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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.
  • TV Tidbits: Tricia Helfer Gets 'Killer' Role, 'OC' Alum Heads to 'Nashville'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 19, 2013
      Helfer Lands Killer Role: Former Battlestar Galactica badass Tricia Helfer has landed the lead in Killer Women, ABC’s drama pilot about the only female in the male-dominated Texas Ranger Division. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, the project — which counts Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara among its producers — finds Helfer playing Molly Parker, a beautiful and ballsy Ranger who knows how to get the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. [TVLine] Welcome to Nashville, B*tch: Chris Carmack is joining ABC’s country-music drama Nashville for the last six episodes of its first season. The O.C. grad will recur as Will, a new neighbor who befriends Scarlett and her new roommate Gunnar. [TVLine]  The Job Fired After Two Episodes: CBS pulled The Job from its schedule after just two episodes. The competition show about people vying for employment struggled in ratings and Undercover Boss will return to the 8 p.m. Friday time slot this week. [THR] Doctor Who Origin Movie Casting: Reece Shearsmith has been cast as actor Patrick Troughton in the TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time, which details the creation of Doctor Who. Troughton was the second actor to play the Time Lord in the long-running time travel show, taking over the role from William Hartnell in 1966. [EW] From Zombies to Rapists: The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan has just been cast in a Law & Order: SVU episode centered around the legitimate rape controversy created by Senate nominee Todd Akin, R-Miss. during the 2012 election. Cohan will play Avery Jordan, a popular sports reporter who accuses her cameraman of raping her. When she learns she's pregnant from the encounter, she opts to keep the baby. The role of the cameraman has yet to be cast and the episode will air in late March. [THR] O'Hara Joins Comedy Pilot: Catherine O'Hara has joined Fox's single-camera comedy pilot To My Future Assistant. Based on the blog and upcoming book To My Assistant by Lydia Whitlock, To My Future Assistant revolves around the assistants at a big New York law firm who band together as a family to help each other cope with the obnoxious overbearing bosses who test their sanity on a daily basis. O’Hara will play Magda, an accomplished, stylish and powerful lawyer, the kind of woman who pretends to be your friend — but isn’t. [Deadline] Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jeff Grossman/Wenn] From Our Partners:Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1)Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)
  • Is That Really Boy George? Dramatic Weight Loss Makes These Stars Unrecognizable — GALLERY
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 19, 2013
    Boy George is the new poster child for dramatic weight loss. In a Twitter photo he shared on Sunday, the 51-year-old singer/songwriter looked absolutely unrecognizable as he debuted his thinner face and body.    “Rock n roll Sunday!” he tweeted with the photo. Boy George (real name: George Alan O'Dowd) revealed his diet secret is Freer Nutrition, a weight-loss program run by a nutritional therapist. We have to admit, all that hard work is paying off: we can hardly recognize this slimmer version of him! RELATED: 23 Kardashian Diet Covers: How Kim, Kourtney And Khloe Lost 388 Pounds, Allegedly Boy George isn’t the only celebrity who’s been dramatically shedding the pounds. Launch our gallery below to check out other stars who lost so much weight, they look like completely different people!  GALLERY: Who Is That? 7 Stars Who Look Completely Different After Weight Loss Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Twitter] From Our Partners: Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1) Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)  
  • Can You Hear the People Sing? 'Les Mis' Returning to Broadway in 2014
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 19, 2013
    Cameron Mackintosh is the official Les Miserables expert, because after producing the original stage version of Les Mis and serving as co-producer of the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation this year, he is re-imagining it yet again. This time, however, he is bringing the musical back home to Broadway. Les Mis will open on Broadway in March of 2014. The new vision of the show is based on paintings by Victor Hugo, Mackintosh said in a release. Photos show a use of light and drama that will give the show a new look and feel. RELATED: The 'Les Mis' We Could Have Seen: Who Almost Took Anne Hathaway's Role? The original production of Les Mis is in its 28th year in London and currently holds the record as the world’s longest running musical. It is the fourth-longest running Broadway production of all time. The 2012 film version starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway is nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture. The recent popularity of the movie is sure to help boost ticket sales for the latest Broadway incarnation.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures] From Our Partners:Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1)Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)
  • Christian Bale to Climb Back from Batman in 'Everest'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 19, 2013
    He just finished saving the day as Batman, and now he’s taking on the world’s highest mountain. Christian Bale is in talks to star in Everest, a mountain climbing disaster film, Deadline reports.. Directed by Contraband’s Baltasar Kormakur and produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the movie is based on the 1996 disastrous expedition to scale Mount Everest. Three different expeditions were hit by a sudden blinding storm and eight climbers died. The story was first made famous by Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, the first-person account of the expedition. The movie will be based on various books and interviews with survivors. RELATED: Almost-Star Tom Hardy to Play Almost-Hero in 'Everest' As it happened with Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, it seems as if Mount Everest is a popular choice on which to base a movie right now. Another movie titled Everest is in the works at Sony Pictures with director Doug Liman’s adaptation of the Jeffrey Archer book. It will be a different story, with Tom Hardy attached to play Sir George Mallory in his quest to be the first to the top of Everest in the 1920s. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Frank Altmann/Wenn] From Our Partners: Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1)  Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Vampire Diaries': The Evolution of Tyler Lockwood
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 15, 2013
    This article contains massive spoilers from last night's The Vampire Diaries. Proceed with caution! Like The Vampire Diaries we know and love, "Down the Rabbit Hole" had so many twists and gasp-inducing events that it felt like a season finale. But because of the sheer number of shocking moments, some extremely important revelations were overshadowed — namely, the fact that Tyler Lockwood left Mystic Falls (probably) for good.  While we'll all hold out hope that Michael Trevino's vampire/werewolf hybrid is just taking a couple of episodes off, this exit seems like the real deal. The saddest part — well, not the saddest but certainly pretty sh**ty — is that the whole "Jeremy's probably dead" thing totally eclipsed Tyler's departure. Sure, Tyler might still be alive, but he's still gone! Tyler's poignant, beautiful, tearjerking exit is all but forgotten in the harsh light of Jeremy's life-or-death cliffhanger. That just doesn't seem fair, considering Tyler has been such a compelling character throughout the four seasons of TVD. In his honor, Hollywood.com compiled our favorite Tyler-centric moments from the previous three and a half seasons: Remember how he went from being a complete and total dick in Season 1 to a selfless, brave leader in Season 4? Thanks to Trevino's awesome performance, Tyler transformed into a different, better person, moreso than any other character (supernatural or otherwise) on the show.  So goodbye, Tyler Lockwood (and Michael Trevino), we will miss your leather jackets, bulging muscles, and beautiful face. Please hurry back to Mystic Falls ASAP and grace our TVs again! In your absence, we'll just rewatch all your shirtless scenes. No shame. RELATED: 'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: Is [SPOILER] Really Dead?!? Season 1: Tyler Sucks Tyler was a huge dick at the beginning of the series. He was on the Mystic High football team, had a terrible relationship with his father, and didn’t have a decent bone in his body. He was exceedingly arrogant, selfish, mean, and a bully. He hooked up with his supposed best friend Matt’s sister, Vicki, for a while, and never treated her right. When Vicki began to hook up with Jeremy, Tyler wasn't exactly pleased. He and Jeremy ended up having a rivalry, first over Vicki, but then just because... you know, testosterone and stuff. They fought each other a lot, and when Jeremy tried to make peace after one awkward night when Tyler’s father tried to get them to fight to “get it out of their system,” Tyler lost his temper and punched Jeremy. When Jeremy asked him, “What the hell’s your problem?” we got our first hint that there was something else — something supernatural — going on with Tyler, as the camera panned up to a full moon. Tyler’s friendship with Matt was never deep. They had grown up together, but even Matt got fed up with Tyler’s bad attitude. Things came to a head when Tyler met Matt’s mom, Kelly, at the Founder’s Day kick-off party, and they ended up getting drunk and making out. Matt saw them and promptly started beating up Tyler — their friendship was officially over. In the Season 1 finale, when the vampire-crippling device was turned on, both Tyler and his father, Mayor Lockwood, were affected. This was our big money clue that there was something going on with the Lockwood family, but clearly even the Lockwoods didn’t know what that was. We saw a change in Tyler’s eyes when a light shined into them, so we knew he wasn’t completely human. Mayor Lockwood was killed along with the group of tomb vampires, prompting Tyler and his mother, Carol, to start mourning, and inspiring the first real change in Tyler’s character. RELATED: 'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: Island Death Jam Season 2: Tyler Joins Mystic Fall's Supernatural Club Tyler reunited with his uncle, Mason, at his father's funeral. Later that evening, when Tyler threw a tantrum that frightened his mom, it took Mason's intervention to get him to calm down. Tyler was confused about why he behaved the way he did. Mason told him it was the Lockwood curse, but didn’t fully reveal what that meant yet. Damon knew something was up with the Lockwood family, so he compelled a random man to pick a fight with Mason. Both Damon and Tyler witnessed Mason’s inhuman jumping and saw his eyes change colors. Mason finally told Tyler the whole truth: the Lockwoods carried the werewolf curse in their bloodline, but the only way to trigger it was to kill someone (either on purpose or by accident). Jeremy figured out the truth about Tyler, and when he confronted Tyler they end up bonding. It was clear Tyler had been craving someone to talk once Mason disappeared (a.k.a. was killed by Damon) — an unlikely friendship started to form. Unfortunately, Tyler ended up triggering the werewolf curse. At the Masquerade Ball, Tyler drank heavily with Matt and Sarah, but Matt had been compelled to attack Tyler until Tyler killed him (Katherine needed a werewolf for a ritual). Matt started fighting Tyler and Caroline broke up the fight by knocking him unconscious. Turns out, Katherine also compelled Sarah to do the same thing if Matt failed, and Sarah stabbed Tyler in the shoulder. Tyler pushed her away too hard and she hit her head on the edge of the desk and died. He triggered the curse and was now a werewolf. Thanks to Caroline's inhuman strength and the fact that she was the first to notice Tyler's injuries had already healed, Tyler suspected that Caroline was also a werewolf. When he confronted her, she revealed that she was a vampire (although she lied and said that she was the only vampire in town). Her help ushering him through his first days as a supernatural creature (much like Stefan did for her) was the beginning of Tyler and Caroline’s friendship, another a major turning point for Tyler’s character. The thought of Tyler’s first transition during the full moon scared him so much that he turned to Caroline for help. She stayed with him throughout the entire painful process, and the next morning, when she held him and they both cried, is when Tyler Lockwood officially became a different person. Gone was the bully from the first season — he'd changed physically but also emotionally. Unsurprisingly after such close interaction, Tyler developed feelings for Caroline. He also thought that Caroline felt the same way about him because she stayed with him throughout his entire transformation even though she knew one bite from a werewolf could kill a vampire. They kissed, but Caroline ran away. Jules, an old friend of Mason’s, came looking for him in Mystic Falls. Tyler was shocked when she revealed that she was also a werewolf, and that there was a whole pack he could join. But she also revealed that Caroline lied to Tyler — she wasn't the only vampire in town. When Jules told Tyler that Caroline was a part of the group of vampires that killed Mason, he felt so betrayed that when Caroline was kidnapped and tortured by the pack of werewolves, he hesitated to help her. When he finally did free her, she broke off their friendship. Tyler then aligned himself fully with the werewolves who wanted to break the sun and the moon curse so they never had to transform again. The other wolves didn’t tell him that in order to break the curse, the Petrova doppelganger, a.k.a. Elena, had to die, and when Stefan revealed that to Tyler, he decided to leave Mystic Falls for good. He left a card for his mother and said goodbye to Matt, admitting that he fell for Caroline, but he didn't deserve her and Matt did. He then went to Caroline's house, but just caught a glimpse of her before leaving Mystic Falls with Jules. When Tyler got a call from his mother saying she had an accident and was in the hospital, he returned to Mystic Falls. It turns out Original vampire Klaus engineered the accident so Tyler would return, and both Tyler and Caroline were kidnapped to be sacrificed in the ritual to unleash Klaus’s dormant werewolf side. Caroline also revealed to Tyler that the curse of the sun and the moon was fake, a lie perpetuated by the Original vampires to motivate both werewolves and vampires to find the components of the ritual to help Klaus. Damon saved Caroline who freed Tyler, but since it was a full moon he transformed into a wolf. Matt broke up with Caroline because he found out that she was a vampire, and Tyler comforted her as she nursed him after being shot by Matt. She made Tyler promise never to leave her again, and their friendship deepened. RELATED: 'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: The Race For the Cure Gets Deadly Season 3: Tyler Becomes Selfless After spending the summer together as friends, Tyler and Caroline finally gave in to their intense chemistry and slept together in the season premiere. When Caroline tried sneaking out afterward, Carol caught her and knocked her out with vervain. Carol also spiked Tyler's coffee with vervain to see if he was a vampire, and told him to stay away from Caroline. Tyler realized his mother never knew about the Lockwood curse, so he transformed right in front of her. Though she was shocked, Carol understood her son a little better and helped Tyler and Sheriff Forbes rescue Caroline from her anti-vampire dad. Things took a turn for the worse when Klaus turned Tyler into his first successful vampire/werewolf hybrid, and as a result, Tyler was sire bonded to Klaus. Klaus’s sister Rebekah manipulated Tyler into giving in to being a hybrid, and he started to revert back to being Season 1 douchey Tyler. The sire bond meant he hd to do anything Klaus told him without question, including convincing Jeremy to remove his vervain bracelet so he could be compelled to kill himself. Jeremy was saved, but he yelled at Tyler to remember that Klaus was not a good person and he should question what Klaus told him do instead of blindly obeying. Tyler began to doubt his unquestioning faith in Klaus. Tyler later confronted Klaus about making Jeremy take off his vervain bracelet, saying he wouldn't be Klaus’s slave. Klaus then proved his alpha male status by making Tyler bite Caroline, ensuring she would die without the cure of Klaus’s blood. Klaus healed Caroline, and Tyler realized he needed to break the sire bond in order to live his life and protect the people he loved. Tyler was now become as selfless as any of the other characters on TVD. Tyler turned to Caroline’s father for help in breaking his sire bond. In order to not feel indebted to Klaus, Tyler had to transform into a werewolf over and over until the process wasn’t painful anymore. He left Mystic Falls again, and he promised Caroline he would return when he no longer felt sired. After turning hundreds of times in the Appalachian mountains with the help of werewolf Hayley, Tyler returned to Mystic Falls and pretended to still be sired to Klaus. However, when he found out Klaus had been trying to move in on Caroline, he got furious and showed up to the decade dance to prove to her that he would not go anywhere and they were officially together. When Alaric was changed into an Original vampire/vampire hunter, he revealed Tyler as a hybrid and Caroline as a vampire to the town’s council, forcing the two star-crossed lovers to leave town. Before they could go, Klaus possessed Tyler's body and Tyler's fate was left unknown. RELATED: 'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: Crazy? Probably. Season 4: Tyler Becomes a True Leader After pretending to be Tyler, Klaus forced Bonnie to perform a spell returning him to his own body and leaving Tyler alive and well. When a member of The Five, a group of highly skilled vampire hunters, came to Mystic Falls, Tyler again showed how much he had grown and selflessly sacrificed himself so he could distract the hunter while his friends got to safety. Since he was a hybrid, the special bullets the hunter used wouldn’t kill him. Klaus ordered the rest of his hybrids to stay in Mystic Falls and protect Tyler, and Hayley joined them. Klaus assumed that Hayley and Tyler slept together, and they let him think that while they actually worked together to free the rest of the hybrids from their sire bonds. Tyler became the Alpha of their pack, finally the leader he was destined to be. Tyler and Hayley came up with a plan to dessicate Klaus and bury him, thereby destroying him without killing him – if Klaus truly died, so would his entire vampire line, including Stefan, Damon, Elena, Caroline, and Tyler himself – but Hayley betrayed him and told Klaus about the unsired hybrids. Hayley was working with Professor Shane all along as a way to get information on her real parents, while Shane got the sacrifice of 12 unsired hybrids he needed. Klaus brutally murdered all the hybrids and then drowned Carol Lockwood, causing Tyler to blame himself for her death and the deaths of his friends thanks to his failed revolution. While everyone was out looking for the vampire cure, Bonnie trapped Klaus in the Gilbert house with a spell. Tyler gloated to Klaus about how he'd ram the cure down Klaus’s throat and then kill him, but when everyone found out there was only one dose of the cure, and it was intended for the ultra-evil ancient undead Silas, Tyler realized Klaus would never let him live. Caroline convinced Klaus to give Tyler at least a head start before pursuing him in a murderous rage, and Tyler prepared to leave Mystic Falls forever. He will spend the rest of his immortal life on the run from Klaus, until something else catches Klaus’s attention or they figure out a way to kill Klaus without killing his entire sire line. Tyler's tearful goodbye with Caroline on the porch was his last scene, a perfect, touching tribute to the selfless and brave man Tyler became. Compared to the d-bag he was in Season 1, Season 4 Tyler seems a whole new person. We will miss you, Tyler Lockwood. Stay out of trouble, wherever you may go, and hurry back to Mystic Falls once Klaus heads to New Orleans, maybe?  Leave your proclamations of undying love or overwhelming sadness in the comments below. Will you miss Tyler as much as we will? Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward (Vh1) 
  • 'Safe Haven''s Nicholas Sparks Picks His Favorite Nicholas Sparks Character
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 15, 2013
    Nicholas Sparks knows he has been creating the perfect men for audiences everywhere. But when he was forced to pick his favorite, his choice was surprising. While most people would choose The Notebook’s Noah played by perfect human speciman Ryan Gosling, Sparks himself prefers a much different character. “I like Landon Carter,” Sparks says of his A Walk to Remember bad boy played by Shane West. “I love a good story of redemption. Here was a guy who was heading down the wrong path, and I like the fact that he becomes better.” His choice might also have a little something to do with the fact that Landon’s love interest in the movie, played by Mandy Moore, was based on Spark’s sister. RELATED: 'Safe Haven' Star Julianne Hough On Her Sexy Kiss With Josh Duhamel When Hollywood.com sat down with the romance movie mastermind to talk about his latest film Safe Haven, Sparks was enthusiastic about its break from the mold of his previous work thanks to the addition of the thriller aspect. "Just when you think you know exactly what you’re getting in this film, because it’s Nicholas Sparks, it’s the beach, you kind of know what’s coming," Sparks tells Hollywood.com, "and you sit down and it’s like, this is not the opening I expected." Sparks warns that all the way up until the end of the movie, Safe Haven is not your typical romance story. "You walk out and go, wow, that was fun. Everything I wanted and more," Sparks says. RELATED: 'Safe Haven' Star Josh Duhamel Says Channing Tatum Hazed Him Safe Haven is in theaters now. Check out the full interview below: Reporting by Jessica Courtemanche Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: James Bridges/Relativity Media] From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1) 
  • 'Hart of Dixie' Meets 'The Walking Dead'?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 14, 2013
    It's poetic that news of an impending marriage proposal on Hart of Dixie breaks on Valentine's Day. But the way that one Bluebellian couple gets engaged is... well, more The Walking Dead than southern charm. That's right, the zombie apocalypse is hitting Bluebell! Check out this teaser The CW just released from Tuesday's all-new episode, "The Gambler," to find out who's popping the question: Looks like Tom and Wanda are getting hitched, y'all! We think these two crazy kids have it what it takes to make it, and with a musical proposal like that, we can only imagine what their wedding will look like. But we've got to know: why is Tom in a neck brace? And how on earth did Lavon almost ruin the entire proposal?  Find out when Hart of Dixie returns on Tuesday with an all-new episode at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] From Our Partners: 'SI's 25 Sexiest Swimsuit Covers of All Time (Vh1) Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)
  • Stephenie Meyer Talks 'The Host' Sequel, Saoirse Ronan, and Aliens
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 14, 2013
    The big screen adaptation of The Host has yet to hit theaters, but author Stephenie Meyer is already creating the sequel. "I’ve worked on a sequel for The Host but I have no idea when it will be done. And you know when I say it’s done there is still the editing process which can be extremely long," Meyer tells Hollywood.com, on a conference call with reporters. "It’s going really slowly right now… I would love to get that knocked out this summer but that is extremely unlikely. I would have to cryogenically freeze my children and my husband. So if someone knows how to do that, call me!" Right now, though, her focus is on the upcoming premiere of The Host, the adaptation of her novel that theaters March 29. While Meyer knows that it’s unrealistic to hope everything makes it from the pages to the big screen, she is happy with how true the movie stayed to the book. "There’s a major change in that we just had to cut out 500 pages of the novel. It’s definitely streamlined down to the essential relationships and the core story," Meyer says. "Aside from that I feel like it gives a very true vision of the world." RELATED: New 'The Host' Trailer Proves Aliens Are the New Vampires If anything, Meyer thinks director Andrew Niccol improved upon what she wrote. "Visually, I actually think it’s a little heightened. Because in my version of the story, there wasn’t that much of a change on the planet Earth. It still looked a lot the same," Meyer says. "But Andrew is such an incredibly visual person and a genius, and so he came into it and made The Host world as just a little bit different than how we do it. The people dress nicer, they’re cleaner, everyone’s a little bit shinier and there’s this slightly different feel." As for the actor behind The Host's two main characters, alien Wanda and her human host body Melanie Stryder, Meyer is confident that no one else would have worked besides Saoirse Ronan. "She’s not a household name, probably because no one can read her name right now. But they will, because she is unbelievable," Meyer says. "She gets to be two people and really run with that. Particularly for her portrayal of Wanda — I think Melanie was a little bit easier for her because she can relate to that girl — Wanda is not even human. And wow, does she just create this person, this entity that really did, for me, most encapsulate this character. She just has that otherworldly persona where she is this alien." RELATED: 'The Host': 3 New Posters Focus on Free Will Ronan's ability to portray both a peaceful alien and a rebellious human girl was what drew Meyer to her in the first place. "We knew that with this role, it was very complicated, and without someone who could just transform themselves into both of these characters and be super believable it wasn’t going to work," Meyer says. "Saoirse is so ethereal. She’s such a down-to-earth kid when you know her but when you see a photograph of her on the red carpet it’s like she’s from another planet already. She’s just this beam of light. And that worked out so well, that otherworldly part of her to play an alien, a very peaceful alien from an advanced civlization that it makes her believeable. She’s just different; she’s not quite like us. And then she also has the ability to play such a fierce survivor. If you’ve seen her in Hanna you know what I’m talking about." While some of Meyer’s fans will be going to see The Host because they are loyal Twilight fans, Meyer herself is actually more into aliens than vampires. "Aliens are much more my roots than vampires," Meyer says. “I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy. I never read horror, and before Twilight I had never read a book with a vampire in it. And so that was very not my realm whereas aliens I feel totally comfortable with.” The Host hits theaters March 29. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Open Road Films] From Our Partners: 'SI's 25 Sexiest Swimsuit Covers of All Time (Vh1) Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)
  • 'Beauty and the Beast' EP Brian Peterson Talks Tonight's Romantic Ep
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 14, 2013
    Get ready for some romance, because Beauty and the Beast is celebrating Valentine's Day! In tonight's episode, "Trust No One," Vincent (Jay Ryan) is determined to make up for leaving Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) for his ex-fiance Alex, and decides the best person to turn to for romantic advice is... J.T. (Austin Basis)?  Hollywood.com screened the episode in advance, then got to chat with executive producer Brian Peterson — who he was more than happy to point out the irony in Vincent asking J.T. for romantic advice. "We thought that some of the fun was two guys trying to figure out what’s romantic, and going to the tried and true clichés that we all think are ridiculous," Peterson says. "But then the idea of the flash mob came up and we were like, that’s awesome!" Yes, you read that right: Vincent sends Catherine a flash mob as a big romantic gesture. "It's so not Vincent," Peterson says. "He’s clearly making this huge gesture, because it’s probably not something he would get in a million years. But seeing the joy on his face watching Catherine enjoy it is what he was going for."  Despite the romance in tonight's episode, don't expect Cat to go running right back to Vincent so soon after he ditched her. "It’s difficult, because not only externally but internally they have a lot of issues now," Peterson says. "If he just ran back to somebody that quickly, Cat’s going to be a little retiscent to let him run right back to her. It’s going to cause some internal conflicts, and every other part of the show starts to implode on them in the external road, as far as the other people in their lives at the precinct, Muirfield — it all comes back in right when they’re trying to figure out their own relationship." And speaking of external problems, the professional and personal partnership between Cat and Tess is going to hit a snag tonight. In fact, Tess has a pretty bad Valentine's Day overall, thanks to her secret relationship with their boss, Joe, which hasn't been featured on screen as much as the producers wanted. "Here’s the thing about Tess and Joe, their scenes keep getting cut because our shows are too long," Peterson says. "They have a whole love story that you’ve never seen, because every single episode is like 10 minutes over. Hopefully it’s coming through on screen that they’re having a clandestine, secret relationship. They’re really in this tight situation, because he and his wife have been having a lot of problems forever. Things are basically done with his wife, but he has a kid in the middle and that’s what’s hard for him. He’s trying to be a good father, but he very much cares about Tess and is hoping to move forward with her."  What does that mean for Tess in the future? "Tess is our window into what a normal person who doesn’t just immediately meet a beast and fall in love would think about all this. And so she’s going to have a really interesting journey in these next few episodes in her relationship with Cat and her relationship with Joe and in her relationship with the vigilante," Peterson says.  And as for Alex (Bridget Regan), the last time we saw her she was freaking out after seeing Vincent's beast form. What will she do now that she knows the truth about him? You'll see her make some questionable decisions tonight that put both Catherine and Vincent, as well as herself, in some dangerous territory. "What I love about our characters is that they are always in action and very motivated," Peterson says. "[Alex is] not the kind of person who is just going to sit back and let things happen to her. She really believes that she is going to find a way to help Vincent. She didn’t listen, or she listened and decided Cat was wrong and she could fix this better than Cat could." And you'll never guess who she turns to for help... Watch Beauty and the Beast Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW]
  • 'Supernatural': God's SATs Bring Out Dean's Depressing Truth
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 14, 2013
    Supernatural has put Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) through so much crap over the past eight seasons that in last night's episode, "Trial and Error," when Dean finally got his own room I wanted to give him a hug. I mean, seriously, how sweet was that scene where he was decorating his walls? He hasn’t had a room to call his own since before his mom died back in Lawrence, and he was like a kid all over again — albeit a kid who decorates his personal space with shotguns and machetes, but with childlike enthusiasm all the same. When he took out that photo of him and his mom and set it oh so gingerly on the nightstand, my heart just broke. We haven’t seen him this happy in so long, and I was ecstatic for him. Until, that is, later on in the hour when we found out the real reason why Dean couldn’t keep that smile off his face. But we’ll get to that. Now that he had a little down time, Dean showed Sam around his newly decorated room. “I haven’t had my own room… ever. I am making this awesome,” he proudly told Sam. “I got my kick ass vinyl. I’ve got this killer mattress: memory foam. It remembers me! And it’s clean too, there’s no funky smell, no creepy motel stains… I’m nesting. Okay?” Too bad their down time was short lived: after months of no sleep, headaches, nosebleeds, and chugging coffee and Advil like water, Kevin Tran finally figured out how to close the gates of hell once and for all! Looking a little worse for wear — hey, when Dean of all people tells you to eat a salad and take a shower, you know you’re not at your best —Kevin proudly told Dean and Sam that one must complete three trials in order to close the gates. “What, so God wants us to take the SATs?” Sam asked. “I guess, um, he works in mysterious ways?” Kevin replied. “Yeah, mysterious, douchey ways,” Dean said. RELATED: 'Supernatural': Dean's Gay Thing, Sam's Geek Thing The first trial was to bathe in the blood of a hell hound, and the brothers knew crossroads demons always have one lying around, so off they went to find a deal that was about to expire. After finding a Dallas-like clan – J.R. and gang, according to Dean – who struck oil in their backyard almost 10 years ago to the day, the boys knew a crossroads demon was about to sic a hellhound on one of the family members. Before they left, it was adorable how motherly Sam got towards Kevin. After telling him to take better care of himself, Sam gave the advice many college kids abide by on a binge drinking extravaganza (what, that was just me?): “This whole saving the world thing? It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Let’s hope this wasn’t foreshadowing that Kevin would run into some health trouble before decoding the second two trials… After the hellhound took out two of the family members – the crossroads demon made more than one deal in same family, and just Sam and Dean’s luck, that demon was none other than Crowley himself – Sam and Dean knew they had to work quickly before the rest of the dealmakers were killed. In their rush to find the hound, Dean finally came clean about why he’d been so recklessly gung ho and enthusiastic about the trials, and why he was so adamant about being the one who took the trials. RELATED: 'Supernatural' Boss on Henry Winchester's [SPOILER] and the Men of Letters Dean was convinced that this would end with one of the brothers dead… or worse. He happily took that position because Sam was the “brains” while Dean is just the “grunt.” Sam said he sees a light at the end of the tunnel when Dean doesn’t, so Dean was happy to die with a gun in his hand — he thought that was all he had waiting for him. This was the saddest thing Dean had ever said in eight seasons, and the fact that he said it with a smile on his face made it 10 times worse. He wanted Sam to grow old, fat, and balding, a Man of Letters with a wife and kids, while Dean died from the trials. He thought that was the only happy ending available to him, and he’d resigned from trying to figure out any other way. His insecurities were still there after all this time; he though he wasn’t worth trying to save. He was the sacrificial lamb for his brother. But Sam wouldn’t just take that lying down. You see, his insecurities were still raging as well. After all the times Sam had let down his brother and made the wrong choices, he was determined to prove to Dean that he was good and that he wouldn’t abandon Dean. So when Dean was about to be ripped to shreds by the hellhound, Sam came in and saved the day, but as a result ended up being the one covered in the hell hound blood. It was a nice way to write the scene since Sam didn’t deliberately disobey Dean; he was just saving his brother’s life. Otherwise we would have been in the middle of another fight between the brothers. RELATED: 'Supernatural': Back to the Good Old Days... Or Is It? Dean didn’t want Sam to complete the ritual of the first trial; instead he wanted to track down another hell hound. Sam knew they had already come this far, though, and it only made sense for him to complete the trials. He gave Dean a speech filled with raw emotion to make him see that he wasn’t going to let his brother give up on living. “Shutting the gates of hell is a suicide mission for you. I want to slam hell shut too, but I want to survive it. I want to live!” Sam yelled at Dean. And then he listed all the things Dean had to live for: friends and family who love him, and the fact that he’s the best hunter Sam had ever seen, even better than their father (which you knew struck a chord with Dean). Dean had so many reasons to keep going after they shut the gates of hell, and Sam finally got through to him. Dean allowed him to complete the first trial, and now they have only two more to go. Though they still haven’t addressed the whole Amelia/Benny of it all, the brothers finally seem to have gotten to a good place with each other for the first time in many seasons. They had honest, open heart-to-hearts, revealing the emotions they’ve kept buried for years, and for the first time it wasn’t in a hurtful way. Sam and Dean were building each other up, not tearing each other down. It was heartwarming to see the love between the brothers return after all the crap they’ve been put through. The best line of the night came from the woman who ran the farm for the family, describing the middle daughter, a country singer who hit rock bottom: “Her last album was holiday songs for dogs. My favorites were 'Jingle Bark Rock' and 'Don’t Pee on This Tree, Happy Arbor Day.'” I would totally buy that album, wouldn’t you? Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW]