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'MythBusters' settles 'Titanic' debate! Could Jack and Rose both have survived? The answer...

Spoiler alert! Sunday night on Discovery’s MythBusters, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman took on the most requested myth in the show’s history: Did Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) needlessly die in James Cameron’s Titanic, or could he and Rose (Kate Winslet) have both survived on that wooden board? Cameron himself appeared in the episode, explaining that the film’s rerelease in 3D reignited the debate and he needs to know whether the movie got it right, or, as he says fans put it to him in dozens of emails every day, “Rose is a selfish so-and-so and Jack’s an idiot.” The answer… READ FULL STORY

PopWatch poll: Who is TV's best crier?

Last week, my colleague Mandi Bierly wrote a post about TV’s greatest tearjerkers that got me thinking about all my personal favorites, many of which came up in the comments. But as I constructed my list of favorite scenes, I realized that there are some actors who really know how to deliver the waterworks. There are some who, without fail, have the power to reduce me to a sobby mess.

Last night, for example, I was watching the latest Sons of Anarchy and realized that Charlie Hunnam is very much one of those actors. As gruff, strong Jax Teller, it isn’t often that we see Hunnam get to flex that particular emotional muscle. But when he does — man, it’s fantastic. [Sons spoiler ahead…] Two weeks ago, when Opie died in prison, the impact of the moment in itself made me tear up. But it was Jax’s reaction that really got me. And last night, at Opie’s wake, it happened again. I had to rehydrate after that.

So when I really got to thinking about it, I realized that there are only a few actors that have this power over me. My top 5 — in no particular order — are listed below. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': Listen to Britney Spears and Don Philip's 1999 duet, then weep for humanity

Update: Annie’s full recap is live.

Here’s Britney Spears’ duet with 32-year-old vocal coach and X Factor contestant Don Philip — “I Will Still Love You,” off her debut album, 1999’s …Baby One More Time. Something …drastic has happened to Don’s voice since then. Ugh, life. It’ll getcha.

We didn’t get many details on why current Don is such a mess, but the guy’s clearly been through hell and, thanks to the “magic” of a network television production team in search of a buzzy premiere moment, has made it back to one of the gates of hell — The X Factor audition stage!

Britney was so distraught after Don walked away that Simon had to interrupt his Skittles consumption to come over and hover over/console her.

What a difference 12 years can make. Listen to Britney and Don here: READ FULL STORY

What should happen to Aurora's movie theater?

Aurora, Colorado’s Cinemark multiplex has been closed since July 20, when a masked man opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. 12 people were killed; 58 more were injured. A month later, the town is doing its best to move forward — but officials there still aren’t sure what should be done with the building where a dozen moviegoers lost their lives.

That’s where Aurora’s residents come in. The AP writes that the town is now directing citizens to an online survey, where they can express what they think should happen to the theater. “It is our hope that the entire community will participate and benefit from the citywide healing process,”  the survey’s first and only question reads. “Many people have asked about the future of Aurora’s Century 16 theater. We want to know your thoughts. Please take a few minutes to tell us your thoughts. These comments will be shared with Cinemark for consideration in their decision making process.”

Although the survey’s responses aren’t visible, they presumably include a few variations on these main options:


'Mad Men' season 5: Where we have been, and where are we going

I have friends who’ve proclaimed the fifth season of Mad Men to be the show’s best yet. I have colleagues (both at EW and elsewhere) who’ve felt the season started with some of the show’s strongest episodes ever (“Signal 30,” “Far Away Places”), only to drift into grey angst, needless tragedy, and too-obvious thematic unity in its final episodes. And I’ve read many comments on our recap message boards that have expressed in quite colorful terms that this entire season has been ruined by the singular presence of Don Draper’s new wife, the well-adjusted, self-assured (or gap-toothed and petulant, depending on your point of view) Megan. (As you may have surmised, this post will be looking back on the entire season thus far, so consider this a SPOILER ALERT for all those who have yet to catch up.)

Me? I’m reserving judgment until after tonight’s finale. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men': Are you as devastated as we are by [SPOILER]?

Yes, we still have one episode left of the emotional free fall that has been Mad Men‘s fifth season. That doesn’t mean Matthew Weiner & Co. have saved all their shockers for the end.

Our beloved characters, not to mention us viewers, have been through a lot these twelve episodes. But I don’t think anything — not even Joan prostituting herself into a Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce partnership — has been as devastating as one SCDP partner’s tragic suicide in the latest ep, “Commissions and Fees,” even if with hindsight we definitely could see it coming. Read on to find out who met their fate. (UPDATE: You can read Adam B. Vary’s full recap of the episode here.)


Irritated moviegoer slugs obnoxious boor half his age. That's not the half of it.


You know those empowering stories about a mild-mannered Average Joe who gets pushed and pushed and pushed, until he finally stands up and puts a couple of nudniks half his age in their place. This is not one of those stories.

On April 11, a man who was watching Titanic 3-D with his girlfriend in an AMC theater in Kent, Wash., finally lashed out at the group of loud ruffians sitting behind him. He punched one, bloodying his nose and knocking out a tooth. What prevents this story from being heroic in any way is the fact that the annoyed moviegoer was 21 years old — and his victim was just 10.

Yong Hyum Kim was arrested for the assault, according to the Associated Press, and could face up to nine months in jail. Kim told police that he had no idea the person he hit was a child, though the misbehaving gaggle sat behind him, pelting him and his date with popcorn and running through the aisles. READ FULL STORY

What's your favorite tear-inducing, mom-related movie moment?


When cruel movie overlords want to cue the audience waterworks, they go for the Mom Button. You know, a touching moment, a grave illness, words of advice, and, in the most extreme cases, a death. And that stuff sticks with you.

Now, I’m not saying that around Mother’s Day (today!), I think of dying mothers. That’s not the case. But this is the day when you’re most susceptible to pressing of the Mom Button. Warning: If you want to cry, continue reading. If you want to cry with us and make others cry, too, share your pick for best mom-related tear-jerker moment from a movie.

My pick:
I frequently feel more for cartoons and animals than I do for people. (As April from Parks and Rec would say, “They should be rewarded for not being people. I hate people.”) So watching the clip of Littlefoot’s last conversation with his mother in The Land Before Time on YouTube still reduces me to tears. The real ugly crying comes around here though:

Mommy dino: I’ll be with you — even if you can’t see me.
Littlefoot: What do you mean if I can’t see you? I can always see you.

Michelle Profis:
I’m glad you didn’t ask for TV because then I’d be writing a list of every Gilmore Girls episode ever. For movies, though, I cannot think of a scene that punched me in the stomach more than Sally Fields in Steel Magnolias. Whether you’re a mother or not, I think it’s impossible to watch Fields unravel without getting choked up.

Hillary Busis:
Stepmom in its entirety. (Maybe not the part about snowblowing.) I once saw this movie reduce an entire bus of bitchy 14-year-girls into quivering puddles of tears. Full disclosure: I was one of those girls.

Stephan Lee:
One True Thing is the saddest movie ever. Meryl Streep is this really loving, sweet, seemingly simple woman who’s dying of cancer, and Renee Zellwegger plays her sophisticated but frigid daughter. Renee has to leave New York City to take care of her mom, and there’s this moment near the end of the movie where Meryl gives Renee a final word of advice before she dies, and it’s so tragic. There’s also a Christmas tree lighting where Meryl grabs Renee’s hand… I don’t know if this movie is actually good or just really, really emotionally manipulative.

And in Joy Luck Club, June always thought her mom was disappointed in her, until a dinner scene toward the end when her mom tells her: “You have best-quality heart. You have style no one can teach. Must be born this way. I see you.” Anyone, male or female, who’s ever had an Asian parent started crying at that moment.

Darren Franich:
In 50/50, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character spends most of the movie almost underreacting to his cancer diagnosis. He seems, by turns, really brave and almost embarrassed about it — no big deal, I can get over it, etc. That only really starts to crack near the end of the movie, when he goes in for an incredibly risky operation. During the movie, it’s been established that he has kind of a difficult relationship with his mom, played by Anjelica Huston — although “kind of difficult” in this sense just means he doesn’t call enough and has grown distant, which pretty much sums up most twentysomething dudes’ relationships with their mom. Anyway, she’s there with him in the hospital, right before he goes in for surgery. He starts freaking out when the doctor administers the anesthesia — like, seriously bugging out. His mom tells him, “Sweetie, you’re gonna be just fine,” and they hug. OH MY GOD I JUST WATCHED IT AGAIN AND I’M CRYING RIGHT NOW.

Erin Strecker:
Nothing brings me to tears faster than any given five-minute interval of Stepmom. Even happy parts like with Susan Sarandon and Co. dancing to “Ain’t No Mountain High” make me sniffle.

Farewell, 'Best Friends Forever': Why we'll miss a sitcom you almost certainly weren't watching

Four weeks ago, NBC quietly debuted Best Friends Forever, a new sitcom that offers another variation on one of this TV season’s most popular themes (female roommates navigate big-city life). Because the show premiered in April and got little promotion or media coverage — this, for example, is the first time EW’s dedicated a post to the series — nobody should have been surprised when the  network removed BFF from its schedule a few days ago.

But even though I’m not shocked by the sitcom’s fate — call it a gentleman’s cancellation — I’m still going to mourn its absence from my TV screen tonight. This is the third time this season NBC has canned a solid new comedy. And while I can understand why this trio of low-rated sitcoms all got the boot, I can’t help but think that the network didn’t really give BFF, Bent, or Free Agents much of a chance to succeed.

That’s a huge bummer, especially in Best Friends Forever‘s case.  READ FULL STORY

Hulu might restrict access to those with cable subscriptions -- eventually


Here’s some potentially bad news for cable cutters: The New York Post writes that free streaming site Hulu might eventually become a Pay-TV-subscribers-only zone. Last fall, Fox began limiting access to its most popular series on Hulu; while Dish TV, Verizon Fios, and Hulu Plus subscribers can still watch shows like Glee the day after they air, everyone else must wait an additional eight days if they want to view for free.

And according to the Post, this “authentication” model — so-called because viewers without Hulu Plus get next-day access to Fox shows by logging in with a Dish or Verizon account number — may soon become more common across the site. The paper reports that Comcast could introduce authentication for its subscribers in the near future. That cable network is reportedly going to require authentication for those who wish to watch Summer 2012 Olympics coverage as well.

Anyone who doesn’t currently pay for cable or satellite TV shouldn’t necessarily worry. READ FULL STORY

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