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Contrarian Corner: Do you already have Muppet fatigue?

Last week, your college roommate called you out of the blue. You hadn’t spoken to him in, let’s say, 12 years. It was great to hear from him; you ended up chatting about old times for a good two hours before you finally hung up the phone. It was a delight. The next day, he called back. It was still nice to talk again about that time you did that thing in the quad, etc, etc. You thanked him for calling and promised to catch up next time he was in town. The next day, your college roommate was in town. He called you at the office and insisted you meet for drinks. Turns out he looks the same — though his voice has changed a little bit. At the end of the night, he said you’ll have to get together again soon — next time with the wives. Sure, you said, sounds like fun. The next day, your college roommate and his wife knocked at your front door just before dinner: “Surprise!”

This is how I kind of feel about The Muppets. READ FULL STORY

Brett Ratner talks Olivia Munn relationship, fallout: 'She talked about my shortcomings ... She's bitter.'

Brett Ratner appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show for just a little over six minutes, but that was plenty of time to cover a wide range of topics. The director took the time to delve into his new film, Tower Heist, the upcoming Oscars (which Ratner is producing), Occupy Wall Street (a “viral marketing” campaign for Tower Heist, according to Show co-host Kevin Pereira), and sex with Olivia Munn. Wait, what?

For those unaware of the gossip, Munn wrote in her memoir, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, that she once saw a Hollywood director holding his “undersized manhood” while eating shrimp. It’s long been rumored that she was referring to Rush Hour director Ratner, and while he did admit on Show Thursday that he was the subject of the passage, he’s claiming that none of it’s true. And making sure to heighten the drama while he’s at it. “I used to date Olivia Munn … when she was Lisa,” said Ratner of Munn, née Lisa Munn. “That was the problem. She wasn’t Asian back then.” READ FULL STORY

The Kim Kardashian divorce: How could she do this to 'us'?

There’s more than a touch of irony — and hypocrisy — to the public’s angry reaction to Kim Kardashian’s announcement that she is divorcing Kris Humphries after only 72 days of marriage. Many fans felt duped — Was the dream wedding a sham, a ploy to boost ratings for the Kardashians’ E! reality show? “My wife is invested in this show,” Fox & Friends’ Eric Bolling told Kris Jenner this morning. “She falls in love with your family. She gets involved. When the wedding broke up after 72 days, she was, like, devastated, because people — they watch and they want to believe in you.”

People are actually upset — not because Kardashian is doing this to Humphries, but because she’s doing it to us. READ FULL STORY

Anderson Cooper can't help but fall for 'ambassador of love' Courtney Stodden

“Courtney, what makes you so enchanting?” It was as though Anderson Cooper took the words right out of our mouths! Cooper pondered this great, unanswerable life mystery about the teen bride/Twitter poet/pumpkin patch reject that is Courtney Stodden during his RidicuList segment last night. (The Soup had better watch out, because Cooper’s Stodden imitation — from the way she speaks in air quotes to her crazy interview faces — is dead-on.) The host featured clips from a terribly uncomfortable interview on an upcoming episode of Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, as well as this GMA classic. (“It’s like a silent, desperate cry for help.”) Watch the full clip below and then try to decide whether Cooper or Dr. Drew has the better horrified-at-Courtney’s-general-being face. READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine and Fox News hosts exchange angry tweets over use of his music

Image Credit: Brent Harrison/FilmMagic

Typically it’s Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine that’s the one taking requests, but on Wednesday, The Voice mentor had one for Fox News: Don’t play my music. Or, more specifically, as he put it on Twitter, “Dear Fox News, don’t play our music on your evil f–king channel ever again. Thank you.”

While the network didn’t have an official statement regarding the tweet or which of his songs in particular that Levine was referring to, Fox News hosts Andy Levy and Greg Gutfeld of the late night program Red Eye responded personally to Levine on Twitter. Levy wrote back to the pop star, “Dear @AdamLevine, don’t make crappy f–king music ever again. Thank you,” while Gutfeld fired off tweets from his page like, “Dear adam, That’s not music” and “fun joke: why did Maroon 5 cross the road? because crappy music is legal there! @adamlevine.” READ FULL STORY

A new 'Mean Girls' epidemic? Study suggests reality TV may be the cause

The Girl Scouts have just alerted parents to a disturbing discovery: No, don’t worry, nothing is wrong with your order of Thin Mints or Tagalongs. And no, Larry David hasn’t been teaching them anything. Rather, a new study called “Real To Me: Girls and Reality TV”, which was conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, found reality television could be encouraging Regina George-like behavior in young girls.

Some stats that stand out: Of the 1,141 girls (aged 11-17) surveyed, 86 percent of them think that reality shows “often pit girls against each other to make the shows more exciting,” while 73 percent think the shows “make people think that fighting is a normal part of a romantic relationship.” (Come on, Sammi and Ron-Ron, at least try and make it work for the kids!) On top of that, 70 percent of the young females surveyed thought reality shows “make people think it’s okay to treat others badly.”

Frighteningly, reality watchers in the study agreed with the following statement: “Being mean earns you more respect than being nice.” READ FULL STORY

Take me out to the bawl game: What did you watch instead of 'X Factor' last night?

Any baseball fan would have to agree that this has been one of the most exciting (grand slams for everyone!) and unpredictable post-seasons in recent memory. As unpredictable as the weather. It’s a fitting comparison — after all, several rainstorms have halted or postponed games entirely. Besides the pitchers of those games, there may be no group of people more frustrated by the onslaught of crummy weather than TV fans. Baseball can already screw up your TV-watching schedule as is come October, so when you throw in a rain delay, it’s a big ol’ swing and a miss for non-baseball fans.

Just ask devotees of The X Factor. The reality competition was scheduled to start at its regular time at 8 p.m. on Fox last night. Only problem is that the Game 4 of the ALCS endured a two-hour rain delay, prompting the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers to play ball at 6:32 p.m instead of the scheduled 4:19 p.m. And seeing as baseball is a particularly long game, rain delay or otherwise (though, to the Rangers credit, they made it worth the wait for their fans watching back in Texas), the game was only in its fifth inning when The X Factor was supposed to start. READ FULL STORY

Holly Madison takes out insurance on her breasts. Well... d'uh.

In the annals of unusual celebrity insurance policies, Holly Madison’s recent revelation that she has a $1 million policy with Lloyd’s of London on her breasts barely raises an eyebrow. After all, Adam Lambert’s crotch was covered for an even mil. Celine Dion reportedly insured her voice. Heck, David Lee Roth wisely — so so wisely — insured himself against his own sperm (should one ever complete its journey). READ FULL STORY

'Suburgatory' is probably your worst nightmare. So is it worth watching?

With 2 Broke Girls and New Girl already making a splash in the ratings, it was due time for ABC to debut its own smart-yet-adorable lady-led sitcom. Suburgatory, if you can’t tell by the title, is a classic fish-out-of-water story about a Lower Manhattan teenager who (unwillingly) upends her life to the suburbs. She encounters a disturbing non-variety of identical platinum blonde nympho-moms and pink-wearing, Sugarfree Redbull-drinking teens. The only thing more dead than their eyes is their souls. Or so she thinks. READ FULL STORY

Kim Kardashian -- recently named 2011's Most Annoying Celebrity -- is definitely a doll, right?

I was just watching a clip of tonight’s episode of The CW’s H8r — in which Kim Kardashian confronts a rather salty woman who openly hates her (pictured) — and kept imagining what would happen if someone suddenly reached over and attempted to flick Kim’s doll eyes shut. I’ve been fantasizing about this for months. Would she continue to smile placidly and caress her synthetic doll hair? Would the doll lashes snap off? Would she cross over to an even darker element and become the Kim Kardashian Old Navy Robot? Would she die? Because dolls are supposed to die when you do that. READ FULL STORY

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