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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.
  • Even Celebrities Are Fed Up With Donald Trump
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 07, 2012
    Last night, Barack Obama clinched a victory in the presidential race and will therefore continue to lead our country for the next four years. Many people — normal and celebrity alike — celebrated the results, but others were upset that Mitt Romney was defeated. You know who was really, really, ridiculously pissed off? Donald Trump. Big surprise. After all of his loud support for Romney, his call for Obama's birth certificate, and that ridiculous "charitable" offer he extended to our President, Trump didn't take the loss lying down — he made sure everyone and their mother heard him complaining. His Twitter became one long complaint reel, with tweet after tweet lamenting how much trouble we are now in and how "the electoral college is a disaster for a democracy." By the time Trump called for a march on Washington to protest the results, more than a few people were rolling their eyes and letting out exasperated sighs. The Donald had gone off the deep end.  And the public's annoyance quickly spread from us regular folk to the Famous over in Hollywood. Check out the best celebrity reactions to Trump's tweets below (you tell 'em, Soulja Boy): I'ma run a sedative up to Trump Tower #BRB— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) November 7, 2012 Hey Trump, did you see Mitt Romney's concession speech?That's what graciousness and good hair looks like.— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) November 7, 2012 @realdonaldtrump shut up— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) November 7, 2012 @realdonaldtrump. You trust the voters when they choose The Apprentice.But not now?— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 7, 2012 Donald Trump just called for a Revolution. Doesn’t like democracy I guess.— Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221) November 7, 2012 Donald Trump is Andy Kaufman. Do people not know that?— John Mulaney (@mulaney) November 7, 2012 Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Dominic Chan/WENN] More: Barack Obama Wins the 2012 Election: Happy With the Results? The Election in Pop Culture: What Will the Next Four Years Bring? President Obama Wins Election: What Are the Stars Saying About Four More Years? From Our Partners: Kim Kardashian: ‘I’ve Lost 10 lbs’ (Celebuzz) ’Twilight’ Stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Hop on Private Jet in Matching Outfits (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz)
  • A Moment In 'Twilight' That Is Genuinely Good
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 06, 2012
    I have a confession to make: I’m not a Twihard. Yes, I’ve read all four novels Stephenie Meyer published, as well as the unfinished Midnight Sun manuscript and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. I waited in line for the midnight release of Breaking Dawn in the summer of 2008. I have seen all the movies in theaters, and plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 2 in theaters… albeit at least a week or two after its initial release. The thing that makes it impossible for me to be labeled as a Twihard is the fact that I have yet to enjoy any of the Twilight movies as a whole. I find most parts uncomfortable, or boring. And sometimes, I downright hate the story behind it all. But there are some moments in the movies that I truly enjoy. My favorite scene is from Twilight, when the Cullens show Bella how much cooler baseball is when vampires play. The skies are dark and stormy (perfect conditions for disguising the loud cracks of the bat colliding with the ball) so for once the color of the film fits the mood of the scene. The music is edgy yet playful. The vampires are truly at ease and let loose; their happiness and utter relaxation is palpable. This is the only time they can truly be themselves and not have to hide. And since there is no need to hide, the vamps show off their coolest skills: super speed, strength, resilience... and not to mention some excellent hand-eye coordination. This is also one of the first times Bella spends time with the Cullen family knowing exactly what they are, without anyone expressing any ill feelings about Bella and Edward’s relationship. All the uncomfortable “getting to know the vampire family who can potentially kill me” moments have passed. In basic terms, this scene is pure fun. And let's not forget that it gives us this gem, courtesy of Rosalie: "My monkey man!" Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment] More: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard New 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Clip: War is Coming New 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2' Clip: Kristen Stewart Can't Stop Jumping, Kissing From Our Partners: Bond Villains: Best and Worst of 007’s Enemies(Moviefone) New ‘Star Wars VII’: What to Expect (Moviefone)
  • 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Countdown: A Day in the Life of a Twihard - PART 1
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 06, 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, 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 begin by focusing on the first days of her life as a Twihard.     Jamie didn’t want to read Twilight the first time she heard of the book. “It’s funny," she says. "My sister handed me this book that I was like, 'It’s too big. No, I don’t want to read this. I don’t really like reading.'”     After refusing to read it, Jamie didn’t think about Twilight again — until the trailer for the 2008 film adaptation was released. Watching the spot, Jamie saw a familiar face from a franchise she knew and loved: Harry Potter's Robert Pattinson, who played Cedric Diggory in 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. “I said to my sister, 'It’s Cedric Diggory’s new movie!'” Jamie says. “And she said, 'Yeah, that’s the book I was telling you about.' So now I was like, I have to read this book. I read all the Harry Potter series ... So I go through the first one and I literally just went through it right away.”     After sinking her teeth into the first book, Jamie was hooked. But she hit a snag when it came to reading the second book. Turns out, her sister had lent out New Moon to a friend. Before the time of ebooks, Kindles and iPads, hard copies were the only way of the game. And patience is not quite a virtue when it comes to Twilight fans. “I said to my sister, you have to get it back because I need to read the second one,” Jamie says. “Call your friend and tell her to give it back because I have to start reading the second one.”     Once she got the second book back, Jamie devoured Eclipse... and then came the long wait for the release of Breaking Dawn. “That was hard because you kind of just rip through them,” Jamie says. “And then when Breaking Dawn came out, I went out at midnight to get the book. I dragged my friend who had no idea what it was so we could go get the book. I stayed up half the night reading it.”     Jamie successfully finished reading the entire franchise in one summer. She was officially a Twihard. “It happened so fast,” Jamie says. “Just instantly there was this mysterious guy that you are so into. And I was happy with how [Bella and Edward] ended up [together]."    But anyone with a stake (ha) in the franchise is prone to nit-picking. Even super-fan Jamie, who criticized Breaking Dawn for not completely representing vampire culture. "There were some things missing from the book," she says. "I do love the whole idea of vampires but I did not like the idea that there wasn’t enough mortality. I think that the whole idea of vampires is that vampires kill, and there’s this war going on, so I was expecting a little more violence from the book.”     Jamie understands why, however, there was so little violence (and, based on trailers for the upcoming Breaking Dawn — Part 2, her taste for blood may just be fulfilled). “I knew it was a Mormon woman writing it who didn’t even condone them drinking soda and what have you, but I did expect a little more from that,” Jamie says.    Another one of Jamie's criticism? Since Twihards are insatiable, there can never be too many Twilight novels. “I had hoped that they would’ve had a little more time together as young lovers. [But] then wham, bam there’s this child," she says. "So I think that maybe it could have gone on for another book without the kid, and then they could have had the kid in the fifth book.”     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. 9.     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: Bond Villains: Best and Worst of 007’s Enemies (Moviefone)   New ‘Star Wars VII’: What to Expect   (Moviefone)    
  • 'Elementary' Lands Coveted Post-Super Bowl Slot
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 05, 2012
    CBS has picked the modern Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary to follow the network’s Super Bowl broadcast on February 3. Putting a freshman show on after the ratings giant football game generally helps the young show get an increase in ratings. Recent examples of this success story include CBS’ Criminal Minds, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Fox’s Glee and NBC’s The Voice. However, reality series tend to do better than scripted following American TV’s highest-rated yearly telecast. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: CBS] More: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Recap: Beware the New Bitch ‘Glee’ Casts Aisha Tyler As Mama Puckerman, But Who Else Needs Parents? 'The Walking Dead' Tragedy and 15 Other Moving TV Deaths From Our Partners: Katy Perry Moves Forward at Barack Obama Rally in Wisconsin (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) Russell Brand Talks Awkward Encounter With Ex-Wife Katy Perry and Addresses Geri Halliwell Dating Rumors (EXCLUSIVE) (Celebuzz)
  • Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Usher, and No Doubt Join the American Music Awards Roster
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 05, 2012
    Get ready for some glitter. Ke$ha, along with Usher, No Doubt, and Justin Bieber, will perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18. They will take the stage with previously announced acts Pink, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Linkin Park. More artists will be announced in the upcoming weeks. This year's fan-voted event will make history with the introduction of the new category for Electronic Dance Music (popularly referred to as EDM). Nominees include DJ's/producers such as grammy-winning Skrillex, David Guetta, and Calvin Harris. The AMA's will air live on ABC from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nov. 18. If you want to see the star-studded event in person, you can still buy tickets via Ticketmaster. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Dominic Chan/WENN] More: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Recap: Beware the New Bitch ‘Glee’ Casts Aisha Tyler As Mama Puckerman, But Who Else Needs Parents? 'The Walking Dead' Tragedy and 15 Other Moving TV Deaths From Our Partners: Katy Perry Moves Forward at Barack Obama Rally in Wisconsin (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) Russell Brand Talks Awkward Encounter With Ex-Wife Katy Perry and Addresses Geri Halliwell Dating Rumors (EXCLUSIVE) (Celebuzz)
  • Memorize All 'The Hobbit' Characters with 17 New Posters
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 05, 2012
    We're in the final countdown: only a little over a month away from the theatrical release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! For the masses of die-hard fans, Bilbo Baggins and the ragtag group of dwarves he finds himself on an adventure with are like old pals. For the uninitiated, the names of the 13 bumbling and comedic dwarves are as foreign as the Elvish language. With names like Bofur, Bifur, Gloin, Oin, and Ori, along with the more familiar Bilbo and Gandalf, it can be quite difficult to keep everyone straight. Thankfully, Warner Bros. Pictures has stepped in to save the day! (Or just made the wait a little more bearable...) Click on the gallery link below to check out the just released character posters for all 17 main characters. The brilliant imagery, close-ups on all the important players, as well as the correct spelling of all their names should be quite helpful for fans looking to brush up on their Hobbit knowledge, or for the newbies who want to get a crash course before the film's long-awaited release. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters Dec. 14. 'The Hobbit': 17 New Character Posters Follow Sydney Bucksbaum on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures] More: The Hobbit Is Front and Center in New 'Hobbit' Poster Does 'The Hobbit' Risk George Lucas-ing the 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy? — TRAILER 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Gets a TV Commercial — VIDEO From Our Partners: New ‘Star Wars VII’: What to Expect (Moviefone) Don’t Fly! Ridiculously Bad Movie Pilots(Moviefone)
  • OMG Chuck Bass! We Can't Get Enough Of Your Fashion — GALLERY
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 03, 2012
    Gossip Girl’s Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass is many things: a playboy-turned-romantic, hotel owner, business head, master-schemer. But perhaps the most important moniker he owns is Upper East Side fashionista. Over the last six seasons of Gossip Girl, we’ve seen Chuck wear some pretty out-there fashions, taken some daring risks when it comes to colors and prints, and watched him make even the most casual of days a walk down the runway. When it comes to Gossip Girl fashion, he is second only to Queen B, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). Makes sense, as they are the perfect couple – fashionably and romantically. Maybe if Chuck was portrayed by an American, he would lose some of his crazy and eccentric swag, but thank god he’s not: Brit Ed Westwick has put quite the European spin on the billionaire’s wardrobe. When we say goodbye to Gossip Girl once and for all on Dec. 17 when the two-hour series finale airs, we will get our last glimpse of Chuck’s weirdly awesome style. Before that happens, take a trip down memory lane and check out all the crazy fashions of Chuck Bass! THE CRAZY FASHIONS OF CHUCK BASS! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: The CW] More: 'Gossip Girl': OMG! Chuck And Blair Get [SPOILER], But Who's Getting Arrested? — PIC 'Gossip Girl': Who ELSE Is Getting Married?!? — PIC OMG! Identity of 'Gossip Girl' Will Be Revealed! From Our Partners: Country Music Association Awards 2012: See the Best-Dressed Stars of the Night (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz) ’The X Factor’ Live Shows: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV (Celebuzz)
  • 'Side Effects' May Include Infidelity, Murder, and Channing Tatum — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 02, 2012
    In some instances, death may occur. But in director Steven Soderbergh’s newest film Side Effects, death might be the least of their worries. The trailer for the newest thriller from Contagion’s team of Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has hit the web and after making us all germophobes post-Contagion, we should now prepare to fear our medications. After a woman (Rooney Mara) takes a new medication, Ablixa, she experiences deadly consequences that affect a whole chain of people around her. The film also stars Jude Law (also from Contagion) and Channing Tatum, who shows significantly less skin than he did in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Side Effects is supposed to be Soderbergh's next-to-last film before he goes "sabbatical" from directing. He has no other films lined up besides next year's Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover, on HBO. Side Effects hits theaters February 8, 2013. Check out the trailer below: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Open Road Pictures] More: In the Event of These Airplane Movie Emergencies... 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2': Taylor Lautner Stinks in New 'Twilight' Clip — VIDEO 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Returns... Still With Barely Any Channing Tatum — TRAILER From Our Partners: ’Reservoir Dogs’ Cast: Where Are They Now? (Moviefone) Best and Worst Movie Pilots: From Jack Lemmon to Harrison Ford(Moviefone)
  • 'Supernatural' React: Sam, Meet Benny
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 01, 2012
    Alright Supernatural fans, raise your hands if you suffered a heart attack last night. I'm not talking about cardiac arrest because of any vampirate (vampire-pirate) action we saw thanks to Benny's (Ty Olsson) old nest. No, I felt myself suffering from some serious heart palpitations last night courtesy of one, single handshake. That handshake! Let's back up: Dean (Jensen Ackles) left Sam (Jared Padalecki) to take care of "personal crap" which really meant helping out his vampire friend Benny take out his old nest. Benny and Dean successfully clear out and behead all the vampires, including Benny's ex-love of his life. They boat back to shore where Sam awaits, looking pretty pissed off but quite curious as to who his brother cleaned out a nest of vamps with. And so Sam and Benny shake hands... Sam realizes instantly what Benny is. The next 30 seconds are the most intense seconds of this entire season, and arguably one of the best scenes of Supernatural to date. Sam slowly reaches for his weapon, Benny knows exactly what he's reaching for, and Dean shakes his head ever so subtly, telling Sam to not hurt Benny. The look on Sam's face says it all. (Major kudos to Padelecki in this scene. The amount and intensity of emotions playing across his face were incredible.) You see, up until this point, Sam had no idea Dean was friends with a vampire. For their entire lives, Dean has always been adamantly against all monsters. He killed Sam's friend because she was a werewolf. This has caused quite the problem between the brothers, and now Sam finds out Dean is friendly with a vampire. And we finally got the scene we have been waiting for ever since Dean escaped from Purgatory: Benny, meet Sam. Sam, meet the monster your brother has grown closer with than he is with you. But of course, like I said, this exchange happened in the last 30 seconds of the episode. We were left with Benny saying, "Seems like you two have a lot to talk about." Understatement. Of. The. Season. Supernatural returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on the CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Diya Pera/The CW] More: 'Arrow' React: Laurel Lance, What Are You Doing?!? 'American Horror Story' By the Numbers: A Cut Above the Rest TV Tidbits: 'Gossip Girl' Gets a Finale, 'Common Law' Gets the Ax From Our Partners: MTV’s ‘Teen Mom 3’ Cast Revealed (Celebuzz) Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kourtney Kardashian, and Scott Disick Dress Up As Batman Clan for Halloween in Miami (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz)
  • DC Comics Character Firefly Coming to 'Arrow'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 01, 2012
    Arrow has already boasted a long list of DC Comics characters that either have appeared or are scheduled to appear on the CW's freshman drama. And that list just grew even more. Andrew Dunbar has just been cast to portray DC Comics' Firefly in the tenth episode of Arrow. The CW version of the DC Comics character will be a firefighter named Garfield Lynns who was horribly burned on the job three years ago. He never recovered, mentally or physically, and thus transforms into a villain. Even though he is said to not have recovered physically, I doubt he'll be really and truly ugly. This is the CW, people: Beauty and the Beast boasts the most attractive "beast" I've ever seen... Other DC Comics characters appearing on Arrow are Deadshot, China White, Deathstroke and The Huntress. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: DC Comics] More: 'Arrow' React: Laurel Lance, What Are You Doing?!? 'American Horror Story' By the Numbers: A Cut Above the Rest TV Tidbits: 'Gossip Girl' Gets a Finale, 'Common Law' Gets the Ax From Our Partners: MTV’s ‘Teen Mom 3’ Cast Revealed (Celebuzz) Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kourtney Kardashian, and Scott Disick Dress Up As Batman Clan for Halloween in Miami (PHOTOS) (Celebuzz)