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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.
  • 'The Vampire Diaries': Why Last Night's Episode Was the Best of the Series
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 30, 2012
    Last night’s The Vampire Diaries was, in my opinion, the best episode of the series to date. The last five minutes offered up a major cliffhanger that could possibly be a game changer for the entire series. Obviously, if you haven’t had the chance to watch “My Brother’s Keeper,” AVERT YOUR EYES NOW. SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT. The final five minutes of the hour gave Delena fans everywhere (including this girl) a heart attack. We were ecstatic: Elena and Stefan were officially dunzo. Elena had moved out of her house and into the Salvatore mansion. Stefan moved out to give her some space. This left Damon and Elena alone, drinking whiskey, reminiscing about their dance at the Miss Mystic Falls pageant a year before. Then Damon pulled Elena up to dance, twirled her around, and dragged her in for an epic, passionate kiss that quickly escalated into shirt-tearing, furniture throwing, full-on vampire sex. And yet, we were devastated: the scene was intercut with Caroline’s hypothesizing that Elena’s only into Damon because she’s been sired by him, essentially making all of her growing up, maturing, and decision-making this entire season the result of a supernatural enslavement. And scene! This huge game changer has yet to be confirmed (Elena truly is sired to Damon) or denied (Caroline and Stefan just can’t accept that Elena is becoming a different person). But while this (possible) twist is huge in and of itself, it is not the reason why I think “My Brother’s Keeper” is the best episode of the series. No matter who you are ‘shipping (a term that means you root for a specific relationship on a TV show) on TVD, there was something for everyone in one episode. Every single relationship pairing fans want or hope to see was given screen time. Caroline and Klaus went on their date, and to everyone’s surprise (including Tyler, Klaus and Caroline herself), she truly enjoyed herself. This was a huge step for Caroline and Klaus, and maybe their next date won’t be the result of a bargain. We also got a few cute scenes with Caroline acting as Stefan’s “sober coach,” listening to him vent about Elena’s feelings for Damon and their breakup and encouraging him to keep searching for the cure no matter what Elena said. She was team Stelena all the way, and did not hold back in letting everyone know whose side she was on. Even Jeremy and Matt’s bromance was in the spotlight tonight, and with Matt moving in to Jeremy’s house to keep an eye on the newly-awakened hunter, we are only going to see that amazing friendship grow (Side Note: Jeremy picking up two full kegs like it was no big deal? Awesome). But the most incredible part of “My Brother’s Keeper” was how the writers were able to please both Stelena and Delena ‘shippers at the same time, something I had previously thought to be impossible. These avid fan groups want the exact opposite of each other: team Stelena wants Stefan and Elena together, while team Delena wants Damon to end up with Elena. I didn’t think TVD could make both groups happy at the same time, but I guess I should know by now that you can’t assume anything (although the the one big prediction I made a month ago turned out to be 100% true!) or underestimate the team on this show. For Delena fans, obviously the big payoff last night was Elena and Damon sealing the deal, doing the deed, getting it on, etc. etc. But even with the introduction of Caroline’s theory that Elena is sired to Damon, there is still a lot to cheer about: evidence that Elena really isn’t sired to Damon and that Caroline and Stefan just can’t accept that Elena is moving on and becoming a new person now that she’s embracing the vampire lifestyle. First of all, Elena has had feelings for Damon ever since Stefan left with Klaus and became the Ripper. Those feelings have been growing for a season and a half until they finally culminated in the passionate makeout Elena initiated in the motel in Denver. When she was in transition to become a vampire, memories Damon had compelled her to forget came back, including the fact that she had indeed met Damon first, and that he had confessed his love for her before taking the memory away in a mature move so he wouldn’t get in the way of her and Stefan. Damon never told her to sleep with him or break up with Stefan, so even if she is sired to him the decisions were all her own. All season, she has been growing stronger as a person and as a vampire, and that leads her to a more independent relationship where she can be herself with Damon rather than always being saved/fixed by Stefan. She even told Stefan just that when he let slip that he needed to “fix” her by finding the cure. Elena told him, plain and simple, that the girl he loved died when she became a vampire, and he needs to let her go. But Stelena ‘shippers were also given reasons to hope: maybe, just maybe, the sire bond theory is true. Even though she slept with Damon, it wasn’t of her own volition. She is under a supernatural curse, feeling indebted to the vampire that gave her immortality. It was the sire bond that drove Elena away from Stefan, so maybe they still have a chance. Caroline made Stefan promise that he would keep searching for the cure that can make Elena human again, thus taking away the sire bond and Elena’s resulting feelings for Damon. The creative and talented team behind TVD managed to make both sides of the main love triangle happy. I really hope the sire bond theory isn’t true, though. That logic would completely undermine everything Elena has done to become an independent, strong woman who makes her own decisions and doesn’t need to be saved. It really is time for her and Damon to be together, happy, with no supernatural reason to come between them. Caroline and Stefan need to let go and let Elena grow into who she is supposed to be as a vampire. But regardless of how the sire bond story is explained and resolved in future episodes, the fact that every fan-favorite pairing was given a chance to shine last night marks “My Brother’s Keeper” as one fantastic piece of television. TVD never ceases to amaze me with how well the writing team can write themselves into what I think is a corner and then turn around and escape through a secret trap door that they had planned all along. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW] More: 'The Vampire Diaries' Twist: TV's Best (And Worst) Game Changers 'The Vampire Diaries' React: We Need To Talk About Jeremy 'The Vampire Diaries' React: I Was Bawling Like a Baby You Might Also Like: ’Friday Night Lights’ Movie Not Likely, Says Zach Gilford — EXCLUSIVE ’Les Mis,’ ‘Dark Knight,’ and More: The Best Trailers of 2012
  • 'The Vampire Diaries' Twist: TV's Best (And Worst) Game Changers
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 30, 2012
    Ummm... what?!? If you didn't watch The Vampire Diaries last night, avert your eyes now! For those who did catch "My Brother's Keeper" in all of its glory, the last five minutes of the hour were absolutely heart-attack-inducing insane (read the full recap here). After her break-up with Stefan, Elena ran straight into Damon's arms... and his bed for some hot, vampire sex that the show has been leading to for seasons. Delena fans everywhere let out a resounding cheer and almost immediately a cry of despair. You see, Caroline came up with the theory that the reason Elena wants Damon more than Stefan is because she is sired to Damon. Siring is rare, but it can happen in TVD's world when a newbie vampire feels an unbreakable, grateful bond to the vampire who turned them and will obey their every command. This could undermine everything Elena has been going through post-transition, implying that her growing independence and strength, not to mention her feelings for Damon, is all thanks to a supernatural enslavement. The sire bond would change the entire direction of the series from here on out. Whether or not this sire bond theory is true, and whether this will change TVD for good or bad, we can pinpoint the exact game changing moments in other shows that steered them in new directions. From the Sideways World reveal on Lost, to Michael's departure on The Office, to Carrie's impulsive reveal of Brody's confession tape on Homeland, we look back at more shows that had big "what now?" moments and how they handled them. Did their game changers make the show better or worse? TV's Best and Worst Game Changers Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW] More: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Recap: Somebody That I Used to Know R.I.P. 'Emily Owens, MD': A Tribute to a Show Canceled Too Soon 'Supernatural' React: What's Up Doc? You Might Also Like: ’Friday Night Lights’ Movie Not Likely, Says Zach Gilford — EXCLUSIVE ’Les Mis,’ ‘Dark Knight,’ and More: The Best Trailers of 2012
  • Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry Reach an 'Amicable Agreement'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 30, 2012
    After the world’s worst Thanksgiving, when Gabriel Aubrey was arrested after a brutal fight with Halle Berry’s fiancé Olivier Martinez over the custody of 4-year-old daughter Nahla, the two parties have reached a truce. Berry’s attorney Blair Berk and Aubry’s attorney Shawn Holley released a statement after Thursday's hearing that said, “The parties have reached an amicable agreement. There will be no further statements regarding this matter.” Berry and Aubry have been fighting a brutal custody battle since their split in 2010. Though Aubry had a victory in early November when a judge denied Berry's request to move overseas with Nahla, Berry won a protective order after the Thanksgiving brawl, requiring her ex to stay 100 yards away from Berry, Martinez, and Nahla. Aubry was arrested after the fight, which left him looking quite worse for the wear, and was granted a temporary restraining order against Martinez. It is still unclear whether or not authorities will pursue any criminal charges against Aubry. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Andres Otero/ Wenn] More: Ouch! Gabriel Aubry's Injuries from Halle Berry's Fiance Look Rough — EXPLICIT Gabriel Aubry Arrested at Halle Berry's Home Following Thanksgiving Brawl Tom Hanks & Halle Berry Talk 'Cloud Atlas' and Real Life Soulmates You Might Also Like: Cory and Topanga Are In! Big ‘Boy Meets World’ Spinoff News 12 Hot (And Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes
  • R.I.P. 'Emily Owens, MD': A Tribute to a Show Canceled Too Soon
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 29, 2012
    Last night, fans of The CW’s freshman dramedy charmer Emily Owens, M.D. were dealt a devastating blow when news of its cancelation exploded all over the Internet. This action wasn’t a surprise by any means ratings-wise, seeing as how the show has been losing Hart of Dixie’s lead in all season and had only 1 million viewers with a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 on Tuesday night. And we were already expecting a less-than-celebratory announcement after The CW had already granted full-season orders to its two other freshman dramas Arrow and Beauty and the Beast. The cancelation is bittersweet. We will still get to see all the episodes from the original order (13 in total), but that’s it. We’ll be left to wonder what would have become of the awkward, brilliant, talented, and charming Emily Owens had the show been given a chance to grow. There were so many undeveloped plotlines and characters that seemed so promising, but that were squandered before they got their chance to shine. I have taken no effort to hide my fandom of this show. Even with its glaring similarities to another well-known veteran hospital drama, it offered something new that wasn’t on TV this season: realism. This show took tried and contrived drama mainstays and injected reality into the situations. The end result was a breath of fresh air. A lot of this can be attributed to the cast. First of all, we have Mamie Gummer, the talented offspring of Meryl Streep. The emotions and heart she brought to Emily made her character all the more truthful, and I wanted to be best friends with this girl. She was just so good and sweet, but instead of being infuriatingly perfect, she was flawed. You just couldn’t help but want to get to know her better, and meet her for a coffee on your break. Then there’s the gorgeous, uber-hot Justin Hartley. Fresh off his Smallville stint as the resident archer Green Arrow, Hartley was able to flex his romantic, dramatic, and comedic muscles without having to flex his physical ones. This role was the complete opposite of his action-packed superhero character and showed that he had much more to offer than a hot bod and a pretty face (which they tried to hide behind glasses on Emily Owens, MD, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to de-hot this guy). Maybe now that he’s got some free time he can take a trip back to Bluebell as Wade Kinsella’s brother on Hart of Dixie! And last but not least is Michael Rady. Sweet, sweet Michael Rady. His resident Micah was adorable. He was sweet, he was funny, he was intelligent, he was just starting to develop feelings for Emily. Their relationship was being set up to be epic, filled with drama, and they could have been the most amazing couple. But alas, their chance at love was stripped away too soon. And where are we going to get our weekly fix of Rady now? I guess there’s always reruns of Greek, or we could pop in the DVD of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Get this man on a new TV show, stat! I understand – when viewed from a ratings perspective – that Emily Owens, MD was not a success. However, the show deserved at least one full season before facing judge, jury, and executioner. The story, cast, and characters had the potential to bring to TV something new in a world filled with reboots, sequels, and spin-offs. This series had promise, and I think its cancelation was a mistake. So bottom line: don’t talk to me for the next few days. I’m in mourning. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Michael Courtney/The CW] More: 'Emily Owens, M.D.' Is Just Like 'Grey's Anatomy'... And That's A Good Thing 'Emily Owens, MD' Canceled By The CW TV Tidbits: Good News for 'Last Man Standing' and 'Malibu Country', Sorry, 'Inbetweeners' You Might Also Like: Cory and Topanga Are In! Big ‘Boy Meets World’ Spinoff News 12 Hot (And Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes
  • 'Supernatural' React: What's Up Doc?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 29, 2012
    Cas is back. He may have officially reunited with the Winchesters last episode, but the Cas we all know and love was in full force Wednesday night in “Hunteri Heroici.” He had so many hilarious one-liners and was the best version of himself fans have come to love (when he hasn’t been missing, or filled with leviathans, or depressed, or angry). He was downright funny. And he got to try his hand at being a hunter! The third wheel in this equation wasn’t a bad thing, regardless of what Dean says. And when you combine that with the fact that the episode revolved around deaths straight out of a Saturday morning cartoon, you end up with one of the best episodes of this season so far. I say “one of the" best and not “the” best, because this season has already served up pretty amazing dark episodes, and you can’t compare that with a funny-yet-poignant hour in a fair fight. So they get equal amounts of love in my book. But this episode definitely goes in the hall of fame of Supernatural silly-concept episodes that totally end up working. “Hunteri Heroici” now joins the ranks of “The End” (featuring a stoner orgy-loving Cas), “Fallen Idols” (Paris Hilton as a demon?), “It’s a Terrible Life” (corporate yuppie Dean), “Hollywood Babylon” (making fun of being on a show set), “Hell House” (first appearance of the Ghostfacers!), “The Real Ghostbusters” (poking fun at Supernatural fan conventions and the show itself), “Changing Channels” (parodying every popular TV show), and the all-time champion, “The French Mistake” (making fun of Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and the entire cast and crew of Supernatural). You are in great company, “Hunteri Heroici.” [SIDE NOTE: Try saying "Hunteri Heroici" five times fast. Also, I'm trying to see how many times I can write "Hunteri Heroici" in one article. I'm doing pretty good so far!] While cartoon scenarios are fun to watch on TV, it turns out that they can be quite deadly in reality. One of Dean and Sam’s dad’s old friends was Fred Jones, a psychokinetic now nearly catatonic and living in a retirement home, so his powers were making reality around him echo the cartoons he watches. He wasn’t even aware of what he was doing, a nice twist from villains who actually intend to cause harm. Fred’s powers make one man’s heart jump out of his chest, an anvil drop out of the sky onto a security officer, a cake explode, Dean’s gun shoots a “Bang!” flag instead of bullets, a talking cat, etc. And each scenario was lethal. Sam and Cas went into Fred’s mind and made him aware of what he was doing. He agreed it was time to get rid of his powers. He can’t stop the aging process or his mind from deteriorating, but he can stop hurting people if he no longer has his powers. Cas takes his powers from him, and he’s left to age gracefully in the retirement home, a danger to no one. Something I wasn’t expecting to see this hour was more flashbacks to Sam’s year without Dean. It seemed we were done with these until Sam reunites with Amelia (which I assume is going to happen). So it was startling when we were given more glimpses at Sam and Amelia’s dinner with her father. It wasn't clear where this was going until the very end, when Amelia got a call that her dead husband Don wasn’t quite as dead as we all thought. However, we know Sam and Amelia were together when Dean busted out of Purgatory, since he left her bed in the middle of the night to reunite with his brother. Is Don really alive, or is this some ruse by a demon or another supernatural element? Or maybe Don is alive, but Amelia stays with Sam. Either way, what a great way to actually make me care about Sam’s “normal” life away from hunting! I’m still not sure what’s going on with Heaven. Cas was called up to Naomi’s office again, but we weren’t given any more clues as to why he’s being manipulated like this, forced to report on the Winchesters’ actions and then having his memory wiped. And it’s killing me that Cas has no idea that it’s happening to him, either. And I can’t let this react end before quoting my favorite exchange of the hour. I was literally howling with laughter from this gem: Dean: “What’s the word, Cas?” Cas: “It’s a shortened version of my name.” Well, that’s all folks. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] More: 'Supernatural' React: A Healthy Dose of 'Southern Comfort' 'Supernatural' React: Sam, Meet Benny 'Supernatural' Post-Mortem: Producers Tease A Dark (But Fun!) Season 8 You Might Also Like: Best Nude Scenes of 2012 — PICS ’Boy Meets World’ Cast: Where Are They Now? — PICS
  • 'Arrow' React: Sleeping With the Enemy... Literally
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 29, 2012
    We’ve been waiting all season for the introduction of Jessica De Gouw’s Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress on Arrow, as she's the female version of Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen/Arrow. Last night’s “Muse of Fire” delivered our first look at the mob boss’s daughter, and the final product was a little underwhelming. But before you raise your voice in disagreement, here me out. Let’s back up. When we last saw our hooded vigilante, he was getting some much needed mother/son bonding time at a diner, and while he still has some trouble remembering family commitments it seems like he got through to his mom. Moira explained to Thea that they really need to cut Oliver some slack after his five years away. The time on the island changed him, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. I mean, think about it: five years is a long time, and if you haven’t changed in that time, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, something is wrong. We all change and (hopefully) grow as time goes on. So Oliver was marooned on an island for five years… that’s a bit different than living in society, going to school or work, and interacting with your family and friends, but life events – no matter how normal or bizarre – shape our character. It’s time for Oliver’s family to understand that after five years of separation, Oliver isn’t the same person he used to be. And let’s not forget, of course Moira is going to defend Oliver’s habit of keeping secrets seeing as how she’s been plotting in secret with “The Well Dressed Man,” who finally was identified last night as... Tommy’s father! Who else totally saw that coming the moment his father appeared on screen wearing a fencing mask? That was a nice way to tie in this mysterious character to the already established Arrow story. Especially with the introduction of the Bertinelli mob group, it’s time to focus the scope of the Arrow universe. We don’t want too big of a web of characters because that is when plot points start to fall through and things get confusing. Speaking of the Bertinelli mob, Oliver finds himself working for the mob boss in order to find out who is attacking his colleagues, because his mother got caught in the crossfire. After taking Bertinelli’s daughter Helena out for dinner to discuss a contract, Oliver finds himself with a big ol’ crush on Helena. She is the first person to ask him if he ever misses the island, and understands that the island changed him that no one else gets. He seems relieved to finally be in the company of someone who he doesn’t have to lie to – except about his secret vigilante mission. Well, that is, until he runs into the Huntress and pulls off her motorcycle helmet, revealing Helena! Turns out, Helena is even more perfect for him than he previously thought. They fight their way out of a sticky situation together, and Helena utters a familiar line after breaking someone’s neck, “I had no choice, no one can know my secret.” You could see it all over Oliver’s face: this girl is ME. He was one part shocked, two parts impressed, and a million parts smitten. He was a goner, crushing hardcore, one candy heart away from doodling Mr. Helena Bertinelli all over his notebook. The two vigilantes end the episode in a liplock, both secrets exposed to the other, all walls broken down. But while the story worked for me, De Gouw left a lot to be desired.The chemistry between her and Amell is lacking (though I have to say, he was pulling more than his own weight this week, really working his emotions as hard as he could. Plus, chasing down that motorcycle? The guy can RUN). It felt underdeveloped, and forced. I didn’t feel for Helena. Maybe the story was too rushed, and they tried to fit too much into one episode. Or maybe De Gouw wasn’t the right choice for Helena. We’ll just have to wait and see how she pans out next week. Finally, Tommy was cut off from his family’s money and went on a date with Laurel. When Tommy broke the news to Oliver in a move that was both mature and territorial, Oliver let Tommy see his true self for one fleeting moment. Gone was his fake smile, and out came the deadly threat, “If you hurt her I will snap your neck.” There was a shocked silence, before Oliver’s fake smile was back and Tommy was convinced it was a joke. Little does he know that he just saw who his “best friend” really was, and that he really does have to worry about Oliver snapping his neck... Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] More: 'Arrow' React: I See Your List of Evil People, and I Raise You Street Crime 'Arrow' React: Lie to Me 'Arrow' React: Laurel Lance, What Are You Doing?!? You Might Also Like: Best Nude Scenes of 2012 — PICS ’Boy Meets World’ Cast: Where Are They Now? — PICS
  • Could Jessica Simpson Really Be Pregnant AGAIN?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 28, 2012
    After making history for having the longest pregnancy ever (well, at least that's how it  felt), Jessica Simpson may have another bun in the oven. If Us Weekly is to be believed, just seven short months after giving birth to her daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson, Simpson is pregnant again. Us cites a mysterious source as saying, "It definitely wasn't planned. But yes, Jessica is pregnant again." This surprise baby (oops) would be the second for the singer, 32, and her former NFL pro fiancé Eric Johnson. Simpson and Johnson, 33, have been engaged for the past two years, and welcomed their 9 lb. 13 oz. daughter on May 1 of this year. In Hollywood.com's search for the truth, a rep for Simpson told us, "I wont be commenting on speculation made by Us Weekly." Fair. The recent spokeswoman for Weight Watchers has worked hard to slim down after giving birth, dropping a whopping 70 lbs. since the birth of her daughter, but we can't help but wonder how news of her second pregnancy will affect her deal with the weight loss company. Can some one work on their post-baby body before said baby is even born?  Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Startraks] More: Does Dolly Parton Have an Oprah/Gayle Problem? — VIDEO Brad Pitt Hasn't Seen Any Parodies of His Chanel Ad... Yeah, Sure. It's Jimi Hendrix's Birthday, 'Scuse Us While We Celebrate With 70 Words of His Wisdom You Might Also Like: Best Nude Scenes of 2012 — PICS ’Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ First Look: The Quarter Quell Begins! — PICS
  • Win Tickets to See 'This Is 40' and a Q&A with Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Judd Apatow, and More!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 28, 2012
    We told you to keep an eye out for details on how to win the opportunity to attend the 10th annual Variety Screening Series, and we're here to deliver! Since Hollywood.com is a sponsor of this year's series, we are giving you the chance to win 2 tickets to the This Is 40 screening in Los Angeles on Dec. 11. The movie screening is followed by an exclusive, intimate Q&A session with the film's stars Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Annie Mumolo, Charlyne Yi, and writer/director/producer Judd Apatow. The Variety Screening Series is usually only open to awards show voters and VIP guests within the entertainment industry. They’re very private events, but this year we’re offering our readers the chance to get in on the exclusive action. Now is your opportunity to rub shoulders with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and minds! To earn your shot at the prize and nab this pair of tickets, follow these steps in order: 1. Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_com. 2. Tweet us the phrase "I'd love to attend the Variety Screening Series showing of #ThisIs40 and Q&A with Paul Rudd" and use the hashtag #HWThisIs40LA. 3. We'll choose a winner at random and notify them on Friday, Nov. 30. The contest runs from 10 a.m. ET/PT Wednesday, Nov. 28 until 11:59 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, Nov. 29. Check out the . (c)Severability; Headings:If any provision of these Official Rules isfound to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then thatprovision shall be deemed severable from these Official Rules and shall notaffect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.Headings and captions are used in theseOfficial Rules solely for convenience of reference, and shall not be deemed toaffect in any manner the meaning or intent of these Official Rules or anyprovision hereof. (d)Winner: For a list of winners, send a self-addressed stampedenvelope after __11/30/12____ to: Winners List, “_Variety Screening SeriesTicket Giveaway - This Is 40” Sweepstakes, Hollywood.com, Inc., 2255 Glades Road, Suite221A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Requests for Winners List must be received by __122/5/12____.WA and VT residents may omit return postage. (e)Rules Requests: To receive acopy of these complete rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:Official Rules, “_Variety Screening Series Ticket Giveaway - This Is 40” Sweepstakes,Hollywood.com, Inc., 2255 Glades Road, Suite 221A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431.Requests for Official Rules must be received by __12/5/12___. WA and VTresidents may omit return postage.
  • Brad Pitt Hasn't Seen Any Parodies of His Chanel Ad... Yeah, Sure.
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 27, 2012
    Brad Pitt became the butt of jokes everywhere when he debuted his ridiculous Chanel No. 5 ad. He was spoofed a million times over, including SNL’s four (count ‘em, FOUR!) commercial parodies starring the scarily-accurate Pitt doppelganger Taran Killam. But what does the Hollywood leading man think of the infamy his ad has gained? Well, not much. It turns out Pitt hasn’t seen a single parody of his commercial. Faster than the Internet can shout, "LIES!" Pitt explained to Access Hollywood that since he’s “been overseas, [he has] been blissfully protected.” Overseas? Try under a rock! Is he offended by the sheer amount of parodies? Quite the opposite, in fact. "I haven't [seen the parodies], but I say absolutely fair play, fair play," Pitt says. But despite what the general public thinks of the spots, Pitt is standing by the final product – even if he can’t pick out the iconic scent walking down the street. "I kind of liked it... I respect what they do," Pitt says. "They do some really quality things." The ad was directed by Joe Wright, whose previous credits include Atonement, Hanna, Pride and Prejudice, and the just released Anna Karenina. Wright views the commercial as a fun departure from his usual projects. "I've done three of them now. They're fun, a kind of treat for the crew,” Wright tells Hollywood.com. “It's the same crew I make the films with I make the commercials with. So they're a nice kind of excursion." And for those naysayers who think the Chanel ads are just spoof-fodder, here’s some surprising evidence to the contrary: Wright rediscovered Antonement star Keira Knightly after directing her Chanel ad, which led him to cast her in Anna Karenina. “I hadn't seen Keira for a couple of years after making Atonement,” Wright tells Hollywood.com. “And when she went in front of the camera I found she was completely different. Or, the same, but developed. She was stronger, powerful, more direct, focused. And I wanted to bare witness to this incredibly powerful woman she had become.” Calling all actors looking for a reinvention! Apparently all it takes is a Chanel ad. If it worked for Knightly, it can work for you, too. Just try not to go the Pitt route, people. That won’t work for anyone. Reporting by Matt Patches Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Chanel] More: Brad Pitt's Chanel No. 5 Ad Is Embarrassingly Awful Brad Pitt Wants To Ask You a Question in Chanel No. 5 Ad Unhappy Hour: Brad Pitt's Odorous Chanel Ad, and 8 Other Reasons to Drink This Week You Might Also Like: Cory and Topanga Are In! Big ‘Boy Meets World’ Spinoff News 12 Hot (And Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes
  • 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' First Look: The Quarter Quell Begins! — PICS
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 27, 2012
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire began filming in Maui, Hawaii, on Monday after wrapping in Atlanta earlier this month, and we have a first look at the beginning of the third quarter quell! Check out these just released photos of the start of the 75th annual Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games sequel, adapted from Suzanne Collin’s hit YA novel, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself back in the arena when President Snow (Donald Sutherland) announces that this year’s tributes are to be reaped from the remaining victors. Since District 12 has only one female victor, Katniss is thrust back into the subject of her nightmares for another go at the Hunger Games. This year’s arena is set on a tropical island, and the cornucopia bloodbath takes place in the water. This offers a unique advantage to sea-faring districts when the tributes are forced to swim to shore. District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) doesn’t know how to swim, and the first alliance is formed when Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) helps him stay afloat, and alive. Also pictured is Lynn Cohen playing Mags, an elderly female victor with bite from District 4 (the same fishing district from which Finnick hails). Mags joins the unlikely alliance with Finnick, Peeta, and Katniss, along with a few other surprising tributes. The wetsuit-inspired outfits look extremely useful in the conditions the tributes are dropped in, as well as all-around awesome. The uniform is streamlined and simple, giving the tributes a badass look. We also get a glimpse of Katniss wielding her legendary weapon of choice, a bow and arrow. I don't envy the tribute on the receiving end of that point. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters November 22, 2013. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Juan Sharma/Goodrich/Pacific Coast News (2); Zeus/Apollo/FameFlynet] More: New 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Poster will Spark Your Excitement — POSTER 75th Annual Hunger Games Reaping Has Ended 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Meet All the New Cast Members You Might Also Like: Jennifer Lawrence Bikinis in Hawaii: Her 15 Sexiest Pics Beaten, Bloody Gabriel Aubrey After Fight With Halle Berry’s Fiance: Shocking PICS