Kate Ward
Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.
  • 2012 Homes That Hit Home: The 12 Best (and Worst) Real Estate Properties in Film
    By: Kate Ward Dec 11, 2012
    For many movie-goers, 2012's film slate hit close to home. Especially if they sat in theaters admiring cinema's best real estate of the year. Skyfall, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises — many of the year's biggest blockbusters also boasted sprawling mansions that movie-goers would spend hours drooling over in their theater seats. But which films brought us the most — and least — coveted homes and properties of the year? Go ahead — make yourself at home and scroll down to find out! Movie: The Hobbit Property: Bag End Location: Hobbiton, Middle Earth Description: Nestled in the side of a Hobbiton hill, this cozy three-bedroom Hobbit hole is the perfect bachelor pad for lads preparing for their next unexpected journey. Amenities: A fireplace fit for a pipe, a wine cellar, and a pantry big enough to feed 13 dwarves. Price: The Baggins family wouldn't be quick to give it up — perhaps for an Arkenstone? Movie: Skyfall Property: The Bond Family's Skyfall Estate Location: Scottish Highlands Description: The perfect retreat for when you literally need to retreat from a deranged former colleague who’s trying to kill you and your boss. Amenities: Long vacant — its owners were killed in a climbing accident — this is a fixer-upper to be sure. But it comes with substantial acreage, a car park for your Aston Martin, propane tanks for heating and the construction of makeshift bombs, a wall-length mirror, Reformation Era subterranean tunnels for a clandestine exit, a vintage hunting-rifle armory, and the services of a crusty old gamekeeper. Price: By our calculations, a steal at £1.5 million Movie: Beauty and the Beast 3D Property: The Beast's Castle Location: France Description: This sprawling, private kingdom — built with Europe's finest golden materials — boasts a history as rich as the food served in the castle's fully staffed kitchen. Amenities: Indoor landscaping (in the form of a mysterious, single rose), a large library to charm visitors, a 3D-friendly vast ballroom with high ceilings, and a roomy dungeon to host your future father-in-law. Price: $47 million — otherwise known as Beauty and the Beast 3D's total box office cume. Movie: The Dark Knight Property: Wayne Manor Location: Gotham City Description: Escape Gotham's violent underground with this beautiful mansion, once home to billionaire Bruce Wayne and many exorbitant parties gone very, very wrong. Amenities: A fully manicured lawn, a friendly butler who knows more about you than you know yourself, a subterranean cave for an undercover vigilante filled with technologically advanced weaponry a basement that leads nowhere. Price: By our calculations, $46 million. Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Property: The Marigold Hotel Location: India Description: This charming hotel is happy to host retirees both enthusiastic about travel and extremely racist. Don't be distracted by its cracks — this property is perfect for anyone looking to invest in a fixer-upper! Amenities: A thriving social scene for the elderly, local cuisine that will give your taste buds a bit too much of a kick. Price: Whatever takes it off Sonny's hands! Movie : The Hunger Games Property: The Capitol's Training Center Location: The Capitol Description: Right in the heart of Panem's Capitol, the Hunger Games' training center bristles with excitement. Be one of the first to scope out the Games' talent first-hand, and stay for a drink — if a tribute doesn't shoot it out of your hand first. Amenities: On-location stylists and mentors, an underground gymnasium, an adjoining apartment complex filled with windows to longingly peer out of. Price: Whatever it costs to overthrow President Snow. Courage? Movie: The Queen of Versailles Property: The mansion built by billionaires Jackie and David Siegel, also known as Versailles Location: Orlando, Fla. Description: This real-life 90,000-square foot mansion — the largest in the U.S. — is strictly for the 1 percent, offering more luxury than practicality. But that's okay, because you're rich! (Until, of course, you're not.) Amenities: Two movie theaters, a bowling alley, nine kitchens, three swimming pools, a baseball diamond, a health spa, 30 bathrooms, and other luxury items that, yes, actually do exist in a real home. Price: Considering its windows cost $4 million, you don't even want to know. Movie: Wanderlust Property: Elysium Bed and Breakfast Location: Unknown Description: The perfect rest stop for your long journey, Elysium offers peace and next to free love lodging for those who love Mother Earth. Amenities: A breathtaking view of Jennifer Aniston's breasts. Price: That's not the green stuff we care about, man. Movie: Project X Property: The Kub Home Location: Pasadena, Calif. Description: This comfortable family home is the optimal place to raise children who will one day take advantage of your trust and throw a raging party on the spacious lawn. Amenities: A pool large enough to fit your car, a roof secure enough for dancing, rooms that can be converted into beer troughs, and a lawn gnome. Price: Pales in comparison to what you'll pay in fire insurance. Movie: Sinister Property: The Oswalt Home Location: Unknown Description: In need of inspiration? Move into this home, perfect for those hoping for privacy to hunker down and work on their next project. Amenities: A home entertainment center in the attic, a garage with a full set of sharp tools, unique wall art. Price: Your life. Movie: Paranormal Activity 4 Property: The Nelson Home Location: Suburbia, USA Description: Get to know the creepy neighbors in this delightful home filled with plenty of dark corners. Amenities: Fully equipped wireless cameras, laptops, and other specter-revealing technology, a nearby tree house so inviting, even evil ghosts can't resist. Price: Your life. Movie: Cabin in the Woods Property: A woodland cabin Location: Unknown Description: Looking for an isolated weekend getaway where no one can hear you scream for your four college friends? You're in luck! This cabin — located in the middle of the woods — is the perfect location for nights in with a case of beer and a family of zombies. Amenities: A cellar full of charming, ancient trinkets. Look, but don't read. Price: Your life. Additional Reporting by Christian Blauvelt [Image Credit: Warner Bros (2); Lauren Greenfield/Magnolia Pictures; Walt Disney; Lionsgate] More:'s Best of 2012 The Bare and the Bold: The 10 Best Movie Sex Scenes in 2012 Bad Music To Our Ears: 2012's 14 Most Embarrassing Singing Performances on TV — VIDEO From Our Partners: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Aladdin’ (Moviefone)  22 Must-See Holiday Movies (Moviefone)
  • Bad Music To Our Ears: 2012's 14 Most Embarrassing Singing Performances on TV — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Dec 07, 2012
    It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since our senses shut down as a defense mechanism following Lana Del Rey's January 2012 performance of "Video Games" on Saturday Night Live. But, as it turns out, we were better off — Rey's swaying song simply kicked off a year of painful music on television. Along with the good (say, Phillip Phillips' "Volcano" and Jennifer Hudson's Grammys Whitney Houston tribute), there was the bad — and, thanks to television's obsession with singing reality series, there was hardly a shortage of vocal ugliness. So who brought us the most embarrassing television performances of the year? Scroll below to take a walk down memory lane — even if it might drive you to run. Lana Del Rey, "Video Games" (Saturday Night Live) The artist's sleepy and pouty performance of her hit was so bizarre, even SNL had no choice but to lampoon the singer one month later. Erin Martin, "Walk Like an Egyptian" (The Voice) Between the awkward choreography, high school musical costumery, and squeaky vocals, Martin's cover of the Bangles' hit proved why the polarizing contestant soon became ancient history. Jason Brock, "Dance Again" (The X Factor) The zebra print blazer wasn't the only wild thing about The X Factor contestant's Week 1 performance of the Jennifer Lopez hit. Brock also surrounded himself with glitter, Vegas showgirls, and men so poor, they could only afford 1/8 of a shirt. Even Cher has nightmares about this. Jennifer Lopez, "Dance Again" (American Idol) Of course, Brock didn't do much worse than "Dance Again"'s original artist. Flanked by a handful of shirtless men — including much-discussed new boyfriend, Casper Smart — Lopez's performance screamed "I'm single!" Not to mention desperation. Jennifer Lopez "Dance Again" live on American... by HumanSlinky Heejun Han, "My Life" (American Idol) When Steven Tyler — who critiqued Han's performance by telling the Idol finalist he "took the piss out of" the song — thinks you're not taking things seriously, it's time to wonder about your life. Nicki Minaj, "Roman Holiday" (Grammys 2012) Otherwise known as the moment the Catholic Church began to think that Madonna woman isn't so bad. Sorry, Nicki — we were hardly possessed by this desperate attention grab.
  • Here We Go Again: Lindsay Lohan Arrested for Assault
    By: Kate Ward Nov 29, 2012
    Turns out bad reviews for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's Liz & Dick weren't Lindsay Lohan's only problem this week. On Thursday morning, the actress was arrested for assault following an altercation with a 28-year-old female, an NYPD spokesperson confirms with According to police, Lohan — who has been released from custody — allegedly assaulted the woman at 4 am in the Meatpacking District club Avenue in New York City. Lohan's rep has not yet responded to's request for comment. The arrest is the latest setback for the actress, who earned a victory earlier this year when her supervised probation — stemming from a 2007 DUI arrest — was lifted. Lohan, however, still remains on informal probation for a misdemeanor theft charge following accusations that she had stolen a necklace from a jewelry store in Venice, Calif., in 2011. Despite her supervised probation being lifted in March, Lohan has still had a troubled 2012. In June, the actress was hospitalized following a car crash with an 18-wheeler semi-truck trailer, and, days later, was treated for exhaustion after being found unconscious in her bed while filming Liz & Dick in L.A. In September, Lohan was arrested (but never formally charged) for leaving the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian in New York City, and, in October, was one half of a domestic dispute with her mother that led to police intervention. Lohan has also been the target of bad PR this year — not only was Liz & Dick panned by critics, but the actress was also criticized for canceling her Nov. 16 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters just days before the sit-down was scheduled to air after reportedly being dissatisfied with the direction of the interview. The actress, however, seems to see the silver lining. "[I regret] nothing, because then I wouldn't have been able to cry in scenes at the drop of a hat," Lohan told Us Magazine last week. "I have it tattooed: 'Live Without Regrets.' I'm not saying I wanted to go to a jail cell, but I've drawn from all of it." In fact, Lohan even told Us' reporter that troubles have made her a better actress. By that logic, seems Lohan's ready for an Oscar. More: The Absolute Worst Moments in Liz & Dick Liz & Dick Is Bad in the Worst Possible Way The Simple Answer to All of Lindsay Lohan's Problems You Might Also Like: Cory and Topanga Are In! Big ‘Boy Meets World’ Spinoff News 12 Hot (And Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes
  • Larry Hagman Shot Several Season 2 Episodes of 'Dallas' Before Passing
    By: Kate Ward Nov 24, 2012
    Twenty years after Dallas fans were nearly forced to say goodbye to Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing after contract negotiations led to the infamous "Who Shot J.R.?" episode, audiences will indeed have to bid farewell to the character following the star's passing Friday. But questions surround when and how J.R. Ewing — a character who headlined the original series for over 350 episodes — will be removed from TNT's Dallas reboot. Prior to his passing, Hagman was in the midst of filming Season 2 of the modern-day spin-off, and had shot approximately six episodes, according to Deadline. Season 2 of the series — which co-stars Dallas alums Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray and new cast members Jesse Metcalfe and Jordana Brewster — is scheduled to air Jan. 28, but Deadline speculates the Thanksgiving-fueled holiday hiatus might be extended following Hagman's death to determine how to write out J.R. TNT has not yet responded to's request for comment regarding its schedule. That said, the Dallas crew is accustomed to making quick changes — writers were forced to create two pilot scripts when Hagman's initial participation in the series was in question thanks to contract discussions. The series also rewrote scripts as a contingency plan after Hagman announced his cancer diagnosis in 2011. [Image Credit: Bill Matlock/TNT] More: Larry Hagman, 'Dallas' Star, Dies at 81 Larry Hagman: Celebs Tweet Tributes to Late 'Dallas' Star Barbara Eden Pays Tribute to Larry Hagman: 'Larry Was Always, Simply Larry' You Might Also Like: Jennifer Lawrence Bikinis in Hawaii (PICS) Best and Worst of the Thanksgiving Parade
  • Barbara Eden Pays Tribute to Larry Hagman: 'Larry Was Always, Simply Larry'
    By: Kate Ward Nov 23, 2012
    Following the news of Larry Hagman's passing — the actor died Friday at 81 years old from complications of cancer — one of Hagman's earliest co-stars, Barbara Eden, has taken to the Web to share memories of her time working with Hagman on the 1960s series I Dream of Jeannie. "I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed," Eden wrote on her Facebook page. "I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking… and in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever." For five seasons, Eden played the mystical servant — and eventual wife — of Hagman's Major Tony Nelson. With chemistry as good as it was hilarious, the duo became one of sitcom's most beloved couples. Though Hagman had not appeared in I Dream of Jeannie's 1985 and 1991 reunion specials, the two reteamed to promote the series' TV Land debut and the release of Jeannie's Season 1 DVD. Eden also appeared alongside Hagman during a 1990 episode of Dallas, playing an heiress attempting to get revenge against Hagman's J.R. Ewing. "He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after I Dream of Jeannie; our paths crossed many times," Eden wrote. "Throughout various productions I had the pleasure of watching the Texas Tornado that was Larry Hagman. Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry. You couldn't fault him for it, it was just who he was. I am so thankful that this past year I was able to spend time with him and experience yet again ‘Larry’ in all his Big Texas bravado." The actress continues, "I, like many others believed he had beat Cancer and yet we are reminded that life is never guaranteed. My deepest condolences go out to his wife Maj, his son and daughter and his grandchildren, as well as his friends in this time of his passing. I can honestly say that we've lost not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana. Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again." [Image Credit: WENN] More: Larry Hagman, 'Dallas' Star, Dies at 81 You Might Also Like: Jennifer Lawrence Bikinis in Hawaii (PICS) Best and Worst of the Thanksgiving Parade
  • Larry Hagman, 'Dallas' Star, Dies at 81
    By: Kate Ward Nov 23, 2012
    Larry Hagman, the actor who famously played J.R. Ewing in both the original Dallas and its TNT reboot, passed away at 81 at a Dallas area hospital Friday, sources told The Dallas Morning News. The actor, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2011, passed away of complications from cancer. Said the actor's family in a written statement: “Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most ... Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.” Though Hagman boasted a career that spanned all genres, the actor was most renowned for his role as Dallas' J.R. Ewing, a character who became known as one of the most loved (and hated) villains in television history. The role — which spawned the famous "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline, written in response to Hagman's demand for a hefty Season 3 salary increase, which nearly led to his exit from the series — won Hagman several accolades: Not only did audiences respond to his role on the nighttime soap, but Hagman also picked up two Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations playing J.R. Ewing. (As Hagman wrote in his 2001 memoir, Hello Darlin', "Ronald Reagan was campaigning against Jimmy Carter, American hostages were being held in Iran, Polish shipyard workers were on strike, and all anyone wanted to know was, who shot J.R.?”) Turns out Hagman certainly was worth the pay raise. The actor headlined over 350 episodes, helping keep the series afloat for a whopping 14 seasons and seen by 350 million viewers worldwide. And J.R. Ewing was iconic enough to be revived decades later for TNT's 2012 Dallas reboot, on which Hagman starred despite his cancer struggle. Of course, the actor — who, appropriately enough, began his career as a production assistant in Dallas — was respected for his work outside the Lone Star State. After first gaining traction as an actor on Broadway and Off-Broadway, Hagman landed the role of I Dream of Jeannie's Major Tony Nelson. Hagman's comedic chops helped turn the series into a hit — keeping up with predecessors like Bewitched — and the actor's chemistry with co-star Barbara Eden helped Major Nelson and Jeannie become an iconic TV duo. Though the TV series was a headache for 1960s feminists (Eden, as Jeannie, refused to call the man who summoned her anything other than "Master"), its camp nature won over several generations of audiences — two reunion specials (which, unfortunately for fans, didn't star Hagman) aired in 1985 and 1991. After Jeannie wrapped, Hagman set his sights on film, appearing in movies like 1978's Superman and directing 1972's The Blob sequel, Beware the Blob. Hagman, however, had better luck on the big screen in the 1990s with roles in high-profile projects like Oliver Stone's Nixon and Primary Colors. In 2011, Hagman, who underwent a liver transplant in 1995 after years of drinking, returned to the small screen with a recurring role on Desperate Housewives, just months before the actor announced he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. Not that he let the diagnosis slow him down. Shortly after his announcement, Hagman revealed he would be returning to his iconic role on TNT's Dallas reboot. And the actor continued to keep J.R.'s legacy alive — Patrick Duffy told The Sun in August that Hagman was intending to return for Season 2 of Dallas. As Hagman told The Daily Mirror this summer, "I'm ready to do another 13 years [on Dallas] ... That's the plan. I don't want to retire. I'd like to die on stage, so to speak. I love acting and I've had a wonderful career." [Image Credit: Eva Napp/Wenn] More: Barbara Eden Pays Tribute to Larry Hagman: 'Larry Was Always, Simply Larry' Larry Hagman: Celebs Tweet Tributes to the Late 'Dallas' Star You Might Also Like: Jennifer Lawrence Bikinis in Hawaii (PICS) Best and Worst of the Thanksgiving Parade
  • American Music Awards Winners' List: Did Justin Bieber Best Rihanna For Top Honors?
    By: Kate Ward Nov 18, 2012
    Justin Bieber's recent break-up with Selena Gomez might have tongues wagging, but, following Sunday's 40th annual American Music Awards, the singer left fans talking about (gasp!) his music. The young singer won all three awards he was nominated for: Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock), Favorite Album (Believe), and Artist of the Year. "It's hard growing up ... with everyone watching me," Bieber told the crowd while picking up the night's top honors. "I want to say as long as you guys keep believing in me, I'll never — I'll always make you proud." Who else picked up trophies during the ceremony? See below for the list of winners! Artist of the Year WINNER: Justin Bieber Drake Maroon 5 Katy Perry Rihanna New Artist of the Year  J. Cole  fun.  Gotye  WINNER: Carly Rae Jepsen  One Direction  Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock  WINNER: Justin Bieber  Flo Rida  Pitbull  Usher  Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock  Kelly Clarkson  Nicki Minaj  WINNER: Katy Perry  Rihanna  Favorite Band, Duo, or Group — Pop/Rock  fun.  WINNER: Maroon 5  One Direction  The Wanted  Favorite Album — Pop/Rock   WINNER: Justin Bieber, Believe  Maroon 5, Overexposed  Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded  One Direction, Up All Night  Favorite Male Artist — Country  Jason Aldean  WINNER: Luke Bryan  Eric Church  Favorite Female Artist — Country  Miranda Lambert  WINNER: Taylor Swift  Carrie Underwood  Favorite Band, Duo, or Group — Country  Zac Brown Band  WINNER: Lady Antebellum  Rascal Flatts  Favorite Album — Country  Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines  Lionel Richie, Tuskegee  WINNER: Carrie Underwood, Blown Away  Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop  Drake  WINNER: Nicki Minaj  Tyga  Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop  J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story  Drake, Take Care  WINNER: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded  Favorite Male Artist — Soul/R&B  Chris Brown  Trey Songz  WINNER: Usher  Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B  WINNER: Beyoncé  Mary J. Blige  Rihanna  Favorite Album — Soul/R&B  Chris Brown, Fortune  WINNER: Rihanna, Talk That Talk  Usher, Looking 4 Myself  Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock  The Black Keys  Gotye  WINNER: Linkin Park  Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary   WINNER: Adele  Kelly Clarkson  Train  Favorite Artist — Latin  Don Omar  Pitbull  WINNER: Shakira  Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational Jeremy Camp  Newsboys  WINNER: tobyMac  Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM) WINNER: David Guetta  Calvin Harris  Skrillex  [Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images] More: Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, and No Doubt Join the American Music Awards Roster James Franco Directs Lindsay Lohan in New Music Video Rihanna's New Music Video for 'Diamonds' Debuts — VIDEO From Our Partners: ’Breaking Dawn — Part 2’ Star Peter Facinelli Moves On In New York; ‘Twilight’ Actor Grabs a Bite With Actress Jaimie Alexander (EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS & DETAILS)(Celebuzz) ’Glee’ Star Dianna Agron Talks Quinn’s Thanksgiving Return, Kitty and Catfights With Santana (Q&A) (Celebuzz)
  • A Genuinely Good 'Twilight' Moment: Anytime Charlie Swan Dives on Screen
    By: Kate Ward Nov 14, 2012
    Twilight would have been a much more interesting movie had it centered on Charlie Swan (Billy Burke). After all, his story would make for the darkest of Oscar indie bait: An aging father is forced to balance his career in a misty town with his desire to reconnect with his moody daughter. (Hey, it worked for The Wrestler.) But his story is also more complex than any supernatural selection Bella (Kristen Stewart) has to make over the course of the five Twilight films. Besides Bella's screen time-challenged buds and the faceless high school extras in Forks, Wash., Charlie is the only character in the Twilight franchise who has no idea he lives in a world full of vampires and werewolves with a taste for his daughter. That's exactly why all of Twilight's genuinely good moments center on Charlie's relationship with his teenage daughter. The dynamic between the two is as fascinating as it is horrific. Charlie knows within weeks of Bella returning to Forks that his daughter is leading a secret life — one that involves a frightening trip to the hospital — but he allows her to flirt with danger in order to keep her, all while noticing little more about Edward Cullen (Rob Pattinson) than a hard jawline. Bella, sympathetic to her father's hopes while still shunning his attempts at reconnection, lies to her father for years about Forks' supernatural undercurrent, adding insult to injury by preferring the company of the Cullens' cohesive family unit over the Swans' broken home. Love, heartbreak, betrayal — Charlie feels more in the course of the first film than Bella, Edward, and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) combined in all five. Consider their conversation (one of the few in which Charlie and Bella actually talk) in the first Twilight film, after Bella stages a fight with Edward in order to protect Charlie from the hunting James (Cam Gigandet): Charlie: Did he hurt you? Bella: No. Charlie: Break up with you or something? Bella: No, I — I broke up with him. Charlie: I thought you liked him? Bella: Yeah, that's why — that's why I have to leave. I don't want this. I have to go home. Charlie: You're not going to drive home right now ... Look, Bella, I know I'm not that much fun to be around, but I can change that. We can do more stuff together. Bella: Like what? Like watch baseball on the flat screen? Eat at the diner every night? Steak and cobbler. Dad, that's you, that's not me. Charlie: Bella, come on. I — I just got you back. The moment was tragic, and helped a minor character shine brighter than any vampire in daylight. Charlie is one of the franchise's sole good guys — the one who is the most human and humane. Starry-eyed teenagers might drool over Twilight's supernatural sexiness, but anyone with a mortal soul should see that Charlie is the franchise's most appealingly complicated hero. A hero that not only survives Bella's nightmarish teenage years, but one who forgives years of vampire-related deceit. And that's what makes him bloody worthy of the title "World's Greatest Dad." [Image Credit: Summit Entertainment] More: Twilight Fandom: It's Not as Simple As You Think Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2: Why Rob Pattinson Wants to Be a Sex Scene Director — VIDEO Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2': Kristen Stewart on Bella as a Feminist Role Model
  • 'Sesame Street' Voice Actor Kevin Clash's Accuser Recants Allegation
    By: Kate Ward Nov 13, 2012
    News that will certainly tickle fans of Sesame Street's Elmo: Just 24 hours after Kevin Clash announced he would take a leave of absence from the PBS series following an accusation that he had sex with an underage man, Clash's accuser has recanted his allegation. The New York Times reports the accuser's law firm, Andreozzi & Associates, released a statement reading that "he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship ... He will have no further comment on the matter." The voice actor also responded, saying via his rep that "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further." PBS also weighed in on the matter, telling via a statement that the organization is "pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode." The accuser told Sesame Workshop last summer that Clash began a sexual relationship with him when he was 16 years old. The organization had investigated the matter and believed the claims were unsubstantiated (but had disciplined Clash for violating "company policy regarding Internet usage"). TMZ's discovery of the accusation, however, led to Clash's leave of absence. On Monday, the voice actor admitted via a statement that he had a relationship with the accuser, but it was one "between two consenting adults." Since TMZ made the ordeal public, the gossip website also published an email from Clash to the accuser in which the voice actor wrote, "I'm sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane." Sesame Street Workshop has not yet responded to questions as to when Clash might return to the series. [Image Credit: WENN] More: Elmo's Kevin Clash Wrote to Accuser in Email, 'I Keep Talking ABout Sex With You' Elmo's Kevin Clash Takes 'Sesame Street' Leave of Absence After Alleged Underage Sex Obama's New TV Ad: Wall Street vs. Sesame Street — VIDEO
  • 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Anne Hathaway's Third Time Continues to Charm
    By: Kate Ward Nov 10, 2012
    Anne Hathaway may not be known as one of the most publicly political celebrities in Hollywood, but, when it comes to Saturday Night Live, the actress and politics go together about as well as Catwoman and black latex. Take Hathaway's first appearance on SNL — the actress oversaw an October 2008 episode that brought us the now-classic parody of Sarah Palin and Joe Biden's vice presidential debate. ("I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers.") And now, just over four years later, Hathaway has come full circle, hosting the sketch comedy show for the third time just days after President Obama was re-elected for a second term, inviting a stellar, if a bit bittersweet, Romney sign-off. But Saturday's show managed to shine the more it strayed away from politics. And the more it featured its host. Because Hathaway continued to prove to SNL audiences that Catwoman bares some sharp comedic claws. And, sure enough, the beginning of SNL started with a farewell — what was likely the final sketch to feature Jason Sudeikis as the conceding presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. The sketch — which featured a disappointed, milk-swigging Romney who still showed Mormon-approved optimism — was well-written, if a bit oddly staged. (The silence-filled gaps between Taran Killam's amusing Tagg/Matt/Josh Romney pop-ups felt longer than the wait to hear Obama's Tuesday night victory speech.) Still, the scene was a nice departure from the ripped-from-the-TV-screen political sketches of yore, and bonus points for the series' take down of election night's real loser, when Josh Romney tells his father to come to the living room: "Donald Trump is doing a very amusing thing where he's racist." Sudeikis again seemed to acknowledge his final months with SNL — the actor is leaving the show in January — during Hathaway's monologue, during which he talked about his "wild ride" on the show and what he's learned "after you've been here for eight seasons." But the Les Misérables star's voice eventually took center stage during the fifth musical monologue of the season. (For the record, there have only been seven new episodes — WWJRS? That is, What Will Jeremy Renner Sing?) Of course, this one made more sense than the rest — Hathaway's voice alone would be enough to invite awe, but the Les Mis-inspired tune (about the thrills of Sunday for the SNL cast) was more than chuckle-worthy, reminiscent of Steve Martin's memorable "Not Gonna Phone It In" monologue in 1991. (And Hathaway's Stefon impression? It. Had. Everything.) With the new cast, are the SNL glory days of the '90s back? The series is certainly allowing its newbies to flex their comedy muscles more than previous featured players. New cast members Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant headlined the first post-monologue sketch of the night as, respectively, a teen and her best friend-turned-third wheel. It was an amusing sketch that showcased Bryant's droll talents — and certainly hit home for any girl who ever attended high school — even if the spot seemed more appropriate for the back third of the show. (But, speaking of the '90s, did the sketch — and Hathaway's valley girl impression of the new bad girl in school — remind anyone of SNL's "Delta Delta Delta" days?) But the next sketch, the pre-taped "Legend of Mokiki," was far from SNL convention. Featuring episode MVP Killam as a human experiment who becomes famous for doing a dance called "the sloppy swish" — and Hathaway as the poor soul who falls in love with him — the sketch was as random as it was obvious that it came out of a late-night, exhausted writing session. But even when shorts like these make little sense, it's impossible not to enjoy the glimpse we get into the deranged inter-workings of the writers' minds. More audience-friendly was the following sketch, which proved Hathaway has another celebrity impression under her belt: Homeland's Emmy-winning Claire Danes. The actress' take on Carrie Matheson, complete with the character's patented ugly cry, was flawless — even simple phrases like "And do what?" were indistinguishable from her Showtime counterpart. But Hathaway wasn't the only one to score in the sketch — Bill Hader's Saul was as impeccable as the actor's Alan Alda, and Killam, once again, stole the scene with his Agent Brody, whose "mouth is so small, it's hard to hear the words." Far less tasty was the lazy McDonald's sketch, featuring Strong and Bobby Moynihan as two delinquent employees dead-set on insulting all of their colleagues, and Hathaway's uptight boss. But Moynihan more than made up for the groan-worthy sketch with his Drunk Uncle, yet again the highlight of Weekend Update. ("If Nationwide is on my side, how come Obama is president? Jews-papers!") Unfortunately, the rest of Weekend Update wasn't nearly as funny — in fact, the writing proved to be just as progressive as Moynihan's uncle, who lamented in his day "You couldn't vote unless you had a cane, monocle, top hat, fancy!" Seth Meyers using the record number of women elected to office as an opportunity to make a joke about pantsuits? Really, Seth? Really?! And a joke about all women hating sports to boot? I say it again: Really?! Thank god for Moynihan and Hader, and Fred Armisen, who made up for the lackluster segment — which included a predictable Obama impression from Jay Pharaoh — with their gay couple from Maine, who are celebrating their newly established ability to wed by registering with L.L.Bean. But SNL was quickly back in business with the brilliant Kate McKinnon as a cheerfully exhausted Ellen DeGeneres. The sketch was more or less an opportunity for the episode to showcase Hathaway's hysterical Katie Holmes impression, but McKinnon also inspired laughs as the controversy-adverse daytime host. ("It was a big week in politics, so I'm going to talk about eating some popcorn yesterday.") And Hathaway proved her physical comedy prowess with a unique sketch about the conception of Grant Wood's American Gothic painting, which, in SNL's world, really portrayed two goofy models who loved corn puppets. SNL closed out the show with a "Happy Fun Ball"-esque sketch for "Flaritin," a medication for those who suffer "a made-up allergy" to gluten, cigarette smoke, yogurt, rice, meat deodorant, squirrel dander, Los Angeles, small penises, rap, and Italians for attention. But, strangely enough, any portion of the show that didn't include Hathaway — including musical guest Rihanna's bizarre performance of "Diamonds," which looked to be set in front of a karaoke music video — suffered without the host. She even managed to invite a laugh in her goodbye, telling the audience, "Thank you so much to Katie Holmes and Claire Danes." Would it be too much to call our Catwoman the cat's pajamas? (Yes. Yes it would.) What did you think of Saturday's show? Did Hathaway's taste of Les Mis in the monologue enough to keep you wanting more? [Image Credit: NBC] More: Saturday Night Live: Host Anne Hathaway Won't Make You (Les) Misérable(s) SNL Recap: Louis C.K. 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