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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.
  • Lindsay Lohan on 'Anger Management': No Cocaine Joke Went Untold
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 12, 2013
      "Hi. I’m Lindsay Lohan, and I love the taste of alcohol." When that’s the first line out of Lindsay Lohan’s mouth during her guest starring role on Anger Management, you know things are going to get real. Playing herself on Charlie Sheen’s FX comedy Thursday night, Lohan left no stone unturned, and no scandal went unparodied. The half hour was filled to the brim with community service jokes, drug jokes, drinking jokes, jail jokes, sex jokes, shoplifting jokes, paparazzi jokes, cocaine jokes, and drunk driving jokes. You know, just a typical day in the life of LiLo. Perhaps the most jarring part of Lohan’s role was seeing her dating and sleeping with Sheen. Now there’s a pairing you definitely don’t want to see together (on screen, and off). That would pretty much be the end of civilization, right? But regardless of the consquences, Lohan as herself spent the entire episode trying to live a normal life and date a normal guy, but Sheen’s anger management therapist kept causing the situation to look bad in front of paparazzi — from powdered donut dust on their faces, to accidentally putting his daughter's sunglasses in Lohan's purse (everyone assumed Lohan was trying to steal them), to ripping her designer gown so she almost flashed the paparazzi... It was almost as if Lohan and Sheen were trying to spin all of her past scandals into miscommunications. But we know better. And that's why her role wasn't funny. Because no matter how cleverly written and delivered the jokes were, it was too hard and too much to ask us to look past the person saying them. Lohan is nowhere near past all of her legal troubles (and should be heading to rehab very soon), so jokes about prison and drunk driving were just a little too soon and too real to elicit legitimate laughter.  Thursday night's episode was a valiant effort from both Sheen and Lohan, but perhaps waiting until all of Lohan's legal and personal troubles were dealt with to film a parody on all her issues would have been the better course of action. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Lindsay Lohan Heads to 'Anger Management'Lindsay Lohan Romancing Charlie Sheen on TV is a Terrible IdeaCharlie Sheen Confirms Lindsay Lohan Was Late to 'Anger Management'  From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His On-Screen Character? (Vulture)
  • Diplo's New Movie: 'Project X' Meets '8 Mile,' AKA Your New Favorite Teen Party Flick
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 11, 2013
    Thought the raging house party-turned-teenage-riot in Project X was out of control? Wait until you near the pitch for the next big party movie — it's whole new level of debauchery.  The as-yet-untitled movie pitch 20th Century Fox just acquired focuses on the electronic dance music (EDM) scene and will involve one of EDM’s biggest artists, Diplo, Deadline reports. Diplo is an American DJ and music producer and has worked with M.I.A., Beyonce, No Doubt, and Usher, and comprises half of the Major Lazer duo. Diplo and his business partner Kevin Kusatsu are teaming up with Underground to executive produce the movie that's being described as "8 Mile meets Project X in tone." It will follow three teenagers as they attempt to get into Diplo's electronic music festival. So basically a grittier, louder, bigger party, with more naked women, drugs, and alcohol, higher stakes, and better music? Bring it on. We just hope entire city blocks don't get destroyed in this movie.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:New No Doubt Track Produced By Diplo  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Cult' Canceled? The CW Drops Remaining Episodes From Schedule
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 10, 2013
      Looks like the CW's Cult just isn't finding enough followers. A little more than a month after moving the ratings-struggling meta-thriller from its post-Hart of Dixie slot on Tuesdays to follow the darker, edgier Nikita on Fridays (a move we thought was actually smart), the network has dropped the remaing Cult episodes from its schedule entirely. In layman's terms, that means the CW has pretty much canceled Cult. Sorry, Matthew Davis fans: unless The Vampire Diaries brings back Alaric from the dead (hey, if Jeremy is coming back there's still hope for our favorite history teacher!), Davis will once again be absent from our TVs each week. Commence crying now. Regardless of the fact that the cast and crew filmed 13 episodes, only seven episodes have aired and as of now it looks like the CW won't run the remaining episodes. Instead, reruns of The Carrie Diaries and Oh Sit! will air in the Friday 9 PM ET/PT time slot. "#Cult Sadly true," creator Rockne S. O'Bannon tweeted. "CW Execs once called the last 5 episodes "outstanding". I guess too outstanding. You are great, SMART fans. Thx to u all!" The dark, moody Cult follows investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Davis) as he searches for his missing brother and in turn uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show within the show, Cult, with which his brother was obsessed.  The series also stars Jessica Lucas as Skye Yarrow, the intrepid Cult research assistant who helps Jeff with his investigation, Alona Tal as the show-within-the-show's cop (and the actress who plays her), and Robert Knepper as the show-within-the-show's dastardly cult leader Billy Grimm (and the actor who plays him). Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Cult' Moves to Fridays: Why This is Actually a Good Idea for The CW'Cult' Stars Explain Their Confusing (and Intriguing) New Show'Cult': Should You Get Hooked On The CW's Show Within a Show?  From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)
  • LL Cool J Is Proud of 'Accidental Racist'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 09, 2013
      At least Brad Paisley tried to apologize for his travesty of a song, "Accidental Racist." On the other hand, his collaborator on the (totally racist) release, LL Cool J, is giving a big "Screw you!" to the haters and standing behind the message 100 percent. When CNN caught up with the rapper at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, LL vigorously defended the song, explaining that it accomplished what he and Paisley set out to do. "Music ... and art is about connecting different people and building bridges and breaking the rules," he said. "If it's not compelling, and it's not complex, and it's not interesting, then what are we doing it for? So I think that's the right move." But perhaps his real motive was to just stir the pot, regardless of the actual message he stood behind. "I needed to do something that was going to be interesting like that, and shake things up, and jump out of the box," Cool added. "I'm really proud of it, and I hope the world hears it and enjoys it." Yeah, we did enjoy it, J. We enjoy criticizing it!  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Brad Paisley's New Song 'Accidental Racist' is Totally RacistAccidental and Actual Racists Respond to 'Accidental Racist'Brad Paisley's Still-Racist Apology for 'Accidental Racist'  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Alec Baldwin to Join NBC's Late-Night Lineup?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 09, 2013
    It looks like even more drastic changes could be coming to NBC's late night lineup. After officially announcing that Jimmy Fallon would be taking over Jay Leno's hosting gig at The Tonight Show in 2014, NBC is eyeing Alec Baldwin as a potential addition to the network's cabal of talented hosts. The New York Times reports that Baldwin is in talks to take over a spot in the late-night lineup. No specific show is named, and apparently those talks are still in the very, very early stages. Hollywood.com reached out to NBC and Baldwin for comment but did not hear back at time of publication. The Emmy-winning actor is no stranger to the peacock network, coming off a highly successful series run on 30 Rock, but he isn't the only NBC favorite in the running for the open hosting gig. Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers is also reportedly in the running to take over Fallon's vacated spot at Late Night. Since megaproducer Lorne Michaels runs Fallon's show (as well as 30 Rock and SNL), it would make sense that he'd want to hire someone with whom he already has a working relationship. But who will come out on top in this new late-night war: Baldwin, Meyers, or someone else altogether? Both candidates have the experience to take on the responsibilities that come with hosting a late-night talk show. Meyers has been wildly successful as the solo host of SNL's "Weekend Update" segment after his co-host Amy Poehler departed the show in 2008. His take on pop culture and current events (with a side of comedy) hardly ever falls flat, and he's proven he can take the reins by himself. Baldwin has long been regarded as one of the best guests on late-night shows and has won critical praise for a podcast series he created with WNYC radio in New York, called "Here’s The Thing," in which he has interviewed celebrities such as David Letterman, Billy Joel, Kristen Wiig, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, and more. Would Baldwin make a good late night host? What about the whole politics thing? Hit the comments with your thoughts! More:If Jimmy Fallon Replaces Jay Leno, Who Will Replace Jimmy Fallon?GASP! Leno & Fallon Team Up to Address 'Tonight Show' RumorsDavid Letterman Talks S**t on Jay Leno, NBC, and the Late Night War  From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)
  • Anne Hathaway Blasts Off with Her 'Dark Knight Rises' Director for 'Interstellar'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 09, 2013
    Anne Hathaway is about to embark on "a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding." Who would have thought the internet's least-favorite person would be the one to tackle wormholes, time travel, and physics theories? If this doesn't win her a little love from the Internet, we don't know what will. Hathaway is currently in talks to star opposite with Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's next big blockbuster, Deadline reports. This sci-fi film will reunite her with Nolan after she took on the role of Selina/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Interstellar originally began in 2006 with an idea from Steven Spielberg, who became intrigued by Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne and his scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel. Spielberg hired Jonah Nolan to write the script, which then resulted in Christopher Nolan signing on in January after Spielberg left the project. McConaughey signed on as the male lead last week. Think Hathaway has the scientific chops (or the acting ability sufficient enough to portray scientific chops) to take on this brainy role? Or will Interstellar only provide more fodder for the Hathaway haters? Hit the comments with your thoughts! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Matthew McConaughey to Star in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'Christopher Nolan's New Film to Blow Our Minds in 2014  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Sara Gilbert Announces Surprise Engagement to Linda Perry on 'The Talk'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 08, 2013
      Get ready to forever be disappointed by your engagement story, because Sara Gilbert's will blow yours out of the water. Gilbert revealed on The Talk on Monday how rock musician Linda Perry proposed to her, and if it doesn't make you go "Awwww!" then you have no heart (and soul). Watch the video below and listen as she describes the crazy romantic and elaborate tale of how Perry, 47, proposed marriage in a park with musicians (famous and not), special T-shirts, family, friends, and not one but two personally-significant songs for the couple. The two have been dating since late 2011, following Gilbert's split from producer/writer Allison Adler (with whom she has two children). Viral proposal videos, you've got your work cut out for you:   We warned you: your engagement will never be as amazing or romantic as Gilbert and Perry's. Sorry 'bout it. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'DWTS' Week 3: Louis van Amstel Thinks Victor Ortiz 'Redeemed Himself'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 08, 2013
      Last week’s prom-themed Dancing With the Stars saw some major improvements for some celebs, but like most proms in America, one couple went home disappointed — and early. DWTS expert dancer Louis van Amstel tells Hollywood.com he thinks Victor Ortiz showed improvements in both attitude and dance ability in his second week of competition. But could that be in large part thanks to his assignment of contemporary dance? "If you choreograph it in a way that you literally run around and do some jumps that don’t require technical skills, don’t require flexibility or pointing your toes, rolling around on the floor versus a ballroom dance that requires particular technique, yes, it was a lot better," van Amstel tells Hollywood.com. "From a performance point of view it was much better. He redeemed himself from the week before with his harsh comments and being difficult, but I hope he shows this improvement when he does an actual ballroom dance." Since van Amstel choreographed last week's big opening number, he met all the celebrity contestants for the first time this season, which helped him better understand some of their personalities. "To meet all the celebrities was a lot of fun. Both Victor and D.L. [Hughley], who I don’t think came across very well the first weeks, are nicer than they came across on TV," van Amstel says. "Also, I watched The Bachelor, and Sean [Lowe] was a very serious guy. He took that job of finding the love of his life very seriously. But I realized that he’s actually a goofball in person!" The former DWTS pro was especially happy to see the improvement in Hughley’s attitude. "He didn’t say anything bad to Cheryl. He didn’t treat her with disrespect," van Amstel says. "He just shared his opinion about the judges that they were too harsh and out of line. Does that help him? No. But at the same time, what I liked about D.L. this week was he was cracking jokes and he showed his comedian side. So we’ll see how long D.L. lasts with his attitude." Unfortunately for Wynonna Judd, her fun personality was not enough to keep her around in the competition, and her elimination was not a surprise for van Amstel. "As much as I’m unhappy that she’s gone home, because her personality was just so sweet, at the end you have to be honest and look at the dancing. And it wasn’t good," van Amstel says. "She had a lot of bouncing and a lot of shaking of the boobs which is fun and definitely part of the festive samba, but to do it most of the time? I barely recognized any samba."  And that's not even taking the costume into account. "I loved to see the rock chick look but the samba is still feminine. To put her again for the second week in a row in a pair of pants and sneakers, that hurts her," van Amstel says. "People want to see costumes. They want to see a woman be a woman. Between the execution of the dance and the lack of content and the costume, they were all lacking. I didn’t want her to go home but someone has to." While van Amstel thinks that Kellie Pickler and Zendaya are firmly in the top two — "They are definitely in the finals, there is no question!" — Jacoby Jones delivered a great performance. But was it a true rumba? "That rumba was great, but to me it was lacking rumba. If you would have told me that dance was a contemporary, I would have believed it," van Amstel says. "I thought it was great and he’s definitely third in my book right now. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t go over later though, because DWTS is a marathon, not a sprint. You could win each week and still lose the last one." As week four kicks off tonight, van Amstel is excited to see another celebrity breaks into the top three. "It is Kellie and Zendaya in the top two. Who will join them?" van Amstel wonders. "Will it be Aly [Raisman], will it be Jacoby, or will there be a dark horse that just gets better and better?" Tune in to Dancing With the Stars on Mondays at 8 PM ET/PT, and Tuesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on ABC. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'DWTS' Week 2: Louis van Amstel is 'Worried for D.L.' Hughely 'DWTS' Week 1: Louis van Amstel Weighs In On the Best (and Worst) Pairs [Photo Credit: Adam Taylor] From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)
  • Unhappy Hour: Roger Ebert Passed Away, and 10 Other Reasons to Drink
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 06, 2013
     Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 1 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down. Slam Back a Frosty Beer: Farewell Roger Ebert: On Thursday, famed film critic Roger Ebert passed away from cancer. We will all miss his defining voice on pop culture and will never forget all that he's done.  The Kardashian sisters are suing their ex-stepmother: Apparently, she's been selling photos to the tabloids of the Kardashians... because heaven forbid that Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney end up in the media! Bradley Cooper got a perm: We never thought something could make Cooper look bad... until now.  Ryan Cabrera tattooed Ryan Gosling's face on his calf: And the image was taken from a "How to Draw" site.  Mix a Gin and Tonic... But Make It a Double: Huge missed opportunity: In all the Late Night show hullabaloo, why wasn't a woman considered to take over for Jay Leno? Disney shut down LucasArts: The videogame company overseen by Lucasfilm that’s produced nearly three decades worth of Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, not to mention the Monkey Island saga, will be no more. Courtney Stodden posed nude: And got groped by a zombie. You read that right.  Buckwild star died at 21: Shain Gandee was found dead in his car on Monday along with two of his relatives. MTV halted production on Season 2 of the show.  Screw it... Just Take a Shot: We live in a society where anti-rape underwear is a thing: This shouldn't have to be an invention that exists. It really shouldn't. The Late Night war got nasty: David Letterman talked sh*t about Leno, NBC, and the whole ordeal. Can we just be done with all the drama? Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray serenades Anderson Cooper from jail: We really don't know what to make of this one. Take two shots. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Bradley Cooper Is the New Jude Law as 'Jane Got a Gun' Bad Guy — REPORT
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Apr 05, 2013
      Could the unfortunate luck of Jane Got a Gun finally be ending? After many last-minute exits and casting switcheroos, Bradley Cooper is in talks to join the cast of the plagued production, Deadline reports. The film's villain role first belonged to Zero Dark Thirty’s Joel Edgerton. But when then-leading man Michael Fassbender left a week before filming began, Edgerton stepped up and took on the starring role. Jude Law then joined the movie as the villain, but left shortly after writer/director Lynne Ramsay's abrupt exit on the first day of shooting. Less than 24 hours after Ramsay's departure, Warrior’s Gavin O’Connor stepped up as replacement director. RELATED: The 'Jane Got a Gun' Last-Minute Switcheroo If Cooper does indeed finalize the deal to join Natalie Portman and Edgerton in the film, he'll play a character named Bishop, the man whose gang has attacked the estranged outlaw husband of a woman (Portman). When the gang comes to destroy her farm, she turns to a former lover (Edgerton) for help. Jane Got a Gun is in production now with an expected release date in 2014. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum [Photo Credit: Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)