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.
  • Which Backstreet Boy Is a Vampire? — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Jun 24, 2012
    Over a decade after first sucking up teen girls' affection with albums like 1999's smash Millennium, one Backstreet Boy will be sucking up blood on the big screen. Kevin Richardson, who left the group in 2006, but rejoined the Backstreet Boys-New Kids on the Block hybrid NKOTBSB this year, is trying on fangs on the big screen in The Bloody Indulgent.  In the film, which is expected in 2012, Richardson plays Burt, a typically tortured vampire who is also a drug addict. The Backstreet Boy spoke to E! Online about the role: "He's got a lot of different things going on with him. A lot of different issues he's trying to work through." Of course, a Backstreet/vampire fan can't help but wonder: Twilight or True Blood? "I haven't seen any of the Twilight films. I do watch True Blood. I enjoy True Blood. Sometimes it's a little campy and out there but that's fun too sometimes. I've always loved vampire films." But Richardson also has a sexier role on tap in The Casserole Club — one that requires him to film (cover your inner 13-year-old fan's ears) sex scenes in the buff. "This is actually the first time I've done any onscreen loves scenes or anything like that," Richardson told E!. "So yeah, it was awkward. But the people that I was acting opposite of were very professional and easygoing. We ended up laughing and having fun. It was interesting." But, Backstreet Boys fans, prepare to put more on your planner than just Bloody Indulgent  (see the trailer below) and Casserole Club. Richardson told E! he and his bandmates are headed back into the recording studio and are gearing up for their world tour. File under: News that definitely doesn't suck. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard More: 98 Degrees Reuniting at MixTape: 10 Demands from a Super-Fan 98 Degrees Reuniting? Good — They're The Best Boy Band of the '90sBackstreet Boys
  • Ann Curry's 'Today' Fate: Save Her, Say Fans
    By: Kate Ward Jun 24, 2012
    Today might not be too pleased with Ann Curry's work as host since she took over the post from Meredith Vieira in 2011, but thousands of fans are in her corner. Just days after news broke that the morning news show is looking to phase out Curry — two months after Good Morning America outranked Today in the ratings for the first time in 16 years — fans of the newswoman have logged onto to start a petition, demanding she stay on the show.   Says Stephen Crrowley, the Phoenix, Ariz., Iraq War Veteran who created the petition, "One of the things that gives me a sense of calm and certainty in life is Ann Curry's compassionate style of journalism. I was in Iraq for ten months in 2005. That experience changed me forever ... Ann Curry's sensitivity to the human experience telegraphs through her journalism, to me and many other fans and viewers. Her compassion and dedication to her audience radiates every time she stands in front of a camera. She connects with people. She has definitely connected with me." She's connected with plenty of others as well. Despite audience and critic feedback that has labeled Vieira's replacement as "cold" — and despite articles like one in New York Magazine that described her "rocky" tenure — tens of thousands of Curry fans have joined the grassroots movement online. So will it be enough to keep her on air? NBC has paid attention to grassroots movements in the past — just see Betty White's very successful turn on Saturday Night Live. But still with several thousands signatures to go until the petition reaches its goal of 25,000, Curry's Today outlook might not be so bright. After all, Good Morning America has 5 million fans.  Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: NBC] More: Ann Curry: A Week in Review NBC to Reportedly Replace Ann Curry on Today  Matt Lauer Will Stay on Today Ann Curry
  • 12 Hot (and Horrendous) TV Nude Scenes (Not Safe for FCC!)
    By: Kate Ward Jun 21, 2012
    Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled against a profanity and nudity policy that allowed the government watchdog to fine FOX and ABC for the brief, unintentional mentions of cuss words and brief, intentional peeks at real-live human bottoms. (Blame Nicole Richie and NYPD Blue, respectively.)  While the Supreme Court declined to rule on whether the FCC's indecency policy is violation of free speech, and instead told the FCC that it is free to "modify" its current "vague" policy that led to the networks' victory, we have no choice to celebrate FOX and ABC's win by saying: Bottoms up! Literally. Let's toast the networks' success in Washington by taking a look back at some of our favorite TV nude scenes. (Not for the FCC's eyes... since most of these shows are on cable. Stupid FCC.) Because it's not hot enough outside already.   12 Hot (and Horrendous) TV Nude Scenes Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard More: Supreme Court Rules Against FCC TV Profanity Cases Biggest Bikini Show-offs Bikinis and Briefs: 20 Sexiest Movie SwimsuitsTV Nudes
  • 98 Degrees Reuniting at MixTape: 10 Demands From a Super-Fan
    By: Kate Ward Jun 20, 2012
    I'd tell you to quit playing games with my heart, 98 Degrees, but I wouldn't dare after Backstreet Boys uttered the words. (I am nothing but faithful.) After all, back in March, you teased me with a possible reunion tour before Nick Lachey said "I Do(n't)" to the idea on Twitter. And now, just three months later, you confirm that you will indeed reunite, but only for "Una Noche" in August at the MixTape Festival in Hershey, Penn. Oh, 98 Degrees, how you tease me with your brief re-emergence and easy punnery! Of course, I'm holding out hope that reviving the sweet memory of dressing in similar hues will bring out the band's desire to take their show on the road. And it seems Drew Lachey himself is not entirely closed off to the possibility. Talking with Ryan Seacrest Wednesday, Lachey told the radio host: "This music festival right here just kind of seemed like the right time to get back together and do a show and kick the tires and see how it feels." Be still, my Kangol-loving heart. But since the men have yet to grab their gelly roll pens to sign on for a full-on tour, we'll have to settle for their MixTape performance. And since us Generation Y children are a demanding demographic that has managed to will '90s nostalgia into existence, I have some requests for the Lachey brothers, Jeff Timmons, and Justin Jeffre. So, without further ado, here are 10 things we need to see during 98 Degrees' reunion at the MixTape festival, which will also host Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, LL Cool J, DJ Pauly D, NKOTBSB, and, did I mention, will be the BEST FESTIVAL EVER TO HIT EARTH.  1. 98 Degrees styled by House of Deréon. I dream about a costume wardrobe that's a mix of Destiny's Child with just a little touch of 98 Degrees' cohesive style — this would make me smile. (Also, why isn't O-Town locked in for MixTape?) But if there's anything that 98 Degrees' patented mix-and-match-and-match-some-more wardrobe, it was a few sequins. After all, after chasing a bedazzled trophy on Dancing With the Stars, isn't Drew going through sequin withdrawal? 2. Shirtlessness. Plenty of shirtlessness. Remember what I just said about 98 Degrees' wardrobe? Well, I take it back. I want to see 98 Degrees styled by no one other than the big man upstairs. Nick, Drew, and Jeff, it's been far too long since I was embarrassed to focus on your abdominal area in Teen People for longer than 10 seconds when my parents were in the room. And Justin, it's been far too long since I've been awed by the creative ways you manage to keep your shirt on in photo shoots. I don't care that it's been 14 years, several babies, and numerous reality show appearances since you rose onto the scene via 98 Degrees and Rising, I won't be satisfied until every last one of you continues to gain my affection by losing your shirts. As Jeff Timmons for pointers! 3. 98NKOTBSB. As much as I would love to see 98 NKOTBSB bands, that is not what this means. Instead, MixTape has no choice but to present fans with a super-hybrid version of the hybrid boy band. New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys discovered a mint when they realized the power of '90s resurgence — why not cash in with another addition? I know, I know. 98 Degrees is a threateningly handsome and talented bunch. But it's worth it for a mash-up of "Quit Playing Games (With My True To Your Heart)." Plus, these boys have skills. See above.     4. A Carly Rae Jepsen/Justin Jeffre meme. If memes existed in 1998, Jeffre would be aching for one. The baritone had long been labeled the 98 Degrees outcast, purely for his preference for clothing. I've mentioned it before, but one of my favorite games to play in the '90s was "Where Is Justin Jeffre?" Take a look at these photos to see if you can spot him: He blends in perfectly wearing this shade of sedimentary. He’s not just a background vocalist — he’s actually the background. More layers! More layers! 5. Dance moves. 98 Degrees is mostly known as an S&M group (Stand and Model), but I would hope more than a decade in the industry would have taught them a move or two. And, if they were to so be inspired by lesser boy bands like 'NSYNC (yes, I said it), that would be fine too. Especially, in fact, if 98 Degrees mimicked my all-time favorite '90s dance move, seen at 2:43 in 'NSYNC's "I Want You Back" video.  And now let me introduce you to the choreographer: 6. A Michael Jackson medley. This one's for serious, friends. Having broken my Walkman listening to the band's "She's Out of My Life" cover more times than I tied and untied my Doc Martens, I have no choice but to demand a follow-up following the King of Pop's 2009 death. And as much as I loved their "Man in the Mirror" at Jackson's 30-years-as-a-solo-artist celebration in 2001, I demand that 98 Degrees, yes, "Beat It."  7. Cameos. Lots of cameos. Speaking of legends, 98 Degrees scored a hit with their Mariah Carey-supported "Thank God I Found You," and a fan favorite with the Stevie Wonder-headlining "True To Your Heart." If Mariah and Stevie cannot appear live, I will accept the tunes being bolstered by the talents of Joe and Mulan. 8. A Recreation of the "I Do (Cherish You)" video. But please force Ali Landry to eat Doritos and Harvey Walden to scream in Dustin Diamond's face. 9. The announcement of another Christmas album. Because This Gift has been played so often in my house on Christmas, Mannheim Steamroller (or, more accurately, my Dad) threatens to steamroll over it. Please, 98 Degrees, add some variety to my holiday! Plus: The spoken verse portion of "Silent Night" is not nearly long enough to fill space during Christmas dinner.     10. A performance of "The Hardest Thing" while the band holds a Furby, drinks Surge, eats Tastetations, dons frosted tips, and tells us they will, in fact, go on a reunion tour. Because, clearly, I need this so bad.  Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credits: Motown, Universal, Columbia/SME Records, Chippendale's] More: 98 Degrees Reuniting? Good — They're the Best Boy Band of the '90s! 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons: Joey Lawrence Better Strap Himself In for Chippendale's 98 Degrees
  • Angelina Jolie's Full 'Maleficent' Costume: Will Disney Do Dark?
    By: Kate Ward Jun 20, 2012
    The only thing about Maleficent that annoys me more than having to spell check the title every single time I write it is having to wait for images to be released from the set. Will this Sleeping Beauty origin story about its green-faced villain (who looks decidedly pale in the re-telling) take a page from action-packed fairy tale fare like Snow White and the Huntsman, or aim to mimic the colorful ridiculousness that was Mirror, Mirror? Disney, I need to know! I won't even complain about having to spell Malifi — dammit — Maleficent any more! Thankfully, the studio gave us curious fans a happily ever after Tuesday when it released its first image of star Angelina Jolie as the wickedly gorgeous queen. And, even better, today brings us a new image directly from the set showing the actress in full Maleficent costume. So what's the verdict? It's hard to say — though Maleficent's overall look in the re-telling is relatively faithful to 1959's Sleeping Beauty (unlike, say, Kristen Stewart's Snow White), director Robert Stromberg certainly seems to be favoring darker tones. (OG Maleficent has a bit more purple pride. See right.) But, then again, when has Disney ever truly embraced dark? (And now its time for you smart film buffs to bring up The Black Cauldron. Go ahead. I don't mind.) Additional question: Where's Maleficent's handy sidekick Diablo? And will he be played by Rob Schneider? You're going to make me wait again to find out, aren't you, Disney? Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: Almasi/Splash News] More: Angelina Jolie Looks Absolutely Wicked in Maleficent Elle Fanning as Angelina Jolie's Disney Princess in Maleficent Designer Rick Baker On His Call from Angelina Maleficent
  • 'Glass House' Injunction Denied, the Unhealthily Obsessed Celebrate
    By: Kate Ward Jun 15, 2012
    Finally, it looks like CBS and ABC's off-screen drama has ended — despite the fact that he shamefully didn't force the networks to dress up like elves and spell non-existent words to determine his ruling, federal judge Gary Allen Fees has blocked CBS' temporary restraining order against ABC's The Glass House, the Big Brother-look-alike that's set to premiere June 18.  So what does this mean for you? Why, quite simply, that your days of socializing in the beautiful outdoors are about to get replaced by days of shutting yourself into a black hole of addictive, soul-sucking television that makes you wonder how, exactly, you're making your parents proud with that degree from a Top 10 university? (It's sociology, Mom. And, yes, I understand that's the Big Brother of college courses.) That's right — not only will we be strapped to our computers 24/7 to watch the live stream of the disgustingly stupid antics of Big Brother's upcoming cast starting July 12, but we'll be similarly tied to the live stream for ABC's Glass House, which will indeed see its series premiere June 18. (Though CBS, in a statement provided to, claimed it still plans to pursue its claims of copyright infringement and individual liability against any Glass House producer who may have violated confidentiality agreements signed while working for Big Brother.) It's moments like these that make me happy that greedy Western consumerism has supplied me with two computers! Because as much as CBS might believe ABC is poaching viewers with Glass House, the network doesn't realize that the only thing that makes Big Brother fans happier than watching Rachel Reilly cry into a bush is having more opportunities to watch horrible fame whores cry into bushes. So, yes, CBS, we'll watch Glass House — but you'd be crazy to think we wouldn't tune into Big Brother too. We would willingly follow Chenbot straight into a robot apocalypse fueled by slop and oversized breast implants if she demanded it, so long as it was televised and featured plenty of VIP Cocktail Waitresses. So you best believe we'll be boosting your numbers right alongside ABC's. C'mon, if Rachel and Ragan can be friends after their epic fight, can't you two figure it out?     Admittedly, though, CBS does have a point, especially since us Big Brother fans are welcoming a Big Brother-alike purely because it mimics our favorite summertime guilty pleasure. And, as a very guilty user, I wouldn't ask for anything otherwise. So, in celebration of Glass House's future June 18 premiere date, let's run down five essential behavioral traits we hope Glass House's contestants, yes, copy from our favorite Big Brother houseguests. They are a rare and special breed. Let's make them less rare, please!   1. A limited vocabulary that leads to various epic and hilarious mispronunciations.  2. An unshakeable dedication to vanity that leads to a sob fest over a picture us normals would be lucky to take on a good day. 3. A sense of vengeance that trumps public health.  4. False confidence. 5. The knowledge that you exist purely for our viewing pleasure. Dance, monkeys. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: ABC] More: ABC vs. CBS: Glass House Case Gets Hearing Date The Glass House Saga Continues: Making Sense of ABC's Latest Case Glass House Update: Judge Reject's ABC's Request For More Time Big Brother
  • Lindsay Lohan Found Unconscious, Treated For 'Exhaustion'
    By: Kate Ward Jun 15, 2012
    Another day, another scare for Lindsay Lohan. Less than one week after the actress was hospitalized following a car crash with an 18-wheeler, paramedics were rushed to Lindsay Lohan's hotel room Friday morning after the actress was found unconscious in her room at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the L.A. Sheriff's Office tells that when staff arrived at Lohan's room to wake her for work on the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, "they couldn't wake her, so they called 911. When paramedics arrived, she was able to become conscious." Lohan's rep says the actress was not taken to the hospital, and plans on continuing work on the set later today. According to a statement from Lohan's rep, "Lindsay was examined and is fine, but did suffer some exhaustion and dehydration. Lindsay was never taken to a hospital; reports to the contrary are false. She is resting now and is hoping to be back on set later this afternoon." So what was responsible for Lohan's health setback? If the actress' rep is to be believed, simple fatigue led to the 911 call. "Lindsay worked a grueling schedule the past few days," he said in a statement. "She was on set last night at 7 pm and worked through the night until 8 am this morning. She took a nap before shooting her final scene. Producers were concerned when she did not come out of her room and called paramedics as a precaution." Lohan is eyeing a comeback with Liz & Dick, a film centered around the iconic Hollywood romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Earlier this year, she successfully completed a longstanding probation stemming from two DUI arrests in 2007.  (Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina) [Photo Credit: David Edwards/Daily Celeb] More: Lindsay Lohan Keeps Landing Work, Finds Role in Bret Easton Ellis' The Canyons Lindsay Lohan Collides with 18-Wheeler, Released From Hospital Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler Still Look a Lot Like Liz and Dick
  • Jamie Lynn Spears Sings About 'Scared' Britney — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Jun 15, 2012
    It's no secret pop icon Britney Spears has suffered her fair share of hardships. Even before she reached the tender age of 30, the singer had to cope with two divorces, two children delivered at a young age, one ill-advised reality show, one shaved head, countless paparazzi, one paparazzi confrontation captured on camera, and a tragic double denim attack. And since the singer's much-publicized 2007 breakdown, which led to a hospitalization in early 2008 and eventual conservatorship over her funds and decisions, we've heard very little about Spears' troubled past. Not that she needs to discuss it with her adoring fans — the singer, though merely a shell of the dynamic performer she used to be — has not only gotten her life back on track, but she's also about to burst onto the entertainment scene once again with a judging stint on this fall's The X Factor.  But if appearing on reality television doesn't give unabashedly curious folks sufficient access into the singer's life, Spears' own sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, might. The 21-year-old singer, most famous for getting pregnant with her first child at 16 years old, debuted a new tune Thursday in Nashville, called "I Look Up To You." Prefacing the song with the admission, "You can imagine who I wrote it about," the young Spears launched into lyrics like, "Scared little girl ... It happened way too soon / They took away your innocence." Though Jamie Lynn doesn't refer to her older sister by name, fans and critics are pointing to the title and lyrics as proof that the singer is all but name-checking Spears. (Though the rest of the lyrics are so muddled, she could very well be singing about Annette in Cruel Intentions for all we know.) The elder Spears has yet to respond to's request for comment, but it's a safe bet that Spears gave her younger sister her blessing to debut the song — and thus, if the tune is indeed about her, understood that it would lead media outlets to question what exactly Jamie Lynn is singing about. Fame? Something far more nefarious?   Either way, Spears' supposed permission makes her appearance on X Factor all the more interesting — if she's welcoming fans this kind of access via her little sister, perhaps she won't be the scripted bot we were all expecting come fall. Watch the video to listen to Jamie Lynn's new song. Because Spears didn't air enough dirty laundry on Chaotic. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard More: Simon Cowell Dismisses Britney Spears Walk-Off Claims X Factor and Britney Spears: Ushering In a New Era of Reality? X Factor Adds Britney and Demi: Why It Could WorkBritney Spears
  • Bristol Palin Considering Political Career. You Betcha. — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Jun 15, 2012
    First, Diff'rent Strokes star-turned-Surreal Life cast member Gary Coleman entertained politics by running for California governor during 2003's recall election (which saw fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger elected). Then, Real World alum Sean Duffy managed to win a seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. Then, Keeping Up With the Kardashians kultural beacon Kim Kardashian caused us to rekoil in horror after threatening to run for "Armenian Town," a.k.a., Glendale, Calif. And now, Bristol Palin is the latest reality star to hint at a political future. Appearing on Sean Hannity to promote her new reality show, Life's a Tripp, which premieres Tuesday on Lifetime, Palin told the Fox host that while she's too young to run for office, she's not completely discounting the possibility she'll follow in Mom Sarah's pit bull footsteps. "I don't think I'd shut [the door] completely yet," Palin told Hannity. Though Palin addressed other issues during the course of the interview — including her support for her mother, should she run for office, and why she chose to document her life as a young mother on television — the possibility of a political future involving another Palin is sure to bait the most headlines. (Hey, it worked for us. Though it is admittedly interesting that Palin did hint at her disappointment in starring on the show: "If I would have known it was my own name and so much in my life is gonna be shown on this show, I think I would reconsider and think about it more.") And if any personality knows how to attract a possible voting public via a reality television program — even though Sarah Palin's Alaska has been off the air since 2011, the former vice presidential candidate continues to tease voters with the possibility of a last-minute bid for the presidency — it's someone from the infamous Alaskan family. Sure, we could roll our eyes, fear for our youth, and continue to appreciate Mike Judge's prescient Idiocracy the day a Dancing With the Stars cast member considers a spot in our government. But you might be surprised how prepared a reality star might be for political office run. After all, they already cope with life under a microscope, public humiliation, widespread detractors, and being forced to get intimate with undesirable people for the sake of the cameras. (Idea tangent: Zingbot moderates a debate! Who's with me?) So long as Palin's politics best her Rumba. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard[Image Credit: Fox News] More: Bristol Palin's New Show Portrays Life is a Tripp — VIDEO Bristol Palin Gets a TV Show Bristol Palin Talks Virginity on Good Morning America
  • Drew Barrymore Weds. Phone Home!
    By: Kate Ward Jun 03, 2012
    Third time's the charm! At least, that's what guests attending Drew Barrymore's wedding to Will Kopelman are likely hoping. Cameron Diaz, Jimmy Fallon, and others gathered at her Montecito, Calif., home Saturday to watch the actress wed her fiancé, Kopelman. Barrymore, who is expecting her first child with the art consultant, announced their engagement in January. reports that Barrymore walked down the aisle in a Chanel gown (particularly fitting since Kopelman's father, Arie Kopelman, was once the CEO of Chanel).  Of course, this isn't Barrymore's first trip down the aisle. She was married to bar owner Jeremy Thomas for two months in 1994 and to comedian Tom Green for five months in 2001.  Here's hoping her marriage to Kopelman boasts the longevity of her previous unwed relationships — the E.T. and Charlie's Angels actress dated The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti for five years and Live Free or Die Hard actor Justin Long for over two years.  More: Drew Barrymore Set to Wed in California Teenage Christian Bale Tried to Romance Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore