By Josh Wigler
Nobody wants to leave "Survivor" because they drew the purple rock. It's a crumby way to go, giving up your position in the game to chance because no one can agree upon a person to vote out. So to avoid that situation, promises need to be broken and backs need to be stabbed… and, would you believe it, the self-professed student of the game finally took a look at his playbook and made the biggest move he could’ve possibly made.
But was it a good move? A bad one? The right one? The wrong one? We’ll dive into all of that and more beyond the break.
By Christina Garibaldi
It seems like Kelly Clarkson has caught the acting bug … again! You may remember a few years back that Kelly starred with “American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini in the not-so well-received flick “From Justin to Kelly.” Now Kelly wants to get back into acting and wants to do it by making a cameo on her favorite television show, “Parks and Recreation.” A few weeks back, Kelly reached out to her fans via her website to help her get on the hit sitcom.
Here’s what she wrote:
“Here's the deal ... I really want to be on 'Parks and Recreation.' It's hilarious! I am a bad actress but maybe I could play a bad actress! I would nail that! I need to be in a scene with Ron Swanson. I love all of them but the trucker stache gets me every time. So, I'm gonna need all of my fans help please. Please tweet every member of the cast, the producers, the writers, security in that building, and anyone related to that show and tell them they need to have me on as a guest. Pretty pretty please!”
Kelly stopped by the MTV Newsroom recently and we just had to ask how the campaign has been going.
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By Kara Klenk
Twitter giveth and Twitter taketh away.
While Kim Kardashian may be the fifth most followed person in the world, those millions of followers can always turn on you. The day she announced her divorce from Kris Humphries, her husband of 72 days, #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage began trending. It’s been over 24 hours and it’s still going strong with many people weighing in with jokes about the brevity of the union.
We rounded up our favorites – unfortunately, we couldn’t list their authors because so many people were twacking (tweet jacking – I just made it up, it’s fine)! Looks like “the time it takes to steal a tweet” is one of the #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage. Here are our faves.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have sadly decided to end their very short-lived marriage. Just 72 days after saying "I Do" in front of their friends, family and the world via a two-part E! special and countless magazine covers, Kim decided to file for divorce from the basketball player.
Just a week ago, a rumor surfaced that Kris had been cast by Kim and her people to play the part of her doting hubby. And in the weeks leading up to the split, the pair had been plagued by rumors of marital discord.
Hopefully the two will find some happiness now that they won't have to live with one another anymore. (But they better not watch themselves on the upcoming season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," or all those repeats of their wedding special that E! plays on repeat.)
Hollyweird moves fast, as we all know, so Kim's new-found single status had us wondering what hottie she might end up dating next. With her penchant for athletes and their love for hot chicks, we'd imagine the next guy she casts – we mean dates! – is certain to have us all talking.
By Zachary Swickey
Many people thought NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” – which features songstress Christina Aguilera, country crooner Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo “Eff You” Green and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine as judges/mentors – would get swept under the rug considering “American Idol” has long had a stranglehold on the competitive singing market. Turns out, folks loved it, and the new season is gearing up to be a much bigger production with more singers, more blind rounds and a massive premiere.
Season two is set to kickoff in one of the most coveted television spots around – the slot immediately following the Super Bowl – and production is already well underway. This year the four teams will expand to twelve singers per coach, a significant increase from last year’s eight. Billboard spoke to the judges about the forthcoming season and Aguilera was quick to note the variety of singers the show will spotlight, saying, “I have everything from an opera singer to a powerhouse MC to soul singers."
“We’re gonna make the Super Bowl look small,” Shelton confidently claimed.
Though season one is already in the rearview mirror, the judges haven’t left their old contestants high and dry – Levine reportedly appears on several tracks for last year’s winner Javier Colon’s debut album, which will be released through Universal on Nov. 22 and features production duties from Pharrell Williams. Read More...
By Josh Wigler
That... that didn't really just happen, did it? I've been watching "Survivor" for 23 seasons and I've never, ever seen anything like that. Before moving into spoiler mode, let's just say someone made a move that's one part bold, three parts stupid and perhaps just a little bit genius as well. Get the full scoop on this week's "Survivor" beyond the break.
By Sara Waber
Everyone here in the MTV Newsroom has been having nightmares the past three Wednesday nights because of the disturbing new FX series "American Horror Story." "AHS" comes to us from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the TV geniuses who brought us the underdog loving "Glee" and the two very sexy and missed plastic surgeons of "Nip Tuck," and while the commercials portray just another pee-your-pants horror show, "AHS" has more substance than you expect.
The show debuted to mixed reviews by critics and audiences, both of whom were discouraged by the same things. The first episode was overloaded with “ghouls and gross-outs that some viewers will squeal with delight while others wonder whether they can possibly tune in for this sort of fright every week,” according to the Washington Post, and there is too much sex and violence for the show to keep an audience … But hello? Has anyone ever heard about a little show called "True Blood"? Those not fortunate enough to have HBO now have "AHS" on basic cable to get their fix of gore and sex. But even "True Blood" pales in comparison to the unsettlingly unique quality that "AHS" has, which is why I totally fell in love with it.
"While we were writing this, I was constantly thinking about how good 'Dark Shadows' was, how gothic it was, and how it had all these interwoven stories about sex and marriage and obsession," Murphy says of the show. "I don't feel there's anything on the air quite like that now."
(We're also obsessed with the forthcoming "Dark Shadows" movie starring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer! Read all about it on MTV Movies Blog.)
Believe me, I was not at the head of the line to see "Paranormal Activity 3," so I’m not just a sucker for horror, but the back story of this family keeps me intrigued and rooting for them. Read More...
by Josh Wigler
More and more, I'm coming around on Coach and Ozzy being in this game. Starting out, I was bugged by their lack of history, their unevenness, the complete dearth of any connective tissue between the two other than, "Hey, these guys played the game a couple of times, they were pretty popular, and it worked for us last season, so why not bring 'em back?" Now, I'm starting to get on board, precisely because these two are such imperfect players.
By James Dinh
It's clear "X Factor" isn't scared to tack on some star power to their much-hyped talent competition; just take a look at the judging panel. And after catching Thursday's night's delayed episode, which featured Rihanna, Pharrell, Enrique Iglesias and Mariah Carey (sort of), it's even clearer.
In an episode that sent all 32 contestants around the world to their assigned judges' homes, Simon Cowell (mentoring under-30s girl acts), L.A. Reid (mentoring under-30s boy acts), Paula Abdul (mentoring group acts) and Nicole Scherzinger (mentoring over-30s acts) took the wannabes under their wings, calling on their very famous friends to help out.
We here at the MTV Newsroom thought we'd take a closer look at the celeb mentors and their words of wisdom. Here's how they fared:
Partnering with L.A. Reid, the record bigwig who discovered her, Rihanna was open to voicing her opinions on contestants' vocal talents, confidence and commercial relatability. Right off the bat, the pop titan compared young rapper Brian Bradley (also known as the Astronomical Kid) to the likes of current industry MCs like J. Cole. Score: 8/10
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!