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Newsflash: This week is all about the Olympics. So if at any point, you feel the need for a good sports fix, simply change the channel to see what’s happening in Sochi. It is always acceptable, and often encouraged. That being said, we wanted to make sure you had a list of entertainment options that didn’t involve skin-tight uniforms and/or Bob Costas’ pinkeye.

Olympics aside, here’s what you’re looking at for your upcoming week of pop culture adventures:
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Throwback Thursday: Check out this amazing 'N Sync fan book

This I promise you: You’ve never seen ‘N Sync like this.

Over the holidays, I discovered a long-buried fan book (above) hidden away at my parents’ house. ‘N Sync: Everything You Didn’t Know About Justin, JC, Lance, Chris & Joey is an unauthorized 1999 book by Devra Newberger Speregen and a treasure trove of “intel” about the early days of the band, “fun” facts you may not have known about the guys, and cheesy pictures and language that remind us all that the late ’90s were a very weird time, indeed.

Nearly every sentence in the goofy book is a winner, starting with the opener: “The music rocks, the band rules, each babe is severely crush-worthy. Is it any wonder ‘N Sync is everything? And now this, too: For your reading ‘n-joyment, an ‘N Sync-lo-pedia of facts, favorites, and fun stuff you never knew.”

Did you know Justin hoped Ross and Rachel would get back together on Friends (!)? What about the fact JC was “bored” during Titanic? Do you remember anything about the group’s road pug, Busta? It’s all included in this fun trip down memory lane, but the best part of the book may be the “bytes”: 100 ‘N Sync facts culled together from online chats with fans, publicist tips, and, honestly, probably just some wishful thinking on the writer’s part. From favorite M&M colors to memorable fan interactions, the book is a preteen dream — One Direction merchandise has nothing on these tidbits.

I’ve dug around a bit, and this book doesn’t seem to exist anywhere online — which is a collective loss for us all. For grown-up Justin Timberlake fans, the whole thing is way too fun not to share. Below, check out a few of the cheesiest revelations — as well as some photos Timberlake and Co. likely wish hadn’t survived Y2K. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Can Melissa McCarthy crash the boys' club? -- VOTE

Melissa McCarthy is on a roll. Not only did she star in two of last year’s biggest comedies, but she’s also hosted Saturday Night Live in each of the last three seasons — the only performer to achieve that feat in that span. This past weekend, she didn’t even have a project to plug — a detail that became a funny gag in her opening monologue — but she’s one of those guests who clearly loves the show’s comedy environment. In fact, no one throws him or herself into characters more than McCarthy, who craves physical comedy perhaps more than any female comedian since Molly Shannon.

McCarthy had to share the limelight on Saturday, what with Seth Meyers’ touching farewell, but she delivered some great moments, including the return of aggressive coach-turned-congresswoman Sheila Kelly. It seems certain that she’ll be a major contender for Mr. Saturday Night after finishing second in the past two years, and she enters a race that is wide open. Jimmy Fallon holds a narrow lead, with 26.5 percent, while Drake slipped from first to a close second, with 24.3 percent. Josh Hutcherson saw his support nearly double from last week, and his fans have him right near the top, with 21.4 percent. Jonah Hill had a disappointing debut, with only 17.9 percent, but that was enough to eliminate Kerry Washington.

A quick rundown on our objective: To identify the funniest, most memorable SNL host, the person who best fit in with the cast and put on a performance that you, your mom, and your co-worker were all chuckling about on Sunday afternoon. It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table. My own personal bottom line: Do you want to see this host back on the show next season?

So far, Bruce Willis, Miley Cyrus, Edward Norton, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey (Blerg), John Goodman, Paul Rudd, and Kerry Washington have been eliminated.

Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the poll closes, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against the next host — still unannounced — on March 1, after the Winter Olympics are finished.

Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote. READ FULL STORY

Aimee Mann is lovesick after David Wain cures the Common Cold -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s been a tough winter. Chances are you have a cold, had a cold, or are about to be catch a cold. But enough about you. What about the Common Cold? You’ve been through a lot together, and while everyone says they would welcome a cure, very few seem to appreciate what that “break-up” might really mean.

Aimee Mann has given it a lot of thought. In the new video for “I’m Cured,” a bittersweet song from the upcoming comedy album 2776: A Millennium of American Asskickery, the singer gives voice to the bug’s inner blues after David Wain’s scientist finally finds a cure for the Common Cold. “Aimee has the power to make you feel so deeply for the characters in her songs,” says Stephen Levinson, who wrote the song with his brother Joel and former Daily Show writer Rob Kutner. “When we wrote this song for her, we thought, ‘How can we use that ability for evil?’”

“Right off the bat, I did think it was a funny idea,” says Mann. “But mostly, I have to like the song and it actually kind of sounds not different from a song I’d actually write. I liked its melody, and it sort of made you feel bad for the poor cold who has been cured and has no place in the world. When he goes, ‘Trap me in a HAZMAT vial in the basement of the CDC,’ the phrasing of that line I just thought was so funny. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m in.’”

Wain, the director of such comedies as Wanderlust and Wet Hot American Summer, was equally eager to be involved, especially since Mann was his co-star. “I was so happy because I’ve always been such a serious, huge fan,” he says. “For me, she really is a rock star. I just was so interested to meet her and talk to her and hear about her life. It was awesome. She was funny and super cool.”

Cool enough not to blanch when she showed up and was handed fuzzy-spore head gear and blue unitard. “The tone of this whole project was, ‘Hey would you be interested in doing this video for charity?’ Sure. ‘Oh, by the other way, you’re going to be dressed as a germ, with like a fuzzy germ headdress and blue leotard.’ I did nix the blue face makeup. They wanted to paint my face blue too.”

“She was pretty sexy in that, I have to say,” says Wain.

The 2776 album, which will be released on July 4, is raising money for the OneKid OneWorld organization. “I’m Cured,” directed by Alan Tanner, can be viewed as an exclusive below before it launches on MyDamnChannel Tuesday morning. READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl 2014: Renee Fleming sings the national anthem -- VIDEO

Last year, Alicia Keys belted out the national anthem at the Super Bowl. This year, opera star Renee Fleming did the honors. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Dax Shepard writes essay about paparazzi targeting children

Almost all of us are guilty of occasionally flipping through a magazine and absentmindedly checking out photos of a celebrity with their kids. Readers might not spend a lot of time thinking about it — but Dax Shepard wants you to start.

The actor, who’s married to Kristen Bell and welcomed a daughter this year, wrote an essay for The Huffington Post, “Why Our Children Should Be Off Limits to the Paparazzi.” In the piece, Shepard explains he recently was at an event hosted by Jennifer Garner about California Senate Bill 606, which makes it illegal “to photograph a child because of their parent’s employment in a manner that ‘seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes’ them.” READ FULL STORY

33 things we love about Justin Timberlake on his 33rd birthday

Thirty-three years ago today, the world was given a gift: Justin Timberlake. The singer, actor, and all-around dreamboat has given us so much in his 33 years, from his collaborations with The Lonely Island to his chart-topping albums. To celebrate this special day, we rounded up 33 reasons why we think the birthday boy is the bee’s knees. Ain’t nobody love you like we love you, Justin.
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Miley Cyrus gives advice to Justin Bieber: 'I don't see a Miley mug shot'

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Miley Cyrus has some advice for Justin Bieber: Stay home when you want to party!

Cyrus appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, and Leno asked her about Bieber’s recent legal troubles. Cyrus voiced what many people have thought: Doesn’t he have people he can pay to make sure he stays out of trouble? Barring that, “Party at your house. Buy a house, and add a club to it,” she said to audience cheers.

That must be what Cyrus is doing post-salvia scandal in 2010 (a simpler time!). Noting she’s seen compilations of celebrity mug shots online, she points out that for all the scandalous headlines she generates,  “I don’t see a Miley mug shot yet!”

“I get the most flack of anybody,” she said. “I’m not doing anything illegal. I’m doing a lot of s—, but I’m not doing anything illegal. Everything I do is legal in California.”

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Watch a 16-year-old Keith Urban sing Air Supply on Aussie TV talent show -- VIDEO

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A video of a young Keith Urban competing on the Aussie TV talent show New Faces in 1983 was uploaded to YouTube last month. While a few country music and radio station blogs spotted it, it needs to be adored by the masses. The future American Idol judge performs his countrymen’s song “All Out of Love” and gets mixed reviews from the panel, which could foresee his bright future.  READ FULL STORY

Vin Diesel lip-synchs to Katy Perry, does Beyonce's Surfbort dance -- VIDEO

Vin Diesel is in a good mood, guys. Riddick is number one on the DVD charts, and all he wants to do is dance. Such is the message of a new video just posted to Facebook, wherein Diesel sings and head-pumps along to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” before engaging in an impromptu Surfbort dance set to Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.” “It’s a win for all of us,” he tells his 63-million-strong Facebook fanbase. “Thank you so much.” He also says that Universal wants to develop Riddick 4, which lets just briefly pause to imagine will be about Riddick crashlanding on planet ruled by two warrior queens played by Katy Perry and Beyoncé, and it all ends in a dancefight between three armies of digital monsters. The Surfborting starts around 6:40, so watch below: READ FULL STORY

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