On Fox’s new ’90s-set comedy Surviving Jack, based on Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book I Suck at Girls, Christopher Meloni plays Jack Dunlevy, a straight-talking man (ex-military and an oncologist) who’s forced to become the go-to parent for his teen children when his wife (Rachael Harris) enrolls in law school. When Meloni popped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, we got a taste of his real-life parenting style: He brought one of his two children, daughter Sophia, along. Once we heard she’d banned him from playing Charades at home because he’s too competitive, he invited her on-camera to read from the running list she keeps of things that make him “uncomfortable.” We hope that’s mined for the show. READ FULL STORY
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After eight seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to USA’s Psych. The satisfying March 26 series finale is called “The Break-Up,” and while star James Roday is tight-lipped, we can tell you that it centers on Shawn making a big life decision and trying to find a way to tell Gus (Dulé Hill), who in turn, has one of his own. “It really is a Shawn and Gus episode, as it should be,” Roday says. “I feel like [creator] Steve Franks did a wonderful job of combining the pathos of two best friends standing at the precipice of change with the fun whimsy that we’ve all come to expect from Psych. That friendship, for all its wackiness and craziness, was very real. I think that’s the reason it worked: These are two guys that have been inseparable since they were babies, basically, and at the end of the day would, in fact, take bullets for one another. Playing the reality of that was not difficult because of how grounded it actually is.”
Since that’s all we’re getting out of him in advance – we’ll have a post-mortem chat posting after the West Coast airing — we asked Roday to take our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. It’s a fitting sendoff for a show filled with pop culture references, and for Roday, who admits he conveniently had three of his first celeb crushes (from the tender age of 14) guest on the series (Kristy Swanson and Twin Peaks‘ Sherilyn Fenn and Mädchen Amick). Also, as the headline states, his answer to our “What’s your most prized pop culture possession?” question does not disappoint. Watch the video below.
On March 22, John Leguizamo’s fifth HBO comedy special, Ghetto Klown, premieres, and if you find yourself watching the hilarious, brutally honest journey through his personal and professional ups and down and do a spit-take, you’re not alone. Having perfected the show on Broadway and on tour, Leguizamo’s seen it all. “There were spit-takes, people getting up and walking toward the stage to high-five me when it was a good joke,” he recalls, laughing. “There was a lot of people smokin’ up their doobies trying to enjoy it a little bit more, and I appreciate people being altered in their substance abuse, if it makes the show better for them. I had people who were enjoying it so much they started trying to film it using their phone so they could keep it for always. I appreciate that you love my stuff, but that’s called ‘pirating.’”
The stories that got people out of their seats? Leguizamo reenacting Al Pacino’s reaction to working with him in Carlito’s Way and him recreating his audition to play Tybalt in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. For the latter, he showed up with a freshly-loosened tooth from an argument that had just ended a 30-year friendship. The tooth made him whistle when he spoke. Luhrmann thought Leguizamo had the “elephantine testicles” to jeer at Shakespeare and grabbed Leguizamo’s “tiny little koala nuts.” When Luhrmann wouldn’t let him go, Leguizamo explained that his best friend had just jumped him, grabbed Luhrmann by the throat, and threatened to choke him if he didn’t release him. That’s when Luhrmann squeaked out, “Quickly, quickly, say the line. Say the line, quickly.” Leguizamo did, and he got the role. “Baz Luhrmann came to see [the show], and he was like, [in Luhrmann's Aussie accent] ‘I loved it, John. You should have used a little bit more of me. I didn’t hold you that long. You’re exaggerating a little bit. But I don’t mind,’” he says. “Working with Baz is one of the highlights of my life, and we’ve done two movies together, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. He really gets it out of you, literally.”
See what we could get out of Leguizamo in our Pop Culture Personality Test below. READ FULL STORY
'About a Boy' star Benjamin Stockham confesses first celeb crush, shares his thoughts on 'The Happening' -- VIDEO
You don’t have to be 13 years-old to enjoy doing a video interview in front of a green screen (which Veronica Mars stars Ryan Hansen and Jason Dohring reminded us recently). But it definitely doesn’t hurt. “I’m making the editor work really, really hard. I’m sorry! I’m sorry!,” About a Boy‘s Benjamin Stockham joked when he stopped by to take our EW Pop Culture Personality Test.
Watch us quiz him below on his first celeb crush, the movie he has to watch every time he spots it on cable, the first song he was obsessed with, and the scariest movie he’s ever seen. (He also admitted to never missing Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, being “pretty good” at virtual blackjack on his phone, and having cried when Transformers‘ Bumblebee died. In other words, he more than passed.) READ FULL STORY
This week, Michael Vartan joins A&E’s Bates Motel as George, the brother of Norma’s new friend Christine (Rebecca Creskoff), who takes an interest in Norma. “What’s funny about George is that I was told absolutely nothing. Literally, until the third or fourth episode, he didn’t have a last name, he didn’t have a profession, [I] didn’t really know if he was a good or a bad guy. So it was kinda fun to go into it with literally no expectations,” Vartan says. “In those first few episodes, Vera [Farmiga] and I used to make things up: He was a ballet instructor. He had a wooden leg. He was born without a penis. All that kind of stuff. So it was fun times.”
Did he pitch anything to producers? “This is actually really dark, but Vera and I thought it would actually be a very interesting idea for when she comes over to his house on one of their dates, [if] he just has a bunch of weird Nazi memorabilia, and you never talked about it. It’s never mentioned. It’s just there,” he says. “I thought that’d be such a cool, creepy thing. But they didn’t go for it. They thought it was a little too much.”
Though he can’t tease too much about George, who seems like a decent guy — “It is Bates Motel, and as we know,” he says, “things are rarely as they appear, so you’ll just have to watch and see” — he can hint at how Norman (Freddie Highmore) will take to him. “George is trying very hard to seduce Norma, and Norman obviously is not a big fan of that. So one of the things that I think is gonna be so interesting in season 2 is there’s gonna be a little distance between Norma and Norman,” he says. “He’s becoming a man, and his natural tendency is to want to leave the nest and she’s got a grip on him. He’s seeing young women, she doesn’t like that. Now, of course, she’s seeing George, and Norman doesn’t like that at all. I think he might have a few bad things in store for George…”
Since George will remain a mystery, we thought we’d get to know Michael better with an EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to find out his first celebrity crush (the photo might be a spoiler), his junior high jam, a moment he was starstruck, and the TV show that scared him. Badly. READ FULL STORY
'Veronica Mars': Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, and Rob Thomas take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO
Veronica Mars is finally in theaters, and in honor of one of our favorite PIs, we grilled co-stars Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, and Krysten Ritter, as well as director Rob Thomas, about important things like their first celebrity crushes and go-to karaoke songs.
Watch the videos below to find out who best-utilized the green screen, who would’ve loved a role in The Hunger Games, and who grew up afraid of hippies. READ FULL STORY
After a solid premiere, Believe, NBC’s thriller from Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, settles into its regular Sundays at 9 p.m. time slot March 16 with a second episode that promises to reveal more about Kyle MacLachlan’s well-dressed Skouras, who’s battling his former partner Winter (Delroy Lindo) for control of 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) and her powers.
“Much more time is spent explaining who he is, where he’s from, and why he’s interested in Bo,” says MacLachlan, who took his cues for creating the character from something Cuarón did when he was directing the pilot. “Alfonso came in, and he started coating my hair in this black mascara, because my hair was sort of brown, and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” he recalls, laughing. “But then I saw the finished product, and it looked very, very interesting. So it said to me that he was looking for somebody who is slightly eccentric and a little electric. I’m trying to follow his lead as much as possible.”
To get to know the actor better, we gave him one of our EW Pop Culture Personality Tests. Watch the video below to see excellent impressions of Marlon Brando and Christopher Walken. READ FULL STORY
Robert Rodriguez reveals the movie that scared him as a kid in our Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO
From Dusk Till Dawn director Robert Rodriguez is ready to take on his next venture as founder of the El Rey network, which is described on its website as “a white-knuckled suicide leap into a chum bucket filled with the sex, gore, and fist-pumping action that’ll have you screaming.”
And Tuesday night, the network will premiere a new TV version of Rodriguez’s 1996 film, also titled From Dusk Till Dawn. But first, we sat down with the director/founder to talk about the movie that scared him as a child, his first celebrity crush, and more. To get you warmed up, here’s one answer you won’t see in the video: When asked about something in pop culture that he knows nothing about, Rodriguez replied, “What’s Snooki?”
Watch Rodriguez take our Pop Culture Personality Test below:
'Episodes' star Chris Diamantopoulos reveals his first celeb crush, makes you want to listen to Roxette -- VIDEO
On Showtime’s Episodes, Chris Diamantopoulos plays the completely unstable, perpetually horny new network exec who often sees a therapist. No wonder the actor had no problem opening up to EW when he popped by for one of our Pop Culture Personality Tests. Watch the video below in which he reveals his first celebrity crush, the TV show he watched after his parents went to sleep, and his junior high jam. READ FULL STORY
Being royal isn’t easy, but neither is being the bastard son of a king, especially when it’s suddenly decided that you will be legitimized and take the throne from your brother (along with his girl). But the drama is only just starting on The CW’s new hit show Reign.
In tonight’s big episode, Mary is finally forced to choose between brothers. By the end of the hour, she will either be with Francis, the man she’s been promised to her entire life, or Sebastian, the bastard brother who’s slowly stealing her heart. And when we had the opportunity to get that bastard brother to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, we took it!
Torrance Coombs, who plays Bash on the show, stopped by our offices to talk about the show, and we put him in the hot seat while we had the chance. Watch his test below: READ FULL STORY
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