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.
  • I Do Believe in Stevil: 7 Surprisingly Unsettling TV Episodes
    By: Kate Ward Oct 31, 2012
    American Horror Story. Are You Afraid of the Dark?. The Walking Dead. Season 9 of American Idol. This Halloween season, you're likely watching (or at least having nightmares about) television's most frightening series. But rubber men, Nosferatu, and zombies (not to mention Tim Urban) are meant to petrify remote-wielding audiences shielding their eyes with their Snuggies. Instead, there were some famous TV episodes that unsettled us merely for catching us off-guard. Not only did Boy Meets World do so with their famously bizarre Scream parody, 1998's "And Then There was Shawn" — read Matt Patches' oral history of the episode here! — but series like Looney Tunes, Doug, and Family Matters all made us as unsettled as we were confused during their long, goofy runs. See seven surprisingly unsettling series below — and remember just how scary the cushy 1990s could be. (I do believe in Stevil, I do, I do, I do!) Quantum Leap [Image Credit: NBC] We still might not know who was in the grassy knoll, but in Quantum Leap's history, Sam (Scott Bakula) was sitting right in Lee Harvey Oswald's seat, aiming to shoot and kill President John F. Kennedy in 1992's "Lee Harvey Oswald." Being in a killer's mind is frightening enough, but Sam's struggle to remain himself — and not a cold-blooded murderer — was a surprising, emotionally taxing turn for the fun, time-jumping series. Oh boy, indeed.    Punky Brewster [Image Credit: NBC] We know that refrigerators store perishables, but, as children, we weren't sure that included humans until Punky Brewster's 1986 episode, "Cherie Lifesaver." Following a game of hide-and-seek gone awry, Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) is forced to give Cherie (Cherie Johnson) CPR after finding her stuck inside the refrigerator. If we already feared the closet and under the bed, "Cherie Lifesaver" led us to fear the entire house. Tiny Toons [Image Credit: Warner Bros] Looney Tunes has produced many unsettling images throughout its multi-decade run: mice that promote racial stereotyping, skunks sexually assaulting cats, humans and animals being reduced to mere accordions. But perhaps no episode was as jarring as Tiny Toons' 1991 episode, "One Beer," in which Buster, Plucky, and Hamton imbibe in, as the title suggests, one beer, steal a cop car, and put all young starlets to shame with a DUI that leads them over a cliff. Dead Tiny Toons characters were too much for young audiences to bear — the episode was eventually banned. But it got Wile E. Coyote thinking about what he can accomplish if ACME launched a beer line... Doug [Image Credit: Nickelodeon] Doug's brush with popularity during a 1993 episode "Doug Rocks the House" came with quite the emotional price. After knocking down an old abandoned house with a rock — in an attempt to impress bully Roger — Doug discovers that the house belonged to Patti before she moved out following her mother's death. Heavy stuff for a boy who's biggest problem is figuring out which of a dozen identical green vests he should wear each morning. Family Matters [Image Credit: ABC] Urkel's (Jaleel White) poor social skills were frightening enough, but Family Matters brought fear to a whole different level during the Child's Play-inspired 1996 episode, "Stevil." After Urkel buys a ventriloquist dummy in his likeness, a lightening bolt brings the toy to life and "Stevil" begins a tortuous rampage, leading to the dismemberment of Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams), among other terrible actions. Eventually, the episode reveals Urkel was merely having a nightmare — but sitcoms hadn't seen anything so scary since Brady Bunch's Oliver.    Fresh Prince of Bel-Air [Image Credit: NBC] The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) had previously confronted trouble when a couple of guys up to no good starting making trouble in the neighborhood. But that was when his neighborhood was Philadelphia! So it was surprising when, in 1995's "Bullets Over Bel-Air," Will found himself facing fatal danger near his new, posh neighborhood when he was shot during an ATM mugging. The series (and Smith) had gained popularity for showcasing goofy antics, but family matters got downright serious when a crying Will sparred with Carlton over a gun the latter purchased for protection. Carlton hands him the gun and Will removes the bullets and continues to cry... and then the episode ends. Even a whole album of Tom Jones music couldn't cheer us up after the somber episode. iCarly [Image Credit: Nickelodeon] The most unsettling TV moment of all? iCarly references Snoop's death on The Wire. Damn you and your irresistible pop culture-loving charms, Jennette McCurdy. More: Mockingbird Lane Pilot React: A Halloween Special Not So Special Modern Family Does Halloween early: Which Shows Are Playing Dress-Up Next? 15 Pop Culture Felines That Turn Us Into Scaredy Cats From Our Partners:Exclusive New ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Trailer! (Moviefone) Most Ridiculous Horror Movies Ever(Moviefone)
  • New 'Wolverine' Poster Would Make Frank Miller Proud
    By: Kate Ward Oct 30, 2012
    Following 2009's disastrous X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a critical dud starring the beloved Marvel mutant, Hugh Jackman's canine has pounced back on the pop culture scene. Not only did we hear news earlier this year that the film's troubled follow-up, The Wolverine — which had fielded several setbacks, including a director drop-out and a production delay following the disastrous 2011 earthquake in the film's setting, Japan — was back on track for a June 26, 2013 release, but materials released by studio Fox have been more than encouraging.        First came The Wolverine's first look photo, which pit Jackson's Wolverine in a much darker light than we're used to, aligning with Frank Miller's 1982 comic that sends the mutant into Japan's underbelly. (The Usual Suspect's Christopher McQuarrie and Unstoppable's Mark Bomback have been tasked with adapting Miller's vision.) And now comes the film's first teaser poster, which continues to mimic Miller's patented rough, black-and-white style. Based on Jackman's live Q&A with director James Mangold, the mutant will more than belong in the Miller universe: "He's definitely at his lowest point at the beginning of the movie," he said.   See the poster and the live Q&A below!     More:   Hugh Jackman's Abs Are Sharper Than His Claws in The Wolverine   Jessica Biel Bails on The Wolverine, a Superhero Movie that Can't Catch a Break   The Wolverine Roars Back, Begins Shoot in August
  • Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman's Hurricane Sandy Monologues — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Oct 30, 2012
    Now, this is dedication — despite Hurricane Sandy pounding the East Coast, New York-centric late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, and Andy Cohen braved the storm to present their shows to viewers in need of a laugh following the storm's devastation. (At least, those viewers that had power.) Not that they let their audiences do so — the hosts presented jokes to empty chairs, without a laugh track helping support their monologues. Below, watch Fallon's Late Night cold open and monologue, which included (naturally) a solid Grease-era John Travolta impression: Letterman, on the other hand, took a slightly more serious approach during his Late Show monologue, pointing to the storm's ominous crawl towards the East Coast. The host told Paul Schaffer that Sandy was being called "one of the worst storms in U.S. history." Cohen, on the other hand, during Watch What Happens Live chose to help viewers — and himself — cope with the storm's aftermath via distraction. While large portions of the city experienced blackouts, Cohen entertained those who still could tune in with best-of clips from the series and callers' questions. More: Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Late Night Shows: Which New Eps are Canceled? Gossip Girl and 90210 To Air Repeats Due to Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy: Warner Bros. and CBS Halt Production on NYC Shows From Our Partners: Exclusive New ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Trailer! (Moviefone) Kate Upton's Sexiest Viral Videos (Celebuzz)
  • 'American Idol' Promo Chooses Inspiration Over Nicki-Mariah In-Fighting
    By: Kate Ward Oct 29, 2012
    Those of you American Idol fans hoping the series keeps the leaked Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey drama behind the scenes (translation: us) might be in luck. The first promo for Season 12's new star-studded season has been released, and there's nary an "explosive," "dramatic," or "I'm gonna knock you out!" adjective in sight. Instead, the promo sees Minaj, Carey, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson running through generic Idol-friendly phrases (or Brad Pitt Chanel outtakes) like "To all the dreamers" (Carey), "To everyone who thought they'd never have a change" (Minaj), "It's almost that time of year, America" (Jackson), and "The time to make dreams come true" (Urban). Could this season turn out to be more inspirational than intemperate? Nah. Based on the promo, it's more likely to be a five month-long Levi's ad. Either way, like every year, count us in. Watch the promo below! Follow Kate Ward on Twitter @HWKateWard [Photo Credit: Fox] More: American Idol No Longer Has the Most Expensive Ads on TV Idol Audition Fight Leaks: Why We Hope The Series Keeps It Behind the Scenes First Group Pic of New American Idol Judges Together! — PIC From Our Partners: Tom Cruise’s $50m Defamation Suit Over Suri Abandonment Claim: What Are His Chances of Winning? (INSIDE STORY) (Celebuzz) Levi Johnston Marries Sunny Ogelsby in Alaska (Celebuzz)
  • Jennifer Esposito on 'Blue Bloods' Leave, Calls CBS 'Shameful'
    By: Kate Ward Oct 21, 2012
    Seems Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito is seeing red following a recent decision by the network that airs the police drama. has confirmed that the actress is set to go on leave from the series for the foreseeable future due to her struggle with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder. According to a statement from CBS, "Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she's unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence. She is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future." That, however, is not quite how Esposito tells it on her Twitter. Following the announcement of the news, the actress released a barrage of tweets regarding CBS' "absolutely shameful behavior": CBS didn't listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off my doc said I could return to work but CBS— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012 Implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It's been almost two months without brining me back to work + keeping— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012 Me from working anywhere else! So no that article is not telling you the truth. Absolutely shameful behavior— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012 If you feel this is unjust use your voice. That's all we have sometimes— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012 I love you all for the support need to rest now the whole situation brakes my heart. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012 According to a report on Deadline, the series is auditioning guest actress to fill in for Esposito, possibly as a permanent replacement. The actress' final episode filmed prior to taking leave will air Nov. 2; guest star Megan Ketch's four-episode arc will begin during the same episode. Until then, seems Esposito's blood will continue to boil on Twitter. [Image Credit: CBS] More: TV Tidbits: Michael Madsen to Join Blue Bloods Cast Chevy Chase Allegedly Uses Racial Slur on Community Set's Fall TV Guide From Our Partners:Jaw-Dropping Actor Transformations (Moviefone) Crikey! 19 Scariest Movie Ghosts(Moviefone)
  • 'X Factor': Khloe Kardashian Odom, Mario Lopez Announced as Hosts
    By: Kate Ward Oct 16, 2012
    Khloe Kardashian now has a job. No, seriously, a real one! Confirming what has been long-rumored, Fox has announced that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star will be hosting this season of The X Factor. (The reality star also confirmed the news on her personal blog.) But wait — fans will also get two emcees for the price of one this season! (The series, however, is likely feeling its lighter pockets.) Mario Lopez, Extra host and former Buddy Bands enthusiast, will buddy up alongside Kardashian to co-host the reality singing series. “The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out,” Simon Cowell says in a release from FOX. “Mario and Khloé are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November and I couldn’t be happier.” According to the release, Kardashian, for her part, is a "big fan" who is "thrilled" to be on The X Factor while Lopez pointed to an already existing rapport between the two hosts: "Khloé and I have been friends for years and I know we’ll be a great team and have a blast.” Kardashian and Lopez replace Season 1 host Steve Jones, who announced his departure in January, and follow in the tradition of early reality singing competitions like the U.K.'s Pop Idol — hosted by Ant & Dec — and Season 1's American Idol, presented by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. Since Dunkleman's failure as co-host, however, American audiences have grown accustomed to reality series with singular hosts — whether they'll accept two (with outsized personalities, no less) will be interesting to see. The duo will join high-profile judges Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, and L.A. Reid this November. [Image Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage] More: The X Factor Recap: A Very Special Episode The X Factor Recap: Miss Independent Ryan Seacrest Is All That's Left of the American Idol Brand
  • 'Walking Dead' Premiere: Hershel's Leg and 16 Other Gross-Out TV Moments
    By: Kate Ward Oct 15, 2012
    As we all learned the second we laid (our poor) eyes on Season 2's well walker, The Walking Dead specializes in delivering content not suitable for dinnertime. And, during last night's season premiere, the hit AMC series only continued its insatiable appetite for gore when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) hacked off Hershel's (Scott Wilson)'s leg following a zombie attack. Mmm...brains nauseating television... But Walking Dead is hardly the first — or last — series that has made us wretch. The X-Files, Nip/Tuck, and even comedies like Louie have all had us hiding our eyes and holding our stomachs. Click below to read our list of television's 15 biggest gross-out moments — and, to give you a leg up (ha), please note: Put away any food items you might currently have in front of you. Trust us. Really. GALLERY: TV's 17 Most Disgusting Moments[Image Credit: AMC] More: The Walking Dead Recap: Seed Create Your Own Adventure: 'The Walking Dead' The Walking Dead: Norman Reedus on the 'Season of Rage' and Merle's Return From Our Partners: Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Erin Heatherton Talk Seduction, What Makes the Victoria’s Secret Angels Swoon — VIDEO (Celebuzz) David Beckham Spends $700 on Clothes for Baby Daughter, Harper — EXCLUSIVE (Celebuzz)
  • 'Saturday Night Live': Not Excited for Christina Applegate's Return? Malarkey!
    By: Kate Ward Oct 13, 2012
    For those of you who have spent the last 19 years living in a van by the river, imagine this: Christina Applegate has not hosted Saturday Night Live since 1993. That's right, the very funny, very talented star of such beloved series like Married... With Children, Samantha Who?, and the current Up All Night has not appeared on the series since Matt Foley's reigning days. You thinking la-dee-frickin'-da about Applegate's Saturday Night Live reemergence? Well, it's safe to say tonight's episode will offer plenty other water cooler moments. Not only is musical guest Passion Pit performing, but Jason Sudeikis is likely to wield his own laughing Joe Biden following Thursday night's immensely entertaining vice presidential debate. (And Taran Killam will wield his own tortured hobbit version of Paul Ryan.) But will you be laughing tonight? No? Malarky!  Tune into the episode tonight, then get the world by the tail, wrap it around, and put it in your pocket! Oh, and then return here for Aly Semigran's full recap Sunday morning. [Image Credit: NBC] More: Christina Applegate Will Play an Iconic Rocker on This Weekend's SNL — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO Christina Applegate's Saturday Night Live Promo Was 19 Years in the Making Bruno Mars, Christina Applegate Named as Upcoming SNL Hosts
  • New 'Gangster Squad' Trailer: Locked and Loaded with Guns — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Oct 12, 2012
    A little over a month after Gangster Squad was supposed to hit theaters Sept. 7 before being shifted in the wake of the Aurora, Colo., midnight screening shootings, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for the film. And, based on the ammo-heavy trailer, it seems the studio is banking on the public's sensitivity to guns waning by the film's Jan. 11 release.  Still, there's one key scene missing from the first trailer, and, thanks to reshoots, the movie as a whole: The cringe-worthy theater shooting scene that led to Gangster Squad's delay in the first place. But what's left is an explosive trailer that makes you wish circumstances didn't lead to the film being moved from this year's very sleepy September slate.  Not only will it be a delight to see Sean Penn play evil as Mickey Cohen, an L.A. gangster so confident in his brutality, he compares himself to God, but who can't have a pop culture-gasm watching Crazy, Stupid, Love. co-stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling team up again as, respectively, a moll and her cop-turned-undercover gangster? Watch the gun-loaded trailer below and fire off your thoughts below. More: Gangster Squad Release Date Pushed in the Wake of Aurora: Is It the Right Move? Gangster Squad Scrubbing Movie Theater Scene from Film Gangster Squad: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin Hang Out with Guns — TRAILER
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Babies, Babies, Babies... Oh, and Old People
    By: Kate Ward Oct 11, 2012
    This! Is! Not American Idol. So why am I here? What could I possibly be doing functioning in recap form without Coke cups (Wha?! Pepsi? Aw, remember this?) and utterly predictable song choices involving hits from artists whose names rhyme with Fitney Blouston (Oh wait!)? Filling in for your vacationing X Factor recapper, Shaunna Murphy, that's what! But never fear — we're in this together folks. And prior to seeing the episode, I thought we would go through this like Simon Cowell got through Season 9: Slowly and begrudgingly. Because unlike your dear Shaunna, I am somewhat new to the X Factor train, which, from what I know, rides you straight past our judges "homes," into a Pepsi commercial, and straight out onto the Island of Forgotten Misfit Reality Stars. But this season is different! This season we have bright-eyed promise, Britney Spears, and, of course, Canadian wonder Justin Bieber. So what’s all the fuss aboot? Let’s get into it! As screaming host man made clear during his voiceovers (nope, Dunkleman is still worse), on Wednesday night, our judges were handed their teams. And first up tonight was L.A. Reid’s group of youthful twenty and thirtysomethings. Oh wait, did I say youthful twenty and thirtysomethings? I meant slowly decaying corpses. At least if you ask L.A., a man who passes much judgment despite a friendship with a man named Scooter. (Did he learn nothing from Valerie?) Yes, the big news was the Biebes and his manager, Scooter Braun, were on tap to coolly bop their heads and say insightful things like, “They have to give it their all,” “He has a good voice,” and “She was singing, eh?” Let’s roll through L.A.’s lineup of moving carcasses: Jason Brock: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” by Fergie: The former misfit delivered an impassioned — if a bit overstated — performance of the hit single. The judges, however, seemed unimpressed until Bieber perked up halfway through the song, possibly simply identifying with the lyrics, “I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket.” Poor Bieber blanket. All alone. It was a decent performance that would have affected me more if Jason’s speaking voice didn’t sound like he was constantly stumbling out of a Watch What Happens Live taping after too many cocktails. David Correy: “Domino,” by Jessie J: The man who chose the most complicated method possible to reconnect with his birth mother delivered a strong performance of the Jessie J single. Negative points, however, for pointing at the skyline while singing about the “Hollywood stars.” 1999 called, and Backstreet Boys want their moves back. Daryl Black: “She’s Gone,” Hall & Oates: I agreed with Bieber here when he essentially stated that Daryl was, in fact, a human who made noises from his mouth. Sorry, Daryl — you were as forgettable as Johnny Mnemonic. Oh, Canada. Tate Stevens: “One,” Brian McKnight: X Factor’s resident cowboy may be unique, but his vocal chops need plenty of work to be fit for a $5 million prize. But, lucky for him, this isn’t a singing competition, silly! It’s a package competition. And when you have Bieber rooting for you, you know you’re the Toronto Maple Leafs. Or you have a leg up in the competition. Bonus points to Tate, however, for singing “One” on 10/11/12, a day dedicated to the art of counting. Vino Alan: “Sober,” Pink: I wanted to like Vino after hearing his horrific backstory, but, unfortunately, if I wasn’t sober, I’d swear he was the seventh member of Crazy Town. Tara Simon: “The Reason,” Hoobastank: You know that girl back in drama club who only loved the Rent soundtrack more than the spotlight? That was Tara, a vocal coach who claimed in the course of 60 seconds, “I feel like I will win the whole thing,” “I’ve always been a star — people have just now caught onto it,” and “I want to be America’s darling.” Typically, however, darlings don’t use the meat cleaver that is their voice to murder a song that was already a bloody mess. Then to clinch the whole audition with, “Thank you, Jesus.” Well, there’s “The Reason” to show yourself straight out of L.A.’s door. Following the ghoulish sight of people who have outlived puberty, it was time to move on to Britney Spears' group of teens, guest mentored by And we finally learned why the Black Eyed Peas singer gave himself the nickname — as a reminder that he is Will, and not a series of objects and things he associates with people. “She’s like a caterpillar … he’s like a used hairbrush … she’s like that plastic thing that sits in the center of delivery pizza … he’s like lamp. I love lamp!” Meanwhile, the children sat waiting for their turn to sing, “joking” about “fighting to the death.” You see, they’re all competing against one another, but no, they really aren’t, because they’re all in the same boat and care for each other, but no, they’re really competing and they all better watch out, cue teenage eye rolls, and BAM! At least two of these girls suddenly became emotionally damaged. Hooray for child stardom! Ready for precociousness? Diamond White: “I’m With You,” Avril Lavigne: Funny how the episode didn’t hit its stride until the introduction of this young teen, who managed to deliver a beautiful rendition of a hit that’s a song version of hangnails. Plus, Diamond is adorable, sparkling, and ripe for plenty of jewelry puns. A writer’s dream. Reed Deming: “Hey There Delilah,” Plain White Ts: Remember Idol’s Eben Franckewitz? Short, tiny, poised? Extinguished “Set Fire to the Rain” until it was a heap of semifinal rubble? Well, Reed was like a slightly more talented and robotic version of Eben. And, I have to admit, I dug it, despite wondering what will happen when his voice eventually changes. (Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease on the live X Factor stage!) labeled Reed “The Emperor,” which makes me wonder why he’s imagining Reed without clothes and oh my god does this mean I am too? Do I have to report myself to my neighbors? James Tanner: "Party Like a Rock Star," Shop Boyz: This child raps. It’s adorable. But, sorry, James — you’re about as gansta as Eminem is a Southern Belle. Next. Arin Ray: “Starships,” Nicki Minaj: The boy formerly known as an inTENsity group member irritated me for two reasons: 1) The unwillingness to take responsibility for his Season 1 failure, claiming that now he doesn’t “have to rely on anyone,” and 2) Being part of a group with unnecessary caps that my computer autocorrects, forcing me to go back and reformat my text. That said, Britney liked his stripped down version of the hit, meaning my wish to see him escape to the island over overly complex titles — ruled by President HawtoRNe — will likely go ungranted. Beatrice Miller: “Titanium,” David Guetta: Beatrice is like a baby, 2010s version of Fiona Apple: She has a mad cool voice, is incredibly artistic, and is an emotional loose cannon. The young singer almost crumbled under the pressure of having to perform in front of Britney, giving us uncomfortable Season 1 Rachel Crow feelings. Still, she pulled through with an excellent, unique performance of Guetta’s hit. Britney, however, might not think she’s emotionally ready. But if they cut you, Beatrice, just remember: This X Factor is bulls**t. Carly Rose Sonenclar: “Brokenhearted,” Karmin: Beatrice’s biggest competition, however, is teen frontrunner Sonenclar, who boasts a voice so mature, I think it just purchased a fine Malbec. Smooth, silky, and absolutely refined — is there any beating her at this stage? Word to the wise: Stay away from the Cornucopia, Carly. What did you think of the episode? Which eight will advance to the live shows? Were you as disappointed as I was that the ho-hum “Overs” proved L.A.’s first instincts right? Did you feel like checking yourself into a retirement home every time the teens said they’ve been working towards this their whole. Entire. Life? And are you, too, disappointed that we were treated to no pool-centric slapstick at Britney’s home? How did no one fall in?! [Image Credit: FOX] More: The X Factor Recap: Groups and Young Adults Get Judged The X Factor Bootcamp Recap: Battle Round The X Factor Bootcamp Recap: CeCe Frey and a Ballad of Broken Dreams