Entertaining as hell, smart, good-humored, informative and a bit dirty. What more would you want from an online-only talk show hosted by an actor’s actor? Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects) has a great Internet show that I highly recommend to fellow pop culture fans of film, music, television and technology.
Recent guests have included Matthew Perry, Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog).
Click here for more information about Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show and to watch recent episodes, or download all of them for free on iTunes. Just a heads up – you may want to use headphones if you watch at work; Kevin and his guests have free reign with regard to language (which is one of the reasons I love it). You can also follow Kevin on Twitter. Of course.
New episodes stream live every Sunday at 5pm PDT.
If you tune in, let me know what you think!
Hi, my name is Jo and I suck. Last week when my friend Mel told me that she stopped coming to this site due to lack of updated content, it made me realize that I have been neglecting a huge portion of my pop culture life. And you.
See this phrase and logo above? It is on a Life is Good hat that I own, but I do not take the advice it offers. As most of you are aware, I have been inside of a Lost box with television tunnel-vision on for several months now. I am currently recovering (albeit with a rather large time-travel and character death hangover), as the fifth season has just ended.
But the good news for those of you who don’t watch that show is that I’m back, I’m ready to talk about shows that YOU love and watch, and I will be doing so much more frequently now. If you’re back, thank you for your patience. If you’re new, welcome to my babbling brook of consciousness!
We have several very emotional/controversial/strange season finales to discuss. The Office (baby!). Grey’s (RIP Gizzie?!). Private Practice (the horror!). Fringe (woah). Bones (wtf?). Heroes (yawn). Brothers & Sisters (let the door hit you on the way out, Tommy). 30 Rock (ten shades of awesome; I Lizzed). I haven’t seen the House finale yet, but Kutner’s death and Amber’s ghost made for a pretty great season.
File under: surprised but excited – Dollhouse has been renewed. I was very skeptical of this new series because of the pace of the first few episodes, but I highly recommend it as a summer series to catch up on because it is quite unique and compelling.
File under: donde esta? Samantha Who was yanked from the schedule without much notice or reason. It hasn’t been canceled so I’m curious to find out when they’ll be bringing it back.
File under: sad but relieved to get closure – ABC will be airing the final three episodes of Pushing Daisies at the end of the month.
Random season/schedule shows I’m currently enjoying: Rescue Me and Southland.
Summer TV: bring on True Blood and Mad Men. And let’s admit our guilty pleasure reality fixes…The Bachelorette starts tomorrow. I will also openly admit my addiction to The Biggest Loser; this was the first season I tuned in and am now hooked.
And music! Anyone else listening to the new Green Day? I am loving that and the new Phoenix album.
Movies: loved loved loved the new Star Trek. Was disappointed by Wolverine. New films I am really looking forward to include Away We Go (John Krasinski & Maya Rudolph/directed by Sam Mendes), Julie & Julia (Meryl Streep & Amy Adams/directed by Nora Ephron), and Nine (ensemble musical/directed by Rob Marshall).
So, hi. Thanks for stopping by. By all means, please let me know what shows, movies, bands, books, etc. that you’d love for me to discuss here and I will do my best. I owe you. And I’ve missed you.Read More
There are myriad year-end lists published every December; here is my (J)opinion about the Best of 2008.
Glenn Close, Damages Robert Downey Jr Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Mary Louise Parker, Weeds Sean Penn, Milk Jimmy Smits, Dexter Rutina Wesley, True Blood The women of Mad Men FAVORITE FILMS The Dark Knight Iron Man Milk Wall E TOP TELEVISION 30 Rock Dexter Mad Men Lost
POLITICS & POP CULTURE
Glenn Close, Damages
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man & Tropic Thunder
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Mary Louise Parker, Weeds
Sean Penn, Milk
Jimmy Smits, Dexter
Rutina Wesley, True Blood
The women of Mad Men
The Dark Knight
Even better than the real thing: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.
Hallelujah. Change has never looked better.
With the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the wedded bliss that Ellen & Portia and 18,000 other happy couples share may be revoked. Our plans to get married are now on hold as well. Disappointment doesn’t begin to cover how I feel.
Coldplay: Viva La Vida
Death Cab for Cutie: Narrow Stairs
Killers: Day and Age
Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak
Ben Folds w/Regina Spector: “You Don’t Know Me”
The Bravery: “Believe” & “Time Won’t Let Me Go” (tie)
Kaiser Chiefs: “Never Miss a Beat”
Kings of Leon: “Sex on Fire”
I’m sure that there are shows, films and songs I’m forgetting, so let’s blame the holiday food coma.
I hope that you enjoyed a fabulous holiday, and Happy New Year to all!
Not only is the hysterical HBO series Flight of the Conchords returning for a second season on January 18, now is your chance to enter their Lip Dub Fantasterpiece contest. Create an original video of yourself lip syncing to the Conchords’ song ‘Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros,’ and upload it on that site; the winning video will air on HBO. If you haven’t tuned in to this very funny show, you’re in for quite an experience. The series follows the social exploits and failures of New Zealand friends Bret and Jermaine as they break into clever little tunes about their experiences living and performing in NYC. It is certainly one of the more unique shows on the air these days, a refreshing change of pace from standard sitcoms and network fare.
Not only is the hysterical HBO series Flight of the Conchords returning for a second season on January 18, now is your chance to enter their Lip Dub Fantasterpiece contest. Create an original video of yourself lip syncing to the Conchords’ song ‘Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros,’ and upload it on that site; the winning video will air on HBO.
If you haven’t tuned in to this very funny show, you’re in for quite an experience. The series follows the social exploits and failures of New Zealand friends Bret and Jermaine as they break into clever little tunes about their experiences living and performing in NYC. It is certainly one of the more unique shows on the air these days, a refreshing change of pace from standard sitcoms and network fare.
I am often asked to compile songs using a specific theme or for a certain locale. So for this trip to LA, I was inspired to create a set list for my iPod with a few tracks that either focus on or make reference to the area. Here they are, accompanied by a sample of lyrics from each.
Come a Long Way (Michelle Shocked)
The sun was sinking into the sea
But a ball of fire inside of me
Was burning my motor and driving me hard
Past the big hair on the Boulevard
Dogs of LA (Liz Phair)
The canyon air is like a breath of fresh L.A.
I was a Star Trek crew member, with my Beatle boots and my Super-8
And I raced you to the top, the camera gets a stuttered shot
Of me approaching a painted shrine
I kissed the Buddah and made him cry
If you ever want to fly
Up in the sky
Stand on a cliff and look down there
Don’t be scared, you are alive
First of the Gang to Die (Morrissey)
You have never been in love,
Until you’ve seen the stars
reflect in the resevoirs
Going Back to Cali (LL Cool J)
* Guilty Pleasure Alert! Oh please – you know you had the Less Than Zero soundrack on cassette back in ’87 too.
I’m going back to Cali, rising, surprising
Advising realizing, she’s sizing me up
Her bikini – small; heels – tall
She said, she liked the ocean
She showed me a beach, gave me a peach
And pulled out the suntan lotion
Heartbreak World (Matt Nathanson)
Let’s move out of Los Angeles
Just drive until this summer gives
And forget the lies we use to live
‘Cause we’re gone
Los Angeles, I’m Yours (The Decemberists)
There is a city by the sea
A gentle company
I don’t suppose you want to
And as it tells its sorry tale
In harrowing detail
Its hollowness will haunt you
Its streets and boulevards
Orphans and oligarchs it hears
A plaintive melody
A Sorta Fairytale (Tori Amos)
Things you said that day
Up on the 101
The girl had come undone
I tried to downplay it
With a bet about us
You said that
You’d take it
As long as i could
I could not erase it
Screenwriter’s Blues (Soul Coughing)
Your Cadillac breathes
Four hundred horses
Over blue lines.
You are going
to make love
to a model
whose real name
Why You’d Want to Live Here (Death Cab for Cutie)
I’m in Los Angeles today
Asked a gas station employee if he ever had trouble breathing
and he said, “It varies from season to season, here.”
It’s where our best are on display
Motion picture actors’ houses maps are never ever current,
So save your film and fifteen dollars.
And now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get some rest so I can be a proper tourist before the event tomorrow night.Read More