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College GameDay Poster Rubric

College GameDay Poster Rubric

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It has been a big week for signs.  Between the inauguration, the women’s march and College GameDay coming to Lexington, savvy investors are putting all their money on markers and poster board.  Typically, the football gameday signs get all the attention, but something tells me that Kentucky might be more confident with sassy basketball ESPN acrostics.  I live for GameDay signs.  On any given Saturday, you can find me judging homemade signage more harshly than Simon Cowell critiques a pitchy contestant on American Idol.  It truly is an art form.  Some signs are just awful.  I often wonder, how did this pitiful person make it through high school with such terrible puns and poor penmanship.  So, as an act of charity, I’ve put together the perfect rubric to help you assess whether your sign is fit for basic cable viewership.  

Pop Culture Relevancy:

Relevancy is fleeting.  Sometimes hot takes don’t stand the test of time.  It is important to make sure that your references are up to date.  No one wants to read more Manti Te’o jokes about fake girlfriends or Steve Harvey blunders.  

Readability:

Goodness.  Some signs are garbage.  Proper spacing, marker color v. background color and penmanship need to be considered before you begin composing your signage.  Also, if you want to be modern, please consider your font choice before creating signs.  Comic Sans is for cheesy puns.  Arial is for bold assertive statements and Curlz should never, ever be considered.

Shade:

The goal of a GameDay sign is to point out the inadequacies of your opponent.  Throw some shade! It’s College GameDay and we all know the pen is mightier than a sword.   Witty phrases written in glitter are just as helpful to the team as a last second three pointer. It is important that your sign roasts your opponent in just the perfect way. Here’s a perfect non-example of what not to do.  It just makes me love John Calapari more and want fried seafood as an appetizer. 

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Creativity:

No one will ever top the sign where each letter of ESPN spelled male genitalia. Ever. All other signs are just fighting for second place.  There is definitely a hierarchy for what puts a sign up for consideration for a silver medal.  If your sign features a moveable part or interactive feature, congratulations! You’ve won bonus points in my heart.  You can also take a decent sign, hand it to an adorable child and wah-lah, it’s noteworthy.  From there on out, signs are just somewhere along the continuum.  But, keep in mind, all signs matter.  Sometimes the quantity is better than the quality.

Grammar and Mechanics:

I’ve learned this one from experience.  I once spelled Tim Tebow’s name wrong on my GameDay sign.  It is one of my greatest regrets. So, dot your I’s, cross your t’s, check your you’re’s and reassess your then and than’s.  People are ruthless.   No one wants to get sign attention for the wrong reasons, like this guy…

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I’ve Got the Power

I’ve Got the Power

With the arrival of a new Presidential administration comes many new faces to powerful positions to run these great United States.  For some reason there still is not a Czar of Television and Movies in the cabinet despite the obvious need for one.  Since we live in a post-fact, alternate fact, and what the fact? society, I have decided to create the position and fill it myself.  As your new official Czar of Television and Movies I want you, my fellow Americans, to know exactly what I’m going to do with my phenomenal cosmic power.  Here is my plan for the next four years as your Pop Culture Potentate:

  • Item One: Award Shows
    • I am officially disbanding the awarding committees for all major award shows and replacing them with the puppies from Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. I am removing all biases from humans and placing the fate of the awards in the paws of America’s greatest treasures.
    • In lieu of the aforementioned change I am personally providing an alternate fact reissuing of all previous awards for Emmys, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards. To prove this monumental task is in good hands, I will let you know that the 1999 Academy Award for Best Picture has indeed been awarded to Saving Private Ryan instead of Shakespeare in Love. shakespeare-in-love-saving-private-ryan-slice
  • Item Two: Remakes, Reboots, and Redundancies
    • I am hitherto placing a more rigorous procedure on remakes and reboots. In an effort to spur the creative mind of Hollywood there is now a 25 year moratorium on remaking a show or movie in any format.  Reboots are subjected to a lesser 10 year moratorium.  After the assigned time a property can be discussed for a  remake or reboot only if the original property has less than a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, would be significantly helped by technological advances, and (in the case of reboots) the original story can be tied to the new content.
    • In an effort to reduce redundancies I am requiring all movies and tv shows to submit full synopses to the Plotline Unilateral Board for Ensuring Success committee. This will be a bipartisan committee that analyzes scripts and determines if movies have nearly identical plotlines and are scheduled for release within a few months of each other (Deep Impact Armageddon, No Strings Attached vs. Friends with Benefits, etc).  If a redundancy is identified then each production team must submit one person to compete in a thunderdome to determine which movie will be released.
  • Item Three: Wage Inequality
    • I am hereby issuing a decree that the Key Grip, Boom Operator, and Gaffer are to be paid commensurate with the highest paid actors and actresses. If they have to work with the funny names then they deserve better compensation.
  • Item Four: Commercials
    • Since advertising revenue is a big part of the movie and tv viewing experience it is impossible to completely eliminate it. In an effort to streamline the experience of being bombarded by unwanted solicitations I am establishing an online virtual portal which allows people to volunteer for a four-hour commercial-viewing class.  If you complete the four hour course, which is nothing but watching commercials for four hours, you will receive a code which can be provided to your cable, internet, or theater which allows you to bypass all commercials.  The class certifies you to be ad free for a duration of six months at which point you may take the class again to recertify. rob lowe
  • Item Five: Applauding in Movie Theaters
    • There is to be absolutely no applauding in movie theaters. Exceptions are allowed if viewing a movie wherein someone who participated in the creation of said movie is in the audience.  In all other instances, DO NOT APPLAUD AT THE END OF THE MOVIE!  THEY CAN’T HEAR YOU!  If you feel compelled to express your gratitude then email them or post to a message board or write a letter.  To enforce this I am creating an army of undercover theater goers and if someone is caught violating this ordinance they will be subjected to a ten hour loop of awful things based on their level of violation.  Here are the tiers of punishment:
      • First Offense: Jim Carrey’s most annoying sound in the world from Dumb and Dumber
      • Second Offense: Nails on chalkboard.
      • Third Offense: A fork scraping a plate.
      • Fourth Offense: Rebecca Black’s “Friday”
      • Fifth Offense: The KSR App notification laugh.

I assure you my fellow Americans that this is only the beginning of my efforts to make tv and movies great again.  I look forward to getting your feedback and either disregarding it or reimagining it to fit into whatever narrative I decide.

 

 


Funkhouser’s 4th Annual Royal Rumble Pool Contest – THIS SUNDAY!

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Alright, ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for what that you all have been waiting for: The Fourth Annual Funkhouser Royal Rumble Pool Contest.  For years, my friends and I have been doing this contest as a supplement to the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View.  There are usually 10 of us who get together during the evening and participate in the contest.  Before the match, we each put $5-10 into the pot that goes to the winner.  Because there are 10 of us, we each draw three entrant numbers from 1-30 out of a hat, that correspond to entrants in the Royal Rumble match.  Whatever wrestler comes out as the number we drew, becomes our wrestler.  If the number we drew wins the Royal Rumble, we win the money in the pot.  Also: the person who drew the entrant with the most eliminations on the night gets their money back as a consolation prize.

Last year, we ran the third straight year of this contest with Leuker (yes, the same Leuker from the KSR Football Podcast questions) drawing the winning entrant number of #30, while also winning the tiebreak against two other people who drew #30.  Leuker has won back-to-back Funkhouser Rumble Pools, not unlike HBK or Steve Austin in the actual Royal Rumble.

This Year’s Royal Rumble will take place on Sunday, January 29th at 8:00 PM on the WWE Network.

The prizes for this year are have been determined!

The winner of the 4th Annual Funkhouser Royal Rumble Pool will win a copy of the tabletop game KLASK!

This is a game we have featured on Funkhouser beforeand it could be yours.  It’s a $50 game and it could be yours just by entering our Royal Rumble pool.

The runner-up of our Royal Rumble pool (The person whose number made the most eliminations) will win a copy of the tabletop game Codenames! ($20 value)  We’ve also featured Codenames on Funkhouser, and we’re a big fan of it.

If you want to participate:

Click Here To Enter the Pool

1. Enter who you think will win the Royal Rumble, and how many eliminations will be the most by one wrestler.

2. I will randomly assign entrant numbers to the contestants, using a random number generator.  So, the first 30 people to sign up, will be listed as 1-30 in random order.  If we have more than 30 people, I will do a second list again randomized 1-30.  Also, if we have more than 30 people participate, and two people end up with the same entrant #, then I will go to who you picked as the Rumble Winner, then # of eliminations in your comments for the tie-breakers.

3. Watch the Royal Rumble Match, and cheer on your Superstar!

4. If your number wins the Royal Rumble, you win the prize.  The person who has the entrant with the most eliminations will win the second place prize.

To help you with your selections so far (you can wait up until the Friday before the Rumble if you want to see who might be in), here is who is officially in the Royal Rumble as of 1/24:

-Goldberg
-Brock Lesnar
-Big E
-Kofi Kingston
-Xavier Woods
-Braun Strowman
-Chris Jericho
-Baron Corbin
-Seth Rollins
-The Undertaker
-Dean Ambrose
-The Miz
-Dolph Ziggler
-Cesaro
-Sheamus
-Bray Wyatt
-Randy Orton
-Luke Harper
-Big Show
-Sami Zayn
-Big Cass
-Rusev

I will contact, via email, the winner of the 2017 Funkhouser Royal Rumble Pool to get your contact information.  So sign up using the link above and check back during the Royal Rumble to see what entrant # you drew.  I will update this page during the match as wrestlers enter the match, so if you want to comment on the Rumble during the match, you can continue to do so in the comments.  Happy Rumbling!


Lost and Found:  ‘Pickle and Peanut’

Lost and Found: ‘Pickle and Peanut’

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In this Funkhouser installment, I rummage through a hodgepodge of television shows and films, some of which are so obscure, you might be discovering them for the first time, others, simply forgotten about, several possibly mothballed and finally a few that just vanished into the ether altogether.  This is Lost and Found:  Episode 6.

Pickle and Peanut may seem like an odd pairing, but it’s the result of combining two uniquely creative individuals, illustrator turned animator, writer Noah Z. Jones and art director Joel Trussell.  Jones is best known for his other animated shows:  Fish Hooks, which won a BAFTA award in 2011, Almost Naked Animals, and The 7D.  While Trussell, an artist and director in his own right, gained notoriety for his award-winning music videos, the animated series Electric City, starring actor Tom Hanks, Mike Judge’s (Beavis and Butthead) aptly-titled series, The Animation Show, as well as his quirky animated shorts from the engrossingly-trippy series Yo Gabba Gabba which remains one of my favorite television programs of all-time.

With the exception of Animals, all of Jones’ creations have aired on Disney XD—a television channel targeting a youthful, generally male audience, but more specifically the budding tween to angsty teen demographic.  Although the channel has been known to draw in older viewers too, like parental-types of course, but also some diehard UK fans from time to time.  Admit it, you know you flipped your wig, when you heard former Wildcat, and current NBA star John Wall would be making an appearance on the show Kirby Buckets in February, if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the clip.

It’s not surprising that the aesthetics and vibe of Pickle and Peanut are clearly drawing stylistic influences directly from its creators past work.  The show which premiered in 2015 is entertaining, but it isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but it carved out its own space.  In the past decade, the animated genre has exploded, with shows finding their respective niche and a an avid following including: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robot Chicken, Rick and Morty, Gravity Falls, Regular Show, Adventure Time, and Amazing World of Gumball, while at the same time being labeled as “weird” or “off-beat” by some.  That label can be off-putting to anyone, i.e. older audiences, out-of-touch with their inner child, or those who prefer more traditional or computer generated animated shows with structured—beginning, middle, and end—storylines, etc.  Regardless these newer shows, including PnP, are unconventional in many ways, not only because of the quirky, fidgety and excessively-impulsive narratives and irreverent humor, but also visually, where animators explore new and creative avenues, incorporating a variety of mixed media, blending photoshop, collage, live-action, even puppetry together, overtop traditional hand-drawn backgrounds.  In addition to this, the main characters are solidly constructed and brought to life with some recognizable voices.

Pickle, is an impetuous, emotionally forthright naive teenager and the heart of the wanna be cool buddy duo.  He oftentimes lives up to his namesake, getting himself and his best bud in some tight situations. He’s voiced by actor Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame.  Despite being a legume, Peanut isn’t crazy, he’s cool as a cucumber, carefree but cautious, and generally more optimistic than his big green friend.  His voice comes courtesy of Johnny Pemberton, a stand-up comedian, best remembered from 21 Jump Street, Ant-Man and the animated/live action show Son of Zorn.

So it’s easy to see why Pickle and Peanut draws the likes of cartoonaphiles as well as twenty-something college students, boomerang grads, basement dwellers, hipsters, lawyers, dope-fiends, and awesomely cool, 40 year-old blogger dads.  That’s not to say that every show is successful in capturing the hearts and minds, as well of the attention span of its intended audience.  Look no further than utterly terrible, migraine-inducing shows such as: Uncle Grandpa, Stephen Universe, Breadwinners, and Clarence as examples. Interestingly enough though, many people would add Pickle and Peanut to that list.

So what’s the dill—get it—with Pickle and Peanut, because critics are really salty—gotcha again—about the series?  In fact IMDb user reviews give the show a 4.2 out of 10 stars with some calling it “ocular vomit” and “trash wanna be”.  If that wasn’t bad enough, there was even a petition on change.org demanding it be cancelled with supporters citing the series as “the stupidest show ever made”, “totally immature”, and even going so far to say “its creators need to be fired and blacklisted!”  Whoa, take it easy.  It’s just a cartoon.  I understand why many are quick to dismiss the show.  At times it’s all over the place, with its zany antics, poop humor, montage parodies, meme type screenshot stills, and voice-overs which emphasize or repeat words or phrases—all things which might appeal to pre-adolescent sensibilities or maybe even our contemporary Dadaist culture at large.  The most common complaint hurled at the show outside of content, is its domain.  Many critics don’t feel it belongs on Disney XD—as if the Disney brand is too good to be sullied with such lo-fi, crude programming, saying it belongs instead on Cartoon Network.  In the end, critics may get their wish granted, because the show’s second season is currently in limbo.

While it seems so many are quick to sour on Pickle and Peanut, my kids and I actually relish in the animated series, because it’s full of piss and vinegar, finding the show absolutely hysterical at times, and in some really subtle ways.  And no, I’m not gherkin your chain!


The Entertation Index: January 16-20

The Entertation Index: January 16-20

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Each week KSR’s Funkhouser collects the best of pop culture. The Entertation Index collects the best of the week for your consumption.


Dogs, Reservoir — For some good reading for a break from the Inauguration festivities today, here’s a unique take on Quentin Tarantino’s 25 year-old Reservoir Dogs which posits that the film — long thought an exercise in the glorification of violence — is in fact a cleverly subversive film about how killers  should, in fact, be killed themselves. Check it out.
Link: Why Reservoir Dogs is Really an Anti-Violence Film

Down, Three Doors — The hit early 2000’s band and purveyor of such hits as “Kryptonite” and “Kryptonite” saw a sales bump last night after performing at president elect Donald Trump’s inauguration kick-off. As you can see from their upcoming schedule, things are really turning around for Three Doors Down.
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Link: Three Doors Down Sees Brief Sales Bump After Performing at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Show (h/t @mattyglesias)

Gaga, LadyPeople Magazine breaks down everything we know about Lady Gaga’s upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show, from her inspirations to what she might perform. Because if there’s one thing professional football fans demand, it’s MORE LADY GAGA.
Link: Everything We Know About Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance

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Poop Emoji — Folks, we’ve officially reached the bottom of the bag in terms of film ideas, with The Emoji Movie to premiere sometime in 2017 for children. In it, Sir Patrick Stewart will play the illustrious role of “poop emoji,” sure to turn the heads of Oscar voters next year. Other cast members include Julianne Moore in a stunning dual role as “dancing cat ladies,” Bradley Cooper as “water/rain droplets” and Dame Judi Dench as the Australian Flag.
Link: Sir Patrick Stewart Scoops Up Poop Emoji Role in “Emoji Movie”

Punk’d — Sure, you all remember when Zach Braff’s porsche got spray-painted with graffiti while he was in the liquor store (do you?), or when George Lopez was hilariously told his sewer line needed repair (hahahahaha OMG), but did you know Serena Williams pursued a fake-abducted infant down the interstate in her car? Or that someone unrelated to Punk’d pulled a gun on Hillary Duff during a prank? No matter what you feel about the show, some interesting tidbits here.
Link: The Wild and Sometimes Frightening World of Punk’d

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Sherlock — Britain’s Digital Spy website breaks down the season (series?) finale of the BBC’s wildly loved series Sherlock, accurately pinpointing eighteen unanswered of the final episode. The biggest surprise of all being, of course, that Digital Spy only found eighteen unanswered questions in that hot mess.
Link: Eighteen Unanswered Questions and Plot Holes After Watching Sherlock’s Finale

Trump, President Donald — On the eve of the presidential inauguration concert, which featured patriotic country singer Toby Keith and soul singer Sam Moore, (now) President Donald J. Trump took the mic to tell the crowd “You’re not forgotten anymore. You’re not forgotten any more.” The crowd cheered as somewhere, quietly off in the darkened wings, a teary-eyed Three Doors down fist-pumped in unison victoriously.
Link: Trump Addresses Inaugural Concert Crowd


Clutch Baseball 2017 Preview + Exclusive Funkhouser Offer

Clutch Baseball 2017 Preview + Exclusive Funkhouser Offer

All through high school, a friend of mine and I played a series of board and card games. However, there was not one game that we played more than a title called MLB Showdown. Showdown was a collectible card game where every card was a different MLB player, with their own set of stats and charts. You would create your own team of players, a hand of strategy cards and then roll your way through nine full innings of baseball tabletop fun. We kept binders of cards, swapping players in and out based on cards we just got in a booster pack, or whatever whim we were on at the moment. As the big sports nerds as we were, we also kept complete scorebooks of each match up, as each game had some amazing series of rolls that changed the course of each game.

A week ago, a spiritual successor to MLB Showdown has hit crowdfunding site IndieGoGo, taking pre-orders for their take on of one of the best baseball tabletop simulators in history. The game is called Clutch Baseball 2017.

Clutch Baseball 2017 is a collectible card and dice fantasy baseball game that boasts 400 unique MLB player cards, 70 strategy cards and 30 stadium cards that add stadium effects to your matchup.

An entire game will play out over the course of nine innings, like a normal baseball game. Teams will consist of 25 cards, which include position players, a bench, starting and relief pitchers, as well as a closer. Each player has a point value based on how good their stats and hit charts are, and teams have a point cap of 6,000 points for your 25-man roster. For example, Clayton Kershaw is the top pitcher in the game. He has a command of 7, and when he has the advantage, batters can only get hits on rolls of 19 or higher (with a 20-sided die). He is also worth 725 points, which is a big cut on your 6000 point salary cap. So, you have a lot of important decisions to make to create a squad that is solid in all positions.

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So how does an at-bat work in Clutch Baseball? It’s actually pretty simple…

In an at-bat with the cards pictured above, the defense (Syndergaard) would roll a 20-sided die as his pitch.  If his roll, which is added to his ‘command’ rating of five, is higher than Harper’s on-base rating of 14, Snydergaard would earn the advantage in the swing. If Snydergaard’s roll+command was less than Harper’s on-base of 14, Harper would earn advantage of the swing.

In the swing, no matter who has advantage, the batter will roll their 20-sided die and the result would be read off of the card that has advantage. If the pitcher had advantage in the example above, the batter would have to roll an 18 or higher in the swing to get on base. If the batter had advantage, Harper would reach base on 6 or higher, and hit a home run on a roll of 19+.

These are just the basic rules, but there are more advanced rules for fatigue, base-running, fielding, etc. For complete rules, Click Here


IndieGoGo Campaign

In the Clutch Baseball IndieGoGo campaign, you have a couple of options on how to get your hands on a set of cards and get to playing. They have Starter Sets that you can choose whether you want players from the East, Central or West. Starter Sets come with enough players for one deck and a play-mat and dice. The Ultimate Starter Set comes with a Starter Set, 10 booster packs, a t-shirt, and limited edition cards only available in the IndieGoGo campaign that includes Career Year cards for David Ortiz and Ken Griffey Jr. Finally, you can also buy the 500 card set as a whole.

Because this is an IndieGoGo campaign, games won’t be shipped out immediately, the campaign still has a month left to go. However, the game is slated to be shipped out in March, which seems to be a pretty quick turnaround for a crowdfunding campaign.

Clutch Baseball IndieGoGo Campaign


Exclusive Funkhouser Offer – Bonus Cards!

The guys at Clutch Baseball have given Funkhouser an exclusive offer for anyone who purchases a Clutch Baseball set at any backer level. Any KSR Funkhouser reader who makes a Clutch Baseball set purchase during their IndieGoGo campaign will receive bonus cards that wouldn’t come with any other set.

So what do you have to do get these bonus cards? If you make a purchase at any level, you will see a spot at the bottom of the checkout page that says “Contribution Appearance”. If you click the third option – “other”, and type in your name, followed by KSR (as pictured below), the Clutch Baseball guys will know to get you your bonus cards when your order gets shipped out.

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If there is a game that needed to hit the shelves again for me, it was MLB Showdown. It’s an easy game to get anyone into even if they’re familiar with baseball, and the roll of the die really puts the action in your hand. I have not played Clutch Baseball 2017, but in everything that I have read and seen, it should hopefully bring back the magic of its tabletop predecessor. I look forward to seeing the set when it comes out in March, because there is no doubt it will be hitting my table.


Barack Obama: The Pop-Culture POTUS

Barack Obama: The Pop-Culture POTUS

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There’s never been a president who maintained a more visible presence in pop culture during his years in the White House than Barack Obama. Yes, Nixon did Laugh-in and Clinton played his sax on Arsenio, but those were really just toe-dips into the pop-culture pool, whereas Obama has jumped in with both feet. There was his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode, his memorable appearance on Between Two Ferns, and, of course, his yearly brackets on ESPN.

Obama is of a different generation than the presidents who came before him, a generation that doesn’t see music, movies, and the like as flimsy distractions, but as a meaningful part of our lives and identities. He’s also the first president of the social media era, which has meant that his presence in our everyday lives has been markedly different from his predecessors.

All of that adds up to a president who’s been more vocal about and visible in his consumption of and appreciation for pop culture than any other. And before you bother complaining that the president should be doing more with his time than appearing on talk shows and curating playlists to post on Twitter, keep a few things in mind:

  1. George W. Bush spent more time clearing brush in Crawford, Texas, than Obama spent sleeping over the last eight years. Presidents are still people.
  2. Everything Obama did relating to pop culture was completed with a tremendous amount of assistance from aides; it’s not like he was ignoring intelligence briefs so he could round out a list of Barry’s Best Summer Jamz
  3. The internet and social media have given public figures of all types a more direct line of communication with the public. Obama has used that direct line in all aspects of his presidency, so it makes total sense that he’d use it to try to humanize himself and share a (less serious) bit of himself using the connective platform it provides.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at Obama’s pop culture legacy.

Weak Impressions and Translated Anger

Weirdly, a huge factor in how presidents get remembered is a result of how they were portrayed on Saturday Night Live. From Chevy Chase’s weekly mockery of a bumbling Gerald Ford to Will Ferrell’s frat-boy interpretation of Bush the second, our lasting perception of presidential personalities is often determined by this one show.

But for whatever reason, SNL never really managed to produce a memorable Obama. You can argue that they never had the right cast member to play him (Jay Pharoah’s impression is technically strong, but for whatever reason, never resonated) or that there just wasn’t enough to mine from his almost comically measured speaking style to create a real spark of humor.

The one sketch that got closest to defining public perception of Obama’s personality wasn’t an SNL sketch at all (although they tried something similar with The Rock, only with less success), but the “Luther the Anger Translator” bit from Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, a show that probably got a tenth as many viewers as it deserved (I’m looking at everyone complaining about how there’s no more Chappelle’s Show when Key & Peele ran for like seven years).

The sketch, which hilariously used Obama’s flat, professorial manner as a contrast to his “anger translator,” who said what we all assumed the president was thinking when he spoke with exaggerated diplomacy on a variety of controversial topics. The sketch was so good, that the White House invited Keegan Michael Key to actually stand by the president during a White House Correspondents’ Dinner and deliver some on the spot anger translation.

POTUS Slow Jams the News

Whatever else is true about Jimmy Fallon (for whatever reason, it seems like a lot of people really do not like that dude), it’s obvious that he has used his time on The Tonight Show to spice up the late night TV format. Mostly, this amounts to getting celebrities to play stupid games, but it has also included a few genuinely funny bits, my favorite of which is the “Slow Jam the News” segment.

“Slow Jam the News” is exactly what it sounds like. Fallon and a celebrity stand onstage, and, while The Roots play some slow, funky jams, they read recent news items, usually ending with the phrase, “Oh, yeah.”

Like most things on Fallon’s show, it’s at least as dumb as it is funny, but President Obama’s two “Slow Jam” appearances showed us that, as serious as he often comes across, POTUS #44 is comfortable letting the public see his goofier side. During his often contentious presidency, it was nice to see every once in a while.

Those Playlists

Obama_PlaylistMaybe more than any other aspect of culture, Obama reveled in his love of music. His tastes were not only more varied than past presidents’, but also way, way more contemporary. Nowhere was the diversity of his musical appreciation more evident than in the playlists he released over the last couple of summers. In 2016, the White House presented both daytime and nighttime playlists, eclectic collections of some of POTUS’ faves, including artists like Courtney Barnett, Prince, Charles Mingus, Aaron Neville, Fiona Apple, and Chance the Rapper.

When I read through those selections, I couldn’t help but imagine Obama wearing dad jeans and singing loudly enough to embarrass his daughters (like any father worth his salt is obliged to) during a little downtime at the residence.

Barry’s Reading Life

I’ve often believed that one of the worst things about being president is that you have to sacrifice so much of what you love doing with your free time just to do the job. But as Obama noted in his recent interview with the New York Times’ Michiko Kakutani, he has been intentional about sparing some precious minutes to remain a reader (of regular-person books, not just policy briefs and the like).

As a former English teacher and an avid reader, I’ll argue until I’m blue in the face about the incredible educational, psychological, and emotional importance of reading. In reading the president’s interview, it’s clear he feels the same way, and there’s something comforting about knowing that, on an almost daily basis, Obama spent some time reflecting on the wisdom of others, trying to understand the world from another perspective by cracking open a book.

No president can escape the reach of pop culture, but only Barack Obama has truly made embraced it. Whatever you think of him, it’s almost impossible to hear him talk about the things he loves without feeling like you’re hearing the words of a human being who actually lives in the same world as the rest of us.

I’m gonna miss it. I have a feeling the guy with the golden toilet isn’t going to make me feel the same way.


7 Movies Based On Books In 2017

7 Movies Based On Books In 2017

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I’ve always said one of the greatest joys in life is reading a good book. Another is the warm feeling of smugness from watching the movie based on the book and getting to say, “the book was better.” That feeling will never get old.  In 2017 you’ll have many opportunities to showcase your smugness with these seven books that are about to be released as movies! Enjoy!

Live by nightLive by Night By. Dennis Lehane 

Although this movie is already out in theaters, you still have time to read the book before it hits the dollar theaters.  Live by Night  tells the story of a man who rises in the crime ranks during Prohibition era Boston.  The whole thing looks like a combination of Boardwalk Empire meets all the awesome accents from The Departed. A quick IMDB search will tell you that Leonardo DiCaprio was slated to play the role that eventually Ben Affleck plays.  What this nugget of information tells us is that Affleck’s character has to die.  Leo only considers characters that die in the end.

Captain UnderpantsCaptain Underpants By. Dav Pilkey 

Captain Underpants is not high-brow literature for elitist children. It is actually delightful entertainment for people of all ages.  The book follows Harold and George when the superhero that they create in their comic book comes to life and helps them along the way.  The movie will be released on June 2, 2017 and stars actors Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms and Jordan Peele.  I look forward to seeing those pesky kids rearrange many signs throughout the movie. It’s going to be gold.

The dinnerThe Dinner by. Herman Koch 

The Dinner is the exact opposite of Captain Underpants. The story takes place over one dinner as a family decides what to do when a traumatic incident happens in their family.  The characters might be the most unlikable people you will ever meet in the world of fiction, but the pacing of the novel is what will make you fall in love.  It will be interesting to see how the movie will adapt the text to make the story fit the screen. Richard Gere and Laura Linney star in the movie version set to be released in May.

murderMurder on the Orient Express by. Agatha Christie 

Although there is already the 1974 version of this novel, Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley star in the newest adaptation of this mystery.  Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the movie boast a star-studded cast.  Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Michael Peña are just a few of the actors cast to board the train.  The movie will premiere in November of 2017.  Hopefully by then I will have solved this mystery. No spoilers please for this eighty year old book.

THank you for yourThank You For Your Service by. David Finkel 

This real account shows what happens to soldiers after their deployment is over.   Finkel follows the veterans as they return home and describes the reality of what it is like to come home from war. The casting for this movie is…interesting.  Miles Teller and Amy Schumer are some of the actors that are listed for this November 2017 release.   Maybe this will be the role that gets Amy Schumer one step closer to her EGOT.

WonderWonder by R. J. Palacio 

Auggie Pullman is best described as “an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.” Wonder follows multiple character’s perspective as they get to know Auggie and learn what it means to be kind and emphatic.  The movie stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.  Be mentally prepared to cry ugly, ugly tears at this one.

ITIt by. Stephen King 

Even though it felt like we were living in the movie It in the year 2016, Hollywood feels like we need to see more murderous clowns.   You have plenty of time to mentally prepare yourself for all of the terrible trailers that feature blood-thirsty clowns for this September release.


Funkhouser Presents Comics, Culture and Wildcats: Episode 3

Who runs the world? Beyonce says it’s girls, and I tend to believe her. There is a major boom in the pop culture industry of females taking the lead. From being the lead in major movies like Rogue One, HRC coming very close to being our first female president, to the sports media and the great Doris Burke. We thought it’d be great to see more into the thoughts and insights that our own KSR writer Tyler Thompson has. This week on the CCW we discuss:

– How Tyler got her start into writing
– Who are some of the women she looks up too
– How she had to convert her husband to becoming a UK fan
– What she thinks about this years team

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes, streaming on Podbayor via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Funkhouser’s 4th Annual Royal Rumble Pool Contest

Funkhouser’s 4th Annual Royal Rumble Pool Contest

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Alright, ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for what that you all have been waiting for: The Fourth Annual Funkhouser Royal Rumble Pool Contest.  For years, my friends and I have been doing this contest as a supplement to the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View.  There are usually 10 of us who get together during the evening and participate in the contest.  Before the match, we each put $5-10 into the pot that goes to the winner.  Because there are 10 of us, we each draw three entrant numbers from 1-30 out of a hat, that correspond to entrants in the Royal Rumble match.  Whatever wrestler comes out as the number we drew, becomes our wrestler.  If the number we drew wins the Royal Rumble, we win the money in the pot.  Also: the person who drew the entrant with the most eliminations on the night gets their money back as a consolation prize.

Last year, we ran the third straight year of this contest with Leuker (yes, the same Leuker from the KSR Football Podcast questions) drawing the winning entrant number of #30, while also winning the tiebreak against two other people who drew #30.  Leuker has won back-to-back Funkhouser Rumble Pools, not unlike HBK or Steve Austin in the actual Royal Rumble.

This Year’s Royal Rumble will take place on Sunday, January 29th at 8:00 PM on the WWE Network.

The prizes for this year are yet to be determined, and much like the Call of the Day on the KSR Radio show, you may and or may not receive them.  But, we’ll do our best to get them to you.  Either way, still a fun way to add to your viewing of the Royal Rumble.

If you want to participate:

Click Here To Enter the Pool

1. Enter who you think will win the Royal Rumble, and how many eliminations will be the most by one wrestler.

2. I will randomly assign entrant numbers to the contestants, using a random number generator.  So, the first 30 people to sign up, will be listed as 1-30 in random order.  If we have more than 30 people, I will do a second list again randomized 1-30.  Also, if we have more than 30 people participate, and two people end up with the same entrant #, then I will go to who you picked as the Rumble Winner, then # of eliminations in your comments for the tie-breakers.

3. Watch the Royal Rumble Match, and cheer on your Superstar!

4. If your number wins the Royal Rumble, you win the prize.  The person who has the entrant with the most eliminations will win the second place prize.

To help you with your selections so far (you can wait up until the Friday before the Rumble if you want to see who might be in), here is who is officially in the Royal Rumble:

-Goldberg
-Brock Lesnar
-Big E
-Kofi Kingston
-Xavier Woods
-Braun Strowman
-Chris Jericho
-Baron Corbin
-Seth Rollins
-The Undertaker
-Dean Ambrose
-The Miz
-Dolph Ziggler
-Cesaro
-Sheamus
-Bray Wyatt
-Randy Orton
-Luke Harper

I will contact, via email, the winner of the 2017 Funkhouser Royal Rumble Pool to get your contact information.  So sign up in the comments below and check back during the Royal Rumble to see what entrant # you drew.  I will update this page during the match as wrestlers enter the match, so if you want to comment on the Rumble during the match, you can continue to do so in the comments.  Happy Rumbling!


THE GOOD PLACE -- "Category 55 Emergency Doomsday Crisis" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) William Jackson Harper as Chidi, Kristen Bell as Eleanor -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

The Sweetest Soulmates On The Good Place

THE GOOD PLACE -- "Category 55 Emergency Doomsday Crisis" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) William Jackson Harper as Chidi, Kristen Bell as Eleanor -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

I’ve been conflicted about The Good Place.    The show has its moments, but can be convoluted.  For example, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is killed by an advertising vehicle that is selling erectile dysfunction medication. Before she died, Eleanor was a turd of a person, but by mistake she is sent to “The Good Place.”  The Good Place is where there are hundreds of frozen yogurt stores and you are paired up with your soulmate.  You can’t even cuss in The Good Place so Kristen Bell spends a lot of time saying “what the fork?” and “shirt!” It all seems perfectly lovely, but from the very beginning, Eleanor knows she’s not supposed to be in The Good Place.  By the time episode ten rolls around, Eleanor’s cover is blown and she is trying to stay away from the Bad Place. 

What’s surprising is that the perfect pair of soulmates doesn’t come from The Good Place’s pairing.  It is actually between two unlikely, star-crossed lovers.   Janet is a human/robot version of Siri.  Jason is supposed to be a Buddhist monk reaping the rewards of a life well lived, but is actually a unrefined bro from Jacksonville.  But, alas, they find each other!  Jason and Janet’s wedding is only one minute and thirty seconds long.  It is a compact and the perfect pairing of the sweetest soulmates on The Good Place.   Even though it’s convoluted at times, this scene is a 90 infomercial for this series.  So, see for yourself! Grab a few of your favorite thespians and recreate what makes The Good Place so good.

Scene: Janet & Jason’s Wedding

Setting:  If I had to pinpoint J & J’s wedding aesthetic it would be last-second minimalist.  The venue is definitely Jason’s home and I’m almost positive that he is the DJ that introduces himself. 
DJ: Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s get ready to MARRIED! <-(Not a typo)

Jason: Yo! Check it! 

*Jason rips the sleeves off of his tuxedo.  Remember, he's from Jacksonville.* 
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Jason is the perfect specimen of the type of person that is easy to like. He is a “hot dummy.” He once ate “electrical tape right off the roll.” To his credit, “ He thought it was fruit by the foot that had gone bad” but still a dum dum.

Eleanor:This is great. At different moments during our time here we’ve both thought that Tragic Mike over here was our one true love and now he’s marrying whatever Janet is. 
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It is at this moment that Eleanor releases the most delightful maniacal laugh. You’ve laughed like this before. You do it when the couple on House Hunters picks that house that is over 50 years old but probably wont need “any major improvements.” Eleanor’s pure delight in the hot mess that is steaming in front of her brings me joy. Eleanor asymptotes terribleness. She approaches being a wretched human being but never quite touches it. She has the potential to be decent, and that’s all we need to stay in her corner.

Tahani: I suppose you are right. This is a bit strange.

Jason: I'd like to read a poem.Janet, my digital queen.  Janet,  we can dare to dream/send nude pics of your heart to me/ Jacksonville Jaguars RULE!

*Janet seems unphased that she is clearly marrying such a simple man.* 

Janet: Jason, when I was rebooted and I lost all of my knowledge, I was confused and disoriented and you were always kind to me and according to the central theme of 231,600 songs, movies, poems and novels that I researched for these vows in the last three seconds, that’s what love’s all about. Does anybody here object to this marriage? 

Eleanor: of course we do, how could we not object?

Tahani: Yes. This is a terrible idea. 

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Tahani is the perfect specimen of the type of person that is easy to dislike. She smart, gorgeous and thoughtful. Yeesch, nothing like a decent person to make you feel like a garbage person.



Janet: Overruled. (now, to Jason)Jason, do you want me to be your wife?

Jason: Yea

Janet: I want you to be my husband. 

Jason: Tiight. 

Janet: So, by the power invested in me, by me, I now pronounce us husband and wife. 

Jason: We did it! Can I kiss you or will I be electrocuted? 

Eleanor: Only one way to find out. Kiss him! Go get it girl! I’m just going with it now. 

*Jason kisses Janet.  Doesn’t get electrocuted* :( 

As a rule, all wedding vows should be under 50 words.  This is all people’s attention spans can handle, especially when cake is implied at the end of the celebration. If you overthink it, Jason marrying a robot might be creepy. If you approach the marriage with the shallowness of Jason’s capabilities, you’ll see that this sweet marriage has a lot of heart.  

But seriously, don’t over think it because I’m almost positive it is a human and robot getting married.  It’s pretty forked up.

 

Lost and Found:  ‘Peaky Blinders’

Lost and Found: ‘Peaky Blinders’

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In this Funkhouser installment, I rummage through a hodgepodge of television shows and films, some of which are so obscure, you might be discovering them for the first time, others, simply forgotten about, several possibly mothballed and finally a few that just vanished into the ether altogether.  This is Lost and Found:  Episode 5.

There’s no telling how many months over the past year I’ve searched for a refreshing television show—to cleanse the palette so to speak—in betwixt the trendy or must-see, binge-worthy, programs, films, and documentaries, that hit my favorite on-demand network, Netflix.  Not surprising, I’ve become a reasonably good scavenger, able to search the infinite catalog, flipping past countless titles without hesitation and at mind-numbing proficiency.  That was until late last week, when a show I’d either consciously or sub-consciously overlooked so many times before, eventually stopped me in my tracks.  After finishing the sci-fi thriller The OA—which I really enjoyed—I was in the mood for a show that looked like it was more grounded in reality, one that was less ambiguous, with fewer rabbit-holes and interpretive dance scenes, and that’s when I finally decided I’d have a go at Peaky Blinders—and honestly, I’m completely gutted I hadn’t started watching it sooner.

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Originally airing on BBC Two in the U.K. in 2013, the show’s first season— consisting of six, hour-long episodes—eventually made its way over the pond and onto the streaming network almost a year later.  And for two and a half freaking years, it sat there on the virtual shelf, gathering in effect electric dust, begging to be watched.  Yet, for whatever reason, I ignored it, and as another year passed, a second season dropped, and then a third.  Which brings me to last week, when I finally went all-in on the British show.  I know what you’re thinking, great another boring, bloated, stuffy, period series like Downton Abbey or The Crown—you’d be dead wrong.  Combining a solid cast of venerable actors, incredible wardrobes, and historically accurate settings and locations, along with the show’s impeccably paced and piercing writing set to a folky and modern soundtrack—the show has a lot more in common with Deadwood, but without all the graphic sex scenes.  Right from the start, it’s hard to imagine how Peaky Blinders wouldn’t become your new favorite binge-worthy series.

Peaky Blinders is a nefariously mesmerizing English series set in 1919 shortly after the First World War in Birmingham, England.  It depicts the lives of the Shelby’s, who run a criminal enterprise under the guise of the Peaky Blinders, a gang which take their namesake from the razor blades in which they stitch into the bills of their woolen newsboy hats.  The show’s epic first two seasons, center around the gang’s leader Thomas “Tommy” Shelby, played masterfully by Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Batman Begins, Inception), a steely-eyed, disillusioned veteran, as he methodically builds and expands his burgeoning felonious organization, with the help of his brothers Arthur, played by Paul Anderson (The Revenant) and John, played by Joe Cole (Green Room) into a major criminal empire.  After a weapons and ammunitions heist, Tommy, already notorious, draws the attention of a young Winston Churchill, deftly played by Andy Nyman (Death at a Funeral), then Secretary of State, who assigns Inspector Campbell, portrayed by veteran actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Event Horizon) to investigate and recover the missing munitions.  From there the series immerses viewers deeper into the seedy underbelly of post-war English life as the Shelby’s plot, scheme, betray and murder their way to the top, growing in power, but making enemies at every turn, exposing them to more complex and powerful foes along the way.

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Even if you’re not into crime dramas, the show is bestowed with a sort of repressed raw energy, just brewing under the surface that’s difficult to ignore.  This is possibly due to the limitless talent and depth of its cast—every actor’s performance seems effortless, including Award-winning actress Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Harry Potter), who plays Aunt Polly, but its clear Murphy is the biggest key to unlocking the show’s success—carrying the series on his shoulders and owning every scene with such gravitas.

In addition to the characters, the series offers a historically accurate look at working class English life fashioned around early twentieth century locales such as institutions like the brassy pubs, as well as steamy back alleyways, dirty and muddy streets, grassy countrysides, and the grungy and sparse living quarters of the struggling city dwellers.  Each setting is absolutely intoxicating to the senses—you can almost feel the wooden floor planks bend and squeak under the weight of its inhabitants, itch from the dingy bedsheets and woolen, layered clothing customary of the time, almost smell and taste whiskey and the smoke as it wafts from the cigarettes, pipes and bellowing furnaces and foundries, and hear the sounds of the city, as feet slosh through the puddled streets, and voices carry through the thinly wallpapered walls and around hardened brick exteriors.  The faint cries of children are drowned out by the bustlings sounds of the city, stuck between the horse and wagons of the past era along with the mass produced automobiles of the future.

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Not only is the writing sharp, and dialogue delivered impeccably—what doesn’t sound better with a British accent—but also the music is out-and-out brilliant too.  Apart from the traditional Irish folk music and instrumentals, musician Nick Cave and his band The Bad Seeds are featured consistently throughout the show, even providing the haunting and gothy theme song (Red Right Hand) for the series.  Other well-known bands and artists also lend a hand in scenes including but not limited to:  The White Stripes, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead and The Raconteurs.

Take my word for it, stop wasting time and have a butcher’s before Seasons 4 and 5 drop!

4.5/5 Stars

Peaky Blinders is rated TV-MA


The Golden Globes are This Weekend!

The Golden Globes are This Weekend!

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The following post is guest written by Brad Morris for Funkhouser.

Welcome to the 74th Golden Globes! The awards season kicks off with my personal favorite of all the awards shows. The reasons are the combination of an intimate setting with all the A list stars sitting around big tables boozing it up, and also Movies and TV are brought together in the same room. So we can cheer for our favorite TV shows to win *cough* Game of Thrones *cough*, while also watching and trying to understand how Ryan Reynolds made Deadpool so damn fun. So let’s take a look at the nominees. I’ve put an asterisk beside the nominee that I think and/or hope will win.

FILM

Best Picture, Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water *
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical

20th Century Women
Deadpool *
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land *
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic *
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving *
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Actor, Comedy

Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool *

Best Actress, Comedy

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen *
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water *
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures *
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water *

Best Original Score

Moonlight
La La Land *
Arrival
Lion
Hidden Figures

Best Original Song

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana *

Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana * Freddie Maggard approved
My Life as a Zucchini
Sing
Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film

Divines
Elle
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann
Can’t pick a favorite here since I have no idea these films even existed *

TELEVISION

Best TV Series, Drama

The Crown
Game of Thrones *
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical

Atlanta *
Blackish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of
The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story *

Best Actor, Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul *
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Best Actress, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things *
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Best Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Donald Glover, Atlanta *
Nick Nolte, Graves
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress, Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
Issa Rae, Insecure
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish *

Best Supporting Actor

Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson *
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
John Lithgow, The Crown
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
John Travolta, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld *

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Bryan Cranston, All the Way *
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience
Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Charlotte Rampling, London Spy
Kerry Washington, Confirmation *

It was tough to pick Game of Thrones over Stranger Things. If ST continues beyond GOT then I’ll pick it in the future. Enjoy the show!

The Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon air Sunday, January 8 on NBC.

 


2017 Means One Thing: More KSR Clickbait!

2017 Means One Thing: More KSR Clickbait!

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Hello, Friends. I hope you’re well. Are you okay? I can’t understand what you’re saying. You’re going to have to speak more clearly. Oh! I’m sorry. I didn’t realize your face was frozen to that metal trashcan. What were you even doing to have something like that happen? You so crazy.

Friends, as we start out into 2017, it’s time once again for all of us here at KSR to buckle down and figure out what kind of content you the cherished reader would like to see on your favorite website in the new year. As I’m wont to do, I’m going to once again toss out some headlines to see what sort of things might interest all of you. After all, “clickbait” is – as we all know – the best way to gain new readers. Let me know which of these you’d like me to blow out in 2017 and, as always, I want to deliver the finest content possible. Thanks in advance.

-Is John Calipari’s next podcast guest this hilarious pooping cat?

-17 meats Boone’s Butcher shop is trying to unload right now

-What hilarious thing is Cal afraid you’ll do when you first play a competitive team?

-Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Dance Cats’ “Counting Blue Cars/Breakfast at Tiffany’s” mashup

-Who wore it best? Bobby Petrino or this widowed grandmother trying desperately to get her grandchildren’s attention by faking a neck injury?

-You’ll never guess the secret to John Robic’s hair! (Hint: it rhymes with “Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Catfish Schmeasoning!”)

-This drawing of Benny Snell drinking a gin fizz at the Algonquin Round Table is the thing you didn’t know you needed today!

-Totes adores! Here’s a video of former Mark Stoops assistant Tommy Mainord giggling as a puppy licks his belly!

-Four Things Bam Adebayo likes on his Chipotle burrito bowl and one other thing they offer that he declines!

-Which embarrassing Rick Pitino incident are you?

-Who said it? Isaiah Briscoe or the short-lived 1993 Fox television program The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr.?

-They put Grayson Allen on the bench after tripping someone. Wait until you see what happens next!