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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.
  • 'Arrow' React: Laurel Lance, What Are You Doing?!?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Nov 01, 2012
    Laurel Lance, I have a bone to pick with you. Last night on Arrow, you really got yourself into a pickle. I know you can protect yourself with all the training your cop dad gave you and the gun you keep in your desk drawer. But even the best of us need a little help sometimes. And in that prison riot, you sure as hell needed all the help you could get. Thank goodness your guardian angel Arrow was there to save the day! For those of you who didn’t catch Arrow last night, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) was meeting with a client who was wrongfully sentenced to death and she was trying to prove his innocence. Too bad the men framing her client also set up a massive prison riot intended to kill him so he wouldn’t testify. Laurel, honey, that is the definition of wrong-place-wrong-time. She almost made it out of the prison, but couldn’t quite make it to the exit before she was attacked by a prisoner. Arrow (Stephen Amell), hiding in the shadows in a prison guard’s uniform and ski mask – totally subtle, I might add – pulled the prisoner off of Laurel and almost beat him to death. I say almost, because Laurel stopped him before any real damage could be done. Outside the prison, talking with Det. Lance (her above-mentioned cop dad), she agreed that Arrow is a dangerous man. She was frightened that he almost killed the criminal attacking her. "There's something inside of him that's not human," Laurel said, with tears in her eyes as Arrow listened in from the shadows. Girl, hold up. Before you get all obnoxiously high and mighty with your judgments, let’s take a step back and review the situation, shall we? You were trying to escape a prison riot. You were being attacked by a criminal. You were about to be killed by said criminal. Your self-proclaimed “guardian angel” shows up out of nowhere and saves your life. You take pity on the escaped convict who was trying to kill you, and judge the man who saved your life? Now, something doesn’t add up here. Yes, obviously killing people is bad. But in this situation Arrow was literally doing it to save your life, and now you are afraid of Arrow? I think you have to pick your arguments wisely. Would you rather be dead? Because if Arrow hadn’t jumped in when he did, that is what you would be. Dead. And now that you’re hopping on the judgment train, Arrow/Oliver is going to start second-guessing his mission and his actions, and that only hurts Starling City. He is dangerous, yes, but not to you and not to the city. He is the necessary evil to wipe out the corrupt and downright evil plaguing the city. And now that his ex-bodyguard Diggle has agreed to work with him, Arrow's moral compass has never been more north. We – Arrow, Diggle, Starling City, and the audience – don’t need you on that high horse bringing Arrow down. Time to grow up and face the fact that he is doing what needs to be done. He has already helped you with your work on more than occasion: getting you the evidence you need, saving your life, proving your clients' innocence or guilt. You can’t pick and choose everything Arrow does when he has already proven himself useful to you and to Starling City. Now is not the time to get hypocritical and judge him. Laurel, you’ve got some growing up to do, and fast: you only have a week until we meet again! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Marcel Williams/The CW] More: Ah-mahzing! We're Giving Away Season 2 of 'Happy Endings' NBC to Air Telethon for Hurricane Sandy Victims Friday 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)
  • When Jon Hamm Tells You To Vote Early, You Vote Early
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 31, 2012
    When someone like Jon Hamm tells you to vote early, you make sure to do it. Mad Men's own Don Draper is encouraging Colorado citizens to vote early for the upcoming presidential election. In his campaign video for President Barack Obama, he asks, "Hey Colorado, are you voting early?" He breaks down the process step-by-step to make sure viewers don't make any mistakes when it comes to voting early this election. Hamm gives straightforward directions on how to vote early, either by mail or in person. But time is running out -- the last day to vote early in person is Nov. 2. So really, "What are you waiting for? Make your plan to vote early today." Oh Jon, if only I lived in Colorado... Check out the video below: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: BarackObama.com via YouTube] More: Brad Pitt Donates $100K to Marriage Equality, Tries to Make Nice with Gay People 'Sexy' Darth Vader?! 15 Worst Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes 'Cheers' Star George Wendt Hospitalized with Chest Pains From Our Partners: Heidi Klum Cancels Her Annual Halloween Party Due to Superstorm Sandy (Celebuzz) ’Hunger Games’ Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson Visit Haunted House for Halloween — PHOTOS (Celebuzz)
  • Trick AND Treat: The Biggest Comedy Movie Mistakes
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 31, 2012
    Enough with the Halloween scares — how about a few laughs? Comedy movies are made to make you laugh. The clever jokes, crazy shenanigans, and bizarre situations are created for the sole purpose of generating laughter from the audience. But sometimes, we are gifted with something even funnier than the intentional jokes themselves: mistakes that make it past editing and are in the final film. When you can catch a glimpse of the cameraman in a shot, a prop out of place, visible microphones and wires, and continuity errors, it is like striking gold. Mistakes happen in almost every film, and most of the time they add to the hilarity already present. So, in honor of comedy films old and new, lets take a look back at the biggest mistakes in comedy flicks like Animal House, Anchorman, The Blues Brothers, and more. Check Out the Gallery and Prepare to Laugh Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures] More: 'Director Bryan Singer Officially Returns to Recharge 'X-Men' Sequel: Shall We Rejoice? RZA on Why His Plan to Become a Real Life Superhero Didn't Work Out 'John Dies at the End': The Weirdest 'Supernatural' Episode Ever? — TRAILER From Our Partners: Exclusive New ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Trailer! (Moviefone)
  • 'DWTS: All-Stars' Surprise: The 10 Most Shocking Eliminations
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 31, 2012
    C'mon America. Your inability to vote for the right person is making me extremely nervous for next week. Both for the presidential election… and Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. That’s right, another elimination took us by surprise last night. For the second time, Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan was sent home too early in the competition, during the fifth elimination week. Regardless of getting a perfect score the night before, and being arguably the best dancer this season, Bryan was unceremoniously booted way too soon. What happened? Is the Frankenstorm Sandy to blame, or has America just stopped voting for who deserves to stay? We wish this was a fluke, but unfortunately, premature elimination is a pre-existing condition when it comes to DWTS. Throughout the many seasons of DWTS and DWTS: All-Stars, numerous undeserving partners have fallen at the hands of voters. High scores alone can only get you so far in a competition like this, where popularity takes precedence. And while some stars have definitely deserved to be booted, others were sent home way before their time. In honor of Bryan’s heartbreaking elimination last night, we rounded up the 10 other jaw-dropping goodbyes we've been forced to endure throughout the years. What gives, America? Why can’t you get the voting right? CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH THE GALLERY! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC] More: 'Dancing With The Stars' Week 6 Elimination: Imma Let You Finish But… 'Dancing' Backstage with Louis van Amstel: Ready to Rumba, Worried About Sandy Victims/a> 'The Voice' Recap: Flattery Will Get You Everywhere From Our Partners: Heidi Klum Cancels Her Annual Halloween Party Due to Superstorm Sandy (Celebuzz) ’Hunger Games’ Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson Visit Haunted House for Halloween — PHOTOS (Celebuzz)
  • Bob Ross Takes Over Google... And Our Nostalgic Hearts
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 29, 2012
    Today's Google doodle honors the 70th birthday of the late Robert Norman "Bob" Ross, an American painter, art instructor, and television host best known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, a television program that ran for more than a decade on PBS. If you grew up watching Ross paint his happy little trees and beautiful landscapes, seeing his iconic afro when opening Google today probably brought a smile to your face (like it did to mine). In honor of the late artist's birthday, we rounded up all the best pop culture moments of Ross we could find. Enjoy! “Happy Little Clouds” This remix of The Joy of Painting by Symphony of Science's John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios is the second in a series of PBS icons remixed. Probably the world's most inspirational remix, ever.  Family Guy This reference to Ross on Family Guy is decidedly less optimistic than PBS' remix, and more up the raunchy comedy's alley. Baby Squirrels Remember that time Ross fed a baby squirrel, Peapod, with a teeny tiny bottle? Powerpuff Girls The Powerpuff Girls liked to make pop culture references that kids watching probably didn't understand since they were too young. One reference we did get at the time? Painting our happy little landscapes! Check out the reference at the 2:30 mark: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Associated Press] More: 'American Idol' Promo Chooses Inspiration Over Nicki-Mariah In-Fighting Watch the 50-Year Evolution of Crazy Halloween Specials — VIDEO 'Two and a Half Men' Creator Chuck Lorre to Publish Book of Show's Hidden Rants From Our Partners: Tom Cruise’s $50m Defamation Suit Over Suri Abandonment Claim: What Are His Chances of Winning? (INSIDE STORY) (Celebuzz) Levi Johnston Marries Sunny Ogelsby in Alaska (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Carrie Diaries' Preview: 'Sex and the City' Prequel Goes Retro
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 29, 2012
    The year is 1984, and our favorite columnist has yet to discover her love of the Big Apple. Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshow makes her debut back on TV this January, albeit as a much younger version. AnnaSophia Robb portrays a 16-year-old Carrie, fresh off a summer grieving her mother’s death and getting busy with a hot summer fling. Her father suggests that she take some time off from school and get an internship in NYC, thus beginning her “Manhattan love story” we were privy to for six seasons and one movie. (Let’s all agree never to speak of the second movie again, yes? Good.) In the just released preview for The Carrie Diaries – based on Candace Bushnell’s young adult novels – we get a glimpse of how Carrie’s love for Manhattan and journalism begins, sparked by a chance encounter with a style editor (Doctor Who‘s Freema Agyeman) who takes Carrie under her wing for a night of drinks and dancing. Of course, Carrie double-books her night, and must make it back home to the high school dance for her date with a hot transfer student played by Switched at Birth‘s Austin Butler. Will she make it back in time, or will juggling NYC society and high school drama prove to be too much for our young protagonist? We’ll find out this January, when The Carrie Diaries premieres on the CW. Watch the season preview below: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Eric Liebowitz/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment] More: 'American Idol' Promo Chooses Inspiration Over Nicki-Mariah In-Fighting Watch the 50-Year Evolution of Crazy Halloween Specials — VIDEO 'Two and a Half Men' Creator Chuck Lorre to Publish Book of Show's Hidden Rants From Our Partners: Tom Cruise’s $50m Defamation Suit Over Suri Abandonment Claim: What Are His Chances of Winning? (INSIDE STORY) (Celebuzz) Levi Johnston Marries Sunny Ogelsby in Alaska (Celebuzz)
  • Sebastian Back On 'Glee': What Does That Mean For Blaine and the New Directions?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 26, 2012
    He threw a rock-salt slushie into Blaine's (Darren Criss) eyes. He openly challenged Kurt (Chris Colfer) for Blaine’s heart. He killed it in a "Smooth Criminal" sing-off with Santana (Naya Rivera). And just when we thought he was out of the Glee picture for good, he comes swooping back in – and his motives may still be the same. In other words, Sebastian is coming back to Glee! Grant Gustin is reprising his role as the catty openly-gay Dalton Academy Warbler for multiple episodes beginning next month. His timing could not be more perfect: now that Blaine cheated on Kurt, leading to their breakup (?), these two might have a chance to harmonize get together. And rumor has it Sebastian may want Blaine for more than just some sweet lovin’. Apparently, the Warblers want Blaine back in their group for good! They know their best shot at winning nationals is with Blaine, and Blaine has already voiced that he’s missing his old school… Will the New Directions soon be finding themselves without their New Rachel? If so, who will be the New New Rachel? Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: FOX] More: The Ax Factor: 'Arrow' and CBS Dramas Hit Their Mark, 'Emily Owens' is DOA Late Night Last Night: Michelle Obama Really Wants Jimmy Kimmel to Vote '30 Rock': Chronicling the Final Chapter — Week 4 From Our Partners: Jon Hamm Goes Shirtless With Bikini-Clad Jessica Paré (Celebuzz) Kardashians Share Scary-Cute Childhood Halloween Pics (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Vampire Diaries': We Need To Talk About Jeremy
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 26, 2012
    I’m getting worried. Based on some hints, subtle clues, and a few lines of dialogue cleverly placed here and there – which may not seem like much but on a show as nuanced as The Vampire Diaries that means the world – I think I know where a huge part of this season may be heading. And it doesn’t look good for new vamp Elena (Nina Dobrev) or her ghost-seeing brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). These siblings have already gone through so much heartache and hardship that it hardly seems fair to deal them another blow, but we’ve learned throughout the years that TVD doesn’t play fair. Hell, that is what makes this show so good! You have to expect the unexpected, and even then, the shocking twists and turns are so game changing that fans fall in love with the show all over again. I’m going to make a prediction that could be so far off from what actually happens, we’ll all be laughing by season’s end. But if I’m right, once again this show will take on a whole new direction and the TVD we know and love could change forever as it has already done once this season thanks to Elena’s transformation into a vampire. Here is what I think TVD Season 4 is going to be all about: Jeremy will become one of “The Five.” We haven’t heard much about these mysterious vampire hunters but this much we do know: There are five vampire hunters. They are stronger, faster, and more successful than any other hunters we’ve seen. They are marked by invisible tattoos, only visible to other hunters or potential hunters, and Jeremy can see them. Klaus took a major interest in Connor, one of “The Five,” even though Connor doesn’t know anything about his own lineage. While Jeremy becoming one of “The Five” would be a major storyline in and of itself, it’s what it means for his relationship with his sister that is the most important – and worrisome – aspect. Now that Elena is a vampire, she would be one of the hunted. Yes, she is Jeremy’s sister, but that won’t exempt her or save her from Jeremy’s wrath. Let’s take a look at some facts. In the season premiere, back when some characters were still harboring some hope for Elena to reverse her transition (in vain), Jeremy let loose a line so telling, it seemed blunt, harsh, and, at the time, very out of character: “I need my sister, not another one of them.” Elena may have taken that as encouragement to find a way out of being a vampire, but it was quite clear what he actually meant: If you become a vampire, you will no longer be my family. You will be a monster. Jeremy has quite the grudge against vampires. Two of his girlfriends (Vicki and Anna) are dead because of vampires, his parents died because a vampire (Stefan) only saved his sister from their car accident, his aunt was killed in the hybrid ritual by a vampire (Klaus), his history teacher turned guardian (Alaric) was killed after being forced into becoming a vampire vampire hunter, and his sister was constantly put in danger by vampires until she was turned into one. Jeremy is, understandably, pretty pissed. The Gilbert family has had a long line of vampire hunters, and Jeremy has already expressed interest in carrying on the family tradition. He wears the same ring that led Alaric to start murdering vampires and vampire sympathizers. Jeremy already made it clear that he’s going to keep wearing the ring, consequences be damned, until his sister stops hanging around vampires. It has now been established that Elena needs to drink blood from the vein in order to survive. She has succeeded in not killing anyone yet (close call with Matt, though) but I have a feeling that perfect record will be impossible to keep. Jeremy won’t be too keen on his sister treating people like blood bags, and even less joyous if/when she ends up killing anyone. All of these signs point to one huge inevitability: Elena and Jeremy are going to give new meaning to the phrase sibling rivalry. They will end up in all-out war, rivaling the Salvatore brothers and the Mikaelson family. I’m getting really worried, you guys. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Annette Brown/The CW] More: 'Vampire Diaries' Recap: The First Cut Is The Deepest 'The Vampire Diaries' React: I Was Bawling Like a Baby 'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Growing Pains From Our Partners: Jon Hamm Goes Shirtless With Bikini-Clad Jessica Paré (Celebuzz) Kardashians Share Scary-Cute Childhood Halloween Pics (Celebuzz)
  • You're Going To Need Tissues For Tonight's 'Nikita'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 26, 2012
    It was almost cruel to gift us with the perfect engagement for Mikita (“You had me at ‘Give me the damn glock!’”), and then make us wait a whole entire week to see the aftermath. Cruel, I tell you! Well, lucky for me (but not for you! Well, maybe for you too…) I didn’t have to wait a week. I got to screen Season 3 Episode 2, “Innocence,” early, and I can promise you that it does not disappoint. The new Division is going strong, Michael (Shane West) and Nikita (Maggie Q) are even stronger, and Birkhoff is at his awesomest, nerdiest self. In order to prepare you for tonight’s top-of-its-game Nikita, I have got some extra-juicy spoilers for you! And for all you spoiler-phobic fans, don’t worry: I’m not giving anything major away. I wouldn’t be that mean… -At the beginning of the episode, Nikita makes her position on having children quite clear. But after certain events transpire over the course of the hour, she might waver on her previous stance… -Just what is Michael’s last name, anyway? -While we, as fans, were over the moon about Mikita’s engagement, Birkhoff is decidedly less so. Now, before you go all DOWN WITH BIRKHOFF, he has his reasons. Specifically, that one of the guys in the running for best man (a.k.a. Birkhoff) was left out of the loop of the engagement! The way he found out about the proposal is so classically Nikita that it made me giggle, but Birkhoff was not feeling the love. -Taking down the Dirty 30 of the week tonight may be more than Nikita & Co. bargained for, seeing as how this guy is Michael’s predecessor, albeit a much more ruthless version. The reason Michael replaced him as the recruit trainer? This guy beat a recruit to death, with his bare hands. And let me tell you, he hasn’t been letting his recruit training skills get rusty. -As I mentioned above, Birkhoff is at his awesomest, nerdiest self tonight. Just wait until you hear his robot voice. I can’t give justice to it here and I won’t even try. It’s that amazing. -We always knew Michael and Nikita have had a thing for each other from their days back in Percy’s Division, but tonight you’ll see just how far back they go. There was a Mikita before we even had hope for a Mikita. -Alex's (Lyndsy Fonseca) storyline, especially the last scene, is a tearjerker. And while it’s not impossible to get me crying, it certainly takes something big. We haven’t really delved into the aftermath of Alexandra Udinov’s public return that much. And if you think about it, her story is an amazing one (at least to the public): little girl gets kidnapped and finds her way back to her family years later. While you see so many stories on the news about children getting kidnapped, you don’t exactly hear as many stories about them getting home safely. Alex has been so desensitized to her situation in light of taking down Percy’s Division that only now is she really getting to focus on dealing with her past. And that rears its head during tonight’s mission. Will she finally get some closure? -And of course, the swelling Florence + the Machine’s "Never Let Me Go", also heard in the greatest Damon/Elena scene to date in The Vampire Diaries, gives the emotional ending an extra punch or two. Like I said, it’s a tearjerker. Prepare yourselves with tissues, my friends. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW] More: 'Vampire Diaries' Recap: The First Cut Is The Deepest 'Parks and Recreation' Recap: It's Better Than Strawberry Jell-O Night 'Project Runway': Hey Now, You're An 'All-Star'? From Our Partners: Jessica Biel’s Pink Wedding Dress: Celebrity Brides Who Didn’t Wear White — GALLERY (Celebuzz) ’Real Housewives of Atlanta’s New Gal Kenya Moore Redefines Model Behavior — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO (Celebuzz)
  • Elizabeth Taylor is the Highest Paid Dead Celebrity
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 25, 2012
    Elizabeth Taylor is officially the highest earning dead celebrity of 2012, according to Forbes' annual list. The iconic actress, who suffered heart failure at the age of 79 last March, has earned $210 million this past year. That is $45 million more than the highest paid living celeb, Oprah Winfrey. Taylor beat out Michael Jackson for the top spot, owed in part to her record-breaking Christie’s auction, which brought in $184 million by selling her jewelry, costumes, and art work, including an 1889 Van Gogh painting that sold for $16 million. Her estate (which gives a portion of her earnings to her AIDS Foundation) also profited from her White Diamonds perfume sales and from her films. The king of pop raked in $145 million last year — more than any living artist — and would have snagged the top spot had it not been for Taylor's auctions earnings. Forbes' list is compiled from earnings between October 2011 and October 2012. Forbes only looks at the money that comes into each estate; how the estate deals with the money is not taken into account. Check out the full list below: 1. Elizabeth Taylor: $210 million 2. Michael Jackson: $145 million 3. Elvis Presley: $55 million 4. Charles Schulz: $37 million 5. Bob Marley: $17 million 6. John Lennon: $12 million 7. Marilyn Monroe: $10 million 7. Albert Einstein: $10 million 9. Theodor Geisel: $9 million 10. Steve McQueen: $8 million 10. Bettie Page: $8 million Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Chris Connor/WENN] More: Andy Cohen and Jill Zarin at War Over "Secret Recording"? So Ann Coulter Made You Angry: Why Ranting About It Doesn't Help Colbie Caillat Spreads Christmas Cheer, Talks Rap Ambitions From Our Partners: Jon Hamm Goes Shirtless With Bikini-Clad Jessica Paré (Celebuzz) Kardashians Share Scary-Cute Childhood Halloween Pics (Celebuzz)