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'Wrath of the Titans' and the Sam Worthington Experiment: Is this guy really an action star?

Sam Worthington seems like a nice guy. I have no concrete evidence to back up that statement. I’ve never met him. If I ever do meet him, we will be talking across the heavily-mediated psychological divide that separates journalists and celebrities. Moreover, Sam Worthington is a successful actor. Normal actors are usually half-crazy. Successful actors are usually hermetically sealed paranoid demi-god therapy cases. And yet, Worthington projects a vibe that can only be described as “pleasantly neutral.” You don’t read stories about him in the tabloids. Whenever he hits the talk-show circuit, he’s amiable and self-deprecating. He also has the fashion sense of a middle-aged suburban Jimmy Buffett fan: Witness the Tommy Bahama shirts he recently rocked on Conan and The Tonight Show. He lacks the polish of media training, and he has the endearing quality of anxiously rubbing his hands together during interviews. He doesn’t mind talking about Avatar, a film he started working on nearly five years ago. Moreover, he seems remarkably serene about his post-Avatar career prospects: When he appeared on Letterman in 2010, he joked, “It’s all downhill from here, mate.” Except you got the sense that he wasn’t joking, and he didn’t care. READ FULL STORY

Christina Aguilera detained for public intoxication. Here, Xtina, have some much-needed PopWatch Therapy.

christina-aguileraImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesHey there, Christina. Come on over. Take a seat. Would you like a snack? No, I understand I sound a bit like Chris Hansen right now, but this is not To Catch a Predator. This is PopWatch Therapy. Why do you need it? Well, it seems you’ve been experiencing some hard knocks as of late. You filed for divorce from Jordan Bratman last October. Your film, Burlesque, didn’t do so well at the box office in November. Photos stolen from you by a computer hacker leaked onto the Web in December. You flubbed a line singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Super Bowl in February. And, just last night, those hard-partying rumors caught up with you when you were detained on suspicion of public intoxication, transforming you into the subject of ridicule for bloggers and Internet commenters worldwide.

So that’s where we come in. Never known to kick celebrities when they’re down (well, it depends which ones), we’re here to help. To provide, as Stuart Smalley would say, some daily affirmation. (At least for today.) So, without further ado, let’s list off some of your admirable qualities, shall we? READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale could go super-skinny again for his next role. Bo-ring. How about some REAL Method acting?

Christian-Bale-MachinistImage Credit: Nicholas Geller; Inset: Vera Anderson/WireImage.comChristian Bale has his next project set in stone: According to Variety, the actor will re-team with The Machinist director Brad Anderson for Concrete Island, in which he’ll play “a wealthy architect who finds himself stranded on a section of fenced-off wasteland in West London and is forced to survive on only what’s in his crashed car and what he’s able to find.” You know what this means, PopWatchers: Bale will surely be going Method. Yes, based on that description, I fully expect to soon see scary tabloid photos of the dangerously dieting actor, who has famously lost weight for roles in The Machinist (pictured), Rescue Dawn, The Fighter, etc.

But I can’t be the only one thinking: Zzzzz. Been there, done that, Christian Bale! We’ve already seen the actor Method-act his way to a smaller pant size. We want to see if he can Method-act his way to something we’ve never seen from him — or any other actors. I’ve polled PopWatch HQ about what role they want to see Christian Bale try to play, with inanimate objects counting as an acceptable answer. Click the jump to see our answers, and suggest some in the comments below. It’s hump day, PopWatchers — let’s have some fun! READ FULL STORY

'Jonas L.A.' canceled: What should the Jonas Brothers do next?

jonas-LAImage Credit: DisneyBreaking the hearts of many tweens around the world, Disney has pulled the plug on the Jonas Brothers’ series Jonas L.A. Reports began circling over the weekend, after the show’s director Paul Hoen tweeted “Sadly no more Jonas L.A.” on November 6 (Hoen has since deleted the tweet). Disney confirmed with EW that there are no more new episodes of the show in the works. “The series has concluded as scheduled after two very successful seasons, and all original episodes of its second season have aired,” said a spokesperson for the network in a statement to EW. “The Jonas Brothers are currently busy wrapping up their 40+ city concert tour and will soon be back in the studio working on music projects for Disney’s Hollywood Records. We look forward to working with them on new projects in the future.” Over the course of this season’s 13 episodes, Jonas L.A. averaged 3.7 million total viewers, landing the series in the Top 5 programs for the tween demographic (ages 9-14). READ FULL STORY

Amanda Bynes after 'Easy A': To retire or not to retire?

Amanda-Bynes-EasyAImage Credit: Adam TaylorDespite having a certain susceptibility to teen movies — not that there’s anything wrong with a grown woman being able to quote most of Bring It On — I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this weekend’s Easy A. Emma Stone kills it as Olive, a high school student who traps herself in an extremely slutty lie, and as her potential romantic interest, Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley evokes the above-it-all cool of, well, Jesse Bradford in Bring It On. (Yes, I am aware that other movies exist.) Hooray, also, for Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as the weirdest, warmest movie parents in a long while. I walked out of the theater feeling like maybe, just maybe, the kidz are gonna be all right.

But we are gathered here today to discuss the strange case of Amanda Bynes, as Easy A marks her first major film appearance since Hairspray in 2007. (I’m not counting Sydney White, since apparently no one did at the time.) Playing a tightly-wound evangelical Christian goody-two-shoes on a rampage against Olive’s alleged behavior, she isn’t given much to do but shoot Jesus lasers from her eyes and blast aggravated steam from her ears, but she slapped on a prissy headband and went for it anyway. Bynes has always exhibited less vanity than her fellow teen stars, a willingness to go for the punchline (even if she’s the punchline) that evades lesser comediennes. So I gotta ask: Amanda, what is up with all this retirement hoo-hah? READ FULL STORY

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