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'The Vampire Diaries': Why is Silas (and new Stefan) so much hotter than old Stefan? PopWatch investigates!

For weeks now, I’ve been reading comments (and talking to my roommate) about how very attractive Silas is on The Vampire Diaries. It’s an odd conversation considering Silas is played by the always attractive Paul Wesley, who’s been on the show as Stefan for four years now. So what has changed? Well, at first, I thought it had to do with the character of Silas, which I do believe is part of it, but then when Stefan showed up on the scene without his memory and looking a little yummier than usual, the mystery grew.

What is it exactly about this season/these characters? Well, there are several reasons why Silas/New Stefan is more attractive than Old Stefan (who, just for the record, was always incredibly attractive):

Sunlight/You can actually see his green eyes: The cast and crew of TVD constantly talk about how dark their show is, and it’s on purpose. They’re always telling the lighting department to make things darker. And although that’s good and fine, it makes it difficult to decipher Wesley’s already-dark features. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga outdoes herself in new crazy outfits -- PHOTOS

It’s Lady Gaga’s Wonder Emporium.

The singer is ramping up promotion for her new album Artpop (dropping Nov. 11) and that means in addition to traveling the world — she’s debuting a new song off Artpop in each country she visits — she also found the time to take a few Instagram selfies in hotel rooms.

The over-the-top photos, see below, represent a bit more dramatic look than Gaga has debuted in a while. While over the past year, her outfits have seemed comparatively toned down — like her all-white ensemble at Good Morning America —  she now seems to be craving the attention, err, applause, that only a naked photo with mustache can bring. READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: The picture-perfect morning after

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Warning: This post is rated R.

So what is this R-rated post all about? The entirely unrealistic picture of the “morning after” continually painted on movies and television. Not only does the woman wake up with her make-up perfectly touched up (except maybe in Bridesmaids, where she wakes up early to re-apply) and her hair as beautiful and luminous as ever, but neither party seems to be even the slightest bit hot or — sure, I’ll say it — sweaty. Right after they have sex, neither member of the couple needs to use the rest room or even wipe their brow, but instead, they’re ready to cuddle their naked (save for the woman still wearing her bra — what?!) bodies right up against each other… and they’re not at all over-heated.
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Are old movies more creative than new ones? A new study weighs in

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We could debate the question of “are old movies more creative than new ones?” for hours. Everyone has their preference in terms of a time period when movie-making was tops. But thanks to a new study by physicist Sameet Sreenivasan of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York (originally published in Nature Scientific Reports), we now have some data to add to the mix.

Surprisingly, what many consider to be their favorite time in film wasn’t necessarily the most creative. “You always hear about how the period from 1929 to 1950 was known as the Golden Age of Hollywood,” Sreenivasan told Wired. “There were big movies with big movie stars. But if you look at novelty at that time, you see a downward trend.”
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Horse_ebooks and Pronunciation Book: We try to explain what just happened

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It’s been 77 days, and something has definitely finally happened. What that something is exactly isn’t so clear. Popular Twitter account Horse_ebooks and YouTube channel Pronunciation Book released information today on a new art project/ alternate reality game (ARG) platform, Bear Stearns Bravo (BSB). It’s weird, cool, and more than a bit confusing, so we parse through the Interwebs to figure out just what this all is.
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Justin Timberlake's super-sized 'TKO': How many Hot 100 singles can you fit in it? PopWatch investigates!

Fans waited a very long time for Justin Timberlake’s return to music. And thanks to the length of his new songs, they can spend about the same amount of time listening to that music.

With a two-part album and songs like “Mirrors,” which has a run time of 8:06, and newest single “TKO” (7:04), Timberlake is quite literally squeezing every second of music out of his long-awaited return. But just how drastic are his song lengths? Are they that much longer than the biggest songs right now?

The short answer: Pretty much.

Below is a list of the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 along with the run time for each of the songs:
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Emmys by the numbers: The biggest nominees and winners of the past 10 years

It’s no secret that the Emmy Awards certainly have their favorites. Year after year, we can predict at least some of the names that will appear on the ballot. But how often do the shows and individuals on the Emmys “typical” ballot change? Who’s gotten the most Emmy nominations? What about wins?

We looked back over the past 10 years (2003-2013) and rounded up the shows and performers with the most wins and the  most nominations for each of the major categories. Not surprisingly, we ran into a lot of Mad Men, a fair amount of Tina Fey, a bit of Modern Family and only four instances of 24.

*Keep in mind that actors can choose which category they want to be in. For some of the actors, they chose a lead category one year and a supporting the other, so their number might not seem as high as it should. Also, some nominations include an actor being nominated for multiple shows between 2003 and 2013.
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'Breaking Bad' odds: Who will walk away with the money?

After Sunday’s traumatizing episode of Breaking Bad, we are now more confused than ever. So in our desperate search for answers, we have once again reached out to the experts. We already talked to an oddsmaker about everyone’s chances of survival — sorry, Hank — but what about the many other possibilities for how this show could end? Like what will happen with the money? Could Walt and/or Jesse actually end up behind bars?

Well, thanks to Rupert Adams, spokesman for William Hill, we have a few more numbers for you.

First up, what are the odds that (insert character) will walk away with the money?
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Internet, meet the new Harlem Shake. 'What does the fox say?' -- VIDEO

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Note to Seth Meyers: This is how you promote a talk show.

Norwegian talk show hosts Bård Ylvisåker and Vegard Ylvisåker have released the below music video, “The Fox,” as promotion for the new season of their show I Kveld med YLVIS, and if this addictive, silly video is any indication, you’re going to need to order a box set of the program stat.

To say much about this incredible song/music video would spoil the surprise, but let’s just say that the viral-ready tune, first discovered by Pleated-Jeans, combines the sexiness (?) of “Blurred Lines,” with the WTF-factor of “Get Lucky” and adds a little Old MacDonald (“What does the fox say?”) for good measure. It’s a song of summer that’s perfect for adults who love ragers and small children who enjoy animals. Basically, picture a Werewolf Bar Mitzvah that Mokiki crashed.

Stop whatever you’re doing; nothing is more important than checking out your new favorite music video below: READ FULL STORY

Morning shows call Miley Cyrus 'disturbed,' declare Hannah Montana is 'dead'; everyone else thinks she's just being Miley

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, is steaming mad at Miley Cyrus for her raunchy, twerk-festering VMA performance. So mad, that she hijacked the talk show’s opening minutes to spew a diatribe of the former Hannah Montana star, calling her among other things, ‘sick’ and ‘disturbed.’

While her co-hosts tried to steer the dialogue towards a general discussion of fallen Disney stars, Brzezinski wouldn’t let off her Miley-milieu:

“I wouldn’t make a joke out of it actually. That was really, really disturbing. That young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, probably an eating disorder, and I don’t think anybody should have put her onstage. That was disgusting and embarrassing,” she added.

And in case viewers really needed to be banged over their heads with her point: “The whole thing was cringe-worthy, but I feel bad for her. She is a mess. Someone needs to take care of her. Someone needs not to put her onstage and make a complete fool of herself,” Brzezinski went on.

And on: “It was pathetic, desperate, sick. She’s clearly disturbed that she needs to do that. And if I can just be very honest after having studied this for a lot of reasons, she doesn’t look healthy.”

Check out Brzezinski’s anti-Miley speech below: READ FULL STORY

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