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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 Hollywood.com 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.
  • 2013 MTV Movie Award Nominees: 'Magic Mike,' 'Django Unchained,' and 'Pitch Perfect' Face Off
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum March 05, 2013 9:50pm EST
      Finally, Channing Tatum's torso gets its due: After getting snubbed all award season long, the genius (and abs) of Magic Mike managed to garner three separate nominations for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. While the list of nominees includes plenty of expected names (America's BFF Jennifer Lawrence, America's annoying theater kid Anne Hathaway, America's hot dad Ben Affleck), it also includes several fan-favorite selections that weren't quite Oscar-worthy (Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pitch Perfect). Leading the honors with seven nominations each are Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, followed by Silver Linings Playbook with six nominations and The Dark Knight Rises with five. Rounding out the most-nominated films are The Avengers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pitch Perfect, and Skyfall with four each. Check out the full list of nominations below: MOVIE OF THE YEARDjango UnchainedSilver Linings PlaybookTEDThe AvengersThe Dark Knight Rises BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCEAnne Hathaway – Les MisérablesMila Kunis – TEDJennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookEmma Watson – The Perks of Being a WallflowerRebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect BEST MALE PERFORMANCEBen Affleck – ArgoBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJamie Foxx – Django UnchainedChanning Tatum – Magic Mike BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCEEzra Miller – The Perks of Being a WallflowerEddie Redmayne - Les MisérablesSuraj Sharma – Life of PiQuvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern WildRebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCEJessica Chastain – Zero Dark ThirtyAlexandra Daddario – Texas Chainsaw 3DMartin Freeman – The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyJennifer Lawrence – House at the End of the StreetSuraj Sharma – Life of Pi BEST ON-SCREEN DUOLeonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson – Django UnchainedBradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookMark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as Ted – TedRobert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo – The AvengersWill Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis – The Campaign RELATED: Rebel Wilson to Host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCEChristian Bale – The Dark Knight RisesDaniel Craig – SkyfallTaylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Seth MacFarlane as Ted – TedChanning Tatum – Magic Mike BEST FIGHTJamie Foxx vs. Candieland Henchmen – Django UnchainedDaniel Craig vs. Ola Rapace – SkyfallMark Wahlberg vs. Seth MacFarlane as Ted – TedRobert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston – The AvengersChristian Bale vs. Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises BEST KISSKerry Washington and Jamie Foxx – Django UnchainedKara Hayward and Jared Gilman – Moonrise KingdomJennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookMila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg – TedEmma Watson and Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower BEST WTF MOMENTJamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson – “Candieland Gets Smoked” in Django UnchainedDenzel Washington – “Final Descent” in FlightAnna Camp – “Hack-Appella” in Pitch PerfectJavier Bardem – “Oops… There Goes His Face” in SkyfallSeth MacFarlane as Ted – “Ted Gets Saucy” in Ted BEST VILLAINJavier Bardem – SkyfallLeonardo DiCaprio – Django UnchainedMarion Cotillard – The Dark Knight RisesTom Hardy – The Dark Knight RisesTom Hiddleston – The Avengers BEST MUSICAL MOMENTAnne Hathaway – Les MisérablesChanning Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez – Magic MikeAnna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee – Pitch PerfectBradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PlaybookEmma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller – The Perks of Being a Wallflower  Voting for all categories began today and continues through Saturday, April 13, at MovieAwards.MTV.com. Rebel Wilson, nominated for “Best Female Performance” and “Breakthrough Performance” as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, will host and be joined by MTV’s Inaugural “Comedic Genius Award” recipient Will Ferrell, who is nominated for “Best On-Screen Duo” with Zach Galifianakis for The Campaign. The 2013 MTV Movie Awards will air live on Sunday, April 14 at 9 PM ET on MTV. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'Revenge' Season 2 Spoilers: 'S*** is Going Down,' Promises Creator Mike Kelley
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum March 05, 2013 7:59pm EST
      Jack Porter is out for blood. When Revenge returns on Sunday, March 10, the new widower will retreat to a dark place following the death of his wife, Amanda, at the hands of Nate Ryan (and on the orders of Conrad Grayson). Nick Wechsler, who plays the grieving husband, told Hollywood.com at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences "An Evening With Revenge" panel that Jack's grief will take him down a dark path in the new episode, "Retribution." "He’s f***ing heartbroken," Wechsler says. "And that causes him to go do some dark, adult stuff that he’s never considered before — certainly things we’ve never seen him do before. So he’s setting out to set this right... He’s going dark. He’s wising up and being more active in his own life, because he’s always been a more passive participant in his own story. He’s starting to set out and do some things and seek information and try to make some bad things happen to bad people." Creator and exec producer Mike Kelley also confirmed during the event that Amanda's death will definitely change Jack going forward. "In the next episode, Jack is a changed man," Kelley says. "A lot of sh**'s going down and he's going to start punching back." Seems like Jack Porter is out to get some revenge of his own! RELATED: 'Revenge': Did This Show Just Get Good Again? As if Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) didn't already have enough on her plate at the moment (taking down the Graysons, destroying the Initiative, avenging Amanda's death, etc.), the changes in her soulmate Jack will raise the stakes for her. And VanCamp tells the panel audience that the emotional aspect of the story is what will bring the rest of Season 2 back to the basics of what made Season 1 so great.  "The [writers are] really trying to refocus the show so it's about the emotional aspects of the characters we love versus introducing all these new people. I think we got lost a little bit in that," VanCamp admits. "Now we have this great opportunity to refocus as we start to dig a little deeper into everyone’s past. It's more about emotional twists and turns versus explosive ones, and we're going to find out a lot of things about all the characters." One character we will learn more about is the Queen of the Hamptons herself, Mrs. Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe). Kelley revealed during the panel that we're about to get a deeper look into what happened after Victoria's mother kicked her to the curb when she was just a young girl. "We will see how Victoria came from basically the streets to how and where she is now," Kelley says.  And as for that pesky Initiative arc that fans and critics haven't exactly been enjoying this season? You can rest easy, because Josh Bowman, the man behind Daniel Grayson, assures Hollywood.com that we won't have to suffer through it much longer. "The Initiative storyline is going to come to a conclusion, which I think everyone is more or less looking forward to," Bowman says. "We’re going to come back to what the first season was about, which is the original cast and and where are they going — why is Emily there? — and you’re going to see that over the next few episodes." RELATED: 'Revenge' Recap: Victoria in the Crosshairs But what does that mean for Daniel, since he is firmly under the Initiative's thumb as the CEO of Grayson Global? "He’s definitely onto the scent of what everyone around him is doing, and he doesn’t trust anybody," Bowman says. "He is a lot more ruthless and probably a lot more successful, and with that comes power and with that comes the ego, and that stems from his vulnerability of actually not knowing what the hell is going on." Romantically, however, things are looking up for Daniel. "You’ll see a return to romance with one of two people," Bowman says. "It’s going to be a little bit more possessive." Does that mean Daniel is rekindling a romance with Emily or Ashley (Ashley Madekwe)? We're placing our bets on Emily, but not for any real romantic reasons. "Any love that she had for Daniel in the first season, any possible love she had for Daniel has just vaporized into thin air," Bowman says, "and she’s just hell bent on revenge now and uses me as an access key to carry out her mission." As if the Hamptons weren't already filled with enough drama, don't be surprised when one more scandal breaks. "Someone had an abortion," Bowman reveals. "That’s always fun to hear about." Cue the dramatic music, and tune in to Revenge this Sunday night at 9 PM ET/PT on ABC. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Danny Feld/ABC] From Our Partners:Seal Is Dating the Pink Power Ranger: Report (Vh1)60 Celebrity Bikini Bodies: Guess Who! (Celebuzz)
  • 'Revolution': We'll Find Out Why the Power Went Out 'Shockingly Soon'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum March 03, 2013 12:47am EST
      The cast and producers of NBC's post-apocalyptic drama Revolution made the long journey out to the California Commonwealth from their home region of the Monroe Republic for their Paleyfest panel Saturday night, and it was not a journey made in vain. Executive producer and creator Eric Kripke was quick to reveal that when the show returns, we won't be in the dark (pun definitely intended) about why the lights went out in the first place. "You find that out in episode 13," Kripke says. Given the fact that when Revolution returns Monday, March 25, with episode 11, that's not too long of a wait! "We are revealing that, actually, and shockingly sooner than anyone thinks, because I’m not particularly precious with secrets," Kripke told Hollywood.com before the panel began. "I think it’s a really interesting answer that opens the door to more questions. And screw it! Why hold it off from the fans for three years, because whatever answer you give them, they’re going to be irritated because they had to wait three years to get it. So I’m giving them the answers and we’re going to ask more questions." In addition to raising more questions, the scope of the show is going to expand in the back half of Season 1, both storywise and geographically. That's right, we're going to get to see what life is like outside of the Monroe Militia for the first time! "We start to move to other nations which is exciting," Kripke revealed. "We need to go to Georgia for help, kind of like how we got help from the French in the Revolutionary War. And we go out to the Plains Nation and we see the wilderness that’s out there." RELATED: 'Revolution' Recap: It's Always Swordfighty in Philadelphia  Kripke always wanted to expand the geography of the show to explore what life is like in other areas of the country after the blackout. "You start to see what is in effect other kingdoms," Kripke says. "There is sort of a Game of Thrones idea that we’ve always been wanting to angle towards, where it’s about different kingdoms and different leaders and how they’re all clashing with each other. And our characters start to move into these different areas. So it’s a much larger focus in the second half of the season." We're also going to finally see Aaron Pittman (Zak Orth) reunite with his wife that he left immediately after the blackout. "He sees her again and they’re able to work out their issues and they do have a face to face," Kripke revealed. "She’s in present day so you catch up to where she’s been the last 10 years or so. It’s interesting because he left her because he thought he was protecting her, but he was a coward to do it. And since then he’s found his strength. So now that he sees her again, what does that mean for them?" The cast also revealed during the panel that the love story between Jason Neville (J.D. Pardo) and Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) is going to heat up. "It’s really like a Romeo and Juliet type story, it’s like a forbidden love," Pardo says. "And what is really at the essence of it is family. Family on her side, family on Jason’s side, and they get to explore each other through that."  Revolution returns with all-new episodes on Monday, March 25th on NBC. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Brownie Harris/NBC] From Our Partners:Justin Bieber Celebrates 19th Birthday, Loses His Pants (Vh1)60 Celebrity Bikini Bodies: Guess Who! (Celebuzz)
  • 'Disconnect' Trailer: Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard Fight Against Internet Horrors
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum March 01, 2013 10:11pm EST
    You'll probably think twice about posting on Facebook after watching this just-released trailer for Disconnect. Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard star in the thriller about the dangers of life in the digital age. From cyberbullying to identity theft, catfishing to illegal online romances, technology has given birth to a whole new slew of problems that each character faces in Disconnect with dire (and sometimes deadly) consequences. This is director Henry Alex Rubin’s first narrative feature with a script by Andrew Stern. Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Monroe, and William Horberg produced the film, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, and Andrea Riseborough also star. Watch the dark trailer below and hit the comments with your thoughts:    Disconnect opens in limited release on April 12. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: LD Entertainment] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • '90210' Is Canceled, So What's Next for Shenae Grimes and the Rest of the West Bev Grads?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum March 01, 2013 9:38pm EST
      Now that The CW has canceled 90210 after five seasons, a question hangs over the heads of the actors who comprise the drama's hot, young ensemble: What next? With their show's series finale airing Monday, May 13, the talented 90210 cast members have plenty of options ahead of them — especially since the decision to axe the show came in the thick of pilot season. The biggest (and best) idea at this point would be to capitalize on their CW fame and hop onto another show on the same network, either joining a recurring series or a new pilot. The CW loves to keep its actors in the family and recycle them across its different series (for which we are eternally grateful: If not for Cult, how else would we see the amazing Matt Davis every week after Alaric left us with tear-streaked faces following his Vampire Diaries death?). With that in mind, we've brainstormed some dream roles for each of the displaced 90210 kids. Here's what we came up with: RELATED: '90210' Canceled After 5 Seasons AnnaLynne McCord has both the looks and attitude perfect to play a young, successful Manhattan woman in the '80s on The Carrie Diaries. Perhaps Carrie Bradshaw will need another mentor now that her first one is her boss at Interview magazine. Shenae Grimes has the sweet country girl act down pat (Annie was a nice girl from Kansas transplanted into Beverly Hills at the start of 90210), so maybe she can head to Bluebell, Alabama and befriend Hart of Dixie's Zoey Hart — the doctor's going to need a pal after her recent heartbreak thanks to Wade's infidelity. Matt Lanter's got the build and bravado to go up against Arrow's Oliver Queen in an action-packed fight, one that we are more than glad to witness. Especially if it's shirtless. But would he be a friend or foe to our favorite archer?  Jessica Stroup bears a certain family resemblance to Dillon Casey's Sean Pierce on Nikita, so she'd be perfect as one of the sisters he had to leave behind after he faked his death last week. Jessica Lowndes has the perfect dark looks to portray a vampire (either good or evil) on The Vampire Diaries — or the potential spin off series, The Originals. Michael Steger would be great in Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec's pilot The Tomorrow People, about young people who represent the next stage in human evolution. Tristan Wilds could check out Sera Gamble's pilot Company Town, a drama revolving around a scandal at a Naval base in Virginia. RELATED: Fall Out Boy Heads to '90210' There are also other networks, though that's sometimes easy to forget between all the shirtlessness — why would you click anywhere else? Trevor Donovan has already signed on to guest star for three episodes on ABC Family's Melissa and Joey (in fact, his stint was announced mere hours after 90210's cancellation... now that's speedy, even by Hollywood's standards). Joining a show on a different network would give the actors a chance to build their fan base outside of The CW's target demo.  Of course, there's always the option to leave acting behind and fade away into obscurity... but something tells us these beautiful people will choose to stay on our TV screens one way or another. And that's right where we want them! What do you think the 90210 alums should do next? Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/The CW] From Our Partners:Justin Bieber Celebrates 19th Birthday, Loses His Pants (Vh1)60 Celebrity Bikini Bodies: Guess Who! (Celebuzz)
  • Happy Birthday, Justin Bieber! 19 Reasons Why 19 Will Be Better Than 18
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum March 01, 2013 6:21pm EST
      When you're Justin Bieber, a birthday means more than blowing out candles while your closest friends and family sing "Happy Birthday" to you. It means millions of your closest fans tweeting at you, posting on your official Facebook page, and screaming at you whenever you go out in public. It means news sites publishing articles about you (guilty!), other stars and celebrities wishing you well, and as many performances and parties you can fit into one 24-hour day.  As if that wasn't already enough, a birthday also means that you're one year older, a.k.a. you are one year wiser (hopefully). Bieber has had a crazy year at 18, filled with ups and downs, scandals and achievements, all designed to help him navigate the life of a teen superstar.  Learn from your mistakes, Bieber, and though next year will offer its own challenges, you'll know better than to fall for these again. And although 19 got off to a rough start (he tweeted "Worst birthday" on March 2 after getting kicked out of a UK nightclub), here are 19 reasons why 19 will be better than 18!   1. So you broke up with your girlfriend, Selena GomezYou're no longer a part of a teen power couple. So what?!? You're Justin Bieber! Pick any one of your million screaming fans to go on a date with you, and you'll be guarenteed to make their day/week/month/year/life. Guaranteed. 2. You didn't get a Grammy nominationWho cares? You're on a nationwide, sold out tour. You think your fans care about a trophy collecting dust on your shelf? All they want to see is you crooning all your biggest hits.  3. Someone tried to murder youAt least you lived to see 19, right? The murder plot was thwarted, so your life is currently not in jeapordy. But maybe now's the time to beef up your personal security, yeah? 4. So you got into a Twitter feud with The Black KeysWhen the drummer from The Black Keys, Patrick Carney, told TMZ that you didn't need or deserve a Grammy because you should be happy with all the money you make, you took to Twitter to suggest that somebody should slap him. At least you were wise enough to include the "haha" at the end, so instead of a nasty feud, you were just trading digs. You're learning already! 5. Your mom went on a date with Chris HarrisonApparently, "no real sparks" flew between your mom, Pattie Mallete, and the Bachelor host. But maybe have a talk with Ryan Seacrest (who set up the date at one of your own concerts!) anyway about hitting the brakes on any more setups.  6. A fan's mother sued you for her hearing lossNow that you're older and your music is more mature, your fans are growing up with you too. Soon they won't need parental supervision at your concerts at all so you can avoid issues like this one altogether. And let's be honest, the younger generation is already going to suffer major hearing loss anyway thanks to their constant headphone usage. Now you can "entice the crowd into a frenzy of screams" as much as you want! 7. You were caught smoking weed Hey, if Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson can do it and still be universally loved, then why can't you? Maybe next time make sure no one is documenting the act with photos, though. That's, like, high school 101. 8. Your new habit causes a disturbing "Cut for Bieber" trendWhen your weed scandal causes your young, impressionable fans to mimic what started out as an inappropriate joke and self-mutilate in your name, and then post photos of it on the internet, step up and speak out ASAP to put a stop this horrible, terrible, awful trend. Do not remain silent while more young fans continue to harm themselves.  9. You angered the Phillipines with a photo of Manny PacquiaoLawmakers in the Philippines filed a resolution demanding that you apologize for insulting photos you posted of boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao on your Instagram, following Pacquiao's defeat at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in their Dec. 9 fight. We have to admit, though, it was a clever idea (we definitely chuckled).   10. You vomited on stage during a concertBut you handled it and kept going like a champ! You proved not only that singing while tossing your cookies was a possibility, but that it was yet another skill you possess. Plus, it was the perfect time to make an Anchorman joke. Yeah, milk probably was a bad choice. Let's try and stay away from dairy products before concerts in the future. 11. You angered the California Hamster Association (which is definitely a real thing)Though you probably thought you were doing a good deed, giving your pet hamster away to fan wasn't so good for its health. The CHA said when you handed it to a fan at the Atlanta Jingle Ball, "The moment that hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom." Let's keep our pets from on, shall we? 12. You wore... this thingSure, taking fashion risks is a no-brainer for stars of your caliber. But this hat — the color, the spikes, everything about it — just... no. Throw it away, burn it, bury it, never let it see the light of day again, or else you'll throw Damon Lindelof into another frenzy. 13. Your bodyguard sued you for assault and batteryMoshe Benabou, a former Israeli soldier who served as your bodyguard from March 2011 through October 2012, filed a complaint alleging that you punched him multiple times on Oct. 10, immediately prior to terminating his employment. Next time a member of your entourage tries to quit, just let him go. You'll find someone else to keep the swarms of screaming tweens away from you, don't worry. 14. You were sued for tweeting an incomplete phone numberYou tried to play a joke on your fans — tweeting out a phone number you claimed was yours with the final digit missing — but two people in Texas did not appreciate it. Apparently, your Twitter followers took it upon themselves to figure out the last digit, and a woman named Dilcie and a man named Kent were the recipients of thousands of phone calls. Now, they want compensation for all the problems you caused with your “reckless” behavior. Next time, don't underestimate the power and energy your Beliebers possess.  15. A photographer was killed trying to snap photos of your carBieber fever proved to be fatal when 29-year-old Chris Guetta was killed after being hit by a car while attempting to take pics of your white Ferrari. The accident reinvigorated the debate surrounding tighter laws regarding the paparazzi's access to celebrities, which will hopefully help prevent any more tragedies from occurring.  16. Your computer was stolen... oh wait, just kidding!In order to hype the release of your new single, "Beauty and a Beat," you claimed your computer was stolen. A mysterious Twitter handle (gexwy) claimed to be the thief and started threatening to post private videos of you online. But instead of a career-killing scandal, it turned out to be a massive hoax when you released the new music video featuring Nicki Minaj. Next time, don't prank the media (you know, the people who write about you for a living and help to perpetuate your fame?). 17. You were accused of being racist by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples in CanadaIn an interview with Rolling Stone, you said that you were, "Part Indian... I think Inuit or something? I’m enough percent that in Canada I can get free gas.” This angered the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, since they feel that you enforced a stereotype that Aboriginal Peoples in Canada get a "free ride," a stereotype that they have fought hard to dispel. Now that you've given your fair share of interviews, you should know to choose your words more carefully. 18. You were connected to an anti-abortion filmWell, your mother actually is. Pattie Mallete just signed on as the executive producer of the upcoming anti-abortion short film, Crescendo. Nothing you can learn from this or change about it, but it's good to know what your family is up to.  19. One Direction stole a bunch of your fansThose enterprising Brits are bound to lose popularity in the next year, right? Besides, "Belieber" is such a better name for a devoted fan than "Directioner." Happy 19th birthday, Justin Bieber! We look forward to whatever crazy and scandalous antics you get into this year — but if you take our advice, there'll be less of them. That's a good thing. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Images/Adriana M. Barraza/Wenn (3)/Instagram/Twitter/Mr. Blue] From Our Partners:Justin Bieber Celebrates 19th Birthday, Loses His Pants (Vh1)60 Celebrity Bikini Bodies: Guess Who! (Celebuzz)
  • Dillon Casey Tells Why 'Nikita' Turned His Character into a Nintendo-Loving Stoner
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum March 01, 2013 12:17pm EST
      Sean Pierce is not a happy camper. When we last saw our favorite Navy SEAL on Nikita, Division had just faked his death after Amanda (Melinda Clarke) framed him for the assassination of the head of the CIA, making him a true member of Division. That’s right, the reluctant volunteer agent is now stuck in the last place he ever wanted to be. Dillon Casey, the man behind the SEAL-turned-Division-agent, is quick to talk all about Sean’s plans for the near future, including his new penchant for drug use – and not wearing any underwear. "Actually, in the next episode he gets into weed," Casey says. "He’s hanging out in his room hitting the bong and playing Nintendo. But that only lasts like a week." Let’s hope Division has plenty of Cheetos handy, because Sean’s munchies are about to get out of control. All jokes aside, Casey couldn’t stress enough just how unhappy Sean is in his new situation as a full-time Division agent in tonight's all-new episode, "With Fire." "He doesn’t really have any choice. He’s a part of Division now whether he likes it or not," Casey says. "I guess he doesn’t have to fight for them. He can just walk around complaining and eating their food and leaving a mess if he wants, but I think he will go stir crazy after a while."  Thanks to Sean’s past as a Navy SEAL, he feels an obligation to do something, anything, even if that means joining an operation he never agreed with in the first place. "He’s a Navy SEAL. These guys are nonstop energy. If people are out on a mission in the field, he is going to go crazy not being a part of it," Casey says. "And he’s also got Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), he’s got to watch her back. So he needs to be involved in one way or another. Right now he’s sort of processing this extreme change that’s happening in his life and he’s trying to let go of any resentment he might have towards anyone who helped put him in this position and move forward and help out in a way that he can. While he’s here, he can make the best of a bad situation and put his skills to work." RELATED: 'Nikita': Devon Sawa on Owen in Love, Zombie Person, and the Opposite of a Bromance Trying to make the best out of a bad situation is also a good way to describe his relationship with conflicted girlfriend(ish) Alex, since this new situation is going to put more than a little strain on them. As if they didn’t have enough problems already, Alex and Sean are going to be facing their own personal struggles now that they’re both in Division full time. “Is Alex happy ever? The warmest scene we’ve had of [Alex and Sean] besides the sex one was the one that happened in ‘Black Badge,’ when they’re in bed together. And they’re even fighting a little bit there!” Casey says. “So Alex, as much as she has Sean around now that she’s got full access to the guy, feels a little bit guilty because she feels like if she had left Division a long time ago, back when he said she should have, then this wouldn’t have happened. Sean’s life wouldn’t have been thrown upside down.” And it’s especially hard for Sean to adjust to life as a Division agent because he never truly belonged there. “Everyone who is a part of Division is there because they’ve made huge mistakes in their lives. They’re convicts, they’re kind of bad people who were given a second chance,” Casey says. “He is the most well-intentioned, and, for lack of a better word, the best person on the show. He’s a Navy SEAL, he doesn’t have a criminal history, he hasn’t really done anything treasonous. He was pulled into Division against his will and for that reason he harbors a lot of resentment for the place and everybody involved and that includes Alex as well. So between her guilt and his resentment they’re headed into another rough patch and they’re going to have to find a way to work it out.” Another wrinkle coming up for Alex and Sean is... Owen (Devon Sawa)! While Owen and Alex may not have anything romantic going on, there is definitely reason enough for Sean to be jealous of Owen in tonight’s episode. “He just doesn’t like the guy. He knows who Owen is, this ex-cleaner, and Sean is just disgusted,” Casey says. “He dissolved bodies in acid, not a very honorable job, and despite the fact that Owen now walks around acting like he’s this good guy, I don’t think Sean really trusts him.” RELATED: You're Going to Need Tissues for Tonight's 'Nikita' Of course, the fact that Alex is now partners with Owen doesn't help. “Now that Sean is injured and he can’t go out in the open because he’s supposed to be dead, Alex’s new partner becomes Owen, and Sean just doesn’t trust the guy. He’s like, ‘Who the hell is this guy who’s taking my spot?’” Casey says. “I guess it is a little bit jealousy because they’re both alpha males when it comes down to it. He works hard to keep Alex alive and have her back, and now all of a sudden he’s lost complete control of her and he has to give it up to this douchebag.”  All in all, Sean does not have much to be happy about when we begin tonight’s new episode. “He wakes up in Division and he’s going stir crazy,” Casey says. “When he was facing the charges of murder and treason, he was facing the death penalty or a life sentence in prison. Now he’s five hundred feet underground in this secret organization with a shoulder sling on and he can’t go out in the light of day. So he’s still basically in prison. Sean is going crazy, while Alex has to go out in the field with Owen, so it’s a whole new world for him. He would rather put his life at risk than be safe at home, if it means being able to protect Alex, so new tensions are arising.” But one treat that fans can look forward to tonight? “I think he takes his pants off,” Casey teases. “He goes commando. These guys actually do go commando.” Nikita airs on Fridays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW] From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • '90210' Canceled After Five Seasons
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum February 28, 2013 7:11pm EST
      Prepare to say goodbye to the most infamous, drama-filled zip code on TV: The CW's 90210 is ending its run this May, Hollywood.com has confirmed.  The CW has pulled the plug on the drama, about a second generation of California rich kids, after five seasons with only seven episodes left to air this season. The final episode will air on Monday, May 13. 90210 has seen a significant drop in ratings this season, hitting a series low of just a 0.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 550,000 viewers for the Feb. 18 episode, leading many to question how much longer the show would last. “The CW has had five great seasons with America’s favorite zip code, 90210,” The CW President Mark Pedowitz says.  “I’d like to thank the talented cast, producers, and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the series. We are very proud of the West Beverly High alumni.” RELATED: Fall Out Boy Heads to '90210' 90210 began as a reboot of the '90s hit Beverly Hills, 90210, but quickly evolved into its own show as it followed a group of friends living in the glamorous zip code. The show has attracted many famous faces over the years (such as Ryan Lochte earlier this season and the upcoming series finale with Prince Michael Jackson) as well as big names in music (this year featured Carly Rae Jepsen and an upcoming episode with Fall Out Boy).  No word yet on whether or not the series finale will give each character closure by wrapping up their various storylines, but it's safe to assume there'll be a satisfying conclusion out of respect to fans. If it's anything like the recent series finales of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill, the series finale will likely be paired with a retrospective to celebrate the drama's five-year run. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] Kate Upton Bares All In Body Paint (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Susan Boyle's First Movie to Tackle '[Spoilers], [Spoilers] and Christmas Wishes'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum February 28, 2013 2:58pm EST
      From reality show contestant to viral video sensation to... Hollywood movie star? Vocal powerhouse Susan Boyle is making the jump to movies as she is set to make her feature film debut in John Stephenson's The Christmas Candle. "Everyone on set is a delight to work with, and it's a fantastic experience to be part of the team," Boyle told THR. "I'm really enjoying getting dressed in the period costumes and stepping back in time, and although it's very cold filming on location, I'm wearing long johns under my bustle." After her Britain's Got Talent audition, Boyle achieved viral video status from her performance of Les Miserables "I Dreamed a Dream."  RELATED: Susan Boyle is a Doctor Now -- Really The Christmas Candle also stars Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Lesley Manville (Another Year),  and is based on the novella by Max Lucado. Set in 1890, it tells a tale of angels, candles and Christmas wishes. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Judy Eddy/Wenn] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Recap: [SPOILER] Finds Out Oliver's Secret Identity!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum February 27, 2013 9:18pm EST
      Wow. Stephen Amell has been lovingly calling tonight’s episode of Arrow “Holy S**tballs” for some time now, but that was an understatement. I know I’ve been saying this mostly every week, but "Dead to Rights" was seriously the best episode yet – no exaggeration. This hour had enough cliffhangers, gasp-inducing reveals, and epic action sequences to be a season finale. But we still have so many episodes left before that happens, thank The CW gods! I was already excited to get into the hour thanks to the "previously on Arrow" segment. You can always tell what the focus of the episode is going to be based on what they choose remind you about. Finally, we were going to focus on Malcolm and the reveal that he's the Dark Archer! After he took down Arrow – mentally and physically – in the midseason finale, we haven’t really gotten a chance to dive into Malcolm’s history. How did he become the Dark Archer? Before we got into that, we met this week’s inconsequential villain of the week: Guillermo Barrera, an assassin for hire. Ooh, finally, a villain with tricks of his own to match Arrow’s. Nice knives, Guillermo Barrera! Oh wait, Arrow took him down in less than a minute. Just kidding. Nice knowing you, Guillermo Barrera! Quick cut to the reason why we should now possibly ‘ship Diggle and Felicity: Diggle was trying to teach Felicity some self-defense moves so she doesn’t end up with a bomb collar wrapped around her neck again. Diggle’s arms, where have you been hiding? Okay, back to the show: Oliver had no patience for Diggle and Felicity’s banter, since he had a date to get to: Oliver: I have to meet McKenna.Diggle: Good thing she didn’t meet you at the heliport. It may not be a good idea to fall for the cop that’s hunting you down.Oliver: Well it’s slim pickings for us vigilantes. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: The Arrival of Roy Harper Now, is it just me or was Oliver not so psyched to go on his date with McKenna? Trouble in paradise already? I hope so… I still haven’t forgiven her for prying too much into Oliver’s island life. Which brings us to: The island flashback of the week! We got a nice juxtaposition of Oliver who could barely do a pull up to the perfect human specimen we now see working that salmon ladder before the show each week. And of course, Slade Wilson gave the best reason for why so much working out is featured on the show: Oliver: Why the sudden desire to work out?Slade: What else is there to do? That explains how Oliver got so buff in his five years being marooned on the island… there really wasn’t anything else to do! But Oliver of course didn’t want to just sit around and wait to die; he still thought they could figure out another way off the island. (Side note: I am absolutely loving the sarcastic quips Slade always seems to have at his disposal: “We could build ourselves a boat! Like they did on Gilligan’s Island!”) Ollie noticed a broken radio in the plane debris and thought he could fix it. Color me surprised that party boy pre-Arrow Oliver actually had some productive skills (outside of the bedroom, obviously). More hilarious Slade one-liners came when Oliver said his father used to do his own aircraft maintenance: “So you’re hoping aircraft maintenance is genetic?” This guy needs his own stand up routine! Slade was annoyed that Oliver would rather tinker with the radio than train “for the inevitable fight that’s looming” (he really has a way with words, doesn’t he?), but Oliver knew his fighting skills were severely lacking. His hard work soon paid off: he got a signal on the radio!  RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Nothing Is Bred That Is Weaker Than Man Unfortunately, the radio only let Oliver and Slade listen in on others’ broadcasts. But they were able to get important information via eavesdropping: the man who hired Fires went by codename Scylla, a.k.a. one of the monsters in Homer’s Odyssey (Yay, more Odyssey references!). Slade had a new mission: find out who Scylla was and take him down. To his surprise, Oliver was ready to join him. Oliver was finally making the conscious choice to go out and fight “monsters” like Scylla! His body might not have been at Arrow’s standard yet but his mind and motivation sure were.  Interesting thing to note: Scylla is Russian. Could this be Oliver’s connection to the Bratva finally explained? Back in civilization and the present, it was time for a party because it was Tommy’s birthday! Laurel decided to celebrate by wearing the most HORRENDOUS BODY SUIT EVER. Girl, what were you thinking? To be fair, she kind of made up for her terrible fashion choice when she gave us our first Easter egg at her maybe-future as the Black Canary. When showing a picture of her dead sister, she was asked about the black canary in the background. Apparently her father bought it as a pet but it drove them nuts with its nonstop chirping. The party seemed like it was going great despite the awkwardness of Oliver and McKenna double dating with Tommy and Laurel (Tommy and Oliver even got in some bromantic jokes about Laurel’s awful cooking) until Malcolm party crashed. He wanted to repair his relationship with his son, and invited him to an event where Malcolm was being honored. Tommy is totally done with his dad, though, and made it clear he wouldn’t be attending. Something tells me that won’t sit well with Malcolm. After Moira contracted China White to kill Malcolm, China White decided to employ a third party. She asked for Deadshot’s help, but he’d lost his edge ever since Arrow took out his eye. He was drinking and smoking, calling himself retired. Not a good look. But when China White offered him a new contraption, a glowing red eye, he was more than happy to get back in the killing game. Ladies and gentlemen, we have Deadshot in all his glory! We learned from Moira that the undertaking is only months from fruition… will we finally find out what, exactly, that entails? It’s interesting that coming from Malcolm, the undertaking will be good for Starling City. He actually twisted Arrow’s words, saying, “We won’t fail this city.” But Moira was throwing serious shade toward him and the plan. We know the undertaking will kill innocent people, but how? Also, major props to her, lying right to his face about being with him while simultaneously planning his assassination. That is cold, girl.  RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: One Mother of a Betrayal Back in the Arrow lair, Felicity was trying to crack the code in Guillermo Barrera’s phone to figure out who the hit was on. This gave us the opportunity for more banter between her and Oliver: Felicity: Codebreaker is my middle name. Actually it’s Megan but –Oliver: Felicity! Oliver was not having Felicity’s snark. But sparks were flying, right? This is totally going to be a thing, right? (RIGHT?!) After Tommy’s dad ruined his celebration, Oliver decided to take Tommy out for some bro-bonding while simultaneously checking out a restaurant that doubled as a front for the Triad. Oliver made a quick Arrow appearance to figure out who the target of the assassination was, and to protect his identity he squeezed hot sauce in the poor lackey’s eyes. Ouch! “Check please!” Before Oliver’s side mission, we really got a nice glimpse into just how far back Tommy and Oliver go. This is one friendship that will take more than just a girl to tear apart. We also got some interesting information about Malcolm via Tommy’s childhood. After Tommy’s mother’s murder, Malcolm left for two years and when he returned, he was “so fricking cold.” This story sounds an awful lot like Oliver’s! Could this be his version of being marooned on an island, but instead he was just training to become the Dark Archer? My totally unverified hypothesis is that Malcolm disappeared for two years training with Yao Fei. No idea how that would fit into the story, but that’s my guess and I’m sticking with it! There are no coincidences on TV dramas. When Oliver found out that Malcolm was the target of the assassination, he called up Det. Lance. The partnership grows! You can’t stop it, Lance, so just let it happen. Honestly, he should probably stop trying to capture Arrow altogether since they’re doing so much good together, but whatever. This is a guy who can’t let go of a grudge, so there’s pretty much no shot in hell that they’re going to become friends. Oh well. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Dizzy With Power The night of the big event loomed. Moira showed some anxiety, but was it over planning Malcolm’s murder or worry for her own safety should the order not be carried out perfectly? Tommy took Oliver’s advice and was going to give his dad a shot. He was going to the event, too! And for some reason I can’t figure out other than foreshadowing, Laurel’s mom was calling and she ignored it. What’s going on with that? Meanwhile, Oliver and McKenna were on a date in his under-construction nightclub. How romantic? Oliver made a joke about how he wouldn't be the one choosing the bands and DJs to play since he doesn’t know who’s cool right now. In an unfortunately timed joke, Oliver asked if Fall Out Boy was still cool, and McKenna told him they broke up and were never cool. There are many things wrong with that statement, honey. First of all, Fall Out Boy never officially broke up. They went on a hiatus for a couple years. But they just announced their new album and tour a couple weeks ago, after this episode was filmed. Oops! (Also, they were definitely cool and still are. So there!) The funniest thing about tonight’s episode? The fact that Malcolm Merlyn was being honored as Starling City’s humanitarian of the year. Biggest joke ever! So incredibly ironic, but hey, that’s corruption at its finest, right? Too bad for Malcolm — his big celebration wasn’t going to end well. China White was incognito, which basically means switching the colors of her hair and clothing. Black on top, white on bottom! Now she’s just Pearl from The Vampire Diaries again. Where's Anna? Sorry, wrong CW show. When Moira saw Tommy at the event, you could just see the emotions erupt on her face. Susanna Thompson played that beautifully. She instantly realized Tommy was about to lose the only parent he had left. That was just crushing, and also a bit confusing. I honestly don’t know who to hate right now/anymore. Both Malcolm and Moira used to be the villains we hated. But we are learning that Malcolm clearly did love his wife, and all he cared about when the fire alarm went off at the event was making sure Tommy was safe. Plus, Moira was showing true heart. Things are getting more complex here! RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Trust Is a Two Way Street Malcolm took Tommy up to his office where he has a panic room (of course), but they ran into some Triad goons on the way. Tommy started to freak out until Malcolm shot one of them in the head without hesitating... then Tommy was really freaked out. The guy just watched his dad kill someone by shooting them point blank in the head. Some questions have definitely arisen. Once they got to Malcolm’s office, Malcolm explained that they’d be fine since the windows were bulletproof glass. Did that mean Deadshot was screwed? At least that meant the Merlyns had some quiet time to talk things out. Would Malcolm finally tell Tommy the truth about his past and how he was the Dark Archer? It seemed that way, until Deadshot fired his curare-laced bullets through the window. So much for bulletproof glass…  Malcolm was hit, though the worst of the shots hit his bulletproof vest, but since the bullets were poisoned, the one in his neck took him down. Oliver arrived on the scene as Arrow, but Tommy wouldn’t let him help heal Malcolm from the poison since obviously Tommy had no reason to trust the vigilante. Just when we started to think this was the end for Malcolm, OLIVER REVEALED HIMSELF TO TOMMY. Um, WHAT?! Obviously, Tommy was in shock (along with the rest of us!), but he let Oliver perform an emergency blood transfusion to save his father. When Starling City police arrived on the scene, Det. Lance found it hard to believe that Tommy would let a stranger perform that medical procedure on both him and his father, and Lance asked him if the vigilante is his friend. Tommy told Lance the truth: “I don’t know who the hell he is.” He may now know that Oliver is the vigilante, but he has now seen side to his best friend that he never even knew existed. Later on, Tommy asked Oliver if he'd ever planned to tell him the truth about being the vigilante, and Oliver told him point blank that he hadn’t. I said earlier that it would take more than just a girl to come between these two friends, and I think we just found out what that was. This is a major turning point in both Tommy and Oliver’s friendship and Tommy's life in general. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Burning Love Tommy just found out both his father and his best friend have been lying about who they are, and that they’re both killers. Will this spark a downward spiral? Will his feelings of betrayal motivate him to become the real Dark Archer? Was Malcolm just a red herring? When Oliver returned to the Arrow lair, he had to break the news to Diggle that since Malcolm’s bullet was laced with curare, that meant Deadshot was actually still alive. Dig took it pretty hard, since that meant his brother’s killer was still up and walking around,  not put into the ground like he previously believed. I hope Diggle gets the skip back in his step soon (a.k.a. Arrow kills Deadshot). I miss happy, joking Diggle! And since this is Arrow, we couldn’t end the episode with just one game-changer, we had to have another in the last ten seconds! Remember that ignored call from Laurel’s mom? Turns out she really needed to talk with Laurel, so she showed up outside Laurel’s door for a surprise visit. Hi mom! You have terrible timing. But this wasn’t just some ordinary visit: Laurel’s mom thought Sarah might still be alive! Seriously? I thought her fate was pretty much sealed after seeing her violently ripped out of Oliver’s arms during the shipwreck, but perhaps Laurel’s mom doesn’t know just how bad the shipwreck was. False hope? Who knows. ...Is it mean to say who cares? I just wanted more of Tommy and Oliver after the big reveal! If Sarah truly is still alive, it could change the entire course of the show. Could she have been missing all this time, training to be Black Canary instead of Laurel? Arrow does like to fake us out. Slade Wilson wasn’t Deathstroke, Tommy isn’t the Dark Archer (yet), so this could potentially be huge. Or maybe Laurel’s mom is delusional. Either one, really. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)