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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.
  • Win Tickets to See 'Promised Land' and a Q&A With Matt Damon!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 14, 2012 5:49am EST
    We told you to keep an eye out for details on how to win the opportunity to attend the 10th annual Variety Screening Series showing of Matt Damon’s Promised Land, 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 Promised Land screening in New York on Dec. 3 and in Los Angeles on Dec. 10. The movie screening is followed by an exclusive, intimate Q&A session with Damon. 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 a pair of tickets in your market, 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 #PromisedLand and Q&A with Matt Damon" and use one of the following hashtags,based on what market you are in: #HWPromisedLandLA if you want to enter to win two tickets to the LA screening and if you want to enter in NYC, use #HWPromisedLandNYC. 3. We'll choose a winner in each market at random and notify them on Friday, Nov. 16. The contest runs from 10 a.m. ET/PT Wednesday, Nov. 14 until 11:59 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, Nov. 15. 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 __11/17/12____ to: Winners List, “_Variety Screening SeriesTicket Giveaway” Sweepstakes, Hollywood.com, Inc., 2255 Glades Road, Suite221A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Requests for Winners List must be received by __11/22/12____.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 _” Sweepstakes,Hollywood.com, Inc., 2255 Glades Road, Suite 221A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431.Requests for Official Rules must be received by __11/22/12___. WA and VTresidents may omit return postage.
  • 'The Host' Is Not Just the New 'Twilight' — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 13, 2012 6:07am EST
    Fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, be warned: this is not a love story. The Host is actually a sci-fi tale of human survival in the wake of an alien invasion. These aliens, called "Souls," inhabit the minds of humans and possess their bodies, and the human race is almost to the point of extinction. Some humans have survived and formed a rebel community, which includes Melanie Stryder, her family, and her boyfriend Jared. But when Melanie is captured and is possessed by a Soul named Wanderer, or Wanda for short, she does not cooperate and maintains consciousness. She floods their shared mind with memories of her loved ones and emotions until Wanda starts to form a connection to them as well. Wanda meets up with Melanie's community of rebels, and things become complicated as the humans do not know how to deal with Wanda, Jared wants nothing to do with the alien in his girlfriend's body, and another boy, Ian, becomes protective of Wanda and forms a connection with her. And when Wanda's boss The Seeker attempts to find the rebel community and infect the remaining humans with more Souls, Wanda's allegiances are called into question. Directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, and Diane Kruger, The Host hits theaters March 29, 2013. Watch the trailer below and weigh in: is The Host charting new territory for Meyers adaptations or is it stuck emulating Twilight? Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Open Road Films] More: ‘The Host’: Stephanie Meyer Puts an Eclipse in Saoirse Ronan’s Eye — POSTER 'Twilight' Creator's 'The Host' Trailer: Vampires Out, Glowing-Eye Aliens In Comic-Con 2012: Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' Footage — Nicholas Sparks with Aliens? From Our Partners: Brad Pitt Fights Zombies, Bad Hair(Moviefone) Daniel Day-Lewis’ Most Insane Movie Makeovers (Moviefone)
  • 'Homeland' Star Signs Autograph to President Obama 'From One Muslim to Another'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 12, 2012 12:01pm EST
    We've all made the mistake of using permanent marker to write something we wish we could erase. How many whiteboards have you destroyed with that nefarious Sharpie masquerading as a friendly dry-erase utensil? Have you ever signed someone's yearbook in that thick black ink, and instantly regretted your choice of words? We've all been there. Alas, Homeland star Damian Lewis wins for the biggest blunder of them all. It is well known that President Barack Obama is a fan of Lewis' Showtime hit. And, during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday night, the Emmy-winning actor said Obama wanted a signed DVD box set of the show to give to the Teamsters labor union. While Lewis said his Homeland co-star Claire Danes wrote something heartfelt and serious like, ”I was a fan of yours long before you were a fan of ours,” Lewis decided to write something a bit funnier. “I thought I’d think of something great and funny ... and wrote: ‘From one Muslim to another’ in an indelible Sharpie,” Lewis said. “And I couldn’t take it back ... I was then writing emails for the whole of the next week going: ‘I do hope he understands irony.”’ We hope he does, too, Lewis. We'd like to keep our alliance with Great Britain.   Watch the clip of Lewis on The Jonathon Ross Show below: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN]
  • 'America's Funniest Home Videos' Celebrates 500 Episodes: Is It Still Relevant?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 12, 2012 10:35am EST
    Many people might be shocked to hear America’s Funniest Home Videos is still putting out new episodes every Sunday at 7 pm ET/PT on ABC. More people might be shocked to hear that last night saw the monumental 500th episode air, complete with the presentation of the Golden Cup Award in honor of the millionth groin hit. In this day and age of YouTube, viral videos, and the ever-increasing daily/hourly presence of the internet, is there even a need for a show like Tom Bergeron's America’s Funniest Home Videos? To those naysayers, I give a wholeheartedly resounding YES. I dare you to watch an episode of AFV without being reduced into multiple fits of hysterical laughter. It usually takes only about three clips of people taking a tumble in various ways to do me in. I remember watching AFV when I was a kid, and back then, I was all about the animal clips. Whether it was a talking cat, a dog attacking its own leg, or a squirrel taking on a deer, I would be rolling on the floor, clutching my stomach, trying to catch my breath in between bursts of laughter. But like I said before, I’ve graduated from dumb animals to the wipeouts and screw-ups of adults and kids alike. There’s nothing that gets me cracking up quite like people falling down. I know, not very sophisticated of me, but I’m being honest here. Appreciate the honesty, you guys! A lot of people argue that there is no need for more episodes of AFV. “It’s just YouTube!” they say. “The internet has all the viral videos we need!” Lies, I say. Go on YouTube right now and try and sift through the millions and millions of videos people are uploading this very second. Try and find that one comedic gold nugget amidst the piles and piles of nonsense. It takes minutes to upload a video on YouTube, so why not upload hours and hours of whatever you want? That is what thousands of people think on a daily basis. So basically, the internet needs a curator, and that’s where AFV finds its purpose. Just look at the dual successes of AFV copycats Ridiculousness and Tosh.0. Both are viral video clip shows, interspersed with commentary from the shows’ hosts. The only difference between these modern-day AFV counterparts and the original AFV itself is just that: modernization. From the big sets, to the younger and cooler hosts, to the clips themselves, Ridiculousness and Tosh.0 are the AFV's for a new generation. So why do we still need AFV with these younger, popular versions on the air? Because AFV is timeless. Turn on the latest episode, and and it's like you're watching the AFV of your childhood years. It looks the same, it feels the same, and it produces the same amount of laughter. It hasn't aged at all, but it also hasn't changed with time. It's a curious mix, but it works. And for good measure, I leave you with this: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: ABC] More: HA HA! 'The Simpsons' Mock Their Fox Colleague Karl Rove 'Firefly' Reunion Special: Nathan Fillion on Becoming 'Captain No-Pants' — VIDEO 'The Walking Dead' Recap: Say the Word From Our Partners: Selena Gomez Flies Out of Los Angeles Following Justin Bieber Split (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) ’iCarly’ Series Finale Preview: Say Goodbye to Carly, Hello Carly’s Dad! (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) (Celebuzz)
  • Win a Chance to Meet Paul Rudd, Matt Damon, and Jack Black! 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 12, 2012 7:21am EST
    The 10th annual Variety Screening Series shows some of the buzziest and largest movies of the year, and this year, we’re one of the sponsors. Each movie screening is followed by an exclusive Q&A session with the films' stars, directors, writers, or producers. This year, the screenings are at the famous Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood and The Chelsea Clearview Cinemas in New York, running from October to December. Some of the movies being featured are Judd Apatow’s kind-of-sequel to Knocked Up, This is 40, as well as Promised Land, Life of Pi, Hitchcock, Anna Karenina, and many more. 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 and, first up, you can win tickets to attend the screening of Matt Damon’s Promised Land. Now is your opportunity to rub shoulders with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and minds!  All you have to do is follow Hollywood.com on twitter, keep an eye out for our tweets, and stay tuned to find out exactly how you can win tickets to see this anticipated movie and attend the following Q&A with Matt Damon. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Focus Features] More: 'Skyfall' Star Naomie Harris Talks Her Character's Big Reveal — SPOILERS Scores of 'Lincoln': Finding Abe's Honest Voice — VIDEO See Matthew McConaughey Looking Scary Thin — PICS From Our Partners:Brad Pitt Fights Zombies, Bad Hair(Moviefone) Daniel Day-Lewis’ Most Insane Movie Makeovers (Moviefone)
  • 'The Hangover Part III': Is Someone Going to Die? — PICS
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 09, 2012 12:04pm EST
    The wolfpack is back, but their shenanigans might be a little more deadly this time around...     The Hangover Part III director Todd Phillips shared some sneak peak pictures of the upcoming movie on Instagram, and one photo in particular has us a little worried. Check out the pics below:                                                     While we love our first look at John Goodman in the movie (see #5), that last picture shows Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Justin Bartha standing in a cemetary, wearing their Sunday best. There could only be one explanation: they're attending a funeral.     Now, since this is an installment of The Hangover, many different and wacky scenarios could be the reason for this seemingly-out-of-place dramatic setting, and we're left to wonder: who dies? Could it actually be a member of the wolfpack, or someone else?     Take our poll below and let us know who you think bites the dust!     Who dies in 'The Hangover Part III'?     Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum     [Photo Credit: Instagram]     More:   Zach Galifianakis Says 'The Hangover 3' Will Be Different   Heather Graham to Appear in 'The Hangover Part III'   Bradley Cooper Hints at 'The Hangover Part III' - Which City Will They Destroy This Time?     From Our Partners: Wow! Daniel Day-Lewis’ Amazing Movie Transformations   (Moviefone)     Sexiest Bond Girl Ever? (Moviefone)    
  • Rihanna's New Music Video For 'Diamonds' Debuts: Is It About Chris Brown?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 09, 2012 11:10am EST
    A joint filled with diamonds? That can’t be too good for your health. Rihanna’s newest music video to hit the web is for her beautiful, soulful song, “Diamonds,” and except for the aforementioned rolling papers filled with tiny gems, the imagery and scenery are more beautiful than dangerous. Forgoing her usual in-your-face shock and plenty of exposed skin, Rihanna takes a more graceful and artsy approach with this video. Black and white confessional clips interspersed with beautiful and haunting images show a more mature side of the pop star. Whether she’s wandering alone in a wide field, floating in the dark sea, or running in the road in the middle of the night, it’s clear that Rihanna is taking a departure from her crude dancing and loud chaos of music videos past. Whether that means she is maturing or not we can’t be too sure, as the object of her love in the video might be a representation of music’s bad boy Chris Brown. Her hands — unmistakable, thanks to her many finger tattoos — are seen grasping the arms of a heavily tattooed man, and we can't help but think of her abusive ex. And when Rihanna is watching a building burn, a man shrouded in shadows is walking away. Is it just us, or does his profile bear quite the resemblance to Brown? Watch the music video below, and hit the comments to tell us what you think! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Def Jam] More: Is This Britney Spears' New Perfume Ad or the New Peg on a Britney Timeline? Ukrainian Singer Sues Carly Rae Jepsen for Copying Her Song, "Hunky Santa" Brooke Burke-Charvet Has Thyroid Cancer Scare — VIDEO From Our Partners: See Reese Witherspoon's Adorable New Baby (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) 60 Celeb Bikini Bodies: Guess Who?! (Celebuzz)
  • 'Breaking Dawn — Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard — PART 2
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 09, 2012 10:17am EST
          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, Hollywood.com 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 Hollywood.com'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. Now let's find out how she took the above picture, and how many others she has just like it.     Jamie knows she’s a Twihard, and she has the experiences and photographic evidence to prove it. “I’m a big fan,” she says. “I’m not like a crazy teenage fan, but I’ve met three vampires, seen one, and met one werewolf. I pride myself on saying that.”     While some Twihards fervently believe that vampires and werewolves are real, Jamie has her feet firmly planted on the ground. She is actually referring to the actors who play the mythological creatures in the Twilight saga movies. “I did meet Robert Pattinson [last year], and he was on the checklist of people I want to meet,” Jamie says. "My friend works for Letterman and I told her if Robert Pattinson or Radiohead ever got on Letterman you need to help me and I need to meet him!”     Jamie got her wish when Pattinson appeared on David Letterman on Nov. 8, 2011. “I remember going to my boss and saying, ‘Look, remember I told you that if I ever have a chance to meet Robert Pattinson… ’ And before I could finish she was just like, ‘You’re turning red, you can go.’ I got there really, really early because I was just paranoid. There were these little girls standing next to me with their mom, and he came and he took pictures with these little girls and then the mom was like, ‘Oh, me too!’ And I was like, wait, what? And he was about to walk away, so I had to say, ‘No I’m sorry, I’m a big fan. Can I get a picture?'” Her persistence paid off, and Jamie got her picture with Pattinson, which she proudly displays at work by her computer. But that picture wasn’t the only one that got attention after that day.     “Apparently, because I was wearing red and blocking the paparazzi, I ended up in all these pictures,” Jamie says. “I didn’t know until the next day when somebody was on Popsugar.com, she was like, ‘Jamie Jamie is on Popsugar!’ So I started looking up all these fansites and realized I was on, like, six or seven of them. In one picture it looks like we’re a couple. In others it literally looks like I’m his publicist. Like, I have a paper in my hand and I’m showing him where to go. They’re funny candid photos. It definitely was the best moment.”     And if Pattinson was one of the vampires she met, who were the others? “I had a really fun moment where I met Kellan Lutz [Emmett Cullen] by accident when the movies first came out. That was another really awesome moment,” Jamie says. How did the meeting go down? She was at a club in Miami with a friend when they noticed 90210’s AnnaLynne McCord, who was dating Lutz at the time. “I saw her and then I saw Ashley Greene [Alice Cullen], and I turn around and I see Kellan Lutz. I said, ‘Oh my god, you’re from Twilight!’ It was very organic,” unlike her “surreal” experience meeting Pattinson. “It’s just one of those things where you think it’s never going to happen. It was the highlight of my year.”     Along with Pattinson, Lutz, and Greene, Jamie has also met Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Cullen) and she's seen evil vampire Jane (Dakota Fanning), from afar. “I saw Dakota Fanning on the street once,” Jamie says. “I was like, ‘Oh, that girl has cute shoes,’ and then I realized that it was Dakota Fanning! I didn’t say anything to her but everyone else I actually met and took a picture with, so it’s pretty cool.”     Jamie knows that she has met more than her fair share of the vampires that make up the world of Twilight, and she’s content with that. “As far as the cast goes, I think I’m pretty set,” Jamie says. “I met all the big ones. It would nice to meet all of them but if it doesn’t happen that way I think I’ve done my quota. I’ve met more than most people who don’t work in publicity have.” But if she could meet any other member of the Cullen family, who would it be? “Peter Facinelli [Carlisle Cullen] wouldn’t be such a bad thing,” Jamie says laughing.     Even though Jamie is passionately Team Vampire, she wouldn’t pass up the chance to meet the werewolf caught up in a love triangle with a human and a vampire. That’s right, along with all the Cullens she has met, Jamie also met Taylor Lautner at an MTV event in Los Angeles in 2008. This was back when Lautner had yet to bulk up in the fight to keep his role for the second movie, New Moon, in lieu of a taller, beefier actor. “He was so tiny,” Jamie says. “And people were so worried about him being able to play Jacob. And I was like, he’s going to go through puberty in, like, five minutes.”    In New Moon, Jacob begins his transition from human to werewolf, and his body changes rapidly. He has a massive growth spurt, and bulks up in a short amount of time. “Obviously in the books he’s supposed to be a little taller, but I think he played the role fine,” Jamie says. “He’s good-looking kid, he fits the part, I think out of all the characters he’s the most enthusiastic about his role. I’m not a Jake fan but I don’t hate on Jacob. So I do think that was a smart decision [keeping Lautner on as Jacob]. [His muscle gain] was unbelievable. I show people pictures of when I met him and they’re like, what? He was like a little baby and now he bulked up. He definitely worked for that. It’s funny to see how much he bulked up… and how much Robert Pattinson didn’t.”     Despite the fact that Pattinson is her favorite, Jamie does admit that the actor's performance skills leave something to be desired during some key Twilight moments. But if Pattinson didn’t play Edward, who could have embodied the role better? “I thought about that so many times,” Jamie says. “I think Robert Pattinson has the look. I think he’s gorgeous and I think he definitely going to become a better actor but I think this was just a very new role for him. Friends and I have definitely played the game of who could play who, but we’re always stumped with who else could play Edward. There was just no one in their early 20s that could have fit that role. No one really wanted a 17-year-old boy to play a 17-year-old vampire. We wanted it to be someone that was a little more mature than, like, Justin Bieber.”     When it comes to the other roles, Jamie is much more decisive with how to cast better actors. Like many Edward fans, “I don’t like Kristen Stewart,” Jamie says. And the actress' recent cheating scandal certainly didn't help. “Just tramp. Tramp!” Jamie says. “She’s just stupid because this girl spent so much time talking about how her life is private and she doesn’t want anybody to talk about her dating and all that stuff and then goes and cheats and then makes a public apology. And I’m like, ‘You’re an idiot.’ Then when I heard they got back together, I was like, ‘I’m done with him!’ I have no respect for him anymore if he took her back.”   Jamie isn’t sure whether or not Stewart and Pattinson’s relationship is real or fake, but it doesn’t change her opinion of Stewart either way. “Whether it’s a publicity stunt or not, she just sucks,” Jamie says. “I’m not a fan of her. She always has the same facial expressions. And I mean, she couldn’t keep her pants closed before this movie was over? She couldn’t have waited six more months?”     Read the first of this four part series here, and stay tuned to read more about Hollywood.com's Twihard, Jamie Jamie, as A Day in the Life of a Twihard series continues on Nov. 14.     Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum     [Photo Credit: Jamie]     More:   'Breaking Dawn - Part 2': Taylor Lautner Stinks in New 'Twilight' Clip — VIDEO   New 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2' Clip: Kristen Stewart Can't Stop Jumping, Kissing   New 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Clip: War is Coming   From Our Partners: Wow! Daniel Day-Lewis’ Amazing Movie Transformations   (Moviefone)     Sexiest Bond Girl Ever? (Moviefone)    
  • 'Arrow' React: Lie to Me
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 08, 2012 12:14pm EST
    Last night saw the debut of Deathstroke, and he really wields a stroke of death. ... wow, that was awful. If I promise not to make any more puns, will you stick with me? You guys are the best! You know what also was the best? Last night’s Arrow. We left off last week with what seemed like the end of the road for our favorite hooded archer. Oliver Queen was arrested on suspicion of being the vigilante, and his arresting officer Det. Lance was as happy as a fat kid in a candy store. The police had video evidence of Oliver grabbing a duffel bag and the green hood in a stairwell of the building where Deadshot was firing his poisoned bullets. Now, I thought this was concrete evidence and Oliver was screwed. Little did I know that Oliver actually planned the entire thing! Yup, he knew the security cameras were there, and he set the entire thing up. He wanted to be arrested so he can have an alibi for when another hooded archer – Diggle, who was thoroughly enjoying playing the part and playing with Oliver’s "billionaire vigilante toys" – took down an arms deal. Oliver knew it was only a matter of time before people put two and two together: that Arrow came to Starling City at the same time that Oliver reappeared. The writers are so smart! Diggle successfully pulled off the ruse, and Oliver was cleared of all charges. But not before he succumbed to a polygraph in front of Det. Lance. Oliver was desperate to prove his innocence to the one person that wouldn’t give up on exposing that Oliver = Arrow. While a jury, judge, and society would accept Oliver’s cover story, Det. Lance would never be fooled. So: polygraph. Turns out, the island was good for more than just archery lessons and rosetta stone-ing. Oliver also picked up the ability to lie so well he can fool a polygraph. And another island reveal this week: the group of black ops guys we got a glimpse of turns out to be run by a man named Edward Fyers who wants to find Oliver’s mentor, Bearded Asian Arrow. I guess the island is big enough that Fyers and his men can’t find Bearded Asian Arrow out and about hunting for rabbits and marooned billionaires? Fyers wants him so badly that when Oliver lies (badly) and says he’s never seen him before, in comes seriously the scariest looking dude wielding a katana ever Deathstroke. The reason behind all of Oliver’s scars becomes quite clear when Deathstroke starts torturing him. Bearded Asian Arrow saves Oliver and brings him back to their home cave, but not before Deathstroke does some serious damage. The takeaway we get from this: Oliver and Bearded Asian Arrow begin to form a bond after Oliver refused to give up Bearded Asian Arrow’s whereabouts. Now we can get to the training montages, right? Right?!? I'm not desperate. Back in present day, during the polygraph test Oliver does give up one true secret to Det. Lance and Laurel: he was not alone on that island, and his not-so-friendly neighbors tortured him. This got us our weekly shirtless scene later on, when Oliver showed Laurel just how bad things really got for him. We also got our first Oliver/Laurel kiss, which was pretty great. Laurel pushed him away, but you know that's not going to last. Can’t wait to see this go further! Laurel also noticed something wonky. During the polygraph test, Det. Lance asked if Oliver had ever been to a certain prison where Laurel was saved by Arrow last week. Oliver said no, but here’s the catch: Oliver and Laurel went to that same prison for an eighth grade field trip. Laurel looked over the polygraph results and was shocked that there wasn’t even a flutter when Oliver lied. When she confronted him later, actually suspecting him to be Arrow, he convinces her he’s not by pulling the “I’m too selfish to be a hero” card. I think it works, but we can’t be too sure. Only time will tell if Laurel believes him or starts to figure out his secret. Also, Walter confronted Moira about the salvaged Queen’s Gambit he came across in last week’s episode, and she gave some vague warning about how it was too deep for him to get involved. He then left for Australia for “business” but really I spy a divorce in the future. Who woulda thunk that the guy with the British accent was actually the good guy? I had my money on him being evil in some way. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] More: DC Comics Character Firefly Coming to 'Arrow' 'Arrow' React: Laurel Lance, What Are You Doing?!? 'Arrow' React: Someone Finds Out Arrow's Secret Identity! From Our Partners: Lady Gaga Dons Strapless Bikini Top, Waves to Fans in Brazil (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) Leonardo DiCaprio Lists $23M Malibu Beachfront Mansion: Take a Peek Inside (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz)
  • 'Supernatural' React: A Healthy Dose of 'Southern Comfort'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum November 08, 2012 6:32am EST
    It took the actions of a violent, vengeful Confederate specter tied to a lucky penny, but the brothers finally opened up to each other and aired their grievances about the past year. And unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have helped them move past their issues and move forward in any way. Yes, the Winchesters are still not in a good place, even when we left them in the wake of their victory against the specter at the end of the hour of Supernatural last night. How poetic is it that we still can’t get Sam and Dean to be truly honest with each other without the help of a supernatural spirit or force of some kind? Their lives are so entrenched in the evils of their world that it’s bonkers that Sam thinks he can really leave it all behind and have a normal life. Let’s get right into the story, shall we? After Sam and Benny's tense handshake last week, I was dying to see how Sam and Dean dealt with the exposure of this secret and how it would affect their brotherly bond. And Supernatural didn’t let me down. Dean was still trying to play his bond with Benny close to the chest, but Sam wasn’t having any of it. Their argument the next morning made Sam’s frustration and lack of understanding extremely palpable, and Dean clearly didn’t want to open up about how much Benny meant to him after their time in Purgatory, especially when Sam’s decision to not look for Dean at all was still pissing him off. These brothers give passive aggressive barbs a whole new meaning. The boys shelved their issues for the time being to concentrate on a case-of-the-week – since Kevin Tran/the word of God are both still MIA, Dean is continuing to try to impress upon Sam the importance of hunting and helping innocent people who can’t help themselves. And this case led them to the reappearance of fan-favorite Garth, who has become the “new Bobby” for all the hunters out there. He has taken this role seriously, too: his entire attitude has changed, he is extremely competent, and tries to help the brothers talk and actually listen to each other for once. Dean’s incredulous anger at Garth’s attempts to say “Balls!” and “You ijjit” was hilarious and extremely touching. He’s still grieving the loss of his father figure, and his protective attitude towards Bobby’s memory was the sweetest expression of emotion you’ll ever get from Dean Winchester. Something I found quite compelling about this case-of-the-week baddie: once we found out that the revenge-craving specter was tied to a lucky penny, we actually got an in-depth look at the journey the cursed penny took from victim to victim, showing great detail about how it was passed along each time. I really enjoyed seeing that aspect of the case, as it is not something we normally get to see on Supernatural. And of course, the one person harboring the most resentment and feelings of betrayal came in contact with the penny: Dean. He pointed his gun at Sam and gave a heartbreaking list of all the times Sam had betrayed him or let him down in the past 8 seasons: never wanting to hunt and join the family business with Dean, drinking demon blood, his unholy alliance with Ruby, spending an entire year out of Hell with Samuel before contacting Dean, his whole not-having-a-soul deal, letting Dean become a vampire that one time (yeah, remember that?), and not even attempting to look for Dean and help get him out of Purgatory. Yes, Dean has lied to Sam in the past, including about Benny, but Dean has never betrayed Sam. The saddest part of all of this was that even though we knew Dean was being controlled by the specter, his words were all 100% true. Even Sam knew it: "What, you didn't mean it? Oh please. You and I both know you didn't need the penny to say those things, own up to your crap, Dean." Dean really felt like Benny was more of a brother to him than Sam is. His biggest insecurity has always been that he doesn’t ever feel like he is needed, and in his eyes Sam proved that to be true when he promptly left the hunting world and played house with Amelia the past year while Dean rotted in Purgatory. Sam tried his best to explain his side of things: he finally found a sense of normalcy with Amelia. The flashbacks helped us gain a better understanding of how much Amelia helped him and vice versa, but I was eager for more peeks at Dean’s time in Purgatory. Alas, looks like we’ll have to wait until next week for more of that story (including the return of Cas! Squee!). Sam admitted he made a mistake turning off his phone for a year, and that he should have tried looking for Dean, but he truly found happiness and he wasn’t going to apologize for that. Obviously, Dean didn’t shoot Sam, and Garth helped the brothers defeat the specter, but in terms of the Winchesters’ relationship we didn’t get anywhere last night; in fact, the brothers are the furthest from reconciliation that they've ever been. Sam and Dean aired their dirty laundry but neither of them made any steps toward forgiveness. Dean didn’t accept any part of Sam’s apology, and Sam still doesn’t understand Dean’s friendship with Benny. Sam brought up Amy, the monster Dean brutally killed even though Sam begged him not to since Amy was trying to lead a good life. Sam brought up a good point: what’s the difference between Amy and Benny, and what’s going to stop Benny from acting upon his vampiric urges in the future? Dean said that if Benny acts up, he won’t stop another hunter from doing the right thing. And then Sam a line that chilled me to my bones. "Hear this too: I just might be that hunter that runs into Benny one day and ices him." You could tell right away something shifted in Dean's mind and he was seeing Sam in a whole new way. This was dangerous territory, and Dean sidestepped it with more bottled-in anger, a piercing glare, and a thinly veiled threat: "I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it then, won't we?" Even though the brothers have reunited after a hellish (for Dean) year apart, they've never been so alone. Supernatural returns Wednesday at 9 ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW] More: 'Supernatural' React: Sam, Meet Benny 'Supernatural' Post-Mortem: Producers Tease A Dark (But Fun!) Season 8 TV Tidbits: 'Burn Notice' Gets Lucky Seven, 'Modern Family' Abuse Allegations From Our Partners: Lady Gaga Dons Strapless Bikini Top, Waves to Fans in Brazil (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) Leonardo DiCaprio Lists $23M Malibu Beachfront Mansion: Take a Peek Inside (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz)