It seems like America’s Got Talent is taking a tip from the new American Idol/X Factor/The Voice school of casting: Pick lady judges with advanced degrees in making headlines, regardless of their proven record of discovering talent or anything topical like that. TMZ reports that to fill the spot vacated by Sharon Osbourne — who left because she thinks NBC dropped son Jack from a show after he revealed his MS diagnosis — AGT is considering Shannen Doherty, LeAnn Rimes and Carly Simon. We certainly would enjoy seeing Shannen or LeAnn bring their, er, opinionated ways to verdicts on juggling acts, dance troupes and adorable pint-size singers. They don’t even need those giant X lights anymore; they’d just need a withering glare or the absence thereof. Carly Simon we’re not so sure of. As far as our knowledge of her goes, her headlines have all had to do with her romantic exploits of the 1970s, but maybe some boomers out there can fill us in on some other things she did to stir up controversy back in the day?
Incidentally, NBC’s spokesperson told TMZ they have no actual list of potential judges, so this could be wild speculation. Still, we want to know if a good bitchface is enough to draw you to the show?
Last night’s episode of American Horror Story: Asylum exposed many repressed truths of our favorite characters. Sister Jude’s haunted past continues to unravel, and Sister Mary Eunice has had a sexual awakening that cannot be tamed. This was all set amid the backdrop of a storm that was “supposed to affect the entire Eastern seaboard.” That certainly hits a bit close to home this week for us this week with Sandy. Did Ryan Murphy know something before the rest of us? Anyway, since this episode begins to reveal the subconscious of Sister Jude, Dr. Arden and Sister Eunice, there were plenty of juicy, unfiltered quotes. Here are 10 of our favorite lines of the episode, showing that much of the “crazy” isn’t just restricted to Briarcliff’s patients.
“You have quite a suspicious mind, sister, bordering on the delusional. Or maybe it’s just a form of projection. A defense to protect your own guilty conscience.” — Dr. Thredson on beginning to decode Sister Jude
“You can swear all you like, Mr. Walker, but I will get to the truth. In here. We have all the time in the world.” — Dr. Arden while he’s experimenting on Dr. Walker Read more…
Er, maybe watching The Walking Dead in the middle of hunkering down for a natural disaster wasn’t the wisest thing in the world. As it is, the nonstop news coverage of preparations for Frankenstorm Sandy has those of us in the Mid-Atlantic region whipped into a frenzy of battery shopping, canned-goods hoarding and … well, working from home like normal bloggers. But yeah, watching Andrea and Michonne’s introduction to the creepy town of Woodbury didn’t make us feel much better about this hurricane deal. Especially now that we’ve seen pictures of what it looks like out there. Just watch the original intro to Walking Dead (we’re not even going to touch season three’s much starker version), and then scroll down look at what New York and the surrounding region look like today:
Halloween means candy corn, haunted houses, and your dad wearing that musty vampire outfit yet again. But it also means Halloween specials on TV! Throughout the years, the small screen has captured the fun of dressing up for the holidays. It’s a time for our favorite characters to get creative and just a tad inappropriate as they sport costumes from the topical, the slutty, or other clever ideas that perfectly reflect their own personalities. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Halloween costumes from TV over the years that may give you some inspiration of what to do…and what not to do.
Best Mystery Costume – The Slutty Pumpkin (How I Met Your Mother): It was that crisp, autumnal night on Halloween when Ted Mosby thought he met the love of his life…in a costume that has become the show’s famed “Slutty Pumpkin.” Though her face was veiled, this mystery woman became the object of Ted’s harvest-filled fantasies. Many years later, we discovered that the woman was none other than Katie Holmes! Even though the costume doesn’t have much originality, we give them props for mocking the “slutty fill-in-the-blank” outfit. Read more…
Congrats to all the ladies (and gents) out there who go week in the knees for a British accent and/or a set of scrubs. Your persistent voting paid off, and Julian Morris, a.k.a. Wren on Pretty Little Liars, beat out his three co-stars who get way more screen time than he does. Julian got a whopping 45 percent of the votes, crushing second-place Keegan Allen, third Tyler Blackburn and fourth Ian Harding. Now if only you could convince Spencer that her sister’s ex is a much healthier choice than Team A member Toby, we’d be all set. (Sorry, Spoby fans, Keegan’s abs don’t make up for murder and blackmail!)
We will reward Wren lovers with two more steamy videos below. The rest of you can still enjoy our full gallery of all four PLL hotties.
Stories that mess with your head are all the rage these days. Inception, Looper, Cloud Atlas — all these movies seem to require advanced degrees in philosophy and quantum physics to understand fully, but we’re sucked in anyway. And when a complete mindf— of a story also has compelling characters and hot romance, we’re lost. So we’re super excited that young adult novels and teen-targeted TV shows are getting in on the game too. Elizabeth Norris’ debut novel Unraveling, which came out this May, does what very few books can, blending the kind of high school angst we love with a metaphysical mystery and a touch of sci-fi that doesn’t turn off those who aren’t naturally fans of the genre. No wonder MTV just snatched it up as the basis of its next scripted series.
The novel begins when high school junior Janelle Tenner is hit by a truck and, she’s pretty sure, dies. But Ben Michaels, whom she’s always thought of as a weird stoner kid, somehow brought her back to life. Not only is she intrigued by him (way more than she is by her jock boyfriend), but she’s also compelled to investigate some mysterious (and super gruesome) deaths in a case her FBI agent father is in charge of. Of course, the two are related. And it turns out, the fate of her world depends on her figuring out this puzzle. I’m not going to spoil any more for you. Just know that the chemistry between Ben and Janelle is palpable, and the countdown running through the book is enough to make you break a sweat. If you haven’t yet read it, you have time to catch up and become a fan before the sequel, Unbreakable, comes out on April 23, 2013. We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the cover above, and in a version you can study at length below. Read more…
Though I find Stefan’s self-help guru speeches on The Vampire Diaries to be a bit on the cloying side, he kind of has a point about Elena: She needs to enjoy herself more now that she’s one of them. And as she starts to realize that herself (and thankfully, no one uttered the phrase “heightened emotions” once during last night’s episode), we’re having a lot more fun watching her. The victimized little orphan of seasons past is making room for a much cooler girl who is not to be messed with. Here are 5 things that we love so much more about Elena 2.0.
1. She gets to make that scary veiny, black-eyed hiss face (above) a lot these days.
2. She’s got a toy boy of her own now. While she pretends to have resolved her Salvatore love triangle, it’s looking like her lust for ex-boyfriend Matt is a fun little thing on the side, too. They even met at their old makeout spot! Read more…
Last week’s premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum left me with a lot to mull over. From Lana Winters’ institutionalization at Briarcliff Manor to Dr. Arden’s experiments on Kit Walker, there were many questions to be answered and new back stories to fill in. “Tricks and Treats” didn’t further the plot as much as delve deeper into characters introduced in the premiere and welcome some new terrifying patients to Briarcliff. We learn more about why Sister Jude is such a bitter, cruel person — she just wanted to entertain the troops! — and are introduced to psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto!). AHS would never need an episode entirely dedicated to Halloween, since it always is such a fright fest. Still, “Tricks and Treats” had some particularly disturbing and sadistic moments for the holiday that left me clutching my pillow for dear life (go on, laugh), which is why I am recapping this episode with the Top 5 Screamtastic Moments.
Scream 1 – The episode opens with Winters’ lover Wendy and friends worried over Lana’s institutionalization at Briarcliff Manor. She misses her dearly and says, “Nothing makes sense without her.” Aww. They’re all trying to find ways to release her from Briarcliff, but can’t seem to find a solution. However, it already appears someone is listening to their thoughts. (Hmmm…could someone be following them?) After Wendy’s friends have left and she gets out of the shower (a clever nod to Pyscho), she walks through her house only to find that Freddy-like monster from last episode lurking in her hallway. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Wendy makes it out of this episode…her students will probably have study hall all day tomorrow. Read more…
Mr. and Mrs. Draper in Hawaii? The possibilities are endless! Imagine if Mad Men — just for a moment — shed its serious vibe and did a Gidget/Elvis/Brady Bunch-style romp. Well, probably not. Imagine if Jon Hamm had similar difficulty hiding his, er, gifts, as he had on the streets of New York and Boston. Er, no such luck. OK, how about Jessica Pare showing off her flawless skin and body in a super cute floral bikini while Jon gives us a good look at his chest in all its unwaxed glory? Success! Actually, these pics, from the first shoot of the show’s season six premiere, are rather promising. Don and Megan look like they’re trying to smooth out the difficulties their career-related fights caused at the end of last season, but we bet there will still be a considerable amount of tension between them too. Come up with your own theories on what will go down in the Aloha State when you look at these pics:
TMZ sources say there was a warrant out for Evans’ arrest after the incident, but they didn’t pursue it because he cooperated with police immediately. But now he’s stopped communicating with them, so they’ve sent out a “fugitive team” to get him. That part sounds fishy as hell — a guy who looks like that can’t possibly hide. Maybe it’s all a misunderstanding? Ugh. Everyone, especially you famous folks, use your words, not your fists, please. We don’t mind if that leaves us with fewer things to write about here.
Incidentally, when Tyra Banks stopped by the Steve Harvey Show last week, she adamantly denied rumors that she’s been dating 24-year-old Evans. Why the hell not? “I’m really ready to have some babies. I want babies!”