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'Titanic 3-D': Why did you go see it?


Before I went to watch Titanic in 3-D, I made sure to prepare myself on three levels. 1) I hate 3-D. It typically makes me sick. But my slight wooziness would be totally worth it if it meant my favorite part of the movie (Jack + Rose + sunset) was in any way better or more realistic. (It was!) 2) I had to choose my company wisely. My two best friends, who share my deep, corny love for this movie, live in Texas. So I opted to go with an equally fun companion who’d, miraculously, never seen the movie before. You see, I had no desire to go with someone who wanted to pay $17 just to go and mock the movie. 3) I knew that no matter what time of day I went to watch the movie, there would inevitably be someone in the audience who paid $17 just to mock the movie.

Had it not been for my preparations, my viewing of Titanic 3-D yesterday might have been sullied to the point of annoyance, particularly because of those who seemingly sat in the audience just to ruin the movie for everyone else.

Before you call me a curmudgeon, I know I’m not the Movie Czar. I can’t control why people go see movies nor their behavior once inside the theater. Jerks will be jerks. But I get particularly enraged by those who assume those around them are okay with their attention-seeking behavior. My friend and I had the displeasure of sitting a few seats down from such rudeness yesterday when we went to watch an afternoon screening of the movie at a theater on the Upper West Side. (Truth bomb: I think the disruptive female might have been intoxicated. It was 6 p.m. So she clearly has bigger problems.) While I certainly went to the movie with a certain degree of irony (“Yes, this movie is so corny! Also, I can’t wait. We have to go opening weekend.” — me to movie buddy/Titanic-virgin Sharon four months ago), I would never pay nearly $20 just to broadcast to others that I’m a sarcastic a-hole. (That’s, personally, something I try to keep under wraps.)

This brings me to my long-delayed point (sorry): If you went to see Titanic in 3-D this weekend, why did you go? READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at the GLAAD Media Awards: We were THIS close to seeing John Stamos and Cory Monteith kiss

Laughs, tears, high-kicks, and John Stamos: The Oscars should look to last night’s snappy GLAAD Media Awards in New York City to energize their own ceremony. A whole lot of high heels, patent leather, and sequins packed into the Marriott Marquis in Times Square to honor the people and projects that put forth “the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media” (see a full list of winners here).

Although the most tweeted moment of Saturday night’s ceremony was certainly Full House and Broadway star John Stamos bidding thousands of dollars to kiss Glee star Cory Monteith (more on that later), it’s hard to single out one moment as the most memorable. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: Prop 8 play reading in L.A. featuring Brad Pitt and George Clooney

Everyone from Hollywood moguls to Barbra Streisand came out last night (so to speak) for the Los Angeles reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8, drawn from the transcripts of the federal trial over whether the U.S. constitution allows for Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriage in the state of California. In the beautiful and historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, and Brad Pitt headlined an A-list cast that read a modified version of the play that was first performed last September in New York City.

“I felt after the New York version that I wanted to know the plaintiffs more, I wanted to know their personal stories more,” Black told EW after the show. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' on the scene: Tears, hugs, pats on the butt, and gospel waves for Top 24 results night

Since American Idol‘s sixth season, my comrades-in-arms and I have called Studio 36 at CBS Television City  “the Idoldome.” We meant the name both in the sense that the set felt like a futuristic, dome-like edifice of televised excess, and that by Idol‘s very nature, the set was home to a Thunderdome-esque bloodbath of youth, hope, ambition, and dreams. Each successive new Idol set has felt bigger, brighter, more Idoldome-y, to the point where last year’s set was quite literally an arena surrounded on all sides by a well-dressed throng ravenous for big-voiced high notes, a wave from Jennifer Lopez, and/or the sweet sweet tears of yet another victim kicked-off contestant.

But when I saw Idol‘s first live show on Tuesday night, the new set felt, like so much of season 11, just… off. It wasn’t until I stepped inside Studio 36 for Thursday night’s results show that I realized why: This new set is not the “Idoldome.” READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' on the scene: Top 12 girls sing, one contestant has an insanely good time, and Randy earns the audience's respect

Hello, Idoldome. Hello, John. This is the third season of American Idol that I’ve covered in person, and by now the Idoldome — EW’s nickname for the Idol studio at L.A.’s CBS Television City — is sort of like a second home to me. Except my second home has gone and remodeled itself. The most noticeable difference between last year’s set and Idoldome 2012 is the size of the audience, which has been cut roughly in half. As a result, the noise level has been reduced from “airplane taking off” to “Gilbert Gottfried.”

The stage itself is larger, with tentacle-like walkways protruding into the audience. There are also Burtonesque spirals on the ceiling, though they appear to be an afterthought in terms of the show’s overall design scheme. What isn’t an afterthought is the addition of cubes, cubes, and more cubes. Both sides of the stage now feature giant video-screen blocks that display various looping footage throughout the show. When I first entered the Idoldome yesterday, these screens were all orange, and I felt as if I had somehow become trapped inside the world’s largest, all-orange Rubik’s Cube. But I quickly grew to accept the cubes. They may be Idol‘s attempt to add a bit more razzle-dazzle to the set, à la The X Factor, but they aren’t so overwhelming that they distract from the performances.

But enough about the set. It gets the job done, even if its components may one day be used to rebuild the Aggro Crag in a revival of Nickelodeon GUTS. Last night was all about the Top 12 Girls, who easily surpassed what the Guys delivered on Tuesday. Here are some things that you didn’t see on TV: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Pia Toscano drops in and other top moments you didn't see on TV

Tonight’s American Idol was the first night the public could vote, the first night in front of a live audience, and the first time on a brand new stage at the studio in Los Angeles, and wait — is that Pia Toscano?!

I’d never been to an Idol live show before, so it was all new to me, but the new stage included a snaking pit with more room for the performers to strut around, and a cityscape montage reminiscent of the L.A. Law intro from the 80s. The judges were spiffed up in their finest — most remarkably, of course, J. Lo, fresh off that whole Oscar nipple confusion, in sky-high sparkly Louboutin heels and a skin-tight white sequin dress.

Today’s show didn’t feature any crazy audience antics or falls off the stage, but there were quite a few fun things you didn’t see on TV: READ FULL STORY

My first time at the Oscars: Tales from the red carpet


Three years ago my frame of reference for hard-hitting journalism was covering sweaty, Lower East Side indie bands for NYU’s student paper, and two years ago I spent my days hawking Italian linens in Downtown Los Angeles, so it’s fair to say that covering the red carpet at last night’s Oscars was a career high point for me. Since I started at EW last June, I’ve already had a vast array of “Holy crap I have to call Mom and tell her about this” experiences, but none can match up to last night’s glamour. I mean, I had to buy a formal gown. According to my official Academy email, it had to be “tea length” or longer — something I clearly needed to Google, as they don’t have “tea length” sections at H&M, and I usually watch award shows in pajama couture. READ FULL STORY

Octavia Spencer, Paula Patton, and more honored at 'Essence' Magazine's Black Women in Hollywood luncheon

Though the starlets walking the red carpet at Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon brought plenty of the previously promised pre-Oscar glam, it was solidarity and sisterly support that took center stage at the main event. “It’s really just a girl power luncheon,” said former Friday Night Lights star Jurnee Smollett. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to celebrate each other, and give each other a bunch of hugs. We say, ‘I love your work, continue what you’re doing, and I’m supporting you.’”

EW was on the scene as Octavia Spencer, Paula Patton, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and Pam Grier were honored for their various achievements at the fifth annual luncheon, which also boasted a Whitney Houston tribute led by her Sparkle costar, Jordin Sparks. READ FULL STORY

Booboo Stewart and 'Twilight' fans gather at Target for an exclusive sneak peak of 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' -- VIDEO


An especially gorgeous midwinter Friday night was not enough to deter Los Angeles Twilight fans from lining up inside the West Hollywood Target for a sneak peak of Breaking Dawn — Part 2. This infamous Target wasn’t only one to hold a midnight release party for the DVD-Blu-ray release of Breaking Dawn — Part 1 — in fact, it was one of nearly 500 – but it was definitely the only location to boast a surprise visit from one of the film’s stars, Booboo Stewart. EW was on the scene to check out the footage and chat with Stewart and the fans on their thoughts. Spoiler alert: The fans really liked it! READ FULL STORY

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