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'X Factor' judge Cheryl Cole: A crash course

Even though British pop star Cheryl Cole had been rumored as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor for weeks, now that she’s been officially hired, the overwhelming response to today’s news is still likely to be: “Cheryl who?” For the uninformed, she’s a past reality-show contestant herself (she’s part of Girls Aloud, an all-female quintet formed in 2002 on the British show Popstars: The Rivals) who became a solo sensation in 2009 with the release of her single “Fight For This Love,” which is still in heavy rotation on my iPod two years after it came out. Check out the video, in which Cole looks like a cross between Eva Longoria and Shania Twain: READ FULL STORY

Anthony Hopkins and the fine art of 'phoning it in'

How many times have you walked out of a dark theater, disappointed by the performance of a favorite actor who clearly phoned it in? Take, for instance, Anthony Hopkins. Sir Anthony Hopkins, actually. He is one of the greats. Most famous for playing Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, the Oscar winner was a protégé of Laurence Olivier, and his performance as the undemonstrative butler in The Remains of the Day is, for my money, one of the most brilliant studies in the art of acting. But in between the roles that take your breath away, there are films like The Rite, The Wolfman, Instinct, The Edge, and Bad Company. As a hopeless fan, you can find something redeeming in all these roles, but you also wish you could ask, What happened there? Well, in Hopkins’ case, he was phoning it in. He said so himself, literally, in last week’s New York Times profile of Thor director Kenneth Branagh: “I phone it in a lot as I’m getting older.” READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais shares thoughts on Osama, Obama, the Royal Wedding, and Steve Carell's departure on his blog

In case you hadn’t heard, a lot happened over the past few days. From the Royal Wedding hoopla on Friday to the breaking news about the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday, everyone from 24-hour news cycle anchors to tweeters shared their thoughts on this week’s historical moments. The Office creator Ricky Gervais is no different — the actor took to his blog to share his unique brand of insights on the events (oh, one can only dare to imagine what Karl Pilkington would think about all this…). READ FULL STORY

The Royal Wedding is over! Is it safe to come out yet?

Don’t worry, folks, it’s almost at an end. After months of intensive hat speculation, commemorative plate production, cake experts, lip readers, total bludgeoning of the word “fairy-tale,” and Anglophilia bordering on Anglomania, we only have a few more days of stray headlines like “William and Kate’s Honeymoon Suite: Is There an Ice Machine?” and “What Dress Would Have Kate Worn in a Parallel Universe?” before we’re finally rid of this whole royally over-reported dealio.

I’ll admit, as an American male I have absolutely no idea what draws people to wake up at 4 a.m. to watch a rich guy and the girl he likes tie the knot. I mean, what did George Washington and Mel Gibson fight for if Americans are just going to end up fawning over the British monarchy and hand out a bunch of Oscars to The King’s Speech? The ceremony itself was lavish and pretty and occasionally sweet, but mostly twee and long. Even the people at the wedding were getting a little bored. Admittedly, the presence of a horse-drawn carriage and the two evil stepsisters from Cinderella did hint at those fairy-tale aspects everyone on morning television kept talking about, but it didn’t feel as once-in-a-lifetime as once every 20 minutes on Main Street, U.S.A. READ FULL STORY

Is Kate Middleton's reception dress better than her wedding dress? Don't make me choose!

We’ve already pondered the perfection that is Kate Middleton’s wedding dress once today here on PopWatch. But, readers, take a look at the amazing photo before you now of The Duchess’s white satin reception dress. Does this not make your wedding-obsessed soul flutter as it did this morning when she stepped out of her car? To be honest, I gasped when I first saw this beautiful gown (which is reportedly a Sarah Burton — as was her first dress). In fact, dare I say, I like this one better? Between the cardigan, the sparkle, and the figure-flattering effect — ugh, I don’t know! Sleep deprivation is setting in, and that always makes decisions 10 times harder, especially with regard to fashion.

The only thing I am sure of? That a new bar has been set — not only for future royals but for brides in general. A recently-engaged friend of mine said to me shortly after instant messaging me this photo, “On my wedding day, I just wanna feel as pretty as she looked.” And isn’t that the truth?

I now pose the question to you: Which do you like better: The reception dress? Or the wedding dress? And are you sick of this stuff yet? (Impossible!)

(If not, join me for continued fawning on Twitter @EWSandraG.)

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Royal Wedding poll: Whose commentary are you most looking forward to?

Royal Wedding poll: Will you get up to watch Wills and Kate tie the knot?

In less than 16 hours, Prince William and Kate Middleton are finally getting married. The event is going to be exciting, extravagant, and — if you live in the U.S. of A. — really freakin’ early in the morning. Networks will air coverage of the melee in London starting at 4 a.m. ET; EW’s own liveblog will begin at 5:15 (we’ll give you more information on that later); and the marriage service itself starts at 6 a.m.. Since the highlights of the ceremony and the procession will no doubt be played ad nauseum throughout the rest of the day and the weekend, even those who elect to sleep through it will have plenty of opportunities to see the prince and his bride say “I do.” (Also, DVRs exist. The wonders of modern technology!) But there’s still something to be said for watching the events unfold live — even if you’ll have to wake up before any roosters are even thinking about crowing in order to do so.

Riddle me this, PopWatchers: Are you planning to drag yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour to see the royal wedding? Vote in our poll below to let us know. READ FULL STORY

Royal Wedding poll: Whose commentary are you most looking forward to?

Today, TLC announced that Rupert Everett and Ivana Trump will join What Not to Wear‘s Clinton Kelly, Say Yes the Dress: Atlanta‘s Monte Durham, and former Paradise Hotel/The Swan host Amanda Byram in London to offer commentary on Friday’s Royal Wedding. (Say Yes the Dress‘ Randy Fenoli will handle on-air coverage of the network’s five-hour Times Square viewing party, which will include a live performance by Colbie Caillat.) Truth be told, I’d have preferred to see Everett sitting alongside Kathy Griffin, Joan Collins, and company over on the TV Guide Channel — or “deputized” by E! for Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police special instead of Tori Spelling — but not all of us get our fairytale ending. But with all these commentators commentating on the royal nuptials, who are you most looking forward to hearing talk dresses, crowns, and boutineers? Vote in our poll below!  READ FULL STORY

Royal Wedding poll: Prince Harry is the U.K.'s most eligible bachelor. So would you watch him on 'The Bachelor'?

You know what? Enough about William. Sure, he’s the Windsor who will be taken off the market this Friday — but that’s precisely why we should all start shifting our focus to his brother, ginger-haired, ruddy-cheeked Prince Harry. Though rumors have been circulating that Diana and Charles’s younger son is planning to bring his on-again, off-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy to William and Kate’s wedding, Prince Harry hasn’t been seriously linked to a permanent ladyfriend in quite some time; he and Davy officially split in 2009. That makes “the spare” the U.K.’s most eligible bachelor. And we all know the best way for an eligible bachelor to ideally find his soulmate: The Bachelor!

So let’s engage in a silly thought experiment, PopWatchers. If Chris Harrison could somehow convince Harry to step into Brad Womack’s carefully polished shoes, would you be there to watch what happened? Or does the idea of a royal appearing regularly on a reality show somehow not sit well with you? Vote in our poll and let us know. READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' takes on Oscar Wilde, or is that the other way around?

Everyone knows Oscar Wilde was fond of one-liners, but would he have been a fan of “That’s what she said?” Moreover, how would the man who loved his bachelors have felt about The Situation? We’ll never know. But you can be sure that it is hysterical to watch Santino Fontana and David Furr, who play Algernon and Jack in Broadway’s current revival of Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest at Roundabout Theatre Company, act out scenes from Jersey Shore as their very English characters (and in full 19th century costume). “Work blows d— for skittles right now” was apparently meant to be said with a stiff upper lip. Check out all five episodes their web series “Jersey Shore Gone Wilde” below. (Take heed: They contain profanity and are NSFW.)  READ FULL STORY

Royal Wedding poll: Which plot point from Lifetime's 'William & Kate' do you most wish was true?

It happened: Just six days ahead of Friday’s Royal Wedding, I found myself flipping channels Saturday night at my parents’ house, landing on Lifetime’s William & Kate right as Kate Middleton fled Prince William’s 21st birthday party. (He had invited another young woman up to help him blow out the candles.) “I’m the girl he hangs out with, not the one he brings home,” Kate said to her trailing friends, echoing the snooty mean girl who’d just assured her that William wouldn’t have time to socialize with his flatmate (who he was secretly sleeping with) at this public event. And with that, I was sucked in — not only to the rest of the movie but also to the repeat so I could see what I’d missed. You can watch William & Kate, “inspired by true events,” online now. SPOILER ALERT! The most ridiculous plot points make our poll below.  READ FULL STORY

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