Before American Idol became the go-to venue for aging hipsters wanting to launch a musical renaissance, there were few places for rock relics to be seen or heard by a younger audience. One of the best, however, was Pop Up Video, the 1990s VH1 program that made shamelessly dated music videos redeemable with the aid of humorous, often sarcastic, trivia. Many a college student sat mesmerized while Pop Up Video skewered former hits like A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” or David Lee Roth’s “I’m Just a Gigolo,” only to be reminded they missed Chem Lab when they reached the bottom of the Bugles bag. READ FULL STORY
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'Family Guy' season finale: Shouldn't the worst movie of the original 'Star Wars' trilogy make the best spoof?
In the opening crawl of Family Guy‘s third Star Wars spoof, Seth MacFarlane openly admits his fatigue in having to give us a Return of the Jedi parody. Even though there’s a lot of good stuff in “It’s a Trap!,” the writers aren’t entirely joking when they tell us to lower our expectations — it’s clear from the early scenes (Rush Limbaugh as the Rancor … eh) that this episode feels a bit more dutiful and less exuberant than “Blue Harvest” and “Something, Something, Something Dark Side.” READ FULL STORY
'America's Funniest Home Videos': Who should win this year's grand prize? Plus, exclusive clips of kids falling off chairs and toilets!
Some TV shows wrap up their season by dangling a big question, leaving you hanging for months. But not America’s Funniest Home Videos. Tonight at 7 p.m. ET/PT, that other Tom Bergeron-hosted ABC series will provide closure to season 21 (21!)) by revealing which of the three $100,000-winning clips has claimed the show’s grand prize, a package of Disney vacations. (Then again, how bizarre would it be if just once, AFV left us on a cliffhanger — a cliphanger, if you will — and we didn’t find out whether a golf ball jacked some dude in the head, gut, or groin for many moons?) Review the trio of finalists below and then select one as this season’s champion in our poll. Which video did I choose, you were about to ask? While that poodle displayed impressive comic timing in shame-backing out of the hallway, the clip of the little boy who freaks out when he loses his video camera in the snow warmed my cold heart while managing to tell a full story in zero-visibility conditions. READ FULL STORY
“Fare casino.” It’s an idiomatic Italian phrase that doesn’t have a straight English translation; it literally means “to make a brothel,” but could be translated as “uncontrolled confusion” or “to make a mess of things.” Or it really could just mean “party hard.” Do all these phrases remind you of anything?
As MTV’s Jersey Shore makes its long-anticipated, slightly delayed, reportedly controversial arrival in Florence, Italy, it shouldn’t be surprising that almost every Florentine local we interviewed for this story used the expression fare casino when describing their worries about the U.S. reality hit. “The general feeling towards Jersey Shore being in Florence is excitement that they’re shooting here, but also a bit of unease,” says Dasha Savage, an American college student studying abroad who served as my eyes and ears (and translator) in Florence. “I heard many older Italians express opinions of disgust for having these people come to their city.”
To get a sense of what the target MTV demographic thinks of the Jersey Shore‘s Italian invasion, we took to Palazzo Giovane, a hangout spot for young Florentine schoolkids. There the local students expressed a mixture of disgust and anticipation. READ FULL STORY
This fall, NBC’s a cappella tournament The Sing-Off will be premiering earlier than usual — and, as the network announced at their upfront presentation today, it’s also being reworked into a full-blown reality series. But those aren’t the only major changes in store for The Sing-Off. Apparently, NBC is also in the process of adding a new judge to a panel that already includes piano virtuoso Ben Folds, Pussycat Doll (and soon-to-be X Factor co-host) Nicole Scherzinger, and boy-turned-man Shawn Stockman.
As a true Sing-Off fan — I’m so fond of the show that I don’t even feel guilty about how much I like it — I’m a little wary of this news. This competition’s judging panel is already unusually strong; though Nicole rarely has anything critical (or constructive to say), Ben and Shawn have both mastered the art of giving incisive critiques without coming across as unlikable. That’s so difficult to do that some singing contests have done away with useful criticism altogether. In order to prevent the level of criticism from slipping, then, NBC is going to have to find a new judge who knows a lot about music, is well-spoken, and isn’t afraid to say something negative. It couldn’t hurt for this judge to be female as well, since that’d split the panel evenly along gender lines. Oh, and since Shawn is all about R&B, Nicole knows pop, and Ben has the indie scene covered, New Judge should probably have a background in another musical genre altogether. Who could possibly fill all of these criteria?
Here’s one suggestion: READ FULL STORY
Dolores Fuller, the muse to the “worst director of all-time” Ed Wood, passed away on Monday from complications of a stroke, according to the New York Times. She was 88. Fuller had been a small-time television actress when she answered a casting call from an unknown director in the early 1950s. Wood was immediately smitten by her beauty — and her angora sweater — and the couple went on to live together for four years, during which the cross-dressing filmmaker turned his fetish into the film, Glen or Glenda. “The first time I saw the whole film, I wanted to crawl under the seat,” Fuller, who hadn’t been allowed to read the entire script, recalled to the Kansas City Star in 1994. “I wasn’t crazy about our private life becoming public.” READ FULL STORY
Taiwanese animators posit why Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver really split: 'Was it groping?'
Though it’s been a few days since Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced that they’re separating, the world still doesn’t really know why the two have split. Thankfully, Taiwan’s most intrepid animated news service is on the case. NMA’s latest minute-long absurdist masterpiece shows the Governator chucking a cat at his estranged wife’s head, then smoking a joint before being joined by two nubile, naked young Sim ladies. Also, according to the video, the glowing green ghosts of JFK and Bobby Kennedy attended the couple’s wedding in 1986. Oh, and Sim Ahhnold has a porn ‘stache for some reason. And the narrator keeps calling him “Arnie!” And… well, nothing I write can truly do this incredible clip justice, so do yourself a favor and check it out below.
I love weepy, piano-filled tributes as much as the next person — especially when they’re recorded by large groups of artists who normally wouldn’t share a dressing room, much less the verse of a song. I can even admit I’m inexplicably fascinated by those music videos where all of said stars gather in a single room and “sing” the song with dramatic hand gestures. But leave it to Cee Lo to turn a cheesy pastime into something that is genuinely awesome. READ FULL STORY
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