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What is your damage, creepy boat scene from 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What is your damage, creepy boat scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Now that it’s officially summer, I thought this would be the perfect time to examine how my obsession with a boat ride from hell has chartered my own slow but sure descent into madness.

This s— gets dark. Read on at your own risk.

'Hell's Kitchen' and 'MasterChef' premieres: Gordon Ramsay presents f--ing Monday nights on Fox

Why would anyone eat at Hell’s Kitchen? Nobody ever gets their food. Is there a decoy staff that actually cooks things backstage or does the well-dressed (or if you want my real opinion: slutty and annoying) “audience” just head home hungry? I must look into this.

Chef Gordon Ramsay (“YES, CHEF”) has swooped back in to completely dominate summer Mondays with the season premieres of Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef. One show will make you pat yourself on the back for not swearing in the last 30 seconds, and the other will make you cry. Marvel as Ramsay switches gears from “This f—ing pigeon [is so raw it] could fly” and “You treated those scallops like a homeless rat” on Hell’s Kitchen to STANDING UP AND HUGGING the first featured “home cook” on MasterChef: a 19-year-old college freshman named Michael who’d just come out to his dad before trying out for the show. Plus, a blind woman made it through. Seriously? I’ll borrow some of Ramsay’s words from HK and attempt to apply them to MC with a positive spin: “Shut it down and f—ing clean up.” This was awesome! READ FULL STORY

'Re-Animator: The Musical': Director Stuart Gordon talks about his singing-and-beheading theatrical spectacular


A few years back, film director Stuart Gordon had the thought that his gore-filled 1985 horror movie Re-Animator might be improved with the addition of some songs. It was an odd idea — but an ultimately successful one. In the spring of 2011, Re-Animator: The Musical opened at Hollywood’s Steve Allen Theater to great reviews (Variety hailed it as “an entertainment of rich rewards and high accomplishment”) and tonight the play officially starts a second run at the Hayworth Theatre, prior to engagements at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. The H.P. Lovecraft-inspired tale stars Graham Skipper as the corpse-reanimating Herbert West, George Wendt as the unfortunate Dean Halsey, and large amounts of fake blood as, well, large amounts of not-fake blood.

Gordon — who is both the show’s director and coauthor of its book — talks about his hopes for Re-Animator: The Musical, the possibility of fourth Re-Animator movie, and why his brother eats bugs — literally.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did Re-Animator: The Musical come about in the first place?
I just saw it in my head, how you could do this as a musical. People had been suggesting it to me for several years and I kind of laughed. I thought it was a ridiculous idea. But one day it sort of hit me — all of the effects in the movie were done practically on a stage, so we could do them all live in front of audiences.


'Daily Show' investigates Park Slope Food Coop holy war

“Food shopping. Kind of a pain in the a–. Did you know there’s a way to make it much, much worse?” Jon Stewart asked.  Last night, The Daily Show weighed in on the Park Slope Food Coop’s holy war over whether to boycott Israeli-made products, including hummus, in protest of the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinian people.

Reporter Samantha Bee trekked to Brooklyn, “home to so many different kinds of NPR listeners,” to capture the spectacle. She sat down with both sides, Barbara Mazor of More Hummus, Please (no, that’s not a joke) and Liz Roberts of Members for Boycott Divestments Sanctions. The resulting interviews gifted us with gems like this from Mazor: “Everyone boycotted South Africa. Israel is different.” Watch Bee keep a straight face through it all. READ FULL STORY

Gwyneth Paltrow feels the heat amid cookbook ghostwriter claims

Self-appointed lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is facing criticism that she employed a ghostwriter on her popular 2011 cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. On the heels of a New York Times article last week called “I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter,” Paltrow took to Twitter Saturday to brush off claims she hired Julia Turshen to write My Father’s Daughter and has contracted to write another book. Tweeted Paltrow, “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself.”

“Gwyneth’s tweet speaks for itself,” Paltrow’s publicist told EW. “Julia is her food assistant and is properly credited and acknowledged in the book. Gwyneth wrote every word and developed every recipe. Julia was not a ghost writer for Gwyneth.” READ FULL STORY

'Olive' juice: 85 year old Marilyn Hagerty reviews Olive Garden, captivates Internet

As soon as she walked in, there was glitz and glamor. There were parties and dancing girls, waiters in black ties adorned with gold-colored towels, toiling in the midday. The room was delicately decorated in il stilo di Toscana, and all around there was exquisite cuisine, fine wine, and tantalizing aromas that circulated through the breathtaking, ethereal bistro. This was Olive Garden, and newly minted Internet sensation 85-year-old Marilyn Hagerty had arrived. READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef: Texas' reunion: Did Sarah tell Emeril Lagasse to 'f-- off'? Also, worst Fan Favorite ever.

According to reunion master Andy Cohen, 90 percent of all questions about Top Chef: Texas had to do with Beverly and the trio of sweaty, foul-mouthed meanies who bullied her throughout the competition. But honestly, after a whole season in which the food took a backseat to all the undercooked drama in the kitchen, I was glad that most of the reunion focused on other topics — like Ty-lör and his furry bottom (click this borderline-NSFW link at your own risk). Oh my God. Seriously, why were we subjected to that? He’s a good-looking guy, but in that photo he looks like an unholy union between Bluto and the Coppertone girl. That wasn’t the most disturbing moment of the night, though: We also learned that Sarah has “teary orgasms.” Thanks, Bravo. I can’t un-know that. I need a nice sorbet to cleanse that from my brain-palate. READ FULL STORY

Gwyneth Paltrow jokes about herself on 'The Chew'

For all those who love to hate on Gwyneth Paltrow (and you know who you are), here’s a little something that could maybe make you believe she kind of gets it. Paltrow visited ABC’s The Chew today, where her good friend Mario Batali is a co-host. Toward the end of the show, Batali and the other hosts (Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon) peppered Paltrow with questions she had to answer during the one-minute Celebrity Egg Timer segment.

Click after the jump to see how she answered this question from Oz about 51 seconds in: “If the name of your blog wasn’t Goop, what would it be?” READ FULL STORY

The odds are in your favor: How to get your mouth on Liam Hemsworth


If you’ve been looking for a way to lick Josh Hutcherson, we just might have the solution. New York bakery Eleni’s, most recently responsible for their ingenious Oscar cookies, has given their detailed treatment to none other than the characters, creatures, and concepts of The Hunger Games, pictured above.

Their Capitol confections (which I can attest are not made from tesserae grain) include everything from tracker jackers you can eat without fear of delirium, a mockingjay pin (that I would proudly wear if it wouldn’t crumble on my shirt), a bow and arrow, a bunch of nightlock berries (eat at your own risk), the foreboding white rose, and for all you Team Gale fans, a mop-haired Liam Hemsworth.

While you won’t find these cookies included in your copy of this week’s Hunger Games issue, you can order the Down with the Capitol gift box (currently circulating EW’s office) for $75 from Eleni’s website. We’d love to see Seneca Crane take a bite out of that.

Read more:
This Week’s Cover: ‘The Hunger Games’ — Game On!
‘The Hunger Games’ tracking at ‘Twilight’-size numbers
Lionsgate announces 24 advance screenings for ‘Hunger Games’

Gail Simmons blogs 'Top Chef' season 9 finale: And the winner is...

As told to Nuzhat Naoreen.

It was a great season. It felt different for all of us, partially because of the chefs and the locations and some of the challenges that were so special. It was very memorable for me. I’m excited that we have a winner but I’m also sad it had to end.

[The finale challenge is different from] restaurant wars because one chef is in charge, as opposed to a team that’s involved. This has nothing to do with any of the other contestants, this is one chef’s vision, personality, and culinary style. It really gets to showcase who they are as chefs. We [had a similar finale challenge] for season 8 All-Stars as well. We realized that it’s just a much more realistic challenge for chefs of this caliber. It used to be that they’d have to cook for 10 or 15 of us [in the finale, and] serve everyone at once banquet style. But that’s not what a chef does in a restaurant every day. They have to serve many, many people and every batch of food, every plate that goes out has to be the same and has to be consistent. This really mimicked a restaurant experience much more. As the chefs get better every season we really change the finale. READ FULL STORY

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