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'MasterChef' react: Three potato, two potato

In another double episode of MasterChef — “The most. Explosive. Episode in HISTORY!” claimed a stunning Gordon Ramsay voiceover — we saw the Top 4 become the Top 3 following a dreaded pressure test that had me digging desperately through my cabinets to find even the oldest, grossest shavings of chocolate to snack on. I shall never learn. I need to just slather cookie butter on top of, like, six Twix and nibble on them gradually throughout the two hours. Boom. MasterChef.

Then, the judges narrowed it down to just two home cooks to compete in next week’s fin-ah-lee. And they are (SPOILERS JUST AHEAD)…. READ FULL STORY

Bobby Flay joins petition for gender-neutral Easy Bake Oven -- VIDEO

Since the celebrity chef revolution of the early aughts, food has been more visible in pop culture than ever before. But despite dozens of TV programs that glamorize butchers, bakers, and sous-vide duck breast with truffle jus-makers of both genders, Hasbro still only targets girls with the commercials and packaging for its Easy-Bake Ovens — which come only in shades of purple and pink. (Not like there aren’t any boys who like purple and pink, but still: the feminine slant is clear.)

But 13-year-old crusader McKenna Pope is determined to change that. In late November, she launched a petition urging Hasbro to manufacture and promote a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven, all for the sake of her cooking-obsessed little brother, Gavyn. “I want my brother to know that it’s not ‘wrong’ for him to want to be a chef, that it’s okay to go against what society believes to be appropriate,” she explains. “Please, sign this petition, help me in creating gender equality, and help the children of today become what they’re destined to be tomorrow.”

She also attached a video that shows off how freakin’ cute little Gavyn is:

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If you only consume one box of Oscar-themed cookies this year, pick these

OSCAR-COOKIES

New York bakery Eleni’s has just announced this year’s lineup of Academy Awards-themed cookies, and they are almost too amazing to eat.

The iced sugar cookies, which are available in Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress assortments, depict miniature edible versions of some of this year’s most recognizable props, costumes, and faces – animal and human.

Included in the Best Picture collection are: READ FULL STORY

Michael Fassbender has a really good time being Michael Fassbender -- PHOTO

A few photos from the London after-party for the premiere of A Dangerous Method have been making the rounds on the Internet. And, based on the images, it appears Michael Fassbender very much enjoyed himself at the event. (I’m particularly fond of the one in which he’s tinkering around on a piano, but the waltz with co-star Viggo Mortensen is pretty amazing in its own right.) UK tabloid The Sun initially reported that the actor “was politely asked to leave ” and “was becoming a bit of a handful for the other guests.” (Insert “handful” joke here.) But according to GQ‘s Olivia Cole (GQ hosted the bash) via her Twitter, the drunk Fassbender tale (which claimed he ” lit a cigarette indoors and that was the point it had gone too far”) was “complete fiction” and that ” no one was asked to leave early.” Despite these photos, I tend to believe Cole here, as no one in their right mind would ask Michael Fassbender to leave early.
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'Annoying Orange' hits one billion views... and gets roasted! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The original “Annoying Orange” video debuted on YouTube in late 2009 and instantly became a runaway viral sensation. Unlike most runaway viral sensations, though, “Orange” has actually managed to maintain its popularity — the series recently hit the YouTube milestone of 1 billion collective views. Check out an exclusive clip from the upcoming celebration video, in which the titular talkative fruit gets his very own Charlie Sheen-esque roast. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Pop Quiz: 'The Bachelor' or 'Intervention'?

Last night’s Intervention featured Kimberly, an alcoholic who lives in a big house and spends all of her spare time drinking. The Bachelor features “ladies” who “live” in a big house and spend all of their spare time drinking. It’s only a matter of time before the Champagne Flute of Fate will get us all.

Try to determine which quote is from which show. It may be harder than you think!

‘THE BACHELOR’ OR ‘INTERVENTION’? for Jan. 23, 2012

1. “I am 100 percent thinking I cannot do this. I’m scared.”
2. “I sat there and I was just crying in the street.”
3. “F—- her! F— her!”
4. “I almost want to rip her head off and verbally assault her.”
5. “I am one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.”
6. “I just can’t listen to this because it’s too absurd.”
7. “It’s always about you, you, you, you, you. One is a lonely number, and you’re going to die.”
8. “It’s the most painful thing in this world. I want what I couldn’t get here. I want all that good stuff; I want it to last and I want it to be right. And I’m skeptical that it even exists anymore.”
9. “I wonder if you’ll take this seriously enough.”
10. “The only emotion I feel when I look into that house is shame.”

GOOD LUCK! And the answers are…. READ FULL STORY

Anthony Bourdain calls out Paula Deen (again) in not-so-subtle tweet

Where Paula Deen goes, Anthony Bourdain seems to follow…and so does a big ol’ serving of controversy.

Shortly after the news came down this morning that famed food personality Deen confirmed that she has Type 2 diabetes, Bourdain — who’s famously had a beef with Deen in the past — made an oddly coincidental and cryptic comment on his Twitter feed, likely referring to his rival’s latest revelation. “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business,” Bourdain wrote, “so I can profitably sell crutches later.”

TMZ picked up on the tweet, but Bourdain hedged his response to Deen on Twitter later in the day: “For the record: Never called anybody a “diabetic scam artist”. TMZ’s words. Not mine.”

The tweet likely refers to the fact that Deen officially announced her affliction while also touting her new Diabetes in a New Light Web site and products, thus capitalizing on a disease that — one could argue, and it seems Bourdain certainly is — she helped further in America with the comfort food she teaches the television masses to make. Not to take Bourdain’s side, but all that fried chicken, mac and cheese, and sticks of butter definitely weren’t preventing diabetes in any way.

Bourdain’s bad blood with Deen dates back to last summer, when he called her the “most dangerous person to America” and said that she’s “proud of the fact that her food is f—— back for you.” Deen responded, naturally: “Get a life.”

Love him or hate him, does Bourdain have a point? Is it sick that Deen is profiting from a disease she seems to endorse? Are you Team Bourdain or Team Deen in this feud?

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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Paula Deen has diabetes, tells ‘Today’ it is ‘not a death sentence’
Paula Deen and Anthony Bourdain are at war

Paula Deen has diabetes, tells 'Today' it is 'not a death sentence'

Paula Deen, the Southern-style cook whose drawl is as rich as some of her dishes, has Type 2 diabetes. She made the announcement yesterday in a release for her new Diabetes in a New Light website and products.

This morning on Today, the Food Network star admitted to Al Roker she learned of her diagnosis during a routine check-up three years ago but decided not to take that news public until she could “bring something to the table when I came forward.”

Deen, whose menu has been criticized by other celebrity chefs for being unhealthy, insisted to Roker that she always encouraged moderation when it comes to diet, including her own.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Tina Fey and ?uestlove restore the peace on 'Fallon' -- Watch!

You can take the girl out of Philly, but you definitely can’t take the Philly out of the girl. (Especially when said girl is Liz Lemon and an acceptable meal in said city is Pat’s cheese steaks and Tastykakes.) Tina Fey was ready to let her inner Philly girl out when she learned that fellow native ?uestlove told Andy Cohen during a visit to Watch What Happens Live that the 30 Rock star is “never nice to the Roots.”

Fey, who stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night, admitted in her best South Philly accent that her initial reaction to the ?uestlove smack-talk was to “drag him behind a Wawa and we’re going to fight.” (Quick side note, PopWatchers: As someone who lived in southeast Pennsylvania for most of my life, I can assure you, there is no word that brings greater joy to someone’s ear from that region than “Wawa.” Wawa, in case you’re not familiar, is a convenience store-gas station-wonder emporium. Also, can someone please go pick me up a Shorti?)

The new mom decided better against that course of action and brought the Fallon bandleader the ultimate Philadelphia gesture: The Hoagie of Forgiveness. (Unless it’s from Sheetz. In which case, it doesn’t count.) The two, with the help of Fallon, bit into the sandwich (“With this hoagie, I thee friend,” ?uestlove vowed) and put their beef, which had just been one big misunderstanding in the first place, behind them.

Watch the full clip, in which ?uestlove extends the olive branch even further by giving Fey his famous hair pick, below: READ FULL STORY

New Girl Scouts cookie described as 'cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie.' I do not know what that means.

SAVANNAH-SMILES

The holiday season has passed and we’ve all successfully stuffed our faces, but this is America, so we need more! More! So what a relief that we now have Girl Scout Cookie season to help lure us out of the winter (trying desperately to fit back into my) blues (jeans). And, this year, we can not only expect to shamefully hide our Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties from our young relatives, but also a new flavor celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary: Savannah Smiles. READ FULL STORY

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