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'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All': 'I had no idea you guys were kissing her so fast!'

Awww, Marquel—don’t feel bad, little buddy! You may have found yourself in the “Friend Zone” with Andi, but the “ladies” in the audience were truly digging your chocolate-chip cookie lapel pin tonight. (If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat—pun intended.) As for the rest of tonight’s Men Tell All? Well, other than that disturbingly TMI segment with Ashley and JP, the “shocking” “revelations” were “few” and “far between.” Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over for Kristen’s full Bachelorette: The Men Tell All recap), but here are a few of my (spoiler-free) highlights: Everyone attacking Andrew for his (alleged) remarks about Marquel and Ron; Andrew attacking JJ; Chris the farmer joining Andrew in his attack on JJ; a weird Canadian woman interrupting Harrison’s hot-seat interview with Chris; and the brilliant opening gag with the scarves. As for the Bachelor in Paradise teaser? I think it may have given me eye herpes. (That is to say, August 4 can’t get here fast enough.)

'The Bachelorette' episode 9: 'I loved when you just hopped on my lap and went to town'

Okay, sure, the man who made the above statement to Andi was not—I repeat, not—talking about something that went down in the Fantasy Suite… but I needed a catchy headline. After all, this week’s “exotic” dates were pretty darn tame, even though Andi made the most shocking decision… EVER by sending one of the men home before even handing him the coveted date card. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight, but if you’ve seen tonight’s episode and have thoughts (and I know you do) let me hear ‘em. Do you want the booted little-b bachelor to become the next capital-B Bachelor? Was the homemade, illustrated fairy tale book cute or creepy? And is eating dinner on the beach really all that romantic? If you ask me, sand and fine cuisine don’t mix. (Not that the folks on this show ever eat, but…)

 

Throwback Thursday: What's the best episode of 'Boy Meets World'?

Girl Meets World–which premiered on Disney Channel this past week–could really be dubbed a permanent ’90s Throwback Thursday (that’s technically airing on Fridays). In honor of this week’s Throwback Thursday, let’s hash out a very specific, very ’90s question: What is the all-time best episode of Boy Meets World?

As is the case with long-running shows (Boy Meets World aired from 1993 to 2000), there are a ton of options, and it’s a bit of a tough call. Do you go with one early in the series’ run that gave us an iconic moment (like, say, when Topanga kissed Cory up against the lockers), or a past-its-prime contender that reminded fans of the glory days (that would be “Seven the Hard Way,” a.k.a the episode with Plays With Squirrels)?

Or do you pick an episode that had a super-significant moment, but actually wasn’t all that great of an episode (cough, Cory and Topanga’s wedding, cough)? And let’s not forget about episodes with all-time perfect catchphrases, but a plot that wasn’t particularly memorable–looking at you, “Un-dah-pants episode.”

Clearly, there’s a lot to consider. With that said, here are a couple of finalists: READ FULL STORY

Queen Elizabeth II visits 'Game of Thrones' set, doesn't sit on pretend seat of power

Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Belfast set of Game of Thrones Tuesday, touring the series’ vast armory, perusing its racks of lavish costumes, and meeting actors including Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). The real queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries did not, however, attempt to gain control of seven fictional kingdoms by taking a seat on the show’s fearsome Iron Throne—a chair constructed by a thousand surrendered blades, “heated white-hot in the furnace breath of Balerion the Black Dread.”

Naturally, the wildest and most lawless kingdom of all—The Internet—was most displeased: READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' episode 5: 'There are no mimes in Iowa'

Other fundamental truths: There’s no crying in baseball. There’s no “i” in team. There’s no accounting for taste. There’s no place like home. And the most important life lesson of all, there is no rhyme nor reason to how Andi is picking her men. I mean, sure, she let go of one troublemaker tonight, but the fact that she chose REDACTED and REDACTED over REDACTED is making me insane. (No spoilers here — stay tuned for my full recap later tonight. UPDATE: Click over for Kristen’s Bachelorette episode 5 full recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes blog.) As for the rest of the episode? Even though we had to sit through a painful mime date at least Team Bachelorette made up for it with a tense conversation about (alleged) racism and an extended product placement segment about a cute-looking trifle of a movie called The Hundred-Foot Journey. (And what about that trailer for Bachelor in Paradise? I already know how I’ll be wasting my August.) Even better: It looks like there’s more absurdity to come next week. (How did it take them this many seasons to throw a polygraph test into the mix?) Post your thoughts below, rose lovers. You know you want to.

New ad for Ames, Iowa would make Pawnee proud -- VIDEO

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Is Leslie Knope behind this?

An advertisement for Ames, Iowa is going viral today, thanks to snooty east coast bloggers (well done, Gawker). The ad – full of the lovably cheesy production values one would expect from a local spot (courtesy of Iowa State) — is as earnestly goofy as you’d expect from the people behind the Greatest State Fair Ever (seriously).

But you know what? Ames is pretty great. Speaking as someone who  lived about 45 minutes away from it for a few years, I can confirm that the water is pretty tasty, and the schools are top notch. Their crack about several seasons to enjoy, however, is…generous. It’s winter from September to May.

Watch the spot below, but don’t even think about making fun of Iowa. Not for one second: READ FULL STORY

This reporter got Hugh Jackman and other A-list celebs to appear in his wedding video -- VIDEO

One of the perks of reporting on Hollywood: You get to meet some of the world’s biggest stars — and sometimes, you might be able to convince them to do you a favor. Okay, so they’re probably not going to help mow your lawn…but if you throw out the word “wedding” or “proposal,” well, even A-listers are suckers for love.

See, for example, reporter Joe Michalczuk, who asked a number of celebs to congratulate his soon-to-be wife for a video he premiered on their wedding day. From Zac Efron to Emma Stone, Michaelczuk was able to rack up an impressive number of celebs, though Samuel L. Jackson might win MVP for wishing the couple a happy wedding day from Laurence Fishburne. Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet also get props for reliving moments from some of their biggest films.

Actually, no – Hugh Jackman wins MVP. See why below: READ FULL STORY

Met Gala's six most polarizing dresses -- POLL

An unscientific sampling of Twitter comments has led EW’s Fashion Elves to conclude that the following dresses from the Fash-indig known as the Met Gala have caused a divide among the masses. And if these differences of opinion are not resolved, we’re pretty sure lives will be lost, families will be split up, and the country will crumble. Well, all that OR life will go on as normal. But why risk it?

Help settle the debate by voting on six of the most polarizing dresses in our polls below. READ FULL STORY

The first ever 'Road House' fight chart! (Pain don't hurt?)

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I wrote about Road House’s upcoming 25th anniversary in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly for one simple reason — Road House is awesome. Possibly the finest piece of cinematic work put forth in the entire twentieth century. And I’m not just saying that because I share the same name as Patrick Swayze’s shirtless and mulleted bar bouncer.

There are many extraordinary things about this movie — the extraordinary amount of times Swayze gets shirtless for no apparent reason. The extraordinarily confusing pieces of Yoda-like philosophy that Swayze dispenses that sound cool but really don’t make a lick of sense. And, above all, the extraordinary amount of violence on display. And not, like, building exploding type violence — although, yes, two buildings do explode in Road House — but rather old-school fist-on-face violence. Or kick-in-chest violence. Or pretty much any combination of body part violence you can think of. READ FULL STORY

Shaquille O'Neal has a LinkedIn Profile, and it's amazing

I swear that I’m telling you the facts: Shaquille O’Neal has a LinkedIn profile.

Over the weekend, the Internet freaked out when it was discovered that the Big Aristotle joined the business networking site. It’s great that he did, because his profile is top notch.  (Note: Turner Sports confirmed to Slate that the profile is real; Shaq is an NBA analyst for Turner.)

Unfortunately, most of Shaq’s profile has since been hidden; luckily, Mashable has screenshots of gems such as “CEO, President” of “Alot [sic] of different companies, Inc.” The Barry University grad also sells himself with this description: “My best asset is that I am proven to lead teams to championships,” he writes. “I mean multiple championships.”

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