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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Underwater kisses really aren't that romantic

Movies and television make a lot of things look really romantic. When I was young and impressionable, pop culture taught me that kissing in the rain was about 100 times better than kissing in any other weather, and that you didn’t properly ride a Ferris wheel unless you were making out with somebody during it. Additional lessons included the appeal of the “up-against-a-wall” kiss and the shirt rip, all of which I enjoy watching and don’t have an issue with. However, there is one “romantic” gesture I’d like to address: The underwater kiss is not nearly as great as it is portrayed to be. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon warns the people of Seoul: 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' is going to mess up your city -- VIDEO

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No one ever said saving the day was pretty.

In fact, protecting the world from megalomaniac villains can get downright destructive. So when Joss Whedon and the Avengers: Age of Ultron crew arrived in Seoul, South Korea, to begin filming the latest franchise installment, the director wanted to give residents a heads up that things were about to get very, very messy.

In the following video, Whedon apologizes in advance for street closures, traffic, and any other headaches his big-budget action sequences shot in the area will inevitably cause.

“We are going to mess it up a bit and inconvenience some people for a few days and I apologize for that,” he says. “I know what that’s like. I live in Los Angeles. It happens to me all the time and it’s not fun. I hope that it will be worth it.”

It’s a friendly gesture; bonus points for talking up how much he adores the city:

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PopWatch Confessional: I quote 'Stomp the Yard' more than any other movie

I’m a sucker for a good dance movie and/or a good movie about dance, and yes, they’re two different things. When I was growing up, Save the Last Dance was my most-watched movie, and in terms of how many times I’ve seen it, it’s probably still in my top five. But my second favorite dance movie is one I came across in my teen years: Stomp the Yard. (And before Gladiators start asking, that is Scandal‘s Harrison, and as much as I like Columbus Short in a good suit, he will always be DJ to me.)

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'Troop Beverly Hills': Phyllis Nefler's Unawarded Patches

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The 1989 Shelley Long luxury vehicle Troop Beverly Hills turns 25 today, which means 1) You’re even older than you thought, and 2) It’s high time Phyllis Nefler — troop leader to us all — receives the (likely waist-cinching) sash of Wilderness Girl patches she has always deserved. Join me on this stroll down memory lane before those stinkin’ Red Feathers swarm in like poisonous water moccasins and corrupt the route!

The Anne Shirley Commemorative Puffed Sleeves patch:
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The Putting Things In Perspective patch:
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“Smokey the Bear isn’t going through a terribly messy divorce.”

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PopWatch Planner: 'The Good Wife' big episode, 'Teen Wolf' finale, 'Noah' in theaters, more

Between big episodes, season premieres, and a new Johnny Cash album, it’s safe to say that we’ve got another solid week of pop culture in front of us. For Good Wife fans, tonight’s episode is sure to leave a mark. Then we’ve got the Teen Wolf finale, new series Surviving Jack, and two big theater releases.

Here’s what your week looks like. Enjoy: READ FULL STORY

Throwback Thursday: What's your favorite TV or movie proposal? -- VIDEO

Today is a very busy day. For starters, it’s Throwback Thursday. But it’s also the first day of spring and, wait for it, National Proposal Day! So, it only seemed fitting that I kill two birds with one stone — I refuse to celebrate spring until it’s warm outside — and throw it on back to my favorite movie/TV proposal of all time.

If asked, most women can tell you at least a little something about their dream proposal. Maybe there’s a path of rose petals involved, or perhaps they’re a fan of the sporting event jumbotron. Then there’s the secret photographers, and the flashmobs, and the rings being hidden in desserts. But for me, I can trace my perfect proposal back to 2007, when the movie Stepmom made me cry like a baby.

Before the tears started, there was a great proposal scene between Ed Harris and Julia Roberts. In it, Harris woke Roberts up with a kiss, and as they both sat in bed in their pajamas, he gave her a spool of thread. After tying it around her finger during a speech about marriage being a tough commitment, he put a ring on the other end of the thread and slid it down onto her finger.

Watch it below:

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Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily: Controversial 'Pan' casting protested in online petition

The backlash continues.

After news broke that Rooney Mara had been cast to play the character Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s live-action Pan, an online petition surfaced urging Warner Bros. to stop casting white actors to play people of color.

“This casting choice is particularly shameful for a children’s movie,” the petitioner wrote. “Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable.” They hope to get 5,000 signatures. (At press time, they’d reached 4,785.) READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Comedian Doug Benson and friends take on 'Big Trouble In Little China'

Depending on your perspective, comedian Doug Benson is either best known as a movie aficionado (he hosts the hit podcast Doug Loves Movies) or as a comedic hero to weed smokers everywhere (he directed the hilarious documentary Super High Me and recently launched a video podcast called Getting Doug With High that features him getting stoned with comic friends).

The former was on display on the last day of the annual South By Southwest festival when Benson hosted Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption at the Alamo Draft House Ritz in Austin. The Movie Interruption is a simple premise: Benson screens a movie, and he and a few cohorts sit with live microphones and riff on the film — not unlike a live, improvised version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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PopWatch Planner: 'Divergent' hits theaters, 'Dancing With the Stars' returns, 'Pretty Little Liars' ends, and more

This week has a little bit of everything, from a big blockbuster hitting theaters to a new album perfect for your party playlist — not to mention a handful of television premieres and finales. For Pretty Little Liars fans, another season is coming to an end, while Drop Dead Diva viewers are gearing up for the show’s last run of episodes. So if you’re seeking a break from all things March Madness, look no further than our planner. You’re welcome.

SUNDAY 3/16

Crisis, 10 p.m., NBC

In the middle of a field trip, a school bus — one that’s carrying the children of some of the nation’s most powerful people — is taken hostage. How far will they go to save their kids?

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How the 'Veronica Mars' movie made me switch from Team Logan to Team Piz

[WARNING: We'll be discussing major spoilers and plot points from the Veronica Mars movie. Proceed with caution.]

A dude with the name Stosh Piznarski was never going to have an easy time.

As a season 3 addition to the Veronica Mars universe, Chris Lowell played the sarcastic, manic radio host whom we all came to know as “Piz,” and it was fine. He was fine. He didn’t inspire, but he didn’t harm either. He just existed. It was college and Wallace (Percy Daggs III) needed a roommate. Why not make him part of the gang? We didn’t even blame him when he fell for Veronica (Kristen Bell) — because, really, who wouldn’t? He was like a little awkward puppy vying for the gorgeous, confident sleuth’s attention. She wasn’t supposed to even notice him. Not when the brooding, charismatic, and wholly undeniable Logan (Jason Dohring) was around. But, she did. And poor, pathetic Piz had the misfortune of committing the ultimate sin: He got in the way of Logan and Veronica’s epic, continent-spanning, life-ruining LoVe. That is something a true Marshmallow could never forgive.

Plus, the series ended infuriatingly ambiguously. Reason would suggest that she stayed with Piz, but the shipper brain is a crafty thing. There have to be some others out there who assumed that she eventually got back with Logan.

Predictably, when word got out that the movie would pick up with Piz and Veronica back together, the fans raged. I was right there with them. How could they do that us? How could they not know that all we want to see is Veronica and Logan make out again (and banter and smolder and whatnot). At least $3 million of that Kickstarter money was probably shipper cash. Even Lowell understood his place as the “lesser” boyfriend so poignantly that he was truly shocked there was a role for him. At Thursday’s PaleyFest reunion, he even said: “Honestly, I got this email from Rob, I knew about the Kickstarter video, and I legitimately had come to a place where I was ready to accept that I would not be in the film.”

You can imagine how surprised I was to find out that, eight years later, Piz is just fantastic and probably, controversially, the right choice for Ms. Mars.

[SECOND WARNING: Major Veronica Mars movie spoilers below]

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