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'Supernatural' angel Misha Collins on the Greatest (and oddest) International Scavenger Hunt ever

Last year, Supernatural actor Misha Collins spearheaded the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. And the 6,200 people who participated broke a world record.

They’re back at it again this year — this time with 10,000 people pre-registered — and if Collins’ preview is any indication, it’s only going to get weirder.

A little background: The event began as a quest to organize the largest global scavenger hunt ever — and, in the process, raise a little money for Collins’ Random Acts of Kindness charity. With 6,200 participants, who carried out tasks from a massive and highly unusual list that included earrings made of molars and flying foliage, they succeeded. And Collins promises it’s only going to get bigger and better.

“Unless there’s a horrible catastrophe and we lose 4,000 people to the forces of nature, I think we will (break our record),” he says. “It was a lot of fun to put together the list and it was also fun to see people pulling off these items that a lot of times caused people to have to push outside their comfort zone.”

Need examples? Not a problem. Collins picked out five of his favorite tasks from last year for EW (and gave us a preview of this year’s list). Read his picks below, in no particular order:

+A sculpture of a sea gull. Must be at least two feet high. Must be made entirely from (unused) tampons and sanitary napkins.
“The bird made out of maxi pads, there were literally about 600 of those, and there were some truly phenomenal looking birds,” he says. “That was a truly impressive lineup.” READ FULL STORY

Bon Jovi knows its demo, reminds Twitter followers that Mother's Day is Sunday

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, PopWatchers, so it’s time to shop for mom and/or drop hints about what you yourself would like to receive. May Bon Jovi suggest its picnic blanket for $39.99? (That’s the same price as its pajama set, but $25 more than one of its Slippery When Wet thongs.) In addition to a Twitter reminder to fans (pictured), the band is also doing a push on its Facebook page. If you’ve ever attended a Bon Jovi concert and seen the venue forced to convert some of the men’s restrooms into ladies’ to accommodate the overwhelmingly female crowd, you know what a smart move this is.

Are you getting your mother something entertainment-related this year? (Yes, we’re looking for suggestions.)

TLC's 'Bama Belles' talk about their new show

Bama-BellesImage Credit: TLCTLC’s newest reality series, Bama Belles, premieres Sunday night. I said a few weeks ago that  I wasn’t so sure I wanted to watch a “relatable show” about a group of women from Dothan, Ala. But then the Belles sent me a screener of the premiere and called me up to chat about the new show. “We’re going to bust the stereotypes,” said Amie, one of the show’s stars. “I’m really tired of the south being portrayed as ignorant, uneducated people. I think they need to watch Bama Belles because, honestly, we’re just the opposite of that. It’s all about living life and enjoying life and genuinely loving your circle of friends and family.”

Confession time: I think I found another addition for my DVR. The five Belles Amie, Dakota, Jana, Melissa, and Val talked about what you can expect in the first season.  READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter': Quidditch World Cup happening this weekend, for real

Quidditch-TournamentImage Credit: Christopher Capozziello/Getty ImagesWhen the first Harry Potter film hit theaters in 2001, could you have predicted that New York City would be hosting the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup this weekend? Some of you may be aware that students at Vermont’s Middlebury College are credited with first making the fantasy sport a reality in 2005, and today, there’s an International Quidditch Association. Forty-six teams will compete this weekend, including Middlebury, Boston University, Michigan State, NYU, Vassar, Syracuse, and Yale. I don’t know which is more entertaining:

Watching people purposely run around with a broomstick between their legs

• Watching the Snitch, a person dressed in gold with a tennis ball stuffed into a sock that dangles out of his or her shorts, run around. “Snitches have been known to ride on bicycles across the field; snitches have hid in families in the stands; in 2008 a snitch appeared at the top of one of the buildings,” IQA spokeswoman Alicia Radford told Fox News. “… I even saw a snitch once take off the seeker’s cape and wave it at him like a matador.”

• People debating about whether this should become an official NCAA sport

These are brave, fun souls. In a PopWatch poll last month, 33 percent of people said they will be holding a wand when they see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in theaters; 47 percent said they would laugh at the people holding wands, but secretly wish they had one; 20 percent said they would laugh at the people holding wands, period. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for your love of Harry PotterREAD FULL STORY

Chiller's 24-hour 'Buffy' marathon: Change your Sunday plans!

Buffy-Sarah-Spike-vampireImage Credit: Jerry WolfeIn case you like waking up really early on Sunday mornings and were looking for something to do that involves vampires instead of football, this news is for you: Chiller announced via press release that they will be running a 24-hour marathon of the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer this Sunday, starting at the bright hour of 6 a.m. EST. Remember, vampires never sleep, so 6 a.m. is fine for them, but for us mortals, be sure to set your DVR to catch this marathon of amazingness. (Public Service Announcement: On Sunday the clocks fall back, so change your clock and enjoy the extra hour that may make an early morning Buffy marathon a bit more enjoyable.)

The marathon kicks off Buffy‘s daily run on Chiller — which begins Monday — and yes, the series will run in order, which is great for newbies and Buffy enthusiasts alike. I, for one, have been catching episodes of Buffy on LOGO, but I’d also really enjoy starting from the very beginning, if only to remind myself why the series was the most memorable show of my teenage years.

As excited as I am to see the first season and laugh at the ’90s fashion, the episode I’m most excited to see is “Angel,” because it’s the episode that got me hooked on Buffy in the first place. The first epic kiss! The star-crossed lovers! A vampire falling in love with a vampire slayer! Which episode of Buffy are you most excited to see, PopWatchers?

'Let Me In': Chloe Moretz on playing a vampire; Matt Reeves talks 'Let the Right One In' comparison, and how 'Twilight' saved his film

It’s easy to fall for 2008 Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In, the dark and delicate tale of a lonely 12-year-old boy who connects with an equally haunted young girl. Except she may not really be that young…or even exactly human. Sure, the movie is filed under horror, but its darkness is rooted in a tender coming-of-age story, directed by Tomas Alfredson from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel. I’ve seen Let the Right One In six times, own two DVD versions (since the subtitles were so royally screwed-up the first time), and I’ve even sampled footage of main characters Eli and Oskar in this little video series I produce called Idolatry. I guess you could say I’m a fan. So, like many devotees, I had an Eli-is-hungry-now-get-out-of-the-way meltdown when the Hollywood remake was announced. I envisioned older actors. I pictured an overload of sentiment, or an overload of gratuitous action and “thrills,” or just plain overload. In short, I could only imagine that the unique spirit of the original (and the novel) would be more or less ripped to shreds by a crazed horde of demonic execs and then burned in a hospital bed, all in the name of reaching a broader audience that simply cannot be bothered to read subtitles. Skräcken! [The horror!] READ FULL STORY

'Inception': Behind the scenes of a movie about movies -- and the mind of its maker

inception-box-officeImage Credit: Stephen VaughanJust a few weeks ago, the buzz on director Christopher Nolan’s new film Inception was that it might be too complex and too difficult to become a true blockbuster hit with mainstream audiences. Today, the buzz on the helmer’s puzzle-box thriller about thieves who steal ideas from dreams is that audiences can’t get enough of it. The film opened last weekend at $62.8 million and could reach $140 million at the box office by the end of this weekend. It’s tempting to say something like “maybe Inception wasn’t as daunting as advertised” or “maybe audiences aren’t as stupid as assumed”—although both are surely true. Perhaps it’s what Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) recently tweeted: “Inception has entered into the category of a film people think they must see so they can participate in dinner conversations.” (Of course, that dinner conversation could be rather contentious, as not everyone thinks Inception is all that dreamy. Case in point: Our own Owen Gleiberman, who was less than impressed.)

Like Nolan’s other movies Memento and The Prestige, Inception is a lean-forward-and-pay-attention experience that takes chances with the narrative and invites various interpretations about its themes, meaning, and plot. My initial thought was that Nolan had crafted an elaborate allegory for filmmaking and moviegoing. There’s a lot to be said about this theme—and it’s already being said, including Devin Faraci’s smart and lengthy essay at CHUD.com.

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features Inception on the cover, Nolan says that the metaphor for cinema developed organically as he wrote the script over a 10-year period. Cobb’s crew of mind-hackers don’t infiltrate people’s “real” dreams—they actually build ersatz dreams and place them inside people’s heads, in the same way moviemakers craft worlds that are transmitted into our brains via movie projector. Nolan explained that each member of the team serves a role that has a movie analog. The Architect (Ellen Page) would be the production designer. The Forger (Tom Hardy) would be the actor. The Point Man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) would be The Producer. The Extractor (DiCaprio) would be the director. And The Mark (Cillian Murphy) would be us—the audience. “In trying to write a team-based creative process, I wrote the one I know,” says Nolan.

There’s actually a great deal more of Nolan in the film. Inception is also a reflection of his artistic life. The various dream scenarios are implied homages to his favorite movies (including 2001: A Space Odyssey) and filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, and Michael Mann. He also says he can relate very much to his hero, Cobb, who is at risk of becoming lost in dreams and must fight to reconnect with reality and return to his family. “I can lose myself in my job very easily,” says Nolan. “It’s rare that you can identify yourself so clearly in a film. This film is very clear for me.”

For more on Inception, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands July 23rd.

'The Last Airbender': Three things I liked about a mostly disappointing movie

air-bendingImage Credit: Industrial Light & MagicLast Thursday, I wrote about my angst over seeing The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s live action adaptation of the acclaimed Nickelodeon animated series known formally as Avatar: The Last Airbender. My kids and I were big fans of the anime-style cartoon, and we had been eagerly anticipating the flick. But after reading the reviews, which were almost unanimously negative to the extreme, I found myself in a parenting pickle: Should I discourage my two children from seeing the film, or should I take them anyway and let them make up their minds for themselves. I decided on the latter course of action, and it was the right call. We went on Saturday evening. The verdicts? I left the theater disappointed; my son, age 9, was enthralled by the experience. He can’t stopped talking about it, although his ongoing commentary includes a few quibbles, including the (narratively necessary) omission of some cherished characters. He can’t wait for the sequel. (The movie is designed to be the first in a trilogy.) I haven’t yet told him that the prospects for another installment could be iffy. (My daughter, 7, passed on the movie. She suddenly became convinced it would scare her. It wouldn’t have.)

Still, for all the disdain heaped on the movie, and for all of my own disappointment, I didn’t hate it. Put it this way: It’s not as bad as David Lynch’s Dune.  And I liked David Lynch’s Dune. READ FULL STORY

'The Real L Word' premiere: Really, Showtime?

Welcome to The Real L Word, where the Power of the Clam is so intense that the sun shines out of your crotch. I can’t really believe this Showtime show exists or that Ilene Chaiken, creator of The Fictional L Word, has been so hell-bent on it happening. I could understand an L Word spinoff or even an entirely new show about different lesbians, but a reality show? Ugh. It just feels cheap and scuzzy right from the opening location shots, during which we’re treated to an in-your-face montage — Los Angeles! Fashion! Sunshine! Hotspots! — and then cheesy, stylized who’s-who chyrons reminiscent of Lauren and the gang on Laguna Beach and The Hills.

At least watching The Real L Word is better than watching other The Hills or any of the Real Housewives, because you get the feeling that the people on those other shows are all desperate to become bigger stars (in the field of reality TV, or possibly something even greater, if you can imagine that) and are therefore constantly constructing a persona according to what they think viewers want. It’s impossible to avoid the awkwardness of the camera’s presence in any reality show, but I do get the impression the Real L’s are at least trying to be real. Sure, they signed up for a reality show, but it’s not necessarily their fault “trying to be real” doesn’t ever truly work. (Whoa, you guys, I totally just discovered the basic problem with reality television.) READ FULL STORY

Off With Her Head: Sammy Davis Jr. is a caterpillar

As I mentioned yesterday, the Very Important Date of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (EW gives it a C) has me revisiting the 1985 TV version of the film. Here’s one of my favorite clips, featuring Sammy Davis Jr. as the hookah-smoking caterpillar. He’ll kick you downstairs…into the deep, dark recesses of your memories from 1985. Don’t worry — I’ll give equal treatment to Ringo Starr as the mock turtle, Carol Channing as the White Queen, and even John Stamos as the messenger during the next week!

Watching this as an adult is so weird. So many questions. Was every scene of this thing shot in the same big room? Why was the caterpillar dressed as a Revolutionary War general while Alice got to crossover into a local stage production of Peter and the Wolf? READ FULL STORY

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