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.
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    By: Kate Ward Sep 06, 2012
    The Venice Film Festival will soon reward their Golden Lion, the Toronto Film Festival is gearing up to show off the year's best films, and celebrity stylists are furiously marking up their day planners. The early awards season is in full swing — and the very first Academy Award honorees have been announced. Of course, we're not talking official Oscar nominees — we'll still have to wait months to see if Django Unchained or The Hobbit will have any hope at the little gold man. Instead, the Academy has announced 2013's honorary Oscars. And though last year saw big names like Oprah walk away with honors, 2013's list is decidedly less A-list. But no less deserving: The board of governors voted to reward stuntman Hal Needham, who has appeared in over 300 films and directed projects like Cannonball Run (see Popular Mechanics' list of his six best stunts here); D.A. Pennebaker, has won acclaim for documentaries like the Oscar-nominated The War Room; and George Stevens, Jr., better known as the founder of the American Film Institute and co-founder of the Kennedy Center Honors.  There is, however, one big name walking away with recognition — Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks CEO, will be rewarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The foursome will receive their honors Dec. 1, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards dinner. And, of course, audiences will have to wait until Feb. 24, 2013 — the night of the Oscars telecast — to see footage from the event. More: Oscars Will Choose Five 'Best Song' Nominees, But Will They Be Performed? The Oscars Needs One of These 10 Outrageous Hosts Jimmy Fallon for the Oscars? Not So Fast...
  • 'LIVE! with Kelly and Michael' Ratings Energized
    By: Kate Ward Sep 05, 2012
    LIVE! With Kelly and Michael's debut episode managed to rouse the talk show's ratings out of slumber. Former NFL player Michael Strahan's first episode of the morning show — which was briefly renamed LIVE! With Kelly following Regis Philbin's exit in November — nabbed a 3.9 household rating/13 share, according to Deadline. That's a 24 percent increase from last season's final premiere with morning show legend Philbin. Of course, the show didn't manage to meet its highest number in nine years, when Philbin's final day attracted a 7.3 household rating. Still, good news for the morning talker, which saw ratings dip following Philbin's departure. And though it's too soon to tell whether buzz surrounding Ripa's choice or the choice himself is responsible for the uptick, the number is encouraging for a series taking a chance on Strahan, an athlete with little name recognition amongst LIVE!'s demographic. But, then again, we could have said the same about Kelly Ripa in 2000... [Image Credit: ABC] More: Kelly Ripa Announces Her New Co-Host: 'LIVE! with Kelly' and Michael Strahan Kelly Ripa to Remain on 'LIVE!' Through At Least 2017 5 Reasons Why Michael Strahan is Ready for Morning Television
  • 'American Horror Story,' 'It's Always Sunny,' Premieres Set
    By: Kate Ward Sep 04, 2012
    As the leaves change color and the air turns cooler, we can't help but feel depressed. Not because we're leaving beaches and BBQs behind, but because we remember series like Louie are not long for our television screens. Yes, we'll have to cope with waiting up to a year for the return of some of our favorite FX summer series — but, never fear, my friends. Because the Paddy's Pub gang cometh. That's right: After a long wait, we finally have return dates for FX's fall series. And not just the anticipated second season of American Horror Story: Asylum (Oct. 17 at 10pm), which you feel like you already saw thanks to Ryan Murphy's blissfully incessant twitpics from the set. As for fan favorites like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy? Pull out your planners, prepare your rum ham recipe, and see below for the network's full fall slate!  Sept. 11 Sons of Anarchy (10 PM)* Sept. 14 The Ultimate Fighter Fridays (9 PM) Oct. 11 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10 PM) The League (10:30 PM) BrandX With Russell Brand (11 PM) Oct. 17 American Horror Story: Asylum (10 PM) *All times are set in Eastern Time.  [Image Credit: FX] More: FX Orders 90 More Episodes of Anger Management New American Horror Story Clips Up the Creep Factor — VIDEO 2012 Emmy Longshots: Kaitlin Olson, the (Aluminum) Monster We Root For
  • 'Dark Knight Rises' Passes $1 Billion Mark
    By: Kate Ward Sep 03, 2012
    The Dark Knight Rises has indeed risen. Just one day after The Avengers officially hit the $1.5 billion mark at the box office — thanks to a Labor Day re-release — the summer’s other big superhero tentpole, The Dark Knight Rises passed $1 billion, according to President of Box Office Paul Dergarabedian. Fans of The Dark Knight who criticized the franchise’s finale for being an underwhelming, if ambitious, film may be surprised to see that The Dark Knight Rises surpassed its critically acclaimed 2008 predecessor. (The Dark Knight hit $1.0003 billion, while The Dark Knight Rises inched ahead to $1.005 billion.) Warner Bros. claims The Dark Knight Rises is only the 11th film to hit the respectable mark — but is it really? Official charts count re-released fare like Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, which would make The Dark Knight Rises the 13th film added to the list. The Dark Knight Rises has to thank overseas box office for its placement — the film nabbed $574 million across the pond compared to the $431.2 million at home. Conversely, The Dark Knight grossed more in the U.S. ($533 million) than overseas ($469.7 million). Your move, Iron Man 3. [Image Credit: Warner Bros.] More: The Dark Knight Rises Oscar Potential: Is It a Best Picture Contender? What’s Batman Thinking? — INFOGRAPHIC Politics of The Dark Knight Rises: Is Batman of the One Percent or the 99?
  • Reasons to Be Glad You're Not At Work This Labor Day
    By: Kate Ward Sep 03, 2012
    Ah, Labor Day. How nice to have a work celebration that you can celebrate far, far away from work. That’s right: We’re all spending this glorious September day reflecting on our 9-5 achievements over the past year — and thanking our red Swinglines that we don’t have to clock in on the national holiday. Of course, Americans are a Blackberry-checking, multi-tasking bunch. So it’s inevitable that you’ll wonder whether you should log into your email instead of lazily taking in a Law & Order: SVU marathon today. But please, ignore those TPS reports and scroll below for many, many reasons to be glad you’re not at work today. Go ahead, office space out. Just hold on to your staplers. Waiting tables sucks. Waiting tables while a condescending theoretical physicist belittles you in your own workplace? Absolutely miserable. Just be glad that you have the day off and Sheldon Cooper is working overtime in the Caltech physics department. Bazinga! —Leanne Aguilera (See video evidence here!) Annoying coworkers are one thing, but losing your cool and popping a blood vessel is another. Enjoy this well-deserved time off so you don't accidentally smash anybody teeth out with a keyboard like the guy in Wanted. —Matt Patches When you're tired and/or cranky and/or overworked and/or underpaid, just remember that your job isn't being a hooker. Even if you can change $100/hour. —Anna Brand The customer service industry is none too pleasant… especially when your target clientele includes the sort of individual who’d chase you around the office (or, in Adventureland’s case, amusement park… but let’s be real, we could see this happening in just about any supermarket, accounting firm, or yoga studio in America. Hopefully, you have a boss who is well prepared for situations like these. —Michael Arbeiter Ever had your boss tell you your idea stinks even while she takes it to her boss and nabs all the credit for herself? Yeah, that sucks, and it's just what happened to Melanie Griffith in Working Girl. What's the only revenge? Posing as her, wearing her clothes, stealing her job and her boyfriend. Seems about just. —Brian Moyland Two Words: Public Forum. There's nothing like listening to strangers ramble about the annoying minutiae and paranoia of their lives to help you appreciate your day off. —Abbey Stone As someone who has previously worked at a retail drug store, the bleak and depressing moments of Jennifer Aniston's bleak and depressing character in The Good Girl gives me terrible flashbacks. It's hard to step into one of those places without feeling the dread of a workplace where time stands still and boredom and tedious tasks are all part of the job, but watching it unfold on screen proves to be too much. Still, it could have been worse for Aniston, at least her character gets to pass the time by having an affair with Jake Gyllenhaal and watch Zooey Deschanel administer the worst makeovers you've ever seen in your life. —Aly Semigran If your boss grills his foot today, you’re not going to be the one wrapping it in bubble wrap. —Kelsea Stahler Your coworker’s far superior business cards are not going to make you a text Psycho today. —Kelsea Stahler At least you don’t have this guy working at your office. —Shaunna Murphy And, of course, at least you won’t be driven to arson thanks to an office supply. [Image Credit: 20th Century Fox] More: The Best Labor Day Television Marathons Avengers Returns to Theaters for Labor Day: How to Rewatch This Summer’s Biggest Movie TV/Movie Fashion That Sould Have Gotten Us Kicked Out of School
  • 'Jack Ryan' First Look: Chris Pine and Kevin Costner, Hell(icopter) Yeah!
    By: Kate Ward Sep 01, 2012
    It’s been three long years since Paramount first announced it would be rebooting the Jack Ryan franchise, seven years after Ben Affleck played Tom Clancy’s CIA agent in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. Since then, fans — and star Chris Pine, who has been on board since Star Trek transformed him into a charming action hero in 2009 — have patiently stood by as script rewrites (and, eventually, the filming of Star Trek 2) slowed the film down. But, finally, we began to see movement on the 2013 reboot, simply titled Jack Ryan, when thespian and Thor director Kenneth Branagh signed on for double duty as the film’s helmer and villain. Not long after, Keira Knightley joined the cast as Ryan’s wife while Kevin Costner came on board to play CIA liaison William Harper. And now, we at last have a chance to see Pine in action via photos released from the set. At this rate, will a sequel be announced next? (Sort of: Paramount is speeding up things even further, planning a Jack Ryan spin-off, Without Remorse, starring Tom Hardy as John Clark. But let’s focus on the now, shall we?) So what do the new photos tell us about Pine as Ryan? Not much, beyond an iota of badassery, a trait necessary to play the CIA agent. That, and apparently the fact that heliport is the only place one can walk freely and easily in New York City. (Though, knowing Ryan’s luck with helicopters, perhaps he should stay away?) Scroll below to see both photos from Paramount’s reboot, which strays from Clancy’s novels in an attempt to tell how Ryan became a CIA analyst. [Image Credit: Paramount] More: Jack Ryan: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley Will Hit Screens in 2013 Kevin Costner to Assemble Tom Clancy Characters Avengers-Style Kenneth Branagh to Play Villian in Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan Movie
  • 'On the Road': Kristen Stewart Leads Trailer Worthy of Jack Kerouac
    By: Kate Ward Sep 01, 2012
    Kristen Stewart is going the distance. Not just into hiding following her cheating scandal in July, but on the long and winding road with Sal Paradise in Dec. 21’s On the Road. One month after releasing a mesmerizing trailer, IFC films has released another spot for the film, but this time, the action is far more staccato — quite fitting, considering the reference material from Jack Kerouac. So will director Walter Salles pull off releasing an adaptation of what’s been believed to be an entirely unfilmable book? The most recent trailer certainly is encouraging for any Kerouac fan. As for Twilight fans? Well, if they dug the vampire franchise’s love triangles, perhaps they’ll embrace Stewart’s On the Road threesome. Watch the trailer below for the anticipated adaptation, which stars Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley as Paradise (who is based on the author himself. [Image Credit: IFC Films] More: Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund Swing, Smoke, Wax Poetic in On the Road trailer Kristen Stewart Leads Kristen Dunst, Amy Adams, and More in On the Road Posters Will Kristen Stewart’s Scandal Spell the End of her Career?
  • 'Arrested Development': Henry Winkler to Appear in Season 4
    By: Kate Ward Sep 01, 2012
    For making such an astute decision to revive Arrested Development for a much-desired fourth season, Netflix has hired one inept lawyer. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Henry Winkler, who played Bluth family attorney Barry Zuckerkorn, will appear in “multiple episodes” of the series. Winkler’s addition is adding to the Arrested fandom frenzy that began earlier this summer when pictures from the set found their way onto the Internet. The actor tweeted Friday, “I AM SUPPOSED TO BE MEMORIZING an ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT scene with MAYBE for today … don’t tell anyone I was here OK?????” But the tweet-happy Winkler also revealed another lawyer back in the Bluths’ life — Scott Baio, who played Zuckerkorn’s replacement, Bob Loblaw (owner of Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog), is also appearing on the series, which will premiere this spring. New faces, however, are poised to join Season 4, including John Slattery , who’s role has not yet been released. Still, though Netflix has confirmed the entire cast will return for its revival, we’re still waiting for word on whether we can expect to see Franklin and Ann. Yes, her? [Image Credit: FOX] More: It’s Arrested Development: A Gallery of Set Photos from the New Season Arrested Development: 20 Running Jokes We Hope Keep Running Tony Hale Talks Arrested Development, Veep, and His Pop Culture Dreams
  • Randy Jackson Leaving 'Idol' Panel? Why We Need Him as Mentor
    By: Kate Ward Sep 01, 2012
    American Idol, as we once knew it, may be a thing of the past. Shortly after judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their departure from the program in a one-two punch of news in July, murmurs surrounding Randy Jackson’s 11-season tenure on Idol began spreading. Would he be the lone judge to return? Or would the one tie to the first seasons of Idol — besides host Ryan Seacrest — finally bow out of the series years after critics of his redundancy begged him to? It looks like those critics might finally see their wish come true, dawgs. Sources told TMZ that the judge is leaving the panel, allowing for a complete clean sweep. Instead, Jackson will take a page from Jimmy Iovine and act as mentor. Immediately, media outlets and fans jumped on the news in both celebration (no more “phone book” metaphors!) and disappointment (do we really need Jackson as a mentor?), despite the fact that Fox has yet to confirm Jackson’s movement. But they can’t help it — it always seemed unjust to fans that Jackson remained on the panel while better judges (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and, yes, even Kara DioGuardi) either quit or were sent packing. Still, as much as I’ve spent the better part of 11 seasons on the anti-Jackson bandwagon, his presence on Idol is of upmost importance at this point in the show. Which is why I’ll be thrilled if he signs on as mentor. Not that I necessarily think he’ll be good at it. In early seasons of Idol, Jackson was as known for piggy-backing on Cowell’s critiques as he was for his incessant tendency to repeat himself with phrases like “dawg,” telling contestants they could “sing the phone book,” and quoting impossible statistics. (He “one hundred thousand million percent” thinks contestants should stay in the competition?) And in its post-Cowell existence, Jackson became known as a judge who would blindly (and deafly) support even the most tone-deaf singers, praising those who deserve criticism and infuriatingly playing favorites. (There wasn’t a bum note Joshua Ledet could sing that would keep Jackson sitting.) Considering his inability to give honest and accurate feedback to singers as a judge, how could he guide them as a mentor, someone they should have upmost faith in? Still, ardent Idol fans need him during these confusing and undecided times. Yes, we still have good old stalwart Seacrest greeting us on Idol’s soundstage, but Jackson was our own reminder of the past on the judge’s panel. Even when he was wrong (the constant berating of Haley Reinhart), unfair (did we mention Joshua?), or downright eye-roll worthy (all the Journey, Mariah, and Whitney name-drops), his mere presence allowed us to remember the old days, made us realize that despite any big changes, some things would remain the same. He’s like an old ugly sweater — we may not have wanted it when we had it, but we only realized how comfortable it was after we tossed it. Right now, Idol has only locked in former Jackson colleague Mariah Carey on the panel. Word is that Nicki Minaj is set to join as well, officially making the series surrounding a superstar in the making about the existing superstars. It’s a change — something that many ardent fans of the series are rejecting in fear that Idol will simply become a lesser version of reality show cousins The Voice and The X Factor. In order to embrace the new Idol, we need a familiar face. We need a connection to the past. We need to remember a “dawg pound” that would ridiculously cheer during a Vonzell Solomon performance. Though I never thought I’d say it, we need Randy Jackson, doggone it. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard More: Nick Jonas on Idol Rumors: “Would Be a Dream Come True” Mariah Carey Joins American Idol Idol Intervention: Charlie Sheen is “Genuinely Interested” in Judging, But We Can’t Allow It
  • LeAnn Rimes Enters Treatment
    By: Kate Ward Aug 30, 2012
    Perhaps those tabloid covers finally got to LeAnn Rimes. The 30-year-old country singer — who, in recent years, has become more well-known for her affair with and subsequent marriage to actor Eddie Cibrian — has checked into treatment for various emotional problems. According to a statement released to by the singer's publicist, Rimes entered 30-day treatment voluntarily "to cope with anxiety and stress. While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms. While privacy isn't expected, it's certainly appreciated." Rimes' affair wasn't the only thing earning her detractors in recent years — the singer also came under fire for her rapidly decreasing size. Her rep, however, tells People the treatment is not related to an eating disorder. "All the things in my life will be there when I get out, but you know what? I'm hoping they're not going to affect me as much," Rimes told People. "I'll have the tools to know how to deal with them.  The singer checked into treatment the day after her 30th birthday — she hopes to "take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be." More: LeAnn Rimes Doesn't Regret Cheating, But It's Not Who She Is Rihanna: Getting Naked Boosted My Body Image Celeb Bikini Show-Offs