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Which artist do you want a 'Glee' episode dedicated to?

GleeImage Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images; Rick Odell/Getty ImagesLast week, we watched Madonna get the Glee treatment in April 20’s Madge-ical episode. Then Britney Spears’ manager tweeted his plea to get Spears’ songs performed on the Fox series. And not only has creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed to EW that he’s entertaining the notion of a Spears episode, but he’s also considering one-hour homages to Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, and Courtney Love. But we want to to know who YOU want to hear on Glee, PopWatchers! If it was between these four music superstars, which one would you choose? Maybe you want to see Lea Michele do an a cappella version of Hole’s “Malibu?” Or can you imagine Cory Monteith tackling Billy Joel’s “Piano Man?” Vote below!

'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' and 'Twilight' stars glam-up Walmart Op ads

Dianna-Agron-Cory-MonteithWalmart revealed its new ads for the spring collection of its California-cool line, Op, and their campaigns are best described as Abercrombie and Fitch + celebrities – $$$ – the nudity. Judging by this year’s campaign stars, I’d say it’s quite the step up in star wattage from last year’s ad. Brody Jenner — enough said.

But this year’s lineup includes Glee‘s Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron along with Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr and Twilight‘s Alex Meraz. To fulfill the 90210 quota held last year by AnnaLynne McCord is Trevor Donovan. Now that’s an ad campaign I can get behind!

But, is it just me, or are some of these shots a bit racy for the mass market chain? Hello, Maxim! Either way, thank you, photographer, for awkward gems like this.

What do you think of the star-studded ads? And who else wishes Donovan was holding them up on that surfboard?

Photo credit: Walmart

Beck v. Cameron: Round Two

glenn-beckImage Credit: Fox NewsYou had to sit through a lecture on how bomb-throwing hippies from the 1960s have taken over the U.S. government — did you know that President Obama is part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to grant illegal immigrants the vote? — but towards the end of his show today, Fox’s Glenn Beck fired back at James Cameron. As you may have read on EW.com, the Avatar director took aim at Beck yesterday during a press conference promoting Avatar’s DVD release. Cameron called Beck “dangerous” and his Global Warming-denying ideology “poisonous.” He also took objection to Beck calling him the “anti-Christ” back in 2007, when Beck was a host on CNN. (“Only a force of pure evil could have directed [Titanic],” Beck opined back then.)

Well, this afternoon Beck bit back. “The following segment is a Fox television first — it’s Fox News 3-D,” he said, whipping on a pair of cardboard 3-D glasses. “Yes, James, I am guilty. I did call James Cameron the anti-Christ. But only because of the Celine Dion song. Horrific. Really. But the best part is, this guy has carried this joke around for three long years. This guy is making a billion dollars on a Smurf-murdering movie and he’s stewing about a joke that nobody heard on a network nobody watched! It’s time to walk away from the CGI, Jim. Just for a minute. I don’t think he’s just upset with me, though. He’s also upset with you too,” Beck went on, nodding into the camera, at his show’s viewers. “Because you’re a global warming denier.”

As basic cable feuds go, this one doesn’t quite have the seat-of-your-pants entertainment value of, say, George Clooney versus Bill O’Reilly, or even John Stewart versus Jim Cramer. But these are early rounds. Maybe Cameron will take it up a notch tomorrow. If you were Jim Cameron, what would you say to Glenn Beck, Pop Watchers? (Also, if you were Jim Cameron, could we have some of your money?)

Tonight's mythically heavy 'Lost': An all-time classic or just alright? Start debating! (Oh, and SPOILER ALERT!)

It began in the darkest of night, on the shores of a place Richard Alpert called Hell. It ended in daylight, in a lush Edenesque patch of The Island, with the ageless enigma standing underneath the kind of massive tree that can only exist in a land of fantasy or myth, trembling with much fear and a glimmer of hope. In between, we got a story that asked questions that we’ve been asking ab aeterno—”since the beginning.” What is good? What is evil? How do we know the difference? Who knows what is truly best for us? Who should we trust? How do we make moral choices amid such ambiguity? Why must we figure this stuff out on our own? Why don’t the gods of the universe play straight with us? How the flaming hell are we supposed to live like this?

“Ab Aeterno” was a heavy, heady, and surprisingly emotional hour of TV, suffused with Biblical subtext, scribbled with subtitles, and stuffed with answers for the show’s Island mythology, albeit in a fabulistic form requiring careful interpretation and a clarification or two. Or more. In addition to getting a story that revealed how Richard Alpert got to The Island, we got a story that revealed the nature of the relationship between Jacob and The Man In Black, at least as it existed prior to Jacob’s death last season. Indeed, we got the sense that the battle these two angelic/demonic/whatchamacallum entities waged over Alpert’s soul was actually the first phase of Man In Black’s 240 years-in-the-making Smoke-man from Alcatraz escape plan. The episode used a corked bottle of wine as a symbol for Lost cosmology, with The Island playing the role of the stopper that kept something toxic from spilling out and corrupting us all. Of course, that was Jacob’s interpretation. Did you believe him?

“Ab Aeterno” was a big winner in my book. It was definitely the most unusual episode Lost has given us this season. It was technically a flashback story, thanks to the Island-set framing device, but most of it was told in linear fashion. It was definitely not a Sideways episode. (I will pause a microsecond to allow the silly haters to cheer.)  It was also the ninth hour of Lost’s 18-hour final season. We’re halfway to the finish, and the castaways are halfway to home or oblivion. Which one will it be? Right now, I guess it depends on how you view the jug. But let’s crack it open and see if we find clarity. I’ll be back tomorrow morning with full analysis–and I promise a minimum of drunken theorizing this week. (UPDATE: Doc Jensen’s  recap of “Ab Aeterno” is now live.) Besides, I saved all my intoxicated crazyiness for this week’s Totally Lost, in which Dan and I welcome Rebecca Mader, aka Charlotte Lewis, to our little sandbox for an interview, plus some fun and games. And beer.

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'Remember Me' twist ending: What did you think?

remember-meImage Credit: Myles AronowitzIn case you haven’t heard, there’s a twist at the end of the new Robert Pattinson movie, Remember Me. A big twist. The kind that makes half the people in the theater go “Wha…?” in unison the moment it hits. Plenty of bloggers have already gone down spoiler road, so we won’t even bother here. Suffice it to say, the last 10 minutes of the story are likely to color your feelings about everything that happened before it. Personally, I thought the movie didn’t need the twist — they could’ve run the credits 10 minutes earlier and I would’ve come out feeling about the same. But I’m betting not everyone agrees with me, right? So let’s get a quick show of hands:

More Remember Me on EW’s Movie Critics blog:
Remember Me twist: How soon is too soon to write about it?

Madonna to launch fashion line this summer

madonnaAfter high profile-stints as the face of luxury labels like Dolce & Gabbana, it was only a matter of time before Madonna stepped behind the scenes to design her own label, and lo and behold, it was announced today that the Material Girl will be launching her very own fashion brand, MG icon, with Iconix Brand Group, Inc., starting with a juniors line for Macy’s this summer.

Why on earth would she start her new design career with a juniors line? Well, the inspiration came from her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes, who, judging by these pictures, has a raging interest in fashion herself. The aptly titled “Material Girl” line will be unveiled this August and include apparel, footwear, handbags, and jewelry priced from $12-40.

A low-priced line bucks the trend of high-end designers starting big and introducing diffusion lines later down the line, so it’s a bit perplexing that Madonna would follow the lead of someone like, say, Jennifer Lopez, whose J.Lo-brand has been at Macy’s for years.

This being the queen of Pop, I would’ve liked to have seen her start out with something a bit more abstract, since she is an artist after all. As December 2008 ads for Louis Vuitton proved, lady M certainly knows how to work her couture.

What do you guys think of Madonna’s venture into the fashion world? Would you buy something with her stamp of approval on it?

Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

Lady Gaga's lobster headpiece: Love it or loathe it

Of all the head pieces Lady Gaga has worn (and there have been many), none has been so glitter-tastic — or so easily deciphered, compared to the her abstract pieces — as the bejeweled lobster headpiece she wore on Saturday after the last London concert of her Monster Ball tour.

As weird as that red lace face mask was — and it definitely was — I think the crustacean trumps all other head gear for its sheer, “Say what?” factor. Can she see properly through the tentacles? Do the jewels scratch her face? Was she planning to eat lobster that night in some sort of meta feast? Was she making a symbolic gesture that’s she found her lobster? The questions abound.

Plus, it’s certainly something when the tamest part of an outfit is the see-through plastic with strategically placed tape.

What do you think of Gaga’s lobster piece? What’s your favorite Gaga headpiece?

Photo: Version: Copetti/Photofab/Startraksphoto.com

K-Fed strips down for 'Celebrity Fit Club'

Leave it to Kevin Federline to let it all hang out — literally. Last night on VH1’s weight-loss realityfest Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, the former Mr. Britney Spears/rap wannabe furnished shirtless “before” pics of his 232-lb. self, gamely cracking to the judges, “I look like a pregnant man.” (One is tempted to ask, a la Paulie Walnuts, whether the snaps are “before” or “way before.”) Weigh in, PopWatchers (no pun intended): Is this TMI? Are you reeling from mammal toe — or mammary overload? Does the well-fed K-Fed’s choice of camo underpants render a disservice to our men and women in uniform, or out of it? Can fellow Boot Camp-ers Sebastian Bach and Bobby Brown possibly top this feat of show-too-muchmanship? And, most terrifying to contemplate, should such exhibitionism from Britney’s ex earn a “Malibu Gas Station”-style tribute from those pop-fixated noise-rockers Sonic Youth?

Heidi Klum's upcoming maternity line goes for unitard-chic

When I watch the judges on Project Runway dis a contestant’s design, I sometimes think to myself, “OK, Heidi or Nina, why don’t you try to design a ball gown out of waste materials and surge protectors yourself?” Well, perhaps Klum heard my protests because she’s throwing herself into the designer ring with her own line of maternity clothes—with slightly more traditional materials (i.e. polyester)—that debuts this Friday. The model-turned-host was on ABC’s Good Morning America today to give viewers a sneak peek.

The line is pretty standard fare — stretchy pants and billowy tops — and even includes a more price-friendly line for Motherhood Maternity that incorporates Klum’s hand-painted designs. But the gem of the collection, at least according to Klum, is the unitard, which elicited an “Oh. My. Goodness!” from GMA host Juju Chang, who was pregnant herself two years ago, that was filled with equal parts horror and jealousy.

Klum raves about the comfort of the unitard but, even though I’m not pregnant, I imagine it must be quite a doozy to go to the bathroom with one on. And if that isn’t impractical enough, the line also includes blob-like leopard print that might as well be accessorized with a “baby on board” sign.

If I had to pick, I’d go for the the tamer, if not more boring, floral prints that Klum painted herself.

What do you guys think of the preview? Would you buy the clothes or get them for the baby-bound woman in your life?

Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos

'Hope For Haiti Now': The telethon's 10 best performances

Tonight’s George Clooney-organized, multi-network Hope For Haiti Now telethon was a subdued, classy affair, thankfully free of any awkward “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” moments. In all, the two-hour telecast included 19 musical performances, most of which were terrific. I could name two female artists who were a bit out of their league, but since they were singing for charity, I won’t. Instead, I’ll run down what were, in my humble opinion, the 10 best numbers of the night. (You can download them all, by the way, on iTunes.)

10. Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris I confess I’d never heard of Matt Morris before. But after his and Timberlake’s sensitive, almost half-tempo duet performance of Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered “Hallelujah,” I’m a convert. READ FULL STORY

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