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'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?

Karl Lagerfeld calls Adele 'too fat,' settles for Lana Del Rey instead

In an interview with Metro US, fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld, the outspoken creative director for Chanel, shared his brutally honest thoughts about pop singer Adele and her figure.

“I prefer Adele and Florence Welch,” he told the newspaper. “But as a modern singer [Lana Del Rey] is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana Del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She’s not alone with implants.”

Feel free to pick out what part of that statement most offends you. READ FULL STORY

'Bachelor': The skinny-dipping isn't the only thing upsetting me

Last night’s episode of The Bachelor was controversial because Courtney broke ranks and sought Ben out on another girl’s date night to make good on her earlier proposal that they go skinny-dipping. When I asked Ben about that decision before the season began, having just seen it teased in a promo, he said he compartmentalized his relationships with the women and didn’t compare them. “So if more women wanted to go skinny-dipping with me, they should have asked… and I would have gone,” he laughed. “Those are things you do when you’re trying to get to know someone and you get in a relationship.”

I laughed, too, because I didn’t know how foolish Courtney would make the other women — who seem to show each other more respect than she does — look. Some fans are coming down on Ben for agreeing to go skinny-dipping with Courtney when that many women were left. If it had happened on a sanctioned date, I wouldn’t have had a problem with it. (I mean, other than the fact that Courtney appears to be manipulating him so she can keep saying “Winning!”) I’m just as disappointed in ABC for running all those promos that made it look like the women either saw it happening or found out about it right away. A rep for the network says neither it nor the ladies can comment on when the other women catch wind of it. We’ll just have to tune in. (At the very least, it will certainly make the Women Tell All interesting now that they’ve definitely seen it.)  READ FULL STORY

Fassbender Package Punchline Watch: Mourning the 'Shame' star's Oscar snub properly

We’re all mourning Michael Fassbender’s Oscar snub (and the loss of whatever classy, clever joke Billy Crystal was going to make). But I find looking at Best Week Ever’s 50 Reasons The Oscars Don’t Matter Anymore – which includes 50 photos of “Faszy (Hungarian for ‘penisy’)” — therapeutic. I mean, in at least 40 of those pictures he’s fully clothed, which he’d most likely have been on Oscar night. In 47 of those photos, he’s not even reclining. He’d have to sit upright through the Oscars. Plus, no way a TV camera would make his eyes look as blue as they do in shots 50 and 48.

If I focus on photos 14 and 7 (some fairly lame fencing shoot) and photo 31 (I’ve never understood combining that amount of heavage with those tiny sleeves), I think I can get through this.

P.S. We’re all still hoping Fassbender presents at the Oscars, right? Or at least shows up in some kind of pre-taped video where Billy Crystal, looking for ideas on how to make the Oscars edgy, goes to him for advice on baring all (but they decide since it didn’t work for Michael, he won’t)?

Read more:
Oscars 2012: 16 Snubs that Bug You
EW’s special coverage of Oscars 2012
More Fassbender Package Punchline Watch

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): Alamo Drafthouse CEO-Cofounder Tim League on the infamous 'Don't Talk - Angry Voice Mail' PSA

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. We asked Alamo Drafthouse CEO-cofounder Tim League to explain how the best movie theater in America — which has a strict no-talking policy dating back to 1997, and also prohibits patrons from texting — took the “Silence Is Golden” message to a whole new level. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

By: Tim League

One of the craziest moments of the year for us at Alamo was the launching and subsequent viral sharing of our “Don’t Talk – Angry Voice Mail” PSA.

The story began with our staff at the Alamo Drafthouse Village simply doing their job. The anonymous customer, despite what she tries to say in her voice mail, didn’t just use her phone to get to her seat. She was texting throughout the movie and was warned to stop or get kicked out. After being warned, she was rude and belligerent and then persisted with her texting. A manager was called and she was kicked out of the theater without a refund. READ FULL STORY

'New Year's Eve': 10 Things That Could Never Happen as They Happened

SPOILER ALERT! If you intend to see New Year’s Eve, stop reading now. If you already have, or won’t (the film opened to a weak $13.7 million), let’s discuss just a few of the annoyingly far-fetched things that happened in the movie. READ FULL STORY

It's okay, John Lennon's cable didn't work either

I have never really related to John Lennon until I read the the To-Do list he wrote for his assistant Fred Seaman that’s being auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock & Roll. No. 1 on his list: “H.B.O. guy coming between 3 – 5. BE THERE. (The other guy didn’t know what was wrong.)” He even put a star by BE THERE. That would absolutely be my top priority. And P.S. Celebs get a two-hour window? That’s so unfair!

Lennon’s cable outranked his need for marmalade and vanity (“Tell me about my hair dryer — yea or nay”). But I think what’s really fascinating is imagining being able to write a list of EVERYTHING mundane you need done in your life  – “Hook on door in our bedroom falling off” — and wondering whether you’d feel the need to tell the person you’re handing it to what they can do while waiting two hours for the cable guy (something with “Photos in Books”). Helpful or micromanaging?

Aubrey Plaza's 'World of Warcraft' ad: Why the mixed response? -- VIDEO

I’m always amazed when someone takes the time to dislike something on YouTube. So how have 621 people disliked her World of Warcraft TV spot? Watch it below. Granted, her tone, if you’re not familiar with her dry, disaffected delivery on Parks and Recreation, could be an acquired taste. But she’s saying she became obsessed with the game — more than the boyfriend who gave it to her, which is why she dumped him. Is that the part that some WoW fans have a problem with? Eighty-some people have liked the comment “That’s a good message: ‘Hey nerds, get your girlfriend to play WoW. She’ll dump you.’” Other people seem to be upset that she originally asked her boyfriend for diamonds for her birthday present, which makes her materialistic — that was a joke. This is not the kind of woman who asks for diamonds. What gives? READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Are you happy with the season 13 cast? (VOTE)

Everyone likes to immediately complain once the Dancing With the Stars cast is announced. What I’ve gathered so far by fluttering around various posts and our photo gallery of the cast is that a bunch of people are scared of transgendered contestant Chaz Bono, and a large percentage of humanity really, really doesn’t like Nancy Grace. Overall, EW.com reader satisfaction ranges wildly, from “I actually like this lineup!” (RaRa) to “Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel” (Ma’at).

“They certainly upped the ‘interesting’ factor this season,” said Fred, referring to Chaz Bono and Nancy Grace. But later, what I presume is a different Fred shared with us that he “would rather get stabbed in the neck than watch Nancy Grace.”

The show “should be called ‘Dancing WITHOUT the Stars,’” said Feather, who at least got into the spirit of the show with his or her username.

I saw the usual threats of abandonment, like “DWTS has finally done it. My Monday nights are now free” from Connie, who is probably lying, and “Lame cast. Not watching” from Heather, who is definitely lying.

Believe it or not, the cast of DWTS has never mattered to me right away. READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Irene: What will you be watching?

The most important thing during a Hurricane watch is keeping everyone safe. Of course. But even if it’s a distant second, keeping yourself entertained is also an issue. So, if you’re in the line of Hurricane Irene, how are you planning to pass the weekend indoors? It’s a difficult call for me: The basement of my eight-unit apartment building is definitely going to flood at some point, and my super has already let us know that when it does, he’ll have to turn off the power and keep it off until 24 hours after the water recedes. I was planning on hunkering down with my DVR/life partner Peter and some DVDs (and then actually having the time/motivation to read a book by flashlight when the power goes out), but now that I see my New Jersey town’s officials are suggesting folks in my area spend the weekend elsewhere if possible, I’m thinking I should pack my flashlight and wine (Phase One of my personal hurricane preparedness) and crash with a friend. But that means spending the weekend with her DVR and DVDs. READ FULL STORY

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