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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.
  • 'Vampire Academy' Movie Finally Moves Forward, Gets Screenwriter and Script 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 19, 2012 6:01am EST
    When you hear the words, “teen vampire movie,” obviously the first thing anyone will think about  is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. But soon, that will all change. New York Times bestselling series Vampire Academy – optioned by Preger Entertainment way back in the summer of 2010 – is finally moving forward with the first book’s big-screen adaptation. According to the official Facebook page for the film, “We have a writer & a script: Dan Waters of Heathers fame! Woot Woot!!” “Dan has written a brilliant screenplay for Vampire Academy. Smart and funny, clever and really a great read – it is going to make a terrific film,” producer Don Murphy wrote. Waters has also written Batman Returns, Hudson Hawk, and Demolition Man. But fans and critics who are looking to compare Vampire Academy with The Twilight Saga should be warned: there is absolutely nothing that links these two series besides the fact that they are both in the vampire genre. The protagonist in Richelle Mead’s six-part series is Rose Hathaway, a headstrong, independent, Dhampir (half-human/half-vampire) bodyguard in training to protect her best friend, Moroi (vampire) princess Lissa Dragomir, the last in her royal bloodline following a tragic car accident. Unlike Bella Swan’s constant damsel-in-distress (a useless, personality-lacking human girl), Rose is an actual role model. She doesn’t take anything lying down, she fights for herself and her friends (quite literally… since Rose is going to be a royal bodyguard, most of her school classes are combat training), and she doesn’t allow anyone to wage her battles for her. She is confrontational, confident, and doesn’t allow a silly thing like heartbreak get in the way of living her life and protecting her friend. Vampire Academy begins when Rose and Lissa have already been on the run for two years from St. Vladimir's Academy, which isn't just any boarding school – it's a hidden place where the good, living vampires are educated in the ways of magic, and half-human teens train to protect them as Guardians. But after being caught, Rose and Lissa are dragged back to St. Vladimir's – the very place where they're most in danger. Rose and Lissa have a rare and unbreakable psychic bond, which complicates their lives when they become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, the royal palace’s government politics, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But in addition to the dangers plaguing Lissa and Rose inside the Academy, outside await the Strigoi – the fiercest and most dangerous undead vampires who kill humans, Moroi, and Dhampirs. The evil Strigoi have made it their mission to end Royal bloodlines, making Lissa their prime target. As if Rose didn’t already have enough on her plate, what with her inappropriate feelings for her much older instructor, Dimitri Belikov, who is known as a god among the Guardians. There is enough action, romance, and mystery in Vampire Academy to completely change the vampire movie genre going forward (and to erase any and all comparisons to The Twilight Saga for good). It is mature, emotional, and exciting. And now that a script has been written, it’s time to start the casting process. Who will make a good Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri? Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Razorbill] More: James Franco's Gay Art Film Trailer is Very Confusing! Watch It Here. Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman are Actin' a Fool in 'Identity Thief' —TRAILER 'Les Misérables': Anne Hathaway Reveals She Was the Cosette to Her Mother's Fantine From Our Partners: ’A Few Good Men’: Where Are They Now? (Moviefone) Best Mother and Son Movies: ‘Forrest Gump’ and More! (Moviefone)
  • 'HIMYM': Nobody Asked You, Patrice! Well, Actually... We Did Ask Patrice! 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 18, 2012 12:46pm EST
    Last night’s How I Met Your Mother solved the mystery that has been plaguing this entire season: How were Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) going to end up at the altar together? It seemed as if they were as far from an engagement as possible: they began this season with significant others, Barney going as far as proposing to his stripper girlfriend, Quinn. Then, when they both broke off their respective relationships, mishap after mishap kept these two soulmates from coming together. The final straw? Barney’s unexpected relationship with Robin’s co-worker/archenemy, Patrice (Ellen D. Williams). Of course, in last night’s midseason finale, HIMYM revealed that Patrice was actually working with Barney to create one last play for Robin’s heart, called "The Robin." Their relationship was fake, perpetuated to make Robin realize her true feelings for Barney, culminating in their engagement on the roof of the Worldwide News Building. While we knew these two crazy kids would find their way to each other, we had no idea how Patrice would factor into their relationship until the end of last night’s supersized episode. Hollywood.com got the chance to chat with Patrice herself, Ellen D. Williams, about the big reveal, how a one-line joke turned into a major recurring character, and Patrice’s future. Hollywood.com: How did the character of Patrice come about? Ellen D. Williams: It’s kind of a funny story. I feel like the acting gods above were smiling upon me that day. I was actually on jury duty and got the call from my manager and she said there was a one-line costar audition tomorrow, and so I was like, hopefully I can get out of jury duty! So I was able to get out of it. And actually, the part was written and created by Kourtney Kang, who is one of the executive producers and she’s Korean-American and she specifically wrote a character asking for a Phillipina. There’s only a handful of us, and there’s only a handful of my type, and we always see each other at auditions. It literally was just that one line from the "Stinson Missile Crisis" which was the first episode I did. Robin said, "Nobody asked you Patrice!" And I say, "He’s so dreamy." And I found out a week later that I had booked it! It was neat because that was my TV debut.  How did Patrice transform from a one-line joke to such a central recurring character? It’s great that we can talk about it now. I’ve done some interviews before but I couldn’t really say anything until now. It’s great that we can now, after the reveal last night. They told me back in the summer that they were working on this bigger character arc and I was like, that’s great! In my mind I was trying to think of what it might be. I actually thought that maybe they would make Patrice Marshall and Lily’s nanny. And then when I had seen the first couple episodes I thought oh, it’s going to be something about Barney and Robin. And I was right! But I wasn’t sure until I really got that first script. It was exciting to know that I was going to be helping out with them. I was excited. I was supposed to be just this one-line costar, and then to have it recurring and then getting to be a part of this great story arc was exciting and amazing. I knew that there was no way Patrice and Barney would really be together. The whole playbook thing, the entire thing, I knew from the beginning as an actor and Patrice knew from the beginning that this was all just a big play. How did the fans react during this big arc? I knew that the fans were going to feel something about it, and I was just like, just hold out! Just a little longer! You’re going to be big Patrice fans after Monday night! I knew that there was never going to be anything between Patrice and Barney. I think everyone was intrigued. Absolutely. They all were like, she’s so different than any of the girls he’d been with. I think that was the great thing about the episode, “The Over Correction,” because it kind of helped people along to go, oh she’s completely different than anyone he’s ever been with in every kind of way. People could make sense of it for another week. Do you think this showed growth on Barney's part, or is he just the same play-running ladies man? I still think it was growth on his part. I really think his character had to go through all of those women to figure it out. And I loved every play. Every play was so thought out for his character. First he had to find the person that annoys Robin the most and talk to her to see if she’ll go for this. And of course my character would do anything for Robin. She loves Robin more than she ever had a crush on Barney. And she’s so naïve and innocent. She’s not like someone who would go, oh yeah, I’m dating Barney! This is happening for me! She’s not like that. And with all of her prior episodes with her healthy obsession with Robin, I think she would do anything for her. Patrice knew from the very beginning, and the way he approached her created this backstory, so it was perfectly fine and okay. And there was not a part of Patrice that was like, oh I can’t be with Barney, because she’s not like that at all. Let's talk a little bit about that special relationship between Patrice and Robin. I always think back to characters on other sitcoms like Michael and Toby on The Office, there are all these characters who just don’t like another character but we can’t figure out why. And I think that’s kind of what Robin and Patrice is like. And Patrice is just someone who sees the best in everyone and wants the best for everyone. She is super nurturing, sweet, warm and I think things just roll off her back. When she gets yelled at by Robin, it doesn’t affect her. There is just very much a naiveté to her. And yet she’s also smart. She’s not dumb in any way. And one of the biggest things she shows in the past four episodes is that she’s a really great actress to pull it off. And to me, that just shows how much she really adores Robin and would do anything for her. I have got to ask: have any strangers yelled, "Nobody asked you, Patrice!" yet? I haven’t had anyone yell it out to me on the street yet. But I’m sure at some point it will happen! My friends and family think it’s hysterical to yell to me, but so far no one has come up to me to yell it. I’m sure I’ll get a “Nobody asked you, Patrice!” at some point. I’m waiting for it! Do you think there was ever any potential for Barney and Patrice to have a real relationship? There have always been a group of fans that love Patrice, and once this whole story arc began there was a lot of “what,” “no way,” “I can’t believe it,” and “what are you doing,” and HIMYM fans are crazy! Just crazy about the show. And I had to learn what “shipping” is. That’s when you want two characters to be together. It’s just such a different generation of fan admiration because you can say anything on the internet. There were some people that were for Barney and Patrice, and there were a lot of people against it. But you know Patrice would never do anything to hurt Robin. I think for Patrice it was fun to be a part of this grand scheme. It gave her something to do and it was fun to be a part of this group of people she thinks is really cool. And so of course people are tweeting now, "Oh I hated you up until last night! We love you so much, I love you so much now! Thank you for bringing back the ultimate one true pair! OTP!" So I knew this whole time but the past few weeks I kept being like, just hold out! I just wanted to say, hold on! But I couldn’t give away spoilers. And I knew everyone would come around late Monday night. And they have. What do you think the future holds for Patrice? I don’t know where her future is headed. I’m not sure. We’ll see. I hope that Patrice is at least one of the bridesmaids at Barney and Robin's wedding. I think the ideal dream would be that Patrice gets her own spin-off! For the immediate future I think it would be great if Patrice could be a part of the wedding since she helped bring them together. Do you have any idea who the mother will be? I have no idea who the mother could be, or how it’s going to be revealed, but I know it’s going to be exciting. I’m a fan of the show, and I’m excited to find out how it’s going to happen. There is just not another show out there like this. It’s all about time and flashbacks. It’s like one of those mystery novels in some ways. As a kid I used to read these novels all the time, where they go, “If you think the character should go this way then turn to page forty-five!” The create your own adventure books! Yeah, create your own adventure! It’s like that for me. Someone once said, "Why do you think she was called the arch-nemesis," and I didn’t even know! People have to remember that everything’s in flashbacks so we weren’t going to find out right away. I think this is the reason why she was Robin’s arch-nemesis. I think that’s what makes HIMYM really different. You have to look for the clues. That’s what makes it like a mystery novel. What are the clues? Yes, there are so many Easter eggs hidden throughout all the seasons. Exactly! And you never know when you’re going to get glimpses of it. It’s exciting. It keeps people on the edge of their seats. It’s just so good. And there isn’t really that many other sitcoms who are going on as long as this. It’s kind of up there with Will and Grace and Friends of sitcom run times. So I do hope for the best for them. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS] More: 'How I Met Your Mother': Why Was a Real Barney/Patrice Romance Out of the Question? 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  • Romeo Beckham Puts his Good Genes to Use, Models for Burberry
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 18, 2012 6:40am EST
    With a fashion designer for his mom and the hottest underwear model on Earth for his dad, it was only a matter of time before Romeo Beckham stepped in front of the camera himself. Despite being only 10 years old, little Romeo, son of Victoria and David Beckham, has become the newest (and cutest) face of Burberry's Spring/Summer 2013 campaign. He clearly operates under the “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” philosophy of life. And man, does this little cutie got it! Clad in the classic beige Burberry trench coat, complete with plaid umbrella, patent leather black shoes and pressed trousers, Romeo looks like a miniature adorable businessman. He completely steals the spotlight from Edie Campbell and Charlie France, the adult models also sporting matching trenches, in the campaign photos shot by photographer Mario Testino. Admit it, at first you didn't even realize there were any other models besides Romeo in that shot... It's okay, we didn't, either. What do you think of the newest Beckham foray into the fashion industry? Too cute for words, right? With a huge label like Burberry dressing him, Romeo has suddenly become one of the best dressed celebrity kids in Hollywood. Launch our gallery to see which other celebrity kids are budding fashionistas.  Check Out These Other Best Dressed Celebrity Kids! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Burberry] More: Miley Cyrus Channels Michael Jackson via Oh-So-Edgy Crotch Grab DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop 2012' Teaches Us 4 Essential Pop Music Truths From President Obama to the NFL: Most Moving Celebrity Newtown Tributes From Our Partners: ’Jack Reacher’: The Beginner’s Guide To The New Tom Cruise Movie ’Les Miserables’ Unscripted: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway On Singing And Being Modest
  • OMG! Gossip Girl Is...
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 17, 2012 4:58pm EST
    Well, the secret is out, dear readers. After six seasons of speculation, the identity of Gossip Girl has been revealed. Read on if you watched the series finale of Gossip Girl, “New York, I Love You XOXO.” [SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SERIES FINALE OF GOSSIP GIRL, AVERT YOUR EYES NOW!] Gossip Girl is none other than Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey. Turns out “the ultimate insider” truly was the ultimate insider! In a shocking turn of events, when Dan was late bringing the flowers to Blair and Chuck’s nuptials, he overheard Blair bashing him, saying that “despite his years of trying” Dan would never be “one of them.” According to Blair, Dan could never overcome his Brooklyn roots, and that Serena could not end up with someone like him. Disgusted that this topic is still conversation after all these years, Dan gives his final chapter to Nate for publishing in The Specatator with the truth about Gossip Girl. In a flashback, we got to see the first time Dan and Serena first met at a party, and thus Dan was inspired to work his way into the "It" group, no matter what. And Gossip Girl was born... Remember that time Gossip Girl labeled all the Upper East Siders during high school graduation? Dan’s label was “The Ultimate Insider.” That should have been the biggest clue right there. And at the beginning of this season, when Gossip Girl said that Serena “was dead to me,” Dan had the exact same attitude towards her. Plus, the very first Gossip Girl blast was about Serena, when she made her comeback into the Upper East Side after her year at boarding school way back in the pilot. Dan’s object of affection throughout the years: Serena van der Woodsen. He clearly had no qualms about releasing scandalous (true) stories about his friends (publishing his book, Inside). And as for all those GG blasts about Dan, even when the content was negative, he was gaining fame and notoriety when he had nothing to lose. For Dan, any press was good press. Gossip Girl’s identity has been the biggest mystery of all, and yet, looking back at the series, it should have been obvious that Lonely Boy was the titular blogger. It could not have been anyone else. Bravo, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, for keeping such a huge secret a secret, when it should have been the most obvious answer. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW] More: 'Gossip Girl' Series Finale Countdown: The Crazy Fashions of Chuck Bass Countdown to the 'Gossip Girl' Series Finale: The Best Schemes, Hoaxes, and Scandals So Who Is 'Gossip Girl,' Anyway? - POLL From Our Partners: ’The Hobbit’ Cast: A Who’s Who New Character Guide (Moviefone) ’Les Miserables’ Unscripted: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway On Singing And Being Modest
  • Countdown to the 'Gossip Girl' Series Finale: The Best Schemes, Hoaxes, and Scandals
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 17, 2012 12:49pm EST
    It’s finally here. The moment we’ve all been waiting for. After six seasons of guessing, wondering, hoping, and dying to know the truth, the series finale of Gossip Girl will uncover the identity of the titular blogger. While tonight will conclude all the storylines we’ve invested in for Season 6, in addition to revealing Gossip Girl, it will also include a one hour look at the series, with the stars and executive producers saying their goodbyes and sharing memorable moments. This inspired us to look back at the entire series, and while some characters have left us (so long, Vanessa!), some return tonight (well, hello Little J and Eric!), and some have grown into completely different people from the pilot until now (anyone else remember when Chuck Bass used to be a stoner villain?), the one thing that has tied the series together throughout six seasons is all the scheming, hoaxes, and scandals. Let’s refresh our memories with Gossip Girl’s best schemes, hoaxes and scandals from the entire series before tonight’s finale, which is bound to have as many twists and turns that can possibly fit into one episode. It is Gossip Girl, after all: what else would you expect? The Best Schemes, Hoaxes, and Scandals of 'Gossip Girl' The Gossip Girl series finale, "New York, I Love You XOXO," airs tonight on The CW from 8 PM to 10 PM EST. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/The CW] More: OMG! Identity of 'Gossip Girl' Will Be Revealed! 'Gossip Girl': Who ELSE Is Getting Married?!? — PIC 'Gossip Girl': OMG! Chuck And Blair Get [SPOILER], But Who's Getting Arrested? — PIC From Our Partners: Bar Refaeli Strips Down for New Underwear Campaign (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • 'Gossip Girl' Series Finale Countdown: The Crazy Fashions of Chuck Bass
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 17, 2012 6:20am EST
    Gossip Girl is known for the many schemes, hoaxes, and scandals that pepper every single episode. But the other important component that makes this show what it is? The fashion. And no one on the Upper East Side is more fashionable than Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass. Over the last six seasons of Gossip Girl, we’ve seen Chuck wear some pretty out-there fashions, taking some daring risks when it comes to colors and prints, and watched him make even the most casual of days a walk down the runway. From his high school days as a preppy stoner to now, when you can't catch him in anything but a suave suit, his fashion sense has matured along with his character. When we say goodbye to Gossip Girl once and for all tonight when the two-hour series finale airs, we will get our last glimpse of Chuck’s weirdly awesome style, and his most fashionable look as he finally heads to the altar with longtime love, Blair. Before that happens, take a trip down memory lane and check out all the crazy fashions of Chuck Bass! THE CRAZY FASHIONS OF CHUCK BASS! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] More: 'Gossip Girl': OMG! Chuck And Blair Get [SPOILER], But Who's Getting Arrested? — PIC 'Gossip Girl': Who ELSE Is Getting Married?!? — PIC OMG! Identity of 'Gossip Girl' Will Be Revealed! From Our Partners: Bar Refaeli Strips Down for New Underwear Campaign (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • Hanukkah's Best Pop Culture Moments: Seth Cohen's 'O.C.' Chrismukkah
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 15, 2012 5:54am EST
    Growing up in a Jewish household, I always yearned to involve Christmas in our holiday traditions. All our decorations were blue and white, with dreidels, menorahs, chocolate gelt, and Jewish stars taking up room on our mantles. We weren’t allowed to hang up colored lights outside, or have any type of holiday greenery in our home. No matter how much my brother and I begged our parents, alas, a Hanukkah bush was not allowed to come to fruition. We were completely, utterly, totally, 100 percent Hanukkah-celebrators. Yes, celebrating Hanukkah meant that we got eight nights of presents instead of just one morning. But really, we were getting the same total number of presents, so that age-old argument that we got more presents than kids who celebrated Christmas was false. Just a lie we perpetuated to make our holiday seem cooler, better than our friends’ celebrations. Hey, they got all the awesome TV specials, movies, and catchy jingles, so why couldn’t we have this one white lie? In reality, we were really lying to ourselves. We were trying to make up for the fact that even pop culture has forsaken us Jews – just another in a long line of those who oppressed us. Where were our pop culture Hanukkah celebrations? Why didn’t our favorite TV shows dedicate an episode to us more often? Where are our Hanukkah-themed movies? Why don’t we have a whole catalogue of songs catchier than that awful tune, "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel?" Why, why, why?!? Turns out, all we had to do to achieve the perfect holiday was simply combine Christmas with Hanukkah for a celebration everyone can enjoy. Case in point: Chrismukkah. On The O.C., Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) had a Jewish father and a Protestant mother, so he merged Christmas and Hanukkah into Chrismukkah. He created the holiday when he was six, and his family celebrated it every year after. The OC had annual Chrismukkah episodes every season. The first Chrismukkah episode, “The Best Chrismukkah Ever,” Seth explained the holiday had "eight days of presents, followed by one day of many presents." The Cohens displayed both a Christmas tree and a Hanukkah menorah, and spent Christmas watching movies like It's a Wonderful Life and Fiddler on the Roof while eating Chinese takeout. Of course, this was a teen soap TV show, so their little holiday celebrations came with shenanigans, schemes, big reveals, and – of course – all the drama you could possibly want… and then some! There were shoplifting scandals, possible DUIs, breakups, makeups, corporate espionage, and even more makeups and breakups. At least when you celebrate your own Chrismukkah, you can rest easy knowing that your holiday could never be quite as dramatic as the Cohens'. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Fox] More Hanukkah Pop Culture Moments: Hanukkah Begins: A Lesson From The Holiday Armadillo On 'Friends' The Bright Lights of Hanukkah: The 'Rugrats' Special The Maccabeats Are Back – Or a Reason to Listen to 'Candlelight' From Our Partners: Lea Michele Calls Her Breasts ‘My Prizewinners’ Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Midnight Premiere: Where Were the Fans?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 14, 2012 10:02am EST
    Midnight premieres used to rival the best of Bilbo's birthday parties. Devotees would stand in line, celebrating their mutual passion for a franchise. Midnight screenings would be planned months in advance. Anticipation would peak weeks before, and tickets would would sell out weeks before the premiere. Theaters responded to the midnight screening fan demand, adding more showings that sometimes began just five, 10, and 30 minutes after the first to accommodate the growing audience. But, strangely, something seemed to shift since the days when fans would endure bitter cold or sweltering heat for the latest Harry Potter or Twilight. And despite The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's record-breaking numbers, that change was clear last night. Late Thursday night (well, technically, early Friday morning) at 12:01 am on the dot, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel premiered across the country. But for fans at the Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX in Times Square in NYC, the movie was hardly the focus of conversation. Instead, the question that lingered on everyone’s mind: Where were all the fans?  There were no lines outside the theaters an hour and a half before the movie opened. There were no crowds of excited moviegoers. What was going on? “I’m surprised how empty it is because I know a lot of the showings sold out,” Brent Anders, 20, says. “I guess lots of people are coming soon, just not as early as usual.”  Anders has attended the midnight premieres for many movies, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, where he saw many more fans lining up for Jackson's original trilogy. “I’ve been waiting for this one since they announced they were making The Hobbit," he says. "My friends and I all coordinated which tickets to buy and we met up here at the theater an hour and a half before the movie. We thought we were being smart since midnight premieres are usually so crazy and busy, but I guess people weren’t as excited or something because there wasn’t a line.” Of course, that's partly because Regal opened its doors early enough to allow fans out of the December cold. A nice gesture, but a change of pace for fans accustomed to — and who enjoy — midnight madness outside theaters. “We got our seats way earlier than we thought,” Anders says. “Like, we brought magazines because we thought we were going to be sitting in a line for a while but now we can relax in the theater’s seats.” Inside the theater, however, another theater-goer, Katie Sandmar, was taken aback by how empty the premiere looked. “I don’t know, I guess I just expected the usual crowds and excitement,” Sandmar, 33, says. “One time I waited in line for two hours just so I could get the perfect seat. I guess I expected the same thing tonight — I came an hour before the midnight showing but there wasn’t a line. They just took my ticket and directed me to the theater and I could go in and sit down like a normal movie. The theater is, like, half full too [an hour before the movie]. It definitely wasn’t what I expected.” Despite fans' seemingly waning interest, The Hobbit is expected to make bank at the box office. After all, The Hobbit midnight screenings brought in $13 million, according to Hollywood.com's Paul Dergarabedian — a record for December midnight releases. Still, though fans might be committed to going to the theater, they don't seem to be excited about the prospect. “I went to one midnight premiere for Lord of the Rings, but I’ve seen them all,” Marco Alvarez, 24, who arrived at the theater 50 minutes before his showing, says. “I remember talking to complete strangers about the movies. We were all just so excited and everyone was so nice ... I guess they opened the theaters a lot earlier or something but it’s not really full. I didn’t have to worry about finding good seats for me and my girlfriend. A lot of my friends are going tomorrow because they had to work tomorrow morning.” Anders agrees midnight screening excitement has dwindled, though he wonders if it is less of a work issue and more of an oversaturation problem. “Midnight screenings used to be such a rare thing, but now all the big movies are doing them so it’s kind of not as huge as it used to be," he says. "I go to all the midnight premieres now. It used to be a big deal to see it the Friday night that it came out, but now it’s the Thursday night it comes out. It just kind of changed over time. I mean, with all the LOTR and Harry Pottermovies it was this big event and people would dress up in costumes and stuff. I still find it exciting, but I guess it’s not as big a deal anymore.” But Anders, like many super-fans, is still excited to see the world of Middle-earth play out on the big screen. "I know this one is going to be way different just like tonally and stuff, like the story is so different, so I know to not expect it to feel like the Lord of the Rings movies," he says. "Either way, I’m really excited, especially to see where they end this movie. I can’t believe they’re splitting up one book into three movies. That’s insane. In a good way. It’ll last longer that way.” Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures (2)] More: 'The Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage on Becoming a Dwarf and What We'll See in Part 2 'Hobbit' Midnighters Who Accidentally Saw the Movie in 48 FPS: We're Here for You Beards, Quests, and Wizards, Oh My! Why Most Fantasy Looks like Middle-earth From Our Partners: ’The Hobbit’ Cast: A Who’s Who New Character Guide (Moviefone) Movie Mistakes: Biggest Flubs in Sports Films (Moviefone) 
  • Katy Perry and John Mayer Go Public as a Couple... Tell Me Something I Don't Know
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 14, 2012 10:00am EST
    After being spotted canoodling for months, Katy Perry and John Mayer have officially gone public with their relationship. Breaking news, I know. According to an Us Weekly source, after walking the red carpet of the Broadway adaptation of A Christmas Story with Mayer, Perry introduced him to the cast by saying, "This is my boyfriend John." Don't worry, dear readers, I’m as confused about why this is news as you are. For what seems like forever now, the pop sensation and the guitar-strumming crooner have been spotted together all over, going on romantic dates, even doing the time-honored walk of shame that clearly denotes couple status. But I guess until this moment we were just meant to assume they’ve been really great, really, really close friends this entire time? Perry and Mayer first began dating early this June, before briefly ending things in August. They were then seen locking lips in September, and since then they’ve been spotted everywhere together, including The Rolling Stones concert at the Prudential Center on Thursday night in Newark, New Jersey. But it was her use of the "b" word on Wednesday that officially ended all the “speculation” regarding whether they are a couple… although I really can’t think of anyone who will be surprised by this development. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage] More: Music Video for Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' Shows a Whole New Girl A Holiday Gift Guide Using Only 'Real Housewives' Products Google Maps is Now a Downloadable App, So You'll Never Have to Open Apple Maps Again From Our Partners: Bar Refaeli Strips Down for New Underwear Campaign (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • Music Video for Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' Shows a Whole New Girl
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum December 13, 2012 12:23pm EST
    Taylor Swift debuted the music video for her dubstep-inspired track, "I Knew You Were Trouble," Thursday at 4:40 PM EST, and it's unlike any other incarnation of Swift you've ever seen before. It's darker than anything she has done in the past, more gritty and mature. It plays out like a short film rather than a music video, with a long intro chronicling her relationship with a guy who leads a fast life, and the consequences of losing herself for someone who never loved her. Before this guy enters the picture, she starts off much like the Swift we all know: happy, sweet, surrounded by her girlfriends. That all changes as soon as she meets him. He's a tattooed and free-spirited; a dangerous influence, starting bar fights for seemingly no reason (and smiling about it!), kissing other girls at concerts, and being pulled over the by the cops. But regardless of all these warning signs, Swift falls for him anyway, and dives headfirst into his world, losing herself in the process. Even physically, you can see the difference: her blond hair becomes tipped in pink, her makeup darker and smudged, her clothes ripped and grungy. There's no happy ending for this story, either. After partying all night at an outdoor party/music festival/concert, she sees her man making out with another girl, sparking a downward spiral. She wakes up the next day, alone, in the middle of the field, literally hitting rock bottom. The intro monologue is a bit cheesy and overly dramatic, but as for the rest of the video, I say: well done, Taylor Swift. This is a true departure from her squeaky-clean, goody-goody image, but not in a tragic real-life way (ahem, we're looking at you, Lindsay Lohan). It shows the decline of a girl who loses herself in a relationship that was never good for her in the first place, which unfortunately happens all too often.  "I Knew You Were Trouble" is the third music video from her album, Red. It features Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star Reeve Carney as her dangerous bad boy and was directed by Anthony Mandler. "As soon as I started writing this song, I knew it was different from anything else on the record, so I knew I wanted the video to be different from anything we'd done ever done," Swift said to MTV. "I wanted to tell the story of a girl who falls into a world that's too fast for her, and suffers the consequences." Swift is having a pretty great day. Not only did she turn 23, but "Safe and Sound" (her collaboration with The Civil Wars for The Hunger Games soundtrack) was nominated for a Golden Globe in the the Best Original Song category. All this, plus the debut of her music video? Today is probably her best day ever. Ever. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Big Machine] More: Taylor Swift's New Song is Dubstep... And It Works Taylor Swift Turns 23, So Grow Up Already! Taylor Swift Strolls With 'One Direction' Hunk Harry Styles... And a Baby? From Our Partners: ’The Hobbit’ Cast: A Who’s Who New Character Guide (Moviefone) ’Les Miserables’ Unscripted: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway On Singing And Being Modest