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What Is “The Snooki Formula”? A Casting Agent Explains

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“Start with a polarizing stereotype, saturate with unapologetic flaws, and then add in a dash of humanity for good measure. Snooki is this party girl with tons and tons of makeup and she’s loud and obnoxious. But then she cries and calls her mom or gets pregnant or something and then you find yourself kind of liking her.”

– Reality TV show casting agent Sarah Monson explains her “Snooki principle,” which she uses to cast shows like “The Bachelor” and “Survivor.” If you need more advice on how to be a “polarizing stereotype” with “unapologetic flaws,” Monson has written a whole book on the subject called Me On TV: The First Ever Kick-Ass Guide To Get You On Any Reality TV Show. Yes, a whole book of tips on how to act like a backstabbing lunatic with no personal dignity! [Business Insider]

Amy Poehler Feels Your Embarassment

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"Ask Amy!"

Is there something wrong with me that I totally relate to “Ask Amy,” Amy Poehler’s video advice series for teen girls? Because I still tuck my dress into my panties all the time and embarrass myself in front of everyone, like, every week. When Amy Poehler gives a gentle lecture about needing to learn how to laugh at yourself, it sounds so easy. Her sons Archie and Abel are lucky, lucky kids. [YouTube]

Ryan Gosling Believes In Marriage Before Children; Eva Mendes Doesn’t Believe In Marriage

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  • Trouble in Ryan Gosling Land! The Gos believes in “marital commitment before children,” says a source, but girlfriend Eva Mendes “doesn’t support the institution of marriage.” Oh no, what will they do? Well, the same source says Mendes is considering proposing to Gosling because she’s 38 and the biological clock is ticking. Which seems like a weird thing to do if she does not believe in marriage, right? Anyway, Ryan should really be a gentleman and respond to Amelia’s marriage proposal first. [Or we can just live in sin. Whatever he wants. I don't care. Call me, Ryan! -- Editor] [Celebitchy]
  • Lady Gaga got rushed by a fan in Romania. Luckily a bodyguard was on hand to take the guy out. [Celebrity Cafe, PopCrush]
  • Also, Ke$ha says that alleged open letter from her to Gaga about wearing fur is fake. [PopCrush]
  • Kris Smith: you had me at “shirtless soccer stud.” [Socialite Life]
  • Infatuation … the silent relationship killer. [A New Mode]
  • A “Dark Knight” kitten! [The FW] Keep reading »

As A Lay Frying: Your New Favorite Literary Donut Tumblr

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The world needs more blogs pairing pictures of donuts with literary quotes, I always say.  As I Lay Frying — Faulkner joke! — is just what us biblio-donut-philes need.  [As I Lay Frying]

Whoopsies: “Honey Boo Boo” Mama Had ’08 Arrest

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  • June, the mama on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” was arrested in 2008 for “contempt of court/state” and “theft/taking.” Wonder what that was all about. Luckily, June has now figured out how to get things for free thanks to her extreme couponing habit. [BuzzFeed via Starcasm]
  • A week after his boyfriend was photographed kissing another man, Anderson Cooper is vacay-ing with Kelly Ripa and Andy Cohen in Croatia. [Socialite Life]
  • Is this the Chinese Adele? [The FW]
  • Ten sex questions from 7th graders that most adults probably can’t answer. [Babble] Keep reading »

Pussy Riot Issues Statement On Eve Of Court Verdict

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  • Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has written a letter, passed through her lawyers, on the night before her court verdict is read. Pussy Riot has been on trial these past two weeks in Russia over an incident in February when the feminist punk band disrupted a church service and spoke out publicly against President Vladimir Putin. ”Our being in jail is a clear and distinct sign that freedom is being taken away from the whole country,” she wrote in her letter. “And this threat of destruction of the liberating, emancipatory forces of Russia is what makes me angry.” [Guardian UK]
  • Need more proof that Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan is a scary, scary man? Ryan sponsored a bill that would define a fertilized egg as “a life,” which is the same logic used in personhood amendments that could render IVF, some birth control, and all abortion illegal. [Jezebel]
  • Why presidential debate moderators should reflect the United States’ diversity. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »
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