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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.
  • Reese Witherspoon Pleads No Contest: Watch Video of Her Arrest!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 02, 2013
    Proving that one mistake does not ruin a career, Reese Witherspoon handled her recent brush with the law with grace and aplomb on Thursday. On April 19, Witherspoon’s talent agent husband Jim Toth was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and Witherspoon was arrested for disobeying the officer's orders to stay in the vehicle, according to the police report. They were both taken to jail and released on bond around 3:30 a.m. Witherspoon has plead no contest to the charge of obstruction of a person, while Toth plead guilty to first offense DUI. The actress was not present in court for the proceedings, and her lawyer Bruce Morris entered the plea, E! News reports. She will pay a total fine of $313 including court costs. Her husband, however, was in the courtroom on Thursday and – while not facing jail time – must perform 40 hours of community service, attend an alcohol education program and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving class, pay a fine, and has been placed on probation for 12 months. "I have no idea what I was saying that night. I saw him arresting my husband and I literally panicked," Witherspoon admitted on Good Morning America on Thursday. "I said all kinds of crazy things. I told him I was pregnant. I'm not pregnant!" The actress may not have been behaving out of the ordinary, but her apologies and handling of the situation after the fact were mature and sincere.  Watch the video of Witherspoon's arrest below: Reese Witherspoon Arrest DASH CAM VIDEO -- Crazier Than You Thought - Watch More Celebrity Videos or Subscribe Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Reese Witherspoon and Husband Jim Toth Arrested in DUI Incident Hungover Reese Witherspoon Apologizes for Being a Jerk To a CopReese Witherspoon Is a Pregnant Lawyer, Or So Alcohol Makes Her Think From Our Partners:Miley Strips Down in Raunchy Shoot (Celebuzz)Actresses Without Teeth Tumblr Is Creepy, Amazing (vh1)
  • 'Supernatural' Recap: Could Sam and Dean Really Close the Gates of Hell? Probably Not.
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 02, 2013
      Just when we all thought the trials to close the gates of hell were taking their physical toll on Sam just to make Dean’s life even more difficult, as per usual, then Supernatural turned it around and delivered an emotional shocker that stunned Dean and viewers alike. The trials are actually purifying Sam, diluting the demon blood he’s had in him since the yellow-eyed demon polluted him as a baby. Sam’s health is getting worse so he can actually get better. The look on Dean’s face said it all when Sam explained this to him: whoa. Heavy stuff. Obviously, Dean is still worried about Sam, but this revelation is actually a good thing. If the trials really are purifying Sam so he can complete the task of closing the gates of hell, maybe there actually is a happy ending somewhere down the line for the Winchesters! But shh, we won’t jinx it. Knowing this show, something bad is about to happen. Too many good things happened in "The Great Escapist" and we all know the Winchesters don’t have the best luck. First off, even though it turns out that Crowley did kidnap prophet Kevin Tran (so he wasn’t going crazy and imagining things!), Kevin didn’t fall for the King of hell’s fake Sam and Dean charade – not difficult, seeing as how the demons pretending to be the Winchesters clearly didn’t do their homework. That was the worst Sam and Dean acting I’ve ever seen! Kevin didn’t give up the tablet’s secrets, but he did translate Crowley’s half so when Sam and Dean rescued him, he was able to tell them the third trial: they have to cure a demon. Wait, what? But back to Kevin being rescued: Sam and Dean weren’t the real heroes. They actually traveled to find the Word of God, a.k.a. Metatron, and what they found was a shut-in recluse of an angel who was so hidden from the world that he hadn’t even heard of the Winchesters. Sam’s complete shock and look of offense when Metatron had no idea who they were was completely perfect. Everyone in the supernatural world knows of these legendary brothers. But Metatron didn’t even know what was going on with heaven and hell, so we’ll begrudgingly give him a pass. Once Sam and Dean caught Metatron up on all the recent goings-on in the supernatural war, he transported Kevin Tran from Crowley’s clutches back to the brothers, and healed him. And that sneaky little prophet also stole Crowley’s half of the demon tablet! Score another one for the Winchesters. However, the bad to balance out the good was the fact that Crowley tracked down Castiel (after Naomi found him first) and stole the angel tablet from inside Castiel’s stomach. That scene was brutal and incredibly tough to watch. So the king of hell has the angel tablet and is in a race against time and the Winchesters to close the gates of heaven before they close the gates of hell. Good thing Crowley doesn’t have a prophet to translate his tablet, and the Winchesters are already on their third trial! So of course, another piece of bad luck to once again balance out the good is that Castiel is not in good shape after Crowley’s emergency surgery to extract the angel tablet from inside of his stomach. I mean, duh, of course he isn't going to bounce right back from that. But the Winchesters found him laying in the middle of the road, so hopefully they can help him heal in some way. Question: now that the angel tablet is no longer inside of Cas, will he be susceptible to Naomi’s mind control again? The constant touching of the tablet was how Cas was able to block her manipulation. Could Cas become a weapon against Sam and Dean again? Say it ain’t so! The final score: Crowley has the angel tablet with no way of translating it, the Winchesters have the entire demon tablet, Kevin Tran, and the directions to complete the third and final trial, Naomi has nothing, Cas is back with Sam and Dean but in rough shape… with only two episodes left until the season finale, who wants to bet something really bad is going to happen? The best quotes from "The Great Escapist:" Fake Dean: It’s me. [Kevin sprays him with holy water] Now it’s a wet me.Kevin: You forgot the knock. What’s the point of a secret knock if you don’t use it? [And that is how Kevin Tran figured out he was being held captive! Yay for secret knocks!] Crowley: I was born to direct. [Um, sorry, nope. Stick to your day job] Dean, to a sickly Sam: Want me to do the whole airplane thing with the spoon? Dean: They taught Word of God at Stanford? Castiel: In the words of a friend, bite me! Sam: You rode a fart-y donkey!... I’m going to follow the hotel manager, Mr. Scowly Scowl. He’s like a villain from Scooby-Doo.Dean: No, you should get some rest.Sam: Yeah, I could do that, too. Sam: Wait, you haven’t heard of us? What kind of angel are you? We’re the friggen’ Winchesters! Crowley: So… my demons were… too polite?Kevin: Yeah.Crowley: Well, I’ll be a son of a whore.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Supernatural' Recap: Charlie Learns to Let Go While Dean Hangs On Tighter'Supernatural' Recap: Goodbye Bobby and Benny'Supernatural' Recap: Welcome to Hunter University! From Our Partners:Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough Bikini in Miami (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Recap: The Undertaking Has Begun!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 02, 2013
      Whoa. Raise your hand if you accurately guessed that Malcolm’s Undertaking plans included completely destroying The Glades altogether? And put your hand down, you liars. Nobody could have seen that coming! The reveal of Malcolm Merlyn’s mysterious Undertaking on Arrow was a big one, but it was hardly the only big, noteworthy twist that went down in “The Undertaking.” Let’s dive right in, shall we? Since he hasn’t exactly been rectifying his situation with both Diggle and Tommy, Oliver instead decides to focus on The List and steals a corrupt accountant’s laptop. He wants to give money back to whom it was stolen from. It’s official: he’s a modern day Robin Hood! Shooting arrows, stealing from the rich, giving to the poor. But even though Oliver counted the mission as a win, since Diggle and Oliver still haven’t made up Felicity feels stuck in the middle of her friends. Good thing these are two, easy-going, forgiving guys, right? Oh wait, they’re the two most stubborn men in Starling City! Back at Queen mansion, Thea decides to break the months of silence and bring up a certain missing father figure from the household. “I know we haven’t talked about Walter in a while [Side note: UH YEAH NO S**T] but I miss him too.” Thea says. It’s good to see the Queen family finally showing some stress and worry about their missing patriarchal figure. It’s only been, what, 12 episodes? In our first flashback of the night – important to note that this week’s flashbacks are not of the island, but rather the events that led up to Oliver getting stranded on the island – we finally learn Malcolm’s plans for The Undertaking: what it is, why he wants to do it, etc. He wants to completely level The Glades “right down to the bedrock,” all 24 square blocks. He’s convinced the area can’t be saved from the corruption and crime that took his wife away from him. He’s fanatical, and while I hope the rest of the board sees how ridiculous this idea is… I know that since The Undertaking is going down in the present, I’m guessing they’ll hop on board his crazy train. Malcolm wants to frame it as a natural disaster, and Unidac Industries is five years away from a prototype that can create such a disaster. Coincidental timing? I think not. In the first of many extremely awkward conversations of the night, Laurel confides in Oliver about Tommy breaking up with her. While that alone is enough to make anyone uncomfortable, things are made so much worse when Felicity enters the scene. That whole exchange where Laurel meets Felicity but Felicity already knows so much about Laurel was just gold. God, I want to rewind and rewatch that scene over and over.  The reason Felicity interrupted the heart to heart between Ollie and Laurel was because she found an entry in the accountant’s laptop for $2 million the day that Walter was kidnapped. If they find who the money leads to, they can find Walter! The man in question is the head of an underground casino, and since she’s the only one who could pull it off, Felicity volunteers to go undercover at the casino. She’s already grown so much as a character from when we met her at the beginning of this season, and this choice proves as much. She used to be timid and wary, and was extremely hesitant about joining Team Arrow in the first place, and now she’s convincing Oliver to let her go out in the field, volunteering for dangerous missions. They grow up so fast! Back to the flashback, we (and Robert) learn even more tragic details of Malcolm’s wife’s death. This was a tough scene, and even though Malcolm is the big bad this season, I couldn’t help but shed a few tears for the poor guy. Apparently the night Malcolm’s wife Rebecca was shot and killed in The Glades, she had called him and he ignored her calls. She left a voicemail begging for help, calling his name, and gasping for air. He literally listened to his wife die over and over later that night via his voicemail. That is just too much. No wonder why the guy wants to destroy a whole community!   Before taking off on the mission, Felicity goes to Diggle to ask for his help and to come back to Team Arrow, but he won’t until Oliver apologizes. Something tells me he’s going to be waiting a long time for that. Don’t hold your breath, Dig! I don’t think Oliver even knows the words “I’m Sorry” even exist… Taking Oliver’s advice, Laurel goes to talk to Tommy to get some closure or at least some honesty about why he broke up with her so suddenly, but she wasn’t prepared for the latter. Tommy drops the bomb that she belongs with Oliver, and that he’s still in love with her. Colin Donnell really sold this scene. His quiet rage and restrained hurt were so well played.  Out in the field, Felicity gets a final pep talk from Oliver where they discuss the plan one more time. Felicity is going to get caught counting cards in the casino, and so the mob boss, a.k.a. Alonso, a.k.a. their connection to Walter will bring her to his office to get a warning, and Felicity will plant a bug in his computer. I know this is supposed to be super serious, but Felicity is looking goooood in her fancy dress. Oliver, are you paying attention? Not to be confused with the flashbacks of The Undertaking planning, in the present Malcolm announces to Moira that “The Markhoff” device passed its final beta test. You know what that means: The Undertaking is upon us! And the second awkward conversation of the night finds Malcolm claiming that he sometimes waivers in his convictions but his friendship with Moira is what propels him forward with his plans. You can sure as hell bet that Moira felt disgusted when she heard that. Moira says she wishes Robert could be celebrating with them and Malcolm flat out says, “I’m sorry I had to take him from you.” How is this conversation so civil?!? Seriously, I half expected Moira to pull out a gun and just take down this dude. Back in the flashback, Robert confides in Moira about Malcolm’s plans to level The Glades without evacuating everyone and she seems shocked Robert would agree to it. Turns out, he’s been keeping secrets from Moira, like the time he refused to bribe a councilman from The Glades and they argued and the guy ended up dying. Robert sees the work he’s doing with Malcolm and The List as penance for the death of the councilman. And twist! Moira actually tried to convince Robert to stop The Undertaking from happening! That’s quite a different tune than what she’s singing in the present. Felicity gets caught counting cards as planned, plants her bug, but Alonso knows she is working with a partner. Cue Oliver swaggering in all protective of Felicity, taking down the entire security team like it’s no big deal (and that shattered glass in the eyes trick? Had to hurt). But when he corners Alonso, he reveals that when he delivered Walter to whoever hired him he heard gunshots and that meant Walter was killed. I’m sorry, but I didn’t for one second believe this was true. No way Moira would have allowed that. I call shenanigans. Back in the flashback, it turns out that Moira convinced Robert to stop Malcolm’s plans, and Robert dug some more and found out Malcolm was lying. He was actually planning The Undertaking for a long time, buying up a third of the real estate of The Glades already and only pretended like it was a recent idea. Robert and Frank Chen (RIP both of these guys) decide to conspire behind Malcolm’s back and buy the remaining two thirds quietly, and they need money from Frank’s contacts in China. Hence, why Robert was sailing that way! The pieces, you guys! They’re starting to fit together! Also in the flashback we learn why Oliver wanted to sabotage his and Laurel’s relationship before he set sail: she was pressuring him to move in with her. That’s why he slept with Sarah! Back in the present, Oliver overheard Malcolm and Moira discussing that Walter is still alive, and will remain in Malcolm’s custody until The Undertaking is complete. Oliver now has undeniable proof that his mother is in on the evil plans! Oliver is on a mission… and he is pissed. Time to go to Bludhaven (though no Nightwing will be in attendance unfortunately)! To prove just how angry Oliver was, he took out 20 goons singlehandedly without even breaking a sweat! And he found Walter and delivered him home, safe and sound. Another flashback twist! It turns out that Frank Chen went behind Robert’s back and told Malcolm what he was planning, and he was the one to plant the bomb on the Queen’s Gambit! I don’t feel so bad about Moira framing him for the hit on Malcolm a few episodes back. This dude deserved what he got. Also, pre-island Oliver was such a douche. My god, poor Laurel. Back at the hospital, the Queens were back together again, one “happy” family. But damn, the look of pure rage on Oliver’s face when Malcolm was trying to figure out if Walter knew it was him behind the kidnapping was absolutely chilling. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, post-island Oliver is an incredible actor, and Stephen Amell is an even better one, portraying so many different sides and incarnations of the same character. I mean, playing a character who is playing a character, as well as playing different versions of that same character but just in different time periods? Impressive. Laurel also made her way over to the hospital and asks Oliver to talk to Tommy and convince him they don’t belong together. Oliver, clearly done with all the lies and drama, refuses, and drops a bomb on her: he is still in love with her. Boom! After all the emotional trauma he endured finding out Moira was in cahoots with Malcolm, Oliver swallowed his pride and made his way over to Diggle’s apartment and apologizes to him! Whoa! He needs help figuring out a way to stop Moira and Malcolm from whatever it is they’re planning. Team Arrow is back together, y’all! Best quotes from "The Undertaking:"  Felicity: Let me guess. Some bad guy is missing his fancy new laptop? Laurel: This coffee is terrible, Oliver.Oliver: That’s what you get for ordering coffee in a bar. Diggle: What do you want?Felicity: Is that any way to treat a girl that just walked up six flights of stairs?Diggle: No it’s not. Welcome! Laurel, to Tommy: Wow. You really look like your father. Felicity: So just to be clear, the plan is for me to get caught counting cards in an underground casino filled with hardened criminals…Oliver: So you can get a friendly warning from Alonso and plant a bug on his office computer. Felicity: It feels really good having you inside me. [Pause] And by you I mean your voice. [Pause] And by me I mean my ear. I’m going to stop talking right now.Oliver: That would be my preference. Alonso: I heard you never miss.Oliver, after shooting an exploding arrow into the bullseye of the dart board behind his head: I don’t. [BOOM] Laurel: Obviously, we can’t hang out at my house…Oliver: Because your father threatened to taser me the last time I closed the door to your bedroom? Moira: We’re together again. Everything’s going to be all right. [Cue Oliver’s look of total disgust and betrayal and misery]  Diggle: I guess you do know where I live.Oliver: I’ve always known where you live.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Recap: Oliver Makes a Mistake and Diggle Pays the Price'Arrow' Recap: Vertigo - and The Count - Return'Arrow' Recap: 'Salvation' Comes at a High Price From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow': Emily Bett Rickards Teases Major 'Olicity' Action and a Possible Lead on Walter
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 01, 2013
      Everyone’s favorite IT girl Felicity Smoak hasn't had the best experiences going out in the field. But all that will hopefully change on Wednesday’s new episode of Arrow, "The Undertaking." While "The Undertaking" features flashbacks of pre-island (and present douche) Oliver (Stephen Amell) as he boards the Queen’s Gambit for that fateful boat trip with his father Robert (Jamey Sheridan), as well as Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). As Malcolm reveals to Robert painful details surrounding his wife's murder and how that shaped his plans for the Glades (meaning we will finally learn the details of his mysterious Undertaking scheme), Felicity will also get her chance to shine. Emily Bett Rickards, the woman behind Team Arrow’s techie, revealed to Hollywood.com that while digging through a crooked accountant's laptop, Felicity discovers a transaction that could help Oliver find Walter. To confirm the lead, Felicity heads out into the field… hopefully with less bomb collars this time. "Since Episode 15 when she had the bomb collar on her neck, she’s done some training and become more fully involved," Rickards tells Hollywood.com. "She’s changed. When she goes out in the field in this episode, she volunteers because there is no other way for them to succeed or go on this mission unless she does go out in the field. There are no bomb collars, but she doesn’t know that. She uses her power of intellect." "She’s playing a very dangerous game. I think we all like to play a dangerous game at some point," Rickards continues. "But she’s trying to do it in a very honest way and she’s trying to survive." The catalyst that sends Felicity out in the field is her ongoing, always-present search for Walter, who has been missing (read: kidnapped after he asked one too many questions about The Undertaking) for months. "We’re getting closer to Walter. What does Felicity do in her spare time? She’s on her computer searching for Walter. She probably doesn’t leave the computer too often," Rickards says. "She comes across this new evidence in the midst of searching for someone else, but I don’t think it was an accident because her Walter radar is always turned on. She’s never stopped looking." While Felicity is out in the field, she utters a line to Oliver that executive producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted out weeks ago that sent "Olicity" shippers into a tizzy: "It feels good having you inside me." When asked to provide some context for that innuendo-laden quote, Rickards just laughed. "Love that line. Oh my god, what is going on, right? So flirtatious," Rickards teases. "She has to severely cover from that line. It’s like word vomit. I think she almost threw up when she said that. It’s just the funniest line." Felicity might be embarrassed after letting slip that line to Oliver now, but if she had known him pre-island – which we will finally get to see tonight in a flashback – she might not have been so inclined to get to know him. "I don’t think she would have liked him. I think she looks at people very judgmentally in the best sense of the word. She sees good things in people and sees whether or not the bad things are there," Rickards says. "I think there are certain things about pre-island Oliver that she wouldn’t have respected. She might have liked him and thought he was a complete babe and womanizer. There’s always that attraction. But what she wouldn’t have had for pre-island Oliver is her respect and she does have that for the hood and Oliver Queen post-island." Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Flashback: Pre-Island Oliver Queen Was a Real Douche'Arrow' Season Finale First Look: Oliver's Secret Is Out!'Arrow' Scoop: A Pair of Villains Threatens to Tear the Team Apart  From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Flashback: Pre-Island Oliver Queen Was A Real Douche
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 30, 2013
      We’ve seen many different sides to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) on Arrow. His island self: a scared, reformed party boy in over his head trying to survive in a nightmare situation. His post-island self: a tough, brutal warrior trying to clean up Starling City by taking down the corrupt and evil. His post-island façade: the face he shows his family and the public, a light, happy-go-lucky party boy with a darker edge. And now Oliver is about to show us a new, never-before-seen side: his pre-island self. In this hot new clip of Thursday’s episode, "The Undertaking," we see just how much of a douche pre-island Oliver was… not that we didn’t already have an inkling. This is a guy who cheated on his girlfriend, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) with her sister, Sarah, which led to said sister’s death. Check out just how much pre-island Oliver sucked as he kisses Laurel goodbye — while Sarah sneaks on board the fateful yacht that will spark the events of The CW’s newest hit show.   Watching Moira (Susanna Thompson) try to talk Oliver out of leaving with his father Robert (Jamey Sheridan) in the flashback makes us wonder: Did Moira know about the Queen’s Gambit shipwreck before the Queen men set sail? We know she knew about the tampered boat after the fact, but would she really have let her son go if she knew he wouldn’t return? Or is Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) the real culprit behind the shipwreck? In the episode, Malcolm also reveals to Robert painful details surrounding his wife's murder, and how that shaped his plans for the Glades… meaning we will finally learn the details of his mysterious Undertaking scheme. As if that wasn’t enough drama to keep you hooked, Thursday’s new episode also has Oliver finding it difficult to mend fences with Tommy (Colin Donnell) and Diggle (David Ramsey), so he instead focuses on crossing another name off the list. While digging through a crooked accountant's laptop, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) discovers a transaction that could help Oliver find Walter. To reconfirm the lead, Oliver gambles that Felicity can be counted on in the field for the first time. Meanwhile, Tommy stuns Laurel with the truth. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Season Finale First Look: Oliver's Secret Is Out!'Arrow' Scoop: A Pair of Villains Threatens to Tear the Team Apart'Arrow' Season 2 Scoop: Will Seth Gabel's The Count Return?  From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Following' Season 2: Will Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy Return After [Spoiler's] Death?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 30, 2013
      Major spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Monday night's season finale of The Following! Just when you thought Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) won against the evil Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and was safe at home with his lady love Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea), all hell broke loose... again. The Following's Season 1 finale was filled with shocking twists, major deaths (RIP Agent Parker), and one serious cliffhanger.  Ryan and Claire got shivved by Ryan's ex-girlfriend in his kitchen! Are they gone for good? What will Emma do now that her leader (and lover) is dead? Hollywood.com caught up with the cast and creators at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for a special screening of the finale, and they dished on where the show will go from here. "Season 2 will be different than Season 1 and at the same time it’s going to make perfect sense as to why it’s different," executive producer Marcos Siega tells Hollywood.com. How charmingly vague! One thing he's planning on improving — how he deals with major character deaths. "I become too invested, that’s my problem," Siega says. "I fell in love with Adan [Canto] who played Paul, and I fell in love with the Paul/Jacob [Nico Tortorella] storyline," Siega says. "I knew exactly what was going to happen, I knew when it was going to happen, but I didn’t expect it to have that effect on me. And then when we got to that moment [where both Paul and Jacob died] I was like, 'I wish we could continue this.' So what I’ve learned from that is that I’m going to think more about these big decisions." When it comes to those big decisions of who will die on the show, executive producer Kevin Williamson knows that it is no small matter. "That’s a tough decision. Sometimes the actor and cast start surprising you and you want to keep the character on so you have to figure it out," Williamson tells Hollywood.com. "You’re only plotting out 15 episodes and I have so much story to pack in that I feel like I short-changed some characters, whereas some may have overstayed their welcome. There are so many characters and so many moving pieces, it’s a tough puzzle to put together. I will tell you, I was sad to see Jacob go and I was super sad to see Rodrick go. I would have loved to explore them more." While Jacob and Rodrick won't be seeing Season 2 thanks to their unfortunate demises, Williamson is already planning out how Season 1 will transition into Season 2. " I always planned for a Season 2. You have to plan for that," Williamson says. "Tonight’s ending is also a beginning. It’s that metaphorical ending where everything that was set up in the pilot tries to play out in the final chapter." The final chapter ended with serial killer Joe dying in a fire after trying to kill Ryan and Claire. Follower #1 Emma (Valorie Curry) was last seen hiding out in Alabama crying over Joe's death, and her grief might propel her to become the next big bad.  "She thinks that Ryan is responsible for [Joe's] death, and for everyone’s death," Curry tells Hollywood.com. "Everything’s personal now. Before, her beef with Ryan was really about Joe. She hated him because Joe did, and she loved him because Joe did. Now she’s got her own vendetta against him because he’s the reason that everything has gone so awry, and why she’s had to do unspeakable things." And even though Joe was confirmed dead at the end of the finale, we might not have seen the last of Purefoy on The Following. "I believe so, but that's no guarantee," Purefoy says of the chances that he'll stick around for Season 2. "Honestly, it's a show about serial killers. There will be a high body count and we all knew that going in." A show about murderers also contains plenty of disturbing imagery, and Bacon's toughest moments from Season 1 were all in Monday's finale. "Just in general the idea that the Parker character gets buried and we’re trying to find her," Bacon says. "The outcome of that and a couple of things in this finale were tough." There's no word yet on whether or not Ryan Hardy will live through his stabbing, but there's a high probablity he will. Besides, Bacon has already begun to contemplate Season 2. "I wouldn’t want the show to become in any way a procedural. That would be a drag," Bacon says. "In other words, if every week, Hardy finds a killer. I wouldn’t want the show to not explore new territory for the characters. The reason you do a television show is you either morph as a character or uncover things in the past; that’s what is exciting about it. It’s all about character for me." However Season 2 turns out, we're sure Hardy could use a vacation first. He's certainly earned one. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'The Following': James Purefoy on Serial Killers and Kevin Bacon'The Following' Recap: Murder and Mayhem at the Rec Center  From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Season Finale First Look: Oliver's Secret Is Out!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 29, 2013
      We’ve been warning you for weeks that s**t’s about to get crazy on Arrow, and here's your proof! In these first look photos from the season 1 finale, "Sacrifice," we see Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) gloating alongside a chained-up Oliver (Stephen Amell), who's been de-hooded and de-shirted. What is going on?! Thankfully, the muscle behind the vigilante, Amell, sat down with a small group of reporters to discuss the jam-packed, intense season finale of Arrow and to shine a little light on these spoilery photos. Turns out, Oliver’s secret won’t stay a secret much longer thanks to his arch enemy, Malcolm, a.k.a. The Dark Archer. “I start the season finale chained up and left for dead,” Amell reveals. “I am chained up by Mr. Barrowman [aka Malcolm Merlyn]. Now, in the photos he is not wearing a mask and neither am I, although I don’t ever wear a mask. Everything is out in the open between us.” You read that right: Malcolm and Oliver will learn the truth about each other, bow-and-arrow secrets and all. Needless to say, Ollie's got different attitude toward the elder Merlyn than he did in episode 16 when he encouraged his then-best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell) to give his father a chance. "Oliver, we saw in Episode 16, actually encouraged Tommy to develop a relationship with his father. He doesn’t know anything about Malcolm Merlyn other than maybe he could be a better dad," Amell says. "He certainly doesn’t suspect anything to the effect of him being slightly evil, let alone the other archer." Once Oliver learns Malcolm's other identity, some major drama will go down. "I think Oliver will support [Tommy working for Malcolm] because ultimately Oliver wants Tommy to be happy and he wants him to stand on his own," Amell adds. "Should he come to learn anything about Tommy’s father, he may feel differently." That's an understatement, and not the only drama going down in the season finale. When "Sacrifice" shoots onto our TV screens on May 15, Oliver and Diggle (David Ramsey) race to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on The Glades. However, they run into a road block after Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) picks up Felicity for questioning. Tommy and Oliver’s already tumultuous relationship takes a turn for the worse after Oliver makes a confession about Laurel (Katie Cassidy). After hearing of the danger in The Glades, Thea (Willa Holland) races to find Roy (Colton Haynes), inadvertently putting herself directly in the line of fire of Malcolm’s devious plan. On the island, Oliver, Slade (Manu Bennett) and Shado (Celina Jade) are locked in a life-or-death struggle against Fyers as his missiles lock on a full Ferris Air jetliner. Check out two more first look photos from "Sacrifice" below: Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Reporting by Leanne Aguilera Follow Leanne on Twitter: @leanneaguileraFollow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Scoop: A Pair of Villains Threaten to Tear the Team Apart 'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell Previews Olicity Overload'Arrow' Season 2 Scoop: Will Seth Gabel's The Count Return?  From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Jonathan Groff and Taylor Kitsch to Play Lovers in Ryan Murphy's Movie... and Your Dreams
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 26, 2013
      If I can’t have either Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, or both Groff and Kitsch all to myself, at least they can have each other. The gorgeous Glee and Friday Night Lights heartthrobs, respectively, have just signed on to star as lovers in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming dramatic HBO film The Normal Heart.  The TV movie is based on a largely autobiographical 1985 play by Larry Kramer and focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Groff will take on the role of Craig, one of the early victims of the disease. Kitsch will play Bruce Niles, an investment banker who becomes an AIDS activist after falling in love with Craig. Groff and Kitsch join Broadway actor/director Joe Mantello, who was just cast as Mickey Marcus, a man who was an instrumental member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Previously announced cast members include Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner (a disabled physician who treats the very first AIDS patients), Avengers star Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks (a gay activist witnessing the early outbreak of the disease), Matt Bomer as Felix Turner (Ned's lover), and Jim Parsons as Tommy Boatwright.  The Normal Heart will premiere in 2014 on HBO. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' Set for 2014Julia Roberts Cast in Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Office' Series Finale: Retrospective, Guest Stars, and More
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 26, 2013
      If you've been keeping up with The Office's ninth and final season, here's some news guaranteed to make you smile: NBC just announced that an hour-long retrospective episode will air before the series finale. Get ready to relive the hilarity, awkwardness, and heartwarming stories from the past almost-decade! The special episode will offer a look back at the past nine seasons, including actor auditions back when the show was first being cast, favorite moments, a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of the finale, as well as an emotional farewell to the characters of The Office. The retrospective will feature interviews with writers, producers, and actors, including executive producers Greg Daniels, Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, and actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez and B.J. Novak.  The hour-long series finale will air immediately following the retrospective, and boasts an impressive lineup of guest stars including Kaling, Novak, Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur, and Bobby Ray Shafer. The episode takes place months after the airing of the documentary, and the workers of Dunder Mifflin past and present gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. "Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked," promises the episode description. Who will be saying "I do?" Will Jim and Pam finally get their happily ever after? Will Steve Carrell make a cameo? Watch the retrospective and series finale to find out, when both air on Thursday, May 16, from 8-10 PM ET/PT on NBC. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'The Office' Wraps Shooting: Cast Shares Finale Secrets'The Office' Series Finale: Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak In, Steve Carrell Still Out  From Our Partners15 Nude Photo Scandals (vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Supernatural' Recap: Charlie Learns to Let Go While Dean Hangs On Tighter
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 25, 2013
      I’ve got to be honest with you: when I first saw the promos for Wednesday night’s Supernatural, featuring the return of Felicia Day as hacker extraordinaire Charlie in a die-in-the-game-die-in-real-life kind of story, I thought the central storyline of closing the gates of hell was going to be put on pause for another week. While I expected a fun, quirky break from the heavy plot that’s been steering this season so far, I was a little bummed that we weren’t going to dive deeper into the main issues plaguing our favorite hunters this year. But I could not have been more wrong. Sure, Charlie was back in all her geeky splendor, but in her third episode we finally got to know the real human behind the hacker with multiple fake identities. We learned her history, the sad and heartbreaking motivation behind her hacker ways, and the growth that will propel her forward into happier days (hopefully). And her presence also buoyed Dean and Sam into a hug that I’m not proud to say I paused and rewound more than I should have. But hey, when Winchesters hug, you cherish that moment! Cherish it! What brought our favorite (still living) female on Supernatural back to Sam and Dean in their Men of Letters bunker? Charlie decided after her two brushes with the evil lurking out in the real world that she needed to learn how to be a hunter like the Winchesters. She found Carver Edlund/Chuck(/God?)’s book series/gospels about the Winchesters’ past, read up on all their history and hunting ways, found a case near where Sam and Dean’s cell phone signals were, and met up with them. Seems like a new kind of Djinn – one that fed on fear – was turning people into jelly, and with Sam feeling under the weather thanks to the trials taking a physical toll on him, Dean teamed up with Charlie to take the Djinn down. Yeah, you read that right: Dean and Sam were finally being honest and dealing with Sam’s physical issues in a mature way. Look how far these boys have come! I mean, sure, Sam didn’t exactly stay out of the hunting game for long, but at least they are both acknowledging that not everything is okay with Sam at the moment. When Charlie stopped answering her phone, however, Sam and Dean knew something had to be wrong. They tracked her signal to a random apartment where they proceeded to find all of her fake passports and ID’s, and they realized they'd found Charlie’s real home. They followed some information to a coma patient in the hospital, and here’s where it got real: turns out, Charlie’s mom was the coma patient. Charlie was at a sleepover when she was 12, got scared, and called her parents to ask them to come pick her up. On the way to get her, a drunk driver hit their car and Charlie’s father died and her mother has been in a coma ever since. Charlie pays for all her medical bills, hoping against reason that she will wake up one day. Charlie blames herself for what happened. When Dean realized this, he got into super-protective brother mode, found where the Djinn had captured Charlie, and both he and Sam killed the two Djinns. Unfortunately, Charlie was still stuck in her Djinn-induced fear dream, so Dean took some African dream root and joined her to help get her out. He convinced her to let go of her unrealistic hope that her mom would wake up so she could apologize and to stop blaming herself for what happened. Once she did that, they were able to escape the dream and make their way back to Sam. Even though Charlie said goodbye to her mom in the dream, she still had to say a proper goodbye in reality. She went to her mother’s hospital room one last time, and read The Hobbit to her one last time (it was her childhood favorite). Such a bittersweet moment, but it was honest and necessary to make Charlie a real human being and less of a caricature. Charlie and Dean’s goodbye scene was all-too perfect, and her situation reminded Dean once more how much his brother means to him. Instead of hounding Sam for not listening to him about taking it easy, Dean just went inside the Men of Letters bunker and hugged him. And with that one gesture, tears were streaming down my face. Damn you, Winchester brothers: you always know just the right way to make me cry! Looks like we’re diving headfirst back into the trials next week, and we’ll finally find out what exactly happened to Kevin Tran! Until then, enjoy this week’s best quotes from "Pac-Man Fever." — So, not a quote, but I was overjoyed when Charlie’s theme song, "Walking on Sunshine," made an appearance! Dean wasn’t having it, thought, and angrily shut it off when Charlie was trying to have a montage of trying on clothes. Come on Dean, everyone knows you have to have a good montage scene! — Dean, about Sam’s crazy case of bed head: "Oof. I’m telling you, give me five minutes with some clippers and –"Sam: "Yeah, shut up." — Dean, after Sam fails to catch a beer bottle: "It’s why we don’t have nice things, Sam." — Dean: "Your Highness!"Charlie: "What’s up, bitches?" — Charlie, after confessing she read all of Carver Edlund’s books: "Thanks for saving the world and stuff. And sorry you have zero luck with the ladies."Sam: "We need to find every single copy of those books and burn them."Charlie: "Well, they’re online now, so good luck with that."Dean: "Awesome." — Dean: "Charlie, go talk to the witnesses."Charlie: "But I don’t want to miss the bro-ment."Dean: "Charlie!" — Sam, about Charlie’s iPad: "I hate that thing. I want one."Charlie, about John Winchester’s journal: "I hate that thing. And I want one." — Charlie: "I love you."Dean: "I know. " Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Supernatural' Recap: Goodbye Benny and Bobby'Supernatural' Recap: Welcome to Hunter University!'Supernatural' Recap: What's Wrong with Castiel? From Our Partners50 Worst Celeb Mugshot Fails (vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)