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Harold Camping apologizes for once again messing up our Rapture plans

Seemingly always-surprised prophesier Harold Camping may have finally realized the old adage “If at first you don’t succeed…” doesn’t necessarily apply to him. After two fake-outs regarding the end of days (his first Rapture prediction was back in May and then rescheduled for October) Camping apologized once more to his followers in a Family Radio address on Oct. 28.

ChristianPost.com posted a transcript of Camping’s apology (which is for the best, because in my head it sounded something like this) in which he stated, “Why didn’t Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to.” READ FULL STORY

Courtney Stodden gets kicked out of pumpkin patch for being too sexy. I cannot wait for her reality show, and I am terrible.

Here on PopWatch, I write a lot about women’s issues in pop culture. Body image, right to privacy, exploitation — there really isn’t a topic I don’t like to weigh in on, constantly encouraging female celebrities to dare to be recognized for their talent and brains over their heavily scrutinized bodies. (Just see my sadness over Lindsay Lohan’s reported Playboy shoot earlier today.) So why in God’s name am I so damned excited to watch child bride Courtney Stodden and husband Doug Hutchison’s reality show?

These are two people who stand for everything I stand against: READ FULL STORY

McDonald's McRib is back: News that makes you McHungry or McHorrified?

Oh, McDonald’s. I already hate myself enough, and now you shove the deliciously heinous McRib back in my face? That’s right — almost one year after the fast food chain resurrected the McRib (and then sent it back to junk-food heaven to party with Surge and Tastetations), McDonald’s is bringing back the 500-calorie sandwich until Nov. 14. Strangely, the McRib is only offered year-round in one country, Germany. But that’s not the only suspicious thing about the sandwich. Vote after the jump: What’s the biggest mystery surrounding the McRib? READ FULL STORY

Harold Camping schedules Rapture for today. Ten reasons it might still happen.

Remember back in May when Harold Camping predicted the world would end… but it didn’t and God cruelly made us stick around long enough to see this? Well, Camping admitted he was wrong and rescheduled the Rapture for today, Oct. 21. I’ve been stuck in my windowless office all day, so I can’t tell whether or not lava is flowing, lightning is striking, and monkeys with wings are flying in the skies. (Isn’t that what happens during the Rapture? No? That’s just Wizard of Oz?) But, still, I believe. Mostly because I want to hang out with a cute terrier. (That’s still Wizard of Oz? God, I should have gone to church more often.) But here, I give you, 10 reasons I think the Rapture might actually happen today. Hold tight: READ FULL STORY

Fall TV Death Watch: Where will the axe fall next?

Earlier today, Lynette “Reaper” Rice and James “Hellfire” Hibberd (sorry, guys!) unleashed the latest, season-to-date numbers for the new shows airing this fall in their weekly Death Watch report. Some of the bottom feeders were already given full season pickups (Ringer, Hart of Dixie), but others are teetering dangerously on the edge of cancellation.

So, PopWatchers — who will be next to go? We’ve already seen The Playboy Club, Charlie’s Angels, How To Be A Gentleman, and Free Agents bite the dust, but the next picks may not be so easy. Will it be Maria Bello’s sadly underwatched Prime Suspect, or will the fabulous flight attendants of Pan Am be next to pack their bags? Will Man Up! or Last Man Standing be… well… the last man standing? Fox’s dino-drama Terra Nova has already been confined to a 13-hour first season run, but the verdict is still out on season 2. Think you’ll be seeing pterodactyls on the small screen next fall? Vote in our poll below and then defend your choice in the comments!  READ FULL STORY

It's the end of the world as we know it (again) and we feel fine (again): Sorry, Harold Camping!

Harold Camping is nothing if not a man of his word. When he says the apocalypse is going to happen, he means it will happen… eventually… at some point.

If you recall, Camping’s first Judgment Day prediction indicated we were all going to meet our fiery, Bruckheimer-y end on May 21, 2011. To the untrained eye, it would appear as though we all survived. But, as Camping explained, that date was merely an “invisible judgment day.” (How sad. We hope you’re in a better place now, Hologram Will.I.Am.) The real Rapture, as it turns out, is happening tomorrow, October 21, which just so happens to be one day after the Jersey Shore finale and falls out on Kim Kardashian’s birthday. Coincidence?! Yeah, probably. READ FULL STORY

'Man Up!': A real man says 'man' a lot and other man rules learned in the 'Man Up!' premiere, man

If television has taught me anything (and, let’s be honest, it’s taught me everything), it’s that men have a lot more rules to abide by than I could have ever imagined. The dudes on Entourage were always instructing guys to “Hug it out!”; How I Met Your Mother‘s Barney urges on a weekly basis that they “Suit up!“; and now a new ABC sitcom is barking another instruction at the oppressed gender and it’s right in the title: Man Up! (And you know they mean business when there’s an exclamation point involved.) Poor men. When will the world ever cut them a break?!

So what did we learn from last night’s Man Up! pilot? READ FULL STORY

When will the '80s die? We need a 'Small Wonder' miracle!

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Perhaps no decade has overstayed its welcome more egregiously than the 1980s. The party’s over, your guests have left, your spouse has gone to bed, and yet the ’80s are still jamming in your living room to Starship’s “We Built This City.” That’s not to say that everything from the ’80s was bad. Just most of it. The rest was mediocre. Yet for some reason, virtually every pop-culture property from the Reagan Era has been resurrected in recent years. Just last week, The Thing and Footloose were back in theaters, and though Footloose apparently proved to be harmless fun the second time around, the reimagining of properties already short on imagination has reached epidemic proportions. In the past two years, we’ve seen remakes, sequels, prequels and spoofs of The A-TeamTeen Wolf, MacGyver, Fright Night, Clash of the Titans, Conan the Barbarian, The Smurfs, and Arthur, just to name a few.

Though it’s difficult to pinpoint when our current infatuation with the 1980s began, I’m willing to blame 1999′s Inspector Gadget, one of the early needless adaptations and a template for the quality of recycled entertainment that followed. The Matthew Broderick-starring film was not good, in any respect, but was it even supposed to be? I mean, you remember the cartoon, right?

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. READ FULL STORY

Steven Seagal sworn in as a Texas deputy: Somehow, not the plot of his next movie.

Steven Seagal is no longer Above the Law. He is the law. (By the way, how is that not the tagline for the action-star-turned-sheriff’s A&E series Steven Seagal: Lawman?)

The 59-year-old, who has been a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana for 20 years, will now reportedly use his skills (he also has a 7th-degree black belt in Aikido) to work border control in Texas. (That’s right, Chuck Norris, he’s officially on your turf! Fight! Fight! Fight!)

According to the San Antonio Express, Seagal “was sworn in this week as the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office newest deputy. The sheriff’s office said he’ll be working full time to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.” READ FULL STORY

'SNL' alum Victoria Jackson pays a visit to Occupy Wall Street. Hilarity ensues?

Celebrities have been visiting the Occupy Wall Street protests for the last few days now, with the aim of supporting the effort and cheering the demonstrators.

Former Saturday Night Live star Victoria Jackson, however, had a different reason for going. In a lengthy YouTube video, Jackson — a born-again Christian and outspoken Obama critic — traveled to downtown Manhattan to, in her words, “ask the protestors what they’re protesting. I think they are against capitalism and I think capitalism is a great thing.”  READ FULL STORY

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