Last night, The Challenge (a.k.a. MTV’s hybrid of Survivor and Temptation Island) made its way to Thailand for Rivals II, its 24th(!) season. As is the case with any event involving ginger terror Wes, there was plenty of hate going around. But my eyes were only on Wes’s partner CT. The jacked-up Bostonian was in rare form last night, briefly reigniting what Challenger Aneesa called “a classic love story” with ex-girlfriend Diem. READ FULL STORY
Tag: PopWatch Confessional (11-20 of 329)
If you’re a fan of binge-viewing, odds are you’ve experienced a side effect at one time or another. Once, I found myself looking at puddles and thinking about how I’d make the water drinkable after watching too many consecutive Man vs. Wild episodes on Discovery. Another time, I was jumpy on the street walking home from a friend’s house where we’d been marathoning CSI on Spike.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, I decided it was time to finally watch The Walking Dead and plowed through the first two seasons — 19 episodes — in two days. At the end of the second day, I was raiding my sister’s fridge for sodas to take to my mother’s house for dinner and felt pretty badass loading up my backpack — like I was one of the characters on The Walking Dead pillaging supplies from an abandoned house or pharmacy or staying on the move. My sister lives on a mountain, off an unpaved road, with a fence around her property to keep animals from dining on her husband’s gardens and their dogs, which I was pet-sitting, from running away. It felt like the kind of remote place that would be safe from zombies — for a while — should a zombie apocalypse ever begin. Perhaps that’s why I maybe sorta freaked out the night her retriever Duke, who rarely barks, ran out to the fence and made a lot of noise. (I have no idea what it was, because he trotted back inside before I summoned a flashlight/the courage to check.)
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There are movies we’ll watch every time we spot them on cable because we love them. For me, that’s Apollo 13. Then, there are movies that we’ll get sucked into because it’s summer and there’s nothing else on. This is particularly dangerous if you have the HBO family of channels — East and West feeds. The film that’s currently in heavy rotation is Pitch Perfect, which is genuinely great and therefore guilt-free – until you catch yourself tweeting about having a “toner” for Jesse (Skylar Astin), suddenly noticing how well that T-shirt fit him in the dorm room, and thinking of songs that could have LEGALLY followed his rendition of “Feels Like the First Time” in the Riff Off (“Like a Virgin, touched for the very first time” — if it hadn’t been used in an earlier round). I spotted the movie last night at 12:30 a.m. on HBOE, and didn’t stay up watching it, which would’ve been a triumph if I didn’t instead fast-forward through the airing I’d previously recorded on my DVR.
Your turn. What movies have you been repeatedly getting sucked into now that there’s nothing else on? More examples: In recent weeks, I’ve seen First Daughter – the movie starring Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton, not Mandy Moore and Mark Harmon – enough times that I feel I must finally admit, publicly, that I’ve forgiven Marc Blucas for Riley, his character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’ve also watched What’s Your Number? starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans repeatedly, and I know I’m not alone:
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PopWatch Confessional: YouTubing Henry Cavill, and other entertainment that's made you late for work
I spent a half hour this morning YouTubing Henry Cavill. Twenty minutes in, I realized it’d make me late for work — unless I made it the basis for a PopWatch Confessional. So I kept going until I discovered he’s played at least three characters who’ve had sex on a boat.* (NSFW clips below.) Yep, that made me feel guilty enough that I had an item and could stop.
Now that I’ve admitted that, it’s your turn to confess: What entertainment has made you late for work? It could be an Internet reconnaissance mission like the one above, an episode of TV from the previous night you just had to see (or repeatedly rewind), a show you were marathoning, a morning show appearance you needed to watch live, or a rerun that sucked you in (morning NewsRadio repeats on A&E got me for, like, two weeks more than a decade ago). READ FULL STORY
PopWatch Confessional: I never had (but always kind of wanted) a spring break like those in the movies
Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers comes out this weekend and although most of the stories surrounding the movie focus on its Disney starlets (Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens) gone bad, what this movie really got me thinking about is how this is the first year in forever that I haven’t had a spring break.
I didn’t have an older sibling, so everything I knew about college came from movies and TV. Given that, when I was in high school, I imagined spring break would be a 24-hour party where everyone was beautiful, the music bumped all night long, there were no repercussions for gross misjudgments or transgressions, and everything was free. It went a little something like this:
EXT. A POOLSIDE PARTY SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA. DAY.
Girls in neon bikinis and guys in cartoon swim trunks dance in slow motion around our lead character, SARAH. Every man is inexplicably a football player, every woman a model. Sarah holds a fruity drink as she walks alongside the pool, away from the cabana, taking in the atmosphere. One Abercrombie model throws a football to another Hollister model and he catches it while diving into the pool. No one gets tired. A mysterious boy accidentally bumps into our heroine. She’s turns around, upset. But wait, he’s pretty handsome.
Maybe it’s because I saw Barry Manilow on Broadway last night (highly recommended), but my Valentine’s Day morning commute was all about the love songs. Now, I don’t normally feel guilt over anything I genuinely enjoy — even if I should — but only on Valentine’s Day would I let myself string these hits together: READ FULL STORY
I love action movies, but I don’t like the sight or sound of breaking bones. That’s why I couldn’t watch the mandingo fight in Django Unchained. Wanting to not draw attention to the fact that I was a wimp, I didn’t bury my head in my hands or someone’s shoulder; I just sat there, perfectly upright, and closed my eyes. As the cracking began, I thought about plugging my ears with my fingers, but since that would also give me away, I just kept repeating “This will end, it’s just a movie” in my head, calmly, so my face wouldn’t wince and telecast my squeamishness. It’s realizing that I had enough time to weigh these options that makes me think this is probably the longest I’ve ever averted my eyes in a movie.
Because I am a wimp and don’t subject myself to many horror (or otherwise graphic) films, I’m curious: What movie has made you hide your eyes the longest? A few confessions from my colleagues, then it’s your turn: READ FULL STORY
Jeremy Gilbert continues to wear tank tops on 'The Vampire Diaries' (and other small wishes TV has or could grant us this winter)
Photos have surfaced of The Vampire Diaries‘ Jan. 17 return, including this one of fledgling vampire hunter Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen, pictured) continuing to train with Damon in white tank tops. It’s a small victory, but sometimes those are the best — when what you want to happen on a TV show totally happens.
As we dive into the Winter TV season, what small wishes of yours have already been granted (the Revenge red “x” marker is back, last night’s New Girl seeming to acknowledge how white the show is), and what pleas are you hoping the TV gods hear (can Winona return to Justified just long enough to give Raylan a sexually charged home haircut?).
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With the holidays (and snowstorms, in some parts of the country), it feels like an ideal time to hunker down and marathon TV shows, movies, or books. In fact, 53 percent of readers say marathoning TV shows is their ideal way to spend a lazy afternoon in today’s EW Daily Poll on the homepage. So tell us: What are you currently bingeing on? Maybe you’ll give someone else — either trapped with family or alone — an idea.
We’ll start. My colleague Denise Warner has been watching Grey’s Anatomy all day — “in the background, of course,” she adds, because we’re one of the few EW staffers working. Also on the clock are my colleagues Laura Hertzfeld and Hillary Busis, who are catching up on Scandal and admitting an “embarrassing” yet totally understandable addiction to My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, respectively. READ FULL STORY
Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone? That’s exactly what happened when Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast this Monday, depriving millions of power — and severely limiting their entertainment options. (Of course, boredom is nothing compared with a destroyed house or a submerged car — visit RedCross.org to learn more about hurricane relief efforts.)
My hurricane boredom story: After Lower Manhattan’s power went out on Monday night, I devoured a YA book about a girl whose mom is a hoarder. Then, haunted by visions of yellowing newspapers stacked on top of piles of maggots — seriously, that book is visceral — I spent Tuesday furiously cleaning my apartment with my roommate. The last time I devoted this many hours to scrubbing was… last year, when Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. Doesn’t Hurricane Cleaners sound like an upcoming reality show?
Of course, I wasn’t the only one driven to desperation after losing electricity (and heat, and my cell phone service). Read on to find out how EW staffers weathered the storm — and feel free to add your own story in the comments! Don’t worry if it has nothing to do with a hurricane; any extreme weather, power outage, or debilitating sickness that left you cooped up will do fine. READ FULL STORY
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