September 2007 Archives

Silverman still defending VMA jokes

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Sarah Silverman still is responding to the negative reaction to her Britney Spears jokes at the MTV Video Music Awards. ‘‘The joke that everyone was upset about — me calling the kids ‘adorable mistakes’ — was the most innocuous joke,’’ the 36-year-old comedian tells Us Weekly magazine in the issue that comes out Friday. ‘‘It never occurred to me that would be deemed hurtful or over the line.’’ Says Silverman: ‘‘I don’t want to get into feuds with girls half my age. I’m in it to be funny and not for the drama. It’s embarrassing.’’ ...

Another CMA performer ... the Eagles?!

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First, Bon Jovi surrendered the pretension and immigrated to the country charts. Now the Eagles seem to be going back, back, back to their roots. The classic-rock hit band will make its first-ever awards show performance at the 41st annual CMA Awards airing live at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 on ABC.

The band's decision to appear on the CMA Awards follows the success of their recently released country single, "How Long," which has been climbing the country charts. "How Long" is the first single from the group's soon-to-be released double album, "Long Run out of Eden." ...

More performers set for CMAs

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"Country Music's Biggest Night" announced today that Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood will perform at the 41st annual CMA Awards, airing live at 7 p..m. Nov. 7 on ABC from the Sommet Center in Nashville.


LOS ANGELES — Will ‘‘The Sopranos’’ bury its Emmy competition Sunday? Will Ryan Seacrest shine as the ceremony’s host or hit a sour note? Will controversy help or hurt contenders ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’ and Alec Baldwin?

And most importantly, will anyone be watching the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards (7 p.m. on Fox), given that it’s airing against a big-time NFL matchup between the Chargers and Patriots on NBC? ...

T.I. tops field with nine BET Hip-Hop nods

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T.I. leads the pack for the BET Hip-Hop Awards with nine nominations, including best collaboration, best live performance, CD of the year and lyricist of the year. Other artists with multiple nods include Lil’ Wayne with seven, Chicago rappers Kanye West with six, and Common with five, Jay-Z with four, Ludacris and 50 Cent with three and Diddy and UGK with two. The latter will be honored with the ‘‘I Am Hop Hop’’ Icon Award during the ceremony. ...


LOS ANGELES — Turning the lesser-known Creative Arts Emmy Awards into an interesting television event has always been a challenge. The anti-climactic show, whose winners are announced a week before the telecast airs, doesn’t boast the same popular categories and ample A-listers of the Primetime Emmys.

But a couple of unexpected moments at the awards handout promise to make for a much more appealing telecast this year. Kathy Griffin’s<'strong> raucous remarks about Jesus, and the racy ‘‘D--- in a Box’’ ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ video, which took best-song honors, generated a publicity buzz the show rarely enjoys.

‘‘Controversy always helps,’’ said executive producer John Moffitt. ‘‘We’re always happy to have an additional reason for people to tune in and hear for themselves,’’ he said, calling the telecast, which airs 7 p.m. Saturday on E!, ‘‘the most entertaining show we’ve ever done.’’ ...

Your complete ’07-’08 awards-season calendar

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Here they are, all the announcement and awards-show dates that make up the awards season we call The Gold Rush ...

"Leave Britney alone!!!"

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Chris Crocker's online video has been viewed millions of times already, and he's none too pleased with critics' dismissal of Britney Spears' opening performance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. It's a fascinating, hypnotizing bit of angst, whichever side of the debate you're on.

But the video you really need to watch is Crocker's other related post, "Britney, this is for you" — his own bedroom performance of Britney's "Gimme More." Because here's the deal: If Britney had performed with this much passion, energy and conviction, or even that hair (notice we didn't say talent ...), the critics wouldn't have bashed her in the first place.

Oscars ’08 host: Jon Stewart

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LOS ANGELES — Jon Stewart is getting a do-over as Oscar host. America’s favorite faux newscaster, who drew mixed reviews for his first stint in 2006, has been picked for a return engagement in February, the film academy announced today. ‘‘I’m thrilled to be asked to host the Academy Awards for the second time because, as they say, the third time’s a charm,’’ Stewart said today in a statement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. ...

Donald Trump, Rosie O’Donnell to Emmys' rescue?

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LOS ANGELES — Memo To: the Television Academy. Subject: saving the Emmys.

Last year’s broadcast drew the annual show’s fourth-smallest audience ever, watched by about 16 million viewers. Contrast that with the Academy Awards and the 40 million-plus who tuned in last February.

Lots of people clearly don’t seem to care; for them, scanning the latest product-recall reports would be equally appealing. But we do care, and we have a modest proposal that may be just what the academy needs to get this show on track: celebrities gone wild.

Put them on the Emmy stage as presenters Sunday (7 p.m. on Fox), in pairs or groups, and sit back and wait for the blockbuster Nielsens to arrive.

Consider the possibilities ...

Belinda leads nominees for MTV Latin Awards

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LOS ANGELES — With five nominations, including best pop artist, best solo artist and artist of the year, Mexican star Belinda leads the list of nominees announced today for this year’s Premios MTV Latin America. Spain’s Alejandro Sanz and Argentina’s Babasonicos each follow with four nominations, while Division Minuscula, Julieta Venegas, Mana, Panda, Paulina Rubio, Gustavo Cerati, Miranda! and Kudai scored three each.

The awards show will air live in 24 countries from Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes on Oct. 18. It will also be shown on MTV2 and MTV Tr3s in the United States and on some non-cable channels in Latin America.

Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, Cafe Tacuba and the Cure are scheduled to perform on the program. Three new award categories have been added this year: ‘‘Fashionista Award,’’ for best dressed celebrity; ‘‘Best Urban Artist Award’’ for best R&B, rap, hip hop or reggaeton; and the ‘‘Influencia Award,’’ honoring an influential artist with a long career.

Kathy Griffin's Emmy comments censored

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LOS ANGELES — Before Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy last weekend for her reality show, ‘‘My Life on the D-List,’’ she joked that an award would move her to the C-list.

She was right: ‘‘C’’ as in censored. The TV academy said her raucous acceptance speech will be edited when the event, which was taped, is shown Saturday on the E! channel. The main prime-time Emmy Awards air the next night on Fox.

‘‘Kathy Griffin’s offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night,’’ the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Monday. ...

NEW YORK — Kanye West blames MTV for Britney Spears’ less than stellar performance at the Video Music Awards.

‘‘Man, they were just trying to get ratings, and they knew she wasn’t ready and they exploited her,’’ the 29-year-old rapper said today on Sirius Satellite Radio’s ‘‘The Morning Mash Up.’’

The network made a ‘‘bad move’’ by having the troubled pop star open Sunday’s event in Las Vegas, said West, who feels he should have kicked off the show with ‘‘Stronger,’’ the first single from his new album, ‘‘Graduation.’’

‘‘They exploited her, they played me and I really don’t mess with MTV,’’ he said.

Spears, 25, looked unprepared while performing her new song, ‘‘Gimme More,’’ to a bewildered audience of her music industry peers. She seemed nervous and, at times, stopped singing altogether.

West said he wanted to perform ‘‘Stronger’’ on the show’s main stage — where R&B hotshot Chris Brown wowed the crowd with Michael Jackson-esque dance moves — but complied when he was asked to host a suite party.

West said it was a blow to the ego when Justin Timberlake, who also hosted a suite party, ended up ‘‘on the big stage’’ to give the closing performance with Timbaland and Nelly Furtado. ...

Britney? Fat? C'mon, she was really just bad

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NEW YORK — The consensus is clear: Britney Spears performed like she was sloshing blindfolded through mud at MTV’s Video Music Awards. No one disputes that the troubled pop princess royally mangled her much-heralded comeback.

But what about the nastiest comments of all — those about her body? ‘‘Lard and Clear,’’ read Monday’s headline in the New York Post. ‘‘The bulging belly she was flaunting was SO not hot,’’ wrote E! Online. And so on.

Was it fair? Did Spears, lest we forget a mother of two, deserve to be held up against the standard of her once fantastically toned abs, sculpted by sessions of 1,000 tummy crunches? Or was she asking for it by choosing that unforgiving black-sequined bikini?

More profoundly, in an age where skinny models and skeletal actresses are under scrutiny for the message they’re sending young girls, what does it say that we’re excoriating a young woman for a little thickness in her middle?

Cates tapped for record 14th Oscars telecast

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Gil Cates will produce next year’s Academy Awards, marking the 14th time he’ll have done so — adding to his growing record. He passed the previous most-prolific producer, Howard W. Koch, with eight shows, in 1998.

Oscar telecasts produced by Cates have resulted in 99 Emmy nominations and 25 awards, including a 1991 Emmy for Cates for producing the 63rd edition of the Academy Awards.

It will be up to Cates to choose this year’s host. Ellen DeGeneres hosted last year’s show, her first such stint. Previous Cates-selected hosts include Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and Billy Crystal.

The 80th Academy Awards presentation will take place on Feb. 24, 2008.

Early Emmys out, and they're a special gift ...

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LOS ANGELES — An off-color ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ video featuring Justin Timberlake and strategically placed gift boxes was honored at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

‘‘D--- in a Box,’’ last December’s fake music video performed by Timberlake and ‘‘SNL’’ cast member Andy Samberg, is about wrapping a part of the male anatomy and presenting it to a loved one as a holiday present.

‘‘I think it’s safe to say that when we first set out to make this song, we were all thinking ‘Emmy!’ ’’ Samberg said in accepting the award Saturday for best original music and lyrics.
‘‘The other thing we were thinking was, ‘Hey! Here’s this young up and comer, Justin Timberlake, who is clearly very talented and could clearly use a break,’’’ Samberg said. ‘‘So, Justin, if you’re out there, congrats to you, kid.’ ’’ ...

Emmys red carpet: No Joan!

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NEW YORK — Joan Rivers will be missing from the red carpet scene at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, but she’ll still be cracking wise about it — on the Web. Rivers, 74, and her daughter, Melissa, 39, will blog about the telecast’s most memorable moments and fashion hits and misses on her site, a special section of the Web site, VH1 announced Monday. ...

It's official: Britney's back — at MTV's VMAs

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LAS VEGAS — With skin, snakes and smooches in her past MTV repertoire, there’s no telling what’s in store Sunday when Britney Spears opens this year’s Video Music Awards. The 25-year-old tabloid magnet will perform ‘‘Gimme More,’’ the first single from her upcoming album, MTV has announced. ...

Fans get a chance to line Oscars’ red carpet

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is giving some lucky movie buffs the chance to see their favorite stars up close at the Oscars next year.

Beginning Sept. 17, fans can enter an online lottery for a chance to win one of 300 available bleacher seats along the 500-foot-long red carpet in front of Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre before the awards ceremony.

The lottery will be open for one week, with winners being chosen at random on Sept. 24.
The 80th Academy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24.


Seacrest may (gulp) sing at Emmys

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Emmy host Ryan Seacrest says he is forgoing an opening monologue in favor of a musical number at the upcoming 59th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. Seacrest said the Emmy telecast, which is set to air live at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 on Fox, will open with a musical number that he ‘‘may or may not be’’ part of depending on ‘‘how confident I feel on the 16th.’’ ...

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