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.
  • Golden Globes 2013: 'Homeland' Wins Best Drama
    By: Kate Ward Jan 13, 2013
    Following Homeland's sweep at 2012's Primetime Emmys — where the Showtime series picked up six awards, including Outstanding Drama Series — a Golden Globe win for the Claire Danes-starring series seemed all but a lock. So it was no surprise that Homeland — stacked against Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey: Season 2, and The Newsroom — indeed emerged victorious at the 2013 Golden Globes, picking up Best Drama, as well as Best Actor (Damian Lewis) and Best Actress (Claire Danes). "All of us at Homeland nearly killed ourselves this year trying to live up to the hype of that first season," creator Alex Gansa said at the podium following the series win. "And this award tells me maybe maybe we just didn't screw it up." So now we're only left to wonder: Will Season 3, premiering Sept. 29, prove to be another home run for Homeland? [Image Credit: Showtime] More: More Golden Globes 2013 from Golden Globes 2013: See the Winners Here! Golden Globes 2013: See the Best and the Worst of the Red Carpet Here! From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • Lindsay Lohan: 'New York Times' Piece Is the Best Thing That's Happened to Her in Years
    By: Kate Ward Jan 11, 2013
    Following New York Times Magazine's publication of Stephen Rodrick's phenomenal "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie," Google News was overrun with headlines even more negative than the Times article itself. "Lindsay Lohan Is Awful to Work With." "Lindsay Lohan — Tales of Drunken, Crying Debauchery on Movie Set." "Lindsay Lohan Was Drinking and Driving, Popping Pills During The Canyons Filming." The list would continue — between tales of the actress' frequent emotional breakdowns (crying outside director Paul Schrader's hotel room for 90 minutes), professional mishaps (failing to show up to set on numerous occasions), and possibly illegal activity (driving while under the influence of alcohol) on the set of Paul Schrader's The Canyons, editors had plenty of content to choose from. Yet, with all the focus on Lohan's well-reported problems, editors and pop culture fans are missing the bottom line of Rodrick's article: The piece is the best thing that's happened to Lindsay Lohan in years. It might not seem that way at first. After all, after reading the piece, an understandable course of action for any producer or director courting Lohan would be to fly to the opposite end of the world faster than you can say "an eavesdropping Dina Lohan." But while Rodrick's story presented Lohan as a immature nightmare whose behavior only got worse after she was fired, it also proved that the actress is a Hollywood figure as fascinating as she is shrewd. Lohan is no spoiled Hollywood princess famous for being famous — she's a scrappy manipulator who knows the system as well as the "f**k u" on the back of her hand. Take this choice excerpt from Rodrick's article: Lohan suggested shooting the scene at the Grove, a tony West Hollywood shopping center. “Look, we can shoot at the Grove, and we can get it for free.” Pope looked at her with confusion. “We’ll have ‘Access Hollywood’ pay for it. They’ll film it, I’ll answer three questions about the movie and then they’ll pay for it. It’s really easy.” Pope and Schrader were unconvinced. But Lohan was insistent as she left the room. “They’ll do it. You just have to know how to work it.”Or this portion of the piece, showcasing Lohan's relationship with the paparazzi: Over at the mall, Schrader paced nervously. “We need to get three shots, and we’re not going to get a second chance.” He was worried about attracting the attention of mall security. An hour later, Lohan arrived in her black Porsche trailed by four or five paparazzi. Schrader threw up his hands and said, “That’s it.” Lohan told him, politely, to shut up. “Paul, we can do this.” She climbed out of her car and turned to the photographers. “I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll give you a good shot, but then you have to go.” Lohan turned to her good side and hiked her floor-length skirt up to show a little leg. “O.K., five, four, three, two, one. Now you have to go.”It's tidbits like these that elevate Lohan past the desperate Sean Young status she's enjoyed since her first DUI arrest in 2007. Of course, Lohan isn't someone to feel sorry for or someone to root for — she has participated in heinous illegal activity. But, now, following Rodrick's article, she's someone to invest in. After all, Lohan's story in 8,000 words turned out to be more interesting than Norma Desmond, Vicki Lester, and Neely O'Hara's combined. She's terrible. She's irrational. She's incorrigible. But she's brilliant. And, as she herself has said, she's a fighter — for better or for worse. (Okay, mostly worse.)  And now we can't help but be strapped in, waiting to find out whether Lohan will get a TKO or tap out in the next round. There's no denying whatever little curiosity you had about The Canyons prior to reading Rodrick's article has since increased tenfold. (Heck, you might actually see it.) And there's no denying that, while reading the piece, you finally cared about Lindsay Lohan. And that's a feeling no Tonight Show interview, Lifetime movie, or Playboy spread could invite. Thanks to Rodrick's article, for the first time in years, we're not looking back, fondly remembering the days Lohan charmed us in critically acclaimed fare like The Parent Trap and Mean Girls. Instead, pop culture fans actually want to see what happens next in Lohan's life. And that's the best thing that could ever happen to her. Well, besides normalcy, of course. [Image Credit: Kmm-Sasha-Jack-RS/X17online] More: All the Insane Things Lindsay Lohan Did on the Set of Bret Easton Ellis' 'The Canyons' Lindsay Lohan Makes Her Foray Into Porn in 'The Canyons' Trailer Lindsay Lohan Keeps Finding Work, Lands Pat in Bret Easton Ellis' 'The Canyons'
  • 2013 Oscars Nominate Only 9 for Best Picture: Which Film Should've Been the 10th Nominee?
    By: Kate Ward Jan 10, 2013
    This year, the Academy Award nominees are missing something. Back in 2009, the Academy made a change to its rigid rules, allowing voters to nominate 10 films for Best Picture in an effort to tip its hat to consumer-friendly movies that were often ignored by Oscar. (Ahem, The Dark Knight.) And, for the second year in a row, Academy voters failed to choose a total of 10 films this year, instead nominating nine movies. So what did the Oscars miss? Contrary to the Academy's attempt to toast box office-friendly blockbusters, this year's nominated films continue to favor the critically acclaimed like Lincoln and Beasts of Southern Wild, ignoring fan favorites like The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and the well-reviewed Magic Mike. Also missing are cult favorites like Moonrise Kingdom and Golden Globe's beloved Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. But do any of those films become Oscar's 10th nominee this year? Vote in our poll below! <a href="">What film should have been the 10th Best Picture nominee?</a> [Image Credit: Focus Features] More: 2013 Oscar Nominations: See the Full List of Nominees Here! Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck Lead This Year's Oscar Snubs. Who Else Was Ignored? Oscar Nominees 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Stars and Their Movies From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • 'It's Always Sunny' Will Likely Have 10th Season, But Fewer Episodes Than 'Anger Management'
    By: Kate Ward Jan 09, 2013
    Seems FX's little comedy that could(n't be more hilariously offensive) will continue to truck along. During FX's TCA panel, the network's president, John Landgraf, told reporters It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has "a high likelihood" of returning for a 10th season. "Whether it goes beyond that depends on whether the people who created the show want to go and whether the audience still wants to watch. But there will definitely be one more year, probably two."The news is not surprising for any fan of the cult comedy — which stars Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and Kaitlin Olson as five deranged bar owners — but the timing of the announcement is unexpected. Sunny finished airing its eighth season in December, and won't return for a ninth until fall 2013. Still, it's cause for a celebration worthy of rum ham for Sunny's dedicated fanbase — even if they'll have to share Thursday night with Charlie Sheen, whose Anger Management will boast 45 episodes a year, according to Landgraf. (Sunny, on the other hand, airs only a dozen episodes per season.) Good thing there's plenty of ham to go around. [Image Credit: FX] More: It's Always Sunny React: This Is How We Do It 2012 Emmy Longshots: Kaitlin Olson, the (Aluminum) Monster We Root For It's Always Sunny Season 8 Promo: Haley Joel Osment Fights (As Mac) For a Comeback From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor
  • Monopoly to Replace One Token: Save the Thimble!
    By: Kate Ward Jan 09, 2013
    One beloved Monopoly token will not pass "Go." Eighty years after consumers were introduced to Monopoly — and, thus, the car, thimble, boot, Scottie, boat, top hat, iron, and wheelbarrow — Hasbro has announced that the board game will remove one token from its line-up, and replace it with a more 21st century-friendly token. Hasbro, in its attempt to modernize the board game experience, is allowing Monopoly fans who log onto Facebook and Twitter (with the hashtag #tokenvote) to vote on which new token will be introduced to consumers, and which will become as irrelevant as Atlantic City itself. But before we get to the ridiculousness of Monopoly's new choices (unless you're Bon Jovi or Springsteen, a guitar gets you nowhere on the boardwalk), we must come together in an effort to save Monopoly's underdog token. And I'm not talking about the dog, which is raking up the most votes on Facebook. I'm talking, of course, about Monopoly's thimble. As the youngest in the family and the most unpopular amongst friends, the thimble always became my token of choice. Mostly because — unlike the coveted dog and car — no one else wanted it. But I came to love the thimble. Like my Monopoly strategy, the token was full of holes and kind of stupid. But it was also unassuming, a quietly strong presence that can fend off even the sharpest of real estate rivals. And now — when the thimble needs us — there's a distressing lack of love for the token across social media. The thimble only leads the boot (come on, Monopoly — give the boot the boot to make the headlines easy for us!), and the majority of tweeters are opting to save the Scottie dog, which is essentially like voting for Carrie Underwood in Season 4 of American Idol. Wasted vote! So, please, let me take this off my (community) chest: Take a chance (heh) and vote for our dear ol' thimble. Or else we face a thimble-less future complete with one of the following new tokens: A guitar, helicopter, diamond ring, cat (see right), and robot with a mustache. Though neither option quite modernizes the game like Hasbro is hoping to (where's the iPhone or Honey Boo Boo token?), the Internet cloud where millions of felines live will most likely lead to future Scottie v. cat battle. Because what LOLcat lover can resist a kitten in jail? <a href="">Which Monopoly token should Hasbro save?</a> <a href="">Which new token should join Monopoly?</a> [Image Credit: Pogo] More: Writers Hired for Ridley Scott's 'Monopoly' 'Battleship' the Movie: Which Films and Shows Deserve the Board Game Treatment? Miley Cyrus' Twitter Wisdom Inspired These Cat Posters From Our Partners: Guess the Celebrity Bikini Body! (Celebuzz) 30 Hottest Lingerie Scenes from the Past 30 Years (Celebuzz)
  • 'Hunger Games' Star Josh Hutcherson Cries in the Shower — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Jan 04, 2013
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn't hit theaters until Nov. 22, but it's never too soon for Josh Hutcherson to make fans of the dystopian franchise like Peeta even more. Teaming up with MTV's Josh Horowitz — also known as the man who pulled the adorable out of the menacing Michael Shannon — Hutcherson channeled his inner sensitive baker's son to share what makes him cry and why he'd make you black current pie. Watch the video below — and may the odds of you seeing Hutcherson crying in the shower be ever in your favor. Get More: Movie Trailers, Movies Blog [Image Credit: Murray Close/Lionsgate] More: Josh Hutcherson to Star in 'Paradise Lost' (But Not That 'Paradise Lost') New 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Set Pics: Are They What You Imagined? Jennifer Lawrence to Host 'SNL' Jan. 19: The Odds Are Ever In Our Favor You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Katy Perry, Miley and More! 10 Pop Culture Moments That Would’ve Been Better Naked  
  • Rex Ryan's Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow Tattoo: Crazier Than These 14 Celeb Tats?
    By: Kate Ward Jan 04, 2013
    Poor Rex Ryan. Just as we were beginning to forget the embarrassing foot fetish video that found its way on the Internet in 2010, the New York Jets coach was photographed with new ink that seems straight out of a future Hangover movie. While on vacation in the Bahamas, a New York Daily News reporter snapped a picture of Ryan with what appears to be a tattoo of his wife, Michelle, wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey, striking a Tim Tebow pose. The hodgepodge of football references is confusing enough, but the choice of ink is even more confounding considering Sanchez's failure as a quarterback and rumors that Tebow will be leaving the Jets. Of course, that's providing the tattoo equivalent of a sad trombone is actually real. But where does it stack up among other crazy celebrity tattoos? Check out our gallery of 14 crazy star tats, and, remember, don't drink and ink. 14 Crazy Celebrity Tattoos [Image Credit: New York Daily News] More: 'Glee' Star Lea Michele Has 14 Tattoos — VIDEO Cinema's Best Tattoos 8 Great Sports Movies From Our Partners: ’Buckwild’ Stars Talk ‘Jersey Shore’ Comparisons: ‘I Ain’t Paying For No Tan’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) (Celebuzz) Oscars 2013: Best Picture Race Is Down to ‘Lincoln’ Versus ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Moviefone)
  • 'Honey Boo Boo' Halloween Special Promo: It's Spooky How Staged This Looks
    By: Kate Ward Jan 04, 2013
    The new promo for Sunday's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Halloween special on TLC is downright scary. Not because of ghosts, goblins, or globs of saturated fat. But because shortly after the first season of the hit cable series — starring the eccentric Mama June Shannon and her breakout beauty queen daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson — the HBB clan is already starting to sound over-rehearsed. It's a shame too — part of what made Mama June's family so appealing in the series' first season was their authenticity. Despite the on-camera attention, June shrugged her shoulders about living the simple life, and even if cameras weren't the household, Alana would likely still unleash t-shirt-ready catchphrases like, "I wish I had an extra finger, then I could grab more cheese balls." (Or one of the most refreshing quotes to come out of a reality television in recent years, "Ain't nothing wrong with being a little gay. Everyone's a little gay.") But, based on Sunday's promo, which revolves around Mama June's hatred for (of all things!) mayonnaise, the HBB clan seems much more aware of their on-camera surroundings. Be it Mama June's new bleach blonde hairstyle (don't follow in Heidi Montag's footsteps, June), Chubbs fighting for airtime by claiming she won't eat mayonnaise because she's a vegetarian (no one's that dumb), and Alana's spoon-fed quotables ("Mom was turning white. Just like mayonnaise"), some of HBB's innocence seems to have gotten lost after Season 1. Of course, perhaps it's not fair to judge until Sunday — we might still see HBB's refreshing genuineness beyond this single scene. But here's hoping this TLC series doesn't think it needs an extra dose of Go-Go Juice to keep us entertained. [Image Credit: TLC] More: Honey Boo Boo vs. The Karadashians in a Christmas Card Showdown Redneckognize It! Honey Boo Boo is One of Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' Reality TV is Making Us Smarter, Even When It's Stupid You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Katy Perry, Miley and More! 10 Pop Culture Moments That Would’ve Been Better Naked  
  • Golden Globes: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Predict Daniel Day-Lewis Win for 'Avatar'
    By: Kate Ward Jan 03, 2013
    As if hoping to assure audiences that Jan. 13's Golden Globes ceremony will be a must-see affair, the awards show has released another video with hosts and your imaginary best friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. This time around, the dynamic duo answer questions about why they wanted to host the Globes (it's a "sloppy, loud party. And that seemed like our kind of thing"), who they hope to rub elbows with (Poehler's BFF, Angelina Jolie, clearly), and which film is the front-runner this year (Avatar, of course!). Below, watch the interview, which also doubles as an antidote for anyone still suffering from PAJSD. (That's Post-Anne and James Stress Disorder.) Good luck topping these gals, Seth MacFarlane. [Image Credit: NBC] More: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's Glorious Golden Globes Photo First Golden Globes Promo: Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prove They'll Be Great 2013 Golden Globes: See the TV Nominees Here! From Our Partners: Jessica Alba Bikinis in Cabo — Hot Pics! (Celebuzz) 25 Movies to Watch in 2013 (Moviefone)
  • Samuel L. Jackson Tells Reporter to Use N-Word: Is This Good for Publicity?
    By: Kate Ward Jan 03, 2013
    Samuel L. Jackson is a motherf**ker. Hell, he'd say so himself. After all, the actor has spent decades in Hollywood carving out a niche for himself as the industry's go-to tough-talking bad-ass dude. And that's precisely why we fell in love with him in classics like Pulp Fiction, and cheered him on when he actually agreed to star as a parody of himself in Snakes on a Plane. There's not an f-bomb he won't drop; a line he won't sell with expletive-fueled force. He even managed to eke the b-word ("butt," of course) into the family-friendly Jurassic Park. And he continued to prove he's worth all this praise during his Oscar-worthy performance in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. (Golden Globes snub be damned.) Jackson melts into his role as Stephen, becoming almost unrecognizable as the heartless and loyal slave of Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie, if not for that patented penchant for blue vocabulary. But, strangely enough, in recent weeks, Jackson has become unrecognizable off-screen as well. The actor who charmed audiences in fare like The Avengers has become unchained during Django's press tour, finding himself at the top of entertainment news sites for his bizarre behavior. First, Jackson appeared on Saturday Night Live and dropped a disputed f-bomb (which the actor denied), followed by an undisputed "bulls**t" (which the actor admitted to). Then, following the incident, Jackson stopped by Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and blamed sketch co-star Kenan Thompson: "He was supposed to cut me off," Jackson said. "I'm used to working with professionals that know their lines, even the ones that are written on cue cards in front of you." (See the interview embedded below.) And then there's the latest interview from Jackson's Django promo tour to make the Internet rounds: During a sit-down with Jake's Takes Jake Hamilton, Jackson encouraged the Caucasian journalist to use the n-word after Hamilton asked about the controversy surrounding the rampant use of the derogatory label in Tarantino's film. Hamilton refused several times before Jackson chided Hamilton for his query, "It wasn't a great question if you can't say the word." See the interview below (Jackson's interview starts at about 13:50): While a salient societal discussion surrounding the word is certainly pertinent, conversation on the Web largely sympathizes with the blindsided Hamilton, causing Jackson to lose some goodwill and fans. But, of course, Jackson's mere presence in dozens of headlines only further ingrains Django in our heads. So is Jackson's behavior good for Django publicity? Possibly. But is it good for Jackson? If you read Internet chatter surrounding Jackson's n-word stunt (some feel Hamilton should have yielded to the actor's request in order to push the sensitive conversation), jury's still out. So perhaps it's time Jackson returned to his status as Hollywood's most likable motherf**ker. Perhaps it's time the unchained actor adds a little restraint to his repertoire. Perhaps it's time to move the motherf**king bizarre behavior off the motherf**king publicity circuit. Then, perhaps conversation will shift back to the film and fans can begin to hold onto their butts for a deserved Oscar nomination. [Image Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage] More: Late Night Last Night: Samuel L. Jackson Slams Kenan Thompson as Unprofessional Saturday Night Live Recap: Alec Baldwin Joins Martin Short, Samuel L. Jackson Curses Tarantino's Django Unchained Fact or Fiction: Mandingo Fighting, Bounty Hungers, and More From Our Partners: Jessica Alba Bikinis in Cabo — Hot Pics! (Celebuzz) 25 Movies to Watch in 2013 (Moviefone)