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'Game of Thrones' domination is nearly complete: 'Arya' is the fastest-rising name for baby girls

In Game of Thrones, Arya Stark is a middle daughter of a Northern noble family who (no spoilers) has kind of a terrible life. In America, “Arya” is the fastest-rising baby name for girls. According to a press release from the U.S. Social Security Administration, the name jumped from 711 in 2011 to 413 in 2012. That puts it far, far lower than any of the names in the Top 20 — your Emmas, Olivias, and Chloes — but presumably far, far higher than “Cersei.”

Why the leap? Are the expectant parents of the heartland all hoping their children grow up to be coup-hardened, bob-wearing, Needle-thrusting assassins? Alternately, “Arya” kind of sounds like a pretty bird.

Take a look at the list of 2012′s top baby names for boys and girls after the jump.


Billie Joe Armstrong calls PSY 'the herpes of music' and PSY responds -- VIDEO

Normally, it’s a good thing when someone says your music is contagious. But Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong wasn’t being kind to Korean YouTube sensation PSY with a recent post on his personal Instragram. The rocker posted a photo of PSY, along with the caption, “This dude is the herpes of music. Once you think it’s gone, it comes back. #herpes #flareup #pleasegoaway.” (EW reached out to reps for both Armstrong and PSY, who didn’t return a request for comment.)

That’s a pretty cutting remark, but PSY’s (Gangnam) style is just to let it roll off his back. He told Fuse — after first trying to clarify what exactly herpes is — “I kinda like it, it’s cool…He said I’m like the herpes… that keeps coming back. I think it’s really cool. Thank you.”

Watch PSY’s genial response below: READ FULL STORY

'Scandal': Who is the mole? A character analysis

[SPOILER ALERT: If you care about spoilers, don't read if you're not caught up with Scandal. We're going as far as last week's "A Woman Scorned." Deal? Deal.]

It’s been almost three months since we saw David Rosen wake up next to a butchered blonde and we realized that something (else) was amiss in the Scandalverse. These kids can’t catch a break, can they? Since that moment and the President’s sabotaged hostage rescue attempt, the pieces of the White House Mole problem have been unravelling slowly, with promising leads, frustrating closed doors, and the death of an innocent man.

Scandal isn’t concerned with answering every question, but at least we know for sure that in tonight’s episode of ABC’s soapy, impossible-to-resist melodrama, we will find out who that pesky mole actually is. Let’s take a look at some of our lead suspects and make wild speculations about motives.


'Arrested Development': There's always money -- and promotional value -- in the banana stand!

Netflix is bringing the Bluths back to television — and it’s taking the Bluths’ banana stand on tour.

You aren’t misreading that: In advance of Arrested Development‘s fourth season premiere, Netflix is launching the Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand Worldwide Tour, in which the family’s fire-trap of a fruit-popsicle stand will pop-up in several iconic urban locals. There are several stops in London planned (today, plus May 9, 15, and 21) and a pond-crossing trip to various to cities such as New York and L.A. (Wee Britain?) to follow. The tour will also feature “special surprise appearances by the Bluth family and friends” while fans can track the stand’s location on Twitter by following @ArrestedDev.


Riff Raff plays Jamie Franko on 'One Life to Live,' thinks clubs are full of tumbleweeds -- VIDEO

Rapper Riff Raff appears on the latest episode of One Life to Live, which now lives on Hulu, playing an art dealer named Jamie Franko. For a quick backstory, Riff Raff thinks that James Franco basically got all his inspiration for his role of Alien in Spring Breakers from him, isn’t super happy about it. Franco wrote an essay about how Dangeruss was one of his main inspirations for the role, also says it was inspired by a lot of people. Somehow, Jamie Franko has become the bizarre next chapter of this story. READ FULL STORY

'Vanilla Ice Goes Amish': Yes, this really is a TV show

Stop, collaborate, and listen: Ice is back with a brand new reality show. It’s called Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, and it’s about — you guessed it — professional punchline Vanilla Ice (a.k.a. That’s My Boy star Rob Van Winkle) learning construction from an Amish community in Ohio.

This isn’t Ice’s first time at the reality rodeo, of course: He’s also currently starring in The Vanilla Ice Project, a home renovation series on the DIY network (which will air Amish as well.) And in the past, he’s appeared on the second season of trailblazing humiliation factory The Surreal Life, as well as competitions including Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, Dancing on IceCelebrity Boxing, and The Surreal Life: Fame Games. (Vanilla Ice was also a judge on Canada Sings in 2011 — who knew!)

At this point, there’s really nothing left to do but giggle quietly, pause to reflect on our lost youth, and try to come up with some snarky captions for the photo above. I’ll get the ball rolling:

“Raise the barn? I’d rather raise the roof — go ninja, go ninja, go!

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Read more:
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Lindsay Lohan is not pregnant or good at pranks

Lindsay Lohan is not pregnant.

The actress tweeted, “April Fools. Where’s everyone’s sense of humor?” minutes ago — an apparent rebuttal to a tweet last night (“It’s official. Pregnant…”), which has since been deleted. READ FULL STORY

Very funny Joan Rivers makes not-at-all funny comments about Adele, Ann Curry

This is not a hoax: Joan Rivers called Adele “fat,” for the second time, and also said that Ann Curry was, like, really boring as a Today anchor. While saying both of these things to the Huffington Post, she laughed and laughed — which was weird, because what she said wasn’t that funny.

I like Joan Rivers. Joan Rivers has license to say whatever she wants, and we have a cultural and economic ability to pick her up or toss her away with each new comment. But if Rivers keeps wrapping herself in headlines about speaking snark to power — wrong or right, but without a single wink — does she give us all a reason to forget she’s hellaciously funny, too?

For context, here are both comments:


Woody Allen supercut: All the times he stammers on screen -- VIDEO

Like a word on the tip of your tongue that you just can’t come up with sometimes an idea for a supercut just gets away from you. Huffington Post Entertainment compiled all of the times Woody Allen has stammered in his films and the video clocks in at 44 minutes. It is at once confusing, bizarre, entertaining, and maybe existential. It is definitely exhausting.

If you make it to the end, let us know how it feels:


Tilda Swinton, Best Actress in a Box

Tilda Swinton, impossibly cool Oscar-winning actress, David Bowie video muse, fashion renegade, general Scottish bad-ass, will sleep in a box for seven-hour stretches as part of a MoMA performance piece this year.

The Gothamist reports that the Swinton-conceived piece “The Maybe,” which she brought to a London gallery in 1995 and later recreated it in a Rome museum, premiered yesterday at the New York museum.

“Museum staff doesn’t know she’s coming until the day of, but she’s here today,” a MoMA source was quoted. “She’ll be there the whole day. All that’s in the box is cushions and a water jug.”

The MoMA declared that Swinton will nap/perform “The Maybe” about a half-dozen more times, all of them unannounced and unpublicized, throughout 2013.

I’m surprised she chose to wear shoes. And are those eyeglasses at her side? Who needs a stretch? However silly and pretentious this all might sound at first blush, the sight of the curled-up, still woman, being peered at like a sleeping tiger, is rather startling and beautiful, isn’t it?

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