Last season on "Once Upon A Time," we learned that the dreaded curse of the evil queen/Regina (Lana Parrilla) had finally been broken. So, of course we eagerly awaited last week's premiere, when Regina would get her comeuppance, right? Not exactly. Regina slips off the hook, and a wraith drags Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow White/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) into post-curse fairytale land -- where Mulan (Jamie Chung) is none too pleased to see either of them. I spoke to Morrison about what's next for unlucky Emma, the "final battle" ahead, and why she won't be getting into a corset anytime soon.
Oh my Lord & Taylor, we're down to the final five. Where has the time gone? I think they need to have a little montage of designers who have gone before and fallen at the hands of Heidi's auf-ing, sort of like something out of the Hunger Games, but less violent. Remember Elena? Remember Ven? Remember that old lady who snuck out before she could get eliminated? Oh, those were the days!
For Tim Burton, his movie "Frankenweenie" is a labor of love -- right down to the stars he cast to voice the animated characters in it. Both Martin Short ("Mars Attacks") and Catherine O'Hara ("Beetlejuice") have worked with the director before, and were happy to work with him again -- even if that didn't leave a ton of time for prep work. "It's not even a meet, you go right to the studio," O'Hara says. "They'e got the drawings up on easels and walk your through the characters and tell you about the story."
While I will say that the dancing is exponentially better this season, there were still a few shaky performances to be singled out from last night -- Joey, Kirstie and Bristol all struggled a bit, though I couldn't say any one of them was bad. Well, Bristol and Kirstie struggled a lot -- but as we well know, that doesn't mean much this season (or any season), as people vote for the personalities they like. Really, there's almost no reason to watch the show, right? Just kidding.
"Frankenweenie" (opens Oct. 5) may be a new film to most viewers, but for director Tim Burton it was a return trip to familiar territory. He had first directed the story as a live-action short in 1984. Why did he want to take another stab at his Frankenstein-esque story, this time using stop-motion animation? "Obviously it was great to do the live action thing so many years ago, but over the years, kind of going back and looking at the drawings I did for it from the beginning and loving stop motion, and also because it was such a memory piece, I started thinking about other memories I have of other kids at school, the weirdness of certain teachers, and the monster movies and things," Burton said. "For me, with all those elements -- stop motion and black and white; it just felt like a whole different project for me."
Though Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick might be the highest profile star of "Pitch Perfect," it's quirky comedians Adam DeVine ("Workaholics") and Rebel Wilson ("Bridesmaids") who steal the show. As members of competing a cappella singing groups, Bumper (DeVine) and Fat Amy (Wilson) have a love-hate relationship that seems on the verge of blossoming into something steamy -- but we may have to wait for the sequel to get the skinny. "There was a lot more between us," Wilson deadpanned. "I think they decided Anna Kendrick had been nominated for an Oscar, so she should get the main love story, really."
So, this all-star season is actually shaping up to be some kind of awesome, at least when it comes to the level of dancing we're seeing. Of course, with the dancing being pretty impressive across the board (with a few exceptions), this season may be more of a popularity contest than usual -- and great choreography is going to be more important than ever. We've already seen some stinker routines, and there's only been one week of dancing -- so I hope that the stars aren't the only ones committed to bringing their A games to the floor.
Um, wow. That's really about all I can muster after watching the first part of the three part "The Real Housewives of Jersey Shore" reunion, which is so far beyond crazy that I almost expected it to end in a spray of bullets or a cult suicide. With everyone so completely past sane, the unfortunate side effect is that there's almost no one to side with without feeling a little crazy yourself. Let's face it -- when Teresa seems relatively balanced, you know the situation is dire.