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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

Super Bowl 2014: Best and Worst Commercials

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This was not the best Super Bowl for commercials (or football)! You know it’s an off year when two of the most memorable spots involve Greek yogurt. That’s just a rather bleak landscape in general, “live culture” notwithstanding. Meanwhile, my favorite healthy snacks Doritos and M&Ms, which usually bring it hard for the Super Bowl, barely registered. Below, 2014’s Best and Worst ads: READ FULL STORY

State of the Union 2014: Joe Biden Watch and other colorful distractions

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Another State of the Union address down, and your Uncle Joe has proven it once again: Vice President Biden is God’s gift to live TV screen-grabbers. READ FULL STORY

9 ways of looking at Justin Bieber's smiley new mugshot

There are five people you meet in heaven, six types of chemical reactions, seven deadly sins… and eight different ways you may react after seeing Justin Bieber’s toothy mugshot for the very first time. What are they — and what type of person is having each one? Let’s start counting: READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' episode 3: 'Juan Pablo's head was in her crotch for 20 minutes'

Now that I’ve got your attention… well, I’m not really sure what to do with it, seeing as tonight’s episode was actually relatively tame, especially compared to all the drama surrounded Juan Pablo’s careless comments this weekend. That said, this leg of Juan Pablo’s “adventure” did include bikinis, bungee jumping, repeated use of the word “baby,” and a soccer ball flying at Sharleen’s face. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight, and in the meantime share your thoughts on everything that went down in episode three. Should there be a pool party instead of a cocktail soiree every week? (My vote: YES!) What’s more romantic: Making out behind a concession stand or making out while dangling upside down from a bridge? And will Molly ever get a one-on-one date? Post your thoughts now!

'#RichKids of Beverly Hills': 45 context-free Dorothy and Morgan quotes that explain this entire show

On Jan. 19, E! premiered its newest guilty pleasure #RichKids of Beverly Hills, which will immediately be either your favorite new TV show or the most obnoxious program you’ve ever seen. I’m personally a fan of horrible people doing fabulous things (or fabulous people doing horrible things, which is pretty much the same thing anyway), so I’m reluctantly on board for this trashy romp through the luxurious world of Beverly Hills twentysomethings.

While the show purports to follow a cast of spoiled brats, the #RichKids at its core are Dorothy and Morgan, two high-living do-nothings who are alarmingly self-aware in their preposterousness. The duo rivals Snooki and JWOWW when it comes to sheer soundbite power, even if some of their more ridiculous quotes are made-for-TV transparent.

You don’t really need to know what’s going on in the series — or Jan. 19’s blood drive-themed episode OR Jan. 20’s mansion hunting episode, for that matter — to understand what these girls are like. Below, read 45 context-free quotes from our introduction to Dorothy and Morgan. If you’re not mortified, the second episode in the two-night premiere airs at 10 p.m. ET (and trust me, it’s just as absurd). READ FULL STORY

'Bachelor' fans: Will you accept this bouquet?

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Listen up, rose lovers! As Juan Pablo continues to ask the women if they will accept his rose, we have a similar question for you: Will you accept these 24 red roses and five rhinestones that we guarantee will last for at least seven days?

Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly what you were hoping to hear — and I don’t look like this — but this has to be the next best thing behind Juan Pablo giving you a rose himself, right? Or maybe it’s the third best thing, falling in line right behind Chris Harrison offering you a rose and a chance on the show. (Or just a rose. Chris is hot.) READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes 2014: Screengrab recap

I took way too many photos of my TV screen during the Golden Globes. Some of them made the cut. (Who can say what “some” means, really?) Join me in a visual adventure through Tina and Amy’s gladiating, Martin Scorsese’s unbridled enthusiasm at a vagina joke, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ gluttony, and more: READ FULL STORY

'The Spoils of Babylon' premiere: Extrapolations

Ooh, now this is a weird show. IFC’s new well-stirred and visually striking vat of star soup has Will Ferrell as Eric Jonrosh, the “Author-Producer-Actor-Writer-Director-Raconteur-Bon Vivant-Legend-Fabulist” behind The Spoils of Babylon, an epic miniseries based on his own epic novel. Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play the kids of Tim Robbins’ oil tycoon. Eventually Maguire’s character Devon marries a mannequin… voiced by Carey Mulligan. Even the most successful fabulists have to cut costs sometimes.

I can already tell that one must really be in the right mood to enjoy this six-episode miniseries — but I was! The format was so unexpected and I love how they created an entire production within the show. (If you’re looking for a TV show that will remind you to revisit Boogie Nights, this is the one.) It’s so exaggeratedly dumb that it can seem brilliant — and if a scene or dialogue seems lame or dragged out beyond comprehension, well, that’s just raggedy old Eric Jonrosh for you. Blame him! These poor actors are just trying to do their jobs.

Read EW’s Spoils of Babylon review here, and check out some of my favorite absurd moments from tonight’s two-part premiere, below:

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'Killer Women' premiere: Helfer, Texas Ranger

Tricia Helfer is Molly Parker, Texas Ranger. Bow down, Big Hats, and admire her evening gown.

I definitely had the wrong impression of ABC’s Killer Women, brought to you by Sofia Vergara. Thanks to the series’ aggressive promos, I assumed it might be campy and fun. This is horrible to admit, but I suspect Vergara’s personality and Modern Family character (which seem similar) led me to believe the show might be a caricature of the modern Western drama instead of a solid attempt at it. Ugh, I’m as bad as the rest of ‘em! (Men.) READ FULL STORY

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