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'The City' star Olivia Palermo working on her own TV show

Olivia-PalermoImage Credit: Jim Wright/MTV <!–EndFragment–>All right everyone, gird your loins! Olivia Palermo, the villain of MTV’s The City, is stepping back onto the small screen. Elle reports that Palermo confirmed the news herself while in Barcelona this week. “[I’m] working on a new television project, my own show,” she said. No word on the show’s details just yet; reps for both Palermo and MTV did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

We’ve seen Palermo take credit for pulling winning looks at Diane von Furstenberg, and straddle the line between mediocre and termination-worthy performance as an Accessories “Editor” at Elle. Will her future project continue to follow Olivia “The Career Woman,” or will we get to know Olivia “The Person”? (What do we really know about this so-called socialite, anyway?) Whatever it may be, let’s just hope that a starring vehicle doesn’t mean fewer passive-aggressive coffee dates … because those death stares are the money shots, folks. Isn’t Olivia at her best when she’s at odds with someone else?

Personally, I’d love to see her judge a reality competition show — I’m not sure if she’s the host-type — if only for her inevitable snide remarks and overall disinterest in being there. What say you, PopWatchers? Is The Olivia Show just what Palermo had her eyes on all along? Now that The City has been canceled, would you like to see Olivia return to TV?

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Ryan Reynolds now officially the Sexiest Man Alive

This morning, People announced that Ryan Reynolds is its 2010 Sexiest Man Alive. The issue hits stands Friday, at which time we’ll be able to see if the magazine resisted the urge to show him shirtless. (Can you imagine the letters?) The Green Lantern star proves why he’s really on the list — his sense of humor. “Now it’s going to be, ‘Sexiest Man, take out the garbage.’ That does sound better,” Reynolds says of how the title might turn into a perk with his wife, Scarlett Johansson. “The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers.”

People also has a tease of some of the runner-ups on its website, which includes a pretty phenomenal shot of Jon Hamm, Kellan Lutz lying shirtless on a truck, Drake, Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, Jon Bon Jovi, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello (wet), Robert Downey Jr., Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams, Justin Timberlake, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Vin Diesel, winner of People’s first-ever Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook campaign. The cover also shows that Johnny Depp and Conan O’Brien make the cut.

What are your thoughts on People‘s pick, people?

It's Shake 'N Bake, and 3-year-old Taylor Momsen helped... without raccoon eyes

I’m so accustomed to seeing Taylor Momsen as a teen angst-ridden, raccoon-eyed actress, that I admittedly have forgotten that she was an incredibly cute little kid. In the days before Little J started scheming against Blair & Co., on Gossip Girl, little Momsen starred in commercials, including this highly adorable Shake ‘N Bake ad. So before tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl, enjoy this video of Momsen, in which the scariest thing in the video isn’t seeing a 17-year-old girl in lingerie, but rather the freakishly unnatural sound of chicken crunching as it’s first bitten into.

Before you can ask yourself how this little moppet hocking Shake ‘N Bake transformed into this generation’s bleach blond Elvira, Momsen recently spoke out against her parents, saying that they robbed her of her childhood. (Her parents signed her up with Ford modeling agency at age two — she’s three in this commercial — and since then, “I didn’t have friends. I was working constantly, and I didn’t have a life,” Momsen said.)

What do you think about little Taylor Momsen, PopWatchers? Does anyone else remember this commercial? READ FULL STORY

Billy Ray Cyrus is the Benjamin Button of real life

billy-ray-cyrus-mulletImage Credit: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images; Ron Galella, Ltd./WireGuess which photo of Billy Ray Cyrus is current! It’s tough, right? The former ballroom dancer has seemingly aged 20 years backwards. What’s his secret? Divorce? That’s him on the left, sprouting a mid-life crisis mullet at last night’s Country Music Awards. The teased mop on top, George Michael-esque triangle beard, and wacky background colors scream “early ’90s” … but I guess not quite as loudly as the denim shirt on the right.

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'Deadliest Catch' producer's new show 'Whisker Wars' follows men who grow facial hair competitively

David-Traver-BeardImage Credit: Al Grillo/AP ImagesIn 2009, I wrote a PopWatch post titled World Beard and Moustache Championships: This needs to be televised, in which I argued that this event, held every two years, be chronicled for the masses. In a poll, 79 percent of readers said they’d watch an hour special on it in 2011. Well, Deadliest Catch exec producer Thom Beers isn’t stopping there: He’s hooked up with IFC to develop Whisker Wars, “a non-fiction series set in the world of competitive facial hair growing which profiles a group of men from the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Bend, Oregon to the World Competition in Norway.” For me, someone still marveling at the emotional and poetic storytelling behind Deadliest Catch‘s sixth season, this is as exciting as if I heard about a new Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon show. Presumably, growing facial hair isn’t as dangerous as crabbing on the Bering Sea, but I still want to know why these men do it. I trust Beers and his crew to find the humor and the heart, along with the drama. Are you in? Check out the WBMC’s Parade of Champions in the video below. (That’s David Traver, winner of the Freestyle Beard category and the overall title, pictured. He retired shortly after his victory.)  READ FULL STORY

Breaking: Conan's clown hair same as real hair

An alter-ego red pompadour and cameos from handsome man Jon Hamm and little person Larry King within the first five minutes of TBS’ Conan?! Doesn’t Conan O’Brien know I have a very important Dancing With the Stars recap to write?

SPOILER ALERT: The beard lives!

Update: Oh, s—! He just moved the moon!

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Justin Bieber's perfumed wristbands and dog tags: I spent a minute thinking about them. And so will you.

Justin-BieberImage Credit: PRN/PR PhotosYou may have heard that Justin Bieber is set to release a new unisex fragrance called My World. But in case you only caught a headline, I read deeper. According to Women’s Wear Daily, My World will be infused in wristbands and dog tags with “patented resin technology designed to hold the scent for at least one year.” At first this seemed totally ridiculous — does the younger generation not have time to squirt a bottle? — but then I had to admit it makes some sense: Girls like to put perfume on their wrists and rest their heads on boys’ chests. (Let’s pretend we don’t see how that latter bit works when the roles are reversed.)

The My World-scented accessories are expected to debut in Wal-Mart on Black Friday. Bieber did an interview with WWD over instant message. Asked what scent he likes on girls, he answered, “I actually like the Britney Spears perfume on girls. It smells good.” In other breaking news: He admits he’s contemplated changing his signature hairstyle. “I’ve cut this style different ways, but I was thinking about shaving it off or changing it. But I know now isn’t the right time. Maybe [for my] next album.” The 16-year-old has already learned that personal growth should only occur around release dates. Well done.

P.S. Even though I’ve watched him dry his hair, I still can’t believe he achieves that look with “no product.”

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'Jersey Shore' recap: Don't let the outfit confuse you

Last night, J-Woww wore a dress that made full-frontal nudity look like G-rated Pixar stuff. It was like seeing those black “censored” bars in dress form. As if she had stolen netting from a sadomasochist barbarian fisherman, cut out a couple strips roughly as wide as a crayon, and then rubber-cemented those strips over her lady parts. In what I can only call a demure moment, she decided to cover her girls with glow-stickers. “I look at her, and I think, this girl’s a f—ing whore!” said Snooki, sounding like the proud mother of the first female President of the United States.

Remember last week’s slappy-kissy drama? The Situation magnanimously decided to apologize by writhing on top of Snooki and screaming, “Accept my apology!” Snooki quickly agreed, and spent the rest of the episode mourning Ryder’s departure by spouting semi-sentient phrases like ‘The sun’s very powerful today,” and “Guido juicehead gorillas, sweaty tan…boys.” That last one was a complete sentence. (Does anyone else think that Daytime Snooki’s voice sounds almost exactly like the demonic bleats of those terrible Quizno’s Cats.)


Today is International Suit Up Day and it will be legen-wait for it-dary!

Neil-Patrick-HarrisImage Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSToday we all have How I Met Your Mother to thank for the latest holiday to take the Internet by storm. Fans of HIMYM have borrowed Barney Stinson’s catchphrase — “Suit up!” — and declared Oct. 13 International Suit Up Day. Celebrating this new holiday is simple — all you really need to do is wear a suit anywhere you’re going today. Wear one to work, to school, to your favorite bar (bonus points if you drink at a bar called MacLaren’s), or even on the couch at home all day. (Think of Barney’s suit pajamas!) The websites InternationalSuitUpDay.com and SuitUpDay.com have even offered simple suggestions for those of us who do not own suits — buy a suit (duh) or just watch How I Met Your Mother. Who else plans on rewatching Monday’s instant-classic “Subway Wars” episode?

Not convinced that a suit is the perfect choice of attire for whatever you do today? Watch Barney’s ode to the suit, his fantastic “Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit” musical number from HIMYM, and maybe feel compelled to celebrate today — the right way.

Are you going to be participating in Suit Up Day, PopWatchers? Which other TV holidays or catch phrases would you like to see in reality?

Justin Bieber launches nail polish line: Fun? Or sign of the apocalypse?

Justin-Bieber-polishImage Credit: Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage.comSure, go ahead and complete that double-take, but you did read that headline correctly: This winter, Justin Bieber will launch his very own line of nail polishes, according to AOL’s Stylelist blog. The polishes will come via well-regarded brand Nicole for OPI and—shocker of all shockers—they’ll be both largely primary colors and filled with glitter! As far as we here at EW can tell, the polishes are intended for little girls, but little boys are welcome to try them, too. (In fact, we here at EW expressly encourage little boys to try them out.)

It may be hard to imagine, but this news gets better: The venture will play off his numerous hits, as the line is to be titled the One Less Lonely Girl collection (named after the song of the same name), with the colors similarly named, ranging from One Less Lonely Glitter (lavender) and Give Me The First Dance (silver) to Prized Possession Purple (grape) and Me + Blue (Dark Blue). Because of the ridiculousness of it all, it’s worth noting the final two colors: OMB! (bright red) and Step 2 the Beat of My Heart (heart-shaped glitter).

Is it possible that this news is just Bieber’s elaborate plan — as my colleague Clark Collis postulated last week — to laugh at us all when he launches his hosting gig on MTV’s revived Punk’d? We probably aren’t that lucky. This is real, folks—a teenage boy has launched a collection of nail polishes, solely to take financial advantage of his fanbase, which has a voracious appetite for anything emblazoned with his name. The line hits Wal-Mart come December—just in time for holiday shopping—and will spread like an infectious Bieber tune to Target and Sears by February.

PopWatchers, a few questions: Are you shocked by this news? Will you possibly purchase any of the One Less Lonely Girl collection for yourself or a tween that you know? Are you, like me, salivating at the possibility of spotting Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber sporting his signature polish? Sound off in the comments below!

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