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New Jersey is paying 'Jersey Shore' almost half a million dollars in tax credits

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Politicians are attempting to justify yesterday’s decision to award Jersey Shore a $420,000 tax credit by noting that the show has an economic halo effect. No less an authority than the mayor of Seaside Heights, P. Kenneth Hershey, claims that the series provides an essential boost to the local economy, although to be fair, that “boost” mostly comes in the form of additional shots ordered at Karma and overtime pay for beefy security dudes who have to follow the Jersey Shore cast everywhere. READ FULL STORY

Breaking: 'Jersey Shore' star J-Woww doesn't know her hair metal

What started out as a simple question on the red carpet of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards — What is your all-time favorite music video and why? — turned into a difficult answer for Jersey Shore‘s Jennifer “J-Woww” Farley. “It would have to be Gun N’ Roses. Maybe ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn.’ Oh, no, that was Bon Jovi,” she said. Actually, that’s a Poison song, EW stringer Carrie Borzillo corrected her. “That was Poison? No. Where they pass away and the casket? That was Guns N’ Roses. Oh, no, wait. ‘November Rain’ is what I mean. It was original. No CG or anything. It was all about a story.”

Hilarious? Yes. But forgivable?

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Abercrombie & Fitch offers The Situation money to stop wearing Abercrombie & Fitch

In a striking rebuke to the old adage that “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch has officially announced that they will pay Mike Sorrentino — a.k.a. “The Situation,” aka “La Situazione,” aka “Mr. Circumstance” — and his castmates to stop wearing their clothes. According to the Wall Street Journal, no less a source than A&F Chief Executive Mike Jeffries told reporters that the company was concerned that the Jersey Shore stars’ preference for their clothing would be detrimental to the brand. It appears that there is concern that the all-important “high school douchebag” demographic might be put off by seeing A&F clothing being worn a guys old enough to be their funny bachelor uncles. Obviously, by making a public announcement about not wanting to be associated with the Situation and his pals, A&F has now inextricably associated themselves with the Situation and his pals. Given that The Situation has leveraged his celebrity into millions of dollars, one suspects he is already plotting an exciting new career of being paid to not do things. Ain’t capitalism grand?

UPDATE: Sorrentino tweeted a link on Wednesday to a story about Abercrombe and Fitch’s stock dropping 9 percent after the Jersey Shore announcement. “Looks like Abercrombie got themself into a Situation!” he wrote. Pauly D (Paul DelVecchio) also responded via Twitter, tweeting a photo of an Abercrombie G.T.L. shirt along with the message, “Hmmm if They Don’t Want Us To Wear Those Clothes Why Make GTL Shirts.”

UPDATE II: MTV has also responded, calling Abercrombie’s public stance a “clever PR stunt.”

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Lights, camera, fist pump!: 'Jersey Shore' housemates make their feature film debut

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Jenni “JWoww” Farley recently sat down with Access Hollywood to talk about their cameos in the Farrelly brothers’ upcoming The Three Stooges, which also features roommates Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Said JWoww, “For the Farrelly Brothers to say how well we did… it gives me chills.” Honored and emboldened by the experience, the roommates gushed over each other’s performances and hinted at the possibility of pursuing acting beyond the Shore. See the full interview after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' season premiere is tonight! But first, let Ronnie and Sammi tell you about the joys of Florence

The fourth season of Jersey Shore is based around a premise so deliciously off-kilter that even the vocal mass of people who consider the show a harbinger of the end of Western Civilization will probably tune in, if only so they have something new to complain about. The tanned-up gym freaks are leaving behind the humble decadence of Seaside Heights, N.J., to return to the ancestral home of the modern age of wonders: Florence, the Italian metropolis that was once home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many of the other great thinkers and artists of the Renaissance. It’s a perfect mixture of the sacred and the profane, the rough equivalent of asking the Pope to consecrate a row of tequila shots. The famously problem-plagued shoot included delays, Visa problems, fights, neck braces, and presumably a few Bunga Bunga parties. READ FULL STORY

Behind-the-scenes: The 'Jersey Shore' kids take Italy

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On August 4, MTV’s Jersey Shore gang will take their GTL adventures overseas for a much-publicized trip to the motherland — that is, Florence, Italy. In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, guest columnist and Jersey Shore exec producer Sallyann Salsano writes about the culture clash that ensued, including car accidents, crying, and lots of cobblestone wipeouts. Check out an excerpt after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Could 'Jersey Shore' be good for America? A new poll shows it MIGHT be good for New Jersey.

People tend to assume that the success of Jersey Shore has been bad for New Jersey. Well, actually, people tend to assume that the success of Jersey Shore has been bad for America, television, the world, and most especially, the current generation of highly impressionable idiot teenagers, who will now have no goals in life beyond drinking and smushing, which means that humanity will spiral henceforth into sinful vice and we will never evolve into cosmic star children. But what if the societal effects of Jersey Shore are actually not all that bad? What if, in fact, the show has had a positive effect on the state of New Jersey, no matter what Gov. Chris Christie says? According to the Associated Press, a new poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind has found that people who watch Jersey Shore do not have a negative view of New Jersey — or at least, their negative view of New Jersey is no more negative than everyone else’s negative view of New Jersey. READ FULL STORY

Would you watch 'Jersey Shore' without the original cast?

My obsession with Jersey Shore is unfortunately well-documented, so you can imagine the explosive mix of emotions I felt earlier today, when rumors started circulating that MTV was planning to replace the original Shore cast — whose paychecks are swelling at roughly the same rate as their pectorals — with a new crew of tandroid gym-freaks with colorful nicknames and self-esteem issues. MTV has since denied the recasting; the network told EW, “We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun.” The original cast has already filmed the upcoming fourth season in Italy, and is currently filming a fifth season back in Jersey. READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' enjoys record ratings. Other Jersey-centric shows I want to see.

I thought 2010 was the Year of New Jersey. Then we saw this news: Last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey premiere attracted 2.87 million viewers, making Monday the best night in Bravo’s history, according to the network. Add to that the fact that interest in Jersey Shore has only increased in its third season, and that I see posters for Jerseylicious more than I see my own face, and it’s official: I was wrong. Clearly, 2011 is the year in which we will fully embrace the Garden State (until next year) with successful series that spout more stereotypes than a third-rate stand-up comic at an open mic night. Because, if we listen to reality TV, New Jersey is a state full of loud women with big hair and beefy husbands who are suspicious waste management workers entrepreneurs. Actually, that’s true. (Hey, I live there half the year.) But! It’s also full of other wonderful things that should be highlighted on the small screen. Television, here are the New Jersey-centric series I want to see in 2011: READ FULL STORY

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