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PopWatch Confessional: What movie music dominates your life?

This past Sunday night, I hiked my way up to one of the best things about living in Los Angeles — the Hollywood Bowl — for a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by conductor (and film composer) David Newman (Ice Age, Serenity), played symphonic selections from 15 Paramount features for a chronological journey through movie music history, including a 10-minute battle scene from 1927’s silent WWI aerial combat film Wings (the first movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture), the bell tower sequence from the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo, the classic conductor scene from the Jerry Lewis comedy The Bellboy, and the iceberg impact sequence from Titanic.

It was a treat for any movie fan, but the event only left me wanting more. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What's your ringtone?

We’ve come a long way from the days of candybar phones pre-programmed with monophonic versions of “The Entertainer.” These days, anything can be a ringtone — which comes in handy when you’re as pop culture-obsessed as EW’s staff.

Assistant News Director Denise Warner has her phone play the Downton Abbey theme song whenever she gets a call; before that, her cell rang to the tune of Warren G’s “Regulate.” EW.com producer Nika Vagner uses Ryan Gosling reading “Hey girl” memes aloud as her ringtone. (And you can too!) My own ringtone isn’t particularly pop culture-y — it’s a snippet from a Guster song I’ve been using since I was 19 — but my mom programmed her own so that when I call her, it plays “Mambo” from West Side Story. This explains why I turned out the way I did.

So, what’s your own custom ringtone? Read how other EW staffers answered this question, then add your response in the comments. Bonus points for anyone who uses a Stefon quote; points deducted for anything including the word “trampire.”


What movie experience made you like people again?


We all have stories of movies being ruined by people talking through them in the theater. Today, let’s celebrate that time a movie experience actually restored our faith in humanity.

Last night, I went to see Singin’ in the Rain on the big screen, in honor of the film’s 60th anniversary and the fact that today would have been Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday. I was with a friend who’s also a huge Gene Kelly fan, and I told her we should elbow each other each time one of us begins to tear up from pure happiness. Normally, if I’m planning on writing about a movie, I’ll take notes, but I just wanted to enjoy this. I lost count of how many times we nudged each other. I also couldn’t tell you how many times I got chills, or how many times I looked over and saw my friend grinning larger than ever before (I’ve known her 15 years now), or how many times I thought, how long have I been smiling? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What's the craziest thing the Olympics have inspired you to do?

As the EW Daily Poll on our homepage shows, Olympic fatigue has officially set in. Most of us will be ready for Sunday’s Closing Ceremony. As the Games come to an end, let’s take a moment to admit the craziest thing(s) obsessive viewing has inspired us to do. I’ll start: Last night, I spent my evening commute listening to Duran Duran’s “All She Wants Is” on repeat and choreographing a team synchronized swimming free routine to it in my head. Considering I just watched Team Australia use an AC/DC medley for its free routine this morning, I assume the song might actually be legal. So if any nation just starting its synchro program wants to work with someone cheap, call me. We could ask Team Spain to borrow its sea monster-themed costumes from today (pictured), which I think would translate nicely. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Which song puts a grin on your face, even in public?

My commute is a 45-minute combination of public transportation and walking. I listen to my iPod every day. About once a week, I shuffle onto a song that puts a grin on my face so big, I’m sure I look an idiot. Often, it’s because I’ve flashed back to a particular event, like two friends leading an impromptu dance party in the parking lot of an adventure mini-golf place in the Poconos on a sleepy Saturday afternoon (Lil Jon’s “Get Low”). But the song that gets me the worst (or is it the best?) is Lionel Richie’s “Lady” duet with Kenny Rogers off Tuskegee. Watch them sing it live together below, and you might understand. Part of it, I’m sure, is that I grew up listening to each of them on eight track in the morning before elementary school, so it’s a double dose of nostalgia from a time when I had nothing to do in the morning but listen to an entire album. But mostly, it’s that they sound so damn good together it becomes timeless. There’s an ease, and a confidence, and a sense of perfection when their voices meld together for the crescendo at 2:45. I have to rewind to that point a minimum of five times whenever I play it — and the grin never stops. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What's YOUR go-to song for a dance party of one?

Fair warning, don’t click through if you don’t want to hear a SPOILER from New Girl‘s finale. Last night’s season-ender centered on whether Nick (Jake Johnson) would vacate the loft to live with his on-again girlfriend Caroline. After packing up the moving van and taking all the roommates on an odyssey of togetherness, everyone returned home to the loft without Nick. But then! Nick returned and with a fitting fanfare: AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” The roommates each rocked out in their respective rooms, and it was a wonderful close to a strong first season.

But New Girl wasn’t the only recent show to feature solo dancing. The April 29 episode of Girls found Hannah (Lena Dunham) pepping herself up, appropriately, to Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.” These two scenes got us thinking about our own favorite solo dance party jams. For me, it’s Simply Red’s “Sunrise (Love To Infinity Radio Mix).” Sometimes a girl just needs to bounce around.

What gets my esteemed colleagues going? And what Celine Dion song made not one but two appearances on the list? Click through to find out, then share your favorite below! READ FULL STORY

TV Land Awards: Honorees reveal what they kept -- or wished they kept -- from their set. Your picks?

On Sunday, the 10th-annual TV Land Awards (airing at 9 p.m. ET) reunites the casts of honorees In Living Color, Murphy Brown, Laverne & Shirley, and One Day at a Time. (Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Aretha Franklin, recipient of the Music Icon Award, are also feted). Backstage at the taping earlier this month, we asked a few of the stars what they kept from the set of their beloved shows — or what they wish they would have kept. Read their answers, then give us yours…

In Living Color (recipient of The Groundbreaking Award)

EW: Is there something you kept from the show?
Keenen Ivory Wayans: I kept them and then I gave all the little hats from the “Men on Film” sketches to Damon [Wayans, pictured].
Is there something you wish you would have kept from the show?
Yeah, all the little hats from the “Men on Film” sketches. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: How many times have you seen the same movie in the theater?

My record is 7. The movie was Titanic. I was 13 going on 14. And although I’ve yet to see Titanic 3D (I promise I will, I’ve been sick, started a new job, and it was Easter), when I do, I won’t add it to my count. Why? Because that dilutes the purity of the number.

There are plenty of movies that, by nature of them always being in theaters, are almost ineligible for this list. As my colleague Laura Hertzfeld points out, Rocky Horror likely can’t cut it and neither would Star Wars for most. (With the caveat being if you were not alive when George Lucas first released his famous trilogy, then you can include any one theatrical run.)

With Hunger Games now in its third weekend, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who’ve seen Katniss defy the Capitol more than once. After all, it is the type of movie that lends itself to repeat viewings — with the obsessive teenage fanbase leading the way. (I myself plan to see it again soon.)


PopWatch Confessional: What obscure movie errors have driven you to distraction?


It’s happened to all of us: You’re happily coasting along watching a movie you’re thoroughly enjoying, when up pops a glaring error that zaps you out of the movie and has you fuming to your friends as you exit the theater. At which point, you realize you were the only person to notice this so-called “error,” and all your friends think you’re a crank who totally missed the point of the movie and wish you would just shut up about it already.

The difference between you and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is that the famed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York was actually able to do something about it. Upon seeing Titanic in the theater, Dr. Tyson became incensed after Kate Winslet, delirious and nearly frozen in the black Atlantic Ocean, looked up at the night sky and saw the wrong set of stars for that specific time and place. Apparently, astrophysicists can tell you exactly what the night sky looked like in the North Atlantic in the wee hours of April 15, 1912, and that’s exactly what Dr. Tyson did. He sent a letter to James Cameron. Five years later, he cornered Cameron at an event and lodged his complaint once more. A few years after that, he brought it up again at an intimate dinner party with Cameron. And now, this Wednesday, Titanic will be hitting theaters in 3-D, with no other alterations to the film except that now, Rose Dawson will be looking up at the same stars those doomed Titanic passengers saw that fateful night. (You can watch Tyson recount his entire story here.)

This is such a specific complaint, it got me thinking: What nagging movie goofs only seem to bother me? READ FULL STORY

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