"Family Guy" has certainly had its ups and downs. It's been canceled and revived a couple of times. Its air time and day have moved. It's been sued for all kinds of infringement (not guilty!). But this Sunday, the fictional residents of Quahog face a very real threat. Conservative talk-show host/ talking head Rush Limbaugh.
When Brian learns that Limbaugh (voicing himself, of course) is in town for a book signing, he decides to bum rush the revered right-winger with a dose of liberal thinking. But Rush's book -- and some heroic action on behalf of Brian -- change his thinking, and overnight Brian becomes an arch conservative.
So conservative, in fact, that Brian accuses Rush of being "soft" on liberals and Rush washes his hands of Brian and his extremist views. One can't help but wonder what Herbert thinks of all that.
Good for Limbaugh for playing along and "laughing at himself." The song-and-dance shenanigans all go down Sunday night at 9 p.m. on your local Fox station.
Just in time for the holiday of Passover (or Easter, if that's your thing), "The Simpsons" are headed to the Holy Land!
In this Sunday's (March 28) episode (titled "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed"), Homer's usual buffoonery leads to a series of unlikely events that find the family smack in the middle of Flanders' bible study trip to Jerusalem. Although Homer, per usual, is more interested in the breakfast buffet than history or culture, the family soon meets up with an eccentric tour guide named Jacob (voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen).
However, Jacob's unique presentation style soon turns Homer on to the wonders of Israel's famous monuments. Homer soon warms up to the trip and, in the words of the press release, "proves he is not beyond salvation." We'll have to see what Duffman has to say about that.
"The Simpsons" airs, as you're no doubt aware, Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Stick around for the equally awesome (if not more so) "Family Guy," which this week features guest spots from Elijah Wood (the short fellow from "Lord of the Rings") and "Family Guy" repeat-offender James Woods, both as themselves. Charlie Sheen also guest stars, but the Fox press release did not elaborate on his character's role — though it's sure to be hilarious mildly offensive episode.
The episode, called "Brian Griffin's House of Payne," will air at 9 p.m. on those same Fox stations.
Every February, like clockwork, the hearts and minds of young men turn to one thing: the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. It has the strange power to turn dark, gray Winter days warm and bright.
2010 cover model Brooklyn Decker was photographed by legendary photographer Walter Iooss Jr. (side note: how does someone get that job??) in the picturesque Maldives islands. The cover was revealed on Monday night's "Late Show with David Letterman," and is also available for public oggling on a large billboard in New York, just up the street from MTV HQ.
We may have to actually find time to go out and get lunch today.
The gorgeous blond is, regrettably, newly married to tennis star Andy Roddick. The full cover image, of course, is after the jump....
Following in the footsteps of other rock-and-roll luminaries such as Aerosmith, Sting, Metallica and a guy pretending to be Michael Jackson, Coldplay front-lad Chris Martin will lend his voice and likeness to an episode of "The Simpsons" airing Sunday called "Million Dollar Maybe."
The new episode sees Homer standing up Marge for a date, instead spending his evening winning the Springfield lottery jackpot. He decides to blow some of his newfound cash on gifts for the family, including front-row seats to a Coldplay show for himself and Bart. From their seats, they're able to speak with Martin, and Homer tries to talk his way onstage. Hilarious hijinks no doubt ensue.
Check out some behind-the-scenes footage of Martin doing his lines:
We can only hope that they're able to convince the band to play their first American hit single, "Yellow."
"Just this one time! Too long to do it again!"
And with that tongue-in-cheek introduction by the world's greatest rock frontman, the first — and probably only — full album performance of Bruce Springsteen's 1980 double-album The River began at New York City's Madison Square Garden. In an arena most often populated by athletes half his age, this minister of rock and roll — armed with a black vest and his signature yellow Fender — preached to 30,000 devoted congregants whose enthusiasm for the show was matched only by his own.
Prefaced only by the ultra-new "Wrecking Ball" at the top of the show, the Boss and his band launched into the 20 song opus of love and dreams and youth in Jersey. Although full album performances aren't new to the E Street Band, The River had never been among them. The album's odd mix of down-tempo, heartbreaking ballads like the title track and "Point Blank" stand in stark contrast to rolling, boisterous tunes like "Cadillac Ranch" and "The Ties That Bind."
Adam Goldstein — DJ AM to most of the world — was found dead in his New York apartment on Friday. We at MTV News were shocked by this sudden and tragic news.
We knew DJ AM as a sneakerhead, a VMA performer and a miraculous survivor. He was a tremendously versatile musician and performer who first hit the scene as a member of Crazy Town (remember "Butterfly"?) and who would go on to collaborate with the likes of Jay-Z, Madonna and Will Smith. His tag-team with Blink-182's Travis Barker helped to once again blur the lines between dance music, hip-hop and rock. And he became a superstar for being the the top party DJ for A-list Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Ashton Kutcher.
What many people didn't know is that AM was also a former hardcore drug user, having used crack for six years. In advance of his new MTV series "Gone Too Far," MTV News producer Matt Elias sat down with Goldstein to talk about his addiction, recovery and his efforts to help other addicts. That interview — his last with MTV News — happened to be close at hand when the news of his death broke.
In retrospect, it seems obvious. Of course Katrina "Bikini Girl" Darrell would be back for the "American Idol" finale.
Of course she appeared in her trademark bikini ("evening gown girl" doesn't quite have the same ring to it). Of course they replayed her audition moment where she sass-mouthed Kara DioGuardi, who later defended her singing talent.
But who knew that Kara would burst out onstage and kinda sorta flash the audience with her own surprise bikini? That was kinda cool and surprising, right?
Surely millions of American hearts were broken back in February when Katrina was booted from "Idol." Well, it was good to see you again, Bikini Girl. We look forward to your eventual appearances in Maxim magazine, reality shows (perhaps "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here"?) and, most importantly, "American Idol" memories. Those live on forever.
Check out more photos of Katrina in her swimsuit, plus all the musical guest stars, in our "American Idol" finale photo gallery.
Yesterday, we hypothesized about who was missing from the partially revealed Maxim Hot 100 list of entertainment's most gorgeous female stars.
Upon its full reveal this morning, we were immediately struck by a wave of optimism, having correctly put #10 (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and #9 (Jordana Brewster) on our list of nominees.
From there, however, the whiffs begin. We completely spaced on the lovely Rihanna (#8) and are wearing "Watchmen" flavored egg on our face for forgetting Malin Akerman (#4).
Our triumph continued, however, by hitting their #2 spot-on by predicting "Transformers" star Megan Fox.
Our shame peaked at #1 with Olivia Wilde, who didn't even factor into our snap predictions yesterday. We're sorry, Olivia. We really do like you.
Eminem was photographed leaving London's Media Vale Studios today, where the BBC has seven recording facilities. He didn't look very happy and gave the one-finger salute to the photographers taking pictures of him.
If you're hungry for more Mathers, check out his first ever MTV News interview or part one of our special week-long series, Road to Relapse.
The Maxim Hot 100 list was mostly released today. The annual rundown of famous female eye candy sends men to the Internet each and every year. The top 10 won't be revealed until Wednesday, however. So we got to thinking — and studiously researching — who wasn't included among the first ninety gorgeous ladies.
10: Jordanna Brewster. She's fast, she's furious and she's graced their pages with her hotness before. The dark-haired dark horse makes summer even hotter at #10.
9: Gisele Bundchen. Pros: amazingly gorgeous and successful international lingerie supermodel. Cons: already married to the mister wonderful of the sports world, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Her marital vows keep her held down here at #9.