by Jac Kern
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.
Angeles plays itself (and the settings of The Office,
Parks And Recreation, It’s Always
Not every girl wants a stupid, one-sided public marriage proposal, as seen in
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,
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Homeland has always been a psychological drama. The series began as a
mind-bending story centered on “turned” prisoner of war Nicholas Brody
and CIA officer Carrie Mathison (the role for which Claire Danes just
nabbed another Emmy). But the bombing in last season’s finale has turned
Homeland on its head, along with most of the show’s characters.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
New Orleans Hip Hop artist and “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia was
twerking back when Miley was still “Hannah.” Her booty-shaking anthems like
“Azz Everywhere” command crowds to pop their shit — Cincy was lucky to get a
taste of Big Freedia during the 2011 MidPoint Indie Summer Series. Now that the
world has gotten wind of twerking, completely taken it out of musical context
and become grotesquely obsessed with it, Freedia is here to tell us the true
story of bounce music and booty dancing. Check out the new docu-series Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
on Fuse debuting Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11 p.m.
Big Freedia hosted Guinness World Twerking Record dance-off in New York
City Wednesday. Yes, there is now an official world record for “most people twerking at
1:05 - Twerk, Grandma, TWERK!
Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night —
his second major award hosting gig this year (He also filled the role at July’s
Tony Awards). NPH did a fine job, but the skits and monologues were nothing to
write home about. Maybe he needs a break from being the face of every awards
After an excruciatingly long intro monologue (saved barely by the
flawless Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), the night kicked off with the award for Outstanding
Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Nurse
Jackie’s Merritt Wever answered everyone’s prayers by skipping an
acceptance speech altogether to give us a bathroom break (turns out Wever
wasn’t shooed offstage for time considerations as speculated — she was just
nervous, which is adorable).
Veep’s Tony “Buster Bluth Forever” Hale nabbed the Supporting Actor in a
Comedy prize, later reprising his role as the Vice Prez’s bitch boy onstage
when co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.
Other notable wins of the night:
Anna Gunn (Skyler White, Breaking
Bad) was finally validated with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
after portraying a major love-to-hate character for five seasons. Breaking Bad was also awarded as the
best drama series, because obviously. Side Note: For those unable to watch
Sunday’s Breaking Bad series finale
in real time and all you pathetic chumps still not caught up, social media can
be a landmine of spoilers. That’s why Netflix created the Spoiler Foiler, which censors the tweets in your feed that
contain “breaking,” “bad” or other “danger words.” But until we see the day
when people realize “I can’t believe XX killed XXX” is not share-worthy
commentary, no one is truly safe.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama was full of worthy contenders:
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones),
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Jonathan
Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut, Breaking Bad)
to name a few. But it was Bobby Cannavale who deservingly took the trophy for
his role as Gyp Rosetti, Boardwalk Empire’s
Season Three villain. As much as I adore the other nominees, Cannavale’s take
on the dangerous, hypersensitive Italian gangster Gyp was a performance to be
James Cromwell won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his
role in American Horror Story: Asylum (the show’s only major win, despite
having the most nominations). Cromwell is great in everything from Babe to Six Feet Under, but his role as this sexually repressed mad
scientist was truly chilling.
Finally, The Colbert Report beat
The Daily Show (among others) for Outstanding Variety Series, breaking
Jon Stewart’s 10-year winning streak (although Stewart is actually an executive
producer for Colbert, so he kind of
to see all the nominees and winners.
Richard Simmons (who really seems to be popping up everywhere lately, which I'm loving) got done up in drag to pay tribute to his fave Emmy nominees
(Richard Simmons dressing up like a man can also be considered drag, I
If you needed an explanation for why hashtags are inherently stupid, you
probably have much more pressing problems than those confined to social media.
But thankfully, besties Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are here to drop
some knowledge. #truthbomb
Because women aren’t perceived as nagging bitches enough, there’s Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train to call out dudes for not minding
their personal space on public transportation. ONLY MEN DO THIS! Including the
one and only Robb Stark, actor Richard Madden.
The American Horror Story:
Coven trailer is here! After AHS’ lineup of signature
teaser videos, we finally get a glimpse of what wicked witchery lies ahead. The
series premieres at 10 p.m. Oct. 9 on FX. (Teasers followed by the first trailer at 3:38)
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Get ready to treat yo’self, because Parks and Recreation (8 p.m. Thursdays, NBC) is back with an hour-long premiere this week. This sixth season opens with the Pawnee
crew in London, where Leslie is honored with an international “Women in
Government” award. Expect Leslie, Ben, April and Andy to take in the
sights as Ron preaches his disdain for all things European.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. Sunday,
CBS) celebrate the stars of the small screen and while the spotlight is
on the television shows, it’s always telling to see who’s been chosen
to host these grand ceremonies. Neil Patrick Harris will “suit up” (as
his TV character Barney Stinson would say) this year to host Sunday’s
program, a task he’s certainly prepared for.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The motorcycle gang thriller that’s subtly influenced by the story of Hamlet — Sons of Anarchy (10
p.m. Tuesdays, FX) — returned Sept. 10 for its sixth and penultimate
season. President of biker club SAMCRO Jax Teller must remain true to
himself as he balances smart moves for the club against what is safe for
his family’s future.