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Tyra's weightiest threat

9172__model_l_1Hey, America’s Next Top Models, anybody want a cookie? Stop screaming in horror! If you hope to appear on the runways of Madrid any time soon, you better snack up: Legislators in the Spanish capital have insisted that anyone wishing to participate in their current fashion week shows must have a body mass index (weight to height ratio) of at least 18; for a 5’9" model, that means weighing approximately 123 pounds. 123 pounds!!

Craziness… and it’s not just for Spaniards anymore: India’s health minister is following suit, and folks in Milan are getting antsy, too. Basically, this is a domino effect of massive proportions (well, 123-pound proportions, anyway) that could ripple across every level of the known universe.

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Stop the presses! Who are the best dressed?

95845__alba_lOMG I am so excited, Pop Watchers. And scared. Excited and scared! Why? Because today is the day People magazine announcestheir annual Best Dressed list! In my household, Best-Dressed Day isbasically a combination of the Fourth of July, Christmas morning, and anElton John concert all rolled into one: My family gets out of bed atthe crack of dawn, wraps itself from head to toe in couture, thenstumbles bleary-eyed downstairs to bunch together on the sofa and letthe fireworks begin, slowly turning the pages of the magazine one byone, oohing and aahing at the sartorially gifted as they float,rendered flawlessly in matte, ranked professionally by the rankingprofessionals at People, who cannot be beat when it comes to rankingall things beautiful.

You can imagine, then, my excitement to click on this link

Here goes…

1. Jennifer Aniston. Okay. Okay. She always looks very put together, buffedto a sheen, carnauba-waxed for protection against the elements, thatchoice is boring, but it works fine.

2. Halle Berry. Okay. She’s pretty, but I wouldn’t say best dressedper se. Plus, she’s hardly been that visible this year. Interestingchoice, People magazine. But you are my gods! So thus I nod and obey.

3. Jessica Alba (pictured). Wha? Is anyone ever even looking at her clothes? What in the name of Gwen Stefani is going on here?

GASP! Wait. What does that say? WHAT DOES THAT SAY??

"Elizabeth Sporkin, People’s executive editor, said for the first timethe list was picked by online readers and not the magazine’s editors."

Holy crab cakes, this time you online meddlers have gone too far! Youcan have your MySpace profiles, and your vaguely-interesting YouTubevideos. Hell, you can even come over here and tell me I’m a moron inthe comment space! But you cannot– cannot — replace the professionalrankers at a major national publication! Out, demons! Slagkicks! Irebuke thee! Good day, sirs!

I said good day!

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Summer's new catchphrase? Step up!

The summer of 2005 was a winning one for catchphrases, with ‘‘Hell to the no,” ”I don’t wanna see that,” ”can you handle my truth?” all buzzing around like jaunty fireflies at a late night backyard barbeque. This year, though, has seen a virtual slogan drought, unless, of course, folks in your circle have begun declaring that they’re bringin’ sexy back, or threatening to drop their London bridges (whatever that means).

Still, motto maniacs might finally have some reason to rejoice, as ”step up” appears thisclose to pop-cultural saturation. Consider:

-Coming to theaters August 11, is Step Up, which appears to be a hastily assembled, big-screen mashup of So You Think You Can Dance and Save the Last Dance, starring the sickeningly fit Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. (Don’t front, you’re totally gonna go see it.)

-Last night’s episode of HGTV Design Star featured contestants talking about the need to ”step up” their decorating games.

-And Friday night’s premiere of IFC’s very funny The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman focused on a cultish Hollywood self-help/religious movement called The Platform. Their main mantra — yeah, you guessed it — ”Step up!”

Still, to see if ”step up” actually holds up, I think it’s important that we can find ways to work it into everyday conversation. Let me give it a whirl. "In Ciara’s new video for "Get Up" (incidentally, the first single from the Step Up soundtrack), methinks she needs to step up the waistline on her low-riders, ’cause I don’t need to see that!"

Hmmm. Does that work? I’m still not sure. But any additional sightings or usages of "Step Up" should be reported to PopWatch HQ immediately. Thank you.

Trend Watch: Magicians are HOT!

10435__prestige_lThe world is about to discover what Claudia Schiffer has known for years: Magicians are hot! No, not because David Blaine is about to be swallowed by a whale (though that would be a nifty trick), but because three upcoming movie releases focus on illusionists, and all of ‘em look pretty intriguing.

The one I’m most excited about is the film adaptation of Christopher Priest’s novel The Prestige, from director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento), starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman (pictured) as magicians whose fierce competition turns deadly. While the trailer packs in oodles of information (and eerie turn-of-the-century sleight-of-hand contraptions), it doesn’t give away so much that you feel like you know all its secrets (that haunting ”I know what you really are!” is still giving me chills). And with Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine rounding out the cast, you can count me in when it hits theaters this fall.

Ever the trendsetters, J-o-h-a-n-s-s-o-n and Jackman (I’m not the only one who likes to call him Huge Ackman, am I?) can also be seen later this month in Woody Allen’s Scoop, another film that’s got a  magic trick at its core. Unfortunately, though, the director’s trademark humor seems to have done a disappearing act from the preview, so I’m taking a wait-and-see approach.

And then, there’s another thriller, The Illusionist (due Aug. 18), which boasts a rock solid cast of its own, including Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. This one looks like a tasty mashup of suspense and romance, too, and while it’s not as high on my must list as The Prestige, it’s still bound to raise the profiles of folks like Blaine, Penn & Teller, and Misty Lee.

Of course, all those movies aside, if Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett wins the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, that’d be the real magic. Just make sure you don’t call it a trick, because, as his Gob would tell you, that’s something a whore does for money. And Gob’s work is better than that. (Click here and here to see for yourself.)

Trend Watch: Flesh is HOT!

172919__shoe_l_1OMG! Did you guys hear? Mary-Kate and Ashley are about to rock the next great footwear trend — The Flesh Shoe! It’s gonna make bag-lady chic look so 2004. And Mischa Barton is gonna be wicked jealous she didn’t discover it first. Just don’t forget, you first heard this fabricated celeb-fashion scoop first at PopWatch. (And thanks to MetaFilter for the gag-inducing link!)

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Trend of the day: Do-overs

171137__hulkbor_lThe New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition defines "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again" as "Keep trying." And in that spirit of redundancy, I present this week’s trend: the do-over.

1. Marvel Studios chief Avi Arad has made cryptic comments suggesting that the new Hulk movie he’s preparing is a do-over of the ill-fated Ang Lee angst-fest (pictured). Arad is making a new Hulk movie "in-house," under the new Marvel Studios banner, and he lyrically describes it as "big and awesome and a big ride." When asked if he’d be bringing in a completely new cast, Arad said: "It’s a do-over." I didn’t know you got do-overs in feature filmmaking. If that’s possible, well, I’d like to call a "tag-back" on Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, which I had to sit through this morning.

2. Family of B.I.G. vs. City of Los Angeles: Last we heard, a mistrial had been declared. Now we’ve got a re-trial on our hands. So this means we’ll finally find out who really killed the Notorious B.I.G., right? Right. And they’ll find Hoffa the same day.

3. What’s the expression again? Ah, yes: History repeats itself as bluegrass. You’ve probably seen the video of David Lee Roth performing his bluegrass version of "Jump" on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, but the studio version is a far better representation of the song itself. Plus, you’re not so distracted by Roth, in bad pastels, looking goofy-lost in a crescent of fiddlers. Oh, and as long as we’re listing off bluegrass do-overs, Stereogum’s got another I’ve taken a cotton to: Dolly Parton’s reinvention of Billy Joel’s Travelin’ Prayer.

4. Oh, and wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute! Pete Seeger doesn’t like Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome cover album after all! Call him crotchety, but I think when you’re Seeger’s age, you’ve earned a couple of do-overs.

The delicate art of Japanese Ebonics

Japan is a competitive culture. And economists predict that, in the future, whoever controls the supply of African-American vernacular will control the world. Therefore, the Japanese have taken steps to educate their young in that rapidly expanding field: Ebonics.

Funny thing is, I think white film agents are using this same textbook. One of them accosted me the other day with "playa playa show me some love." Definitely sounded as if it had been translated from Japanese.

So that’s your anthropology lesson for the day. Office hours are, as always, never.

Trend Watch: Who has the best celebrity beard?

92337__dan_lThese days, celebrity beards are hottt! (Lip fuzz is, like, so five minutes ago.) Not just goatees or soul patches but the big bushy kind that rate somewhere between Abraham Lincoln and ZZ Top.

At USA Today’s Pop Candy blog, Whitney Matheson showcases some of the best of the current crop of chin-fuzz sporters, including Daniel Day-Lewis (pictured), Matisyahu, Michael Douglas, Zeke from Lost, and the guy from this creepy new Skittles ad. (Of course, I think Zeke should be disqualified, now that we know his beard is fake.)

Alas, Matheson fails to include George Clooney (in Syriana), Ewan McGregor (as Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Mel Gibson. Of the several beards pictured at Pop Candy, I’d say the best is, surprisingly, that of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. It’s well-groomed, has a touch of gray, and makes MCA actually look distinguished.

Who’s your pick?

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Trend Watch: We're having a 'Big Chill' moment

101411__chill_lPut on the Motown records and start dancing around your kitchen: The stars of The Big Chill are suddenly ubiquitous again. To wit:

So we noticed yesterday that recent Oscar nominee William Hurt and his left-on-the-cutting-room-floor Chill costar Kevin Costner are costarring in the thriller Mr. Brooks. (Today comes news that fellow 1980s relic Demi Moore is joining them.)

Chill couple Kevin Kline and Glenn Close are both still busy in movies, of course — Kline, recently in The Pink Panther, will costar in The Great Buck Howard with Tom Hanks, while Close has signed on to reprise her ‘toon role in a sequel to the recent Hoodwinked.

Jeff Goldblum (at right) and Tom Berenger (at left) are both doing TV pilots: Goldblum as a cop who sees dead people in NBC’s Raines; Berenger in ABC’s campus drama October Road.

In TV guest spots this month, Mary Kay Place showed up on CBS’ Numb3rs and HBO’s Big Love (she’ll also check into Seattle Grace on Sunday’s Grey’s Anatomy), while JoBeth Williams (center) got shot in the leg by Kiefer Sutherland on Fox’s 24.

Even the little boy in the bathtub, Chill director Lawrence Kasdan’s son Jon, is working: He’s about to release his directorial debut, In the Land of Women, starring Adam Brody.

About the only one who’s sitting this out is Meg Tilly, who’s been MIA for a decade. Guess she just needed a big chill-out.

The top 5 oddities of Toy Fair

155016__speed_lI spent the better part of last weekend trudging around in the Blizzard of ’06 to bring you the weirdest and coolest finds at the American International Toy Fair here in New York City. Here are my top five, in no particular order:

1. Speed Racer is back!  It’s the 40th anniversary of the cartoon and ArtAsylum is bringing out a new Speed Racer. The story revolves aroundSpeed as the father of ornery twins (pictured) who don’t want to listen to Pops(yes, they still race).  But don’t worry, all the original characters are still around: RacerX has grey hair (just like Speed), Chim Chim is a huge gorilla, andSpritle’s all growed up too. The show will launch exclusively online inJuly, no word yet on where, with toys and figures planned as well.

2. Monster Allergy This Italian cartoon import, soon to air on Cartoon Network and Kids’ WB! is about Zick, who looks like a 2-D version of the Gorillaz, a boy who can see monsters thanks to his hay fever, and follows his destiny to become a Monster Tamer. Brilliant! Upper Deck (yes, THAT Upper Deck) is releasing a trading-card game based on the series later this year. 

3.  Blue Man Group.  Leave it to the zany Blue Men to put out a line of instruments made out of faux PVC piping for kids. (They’ll be available this summer from Toy Quest.) But, screw the kids, I’ll be the first to push my niece out of the way to create my own musical masterpiece. While the keyboard is interesting, it’s the motion-sensor instrument that responds when you wave your hand over the tubes that floored me. But the best part? The ability to hook your iPod up to them and mix over your favorite songs.  My mash up of Jewel‘s "You Were Meant for Me" is going to be SLAMMIN’. 

4. Saw puppet. I love Saw as much as the next person, but this puppet from Sideshow Collectibles/Medicom Toys just freaks me out. Not saying I wouldn’t want one, but it’s still creepy.  And I must say I’m disappointed it doesn’t come with the trike he rides in the film.  It’ll be out in time for Saw 3 (which hits theaters in October).

5. Rocky. Rocky Balboa (a.k.a. Rocky 6) won’t be in theaters until early next year, so in the interim, why not collect the whole line of action figures?! Jakks Pacific gives us trainers, girlfriends, opponents and Rockys from all five films. I personally love the slabs of beef that come with the figure from the original.

Now I’m off to play with the most incredible thing I got at the fair: my new Pikachu ring tone!

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