This weekend's Jimmy Fallon-hosted "Saturday Night Live" was like a big family Christmas get-together, reuniting many of the show's biggest stars for a holiday walk down memory lane. It was a season-best episode to close 2011.
Fallon was not shy about filling the show with the most famous characters from his own "SNL" days, kicking things off with Boston's favorite high school delinquents, Sully and Denise (Rachel Dratch). Fifteen years down the road, we find the pair up to their old tricks, but with a twist – time has actually passed and they are adults with five children (Weezer, Chubsy, Squeezebox, Hags and Baby Richard) trying to sneak into a high school dance. That's about all that's different though, the pair make out like old times ("You are!") and drink Franzia from a bladder sans box. Also back in rotation, Fallon's impressions of Jerry Seinfeld and Barry Gibb, psyching himself up in the mirror ala Mick Jagger (but this time with Andy Samberg) and, of course, the skit everyone is talking about, Fallon's return to the Weekend Update desk opposite Tina Fey in a joke-off with current anchor Seth Meyers and his former co-anchor, Amy Poehler. Watch:
Musical guest Michael Buble proved a good sport too, gamely playing to a cocaine joke during Fallon's warm-and-fuzzy, sing-song monologue and starring in a skit about the making of his (fake) Christmas duets album, which gave the cast (especially Fallon) the chance to lampoon some very famous musicians, including Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Kesha, M.I.A., Thom Yorke, Kanye West and Christmas tree-wearing Lady Gaga ("Is that really her?").
Check it out (as well as Buble's performance of "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas") after the jump. Read More...
Welcome to "That Happened THIS Year," MTV News' look back at the huge entertainment stories that were absolutely everywhere for a hot minute in 2011 but feel like they happened forever ago or faded so quickly from our collective memories that when we were brainstorming the year that was, we literally couldn't believe they happened this year!
Even the idea that Jennifer Lopez's career comeback began less than a year ago seems to defy physics. Did she somehow interrupt the space-time continuum in an effort to alter the very nature of time, where one year seems like three or four, to fool us into thinking she never really went anywhere?
For all intents and purposes, La Lopez's return to the top began on January 19, 2011 (we can't believe it either), when the tenth season of "American Idol" premiered on FOX. And in one fell swoop, nearly six years of box office flops and album misfires were erased and Lopez was suddenly everywhere again!
In the spring, Lopez's single "On the Floor" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number nine (the highest debut of her career) and went on to peak at No. 3. It marked her first top ten hit since 2003's "All I Have." With about 445 million views on YouTube, the video for "On the Floor" eclipsed Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" in November to become the most watched video by a female artist ever on the video-watching website. (Justin Bieber's "Baby" remains the YouTube champion by a substantial margin with nearly 675 million views.)
She was even chosen for the cover of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year issue.
And that's far from all. Read More...
If you're a fan of nostalgia and classic rock, 2012 will bring with it an especially awesome treat: a reunion tour from the Beach Boys!
That's right, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks have finally puts years of lawsuits and bitter press spats behind them – "All that stuff is long forgotten," Love tells Rolling Stone – and are hitting the road for a 50-date 50th anniversary tour. The tour kickoff will officially go down at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in late April, but the group is planning something for the Grammys in February.
"There will be a surprise at the Grammys," Jardine tells RS. "We'll do something really exciting. There's a lot of interest in it, which is nice. It's going to be a very big operation."
(That means some sort of performance, right? Maybe with a contemporary artist, a la the recent – and regrettable – Stevie Wonder/Jonas Brothers medley of "Burnin' Up" and "Superstition" at the 2009 Grammys.)
Rumors were swirling that the Boys would announce the reunion at the recent Grammy Nominations Concert, which featured performances from Lady Gaga and Rihanna, but some behind-the-scenes turmoil forced the group to pull out of the special (which at the time seemed a little ominous for the tour moving forward).
In a statement, Brian Wilson said, "This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys. It will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again." Read More...
Director David Fincher is nabbing all sorts of acclaim for his new film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" –the Daniel Craig-Rooney Mara starrer enjoys an 94 percent "fresh" rating on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The "Social Network" Oscar contender has established an awesome filmography in the last 15 years, including box office hits like "Se7en," cult faves like "Fight Club" and award-nominated behemoths like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." But for those who don't know, he got his start directing music videos for artists like Madonna, Paula Abdul, the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and Aerosmith. Some of the clips he turned out in the late-80s and early-90s, in particular, have become iconic and genre-defining.
Below are, in our estimation, Fincher's five most iconic videos. Read More...
We don't always love what he has to say, but Chris Brown can be counted on to deliver first-rate hip-hop and R&B. His 2011 album F.A.M.E. was no exception, launching four successful singles ("Look At Me Now," "Beautiful People," She Ain't You" and "Next to You").
Like the four other stars (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Beyonce) whose videos we showcased this week, Breezy had a humungous year. His gravity-defying, dance-centric performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August landed him at number seven on our top ten list of the year's best live performances. His album F.A.M.E. debuted at the top of the charts in mid-March, marking his first number one record in the U.S., and he walked away with two VMA nominations, for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Collaboration for "Look At Me Now."
So while "Look At Me Now" (above) is his most celebrated F.A.M.E. video, is it the fan-favorite? Check out the rest below and vote in our poll after the jump! Read More...
It's been a busy few weeks in Madonna land.
We finally got confirmation that the Queen of Pop would indeed be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI. Soon thereafter, a series of tweets from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. revealed that filming for the video to "Gimme All Your Luvin," the first single from her forthcoming, still-untitled 12th studio album, was underway. And this week, we found out that said album would be released by Interscope as part of a three-album deal, making her label-mates with Lady Gaga and Eminem.
"We couldn't be happier to work with [Interscope's] Jimmy Iovine, [Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group] Lucian Grainge and the entire Interscope team," Madonna's longtime manager Guy Oseary said in a statement. "We anticipate a very bright future at our new home."
Now comes word that Her Madgesty has started rehearsals for her Super Bowl performance and the alleged setlist has been leaked to fan site Madonnarama. So what classics can we expect to hear when she takes the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, on February 5? Read on to find out! Read More...
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have a bit of a history, so we're not exactly surprised that the hip-hop all-star was reportedly "all over" the newly single reality TV thingamajig, according to the New York Daily News.
The pair were spotted chatting up a storm at billionaire Ron Burkle's after-party for The Throne's concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center. "Kanye was eating Kim up like she was a piece of cake. He was all over her – caressing her head, touching her waist," an "insider" (who is also doubles as a mind-reader) told the Daily News. "I think he was dying to kiss her, but there were too many people in the room."
Do you think that?
Asked about the whispers that Kim K. and West had a little somethin'-somethin' going on in late 2010, West's ex Amber Rose pretty much confirmed the rumors to Wendy Williams back in November, saying, "I mean, come on, like, you know. Come on! We'll keep it cute." (She also confirmed that she and Kim's ex Reggie Bush "were each other's rebounds" after their respective breakups … which is kinda strange, right?)
The source at the Throne after-party went on to say that West only talked to Kardashian at the party and that at one point the two went outside together (le scandal!), though it wasn't clear if they left the fiesta together. The mind-reading source concluded that Kim was "totally into it." Read More...
Beyonce had a big year in 2011 and we're not even talking about, well, you know!
Musically the queen of mainstream R&B had her game face on this year, releasing SEVEN music videos from her amazing album 4, each completely different from the one before it. We've been singing 4's praises for months on end, and each new video was an event worth celebrating.
Whether she was dancing up a storm in a post-apocalyptic world in "Run The World (Girls)" or throwing a trailer park fiesta in "Party," she was constantly changing things up with inventive visuals, clever concepts and evolving looks that, yes, sometimes played up (and other times downplayed) the world's most famous baby bump.
But which clip was the fan-favorite? Do you like your Beyonce super sexy ("1+1," "Best Thing I Never Had") or blissed-out and groovin' ("Love on Top," "Countdown")? Refresh your memory by checking out the clips ("Girls" is above, the rest are below) and vote in our poll after the jump. Read More...
We have to admit that we were curious what known Twitter-file Demi Moore was going to do with her Twitter handle (@mrskutcher) after she filed for divorce from hubby Ashton Kutcher. It seems we weren't the only ones.
After weeks of keeping quiet on the matter, Moore took to Twitter to issue a
"shut the f**k up" notice cease-and-desist notice to the Nosy Nelly's who kept inundating her with the question. "Changing my Twitter name isn't a top priority right now. Sorry it bothers so many of u," Moore tweeted today. "Should I not tweet until I do? does it really matter?"
Well, that answers that.
Earlier this month, we were swooning all over the place about Britney Spears and her big 30th birthday. We even held a weeks-long March Madness-style tournament to find out which of her thirty-plus videos was the fan favorite. Ultimately, after nearly a million votes were cast (thanks again, y'all!) the winner was "I'm A Slave 4 U."
So that's settled.
What's not settled is which of her fantastic videos from just this year is your favorite. We decided to dedicate this week to finding out which 2011 videos by MTV Newsroom blog favorite artists were tops. So far we've opened up polling for Katy Perry and Taylor Swift (don't forget to vote! We'll let you know all of the results on Monday!). Now, it's B's turn.
Britney had a big year in 2011. She had yet another No. 1 record, Femme Fatale, which is arguably her best album to date. Fatale has yielded more top ten hits than any album in Spears' 12-year career. (Isn't that kind of an incredible fact, considering she's one of the most successful female artists ever?) She also hit the road for a massive world tour that took her across North America, Europe and South America, and scored a Video Music Award for Best Pop Video. And she should have been nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording for "Till The World Ends" … but what are you gonna do?
Spears released four videos this year for the Femme Fatale singles "Hold It Against Me," "Till The World Ends," "I Wanna Go" and "Criminal." Which was the best of the best? Check 'em out ("Hold It Against Me" is above, the rest are after the jump) and vote in our poll below. Read More...