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Ian Somerhalder heading home to hand out 'Vampire Diaries' beads at Mardi Gras -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

New Orleans might be the setting for Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, but it’s also the real-life hometown of Ian Somerhalder. And this year, it seems the vamp-by-day and activist-by-night is heading home to do a little celebrating.

Somerhalder will serve as co-grand marshal (along with The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus) during Mardi Gras’ main event, the Krewe of Endymion Parade & Extravaganza. On Saturday, March 1, Somerhalder will hit the streets of New Orleans, and we’ve got an exclusive look at the custom Vampire Diaries beads he will hand out to spectators.

“I am so excited to be coming back to my hometown to ride with Endymion,” Somerhalder told EW exclusively. “I am so grateful. It’s truly an honor.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m booking a flight to New Orleans. After all, Somerhalder does have a history of confessing his love when handing over necklaces. Necklaces, beads — what’s the difference?

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

You go, Lindsay Lohan! Actress posts 'Mean Girls' reunion pic -- PHOTO













Four for you, Lindsay Lohan.

It’s exactly what you wanted, Internet. Mean Girls co-stars Lindsay Lohan and Daniel Franzese (DAMIAN!) met up for dinner this week, and Lohan posted the photographic evidence on Instagram, alongside the message “@whatsupdanny #soquiche #werknyc ❤.” Franzese regrammed the pic, alongside his own message: “Sexy #regram from @lindsaylohan a Classic NYC moment after an amazing dinner at #BodegaNegra You can’t sit with us!”

Franzese: Solid Mean Girls reference. Lohan: Stop trying to make quiche happen. It’s not going to happen.

Ready to feel old? It’s been nearly 10 years (!) since Mean Girls hit theaters and introduced you to two hours of quotes you’re still regularly using in conversation.

We just hope Damian finally got his pink shirt back.

Why snowboard slopestyle is worth tuning in for (even without Shaun White)

The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics is on Friday, but a few events actually begin Thursday. Among them, snowboard slopestyle, which makes its Olympic debut in Sochi after years of wowing crowds at the X Games with its combination of slick rails and big-air jumps. The sport has already grabbed headlines now that Shaun White has withdrawn from the event — a day after jamming his wrist on the course that has also claimed a broken collarbone and a concussion from other athletes during practice — to focus on his quest for a gold medal three-peat in halfpipe. (He wasn’t expected to medal in slopestyle.) EW spoke with commentator Todd Harris, who’ll handle snowboard play-by-play for NBC in Sochi, before White’s announcement. Here’s why you still want to tune in.

For those who’ve never seen slopestyle, let’s start with video of Canada’s Max Parrot earning X Games gold in Aspen last month: READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 5

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I have to admit, when I heard we were going to visit Vietnam this season I was a little surprised and more than a little intrigued. Vietnam is a mysterious country that we obviously have a tremendous amount of history with. I was looking forward to seeing for myself what this land and its people had to offer. I’m happy to say that what I found far exceeded any expectations I had. From the moment we landed, the people couldn’t have been more warm and welcoming. Our crew did have a slight problem at the airport trying to bring walkie-talkies into the country, but other than that it was smooth sailing. We stayed at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. It’s about a 20-minute drive past what used to be known as China Beach. I don’t say this flippantly and I think our crew will agree: this was easily one of the nicest, most luxurious resorts we’ve ever stayed in. From the beach all the way up to the ridiculous breakfast buffet, that resort has it all.

Renee got the first date this week and they spent it in the small town of Hoi An, which was about a 45-minute drive from our hotel. I went into this quaint village with some of our crew several times without cameras or fanfare and we felt comfortable there. We had amazing experiences shopping, dining and just getting lost in the city. Renee and Juan Pablo also found it easy to get lost in this village together. Renee just makes life easy for everybody. The fact that she’s a single mom is part of it, but it also has a lot to do with the woman she is. These two obviously connect because they’re both parents, but I think there’s a lot more to it than that. READ FULL STORY

'Full House' guys reunite on 'Watch What Happens Live' -- with a very special surprise guest! VIDEO

It was a full house last night on Watch What Happens Live.

In addition to John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier — who’ve been making the press rounds together in anticipation of their Super Bowl commercial this weekend — DJ Tanner herself, Candace Cameron Bure, stopped by the clubhouse to help host Andy Cohen quiz the guys about what they remember regarding the details of their 1988-1995 sitcom. As evidenced by knowing what DJ’s full name is (Donna Jo), clearly John Stamos finds himself drawn into the near-constant reruns more than he lets on.

Watch the clip below:
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Watch a 16-year-old Keith Urban sing Air Supply on Aussie TV talent show -- VIDEO

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A video of a young Keith Urban competing on the Aussie TV talent show New Faces in 1983 was uploaded to YouTube last month. While a few country music and radio station blogs spotted it, it needs to be adored by the masses. The future American Idol judge performs his countrymen’s song “All Out of Love” and gets mixed reviews from the panel, which could foresee his bright future.  READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars' trailer: A deep dive

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“I’m crying.” “Dead.” “It’s perfect.” “She’s not who I pictured.” “He’s so cute.”

One might expect those kind of over-the-top reactions from fans when the first look at a superhero or other likely summer blockbuster debuts. (I mean, we all remember where we were when we first saw Heath Ledger as the Joker, right?) But today was a different kind of big summer movie: Fans got the first full-length trailer for the movie adaptation of the beloved YA book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Starring About-To-Be-It-Girl Shailene Woodley as well as I’m-Also-In-Divergent Ansel Elgort, the tearjerker features the duo as a couple of teens who meet in a cancer support group. While Hazel resists their relationship in fear of eventually hurting him with her death, he persists and their ensuing adventure of love and life resonated with readers of all ages. (The book is currently number one on Amazon’s bestseller list.) While the sarcastic humor and edge of the novel is one of the main reasons people have latched on so strongly to it (Read: This isn’t A Walk To Remember),  the plot is quite heavy – so it was no surprise there were quite a few feelings over the 2:30 clip released this afternoon.

Let’s break it down (Light spoilers follow. Read the book. Just do it.) READ FULL STORY

Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael take on 'Les Mis' like you've never seen before

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Stars! They’re just like us: They perform silly reenactments of the “Confrontation” scene from Les Misérables whenever they can.

Proving there’s never a time when Les Mis isn’t relevant, real-life BFFs and your fantasy friends Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael took on the iconic number from the musical and attempted to perform it in a way the youths of today could understand it — by setting the memorable song at a music video-ready house party that seems more likely to welcome Justin Bieber than prisoner 24601.

Wilson channels Jean Valjean, although this time, the chains of bondage are really just cool chain necklaces. Meanwhile, viewers can mourn being deprived Raphael’s Javert on the big screen — Russell Crowe has got nothing on her high heels & sunglasses combo.

Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'Brokeback Mountain,' Sarah Palin and Klingons: 10 operas based on pop culture

Opera has always been a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist of Western society. Historical events, popular stories, real people—they’ve all inspired musicalizations which allow patrons to connect directly with cultural moments in artistic ways.

But while opera may have stopped being the most popular art form, it never stopped being a relevant one. Hats off to the contemporary composers who continue to devote themselves to breathing life into the art form (because if they don’t, who will?). Opera is an endangered species, much like pandas or stenographers, and it continues to thrive creatively by reflecting the pop culture moments—movies, novels, reality stars—that you perhaps didn’t expect to be made operatic.

You may not have known that there’s a Brokeback Mountain opera opening January 28 in Madrid. Or that New York City Opera ended its decades-long run with an opera about Anna Nicole Smith. In fact, there are a slew of recent pop culture-inspired operas you might not know about: READ FULL STORY

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