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PopWatch Confessional: I never had (but always kind of wanted) a spring break like those in the movies

Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers comes out this weekend and although most of the stories surrounding the movie focus on its Disney starlets (Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens) gone bad, what this movie really got me thinking about is how this is the first year in forever that I haven’t had a spring break.

I didn’t have an older sibling, so everything I knew about college came from movies and TV. Given that, when I was in high school, I imagined spring break would be a 24-hour party where everyone was beautiful, the music bumped all night long, there were no repercussions for gross misjudgments or transgressions, and everything was free. It went a little something like this:

EXT. A POOLSIDE PARTY SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA. DAY.

Girls in neon bikinis and guys in cartoon swim trunks dance in slow motion around our lead character, SARAH. Every man is inexplicably a football player, every woman a model. Sarah holds a fruity drink as she walks alongside the pool, away from the cabana, taking in the atmosphere. One Abercrombie model throws a football to another Hollister model and he catches it while diving into the pool. No one gets tired. A mysterious boy accidentally bumps into our heroine. She’s turns around, upset. But wait, he’s pretty handsome.

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For the last time, 'The Hills' was fake

While appearing on Watch What Happens Live on Monday night, Kristin Cavallari confirmed the unthinkable: The Hills… was fake. (I’ll pause while you digest this. Take deep breaths. In. Out. In. Out. Ready?)

As a first-time guest, Cavallari was subjected to Plead the Fifth, a segment in which host Andy Cohen asks his guests three questions, only one of which they can choose not to answer. He started with a doozy: “How fake was The Hills?” “Oh, I don’t mind answering this question,” she promptly replied. “Pretty fake.” WHAT? “Fake relationships, fake fights… sorry.” You see, Ms. Cavallari was an actress that whole time. Don’t believe me? See for yourself: READ FULL STORY

'Gallery Girls' on Bravo: What is your damage?!

I’ve found my new favorite show to hate-watch (well, I love it but you will definitely maybe hate it): Gallery Girls on Bravo. This grotesque reality TV canvas is like a post-surrealist hybrid of The Hills and Girls — priced at $0 for all you art collectors! — that should probably just be called Bitches. It stars six young snots and one hardworking woman from Long Island who live and “work” in NYC and Brooklyn, which the show treats like a separate country.

Have I lost you yet, or do the two melting clocks in the desert (pictured) have you intrigued? READ FULL STORY

Lauren Conrad: What is your damage?

Former Hills star and current hair role model Lauren Conrad posted a video tutorial showing viewers how to cut the spines off of books, glue them to a box, and then store non-book items in that box. She used seemingly brand new copies of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. (Ooh, foreshadowing!) This turned out to be a FATAL ERROR — a bunch of book purists freaked out, the clip went viral, and LC removed the video all within a few hours Wednesday night. I know I’ll remember where I was when it happened for the rest of my life. Ha, no.

Lemony Snicket himself commented on Lauren’s peculiar failure to Slate: “It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented.”

Exactly. So why’d she have to take it down?

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When reality stars sing: Whose tune is the worst of all?

When reality stars sing, the results can be totally inoffensive (Brooke Hogan’s career) or surprisingly decent (Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” — seriously, it’s like a watered-down “Underneath It All”! In a good way!). More often, though, their songs are auto-tuned nightmares and tone-deaf raps, music that makes you yearn for a sweet shot of Adele to take the pain away.

In that vein, I offer up Teen Mom Farrah Abraham’s new single. Is it the worst piece of “music” in recorded history? It’s possible — though Abraham’s got some serious competition from other misguided reality crooners. Let’s survey the candidates, then decide which is the most rotten apple at the very bottom of the barrel:

Farrah Abraham (Teen Mom), “Getting Up from Rock Bottom”
The Lowdown: Knowing that this 21-year-old mother has endured substance abuse, depression, and her boyfriend’s death might make you feel bad about crapping all over her musical venture. But when a song is this dismal, it’s tough to practice the golden rule. Be sure to turn your speakers down before hitting “Play” on the linked SoundCloud file, unless you’d like to suffer from Pounding Eardrum Syndrome.
Worst Lyrics: Vocal effects are applied so thickly that you can’t really understand a word Abraham is yelping. Blessing in disguise?

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Bethenny Frankel, Lauren Conrad, and the reality of today's entreprelebrities

Bethenny Frankel wrapped her seventh season on reality TV last Monday and is currently preparing to take her claim to the talk-show circuit next Monday. Bethenny is just the latest venture in a mushrooming empire that includes liquor, fashion, and nutrition lines, as well as best-selling fiction and nonfiction books. How did Frankel leverage her exposure on reality — a format that is generally considered flash-in-the-pan and credibility-sinking — to earn hundreds of millions of dollars? Could she have done it on her own? EW reached out to business and marketing experts, as well as reality TV vets, to discover what it is that has taken Frankel from practically penniless to the Skinnygirl. READ FULL STORY

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt chugging toward the final stop on the celebreality train

My how the Heidi have fallen. Former Hills stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt came out today to bemoan their downtrodden situation, claiming they’re broke and fundamentally unemployable after their stint as villains on the hit MTV show. The couple gave The Daily Beast an interview during which they spilled behind-the-scenes secrets, put to bed the were-they-or-weren’t-they questions about their 2010 divorce drama, and generally demonstrated how sad the life of a washed-up reality star can be.  READ FULL STORY

2010's Most Bizarre Reality TV Moment: What's your pick?

“Most Bizarre” seems like the reality TV equivalent of “Best.” You gotta consider your genre!

Reality-TV-Hills-Idol-StarsImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC; Lifetime; MTV

It’s been a ridiculous year in “reality.” Bristol Palin outlasted fallen pop star Brandy in a televised ballroom dancing popularity contest. Ellen DeGeneres was suddenly sitting on Simon Cowell’s lap and then –poof!– both of them were gone. The Hills may have been fake molehills all along. And bangin’ Gretchen Jones took center stage on Project Runway, transforming the competition series into a riveting character study that often seemed like a senior-year elective for psych majors (PS 801: Raging Narcissism in the Age of Reality Television). READ FULL STORY

Audrina Patridge gets VH1 reality show. Cheers or crickets?

Audrina-PatridgeImage Credit: PRN/PR PhotosMaybe it’s because I’ve never seen an episode of the The Hills and I found Audrina Patridge’s eyes glassy and vacant on Dancing With the Stars even during her paso doble, but I’m rather indifferent to the news that she’s scored her own VH1 reality show. “It’s about my family, me and everything you’ve always wondered about,” Patridge explained last night, after her DWTS elimination. She’s teamed up with producer Mark Burnett, who’ll help her develop the show. It’s always strange to hear the word “develop” mentioned in the same breath as a non-competitive reality show, right? Naively, we want to believe that if a person is deemed interesting enough to get their own reality show, then his or her life can naturally produce 22 entertaining minutes a week. Realistically, however, producers can’t count on it.

Cheers or crickets?

Read more:
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Lauren Conrad returning to MTV for reality series

lauren-conradImage Credit: John Shearer/Getty ImagesLauren Conrad, star of MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills, announced on Ryan Searcrest’s radio show this morning that she would be returning to the network for a new reality show focusing on the young designer building her fashion house. (Conrad’s rep also confirmed the news; as of press time, MTV did not return EW’s calls for comment.) Conrad told Seacrest the new show “will be something very different.” The 24-year-old left The Hills on May 31, 2009 after attending frenemy Heidi Montag’s wedding to Spencer Pratt. More recently, she’s been focusing on her clothing line and her budding literary career (L.A. Candy; Sweet Little Lies).

What do you think about Lauren’s return to reality TV, PopWatchers? Will you watch this new show?

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