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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.
  • 'Legit' Premiere: Meet the Characters of FX's New Raunchy Comedy With Heart
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 17, 2013
    FX knows its viewers well and gives them what they want: raunchy comedies that don’t apologize for being what they are. But if you’re expecting another of the same when the network’s newest comedy, Legit, premieres on Thursday, Jan. 17, you’ll be sorely disappointed… well actually, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Because if you look deep down inside every FX comedy, you'll find that secret ingredient that makes them all successful: heart. The newest show to mix raunch with emotion stars Aussie stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies as an edgy, foul-mouthed guy in his mid-30s, living in LA, struggling to make his life and career more legit – She said the show title! Drink! – only to find a difficult uphill battle every step of the way. Jim's cheerleading team is made up of his best friend/neurotic roommate Steve Nugent, a cyber-law library salesman struggling to stay on his feet in the wake of his divorce, and Steve’s brother Billy Nugent, who suffers from advanced stage Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair. Jim realizes the way to make his life more meaningful is to help Billy experience all the wild and crazy things his condition has prevented him from doing. In Jim’s mind, the way to help Billy is to take him to a whorehouse in Las Vegas to get him laid. Because, of course. While this premise may sound like a Hangover-like debauchery-filled road trip (which it kind of is), Legit takes it a step beyond that and gives the story meaning. Jim really does care about his friend experiencing something everyone else may take for granted. There is compassion in the way Jim wants Billy to experience all the fun and happiness his condition prevents him from having, that normal life that seems so out of reach. These are real people, with real issues, albeit in hilarious situations most people don't find themselves in all too often. The balance of raunch to heart is perfect. Before you watch the series premiere tonight, get acquainted with all the crazy people bringing Legit to life. Hollywood.com spoke with the cast at the show's red carpet premiere, so who better to tell you about the characters than the actors who play them? Jim Jefferies as Jim: I’m playing a version of myself. It’s a slightly douchier version of myself. If I just played myself it would just be a whole episode of me sitting around eating cereal playing video games. It’s really me from about five years ago. It’s me when I was still taking drugs and sleeping around. As for this season, you’re going to be seeing a lot of development in Billy’s character, John Ratzenberger comes in to play Billy’s father, you’ll see a women thrown in a trunk, you’ll see an episode where we are in a disability home where we literally cast every disabled actor in Hollywood. We had them all there, there was chairs all over the place. It’s a mental show. DJ Qualls as Billy Nugent: Well I turned [the role] down initially because I was afraid of it. And then I realized the reason I was afraid of it wasn’t the subject matter, which I thought it was. Out of all of the messed up stuff that I’ve done, this is the most messed up. But it wasn’t the material, it was the fact that I was afraid of being that vulnerable. I’m in a wheelchair and I can’t move except my fingers and my neck. It’s a scary place to be as an actor because you can’t use any of your bag of tricks. I can’t play with that physicality. I was really afraid of that. I’m more proud of this work than anything I’ve done in five years. And that feels good. Dan Bakkedahl as Steve Nugent: Throughout the course of the season, you’re seeing Steve holding on [from his divorce]. For the first five or six episodes, I’m still wearing my wedding ring. I’m convinced that it’s just a separation. I’m not going to live a house with this guy smoking pot and my brother in a wheelchair peeing in a bottle. That’s not going to be my life. I’m going to go back to my regular life with my wife and kid, very soon. And we’re going to see that deteriorate. There’s a big event that makes it blow up for sure, right in my face. There’s a real finality to it where you just kind of go, Wow, that’s over. We see Steve go from a witless, hapless sidekick to kind of losing his mind to realizing the finality of the relationship with his wife to wanting to make his life his own. Sonya Eddy as Ramona: Ramona is the caregiver in the house for Billy. She’s a little tough, she’s loving, she’s imposing, but she also likes to have fun and she gets in there with the guys. You know how sometimes the inmates are running the hospital? She sometimes gets in there with the inmates and causes some trouble. She is one of the most fully realized characters I’ve ever had the chance to play. You’ll see her laugh, you’ll see her cry, you’ll see her be sexy. You’ll get to see her in some sexy situations… heh heh heh! You’ll get to see her confront some issues from her past. Mindy Sterling as Janice Nugent: I am a mother with flaws. With Steve, she thinks he’s a big fat loser. With Billy, the younger son who’s wheelchair bound, that’s her baby. She wants to take care of him and do for him but at the same time she’s annoyed by him. She does not like Jim. She finds him completely inappropriate, politically incorrect, foul mouthed, just wrong for her family. And later on in the season, there’s an intervention she has to go through… it’s pretty wild. Legit airs Thursday nights on FX at 10:30 PM ET/PT. [Photo Credit: Fox] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'American Idol' Auditions: The 10 Craziest Things That Will Get You on TV 'The Vampire Diaries': Previously, In the Murder Capital of Fictional America 'Supernatural' React: Sam and Dean Made Their Bed, Now They Have to Lie In It From Our Partners: The Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz)
  • 'Supernatural' React: Sam and Dean Made Their Bed, Now They Have to Lie In It
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 17, 2013
    Well, that happened sooner than I thought. Sam and Dean have apparently called a shaky but legit truce for the time being. I know that not all has been forgiven, or forgotten, but the brothers are back together on Supernatural. How in the world did that happen in just one episode? Let's take a look at the catalyst forcing Sam and Dean to call it quits on their war. After Castiel brought news to the Winchesters that Crowley had kidnapped "Heaven's most adorable angel" Samandiriel, or as Dean affectionately calls him, Alfie, and was causing the poor angel so much pain his screams were causing supernatural incidents, Dean knew he had to save him. But he didn't want Sam around. You see, Dean had driven all the way to where Sam was hiding out after seeing Amelia with Don to apologize for sending that fake 911 text, but also to explain his reasons behind it. Benny was in trouble because Sam and Martin (RIP) wouldn't let him be. Dean had to do something! But Sam was furious that Dean had exploited his feelings that way, and refused to even talk about it. Dean left, officially done with Sammy. From that point on, Dean was determined to solve the Samandiriel problem without Sam. He was convinced that he could save the day with Cas and Kevin Tran. Cas saw beyond Dean's blinders, and knowing how important it was to save Samandiriel (since Naomi was in a panic about it), he went and got Sam involved anyway. Turns out all the brothers needed to do was simply spray paint big X's over the angel ward symbols so Cas could do his angel thang. They were just a bit too late: after the demon Viggo shoved enough spikes into Samandiriel's brain to figure out the factory settings of an angel, Samandiriel let slip that not only is there a demon tablet that tells how to seal the gates of Hell forever with all the demons locked inside, but there is also an angel tablet! Whoah. As Crowley oh-so-eloquently put it: Holy mother of sin! Now we know why Naomi wanted to get Samandiriel out of there so badly. I have a feeling the rest of the season will be a race between the angels and demons trying to figure out their tablets first, effectively locking their competition out of earth. I honestly don't think either side should win: demons should definitely be locked in Hell, but as we've been learning on Supernatural, angels aren't so great either. Sam and Dean should focus on acquiring both tablets. Cas got Samandiriel out of there, but Naomi worked some serious manipulation on Cas - including some flashbacks where we got to see how she's been controlling Cas: lobotomies! My goodness, poor Cas. I would be cowering in a corner if those memories came flooding back to me as well - and forced Cas to kill Samandiriel. Wow. Sam and Dean didn't buy Cas's explanation that he had to kill Alfie because he had been "compromised" and there you have it: the catalyst that brought the brothers back together. It's not like when Cas went evil and worked with Crowley, though. Sam and Dean know something is wrong and they want to help out their angel friend. Unfortunately, the only way this truce can last if both brothers give up their "other lives" and fully commit to this live with both feet in. That meant Sam had to say good bye to Amelia for good (after one more romp in the sack) and Dean had to cut all ties with Benny. Too bad this came at a time when Benny needed Dean the most: he was having some blood issues, and while we didn't the full story, it was obvious Benny was in some serious trouble. I have a feeling this won't be the last time we see Benny, and Dean is going to regret severing all forms of communication with his friend. Am I the only one who thought after seeing Dean break up with Benny that we would see Sam go back to Amelia, abandoning his brother? I literally wrote in my notes: Nooooo Dean broke up with Benny but Sam broke up with Dean! Thank goodness we then saw Sam sit down next to Dean on the couch with a beer, ready to watch some TV. The Winchesters are back together! Both brothers have finally understood they need to be hunting, and they can never have normal lives when others need saving. They've both tried to have one foot in both worlds, and we've seen how that never works out. As usual, Cas had the best lines of tonight's episode, even when suffering major psychological trauma. You see, Cas has realized that in needing to be a hunter, you actually have to talk to people. He's not so good at that... Explaining Dean's joke: "That’s a metaphor." About Dean: "That’s his serious face, yes." To Kevin Tran and his terrible goattee: "You look horrible." Agreed! Shave that off your face now, please. And the winner of the night, Cas speaking in Dean's gruff, low voice: "I need both of you as you would say, to stow your crap, can you do that?" He got that impression down perfectly. [Photo Credit: Liane Hentscher/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Supernatural' Midseason Finale React: Two Wrongs Did Not Make It Right 'Supernatural' React: What's Up Doc? 'Supernatural' React: A Healthy Dose of 'Southern Comfort' From Our Partners: The Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Recap: Burning Love
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 16, 2013
    Arrow, you've been back for .02 seconds, and already you've made me the happiest girl in the world. If you know me at all, you know the words I'm about to type... THE SALMON LADDER IS BACK. Thank you, everyone and anyone who had a hand in tonight's episode. The rest of the plot could have been Oliver sitting in a boring business meeting for the entire episode, and I still would have been content. THE SALMON LADDER IS BACK. Please have this in every episode forever. Please. Ok, let's get back to the actual story, shall we? So while it seemed like we were just getting our usual shots of Oliver working out and honing his archery skills, something seemed... off. Yes, Oliver had lost his groove. It seems like though Oliver has recovered from his Dark Archer beatdown physically, he's still not all there mentally. Oliver is off his game. Crap. In other, non-Arrow-related news, Walter is still kidnapped missing, and six weeks have passed. Everyone is assuming the worst. Even Oliver has that look, that we-are-all-thinking-the-same-thing-Walter-is-dead-but-no-one-wants-to-be-the-first-one-to-say-it look. Am I the only one that remembers that Oliver was missing and presumed dead for five whole years, and he came aback alive! Clearly, everyone's attention spans suck. Gotta hand it to Moira, though: she sure can act. She knows exactly where Walter is, and that he'll be returned in six months. But why? And where is he being held in the interim? Meanwhile, in our villain of the week storyline, we finally got to meet Firefly. It seems as if someone has been sneaking into fires and offing certain firefighters that all were present at some big disastrous fire years ago. One of the victims: Laurel's coworker's brother. After some digging they find out these are no accidents, and so Laurel steals the phone Arrow gave to her dad last episode, and solicits his help. Too bad Arrow's on hiatus. Even Starling City is noticing his absence, and they're upset about it. And so begins the journey from vigilante to hero. Now that Laurel has a direct line to Arrow, the story is starting to seem a little... familiar. Is this not how Lois Lane and the Blur started their love affair on Smallville? Yes, yes it is. A certain phone that can't be traced, a voice disguiser, the vigilante helping the girl he loves even though she doesn't know the masked man and her ex are one and the same... Yeah, it's Smallville all over again. But hey, we aren't complaining! We loved that show for a reason. Though it takes some coaxing (and some pouting! Let's have Stephen Amell pout some more on this show. That was a beautiful sight), poking, prodding, and all around dragging him kicking and screaming, Diggle finally gets Oliver to Arrow-up, and take down the rogue firefighter. Turns out Firefly was in the disastrous fire years ago, and his captain ordered everyone to abandon the lost cause, and he got stuck in the fire, badly burned and presumed dead. I still don't understand why Firefly decided going after his fellow firefighters was the right course of action. I understand seeking revenge on the man who left you to die, but the other guys didn't do anything wrong! When Arrow finally cornered him, Firefly set himself on fire, unable to face life. With the Firefly out of commission, Laurel offers the phone back to her dad, but he tells her to keep it. If Arrow keeps saving her, then Det. Lance is okay with their connection... oh wait, JUST KIDDING. He had a tech guy install something or other in the phone so now he can listen in on their conversations. I guess he still hasn't lightened up on the whole vigilante thing. Back to the Walter storyline, Moira finally decides to take his spot as CEO of Queen Consolidated, and Thea is a little surprised at how quickly she changed her mind. I guess Moira isn't as good as an actor as she thought: she was moping around, mourning Walter, and then just like that she seemed fine and ready for action. If Thea is the first person to figure out Moira's behind everything, I will be so impressed. It's about time she was given an actual storyline that didn't involve whining! But the superstar of tonight's midseason premiere: Diggle. He stopped at nothing to get Oliver back in his green hood, trying everything from physically fighting him to analyzing why Oliver was in a funk. The best point he had: Oliver is stronger now than he was on the island, because he has something to lose, aka something to fight for - his family and loved ones. He's less reckless, and more meaningful in his actions. And finally, Diggle got through. Oliver hooded up, with a smile on his face, brandishing his father's list to Diggle: it's time to go hunting. He's baaaaaack! [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Arrow' React: Revenge Vs. Justice 'Arrow' React: Sleeping With the Enemy... Literally 'Arrow' React: I See Your List of Evil People, and I Raise You Street Crime From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) 25 Risqué Miley Cyrus Stage Outfits (Celebuzz)
  • SyFy's 'Alphas' Canceled After 2 Seasons
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 16, 2013
    Unfortunately for fans of Syfy’s Alphas, the network has pulled the plug on the drama series after two seasons. “Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season,” the network said in a statement to Hollywood.com. “We’ve been proud to present this entertaining, high-quality series for two seasons and to work with an incredible ensemble of talented actors, producers and creatives as well as our partners at BermanBraun Television. We’d like to thank the show’s dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support.” Alphas was about a team of ordinary people with extraordinary and unusual mental skills (i.e. superpowers). The show’s stars Warren Christie, Ryan Cartwright, Laura Mennell, and Azita Ghanizada expressed their disappointment with the cancellation via Twitter. Unfortunately #Alphas is cancelled :(— Ryan Cartwright (@RyanCartwright) January 17, 2013 Like my buddy @ryancartwright has reported, unfortunately #Alphas has been cancelled. Thanks for tuning in the last couple of years!!— Warren Christie (@HWarrenChristie) January 17, 2013 Thanks for all your love for the past couple of years...Sad to say @alphas won't be coming back.Will miss our lovely crew and cast.— Laura Mennell (@L_Mennell) January 17, 2013 Sad to say that ALPHAS will not be returning. What an honor to get to play Rachel for 2years & to work w/ & for the MOST AMAZING PEOPLE EVER— Azita Ghanizada(@AzitaGhanizada) January 17, 2013 [Photo Credit: Russ Martin/SyFy] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Supernatural': A Trip Down Purgatory Lane Before the Winchester Brothers Return Nick Kroll Says 'Kroll Show' is a Team Effort Jennifer Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis In: Silverday Night Livenings Playbook! — VIDEO From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) 25 Risqué Miley Cyrus Stage Outfits (Celebuzz)
  • 'GQ' Names the 100 Hottest Women of the Century: Click For Shameless Sexy Pics
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 16, 2013
    With the 21st century has come many an innovation to better our quality of life. Technology, medicine, our understanding of the universe in which we all live, has improved over the past 100 years. But in Hollywood, none of that matters... Well, it matters some, just not as much as other, more shallow, superficial issues. The most important thing the 21st century has brought us is: photos of hot women. GQ has unveiled their picks for the 100 hottest women of the 21st century, and we've rounded up photos that show you why these women hold the title. Call us shallow and superficial, but — no, there's no but. We're being shallow and superficial. Check out the full list here, and feast your eyes on all the sexiness these women have to offer below. Hey, we're all about equal opportunity shallowness.  Beyoncé, we are officially ready for your jelly. Even after becoming a mother to the most famous baby in the world (until the unborn Royal Baby is born, that is), Beyoncé is still the sexiest woman of the century. Damn, teach us how you do it, Queen B!
  • 'Supernatural': A Trip Down Purgatory Lane Before the Winchester Brothers Return
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 16, 2013
    After eight seasons of a drama, it's pretty difficult to show the two main characters in a different light. And yet, the minds behind CW's long-running series Supernatural did just that, leading the Winchester brothers into a war. But instead of teaming up against demons, angels, Leviathans, Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory, they are at war with each other. Sure, in the past, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have fought a bit — even throwing fists here and there — but in the end they've always been brothers who love each other and are there for one other. And then, in December's midseason finale, we left the Winchesters in the darkest place they have ever been. Here, catch up on all the brotherly and supernatural drama of Season 8 before Supernatural returns tonight with "Torn and Frayed."  Where we left off: The Winchesters have stopped fighting for each other and are now fighting with each other. In December’s midseason finale, we left Sam and Dean in a place that mimiced the Season 7 finale, but in a much darker way: the brothers are separated not by space but by their choices. While we began this season with Dean trapped in Purgatory and Sam living a normal life with a girlfriend and a dog, they were still brothers who cared about each other. Now, they are enemies, both at fault for the war between them. Sam went after Benny, Dean’s vampire friend, and Dean faked a 911 call from Amelia, Sam’s ex. Benny survived, but the hunter Sam sent after him didn’t make it out with his head attached to his body – and Benny’s great-granddaughter Elizabeth saw the whole thing. Sam dropped everything and raced to Amelia, only to find her happy with her ex Don (though she did see Sam, and approached him at a bar later that night). Castiel was brought back from Purgatory by the angels to keep an eye on the Winchesters for an unknown reason – unknown to Castiel as well, since he has no recollection of his meetings with the Naomi, the angel in charge. Biggest Jaw-Dropper of the fall: Our favorite trio – Sam, Dean, and Castiel – all made choices that drove a wedge in between the dream team. Sam didn’t even try to look for/save Dean from Purgatory, Castiel refused to leave Purgatory with Dean (wanting to atone for his sins of bringing the Leviathans into the world), and Dean trusted Benny, a vampire, over his own brother and exploited Sam’s feelings for Amelia to save Benny. Oh yeah, how could we forget? There’s a way to close the gates of hell forever! Is this the beginning of the end for Supernatural? It does seem like the perfect way to conclude the long-running series, whether that's in a year or four years from now. Biggest Let-Down of the fall: Amelia turned out to be kind of a snooze. They could have found someone better to play the girl who causes Sam to abandon looking for Dean and Cas, Kevin Tran, and hunting altogether. Most Improved Character: Kevin Tran. The prophet became a total badass this season, learning to fend for himself after Sam abandoned him. He even withstood torture at the hands of Crowley. Least Improved Character: Amelia. After the entire first half of the season, there is still nothing to her that justifies Sam quitting hunting and abandoning Dean, Cas, and Kevin. 5 Reasons You Should Keep Watching: 1. The return of Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury! Our favorite techie/gamer returns in “LARP and the Real Girl” when two LARPers (Live Action Role Playing) turn up dead after playing a game called Moondoor, and Charlie just so happens to be the Queen of Moondoor. Get excited to see Sam and Dean in "tight, tight medieval getups," according to exec producer Jeremy Carver. 2. The return of fan-favorite, self-proclaimed “new Bobby,” hunter Garth! Hollywood.com caught up with Garth’s portrayer, DJ Qualls, at the red carpet premiere of his new FX comedy Legit, and while he couldn’t spill the beans on details of Garth’s return, he was more than happy to confirm it would happen. "Yeah, I can’t really talk about it because they’re super secret on that show," Qualls says. "But yeah, I’m definitely going back. It’s a fun show to do!" 3. The return of King of Hell Crowley in tonight’s episode, “Torn and Frayed.” Crowley has kidnapped Samandiriel – or as Dean likes to call him, heaven’s most adorable angel – in order to find out what makes the angel tick. You can bet the brothers won’t take that lying down. 4. Sam and Dean will finally meet their paternal grandfather, Henry, played by Friday Night Lights' Gil McKinney. But how will that work if he's been dead for a long time? "That episode involves time travel and fills a void that will have great effect on the boys while opening new chapters for the show," says Carver. "And despite what their dad John told them, Grandpa is not a mechanic." Surprise, surpise, more Winchester family secrets! 5. We haven't seen the last of Ty Olsson's Benny, the vampire Dean chose over his own brother. Will he retaliate against Sam? That would definitely put Dean in an even more complicated situation than before. What we ultimately want to see: While we are loving seeing the brothers in an entirely new situation after 8 seasons, enough is enough: we want a reconciliation. Sam and Dean have never been in such a dark place before, and the road back to brotherly love is a long one... one we definitely want to see.  Supernatural returns with “Torn and Frayed” tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on the CW. [Photo Credit: Liane Hentscher/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Supernatural' Midseason Finale React: Two Wrongs Did Not Make It Right 'Supernatural' Midseason Finale: Sam and Dean Have Never Been Further Apart 'Supernatural' React: What's Up Doc? 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  • 'Arrow': Catch Up Before the Next Bullseye Hits Its Mark
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 16, 2013
    Has it really been only 9 episodes? With its genius writing, compelling story, complex characters, best use of a mysterious island since Lost, and passionate fan base, it seems as if The CW's fall superstar, Arrow, has been on the air for many seasons. It is without a doubt the winner out of all the new shows, both in ratings and critical response. Ever since The CW lost its superhero origin story Smallville after 10 seasons, the need for an interesting, intelligent look at how a normal person becomes a hero has grown, and Arrow has finally filled that role. Before Arrow returns tonight with the first new episode of 2013, let's take a look at the wildly successful first 9 episodes and catch up on all things Oliver Queen. Where we left off: Oliver got the absolute s**t kicked out of him by the Dark Archer — who was revealed to be Malcolm Merlyn, Tommy’s father — and found himself waking up in a hospital bed surrounded by his family. Thanks to Diggle’s quick thinking, Moira, Walter, and Thea think he crashed his motorcycle so his secret is still that: a secret from his family (and from Malcolm, since he never got the chance to see Arrow’s face). Walter found out about The List thanks to quirky, clever IT girl Felicity, and that led to Moira/Malcolm having him drugged and kidnapped. Laurel and Tommy are dating for real, and Tommy’s been cut off from his funds, making him – gasp! – poor. Det. Lance slightly got over his prejudice of Arrow and actually teamed up with him to try and take down the Dark Archer. And thanks to the Dark Archer, Oliver found out that his father wasn’t the creator of The List… meaning that someone else is actually to blame for the corruption of Starling City, completely changing Oliver's target and his overall mission. Biggest Jaw-Dropper of the fall: The reveal of the Dark Archer as Malcolm Merlyn (we were sure it was going to be Tommy, even though it makes more sense as Malcolm since he’s already been established as evil). Biggest Let-Down of the fall: Oliver needs to get more action — and we don’t mean the fist-fighting kind! Sure, he got with the Huntress… but we didn’t actually see any of it. One makeout, then a cut to the next morning. If The Vampire Diaries can show hot vamp sex all the time, why can’t we get human sex on Arrow? Really, anything to see more of Stephen Amell naked will do. Most Improved Character: Tommy has already matured so much, both in his relationship with Laurel and in wanting to make an honest living (well, that wasn’t a choice so much as a necessity after being cut off). Least Improved Character: Thea. Enough whining! Give this girl some substance (and we don’t mean drugs… or do we? Her nickname is Speedy after all…)! 5 Reasons You Should Keep Watching: 1. We are about to meet Seth Gabel’s villain, The Count, who is a street thug slash drug kingpin pushing a new drug on Starling City, and this is one villain Arrow can’t knock down easily. “The Count is definitely willing to be cheap, and not very honorable in his battle tactics,” Gabel told Hollywood.com. “He welcomes the challenge of the Arrow character, and is not afraid of that conflict. [He] actually welcomes that opportunity to prove that [he is] greater [than Arrow].” 2. We haven’t seen the last of the Huntress, Oliver’s revenge-obsessed ex. “She’s going to come back,” said executive producer Greg Berlanti at TCA. “We like to think of her as the crazy ex-girlfriend.” 3. David Anders will be playing a character that is completely new, created just for the show. Anders’ Cyrus Vanch is a villain with no conscience, making him absolutely ruthless. 4. Spartacus' Manu Bennett will take on the role of Slade Wilson, who will become Deathstroke, the menacing, violent masked man who tortured Oliver on the island. 5. Colton Haynes will play Roy Harper, who is known in the DC comics franchise as Speedy. Wait… isn’t that Thea’s nickname on the show? Coincidence… we think not. Thea meets Roy – who is from the rough part of town—after he steals her purse, and he is a potential love interest for her. What we ultimately want to see: Now that Arrow is widening his vision on what kind of vigilante he will be — sticking to taking down the names on The List vs. taking down all street crime — we want to see his evolution from the Hood to Arrow, and how that affects everyone around him. He also starts off the second half of the season in a major funk after getting knocked down by the Dark Archer, so seeing him pull himself back up and into the vigilante saddle is going to be very interesting. What will motivate him to get back out there? Plus, you know, more abs. Arrow returns with “Burned” tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on the CW. [Photo Credit: James Dittiger/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Arrow' React: Revenge Vs. Justice 'Arrow' React: Sleeping With the Enemy... Literally 'Arrow' React: I See Your List of Evil People, and I Raise You Street Crime From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) 25 Risqué Miley Cyrus Stage Outfits (Celebuzz)
  • Elton John Welcomes Second Son Via Surrogate
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 15, 2013
    Rumors have been circulating for days, and now they've finally been confirmed: Sir Elton John has welcomed his second son via surrogate. John, 65, and his partner David Furnish’s (50) youngest child was born in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. the pair announced. Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John joins older brother Zachary, born via surrogate on on Dec. 25, 2010. “Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable,” a statement from Furnish and John to Hello! Magazine says. “The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way. It is difficult to fully express how we are feeling at this time; we are just overwhelmed with happiness and excitement.” As for the surrogate who carried Elijah, her identity will remain a secret. "Elton and David love this lady like a sister and they feel indebted to her for life," a source close to the pair told The Sun. "Naturally she has been well rewarded. But her identity will never be revealed." Congratulations to the happy couple! [Photo Credit: David M. Bennett/Getty Images] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Lance Armstrong Confesses to Doping in Oprah Interview — Could He Face a Perjury Charge? Is that Ryan Gosling? Who Is This Dapper Young Man? — PHOTO Anna Kendrick Tweets About Masturbating to Ryan Gosling: You Go, Girl From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) 25 Risqué Miley Cyrus Stage Outfits (Celebuzz)
  • 'Hart of Dixie' Showrunner on Zoe and George: 'That Might Not Happen... and That's Okay' 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 15, 2013
    It's been a while since we last saw our favorite CW Southern charmer, Hart of Dixie, and in preparation for tonight's midseason premiere, Hollywood.com got the chance to chat with Executive Producer Leila Gerstein about the back half of Season 2. Get ready for a whole new saga of Zoe and Wade's "fledgling" relationship, as those two crazy kids try to make it work in the only ways they know how. But what does that mean for Zoe and George? And how about the rest of our favorite Bluebell pairings? Read on for all the juicy scoop, and be warned: mild spoilers ahead! Hollywood.com: The last time we were in Bluebell, a lot of relationships shifted drastically, between Zoe and Wade, Lavon and Ruby, Lavon and Lemon, George and Tansy, Brick and Shelby... Leila Gerstein: Yeah, it was a big Christmas. So do we jump back in right away, or is there a time jump? There is a time jump. I think approximately a few weeks later. So Zoe and Wade are a few weeks into their fledgling relationship. They’ve been in the honeymoon period and this episode will show their very first conflict and how they’re going to deal with that. And Zoe, who has very limited relationship experience, is freaking out because she doesn’t want to fight. And so we’re going to get a lot of humor from that. And at the same time, Lavon has asked them to play this founding couple in the town’s Pioneer Days. And I’m assuming Zoe will do what she always does and inadvertently mess things up trying to not mess things up? Yeah, yeah. She has a way of messing everything up, that Zoe Hart. But it will all be fun. And I think it’s actually an interesting window into a relationship, because they are opposites and they are going to hit a lot of hurdles. Wade will continue to behave completely irresponsibly, he’s going to be completely Wade-ish, and Zoe’s going to be Zoe-ish, and they’re still going to drive each other crazy. But the question is, how are they going to make it as a relationship? How are they going to drive each other crazy and still care about each other and find a balance of what their relationship is going to be? I think it’s a pretty fun episode. Ever since the beginning of the show, George has always been in the back of her mind as the end game for Zoe. Has Wade finally shifted her focus, or is that still her goal, to end up with George? I think that for Zoe, she’s with Wade right now. We’re going to delve back into that question in Episode 12 and talk about it, because I feel like the audience kind of wants to be on board with that as well. It’s a really good question. I think that yes, George always was in the back of her mind as the end game, but the more she’s with Wade the more she has feelings for Wade. I think she’s starting to realize that that might not happen and that’s okay. It’s so surprising at how well Zoe and Wade have worked out. In the beginning, it was set up as this big love story for Zoe and George, but now they couldn’t be any further from getting together, since she’s so happy with Wade. It surprised us, I would say, as well. We love Zoe and Wade together, [but] by all means I’m not saying that George and Zoe are not going to get together one day, because it is hopefully a long series. But for right now, coming back, Zoe and Wade are making a go of it. And if you stop and think about it, Zoe and Wade, I don’t know really what the long-term picture is for them. They’re very different. What do they look like in 10 years? I don’t know. And at some point, obviously sooner than 10 years, I think that Zoe will have to start asking herself those questions. And the possibility that George is out there is always going to exist. Was this always planned for Zoe and Wade to test things out, or did it just happen organically as time went on? It happened kind of organically. We loved them together last year and we obviously did not plan so super much into the future. So we are kind of feeling it out, that there is not necessarily one true love in this show. We are very much feeling Zoe and Wade right now, and I think the audience is feeling it. And we’re going with that, and we’re going to kind of take it to its natural place this season. Are there any big reactions from the people of Bluebell when Zoe and Wade finally make their relationship official, or did everyone just expect this to happen anyway? Everyone kind of assumed it. We don’t feel like it’s scandalous in any way or anything. So the only ones who didn’t see this coming was Zoe and Wade! Right, exactly! Yeah! Let’s talk about Lavon now. Is Ruby out of the picture for good now, or can we expect a reconciliation down the line? Ruby is really out of the picture. For now. For a while. He’s taking it really hard for the first episode back, and he’s really blaming Lemon. And that all plays out in this first episode back. But he’s not going to be moping around for long. He’ll get back on his feet pretty soon. And he will find love again. "He will find love again"… Does that mean good things for Lemon? In this season, he is going to find out about ... well, I don’t want to keep him in the dark about Lemon’s feelings. He is going to find out about Lemon’s feelings. I can’t say when or how, but he’s going to do that. And what can we look forward to in tonight’s midseason premiere, "Old Alabama"? Tuesday’s episode as a whole is Pioneer Days, so it’s a fantastic town event. Everyone is going to be wearing period costumes from the time that Bluebell was founded. And we are going to see George and Brick together working on the Shelby of it all. And Wade and Zoe giving it their first go as a real couple. Hart of Dixie returns tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. 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  • 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Thanksgiving Special: A History Lesson
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 14, 2013
    I have a confession to make: before Sunday night, I had never seen an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. So when I was tasked with reviewing the Thanksgiving special that aired last night, I had no idea what I was in for. Now, I’m well versed in pop culture, so I knew the Boo Boo family was a group like no other, a group many have likened to the end of civilization as we know it. But I had never witnessed the spectacle of it all for myself. What transpired for one hour last night had me in shocked silence, one hand firmly clamped over my mouth for the entire duration of the episode. Eyes wide, I could only watch in fascination at the hijinks unfolding on the screen as one would take in the sight of a car crash. I could not look away, and I could not figure out for the life of me why I was so enthralled with this bunch of loud, messy, ill-mannered, yet close-knit and loving people. And after hours of contemplation and deep thought, I still have no idea how this family has captivated the nation enough to warrant an hour-long reality show. So instead of reviewing the episode as I normally would after watching a TV show, I decided to compile the history and traditions of Thanksgiving, as told by the Honey Boo Boo clan. Because I honestly still have no idea how I feel about this show. At all. And so, without further ado, I present to you: The History and Traditions of Thanksgiving, As Told by the Honey Boo Boo Clan. The Most Important Fact About the First Thanksgiving Mama: What do you know about the first Thanksgiving? Honey Boo Boo: Turkeys. Thanksgiving Defined in One Sentence Honey Boo Boo: The Indians lost everything and just got a crappy meal. And casinos. How the Pilgrims Arrived in America Mama: What was the ship named that the Indians and the Pilgrims... Honey Boo Boo: The Mayship. The Flowership. Mama: No, the Mayflower ship. The Location of the First Thanksgiving Mama: What was the Indians first place where they ate the first Thanksgiving dinner? Honey Boo Boo: Piedmont Region! Was it… Kribbit’s Rot? Plymouth… Rock. Mama: Yeah, that’s right. Jessica: I think Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1942. Ain’t that Thanksgiving? Mama: Jessica, did you just say 1942? That’s like Pearl Harbor. Jessica: It’s 1842, right? Mama: Pilgrims are… people that came over on Plymouth Rock. I don’t know. The Pilgrims Were Amish Anna: Pilgrims are Amish people! Mama: No they’re not. Anna: Yes they are! Mama: How do you know that? Anna: ‘Cuz they’re dressed alike. Christopher Columbus and Pochahontas Anna: When Christopher Columbus sailed to the new world in 1930-something, that’s where he met Pochahontas, and then all the Pilgrims… Jessica: Pochahontas is an Indian! Mama’s Thanksgiving Dinner The main course is a Multi Meal: you just take whatever you can find in your cabinets and throw it in a bowl. Mix with your hands – they’re your best utensils! “You don’t have to bother with putting the sides on plates, it all just goes into the bowl,” Mama said. “You corporate the meat, the sides and the sauces: it’s a multi meal! And Thanksgiving is the mega multi meal.” Anatomy of a Turkey Turkeys have two heads and four eyes. The Best Thanksgiving Dish Honey Boo Boo: Cranberry jelly is just the most perfect food. The food of the gods. How to Make a Quick Ten Bucks Eating raw collard greens wrapped in hog jowl until you puke is totally worth 10 bucks. The Secret Ingredient Butter makes everything better, so use tubs upon tubs of it. And snot is the special, secret ingredient in the turkey. Math 1+1+1=4 [Photo Credit: TLC] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Globes 2013: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Deliver The Best Monologue Ever? 'Revenge' Recap: Revengers Assemble! 'Happy Endings' Recap: The Kickball Episode Finally Arrives! From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Golden Globes: Tina and Amy’s Best Zinger’s (Moviefone)