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PopWatch Confessional: Did you put a line from a song or movie in your yearbook?

After you take a minute to absorb the news that Dakota Fanning has just graduated from high school (I’ll wait… ) let’s recall something from our own glory days, shall we, PopWatchers? Though most of us can’t boast a Hollywood actress in our class, we’ve all gone one thing that, for better or worse, will forever remind us about those trying four years: the yearbook.

Sure, high school photos are the most unintentionally hilarious and horrifying aspect of a yearbook (they’ve devoted entire websites to it, after all), but I’m personally a fan of reading what people chose as their personal quote. READ FULL STORY

Moviegoer etiquette: What food is acceptable to smuggle into a theater?

I came out of my TV cave yesterday and decided that three months was far too long to have gone without seeing a new movie. If you were on Twitter around 5 p.m., you might have even been one of the kind people who helped me pick which movie to go see. (Spoiler: Most people said Bridesmaids, so that won.) Only, my rare moviegoing experience took a turn for the unpleasant shortly after the flick began, when the person next to me decided it was a great opportunity to eat his cheeseburgerREAD FULL STORY

'One Tree Hill' renewed for ninth season? More like 'Old Tree Hill.' Yeah, I said it.

My word-for-word reaction when I heard One Tree Hill was renewed for a ninth season — presumably to be its last – was “Wait, no way that show is still on.” But it is.

I, like many of my high school ilk (or was that middle school? I’m too young to feel this old), used to worship the ground that Chad Michael Murray walked on. I used to live for the nights new episodes would air. (Tuesdays?) But of course this was back when it was on the nearly fully decomposed WB — or “the Dubs B,” as we in the suburban hood used to call it.

Over the years I lost touch with the One Tree Hill gang. Chad Michael Murray left, somebody apparently became a famous singer (it wasn’t Gavin DeGraw), and a whole lot of cross-pollination happened. OTH‘s rating are low but its fan base is high, and intense. Did I say intense? I meant crazy intense.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: I love that my mother loves...

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s each take a moment to celebrate our mother’s good taste in entertainment — or, at least her passion for pop culture, which, even if misdirected, is something we can appreciate. Finish this sentence: I love that my mother loves… I’ll go first:

• Nathan Fillion. As I’ve had the pleasure of telling him in a Stupid Questions interview, he is, in fact, my soon-to-be 64-year-old mother Joyce’s third favorite male celebrity — after Johnny Depp and Jeff Goldblum. (I love that she loves them, too.)

• Craig Ferguson. When I visit, I can sometimes hear her laughing at him down the hallway from her bedroom.

• Otis Redding’s “Love Man.” She knows it’s on my iPod, so when I’m DJing in the car, it’s often requested. She always raises her right arm and shimmies in her seat. She’s also always driving.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What's the longest you've binged on a videogame?

The weekend is approaching, which means my weekly dance with the devil is close at hand. I’m not speaking of anything illicit. I’m speaking of my unhealthy obsession with Sid Meyer’s Civilization V. I’ve been playing this create-your-own-nation-from-the-stone-age-to-modern-day-and-beyond videogame from its very first version when I was a kid — I can still vividly recall the trumpets of victory every time my archer square (a pixelated dude holding a bow) successfully attacked a marauding barbarian red square (a pixelated dude holding a club) like it’s happening right in front of me. The newest version of the game, which has been out since last fall, is several eons more advanced (as the photo above can attest) in the graphics department, but the basic fundamentals of the game are still the same, and still just as wildly, obsessively addictive. I’m not entirely ashamed to admit that once I started playing this game around 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and I didn’t stop until around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. That is 20 hours of non-stop gaming.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Name the movie you want to watch again but can't bear to because one moment is THAT sad

Is there a movie you’re dying to watch again, but the memory of one pivotal plot point is so upsetting, you can’t bring yourself to do it? Today, Dead Poets Society came up in conversation around PopWatch HQ. I told a colleague how I’d recently taped it off one of the HBO channels because it’d been so long since I’d seen it and, as someone now in her mid-30s, it’s one of those films that helped define who I am. I started watching it, and the second I saw Neil (Robert Sean Leonard), I had to stop. I couldn’t bear to get attached to him again knowing what happens and being powerless to change it. The colleague, Jeff Labrecque, said he actually watched it last night on HBO Family and switched the channel right after Neil saw his father in the audience at his play. Just typing that made me a little sick to my stomach. (Seeing the picture accompanying this item, meanwhile, sent me stomping over to the photo editor’s office where I proceeded to stand in his doorway and curse his name while air-kicking at him.)

Your turn. Name that movie.

P.S. Has anyone actually seen Million Dollar Baby twice?

'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?

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