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.
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    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 27, 2012
    When Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake stepped into the Batcave at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, the speculation began. Would Blake take over the cape and mask from Bruce Wayne, who was presumed dead (though actually off living the dream with Selina Kyle at a picturesque café in Europe)? Or was it a tease for fans along with a well-played metaphor for the character's legacy? On Tuesday, rumors that Gordon-Levitt would step into the shoes of Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie picked up steam thanks to reports that Gordon-Levitt would establish his version of the character first in a cameo in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. But checked in with Gordon-Levitt's reps who have refuted the rumor entirely. For now, The Dark Knight Rises actor's continued involvement in the DC Movie Universe remains a fan dream. But hey, we can dream, right? From a continuity standpoint, this casting choice would make a lot of sense, and bridges the gap between Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (which bowed this summer with TDKR), Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel, and the upcoming DC Comics superhero roundup Justice League, which hits theaters in 2015. Justice League is going to be the Avengers of the DC Comics world, combining the skills and talents of Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman into one film. And while the casting choices for the superheroes are still up in the air, the writing team may be locked down sooner than we think: Nolan is a producer on Snyder and Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel, which may just be the introduction to the Justice League blockbuster. Talk about continuity. But is Gordon-Levitt the right fit to take up the caped crusader’s mission? In the past, the iconic cowl has been taken up by many actors, and some worked better than others... The first full-length theatrical adaptation of Batman premiered in 1966 starring Adam West, who also portrayed a campy version of the superhero in the ABC series that ran from 1966 to 1968. West was never able to escape from under the shadow of Batman, however, and was severely typecast for the rest of his career. The 1989 film Batman, directed by Tim Burton, starred Michael Keaton, who had previously made a name for himself as a comedic actor, causing controversy that he would not be able to shoulder such a serious role. The doubters were silenced when Batman grossed over $400 million, received positive reviews, and won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. The 1992 sequel, Batman Returns, had generally positive reviews but earned less than its first installment. 1995’s Batman Forever went in a new direction, with Val Kilmer as the titular hero. The film had mixed reviews, but was considered a box office success earning over $350 million worldwide and three Academy Award nominations. Filming for 1997’s Batman and Robin began immediately following Batman Forever, but because of scheduling conflicts Kilmer did not reprise his role. George Clooney took up the caped crusader instead. The film remains to be the least-commercially successful Batman movie, and it is also widely considered to be the worst superhero film of all time. Nolan’s Batman trilogy took on a darker and more realistic view of the superhero. 2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises all showed Christian Bale’s Batman as a relatable human who ages and could be broken, only to rise up and conquer fear. Nolan's trilogy is regarded as the best incarnation of Batman, and with Nolan attached to Man of Steel, we have high hopes that Justice League's Batman will exceed expectations, especially if Gordon Levitt wears the cape and mask. Man of Steel flies into theaters June 14, 2013, and Justice League is planned to bow summer of 2015. Gordon-Levitt may not end up in either, but like Batman, casting rumors continue to lurk in the shadows. Reporting by Matt Patches Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Ron Phillips/Warner Bros.] More: 'Man of Steel': Zack Snyder Hints at His Superman's 'Justice League' Future 'Justice League' Movie Planned for Summer 2015 Armie Hammer to the Rescue: Casting 'Justice League' with Real Life Superheroes You Might Also Like: 12 Hot (And Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes’s Holiday Movie Guide: Best of the Season!
  • Blimey, They're British?!? Can You Guess TV's Most Surprising Accents?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 26, 2012
    Some actors on your favorite shows are deceiving you. That sexy accent, those foreign mannerisms, that slang… all fake. Yes, some of your favorite characters are not the nationality they pretend to be on TV. But some actors are so good at their craft that you would never guess the accent with which they speak on TV is not their true tongue. From Homeland to The Walking Dead, Nashville to The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy to Gossip Girl, we have rounded up some actors with the most surprising accents on TV. Can you guess their true accents, or are you completely fooled? Take our polls for each person, and let’s see who can truly call themselves an actor! Check your answers with the
  • 'Revolution' Midseason Finale: We Want Answers Before the 4-Month Hiatus!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 26, 2012
    When NBC announced that tonight’s Revolution midseason finale would be the last episode for four months, fans were disappointed. Four months is a long time to wait for answers to such a high stakes show! And you know tonight’s episode is only going to raise the stakes even higher as the hour ends on a cliffhanger that answers some questions while simultaneously raising bigger ones. As we go into tonight’s midseason finale, we have all four Mathesons in the same city for the first time since the pilot: Rachel and Danny are captives in Monroe’s headquarters, which Miles and Charlie are about to storm. We are about to have our first present day face-to-face (non-hallucinated) meeting of Monroe and Miles, as well as a possible mother-daughter reunion between Rachel and Charlie. Monroe’s master plans will finally be revealed. And then there are those power pendants... Before Revolution says farewell for four months, there are some questions we need answered in tonight’s episode. We’re patient people… but not that patient! Will Miles and Monroe fight or embrace when they finally reunite? Ditto with Charlie and her presumed-dead mother, Rachel. Will we finally learn why Rachel willingly turned herself in to the Monroe Militia? What has she been doing all these years? Will Miles and Charlie successfully rescue Danny? What will they do with Rachel? Will we learn how the power pendants work, and where the rest are hidden? Will Monroe use his power pendant for weapons? Just what is his master plan? Will Rachel succeed in building her bomb? Will we learn more about the Department of Defense creep Randall? The Revolution midseason finale airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and returns on March 25, the same night as the premiere of the new cycle of The Voice. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Brownie Harris/NBC] More: 'Revolution' Will Take a Four-Month Hiatus to Wait for 'The Voice' 'Revolution' Wasted Led Zeppelin 'Revolution' Recap: Philadelphia Freedom You Might Also Like: 12 Hot (And Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes’s Holiday Movie Guide: Best of the Season!
  • Is Second Time the Charm for 'Teen Mom' Jenelle Evans?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 21, 2012
    Well, she certainly didn’t waste any time. Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans, 20, announced on Twitter Monday that she and boyfriend Courtland Rogers are engaged. This news came only a few months after she broke off her engagement to her ex Gary Head, after he assaulted her after an altercation at a party. PHOTOS: Most Unconventional Celeb Engagement Rings Following their breakup (and Evans being granted a one-year restraining order against Head), she got back together with another ex of hers, Kieffer Delp, for a brief period. In September, Evans began seeing Rogers and apparently after three months she knew he was the only one for her.  Evans posted a picture of the engagement ring Rogers gave her, saying, “I said yes.” Let’s hope this engagement sticks! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Twitter] More: R. Kelly's Viral Masterpiece 'Trapped in the Closet' May Be Heading To Broadway Jessica Biel's 'Hitchcock' Dress: Bizarre in Front, Beautiful in Back? Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Become One of Those Annoying On-Again, Off-Again Couples From Our Partners: Prince William Shares Personal Snapshots of Royal Air Force Life (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) Rihanna Curses Out Band in Mid-Song, Fends Off Streakers and Rioting Reporters: See 6 Out-Of-Control Moments During Her 777 World Tour (Celebuzz)
  • 'Revolution' Wasted Led Zeppelin
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 20, 2012
    Last night’s Revolution was being promoted all week long as featuring the epic sounds of Led Zeppelin, and I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited. It is a well-known fact that obtaining the rights to use Zeppelin songs is pretty difficult: the British rock band is stingy about whom, and what Hollywood projects, can use their music. It’s a pretty short list of whom they've granted song rights in the past: Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, a 2001 Cadillac commercial and Argo are among the few. So when I first saw the promo for last night’s episode, “Kashmir,” I could barely contain my glee. Unfortunately, the episode did not live up to my admittedly high expectations. Only two songs were featured: the titular, iconic “Kashmir” and slower “Since I’ve Been Loving You.” And honestly, the way the songs were used were a complete waste. When you have the extremely-hard-to-acquire rights to use Led Zeppelin, use the songs wisely! Revolution did not do that. The first time we heard some zep rock last night was when Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) was working in a lab on a bomb to take out the Monroe Militia, and her pendant is powering a record player. We hear “Since I’ve Been Loving You” playing in the background of the scene, and… then it’s over. Blink and you miss it! The second time we get to hear Led Zeppelin is when Miles (Billy Burke) is having an oxygen-deprived hallucination about finally meeting face-to-face with his ex-BFF Monroe. The legendary sounds of “Kashmir” build up until Miles and Monroe hug. The scene really gave viewers a deeper look into the complicated psychological relationship between these two important and dangerous characters. But let me reiterate, this was just a hallucination. It didn’t really happen! Why waste such an epic song on a scene that wasn’t real? Series creator Eric Kripke made a huge mistake with how he used the music, I'm afraid. Why not use the songs on another show--one that, for eight seasons, has dropped massive Led Zeppelin references and has constantly sung the praises of the legendary rock band? I’m talking, of course, about Kripke’s other TV show, Supernatural. The series is basically one long love letter to Zeppelin – many episodes are named after their songs or lyrics, Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) favorite songs are “Travelling Riverside Blues” and “Ramble On,” and band member names are often used as fake government names by the Winchesters. And yet, not a single Zeppelin song has been used because of rights issues. Why, then, did Kripke waste such an amazing opportunity on Revolution? Especially when the way the songs were used was so un-creative and uninspired? Those poor Winchester boys just can’t catch a break. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Michael Putland/Retna Brownie Harris/NBC] More: 'Revolution' Recap: Philadelphia Freedom Home Sweet Home: 20 TV Towns We Wish Were Real—GALLERY Does Fox's Ladies' Night Have a Lady Problem? From Our Partners: Miley Cyrus Debuts Even Shorter Shaved Hairdo (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Kiss During Romantic Date Night in Rome (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz)
  • 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard — PART 4
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 17, 2012
    On Nov. 16, Twilight fans around the world said goodbye to their favorite saga as the epic finale, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 finally hit theaters. Twilight fans – self-proclaimed Twihards – are some of the most passionate and driven fans any genre could ever hope to see. In the weeks leading up to the final Twilight movie's release, decided to get into the mindset of a Twihard by profiling one of Twilight’s biggest fans. Meet Jamie. A 28-year-old NYC resident originally from Florida, Jamie has been's featured Twihard. We have been getting to know her and learning all about what a day in the life of a Twihard is like for the past two weeks. We began by focusing on the first days of her life as a Twihard, how she has met most of the cast, and how she feels about each of the books and movies. Now let's find out how she felt about the final film. SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HAS YET TO SEE BREAKING DAWN PART 2. THE ENDING AND SHOCKING TWIST WILL BE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL BELOW.  When Jamie went to see Breaking Dawn Part 2, she wasn’t immediately sure she knew how she felt about it. “I think the beginning of the movie was a little slow. I was a little hesitant to decide if I liked it,” Jamie says. “It did pick up where it left off from a year ago, but while it’s been a year in the real world, the movie had been made all at once. So I was curious to see if it was going to be separated or if it was going to stick together.” Because there has been a sizable gap of time in between each movie, Jamie feels like the film saga has not been seamless. “I definitely felt over the course of the past couple years that there has been a disconnect with each movie and the further you get to the last movie the further away you feel from the first,” Jamie says. “With Twilight, if you watch the first one and you watch the last one you definitely feel like they could be two totally different stories that are being told. It’s just the familiarity of the main actors that remind you it’s the same film.” But Jamie’s fears were answered immediately, as Breaking Dawn Part 2 picked up the second after Breaking Dawn Part 1 ended. Bella (Kristen Stewart) woke up from her transformation into a vampire, and it was as if no time had passed. While she felt the beginning of Breaking Dawn Part 2 moved slowly, when the climactic fight scene began all hell broke loose. “What I was really waiting for is the fight scene and I was blown away,” Jamie says. “I knew that they said they were going to do something and I forgot what I was waiting for. So the fight scene came and all of a sudden they started fighting and they ripped Carlisle’s [Peter Facinelli] head off, which, okay they ripped his head off but then they threw him into the fire and everyone in the theater, I heard people going, ‘Holy shit!’ I couldn’t believe it.” This decapitation of one of the central characters in the Twilight saga was especially shocking because it was a massive departure from Stephenie Meyer’s book. Since there was no fight scene in the book, fans had no idea what was happening right before their eyes. “I was like, ‘Did I miss something in the book? Was there something I haven’t read?’” Jamie says. “And then they ripped Jasper’s [Jackson Rathbone] head off. And then they killed poor little Seth! And that’s when I got really upset.” Jamie was floored when the young werewolf was killed. “I was just like, no! He was so innocent, he was so cute. It was just so crazy!” Jamie says. “Everyone in the theater was gasping. Heads were being ripped off. In the back of my mind I was like, ‘Where are they going to go from here? This is going off the book. What’s going on?’” This sentiment was echoing all around the theater, and the answer came immediately. It turns out that future-seeing vampire Alice (Ashley Greene) was actually just showing Volturi leader Aro (Michael Sheen) what the outcome would be if the Volturi insisted on fighting. There would be deaths on both sides, including Aro’s demise. In an act of self-preservation, Aro led the Volturi away and peace was achieved. “We all realized that the fight didn’t really happen. It was not really a dream sequence but it was foreshadowing,” Jamie says. “You could hear a sigh of relief in the theater. My friend grabbed herself to catch her breath. I was like, ‘Thank god!’” Jamie was happy that the movie got a much-needed dose of violence without changing the story. “You got to see the battle without it really affecting people,” Jamie says. “It was a nice way to add in violence to the film. You can’t have vampires and werewolves and have them all sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. It just doesn’t happen like that. When you have vampires and werewolves there needs to be more casualties so that was a great way of putting it in.” And as the violence was occurring, Jamie was shocked. “I was excited about it but my friend was freaking out,” Jamie says. “She was like, ‘No, Carlisle!’ I was just so excited to see fighting that I didn’t realize he was actually dying! It was just so crazy.” Besides the shock of the battle scene, Jamie’s favorite part of the film was the end where Bella was able to project her supernatural “shield” and let Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally hear her thoughts. In a nice callback to the meadow scene that is so iconic to the franchise, Bella turned the tables on Edward and fans were treated to seeing the love story from a new perspective. “It was the end of the story and I thought they did that very well,” Jamie says. “Having Bella show Edward her feelings, I saw people in the theater just crying and you could hear sniffling. It was cute, and it was a nice way to end it. If I could take away one thing I remember from reading Breaking Dawn is at the end when she shows him how she feels, it’s just really sweet. It gave her more of the upper hand in the emotional aspect of their relationship. The entire story has revolved around her loving someone and him not believing her and there’s this struggle, and I think at the end she could finally show him, ‘We’re equals.’ I liked that.” After the movie ended, Jamie was satisfied with the outcome. “I think they did a great job concluding the story,” Jamie says. “It was very visually appealing. There was a lot of action and a lot of special effects. It wasn’t an Oscar-winner by any means, but it was fun to watch. I think most fans will be really happy with the way they ended the story.” And just when fans thought the movie had ended, they were treated to another surprise: The end credit sequence was a montage of all the characters who had been in the franchise, going all the way back to the first film. Regardless of whether or not they had appeared in the final chapter, every face was given equal time on screen. “I thought it was cute. I’ve never really seen that in other movies,” Jamie said. “They’ve had so many people and they’ve replaced certain people so it was a nice way to pay homage to them. We stayed around to see everyone.” Now that she has seen the conclusion to the franchise, Jamie admits she’s not done with it. “I will definitely go see it again,” Jamie says. “I was so excited. It’s the end of an era.” But Jamie feels as if the attitude of fans is different surrounding this installment of Twilight. “It was more of a normal movie going experience this time than it was a final chapter,” Jamie says. “I think when you have a final chapter to any franchise I wouldn’t say the excitement is gone but people know it’s the end. You’re not going to find out what happens next. This whole movie wasn’t about Edward kissing Bella or Jacob [Taylor Lautner] taking his shirt off, it was closing the story. So it was a calmer ending and therefore it had a calmer audience, fight scene aside.” But there is one scene where Team Jacob fans got their final shirtless shot of Lautner. In a desperate attempt to keep the Cullens around — so the object of his imprinting, Renesmee, would stay — Jacob transformed into his werewolf form in front of Bella’s dad Charlie (Billy Burke), beginning with the act of undressing himself down to his birthday suit. “That was hilarious. You have Jacob and Bella’s dad having this conversation and it looks like he’s coming on to Charlie!” Jamie says. “So that was really funny. It was a nice way of throwing comedy into all the drama that was going around.” With all the epic action, has Breaking Dawn 2 ousted New Moon as Jamie’s favorite Twilight film? “No, New Moon will always be my favorite,” Jamie says. “I think New Moon is a coming of age story about a girl liking a boy, boy liking girl, boy leaving girl, and I think that every girl can relate to New Moon. I don’t think that anyone can relate to things that happen in Breaking Dawn.” And as for the fans mourning the end of the Twilight era, Jamie is quick to assure them not to despair. “When a franchise ends, the fan universe doesn’t really die,” Jamie says. “But the enthusiasm in their day-to-day obsession is over. There will be something else. As we’ve seen over the past 10 years there’s always another franchise, another best-selling novel that comes out that you can get into so don’t worry.” Like the final movie, this is the conclusion of's A Day in the Life of a Twihard series. Read the first of this four part series here, the second part here, and the third part here. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper/Summit Entertainment] More: 'Breaking Dawn — Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard — PART 1 'Breaking Dawn — Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard — PART 2 'Breaking Dawn — Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard — PART 3 From Our Partners: ’Twilight’ Saga’s Most Underrated Characters (PICS) (Moviefone) Best (and Worst!) Movie Plot Twists Ever (Moviefone)
  • Supernatural Love Story 'Beautiful Creatures' Looks Positively Enchanting — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 16, 2012
    As if high school wasn’t hard enough, try sitting through homeroom, hearing others gossip about you while trying to contain emerging witch powers that are pulling you towards the dark side… Yeah, on second thought, high school wasn’t so bad for you, huh? Unfortunately for young witch— or "caster" — Lena (Alice Englert), it is. A new, longer trailer for the movie adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s YA novel Beautiful Creatures just hit the web, and the battle between good and evil casters looks dark and extremely fun (it helps to put the haunting vocals of Florence + the Machine behind the supernatural footage). Focusing on Lena’s upcoming 16th birthday when her powers will be claimed either for the light or dark, the movie brings a whole new definition to family feud. Lena’s cousin Ridley (Emmy Rossum) chose the darkness on her 16th birthday, and the entire family is caught up in whether Lena will choose light or dark, because apparently she is going to be super strong and could tip the scales in some big war against humans. And Rossum kills it as a vampy siren caster, all sassy and filled with attitude. If I was in Lena’s position, I’d choose the darkness just to hang out with this cool older cousin. Priorities, guys. Plus, her eyes. Her dress. So cool! And there’s a love story at the core of the movie too: Lena meets Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a small-town guy who dreams of something bigger, and they instantly fall for each other. This is somehow a bad thing for the good casters, because it will lead Lena further into temptation of choosing the darkness? Maybe? You’d think young love would be a good thing. And can I just say how excited I am for a supernatural tale set in the south? I can’t get enough of those southern accents. It puts a campy feel on what already looks like a fun, enjoyable film. Also starring Viola Davis and Emma Thompson, Beautiful Creatures casts its spell on theaters on Feb. 13, 2013. Check out the trailer below: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Warner Brothers] More: Emmy Rossum in 'Beautiful Creatures': Part Effie Trinket, Part Siren, & Three Parts Sexpot 'Beautiful Creatures': Just in Time to Feed Your 'Twilight' Thirst — TRAILER Viola Davis Lands Roles in 'Ender's Game,' 'Beautiful Creatures' From Our Partners: ’Breaking Dawn — Part 2’ Star Peter Facinelli Moves On In New York; ‘Twilight’ Actor Grabs a Bite With Actress Jaimie Alexander (EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS & DETAILS) (Celebuzz) ’Glee’ Star Dianna Agron Talks Quinn’s Thanksgiving Return, Kitty and Catfights With Santana (Q&A) (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' React: I See Your List of Evil People, and I Raise You Street Crime
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 15, 2012
    Last night’s episode of Arrow was underwhelming, but seeing as how that is the first time I’m saying that in 6 episodes, I’m not too worried about the future of the show. Hey, it’s hard to be perfect 100% of the time! And while I say “Legacies” was underwhelming, I do not mean that it was bad. Quite the opposite, in fact. I still enjoyed the hour. It just wasn’t as shocking and intense and revealing as past episodes have been. In six episodes alone we’ve had Oliver arrested for being Arrow, we’ve had Diggle finding out Oliver’s secret identity, we’ve had Moira revealed to be in cahoots with The List in some way… where was the reveal this episode? Answer: there wasn’t one. Unless you count the fact that Diggle emotionally manipulated Oliver to broaden his vendetta and add Starling City’s street crime to his mission of cleaning up Starling City. Arrow has become a full-blown hero now. Although in a neat and tidy turn of events, the street crime, aka the Royal Flush Gang, turned out to have been a family on hard times, a result of Oliver's father's actions, so in a way this still was a part of Oliver's original mission. One aside: I’m intrigued that Oliver insists on giving each of his targets a chance to redeem themselves before bringing the pain, whether that means turning themselves in to the authorities, or – in tonight’s case – giving up the bank robbing lifestyle. So far, no one has taken the olive branch extended by Arrow, and I hope that we get to see the alternative at some point in a future episode. I’m interested in seeing that option play out, even though it wouldn’t give Arrow the chance to kick some corrupt ass (I’m sure the writers would figure out a way to get that action in regardless. We need shirtless Stephen Amell! We need cool fight scenes! Hardcore parkour!). What would happen if someone on The List actually turned themselves in under the threat of Arrow? What would be the fallout, and how would that affect the city? It might even be better for the people of Starling City, having the corrupt people confess to their crimes. Hey, writers, let’s give this some thought! Also worth noting, I really felt for Thea this hour. The poor girl developed a crush on Tommy, bolstered by the fact that he came to her for relationship advice that I have to say really sounded like he was talking to Thea about Thea in a cutesy, rom-com kind of way. Too bad he was oblivious to how his words sounded to Thea and was actually looking for advice on how to get back in Laurel’s pants, and kind of her heart, but really just her pants. Upon realizing that Tommy was talking about Laurel (and Tommy drove that point home by calling Thea his little sister… ouch) the crushed girl made a beeline for the bar in her pity party of one. Cue: vomming in the alleyway. Tommy sweetly rescued her and drove her home, and while he had a nice moment with Laurel, I think we’re paving the way for something to happen later on with Thea and Tommy. You know this will be explored at some point. Meanwhile, Moira confronted Oliver about his habit of disappearing in the middle of family functions. It was bound to happen at some point! His flimsy excuse of opening a night club and all the perils that came with that line of work seemed to pacify Moira, and even though she was still upset about his disappearing acts she didn’t suspect anything. They also had a nice mother/son bonding session in a diner at the end of the hour, giving us a glimpse at the light at the end of the tunnel for Oliver’s family. When all is said and done and Oliver’s mission is complete, he really can go home again. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] More: 'Arrow' React: Lie to Me 'Arrow' React: Laurel Lance, What Are You Doing?!? 'Arrow' React: Someone Finds Out Arrow's Secret Identity!
  • 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard - PART 3
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 14, 2012
          On Nov. 16, Twilight fans around the world will say goodbye to their favorite saga as the epic finale, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hits theaters. Twilight fans – self-proclaimed Twihards – are some of the most passionate and driven fans any genre could ever hope to see. Before the final Twilight movie hits theaters with a worldwide event, decided to get into the mindset of a Twihard by profiling one of Twilight’s biggest fans.     Meet Jamie. A 28-year-old NYC resident originally from Florida, Jamie is's featured Twihard. We'll be getting to know her and learning all about what a day in the life of a Twihard is like over the next two weeks. We began by focusing on the first days of her life as a Twihard, and how she has met most of the cast. Now let's find out how she feels about each one of the books and movies and how she prepares for the movie premieres.     Every Twihard has his or her favorite book in the Twilight saga, and the answer is always different from fan to fan. Jamie’s favorite is the one that got her into the saga in the first place. “Twilight is my favorite book,” Jamie said. “I’ve read the entire book three times, but I’ll read parts of it over and over again. I think when I’m rereading Twilight the point I always go to is after they get over this fear of each other because they’re both afraid of each other, and they’re both just comfortable, right around that meadow scene. I always loved that in Twilight.”     While the first book is her go to in the series, her favorite movie is the second one. “I think I’ve seen New Moon like five or six times,” Jamie said. “I might have seen New Moon in theaters like two times and maybe watched it like three or four times at home. It is just my favorite. And I listen to the soundtrack sometimes at work.”     While Jamie loves all the movies in the saga, and the first book is her favorite, she felt the movie version had a couple growing pains. “I didn’t want to feel the way I felt because I cringed a little bit. It’s hard to say why,” Jamie said. “I felt the color was off. The tone, the cinematography, the way the words were delivered, I felt that everything was off. But I wasn’t going to give up because I knew that it was going to take off and I knew it was going to get better.” And in Jamie’s eyes, it did. “Absolutely, it got better. I mean, New Moon is my favorite movie!” Jamie said. “The music, the tone, the way all the lines were delivered. Twilight might have been my favorite book and New Moon was my favorite movie but I think the quality of the movies just got better. Definitely working in the makeup and TV industry you notice things like that, like the hair and the makeup and the wardrobe got so much better as the movies went on. I now watch Twilight and laugh. I love it, I hate it, it’s just mixed feelings about it.”     Looking back, what does Jamie think could have made the first movie better? "Midnight Sun [the unfinished manuscript telling Edward’s side of Twilight] had so many back stories from Edward’s side that I would have liked to see in the movie,” Jamie said, “and I feel like if they can ever go back and do anything over again maybe they could just make his version of Twilight and that could redeem the first movie. I just felt like learning his side of the story just meant so much more and unfortunately that book stopped halfway through." Waiting for what seemed like forever, Jamie's hopes for Midnight Sun never game to fruition. The project was eventually shelfed by Stephenie Meyer after early pages leaked on to the Internet. "It sucks for us, it sucks for her, and I feel bad but I thought that she wasn’t helping anybody by not finishing it. I thought it was a great idea for her to say, ‘Here it is online, read it.’ But it left so many of us with like, oh come on! And she was serious that she wasn’t going to bring it back and I was like, ‘Lady we need this. Do it for the fans!’”     The recent announcement from Meyer that there might be more Twilight universe books got Jamie thinking about what she’d like to see in future books. “At the end with the whole wolf pack, there were just so many unanswered questions,” Jamie said. “And there was one werewolf girl that ends up alone and I would like to see something happen to her. Leah Clearwater, I’d like to see Leah. It was just kind of sad. I mean, why didn’t her and Jacob imprint on each other? She ends up all by herself. I felt kind of bad for her. She really got the short end of the stick. But maybe [Meyer’s] writing a book about her.”     Every Twihard has a favorite when it comes to the main love triangle between Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner), but Jamie has another, less-popular favorite. “I love Edward, but you gotta love Jessica [Anna Kendrick],” Jamie said. “It’s just humor. In the movies she’s not in it enough but I feel like out of all the characters in the book I’m Edward through and through.”     Now that the final movie is approaching, Jamie reminisced about her past experiences and traditions going to the premieres of each movie. “For the first movie we waited in line, we had our shirts on — my friend and I get a shirt every year — and we were so excited,” Jamie said. “I remember telling the audience, ‘I’ve waited for this! Everyone’s going to be quiet!’ Because you know there’s these obnoxious people who scream during the movie. I’ve seen all of them a few times in theaters, and for the second one my friend and her husband and I waited in line at midnight. And then the third one we waited in line again. And the last one I was working and we couldn’t see it at midnight so we actually went the next day.” Did Jamie notice any major differences between seeing the premiere at midnight and seeing it the next day? “It was actually more crowded on Friday than it was the night before,” Jamie said. “We waited again for two hours in line to watch the movie. We could have watched it two days later and it would have been just as good. But it’s all about getting there and seeing it first! It’s the hype. There are definitely movies I can wait for, but I need to see Twilight within the first 24 hours of it coming out.”     While some fans may camp out at the theater for days before the release, Jamie put a limit on how long she would wait in line. “Two hours is my limit,” Jamie said.     And as for those shirts she wears to each premiere, sometimes Jamie buys them, and sometimes she and her friends make them. “The first year I had one that said ‘Fanpire.’ The second year I bought one that had Alice [Ashley Greene] on her corvette driving through Italy. We got desperate for the third one so we bought Edward shirts. And then my friend and I made them last year for the movie.” What is Jamie planning on wearing for the premiere of Breaking Dawn – Part 2? “Unfortunately I haven’t had time to make one yet this year,” Jamie said. “I might have to do a repeat this year for the last one. I feel like because it’s Breaking Dawn - Part 2 I can just wear the same one I wore last year. It’s a fun little tradition. We go with our shirts and we take a picture in front of the posters.”     Along with all of her Twilight-themed shirts, Jamie has collected quite a good amount of Twilight swag over the years. “My best friend thinks it’s funny to buy me Twilight things,” Jamie said. “She bought me a lunch box once and for my birthday a few years ago she bought me a cardboard cutout of Edward. My handyman came in and thought he was a real person, so we had to hide him behind a bookcase! And my friends always buy me cards and magnets.” Her friends aren’t the only ones buying her merchandise though. Jamie also treats herself. “I went to Jamba Juice the other day and they had slap bracelets,” Jamie said. “I have a picture of me and Robert Pattinson behind my computer at work. I have a Twilight birthday card at work. I have all the books, they’re all on my bookshelf. There’s all kinds of Twilight stuff on my desk. I do also have a few signed books from them. I might try to get a signed one again this year. People are always like, ‘Why do you have two Eclipses?’ I’m like, ‘Because one of them is signed, why are you asking?!?’”     Jamie is no stranger to midnight premieres, but if there is one thing she could live without it’s the madness and insanity midnight releases bring. “I’ve done the midnight thing when all of these girls just ran in there and some girl pushed me,” Jamie said. “Some girl trampled me and I ended up pushing her back and I’m like, ‘I’m not getting into a fight with another teenager!’ There was an earthquake at the last one where we literally thought we were going to die, and a fight broke out. I was like, ‘I just can’t. I love these movies and I want to see them but I do not want to handle the drama of running into the theater.’ It’s psychotic. I can’t deal with it.”     Jamie knows what drives the fans to act so crazy at midnight premieres. “It’s the whole idea of ‘I have to get a good seat!’ I know that I’m that person that is just like, I have to get a good seat, but you have a very mixed group of demographics and they can’t behave themselves. I remember going to see Sex and the City and a fight broke out. Women cannot control themselves when they’re going to see a big movie. I get hyped up but I don’t get pushy and shovey, but if you push me I will push you back. And I mean, why do you need to scream every time someone takes their shirt off? He’s not going to scream back at you. It ruins the movie [because you can’t hear the dialogue]. And that’s why you have to go see it again, I think.” Jamie plans to avoid all that craziness this year and has tickets to see Breaking Dawn – Part 2 on Friday.     Read the first of this four part series here, the second part here, and stay tuned to read more about's Twihard, Jamie Jamie, as A Day in the Life of a Twihard series concludes on Nov. 17.     Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum     [Photo Credit: iStockphoto; Amazon]     More:   'Breaking Dawn — Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard — PART 1   'Breaking Dawn — Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard — PART 2   Want to Watch the Final 'Twilight' Red Carpet Live? — VIDEO     From Our Partners:   ’Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2’ Star Kristen Stewart on ‘Twilight’ Finale: I’m ‘Desperate’ For a Job Now (VIDEO)   (Celebuzz)   ’The Voice’ Top 12 Performance Show: 8 Things You Didn’t See On TV   (Celebuzz)    
  • Andrew Garfield on 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Costume Changes and Superhero Responsibilities
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 14, 2012
    When we caught up with The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield last night at the Worldwide Orphans 15th Anniversary Benefit Gala in NYC, he certainly had a lot to say about the highly anticipated sequel. Reuniting Garfield with director Marc Webb and costar Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters in 3D on May 2, 2014, and Garfield is excited to explore playing Peter Parker even further. "It is a responsibility to play that role. And I don't take it lightly,” Garfield tells “I think there's so much to explore within that mythology and within the tension between living a double life, struggling with being good, struggling with choosing good behavior over bad behavior with the pressures of a city on your shoulders. I think it's a microcosm of being a father. I'm sure that fathers feel the same pressure that Spider-Man feels and to be a hero to their kids. It's all linked.” Garfield was less forthcoming about Peter’s future with Stone’s Gwen Stacey. “That's up to the writers,” Garfield tells “I'm not going to give you the answer you're looking for. It's a bold question… In terms of exploring Peter, I want to keep exploring that theme of being fatherless, being motherless, and searching for purpose… That character is a classic orphan. He's one of the most famous fictional orphans." When we see Spider-Man swing back onto the big screen, expect to see a newly redesigned spidey-suit. This was not merely for appearance purposes, however. "Well the suit is undergoing a redesign because I couldn't urinate in it last time,” Garfield said. “So I'm less nervous because that's going to be nice.” And as for the beard Garfield has been sporting as of late, don’t assume that we’re going to see a scruffy Peter Parker. "I just like having a beard,” Garfield said. “I never thought I'd be able to grow a beard when I was a kid. Here we are. This is 29 years in the making and I'm proud. I'm just proud to have facial hair. I never thought it would happen." You better be clean-shaven when filming commences, Garfield. We don't think that spidey-mask will fit over your scruff. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures] More: Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb Swing Back for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Jamie Foxx Will Join 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' as Supervillain Electro So When Is 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Coming Out? From Our Partners: ’Twilight’ Cast Now and Then (PICS) (Moviefone) How to Be a Bond Director (Moviefone)