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Casts of 'Boy Meets World,' 'My So-Called Life,' 'Friday Night Lights' to reunite at Austin TV Fest

Good news for anyone who loves the ’90s and lives within a reasonable distance of Austin, the Portland of the Southwest: The year-old Austin Television Festival has announced that in 2013, its second annual event will feature cast (and crew!) reunions of gone-but-not-forgotten favorites including Boy Meets World, Friday Night Lights, My S0-Called Life, Party of Five, and American Dreams, a.k.a. That Show About The ’60s That Wasn’t Mad Men. All individual participants in these reunions have not yet been revealed, but chances are good that Scott Wolf, at least — who attended the fest in its inaugural year as well — will show up.

'Bent': Love the 'Riggins,' hate the 'Screwsie'?

If you missed the premiere of NBC’s new comedy Bent last night — and judging by the ratings, many of you did — you can read Ken Tucker’s review here. What I want to discuss is whether the show lost whatever cool points it got for making “Riggins” the last name of contractor Pete (David Walton) by choosing “Screwsie” as the name for the wild younger sister (Margo Harshman) of his new client Alex (Amanda Peet).

Riggins was the last name of Taylor Kitsch’s character on Friday Night Lights, and since Bent cast FNL‘s Jesse Plemons (i.e. Landry) as one of Pete’s crew, it’s safe to assume the shoutout was intentional. Riggins fits Pete. He’s a laid-back bad boy who could have any woman he wants for a night except good girl Alex, a newly single mom with a new rich doctor boyfriend. She’d need Pete to be a better, more responsible man before she’d sleep with him. I assume Screwsie is a clever nickname for a promiscuous screwup actually named Susie, and the fact that Alex loves her sister is supposed to give us hope that she could love Pete. But Screwsie? Really? Or am I the only one it annoyed?

Read more:
NBC’s ‘Bent’ premiere ratings out of shape
‘Bent’ premiere review: Does this good sitcom deserve better treatment from its network?

PopWatch Confessional: Are the days of convincing friends to go see a movie that they don't actually want to see over?

When was the last time you went to see a movie you weren’t actually interested in seeing just to spend time with someone? When was the last time someone did that for you? Here’s why I’m asking: None of my regular movie friends who were free over the weekend wanted to see John Carter, and I was too impatient to wait for the one who said she could go this week. On Sunday, I met a friend for brunch and to see Friends With Kids. Afterward, I planned to catch the next showing of John Carter. A few years ago, maybe I would’ve tried to convince her to join me. But this was an IMAX 3D showing in NYC that cost $19 — I couldn’t even ask her. Even in 2D, it would’ve cost her $13. And even then, that’s something I could only suggest it if was my birthday — the one time of year when everyone in my movie circle will cave to you and see whatever you want.  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Kitsch's short hair a problem, even for airport security -- VIDEO

John Carter star Taylor Kitsch stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night and entertained Dave with a story about getting stopped by customs at an airport in the Philippines when his passport had no room left for a stamp. He was informed he was going to be sent back on the next plane to Japan, where he just flew in from, but Kitsch, who had a work visa to film the upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages, told the agent he was an actor — which the man didn’t believe. With the airport’s computers down, and the man not familiar with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Kitsch pulled out his iPhone and played him the John Carter trailer. “He’s like, ‘That’s not you.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You have short hair.’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, I cut it. It grows. It’s me,'” Kitsch says. Luckily, the guy liked the trailer and Kitsch got to stay.  READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin turns 'John Carter' into a 'filthy movie' during Taylor Kitsch interview -- VIDEO

God bless Taylor Kitsch’s visit to Live! With Kelly falling on a day when Alec Baldwin was Kelly Ripa’s cohost. Watch the chat below in which Baldwin playfully tries to insinuate that Kitsch and his John Carter costar Lynn Collins spent time together offscreen (until Kitsch mentions that she’s actually married), and, after watching a flirty clip of the two of them together, offered this expert analysis: “Now don’t fool around here, okay…. When the superhot woman says, ‘I can take you to the gates’…. Come on, this is a filthy movie, man! Come on, this is filthy!” Both Ripa and Kitsch reminded Baldwin that it’s a Disney film, but Kitsch was willing to play along: “The DVD extras will have the alternative ending to that,” he joked saucily. “We go to the gates.”  READ FULL STORY

2012's Most Promising Pop-Culture Picks?

What’s your most anticipated pop-culture event of 2012? Some options to get you thinking: November’s final Twilight movie (for both lovers and haters, it. will. end!); this spring’s long-awaited new episodes of Mad Men; Kiefer Sutherland’s midseason return to TV with Fox’s Touch; Game of Thrones‘ second season debuting in April; July’s arrival of The Dark Knight Rises; or the December delivery of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Or maybe the iPad 3?

Give us your most impassioned pitches below. I’ll start:  READ FULL STORY

What is your New Year's pop-culture resolution?

Some New Year’s resolutions are easier to keep than others. That’s why we here at EW like to make pop-culture resolutions. Check out some of our vows for 2012 here, and please, offer your own below. We’ll pick our favorites and turn them into a gallery for all to see and hold you to. You only need one goal, but I’ll offer a few to get us started. In 2012:

• I will not allow a smartass stranger to spook me when I leave the movie theater after seeing The Woman in Black as I did in when I left a London theater after seeing the play in 1996.

• I will have at least one conversation about John Carter and Battleship star Taylor Kitsch in which the word “hair” is not used. He deserves that.

• I will lower the number of Bon Jovi songs in my Top 25 Most Played list from three to one (“This Ain’t a Love Song”). Sorry, “It’s My Life” and “Runaway.” I just can’t.

• I will not let anything get in the way of my seeing George Jones live for the first time.

• I will not get so vicariously embarrassed for women on The Bachelor that I hide my head in a pillow, beat the couch with a pillow, or toss a pillow across the room.

Your turn!

Read more:
13 Pop Culture Resolutions for ’12 At the EW Office

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