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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.
  • Director David R. Ellis Dies at 60, Cause of Death Unknown
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 07, 2013
    Director David R. Ellis died early Monday morning at 60 years old in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death is unknown. Ellis was in South Africa preparing to direct the live-action film KITE, an adaptation of the 1998 Japanese anime reuniting him with his Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson. Born in Los Angeles on September 10, 1952, Ellis had a long career in the entertainment industry, first as an actor and then stuntman and stunt coordinator, before moving on to second unit directing in 1986. It was then that Ellis was tasked with directing action sequences: first on on Waterworld, and later on such films as The Matrix Reloaded, and Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone. Ellis’ first directing job was on the Disney film Homeward Bound 2: Lost In San Francisco in 1996. He also directed Final Destination 2, Cellular, Snakes On A Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination, and Shark Night 3D. Ellis also did second unit directing on the upcoming Winter’s Tale starring Colin Farrell, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe. [Photo Credit: Getty Images] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Tony Lip, 'Sopranos' Mob Boss, Dies at 82 Al Roker: 'I Pooped My Pants' at the White House 'Kyle XY' Star Matt Dallas Comes Out as Gay From Our Partners: 30 Hottest Lingerie Scenes from the Past 30 Years (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Forget the Fiscal Cliff, Here Are 11 Pop Culture Cliffs We Love! — GALLERY
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 29, 2012
    Right now, our nation is in a crisis, and the two buzzwords worth knowing are “fiscal cliff.” Now, if you aren’t up to date on the happenings of the U.S. government, here’s a little Fiscal Cliff 101. Usually, during the period between Christmas and New Years, Congress gets vacation time. But POTUS Barack Obama called them back to work on a plan, because the government is facing a big problem at the end of 2012: the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect, and that means the end of last year’s temporary payroll tax cuts, the end of certain tax breaks for businesses, and the beginning of taxes related to Obama’s health care law. At the same time, the spending cuts agreed upon as part of the debt ceiling deal of 2011 will begin to go into effect, meaning big automatic cuts for thousands of government programs. Government officials are frantically trying to come up with a plan that avoids both large tax increases and spending cuts. In honor of the looming fiscal cliff, we decided to focus on the positive. Namely, the cliffs in pop culture that we DO love! Launch our gallery below! 11 Pop Culture Cliffs We Love! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo credit: Scholastic Books] More: Pop Culture Predictions for 2013: We Asked a Psychic! The Billboard Beats: Bruno Mars and Rihanna Stay Strong, Taylor Swift Back In the Game Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus Named Most Charitable Celebs — They Donated HOW Much?!? You Might Also Like: Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant! How Kanye Broke the Surprising News 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Miley and More!
  • 'Terminator 3' Star Nick Stahl Arrested for Lewd Conduct at Porn Shop
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 28, 2012
    Nick Stahl has had his fair share of troubles these past few months, most recently on Thursday night. The Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines star was arrested at an adult paraphernalia and movie shop in Los Angeles for alleged lewd behavior, E! reported. Stahl was reportedly busted by undercover vice officers during a routine check, and was found inside a private booth at the store, watching porn and allegedly committing what is being described as a lewd act. He was brought into custody, booked on a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct, and released. Stahl, 33, also recently spent time in rehab after disappearing for a few days this past spring, prompting his wife to file a missing person report. At least this time, his wife knows where to find him. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo credit: WENN] More: Pop Culture Predictions for 2013: We Asked a Psychic! The Billboard Beats: Bruno Mars and Rihanna Stay Strong, Taylor Swift Back In the Game Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus Named Most Charitable Celebs — They Donated HOW Much?!? You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! Best Movie & TV Ugly Criers of 2012: PICS
  • Lindsay Lohan On 'Million Dollar Decorators': 'I've Kind Of Gone Through Phases'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 28, 2012
    Lindsay Lohan is back in the headlines, but this time it’s her own choice. The infamous star is looking for a change, and she turned to Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators to help with just that. Lohan invited one of the show's decorators, Kathryn Ireland, to her new Hollywood Hills home for a consultation, which will be featured on the Jan. 1 episode. She takes Ireland on a tour of her new home, sparsely furnished because she had only just moved in. With a budget of $250,000, Ireland and Lohan make her new house a home, with a French cottage, shabby-chic, sophisticated and feminine feel. When Ireland was getting ready for the consultation, she had her sons Google Lohan — though we’re sure she didn’t come up with her ideas from any results of that. Her sons were quick to remind her that Lohan is more known for being “on the news getting a DUI” than for Parent Trap. Ireland didn't seem too bothered by that, saying, “You’ve got to get the first prison sentence out of the way, like a first marriage. Same thing, really.” Sounds like these two are going to get along great — professionally, and personally. Check out a sneak peek of the episode below: The episode airs Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Bravo] More: The Kennedy Center Honors: The Weirdest Thing on TV 'Game of Thrones' Is the Most Pirated Series of 2012, But What Network Show Finishes Third? 'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9: 5 Rules to a Good Final Year You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! Spoiler! Spider-Man Comic’s INSANE Ending
  • David Letterman to Oprah: Jay Leno Is 'Funniest' Yet 'Most Insecure Person I Have Ever Known'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 27, 2012
    The friendly competition between late-night hosts Jay Leno and David Letterman is no secret. In fact, on Oprah: The Next Chapter, Letterman sat down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss just that. The CBS Late Show host spoke with Winfrey about the long history he has with Leno, and offered up some high praise – as well as some unflattering things to say – about Leno. "He's an unusual fellow. I've never met anyone quite like Jay,” Letterman says in the interview. “And I will say — and I'm happy to say — that I think he is the funniest guy I've ever known. Just flat out, if you go to see him do his nightclub act, just the funniest, the smartest, a wonderful observationist and very appealing as a comic. Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known... I could never reconcile that." When he was asked about being passed over for the Tonight Show gig, he denied any rivalry that resulted from that. "We were always friends before all of this happened," Letterman says. Check out a sneak preview of the segment here, and catch the full interview Jan. 6 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] More: The Kennedy Center Honors: The Weirdest Thing on TV 'Game of Thrones' Is the Most Pirated Series of 2012, But What Network Show Finishes Third? 'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9: 5 Rules to a Good Final Year You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More!   Spoiler! Spider-Man Comic’s INSANE Ending
  • 'A Good Day to Die Hard': Bruce Willis Is Not the Hugging-Type — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 27, 2012
    Christmas may have ended, but Bruce Willis is back with the next chapter of the yuletide-friendly Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard (although the fifth installment is being released on Valentines Day, giving romance a new meaning). Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane finds himself on foreign soil for the first time after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney) - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the father/son duo discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. Check out the just-released trailer below: It seems like we're in for the explosions, gunfire, and breath-taking action sequences that make a Die Hard movie what it is. This time around, we'll get to see John McClane in a whole new light — a father — but he's not exactly a normal dad, and his son isn't exactly the run-of-the-mill kid either. But really, what else would you expect from the McClanes? A Good Day to Die Hard arrives in theaters February 14, 2013. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo credit: 20th Century Fox] More: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Fact or Fiction: Mandingo Fighting, Bounty Hunters, and More Iron Man Sends a Holiday Card: Stark the Herald Angels Sing! — PIC 'Les Mis' Star Samantha Barks on Singing in the Rain: 'Leave That Vocal Vanity at the Door' You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! Best Movie & TV Ugly Criers of 2012: PICS
  • Miley Cyrus Covers 'Jolene' Pre-Haircut, Reminds Us What She Used to Be Like — VIDEO
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 27, 2012
    Remember when Miley Cyrus had long hair, sang country-tinged pop songs, and graced our TV’s as Hannah Montana? That was certainly a long time ago. But it wasn't too long ago when we could find Miss Cyrus maintaining those first two practices. Pre-bleach blonde buzz cut Miley covered a few great songs beautifully – first came Bob Dylan’s "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," then James Shelton’s "Lilac Wine," and then Melanie Safka’s "Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma." And now, Cyrus has just released another number that she had recorded last summer during “Backyard Sessions.” Cyrus and her band covered her godmother Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” and the soulful, gorgeous, minimalistic take on the 1974 hit is quite unlike the Miley we’ve been seeing lately. First of all, she’s fully clothed, and there are no naked strippers or pole dancers in sight. The acoustic version of the song is lacking in the thumping bass her collaboration with DJ Borgore uses so freely. Cyrus sings barefoot, swaying with the song, and reminds us that she truly is an artist when you strip away all the scandal, makeup, outlandish outfits and antics and background noise. While this is a refreshing look at the teen star, it only makes us more curious about her upcoming album, which is being produced by Pharrell Williams. The album is being described as unlike anything she’s done before. "Her sound right now is her personality," Williams told MTV. "That's what we've been aiming for in the studio and that's what's been coming out and that's what's been sounding so interesting. Her voice is a very powerful one - you just have to hear it to know that and to understand it. It's nowhere near what it is that you think." We're going to assume that means her new album will be more along the lines of "Decisions" and less like this "Jolene" cover. Watch the vintage Miley Cyrus below, and hit the comments with your predictions about her upcoming album: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: The 10 Weirdest Pop Culture Christmas Ornaments — GALLERY Miley Cyrus Finds a Travel Companion in a Blow-Up Doll — PHOTO Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus Named Most Charitable Celebs — They Donated HOW Much?!? You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! ’The Hobbit’: Making Sense of Kili, the Hot Dwarf
  • Kate Winslet Marries Ned Rocknroll: 14 Other Surprising Celeb Marriages! — GALLERY
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 27, 2012
    Kate Winslet surprised everyone when news broke Wednesday that she had married Ned Rocknroll in early December. Reports are that Rocknroll (an alias for the nephew of British billionaire Richard Branson, real name Abel Smith) and Winslet exchanged vows amongst family and friends in New York. The ceremony was reportedly an intimate one, including only the closest confidants of the couple. This is the third marriage for Winslet, who previously married director Jim Threapleton from 1998 to 2001, and then director Sam Mendes from 2003 to 2010. Winslet has a 12-year-old daughter Mia with Treapleton and a 9-year-old son Joe with Mendes. This is the second marriage for Rocknroll, who was previously married to British socialite Eliza Cowdray, the daughter of a multimillionaire viscount. Winslet's marriage to Rocknroll is hardly the first celebrity wedding to catch us by surprise. From Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon to Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson, check out our most surprising celebrity weddings gallery below! The 14 Most Surprising Celebrity Weddings Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo credit: WENN] More: The 10 Weirdest Pop Culture Christmas Ornaments — GALLERY Miley Cyrus Finds a Travel Companion in a Blow-Up Doll — PHOTO Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus Named Most Charitable Celebs — They Donated HOW Much?!? You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! ’The Hobbit’: Making Sense of Kili, the Hot Dwarf
  • A 'YOLO' History Lesson: Drake's Slogan Dates Back to the 1700s
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 26, 2012
    You can’t escape the phenomenon of YOLO even if you wanted to. The highly popularized acronym, short for "You Only Live Once," is everywhere. You can find it on shirts, hats, bumper stickers, all over social media, even shouted by drunk revelers, as it has become the unfortunate motto of 2012 (one we wish would end…). You can’t even escape it when listening to the radio: Drake helped spur the phrase’s popularity in his 2011 song "The Motto," which featured Lil Wayne. Now, it seems as if Drake thinks he actually came up with the acronym, and wants to cash in on its unfortunate popularity. The 26-year-old rapper posted this Instagram of hats with the acronym being sold, saying, “Walgreens....you gotta either chill or cut the cheque.” He then posted this Instagram of a Charlie Brown shirt branded with the term, adding, “Macy's...same goes for you.” GALLERY: 10 Stars Who Need to Pay the DoucheJar Drake, you need to calm down. You didn’t trademark YOLO. In fact, you weren’t even the first person to say it! The U.S. Trademark database actually shows several earlier attempts to use YOLO commercially. A company selling T-shirts, tank tops, hats, and sweatshirts filed an application in 1993 to obtain a trademark for YOLO. That filing was abandoned a year later, but other companies filed for trademarks or service marks incorporating YOLO and “You Only Live Once” for products like artificial suntanning, sportswear, and driver safety pamphlets, among others. But the acronym – and the meaning behind it – actually has a long history before the '90s, dating all the way back to the 1700s, meaning no one alive today can claim the blame credit for it. While the exact wording changes a bit (with some incarnations employing “we” instead of “you,” or rearranging the order of the words themselves), the meaning is the same throughout history. Let’s take a look back at all the instances we could find of YOLO throughout the years: 1700s Clarissa, the epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, was published in eight volumes between 1747 and 1749. Richardson wrote, “And it teaches me to be covetous of time; the only thing of which we can be allowably covetous; since we live but once in this world; and when gone, are gone from it for ever.” Though the wording is different, it is in the vernacular of the time, and the meaning is still the same: time is precious, so make it count. 1800s In February of 1837, YOLO turned up in a story published in The Lady’s Magazine and Museum urging readers to behave cautiously to avoid contracting a deadly disease: “Due respect for your prayer, my worthy master; but my principle is, the further from the danger the safer. We only live once; and life itself is so burdensome, and full of care, that it cannot at all be pleasant to be carried out of this world by such a naughty and ugly conveyance as this cholera.” Once again, “we” is used instead of “you,” but the meaning is the same. STORY: 10 Catchphrases We Never Want to Hear in 2013 In 1858, a minister in Scotland used YOLO to encourage listeners to be morally upright, and said, “We cannot live always: we can only live once. It is then the dictate not only of piety but of sound philosophy that we lay a good foundation for the time to come.” And one year later, the novel Now or Never used YOLO to encourage the opposite, because life was so short one should act boldly: “Besides, we can only live once. Now or never. The present minute is all we are sure of, and it is best to get the most out of that we can.” 1900s While the Russian novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was originally written in the 1860s, the English translation was published in 1917. YOLO appeared in the internal dialogue of a character who was attempting to justify murder: “I only live once, I too want.” In 1937, the film noir You Only Live Once was released, directed by Fritz Lang starring Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney. Comedian Joe E. Lewis popularized the phrase in the '50s, when he famously opened his act by saying, “You only live once, but if you play your cards right, once is enough.” In 1965, Frank Sinatra turned 50 years old, and he quoted Lewis, saying, “I expect to swing for 50 more. You only live once and the way I live, once is enough. I stole that from Joe E. Lewis.” So you see, Drake, you are hardly the first person to say YOLO, let alone come up with the phrase. You might have popularized the acronym with our generation, but it looks like even our grandparents were saying it back in the day! Drake's going to find himself in a tough battle if he truly pursues getting royalties from the sale of anything with YOLO on it. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo credit: WENN] More: The 10 Weirdest Pop Culture Christmas Ornaments — GALLERY Miley Cyrus Finds a Travel Companion in a Blow-Up Doll — PHOTO Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus Named Most Charitable Celebs — They Donated HOW Much?!? You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! ’The Hobbit’: Making Sense of Kili, the Hot Dwarf
  • Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus Named Most Charitable Celebs — They Donated HOW Much?!?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 26, 2012
    The end of the year brings more best/worst/top lists than you could possibly imagine, but one list that really matters is DoSomething.org's Most Charitable Celebrities of 2012, which was just released. All year long, we've kept up with celebrity news, gossip, and rumors, and it's nice when those celebrities who dominate the headlines and charts give back. They truly put their success to good use. And you wouldn't believe who made this year's list! Here are the top 5 most charitable celebrities of 2012: 5. Justin Bieber The teen pop sensation's Believe Charity Drive raised over $1 million for charity, and he works with Pencils of Promise to build schools in third-world countries. He also takes time out of his crazy touring schedule to visit young cancer patients in the hospital. And to cap it all off, he donated $100,000 so homeless children can go to school. Beliebers, you've picked a great role model to idolize. 4. Lady Gaga With a $1.2 million personal donation, Mother Monster started her Born This Way Foundation, which combats bullying and promotes acceptance of the LGBT community. She also pledged $1 million to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. All this, and she started her own body revolution to help put an end to body-shaming, and kick start healthy body images for her Little Monsters. 3. Channing Tatum People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, helped raise millions for the Rainforest Foundation. They also support Angels for Animals and sponsor abused farm animals through Gentle Barn. All that good karma is manifesting: Channing and Jenna are bringing another beautiful, charitable person into the world. 2. Miley Cyrus Despite all her crazy and scandalous antics, and along with getting engaged to Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus has had quite the charitable year. She spent her 20th birthday promoting Saving Spot! Rescue, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to finding homes for dogs in shelters with high rates of euthanasia. Additionally, Cyrus participated in 2012's TOMS’ One Day Without Shoes challenge and has worked toward the benefit of Save The Music Foundation, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And the No. 1 most charitable celebrity of 2012 is... 1. Taylor Swift It's safe to say that 2012 has been this country/pop star's year. First came the successful release of her album, Red, then she celebrated her 23rd birthday, and then there's the long list of her bevy of boyfriends (while that could be viewed as a negative, at least it gave her lots to write about!), and now she's been named the most charitable celebrity of the year. Not bad, Swift. Not bad at all. She is the youngest person to ever receive the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for her charity work. She also donated a record $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame Museum, and has made large contributions toward organizations supporting young cancer sufferers. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images] More: Music Video for Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' Shows a Whole New Girl Miley Cyrus Finds a Travel Companion in a Blow-Up Doll — PHOTO Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Are Expecting Their First Child You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! ’The Hobbit’: Making Sense of Kili, the Hot Dwarf