Stories by Ramin Setoodeh

  • What If G.I. Joe Were Gay?

    The new action movie isn't as bad as you think. It's much, much worse. An idea for how the filmmakers could've shaken up the franchise.
  • Paula Abdul's Best and Worst 'Idol' Moments

    First, Jennifer Hudson was voted off American Idol. Then Chris Daughtry. Now another superstar is going home prematurely—Paula Abdul. The show's most beloved judge broke the news to her fans last night on Twitter, announcing that she won't be back on the No. 1 show on TV for its upcoming ninth season. "I'll miss nurturing all the new talent," Paula tweeted, "but most of all being part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon." What made her jump? Was it that the show didn't offer her enough money, after throwing buckets of cash—$45 million over three years—at Ryan Seacrest? Or was it that Kara DioGuardi, who was brought in last season as a fourth judge, was meant as a replacement for Paula all along? We might never know—until Paula weeps on Oprah's couch. For now, let's pay our respects to Paula. Despite what Simon Cowell thinks, she really was the show's biggest star. A timeline of her ups and do...
  • Project Runway Preview

    Like two girls fighting over a cashmere sweater, Project Runway spent 12 months in a legal tug of war between Bravo and Lifetime. (Lifetime won.) We asked judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and Tim Gunn to talk about their new home, and other changes we'll see when the show returns on Aug. 20. ...
  • Eight Secrets About the 'Saved by the Bell' Reunion

    Jimmy Fallon has been begging the Saved by the Bell cast to do a reunion on his show for as long as he's been on air. And finally this week, we get our long-awaited reunion. But it's not on Fallon. It's on the cover of People magazine, which landed a photo shoot and interview with five of the six Saved by the Bell stars (the only one missing: Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. Screech). What happened? Why did the Bayside clan ditch Fallon, and where is Screech anyway?NEWSWEEK sat down for an interview with Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) in June, just a few days after he parodied his old Saved by the Bell character on a segment on Fallon that quickly went Internet viral. Here are the things we learned, printed here for the very first time.(1) Why is Dustin Diamond missing on the cover of People? Gosselaar says he hasn't talked to him recently, and they're no longer close. "That's a disaster on so many levels," he says of Diamond's problems (he owes...
  • Is 'The Bachelorette' Rigged?

    by Ramin Setoodeh"I've been through all the ups and downs I can possibly imagine," said a weepy Jillian Harris last night on The Bachelorette, and she wasn't joking. This season of the ABC reality show had so many twists and turns--the evil dude (Wes) with a secret girlfriend back home, the workaholic dude (Ed) who quit the show so he wouldn't be fired from his job, the pilot dude (Jake) who came back after elimination to spill the beans about Wes's girlfriend, the surprise return of workaholic dude (more Ed), and the even more surprising proposal at the altar from another dropped dude (Reid) we haven't even mentioned--it was almost like the show was scripted. Scripted, you say!? Do you think it was?We never really know how much reality there is in reality TV. But after last spring's tabloid-making Bachelor finale, where the show's eligible (and unstable) star dumped the winning girl for the runner-up, this year's The Bachelorette...
  • Ingrid Michaelson, Post-My Space

    Michaelson, the first MySpace-created music star, has a new album called Everybody. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh: ...
  • Kevin Smith Plays Carnegie Hall

    Kevin Smith has been performing a sort of unplugged stand-up act since his movie Clerks came out in 1994. He started by traveling to college campuses to talk about the movie. That evolved into a verbal burlesque where he'd stand onstage answering anything and everything, even if it took eight hours. "The caliber of questions starts sucking at hour six," Smith says, "when people are going, boxers or briefs? Batman or Superman? It sounds kind of staid and dry, but it doesn't feel like a normal Q&A." At a Vancouver event recently, a guy got up with a bucket list of 100 things he had to do before he died, including getting naked in front of a large audience. "I was like, 'Get the f--k up here now'," Smith says. "The audience went crazy." The act has taken him as far as London's Piccadilly Circus and sold-out Canadian opera houses. And on June 17 he's playing Carnegie Hall. That's right, Carnegie Hall—and you're not the only one who's shocked. "I don't even know how it happened,"...
  • The Hangover: The Bromance of Summer

    We've all seen the damsel-in-distress movie before, but in The Hangover the damsel is a dude. The Hangover is a comedy about three guys who take their buddy Doug on a bachelor party to Vegas. When Doug disappears after a night of amnesia-inducing debauchery, it's up to his friends, like a squad of Prince Charmings, to rescue him. The Hangover is poised to be the sleeper comedy of the summer, thanks in no small part to gags involving a stripper's baby (and the stripper being played by Heather Graham), a missing tiger and Mike Tyson. The movie is probably even good enough, following a string of others like it, to allow us to officially declare that the bromance is the new romantic comedy.The genre started with Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, followed closely by I Love You, Man, about a hapless guy who goes on a series of "man dates" to find a best man for his own wedding. (Considering that Paul Rudd appeared in all three of those movies, you might also say he's...
  • "American Idol": And the Winner Is ...

    By Ramin SetoodehWhoa. So it's really true: Kris Allen is the new American Idol. Really. Seriously? This is the biggest upset—well, ever, in the show's eight seasons. Even more than when Chris Daughtry was voted out or when Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken. It wasn't just that Adam was pimped out by the judges more than any Idol contestant this season—Paula practically crowned him the winner when he sang "Black or White" 11 weeks ago—it's that he really was the best vocalist we've ever seen on Idol. Simon Cowell has even said that he thinks Adam's going to be an international star. So what went wrong? Here are the top seven reasons why Adam Lambert lost American Idol. 1. Blame the judges. Just like it's now bad karma to be the front runner in the Oscar race (as Frost/Nixon can tell you) or the presidential election (as Hillary Clinton can tell you), it also doesn't help if you're the foregone winner of Idol long before the seaso...
  • When Would Adam Lambert Come Out of the Closet (if He Happened to Be Gay)?

    By Ramin SetoodehLet's play a game. Let's pretend that you're a 27-year-old male finalist on American Idol and that there are photos on the Internet that appear to show you tongue-wrestling with another guy. Entertainment Weekly said you "might be gay," and TV Guide said you were "openly gay," though you haven't spoken a word about your sexuality to your adoring, screeching, OMG-tween public. Then again, to be fair, you do have a man friend in the audience every week, who even smiled, waved and stuck out his tongue at you playfully when you sang "If I Can't Have You I Don't Want Nobody, Baby." And just yesterday, Perez Hilton reported that you introduced a man as your boyfriend—perhaps the same guy?—to a couple of other finalists at a dinner at Outback Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif....
  • "American Idol" Roundtable

    Four former winners and two popular finalists talk about what happens backstage, who will win this year and the singers who influenced them the most.
  • Kal Penn Abandons House, MD, for White House, D.C.

    Kal Penn has hung up his hospital scrubs. His character died on "House" last week so that Penn can start a new job—in the White House. He'll work as associate director at the Office of Public Liaison, as the point person for the arts and Asian-American communities. He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Newsmakers: Emily Blunt Q&A

    In "Sunshine Cleaning," Emily Blunt's job is even worse than being an assistant at a certain fashion magazine. She scrubs up bloody crime scenes. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • The Gossip Queen, Still On The Scene

    Gossip columnist Liz Smith got laid off too—and she's 86. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh about life before and after print. ...
  • Books: Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Once upon a time, Eric Carle wrote a children's book that was so comfy, it came with its own cocoon. Turns out that cute little bug went through a very big metamorphosis.