November 18th, 2009
03:29 PM ET

Kristen's 'tude sparks angry tweets

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Kristen Stewart’s performance on the "Today" show this morning isn’t sitting well with “Twilight” fans who wish she would lighten up a little bit off the big screen.

The Twittersphere was all agog this morning after Stewart appeared on the "Today" couch with the entire morning show crew of Matt Lauer, Meredith Viera, Ann Curry and Al Roker, all of whom seemed to be getting a little Twi-crazy themselves.

“Kristen Stewart is just so boring. Looks boring. Acts as if shes bored. Shes plain boring,” Poppins__09 posted on Twitter after the interview.

“Omg. How can Kristen Stewart be an actress when she can't even answer a question in an interview without stuttering and being awkward,” aurenhayes7 also posted.

Stewart’s body language appeared quite unfriendly towards the bright and chipper group as she sat hunched over, her arms crossed against her chest, tapping her foot nervously up and down.

“Ughh kristen stewart cheer up already. you're on the today show,” helenutswoah posted on Twitter.

“Kristen Stewart on 'Today' was a waste of time. I wonder if her on 'Regis & Kelly' is going to be any better. It will have to wait for now,” wrote jesseboijai.

Unfortunately, the reviews of Stewart’s appearance on “Regis & Kelly” a mere hour later didn’t get any better.

“Ok Kristen Stewart on Regis & Kely today....awkward...studders in real life as in the movie...not a good actress...horrible interview!!!!” AmandaBarberio posted.

Granted, Stewart’s character in the “Twilight” series, Bella Swan, is a moody heartbroken teenager, so maybe she is just a very serious Method actress. Stewart also admitted to the "Today" crew that she had a cold and her interview during the 8 a.m. hour was the first of three television appearances in New York City just today.

But still, with a blockbuster movie about to hit screens and a rumored romance with every tween’s dream Robert Pattinson you would think that Kristen could put on the happy face for five minutes of an interview. Isn’t that what acting is all about?

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November 18th, 2009
01:59 PM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

Here's what's happening in the world of entertainment today:

Sarah Palin's Monday appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was a big boost for Oprah's ratings: The Hollywood Reporter says that the last time her viewership was that good was in 2007 when the entire Osmond family appeared on the show.

Miley Cyrus is not a fan of the "Twilight" saga, reports. Cyrus told an Ohio radio station, "I’ve never seen [Twilight], and nor will I ever." Turns out she is not big on vampires and werewolves in general.

Variety reports that Jennifer Hudson has been cast as Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, in the upcoming biopic "Winnie."

"Harry Potter" himself will appear on a future episode of "The Simpsons," reports. Daniel Radcliffe is the latest celebrity guest star for the show, now celebrating 20 years.

November 18th, 2009
01:07 PM ET

Who's in line for a film comeback?

Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

A few days ago, I was playing trivia at a local restaurant when the host asked the players a question that didn't count for points. He merely wanted our opinion on a question that he'd been thinking about for some time.

What actor whose career has been on the decline and/or stalled would you like to see cast in a role that could essentially revive their standing in Hollywood?

The movie industry has shown us numerous examples of the career revival.  "Pulp Fiction" brought John Travolta's career back to life after a decade in poorly received films, while "The Wrestler" rejuvenated Mickey Rourke's career after several years out of the mainstream.

So who did I choose as warranting a career revival?  Much to the chagrin of the host, I made two picks - one actor and one actress.

Eric Roberts: Back in the 1980s, Eric Roberts was the man to cast if you wanted someone edgy, unpredictable and intense. Films like "The Pope of Greenwich Village" and "Runaway Train" showcased Roberts as an actor that demanded your attention whenever he appeared on screen.

But his career went downhill for personal and legal reasons and by the 1990s, Roberts was a regular on the made-for-TV and made-for-video movie circuits.  Roberts' fate was even spoofed in an episode of "Seinfeld," with Kramer praising his performance in a fictitious film he found at the video store.

Roberts has been steadily employed in both TV ("Less Than Perfect") and film ("The Dark Knight") in recent years, and he appears to have his life back on track again.  Yet he's missing that one role that could put him back on the A-list. Does one of our great directors have a leading part in their next film for him? Heck, I'd settle for Roberts playing Rod Blagojevich in a biopic on the former Illinois governor's life.

Mena Suvari: A decade ago, Suvari was Hollywood's "It girl." She was box office gold as Heather in the first two "American Pie" films, as well as Angela Hayes in the critically acclaimed "American Beauty."  She seemed to be destined for years of box office stardom.

But that didn't happen. Many of Suvari's recent films have either had a blink-or-you missed it run at the box office ("The Mysteries of Pittsburgh") or went straight-to-DVD (a 2008 quasi-remake of "Day of the Dead"). I can't put my finger as to why this has happened, but Suvari deserves better. Perhaps a big-name director will heed my call and cast her in a film worthy of her talents.

What actor do you think deserves another shot at something great? Who warrants a career revival?

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November 18th, 2009
10:08 AM ET

Competition really gets going on 'Dance'

Ashleigh Di Lello and Jakob Karr
Ashleigh Di Lello and Jakob Karr

Just a few weeks ago, who would have thought that Legacy, Ashleigh and Kathryn would be where they are today? Tuesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" showed astonishing growth from dancers who might very well have been dismissed coming out of the Las Vegas callbacks.

I was a much bigger fan of Legacy than Ashleigh, mind you, but these two are really beginning to shine - though in Ashleigh's case, it certainly doesn't hurt that she has one of the most talented dancers this show has seen, Jakob, as a partner. He's probably been the most consistent dancer this season. Ashleigh has matched his performance for the second straight week with a typically strong Tabitha and Napoleon hip-hop routine. (Last season, it was foreclosures; this season, text messaging ... always of the moment, those two.)

I worried about Legacy's troubles with transitions in his solos but he's really shown he has what it takes for this show, and Kathryn, only known in Vegas as the girl-who-cried-a-lot, showed the judges that she could bring maturity, not to mention intensity, to her performances, as the two of them took on a paso doble every bit as good as last year's "Matrix"-inspired routine with Brandon and Jeanine.

Russell took on the fox trot for the second time, and this time got to perform with his actual partner, Noelle. The judges liked his performance better this week, though I'm still at a loss to see what they didn't like about the first one. Their chemistry continues to improve, but fox trots don't usually make people pick up the phone.

Breaking out of her cage, quite literally, was Channing, in a Tyce Diorio routine where she portrayed a bird with Victor. Nigel Lythgoe's critique that she appeared to be enjoying herself for the first time was all too true. The judges seemed to like Victor's technique a lot, but not much else. However, this was their best routine, so that could be enough to save them.

Fresh off the worst salsa dance ever, Mollee and Nathan went to Laurieann Gibson's pop jazz boot camp, and came out with a lot more determination and synchronization in their dancing, but there's still a long way to go for them. Still, I have a pretty good feeling that they won't even be in the bottom three couples.

Also having a rough time of it last week were Ellenore and Ryan, but they must have figured they were as good as safe when they pulled "SYTYCD" alum Travis Wall's name out of the hat. I still prefer last year's Jeanine and Jason routine but this one was nearly as good. It was certainly in Ellenore's wheelhouse, and Ryan matched her brilliantly. As expected, Mary Murphy teared up, telling Ryan that he inspired fellow ballroom dancers everywhere.

Unfortunately, it looks like Karen and Kevin's number may be up by default, as they faltered with a Broadway routine that didn't allow Karen to smolder onstage. If so, they'll certainly be missed ... all too often on this show, when it comes to ballroom and hip-hop dancers, three is a crowd.

The competition has really started now, but do you agree on who will end up packing it in this week? And are Legacy, Ashleigh and Kathryn surprising you as well? Share your opinion on video, or in the comments below.

November 18th, 2009
09:23 AM ET

Clint Eastwood: Our country is in a morbid mood

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood

GQ magazine will release its annual Men of the Year issue next week with five separate covers featuring five different types of noteworthy men.

President Obama made the list for the second year in a row as the “Leader of the Year.”  The magazine also honors Tom Brady for “Comeback of the Year”, Clint Eastwood  as “Badass of the Year”,  "The Hangover" stars Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Bradley Cooper as “Funnymen of the Year”, and Chris Pine of “Star Trek” for “Breakout of the Year”.

Eastwood, 79, whose latest film “Invictus” tells the true story of South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, didn’t mince words in the magazine discussing his negative feelings toward modern America.

"[The U.S. is] becoming more juvenile as a nation. The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits,” the Academy Award winning actor and director told the magazine. "The world needs this kind of story nowadays. It's just ... everybody's so screwed up. It seems like our country's in kind of a morbid mood, because of the recession or whatever."

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broached a lighter subject in the magazine – his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, telling GQ that they planned their wedding in just over a week, after dating for nearly three years.

“We planned it in like ten days, and it was perfect,” the Super Bowl champion said of his nuptials.

“We went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips. We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night. I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there.’’

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