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Is Tom Hardy's 'Star Trek: Nemesis' screen test better than the finished film? -- VIDEO

Star Trek: Nemesis is not a good movie. Turgid and derivative and kinda junky, it was so ill-received by Trek fans when it arrived in theaters on Dec. 13, 2002 that it ranks as the lowest-grossing Trek movie by far, with a pitiful $43 million take in the U.S. and $67 million worldwide. The film effectively killed Trek as a feature film franchise until J.J. Abrams’ heralded resurrection seven years later. Basically, the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast deserved much, much better.

Thanks to a screen test for the film that’s going viral today on the Web, however, I was reminded that Nemesis does at least have one unequivocal good to its name: It introduced Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy’s lips to a worldwide audience. READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' poll: Are you Team Gale or Team Peeta?

Over the weekend, we confirmed via PopWatch polls that moviegoers who’d read The Hunger Games before seeing the film were more likely to cry than those who hadn’t. Only 15 percent of readers didn’t tear up, while 35 percent of non-readers remained dry-eyed. Does whether you’ve read Suzanne Collins’ trilogy make a difference when you’re asked to choose who Katniss should end up with: Gale or Peeta? Vote below…  READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012: How did host Billy Crystal do? Vote in our POLL!

It seems silly to ask how you think Billy Crystal did hosting the Oscars since we knew exactly what he would do leading up to the television event: During his ninth time hosting, it was likely we’d see the actor open with a montage that saw him bouncing between notable film scenes of the year and a song about the nominees. And, lo and behold, that’s exactly what Crystal did during last night’s Oscars.

But did Crystal’s Oscars comfort food taste as good as in years past? On my end, it was difficult to fully enjoy the actor’s monologue, thanks to some microphone feedback problems. And some jokes (Crystal’s quick bit about how movies used to be made on film — kids, with their technology and whose-a-gadgets, are crazy these days, aren’t they?!) felt older than 84-year-old Oscar himself. Still, Crystal at least seemed to shine bright enough to help us forget last year’s disastrous Anne Hathaway-James Franco experiment. As EW’s Ken Tucker said, “You feel relaxed watching him, knowing he’s in charge and alert to the mood of the house.”

But let’s throw the question out to you, PopWatchers. How did you think Crystal fared at the Chapter 11 Theater last night? Vote in our poll below! READ FULL STORY

Yes, 'The Voice' auditions are better than 'Idol' auditions. But...

Let me start by saying I’m an unflinchingly devoted American Idol fan. I’ve watched all 11 seasons religiously — never missing an episode, except when I boycotted the remainder of season 4 out of principle once Scott Savol outlasted Constantine Maroulis — and can even remember the names of contestants that never made it past Hollywood. (Well, hello there season 10′s Aly Jados, who was also cut from The Voice last night!) Even in the past few weeks, when friends and family have been trying to convince me that I need a new obsession, since the ratings-troubled Idol is “so over,” I have covered my ears and launched into a five-minute tirade about how Idol will last forever because it has to, because how would I or America cope without it, you can’t tell me it will ever die, it can’t! Phew. Calm down, Kate. Go soothe yourself with a YouTube viewing of David Cook’s season 7 performance of “The World I Know.”

Okay, soothed. But, regardless of my love for the show that fuels my existence, I have to give props to its hot-on-its-heels competitor: The Voice‘s auditions are so much better than Idol‘s. READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey: Was she really the worst 'SNL' musical guest of all time? Vote!

The great Lana Del Rey debate rages on. While many have come to the defense of the singer since her much talked-about performances during this weekend’s Saturday Night Live (including host Daniel Radcliffe), others still maintain that the controversial music sensation is one of the worst guests in the show’s history, if not the very worst. (Juliette Lewis and Eliza Dushku seemed to think so. Heck, so did Brian Williams.)

Are people, like Radcliffe suggested, simply letting their personal feelings about Del Rey’s rise to fame cloud their judgment of her appearance? Or were her performances of “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” quite simply that bad? I happen to be in the latter group of those who were downright flabbergasted by Del Rey’s warble-y, emotionless numbers and were left with burning questions, like: Who was this girl? Where did she come from? And why… why?! Watch her performance below and see what all the noise has been about: READ FULL STORY

Madonna Super Bowl playlist: What should she sing during the half-time show?

Get into the (football) groove: Madonna has officially been announced as the featured performer for the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. While it’s still a little too soon to place our bets on which teams will play in the big game (where’s Lisa Simpson when you need her?), that doesn’t mean we can’t start to guess, or at the very least make our wish list, for what the Material Girl will sing during the half-time show. (Early prediction: She probably won’t play “Material Girl.”)

While last year’s half-time act/pod people of the future the Black Eyed Peas, along with Usher and Slash, played eight tunes, the standard playlist by previous performers like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, and U2 has featured three to five of their greatest hits. (Then again, Prince rocked no less than seven during his Super Bowl XLI appearance.)

So what’s the ideal Madonna playlist? READ FULL STORY

eBay software helps TV fans buy their favorite props and outfits. Consider our holiday wish lists revised!

Ever envied Blair Waldorf’s wardrobe or Alicia Florrick’s stainless steel kitchen? (Why, yes. Yes, of course you have.) Well, soon you might be able to bid on items from your favorite TV shows, thanks to eBay. According to Bloomberg, the company has recently launched an iPad app that will allow shoppers to purchase what they see on television. As Bloomberg explains, “The idea is to recognize the brand and make of clothing and props in each scene — a jacket worn by January Jones on AMC’s Mad Men for example — and let users purchase the same item on eBay.” (Not for sale, however? Betty Draper’s inability to feel.)

While analyst Ken Sena told Bloomberg that “success has been pretty limited” thus far for the service, as “it comes down to the media relationships,” it doesn’t mean we haven’t already starting making lists about what we’d like to buy off of our favorite television shows. Here’s a few items: READ FULL STORY

Occupy UC Davis pepper-spray officer takes the 'net by storm -- and, yes, there's a 'Twilight' reference

Leave it to the Internet to boil everyday scandals down to a catchy meme! Enthusiastic Photoshoppers have taken a photo of UC Davis campus police lieutenant John Pike pepper spraying Occupy UC Davis protestors this past Friday and injected the unfriendly officer into great works of art from the Sistine Chapel to Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” — not to mention mocking up a Twilight riff and finding a way to shout out to Denver Broncos’ QB Tim Tebow.  READ FULL STORY

Tale of the tape: Bradley Cooper vs. Ryan Gosling

When People Magazine unveils its highly anticipated Sexiest Man Alive issue each year, it is generally a celebration of one of Hollywood’s most debonair stars that everyone is invited to share in – and stare at. But when Bradley Cooper became the newest member of this exclusive club earlier this week, his coronation was marred just a bit by disgruntled fans of one Ryan Gosling. The Internet that adored the “Hey, Girl” meme rushed to Gosling’s defense, and a group of about 15 self-promoters even showed up on the sidewalk in front of People‘s offices, chanting “Bradley Cooper is just fine, but Ryan Gosling is divine!” Even George Clooney, Sexiest Man emeritus, admitted that he had been rooting for his Ides of March co-star, saying “It’s gotta be Ryan, don’t you think?”

People‘s executive editor Liz Sporkin, though, is not second-guessing herself. “We stand by our man!” she said. “Bradley Cooper is the whole package. He’s gorgeous, talented, brainy, loves his mom, can cook up a storm, and speaks fluent French! Who can argue with that?”

In a sexy-man contest between two uber-handsome actors, there can only be one winner. And that is us. So, in light of the “controversy,” let’s look at the Tale of the Tape: READ FULL STORY

Oscar host vacancy: With Eddie Murphy out, who should step in? Vote!

Just one day after Brett Ratner announced he would be stepping down as Oscars producer, the 84th Academy Awards now finds itself without a host, too, as Eddie Murphy released a statement confirming that he will no longer be emceeing the ceremony. (“I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job,” said Murphy, who was recruited to host the event by Ratner, his Tower Heist director.)

So now what, PopWatchers? Or more specifically, who? As in, who should host the 2012 Oscars? READ FULL STORY

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