By Henna Kathiya
Tyler Perry fans were not too happy about his choice of casting reality star Kim Kardashian in his latest project, "The Marriage Counselor." Two weeks ago, Perry announced Kardashian had been chosen to play Ava, a co-worker of Judith (Jurnee Smollett), an Ivy League educated therapist who decides to step outside of her marriage to spice up her life. Fans of the prolific director immediately took to the message boards, denouncing Perry’s choice of someone they feel to be morally questionable. In light of Kardashian recently announcing her divorce from Kris Humphries after only 72 days of marriage, Perry’s fans are even more enraged.
After weeks of fans protesting the casting of Kardashian in "The Marriage Counselor," Perry defended his actions in an open letter on his website. It seems as if the mind behind "Madea" believes that Kim K. is a role model to millions of her followers. Perry finds that casting her in his film would be the ideal way to bring them to see his movie.
In his letter he states: “She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you’re aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn’t, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do!”
Big announcement alert!
Big announcement alert!
Big announcement alert!
I’ve been asked to join “The X Factor” team as a backstage reporter for their official weekly pre-show. Starting Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm EDT on "X Factor's" official site – and continuing weekly on Wednesdays – the live pre-show will feature interviews with the judges, the fans and all of the industry heavy-hitters roaming around backstage, capturing all the craziness that ensues in the moments leading up to the live "X Factor" broadcast on Fox.
So how the hell did I, as a lowly TV fan and MTV News personality, become heavily involved with a big major network reality competition? It’s a long, insane story, but the short of it is this interview (check it out after the jump): Read More...
When you get to be as famous as “The X Factor” judges (except for Nicole Scherzinger, who is about as A-list as the cast of Logo’s “The A-List”), your schedule gets fills up quickly with high-profile social engagements like movie premieres and business dinners. You rarely have time to carve out much TV time, and even if you did, you’d never in a million years admit to watching your own show when it airs.
Or do you?
I recently caught up with “X Factor” stars Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid and asked them what they did on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 PM. I was shocked to hear their answer!
Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul may have been heavily featured in all the promos leading up to “The X Factor’s” premiere, but once the show debuted, a new TV star emerged: L.A. Reid.
From his steely stare to the way he grooves to his use of the word “ensemble” over the less-classy word “group,” TV viewers instantly fell in love. (As soon as host Steve Jones mentioned L.A.’s A-list resume, which includes Pink, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, he trended worldwide on Twitter.)
But how does Simon – whose ego is bigger than some continents – feel about being upstaged by a co-star during his triumphant return to American TV? And to be outshined by a TV television newbie?! That’s gotta sting.
Judging from Simon’s reaction when I asked him to ‘fess up to some jealousy, it did.
Check out the hilarious video below, in which I tell L.A. Reid to put on ear-muffs and get a delightfully honest answer from Mr. Cowell.
Were you dying to find out why “X Factor” host Steve Jones appears in a truck more than on a stage? Did you know that “The X Factor” judge L.A. Reid used to be a drummer in a Cincinatti R&B group called The Deele? (Think of them as The Whispers but with less awesome facial hair.) Wondering if Justin Bieber – who gets name-dropped approximately 53 times an episode – will ever make an appearance on the show? Well, then this video is for you!
I sat down with “X Factor” guru Simon Cowell and his judging cohort L.A. Reid and forced them to answer all my random, burning questions. Sure, we talked newsy stuff, too, but once I got the business out of the way, the fellas really loosened up and indulged my inner obsessive stan. Watch Cowell and L.A. giggle as we discuss the finer points of walking in slo-mo (a topic I seem to be obsessed with), exactly which part of Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” L.A. Reid wrote and whether we can expect the original line-up of Deele to reunite on the “X Factor” stage.
This might be my favorite four minutes of my entire career.
One of my favorite things about “The X Factor” is just how damn slick it is. Contestants’ auditions get treated like full-blown “Idol” performances with swooping shots and a lighting rig. Confessionals are held in a giant light box that’s part pearly gates, part Gap commercial. Pop hits underscore the entire episode top to bottom. This is one expensive party.
But my favorite fancy touch is the way the show introduces the judging panel. In the two-night premiere, Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and breakout star L.A. Reid strolled down the street in slow-motion, like “Reservoir Dogs” without the matching suits. (And, you know, the severed ear.) Beside being so damn pretty to look at, the over-the-top presentation is completely warranted. Cowell and Paula are rock stars in the reality TV genre. They’ve earned their glamour shots. (Nicole Scherzinger, on the other hand? Don’t get me started.)
Logistically, I wondered how difficult it would be to walk so fabulously, knowing the footage would eventually be slowed down to a snail's pace. Would you exaggerate your strut? Would you flip your hair more instinctively? Or, when you’re filthy rich like Paula and Simon, do you just always walk as if there’s a fan blowing in your face?
Last week, I had a quick chat with Ms. Abdul so obviously that was my first question. Why not go straight to the source, right?
Check out Paula’s adorable response below.
By Zachary Swickey
Crystal Harris, who until Tuesday was set to be the next Mrs. Hugh Hefner, has revealed her aspirations of becoming a professional singer. If the blonde bombshell can get the world’s biggest playboy (pun totally intended) to “put a ring on it,” then what can’t she do, I suppose?
The 24-year-old’s debut tune, “Club Queen,” hit the iTunes store on June 14 and a full album is expected to drop later this year. Speaking with RadarOnline, Harris cited her father as inspiration, “My dad was a singer in the UK, and I got my pipes from him.”
After performing her new track at last week’s opening of the newest Playboy Club in London, Harris is looking toward future gigs, saying, “I can’t wait to do more shows and have more songs soon.”
Harris is the latest to join the lengthy (D-)list of celebs taking a shot at pop stardom. Recording your own song is as “in” as chicks putting rooster feathers in their hair. Seems like the appropriate time to take a look back at some of the craziest of ‘em. Read More...
I recently visited the "Real World" house in Red Hook, Brooklyn, expecting simply to hand Real Worlder Chet the mock MTV News that he had hosted the week before. (Chet is interested in an on-air position at MTV, so we thought we'd set him up with a little test run.) But I encountered a hell of a lot more when I got there.
There's this condition called PTRSD. Don't worry — it's nothing serious. And while the numbers are growing, only a small percentage of the population is affected. It develops in the days and months (in some cases, years) after any or all of the following experiences:
1. Having zero control over your minutes, hours and days, and taking orders from people you cannot see (perhaps via telephone or message) Read More...
Every time Emmy nominations are announced, you hear about the snubs. You know, who should have made the list but got cut instead. So we decided it was time to take control of the Emmy nods, which were announced earlier today (check out all the nominees here).
Not that we can actually take control, but we like to imagine we can. So if it were up to MTV News, who would be in the running? And what about loosening up some of the categories a bit and adding some extra awards? We polled ourselves, and here are our choices for the standard categories and some new ones:
We agree that "American Idol" and "Project Runway" are worthy, but what about "America's Best Dance Crew"? Or "The Paper"?
Best Reality Host: Mario Lopez ("America's Best Dance Crew"), Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") and Tim Gunn ("Tim Gunn's Guide to Style")
Best WTF Moment in Reality: Spencer turns the apartment into a graffiti-covered arcade on "The Hills"; Tila Tequila is passed around in the hot tub by the final contestants' parents and stepparents; and Chris makes clothes out of human hair on "Project Runway"
Best Reality Fight: Dale vs. Lisa vs. Spike vs. Antonia vs. Jen on "Top Chef"
Least Necessary Comeback of a Reality Character: Janelle ("Real World: Hollywood")
Best Offscreen Performance By a Reality Star: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson ("Ultimate Fighter"). Two run-ins with police in 24 hours this week gave him a late surge at the polls, allowing him to overtake David Hasselhoff, Danny Bonaduce and both Coreys.
MTV has just greenlit an “Apprentice”-style reality competition in which 16 contestants try to prove their business savvy to none other than the G-Unit general himself, 50 Cent. Because, you know, Fiddy feels really strongly that America needs another “street-smart” business mogul.
Eight episodes have been ordered, with Fiddy on board not only as the latest incarnation of Donal Trump but also as one of the executive producers.
Question: If Trump has his unique hair-piece, what will Fiddy’s signature look be? The bulletproof vest seems sort of last year. Thoughts?