Our March 21 issue of Entertainment Weekly explored our staff’s — and celebrities’ — picks for shows, movies, music, books, games that are criminally underrated. Editor Matt Bean wrote about recommending and sharing these picks in his editor’s letter, and wants you to tell us what you think is a criminally underrated piece of pop culture. Read it below:
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If you’re a huge fan of 1980s pop music and have a soft spot for the Mother of Dragons, we have a photo for you.
Madonna dressed up as Game of Thrones heroine Daenerys Targaryen to celebrate the Jewish holiday Purim.
The 55-year-old entertainer posted the results on Instagram on Saturday (below) with the caption: “Happy Purim!!!!! All Hail All Queens! ##certainty.” Madonna, already no stranger to corsets, wore a platinum-blond wig and added toy dragons to each shoulder.
The annual festival of Purim commemorates “the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews.” Madonna was raised Roman Catholic, then converted to Judaism-based Kabbalah in the late 1990s. She dresses up and goes to the Kabbalah Center every year for the holiday. Methods of Purim celebration include exchanging gifts, donating to charity, celebrating with a meal and, yes, wearing costumes.
Given that Daenerys has been traveling to desert cities and freeing oppressed people on the HBO show, one could argue that the costume is more thematically on target than most. Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6.
Depending on your perspective, comedian Doug Benson is either best known as a movie aficionado (he hosts the hit podcast Doug Loves Movies) or as a comedic hero to weed smokers everywhere (he directed the hilarious documentary Super High Me and recently launched a video podcast called Getting Doug With High that features him getting stoned with comic friends).
The former was on display on the last day of the annual South By Southwest festival when Benson hosted Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption at the Alamo Draft House Ritz in Austin. The Movie Interruption is a simple premise: Benson screens a movie, and he and a few cohorts sit with live microphones and riff on the film — not unlike a live, improvised version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
PopWatch Planner: 'Divergent' hits theaters, 'Dancing With the Stars' returns, 'Pretty Little Liars' ends, and more
This week has a little bit of everything, from a big blockbuster hitting theaters to a new album perfect for your party playlist — not to mention a handful of television premieres and finales. For Pretty Little Liars fans, another season is coming to an end, while Drop Dead Diva viewers are gearing up for the show’s last run of episodes. So if you’re seeking a break from all things March Madness, look no further than our planner. You’re welcome.
Crisis, 10 p.m., NBC
In the middle of a field trip, a school bus — one that’s carrying the children of some of the nation’s most powerful people — is taken hostage. How far will they go to save their kids?
We first fell for Prince’s duet with Zooey Deschanel, “FALLINLOVE2NITE,” when they performed a portion of the song on the actresses’ Fox comedy, New Girl, back in February. (We’re guessing the 25.8 million other people who also watched the post-Super Bowl episode did, too.)
The Purple One’s perfectly understated guest role was a gift for fans, but now he has delivered the icing on the cake: On Friday, Prince’s “funk ‘n’ roll” band, 3RDEYEGIRL, tweeted out the link to the full-length track. The soundtrack to the rest of your weekend can be found here:
In my lifetime, there have been a handful of big boy bands, but there was only ever one girl band that reached the same level of extreme stardom: The Spice Girls!
When I was young, the Spice Girls were everything. On the playground at school, everyone would have to decide which Spice Girl they wanted to be. Inevitably, someone would fight over who would be Baby Spice, and the game would be ruined. But then you’d go home, pop in your CD (or was it still a cassette tape back then?), and learn every single dance move to “Stop,” which I might still remember (Spoiler: I do).
And after Spice World hit theaters in 1997, things only got bigger. For starters, I wanted nothing more than to live on that bus. But in the realm of reality, I remember owning the Spice Girls-branded lollipops that Baby Spice enjoyed in the film, and my brother even bought me my very own pair of Skechers platform sneakers. The Spice Girls were more than a band; they were a brand. And years later, that’s still true. Confessional time: My college roommates and I might have dressed up as the Spice Girls for Halloween, and it’s very likely that I spent $60 on a pair of ridiculously high platform boots. And yes, I still own Spice World on DVD.
All of this is to say that the Spice Girls brand will never die. But today, we want to reminisce about when it was at its height. And
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For a character quirk that was never written into the original script, Matthew McConaughey’s now-infamous chest thump in The Wolf of Wall Street has clearly struck a chord — especially with the folks over at Eclectic Method who have taken it upon themselves to remix the rhythmic beat into an uptempo tune.
McConaughey’s chest thumping, laced with a dance rhythm, serves as the back beat for the remixed track, which also cuts in other sounds heavily used throughout the Martin Scorsese film.
Watch Eclectic Method’s “The Wolf of Wall Street Chest Thump Mix” below: READ FULL STORY
Proving that their young love is meant to be — seriously, guys — Justin Bieber posted a pair of steamy videos in which he dances a choreographed routine (to John Legend’s Ordinary People, of all things), allegedly with his on-again, off-again lady love Selena Gomez.
Bieber reportedly posted two back-to-back clips on Instagram on March 10. But before the posts could earn thousands of angry comments from heart-broken Beliebers, the young singer took them down from his social media account.
Bieber’s representative did not respond to EW’s request for comment.
In today’s Justin Bieber news, the little troublemaker is — surprise! — hilariously resistant in a just-released video of his deposition from last week.
The deposition was not for his egging or his drunk-driving cases, but for a paparazzi-related battery lawsuit from the summer. And by Bieber’s actions, it was clear he did not want to be there. Some highlights:
“I don’t have to listen to anything you have to say,” he says in a childlike mumble when told to listen up. Aw, Baby Justin is pouting!
Selena Gomez is off-limits. After he’s asked if he knows Gomez, Bieber puts his face in his hand, takes a deep breath, then pops back up: “Don’t ask me about her again.” So dramatic, so funny. He repeats this, oh, six, seven, 50, times, all while wagging his finger.
He doesn’t remember if he’s been to Australia. Oh, to be rich and famous and Justin Bieber and not remember if you’ve been to Australia. “I don’t know if I’ve been to Australia.” He turns to his lawyer. “I been to Australia?”
Footage of paparazzi does not qualify as film to Justin. When told to look up at a TV screen to watch a film, Bieber is unhappy to see that it’s just some documentary-type footage. “Is this a film?” he asks so many times they have to pause the video. What did he think? They were putting on Wolf of Wall Street?
He winked. Bieber looked at the camera and winked. Classic deposition move.
Falling asleep is one of his avoidance tactics? At one point, the lawyer asks a question Bieber doesn’t want to answer so how does he deal with it? He closes his eyes and rests his head against the chair. Classic deposition move #2.
He has a rocky relationship with Usher. “Usher? That sounds familiar.” Bieber says. You know, Usher is the reason why Bieber became famous but his name only “sounds familiar.” But later, Bieber’s memory seems to be refreshed and when asked if Usher is a confidante, he replies, “I guess? Yes?” Poor Usher.
He gets “instrumental” and “detrimental” confused. “Isn’t it true that Usher was instrumental in starting your career?” the lawyer asks. “I was found on YouTube, I think that I was detrimental to my own career,” Bieber replies. Yes, yes, you are.
Watch the deposition clip after the jump.
Arsenio Hall is really bringing it this week. On Wednesday, the late night host welcomed a Prince takeover. And last night, he brought together Rick Ross, Kanye West, and Big Sean for their first live performance of “Sanctified.”
Hall introduced the surprise performance only by saying that Rick Ross was there with “some very special friends.” Naturally, the audience squealed away when West appeared on stage. Sadly, Big Sean didn’t get the same reaction. Big Sean, living in Kanye’s shadow — just like the rest of us.
“Sanctified” is from Ross’ latest album, Mastermind, which we learned when Ross wouldn’t stop repeating, “Mastermind is in stores right now!” during the song’s opening bars. Probably not part of the original lyrics — but hey, you’ve gotta get in that self-promotion when you can.
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