It’s OK To Squee At This ‘Doctor Who’ Preview

And so, Capaldi’s time as the Doctor draws to an end, but there’s one more outing still to come for Twelve… and I’ll admit, I got a little over-excited when I first saw this sneak peek. We’ve already seen David Bradley as the first Doctor, but this preview gave us a few more glimpses into this year’s Christmas special:

Epic battles! Explosions! A final outing for the much maligned sonic sunglasses (may they never darken a Doctor’s brow again)! The regeneration! But most of all, BILL! But didn’t she kind-of-but-somehow-not-really die? I hear you ask. Fear not, Whovians, here’s a quick re-cap of where we left everyone at the end of the last series, which I totally remembered and didn’t need to look up.

Twelve was fighting off an imminent regeneration, leaking energy all over the place. That’s when he bumped into the first Doctor, who seemed to be going through something similar. (They never want to go, huh?) Bill had been turned into Cyber-Bill, but hadn’t lost herself, then she was kind of saved by the Pilot/Soggy Heather because LOVE SAVES THE DAY and they left to travel the universe together. Missy had been killed by the Master, and Nardole was stranded with a bunch of «smelly humans», presumably forever. Here’s a catch up if you need to do some studying to prepare.

Christmas specials tend to be on the cheesier side, with festive jokes desperately shoe-horned in (remember the murderous Christmas trees? The planet Christmas? Nick Frost as Santa?), but the most festive things I can spot so far are snow and a little nod to Twelve being like the Ghost of Christmas Future. So here’s hoping it’s not too tinselly this year.

And please let Bill’s role be more than a cameo!

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UK folk: it’s on BBC1 at 5:30 on Christmas Day.

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Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Held Hands!!! In Public!!!

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Sure, this is unimportant and fluffy. But there’s a distinct lack of rape and corruption in this story, so we’ve got that going for us. TMZ reports that queen of the rat catchers Taylor Swift performed at the Z100 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, and she was seen walking in HOLDING HANDS WITH BOYFRIEND JOE ALWYN!!!! Despite her writing ½ an album about him (the other half is made up of cheery songs about how everyone who has wronged will pay in the end), Taylor is almost never seen in public with her actor boyfriend. UNTIL NOW.

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You can also see some quick footage of Tay Tay and Joe scurrying into the building here. Thrill to the one fan screaming “Taylor, can we get a quick photo? We’re from Indiana!” You would have had better luck screaming that you had an effigy of Kanye for her to set on fire.

Taylor had some very special guests introduce her at the concert. Scientology escapee and Jamie Foxx’s no-longer-secret lover Katie Holmes and her always elegant 11-year-old daughter Suri Cruise took the stage to welcome one of the mother and daughter’s “favorite performers.” via People:

While her mom kicked off the introduction, Suri helped by happily saying the pop star’s name right on cue.

“She’s one of our favorite performers and who is it tonight?” Holmes said before Suri enthusiastically yelled: “Taylor Swift!”

This is hard to admit but I’m really into TayTay’s new record. It’s mostly because, besides singing about the men she tortures and how much she hates Kanye, she’s drinking in almost every song. Seriously, she sings about drinking beer, whiskey, Old Fashioneds, and just tons of booze. She’s spilling wine in the bathtub and ordering dudes to make her drinks. This is an alcoholic Taylor Swift I can get behind!

Check out pics of Taylor performing at Chicago’s Jingle Ball below.

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Kaley Cuoco Looks the Happiest When She Is With Fiancé Karl Cook

We just can’t get enough of Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook’s sweet love. The couple recently got engaged, but they have already shared a handful of adorable moments together. Aside from posting PDA-filled selfies on Instagram, the two always put their romance on full display whenever they hit the red carpet. Based on the way Kaley and Karl look at each other, it’s clear they both make each other very happy. See some of their sweetest moments ahead!

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7 Books That Are About to Become Your New Favorite TV Shows in 2018

Hear that? It’s the sound of a rough year mercifully winding down, and while we can’t exactly look forward to positive events IRL, thankfully, the land of make-believe is providing us with some much-needed respite in the form of movies and TV. Books, long the safe place for your brain, are also inspiring some of next year’s most exciting movies and TV shows. This year’s book-to-TV adaptations included Big Little Lies, 13 Reasons Why, and The Handmaid’s Tale, so 2018 has some big shoes to fill. Looking at this list, you’ll be pretty confident that these series are up to the task.

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Now That Big Little Lies Is Getting a Second Season, Here’s What We Know

This week, HBO finally awarded a second season to Big Little Lies. A possible continuation of the gripping series has been up in the air ever since the season finale aired back in April, but there have been so many twists and turns in the many months that followed. Of course, there was one obvious roadblock: the series was based on a standalone novel with no sequel, so any new onscreen episodes would venture into hitherto unwritten and unexplored territory. But now it seems the roadblock has been cleared, thus paving the way for the next installment of the series. So, now that the big secret is out in the open, it’s time to go over the gritty details. Here’s what we know so far about season two.

1. The Plot Details

HBO wouldn’t say much about the contents of the season, but the network did tease some of what we could expect. Season two will explore «malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode . . . the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.» So, sounds like everything is going to be as dark, twisted, and f*cked up as ever. And, really, who’s surprised?

2. The New Characters

According to Vulture, HBO has announced four new characters:

Michael Perkins: a new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who wants to cultivate global and social consciousness in his young students. Renata (Laura Dern) becomes furious when Mr. Perkins’s lessons on global warming causes Amabella to have a panic attack.

A new employee in the school administration office: This woman befriends Jane (Shailene Woodley), and the two learn about each other’s «deepest secrets.»

Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. Elizabeth is described as someone who has passed on her outwardly Zen qualities to her daughter Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), but ultimately reveals herself to be controlling and abusive. Martin is emotionally distant toward his daughter, but a family emergency forces him to address the strain between them.

3. Who’s Directing

According to The Hollywood Reporter, finding a new director was the biggest reason HBO waited so long to announce the second season. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed season one, moved on to direct Sharp Objects, the TV adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s dark debut novel of the same name. With Vallée out, HBO has brought in Andrea Arnold, who wrote 2016’s American Honey and won an Oscar in 2005 for her short film Wasp.

4. Who’s Writing

Season one earned David E. Kelley an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing, so it’s good to have him back for round two. If you’re wondering whether the original author, Liane Moriarty, was involved, she was! According to Vulture, she wrote a novella that served as a continuation for all the characters. The novella served as an inspiration point for Kelley’s screenplays.

5. The Episode Count

Kelley has written seven episodes for the season, just like he did the first time around.

6. Who’s Returning

Not only are Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon once again serving as executive producers on the show, but they’re set to reprise their roles as Madeline McKenzie and Celeste Wright, respectively. While no other stars are confirmed, The Hollywood Reporter says that most of the cast is expected to return and «negotiations are underway.» Based on the aforementioned character descriptions, it sounds like Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley are almost definitely locked in to reprise their roles as Bonnie, Renata, and Jane respectively.

7. The Release Date

Unfortunately, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Vulture that it’s going to be quite a while before we see season two. «It would be impossible to get on in 2018,» he said. That means we’re looking at 2019 at the earliest. But hey, at least it’s definitely happening, right?!

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The Top 20 TV Shows of 2017

Although it might have felt like the world was crumbling down around us this year, TV offered a respite from the madness in the form of fantastic storytelling, diverse casts, and, of course, zombie dragons. In a way, it felt like TV has never been better than it was in 2017. For that reason alone, it was incredibly difficult for POPSUGAR editors to narrow down the best of the best — not just the buzziest, the most underrated, or our personal favorites, but the best. Fortunately, like a person dead set on ignoring all of life’s responsibilities to binge an entire season of peak TV in one weekend, we forged ahead.

Ahead, in no particular order, are our picks.

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Baker Mayfield Sounds Like He Enjoyed Himself Last Night After Winning The Heisman

Baker Mayfield has had a busy 8 days, to say the least. Last Saturday he was on the field winning the Big 12 Championship, then he’s finding out he’ll play in the Rose Bowl the next day, then you fast forward a week and he’s in New York winning the Heisman.

And after all of that, ESPN drags this man out of bed so he can do a 5 minute SportsCenter hit to answer generic questions that he’s already answered 1000 times all while he looks SUPER hungover.

I don’t necessarily think these Manziel-Mayfield comparisons are that valid, but Baker definitely enjoyed himself last night. Maybe had a few pops to celebrate.

Twitter seems to agree.

 


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Justin Bieber’s Mom Opens Up About Her «Special Bond» With Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez may have a rocky on-and-off again relationship, but his mother Pattie Mallette, says her relationship with the 25-year-old «Wolves» singer couldn’t be better. «I don’t know so much about their personal relationship because he doesn’t share a whole lot, but I love her,» she told People at the Justice Speaks Holiday Benefit Luncheon in LA on Saturday.

Pattie, who was a keynote speaker at the event, also addressed the reports that her son has rekindled his romance with Selena this year, saying, «I support anything [he does], if he loves her I love her, and I’ve met her and we have a special bond so I think she’s precious. I can’t really speak on their relationship, that’s between them.»

It also appears the once-troubled teen star has done some soul searching as of late. «I think [Justin’s] just keeping his focus on God, and really trying to figure out what counts and what matters,» Pattie shared. «I think he’s trying to be somehow normal in such an abnormal world, trying to find that balance. I feel like he’s growing up and I’m really proud of him.»

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James Franco Hosted ‘SNL’ but Heidi Gardner May Be the Best Cast Member Since Kate

Cold Open — In tonight’s cold open, Kenan plays Santa and Kate plays his elf, Sugar Plum («maybe in this environment, just call me ‘Amy'»). They receive a number of kid visitors, who are almost all adorably bad at reading off cue cards, but they all end up having political questions, which allows both Santa and the kids to deliver a number of topical zingers. It’s cute, and actually fairly funny. (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

James Franco Monologue — Franco answers questions from the audience, one of whom is Seth Rogen, who ends up asking most of the questions, and then skinny Jonah Hill shows up, and it mostly turns into an opportunity for Hill, Rogen, and Franco to make fun of each other, mostly delightfully. Also, Steve Martin shows up, because that’s what he does. It’s slight, but not without a couple of amusing moments. (Watch Here) (Score: 5.5 out of 10)

Workplace Sexual Harassment — Two employees fired for sexual harassment return to apologize to the women they harassed. Franco plays a executive type who is berated as a creep by the employees even as he offers sincere apologies, while Kenan plays a jolly old security guard who all the women in the office love even though he’s overt about his harassment. Because «that’s just Charlie being Charlie.» I’m not exactly sure what the point of the skit is, except to illustrate that dudes can get away with egregious sexual harassment if they’re funny and non-threatening? I don’t think it’s going to go over very well, though it’s probably not memorable enough to piss too many people off. (Watch here) (Score: 3.5 out of 10)

Gift-Wrappers — Franco and Kate play employees at a gift wrapping desk, and Franco cuts his finger, which sprays geysers and geysers of blood. It’s a dumb, one-joke old-school «just a flesh-wound» type SNL skit, but it gets a lot of laughs. (Score: 6 out of 10)

Kyle Mooney Scrooge Skit — Mooney brings his roommate to a holiday party, and his roommate is «Scrudge,» and Scrudge hates everything and everyone, but not nearly as much as I hate Kyle Mooney sketches. God. (Watch here) (Score: 3 out of 10)

Spelling Bee — Franco plays the moderator of middle-school spelling bee, and when asked to use the word in a sentence, he does so in deeply personal and uncomfortable ways. It’s funny. Just ask James Franco, who couldn’t keep it together. (Score: 7 out of 10)

Weekend Update — Pretty hit and miss with the headline jokes this week, and a some of the jokes have already been told three dozen times on Twitter, but it was a’ight. Cecily’s Kathy Anne is pretty good, too. Michael Che’s «Liberal White Woman named Gretchen,» however, is probably going to dominate discussion of this week’s episode. (Score: 7 out of 10?)

Za — An entire sketch in which two lawyers debate about whether «za» is slang for Lasagna or pizza. It’s a terrible sketch, but Franco really gets into it, and his passion somehow salvages it. (Watch here) (Score: 4.5 out of 10)

Christmas Charity — In a short video, Cecily finds a homeless man and gives him a makeover and brings him back to her apartment and I don’t want to ruin the ending, but it’s pretty good, so watch it. (Score: 7.5 out of 10)

Franco and his Cousin Mandy — Franco reunites with his blue-collar cousin, Mandy, who doesn’t really get Franco or his career. The sketch is OK, but Heidi Gardner is goddamn terrific. I fucking love her. She is the best cast member since Kate. (Dave Franco also makes a cameo). (Score: 7 out of 10)

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Birthday Sluts

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Teyana Taylor (27)
Raven-Symoné (32)
Patrick Flueger (34)
Xavier Samuel (34)
Summer Phoenix (39)
Acid Betty (40)
Emmanuelle Chriqui (40)
Evelyn Lozada (42)
Meg White (43)
Arden Myrin (44)
Brian Molko (45)
Michele Mahone (46)
Bobby Flay (53)
Nia Peeples (56)
Sir Kenneth Branagh (57)
Rod Blagojevich (61)
Susan Dey (65)
Gloria Loring (71)
Fionnula Flanagan (76)
Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012)
Mako (1933-2006)
Agnes Nixon (1922-2016)
Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996)
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

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