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, January 15, 2014
Spoiler Alert: Sherlock Holmes is alive. OK, obviously BBC’s original series Sherlock (10
p.m. Sundays, PBS) would not have continued onto a third season if its
namesake character was really dead.
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
HBO kicks off its 2014 programming this week with a new murder mystery anthology, True Detective (9 p.m. Sundays). The show follows Louisiana detectives
Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) over
the course of 17 years, with the story jumping across three time
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New year, new shows! After holiday
hiatus, primetime programs continue, new series begin and established
shows return with new seasons. Here’s a look at what’s to come, plus
additional premieres in this week’s listings.
0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
Trends — whether in fashion, music or on
television — are only slightly noticeable as they emerge, but become
abundantly obvious in hindsight. From fleeting fads to more memorable
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The countdown to Christmas is on! Whether
you’re braving the mall for last-minute shopping, whipping up some
cookies for Santa or Grinching it up in the confines of your apartment,
the holidays are in full swing. Get in the spirit with some festive
shows and specials this week.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedies on television right now is Modern Family (9 p.m. Wednesdays, ABC).