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.
  • 'Arrow' Recap: Nothing is Bred That is Weaker Than Man
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 13, 2013
    Tonight’s episode is the reason why Arrow just got an early Season 2 pickup. When a show can produce a compelling episode that furthers the plot along in a big way, while having the hour consist of mostly flashbacks? That’s quite an achievement, and one that Arrow pulled off in "Odyssey." We picked up right where we left off last week, with Arrow confronting Moira Queen in order to finally get some answers. We know that he would never actually hurt his mother, but Moira doesn’t know that and is terrified to be on the pointy end of an arrow. Moira tries to appeal to the Hood’s emotions, begging not to be taken from her children, but then when he promised not to hurt her, she shot him with a gun she kept concealed. Whoa, shot by his own mother! He’s got to believe Diggle – that Moira is evil – now, right? Wrong. But before he can even process what’s going on with Moira, Oliver’s got to get somewhere safe and take care of that pesky bullet near his heart. Since he’s at Queen Consolidated, the closest thing he has to an ally is… Felicity Smoake, intrepid IT girl! It seems poetic that a day after Emily Bett Rickards gets a promotion to series regular for Season 2, we get a big Felicity episode. I’m jumping for joy, you guys, this was totally deserved. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: One Mother of a Betrayal Oliver pulls a Brooke Davis (still miss you, One Tree Hill!) and hides in the backseat of Felicity’s car, and when she sees Oliver, dressed as the Hood, bleeding, she jumps right into hero-mode – though not without letting loose a few snarky comments, natch. “Everything about you just became so unbelievably clear,” she tells Oliver. After all the bullsh** lines he fed her, I can only imagine that A-ha! moment she had. Felicity drove Oliver to his lair underneath his club – “Something tells me bloodstains are not covered under my lease" – where Diggle used his army training to take out the bullet and keep Oliver’s heart beating. Lucky for everyone, Oliver stored bags of his own blood just for this type of situation. “He stored it for a rainy day and I’d say, right now, it’s pouring,” Diggle said. While Oliver was out cold, Diggle and Felicity had time to bond, and I have to say I am loving these two together. Now that Felicity is in on Oliver’s secret, Diggle can finally talk out his feelings with someone who isn’t emotionally shut down (ahem, Oliver). When Diggle questioned why Felicity didn’t seem so shocked at Oliver’s reveal, Felicity replied, “I may be blonde, but I’m not that blonde,” citing all the ridiculous tasks and excuses Oliver had been giving her for months. She also proved her worth yet again: when Oliver flat lines, the defibrillator breaks, and Felicity steps in and fixes the wiring on the machine. This girl is going to be quite useful on Team Arrow. When Oliver finally comes to – “I guess I didn’t die again. Cool.” – he officially offers Felicity the role of techie for Team Arrow. But to his and Diggle’s surprise, she turns it down. She will only help find Walter, not join the team. You see, Felicity doesn’t approve of Arrow’s killing, even though he’s only taking down bad guys. Diggle’s all right with it because he feels like he’s finally doing something good (in the army, his team was tasked with protecting a war lord in Afghanistan, and he didn’t agree with it one bit), but Felicity won’t accept it. So, at least temporarily – well, for now, let's revisit her refusal in a few months – Felicity is on Team Arrow! One bad thing came out of this ordeal though. Even after being shot Oliver still won’t believe Moira is evil. He didn’t think twice about how quick she was able to pull the trigger on someone, even after that someone promised not to hurt her. He’s still in denial. But hopefully, Diggle will make him see the light sooner or later. While all that drama was certainly enough to fill an entire episode of Arrow, “Odyssey” was actually mostly flashbacks to the island.  RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Dizzy With Power When we last left the island story, Oliver was going to be trained by Slade Wilson to fight so they could take over the airstrip on the island. Then, when a supply plane came in, they could get on it and leave the island for good. In his training with Slade, Oliver learned that guns are not the worst weapon he can use: his body can do more damage, and we learn the origin of the stick fighting he employs with Diggle! We also learn why Slade needs a second man to take over the airstrip: while he can take on the 10 soldiers guarding the airfield, he can’t also take out the tower guard through the bulletproof glass at the same time. That’s where Oliver comes in. While Slade is training Oliver, we also learn a little more about Deathstroke, a.k.a. Slade’s old partner. His name is Billy Wintergreen, and he’s the godfather to Slade’s son, Joe. Yet that wasn’t enough to stop Billy from joining up with Fires and his men when they got caught trying to rescue Yao Fei. As we suspected last week after learning about Slade’s MIA partner, Billy is the one in the mask that tortured Oliver months ago. We also learn why Yao Fei was working for Fires even when Oliver tried to save him. Turns out, Fires has Yao Fei’s daughter as hostage and is blackmailing him. Interestingly enough, Yao Fei’s daughter has the same tattoo on her shoulder that Oliver has in present day. This might be completely wrong, but CONSPIRACY THEORY TIME: Yao Fei’s daughter is China White! Also, not as surprising, Fires is just a mercenary for hire. Who’s the big bad on the other end of the phone, paying Fires and giving him orders? The night before Oliver and Slade take the airstrip, they bond a bit over a campfire (after Slade comically lets Ollie struggle rubbing sticks together for two hours before brandishing his lighter… I am really liking this guy). When Oliver reveals that his girlfriend Laurel won’t be the happiest to see him return home safely – since he slept with Laurel’s sister and is the reason she died – he also says he’s going to make it right. That prompts Slade to smack him with some tough love: “Do you think you can sleep with your girlfriend’s sister and make it right? You must be dumber than I thought, and that’s saying something.” We’ve all been rooting for Oliver and Laurel to get back together (Tommy Merlyn be damned) but have we all forgotten just how rotten Oliver was back in the day? I’m rethinking my position here… Team Tommy Merlyn for the win! When Slade and Oliver make their move on the airstrip, Oliver almost fails in his one task: killing the guard in the tower. Thankfully, Slade’s an overachiever and killed his 10 men and Ollie’s one. Now that he had the tower to himself, Oliver tried to call Laurel from the phone… and shockingly enough, the call went through! RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: Trust is a Two Way Street This was just heart wrenching. That phone call. Wow. Oliver couldn’t even form words when he heard Laurel’s voice. He broke down, but before he could say anything Slade broke the phone. Smart call, since Fires could have heard everything, but still. How different would everything have been if Oliver had been able to let Laurel know he was still alive and on that island? Would he have ever become Arrow, or would he have been rescued too soon? Would that have been better or worse, since he would have still known about the evil in Starling City, but had no way to fix it? Before the supply plane landed they radioed ahead to confirm the identity of the tower guard with a code. Slade had an “oh, sh**” moment, eyes wide, thinking that their plan was officially screwed. But lucky for him, the code was a quote from the one book Oliver actually read in college: The Odyssey (poetically enough, a story about a long journey home). Oliver gave the correct response – Nothing is bred that is weaker than man – and the plan was still in motion. That is, until Slade revealed he was going to call an air strike on the island as soon as they were gone so he could blow Fires and his men “straight back to hell.” But Oliver couldn’t let Yao Fei die, even though he was working with Fires. Not knowing that Yao Fei was being blackmailed, Oliver tried to get him to leave with him and Slade. Fires discovered Oliver in Yao Fei’s tent, and ordered Deathstroke to execute Oliver. Oliver tried to taunt him with his real name, but he knew it was the end: he was going to die. Until Slade came back for him! In an awesome Deathstroke vs. Deathstroke battle, Slade killed Billy – straight through the eye no less, just like how Arrow got Deadshot – but Fires managed to get a shot off Slade. Oliver helped get the bullet of Slade’s arm, but they ended up missing their plane off the island. Slade isn’t as concerned that they won’t survive anymore, though: after seeing the way Oliver got Slade to safety, he knows he can be trained even more. Was that a look of pride I saw, Slade? Yes, yes it was! And we’re seeing some bromance form between them as Oliver even got in a snarky comment: “I’m trapped on an island and my only friend is named Wilson.” Castaway reference! Anyone got a volleyball lying around? Now, since this is only six months after Oliver was shipwrecked, we still have four and a half years unaccounted for in the island story. And as Yao Fei said, archery takes years to master, and Oliver is still more terrified party boy than arrow-wielding vigilante, so we have a long way to go. And since Slade isn’t an archer, we’ve got to assume Oliver will come back to Yao Fei at some point for archery training. Is it just me, or does it seem like the more island story we get, the more we still have to learn?  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] From Our Partners: Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz) 50 Steamiest Movie Kisses of All Time (Moviefone)
  • Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Compete for 'The Internship' — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 13, 2013
    What happens when two older guys try to make it in the younger digital world? A lot of hilarity, if you believe what The Internship trailer is selling. It’s a Wedding Crashers reunion when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up to compete for a entry-level position at Google in The Internship. Armed only with their age and the “wisdom” that brings, they must mentally fight it out, Hunger Games-style, with a bunch of young, twentysomething geniuses for job… well, not exactly a job but a position that could lead to a job. Hey, in this economy, that’s something, right? Despite not having a handle on the technological or pop cultural world (they can’t video chat to save their lives, and don’t realize Professor Xavier is a fictional character), Vaughn and Wilson stand by their "go hard or go home" mentality and give it their all. Watch the trailer below: With support from comedians ranging from Will Ferrell to Bridesmaids’ Rose Byrne (not to mention John Goodman, The Office’s BJ Novak, 1600 Penn’s Josh Gad, and even Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien), The Internship has a good pedigree, at least. The Internship hits theaters on June 7. [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox] From Our Partners: 'SI's 25 Sexiest Swimsuit Covers of All Time (Vh1) Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Jeff Probst Show' Canceled After One Season
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 13, 2013
    The tribe has spoken: After just one season, The Jeff Probst Show is no more. The syndicated talk show with the longtime Survivor host has been officially canceled, although it will continue to air original episodes through the end of the season, but will not return for the 2013-2014 TV year. “I’m super bummed but extremely proud," Jeff Probst said in a statement to Deadline. "The truth is all shows come to an end. Ours just ended a decade sooner than we had hoped.” Probst will still continue to host Survivor (Season 26 premieres Wednesday night on CBS).  RELATED: Katie Couric Leads Steve Harvey and Jeff Probst... So Far “We believe Jeff is an incredible talent, and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season. Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year," a CBS TV Distribution spokesperson said. "We are grateful to the entire staff, our affiliate partners and advertisers for their ongoing support of The Jeff Probst Show.” This is not the first male-led talk show to hit a snag recently. Anderson Cooper Live was just canceled after two seasons. However, there's good news for female-led talk shows: Katie, with beloved anchor Katie Couric, was already renewed for Season 2. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: CBS Television] From Our Partners: 'SI's 25 Sexiest Swimsuit Covers of All Time (Vh1) Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)
  • Christoph Waltz Will Terrify, Amuse as 'SNL' Host — VIDEO
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 13, 2013
    Christoph Waltz is hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend, and from the look of his promos we're in for one interesting night. The Oscar winner, who is up for Best Supporting Actor once again for his work in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, will be joined by musical guest Alabama Shakes (and honestly, we could watch Waltz say Alabama Shakes all night and be satisfied).  We've seen Waltz play dark characters with a comical edge (see: Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained), but he certainly brings out the terror in his promos with Fred Armisen (now just Fr). You see, Waltz doesn't get mad at his cast mates... he gets even. Will he bring the funny along with his evil? Watch the promos below, and tune in 102.5 hours from now to see how he stacks up: Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: NBC] From Our Partners: 'SI's 25 Sexiest Swimsuit Covers of All Time (Vh1) Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)
  • Claire Holt Joins 'The Originals': What Does This Mean For 'Vampire Diaries'?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 13, 2013
    It's official: The entire surviving family of Original vampires will star in The Vampire Diaries spin-off series, The Originals. Claire Holt has just been cast as the fourth lead in the potential new series. She will reprise her TVD role Rebekah, the vampire sister of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), as well as werewolf Haley (Phoebe Tonkin). These three Originals siblings are the only Originals left alive in present day. RELATED: A 'Vampire Diaries' Spin Off Starring Joseph Morgan is in the Works Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). The backdoor pilot will air as an episode of TVD on April 25. RELATED: 'The Originals': Daniel Gillies Set as Lead For 'Vampire Diaries' Spin Off Now that Holt is set for the spin-off, does that mean she's leaving TVD for good, along with the entire Original family? What does that mean for Stefan (Paul Wesley), who just recently resumed a relationship with her? And will Rebekah be a vampire on the spin-off series, or will the search for the cure for vampirism succeed on TVD, making her human? One thing is for sure: Things have suddenly become even more unsettled in Mystic Falls.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW] From Our Partners: 'SI's 25 Sexiest Swimsuit Covers of All Time (Vh1) Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Fan Favorite Gets a Promotion, Plus a New Trailer
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 12, 2013
    Arrow fans are having the best week ever. Following the drama's early Season 2 renewal comes the even better news that fan favorite character Felicity Smoake – Oliver Queen's quirky, go-to I.T. girl – will be around a lot more next season. That's right, Emily Bett Rickards has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. RELATED: The CW Renews 'Arrow,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' and 'Supernatural' But wait — there's more!  Check out this extended, two-minute-long cinematic trailer The CW just released for the next few episodes of the action-packed show. Is that Oliver (Stephen Amell) in bed with Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) — or just another flashback? Is Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) training Oliver on the island — or fighting him? Are we finally going to see Oliver's transformation into Arrow on the island? And why is Diggle (David Ramsey) using a defibrillator on Oliver? We also get our first (fleeting) glimpse of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Thea's (Willa Holland) new love interest. RELATED: 'Arrow' Recap: One Mother of a Betrayal Watch Arrow Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] From Our Partners: Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz) 50 Steamiest Movie Kisses of All Time (Moviefone)
  • 'Up All Night' Will Film One Multi-Camera Episode
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 12, 2013
    Up All Night's bad luck continues: First came NBC's October announcement that the single-camera comedy transform into a multi-camera one, shot in front of a live audience, for five episodes. Then creator/executive producer Emily Spivey left. On Friday, Christina Applegate, the star of the show, announced she was leaving. Now, it appears the original five episode order of the new format will be reduced to just one. The episode will be directed by master multi-camera helmer James Burrows, and will not feature Applegate, reports Deadline.  It is still unclear whether or not Applegate will be replaced, though rumors are flying that NBC is looking at Friends' Lisa Kudrow to take on the character. NBC has no comment. In the midst of all these changes, we're left to wonder: What will be left of Up All Night when it finally airs? Is there enough of the show left to even save at this point?  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: NBC] From Our Partners: Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz) 50 Steamiest Movie Kisses of All Time (Moviefone)
  • Nip Slips, F-Bombs and More: The Oscars' 5 Best NSFW Moments
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 12, 2013
    The Academy Awards are a night to celebrate Hollywood's finest films, the amazing work casts and crew have created throughout the year. We applaud as the winners take home their coveted golden statues and the losers smile through their broken hearts. The Oscars are a classy night for only the classiest of entertainment. RELATED:'s Coverage of 2013 Oscars Well, most of the time. Even during the entertainment industry's biggest night, things can get a little... rowdy and outrageous. And while the network delays the broadcast so it can hover its fingers over the censor button, sometimes scandalous slip-ups get through (much to our delight!). From debated nip slips to naked streakers, bleeped F-bombs to cross-dressing on the red carpet, here are the five most jaw-dropping, gasp-inducing, and all-around shocking Oscar Moments. 1. The Streaker When host David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor at the 1974 Oscars, a man named Robert Opel ran across the stage behind him. Buck. Naked. The most impressive part? Niven didn't even break a sweat, continuing the broadcast by saying, "But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?” 2. Melissa Leo's F-Bomb During her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress for The Fighter, Leo was so in shock that she let fly an F-bomb... and some censors didn't catch it in time! 3. Jennifer Lopez's Nip Slip(?) This one has been hotly debated ever since Lopez took the stage with Cameron Diaz to present at last year's Academy Awards. Did her nip slip out of her dress? The actress/singer's reps deny any wardrobe malfunction, but what is that darker little patch of skin peeking out from underneath her dress?  4. T. J. Martin's F-Bomb During the filmmaker's acceptance speech for his documentary, The Undefeated, he let loose an F-bomb, saying he wished he could have all the nominees on stage with him. This time, the censors successfully bleeped it before sensitive viewer ears heard the swear. 5. Trey Parker and Matt Stone on the Red Carpet Parodying Jennifer Lopez's infamous Grammy dress and Gwyneth Paltrow's gown, Parker and Stone hit the Oscars red carpet looking a little out of place. In their documentary, 6 Days to Air, they confess that they were actually tripping on acid as they strolled down the red carpet. But really, what would you expect from the creators of South Park? Tune in to the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24 to see what outrageous, scandalous, and bleeped moments from this year's broadcast join the list! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The Oscars] From Our Partners: 40 Hottest Celeb Twitpics of the Month (Vh1) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)
  • Rihanna Literally Strips Down in New Music Video for 'Stay'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 12, 2013
    Rihanna's latest music video shows an increasingly vulnerable side of the pop star. She promised an "emotional," "personal," and "powerful" video for "Stay," and she gave just that — and more. For the new video for the latest single off her album Unapologetic, Rihanna strips down. There are no fancy effects, no elaborate costumes or choreography; the video consists solely of Rihanna singing naked in a bathtub, sometimes joining her voice with a surprising duet partner, Nashville singer Mikky Ekko. Half voiceover, half out loud, Rihanna sings with emotions so strong she's practically shaking. Sometimes, Rihanna's vocals switch from live to voiceover mid-sentence, and in doing so, Rihanna shows that she is afraid of what she's feeling. The emotions are new, powerful, and maybe unwanted — and yet, she can't stop feeling them. The video's simple format of just one scene and two partners let's the song speak for itself. No flash, no distractions needed here: just pure emotion and vulnerability. RELATED: Rihanna Says Chris Brown Is Different Now: Has Her Bad Girl Image Gone Too Far? Watch the stripped-down Rihanna — figuratively and literally — below, and let us know what you think of her latest music video. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Island Def Jam]
  • TV Tidbits: Nick Kroll on 'New Girl,' a 'Buckwild' Arrest and More
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 11, 2013
    New Family Members: Get ready to meet the whole Miller clan on New Girl. Not only will we meet Nick’s mom, Bonnie (Margo Martindale), in an upcoming episode, more of Nick’s relatives will pop up too. The League and Kroll Show’s Nick Kroll will guest star as Nick’s dim yet passionate younger brother, an air conditioner repairman named Jamie. Stand-up comedian Bill Burr will play Bobby, Nick’s loudmouth cousin and a TSA agent at Boston’s Logan Airport who is always fighting with Jamie. The Miller-centric episode airs next month, and finds Nick (Jake Johnson) and his roommates traveling to his hometown of Chicago. His friends soon learn that Nick is somehow the most mature member of his family. [EW] Star Goes Buckwild: MTV's newest reality show, Buckwild, features twentysomethings in rural West Virginia partying and doing reckless things. For star Salwa Amin, the self-proclaimed "Bengali in Boots," life may have just gotten a little too wild. The 24-year-old was arrested on Sunday in a drug raid outside of Charleston, West Virginia. Amin was taken into custody with two other men after an informant tipped off the drug task force that a shipment of narcotics would be delivered to a home. Officers found Amin and two other individuals hiding in a shed outside, and a search subsequently turned up a large quantity of Oxycodone in Amin's purse along with three bags of heroin in the shed. All three were arrested and arraigned on a charge of possession with intent to deliver. They remain in the county jail with bail set at $200,000. No word on how this will affect Amin’s slot in the just-announced second season of Buckwild. [E!] RELATED: TV Tidbits: Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry Stage 'Friends' Reunion On 'Go On' Bad Boys, Bad Boys: Andre Braugher will play a cop once again. The former Homicide: Life on the Street star has booked a new pilot. He'll star as a police captain in charge of a diverse group of detectives in an outer New York City precinct. This one's a comedy, though, and Andy Samberg will play one of his screwup subordinates. [Deadline] House Star Gets Scandalous: Lisa Edelstein has just booked a guest stint on ABC's drama Scandal. The former House star will play a client of Olivia Pope and Associates. [TVLine] Ray Donovan Books Frank Whaley: Showtime's upcoming drama Ray Donovan has just cast veteran actor Frank Whaley opposite star Liev Schreiber. The drama revolves around a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los Angeles as he balances his work demands and complex family dynamics. Whaley will play Van Miller, an FBI agent investigating illegal activity in Hollywood. The series premieres Sunday, June 30 at 10 PM ET/PT. [THR] Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucsbaum [Photo Credit: Ivan Nikolov/Wenn] From Our Partners: 40 Hottest Celeb Twitpics of the Month (Vh1) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)