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Listen to Anson Mount read a scene from 'The Breakfast Club'

Fans of Anson Mount know him as Bohannon on the AMC Western Hell on Wheels. But they may have also heard that he’s a huge fan of The Breakfast Club. EW had, which is why we asked him to perform a classic Bender-Claire scene with us when he popped by Entertainment Weekly Radio. It’s the best NSFW thing you’ll hear all day.  READ FULL STORY

Ask Dalton: Must 'Star Wars' fans educate newbies?

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.

I work at a library. Someone asked to take out The Empire Strikes Back after admitting he had not seen Star Wars. What to do?
—JENNIFER (@apatch4that)

You’ve come to the right place with this, Jennifer. Not unlike C-3PO himself, I am fluent in more than 6 million forms of communication, including (but not limited to) geek, nerd, dork, dweeb, and wannabe Jedi. This offense is not as grievous—or General Grievous, if you will—as it would seem. For one thing, The Empire Strikes Back is unquestionably the best installment in the Star Wars franchise, so you can hardly blame someone for wanting to go straight to it. Boba Fett! Yoda! Luke sucking face with his own sister! It’s all there. Also, it’s not like this guy was skipping the entire original trilogy to go Gungan-style and rock a little Jar Jar Binks. All that said…NO! DO NOT GIVE HIM THE MOVIE! Clearly you need to protect this patron from himself. How can he be expected to fully understand why Alec Guinness is some sort of vaguely bossy ghost unless he watches the complete story unfold? So wave your hand in front of your face and tell him this is not the movie he’s looking for…yet. Then force him—no pun intended—to watch Star Wars first, and hope he doesn’t whine about it like Luke and his stupid Tosche Station power converters. READ FULL STORY

Kathie Lee Gifford wrote an 18-minute musical about the 'Today' show

Here’s what you missed in the fourth hour of the Today show this morning: Kathie Lee Gifford revealed that she’s written an 18-minute musical featuring the Today anchors and crew.

Gifford made the announcement with co-host Regis Philbin, who is filling in for Hoda Kotb. The work is called Not Today and Tomorrow’s Not Looking Good Either, which sounds more like somebody trying to get out of a commitment than a celebration of all today (double meaning!) has to offer. Philbin, who hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, will guest star.

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About that time Chris Pratt flashed Amy Poehler

Long before he was a Guardian of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt got in trouble with NBC for showing his coworkers his penis.

Pratt explained the incident on Wednesday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers: During the second season of Parks and Recreation, there’s a scene where Pratt’s Andy Dwyer shows up at then-girlfriend Anne Perkins’ home naked. Only Anne doesn’t open the door—Leslie Knope does.

As in most scenes with pixelated nudity, Pratt was actually wearing nude-colored briefs while shooting the scene. Then he decided to ditch them. You know, for art.

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Recast 'Game of Thrones' princess posts hilarious video reaction

It’s a hard life, playing a princess on Game of Thrones. Sure, you get some guaranteed screen time whenever someone gets married. Sure, there’s always the ambient possibility that you’re suddenly going to become the most important character 40 episodes after you get introduced. But Thrones has also made a habit of recasting some of its minor characters, aging them upwards or beardwards, clearly operating under the assumption that people can barely keep track of the show’s 5,000 characters already. READ FULL STORY

Can you name every costume in our Comic-Con supercut?

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As anyone who’s ever dreamed of wielding superpowers or living in a magical fantasy realm or fighting demons knows, San Diego Comic-Con is the ultimate safe space for geeks—as one Con-goer told EW earlier this month, “Nobody is judging you here.” That’s why attendees go all out, bedecking themselves in elaborate outfits that put some low-budget big-screen costumes to shame.

Some of the best cosplayers we saw at Comic-Con this year make appearances in the following video, including one extremely convincing Han Solo in carbonite, more than one Daenerys Targaryen, a pair of Breaking Bad enthusiasts in yellow hazmat suits, a ninja turtle, someone channeling Barf from Spaceballs, a Bob’s Burgers-themed family (including one dressed like a burger), a Bane, a Hellboy, the Queen of Hearts, and a whole bunch more.

Ultimate geek cred question: How many of their costumes can you identify?

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Elijah Wood on the celeb breakup he's still not over

Elijah Wood isn’t a man who gets caught up in celebrity romances, but there is one breakup that hit him hard. The Wilfred star confessed that and more when he took our Pop Culture Personality Test. READ FULL STORY

Other DC Comics characters we want on 'Arrow' and 'The Flash'

Warner Bros. didn’t make any announcements at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con regarding future DC Comics films, so who knows when we’ll get a Justice League movie. Thankfully, the CW’s excellent series Arrow and new series The Flash are here to fulfill all of our fangirl/fanboy desires while we wait for an actual JL team-up onscreen.

This fall,  Arrow and The Flash are diving deeper into the DC Universe, bringing many favorites from the comics to the screen. Ra’s Al Ghul, Wildcat, Atom, and Katana will all be introduced on Arrow this season, and The Flash recently cast Robbie Amell—that’s Arrow star Stephen Amell’s cousin—as Ronnie Raymond, who makes up one half of the superhero Firestorm. That’s exciting news for DC fans.

But there is so much more that can done! We’ve put together our wish list for other DC Comics characters we’d like to see introduced in the shared Arrow-Flash television universe. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert unveils his new project: 'TheSarahPalinChannel.com'

What is Sarah Palin’s latest endeavor, exactly? Well, “it’s a safe space where like-minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone whose opinion they already know”—at least, according to Palin superfan Stephen Colbert, who devoted a good chunk of Tuesday’s Report to dissecting the new news network.

In fact, Colbert went on, Palin’s entrepreneurship has inspired him to start his very own vanity online channel: “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber,” which costs just $9.94 a month (vs. the members-only Palin Channel’s $9.95) and addresses only the most important issues of the day, and of the night (such as “where did the sun go?”). The best part, though, is the Angry Echo Chamber’s URL: TheSarahPalinChannel.com.

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Let's cast everyone from 'Girls' in NBC's 'Peter Pan'

That collective “whaaaaa?!” you heard around 9:40 a.m. this morning was the sound of the internet learning that NBC had cast Girls star Allison Williams as the title role in its upcoming production of Peter Pan Live.

On its surface, the decision seems, well, kind of bizarre. Think about it for a minute, though, and you may get where NBC is coming from: Williams is a practiced, experienced singer, and she’s also long harbored dreams of voicing a Disney character someday. (This Pan musical is different from Disney’s animated take, but it’s just as much of a family-friendly classic.) She’s also got the wide-eyed, gamine quality of a young Mary Martin or Cathy Rigby, the two actresses who have most famously played this version of Pan in the past.

That said: For anyone who watches Girls, it’s going to be pretty tough to get over the cognitive dissonance of watching judgmental, aimless Marnie flitting around in tights, belting about how she’s gotta crow. Which is why we should take this opportunity to imagine an even weirder parallel universe in which a) the characters on Girls are real and b) they’ve all been cast in a live TV production of Peter Pan. Here’s who’d be playing who. (Since he joined the production before Williams did, this cast list assumes that Christopher Walken is still on board as Captain Hook—even though I’m sure we’re all yearning to see Brian Williams take over the part now.) READ FULL STORY

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