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Lunchtime Poll: Who wore a meat dress better?

WARNING: Disturbing imagery ahead. Put on your BluBlockers! Village Voice columnist Michael Musto appropriated Lady Gaga’s tasty “meat dress” look for the paper’s Year in Review issue, complete with fishnets, headpiece, and white-blond weave. If you can handle it, vote. READ FULL STORY

'Inception,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Scott Pilgrim' and more: Doc Jensen's Best Geek-Outs of 2010

lost-finaleImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABC‘Tis the season for picking favorites — for taking stock of the year that was and expressing ourselves with lists. Like every pop culture junkie, I have a list for everything — movies, TV, books, music, comics, videogames. But I’m also a big geek, with a fancy for what the industry and more sophisticated nerds call “genre entertainment” — superhero, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy stuff, worlds of wild and weird wonder marked by extraordinary creativity and mind-stretching ideas that can inspire intense engagement, deep discussion with friends, and in some instances, multiple 6,000 word essays each week exploring every nook and cranny, real and imagined, of an entertainment experience — especially ones that involve smoke monsters. Here were my favorite Geek-Outs of 2010, and beginning with (no surprise)…

1. Lost
Some people will love me for putting this Number 1; others will hate me. I love that Lost was capable of producing such polarizing responses. Everyone had his or her own intense, personal relationship to the show. I am not here to validate or critique your perspective, whatever end of the spectrum you occupy. That was your experience. This was mine: The most stimulating pop culture experience of my adult life came to a conclusion this past year with a season to savor for years to come. Yes, I do mean savor: The more I think about the Sideways world, the Man In Black, and the center of The Island, the more richness I find — to the point that I’ve recently been re-thinking many of my initial interpretations. (As much as I enjoyed producing those 6,000 word recaps, I really wish I had more time to process and crunch each episode before committing my thoughts to digital paper.) For example, in my write-ups on “The End,” I called the Sideways world “Purgatory” and deemed it a wholly spiritual construct. I am no longer convinced. I find myself tilting toward an idea, suggested by other critics and bloggers, that the Sideways realm should be thought of as a psychological construct; I think you can accept that without negating the spiritual message of the show. That said, in recent months, I’ve been reassessing “The End” through a more agnostic filter, and as I do, provocative and challenging new meanings emerge — about the Man In Black, about what it means to be The Island’s guardian, about the season’s strangest character. What do I mean by all this? And who was the season’s strangest character? I’ll tell you in my long-promised, long-delayed last Lost column, which will post before the end of the year. Oh, and one more thing? Still cry when I watch this. One of the most beautifully heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen on TV. READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' tops our list of TV shows we're embarrassed to love. What's your secret shame?

Image Credit: Harper Smith/NBC

The last thing this world needs is another reality talent competition, but I was shocked to discover how much I enjoyed last week’s season 2 premiere of NBCs a cappella contest The Sing-Off. Maybe it’s because there were groups with absurdly awesome names like Pitch Slapped. Maybe it’s because I dig all the nifty coordinated outfits. Maybe it is the lovable dorkiness of music nerd Ben Folds, the most enjoyable non-showy judge on TV. Or maybe it’s because for originality, creativity, and pure vocal talent, this program has American Idol beat by a mile. Whatever the reason, I was hooked and The Sing-Off has become my new secret shame — a cheesy show I am embarrassed to admit I actually dig. So on the latest edition of the TV Insiders podcast, I asked coworkers Annie Barrett and Michael Slezak  what their secret shames were, and you’ll be surprised to hear their shocking admissions.

Also on this week’s podcast: we break down the big Vampire Diaries cliffhanger episode with the help of executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec (as well as resident TVD expert Mandi Bierly), and give our personal picks for whom we’d like to see win Survivor: Nicaragua. To join in all the fun and hear our other secret shames, just click on the audio player below. We’re also now on iTunes! You can subscribe for free right here and take the TV Insiders with you on the go. And make sure follow us on Twitter @TVInsiders. But before you go, make sure to hit the message boards and let us know: What is your secret TV shame?

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What is your most anticipated movie of 2011?

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It’s fair to say that 2011 is close to bursting with highly anticipated movies — for one thing, Steven Spielberg has two movies coming out in practically the same week next December. But when I asked you, PopWatchers, which films in 2011 you simply cannot wait to see, these seven titles rose above all the rest: Scream 4, Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover Part II, Green Lantern, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. But which of these semi-finalists will emerge as your most anticipated film of 2011? Well, that’s up to you; vote below, and then sound off on your choice in the comments: READ FULL STORY

TV Insiders podcast: 'Vampire Diaries' producers break down sexy cliffhanger episode; Plus, our picks to win 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

In between Nina Dobrev’s Katherine undressing and being slammed into a wall in a fit of passion, and Michael Trevino’s Tyler going shirtless while chained in a cellar, Thursday’s cliffhanger episode of The Vampire Diaries was hot stuff all around. But which moment was the hottest? On the newest edition of the TV Insiders podcast, Mandi Bierly, Annie Barrett, and I debate that as well as the other big questions surrounding the show. And then we go looking for answers! We called up executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec to break down the episode and tell us where it all goes from here: What will happen to Rose now that she’s been bitten by a werewolf? When will we finally see legendary badass Klaus? And what’s up with that new Vampire Diaries companion show they are creating? Listen in as they respond and whet our appetite for the second half of season 2. READ FULL STORY

'Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus' trailer: Steve Urkel fights monster-sized awesomeness

You know, I always thought there were some plot holes in Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus. Though, clearly, the physics behind a giant shark jumping up in the air to take a bite out of a 747 are 100 percent solid, I always had a hard time believing that the two battling creatures (SPOILER ALERT) truly fought to the death at the TV movie’s conclusion. Or, if they did, that they couldn’t be roused back to life by the sweet, magical sound of star Deborah Gibson’s “Foolish Beat.” Well, it looks like I was right to be skeptical! Because Mega Shark — otherwise known as Megaladon (Mega Shark is his Kabbalah name) — is back, and this time he’s fighting Crocosaurus. (Just like soap opera characters, Syfy’s monstrous creatures will always come back from the dead, no matter how much they look like a Coach bag.) This time around, Syfy has chosen Jaleel White, a.k.a. Steve Urkel, as its wow-I-haven’t-seen-him/her-since-Vh1’s-I-Love-The…-series star. (See the trailer embedded after the jump.) Obviously, he was cast just so he could defeat both Mega Shark and Crocosaurus, and then ask, “Did I do that?” Fade to back. The End. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Let's meet this week's zombie cover stars!

EW-COVER-1131_300.jpg People tend to know well ahead of time that we intend to put them on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Not so the quartet of folks who are featured, in zombie form, on this week’s Walking Dead-celebrating issue alongside the show’s star, Andrew Lincoln. “One of my other zombie friends from the show texted me a picture and was like, ‘Look! You’re on the cover!'” says Alyssa Courtney Gruhn (a.k.a., “Bottom right cover zombie”). “I was like, ‘Whaaat?’ It came out of nowhere. It was pretty awesome.” Music store manager Charles Casey was similarly surprised to find himself following in the EW cover-decorating footsteps of such luminaries as Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and, uh, the dog from Frasier. “I got a call from my boss, who subscribes, and he informed me that I was on the cover,” says Casey, who is the zombie on the far left. “I actually work next to a Barnes & Noble, so I gave the heads up to my friend who works there and he bought all the copies they got this week. I have 15 sitting in front of me.”

Maybe we should put non-A-listers on our cover more often. Think of all the extra copies we could sell! In the meantime, after the jump, our quartet of undead unknowns reveal how they got their Walking Dead roles in the first place, recall the heat-blasted Atlanta shoot, and tell us their zombie-playing secrets.


What was your worst holiday movie-going experience?

mist-southland-talesI love going to see films during the holidays. Is there anything better than stretching out in a darkened cinema and watching some mindless, big-budget Hollywood movie while suffering from a Thanksgiving Day food coma or New Year’s Day hangover (other, of course, than doing the things that put you in those film-welcoming states in the first place)? I think not!

But things don’t always go to plan. Three years ago, I spent Thanksgiving Day dog-sitting my friends’ beagle-basset George, a hound with the noble good looks of a Roman aristocrat and the demented temperament of the emperor Caligula. I’m not kidding. The list of things that sets George off into a howling, maniacal frenzy merely begins with squirrels, skateboarders, and dogs with pointy ears (i.e. around 50 percent of all other dogs). He is also deliberately incontinent, by which I mean that the moment you leave the apartment he takes it upon himself to decorate the place with his “business” like he’s getting paid by the pound. Frankly, the amount this dog defecates is unbelievable — or at least it would seem that way if you were unaware that he will eat anything that is, or is not, nailed down.

After a thrill-filled morning of yelping (on his part) and waste disposal (on mine), I fled, sans George, to a nearby cinema to see Southland Tales, the second film by writer-director Richard Kelly after his sublime Donnie Darko. To say the confusing, shambling, and unfunny Southland did not live up to the standard of Darko is putting matters mildly indeed. To be honest, I would rather have been clearing up dog poop, although, as I discovered upon returning home, this wasn’t an “either/or” situation. READ FULL STORY

Ingrid Pitt: An appreciation of the late 'Queen of Horror'

House-Blood-Ingrid-Pitt_320.jpg Image Credit: Everett CollectionMy first real introduction to the horror film came courtesy of the British film company Hammer, whose gory, gothic output was a late-night TV staple when I was growing up in the U.K during the ’70s. However, there was much more to Hammer movies than death. There was also, frequently, sex. And no Hammer actress was sexier than the Polish-born Ingrid Pitt, the star of 1970’s The Vampire Lovers and the following year’s Countess Dracula, who sadly died Tuesday at the age of 73.

It may seem poor taste to talk in such a lusty manner about the recently deceased. But I suspect the self-proclaimed “Queen of Horror” — who once published a tome called, fabulously, the Ingrid Pitt Book of Murder, Torture and Depravity — would have appreciated the thought. The actress possessed a compelling feistiness, both on- and it seems off-screen, that was surely the result of an early life more dramatic than any film in which she subsequently starred. READ FULL STORY

What is your best worst movie? ('Showgirls'? 'Glitter'? 'The Room'?) Vote here!

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Yesterday, while discussing this week’s DVD release of the documentary Best Worst Movie — which centers on the production of Troll 2 – we wondered if Claudio Fragasso’s 1990 crapterpiece really did deserve the title of cinema’s Best Worst Movie. So we asked you, and, goodness did you have a lot to say on the matter. Based on your comments, these nine movies seemed to emerge as the strongest contenders for the movie so eye-searingly, once-in-a-lifetime awful, it physically warps the fabric of space-time and simply, paradoxically, demands to be seen. So take our poll, vote for your most-least favorite, and then defend your choice in the comments!  READ FULL STORY

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