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'Lord of the Rings': Extended editions will screen in AMC Theaters in June. Which scenes STILL make you cry?

I have a sickness, PopWatchers. Yes, I’m a cat lady, but there’s more: I have watched every single second of both the regular DVD cut of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the extended edition DVD — and that includes all the special features. I am that obsessed with this franchise. Perhaps it’s because I harbored a weird, secret crush on Elijah Wood… in his hobbit form. (PopWatch is a no-judgment zone, people.) Or maybe it’s because, oh, I don’t know, the trilogy presented the best filmmaking the 2000s had to offer?!

So, imagine my joy upon learning that AMC is screening the extended editions of all three films this summer in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of the extended editions of Lord of the Rings. READ FULL STORY

What movies or TV shows do you watch at work?

After reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job, it shouldn’t come as much a surprise to hear that another member of that illustrious trade was caught slacking off. This Sunday, an air traffic controller near Cleveland, Ohio was found out to be watching a movie after he accidentally broadcast three minutes of Cleaner, starring Samuel L. Jackson, to every plane in the airspace he was supposed to be monitoring.

Now, the fact that he was kicking back and watching a DVD isn’t what raised my eyebrows. I just can’t get over the idea that this movie about Jackson cleaning up after crime scenes — which has a 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — is apparently so entertaining this guy couldn’t be bothered to make sure airplanes weren’t about to fly into each other.

But criticism aside, it brings up an interesting question: How often do YOU watch movies or TV shows at work? And what kind of shows gel best with the workplace environment? READ FULL STORY

'The Celebrity Apprentice': Who else treasured the men's concept?

I have an extremely embarrassing confession to make (no, not that I find sunscreen sexual, Gary Busey): I actually liked the men’s Australian Gold pirate idea on last night’s Celebrity Apprentice. Yes, that’s right, I thought a concept dreamed up by Mark McGrath — the former Sugar Ray frontman who decided covering “Abracadabra” was a good idea — was a knock-out. (This is why I tag this post “Things That Make Me Die Inside.”)

Seriously, excluding the koala and Gary Busey debacles — by the way, I can’t believe those words are part of an actual sentence — someone tell me why the women should have won the Australian Gold challenge over the men. READ FULL STORY

Reese Witherspoon's other gorgeous wedding gown


I have to admit: I was one of the many salivating for a photo (or a hundred) of Reese Witherspoon’s big day — and especially her big dress — all last week. (I mean, really, not even one stalkerazzi aerial shot?) So when People finally delivered the goods yesterday you can bet that productivity in the EW offices slowed down as we took a minute to dissect the details. Her pick, a Monique Lhuillier gown, was definitely a sweeter, more romantic (and pink!) look than we’re used to seeing from Reese on the red carpet. But while I ultimately came down on the side of loving it (bedazzled sash and all), it made me think about Reese’s other wedding looks — the ones she wore onscreen. There was her Legally Blonde 2 gown: simpler than you might have expected from Elle Woods — and also pink! But my favorite? The one she wore to march down the aisle as Melanie Carmichael (nee Smooter) in Sweet Home Alabama. With its wide-set straps and retro-chic birdcage veil, that wedding look was one for the ages. (You can see our picks for other fairytale wedding gowns here.)

What do you think, PopWatchers? Which is your favorite Reese gown?

'Sweet Valley High' returns: Or, why nostalgia trumps taste


Sweet Valley High has returned to bookstores today with a where-are-they-now sequel, Sweet Valley Confidential. And because of this, I am having a lot of feelings. Like, dear-diary, dot-your-I’s-with-hearts feelings. Here is what happens the minute I hear the words Sweet Valley and conjure images of its endless series of ’80s paperbacks about gorgeous California-blond twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield: In my mind, I am suddenly lounging on the floor of the Oak Forest Public Library in the Young Adult aisle in the back left corner on the second floor, leaning against the several shelves containing the battered SVH selection in its entirety. I am tearing through Dear Sister, in which good-girl Elizabeth awakes from a coma acting like popular-girl Jessica (lining her eyes with kohl pencil and everything!), in one sitting so that I can then take the next two, Heartbreaker and Racing Hearts, with me. I smell of Love’s Baby Soft perfume because while I’m engrossed in the Wakefields’ lives, I’m also hoping for my own storyline to happen here; I’m hoping the love of my seventh-grade life, Greg Blakely, will happen to show up here at the library to study. He’s smart. He lives nearby. Some days this happens, and he even says dreamy things to me like, “I saw your school picture. It’s really good this year. Much better than last year’s.”

Most days, however, Greg’s a no-show. But I can get through it because I’m spending most of my afternoons in Sweet Valley anyway. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What's your quintessential Broadway number?

Confession: I teared up during the Saturday matinee of Anything Goes, which is now in previews and opens April 7, because the massive Act 1 finale tap routine to the title song felt like quintessential Broadway to me. Watching Tony winner Sutton Foster (as Reno Sweeney) hoofing it with a sea of sailors and other passengers aboard the S.S. American was one of those experiences that made me stop, marvel, and appreciate the fact that at that moment, all over midtown Manhattan, musicals were happening. See a tease on the show’s site.

Have you had a similar experience? What’s quintessential Broadway to you?

What was your first truly scary movie? 'Scream' was mine.

Scream-barrymoreImage Credit: Everett CollectionAs an adult who only occasionally gets ID’ed for R-rated movies, I’m looking forward to Scream 4 as just another highly anticipated scary movie. But all the buzz reminds me of my experience watching the original Scream: Mostly, how it severely freaked my adolescent self out… and, yet, left me wanting more gore.

The original Scream came out when I was 10, but it wasn’t until a year or so later when it was out on VHS that seeing it became the cool thing to do — a necessity, really, on the level of showing up to school with a hickey or hanging out at the mall on Friday nights. On my 12th birthday, I had a sleepover party (I was not cool) with my friends. I’d rented Scream from Blockbuster and tried to peer-pressure my guests into watching it late at night. I think everyone was a little nervous, myself included, but we were determined to see it — until one of my friends, the real Butters of the group, had a crazy “I’m calling my mom” freakout before the movie even started. So, instead, we watched the back-up video, Liar, Liar, and I think we were all a little relieved. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' sex talk: Let's hear it for Burt Hummel! (And how did your sex education compare?)

You can talk about Gwyneth Paltrow’s return to Glee, but for me, last night’s episode was all about Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley) once again proving why he’s the heart of this show. If you missed the sex talk he had with his gay son Kurt (Chris Colfer), watch it below. I don’t have kids, but should I ever need to have “the talk” with one, I hope I’d do it as eloquently and with as much empathy. He went to the free clinic to get gay-specific pamphlets that covered the mechanics, but more importantly, he spoke to Kurt about the emotional side of sex. Women, he said, understand that there is one, while men are more likely to think of it as just something fun to do. “With two guys, you got two people who think that sex is just sex. It’s gonna be easier to come by. And once you start doin’ this stuff, you’re not gonna wanna stop,” Burt said. “You gotta know that it means something. It’s doing something to you, to your heart, to your self-esteem — even though it feels like you’re just havin’ fun.” Kurt thought this was his dad’s way of telling him to not have sex. It wasn’t. “Kurt, when you’re ready, I want you to be able to … do everything. But when you’re ready, I want you to use it as a way to connect to another person. Don’t throw yourself around like you don’t matter. ‘Cause you matter, Kurt.” That’s not a new sentiment, but somehow, O’Malley made it sound like a truth and not a sermon. It was more understated than, say, Mary Jo Shively’s moving plea for condoms in school on Designing Women, but I’d also argue even more touching because it was personal, and coming from a father who means it when he tells his child he wants him to be happy. He wants him to experience love because he’s worthy of it.

How did your sex education compare to what we saw last night on Glee? I had several flashbacks after watching the episode:  READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights,' 'Parenthood,' 'Private Practice' to be honored as 'Television with a Conscience.' Which shows changed you?

The Television Academy will honor eight programs this May for exemplifying “Television with a Conscience.” The fourth annual Television Academy Honors will single out Friday Night Lights‘ “I Can’t” episode for its handling of unwanted pregnancy; Parenthood‘s pilot for showing the impact of an Asperger’s diagnosis; Private Practice’s “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?” episode for its depiction of sexual assault, its aftermath and the long-term mental health effects that follow; The Big C’s “Taking the Plunge” episode for exploring the transition from denial to acceptance of living with life-threatening cancer; Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for its movement to reduce childhood obesity; the Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary The 16th Man for educating viewers on how Nelson Mandela used the sport of rugby and the 1995 Rugby World Cup title to help heal South Africa; the documentary Wartorn 1861-2010, executive produced by James Gandolfini, for its chronicling of the lingering effects of combat and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history; and The Oprah Winfrey Show‘s self-explanatory “Two-Day Oprah Show Event: 200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward.”

Thinking back, what would you have wanted to receive this honor had it existed before 2008? The first thing that came to my mind was “The Runaway” episode of The Fact of Life, which I’ve embedded after the jump for anyone who wants to see Tootie nearly be tricked into becoming a teen prostitute.  READ FULL STORY

Blake Lively is a mystery. Plus: What's your pick-me-up song?

When I started reading this WWD interview with Blake Lively, I assumed the thing I would find most fascinating was Karl Lagerfeld’s brilliant decision to photograph her from the side so the focus would be on the Chanel Mademoiselle handbag she was modeling and not her famous womanly curves. But then I got to the third paragraph and read this: “I’ve just always believed you should put a lot of positive out there… When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack. It’s really odd, but it’s true.” Shockingly, the writer, who joined Lively at a dinner hosted by Lagerfeld, did not follow up: Is she talking interpretative dance to “Circle of Life” or simply goofing off to “Hakuna Matata”?

What’s your go-to pick me up song? I’m partial to the Cure’s “Mint Car” myself.

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