January 30, 2013 10:11pm EST
Do you feel like a fish pulled out of water by a spiked hook only to be dropped back into the ocean and sent back on your merry, fishy way? Do you feel slightly cheated after months of the tabloid equivalent of a giant "DANGER" sign hanging on the 12th season of American Idol, promising the Nicki Minaj-ocalypse brought to fruition by the magnanimous magnificence of Mariah Carey's diva status. Sure, we got a few knock-down drag-outs, but they've since simmered and by the time our crew gets to San Antonio, and later Long Beach, Calif., things are downright chilled.
Stop one in Texas delivers a slew of unpredictable contestants, including a girl in an ill-fitting sequinned tube top who isn't an over-the-top disappointment, a pair of seemingly adorable brothers who turn out to be a nightmare, and a singer named Peachez who'd never have made it were it not for Nicki Minaj's love of absurdity. Still, Texas could have been more of a hoot.
Vincent Powell is a returning contestant who was kicked out during Season 11's Hollywood Week, but you wouldn't recognize him because he had terrible taste in hats then and he's since learned that Zooey Deschanel glasses are better suited to frame his face. He swears he's "in love" with Mariah, but he also wants to be her, so let's not even attempt to unpack the hidden meaning in all that. Luckily, he's a very talented blues singer who delivers "Rock Me Baby" like a pro. That must have been one hell of a terrible hat, because it seems pretty unlikely that this guy made it through to Hollywood last year without garnering at least a sliver of my attention. Naturally, a guy like this is going to Hollywood... again.
Unfortunately, our good time buzz is ruined by two young men who, by all rights, seemed to be the kind of brotherly duo Idol loves to love, but in truth turn out to be the worst kinds of auditioners known to this show. No, not the woman who thinks wearing a bikini top as a shirt will get her a ticket to Hollywood; not the person whose Broadway theatrics are all wrong for the show despite their aspirations to be the next Kelly Clarkson. No, Derek and David Bacerott are the guys who won't shut up. And the ones who have no idea how obnoxious their incessant babbling really is.
The duo steps up to the plate to sing "Let Me Love You" like an Elvis Impersonator with the midday shift in Reno and his quieter, less-interesting brother. When Mariah does her best to tell them it just isn't working for them, they lobby like this is a show about who can shout the loudest (which, to their credit, is how the first two episodes of the season went on the other side of the judging table) instead of one about who can sing the best. First, they tell the panel they're mean, then the boys get their dose of false niceties and they insist that the judges stop lying to them. Look, bros. What you really want is for the judges to rewrite the laws of musicality, sound, and the way we perceive voices to make it seem as if you are fantastic singers, but the truth is you're awful. And no amount of blame on "having to make money" as a reason for not being better at the one thing they are supposed to be good at when they're in a room with Keith, Randy, Mariah, and Nicki is going to make them not awful.
And the switcheroos continue when 25-year-old Savannah Votion takes the mini-stage in a sequined tube top, unflattering low-rise jeans, and a belly button ring, and it seems that we're in for another overconfident train wreck. But then comes the story: she had a daughter when she was 19 and she's been a single mother working hard for her daughter ever since. Now, she's ready to take a chance for herself and with her take on "At Last" she's at least got a pretty good shot at making a dent in Hollywood. However, I hope for her sake that someone helps her with a look that is less distracting. While we're looking at her poorly-chosen wardrobe, she's actually wildly talented. Appearance isn't everything, but being a singer is being a part of show business, and in show business, every last detail is a part of who you are as a performer (just look at Nicki).
After an embarrassing few minutes with Ricky Jo Garcia who turns "And I'm Telling You" from Dreamgirls into a pile of mushy, rusty old nails (if that's even a thing that's possible), we're thankfully delivered into the vocal graces of Cristabel Clack, a worship leader taking her last crack at the Idol stage before she turns 30 and is no longer within the age range. As she sings "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys, her husband holds her sleeping child outside (cue the unstoppable "oohs" and "awws"). Clack doesn't have the strongest voice we've seen, but both she and her voice have something that's a little more important: character. It's a little shaky, but for the most part, Clack has the unique crackle and tone of a potential star. Plus, she's already got the bold look going. She's so arresting she even keeps Randy from making sense (oh wait, that's to be expected, but this quote is kind of great, so go with it): "You to me are what the whole thing is about with the singing." You tell 'em, dawg.
In between segments that should just come out and say, "OMG DID YOU KNOW THERE IS AN IDOL APP? DID YOU GET IT YET BECAUSE IT EXISTS AND IT'S FROM AT&T AND IT'S THE BEST AND WE'RE DEFINITELY NOT TALKING ABOUT IT TOO MUCH," Randy takes his dawgy self out to meet another audition nominee, Ann Difani, whose husband has Randy surprise her on the field during an Arkansas football game. She sings "Stronger" by Faith Hill and it's sweet, man oh man is it sweet, but Ann is, unfortunately, duller than Keith's commentary. Still, the judges are charmed by the love story between Ann and her husband and cuteness of it all and she's sent through to Hollywood. She's sweet and all, but I'd eat the grass straight off that Arkansas football field before I'd bet that she'll make it through Hollywood week.
But the boredom doesn't stop there. (Hurray?) Victoria Acosta, who works as a mariachi singer in San Antonio, tries to transfer those skills to pop music with "Big Girls Don't Cry," but winds up falling absolutely flat. She's technically got the goods, but there is nothing behind any of the lyrics that come out of her mouth. Randy is kind enough to let her sing a mariachi song and she lights up, but this is a competition in which the singers perform pop music. If she can't make us believe her as a pop singer, then she doesn't belong on that stage. She'll still get her shot in Hollywood, however.
This week's movie prefaces one of the judges' strangest decisions: Band of Outlaws makes use of old film look and a series of headaches so strong not even a painkiller the size of Keith's Texas cinnamon roll can fix it. Luckily (I think), Papa Peachez (that z is important, you guys) drops in to declare himself a "big black woman trapped in a little white boy's body" and put on a bit of a show for the judges. His voice has some strength and something of a unique quality to it, but he's not ready. He needs more work. Nicki loves his individual style and the bravery he exhibited by playing an original song (he declares that he hates to singing covers despite singing covers being the actual bread and butter of the competition). Keith and Randy rightfully turn the kid down until Nicki lobbies Randy so whole-heartedly that she gets him to change his mind. Sweetie, you may have won that small victory, but this kid isn't going to make it very far in this competition.
As San Antonio auditions come to a close, we meet two miracle singers. First up is Sanni M'Mairura whose parents are from Kenya and Tanzania. The kid is also a choreographer, and if being cute as a button isn't enough, he lists one of his goals as becoming a good role model. Let's just make him famous right now. To boot, he's actually really great, delivering "Who's Loving You?" by Michael Jackson like a strong singer with a twinge of the Bieber nasal syndrome, but with much more capable pipes. He has Nicki seeing stars and rainbows and Randy thinks he's "fresh," so of course this cute kid gets a golden ticket.
Next is the surprise of the night. Adam Sanders, who belts out "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Ella Fitzgerald to such incredible effect that the whole panel gives him a standing ovation. His sweet, strong and somewhat feminine voice comes out of nowhere, and it hearkens back a bit to Adam Lambert's high tone.
January 30, 2013 12:29pm EST
New Girl broke all the rules of great TV kisses last night. Not only did they do it when viewers were least expecting it (the episode, "Cooler", happened halfway through Season 2 instead of saving it for a big finale cliffhanger) and they did it without any gimmicks like dream sequences or swelling music (it happened organically and felt incredibly realistic as the sounds of heavy breathing and tangling mouths were all fans could hear over the sounds of their own beating hearts). That said, it's joining the ranks of the all-time best television kisses for that very reason. Plus, it was just plain smokin' hot. Relive the amazing moment again (and again) below:
Still, the rule-breaking and jaw-dropping union of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) most certainly harkens back to some of the classic television kisses and couples. They've had a slow building sexual chemistry since Season 1, they're leaving fans with some serious questions about their future, and, above all, it got our hearts racing and made us remember why we get so invested in the television shows and characters we love in the first place.
As of now, the future of Nick and Jess is still up in the air, but we can say for certain that they provided one of the most memorable and scorching TV smooches ever from will-they-won't-they pairs. Check out the rest of the rest of the best — from Ross and Rachel on Friends to Sam and Diane on Cheers — here:
Best TV Kisses
[Photo credit: Fox] More: 'New Girl': The One Where Nick and Jess... 'New Girl' Star Max Greenfield: Is There Hope For Schmidt and Cece? Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard Divorce Finalized: Zooey Asks Siri for Dating Advice
You Might Also Like:
20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
January 29, 2013 4:30pm EST
SPOILERS AHEAD, MY GOD, SPOILERS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE LATEST EPISODE OF NEW GIRL, TURN AWAY NOW.
Are you breathing yet? Has your heart beat settled back to a normal rate? Is your jaw off the floor? Have you been able to form a coherent sentence or have you just been stringing together a series of giddy shrieks and "Oh my God"s? No? Don't worry, me neither.
It was everything you were hoping for and more, wasn't it? It was thrilling and romantic and damn sexy. It was unexpected (series typically tend to save something this big for a cliffhanger finale) and was the big payoff fans had been waiting a season-and-a-half for. And before reality sets in, before the harsh light of day takes over and we're forced to ask ourselves if this is happening too soon, no matter how good it feels and that it could change the dynamic of everything for the worst if mishandled, let's just bask in this glow right now: Brooklyn Decker guest starred on New Girl.
I kid, I kid. Yes, the model/actress did appear on this week's game-changing episode "Cooler," but that's not why every New Girl fan on the planet is collectively losing their s**t right now. Nope. It's because — capitals entirely necessary and earned here — NICK AND JESS KISSED. I REPEAT: NICK AND JESS FINALLY KISSED. By locking lips, the pair not only shook the foundation of the show to its core, but they joined the pantheon of great first TV kisses. Ross and Rachel on Friends, Jim and Pam on The Office, Sam and Diane on Cheers. And just like those will-they-won't-they-but-you-knew-they-always-would couples, there was a hell of a lot of swooning going on from fans watching at home.
So how did we get here? How, after a year-and-a-half of longing glances, fights masquerading as foreplay, unrelenting flirting, the unspoken awareness of the fact that they are meant for each other, actually come to fruition? Well, let's start at the very beginning. (I'm told it's a very good place to start.)
After accidentally receiving a delivery of a woman's trench coat, which just so happened to "fit like a damn glove" Nick and the boys decide to have a night on the town. He's feeling confident in his new coat — confident enough to score some new chicks in this post-Angie era. Winston tags along, needing to get the "yips" out of his system (yeah, this show borrows from How I Met Your Mother here and there, but hell, all sitcoms borrow from each other at one point or another), and Schmidt craves the companionship of a lady as solo sessions had left him as limp as a "taffy on a hot summer's day."
And of course, Jess wants in on the fun. I mean, who wouldn't? Those guys are the best. But Nick vetoes the suggestion immediately, calling Jess the William H. Macy to his Alec Baldwin. She was his "cooler" (just like in that movie no one saw). Any time Nick is on a roll with a girl, Jess swoops in and sends her running. Now, one could argue that this is just Jess' very nature. She has very little filter, let alone a basic understanding of social norms. But I'd argue that Jess subconsciously sends these ladies away for fear that any of them could potentially take Nick away from her for good. It's the same reason why Nick was declared Jess' "fluffer," what appeared to be self-sabotage was really just a desperate attempt to stay in her good graces.
With Jess left behind, the guys all wind up at Nick's bar (turns out, the sporting of a lady's raincoat is an efficient way to get a fella "kicked out of the discotheque"), where the trio of horny doofuses lay their eyes on a beautiful woman named Holly (played by Decker, who is as funny and charming in her role as she is gorgeous, because the world is a cruel and unfair place).
Poor Winston strikes out with her immediately, but that's okay because he found another complete knock-out (because that's how it works in real life) named Daisy (The Social Network's Brenda Song). She plays coy at first, but eventually takes to bolstering young Winston's skills in the art of seduction. Schmidt and Nick, on the other hand, are deeply immersed in a mating battle that would rival anything you've seen on the Discovery Channel. That is, if wild animals got into slap fights in public and told each other they were "the dumbest."
As it turns out, Holly had a thing for sad sack guys with sob stories. As such, the advantage (maybe for the first time ever) goes to Nick. But in true cooler fashion, just as Nick is making some serious moves, Jess phones him in the midst of a freak-out. She is home alone at the loft, since her boyfriend Sam is at work and Cece is on yet another date (technically, Jess isn't totally alone, as she does fashion a Nick-a-like with a melon and some of his clothes... it's slightly less creepy than it sounds), and heard scary noises that she is convinced are gang-related. "I've always worried about my blue curtains," she cries, the line delivered perfectly by Zooey Deschanel.
Rather than leave Holly at the bar at the mercy of Schmidt, Nick brings the entire gang back to the loft to investigate the strange noise. Nick assures Jess that the sound was probably nothing more than the old pipes in the building ("You never listen during pipe talk"). To make it up to Nick, Jess promises to reverse roles and to become his fluffer. Her plan to help get him laid with Holly? Forcing everyone to participate in the best fictitious drinking game ever: True Americans. Only this time with Clinton rules! Such include "picking your intern" and stripping down, naturally. (Best moment of the game: when Schmidt shouts, "Abu Nazir!")
The group of hyper-attractive friends and new acquaintances decide to raise the stakes of the game with a challenge, with the losers enduring the consequence of a grown-up equivalent of Seven Minutes in Heaven, mandated to kiss before returning to the game. That's right! The secret word: kiss! In the closet, Nick and Jess play a little game of their own of sexy, emotional chicken. They go back and forth between deciding to go through with it and recoiling, chalking it up to goofy faces being made and whether or not they enjoy "getting tongued." But things eventually take a turn from awkward maneuvers and relatively harmless flirting (Jess tells Nick he has potential to be "smokin' hot") to full-fledged oh-my-god-they-are-actually-going-to-do-this after Nick, eyes locked with Jess' and his hand on her, blurts out that he doesn't want to just kiss Jess as part of a game. "No, not like this," he says. Wow. Didn't know Nick had it in him.
Rather than face the big moment as it unfolds before him, Nick does what Nick does in this sort of situation: he climbs out of the window, much to the horror of those on the other side of the iron curtain (including Jess' boyfriend Sam who just so happens to show up, and Cece's poor sap of a date who is doomed from the start). Things settle down in time, and attention turns to the others. Despite having a 401k and a six pack, the neurotic loft resident proves to be depressing enough for Holly to sleep with. Winston stumbles upon a new lady (and potentially, a worthwhile story line). Meanwhile, Jess and Nick go their separate ways. That is, until they wind up in the hallway together later that night. Nick, a man who takes such few gambles, never chasing what he wants or might deserve, grabs Jess, kisses her passionately, and tells her that is how he wanted to kiss her. Wow. Glad Nick had it in him. Serious kudos to the series MVP Jake Johnson — once again —who has not only been the most consistently funny and believable person on the show, but has now solidified himself as a grade-A, crush-worthy dreamboat.
I know not everyone will be thrilled with this kiss. They'll fear it too much too soon, and that the writers still won't put them together just yet. Hey, it panned out for Jim and Pam (who had a similarly-timed kiss) in the end, didn't it? But no matter how you feel about the kiss, it was still an excellent episode of New Girl, maybe the best of the season so far. It marked the return of True Americans, Nick wearing a lady's coat for almost the entirety of the episode (up to and including when its rightful owner showed up at their door to get it), Jess in a bra, Schmidt having a fainting spell, and Winston getting his mojo back or maybe for the very first time. ("What yo thang do!")
I, like most fans, hope that Jess doesn't break Nick's heart, like she did his melon head, and that she dumps Sam (who is a bit of a goon anyway). The writers of New Girlhave a difficult task ahead of them to keep fans satisfied, while still making a quality show, but I have faith they can do it and that Deschanel and Johnson will continue to do wonders with the material. Now, let's all rewind our DVRs and go watch that kiss again. [Photo credit: Fox] More:
'New Girl' Recap: Should I Stay Or Should I Pogo?
'New Girl' Star Max Greenfield: Is There Hope For Schmidt and Cece?
Is 'New Girl' Going Anti-Feminist?
You Might Also Like:
20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
January 13, 2013 2:25pm EST
Thanks to hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, audiences had a good night Sunday while tuning into the 2013 Golden Globes. And the winners of the evening had an even better night. From Les Miserables scoring three wins to Lena Dunham's Girls taking two, the best talent in movies and television was recognized. So which other actors and projects were on top of the world at the Globes? Look below to find out!
The 2013 Golden Globe Winners:
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Winner: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Best Director — Motion PictureWinner: Ben Affleck, ArgoKathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark ThirtyAng Lee, Life of PiSteven Spielberg, LincolnQuentin Tarantino, Django Unchained Best Screenplay - Motion PictureArgo, Chris TerrioWinner: Django Unchained, Quentin TarantinoLincoln, Tony KushnerSilver Linings Playbook, David O. RussellZero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Winner: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureAmy Adams, The MasterSally Field, LincolnWinner: Anne Hathaway, Les MisérablesHelen Hunt, The SessionsNicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalThe Best Exotic Marigold HotelWinner: Les MisérablesMoonrise KingdomSalmon Fishing in the YemenSilver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Jack Black, Bernie Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Winner: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Bill Murray, Hyde Park
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalEmily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the YemenJudi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold HotelWinner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings PlaybookMaggie Smith, QuartetMeryl Streep, Hope Springs
Best Animated Feature FilmWinner: BraveFrankenweenieHotel TransylvaniaRise of the GuardiansWreck-It Ralph
Best Foreign Language FilmWinner: AmourThe IntouchablesKon-TikiA Royal AffairRust and Bone
Best Original Score — Motion PictureWinner: Life of PiArgoAnna KareninaCloud AtlasReinhold HeilLincoln Best Original Song - Motion Picture"For You," Act of Valor"Not Running Anymore," Stand Up Guys"Safe & Sound," The Hunger GamesWinner: "Skyfall," Skyfall"Suddenly," Les Misérables
Best Television Series, Drama Breaking Bad Boardwalk Empire Downton Abbey The Newsroom Winner: Homeland
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Winner: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama Connie Britton, Nashville Glenn Close, Damages Winner: Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Max Greenfield, New Girl Winner: Ed Harris, Game Change Danny Huston, Magic City Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Winner: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Winner: Game Change The Girl Hatfields & McCoys The Hour Political Animals
Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Winner: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn Toby Jones, The Girl Woody Harrelson, Game Change Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum Sienna Miller, The Girl Winner: Julianne Moore, Game Change Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical Big Bang Theory Episodes Winner: Girls Modern Family Smash Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Winner: Don Cheadle, House of Lies Matt LeBlanc, Episodes Louis C.K., Louie Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical Zooey Deschanel, New Girl Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Winner: Lena Dunham, Girls Tina Fey, 30 Rock Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: NBC] More: 2013 Golden Globes: 'Lincoln,' 'Argo' Lead Movie Nominations. See the Full List Here! 2013 Golden Globes: See the TV Nominees Here! First Golden Globes Promo: Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prove They'll Be Great From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
January 12, 2013 4:15am EST
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant's divorce is off - his wife Vanessa has filed documents to end the break-up.
The model filed for divorce in December, 2011, but appears to have had second thoughts a year later.
The former couple was spotted at 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief last month (Dec12) in New York and sources tell TMZ.com the Bryants spent New Year's Eve together.
The couple has two young daughters.
Bethenny Frankel Officially Files for Divorce from Husband Jason Hoppy
Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard Divorce Finalized: Zooey Asks Siri for Dating Advice From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
January 09, 2013 6:34pm EST
Oh, the People's Choice Awards — where The CW reigns supreme, Beilebers face off against Directioners, and Linkin Park, Green Day, No Doubt, and Train being nominated for best band isn't a homage to the '90s, but an actual thing. True some of the nominees are head-scratchers (you know 666 Park and Partners were canceled, right?), but in a time where Lincoln and Argo are all anybody is talking about, it's fun to take a step back and watch Kaley Cuoco give shiny trophies to those who don't get any love during the regular awards season.
It was a pretty tame night overall, and many of the winners weren't announced during the telecast. On the presenter side, Olivia Munn riffed on the debate on whether or not she is a "true geek" during the award for favorite country artist (Taylor Swift), and it fell pretty flat. As for the winners, Christina Aguilera was named the "People's Voice" and performed, as did Jason Aldean and Alicia Keys. Favorite comedic actor winner Adam Sandler gave one of his patented Sandler speeches, awkwardly listing his favorite things. (Favorite Kardashian? Ringo. Fave One-Directioner? Five-way tie. Favorite way to fly? Unicorn. You get it.) Jennifer Lawrence won for a gaggle of things, and was as goofy and refreshingly blunt as we've come to expect her to be. (She apparently dripped sweat all over Robert Downey Jr.)
On the sweet side, Sandra Bullock won a new humanitarian award, Emma Watson seemed genuinely touched when she won best dramatic actress, and Downey dedicated his favorite actor award to an elderly, life-long fan who passed away earlier this week. Anyway, read the full list of winners below, and if you don't agree — well, blame the people.
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Snow White and the Huntsman
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
Robert Downey, Jr.
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
FAVORITE MOVIE ICON
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Men in Black 3
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE STAR
Robert Downey, Jr.
FAVORITE FACE OF HEROISM
Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman
Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE
21 Jump Street
What to Expect When You're Expecting
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR
Adam Sandler Ben Stiller Channing Tatum Will Ferrell Zach Galifianakis FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS
Cameron Diaz Emily Blunt Jennifer Aniston Mila Kunis Reese Witherspoon FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE
Argo The Lucky One Magic Mike The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Vow FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR Bradley Cooper Channing Tatum Jake Gyllenhaal Liam Neeson Zac Efron FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTRESS Charlize Theron Emma Watson Keira Knightley Meryl Streep Rachel McAdams FAVORITE MOVIE FRANCHISE The Avengers The Dark Knight The Hunger Games Madagascar Spider-Man FAVORITE MOVIE SUPERHERO Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man Chris Evans as Captain America Chris Hemsworth as Thor Christian Bale as Batman Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man FAVORITE ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY Emma Stone / Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games Kristen Stewart / Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum, The Vow Scarlett Johansson / Jeremy Renner, The Avengers FAVORITE MOVIE FAN FOLLOWING Potterheads, Harry Potter Ringers, The Lord of the Rings Rum Runners, Pirates of the Caribbean Tributes, The Hunger Games Twihards, Twilight FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY The Big Bang Theory Glee How I Met Your Mother Modern Family New Girl FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA Gossip Girl Grey's Anatomy Grimm Once Upon a Time Revenge FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY Awkward Hot in Cleveland It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Melissa & Joey Psych FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA Burn Notice Leverage Pretty Little Liars The Walking Dead White Collar FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV SHOW Dexter Game of Thrones Homeland Spartacus True Blood FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA Bones Castle Criminal Minds CSI NCIS FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW Doctor Who Once Upon a Time Supernatural The Vampire Diaries The Walking Dead FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTOR Chris Colfer Jesse Tyler Ferguson Jim Parsons Neil Patrick Harris Ty Burrell FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS Jane Lynch Kaley Cuoco Lea Michele Sofia Vergara Zooey Deschanel FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR Ian Somerhalder Jared Padalecki Jensen Ackles Nathan Fillion Paul Wesley FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESS Ellen Pompeo Emily Deschanel Ginnifer Goodwin Nina Dobrev Stana Katic FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Ellen DeGeneres Good Morning America: George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, Sam ChampionLive with Kelly & Michael: Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan The Today Show: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales The View: Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST Chelsea Handler Conan O'Brien David Letterman Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Kimmel FAVORITE NEW TALK SHOW HOST Jeff Probst Katie Couric Michael Strahan Ricki Lake Steve Harvey FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOW America's Got Talent American Idol Dancing with the Stars The Voice The X Factor FAVORITE CELEBRITY JUDGE Adam Levine Britney Spears Christina Aguilera Demi Lovato Jennifer Lopez FAVORITE TV FAN FOLLOWING Gleeks, Glee Little Liars, Pretty Little Liars Oncers, Once Upon A Time SPNFamily, Supernatural TVDFamily, The Vampire Diaries FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY Ben & Kate Go On Guys With Kids The Mindy Project The Neighbors The New Normal Partners FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA 666 Park Avenue Arrow Beauty & The Beast Chicago Fire Elementary Emily Owens, M.D. Last Resort The Mob Doctor Nashville Revolution Vegas FAVORITE MALE ARTIST Blake Shelton Chris Brown Jason Mraz Justin Bieber Usher FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST Adele Carrie Underwood Katy Perry P!nk Taylor Swift FAVORITE POP ARTIST Adele Demi Lovato Justin Bieber Katy Perry P!nk FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTIST Drake Flo Rida Jay-Z Nicki Minaj Pitbull FAVORITE R&B ARTIST Alicia Keys Beyoncé Bruno Mars Rihanna Usher FAVORITE BAND Green Day Linkin Park Maroon 5 No Doubt Train FAVORITE COUNTRY ARTIST Blake Shelton Carrie Underwood Jason Aldean Taylor Swift Tim McGraw FAVORITE BREAKOUT ARTIST Carly Rae Jepsen Fun. Gotye One Direction The Wanted FAVORITE SONG “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen “One More Night,” Maroon 5 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift “We Are Young,” Fun. ft. Janelle Monáe “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction FAVORITE ALBUM Believe, Justin Bieber Blown Away, Carrie Underwood Overexposed, Maroon 5 Some Nights, Fun. Up All Night, One Direction FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO Boyfriend, Justin Bieber Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen Gangnam Style, Psy Part of Me, Katy Perry Payphone, Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa FAVORITE MUSIC FAN FOLLOWING Beliebers, Justin Bieber Directioners, One Direction KatyCats, Katy Perry Lovatics, Demi Lovato Selenators, Selena Gomez Follow Shaunna on Twitter @HWShaunna [PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Brinton/CBS] MORE: People's Choice Awards Nominations: Adam Levine, Channing Tatum, Bieber Score Big Russell Brand Is Uninvited to the People's Choice Awards Oscars 2013: Let's Predict the Nominations (and Call the Upsets) From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
January 09, 2013 4:30am EST
Hi. Pretty Little Liars is back.
I was a littler overzealous about the post-Halloween special, simply because I forgot that I wouldn’t get to watch my girls for 12 weeks and instead had to wait another 87 months for their legitimate return. BUT. NOW. THE LIARS ARE BACK FOREVER!!! Or, umm, at least for the next 12 weeks. Do you all remember when the first half of Season 3 aired? Emily was an alcoholic! Everyone had weird haircuts! I feel like we’ve progressed so much, and it hasn’t even been a full year. How are these people still in high school?
We’re dealing with the aftermath of the Halloween episode, where people died on a Halloween ghost train instead of just watching Alison wander around a haunted house in a vaguely Gaga-Ke$ha-Sharon Needles costume she forced reanimated china dolls sew together for her. We definitely have jumped a little since the actual night of the Halloween train, because a lot is happening.
Mainly, Hanna’s grandmother has moved in. Porn Star Mom is completely missing in action. Actually, everyone’s mom is missing in action — did they go on a spa weekend together or something?
Hanna and her gram give absolutely no explanation for the disappearance of mother. It is entirely possible that Porn Star Mom is filming porn in the porn district of Rosewood, Penn. If we’re looking at the big picture of Rosewood, that wouldn’t be the strangest thing to happen.
The episode opens with a hooded skateboard punk rolling through the streets, and I’m worried for a second that I’m watching some of crazy MTV skateboarding reality show. Okay, this is really bad night skateboarding. Like, bad for MTV reality show.
What was the name of the guy from the original Laguna Beach who was always on his long board? Trey? Troy? TOBY? Regardless, Mona is suddenly sneaking into Hanna’s room in the middle of the night. Hanna’s hair looks incredibly good for being startled awake at 3am, and I couldn’t be happier that Hanna is the first Liar we meet this “season.”
Mona wants help from Hanna — she’s been released from the local mental institution, and Mona’s parents have demanded that she return to Rosewood. Mona is a mess!
I don’t like demure helpless little Mona, mainly because Mona is at her best when she was manipulating everyone and designing her own hoodies for her birthday slumber party.
Hanna says that Mona spent the last two years majoring in torture; this is almost true, but it is also impossible to pick your major in high school. Mona knows what’s good, though — she has new meds, so she’s fine! Great!
I want Mona to run a prescription drug ring at Rosewood High and take over the world. Hanna clearly isn’t convinced by Mona’s newfound sanity/innocence, but Hanna will always care about her old bestie. Hanna’s amazing, mentally insane grandmother with the vague Southern accent breaks up the midnight meeting by screaming at Hanna through the door. Good work.
Back to the night boarder: Toby is chasing the skateboard punk in a large SUV, but Toby can’t catch up with him. What is happening? It’s the middle of the night, so I don’t understand why there is so much action.
It seems that this is a Sunday night? Slow down. Drop the crazy. Stop murdering people. I think we’re meant to believe that Mona is the skateboarder, but that obviously is not the case. We shall see.
I can’t stop smiling! I love this show! DRAMA! Emily’s father has returned from Arizona/Vietnam/Space, and of course he’s wearing a shirt that says ARMY across the chest. Of course! Dad is also installing a 24/7-alarm system on the house, which is just an elaborate way of Emily’s parents saying that her lesbian girlfriend can’t climb through the window for late night lesbian action. Okay, it’s more protection from fake cousins that try to murder you inside a lighthouse, but still. Emily is forbidden from participating in the big school run, even though Emily raised $274 in pledges.
Yes, Emily, that’s a lot of money. I understand your pain. Big money, no whammies.
Spencer and Aria complain about how Emily is on severe military lockdown, and they’re both wearing pretty aggressive glamsquad outfits for a local coffee run. Spencer wins best hair of the episode, only because judging from sneaks to later this season, Spencer’s hair gets pretty… rough, to say the least.
Also, if this is a pre-school coffee run — AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT (in the words of sweet Sweet Brown). Spencer and Aria would have to wake up at 4am to look THAT good and have THAT much time to grab coffee before school. Aria is giving hardcore accessory overload, and it’s a good thing Ezra buys her a piece of jewelry later in the episode; all Aria needs is another bracelet-earrings-necklace trio before she sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Aria always makes dumb coffee. Her coffee looks really bad. Spencer’s coffee looks fantastic, and Spencer says a lot of smart things. Everything is normal.
Jenna was unfortunately missing from this entire episode (since she inexplicably switched schools… oh, wait, maybe she switched schools because everyone loved making fun of the manic blind bitch).
However, Jenna’s absence is barely noticed whenever Hanna’s Grandmother enters. Did this woman fall from God’s wondrous hands into our undeserving laps? I sure hope so.
Grandma tells a story about Cousin Heshie, where Heshie tried to feed nails to his parents as cereal. Grandma loves telling stories about the ancestors! Anyway, Hanna is going to her grandmother to see if Mona has changed/can be let back in. Grandma clearly things Mona should be a friend again, seeing Heshie’s change of brain, but I also think Grandma is way off her rocker.
Remember when Hanna blacked out in the girl’s bathroom at her father’s wedding reception? And Grandma picked Hanna up from the airport? What an amazing episode.
We now reach our great bullying sub-plot, because every show with a lead actor in high school is contractually obligated to show something about bullying. Those TV writers sure are ingenious.
Mona 2.0 is a sad little puppy, waiting on the steps of the high school while people call her weird names. They say awful bully catchphrases like, “You shouldn’t be here.” That’s a serious threat!
We get a nice shot of Aria’s butt as she climbs the stairs to the school and makes janky eye contact with Aria, but that’s about it. Inside the actual school, Jody from Center Stage is teaching for Mrs. Hoobalajooli is on maternity leave. Aria asks someone to “please stick a fork in my neck.” Let’s do it!
In class, Aria is blatantly texting in front of the teacher, and Meredith takes Aria’s phone away from here. Taking Aria’s phone is literally the worst idea in the history of modern teenager — only the worst teacher actually took phones away during class, and a substitute would 100 percent never put herself under that kind of scrutiny. Especially on day one.
The Liars have a mini-Mexican standoff with Meredith/Jody after class. I get that Jody’s career as a dancer faltered when she became too old and injured her knees, so she changed her name to Meredith and started sleeping with Aria’s father, but she shouldn’t take her anger at youth out on the four baddest bitches in town. Sorry not sorry.
Someone put a cow brain in Mona’s locker, with the note: “TAKES ONE MAD COW TO KNOW ANOTHER.” I don’t understand why a high school bio lab would have cow brains instead of just the standard cow eyeball.
My favorite part of this scene is a very terrified girl taking a video of the entire ordeal on her iPhone. PLL is so hip. On the flip, Emily is literally so stupid. I can’t even talk about how stupid she is because it makes me feel more stupid and then I start to sink to her level.
Something weird is going on between Mona and Lucas; smart Hanna picks up on the connection.
There’s this weird thing throughout the episode where “Mona” tweets in the bottom corner of the screen, making a wonky acrostic. It looks like you can go online and watch more of Mona’s pity-party “I’m being bullied” video that she posts on Facebook during the episode, but you had to watch The Lying Game for all of the clues and I would never do that to myself. Even to help all of you.
Boyfriend life: Caleb is lurking around, and Hanna wants Caleb to grill Lucas on his limp; someone was stabbed in the leg by a screwdriver on the Halloween train, and Hanna’s main suspect is clearly Lucas.
I doubt Lucas would just downright confess his attempt to help murder Aria, but maybe that’s just me. Toby likes to go on runs with Spencer, take his shirt off, and get in hot tubs with his girlfriend after taking his shirt off post-run. Character progression!
I don’t want Spencer to be hurt by her current boyfriend. I wanted her to get with Jason instead, but it seems Jason is also a creepy asshole. Oh well.
Emily spots the man that worked the front desk at the Lost Woods Resort as… THE NEW ROSEWOOD JANITOR!!! That’s scary as all hell. His name is Harold, but we might as well call him Norman Bates (even though I used to have a crush on Anthony Perkins and I would never have a crush on this fool). Hanna thinks, “Maybe creepy Harold has a creepy twin.”
No, Hanna NO. Creepy Harold has a bunch of Mona’s stuff in his haunted basement office. Horrifying. My cat’s name is Harold, so I don’t like this sub-plot very much.
Hanna watches Mona’s Facebook bullying video 147 times in one day. Spencer talks about Mona having a resume for her crazy, which I believe is jargon that this show has used before (still not complaining).
Caleb finds out that Mona lied – she BEGGED to get back into Rosewood, while her parents wanted her in a different program. Hanna’s grandmother sings the National Anthem at the big school run, and she’s almost as good as the famed Whitney Houston performance. Almost. Hanna proclaims that Gram is singing, “Because she can.” TRUTH. Like, why do I love Hanna so much?
Every she says is pure gold. The Liars ditch the run (as any smart high schooler would naturally do), only to sneak into Creepy Janitor’s office; Harold is writing a letter to Mona in Alison’s old journal, which is very bad in very real world pedo-creepy way.
From the journal, we flip to a nice flashback: Aria has been coping the entire episode with the thought that Byron, her father, was the last person to see Alison alive. Did Byron kill Ali? What was their relationship?
Aria has been using sneaky passive-aggressive Carrie Mathison interrogation techniques on her father, but to no avail. Byron shows his violent side. Flashback Alison is blackmailing Byron.
Flashback Alison is making weird innuendos about wiping feet on people. Unless I misheard. I always mishear.
The girls escape the clutches of Creepy Harold, only to jump from the frying pan into the fire. I think that’s the right saying. Maybe it’s flipped. I’m talking about a literal fire here.
The swag bag post-run tent is on fire, and someone is screaming. I was hoping that Mona would just die already in this rightful blaze of glory, but it seems Jody/Meredith was burned in the “accident.”
Mona clearly set the fire. Jody/Meredith will clearly be far too burned to ever dance again. Is Jody/Meredith the new Jenna?
Byron (what an awful name, I can’t ignore it any longer) interrogates Aria about trying to hurt Meredith. These parents are literally the worst — they are always yelling at their daughters while their daughters are dealing with secret babies and down-low murderers!
“These kind of secrets come back to haunt us, “ growls Byron. “WHAT ABOUT YOURS,” screams back Aria. You go, girl. Aria then politely asks her father to close her bedroom door. I don’t like creepy parents, that sort of thing just gives me a lot of weird terrors.
Spencer stops by Jason’s house to talk about Mona, while Jason relaxes on his porch with his unbuttoned shirt and his loud bug zapper.
As soon as Spencer walks off, Mona appears from the shadows… and helps Jason treat his wound. His wound that looks an awful lot like the infected puncture hole from a dirty screwdriver on a Halloween ghost train that featured Adam Lambert as the musical guest. OMG.
More importantly, Mona is a vampire that likes to wear red heart sweaters. She was definitely hanging up in bat form by the bug zapper. Just wait for that reveal.
Black-hooded maybe-A, probably the skateboard, is shown in the post-episode clue stealing bike parts from a fat kid’s bike at night. That’s just really rude. Speaking of rude, my rude friend changed the channel to New Girl aka The Zooey Deschanel Show before I could see scenes from next episode, so I can’t even get a brief hair preview for next Tuesday night. Unforgivable, I say.
I hope Emily gets murdered this season. She annoyed me tonight, and I would enjoy a shocking Liar death. I hope PLL does an episode this season where Spencer gets swine flu and has a fever dream that she’s in Dirty Dancing with Jason. I hope all these parents work out their Xanax prescriptions.
I hope the moms return soon. I hope Emily gets back to work at the hippest coffee shop in town. I hope a new coffee shop opens up to rival Emily’s workplace. I hope Emily gets drunk again.
Maybe I don’t hate Emily as much as I thought. I hope this portion of Pretty Little Liar’s outrageously successful third season is the best thing ever shown on television. I have a feeling this show will still be airing new episodes when I am 87. Forever and ever, amen.
Bonus: Here’s a video of Hanna/Ashley Benson wearing a cheap wig and dancing while James Franco lip-synchs to Bieber’s “Boyfriend.”
[Image Credit: Eric McCandless/ABC Family (2)]
Pretty Little Liars: A Thrilling Catch-Up Before the Next Text
Pretty Little Liars Halloween Post-Mortem: What’s Next For the Liars?
Pretty Little Liars Halloween Recap: Murder on the Homo Express
From Our Partners:
Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone)
’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone)
January 08, 2013 3:19pm EST
The Mindy Project is arguably one of the funniest and most entertaining freshman comedies to come out of 2012 television premieres — and creator, executive producer, and star Mindy Kaling totally knows it. “We just get extra days and extra money for stuff, do you?” Kaling boasts to her network neighbor Zooey Deschanel at Tuesday’s FOX comedy panel for the Television Critics Association.
She was kidding of course! But Kaling’s popularity was hard to deny in the room full of reporters in Pasadena. Actors from Raising Hope, Ben and Kate, and New Girl graced the stage at the Langham Hotel, but The Mindy Project was by far the most requested show.
Kaling discussed the recent casting switch-a-roo moving Anna Camp from a regular to recurring cast member. “Her part on the show hasn’t changed in terms of stories just because so much of it takes place in our workplace, so we weren’t using her that much… like one day a week or two days a week.”
The showrunner continues, “She actually was the one who was interested in coming to do a pilot and still doing the show. So we though yeah that’s great… we’d love to see her do other stuff.” Co-star Ike Barinholtz adds, “We’re still planning on using her in a ton of episodes!” Basically the Pitch Perfect star is so awesome that Kaling feels bad that’s she’s hogging her on The Mindy Project. Aww that’s sweet!
In other casting news, Kaling confirmed that comedic A-lister Seth Rogen is set to guest star on a sure-to-be hioarious upcoming episode, “The One That Got Away.” Kaling reminds reporters that this is not the first time she’s worked with Rogen, “I’ve known Seth since The 40 Year Old Virgin which I did like seven yeras ago and we spent a couple days together on that so I was in a movie of his in May called The End of The World where I play myself and I get killed in the apocalypse.”
So what exactly is Rogen’s role in Kaling’s dysfunctionally funny world? “He is coming in to do an episode where he was my first kiss that I met at Jewish summer camp… and there are some interesting twists about what has happened to his character since the time I saw him.” You all know what that means: be prepared for some flashbacks! The actress says, “Right now we’re casting for these younger versions of ourselves which is really weird and fun.” We personally cannot wait to see what mini Mindy is going to do in this episode!
New episodes of The Mindy Project return to television tonight, Tuesday, January 8, on FOX.
Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera
[Photo Credit: FOX]
'The Mindy Project': Playing Doctor with Comedy's Golden Gal
'Ben and Kate' Returns with the 'B-Squad' and More Adventures
TCA: New Fox Shows Include Event Series from M. Night Shyamalan & Late Night Cartoons
From Our Partners:
Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone)
’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone)
January 08, 2013 12:34pm EST
It's been a whole month — that's right, you heard me — a whole month since we last had a new episode of New Girl. So much has happened in that time. There was White Anglo Saxon Winter Privilege Night...Hanukkah...Moon Festival...the New Year. So many wonderful holidays we didn't get to spend with the people in our lives we love the most. No, not your real-life friends and loved ones — the fictitious Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Cece, and, okay sure, Winston.
But rejoice New Girl fans, the whole gang is back tonight and we can properly start 2013. If you're still nursing an office party hangover or blanked out from everything earlier than New Year's Eve, never fear, we're here to catch you back up to speed and jog your memory about how the show left off. Here's everything you need to know before the winter premiere of Season 2 of New Girl, you clowns.
Where We Left Off: After getting fired from her job, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) went and had herself a quarter-life crisis, one which included hooking up with a sexy doctor named Sam (David Walton). Though her feelings for him initially were stronger than his, Sam eventually came around and won Jess back on Christmas. Elsewhere, Nick (Jake Johnson) finished his wonderfully terrible zombie novel and started hooking up with a stripper named Angie (Olivia Munn) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tried to play coy around a newly-single Cece (Hannah Simeone). Oh, and Winston (Lamorne Morris) broke up with Shelby...and couldn't hear out of his ear for an episode.
Biggest Jaw-Dropper Of The Fall: Wait, Sam is back?! After Jess had all but sworn him and other men like him off for good, he showed up all kind and sensitive at Christmastime and professed his true feelings. That said, Sam has never been a consistent character. What started as a Creed-worshipping doofus who is only looking for hot hookups has evolved into a sweet, caring pediatrician who just wants to settle down with the right girl. Is Jess that right girl? We'll find out soon enough.
Biggest Let-Down Of The Fall: That New Girl started to venture dangerously out of smart, television for men and women and into anti-feminism territory thanks to outdated, offensive story lines about periods (they make women go crazy!) and ticking biological clocks. You're better than that, New Girl.
Most Improved Character: Nick Miller, Nick Miller, the illest of the iller. Okay, maybe Nick hasn't improved overall, as he's still aimlessly floating through life, his dead-end job, and dating the wrong people (c'mon, Angie isn't exactly marriage material) but Jake Johnson continues to prove himself as a comedic force to be reckoned with. Nick may not be improving at the moment, but he most closely resembles someone we all know in real life.
Least Improved Character: Schmidt and his total free fall into full-fledged douchebaggery. Look, don't get us wrong, we understand that Schmidt has been a douchebag all along. Hell, he's the very reason the Douchebag Jar was invented. But since breaking Cece's heart last year, Schmidt has turned from charming douchebag to near-sociopathic levels of mean. We realize it's just an act and he's really hurting deep down inside, but we were hoping for him to grow as a person just a little bit.
5 Reasons You Should Keep Watching: Nelson Franklin (who played Cece's ex Robbie) is going to return to shake things up; speaking of guest stars, ultra-hottie Brooklyn Decker is stopping by; Schmidt may be a douche, but he still pronounces things hilariously; Jake Johnson is totally killing it; and finally, Winston might do something.
What We Ultimately Want To See: Who are we kidding? Jess and Nick together. What Would Make Us Turn Our Backs: Another plot line revolving Jess having a "lady" dilemma of any sort. [Photo credit: Patrick McElhenney/FOX] More: 'New Girl' Christmas Episode: A Winter Munn-derland 'New Girl' Star Max Greenfield: Is There Hope For Schmidt and Cece? 'The Mindy Project': Playing Doctor with Comedy's Golden Gal From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) ’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone)
January 06, 2013 4:30am EST
The New Girl star was bullied for having a fuller figure in high school, but she lost a few pounds and got down to a happier size, where she remains to this day.
Many of Deschanel's actress peers are more slender, with some even being considered gaunt, but the 32 year old doesn't feel the need to look like them, insisting history shows you don't have to be skinny to be successful.
She tells Glamour magazine, "Actresses have definitely gotten thinner over the course of my lifetime. Women I admired growing up - Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep - were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy - skinny - much, much too skinny... I'm a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I'd look like them; it's scary.
"For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That's not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what's acceptable is larger than what people believe."