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'The Office' poll: So, how did Will Ferrell do?

Eleven long weeks after news of his guest arc was first reported, Will Ferrell’s four-episode Office arc finally began last night. In terms of ratings, the outing was a definite success — it delivered 7.7 million viewers and a 3.9 adult demo rating, making it Thursday’s top-rated scripted show. But as I said in my recap of last night’s half hour, I felt a little lukewarm about Ferrell’s debut. His character, Deangelo Vickers, is more of a collection of quirks than a fully-formed person, and his first day at The Office also felt way too similar to Charles Miner‘s. At the same time, though, Deangelo made me laugh plenty of times — the episode’s cold open especially hit all the right notes — and Ferrell is so appealing that I’ll enjoy watching him for the rest of the season even if Deangelo himself is sort of half-baked.

But enough about me. What did you think of Ferrell’s return to NBC? Are you wishing that he’d replace Michael full time, or that the comedian had signed on for one episode (or no episodes) instead of four? Vote in the poll below, then tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Garner as Miss Marple: Agatha Christie's detective can survive a cinematic face-lift

Yesterday, EW confirmed that Jennifer Garner is bringing Agatha Christie’s beloved crime-solving spinster Miss Marple back to the big screen in an upcoming Disney production, setting off a flood of skeptical comments.

Why are people so reticent to see Sydney Bristow become Miss Jane Marple? Well, it may have something to do with the fact that unless this movie is going to be called 38 Going on 70, Christie’s character has been changed from an AARP-eligible loner to suit the athletic, dimpled actress.

But is a youthful Miss Marple really such a travesty in itself? READ FULL STORY

'Red Riding Hood': How is it like 'Twilight'? Let us count the ways.

Red Hiding Hood (in theaters now), is an updated fairy tale about a young woman named Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) who is caught between two suitors — idealistic Henry (Max Irons) and bad-boy Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) — in a town besieged by a blood-thirsty werewolf. It doesn’t have a single vampire. There’s no high-school-is-hell subplot. And Hood is set in an old-timey village that looks like it was probably fossil-fodder by the time Twilight‘s Bella (Kristen Stewart) was born. And yet, it’s hard to watch Red Riding Hood without having an odd feeling of Twilight déjà vu. Can’t put your finger on the cause? Let’s break down the similarities: READ FULL STORY

'The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump' on the scene: Read the best lines here!

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The rules for any roast demand that the roasters should have genuine affection for the roastee. You never rib someone you don’t like. But at the taping of The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump last night in New York City (airing on Comedy Central on Tuesday March 15 at 10:30 pm EST) not all of the comedians on hand had love in their hearts for the Trumpster — including Lisa Lampanelli, who had established that roasting rule in the first place. “Well, I broke the rule because the money’s really good,” the Roast veteran jested to me on the red carpet. Whitney Cummings, who’s quickly becoming a Comedy Central MVP, added, “Donald takes himself very seriously. I think he’s a clinically diagnosed narcissistic egomaniac. I think we’re dealing with a real sociopath here.” First-time roaster Anthony Jeselnik predicted, “They say you only roast the ones you love, so this is going to be short.” Sure others played nice — namely Larry King, who gushed “The Donald…what a guy!” more than once during the show — but it was the nasties, led by Roastmaster Seth MacFarlane, who ruled the night…and proved that gotta-like-the-roastee rule irrelevant.  READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'Secret Millionaire': Why it sends the wrong message

secret-millionaireImage Credit: ABCOn Sunday ABC premiered its new philanthropic reality series Secret Millionaire. A conceptual cousin to Undercover Boss, each episode features a member of the super-rich going undercover to scout out charities for possible televised donations. Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about the show, which formerly aired on Fox in 2008. While it’s admirable that ABC is giving deserving non-profit organizations much-needed publicity that they wouldn’t receive otherwise, the narrative impulse of the series—based largely around rich folks encountering the less fortunate—reveals much about how lacking our national dialogue on poverty remains. READ FULL STORY

Oscar's after-party fashion: What did you think?

zoe-saldanaNow that we’ve digested the sparkles, the lace, and the feathers, we can set our sartorial sights on the other big fashion highlight of the evening — the after-parties. And though we appreciate Mila Kunis and Jennifer Lawrence‘s contributions to the main show’s red carpet, with the exception of Cate Blanchett, this year’s ceremony wasn’t quite the same without the fashionistas (love ‘em or hate ‘em) like Diane Kruger, January Jones and Zoe Saldana. Thankfully, the Avatar star graced us with her presence at the Vanity Fair after-party in a feminine, sheer red number that quelled our appetites — and offered a vintage Victorian look without going overboard.

Other stunners included Selena Gomez and Marisa Tomei, who redeemed herself for her crazy Oscar get-up. And, of course, there were the low-lights as well. Let’s just say Emma Stone should be glad that she didn’t walk the main event in this mullet number and shaggy ‘do.

Check out out gallery and let us know what you think of these post-party looks!

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Did Ricky Gervais go too far at the Golden Globes?

golden-globes-gervaisHe trashed The Tourist right in front of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. He introduced Bruce Willis as “Ashton Kutcher’s dad.” He dissed Charlie Sheen, Steve Carell, Cher, the cast of Sex and the City 2, Robert Downey Jr., and…well, just about everyone else within earshot. In his second year as the host of the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais more than lived up to his reputation as the go-to guy for off-color Hollywood humor. (Check out a full rundown of Gervais’ rudest jokes here.) EW‘s own Ken Tucker is a fan, saying that Gervais brought “the sort of funny rudeness and effrontery… that make an awards show such as the Golden Globes engaging to watch.” But judging by the equal amounts of groans and giggles in the audience, it’s clear that some thought he stepped over the line of good taste.

So let’s get a show of hands from you, PopWatchers: Did Gervais make you laugh or cringe? Vote in our poll now, and check back later today for the results!

Things that annoy me about the commemorative William and Kate engagement coins

william-kate-coin_320.jpg I am all about the royal wedding. If I could set my DVR now for April 29, 2011, I would. But these Royal Engagement coins from the Royal Mint annoy me in many ways. Let’s count them.

1. I don’t know who that ugly chick on the coin is supposed to be, but it is in no way Kate Middleton. Did Camilla order the Royal Mint people to make Kate look homely because she’s jealous of the future queen? (And pissed that she needs to curtsy to Kate in certain situations?)

2. They gave William too much hair. Also, his adam’s apple looks weirdly bulgy.

3. For some reason this £5 coin (about $7.65) costs anywhere from $15 to $2,371. I’m no numismatic expert, but that seems excessive to me.

4. Not to go all Annie Barrett on you, but what is up with those ratty tendrils of hair under Kate’s chin?

5. That ugly girl who is supposed to be Kate is looking lovingly at Prince William, but he’s staring off into the distance, like he can’t be bothered. Yes, according to a statement from The Mint, Wills is pictured in profile to allude to his “Royal status,” but again, I suspect this slight to Kate is Camilla’s doing.

I could go on and on, but I should probably get some work done today. So I’ll turn it over to you, PopWatchers. What royal annoyances did I miss?

Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Country Strong' is, well, not so strong. Will you see it anyway?

The first reviews are starting to trickle in for Gwyneth Paltrow’s country-music melodrama Country Strong, which opened in just two theaters today, and if they’re any indication of how the film will fare with audiences, there may be some achy-breaky hearts when it goes into wide release on January 7. For now, Country Strong—which stars Paltrow as Kelly Canter, an alcoholic country superstar trying to make a comeback after a stint in rehab—is only playing in Los Angeles and Franklin, Tennessee, and hasn’t been screened for EW’s critics (stay tuned for Owen Gleiberman’s official review in our next issue). But the handful of critics who have weighed in so far have, for the most part, not been overly kind: “full of clichés,” “thin characters,” “predictable,” “derivative,” “thoroughly unconvincing,” “a chicken-fried Valley of the Dolls,” “wallows in about every country chestnut imaginable,” “sillier—and more tone-deaf—than Paltrow’s advice website, GOOP.” Ouch. Then again, the largely mixed reviews sound almost like hosannas compared with the heaps of scorn critics are piling on Little Fockers, which is pulling in a paltry 8% positive reviews on Rottentomatoes.com.

I caught Country Strong earlier today at a nearly empty theater in Los Angeles, and while I’m admittedly not quite the target audience, I have been a fan in the past of country-music films like Coal Miner’s Daughter and Crazy Heart. This is not Coal Miner’s Daughter or Crazy Heart. It’s hard to fault the cast—Paltrow and co-stars Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester do their best to wring some life out of the material they’re given. And there are some well-crafted, if ultimately fairly forgettable, songs in the film, which are gamely performed by Paltrow and company (though it seems odd that the one genuine singer in the cast, McGraw, doesn’t sing at all). The trouble is, the characters—Paltrow’s fragile songbird, McGraw’s dour manager, Hedlund’s hunky singer-songwriter, and Meester’s spunky would-be country star—are so undercooked and one-dimensional, they can’t support the heavy and sometimes unintentionally campy melodrama they’re asked to bear. If you’re wondering whether Paltrow has the pipes to make a credible country-pop star, though, she absolutely does. If anything, she should have been allowed more opportunities to show off her performing chops—she spends so much screen time sobbing and brooding and drunkenly melting down, we hardly get more than a snippet here and there of her singing until close to the end of the movie, and by then it’s too little, too late.

What about you? Have any of you had a chance to see Country Strong yet? If so, what did you think? If not, how interested are you in catching it?

'The Sing Off' recap: Singing, swinging, and Lachey pun bringing!

the-sing-offImage Credit: Harper Smith/NBCSeason 2 of The Sing Off is here, which means so is the constant supply of a cappella puns courtesy of host Nick Lachey. If we learned anything from last night, it’s that musical puns are key to The Sing Off‘s style. Along with cheesy facial expressions. And semi-coordinated sweater ensembles. And firmly defined group roles! But even amongst the ridiculousness, The Sing Off‘s heart is in the right place — it really does focus on the singing, which is why it’s actually a pretty enjoyable couple hours of television.

The night started off on the right note with a hugely exciting group performance of “I’ve Got the Music in Me” that gave us a little taste of the 10 groups competing for the $100,000 prize and Sony recording contract. Pun-Master Lachey introduced our three returning judges: indie-popster turned a cappella-aficionado, Ben Folds, former Pussycat Dolls’ only lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger, and suddenly un-frumpy “R&B icon,” Shawn Stockman. The theme of the night was signature songs. Each group was asked to sing something that showed off both their musical ability and personal style, and by the end of the night, after two separate eliminations by the judges, only eight groups would remain. Let’s take a look at each performance: READ FULL STORY

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