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.
  • Beyoncé To Heat Up Super Bowl Halftime Show - UPDATE
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 16, 2012
    Holy guacamole (and pizza, chips, dip, pigs in a blanket, massive sandwiches, beer...),  Beyoncé has been confirmed as the performer for the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show. Sorry NFL players, now you have a little more than fancy new commercials to compete with for the audience's attention.  An anonymous source told The Associated Press that Beyoncé is set to perform at this year’s Super Bowl Pepsi-sponsored halftime show. The announcement was made official this afternoon when the star posted this photo on her blog. The 31-year-old, 16-Grammy-winning artist’s last Super Bowl appearance was in 2004 when she gave the National Anthem a dash of class and a whole lot of soul. After witnessing the amazingness that was a Beyoncé/Jay-Z collaboration at Jay-Z's concert in Brooklyn in early October, we can only hope that Jay-Z will return the favor and hop on stage with his wife come game day. Heck, let's get Blue Ivy up there, too! (A girl can dream, can't she?)  Super Bowl XLVII will be at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, making the game the first NFL championship in the city since Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Louisiana Superdome in 2005. The game is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2013 — meaning we have approximately four months to learn the "Countdown" dance before the big day.  Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] More: Jennifer Lopez's Right Nipple Craves the Spotlight Amanda Bynes Pleads Not Guilty, Blows Off Court Tom Morello Says America Will Suck 'on the Corporate Teat' Under Romney/Ryan From Our Partners: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Cuddle at Chateau Marmont: 15 of the ‘Twilight’ Couple’s Most Romantic Date Nights — GALLERY (Celebuzz) Reese Witherspoon Debuts Post-Baby Figure Two Weeks After Giving Birth — PHOTOS (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Man With The Iron Fists' Gives Us The New Legends Of Kung Fu — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 16, 2012
    A trailer for the new kung-fu film, The Man With The Iron Fists, was just released, and it has all the violence and gore we want from an old school-style punch'em-up. Introducing “the new legends of kung fu” with a bang, we see slow-mo fight sequences, high-flying jumps, bone-crunching kicks, flipped tables, and Bronze Lion – the man we assume to be the titular fighter with the iron fists after watching him slam his knuckles into a metal dragon face with a loud, cringe-inducing clang. Wu Tang Clan front man RZA directs, co-wrote and stars as a blacksmith in feudal China who makes weapons for a small village, until he must use his skills to protect himself and his fellow villagers. The trailer also features a quick glimpse of Russell Crowe as “The Baddest Man Alive,” Lucy Liu, Pam Grier, and Cung Lee. The Universal Pictures martial arts movie, co-produced and co-written by Eli Roth, hits theaters November 2. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures] More: Russell Crowe Joins RZA In 'The Man With The Iron Fist' Bizarre: First Look at RZA & Russell Crowe's Kung Fu Movie — PICS Which Action Movie Should You See This Fall?
  • It's Official: 'Ant-Man' To Hit Theaters November 2015
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 15, 2012
    Walt Disney Studios has officially announced that Marvel’s Ant-Man will hit theaters November 6, 2015. After Marvel revealed at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con that the pint-size superhero would be getting the big-screen treatment, saw the first footage. Director Edgar Wright will take the helm of this latest comic book adaptation. Disney also announced that a new, untitled movie from Pixar will hit theaters November 25, 2015. Could it be their Día de los Muertos-inspired movie currently being directed by Toy Story 3's Lee Unkrich? Whatever it is, one thing is certain: any Pixar is good Pixar. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Marvel] More: Ant-Man Test Footage Teases Comedy, Action, Adventure The Future of Marvel Movies Looks Absolutely Insane NYCC 2011: Marvel Premiering Exclusive 'The Avengers' Footage at Comic-Con
  • '60 Minutes: James Bond' Teases 'Skyfall' and Looks Back On 50 Years of 007
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 15, 2012
    In honor of James Bond’s onscreen 50th anniversary, 60 Minutes aired a special last night toasting the success of the man who coined the unconventional martini order: shaken, not stirred. Hosted by Anderson Cooper and produced by Tanya Simon, the interview between James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson and the man playing the most recent portrayal of Bond, Daniel Craig, revealed some eye-opening facts and teases about the film franchise in anticipation of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, due in theaters on November 9. In case you missed this TV event, we highlighted some important sound bites from the broadcast that you should check out before seeing Skyfall The Bond franchise Is a family affair In 1962, a small-time producer named Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli made the first Bond film. He went on to produce 15 more before he died, passing control to his daughter Barbara Broccoli and stepson Michael Wilson. They oversee every aspect of every film. How Craig feels about playing Bond “I get a huge thrill out of it like a schoolboy thrill, you know,” Craig said. “That is about being, you know, being an action hero on top of a train, which is, like I said, so far removed from who I am. But I'm getting to sort of live out a few fantasies.” How Sean Connery got into the mindset of 007 To help him look the part, the film's director took Connery to a Savile Row tailor to get him fitted for a suit. Broccoli: “He said to Sean, ‘All right, now it fits like a glove. And I want you to go home, and I want you to sleep in it. And I want it to become your skin.’” Fun prop fact In Dr. No, the bottle of 1955 Dom Perignon was a real bottle. Product Placement? Or fruitful PR strategy? Since Connery first drove an Aston Martin as Bond in 1964, it has shown up in five other Bond films. After the Z3 roadster appeared in GoldenEye, sales went through the roof. Broccoli and Wilson said that companies don't pay to be placed in a Bond film. Instead, they agree to spend millions marketing the movies. For example, Heineken, Bond’s beer of choice in Skyfall, is spending $75 million on a worldwide ad campaign. Craig’s portrayal of Bond Craig plays Bond as dark, flawed and human — just like author Ian Fleming wrote him. In a scene taken right out of Casino Royale, Bond is tied to a chair and tortured. Cooper: “When you go back to the Ian Fleming books, I mean, he's basically a guy who gets tortured a lot. And that's what happens to you, it seems.” Craig: “Yeah, I mean he is tortured. He gets tortured and is tortured. You know Fleming has a love-hate relationship with him, and wants to kill him off all the time. But that's kind of part of the whole deal.” Is there an end in sight? Skyfall — known in production as Bond 23 — isn’t even out yet and there's already talk of Bond 24. Cooper: “Where does Bond go from here? I mean he's sort of done it all.” Wilson: “That statement could have been made 20 years ago and been just as valid as it is today.” Broccoli: “As long as audiences want to come see the movies, we'll make them.” Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: CBS] More: James Bond Turns 50: Why The Franchise Should Never End Dear Heineken, James Bond Doesn't Even Drink The Beer... In Your Ad - VIDEO 'Skyfall': Daniel Craig Turns James Bond into a Hell's Angel — PIC From Our Partners: ’Paranormal Activity 4’ Sneak Peek! (Moviefone) The Fonz Talks ‘Arrested Development’ (Moviefone)
  • Steven Tyler's Lawyer Sued For Souring 'American Idol' Contract Negotiations 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 12, 2012
    Now we know why Steven Tyler left American Idol. Tyler’s former management company, Kovac Media Group, is suing his current lawyer, Dina LaPolt. The management company claims that LaPolt is the reason that Tyler’s American Idol contract negotiations went south, and cost him a $6 million- $8 million deal to return for another season as a judge. Although Tyler isn’t named in the actual suit, it is obvious the artist negotiating an American Idol contract is the Aerosmith frontman. In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, KMG claims that entertainment lawyer LaPolt did not have Tyler’s interests at heart, and purposefully worked against a deal to get Tyler a raise for a second season of American Idol. Since Idol producers proceeded to not offer Tyler a raise, he made the decision to not return for another season. Among other grievances aired in the suit, LaPolt also allegedly persuaded Tyler to fire his previous managers and withhold a commission from an Idol severance payment. The suit for breach of fiduciary duty and intentional interference with contract seeks damages of over $8 million. LaPolt could not be reached for comment. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Judy Eddy/] More: What is Malarkey? The Vice Presidential Debate Glossary Justin Bieber Pranks the Media, Releases "Beauty and A Beat" Music Video Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan: Funniest Tweets About the Vice President Face-Off
  • 'AHS: Asylum': 10 Things You Need To Know Before The Premiere
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 12, 2012
    Last season's American Horror Story tackled a haunted house in every sense of the word: We witnessed ghosts, an infantata, and a murderous rubber man terrorize the Harmon family. And this year, it looks like American Horror Story: Asylum is holding nothing back once again. We've had the scary pleasure of watching the first two episodes of the new season, and Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have set up one crazy story (ahem, no pun intended). AHS: Asylum premieres Wednesday, and to tide you over until then, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 things you need to know to prepare yourselves for this dark, twisted, no-holds-barred round two — and it goes without saying that this is spoiler-free! 1. Like we have already pointed out after viewing AHS: Asylum's trailers, Jenna Dewan and Adam Levine’s newlywed couple are asking for it. Now, what "it" is, I'm not going to say, nor am I going to reveal whether "it" is good or bad. But, boy, do they deserve it. Whatever it is. 2. Bloody Face is an accurate name for the legendary serial killer. And his weapon of choice is quite surprising. Evil things come in small packages. 3. The death chute indeed exists, and dead bodies do disappear... after, of course, serving a purpose as disgusting as it is mysterious. Oh, Ryan Murphy. 4. While promos led us to assume that Jessica Lange’s asylum headmistress would be as scandalous and evil as last season's Constance, this time around, she actually serves as a Greek chorus, trying to figure out alongside the audience who is behind the evil in Briarcliff. 5. That’s not to say she is entirely innocent either. Sister Jude has committed her own sins in the past, and they will definitely be revealed. Let's just say she's a long way from holy. 6. If you thought last season's ghosts and frankenbaby were crazy, get ready for an out-of-this-world encounter.  7. Bloody Face isn’t the only person to fear in Briarcliff… and Briarcliff isn’t the only place to fear Bloody Face. 8. Zachary Quinto’s psychiatrist does a complete 180 from his ghostly counterpart in Season 1. 9. Bloody Face may not be responsible for all the murders associated with him. So who is the other monster hiding in plain sight? 10. While there is plenty to fear inside the sanitorium, is it really safer to be outside? There is something moving in the woods surrounding Briarcliff... and a nun is feeding it. And we're not talkin' communion wafers. Ready to be spooked? Tune into AHS: Asylum, which premieres Wednesday on FX. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX] More: 'American Horror Story: Asylum': Watch the First Five Minutes Now! 'American Horror Story: Asylum' Scares Up New Promo -- VIDEO 'American Horror Story' Teaser Is Just As Weird As You Thought It Would Be — VIDEO
  • 'Arrow': Why You Need To Be Watching
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 11, 2012
    Last night’s Arrow premiere opened to strong ratings – 4.02 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, making it the CW's highest-rated drama since 2010. It was also the CW’s most-watched series premiere since megahit The Vampire Diaries debuted back in 2009. But does that mean that it’s a good show? I can wholeheartedly say yes, yes it does. Those who haven’t seen it may write it off as just another CW show packed with six packs and beautiful eye candy, or another Smallville, or a Smallville spin-off, or a meathead violent action show. And all of those people would be wrong. Of course, to be fair, there is lots of ab-tastic and beautiful eye candy and a fare share of violent action. But these are only the cherries and whipped cream on top of the decadent, rich, hot fudge sundae that is Arrow. First, a quick recap of the show’s premise. (Don’t worry, this post will be SPOILER FREE, to give those who are on the fence about the show a chance to get into it without ruining anything!) Hard-partying billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was the only survivor of a shipwreck that killed his father among others, and he spent five years marooned on a mysterious and brutal island before being rescued. Queen comes home to Starling City a changed man, though he still presents a partyboy façade to hide his new alter ego hell bent on cleaning up corruption and evil via a list of names his father gave him before he died. In order to exact his revenge, Queen takes on the secret identity of Arrow, a hooded archer who isn’t afraid to take a bullet or two or snap a guy’s neck just because he saw Queen’s face. He keeps all those who were once close to him out of the loop about his new, darker persona. His sister, Thea (Willa Holland), nicknamed Speedy (watch the premiere to find out why the name is so appropriate), his borderline-douchey party-loving best friend, Tommy (Colin Donnell), who fell into bed a few times with Queen’s legal aide ex Laurel Lance (CW Queen Katie Cassidy), and Laurel, whose sister died in the shipwreck and father (Paul Blackthorne) is Det. Quentin Lance, suspicious of this new hooded lawbreaker. Queen’s mother Moira (Susanna Thompson) married her dead husband’s friend, and is hiding something regarding her newly recovered son. Whew. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s discuss why Arrow deserves some of your highly coveted DVR storage space. First of all, this is not another CW formula product. Arrow doesn't simply take a wide-eyed innocent girl with a high moral compass and surround her with equally beautiful people who all hide secrets and behave in dubious manners but want to all sleep with her. Arrow is nowhere near as cut and dry. The wide-eyed innocent girl? Laurel Lance went to law school and is determined to take down the same evil scum Arrow is targeting. She isn’t going to fall back in love with Queen now that he’s back. After all, he cheated on her with her sister, and led her sister to her death. She’s a strong, hardworking woman with the same goals as Arrow (of course, without all the violence and archery). For once, love triangles are not the focal point of the show, just an accessory to the mystery surrounding Arrow and his vigilante motives. But Arrow isn't just a lazy response to superhero fandom either. We have spent months becoming oversaturated with superheroes at the box office — and, on the small screen, the CW bid adieu to Smallville after 10 years. But Arrow isn't taking advantage of the popularity of the genre or the void left by an angst Clark Kent. Amell’s superhero isn’t a traditional superhero. He is fighting bad guys, sure, but he has no moral quandaries about killing, separating him from Smallville's very moral, very supernatural Superman.  And he's plenty separate from Justin Hartley’s Green Arrow as well. The mythology, character — everything has been wiped clean. Whereas Hartley's Arrow was fun and light, Amell’s Arrow is gritty, dark, and violent, shaped by the island that broke him down and built him anew. Amell’s Arrow is his true self. It's his only identity now. Oliver Queen is the mask that hides the soldier within. It's an intriguing concept built within an intriguing show that's unlike any other show on TV right now — a difficult feat to accomplish. What can we say? Arrow truly hits the bullseye. Watch the pilot here — Arrow airs Wednesdays on the CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW] More: Is 'Arrow' a Bullseye? Everything You Need to Know Before the Premiere 'Arrow' Premiere: Stephen Amell and Cast Tease Sex, Violence, and Family Drama Comic-Con 2012: The CW's 'Arrow' Shoots For Thrills, Mystery, Biceps
  • Kelly Clarkson Releases Flawless Single, "Catch My Breath"
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 11, 2012
    She's back and stronger than ever. Kelly Clarkson has just released a new single, “Catch My Breath,” co-written with Jason Halbert and Eric Olson from her upcoming album, Greatest Hits – Chapter 1. And. Girl. Is. Working. It. She sounds flawless, emotional, powerful, and sure of herself. With each album, Clarkson has matured, and this single shows that her latest will not be the exception. You can hear it not only in her voice but her lyrics as well. “Catch My Breath” is about her growing up, becoming independent, and doing what’s right for her. She holds nothing back. She sings: "Catching my breath, letting it go, turning my cheek for the sake of this show / Now that you know, this is my life, I won't be told what's supposed to be right." In a note to her fans on her website, Clarkson explained the inspiration behind the single. “To own a company, lead an organization as a business woman, and be able to create music I'm proud of has been tough, but inspiring, for me,” she writes. “To celebrate the strength and longevity that my fans, friends, and family have supported me with I wrote this song 'Catch my Breath' with one of my best friends that has seen me through everything. This song represents who I've been, what I've felt, and where I'm headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old that is now smart enough to know that it's time to stop, catch my breath, and be proud of not only what has been accomplished but of all the people that have helped me become the woman I am today.” Listen to her new single, “Catch My Breath,” below, and hit the comments to let us know what you think! Greatest Hits – Chapter 1 will be available November 19. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: RCA Records] More: Kristen Stewart: "I'm a Miserable C***!" Bobbi Kristina Brown Confirms Engagement to Adopted Brother — VIDEO Sarah Palin Is Officially Nothing More Than a Celebrity From Our Partners: Lindsay Lohan Accuses Mom Dina of Being on Cocaine in Phone Call to Dad Michael — REPORT (Celebuzz) ’American Idol’ Feud: Stevie Nicks Apologizes for Saying She’d Strangle Nicki Minaj(Celebuzz)
  • 'Wreck-It Ralph': What Happens When The Arcade Shuts Down For The Night - TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 11, 2012
    An international trailer for Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph just hit the web, and it’s got us even more excited than we already were! The 3D animated movie about an arcade game villain who wants a chance to be the good guy for once stars the voices of A-list funnypeople John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. The trailer gives us a peak at what happens when the arcade that houses all the characters’ games shuts down for the night, akin to Toy Story’s toys coming out to play when the kids are gone. We also get an idea of what the big plot point is going to be: after Wreck-It Ralph game-jumps to escape the judgment he feels for being a bad guy, he disrupts the system and the game might be shut down for good. It’s up to Ralph to save the day and become the good guy he always wanted to be. Wreck-It Ralph hits theaters in 3D on November 2. Watch the new trailer below: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Walt Disney] More: 'Wreck-It Ralph' Promos Go Vintage 'Wreck-It Ralph': A Trailer So Joyful It'll Recall Memories of Childhood ‘Wreck-It Ralph’: Director Rich Moore on Casting Comedians and Video Game Favorites
  • 'American Horror Story: Asylum': Watch the First Five Minutes Now!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 10, 2012
    American Horror Story: Asylum released the first five minutes of the season premiere online, and we have to agree with them: Only this series can make insanity look that sexy. The beginning of the premiere finds newlyweds on quite a unique honeymoon: They are visiting the 12 most haunted places in America (while performing the normal honeymoon duties in each one.) The last stop on their trip is Briarcliff Manor, the setting for the entire season, which will focus on lust, fear, insanity, and religion. Here are eight things we learned from the first five minutes: —46,000 people died in Briarcliff Manor. —They shuttled the bodies out in an underground tunnel called the death chute. —It used to be the largest tuberculosis ward on the east coast until the Catholic church bought it in 1962 and turned it into a sanitarium for the criminally insane. —Legend has it that once you were committed to Briarcliff, you never got out. —The most famous resident was a serial killer named Bloody Face. So expect Bloody Face to be a huge player this season. Red graffiti on the walls show a scary looking face and the words Bloody Face and FUN! —Jenna Dewan and Adam Levine’s newlywed couple epitomizes horror movie stupidity. —Adam Levine may not make it past the first episode with all of his appendages, maybe even his life. —The opening credits are a mash-up of images like religious statues (that change expressions from calm to menacing), sexual nuns, patients going insane, and a lot of blood and gore. Fun! Check out the first five minutes here, and let us know what you think in the comments! American Horror Story: Asylum premieres Oct. 17 on FX. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/FX] More: 'American Horror Story: Asylum' Scares Up New Promo - VIDEO 'American Horror Story' Teaser Is Just As Weird As You Thought It Would Be - VIDEO Chris Zylka is Cut From 'American Horror Story'