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PopWatch Confessional: When you need a good cry, what is your go-to movie scene?

The Champ might feature the saddest scene in movie history. That is, according to science. In a fascinating article from Smithsonian.com, we’ve learned that a scene from the 1979 film starring Ricky Schroder and Jon Voight is used in several psychological tests as a benchmark to determine when someone is responding to sad content. The clip in question (and SPOILER ALERT for those who care): Schroder’s young character watches his father (Voight) win in the boxing ring, only to die in front of him a few minutes later. It’s interesting: The scene from the film, which Smithsonian notes only received middling reviews and is embedded below, would certainly appear to succeed in evoking emotion even from the hardest individual. A 9-year-old watching his own parent die? Cue the ugly cry.

The study, however, has me reflecting on my own go-to sob scenes. When I really need a good cry, which movie scenes will always, always work? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What 'True Blood' scene have you rewound the most?

SPOILER ALERT! In honor of last night’s True Blood, which featured more than one rewindable Sookie and Eric moment (watch them below!), tell us which True Blood scene you’ve watched and rewatched the most over the past four seasons. No judgment. No shame. So feel free to answer Eric and Sookie’s Fangtasia kiss, Eric and Sookie’s dream kiss at Alcide’s, Eric and Sookie’s dream kiss in bed with Bill, or Eric and Sookie’s dream kiss after Godric died. Also acceptable, something not related to sex — such as Eric gets blood in his hair, Eric likes “teacup humans,” Bill and Eric go shopping, Eric pretends to be human, or Eric tricks Sookie into drinking his blood — or (gulp!) an answer that doesn’t involve Eric. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What's your dirty little romance novel secret?

Confession: I’ve read a couple of NASCAR-branded romance novels in my time — for work. But I never bought a romance novel until last week when I was scanning the shelves at Target looking for some vacation reads with my sister and stumbled onto a Western romance section. At first, I showed my sister the cover of Linda Lael Miller’s A Creed in Stone Creek as a joke. (It is, after all, called A Creed in Stone Creek.) But then, we realized it was part of a trilogy (Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy), and before I knew it, my sister had tossed all three books into my basket. We both have a thing for cowboys (she got an onstage lapdance from one named Maverick at her bachelorette party in Vegas in 2001), if I squint, the man on the cover of A Creed in the Creek reminds me of Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens, and this author is a best-seller, so I didn’t protest. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Have you ever given up on a show on TV, only to rediscover it on DVD?

When Damages debuted on FX in 2007, I was fully prepared to love it. I tuned in to the premiere to see what the buzz was all about, and the show impressed me immensely. Glenn Close and Rose Byrne were superb as dueling lawyers, the story was gripping, and the production was impressive. I thought I had found my new Lost, but my excitement proved to be short-lived. As the weeks went on, my enthusiasm for the legal thriller quickly waned, and I quit watching after about a month.

You see, Damages just got too dang complicated for basic cable! Everyone started spying on everyone else, and a dozen characters were dying and spilling secrets every episode, and though the dialogue and acting remained top-notch throughout, I had no idea what was going on.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Which 'summer song' do you dread hearing?

Summer songs: Usually we talk about them in the happy sense. They’re catchy, they make us feel good, and they’re guilt free as long as the sun is shining. You’re allowed to have “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” on a playlist as long as it’s titled “Summer.” But today, as I was driving and singing along to Garth Brooks’ “Two Piña Coladas” on the radio, I found myself panicking that the station, obviously feeling the summer vibe on this holiday weekend, would play Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” Just thinking of the opening notes, after all these years, makes me wince. Now playing the radio in the car feels like Russian Roulette. Yes, I can just change the station if it comes on, but the song will have won.

What “summer song” do you live in fear of hearing?  READ FULL STORY

If you're Selena Gomez, who's your Shia LaBeouf?

After Another Cinderella Story, the video of Selena Gomez being tricked into meeting her crush Shia LaBeouf — and freaking out — is my favorite thing she’s ever done. Watch it (again) below. Then, because we’re in the mood for a good laugh, share your most memorable/embarrassing celebrity encounter. Think EW’s Sandra Gonzalez being surprised by Nathan Fillion spinning around in a chair on the Castle set to say, “Why, hello.” Think my friend Tamara meeting Ralph Fiennes outside the stage door when he did Hamlet in London, saying two words to him (“Thank you,” because, she insisted, it summed up everything she felt about him), and bursting into tears. Think of me if I ever ran into Alexander Skarsgard after he inspired my original Lifetime movie pitch Spoiler Alert: Love? READ FULL STORY

Which critically panned movies, like 'Bad Teacher,' did you enjoy despite harsh reviews?

Perhaps it was because I was going in with low expectations (as I happily admitted to you PopWatchers on Friday, I was going for the sole purpose of furthering my crush on Jason Segel). But much to my surprise — despite critics’ displeasure for it, including our own Owen Gleiberman — I didn’t hate Bad Teacher. In fact, it made me laugh-out-loud quite a few times, though reviews had warned me otherwise.

Was it my favorite movie this year? Hardly. Did it do any favors whatsoever for Justin Timberlake’s still-blossoming acting career? Not especially. Did it come across as a secondhand offering of the far superior Bad Santa? Sort of. READ FULL STORY

'Am I the only one who has this song on my iPod?' Let's find out!

The beauty of iTunes is that you can shop a la carte. The interesting thing is when you purchase an older song and find yourself wondering if anyone else has ever done it before or after you. Let’s use the power of the Internet to find out. List the songs you’d like to think someone else has bought. If you see a track on someone else’s list that you own, let them know they’re not alone. This is a shame-free zone. To prove it, here’s my list:  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What combination of TV and movie characters best represents you?

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Even though I don’t use my Facebook much anymore, I do have one. Thus, it’s no secret that I spend a fair amount of time thinking about how others perceive me. (I’m not ashamed.) But this weekend, while reading the latest EW Summer Movie Math post, I starting thinking about how I perceive myself — in movie math terms.

We all relate to different aspects of our favorite characters on TV and in movies, but it’s a whole other (very time-consuming) game when you try to calculate your personal movie math — which, for these purposes, we’ll call Character Math. It took me two days of sporadic thought to come up with something satisfactory. Here’s what I concluded (share yours, too, so I’m not the only painfully self-absorbed person here!):  READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad': Aaron Paul confesses his 'blue meth' addiction

on the show. They’re like, ‘No, I don’t want to try.’ ‘Here just have one. You’re on Breaking Bad! Eat some of the meth!’ And they do and they’re like, ‘Wow, that’s actually really good.’ And then I always see them go to the big bins of meth, grab out a few and eat it…. I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’re liking my product.’” Breaking Bad returns for a fourth season on July 17, which is exactly five weeks from tonight, for those obsessively keeping track of such things.

To read what Paul has to say about season 4, pick up a copy of this week’s EW and click here.

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