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PopWatch Confessional: Your best entertainment-related gift

It’s beginning to look a lot like gift-mas around EW’s headquarters—which is why we decided to devote this week’s PopWatch Confessional to the real reason for the season (read: presents). The question posed to our staffers: What’s the best pop culture-related gift you’ve ever received?

Molly Smith, editorial assistant: My friend is an artist, and one of our favorite movies is Step Brothers. She painted me a portrait of the Step Brothers cover, but replaced Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly with James Blunt and Clay Aiken, artists we poke fun at occasionally. (The painting is pictured above.) It’s certainly a conversation starter! READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: The thing you like (that everyone else hates)

Last week, we talked about the widely beloved pop culture things we secretly despise. This week, we’re tackling that question’s sunnier opposite: What’s the entertainment you love, even though everyone else gives it a bad rap?

Ashley Fetters, EW.com news editor: There are plenty of unpopular things I like but can understand others’ hatred for: Auto-Tune, black jelly beans, the “hella good hair” part of “Shake It Off,” televised tennis. But I truly don’t understand why some people hate the live-action 2000 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Not only is it the perfect outlet for the over-the-top Jim Carrey schtick I find unpalatable in almost every other context, but it also successfully infuses the twinkly cinematic world of Whoville with the vaguely unsettling, deeply weird garishness present in the works of Dr. Seuss. It’s not an accident that when I saw Moulin Rouge for the first time, parts of it reminded me of The Grinch. Also, duh, I never get tired of the post office scene. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: The thing you hate (that everyone else loves)

This week’s PopWatch confessional was inspired by the revelation that EW.com’s fearless leader doesn’t like The Beach Boys (gasp!). It’s a simple question: What’s the beloved pop culture property you secretly can’t stand? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What are you thankful for this year?

We’re keeping things simple this Turkey Day. Here are our lists of the pop-culture stuff we’d cite around our holiday tables today; what would you add?

Hillary Busis, staff editor:
—Jerry Riekert, “a simple man from New York who makes lamps”

—The way Ilana Glazer says “mommy and daddy”

Gotham, network TV’s best new comedy

—Every issue of Dad Magazine

—Mail… Kimp? READ FULL STORY

And here are the movies you absolutely shouldn't watch with your whole family

Yesterday, we passed along a few guidelines for choosing the perfect family-pleasing post-Thanksgiving film. Today, we’re gonna do the opposite—namely, detailing the movies we (mistakenly) thought were safe for cross-generational viewing, only to discover that we were horribly, horribly wrong.

Learn from us, gentle readers: Don’t stream any of these picks after your holiday meal… unless you want to make pie time super awkward. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What makes you embrace your inner badass?

Let’s face it: If you spend your days voluntarily staring at a variety of glowing rectangles, chances are you’re probably not much of a daredevil. That said, the things you’re seeing and hearing via those rectangles might inspire you to wish you could change your ways—if only for a few minutes after the movie/show/song is over.

So in honor of Mockingjay — Part 1‘s rebelliously action-packed release this weekend, we’ve posed the following question to our staff this week: What’s the movie/TV show/song/book that makes you embrace your inner badass?

Ashley Fetters, EW.com news editor: I’ll never get over my first encounter with Lara Croft. I apologize in advance, purists: The iteration I loved was Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, not the video-game character. But either way, I think it was the first time I’d ever seen strength and swagger look so damn cool on a woman. Today there are, like, 20 different badass movie women I routinely pretend to be when I’m at the gym (Run Lola Run‘s Lola when I’m on the treadmill, Demi Moore in G.I. Jane when I’m successfully executing 500 one-arm push-ups, etc.), but whenever I need to summon the guts to handle something that terrifies me, the question is still, WWLCD? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: The karaoke song that conquered you

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10 years ago Sunday, RCA Records released “Since U Been Gone,” the lead single off of Kelly Clarkson’s album Breakaway. It wasn’t long before the song became one of America’s top belt-it-into-your-hairbrush anthems—and enterprising karaoke singers began attempting to put their own spin on it, only to discover a shocking truth: That ish is hard to sing.

In honor of Kelly’s big anniversary, we asked our staffers to ‘fess up about our experiences with the most surprisingly tough karaoke songs. Here are our answers—starting with the tune that inspired the question.

Lanford Beard, staff editor: I’m an alto, so a lot of Kelly Clarkson’s songs seem perfectly suited to my vocal sweet spot… until the chorus. “Since U Been Gone” is the most ear-piercing example of my former hubris. I don’t have a specific memory—maybe I’ve blacked it out?—but I still have a vivid sensation of getting to that earworm-y title phrase and sounding like a dying cat. At least with some other upper-register belters (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” for example), there’s wiggle room vocally—but when trying to emulate Kelly Clarkson’s crazy-good range, you will fail. Don’t be fooled by the American Idol’s beginnings on a glorified karaoke competition. Her original hits should pretty much all be filed under: “Don’t try this at home… and especially not at a karaoke bar.” READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: The embarrassing song that made you cry

Sunday marks the return of HBO’s The Newsroom, a series that isn’t exactly known for being subtle—especially in its first season, which featured a memorable scene set to Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

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PopWatch Confessional: What's the scariest thing you saw as a kid (that wasn't supposed to scare you)?

Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons—they’ve been frightening kids for centuries, and with good reason. But children’s brains are strange, malleable places that can perceive even the most unassuming figures—a cute, helpful Jedi Grand Master, a cuddly elephantine creature, a precocious baby dinosaur—as sinister agents of terror. Which brings us to today’s Halloween-inspired PopWatch Confessional: What’s the unintentionally scary thing that frightened you most when you were a kid? (Bonus: Reading through is a great way to stealthily learn how old we all are.)

Ashley Fetters, online news editor: I was about eight when I saw the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time. Not long afterward, I woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, convinced there was an evil, glowing Yoda lurking in my room. Yoda—arguably the nicest character in the entire franchise, and he’s the one I had nightmares about. I try not to read too much into that. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Which classic (or 'classic') film have you never seen?

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The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she’s not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or “classic”) film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own.

Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI’s “100 best films” list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I can barely tell you what it’s about. Peter O’Toole’s in it, there’s a lot of sand and loose clothing… uh, I think it’s a glimpse into Middle Eastern colonialism in the 20th century? That’s a hoity-toity B.S. description that sounds knowledgeable—if only I could work in “hegemony”—but more or less says, “I haven’t seen this movie.” And I have virtually no desire to. Something about the sweeping epics of yesteryear turns me off, even though I vowed to watch Lawrence of Arabia after O’Toole died last year. I have, however, seen Mr. Mom roughly 1,000 times. READ FULL STORY

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