"Living Dolls"

 "Living Dolls"

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CulturePop No. 37 - Maureen Judge, director of 'Living Dolls'

We talk Oscars (and Woody Allen), too

Another week, another awesome guest. This time around, Melinda and I got a chance to talk to Maureen Judge, the director of "Living Dolls." To say it's a documentary about doll collectors is too limiting. We meet a man who collects sex dolls a la "Lars and the Real Girl," a woman who is driving her family into bankruptcy with her compulsive collecting, a gay man who idolizes Barbie, and an artist who "mutilates" old Barbies in the name of art. These aren't people you'd likely meet in a room together. We talked to Judge about how she found these quirky characters, what she learned -- and we got a few of her Oscar picks, too.

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"Outrageous Acts of Science"

 "Outrageous Acts of Science"

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The science you need to know for your Zombie Beer Apocalypse training

'Outrageous Acts of Science' is here to help

Wouldn't it be cool if all those viral videos that suck up your time had an educational purpose? That's the goal of "Outrageous Acts of Science" (returning for season 2 Sat. Feb. 15 at 10:00 p.m. on Science Channel). While they probably won't find an educational component to all those cat videos you watch, at least this week's episode will prepare you for the zombie apocalypse. You're welcome.

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"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

 "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

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Jimmy Fallon's best musical moments before 'The Tonight Show' starts

As Fallon heads to Leno's spot, let's remember the SNL alum's greatest hits from 'Late Night...'

Yeah, Jimmy Fallon's been called up to the big leagues (otherwise known as "The Tonight Show,"), but that doesn't mean we won't have fond memories of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Mostly, we'll remember the music. No one will ever make playing spoons and kiddy instruments cooler.

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"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

 "Hoarding: Buried Alive"

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Exclusive clip: It's jail or stuff on 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

A father and son bond over piles and piles of gross garbage

Fathers and sons bond all sorts of different ways. Some fish. Some play basketball. Others let piles of trash pile up all over their homes. Aw, isn't that sweet? In this week's episode of "Hoarding: Buried Alive (Wed. Feb. 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET on TLC), Jason and Joe prove that the family that hoards together faces jail together. Really, why haven't we seen these guys in a heartwarming Lifetime movie? 

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"Clash of the Ozarks"

 "Clash of the Ozarks"

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Exclusive clip: 'Clash of the Ozarks' has 'True Blood' grit

Watch this and see if it reminds you of the HBO series, sans vampires

If this exclusive clip from the new Discovery Channel series "Clash of the Ozarks" (premieres Feb. 25 at 10:00 p.m.) reminds you of the opening credits of HBO's "True Blood," you aren't alone. While "Clash" doesn't have vampires and werewolves, it does feature a clan war, a guy named Crowbar, and plenty of bad (if not true) blood.

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"Shahs of Sunset"

 "Shahs of Sunset"

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'Shahs of Sunset' season finale: Reza has a proposal for Adam

He isn't the one having a midlife crisis, though

The season finale of "Shahs of Sunset" was surprising for a lot of reasons, mostly because of what it wasn't. It wasn't a non-stop shrieking argument. It wasn't bubbling over with jealousy, resentment, hurt feelings or snarky judgment. While ostensibly the show was about Reza celebrating his 40th birthday with a blow-out celebration in Palm Springs, it wasn't much of a blow-out and everyone mostly behaved themselves -- even GG. Yes, I said GG. Would it be weird to call this episode sort of poignant? Maybe that's taking it too far. But let's just say everyone, not just Reza, is feeling the weight of the advancing years -- even if that just means furiously ignoring them.

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2014 Winter Olympic Games

 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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Winter Games Round-Up: Shani Davis leads Must-see Olympic events for Wed, Day 7

There will be snowboarding! And luge! LUGE!

As long as all of the athletes can bang their way out of their locked hotel rooms and shimmy through open elevator shafts (and, you know, their toilets and showers mostly work), we're totally gonna have more Olympics! Maybe!

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Is Brandi done with Lisa?

Carlton isn't forgiving Kyle anytime soon

Guess what? Underneath Carlton's kinky, Wiccan, sex-addicted, curse-a-riffic exterior lies a little mush ball of marshmallow goo! Or something. Anyway, this is more or less the take away from this week's episode. After being schooled all season long in Carlton's kink, her taste for painful tattoos and her hard-charging ways, we watch her dissolve like a soggy Kleenex while talking to Lisa about Kyle's hurtful words. I'm still trying to make sense of Carlton, who strikes me as a walking ball of contradictions (she won't hurt a fly, or a bee, or any living creature, but has no problem screaming hysterically at anyone who offends her). I think she's fun, but I wouldn't want to be opposite her in a knife fight, either. 

It turns out that Carlton is devastated, simply devastated that Kyle would call her an anti-Semite. She loves all people! She lived in South Africa! I know where she's going with this argument, but the way it's edited together, she seems thoroughly insane. Jews, black people, I love all minorities! I lived among them once! Not now, of course, but once! I hate Kyle, and she's Jewish, but I don't hate her because she's Jewish! She just bugs me!

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor" 

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'The Bachelor' recap: One woman is sent home before the rose ceremony

The crazy is starting to bubble to the surface, too

We're at the stage in the competition at which some of the women seem to be waving big, red flags that plainly state "I'm CRAZY AS A BEDBUG" and "JUAN PABLO, IF YOU PICK ME YOU WILL REGRET IT UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE." But hey, Juan Pablo is having a lot of fun, and he's making out with chicks under waterfalls, so who cares?

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2014 Winter Games

 2014 Winter Games

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Winter Games Round-Up: Must see Olympic events for Tuesday, Day 6

Don't miss the curling!

We're all still trying to cope with the fact NBC didn't air the policemen's choir singing "Get Lucky" during the Opening Ceremony (blah blah, wasn't really part of the ceremony, blah blah), but that doesn't mean there isn't some fun stuff to watch. Like curling. Don't you want to hire some of these people to scrub your floors? Because they get the job done, people. 

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