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What movie experience made you like people again?

singin-in-the-rain

We all have stories of movies being ruined by people talking through them in the theater. Today, let’s celebrate that time a movie experience actually restored our faith in humanity.

Last night, I went to see Singin’ in the Rain on the big screen, in honor of the film’s 60th anniversary and the fact that today would have been Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday. I was with a friend who’s also a huge Gene Kelly fan, and I told her we should elbow each other each time one of us begins to tear up from pure happiness. Normally, if I’m planning on writing about a movie, I’ll take notes, but I just wanted to enjoy this. I lost count of how many times we nudged each other. I also couldn’t tell you how many times I got chills, or how many times I looked over and saw my friend grinning larger than ever before (I’ve known her 15 years now), or how many times I thought, how long have I been smiling? READ FULL STORY

'Wainy Days' Makeout MegaMix: Kick off Valentine's Day right

Say Anything. Love Actually. Sleepless in Seattle. This Valentine’s Day, you might be tempted to kickstart an evening of romance with your lovely by popping in a beloved romantic movie. How mundane. And guys…? How ultimately counterproductive. No matter how you see yourself, gents, no matter how big the bouquet of soon-to-be-dead flowers, I can assure you that you pale in comparison to the onscreen personas of John Cusack or Tom Hanks. Sorry, it’s science.

However, there is a man out there that you might actually look good compared to. His name is David Wain and he has an unusual way with women. The first four seasons of his MyDamnChannel web series, Wainy Days, is now available on DVD, but this semi-NSFW montage of mis-kisses will surely make your special someone appreciate your mild charms even more. I promise. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Starlets who use Disney movies as pick-me-ups: Why do I find you so fascinating?

Remember last year when Blake Lively admitted, “When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack” to WWD? Well, she has company. Sort of. In the February issue of Los Angeles Confidential, Shailene Woodley, 20-year-old costar of The Descendants, was asked to name the first film that affected her as something more significant than mere entertainment. Her response: “Some movies have made me cry; some movies have made me laugh, but I’ve never thought, Wow — if it weren’t for that movie, I’d be a different person. Except Pocahontas. It’s true! If you listen to the lyrics they actually have incredibly valuable lessons for human beings to learn, and whenever I need a pick-me-up I just watch Pocahontas.”  READ FULL STORY

What was your best pop cultured-filled New Year's Eve?

I’ve never been the kind of person to go out on New Year’s Eve. I prefer to invite friends over or stay in at their place. I think my favorite New Year’s Eve was 2002, when two friends and I agreed to each bring one movie we loved but the other two hadn’t seen and force them to watch it. My friend Eva brought Robert Altman’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, my friend Judy, if I’m remembering correctly brought Barry Levinson’s Diner, and I had Trey Parker’s Orgazmo. (Being the host, I took the liberty of also making them watch the bloopers from BASEketball.) I wish that was a tradition we continued. We also broke out the karaoke machine my parents had gotten me for Christmas.

What’s been your favorite pop culture-filled New Year’s Eve? Do you have a tradition worth stealing? Go!

PopWatch PSA: What to watch with relatives over the holidays

As the holiday season comes to a close, you may still be visiting relatives and wondering how you can fill the time between meals. If you’re not sneaking off for a self-marathon of TV on DVD (or Netflix or iTunes), you may be looking for suggestions for movies that will please multiple generations (or just not embarrass you like, say, taking your parents to see Shame). We, and your fellow PopWatchers, are here to help. I’ll list some of my suggestions, you list some of yours. Here are movies or recent DVDs to watch if you’re with:

• A mother who’s told you she would like to see Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp star in a film together: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Yes, this is Downey and Jude Law, but if your mother wants to see Downey team up with Depp, what she really appreciates is a fun, eccentric take on a character, and Holmes’ many costumes in this sequel will delight her. This film has also proven a hit with dads (or, at least with my colleague Adam Vary’s).  READ FULL STORY

Spot Inspection: What TV show are you self-marathoning?

If you’ve been on Twitter in the last week, odds are your feed had multiple people tweeting about the TV shows they were self-marathoning. With repeats filling the current TV schedule, vacation days to burn, and a need for a break from relatives, it seems an ideal time to catch up on shows you missed or revisit ones you loved. Because we forecast this trend to continue through Jan. 2, let’s just get go ahead and get it all out here, folks. Spot Inspection: What TV show are you marathoning?

I know I wasn’t the only one hitting Friday Night Lights last week. (Thank you, Netflix.) After seeing back-to-back Taylor Kitsch trailers for John Carter and Battleship in theaters, I decided I needed to properly mourn the cutting of Kitsch’s hair for the latter. I also needed to come to terms with the fact that the FNL character I most resembled in high school was not a leading lady but Julie’s friend Lois, the one who, after Julie recounts how Kitsch’s Tim Riggins shielded her during a tornado in season 2, asks, “Tim Riggins was, like, holding you? … What does he smell like?”*

Your turn.

*If you follow me on Twitter, you already knew that.

PopWatch Planner: Lindsay Lohan, Bane, and the rest of your week ahead

Stay up late to watch Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live? Did you celebrate New Year’s Eve early with 41 of your closest onscreen celebrity friends? That is all so eight hours ago. PopWatch is already looking ahead to the coming week of must-see water-cooler events, starting with tonight’s season finale of Boardwalk Empire and culminating with Saturday’s much-anticipated SNL homecoming of the season.

SUNDAY
Boardwalk Empire finale, 9 p.m., HBO
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put my psyche back together after last week’s episode, which only explained everything about Jimmy (Michael Pitt). (I always suspected something was off between him and his mom, but for the show to go all Grifters was still a shock.) Tonight, season 2 concludes with Jimmy seeking a rapprochement with Nucky, whose legal complications might hinge on his own lady’s heavy Irish conscience. READ FULL STORY

New 'Cinderella Story' sequel hits DVD: What teen franchise are you secretly a fan of?

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, starring Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘s Freddie Stroma (he played Cormac McLaggen, who fancies Hermione), arrives on DVD today, and I couldn’t be happier. If I stumble upon the 2004 original, starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray, or the first sequel, 2008′s Another Cinderella Story, starring Selena Gomez and Drew Seeley, on ABC Family, I have to stop and watch. They represent the happy ending I never got in high school, and sometimes (like after seeing One Day in theaters, which is when I watched Once Upon a Song), you need to see that.

Below, watch an exclusive clip. It’s not a musical number — Hale’s character is forced by her stepmother (Missi Pyle) to be the singing voice for her wicked stepsister so she can win a recording contract — but it is a charming girl-caught-outside-naked moment. Then, tell us which teen franchise you’re secretly a fan of. (Sorry, Twilight and Harry Potter don’t count.) READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Irene: What will you be watching?

The most important thing during a Hurricane watch is keeping everyone safe. Of course. But even if it’s a distant second, keeping yourself entertained is also an issue. So, if you’re in the line of Hurricane Irene, how are you planning to pass the weekend indoors? It’s a difficult call for me: The basement of my eight-unit apartment building is definitely going to flood at some point, and my super has already let us know that when it does, he’ll have to turn off the power and keep it off until 24 hours after the water recedes. I was planning on hunkering down with my DVR/life partner Peter and some DVDs (and then actually having the time/motivation to read a book by flashlight when the power goes out), but now that I see my New Jersey town’s officials are suggesting folks in my area spend the weekend elsewhere if possible, I’m thinking I should pack my flashlight and wine (Phase One of my personal hurricane preparedness) and crash with a friend. But that means spending the weekend with her DVR and DVDs. READ FULL STORY

What's the strangest TV on DVD you have in your collection?

“What?! It was for research!” That’s the excuse I will inevitably use when people find season 1 of Hey Dude in my DVD collection and judge me for it. It is true, I did need the first season of the landmark (well, to me, anyway) Nickelodeon comedy about life at the Bar None Ranch for our ongoing coverage of ’90s nostalgia. But, in all honesty, I own it because it’s a hilarious throwback to my childhood and I’m still definitely, maybe pining over Ted. Still, the DVD absolutely looks weird being alphabetically nuzzled between Heat and In America (what the hell could these three possibly have to talk about when I leave?!) and it borders dangerously close to hipster irony that I own a ’90s children show that includes a lot of characters wearing neon.

Then again, I’m hardly the only one out there with a strange television show on DVD in my collection. Just last week, Kristen Bell admitted to the Los Angeles Times that she has “a couple of seasons” of America’s Funniest Home Videos (pictured here, during the Bob Saget era). READ FULL STORY

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