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Gabby Douglas and Michelle Obama talk healthy eating -- and McDonald's -- on Leno

On Monday night, Jay Leno’s couch welcomed a pair of American icons: First Lady Michelle Obama and Flying Squirrel Gabby Douglas, a certified Olympic stud in an appropriately gold skirt. One has dedicated the past three and a half years to getting the nation’s kids moving; the other proves what’s possible for someone who embraces an active lifestyle. But even superheroes have their weaknesses. Before detailing her strict training diet (acorns protein, protein, and more protein), Douglas admitted to The Chin that she did “splurge” on a single Egg McMuffin once the competition in London was over. That’s when Obama leaned over and said, “You’re setting me back, Gabby.”

See the cholesterol-filled exchange below — and stick around to learn what Kate Middleton admires about Team USA, how a homesick Douglas got through her lowest moment, and whether the gymnast intends to compete in the 2016 Rio Games. (Joked Leno: “Only four years until your next Egg McMuffin!”)

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Leaked photos show Spice Girls rehearsing for Olympics Closing Ceremony

If you’re feeling sad and low — possibly because of that unfortunate Baby Beluga news — look no further than this photo, which should deliver a major pick-me-up. The upcoming Spice Girls reunion at Sunday’s Olympics Closing Ceremony is London’s worst-kept secret — but we’ve finally got irrefutable photographic proof that it’s actually happening. (Check out a higher res version here.) All together now: Zig-a-zig-ah!

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Olympics closing ceremony could feature the Stones, Elton John... and, of course, the Spice Girls

The music director of Sunday’s Olympics closing ceremony tells the London Telegraph that the event “should be the greatest after-party in the world” — and judging from the details that have leaked so far, we tend to agree. Between Adele crooning “Someone Like You,” members of Pink Floyd performing “Wish You Were Here,” and a “galaxy” of other British stars rumored to include the Rolling Stones, Elton John, George Michael, Queen, Ray Davies of the Kinks, the Who, Muse, and, of course, the Spice Girls, all that’s missing is a cameo from some Tupacian Beatles holograms.

The identities of the event’s performers are officially supposed to remain secret until Sunday — but there are plenty of things we do know for sure about the Ceremony. READ FULL STORY

Lolo Jones tears up on 'Today,' says the 'New York Times' 'ripped me to shreds'

“Judging from this year’s performances, Lolo Jones seems to have only a slim chance of winning an Olympic medal in the 100-meter hurdles and almost no possibility of winning gold.”

Ouch. That’s the opening sentence of Saturday’s 1,000-word New York Times article on Jones, which went on to complain that the Olympic track and field athlete “has played into the persistent, demeaning notion that women are worthy as athletes only if they have sex appeal,” then quotes a professor who compares Jones to Anna Kournikova, “the former Russian tennis player whose looks received far more attention than her relatively meager skills.”

The critical piece was published just a few days before Jones competed in the women’s 100-meter hurdle race. Last night, she placed a disappointing fourth — and as the runner told Today‘s Savannah Guthrie this morning, the Times story only added insult to injury.

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Team USA say 'thank you' to Britain with questionable cockney accents -- VIDEO

Team USA might want to stick to their original accents.

With the help of go-to cockney gangster Alan Ford (Brick Top in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch), a man so East-End-London he can fix a washing machine just by threatening it, several American Olympians give us their best cockney accent. Nice try guys and we appreciate the effort, but it’s bronze medals all round. You definitely get gold for your adorable misappropriations though.

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