It’s time for a trip down memory lane. Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom called New York City, lived a popular little show called “Total Request Live” or simply “TRL.” It drew hoards of teens to Times Square, where they could stand in the street, block traffic and scream at some of the biggest stars in music. Do you remember? Man, those were the days…
Well, ten years ago today one of the biggest stars of all dropped by for what would become one of the most talked about appearances in the show’s 10-year history. The star: Mariah Carey. And girlfriend brought ice cream!
The pop star arrived unannounced and proceeded to strip off her shirt and pass out cool treats. According to Carey, “If you don’t have ice cream in your life, sometimes you just might go a little bit crazy.” (You can say that again, sister!) Host Carson Daly’s response: “That’s a metaphor for a lot more, I’m sure.”
The whole thing was pretty strange, to say the least, and left Daly clearly flustered. Check it out after the jump. Read More...
In perhaps the best response ever to an Emmy snub, Kurt Sutter, creator and showrunner of FX’s awesome Sons of Anarchy, took to Twitter to share his feelings about his critically acclaimed show’s lack of Emmy nominations.
When the story first surfaced, we thought Sutter was behaving like a bratty, entitled sore loser just like everyone else. That’s how most people are spinning it, after all. But then we read all of his tweets – as opposed to the selected ones some people are running – and got the whole story. Which, as best we can tell, is this: Sutter is maybe a little bratty and he knows it, but he's more snarky and defensive than anything else. He also knows that his show is pretty great, that his rant was both misguided and misinterpreted, and that combining honesty and sarcasm on Twitter is never a good idea because it’s easy to sensationalize something by taking it out of context.
Allow us to explain. Read More...
From Hollywood Crush:
Continuing with the bad news Glee fans received a few weeks back, Ryan Murphy has apparently confirmed the fact that next season will be the last for the series' breakout stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer.
Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that Rachel, Finn and Kurt are "not going to be back at all for season four. You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year," he explained.
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Over the holiday weekend we learned that Glee’s Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam (or “Trouty Mouth”), would not be returning to the show as a regular castmember this fall. Producers decided against picking up his option for the third season, while upgrading Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang) to series regulars – which we thought Shum already was, but whatever.
Despite his dismissal as a regular, producers say he may make guest appearances on the show. This is great news for anyone who actually cares about the story on Glee because last season ended with Overstreet’s Sam being placed at the center of what looked like a major storyline for next season: He and Mercedes are secretly dating.
Fans of the show have been waiting a long time for Mercedes to get a multi-episode arc and it finally looked like it was going to happen. While Amber Riley’s voice has been placed center stage many times, her character is perhaps the least fleshed-out of the principle cast. She’s rarely given much to do, besides support Kurt (Chris Colfer) and have frenemy fights with Rachel (Lea Michele) over solos, and even when she is tasked with an actual plot of her own, it’s resolved within the hour.
This was different. The writers went to great lengths to make sure we knew that whatever was going on between Sam and Mercedes was a secret and waited until the very end of the episode to reveal it. Logic would dictate that they’d spend the first few episodes of season three keeping their romance quiet only to have it discovered by one of their New Directions comrades. (Imagine if it were Santana?) Why would the writers deliberately set up a story between his character and a lead fans have been aching to see be given more to do and then send him packing? Read More...
From MTV RapFix:
Has Beyonce finally folded to the Jigga Man's hopes to deliver a little Sean Carter? After months and months of (false) reports that R&B diva Beyonce had a bun in the oven for the first time, B is speaking out confirming that kids are in her very near future.
In one of her only sit-down interviews with CNN, Beyonce touched on her relationship with husband and rap superstar Jay-Z and the anticipation to become a mom in the coming years.
Read on to see what she said! Read More...
By Stefan Doyno
We've been following The Voice lately, and there have been some awkward bumps along the way, but last night's episode finally hit a high note. The finals episode was filled with surprises and creative performances. Here's what happened in case you missed it.
Javier Colon, from Team Adam sang an original song titled "Stitch by Stitch." Adam Levine, his mentor, got choked up after the performance while discussing how close the two had become during the show. “I'm so excited for you, and the amazing things you’re going to do with your career.” Levine said.
Later on, Levine and Colon performed an energetic duet of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror." It worked out perfectly because Adam made sure to not outshine Javier, letting him have the spotlight for his final performance.
Dia Frampton, the 23-year-old singer/songwriter from the band Meg and Dia, who Christina Aguilera for some reason often refers to as either "cozy" or "cuddly," performed a duet with her coach, Blake Shelton. The two sang Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." The duet did not have the finesse of Adam and Javier's and the backdrop looked like something out of a Saw movie.
Later on, Dia's original song "Inventing Shadows" was upstaged by a background of interpretive dancing shadows. “I got distracted by all the stuff happening in the background. I didn’t need all the stuff,” Levine said. Even though last night was rough on Dia, her record is pretty solid and this shouldn’t affect her placement during the results. Read More...
By Stefan Doyno
If you were watching the first live episode of "The Voice" last night, you probably noticed a few laugh-out-loud moments. Not the intentional kind, more like the uncomfortable kind. The show started out with the four judges performing a Queen medley between and then we quickly moved into some even more squirm-inducing territory.
Here are the top five awkward moments from last night's 'Voice":
1. Beverly McClellan sang Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One," and Blake Shelton had this to say: "The first time I saw you, you scared the hell out of me ... with your singing, and now you come out here looking sexy, and HOT, and Daddy likey." Really?
By Nuzhat Naoreen
When your job involves working at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards and helping usher celebs like Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson and more to the red carpet, you really can't complain. Thanks to my gig this year, not only did I get to see some of my favorite stars from a special behind-the-scenes vantage point, I also got to make some observations that I wouldn't have otherwise made. Usually I'd tweet my thoughts, but in this case, there were just so many special moments that I had to list them in a blog. So check out some of my favorite behind-the-scenes moments with your favorite stars and let me know what you thought of this year's red carpet.
(Check out photos of Kristen Stewart and her "Twilight" costars at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.)
Kristen Stewart: KStew's arrival was one of the most anticipated of the night, and it was well worth the wait. Kristen arrived toward the end of the red carpet, and she was quickly directed to the paparazzi line. While the whole thing was kind of a blur (there were a lot of people surrounding her!), I'm convinced she turned around to give me a gracious smile since I helped usher her forward. I could be totally wrong (there were countless other people she could have been smiling at), but I'm keeping this one for myself. So just let me have it, k?
Taylor Lautner: OK, gals, I'm officially a Taylor fan. I mean, I always thought he was a good-looking guy, but today, when he was on the MTV News platform next to Josh Horowitz, in his razor-sharp silver suit and perfect hair, I realized just how good-looking he was. Also, he's super-fun. Right after getting in line for photos, I saw him approach a photographer he recognized to give him a playful greeting. How could you not love a guy who's so down-to-earth? Read More...
The 2011 MTV Movie Awards aren't just an excuse to hand out buckets of golden popcorn (though, make no mistake about it, we'll be on the edge of our seat when they announce the winner of "Best Scared-As-S--- Performance,") they're also the go-to source for some thoroughly kick-ass musical performances, courtesy of the Foo Fighters, Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz.
In fact, since they first started in 1992, the Movie Awards have made it a point to feature music, too, and over the years, everyone from D'Angelo to Weezer have graced its stage. So with the 2011 show looming on the horizon (it airs live, Sunday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on MTV,) we decided to take a look back at the Movie Awards' long musical history, and choose the 10 best performances of all time. Sadly, neither Ken Jeong's interpretive dancing or the Les Grossman/Jennifer Lopez booty workout made the cut ... these are musical moments, after all.
Our list, after the jump. Read More...
British singer Cheryl Cole knows plenty about the ravages of instant fame thanks to her employment in the once-red hot girl group Girls Aloud. Cole got her mojo back, though, as a solo star and a panelist a few years ago on the British version of Simon Cowell's "X Factor" reality singing competition.
But in a move that surprised everyone at a time when TV singing competitions are increasingly turning to A-list (and some B-list) American talent to serve as judges on shows like "American Idol" and upstart hit "The Voice," Cowell chose Cole to rehash her role on his upcoming American "X Factor."
Well, the wheels quickly came off, as Cole was unceremoniously dumped last week after reports variously claimed she didn't click with fellow panelist Paula Abdul, had a too-thick British accent to be understood by Yankee audiences, wouldn't do the promotional rounds or listen to the show's wardrobe people.
The other shoe dropped over the weekend, when Cole's name was also left off the list of judges on the new season of the British "X Factor". It appears she's been aced out in favor of another girl-group refugee, former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland.
So, to sum up, Cole went from being an unknown British star on the verge of landing a Beckham-like media assault on these shores to being a twice-fired pop singer within one week. Ouch.
Do you think Cole has been treated fairly by Simon Cowell? Let us know in comments below.