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'Project Runway' season 9 designers unveiled for us to judge (based mostly on their headshots)

You better work! Lifetime has the 20 new designers for Project Runway season 9 up online, and it’s bothering me way more than it should that some of their Facebook “like” tallies are exponentially higher than the others. Is “Gunnar Deatherage” a) a real person and b) the most popular because he’s the only one wearing shades in his headshot? Should I be wearing my favorite big-ass mirrorball sunglasses while I blog? Should I start a campaign for everyone who reads this to log on and “like” Becky Ross right now? I’d feel so good about that, but also dishonest. She might be annoying. You guys. Facebook is crazy.

Fret not: In addition to their headshots and early popularity counts, Lifetime has home videos of the 20 designers and portfolios of their past work. My early standouts include Fallene Wells for design, Bryce Black for childhood overalls, and Joshua Christensen for potential to be a serial killer. What about you?

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Emmy nominations announced Thursday: Which longshot are you rooting for most?

Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday morning at 8:35 a.m. ET. You can watch Mike & Molly‘s Melissa McCarthy and Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson do the honors on Emmys.com. Our critic Ken Tucker has posted both his predictions of who will be nominated, and his dream ballot of who should be nominated. For argument’s sake, let’s consider anything NOT on his predictions list a longshot. Which longshot are you rooting for most?

I’ve already emailed Ken to tell him that his predictions made me angry with the Academy and they haven’t even snubbed Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant yet. READ FULL STORY

Tony Bennett still has it. Who else?

The casual music fan who watched this season’s American Idol finale and saw Tony Bennett, who turns 85 next month, dueting with Haley Reinhart knows Bennett is still going strong, but you can’t really appreciate how amazing he sounds until you see him live. I caught a show recently, and he’s the first singer to ever make me tear up twice in the same song (“Maybe This Time”). After 60 years in the business, his voice is still powerful and he’s made holding a mic into an art form — he knows precisely how the distance from his mouth will affect not only the volume but the mood. I love it when he drops the mic by his side and the sound is faint, intimate, and pure.  READ FULL STORY

Update: Charlie Day, movie star, is happening. Help name his PopWatch category.

We’re starting to write about Charlie Day so often, it might be time for him to get his own PopWatch category. Feel free to nominate a name for it in the comments section. Like Skarsgard Your Loins, our reader-suggested category for Alexander Skarsagard, it should have his name in it somehow. Today’s news: Variety reports that the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star (and Going the Distance and Horrible Bosses scene-stealer) is in talks to join Guillermo del Toro’s alien invasion flick Pacific Rim. Per the trade, Day would play a professor, and the filmmakers, who have already tapped Sons of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam, are looking to cast more rising talent. There’s no word on whether Day is the comic relief, but I’m hoping for a Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day-vibe. You?

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Michael Buble reschedules concert to attend Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, remains Canadian

We’ve always liked Michael Buble, and now we know why: He announced to fans yesterday that he was rescheduling tonight’s concert at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun to Thursday night so he could attend Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in his hometown, Vancouver. Technically, the message on Bublé’s website says the change in date is to “accommodate all ‘Die-Hard’ hockey fans in the Northeast, so they can view game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals,” which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. It’s convenient for him that his beloved Canucks are facing off against the Boston Bruins so that sounds somewhat altruistic instead of entirely (and wonderfully) self-indulgent.

Bublé’s fans, at least the ones who know him well, will likely forgive him the inconvenience: READ FULL STORY

Why 'Parks and Rec,' 'Community,' and 'Justified' can hope for an Emmy nod: Thank the TCA Awards!

Earlier this week, nominations for the 27th annual Television Critics Association Awards were announced. With Emmy nomination ballots not due until June 24 (nominations are announced July 14), we got to wondering what the critics’ picks could tell us about the Academy’s. After comparing the last 10 years’ worth of nominations, here are four predictions:

• When a primetime comedy makes it into the TCA’s all-encompassing Program of the Year category — which has only happened four times between 2001 and 2010 — it always earns an Emmy nomination. That means Parks and Recreation — the sole comedy in TCA’s 2011 Program of the Year category — should earn its first Emmy nod for Outstanding Comedy Series.  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' returns THIS MONTH. Time to start thinking about who Sookie should sleep with first. Poll!

Have you heard that True Blood returns June 26? Yeah, we thought so. But look at this way: Now that it’s June 1, the level of your anticipation isn’t quite so freakish. As Pam suggests in the latest promo, embedded below, Sookie needs someone. Whose arms are you hoping she ends up in first? Do not let the accompanying photo sway you. READ FULL STORY

Moviegoer etiquette: What food is acceptable to smuggle into a theater?

I came out of my TV cave yesterday and decided that three months was far too long to have gone without seeing a new movie. If you were on Twitter around 5 p.m., you might have even been one of the kind people who helped me pick which movie to go see. (Spoiler: Most people said Bridesmaids, so that won.) Only, my rare moviegoing experience took a turn for the unpleasant shortly after the flick began, when the person next to me decided it was a great opportunity to eat his cheeseburgerREAD FULL STORY

'Bachelorette': Should producers tell Ashley the truth about Bentley? Poll!

about her.” It’s tough to watch Ashley fall for the guy knowing from the “this season on The Bachelorette” promo embedded below that she’ll end up in the fetal position sobbing over him (or at least that’s what we’re led to believe). But then again, Ashley did get a warning from a franchise alum who’s friends with Bentley’s ex-wife claiming that he’s not on the show “for the right reasons” — and she chose not to ask him point blank about it because he’s hot. (Instead, she just asked him to always be honest with her and gave him a rose last, which, I’m guessing, hurt his pride enough to make him want to play her ever harder.) So, what’s your verdict? Vote in the poll below. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' starts tonight: Let the ab parade and heartbreak begin!

The seventh edition of The Bachelorette premieres tonight (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), and we’ll find out if aspiring dentist Ashley Hebert, who let her mind get in the way of her heart when vying for Brad Womack, can find a husband among the 25 men producers have selected for herEntertainment Weekly executive editor Kristen Baldwin will return with her weekly recap, while host Chris Harrison is back with his weekly blog. While we await their expert analysis, here’s what I anticipate judging from the early promos:

• A lot of skin. These men are so cut, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had to remove their shirts during casting. (Question for Harrison!)

• A lot of needless drama. If producers really wanted to make sure all contestants were on the show for the right reason (to find love), they could. If he says, “I’m gonna win,” he’s not. Look out for a man named Bentley. Ashley heard from a fellow Bachelor alum who’s friendly with his ex-wife that he’s supposedly there to promote his business. Ashley chooses not to ask him about it directly, but instead trust the sincere vibe he’s not giving off. In the second clip embedded below, he explains that he already knows it won’t work, that he could care less, and that maybe he would feel differently if Emily Maynard were the Bachelorette. I hope he gets kneed in the nuts at some point.

• A lot of booze. In the web exclusive clip below, we see contestant Tim is rendered incoherent for his first sit-down chat with Ashley and eventually passes out. You can judge him. As someone who has to have at least two mojitos in her to make it through this show, I shouldn’t.  READ FULL STORY

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