The phrase “guilty pleasure” has long outlived its usefulness.
If you really like a song or a movie or a TV show, no matter how cheesy the conventional wisdom says it is, you should feel free to say so without guilt, and to defend your appreciation vigorously.
It was this sort of writing — passionate discussion of things individual writers cared deeply about — that marked the best of Pop Watch for me in 2007.
Whether or not you shared Michael Slezak’s enthusiasm for Fergie, or his appalled feelings over toys, or Simon Vozick-Levinson on hip-hop, or Chris Willman on country music and Bruce Springsteen, or Marc Bernardin on sci-fi, or Whitney Pastorek on music festivals and indie film, or Ken Tucker on , and too many others to name.
That kind of response is incrediblygratifying to us, whether or not you agreed with what we wrote, becausewe relish our ongoing conversation with you.
Hope you’ll continue tocomment as fervently in 2008. This comes just after the film's US release set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for movie directed by a woman.A replacement has not been named for the sequel, but the cast (including gorgeous Robert) will return.So while I want to thank all the writers,editors, photo mavens, tech wizards, interns, and celebrity guest bloggerswho helped put together Pop Watch in 2007, I especially want to thankyou, the readers, for your lively, intelligent, and civil commentary.We posted nearly 2,500 blog items this year, and you responded withmore than 110,000 replies.The movie has made £93million in seventeen days in the US, and will be released in the UK on December 19.This week the director of the film, Catherine Hardwicke, announced that she won't be back to direct the sequel, saying she could not commit to 2009/2010 release date.Well, you nailed it: You do not cast two people separately and then hope that they work. You’ve done a couple of other teenage films as well. I try to learn on each project, try to really feel what the characters are feeling. How are you going to make it interesting for guys when their girlfriends drag them to see it?We first had Kristen, because I fell madly in love with her in . Do you feel like you’re in touch with your inner high schooler? Well, there is a vampire baseball game in the book.click on the title of any post, it is a link to a separate page that shows all the comments. Scroll down to the bottom of the comments until you see the words newer and newest next to the number of comments on the right, those words are links that will lead you to a new page of comments.