Sydney Bucksbaum
Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.
  • Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 Golden Globes Nominations: What Predictions Can We Make From Movie Reviews?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 13, 2012
    Thursday morning was a whirlwind of Golden Globes news. First came the TV and movie nomination announcements, quickly followed by a roundup of TV and movies nomination snubs (natch). The nominated TV and movie stars have even started to react to the news of their success. Now that the metaphorical dust has settled, we can start to analyze the nominations and predict who will walk away with both the golden statuette and bragging rights come Sunday, Jan. 13 when the Globes concludes its broadcast. Now, these theories are not based solely on our opinions. We have collected hard data, numbers, and figures to accurately predict who will be called up to the stage in front of all of Hollywood and the world to accept their award (and by hard data, numbers, and figures, we mean the overall score for each movie on Rotten Tomatoes). Science! Math! Let's get to it! Best Motion Picture, Drama Argo 95% Django Unchained 100% Life of Pi 88% Lincoln 91% Zero Dark Thirty 100% This is the closest race of them all. The biggest takeaway is that not only did all of these dramas get high scores (all but Life of Pi scoring above a 90%), but two -- not one but two -- films scored a perfect 100%. We're having a hard time predicting what will walk away victorious between Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, but the consensus from all the staff members who have seen both dramas is that ZDT will take the prize. Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln 91% Richard Gere, Arbitrage 85% John Hawkes, The Sessions 93% Joaquin Phoenix, The Master 85% Denzel Washington, Flight 77% While The Sessions as a whole scored the highest, Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in the historical drama Lincoln will nab him the Golden Globe. Day-Lewis completely transformed into the iconic role of the 16th president of the United States, complete with the accurate accent and mannerisms with which real-life Abraham Lincoln spoke. Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty 100% Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone 82% Helen Mirren, Hitchcock 67% Naomi Watts, The Impossible 81% Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea 79% Though Jessica Chastain's Zero Dark Thirty will win the Globe for best drama, based on reviews' discussions on the actress nominees, Marion Cotillard might be the winner for her work in Rust and Bone. The actress plays a woman whose life takes a sharp turn when a horrific accident leaves her a double amputee. Cotillard is also expected to earn an Oscar nod for the same role. Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 77% Les Misérables 74% Moonrise Kingdom 94% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 67% Silver Linings Playbook 90% Although Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom scored the highest out of all these contenders, it is the underdog Salmon Fishing in the Yemen that we think will win the Globe. This charming, intelligent romantic comedy is such a rare gem, and was the biggest pleasant surprise of the nominations.  Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Jack Black, Bernie 92% Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook 90% Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables 74% Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 67% Bill Murray, Hyde Park 38% Though Bradley Cooper is being (deservedly) applauded for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, Jack Black's greatest role of his career in Bernie will earn him the Globe. Black managed to make his alleged murderer adorable and loveable, which is no easy feat.  Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 67% Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 77% Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook 90% Maggie Smith, Quartet 92% Meryl Streep, Hope Springs 73% We're going with the scores on this one. Jennifer Lawrence will win thanks to her portrayal of a widow with issues to match Bradley Cooper's bipolar character.  Best Animated Feature Film Brave 78% Frankenweenie 89% Hotel Transylvania 43% Rise of the Guardians 73% Wreck-It Ralph 87% Based on the scores, the Globe will either go to Tim Burton's Frankenweenie or Wreck-It Ralph. Even though Frankenweenie beat Wreck-It Ralph by 2 percent, we think the nostalgia and star-studded cast behind the voices of the video-game based Wreck-It Ralph will push it to the front of the race. Who do you think will win? Hit the comments with your thoughts, and tune in to the 70th annual Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 13 to see if our predictions came true! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Weinstein Company; Columbia Pictures] More 2013 Golden Globes News: 2013 Golden Globes: 'Lincoln,' 'Argo' Lead Movie Nominations. See the Full List Here! 2013 Golden Globes: See the TV Nominees Here! First Golden Globes Promo: Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prove They'll Be Great From Our Partners: ’The Hobbit’ Cast: A Who’s Who New Character Guide (Moviefone) Movie Mistakes: Biggest Flubs in Sports Films (Moviefone) 
  • First Golden Globes Promo: Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prove They'll Be Great
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 13, 2012
    The Golden Globes TV and movie nominations were announced this morning, and the first promo for the awards show arrived close behind. While we’ve been excited for the comedic pairing of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for a while now, this promo only proves to the haters and doubters just how awesome these two funny women will be as hosts of the 70th annual Golden Globes. Looking like golden statuettes themselves, watch as Poehler and Fey kick off awards show season in true old Hollywood glamour style: These two clearly can do no wrong. After watching the first promo, how much do you wish that it was Jan. 13 already? We can’t wait that long! And after reading the full list of nominations, are you upset that some people, shows, and movies got snubbed? Hit the comments with your thoughts and feelings! The 70th annual Golden Globes airs Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: NBC] More: 2013 Golden Globes: 'Lincoln,' 'Argo' Lead Movie Nominations. See the Full List Here! 2013 Golden Globes: See the TV Nominees Here! Golden Globes 2013 TV Snubs: 'Mad Men', 'Game of Thrones', 'Sons of Anarchy', 'Parks and Rec' From Our Partners: Justin Bieber Murder Plot Foiled: Two Men Had Planned on Castrating and Strangling the Pop Star (REPORT) Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • Critics to the Spice Girls Musical: Stop Right Now, Thank You Very Much!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 12, 2012
    The Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! opened Tuesday night in London, with both critics and the 90s girl band alike in attendance. Geri "Ginger" Halliwell, Emma "Baby" Bunton, Mel "Sporty" C and Mel "Scary" B posed for photos with fans on the red carpet outside the theater, while Victoria "Posh" Beckham kept everyone waiting after getting stuck in traffic (of course she did). Told from the point of view of aspiring singer Viva, Viva Forever! parodies TV talent competitions like X Factor while using the Spice Girls' biggest hits to explore the themes of motherhood and friendship. The book was penned by Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders. While hopes were high — Judy Craymer, the producer behind the megahit Abba musical Mamma Mia!, was in charge — turns out, lightning truly doesn’t strike twice. The critics positively ripped into the show, and some reviews were so bad they’re great. We’ve rounded up the best worst reviews of Viva Forever! The Telegraph, Charles Spencer: "I'll tell you what I wanted, what I really, really wanted – I wanted this terrible show to stop. If you love the Spice Girls stay at home and listen to their greatest hits." The Times, Libby Purves: "I'm not sure we really, really wanted this. It wouldn't matter if the songs were good. But most of them aren't. This ain’t Abba, and of the 22 only about four are memorable." The Independent, Paul Taylor: "[There are] marked deficiencies in Jennifer Saunders’ charmless, messy, lacklustre book. Not only does her script rarely give you that necessary gleeful sense of expectancy about where the songs are going to be shoe-horned in, but it’s embarrassingly derivative of Mamma Mia! and looks way past its sell-by date in its utterly surprise-free satiric swipe at X Factor." The Guardian, Alexis Petridis: "But the real problem is the songs. For one thing, there aren't enough memorable hits in a career that lasted for three albums to support two hours of theatre. In fairness, the Spice Girls had a handful of decent songs – 'Stop' and 'Say You'll Be There' among them – but elsewhere they're forced to rely on pretty vaporous album tracks such as 'Right Back At Ya' and, at one panic-inducing moment, delve into the solo oeuvre of Geri Halliwell. For another, the lyrics are required to drive the action on, and the lyrics of Spice Girls songs are appalling." Huffington Post UK, Caroline Frost: "Kind of makes you wonder why the producers didn't just hire a nightclub and make it a Viva Forever!-themed night, instead of all this hand-wringing nonsense about friendship never ending, and being true to yourself." The Stage, Lisa Martland: "Ultimately there is just too much tackiness surrounding the core story for any of the events to be believable, the best example of which is when there is a quick diversion to Simone’s house in Spain where a bizarre carnival street scene arrives from nowhere. It’s as if someone from the props department found a box of paraphenalia in the theatre basement and thought it would make a great scene." The Times, Caitlin Moran: “Scrappy, lazy, clichéd and inconclusive. Even the end makes no sense, suggesting no jeopardy, choice or sacrifice.” Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Lia Toby/WENN] More: Lindsay Lohan's Probation Revoked, Probation Violation Hearing Set Hugh Hefner Gives Crystal Harris a $1 Million Engagement Ring — PIC Why 2012 Was Not 'The Year of the Woman' From Our Partners: ’90210’ Star Shenae Grimes’ Engagement Ring (FIRST LOOK PHOTOS) Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • 'Teen Wolf' Alum Colton Haynes Lands Big Arc on 'Arrow'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 12, 2012
    Time for the Arrow universe to grow even more. News of Teen Wolf alum Colton Haynes’ casting in The CW freshman hit Arrow not only ups the hot factor of the show (seriously, how many beautiful men can one show possibly hold?!?), but it also has the potential to continue expanding the mythology behind the story. Haynes has landed a recurring role as Roy Harper, described by The CW as "a handsome, street-savvy teenager from 'the Glades,' the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City." He is also being set up as a love interest for Oliver’s little sister Thea (Willa Holland) after crossing paths “in an unexpected way.” Roy is "destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow," TV Guide Magazine first reported. Fans of the DC Comics story of Arrow may recognize the name of Haynes’ character. Roy Harper first appeared in the comic in 1941 as the Green Arrow’s sidekick Speedy (which also not-so-coincidentally happens to be Thea’s nickname…), as well as the Justice League’s Red Arrow and Teen Titans member Arsenal. Little details are being revealed as to which incarnation this Roy Harper will be, but no matter what, he is going to play a big part in the future of the show.  News of his casting came only two months after Haynes tweeted that he was leaving MTV’s hit drama Teen Wolf after two seasons of playing jock-turned-kanima-turned-werewolf Jackson Whittemore. Fans of the supernatural drama were crushed to find out he wouldn't be returning for Season 3, but they should take solace in the fact that Haynes will be back on our small screens come the new year. He is set to begin his Arrow arc in the February 20, 2013 episode, “Dodger.” The mid-season finale of Arrow, “Years End,” airs tonight on The CW at 8 PM EST. When Oliver learns his mother and sister have stopped celebrating Christmas, he organizes a celebration to make up for lost time, but the holiday cheer is cut short when Diggle informs him someone is using arrows to murder the people on his father’s list. Could it be the Dark Archer? And is the Dark Archer [SPOILER ALERT] going to be Tommy, taking on his DC Comics counterpart Arrow-archenemy Merlyn? We'll have to tune in tonight to find out! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Bridow/Wenn] 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: ’90210’ Star Shenae Grimes’ Engagement Ring (FIRST LOOK PHOTOS) Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • We're Giving Away 'Ted' On Blu-Ray!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 11, 2012
    We’ve seen countless movies about the same idea: a child wishes for his or her favorite childhood toy to come to life. They play, have fun, something goes wrong, the situation gets fixed, and the child learns a lesson. But what if the toy is never returned to its inanimate form? How would it grow up? The answer came this past summer in the form of Ted, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s live-action comedy co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Joel McHale. John Bennett (Wahlberg) has to deal with the consequences of a childhood that brought his teddy bear to life as Ted (MacFarlane) grows up with him, although “growing up” might be stretching it. Ted develops a drug, alcohol, and sex problem, and when John’s girlfriend (Kunis) wants to settle down, the dysfunctionally functional life-long friendship hits a few snags. Add in MacFarlane’s signature brand of humor, and you’ve got one of the top grossing films of the summer. And now, we’re giving you the chance to own it on Blu-Ray! That’s right, is giving away a copy of MacFarlane's first feature length film to one of our lucky readers. To earn your shot at the prize and nab this hilarious movie on Blu-Ray, follow these steps in order: 1. Follow on Twitter @Hollywood_com. 2. Tweet us the phrase "I'd love to win #Ted on Blu-Ray" and use the hashtag #HollywoodcomTedGiveaway. 3. We'll choose a winner at random and notify them on Thursday, Dec. 13. The contest runs from 10 a.m. ET/PT Tuesday, Dec. 11 until 11:59 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Check out the The Ted Blu-Ray Giveaway “Sweepstakes” Official Rules and Regulations 1. 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  • 'Duck Dynasty' Season 2 Finale Gets Record Ratings
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 07, 2012
    Wednesday’s Season 2 finale of Duck Dynasty was A&E's most-watched and highest-rated telecast in the network's history. This reality show features the lives of the Robertson family - and their crazy beards - who rose from poverty to wealth through duck calling (the process of hunting ducks by making duck sounds). The show brought in 6.5 million total viewers, with 3.9 million in the 18-49 demographic – the most important demographic to advertisers. A&E also gained network record ratings in the 25-54 and 18-34 demographics with 3.8 million and 2 million viewers, respectively. Duck Dynasty entire second season grew 139 percent in total viewers over last season, proving that even though the show is wacky, more and more people are loving it. “Duck Dynasty represents the best of A&E’s unique brand of storytelling, showcasing authentic and engaging characters,” Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel, says. “It’s extremely gratifying to see more and more viewers flocking to the series week after week.” Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/A&E] More: Poster Children For Birth Control: Also Known As Pop Culture's Worst Kids Late Night Last Night: Bill Murray Abducted and Tased — VIDEO Glee Recap: Second Chances and New Romances From Our Partners: Shakira Shares First Pic of Baby Boy in Ultrasound (PHOTO) Brooke Mueller Overdose Rumors: New Drama For Charlie Sheen’s Ex
  • The First Family Decks the Halls with Stars of Holly...wood
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 07, 2012
    The yellow one at the top of the White House Christmas tree was not the only star in the vicinity at this year's annual White House Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The first family was joined by some of Hollywood's finest for the event. Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez joined the First Lady Michelle Obama for a reading of the Christmas classic poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas," more popularly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Rodriguez even joked that he would be joining the Obamas on their holiday vacation in Hawaii. Now, that's one modern family outing we'd like to see! How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris hosted the event, welcoming Barack, Michelle, and their two daughters Sasha and Malia to the stage. Is it just us, or does it look like Harris is giving the POTUS a once-over? We can't blame him — that man is one fine prez. Barack led the countdown, and then his daughters pressed the button to light up the big tree as the 17,000 people in attendance oohed and ahhed. The event also featured festive musical performances from Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, James Taylor, and Babyface.  Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Paul Morigi/WireImage; Mark Wilson/Getty Images] More: It's A Girl! Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Welcome Daughter Vivian Will Michelle Obama Attend the Grammys? Your Burning Questions Answered! How to Stay Young 'n' Fun with Demi Moore — PHOTOS From Our Partners: Shakira Shares First Snapshot of Baby Boy in Ultrasound (PHOTO) Demi Moore Caught Dirty Dancing Next to Lenny Kravitz, Making Out With Rumored New Beau in Miami (PHOTOS)
  • Poster Children For Birth Control: Also Known As Pop Culture's Worst Kids
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 07, 2012
    Most people think kids are the best. Just the all-around cutest things ever (second only to baby animals, if the Internet is to be trusted). But there are some kids who just... really suck. Especially in pop culture. From newborn babies, to little tykes, to pre-teens, to almost-bordering-on-adult teens, we've rounded up the kids in TV shows and movies that we can't stand. Some of them whine too much, some of them are total nightmares, and some are even murderers.  Check out the worst pop culture kids in Looper, Revenge, Two and a Half Men, Chronicle, and more, and be grateful these pint-size horrors aren't your kids! Click Here to Launch Our Worst Pop Culture Kids Gallery! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: AMC] More: 'Girls,' 'Breaking Bad' Top Writers Guild of America 2013 TV Nominees ‘Revenge’ Star Barry Sloane on Em’s ‘Love Square,’ The Initiative, & the Ashley Issue 'Arrow' React: Revenge Vs. Justice You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Megan Fox and More! Honey Boo Boo vs. Kardashians: An Xmas Card Showdown
  • 'Arrow' React: Revenge Vs. Justice
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 06, 2012
    The salmon ladder is back! Besides the legendary ladder that Stephen Amell is so skilled at, last night’s Arrow also gave us a glimpse into one, maybe two, possible enemies in Oliver’s future. While the hour started off with Helena Bertinelli naked in bed with Oliver, it ended with the fully-costumed Huntress firmly opposing Arrow’s views of justice, only interested in getting revenge. But there also might have been a few clues into Tommy’s future as the possible archenemy Merlyn. And the salmon ladder made an appearance! Oliver tried desperately throughout “Vendetta” to change Helena’s core beliefs into his own, but as he found out later, trying to change someone isn’t love. He couldn’t get Helena to accept his way of justice – though he tried his hardest. Helena wanted to pit her father’s organization against the Triad, essentially starting a war in Starling City. Oliver knew that would end up hurting a lot of innocent people, and he tried to get Helena to see that she could have her revenge through justice – make the corrupt answer for their crimes in court instead of just killing them. Diggle doesn’t think that Helena is trustworthy, or that Oliver could reform her successfully, and unfortunately for Oliver, he was right. Helena kills the head of the Triad, frames her father, and the war begins. Oliver intervenes before Helena could shoot her father, and even though Helena’s father goes to jail for his crimes, Helena can’t forgive Oliver for taking away her opportunity for revenge. She threatens to reveal his identity if he gets in her way again. Enemy #1: The Huntress. Something Helena said before killing the head of the Triad really spoke volumes about her character. When the mob head looked into the barrels of her guns, he quoted Confucius in Chinese: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Helena responded, “I don’t speak Chinese,” and shot him point blank. This really showed how she is just a shallow girl wanting to get revenge. There was no depth in her takedown. Other revenge-seekers – Arrow himself, and Revenge’s Emily Thorne and Aiden – have thoughtfully planned out their actions, trained for years, and have gained a dark wisdom in their mission for justice (even though their show is called Revenge, Emily and Aiden are actually enacting justice on the corrupt people who framed an innocent man). But Helena is just a scorned, spoiled little girl with daddy issues. She even admitted it to Oliver: “I guess you were right, I’m more interested in revenge.” She doesn’t care about what’s right – leaving her father and his organization to the mercy of the law – she only wants an eye for an eye – having her father learn what it feels like to have his entire world destroyed by family. There is no saving Helena Bertinelli. She’s too far gone. Plus, the salmon ladder was back! And as for Enemy #2: [Possible Spoiler Alert] Merlyn. In DC comics, Merlyn is the archenemy of Arrow, a costumed villain with archery skills rivaling the hooded hero’s. He used to be Oliver’s friend before going dark. Last night’s Arrow saw the possible beginnings of Tommy’s descent into villainy, as envy of Laurel’s feelings for Oliver bubbled to the surface, ruining their double date. The fact that he has also been cut off from his money by his father while Oliver is still rich only added to his ill feelings. And let’s not forget the reveal of his father being the mysterious evil man who was meeting with Moira last week. Could Tommy be the mysterious copycat archer in next week’s promo? And will we see the salmon ladder again? Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] More: 'Arrow' React: Sleeping With the Enemy... Literally 'Arrow' React: I See Your List of Evil People, and I Raise You Street Crime 'Arrow' React: Lie to Me From Our Partners: Kate Middleton Pregnant: A Look Back at Famous Royal Baby Portraits (PHOTOS) Pregnant Kate Middleton Leaves Hospital After Four-Day Stay
  • 'Supernatural' Midseason Finale React: Two Wrongs Did Not Make It Right
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Dec 06, 2012
    We’ve got a little over a month before we reunite with Sam and Dean, and believe me, as much as I love me some new Supernatural, I think I need that time to give my poor heart a break. “Citizen Fang” was an incredibly stressful hour, and I think I checked my watch three or four times, expecting the time to read 9:59 pm since there were so many major developments that could have been the midseason finale cliffhanger. And I was constantly shocked to learn we still had 30 minutes to go, 20 minutes to go, 10 minutes to go... There was so much action, it was like four different episodes were combined into one! Now, that’s some quality writing. But when we did finally get our cliffhanger, it wasn’t what I expected. Instead of leaving us in the middle of a life-or-death-or-hell-or-purgatory moment, our cliffhanger was emotional. The brothers, it seems, are at war. No more hinting at the issues separating the Winchesters, no thinly veiled warnings. Everything is out in the open now, and this is the first time that both brothers were in the wrong. First, we have Sam. Obviously, the fact that he couldn’t trust Dean’s judgment of Benny isn’t all that surprising. He sent fresh-from-the-loony-bin hunter Martin after Benny, and wouldn’t believe Dean’s explanation that Benny was actually the good guy in this scenario: a rogue vampire was leaving bodies all over Benny’s hometown to try and entice the reformed vamp back into the fold. This didn’t sit right with Benny, since he was trying to lay low and get to know his great granddaughter, Elizabeth. Dean and Benny offed the rogue vamp, but Martin couldn’t let Benny go free. He pushed Benny to his limit, holding Elizabeth at knife point, and Benny did the only thing he could do: he killed Martin. It’s strange how the tables have completely turned and we were rooting for a vampire to kill a hunter instead of the other way around. But good and evil have become shades of gray in the later seasons of Supernatural. Benny was in the right: he was terrorized by a monstrous force, and the right thing was defending himself and his family. Had Martin just left town, none of this would have happened. Unfortunately, Sam doesn’t see it that way. Benny killed a hunter. That means Sam has to hunt Benny. And there you go: Sam’s half of the blame of this sibling war. But Dean also made choices that make this his fault as well. I’m not talking about his loyalty to Benny over his own brother – though that sure didn't please Sam. Dean’s mistake was actually a lot more calculated, and I was extremely impressed with his scheming. A while back, Dean had secretly replaced Amelia’s number with his own in Sam’s phone, in case he ever needed it. And when Sam went off with Martin to hunt Benny, Dean used his ace in the hole. He sent Sam a 911 text from “Amelia,” and Sam literally dropped everything and sped off to check on Amelia (she was actually fine, cozying up to Don, but later saw Sam in the bar, leaving us with that cliffhanger). The fact that Dean would exploit his brother’s emotions like that speaks volumes: he didn’t care that he was hurting Sam, as long as Benny was okay. The brothers have stopped fighting for each other, and have begun to fight each other. We leave Sam and Dean in a place that mimics 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 in Purgatory and Sam living a normal life, they were still brothers who cared about each other. Now, they are enemies. The lengths with which they might go to win this war worries me. What is with this trend of sibling rivalry on steroids on The CW this season? Supernatural returns January 16, 2013. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Liane Hentcher/The CW] More: 'Supernatural' Midseason Finale: Sam and Dean Have Never Been Further Apart 'Supernatural' React: What's Up Doc? 'Supernatural' React: A Healthy Dose of 'Southern Comfort' From Our Partners: Kate Middleton Pregnant: A Look Back at Famous Royal Baby Portraits (PHOTOS) Pregnant Kate Middleton Leaves Hospital After Four-Day Stay