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Ask Dalton: How to stop watching 'Big Brother' (you can't), and other queries

Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.

Should I feel bad about smuggling soda and snacks into the movie theater? —LUCAS
Ask yourself this question, Lucas: Do movie theaters feel bad about charging you $12.75 for cold popcorn and a Fanta filled with 63 percent ice? Not only should you not feel bad, you should revel in your culinary craftiness. I encourage your anarchic cheapskate ways, but with a few simple caveats. Don’t be that dude cracking open cans and rummaging through loud plastic bags during the film. Pop the top during one of the approximately 11,274 previews before the movie (during an explosion, if at all possible), and house all prearranged snacks in whisper-quiet packaging. Stealth mode is a must when acting as the world’s foremost concession-stand ninja. (Also, nothing too pungent, please. That’s just common courtesy.) READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan' season finale: And the winner is...

After 39 days and approximately 412 promises made on relatives both alive and dead, the contestants of Survivor: Cagayan were whittled down from 18 to 1 tonight and a winner was crowned. My full recap will be up later, [UPDATE: Dalton's Survivor recap is now live!] but read on now if you want to find out or sound off on who won. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s season finale of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

Why 'Survivor' is still kicking butt 28 seasons in

It was a debacle. The battle of the sexes twist didn’t work. The cast was unlikable, including one dude who called himself Troyzan and another dude who called himself Tarzan. It was ridiculous. So when Survivor: One World signed off in the spring of 2012, many wondered openly about the health of the franchise that gave birth to network reality TV way back in the summer of 2000. Maybe it was finally time to snuff Survivor’s torch.

Except that’s not what happened. Ever since then, Survivor has been so hot that Michael Skupin may burn his hands on it again if he stands too close. There have been four installments since One World (a.k.a. The Season That Shall Not Be Named) and each has been absolutely riveting, culminating with Survivor: Cagayan, in which immunity idol hoarding Jersey cop Tony and cerebral underdog Spencer will continue to battle it out in tonight’s finale along with Ninja Stealth Woo and Chaos Kass. It has been the most consistent run of reality excellence the show has ever had. The question is: How the hell does that happen in season 28? Sure, there have been other reality shows that have seemingly lasted forever — The Bachelor, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars — but none can claim to be this good this late in its run. So, what’s in Survivor’s secret sauce? READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': Meet the final four!

We have our final four. Another player was voted off tonight on Survivor: Cagayan. My full recap will be up at midnight [UPDATE: Dalton's Survivor recap is now live!] , but to find out or sound off about the episode and who was sent home, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the eliminated contestant is...

An individual immunity record was on the line tonight, and a new alliance was formed and then broken. When all was said and done, a formidable player was voted out, leaving just five people vying for the million dollar prize. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the eliminated contestant is...

Another week, another immunity idol. And a new twist at an old Survivor standby — the food auction. When it was all over, another contestant was sent to the jury, while the remaining players were left to wonder where exactly they stood after the game was turned on its head once again. My full recap will be up at midnight, but if you’d like to sound off on what happened and who went home, then read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

The first ever 'Road House' fight chart! (Pain don't hurt?)

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I wrote about Road House’s upcoming 25th anniversary in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly for one simple reason — Road House is awesome. Possibly the finest piece of cinematic work put forth in the entire twentieth century. And I’m not just saying that because I share the same name as Patrick Swayze’s shirtless and mulleted bar bouncer.

There are many extraordinary things about this movie — the extraordinary amount of times Swayze gets shirtless for no apparent reason. The extraordinarily confusing pieces of Yoda-like philosophy that Swayze dispenses that sound cool but really don’t make a lick of sense. And, above all, the extraordinary amount of violence on display. And not, like, building exploding type violence — although, yes, two buildings do explode in Road House — but rather old-school fist-on-face violence. Or kick-in-chest violence. Or pretty much any combination of body part violence you can think of. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the eliminated contestant is...

Another week, another blindside. It was a shocking result once again on what has proven to be a topsy-turvy season of Survivor. My full recap will be up at midnight, but if you’d like to sound off on what happened and who went home, then read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the elminated contestant is...

There were plenty of bad feelings, plenty of bad product placement, and a mad scramble for a hidden immunity idol. When it was all over, one contestant was kicked to the curb. Who was it and why? My full recap will be up at midnight, but if you’ve already watched and want to sound off on what happened, then read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': What the...?!?

We’ve had some big moments at Tribal Council over 28 seasons of Survivor, but tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan may have set a record for amount of big moments happening in a row. My full recap will be up at midnight, but you can keep reading to sound off on what happened. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday's episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

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