Sydney Bucksbaum
Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.
  • Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 'Supernatural' Recap: Welcome to Hunter University, Where Graduation is Not an Option
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 28, 2013
      Supernatural is one extremely unique show. Even during a fast-paced and high stakes mythology arc like the one currently taking place in Season 8, it found time and a clever way to tie in a minor character from Season 7. Remember Krissy Chambers, from “Adventures in Babysitting?” She was back in last night’s episode, “Freaks and Geeks,” but she had grown up and changed a lot more than just a regular year’s worth.  The last time we saw Krissy, Sam and Dean had convinced her father to give up the hunting life so she could lead a normal, safe life. But when Sam and Dean found her and two other teens hunting a nest of vamps during one of their cases, they realized she wasn’t as safe in suburbia as they thought. It seems that another hunter from Sam and Dean’s past created a school for young hunters: Victor believed that with the right upbringing and training, he could create the next generation of hunters, but better. He recruited three teens (Krissy, Aiden, and Josephine) whose families had been murdered by vampires and helped them get revenge for the promise to keep hunting for Victor after they achieved their personal goals. That’s right: Krissy’s father was killed during their “normal” life, and she was back in the game for revenge. Welcome to Hunter University! RELATED: 'Supernatural' Recap: What's Wrong With Castiel? While on the surface, Hunter University actually seems like a great set up with its homely atmosphere, normal schooling and chores mixed in with highly trained hunting, but this is Supernatural. If something seems too good to be true, there is something insidious brewing beneath the shiny veneer on the surface. Victor was so desperate to build his family back up (his wife and kids were murdered by supernatural creatures) that he actually ordered a vampire to kill the teens’ families, and set up other vampires to take the fall. Once he helped the teens orchestrate their revenge, they would be fully committed to Victor’s schooling and his makeshift family. Dean and Sam obviously figured out the truth behind Victor’s nefarious plans – because they truly are the best damn hunters out there – and helped reveal the truth to Krissy, Aiden, and Josephine. Dean even imparted his wisdom to the kids that hunting isn’t always about killing and there are shades of grey to good/evil when he taught them how to cure a vampire who hadn’t fed yet. Sometimes, you can save people instead of just killing them. And his teachings caught on: instead of shooting Victor for revenge, Krissy left him alive to live with his pain and regret. She took the high road, but Victor took the low road and he shot himself in the head. Intense. It was interesting to see Dean’s new attitude spelled out, since he hadn’t yet vocalized it ever since he changed in Purgatory and throughout his bond with Benny. He truly has evolved from his bloodthirsty, shoot ‘em up attitude from earlier seasons, and it was great to see him pass along this more reasonable and human way of hunting,  especially since this is the next generation of hunters. Krissy, Aiden, and Josephine have seen too much to leave the life, but they did promise not to go out looking for evil. If it wandered into their town, it was fair game. RELATED: 'Supernatural' Recap: Angry Gods Are the Least of Sam and Dean's Problems It always hits me during episodes like "Freaks and Geeks" that Supernatural is a truly loyal show, both to its fans and its history. Last night demonstrated how nothing in the past is forgotten. Rather, everything the Winchester brothers have been through adds up and is always in play. From the reemergence of Krissy and Victor (both separate occurrences in Sam and Dean’s past hunting days), as well as vampire lore from previous seasons,  including the cure for the condition that came about when soulless Sam let Dean get turned into a vamp, Supernatural is committed to everything it has served up over the past 8 seasons, and is constantly proving that no detail goes unnoticed and no plot line unresolved. It even tied it all into the current issue with a neat little bow that never felt forced. This week’s lesson reinforced Sam and Dean’s desire to close the gates of hell now more than ever, since they’ve seen the newest generation of hunters already too entrenched in the life to ever leave it voluntarily. Sam and Dean know the only way out of the hunting life is to die early, and bloody. These three teens may be good hunters, but there’s no guarantee in this life. The only way to make sure everyone’s safe and no one has to live like the Winchesters have is if there is nothing out there to hunt in the first place.  Dean was renewed with purpose to save Krissy and all the others like her out there whose lives have been turned upside down by hunting, while Sam was renewed with purpose to find a way to have a cookie-cutter, suburbia-loving, white picket fence with kids and a wife lifestyle. The only way both brothers could achieve their goals is to finish the trials and close the gates of hell. And from next week’s promos, it seems like we are going to continue that process with the next trial... let's hope Sam lets Dean help him live through it! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Liane Hentscher] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • 'Arrow' Recap: 'Salvation' Comes With a High Price
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 28, 2013
      Tonight’s Arrow saw a lot of characters finding “Salvation,” but for some, that came with consequences. Team Arrow is functioning normally after the whole McKenna/Helena debacle, and it seems like Felicity is now fully on the dark side, aka Team Arrow! For real! We knew it wouldn’t take long. As Team Arrow is discussing their next target, Oliver multitasks and does some fancy-looking pull-ups shirtless. Felicity, you ogle Ollie as much as you want, honey. I approve (hell, I was ogling him as well… I think I may have rewound that scene a few more times than may be healthy… No shame!). Oliver sets off to take down his target, but someone else got to him first. Who is this mysterious kidnapper with a List of his own?  While Felicity worked on figuring out who else might have had a grudge against the target, Ollie didn’t want to go home or call it a night so he plans to move on to the next person on The List. Diggle stops him, though, and makes him take a break. That’s right, it’s time for a bromantic heart to heart: Diggle’s taking Ollie out to dinner! Too. Cute. How do I get an invite to these dinners? No, seriously: I want an invite. Meanwhile, Thea and Roy have certainly wasted no time in getting to know each other. We see them getting hot and heavy in Roy’s place in The Glades, and it did not look like it was going to stop anytime soon… until one of Roy’s "friends" shows up to deliver a package and remind Roy about some sketchy job they were planning for the next night. Turns out the package was a gun, and Roy and his friends were planning on robbing a liquor store. Obviously, that doesn’t sit too well with Thea because she thinks Roy has the potential do more in life than just commit crimes. However, he thinks his only option is crime. Thea – frustrated and hurt – doesn’t want to see her new guy wasting his life, so Roy empties the bullets out of the gun. He won’t actually be armed, but the store owners will think he is. All I could think as I watched him empty the gun is, That decision is probably going to bite him in the ass. And oh lordy, was I right. But we’ll get to that. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: A Night Club Opening, A Psycho Ex-Girlfriend, and A Stabbing Remember how last week, Laurel and her mother were trying so hard to convince Quentin that Sarah was still alive? It worked better than Laurel thought: she comes home from work to see her mom and dad playing nicely together! They’ve set up their own Homeland wall of clues, and are diving deep into their investigation. Plus, they’re getting handsy with each other… Be careful what you wish for, Laurel! The surprising thing is, it turns out Laurel never truly believed Sarah was alive. She actually wanted her dad to help her mom see reason and accept Sarah’s death, like they have. Instead, they suck her in and get her to believe there might be validity to their theory. Poor Lance family – you know there is no happy ending to this saga and yet you can’t turn away. It’s like a particularly grisly car wreck.   Back at the bromantic dinner for two, Diggle begins his lecture to Ollie. Diggle thinks Oliver has been spending too much time recently (i.e. since McKenna’s departure) doing vigilante things and not enough normal things, and he doesn’t like Oliver’s new plan to be alone. Diggle knows that a person can’t live happily like that, but before he can truly make Oliver see reason, they need to press pause on the lecture: a Gossip Girl type blast is sent to any phone registered in The Glades for the website! Team Arrow’s missing target is murdered live, via a video stream on the site, and now Oliver knows who stole his target, and that this mysterious murderer is planning on continuing his streak with others who corrupted The Glades. All during this scene, all I could think of was, whoa, now the entire Glades population has seen murder! Live! That’s scary, creepy, and all-around utterly disturbing. When another victim is kidnapped by the guy who dubs himself “The Savior of The Glades,” back in the Arrow Headquarters Oliver pressures Felicity to find the location of where the video feed is broadcasted from. He wants to save the victim even though it’s someone he would target, because Oliver gives his victims the chance to change and right wrongs, whereas this vigilante is just a killer. The only information they could find on him was through the NSA: The Savior is a digital savant so skilled that he hacked himself right off the radar. When Oliver tries to give Felicity tips on her computer skills, she rightly shoots him down. Don’t tell her how to do her job, Ollie! She finally gets an address, and Oliver goes off, de-Hooded (since it is the middle of the day, plainclothes is much less conspicuous than emerald green leather and a bow and arrow). Damn, Ollie has to kick in a lot of doors to try and find The Savior and his victim before it’s too late. Oliver’s got some rage at being unable to find them, and Felicity is feeling it. After some technological cloak and daggers, Felicity gets the correct address. Ollie does some hardcore parkour across the tops of buildings, but the address turns out to be an empty lot. They’re too late: The Savior kills his victim. Felicity freaks out, and Oliver looks like he wants to break a few bones. But Oliver isn’t actually mad at Felicity, he was just frustrated. Felicity, however, is blaming herself for not being to catch the bad guy in time. It’s the first time she’s lost on Team Arrow. Oliver is more used to it, and knows it’s just the price of what they do. But Felicity takes it as a sign that it’s better to be alone, since she can’t exactly go home and tell some guy about her day. Clearly, Felicity and Oliver don’t understand that that problem could be fixed simply by being with each other! Meanwhile, Moira is worried about Malcolm’s desire to find out who ordered a hit on him – because, duh, that would only lead him straight to Moira! She meets with Frank, the only other person who collaborated with her on the kill order, to tell him that Malcolm is looking for answers. I feel like Moira is going to frame Frank for trying to kill Malcolm. She’s totally getting information from him about how he paid the Triad so she can use that against him, right? She even tells him, “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my children, Frank.” Boom, that’s her warning right there. Frank is done-zo.   RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Tommy Finds Out Oliver's Secret Identity! After her disastrous date with Roy, Thea goes to Laurel for relationship advice. HA. Sorry, that’s the funniest joke I’ve ever heard. Apparently, since Laurel has dated “a bajillion bad boys,” she is the perfect person to advise Thea on how to deal with her Roy situation. Laurel tells Thea to run, but come on: there’s no way Thea’s going to dump those cheekbones, or that jaw line, or those eyes, or… sorry. Got sidetracked. Colton Haynes, guys! This. After failing to convince Thea to ditch her criminal beau, Laurel gets some information from the Chinese Embassy. Apparently, the mystery girl from the photo her mother found is in the states and Laurel gets an address. Could this really be Sarah? Laurel starts to truly hope again that she might find her sister alive. Hell, even I am hoping this might be true! Unfortunately for all parties, the girl in the photo was just a random girl. This was a truly crushing blow for Dinah. But Laurel and Quentin already knew the truth. Even though they may have started to hope again, they knew deep down that Sarah was gone. Thea does exactly the opposite of what Laurel warned her to do and goes to see Roy (that's mah girl!). They fight about Roy’s potential, and Thea gives up, saying that he is just a waste. But before they can truly hash things out, The Savior attacks them! I knew that bulletless gun was going to be a bad idea. Roy can’t save himself, and Thea gets knocked out. He gets a syringe full of sedative in the neck – the needle alone must have been torture for the guy who almost passed out at the sight of one last week – and now we know The Savior’s next target: Roy Harper, Glades gangbanger. At Verdant, Tommy turns up the news to see a familiar name as The Savior’s target: the boy Thea asked Tommy to hire at the club. Side note: I love this one random reporter that’s always giving the news. He’s the same one from the pilot, and every other time major news breaks in Starling City. This dude has the monopoly on broadcast journalism. Thea rushes to Verdant to tell her brother and Tommy what happened, and Oliver now knows Roy is Thea’s friend. He sets out to save him, and Tommy knows just how he’s going to do it. Time for the hood to come on. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: The Arrival of Roy Harper Things are not going well for Moira, either. Malcolm called her up to deliver some “good” news: a member of the Triad was going to give up the name of whoever hired them to kill Malcolm for a reduced jail sentence. I love how Moira tripped a little when Malcolm revealed that. She is freaking out, and rightfully so. Time to think of Plan B! Even after finding out the girl in the photo was not Sarah (even though she was wearing Sarah’s favorite hat), Dinah is still convinced she can find her, reasoning be damned. Laurel catches on to something, though, that might explain why Dinah was so adamant about Sarah being alive: Dinah knew Sarah took her hat with her onto the Queen’s Gambit with Oliver, because Dinah knew Sarah was going off with Laurel’s boyfriend! Dinah breaks down, because if she had stopped her daughter, she would still be alive and her other daughter wouldn’t be betrayed. Their family would still be together. Tears were shed by all the Lances that night, and they finally all accepted Sarah was gone. Dinah packs up her things and gets ready to leave now that her mission is done. Her plans are to take “the red eye to Central City. Should be home in a flash.” Is Dinah making a reference to the DC comics city that is home to Barry Allen, aka The Flash? Or is this just a tongue-in-cheek Easter egg? Either way, Laurel hugs her mother goodbye, and makes sure Dinah knows that Laurel doesn’t blame her Sarah’s death. She forgives her. But is she really telling the truth? The look on her face as they hugged did not look like Laurel meant what she said. Back to the action: determined to save his sister’s “friend” Oliver went straight to Felicity to figure out who The Savior was and stop him for good. Turns out, The Savior’s wife was murdered by corrupt gangbangers in The Glades, and that’s his motivation for “cleaning up the city.” And Felicity hit the jackpot: he was using the old abandoned subway line in The Glades to get around! That’s why she couldn’t get a lock on him before, and why Oliver didn’t find him above ground. He was under it! He sets off to save Roy, but he better hurry: Roy doesn’t believe he should live, and he tells The Savior to kill him. You could tell Thea’s words truly affected him when he spit them out to the camera recording his death: “No one’s going to miss me. I’m just a waste.” No, you’re not! Don’t give up, Roy! THIS!  Oliver swoops in and shoots a mini arrow next to Roy’s bound hand, and while Ollie distracts The Savior with small talk, Roy uses the arrow to hack away until he’s free. That small talk Oliver traded with The Savior? Yeah, this dude thinks he’s the same as the Hood, but he’s completely misguided: The Hood gives second chances. And when he gives The Savior a chance to let this go and stop killing, he doesn’t take the out, so Oliver kills The Savior! Roy is left with his own tidal wave of relief, and he realizes maybe he doesn’t actually want to die. Back at Verdant, we – and Oliver, and Team Arrow – are treated to a beautiful reunion between Roy and Thea. These two crazy kids have some deep feelings for each other, and Oliver realizes the guy he just saved is more than just Thea’s “friend.” Also, thank you Felicity for pointing that out awkwardly to her older brother! Interestingly enough, Roy kept the arrow that saved him. Is this foreshadowing an alliance between Roy and Oliver like in the comics? Maybe he has seen a way to make his life meaningful, a way to live without committing crimes: cleaning up the city rather than making it dirty. But first, we need to see Roy and Oliver meet formally! Alas, we’ll have to wait for that moment – but I’m sure it will be epic and totally worth it. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Nothing Is Bred That Is Weaker Than Man After the craziness dies down, Oliver heads outside for a quiet moment but is interrupted when Laurel shows up to Verdant. Side note: I love the moments where we see Oliver almost roll his eyes and slump his shoulders with a sigh before jumping into his upbeat and carefree façade for his family and friends that don’t know his secret. When he turned around to say hi to Laurel, you could clearly see that shift from weighted down and deeply emotional to lightweight and cheerful. Subtle, but necessary for him to keep up appearances. Laurel has a heart to heart with Ollie, revealing her family struggles from the past week, and for a moment, you can forget all their history and see the connection between these two. Could this be foreshadowing of Ollie and Laurel getting back together? I have to say, Oliver’s smile when she said yes to getting dinner or coffee and Ollie realized he truly did want to not be alone anymore looked pretty real. Is that the first time he was truly open and honest with Laurel since getting back from the island? I think she recognized it too, and something shifted between them. Something good, and warm.   Something that is not good and warm is Frank… Malcolm as the Dark Archer killed him. That’s right, Frank’s dead. Moira framed him, just as I thought! The interesting takeaway though is that Moira doesn’t know that Malcolm’s the Dark Archer. Also, she literally walked away with Frank’s blood on her hands, and she breaks down. Moira really does feel emotion! This villain keeps getting more and more complex.   Back in Arrow Headquarters, Felicity is officially a goner for Oliver. The moon eyes she gives him when he puts his hand on her shoulder and tells her she can always talk to him about her day were totally warranted. Time to officially start shipping these two! The moment is cut short, though, when Oliver realized the subway map looks familiar… it’s actually the cryptic symbol that is in the front of The List! Turns out, The Undertaking, The List, and basically everything shady is all connected to The Glades. But what does it mean?!? And in our island flashback of the week, we meet Yao Fei’s daughter, Shado! Oliver and Slade Wilson’s attempt to trade the circuit board of the missile launcher for a boat off the island goes south when Fyers threatens to kill Shado instead. Since Oliver and Slade are good people, they obviously can’t let this innocent girl die, so there goes their way off the island. A fight ensues – natch – and we learn that Shado’s got some badass moves of her own! Even Oliver gets in some good hits. Their luck runs out, however, when Yao Fei gets shot, and he forces them to leave him behind. More bad news: Fyers stole the circuit board back while they were discussing their “trade.” They got played, but they decide to thwart whatever his plans are. Good thing Shado knows what he’s planning… and speaks English (much to Slade’s surprise)! The best quotes from "Salvation:" Roy: We don’t all have butlers. Some of us actually have to answer our own doors.Thea: The horror! Diggle: You’ve been spending a lot of time underneath that hood these past few weeks.Oliver: Keeps my ears warm. Diggle: You’ve been home for 8 months, Oliver, but I don’t think you left that island yet. Felicity: Oliver, no offense, but I don’t tell you how to sharpen your arrows. Diggle: You gonna hood up?Oliver: It’s the middle of the day! Oliver: Where’s Diggle?Felicity: I asked him to leave me alone. In my loud voice. Slade: Oh good. Small talk. Oliver: Want to have dinner? Or coffee? I don’t know.Laurel: Why?Oliver: I don’t want to be on an island anymore.Laurel: Yes.  Oliver, to Felicity, pleasing Olicity shippers everywhere: If you ever need to tell someone about your day, you can tell me. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • New 'Pain and Gain' Red Band Trailer Offers Up Bulging Biceps, Babes in Bikinis, and Shriveled Ball Jokes
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 26, 2013
    Don't piss off bodybuilders with nothing left to lose. Michael Bay's newest movie, Pain and Gain, stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie, and is — shockingly — based on an unbelievably true story. The film follows a group of personal trainers (Wahlberg, Johnson, and Mackie) who team up in early '90s Miami in pursuit of the American Dream, but end up getting caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Mix in bulging biceps, babes in bikinis, and shriveled ball jokes (plus the requisite car chases, gun fights, and explosions worthy of a Bay film), and you've got yourself one new red-band trailer for the muscle-obsessed movie. RELATED: Mark Wahlberg and The Rock Get Jacked in 'Pain and Gain' The $25 million true crime comedy also stars Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, and Rob Corddry. Check out the for-grown-up-eyes-only trailer below: Pain and Gain hits theaters April 26, 2013. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • Amanda Bynes Learned Paparazzi Evasion Tactics From the Experts
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 26, 2013
      The Amanda Bynes crazy train keeps on chugging along. Today in "Bynes acting bizarre" news: The former teen starlet spent her morning tweeting about she was "looking pudgy" (and how she broke a nail! Tragedy!) after a trip to McDonald's for a snack. Looking pudgy and I broke my nail — Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) March 26, 2013 But since she is a nationally recognized celebrity, she knew she would be spotted at the fast food joint faster than you can tweet "I want @drake to murder my vagina." So naturally the only solution was to cover herself up not with a jacket or something else weather-appropriate, but something far more creative: a sheet. No, we're not joking: Bynes even took to her always-entertaining twitter to explain herself: My selfies we're taken after those paparazzi photos. I was walking to a photo shoot for my clothing line & perfume line that's in the works! — Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) March 26, 2013 Okay, now that we know where she was heading, will we get an answer to the pressing question, "Why the sheet?!?"  RELATED: Amanda Bynes Debuts a New Look, We Pine for Yesteryear We won't get one from bizarre star herself, because it turns out this clever idea isn't an original Bynes thought. Oh no, she learned her paparazzi evasion tactics from the legends who came before her. These experts are the best and brightest at hiding from pesky photogs underneath sheets, and they taught her everything she knows: Alec Baldwin Michael Jackson and son Blanket Madonna Points for the springy blue hue, though Madonna's patterned cover-up is possibly the most fashion-forward of the bunch. Your turn: Who wore their paparazzi shielding-sheet best? Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credits: Splash News; Pacific Coast News; APTN/AP Photo; Pena/Hall/INF Photo] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes'Today Show' Anchor: I'm Gay!
  • 'Vehicle 19': Paul Walker Can't Stop Driving for His Life - TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 26, 2013
    You always double-check the rental car agreement before driving it off of the lot.  That's the takeaway we get from the just-released trailer for Vehicle 19. The action thriller stars Paul Walker as an unlucky guy who, thanks to a mix-up at the rental car lot, ends up with the wrong car and a whole mess of problems when he finds some unwelcome items in the glovebox. The recent parolee soon realizes that he is the target of an entire corrupt police force after discovering a tied-up female "passenger" in the trunk. Cue explosive car chases, gun fights, and a damsel in distress in a foreign country, and we officially can't tell if we're watching a Fast and Furious rejected sequel or not. RELATED: Paul Walker on Cutting Through the BullS*** to Make 'Hours' Directed by Retribution‘s Mukunda Michael Dewil, Vehicle 19 also stars Naima McLean, Gys de Villiers, Leyla Haidarian, and Tshepo Maseko. The film does not yet have a release date. Watch the action-packed trailer below: Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: ] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'Divergent' Casts Three More Dauntless Initiates
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 25, 2013
    The cast of YA's newest hot movie adaptation, Divergent, is almost in place. After confirming Kate Winslet's villainous and Theo James' heartthrob-worthy roles, Summit Entertainment announced that Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, and Christian Madsen have just joined highly anticipated sci-fi movie as Dauntless transfers Will, Edward, and Al, respectively.  Based on Veronica Roth's best-selling YA novel, the movie is set in a dystopian future where society divides people into five factions based on personality. Shailene Woodley plays the young protagonist Beatrice "Tris" Prior, who is classified a "divergent," a rare, dangerous classification, and is told she will never fit into any specific group. She leaves her family back in the Abnegation (selfless) faction to join the Dauntless (bravery) faction, and uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all "divergents" and start a war between factions. She must find out why she and others like her are considered so dangerous before it's too late. RELATED: Kate Winslet Officially Playing 'Divergent' Villain Will (Lloyd-Hughes, pictured above) becomes one of Tris' closest friends during their Dauntless initiation, and was a transfer from the Erudite (knowledge) faction. His friendship and later his actions affect Tris in major ways. Edward (Lamb) has a tough time going through the Dauntless initiation and his situation introduces the audience to a different and secret part of society. Al (Madsen) is a Candor (honesty) transfer, and has an unrequited crush on Tris. Starring Woodley and James, these three new faces join already confirmed cast members Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. Directed by Neil Burger, the film commences principal photography this April in Chicago.  Divergent hits theaters March 21, 2014. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • Holy Crap, Who Is This? This Star Is Unrecognizable Without Makeup
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 25, 2013
      Seeing a celebrity without any makeup on is, to quote Mean Girls, like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs. It's so rare and shocking to see how normal and, at times, unrecognizable the most famous faces are when not buried underneath pounds and pounds of makeup. It is such a rare occurrence that we dedicate magazine covers, photo galleries, and standalone posts (like this one... ) to the times when we do manage to capture the magical moments in picture form.  But the latest photo to surface of a celebrity sans makeup is so shocking that we couldn't even figure out who the person was. Is that Boy George in the photo above? Benjamin Button? Is she (or he?) even a famous person at all? RELATED: Stars Bare All For Makeup-Free Photoshoot Surprise... it's Madonna! Holy crap! Yes, that bald-looking, old, androgynous person is fierce Madge herself. The New York Daily News spotted Madonna on her way to the Kabalah center in New York with her kids David and Mercy. We know that running errands is no time for false eyelashes, but to say that we hardly recognize the diva without her signature glam look would be an understatement.  Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Elder Ordonez/INFphoto] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • New Fall Out Boy Music Video 'The Phoenix' Brings It Back to the Beginning
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 25, 2013
      Fall Out Boy's newest music video is for their second single off of the band's upcoming album Save Rock and Roll, but "The Phoenix" serves as a prequel to the album's first single. It begins where "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)" leaves off — the four members of FOB are handcuffed and hooded in the back of a truck — but then jumps to a week earlier to show just how they got there. A mysterious, glowing case a la Pulp Fiction causes the four FOB members to be kidnapped and, in lead singer Patrick Stump's case, tortured. Two leather-clad femme fatales unleash Homeland hell on Stump (who had the case handcuffed to his wrist), and make FOB fans' worst nightmare imaginable a reality in the biggest WTF moment of the video: they chop off his hand to get the case. Not his hand! Watch the video below and then proceed for the 9 other biggest WTF moments from "The Phoenix": 9. Stump gets tasered while being distracted by a smiling kid on a bike. He didn't even see it coming (or get to shout, "Don't tase me, bro!" What a wasted opportunity). 8. One of the kidnappers has a lizard tongue. Seriously, check it out at 1:36 — do you see how long that thing is?  7. Pete Wentz gets Stump's stump delivered to his house, and yet doesn't seem all that freaked out by his friend/band member's severed hand. Was he expecting this? 6. Wentz has some interesting artwork in his home. A giant orange sting ray painting? Classy. 5. Even after gaining access to the case, the two leather-clad women continue to torture a bloody Stump with surgical equipment. What could they possibly want? 4. Wentz sends a warning to the other FOB band members via an eagle flying over the city. Too bad the rest of the band was too mesmerized by watching the eagle to pay attention to their surroundings! 3. The third member to get kidnapped was pumping gas while smoking a cigarette. Hasn't he seen Zoolander? Smoking and gasoline do not mix well! 2. Surprise! There's a third kidnapper, and she's none other than Wentz's girlfriend sporting a s*** ton of eyeliner! 1. What's in the case?!? RELATED: Fall Out Boy Is Back! Let's Dance, Dance Like It's 2006 Overall, the dark video matches the song's mood perfectly, but the ominous ending has us concerned. Will the boys be able to rise from the ashes, phoenix-style, to save rock and roll? Or will Wentz's girlfriend destroy the band for good? Let's hope the story continues in their next video! FOB's fifth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, will be released on April 15. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Island/Vevo] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'DWTS': Louis Van Amstel Weighs In On the Best (and Worst) Pairs From Week 1
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 25, 2013
      Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars kicked it off in style last week with a new type of dance, flashy dresses, and surprising talent. After only one night of performances, pro dancer Louis van Amstel has already picked his favorite — and least favorite — pairs. He also weighed in on the new contemporary style that's shaking up the ballroom. This season, DWTS has introduced two new styles of dance to the competition: jazz and contemporary. Because contemporary dance, performed barefoot, is typically more emotional than technical , its inclusion is causing some controversy in the competition. "The new style, contemporary, is definitely causing tension, and I think that’s the exact reason for the producers to do it," van Amstel tells "I do think from a pure dancing point of view, it is comparing apples to oranges between a ballroom and a latin dance, but at least they’re both within ballroom dancing. And now you’re adding contemporary."  The DWTS expert knows that as weeks progress, the audience will get to see the pairs perform both ballroom and contemporary dances, but after only Week 1, it makes judging difficult. "Right now, how am I going to compare the contemporary to a foxtrot?" van Amstel wonders. "But I don’t think it’s bad — it shakes things up. It’s a little early, but I will say the contemporary dances were the best dances of the night this week."  The dance van Amstel is referring to was 16-year-old Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. "Because it was so hard to judge contemporary, I think that Val and his partner did great. But then again, it’s a young girl and it looks like she has dance experience," van Amstel says. "But I think from what we’ve seen, Kellie Pickler [and partner Derek Hough] stole the night. I mean, the girl looked stunning. She literally could have walked out onto a competitive ballroom dance floor. She kicked ass." RELATED: 'Bachelor' Sean Lowe Joins 'Dancing With the Stars' As for Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, van Amstel thinks she will only get better from here. "I really hope that she’s going to use this to add to her own training, to become more artistic and expressive within movement rather than just execution of tricks," van Amstel says. "I think her journey is going to be very interesting to see the progress that she’s going to make. Apparently she was really nervous, but I would definitely not count her out. That girl just needs to get over her nerves." The pair that van Amstel is most worried about is comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke. "Cheryl’s partner was just the worst," van Amstel says. "That was a mess. I love Cheryl, and I know she was probably pulling her hair out. He might be a sweetheart as a person but just looking from a dancing point of view, I’m worried for him." Before the pairs take the stage again tonight and face their first elimination this week, van Amstel gives some advice for the stars. "Don’t forget that people are watching and voting. And they don’t vote just on what’s right and wrong or good and great. It’s really the personality," van Amstel says. "But people that have great personalities, they have to really start working on their dancing quality, because the judges will eventually call them out and tell the people pretty much what to do. It’s always a balancing act between grow as a dancer each week, but don’t forget that it’s still an entertaining show, and not just a dance competition only. And vice versa." Tune in to Dancing With the Stars on Mondays at 8 PM ET/PT, and Tuesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on ABC. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • Stephen Amell, Please Don't Star in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Mar 22, 2013
      Fans of The CW's newest hit show, Arrow, are familiar with the awe-inspiring physical specimen that is Stephen Amell, but for those who don't dedicate an hour of their Wednesdays to watching him take down white collar criminals each week, stop what you're doing and watch this right now:  That scene is from the Arrow pilot, and no, that is not a stunt man. That is in fact Amell performing the nearly-impossible-to-defeat salmon ladder himself. Now that you understand how fit he is, also know that he can act. Extremely well. That perfect balance of acting ability and physical fitness makes him perfect for many roles, both in TV and movies. And now that he's made a name for himself as Oliver Queen on the highly successful CW action drama, he's making plans to take on other projects during Arrow's hiatus, one role in particular. During a Facebook Q&A, Amell posted a video addressing a fan question about whether or not he would star in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation. "I get questions about Christian Grey all the time. That project is a long way off," Amell says. "I know this because I had a meeting about it. Long way off. I mean, not that long, but not close. I wouldn’t call it long, but I wouldn’t call it close." RELATED: Hackers Out Emma Watson as '50 Shades' Lead, So Emma Watson Responds The question of who would portray the lead role in the adaptation of E L James' erotic romance novel has been a hot topic ever since Universal Pictures and Focus Features secured the rights to the trilogy in March of 2012. While Amell does have the talent to star in a big-budget blockbuster, as well as the desire to do a movie during the Arrow hiatus, we beg you, Stephen: don't take this role. Yes, the lead role in a highly-anticipated movie would certainly help you gain more universal fame than what Arrow has already given you, but this is not the right movie for you. The "mommy porn" is beneath you. It is purely eye-candy for women who don't care about a well-written plot or defined characters. You've proven that you're better than this on your show, where Oliver Queen has never just been something nice to look at. You're more than just a piece of hot meat: you have the acting ability to show depth of character and real emotion. The way you play 3 different versions of the same person on Arrow shows off your talent better than we could attempt to explain (the rich party boy struggling to survive for five years marooned on an island, the hooded vigilante killer that party boy has become in the present after returning home, and the facade that vigilante presents to his family and friends so they don't know his secret life).  We want to see you succeed and take on a lead role in a big blockbuster movie, but this is not the one for you. Please, we beg of you: pass on this movie. Look elsewhere. We promise you can do better.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable