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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.
  • 'Supernatural' Boss on Henry Winchester's [Spoiler] and the Men of Letters
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 30, 2013
    If you have yet to watch Wednesday's new Supernatural, avert your eyes now! Massive amounts of spoilers ahead! West coast, consider this your spoiler alert: look away until you've seen "As Time Goes By." Henry Winchester, we hardly knew ye. Introduced to their paternal grandfather at the beginning of tonight’s episode, “As Time Goes By,” Sam and Dean ended the poignant hour by burying him in the ground, just as they’ve had to do with all other members of their family. RIP Henry. You, and your awesome handcuff-evading skills, will be missed. But with his death came the introduction to a whole new mythology arc, the Men of Letters. This group of educated men is the opposite of hunters, yet still deal with the same supernatural issues that hunters do – just in a more elegant way. Turns out, Sam and Dean were legacies of this group, but when Henry disappeared (time-traveled to 2013 to meet up with his grandsons), the Men of Letters were all killed, and their knowledge ended with them. Sam and Dean’s father, John, became a hunter instead — the rougher, more violent version of the Men of Letters. Along with the discovery of this group also came the introduction of the mysterious box (the magical key, the supernatural mother lode that can decipher all scrolls, tablets, etc.). What will Sam and Dean do with this game-changing artifact? Hollywood.com chatted with executive producer Bob Singer after watching the episode, and he gave us the all the intel on the Men of Letters, Henry Winchester, the new concept of a home base for the boys, and much, much more. Read on for all the Supernatural scoop you could ever want: Hollywood.com: So tell us about this place where Sam and Dean are going to take the key. Bob Singer: The reveal of that place, which is in the next episode, is a really stunning set. It’s full of mysteries. It will become a home base for the boys. We’re really excited about it. After eight years of not having a home base, this will be the home base for quite some time. I think you guys will really dig the set. It gives us this new home base that’s chock full of information and will certainly lead to other stories. The Men of Letters concept is a really interesting piece of mythology. How will that fit into the Supernatural universe? These Men of Letters, which is a brand new concept for us, is really if you took dad’s journal and you multiplied that times a hundred. It’s got every source of information and that’s interesting for the boys. Of course, when they get in there, Sam is totally immersed in the place and Dean is just happy to have his own room. He’s put posters up! And he says to Sam, if you want to do to this geek stuff that’s fine with me but I’m just digging this. How does the key fit into the story? This all plays into the tablet business. If, for instance, Crowley got his hands on the angel tablet and could somehow decipher it, that would probably be kind of a bad thing. The information that is contained in this Men of Letters bunker, if it fell into the wrong hands, it would be quite a powerful weapon against the boys so it has to remain a secret and guarded closely. And as we go down the line for the rest of this year and hopefully next year, dramatic turns will take place because this is an important place. Are there any remaining Men of Letters still alive? No they’re all gone. The Men of Letters are all gone. The last surviving one was the old guy in the home and he’s no more. When they go in there it’s pristine. It’s like been hermetically sealed and everything. Everything is just as it was. It’s perfectly neat. The only sign that someone had to get out of there in a hurry was a chess game that was uncompleted and an ash tray full of cigarettes. Are Sam and Dean going to share this wealth of knowledge with other hunters? That’s probably on a need-to-know basis. I don’t think you’re going to have a hunter convention in there and welcome everyone in there and go, “Have at it!” That’s really not their style. I would be surprised if Garth didn’t show up and probably break an expensive globe. They’ll go to great pains to keep that hidden. It’s kind of impenetrable. And they need a place. Not just for us to be able to have a set to shoot on, but I think the boys actually need a place where they can decompress with their bromance moments. The other sets we’ve had were not the biggest. When you see this set you really realize they have lots of room to move around and there’s lots of really cool things in there. It’s a very expensive set so we’re going to be using it. Tell us about casting Gil McKinney as the dearly departed Henry Winchester. Why kill him off so soon? [McKinney] came in and read, and we just thought this is the right guy for the part. I thought he did a really nice job. We were just looking for the best actor and the guy we thought would work well with the boys and also that there was a contrast. I mean, this was a guy who is more educated, more learned, more elegant. Our boys are more rough-hewn. So when he says, “Hunter?!?” he was so appalled at that notion. He came around at the end. So we were actually looking for a contrast more than a familial sameness. And it was a nice bittersweet moment that they got to make a connection with the grandfather they never knew, but one of the themes that we’ve always played is that the people that they get close to, it never turns out well for them. They’re traditional loners and what they have is each other. And we want to keep it that way. That was always the plan with Samuel as well. That would not be something that would go on for a long time. Sam and Dean have certainly had their issues this season. Are they back together for good or is their major fight still in the back of their minds? What you’ll see happens in subsequent episodes is another kind of conflict between them, but it’s not necessarily the kind of conflict of, “Do I want to do this,” or “What’s my plans beyond closing the gates of hell,” or any of that. It’s a new conflict. I won’t tell you any more than that but as always, there’s always something going on between them. You can count on a big emotional talk. For a different reason, for something they didn’t see coming, starting next week that thing will carry through to the end of the year. Which of our favorite returning players will be back? Kevin will be back, Benny will be back, Castiel is back, maybe Amelia, maybe not. Every season we like to bring the season full circle and get a lot of questions answered of that season but then pose new questions for whatever the next season is going to be. So all of these people that we introduced will have a pay off. Any more info on what’s been going on with Benny? Last time we saw him, when Dean broke up with him, he didn’t look so hot. He was really fighting the good fight and trying to not give in to his bloodlust. Dean having to basically cut the ties was a hard thing for him. So we will explore that idea of what he’s been going through. We didn’t feel that and never felt that story was totally ended. It’s probably not great drama to end a whole arc on a phone call. Watch Supernatural Wednesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW. [Photo Credit: Ed Araquel/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Supernatural': Five Things To Know Before Tonight's Time-Travel Shocker 'Supernatural' React: Back to the Good Old Days... Or Is It? 'Supernatural' React: Sam and Dean Made Their Bed, Now They Have to Lie In It You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
  • Justin Timberlake to Perform at the Grammys: Will He Wow Us? 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 30, 2013
    Fresh on the heels of his first new single in six years, Justin Timberlake is set to perform at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. The six-time Grammy winner will take to the Grammy stage for the first time in four years, and it will be his first TV performance since he announced the release of his new studio album, The 20/20 Experience, which is set for March 19. While some listeners can't get enough of the throwback vibe of Timberlake's single, "Suit & Tie," others were hoping Timberlake's return to music would pack more of a punch — the retro-feeling song just didn't have enough of a wow factor. Could Timberlake's Grammy performance unite critics and silence the naysayers? In order to bring down the house come Grammy night, Timberlake would do well to pair his vintage Future Sex/Love Sounds swagger with his recently established movie star status.  Previously announced Grammy performers include current nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, the Black Keys, fun., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Jack White, as well as a duet between Elton John and current nominee Ed Sheeran. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS at 8 PM ET/PT. [Photo Credit: WENN] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Will Justin Bieber Make the Jump to Timberlake Status? Beyonce Heats Up Super Bowl Rehearsal — PICS Colton Dixon on His Debut Album, ‘A Messenger,’ and 'American Idol' Changes You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
  • 'Supernatural': Five Things To Know Before Tonight's Time-Travel Shocker
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 30, 2013
    As fans already know from the promos, tonight’s Supernatural introduces us to the other side of Sam and Dean’s family tree through one time-traveling grandpa, Henry Winchester (Friday Night Light’s Gil McKinney). Hollywood.com got the chance to screen the episode early, as well as pick the brain of executive producer Bob Singer afterwards about the family-oriented, mythology-heavy hour, and believe us when we say that it’s one hour that fans won’t forget anytime soon. A true return to form concerning the Winchester family dynamics, the “Road So Far” segment alone is enough of a reward to longtime fans. Before you watch tonight’s episode, “As Time Goes By,” here are five things you need to know: 1. When we meet Henry Winchester, don’t expect a tearful family reunion. In fact, Sam, Dean, and their dearly-departed father John all believed Henry walked out on John way back when. But it turns out, Henry didn’t abandon his family… at least, not intentionally, as we find out tonight. “John was a product of the fact that he didn’t have a father growing up, and it’s the first of many a bad luck for him," Singer says. "He always held this grudge against his father, because he thought the father deserted him. Now we know different, and in retrospect it makes you wonder what dad would have been like.” That grudge shaped John Winchester into the man, hunter, and father that he came to be. So what does this new knowledge mean for the boys? “All this knowledge that they’ve carried all their life — that his dad left him and he became this guy that he was — was all untrue,” Singer says. “If [the boys] could actually speak to John and say this is what happened, all that anger you carried, is not real... that has a certain amount of pathos to it. We thought this was a good emotional story.” 2. If you’re wondering how Henry Winchester is caught up in a hunting crisis, since it’s the boys' mom’s side of the family that were hunters, you’re not wrong to be confused. It seems like the boys' lineage on both sides had a hand in supernatural happenings… but the ways in which they approached the situations were completely opposite. 3. Obviously, Henry Winchester has to employ a bit of time travel in order to meet his grandsons in the present day. And if you think Dean is a fan of this based on his enthusiastic past experiences with time travel… think again. “Time travel sucks, man,” Singer says, quoting Dean from the episode. “[Dean thinks] ‘Do I really need this guy popping out of my closet and bringing up the whole dad thing? Now I have to have mixed emotions about this guy!’” It certainly doesn’t help matters when Henry’s big idea to save the day might have the minor consequence of Sam and Dean never being born.  4. Tonight’s villain, Abaddon, is no ordinary demon, and expect a lot of scrambling from the Winchesters when their magic knife doesn’t immediately do the trick on this Mad Men-era beauty. “She is a knight of Hell,” Singer says. “Personally picked by Lucifer. She’s certainly hardcore in the Lucifer camp.” Abaddon has more than one hellish trick up her sleeve, and gives the boys a run for their money tonight. 5. Sam and Dean are going to make a discovery that will lead to a whole new mythological arc that carries on the rest of the season. In fact, the result of this discovery will actually change the very structure of Supernatural at its core. Check back on Hollywood.com tonight after the episode airs for a post-mortem with Singer going in-depth on this very important game-changer! [Photo Credit: The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Supernatural' React: Back to the Good Old Days... Or Is It? 'Supernatural' React: Sam and Dean Made Their Bed, Now They Have to Lie In It 'Supernatural' Midseason Finale React: Two Wrongs Did Not Make It Right You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
  • 'Arrow': How Seth Gabel Used Dubstep to Portray the Biggest and Baddest Villain Yet
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 30, 2013
    Last week’s Arrow, “Trust But Verify,” introduced us to Vertigo — the street drug from The Glades — when Oliver’s sister Thea was arrested for crashing her car driving while high on the euphoria-inducing narcotic. Tonight, we are going to get an even deeper look into the world of Vertigo when we meet the kingpin behind it all, The Count. Arrow fans already know that The Count is going to be an adaptation of Count Vertigo from the Green Arrow universe, and Hollywood.com got the chance to chat with the man behind the villain, Seth Gabel, about the massive differences between the two baddies. Hollywood.com: So you are used to playing honorable characters like Lt. Danny Sefton in Allegiance and Lincoln Lee on Fringe. How does The Count measure up to your past roles? Gabel: "The Count is not so honorable. The Count is definitely willing to be cheap, and not very honorable in his battle tactics. He’s very much obsessed with power and money, and will do whatever it takes to acquire those things." How does Arrow’s The Count differ from Green Arrow’s Count Vertigo? "It’s a definite adaptation to this darker, more realistic world that is Vertigo. And instead of being an Eastern European count as is depicted in the comic, I am a street thug drug kingpin who doesn’t have superpowers. But the superpowers that the character has in the comic book are manifested in the form of the drug called Vertigo, which I push on the citizens of Starling City." What are The Count’s motivations, and how does he land on Arrow’s List? "Just wanting more power and money, and to be the king of the streets. I don’t think he is initially [on Arrow’s List] but I think he finds his way onto The List through his actions." Is that connected to Thea, and her recent arrest due to The Count’s drug? "It’s possible but I can’t say for sure." Why is The Count one of the most formidable opponents Arrow has faced so far? "He’s definitely in the tier of foes who welcomes the challenge of the Arrow character, and is not afraid of that conflict. [He] actually welcomes that opportunity to prove that they are greater than he is. Well, I can’t give things away — I keep wanting to give things away and I can’t! Arrow and I do have some great showdowns, and ultimately what he thinks is doing good might actually cause more harm in the long run." Will The Count come back after tonight’s episode? "It’s definitely possible. I’ve only shot one. There is talk, but I can’t say anything because it’s too early in any process for testing it one way or the other." How did you get the part of The Count, when it is so different from anything you’ve done before? "I got a call from [exec producer] Greg Berlanti — who I had worked with on Dirty Sexy Money — saying that there was a Joker type villain that was going to be coming up in the show, and would I be interested? To which I replied a resounding 'yes.' Once I read the character I was extremely excited, because it’s the boldest character I have ever gotten to play. I made it my goal to really take big risks with the character, and [to] not be afraid to be over the top while at the same time keeping the character grounded in the reality that they have been depicting on the show. I tend to lean on the more subtle choices with most of my work, so with this I really wanted to make sure that I pushed myself, so that whatever natural subtleties I had, they would bring that in and keep it grounded in reality. And I just kept trying to push the envelope." Do you have scenes with anyone other than Oliver as Arrow? "Ummmmm… Yes." How did you get into character? "I listened to a lot of dubstep music. I just wanted music with a lot of pumping bass that would just get me in my body, and get me to kind of settle into my groin, which sounds really weird. But when you change the center of gravity in your body and move it to different areas, it completely changes the way you are physically. So I wanted this character to be very low in his groin in terms of center of gravity, so that he was very grounded in the streets. It really just changes the way you walk, and makes you seem very playful and intimidating. "Basshead" was one of [the songs] I listened to. Ratatat, Bassnectar, and The Glitch Mob." So you described The Count as a Joker-type villain. What does he look like? "There’s a lot of black, and the two things I had asked for going in were black fingerless gloves — because they made me feel like a street thug — and a .38 snub nose revolver. I just wanted the character to have a gun that was like a little pit bull or a terrier in my hand. It was small and easy, but capable of being incredibly violent without much notice." What was your favorite part about taking on this role? "Getting to experience the world of a comic book series was so much fun for me. I have watched it for so many years, and have so badly wanted to play in that world in some way. [Being bad means] I don’t need to hold myself back in any way, but can absolutely be vicious and out there and overly-theatrical." So now that you got to play the villain of a comic book series, what hero would you most like to portray? "I loved Cyclopes in the X-Men comics and the X-Men cartoon series. Actually, the cartoon series growing up was the most epic drama I had ever seen in my life." Watch Arrow tonight at 8PM on The CW. [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Arrow' Recap: Trust Is a Two Way Street 'Arrow' Recap: Burning Love 'Arrow' React: Revenge Vs. 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  • TV Tidbits: Mark Hamill on 'The Neighbors,' Big Thunder Mountain: The TV Show?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 29, 2013
    A Long, Long Time Ago... The Star Trek and Star Wars universes are coming together even sooner than we thought (as J.J. Abrams prepares to helm the upcoming Star Wars sequel) — Mark Hamill, a.k.a. Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, will team up with Star Trek's George Takei, a.k.a. Sulu, in an upcoming episode of ABC's surprise hit The Neighbors. Hamill and Takei will play coworkers on the sitcom, about a community of aliens living in the suburbs. [TV Guide] '90s Lovers, Rejoice! Former Party of Five-er Scott Wolf is joining fellow '90s stars Rachael Leigh Cook and Eric McCormack for the second season of their TNT drama, Perception. Wolf will recur as Donnie, a successful Assistant U.S. Attorney who transfers back to Chicago, where his ex-wife lives. That ex-wife? None other than Cook's FBI agent Kate. [TVLine] ABC Struck Pilot Gold: ABC has ordered the pilot Big Thunder, a drama based on Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain roller-coaster ride at four of its theme parks (California, Florida, Tokyo and Paris). The Western-themed Big Thunder Mountain ride is set in a mining town amid the gold rush in the American Southwest that gets hit by a natural disaster. At the center of the show is a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor. He and his family are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon but quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. [Deadline] Good News for Cable Shows: BBC America's Ripper Street and Cinemax's Banshee were both picked up for second seasons on Tuesday. Ripper Street is set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders. Banshee, executive produced by True Blood's Alan Ball, is about a small town with big secrets. [Zap2it] [Photo Credit: DailyCeleb] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: TV Tidbits: Allison Janney Becomes a 'Mom,' Smulders Open to 'S.H.I.E.L.D' TV Tidbits: 'Secret Circle' Alum Goes 'Under the Dome' TV Tidbits: Brooke Shields Joins 'Army Wives,' 'Wizards' Reunion Gets a Premiere Date You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
  • 'Girl Meets World' Casts Rowan Blanchard as Cory and Topanga's Daughter
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 28, 2013
    World, meet girl. Girl Meets World has officially found the actress who will star as daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) on Disney's upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off, EW reports. 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard was notified Monday night that she got the part of Riley Matthews after a nationwide casting search. RELATED: 'Boy Meets World' Sequel Series in the Works “As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” says Michael Jacobs, who’s producing the Girl Meets World pilot. “Rowan is real and accessible and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.” Blanchard hails from Los Angeles, and her previous roles include Spy Kids: All the Time in the World and The Back-Up Plan. RELATED: Will Shawn Hunter Be On 'Girl Meets World'? Rider Strong Opens Up! The pilot for Girl Meets World is set to begin production next month, and could air on Disney Channel as soon as later this year. What do you think of the casting? Are you excited to see Blanchard take on one of the most anticipated TV roles yet? Let us know in the comments! [Photo Credit: AdMedia/WENN] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum You Might Also Like: Biden? Ford? Surprisingly Hot Young Pics of Politicians Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Stars Who Changed Their Look After Love
  • 'Star Wars' Episodes II and III Not Getting 3D Re-Release 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 28, 2013
    Star Wars is looking forward, not backward. Lucasfilm announced Monday that the previously scheduled 3D re-releases of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith have been shelved indefinitely so the company can instead focus its efforts on the new J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII, which is set to hit theaters in 2014. Let's all say it together: Phew! While 3D re-releases do take in money — the February 2012 3D version Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace earned $22.4 million domestically in its opening weekend — and Lucasfilm said the re-releases are being postponed, not canceled, perhaps this might signal the end of a trend we’ve never been too happy about. Not every movie looks better in three dimensions — in fact, most don't. Are studios finally starting to leave older movies alone? The re-releases simply exploit our initial love for gross income... and we do mean gross. We've already paid to see these movies when they first came out, shelled out more dollars to own them on DVD, and bought some merchandise along the way. Why make us pay more to see a movie we've already seen? Unless, of course, we're in the minority. Is there anyone out there who really thinks these 3D re-releases have been worth it? Were you excited to see the second and third prequels in the theaters again, this time with special glasses? Weigh in below! [Photo Credit: Lucasfilm] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: J.J. Abrams and Star Wars: Has the Lightsaber Been Passed to the Right Director? 'Star Wars' & J.J. Abrams: Superfans Bonnie Burton, Tracy Duncan, & Eric Geller Weigh In 'Star Wars' Is 'Lost'! 10 Clips Linking J.J. Abrams' Past and Future — VIDEOS You Might Also Like: J. J. Abrams and ‘Star Wars’: Has the Lightsaber Been Passed to the Right Director? 100 Hottest Women of the Century: PICS
  • Ben and Jerry's to Announce '30 Rock' Flavor: Other Shows That Could Be Yummy
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 28, 2013
    This makes me want to high five a million angels. The Ben & Jerry's ice cream experts have just announced that they will unveil a new flavor inspired by NBC’S 30 Rock, just in time for the show's series finale on Thursday, Jan. 31. The flavor will be ceremoniously unveiled by Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield at a New York City finale party, just steps from 30 Rock's home — the titular building at Rockefeller Center. Invitees will gather to view the series finale of 30 Rock and sample the new flavor, which was freshly produced at its factories in Vermont and rushed to New York City for the event. Usually new flavors are released closer to spring, but the company decided to bump up the timetable to have the flavor on hand to accommodate the finale. It will be available across the country in Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops in February, and on the shelves of grocery stores and convenience stores shortly thereafter. Ben & Jerry's also stated that it would offer a chance online to obtain the 30 Rock flavor, with more details to come. All proceeds raised will benefit the same non-profit organization, which will be announced on Thursday. In syndication, and now in the freezer, Ben & Jerry's is certain that the memory of 30 Rock will live on. Liz Lemon would totally approve of this marketing genius, as she's the type of gal who can down a whole pint of ice cream in one sitting. This announcement got us thinking, though: if 30 Rock would make a good ice cream, what other shows could be yummy as food? Parks and Recreation, Waffles Leslie Knope is a waffle-enthusiast. A brand of fluffy, sweet waffles, complete with whip cream topping, would be the perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack food. Breaking Bad, Bacon and Eggs Well, this could be modified to all breakfast foods, thanks to Walter Jr.'s obsession with breakfast. Once Upon a Time, Apple Turnovers Henry proved once and for all to his mother, Emma, that fairytales were real after ingesting the Evil Queen's poisoned apple turnover. The amount of time she spent baking it made it look delicious... though we could do without the curse that comes with it. The Following, Vodka In the series premiere, Kevin Bacon's hardened serial killer-catcher filled up a water bottle with vodka to make it through a day of work. That... doesn't sound appetizing, but whatever floats his boat? Doctor Who, Fish Fingers and Custard After the Eleventh Doctor's regeneration, he gorges himself on a meal of fish sticks... and custard? I think we'll pass on this one. [Photo Credit: NBC] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: You Don't Know Boo' Most Redneckognizable Moments 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Recap: Kenya Moore and the Swimsuit of Doom ‘Bunheads’ Siblings Sutton Foster and Hunter Foster Bond On Screen and Off You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
  • 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: You Don't Know Boo' Most Redneckognizable Moments
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 28, 2013
    Sunday night’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo special, "You Don’t Know Boo," promised “never boo-fore seen footage.” Well, since this was only the second time I’ve ever committed an hour of my life to the Boo Boos, it's pretty easy to show me footage of this family I've never seen before. Wait. Is Boo Boo actually the family’s last name? I know the loudest one is Honey Boo Boo, first name Honey, right? Is that right? Hello? Anyone there? No? Cool. Thanks to some lucky timing, my roommate's grandmother happened to be visiting while I was watching the special, so maybe my viewing experience was skewed a little toward the shock and outrage side of the reaction spectrum. Our collective gasps and looks of horror while watching the Boo Boos fart, sneeze, and eat everything in sight might have been more exaggerated than they would have been solo, but still — I probably would have felt the same way without a viewing audience with me. The other thing promised by the hour-long special was the "most redneckognizable moments" from the first season. Now, we know that this is one of Honey Boo Boo's catchphrases. But does anyone know if this is an actual English word? Perhaps not, since before every commercial break came a segment named "Guess What They Said," where a clip was played of one of the Boo Boos saying a sentence with four options of what that sentence could be. Clearly, I’m not the only one struggling to decipher what the Boo Boos say. I think the fact that subtitles are offered throughout the entire show – when the cast is speaking in English – is a narrative on the show itself. I mean, this is a show where we spent a good chunk of time on how snot was hanging out of Honey Boo Boo’s nose. And she just sat there, letting it hang. For a good couple minutes. There was also a montage of Mama Boo Boo sneezing. So, without further ado, here are my most redneckognizable moments from Sunday night’s special, "You Don’t Know Boo." Family Pastimes Honey Boo Boo put on a blindfold to smell people’s breath and guess which breath belonged to which family member. They played in the mud. That's not a euphemism for anything, either. They literally played in the mud. Hygiene Lessons Your tongue’s a good toothpick if you use it just right. "Vajiggle jaggle" is the excess fat one has on one’s body. Don’t let it hang out at a water park, because that’s not “beautimous.” Mama washes her hair in the sink. Because to wash it in the bath is not hygienic. Glad to see something is sacred? Bodily Gaseous Functions If you fart 10-15 times a day you lose weight. The Boo Boos call themselves “America’s Sweetfarts.” Pets Become Members of the Family The Boo Boos got a teacup pig, and after a minute you couldn’t figure out who the pig was and who the people are. The pig had painted toenails, communicated via loud squeals, and farted enough to make the Boo Boos proud. Problems With Appendages Mama wears socks everywhere, all the time, on account of her “forklift foot.” You see, a long time ago, a forklift rolled over her big toe, and it still bears the marks of her injury. So even at a pedicure, even at a water park, she wore socks. Until her family finally convinced her to show them her forklift foot, and when she took off her sock, gnats immediately flocked to it and were flying around her toe. The baby, Kaitlyn, was born with two right thumbs. How The Family Began Mama June and Sugar Bear met in an internet chat room. Sugar Bear said that it was love at first sight when he saw her, but she didn’t exactly agree with that sentiment. "Was it love at first sight?" Mama said. "No. Was it bed at first sight? Maybe." Classy, as always. [Photo Credit: TLC] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Thanksgiving Special: A History Lesson 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo': Halloween Haunts and Horrors Redneckognize It! Honey Boo Boo is One of Barbara Walter's 'Most Fascinating People' You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
  • ABC's 'The Makeover': Julia Stiles and David Walton on Romance and Boston Accents
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 27, 2013
    Sunday night on TV is notoriously dramatic — from revenge-seeking socialites in the Hamptons, to fairy tales with deathly consequences, to zombie-fighting. So, why not take in the breath of fresh air that is The Makeover? In this romantic TV movie, Hannah Higgins (Julia Stiles) is a smart and driven education consultant. She's so driven, in fact, that she runs for Congress to advance the cause of education reform. But Hannah is not a likable candidate, as her elitism turns off Boston voters big-time. However she and her business partner, Colleen Pickering (Camryn Manheim), don't give up easily, and in the following election recruit a candidate who definitely is a man of the people, beer vendor Elliot Doolittle (David Walton). The two make a bet on whether they can transform him into a political player. What follows is a light romantic comedy-esque trope (mild spoiler alert… but not really if you’ve ever seen any romantic movie ever) with Hannah and Elliot doing the dance of we-hate-each-other-then-we fall-for-each-other. But the reason The Makeover stands out from the overpopulated crowd of romantic TV movies is the stellar acting from the cast behind the characters. Stiles is a veteran actor, dating all the way back to the days of her iconic role in 10 Things I Hate About You, where she won the heart of Heath Ledger's bad boy, to her recent season-long stint on Dexter, as well as her brilliant yet smaller role as Jennifer Lawrence's sister in the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook. So what made her decide to take on this lighter role? “I was really at a time in my life when I wanted to do something light and romantic and to go to work everyday and be able to laugh,” Stiles told Hollywood.com at the red carpet premiere of The Makeover. “I had been doing a lot of drama. And as much as that’s rewarding and challenging and great, I just wanted to do something romantic. I’m kind of a sucker for that stuff.” NBC veteran Walton decided to take a break from the Peacock to get back to his Boston roots, but the challenge of taking on a deep Boston accent almost turned him off of the movie. “I grew up in Boston. And I was really scared to do a thick accent or any accent because I had never done one on a show, and being scared is always a good way to start things,” Walton told Hollywood.com. “I like that challenging aspect. And I thought it was just a really sweet story. I don’t really get a lot of chances to play nice guys. But he’s just a sweet, nice, kind of heroic guy and I liked that. It appealed to me.” Walton was afraid of his attempt at a deep Boston accent becoming almost a parody of his hometown, and he strived to make it believable through a couple different ways. “Everything from going to the Cask’n Flagon in Boston, and listening to people, and trying to talk to all my old friends who live in Boston… I really just started talking like that basically and don’t stop for like two months,” Walton said. “And then trying to figure out the levels, basically was just the most extreme sounding SNL Boston accent and then dial it back like 10 percent. Just so that it didn’t seem like an SNL accent.” ABC and Hallmark Hall of Fame's The Makeover premieres tonight at 9:00 PM ET/PT on ABC. [Photo Credit: Erick Heinila/ABC] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Community' Is Back! Because the Feeling's Right, and It's October 19th - VIDEO 'Girls' Renewed for Season 3: That's Better Than Bathing a Pig! Viral Internet Stars Take The Wheel In Volkswagen's Super Bowl Ad — VIDEO From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)