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.
  • It's Good to Be the King of Comedy: Mel Brooks to Receive AFI Award
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 05, 2012
    It was announced this morning that funnyman Mel Brooks, 86, has been named the recipient of the 41st American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, which will be awarded at a tribute gala on June 6. It will be televised on TNT in late June, with encore airings on TNT’s sister network, Turner Classic Movies. The gala will honor “America’s long-reigning king of comedy,” according to a statement released this morning by Howard Stringer, chairman of AFI's board of trustees, Deadline reports. This award is the highest honor to receive for a career in film, and it will only add to Brooks’ already impressive resume, in which he is one of few people to boast an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). The writer-producer-director-actor is the man behind comedic film, TV, and theater gold such as Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Your Show of Shows. “He’s a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves,” Stringer says, “and it is AFI’s honor to shine a bright light on laughter.” Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] More: David Oyelowo on Daniel Day-Lewis in 'Lincoln': It Was 'Like Going in a Time Machine' Adele's 'Skyfall' Released in Full: That's Not a Bond Theme, THIS is a Bond Theme James Bond Turns 50: Why the Franchise Should Never End
  • Jim Lehrer Interruptus: What If the Moderator Was Able to Finish His Sentences?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 04, 2012
    Last night’s Presidential Debate gave us quite a bit of pop culture fodder for memes, gifs, and all-around Internet gold. Even with Obama’s inability to stay awake, Romney firing Big Bird, and Obama’s so-called “smirk,” there’s no contest when it comes to choosing the winner — or, actually, the loser of the night. Sorry, Jim Lehrer. The longtime host of The News Hour on PBS acted as moderator of the debate, and the poor guy just got steamrolled throughout the entire affair. Obama and Romney fought to say what they had prepared to say, even if that meant not answering Lehrer's questions, going over time limits, and, most importantly, just flat-out interrupting and cutting off Lehrer entirely. With 12 presidential debates under his belt, Lehrer clearly was the best man for the job. But, as we witnessed Wednesday night, acting as the mediator between two huge forces battling it out for the public’s loyalty is no easy job. But what if Lehrer was able to finish the sentences that were so unceremoniously cut off? Well, if he hadn’t been interrupted so many times, the debate may have gone in a much different direction. In our (deranged) minds, here's what Lehrer was really trying to say: LEHRER: Let’s just stay on taxes for – ...only one more minute, then I want to hear your opinions on the ending of Lost. LEHRER: All right, Go – ...On is one of my favorite new comedies. What character would you play if you were on the show? LEHRER: Just for the -- just for the record – ...I never said Rihanna should get back together with Chris Brown. You guys twisted my words. LEHRER: Excuse me. Just so everybody understands – ...I DID NOT SAY THEY SHOULD GET BACK TOGETHER. I promise. LEHRER: Mr. President, I’m sorry – ...I’m really happy for you, but Taylor Swift’s music video is one of the most confusing of all time. Why are the walls made of sweaters? LEHRER: Let’s have – ...a look Hillary Clinton having a look at Christina Aguilera's cleavage. LEHRER: Yeah, we’re going to -- yeah. I want to get to it, but all I want to do is very quickly – ...go through all the celebrities that are going to be in Movie 43. There’s a ton of them. LEHRER: No, no, no, no – ...Facebook, your ad does not make sense. LEHRER: Can we -- can the two of you agree that the voters have a choice, a clear choice between the two of you – ...of ordering pizza or burritos? LEHRER: Two minutes – ...until I just give up leave. You guys are seriously mean. Just big bullies. LEHRER: All right, gentlemen, look –’ve really hurt my feelings. All I wanted to do was have a nice friendly debate, and you threatened my pal Big Bird. Not cool. LEHRER: Excuse me, one sec -- excuse, me sir. We’ve got -- we’ve got -- barely have three minutes left. I’m not going to grade the two of you and say you’ve -- your answers have been too long or I’ve done a poor job – ...but your answers have been too long and I’ve done a poor job. You’ll get ‘em next time, Jim. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Getty Images] More: 5 Reasons Mitt Romney Hates Big Bird 2012 Presidential Debate: Who Won: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney Pizza Vs. Burritos: The Pop Culture Debate -- Round 2
  • Sahara Davenport Died From Heart Failure
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 04, 2012
    Friends and family of Antoine Ashley, better known as Sahara Davenport on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, released a statement Wednesday which revealed his cause of death, People reports. Ashley's mother has said that her son died at the age of 27 from heart failure. “I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world,” Reddish said in the statement. “My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support. We know that our Angel is now dancing in heaven. May God bless each and everyone.” Davenport’s boyfriend of six years, Karl Westerberg, who competed on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race as Manila Luzon, said in a statement, “Antoine lived to entertain the world as Sahara Davenport, and the world was in awe over his extreme talent. But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him. To me he will always be my best friend, my hero, my Diva, and I have always considered myself more than lucky to have him be forever a part of my life. Thank you, hon, for bringing so much beauty to all of us. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you’ve touched.” In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race, Davenport also appeared on A&E’s 15 Films about Madonna, Voom HD's Magnificent Obsessions, and on ABC's One Life to Live, as well as music videos by Billboard chart-toppers David Guetta and Chris Willis. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] More: Sahara Davenport, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star, Dead at 27 Website Mistakenly Runs Picture of Real Housewife With 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Contestant's Obit Former 'Saved By The Bell' Star Gives Troubling Interview From Our Partners: Caught In the Act: Chris Brown Photographed Leaving Same Hotel Where Rihanna Is Staying — PHOTOS (Celebuzz) Lindsay Lohan Claims She Was Bullied, Reaches Out to Katie Couric On Twitter (Celebuzz)
  • Former 'Saved By The Bell' Star Gives Troubling Interview
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 03, 2012
    Former teen star Lark Voorhies recently gave an interview to People so bizarre that it made the public voice speculation on the possibility that drugs were somehow involved. The Saved By The Bell actress, 38, who used to portray the fashionable Lisa Turtle, adamantly denied any drug use. Her mother has come forward claiming her daughter has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "There are things that have traumatized her," her mother Tricia said, referring to the end of Saved By the Bell in 1993 and a 2001 divorce. "I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life." The interview in question featured a sometimes incoherent Voorhies; for some periods, she would just sit in silence. She also made a few strange statements that perplexed many viewers. But after her mother said that Voorhies suffered from bipolar disorder, the actress denied it. “They can’t explain it. They can’t treat it. They don’t know about it… I have a strong spiritual sense,” Voorhies said. “You caught me in moments of pray [sic]." Voorhies is currently living with her mother, working on low-budget indie productions, recording music and self-publishing her own books. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] More: TV Star Sues 'National Enquirer' Over Addiction Story Jennifer Livingston, CBS' WKBT News Anchor, Puts Bullies in Their Place Richard Belzer's Morning Included Molestation, Sodomy Jokes and a Nazi Salute From Our Partners: Caught In the Act: Chris Brown Photographed Leaving Same Hotel Where Rihanna Is Staying — PHOTOS (Celebuzz) Lindsay Lohan Claims She Was Bullied, Reaches Out to Katie Couric On Twitter (Celebuzz)
  • George Washington is Evil, and Romney and Obama Face Off With Fists
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 03, 2012
    Tonight’s debates sure as hell won’t be as exciting as this. The Tyranny of King George, an additional storyline that will be added to the upcoming game Assassin’s Creed III as downloadable extra content, focuses on an evil George Washington. …evil George Washington?! You read that right. The story poses an interesting twist on the history of the birth of our country: What if our founding father George Washington treated his power over the newborn nation in the same way a dictator or tyrant would? The game answers that question the only way gamers know how… You have to kill George Washington. This new storyline is, of course, building on pop culture's badass president trend — just four months ago, we watched Abraham Lincoln hunt blood-suckers in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I thought that was as badass as a president could get. And then I saw evil King George Washington. Chills. Wish you could see a more relevant duel? While Obama and Romney won’t exactly be tyrannical and evil tonight during the First Presidential Debate, if you do want to see the candidates go at each other in a way you can only see in video games, check out Political Kombat ’12 from our friends over at Slate. If you want to watch the candidates go at each other in a civilized, realistic format, be sure to watch the debates tonight at 9/8c on all major networks. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Ubisoft] More: DNC 2012: Biden & Obama Join The Ranks of the Best Pop Culture BFFs Caught on Tape: Mitt Romney Joins Pop Culture's Most Incriminating Videos We Can Thank Mitt Romney For Keeping Jason Sudeikis on 'SNL'... For Now
  • 'Parker': Jason Statham as a Priest and a Cowboy? — TRAILER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 03, 2012
    Jason Statham is headed back to the big screen, and can you guess what role he’ll be playing? I’ll give you three tries, and the first two don’t count… That’s right, he’s a law-breaking bad-ass out for revenge! The Expendables star is taking on the titular role of Parker, the main character of the crime thriller based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake. Parker is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. This lifestyle works for him until his latest job, when he gets stabbed in the back by his crew who steal his cash and leave him for dead. Parker sets out on a course of revenge, leading him to Palm Beach and partner-in-crime Leslie, played by Jennifer Lopez. Together they plan to take down the guys who wronged Parker, and they just happen to be planning their biggest job ever… Cue the car crashes, knock-down-drag-out fights, and Statham’s hilarious attempt at a Southern accent and priest getup. Directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Hackford, Parker also stars Vegas’ Michael Chiklis, The Wire’s Wendell Pierce, and Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte. Check out the trailer below, and hit the comments section to tell us what kind of crazy prop you want to see Statham take someone out with! It looks like we’ll see him use a toilet tank lid and a bar stool, among others. Parker hits theaters January 25. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: FilmDistrict] More: Jason Statham to Kick Ass Again in 'Parker' Jason Statham: I'll Never Be a Great Actor Statham Vs. Segel: Battle of the Hollywood Jasons
  • 'American Horror Story: Asylum' Scares Up New Promo -- VIDEO
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 03, 2012
    After revealing a set of short, mysterious, and creepy teases, American Horror Story: Asylum creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have finally unveiled a full trailer containing scenes and clips from the upcoming season, which will feature entirely new overarching themes – lust, fear, insanity, and religion – and a new setting in Briarcliff, a former East Coast tuberculosis ward that was changed into an asylum for the criminally insane in the 1960s. Season 2 will feature many new as well as familiar faces – some Season 1 veterans are returning for another round, however as different characters entirely. Emmy winner Jessica Lange is back, this time as Sister Jude, a nun running the asylum. Sister Jude isn’t all prayers and faith, though… she seems to enjoy torturing (more Season 1 vets) Evan Peters' Kit, and Lily Rabe's fellow nun Sister Eunice. Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet will make a return to the series as well, but instead of playing a victim like he did in Season 1 (heeeeere piggy-pig-pig), he will portray a killer. Other returning players include Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto. Some new faces that will be serving up scares, chills, and all around creepiness are Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Chloe Sevigny, James Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes. Watch the new trailer below, and hit the comments to tell us what you think. Are you prepared to be scared? Or are you going to be like me, watching the premiere through the cracks between your fingers? The new season premieres Oct. 17 on FX. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: FX] More: Chris Zylka is Cut From 'American Horror Story' 'American Horror Story,' 'It's Always Sunny,' Premieres Set 'American Horror Story' Goes Insane For Kelly Ripa's Husband
  • Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta Reunite for Amazingly Cheesy Christmas Album
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 02, 2012
    How's this for a Christmas miracle: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are collaborating on a Christmas album, featuring special guests like Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and Kenny G. That's right, Danny and Sandy will be together again for the first time in over 30 years, and they'll be singing Christmas carols. Their holiday album, This Christmas, will be available November 13. Along with the requisite Christmas tunes you expect to hear around the holidays (like "White Christmas" and "Silent Night"), this yuletide album will also feature a new original song from John Farrar, the guy who brought you the iconic Grease anthem, "You’re the One That I Want." The new song, "I Think You Might Like It," is a follow-up of sorts to the song that caused Travolta's and Newton-John's careers to skyrocket. In the spirit of the holiday for which this album is about, Travolta and Newton-John will donate the artist proceeds from the album equally to their respective charities, the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. So if you do buy this album — out of curiosity to see if Travolta and Newton-John still have what it takes to sing and sell records, out of nostalgia for the good old days of sock hops, T-Birds and Pink Ladies, or out of sheer love of the holidays — you can also check “donate to charity” off your holiday to-do list. The one fault I can find with this bundle of holiday goodness is the lack of Hannukah songs. I know us Jews don’t really have catchy holiday jingles (I mean, there’s only so many times you can sing "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel" before you want to stick pins in your eyes), but they could have tailored the new song to appeal to other religions, too. Hey, if South Park can do it, Grease definitely can. I’m thinking it can easily be changed to something along the lines of “I Think You Might Like The Latkes…” Check out the track list for This Christmas below and sound off in the comments with any glaring omissions you spot. This Christmas Track List: 1. Baby It’s Cold Outside 2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (featuring Kenny G) 3. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (featuring Barbra Streisand) 4. This Christmas (featuring Chick Corea) 5. Silent Night 6. The Christmas Waltz 7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (featuring Cliff Richard) 8. Winter Wonderland (featuring Tony Bennett and The Count Basie Orchestra) 9. White Christmas 10. I Think You Might Like It 11. The Christmas Song 12. Deck the Halls (featuring James Taylor) 13. Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time Is Here (Medley) Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Getty Images] More: 13 Amazon Reviews of 'The Casual Vacancy' Reveal That J.K. Rowling is Tearing Us Apart Is That Paul Ryan or Nathan Scott? Look Closer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Selena Gomez Want You to 'Vote 4 Stuff' This November From Our Partners: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Tell-All Could Be First Step Toward Bid for White House, Writes Ian Halperin — EXCLUSIVE GUEST BLOG (Celebuzz) Hilary Swank Lists Pacific Palisades Mansion for 9.5 Million: Step Inside the Oscar Winner’s Home — PHOTOS (Celebuzz)
  • TNT Releases Winter Premiere Dates For 'Rizzoli & Isles,' 'Dallas,' and More 
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 02, 2012
    Fall season premieres are still under way, but that hasn’t stopped TNT from looking forward to the next round of dates: winter premiere season! TNT has announced its lineup, and along with four returning shows (Dallas, Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, and Southland), the network will also premiere a brand new medical drama Monday Mornings from David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta starring Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Bamber, as well as a new unscripted series with unprecedented access to the Boston Police Department called Boston’s Finest from executive producer Donnie Wahlberg. Check out when the new and returning series come back on your TV: Nov. 27: Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage Jan. 28: Dallas Feb. 4: Monday Mornings Feb. 13: Southland Feb. 27: Boston’s Finest Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: TNT] More: Move Over, Trista and Ryan: 'Bachelorette' Ashley Hebert Headed For a TV Wedding 'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' Recap: Rydell High's Accidental 60th Reunion TV Tidbits: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Gets Characters, Ryan Murphy Wants More
  • Move Over, Trista and Ryan: 'Bachelorette' Ashley Hebert Headed For a TV Wedding
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Oct 02, 2012
    This December, Ashley Hebert will shed her official Bachelorette title and gain a new one: wife! Hebert and her fiancé, Season 7 winner J.P. Rosenbaum, have officially set a winter date for their wedding, and – no surprises here – it will be filmed for a TV special. Although Hebert, 27, and Rosenbaum, 34, have been engaged since August of 2011 when Rosenbaum proposed on the finale of Hebert’s Bachelorette season, the two have been taking their time to plan their nuptials. Us Weekly confirms the big date, and reports that the couple wanted to wait to begin wedding planning until after Hebert graduated from dental school. With her degree now under her belt, Hebert has started to make decisions about the most important part: “My dress will not be white,” Hebert said. If history has taught us anything in the world of reality TV love/weddings, it isn't safe to assume that a televised wedding special means happily ever after. After all, we certainly haven't forgotten Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage fail, and that was after her "fairytale wedding" was promoted and broadcast within an inch of its life. However, in the case of Bachelor/Bachelorette successes, all we need to do is look at the story of the first Bachelorette. Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter met, fell in love, and got engaged on the first season of The Bachelorette. They had the only other televised Bachelorette wedding, which premiered to the general view that it was so much like a real-life wedding that it was actually boring. They had two kids, and have stayed out of the headlines ever since. While their story doesn't give us the reality gossip fix that other Bachelor/Bachelorette couples do, the Sutters are the top success story for the franchise. They are the only long-term couple that has stayed together since their engagement on the show: could Hebert and Rosenbaum be the next Bachelorette couple to enjoy the same kind of domestic bliss? It has been a long, televised journey for Hebert and Rosenbaum to find each other, and it looks like they will finally have their happy ending. Hebert first competed for Bachelor Brad Womack’s heart in early 2011, finishing third. And on the same season finale she accepted Rosenbaum’s proposal, she rejected Bachelorette runner-up Ben Flajnik’s engagement ring. Of course, Flajnik then went on to have his own season of The Bachelor, and is currently planning his own wedding to winner Courtney Robertson. Wedding special number three, anyone? Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: WENN] More: It Was The Weekend Of Weddings: Who Got Married? 'Bachelorette' Couple Ashley & J.P. Discuss Wedding Plans 'Bachelor' After The Final Rose: Ben and His Lady Love Broke Up