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David Blaine to go electric -- Look back on his most memorable stunts

David Blaine has announced his next stunt and this one’s literally shocking.

The illusionist held a press conference on Tuesday to describe the challenge, which is called “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.” Starting on Friday, Blaine will spend three days and three nights conducting a million volts of current channeled by Tesla coils in a stunt worthy of Jason Statham’s Crank character. (Hey studios, I’m thinking Crank 3: Tesla Ignition.) The illusion will take place on New York’s Pier 54, where spectators will be allowed to participate by writing messages to Blaine, manipulating the current around him and generally helping him stay awake. Here’s hoping David Bowie puts in an appearance.

“I don’t know how I could ever top this,” Blaine said. “This is an overly-ambitious idea, and I’m literally shocked that it came together. This is one of the craziest things that I ever dreamed up, and I don’t know how I could go beyond it.”

In honor of Friday’s stunt, we’ve put together a list of his most memorable feats thus far. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan wants Obama to lower her taxes

Oh, Lindsay.

Thank you, Buzzfeed, for pointing us toward this ridiculous tweet from La Lohan. The Mean Girl seems to have erased it from her feed — but nothing can ever be truly erased on the Internet. We do sort of get where she’s coming from, though — as Lindsay’s frenemy Forbes wrote last week, the beleaguered starlet allegedly got kicked out of the Chateau Marmont after racking up a $46,000 bill. How… how is that even possible? READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey is writing a screenplay -- What should her movie be about?

Lana Del Rey released her first studio album in January, but she also has a passion for film. In a new interview with the Australian edition of Vogue (Via NME), Del Rey reveals that screenwriting is her “happy place,” adding that she’d like to “branch out into film work and stay there.”

Del Rey didn’t provide any details about this script, which she says she is working on now, but we thought we’d brainstorm a few for her.

1. A “stiff, distant and weird” sophomore must overcome her stutter to face off against her high school’s mean girls clique in a talent competition. She finds her voice (and love?) with a mysterious stranger in blue jeans and a white shirt only to learn that he is dying of cancer. Oh, and the mean girls perform “Jingle Bell Rock.” Obviously.

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Back-to-school with Harry Potter: Last chance to enter sweepstakes

It’s August 31 — Do you have your trunk packed for Hogwarts?

We’re heading into a pretty exciting weekend for Potter nerds such as myself.  It’s time to get back to Hogwarts.The train! The castle! Hagrid! It’s all coming back to me now.

And while I personally haven’t received my acceptance letter yet (over a decade late, but who’s counting?), I can’t help but think about the Sorting Hat. “There’s nothing hidden in your head, The Sorting Hat can’t see, So try me on and I will tell you, Where you ought to be,” as the story goes. But I’ve got a bit of a confession: While I would love to say that I would be sorted into Gryffindor alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione, I also know that there is no way that would ever happen.

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J.K. Rowling building her children the best tree houses ever

On Wednesday, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling received permission to build the most amazing tree houses ever seen on the face of this planet (and probably any other). Seriously, just look at that picture there.

The tree houses, which are Hogwarts Castle-inspired, stand two stories tall and include a rope bridge, turrets and secret tunnels. And you thought your yellow slide was cool.

Instead of being overwhelmed by seething jealously, however (okay, maybe there was just a moment of weakness), we at PopWatch started brainstorming what Harry Potter creations we’d like to see in our own homes. READ FULL STORY

President Obama participates in an AMA on reddit -- Talks jobs, beer and Michael Jordan

In history, today will be known as the the day geeks officially inherited the earth — or at least the presidential campaign.

President Obama surprised just about everyone today when he announced via his official Twitter that he would be participating in an AMA (ask me anything) for the website reddit. AMA is basically a live chat where anyone can submit a question and then other users vote your post up or down and then the participant answers the questions from the top vote-getters.

Obama participated in the chat — which he called “an example of how technology and the internet can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen our democracy over the long run” — for about a half hour. He opened with, “this is barack. Just finished a great rally in Charlottesville, and am looking forward to your questions. At the top, I do want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with folks who are dealing with Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf, and to let them know that we are going to be coordinating with state and local officials to make sure that we give families everything they need to recover.”

Obama responded to the unofficial slogan of the Internet – pics or it didn’t happen – by uploading the photo above to prove his identity. You can check out the full convo over on reddit, and click below to read some of the buzziest responses. READ FULL STORY

Imagining 'Space Jam 2' -- starring LeBron James

On some level, every basketball player in the post-Jordan era wants to be like Mike — and LeBron James is no exception. Like Jordan, James snagged an incredibly lucrative contract with Nike and has starred in a series of iconic commercials. He’s also dabbled in acting and hosted Saturday Night Live, just like the former Chicago Bull — although Jordan never did a cameo on Entourage. Now the Heat’s superstar has set his sights on another Jordinian achievement: Starring in a sequel to everyone’s favorite aliens-vs.-Looney-Tunes adventure.

On Sunday, James was asked on Twitter if he loved the movie Space Jam. LeBron’s answer? “I love that movie. Wish I could do Space Jam 2!”

The idea really isn’t so crazy. Although movies starring NBA greats aren’t always slam dunks, Space Jam is an exception — the film was a financial success, grossing over $230 million worldwide. (And that’s in 1996 dollars!) Looney Tunes: Back in Action wasn’t nearly as big at the box office in 2003, but it didn’t focus on sports and tried to replace MJ with Brendan Fraser. A Space Jam sequel could be just what the franchise needs to get back in the game — especially if a lightning rod player like James is in the Jordan role.

So, what might the plot for Space Jam 2: It’s Good 2 Be the King entail? Picture this: READ FULL STORY

The 7 James Franco-iest sentences in his latest HuffPo piece

What’s left to say about James Franco, actor, writer, obsessive degree collector, and secret lover of Japanese body pillows? Not much — which is why when I read Franco’s latest missive in the Huffington Post, I was compelled to just let the actor speak for himself.

Whether you roll your eyes at Franco’s “celebrity deconstructing celebrity” schtick or you’re amused by it, you’ve got to admit the guy has a signature style — even if younger, less pretentious multihyphenates like Joseph Gordon-Levitt are poised to usurp his throne. So until that day comes, let’s just enjoy Franco being Franco, as exemplified in these seven Franctastic quotes from a letter the actor wrote to one of his “writer friends”:

Contemplative Franco
“I am sitting poolside at the top of the SoHo House in New York. The weather is nice, things are going well, and I suppose I have a good life.”

Name-dropping Franco
“During my time there [at Warren Wilson College], Alan Shapiro and Alan Williamson helped me reshape the manuscript a bit, and then Tony Hoagland and Frank Bidart did a lot of heavy editing with me after I got back to New York.”

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Snooki's top 3 tweets since becoming a mother

On early Sunday morning, the world welcomed perhaps the most anticipated child of the year. I am talking, of course, about Lorenzo Dominic LaValle, son of Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her fiancé Jionni LaValle.

The new mom gave birth just before 3 a.m. ET on August 26, but unlike the rest of us mortals, she didn’t let a little thing like pushing out a baby keep her from Twitter. To honor her hard work, we at PopWatch decided to compile a short list of her greatest tweets since becoming a mother.

3. “Being a mom is an amazing feeling!!! I love my little man to death! Jionni is such a cute dad.”

Whew, I don’t know about you PopWatchers, but I’m glad Jionni looks good holding that baby.

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Katy Perry and John Mayer split -- who should he break up with next?

Late yesterday, Us Weekly broke the news that Katy Perry and John Mayer had ended their brief, but no doubt passionate, affair. The pair were first reported to be dating in June, and were spotted “all over each other, making out” at a pool party as recently as Aug. 4. Us insisted the romance was “no summer fling,” and we all dared hope that Perry might tame Mayer’s wild heart (or at least his wild locks). Could this be a romance for the ages? Alas, it was not meant to last. (*Cue Inception horn*)

Of course, Perry is not the only victim of Mayer’s serial dating. The singer has been linked to the likes of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, and Taylor Swift. (Fun fact: Wikipedia has a whole section dedicated to Mayer’s torrid affairs.) Since Mayer has dated almost every eligible female in Hollywood, it makes it rather difficult to speculate on who could be next — and that much more fun! Let’s give it the old college try, PopWatchers! READ FULL STORY

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