September 9, 2012 |
What is it they say about old dogs? Every year MTV shows the Grammys exactly how to pull off a lively, entertaining awards show: funny host, minimal number of categories with awards handed out briskly, maximum allotment of stars performing big production numbers, and a pace that starts fast and accelerates. And every year, the Grammys (even the name sounds musty) put on the same stagnant spectacle. As Peter, Paul & Mary sang, probably at last year's Grammys, "When will they ever learn?"
June 23, 2012 |
There are several different versions of Aziz Ansari, the comic from South Carolina renowned for his wiry, observational snark and slacker cool. There is the perpetual hipster doing standup about M.I.A., Bonnarroo, and Kanye West (a steady subject of his routines). An ever-increasing legion of fans will see that version of Ansari this weekend at the Merriam Theater, or in his July run at the Borgata in Atlantic City. There is the casual sketch comedian who sharpened his chops at NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and was part of an improvisational trio, Human Giant, with its own MTV show in 2007.
March 9, 2012 |
Please! Say it ain't so! Rumors stir the alcoholic waters of Jersey Shore that MTV may cancel the show due to star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi 's babymaking! Snooks says, yep, she and fiance Jionni LaValle have an egg under the light, and now, say shadowy Sources , MTV wonders if it can go forward with Season 6 this year. I mean, MTV official mouths say that's crazy. But . . . what would they do without Snooki getting in barfights, using people's porches as her ladies' room, and getting nabbed for boozing on the beach?
February 27, 2012 |
MAYOR NUTTER talked Fox 29 out of airing a video that captured him spanking the buttocks of a blonde with whom he drank and bowled at North Bowl (909 N. 2nd), say sources familiar with the situation. A Fox 29 viewer recorded Nutter and his female companion having a blast about 2 a.m. one day last summer, sources say. We're told the cellphone video is of high-enough quality that you can hear the two butt slaps Nutter delivered to the woman, identified by our sources only as Andrea , as she got up to bowl.
October 11, 2011 |
For MTV, the situation was more than awkward. In fall 2008, the network was bingeing on manufactured reality shows that celebrated wealth and excess just as the country was staggering into a recession. Banks were failing, people were losing their jobs, and college students were facing uncertain futures. But on MTV, the glamorous clique from The Hills was indulging in West Hollywood shopping trips and getaways to Cabo San Lucas. And on My Super Sweet 16, the parents of a South Carolina beauty queen spent tens of thousands of dollars to give her the perfect birthday party, with a baby-blue Hummer.
August 29, 2011 |
Beyonce Knowles stole the show before it even started. The soon-to-be-30 superstar arrived at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards holding her bulging belly while dressed in a loose-fitting, flowing red gown. MTV tweeted the news, and photos confirming her motherly status soon circulated. Suddenly Lady Gaga's much-hyped opening number, during which she performed as a greasy, leather-jacketed male alter ego, became less important. Britney Spears was the night's first award winner; others included Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry , who won a trophy with Kanye West for her video "E.T.
August 26, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: He's making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. The rapper said he's the first artist to release an album this way after an awards show. Lil Wayne is up for two VMA awards. "Tha Carter IV" will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital outlets. The physical album will hit stores Aug. 29.
August 6, 2011 |
The fourth season of MTV's Jersey Shore premiered this week with the crew descending on Florence, Italy. I don't think I've ever been more proud to be an American. The kids conducted themselves with all the dignity, respect, and class we've come to expect of them. In other words, none. Vinny was the only one who did his homework. "I want to learn the language," he said. "I want to master it. " Of course, immediately afterward, Vinny also said, "I'm so much more better-looking [than the other guys]
July 29, 2011 |
ADELE, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne have been announced as the first performers for the MTV Video Music Awards, which will air Aug. 28 from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. Adele, whose sophomore full-length "21" is the best-selling album of the year, will make her MTV VMAs stage debut. The British singer is tied with Kanye West for the second-most nominations with seven, while Katy Perry leads all nominations with nine. Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" will compete against the Beastie Boys' "Make Some Noise," Perry's "Firework," Bruno Mars' "Grenade" and Tyler, the Creator's "Yonkers" for Video of the Year.
July 27, 2011 |
FOLLOWING THE JEWISH tradition of a quick funeral, Amy Winehouse was laid to rest yesterday in London. The singer's father, mother and brother and close friends, along with band members and celebrities - producer Mark Ronson; "Fashion Police" personality Kelly Osbourne, her hair piled beehive-high in tribute to Amy's trademark style - were among several hundred mourners at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London. The service was led by a rabbi and included prayers in English and Hebrew and reminiscences from Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse . The cab driver and jazz singer, who helped foster his daughter's love of music, ended his eulogy with the words "Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight.