It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, silly, we’re not talking about the holidays; who can concentrate on those when it’s officially Awards Season? While we’re still a month or so away from learning who the nominees for the 82nd Annual Oscars will be, the awards race was jumpstarted this morning when we announced the list of actors, actresses and films that were chosen as the nominees for the 2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. This program, which will air live on VH1 on Friday, January 14 at 9pm ET, has developed a reputation as being the most accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations of any award show out there. And, as you’ll see from the complete list of 2011 Critics’ Choice Awards nominees, the evening promises to be a star-studded affair with many interesting subplots that will make a huge difference once the Oscars roll around. Follow along as we highlight the Top Five Races To Watch For at this year’s ceremony!
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Sir Paul McCartney is one of the world’s most famous people, and deservedly so. No one is ever going to argue that he shouldn’t get the, erm, royal treatment when he swings by the hallowed halls of Studio 8H for an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Yet, I found myself incredibly annoyed when Paul McCartney showed up on my screen not once, not twice, not thrice, but SEVEN GOD DAMN TIMES during this weekend’s episode that was supposed to have been hosted by Paul Rudd. I am all for Paul and his crappy band of spray tanned douches playing three songs, but four PLUS an appearance in the monologue, Digital Short and Weekend Update? No thanks, Beatle Bailey*!
Anyhoo, let’s get on with it, abbreviated style (posterity’s sake is my favorite sake, natch). How did the cast of Saturday Night Live perform this week? Read along!
It’s fair to say that a lot of memorable things have happened in each and every one of our lives since December 18, 2004: Among other things, we elected the first African-American POTUS in the history of our country, we suffered through one of the worst financial crises in our nation’s history, and, of course, we learned about the mysterious origins of Justin Bieber’s tattoo. Which is to say that you’re totally forgiven if, over the course of the last six years, you forgot how bad of an SNL host Robert De Niro is. Don’t kick yourself with regret; after all, Lorne Michaels forgot, too!
Yes, that’s right, it’s been six long years since the last abominable Fockers movie lowbrowed its way into our nation’s movie theaters. And now, with Little Fockers just weeks from away from ruining the holidays for families everywhere, Robert De Niro showed up at Studio 8H to ruin that show, too. Exactly how disinterested was Bob in preparing for this week’s show? Well, he played “Robert De Niro” in three separate sketches, that’s how! He tripped over lines, his eyes rarely strayed from the cue cards, and the happiest he looked all night was when he hugged one of the Diddy Dirty Money girls as the credits were rolling*. Quite frankly, he made January Jones look like Jon Hamm!
But hey, the host is only one part of the show, right? No no no, we’re not going to discuss the manner in which Puff Puffy Diddy Daddy Combs embarrassed himself with his Grade-Z Kanye impression. Rather, now is the time of the week in which we (belatedly!) discuss how the cast performed this week with our SNL Power Rankings.
rnrnOnce word got out that Nicki Minaj got felt up by the excitable Regis Philbin on live TV, no one quite knew what would happen next. Would the whole thing simply blow over, or would it turn into a media firestorm? Thankfully, Nicki Minaj quickly took to Twitter to squash what could’ve turned into a massive beef and laughed the whole thing off. When the music industry insider Anthony J. Bradley tweeted “YO NICK!!! what went thru your mind when Regis had slapped ya?” at Nicki, she quickly and calmly responded “Lol. I was in shock!”rnrnGood for Nicki! She easily (and, honestly, rightfully) could have turned this into a huge debate and dunked Regis in some serious hot water. Instead, she brushed off the controversy like it was dirt on her shoulder. Regis is, of course, one of the most harmless and likable guys in the entertainment industry, and we’re glad to see that these two are copacetic. Heck, maybe the next time she shows up on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, she can return the favor and give Reege a little love tap on the heinie.rnrnDon’t forget, Nicki flies out to San Diego this week to perform on VH1 Divas, airing on VH1 this Sunday night, December 5, at 9 p.m. Stay tuned, as we’ll be catching up with her, Katy Perry and all the other Divas performers as the week progresses!
rnrnThe explosive fourth season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew debuts tonight on VH1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This year’s cast — Jason “Gummi Bear” Davis, Janice Dickinson, Leif Garrett, Jeremy London, Frankie Lons, Rachel Uchitel, Jason Wahler and Eric Roberts — all publicly battled their demons in the harsh glare of the spotlight before being treated by Dr. Drew Pinsky and crew. While you’ll have to tune in each week to see how the cast deals with the difficulties of the program (not to mention withdrawal symptoms), the following slideshow highlights exactly the kind of shape (hint: not very good) that these celebrities were in before they checked into the Pasadena Recovery Center. rnrn
rnrnIf you’ll allow us to use the parlance of one Sir Mix-A-Lot for a moment, everybody knows that Nicki Minaj is “little in the middle but she got much back.” However, until today, we had no clue that Regis Philbin “likes ‘em real thick and juicy.” Yes, that Regis Philbin! rnrnAfter a performance of “Right Thru Me” on LIVE! with Regis And Kelly, VH1 Divas performer Nicki Minaj was interviewed by the diminutive yet highly excitable octogenarian. Seemingly possessed by the spirit of Mix-A-Lot himself, Reege found himself so enthralled with Nicki’s curves that he up and smacked her on the ass. It’s something that has to be seen to be believed.rnrn Read more…
That’s the only explanation we can think of why he began giggling like a schoolgirl when a classic “That’s what she said!” moment occurred during this otherwise innocuous segment of this morning’s Today Show.
Also! We would like to award bonus brownie points to the crack Today Show producer who inserted a bullet point into this presentation that read “Pay attention to package size.” Wise words, indeed.
[Thanks to the Today Show Tumblr!]
rnrnJust like US Weekly reminds us each and every week, stars really are just like us! Except, of course, way richer. And sometimes, mind you, also slothier and less romantic.rnrnWe speak, of course, of the newly engaged Jessica Simpson, the eternally classy dame that recently debuted her ruby engagement ring during an autograph signing session at the mall anchor store Dillard’s. Simpson’s engagement came hot on the heels of news that her ex-husband Nick Lachey popped the question to his fiery Latina bride-to-be, frequent bikini-wearer Vanessa Minillo, which caused many a naysayer to surmise that it was a revenge engagement of sorts. Well, as soon as you hear the romantic way in which her fiance Eric Johnson proposed, you’ll know for sure that this engagement had been planned
minutes hours in advance! rnrn Read more…
rnrnWe have never stepped foot into a Twilight convention, but having braved the red carpet at the premiere of Eclipse this summer, we know how passionate and intense Twi-Hards can be about the stars of this awesome series. Which is why we were stunned to learn this morning that Bronson Pelletier, the actor who plays werewolf tribe member Jared, was assaulted while attending a Twilight convention over in Knifecrime Island (aka England).rnrnLest you think that he was beaten up by a gaggle of screaming, autograph-seeking fanatics, Radar Online reports that Pelletier ran afoul of four drunken men staying at the hotel where the event was being held. Fortunately, Pelletier was not seriously injured, but he did end up suffering a broken nose after the tossers repeatedly attacked him with headbutts. No motive was given for the crime, but we can only assume that the guys were card-carrying members of Team Edward.rnrn[Photo: Getty Images]
When Lorne Michaels hired ace impressionist Jay Pharoah to be a featured player on the 36th season of Saturday Night Live, many thought that it meant that Fred Armisen’s days playing Barack Obama were numbered. However, through the first seven episodes of this season, Armisen has continued to portray our nation’s President, while Pharoah has mainly been charged with doing impressions of Denzel Washington, Jay-Z and other prominent African-American stars. It’s unclear as to whether or not Lorne has any transition plans in place or if the subject has even been broached inside Studio 8H, but on last night’s episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, Pharoah took matters into his own hands.
After the tiniest of nudges from Dave (which, we can only assume, was planned during the pre-interview), Pharoah debuted his heavily-hyped Obama impression on national television on a show (not to mention a network!) other than the one that A) Pays him and B) Is helping turn him into a household name. Shots fired?