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Tyra Banks shares 'Modelland' secrets at Teen Choice. We think.

Tyra Banks at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards

Tyra Banks never ceases to surprise us. Last year, the "America's Next Top Model" host turned heads when she decided to enter an elite Harvard Business School program. And at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, she talked up the new young-adult novel she's written.

And it sounds, uh, interesting.

Photos: Teen Choice Awards arrivals 2011

The book, "Modelland," will be published in September and is about a world where models — called "Intoxibellas" — are the only famous people around.

"Four girls make it into Modelland that are not supposed to be there that are quirky-looking," the former Victoria's Secret pinup explained on the red carpet. "Those four girls are running for their lives because Modelland is rumored to also bring civilian girls to the school to torture them and bathe in their blood."

Follow that?

Banks said she came up with the out-there idea for the novel, which she says will be the first in the series, while driving on FDR Drive in New York. But is she worried that her celebrity status will prevent her from being taken seriously as an author?

"I question when 'celebrities' write books," she admitted. "But I don't consider myself a celebrity. I consider myself a businesswoman. I'm in business school. I'm a producer and a creator and a storyteller, so it's a little bit different than being an actress and being like, 'I wrote a book!' "

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— Amy Kaufman
twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: Tyra Banks onstage during the 2011 Teen Choice Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.


Ian Somerhalder, Justin Bieber rub elbows at Teen Choice Awards

Justin Bieber and Ian Somerhalder at 2011 Teen Choice Awards

It was hard to move an elbow at the Teen Choice Awards red carpet Sunday night without bumping into a hot young star. Even celebrities were running into celebrities.

Case in point: The Ministry was chatting with "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder about the show's upcoming third season -- "Can you believe? Season 3? People actually want to watch the show? I mean, what the hell is going on?' -- when the actor got a tap on the back from Justin Bieber.

Photos: Teen Choice Awards arrivals 2011

Bieber embraced Somerhalder, whom he'd met at the MuchMusic Video Awards a few weeks back.

"Selena [Gomez] was hosting" at those awards in Bieber's native Canada, Somerhalder explained, "and they're adorable."

Meanwhile, reporters who'd spotted the famous pair interacting took the opportunity to throw questions at Bieber -- who had otherwise skipped the majority of the media line.

"What's your favorite teen movie?" one shouted out.

"The candles movie?" Bieber replied.

Oh, Biebs. We think you mean "Sixteen Candles."

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-- Amy Kaufman
twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photos: Justin Bieber, left, and Ian Somerhalder arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards. Credits: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Sean Kingston's red carpet return: Teen Choice Awards [Video]

Sean Kingston at the Teen Choice Awards with Tyra Banks
Only a few months ago, singer Sean Kingston was laid up in a hospital bed, clinging to life after crashing his jet ski in Miami. He sustained serious injuries in May and required multiple surgeries, including one on his heart.

Now back on his feet and 45 pounds lighter, Kingston hit the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, his first red carpet event since the ordeal.

Photos: Teen Choice Awards arrivals 2011

"I basically learned that in life, anything can happen," he said. "You've gotta count your blessings and you've gotta worship God and believe in God and know that anything can happen -- so you just gotta be cautious with what you do."

Kingston, who is heading into the studio this week to start work on his next album, said he is now "thinking more" before he jumps into risky situation, and has retired his jet ski -- "for now."

The artist was on hand at the Gibson Amphitheater to present his friend Justin Bieber with the award for choice male artist. On the red carpet, Kingston said the young pop star had been a supportive friend throughout his health scare.

And as for rumors that Bieber's girlfriend, Selena Gomez, broke up with the young pop star because she didn't want him hanging out with "bad boy" Kingston?

"That's all rumors," Kingston said on the carpet. "Selena's my friend. We all friends."

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-- Amy Kaufman
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Photo: Sean Kingston and Tyra Banks present the award for top male musical artist at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheater. Credit: Mario Anzuoni /Reuters.


Taylor Lautner on how to freak out an insurance company [Video]

Taylor Lautner at the Teen Choice Awards

Taylor Lautner's most recent film may have swept the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, but he had something decidedly non-"Twilight" on his mind on the red carpet.

That would be "Abduction," the young star's first major movie in which he doesn't play a werewolf, out next month. In the action film, the 19-year-old plays a man attempting to find out his true identity after seeing his image on a missing-persons website -- an adventure that lends itself to some pretty intense stunts, the actor said.

Photos: Teen Choice Awards arrivals 2011

"I slide down this huge glass awning to an escalator, and I actually did that all myself," Lautner told E! News' Marc Malkin outside the Gibson Amphitheater before heading inside, where he'd named choice male actor for his role in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

"The insurance company was freaking out the whole movie because every single day I'd show up and the question would be, 'I'm doing all my stunts, right?' And 99% of the time, the answer was 'yes,' which was great. But, yeah, I got a few bruises. But nothing too bad."

As for the fans lining the carpet trying to catch a glimpse of him Sunday night, Lautner insisted he was still not accustomed to the fanfare.

"I don't think I ever get used to it," he said, smiling. "It's always different in a way and so surreal."

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-- Amy Kaufman
twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: Taylor Lautner arrives at the Teen Choice Awards. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press


Getting down with the Teen Choice Award winners

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Kevin McHale at the Teen Choice Awards "The Twilight Saga" and those associated were the big winners at Monday's Teen Choice Awards, but Sandra Bullock did OK with "The Blind Side" and "The Proposal" as well -- plus Sandy got to make yet another award-show appearance with Betty White, who may now hold the title of the hardest working woman in showbiz. (Maybe someone should make sure Betty hasn't already taken her "best dance" trophy surfboard down the beach for a spin?)

To see highlights and lowlights of how the night went down, in pictures, click here. For a photo gallery of red-carpet arrivals, starting with a very slender Lea Michele, click the picture of "Glee's" Kevin McHale at left. (We love that hair so much we're running the pic into the ground!

Finally, those who want to cut to the chase can find a list of winners right here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Sandra Bullock does something resembling the Bump with Betty White on Aug. 8, 2010, at the Teen Choice Awards. The show aired the next night. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Backstage with Jason Derulo, Leighton Meester at the Teen Choice Awards [video] [updated]

It wasn't exactly packed backstage at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, but a few winners did fight the urge to jump immediately into those black limos and chauffeured Escalades and hit the road. "Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester, soccer star David Beckham and singer Jason Derulo were some of the few who opted instead to pose next to their surfboard trophies and talk to the media.



"The energy from the fans was incredible," said Derulo, who had just finished a performance of his hit single "In My Head."

Kevin McHale at the Teen Choice Awards "The teens is like, my demographic, so it's always awesome."

Derulo, evidently, is keenly aware of his demographic. When asked what he'd do to celebrate his wins, he offered up this age-appropriate answer:

"I'm gonna have some apple cider and just kind of chill and relax," the 20-year-old said. "I already felt like a winner before I came here, so it's just like the cherry on the pie."

Other winners had less glamorous post-award-show plans. "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester -- who was voted best actress -- was headed straight to the airport to fly back to New York, where her CW show is currently filming. (Keep reading -- there's more video after the break.)

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Selena Gomez, 'Glee' and 'Vampire Diaries' represent for their fans at the Teen Choice Awards [video] [Updated]

Selena-gomez At the Teen Choice Awards, we thought we'd encounter the biggest and brightest stars in the teen stratosphere. Instead, we got Levi Johnston.

At the awards show, filmed Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheatre to air Monday evening, we got only a glimpse of some of the most in-demand tweens.

Kevin McHale at the Teen Choice Awards "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner stayed far away from the blue carpet. Zac Efron was there to present an award but left right afterward (Maybe so he could catch his girlfriend's curtain call for "Rent" over at the Hollywood Bowl?) And Justin Bieber appeared on the broadcast only via satellite.

But one popular star who did make time for the demographic comprising the majority of her fan base was Selena Gomez, the "Wizards of Waverly Place" actress who recently had her big-screen debut in "Ramona and Beezus." Oh, and she's also got a new single out, "Round and Round."

The craziness of her summer schedule took its toll on the 18-year-old, whose doctor recently placed her on vocal rest, forcing her to cancel some of her tour dates.



"I was completely devastated," Gomez said Sunday. "I told the doctors, 'Give me something, I need to do these shows.' Because I hadn't done any shows in a while, so it was really hard."

Also on the carpet? A handful of television stars, whom we pressed about some fall-season rumors. For one: Was "Glee" star Lea Michele wearing a bright yellow sports bra and maroon track pants on set recently for the upcoming episode devoted to Britney Spears?

[For the record, 11:44 p.m.: In an earlier version of this post, Lea Michele's last name was misspelled as Michelle.]



"She was just coming out of her house," smiled costar Harry Shum. "She just wanted to dress up like that. Just go out there and get some coffee. You can't believe all those pictures."

And how about Joshua Jackson? Might he actually re-team with "Dawson's Creek" creator Kevin Williamson and make an appearance on the writer's new show, "The Vampire Diaries?"


"Honestly, somebody else just told me that they heard the rumor that Joshua Jackson might be on the show, and it was news to me," the show's lead actress Nina Dobrev told us. "Although, I think that would be cool and I think he's very talented and wonderful, so I think he'd be a great addition if that were to ever happen. I don't know about it."

Things that are also still unclear? Why Levi Johnston -- who recently got re-engaged to Bristol Palin, only to break up again weeks later -- was at the Teen Choice Awards. Johnston was flanked by a pretty brunet, Brittani Senser, with whom he's filming a music video.



But she's "just a friend," Johnston made clear.

And how are he and the mother of his child doing? "Fine," was all we could get out of the tight-lipped Playgirl model.

-- Amy Kaufman
Twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: Selena Gomez arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on Aug. 8, 2010, in Universal City. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

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Photo gallery: Teen Choice Awards arrivals


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The Teen Choice Awards show doesn't air until Monday, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to see the stars — plus Levi Johnston — as they arrived at Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday.

Kevin McHale at the Teen Choice Awards Among those hitting the carpet (blue, mind you, not red): Chace Crawford, Lea Michele, Justin Long, Selena Gomez, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Kim Kardashian, Naya Rivera, Emma Roberts, Micah Sloat, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Hilary Duff and fiance Mike Comrie, and skateboarder Ryan Sheckler.

And though Katy Perry saved her star power for the stage, "Glee" guy cohosts Mark Salling, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith and a styled-up Kevin McHale stopped on arrival for the cameras.

Click the picture of McHale at left to launch a photo gallery of Teen Choice Awards arrivals.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Chace Crawford, top, and Kevin McHale, left, arrive at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night at Universal City. Credits: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

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