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.
  • 'Toy Story' Gets Scary for Halloween TV Special
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 10, 2012
    As Halloween creeps closer, along with gorging ourselves on fun-sized candy we can look forward to our favorite shows getting the scary holiday treatment. And the classic Toy Story franchise is no different. Pixar Animation Studios just announced that next Halloween, our favorite Toy Story characters will make their small screen debut in a TV special, Toy Story of Terror [Animation World Network].  What starts out as a fun road trip for our favorite toys takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. 2010's Toy Story 3 was a huge box office success, grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide, becoming the highest grossing film of the year. This Halloween special will be the fourth film in the franchise. Toy Story of Terror will premiere in October 2013. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Pixar] More: Tom Hanks Confirms Toy Story 4? Our Q&A 'Toy Story 3' Director Lee Unkrich! Watch 'Toy Story' Characters Go To Hawaii in Short Film Clip
  • Brad Pitt Wants To Ask You a Question in Chanel No. 5 Ad
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 09, 2012
    Hollywood’s resident legendary hunk Brad Pitt wants to ask you a question. Well, actually, he wants to ask you two questions. Okay, okay, technically he’s asking iconic women’s fragrance Chanel No. 5 two questions. But let’s not get nit-picky here. In the latest of a series of ads for the fragrance, Pitt asks, “Are you going somewhere?... Where?” Those are some mighty deep questions, Brad. While Pitt's words may not be revolutionary, the ad itself is a big step forward for Chanel. "It is the first time we've had a man speaking about a women's fragrance,” Chanel Fragrance and Beauty President, Andrea d'Avack explained to Women’s Wear Daily. “We think very much that the perfume is a seduction between a man, a woman and the perfume." Check out the ad below, and answer Pitt’s questions in the comments! Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Chanel] More: Taylor Swift's New Song Is Dubstep... And It Works Obama's New TV Ad: Wall Street vs. Sesame Street — VIDEO Ke$ha To Release 'Crazy Beautiful' Illustrated Memoir From Our Partners: Mila Kunis: The Sexiest Woman Alive’s Best On-Screen Make-Out Moments — GALLERY (Celebuzz) Jennifer Aniston vs. Angelina Jolie Engagement Ring Face-Off: Whose Engagement Ring is Better?(Celebuzz)
  • 'Wreck-It Ralph' Promos Go Vintage
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 09, 2012
    In a clever marketing campaign for Disney’s upcoming animated movie Wreck-It Ralph, the video game behind the titular character gets a make-under of sorts. The studio has just released a vintage-looking commercial for "Fix It Felix, Jr.," the arcade game from which Wreck It Ralph (John C. Reilly) escapes to end his reign as a bad guy. This retro ad has all the components to take us back to the days before you could log onto the web and play any game you want. Back to the days when you actually went to the arcade to play. It even has the realistic feel of spotty antenna television. Check out the commercial below: Disney’s use of nostalgia to promote an upcoming movie is nothing new. When Toy Story 3 was making its PR rounds, Pixar released this awesome vintage ad for Ned Beatty’s Lots’-o-Huggin’ Bear: Another clever marketing campaign that hit the web recently comes care of Pixar’s upcoming Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. Since the movie focuses on Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully’s (John Goodman) collegiate years, Pixar has launched an extremely authentic college website for Monsters University. Check it out here. Monsters University doesn’t hit theaters until June 21, 2013, but Wreck It Ralph debuts November 2. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures] More: '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 'Wreck-It Ralph' Cast Includes Video Game Classics — POSTER
  • Taylor Swift's New Song is Dubstep... And It Works
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 09, 2012
    What happens when you mix Taylor Swift and the musical genre dubstep? That may sound like the beginning of a joke, but thanks to Tuesday's release of Swift's latest single, it’s actually a legitimate question. "I Knew You Were Trouble," another song from Swift’s upcoming album, Red, debuted last night and it sounds nothing like what you’d expect. Fresh on the heels of the Max Martin-produced pop hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the new release includes dubstep elements in the chorus. For those of you unfamiliar with the genre, here's a brief history of dubstep (you're welcome). Dubstep is a type of electronic dance music that is known for its heavier sound and reliance on bass and drums, sometimes incorporating vocals. Originating in the U.K. in the late ‘90s, dubstep rose to popularity in the U.S. in the last few years when producers began to fuse elements of dubstep with heavy metal to create the style Brostep, for which Grammy-winning artist Skrillex is known. As dubstep began to influence some pop artists’ work, the genre enjoyed a rising mainstream popularity. For example, the dubstep fanbase loved pop artist Ellie Goulding way before “Lights” ever hit the radio in the U.S. (thanks to DJ/producer Bassnectar’s dubstep remix of her hit), Alex Clare’s dubstep-influenced "Too Close" hit No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100,  and more and more commercials are now getting the dubstep treatment. Now that we've got that out of the way, let’s get back to Swift’s surprising foray into the genre. When Swift tweeted last night that “I Knew You Were Trouble” was being released on iTunes, I had no idea what to expect. Certainly another epic story of a failed romance, maybe a couple “Wheeee’s” thrown in for good measure. But when the chorus hit, and I heard that unmistakable wobbling bass, I was speechless. Taylor Swift, and... dubstep? Those were two words I never thought I would utter in the same sentence — ever! Once I got over my initial shock, I was impressed. This works. But before all you lovers of dubstep and/or haters of Swift jump down my throat, let me explain my reasoning. First of all, there is just the right amount of dubstep influence in the song (not too much, not too little). This isn’t straight-up dubstep, this is a pop song with dubstep influences. Swift uses certain elements of dubstep in specific parts. For instance, by containing the heavier bass to the chorus, she gives the words an extra oomph, which is appropriate for the message she’s conveying. When Swift debuted a teaser of the song on Good Morning America, she explained the inspiration behind it. “It sounds just as chaotic as the feeling was when I wrote it,” Swift said. It’s about “being frustrated with yourself” for falling for a person you know you shouldn’t have. The dubstep elements add an edgier, harder sound that complements the words she sings. Another reason why “I Knew You Were Trouble” works is because it shows how Swift is growing as a musician. She is trying out new genres and taking chances. According to Rolling Stone, after 2010’s Speak Now, which she wrote all herself, Red is being co-written with hit-making scribes like Max Martin and Adele collaborator Dan Wilson. Swift wrote all the lyrics, but the resulting album is a mixture of many different genres, including this bass-heavy dubstep anthem. The eclectic nature of the upcoming album will surely keep on surprising listeners, and Swift certainly can’t be accused of doing the same thing over and over. And last, but certainly not least, this song works simply because it sounds great. Swift doesn’t sound like she’s trying something totally out of her skill set. It sounds natural; it makes me want to get up and dance. It’s catchy... and it’s been on repeat all day. Watch Swift explain the inspiration behind “I Knew You Were Trouble” on GMA: Give the new song a listen below and let us know in the comments if you think that Swift’s foray into dubstep works for her: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images] More: Pop Culture Debate: Who Is Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" About? Taylor Swift To Release New Album: What Should it Be About? Taylor Swift and the Significance of 'Red' From Our Partners: Mila Kunis: The Sexiest Woman Alive’s Best On-Screen Make-Out Moments — GALLERY (Celebuzz) Jennifer Aniston vs. Angelina Jolie Engagement Ring Face-Off: Whose Engagement Ring is Better?(Celebuzz)
  • 'Gossip Girl' Season Premiere: Was That an OMG or a WTF Moment?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 09, 2012
    Last night was the beginning of the end of our time with the most scandalous Upper East Siders. And for a show that lives for the OMGs, Season 6’s premiere left us with one big WTF. After a summer apart, Lily (Kelly Rutherford) paid a visit to Rufus’ (Matthew Settle) Brooklyn loft only to find her immature, raspy-voiced nemesis Ivy (Kaylee DeFer) living there. For some odd reason, Lily jumped to the conclusion that Rufus and Ivy were sleeping together. Of course, this was a ridiculous claim to make. Ivy's not only a ripe 22, but she also entered into their family as a relative (even though she was merely impersonating a relative.) Before we get to last night's WTF moment, however, let’s back up for a quick history on how Ivy began living with Rufus. We, as viewers, know Ivy is only living with Rufus to take Lily down. Last season’s finale showed us that Lola (aka the real Charlie Rhodes) gave her half of CeCe’s inheritance to Ivy in exchange for revenge on Lily. (Lily had Lola’s mother Carol arrested and charged with fraud after she hired Ivy to impersonate Charlie to gain access to Charlie’s trust fund. Head spinning yet?) Rufus is still under the assumption that Ivy is broke and homeless without any friends or allies. He took her in and has been helping her acquire an art gallery. In the season premiere, Ivy left a message for Lola saying how easy it was to manipulate Rufus, and that was made crystal clear at the end of the episode when IVY SLEPT WITH RUFUS. Let that completely gross you out sink in for a moment. Cue: Screaming at the TV. Yes, Gossip Girl is a show that prides itself on being scandalous and shocking, often delving into the unexpected and flipping everything on its head. But this was about a billion steps too far. It’s not just bordering on wrong, it passed the border miles ago and then began fleeing to the next continent wrong. It didn't help that there was no organic buildup to the coupling. Rufus has always acted as a father figure to Ivy, taking her in when he thought she had nowhere else to go. Helping her get on her feet. Taking care of her. But when Ivy went in for the kiss, instead of shoving her away with the vigor of someone who understands that familial bonds only go so far, he relented. I’m sorry, I have to give credit where it’s due. Rufus did at first “protest” the kiss by saying Ivy’s name. Woop dee doo. All Ivy had to do was utter “I’m not a kid,” and It. Was. Unfortunately. On. Sigh. Men. GG didn’t leave anything up in the air, either. This was not just a one and done kiss. When Dan (Penn Badgley) stopped by the loft later, he was treated to the image of seeing his dad naked in bed with Ivy. His reaction was about the same as I’m sure every other viewer: wide-eyed horror, followed by a stealthy retreat out the door before he was noticed. Am I overreacting here? Or was the moment totally within the realm of possibility in the world that GG has created? Weigh in below if you feel the same way I do or if you disagree in our poll! <a href="">How do you feel about Rufus and Ivy's romp in the sack?</a> Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: CW] More: OMG! Identity of 'Gossip Girl' Will Be Revealed! 'Gossip Girl' Premiere: 5 Things You Need to Know OMSG, It's a New 'Gossip Girl' Preview! -- VIDEO
  • 'Titanic': "They Both Could Have Fit" Theory Finally Proven
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 08, 2012
    The age old debate has finally been put to rest. After years of speculation, arguing, and questioning, Titanic’s “They Both Could Have Fit” theory has been proven. James Cameron announced a few weeks ago that the reason Jack didn’t join Rose on the floating piece of wood was not because he couldn’t fit on it. “It’s not a question of room; it’s a question of buoyancy,” Cameron said. “Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he gets on the raft — he’s not an idiot; he doesn’t want to die — and then the raft sinks. So it’s clear that there’s really only enough buoyancy available for one person. So, he makes a decision to let her be that person.” Okay, so that makes sense. We could accept that answer. But now MythBusters have proven Cameron’s explanation wrong. After devoting a segment to this very question, they figured out that if Rose had just strapped her life jacket underneath the wooden plank, it would have provided enough buoyancy for both her and Jack to stay above water and survive. So in actuality, Jack really didn’t have to die. But of course, according to Cameron, that doesn’t matter. "The script says Jack dies,” Cameron said to Vulture. “He has to die.” Watch MythBusters prove that true love could have prevailed if only Rose had tried a little harder: Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures] More: 'Avatar 4': James Cameron Is All In for His Sci-Fi Franchise James Cameron Hits Deepest Point in the Ocean, 'Titanic' Jokes Too Easy James Cameron to Conquer Outerspace with Google From Our Partners: Noo!! Most Tear-Jerking Pet Deaths in Movies (Moviefone) Biggest Comedy Movie Mistakes Ever (Moviefone)
  • Christina Aguilera's New Album Cover Bares It All
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 08, 2012
    The cover art for Christina Aguilera's new album Lotus leaves little to the imagination. Aguilera posted the cover art to her Twitter account on Friday. The Lotus cover, which pictures her almost completely nude, should be enough to silence those who still insist on criticizing Aguilera’s body and weight. Her long hair covers the important parts up top and her bottom half is hidden by a lotus flower and ray of light, but it's clear Aguilera's got a killer bod. Lotus, out on November 13, will feature Aguilera’s newest single, “Your Body,” and is her seventh album. Fellow Voice coach Cee Lo Green will be featured on the album, which will be a compilation of “everything I've experienced up until this point,” Aguilera told the Associated Press. In the two years since her last album, Bionic, Aguilera has gone through a few big life changes. "I've been through a lot since the release of my last album, being on [The Voice], having had a divorce," she said. "This is all sort of a free rebirth for me." Tell us what you think of the Lotus cover in the comments section.  Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Twitter] More: Christina Aguilera Reveals Her Body on 'Your Body' Cover Art — PIC Hillary Clinton Gets an Eyeful ... of Christina Aguilera's Cleavage 5 Questionable Things About Christina Aguilera's 'Your Body' Music Video From Our Partners: Mila Kunis Goes Topless for Esquire Cover, Crowned Sexiest Woman Alive — PHOTOS (Celebuzz) Kendra Wilkinson’s Son Hank Hospitalized After Passing Out(Celebuzz)
  • David Blaine's Electrifying Stunt Not As Electrifying As You Might Think
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 08, 2012
    David Blaine’s electromagnetic stunt, Electrified: One Million Volts Always On, began Friday evening, meaning the magician spent his weekend standing on a 20ft platform in New York’s Pier 54 in the middle of one million volts of electric current streamed by Tesla coils. (Tesla coils were invented by Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla for generating high-voltage bursts of electricity. The more you know!) However, Blaine is wearing a chainmail suit made of highly conductive stainless steel — also known as a Faraday suit — so the current doesn't actually touch him. No doubt, that's a fact that would disappoint some fans of Blaine who are used to seeing the magician deliberately endure extreme torture in exhibits like 2000's "Frozen in Time" (during which he encased himself in ice for 63 hours) and 2006's "Drowned Alive" (during which he submerged himself in water for seven days). “Unlike what uneducated people think, voltage is not what matters,” Walter Lewin, Professor of Physics Emeritus at MIT, tells “It’s the current that matters." And because the Faraday suit is conducting the electrical current, there is little to no danger to Blaine. In fact, Lewin himself has done something like this for educational purposes. “During lectures, I often bring my body at a potential of about one million volts,” Lewin said. “Even three million volts — provided you know what you are doing — can be very safe. The crazy thing here is that this idiot wants to stand for 72 hours without food and drink. That is madness, somewhat dangerous, not because of the million volts.” Indeed, Blaine’s most dangerous aspects of this stunt are staying awake for three days straight with no food (only a tube that delivers water), no rest, and in the middle of speakers constantly blaring loud, audience-attracting music. For some fans, that is the most impressive part of the event. Megan Valdez and Jessica Brown visited Pier 54 on Saturday evening to see Blaine’s performance after hearing about it from a former teacher of Brown's who currently lives in Spain. (And, interestingly enough, Blaine's stunt has invited plenty of chatter overseas — press has been covering the display thanks to a live stream to audiences in London, Beijing, Tokyo, and Sydney via the Electrified YouTube channel.) "It's amazing that he can literally stand there for that long and deal with the music,” Valdez said.  In fact, fans didn't seem to care for the scientific aspect of the display — for Brown, enduring the loud atmosphere and a lack of sleep was worthy enough of awe. “The music probably would kill me because I have sensitive ears," Brown said. "So I think that there’s a lot of elements besides just standing on that pole that people probably aren’t taking into account. Besides that fact that he’s also standing for that long, he’s not sleeping, he’s not eating, he’s not drinking.” Plus, for some, it doesn't hurt that the spectacle is visually stunning — Blaine stands in the center of a steel cage, wearing the mesh suit, and watches bright blue tendrils of electricity jump out at him. Add in the loud crackling of the volts and the music played on the keyboard, and it made for an intense viewing experience. (Of course, watching Blaine himself — standing, waving at the crowd, and stretching his legs — wasn't quite so interesting.) “I saw this on the Internet,” said another spectator, Mike Weiss, who visited the display with his son, Robert. “The last time we came and saw him, he was in the water for like three days. Pretty cool stuff, but this is way cooler than the water.” Of course, not everyone was cool with some realities of the spectacle. Said Valdez in horror watching Blaine, “He’s peeing in a catheter!” Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] More: Darren Aronofsky electrifies David Blaine during latest stunt Chris Rock electrifies David Blaine during New York stunt Beyoncé Joins Jay-Z on Stage During New York Concert — VIDEOS
  • OMG! Identity of 'Gossip Girl' Will Be Revealed!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 05, 2012
    One of the best-kept secrets in teenage television (and book) history, the identity of Gossip Girl will finally be revealed in the sixth and final season of the CW drama. Executive producers Stephanie Savage and Sara Goodman reveal in a video released Friday that they know the identity of the mysterious, troublemaking, dirty-laundry-airing blogger, and soon fans will too. While Gossip Girl’s site was controlled by Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) and then held hostage by Serena (Blake Lively) for some time last season, the real Gossip Girl reclaimed control and is back in a big way come Monday night. I, for one, can’t wait to find out just who has enough time on their hands to find out every single secret our favorite Upper East Siders have been hiding. And neither can the cast of GG: Watch them try to wildly guess who the titular mystery person is in the clip. You'll never guess who their most popular choice is... Watch the video below, and hit the comments with your theories on who Gossip Girl is! The final season of Gossip Girl premieres Monday on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: CW] More: OMSG, It's A New 'Gossip Girl' Preview! — VIDEO TV Tidbits: 'Gossip Girl' Heats Up TV Tidbits: 'Once Upon A Time' Hooks a New Regular, Julia Roberts Tames a Shrew
  • 'Tarzan 3D': Me Tarzan, You Outdated Technology? — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 05, 2012
    Kellan Lutz will be spending most of the next few months promoting the finale to the series that made him famous: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. But while most people know him as vampire Emmett Cullen, he will soon be known by another, more legendary name: Tarzan. Constantin Film has just released the teaser trailer for Tarzan 3D, the 3D CGI motion captured film, and it seems more like a clip from a computer game than an actual movie. Perhaps it will be more impressive on the big screen, and in 3D, but for now, we’re a little underwhelmed (mostly by the technology used). Last spring it was announced that Lutz and Resident Evil’s Spencer Locke would be taking on the iconic story of a boy raised in the jungle by gorillas who falls in love with a civilized woman named Jane. The movie is written by Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments), Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and Reinhard Klooss, who is also directing. Watch the teaser trailer below, and hit the comments to tell us what you think of the newest incarnation of Tarzan. While Tarzan 3D will hit international theaters next summer, a North American distributor has not been revealed yet. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Constantin Film] More: Kellan Lutz Auditioned for 'Tarzan' in His Underwear and a Conan Wig Kellan Lutz lands Tarzan 3D role 'Tarzan' Gets Animated, Again From Our Partners: ’Movie 43’ Most Bananas Trailer in History (Moviefone) Biggest Comedy Movie Mistakes Ever (Moviefone)