé, Ben Foster. Get it girl!
Presenter Jim Carrey proved he’s still got it (despite several bouts of
public cray over the past couple years)! I don’t know what made me laugh more:
his Shia LaBoeuf sting or the face that he was announced as the star of Dumb
and Dumber To.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture went to Jared Leto, who
portrayed a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. He was
really workin’ them ombré highlights (not in the movie, he actually has female
envy-worthy hair for a guy). And despite making a period joke, I will always
love him because he will always be Jordan Catalano to me.
Spike Jonze received Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for his human-OS
love story, Her.
We all need to start watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine! Andy Samberg
nabbed Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his new comedy. Seemed
genuinely shocked and pretty adorable. And ICYMI, he’s married to Joanna
Another award presenter fashion faux pas: Zoe Saldana's dress looks like
a prom rag from Charlotte Russe circa 1999. She'd look hawt in a burlap sack,
so her style cred will recover, but damn. I think I have an old purse from
Claire's that would match.
Next up was Michael Douglas (Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie) for his role as
Liberace in Behind the Candelabra.
Host Amy Poehler received her
first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy as Leslie
Knope in Parks and Recreation. She
was massaged by/made out with Bono upon the exciting announcement.
Leonardo DiCaprio won his third Globe (Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy) for The Wolf of Wall Street.
The actor, often overlooked at awards events (always the bridesmaid, never the
bride, that Leo), seemed extremely gracious.
Rounding out the night, American Hustle was named Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Cate Blanchett (which is pronounced Blanch-it as I recently learned on
NPR) nabbed Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Blue Jasmine; Her male counterpart: Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor
in a Motion Picture, Drama), for Dallas
Buyers Club — a role for which he lost 45 pounds. Or, as Tina Fey put it, “what actresses call 'being in
a movie.'" Matt wore a cool deep emerald velvet tux and gave his signature
catchphrase: “Alright, alright, alright!”
show closed with Best Motion Picture, Drama, which went to 12 Years a Slave. All in all, it was an entertaining night and the
awards were pretty well-distributed. Next up is the Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres
— only 46 days to go!
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In an undefined future-scape, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix)
drifts along, penning personal letters for those who have trouble
expressing emotions, dictating them into a computer and then printing
them out as “handwritten” hard copies to be forwarded to loved ones.
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Fitting for a film about a musician, the songs in Inside Llewyn Davis,
the new release from the Coen Brothers, sneak inside your head past the
images and actions onscreen, which is surprising because those frames
have a haunting quality of their own.
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Do you recall the first time you
recognized Forest Whitaker, when he was in the kind of role that made
you take notice of his presence?
0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
Around this time last year, I happened upon a copy of Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself
and found in his narrative how movies have become, for me, fragments of
experiences, some of the most precious minutes and hours of my life.
And so, what else can I do but share a few of the best from 2013?
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The 2014 Golden Globes, hosted by the dream team of Amy Poehler and Tina
Fey, take place Jan. 12 and nominations have been announced. Here we go!
In the motion picture sector, 12
Years a Slave and American Hustle
lead the pack with seven nominations each. The America’s Sweethearts Showdown
will finally play out as Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) is pitted against Julie Roberts (August: Osage
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (along with Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine, Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave and June Squibb – Nebraska). Yes, I'm really trying to make the J. Law/JuRo(?) rivalry happen.
Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey were rewarded for the physical
they underwent to star in Dallas Buyers
Club — they’re up for Best Supporting Actor in a
Motion Picture and Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, respectively.
On to television selections, Netflix series House of Cards raked in four nominations, the most of any series.
The HBO film Behind the Candelabra
also garnered four nods, but in three categories — stars Matt Damon and Michael
Douglas are up against one another for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie.
Rob Lowe’s amazing work as Liberace’s plastic surgeon/pill pusher in Candelabra gets lauded with a nomination
for the broad Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
category, but that statue will likely go to Aaron Paul for his performance in
the final season of Breaking Bad.
New-to-2013 shows Masters of Sex,
Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Ray Donovan each received two
nominations. I was totally in love with the inaugural season of Masters this year, so I’m happy to see
it up against some solid series for Best TV Series, Drama, even if it probably
won’t win. I can’t bring myself to watch Brooklyn
(despite my love for Andy Samberg!) because it looks decidedly unfunny, but I
keep hearing I need to check it out, so judgment reserved. Ray was a decent new drama. Jon Voight killed it as the
fresh-out-of-prison father to the titular character, a Hollywood “fixer” played
Schreiber (also nominated). Voight’s Mickey brought the
laughs in an otherwise dark story, from his penchant for big-booty video girls
to the advice he gives to his nauseated grandson: “Maybe you need to faht!”
Noticeably absent are Homeland,
Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men, and I am OUTRAGED! OK, I’m
starting to sound like everyone who’s ever listened to a local band after the
CEA nominations are announced.
But seriously, Damien Lewis’ performance as Homeland’s Brody, while limited on screen this season, was
incredible. He truly has played so many sides and shades of the character. That
detox scene? Haunting. He nailed the deterioration of Brody completely.
I also thought this was one of the best seasons of Boardwalk. Completely biased opinion: John Huston’s Richard Harrow
has been my favorite
character of the series (besides Lucy, played by the incomparable queen of mot messes Paz de
la Huerta, OBVS).
With so many other amazing characters, it’s totally understandable that he
wouldn’t leave with an award, but…Richard! "Hold me."
As for Mad Men, neither the
show nor its actors have won a Globe since 2009, when it was awarded for Best
TV Series, Drama. The show is not suffering — in fact, watching Don (Jon Hamm)
finally crack and start to act like a real human was incredible this season.
Oh, well. There’s always next year’s Emmys, I guess?
Read all the nominations here.It’s almost Christmas, so what better time for another Apple ad to make
you unexpectedly shrivel up and bawl?
Beyoncé blew the top off the Internet late last week, surprise-releasing
14 new songs plus 17 music videos in
a full, mega, meta “visual experience” of an album, leaving most of us with
nothing left on our holiday wish lists. Titled simply Beyoncé, the package features collaborations with Jay Z, Frank
Ocean, Drake and Blue MFing Ivy, sexy-ass songs with some straight up raunch, audio/video
from Star Search and home movies and several shots of Bey’s thonged butt. It’s
perfection. And because no one can ever get enough Yoncé (That’s right, it’s Yoncé,
Mrs. Carter if you’re nasty), she’s also releasing a mini-documentary about the
album in various parts, day by day. Buy the package, watch the videos and get
swept up in the Carter life here.
John Mayer and Katy Perry are totes an item and, in case you needed any
reminders of what a supreme douche J. May is, well, here’s their first couples
interview (gag) — skip to 2:50 for John’s really touching words about Katy’s
craft/to hear him drop an F bomb (edited out, thanks ABC!) while doing so.
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R. Kelly(’s PR)
thought it would be a good idea to get #askrkelly trending, to spark a sort of
AMA with Twitter fans, and it was a total marketing fail. In fact, the timing of the backfired publicity stunt led perfectly to
this Village Voice interview
with the Chicago Sun-Times music critic that broke the story detailing R. Kelly’s involvement with
underage girls almost 15 years ago. This journalist, Jim DeRogatis, reminds us just how disgusting of a rap sheet R. has. I guess somewhere
between Trapped in the Closet parts V
and XXVI, we forgot the dude was a legit pedo.
Buzzfeed dubbed Newport Aquarium’s Scuba Santa one of eight “Most Badass
Santas in the World,” not to be confused with “One of Most Extreme Santas in
World,” as reported by basically every other local media outlet (buncha babies).
If there’s just one viral family Christmas video-card (ugh) making its rounds
that particularly makes me want to gouge my eyes out, it’s the Holderness
family’s. Set to the tune of the very current
“Welcome to Miami,” this family of four teaches us what the holidays are truly
about: bragging about the year’s accomplishments. Namely, running triathlons,
appearing in blockbuster films and learning Chinese — in their "Christmas jammies." Fucking white people.
Shia LaBeouf was a child actor, so I guess he never went to school to learn that copying off your neighbor's work is pretty much universally looked down upon. That's the only explanation I can come up with to justify his plagiarizing of Daniel Clowes' comic Justin M. Damiano for his new short film, HowardCantour.com. Read all about the fiasco here, and see the similarities for yourself. LaBeouf said sorry via Twitter, which should be enough, but he apparently lifted his apology off Yahoo Answers. So help us all.