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'The Bachelor' episode 2: 'How'd that taste coming out of your mouth?'

You know, it’s one thing to be mean to a fellow Mean Girl on a reality TV show — but it is quite another to be mean to a helpless administrative assistant from Tennessee who just wants her “me” to be a “we.” Are you with me, rose lovers? (If not, you probably haven’t seen tonight’s episode — so SPOILER ALERT before you go any farther.) Anyhow, we’re barely into our second week and the “ladies” are getting nasty, specifically Blakely, the VIP cocktail waitress who is “34,” and Courtney, the model with the dead eyes and flat affect. Stay tuned for my full TV recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click to see Kristen’s Bachelor episode 2 recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes Bachelor blog) but until then let me know what you thought of this week’s trip to whine wine country. Were you surprised about who Ben sent home — and, more importantly, who he kept? Has Casey (not Kacie from Tennessee) ever said one word on camera? And what kind of store sells giant lollipops and batons? Post your thoughts now!

Elin Nordegren is still standing, but her $12 million North Palm Beach mansion isn't

Elin Nordegren paved paradise to put up… more paradise. According to the Palm Beach Post, Nordegren, Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, has had her $12.3 million Florida mansion demolished to make way for “her own dream home.” (See the before and after pictures of the 17,000-square foot property, which was originally built in 1932 and included “eight bathrooms, an in-ground pool and an elevator” here. Wait, that wasn’t the dream home?!) READ FULL STORY

What's your most infuriating DVR failure? Mine won't tape 'Housewives.'


I understand that complaining about a DVR means I have first-world problems. I mean, we’re talking about a technological aid that we managed to live successfully without for decades of TV-watching. But still, now that the DVR exists and has integrated itself into my daily routine, it is not allowed to fail. And yet, it continues to do so. DVR, you’re simply too big (a part of my life) to fail!

As someone who watches way too much television (and who has moved often in recent years), I have gone through my fair share of DVRs. READ FULL STORY

'Work It': Act like a (completely inaccurate representation of a) lady, think like a (prehistoric) man

There was a slight twinge of panic amongst the ladyfolk when the Twitter and viral video sensation “S— Girls Say” all but took over the Internet. Not out of the fear that it could become too popular for its own good and get its own miserable spin-off like a certain similarly titled CBS sitcom (still a legitimate concern, though), but that a guy had actually cracked some of our not-so-secret code. Because despite its obviously over-the-top re-enactment of, well, the s— girls sometimes say, it was nearly impossible to deny that you hadn’t uttered something pretty close to Graydon Sheppard’s fast-talking gal’s quotables yourself. (I’m guilty of saying both “Sorry, can you just turn it down a little bit?” and “Get these chips away from me!” almost verbatim.) READ FULL STORY

Who was 2011's worst-dressed TV character?

Let’s face it: Not everyone on TV can be Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe), whose immaculate gown collection on Revenge makes her look like she’s stepped out of a magical silk sea that changes jewel tones at her every whim and envelops her in liquid wealth for every occasion — “breakfast,” for example. Nope, sometimes people on TV just look like crap. I’ve started a list of 2011’s Worst-Dressed TV People below. But it will likely seem as incomplete as Kurt’s ridiculous one-sleeved cowl-neck sweater on Glee, so please add your own suggestions in the comments! READ FULL STORY

Many not merry over Denis Leary's 'Islamophobic' parody of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Denis Leary released a radical Islamist parody of A Charlie Brown Christmas several years ago, but that hasn’t stopped several groups from taking issue with it now. Just days after the comedian reposted a video on his WhoSay site in which Charlie copes with his doubts about Christianity by converting to Islam and building a flawed bomb, several have condemned the video, claiming it encourages an Islamophobic attitude. (The video is from a nearly 7-year-old Comedy Central special.)

In the parody, Linus replaces his meaning of Christmas speech with one in which he claims the jihadist goal is to “bring terror” to its enemies. The video ends with the Peanuts crew helping Charlie build a nuclear bomb, which sends him and Linus to a hell filled with 72 Marcies. Though the video might sound familiar to Leary fans, sites like Islamophobia Watch have only recently stumbled upon it: “Just what the world needs,” Islamophobia Watch’s site reads. “A jaw-droppingly Islamophobic video has been posted by Irish-American comedian Denis Leary on WhoSay. Some years ago Leary took a firm stand against Mel Gibson’s antisemitism. But apparently crude anti-Muslim stereotyping is fine with Leary.” (Leary’s reps have yet to respond to EW’s request for comment.)

The video is also getting extra traction via Glenn Bleck’s TheBlaze.com. That site’s readers, however, don’t appear to be offended by the video. See it after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Contrarian Corner: I've had it with video stores!

I am very disappointed in myself right now for many reasons (intense cold-weather reclusion, strong identification with Charlize Theron’s character in Young Adult, weight gain), but at the top of the list is confirmation of my recent aversion to video stores.

I’m supposed to appreciate these relics, the sprawling box-like storefronts that just seem to bleed out smaller and smaller rectangles — 99-cent outdated movie posters, clunky VHS tapes the stores will practically pay you to remove, DVDs-for-purchase that no one will ever open again. Every few days during the late ’90s, I moped around the Garden Market Blockbuster (now out of business, though my mom just told me it became a costume warehouse for two weeks this October; so tragic) and Video 66 on Joliet Rd. (still there! possibly due to Honey Fluff Donuts next store?) (Update: just drove by and I was wrong; it’s now a vacant-again storefront that says FUN TAN, ugh) — because what else would I do with my life? And then whenever I was back home over the holidays or the summers throughout the late 2000s, I would mope around the same stores again, just in different sweatpants. I’m sure the Video 66 guy appreciated my upgrade from “flannel” to “yoga.” READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Would any of you blockheads buy Charlie Brown's sad little Christmas tree?

For our final Lunchtime Poll before the holiday weekend, I thought we’d check in with Charlie Brown — the only person Linus knows who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. “Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browniest.”

In A Charlie Brown Christmas, after Lucy tasked him with getting the biggest aluminum Christmas tree he could find for the kids’ play, Charlie Brown instead picked a funny-looking hidden gem that was just like him: barely viable in a sea of brightly colored commercialism, sprouting just a few tufts of foliage in random directions, and in desperate need of a little love.

“Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees?” wondered Linus. “It doesn’t seem to fit the modern spirit.”

I’m sitting three inches away from my parents’ glorious so-fake-it’s-real Christmas tree right now and must admit I find it very alluring. (DANCMSTR Dee and Barnacle Bill have always understood the importance of maintaining a modern spirit.) But I think I would buy a sad little Charlie Brown tree for my own sad little apartment. I’d call it a “statement piece” and decorate it with lightweight tinsel fringe, a single strand of sequined caramel corn, and a gem-encrusted Dancing With the Stars bangle to support the “trunk” like Linus adorably did with his blanket.

“Everything Annie touches turns into a disaster,” my regretful visitors would say, and I’d nod solemnly and then press play on Dragonette’s modern-day Charlie Brown anthem on my iTunes. They may be right, but those commercial dogs are not going to ruin my Christmas.


Alviiiin! David Cross calls 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' 'the most unpleasant experience I've ever had'

In a recent interview with IndieWire.com, actor/comedian David Cross described working on Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked– Ghost Protocol: A Game of Shadows — Sorry, but that title is ripe for parody! Ripe! — “the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in my professional life.” Meanwhile, EW’s own Adam Markovitz called the third installment in the series, “Nothing more than a cynical stab at grabbing kids’ attention—and, more importantly, their parents’ cash.” (In short, you actually couldn’t pay people enough to want to deal with Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Not even some of the people in it.) READ FULL STORY

Jane Fonda on the GOP candidates: 'They all scare me, frankly.' -- VIDEO

No matter what your political affiliation, watching a debate can make you feel anywhere from relieved to hopeful to angered to excited to grumpy to sleepy. (Any of the Seven Dwarfs would apply, really.) But it seems Jane Fonda has two very distinct emotions when it comes to the unending GOP debates: Depressed and scared.

The actress/activist, talked with Piers Morgan on his CNN program Sunday night and discussed, among other things, the current Republican candidates. When asked which of the politicians impress her and which ones scare her, Fonda responded, ” They all scare me, frankly. I get depressed and scared when I look at the Republican debates.” (Here’s something that might depress and scare Fonda even more: Last night’s Iowa debate on ABC News was the most-watched one yet.)

While Fonda wouldn’t say whether or not front-runners Mitt Romney or New Gingrich scared her (Newt Romney, if you will) she did explain her apprehension with all of the candidates. “I’m worried about anybody getting elected to office who says we have to do away with or privatize Social Security, we have to reduce medical health insurance, we have to not raise taxes,” Fonda told Morgan, adding that Republicans implying “there’s no problem with the environment … this worries me.”

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

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