When all is said and done, history will not look back fondly at the second season of Jersey Shore. The lovable group of scamps that we were first introduced to last year as they summered on the beaches of Sleazeside Heights, blissfully unaware of the mega-celebrities that they would become, are gone. Yes, their corporeal forms remain the same, but their personalities have shifted in significant ways since the halcyon days of Summer 2009 when the show’s first season has taped. And really, that’s what drew people into the show in the first place, the outgoing and unique personalities of the show’s main core of characters: The Situation, DJ Pauly D, Snooki and, to a lesser extent, the rest of them.
While we don’t blame MTV for getting the band back together again in February of 2010 to begin filming the M.I.A. season — gotta strike while the iron is hot! — it was apparent from the outset that the program lost some of its mojo when it traveled south of the Mason/Dixon line. From a creative perspective, the second season was watered down weak sauce compared to the first, but that didn’t stop the audience of the show from growing week after week after week. And we have little doubt that the third season of Jersey Shore (hopefully subtitled “Back To The Beach”) will, once again, be a massive ratings success, it remains to be seen if the gang can maintain their level of popularity as they inch ever closer to overexposure.
That said, here’s this week’s Top Ten Catchphrase Countdown … enjoy!
Ever wonder what the Macaroni Rascals of Jersey Shore do when they’re not being followed by a camera crew and getting drunk? Well, considering that staring at yourself in the mirror is SO last century, the best way for them to get their narcissism on is to flip on their webcams and hit record. A few weeks back, we saw DJ Pauly D and the rest of our fair guidos dancing around a hotel room to “We Speak No Americano”, and today we’ve got a clip of soon-to-be bestselling author Snooki whipping her hair back and forth, Willow Smith style. We’re hard pressed to see much of a difference between this and when that Muppet did it a few days ago, but we’re guessing the Muppet hadn’t just pounded a few Solo cups worth of Ron-Ron Juice mere moments before turning her laptop on.
Every so often, something completely cringeworthy and unabashedly awesome will flash across your computer monitor and you’ll think to yourself, “This can’t be real, can it?” After all, we’re living smack dab in the middle of the Viral Age (patent pending!), an era where greedy corporate hucksters will do anything and everything to convince the public at large that what they’re watching is real and not manufactured (see: those jerks in Atomic Tom). Well, dear readers, as best we can tell, Katherine Chloe Cahoon is totally, completely, 110% FOR REALZIES.
Cahoon is the author of The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men, which is the hottest selling how-to book since How To Pick Up Trashy Women. Just like any author worth their advance these days, she’s been hitting the YouTubes in an attempt to drum up some viral buzz for her book. Well, mission accomplished, Katherine, we’re writing about you! Sadly, though, it’s not because you have the best dating tips for meeting European men, but rather because we’re not entirely sure that you’re actually human! Watch the clip below and see if you agree.
It goes without saying that it has been a tumultuous year and some change for Taylor Swift. After her sophomore album, Fearless, sold more than six million copies, she found herself propelled from being a fresh-faced rising star status to someone who was a lightning rod for controversy. After spending an inordinate amount of time in the spotlight dealing with just about anything other than her music — think Joe Jonas, think Kanye West, think Taylor Lautner, think John Mayer, think the Grammys — one could have easily forgiven Swift if she decided to take a year off, crawl in a hole and just try to be a normal 20 year-old girl for awhile. However, being the driven artist that she is, Swift decided that the better approach would be to work through her feelings in song, so she hit the studio with her longtime producer Nathan Chapman and recorded 14 songs that would become her third LP, Speak Now.
The widespread success of “Mine”, the new album’s first single, has quieted the naysayers who were whispering that Swift might be in for a backlash. Speak Now hits stores next week, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with CMT and MTV to livestream a Taylor Swift concert next Monday, October 25th. We’ll have more details on that for you as the week progresses, but for now, take a gander at the latest entry in our 5 Questions series starring none other than Taylor herself!
It’s almost been a year since the seemingly perfect world and pristine image of Tiger Woods was shattered when allegations of his marital infidelities went public and he was involved in an early morning car crash at his home in Orlando, FL. In that time, we have come to learn that he had well over a dozen mistresses, perhaps none more famous than porn star Joslyn James. To that end, today we bring you an exclusive sneak peek from the VH1 News special Celebrity Cheaters, which is scheduled to air one week from today on Monday, October 25 at 9/8c.
We recently spoke at length with James and got her to spill the beans about her illicit relationship with Woods; all this week, we’ll be releasing exclusive clips from that interview here on the VH1 Blog. In today’s two installments, James dishes on how she first got to know Woods, who was a “frequent flier” at the strip club that she performed at in Las Vegas. At first glance, she thought he was a “douchebag,” but eventually, he won her over with a series of Dirty Johnny jokes and a date at the MGM Mansion in Vegas. Not surprisingly, at the end of that first date, they “did the naughty things that grown-ups do.”
Finally, the end is nigh! On last night’s Jersey Shore, we learned that next week’s episode is going to be the last of the season. Frankly, we can’t wait until an elite team from the CDC storms down to the Metropole in full HAZMAT regalia and burns that “herpes nest” to the ground. This season has been a frustrating one for the Macaroni Rascals and us as viewers, and there’s nary a person alive who can’t wait for the gang to get back to their Sleazeside Heights love shack. That said, there were a handful of genuinely entertaining moments in last night’s penultimate episode of Jersey Shore 2, so let’s get on with counting them down, shall we?
Poor Eric Stoltz. Yesterday, for the first time in his long and illustrious career, he found himself as one of Twitter’s Trending Topics; sadly, all the hullabaloo was not to celebrate his skills as a thespian, but rather because embarrasingly awful footage of him as Marty McFly was released to the public for the very first time. Well, not to kick a guy when he’s down or anything, but we here at BWE.tv made some phone calls to the high powered studio executives we have in our Rolodex — we literally each have a huge, circular Rolodex sitting on our desks next to the Tandy 1000s that power this blog, thanks Viacom! — and found out that poor Eric Stoltz was cast in several other high-profile roles over the years, only to be replaced (again!) by more famous and better-looking actors.
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Bruce Willis had difficulty securing permission from the producers of Moonlighting to take time off from the TV show, so an eager John McTiernan decided to roll cameras with Stoltz playing the hard charging, tough talking New York City policeman John McClane. Sadly, even though Stoltz looked great in a tank top, it turns out he didn’t have any chemistry with Bonnie Bedelia.
Is there anything that Brian Williams CAN’T do? He anchors NBC Nightly News, he hosts Saturday Night Live, he stalks Don Draper AND he produces ridiculously talented and good-looking offspring. Meet Allison Williams, BriWi’s daughter and recent Yale graduate. Apparently, she’s gotten quite popular on the YouTubes with her covers of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” (3.6 million+ views) and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (893,000+ views), but she didn’t catch our eye until our friends over at Gawker.tv posted this video this afternoon.
Allison sings lead in this stirring, one-shot mash-up between RJD2′s “A Beautiful Mine” (better known as the Mad Men theme song) and Eden Ahbez’s classic song, “Nature Boy” (which Baz Luhrman drew a lot of his Moulin Rouge inspiration from). As the Videos Recorded Live people mention on this video’s YouTube page, there’s no dubbing, no lip syncing and no Auto-Tune in this awesome video. Really, the only thing it’s missing is an Ida Blankenship cameo.
rnrnA few months ago, Christina Aguilera explained during a radio interview that she had become a “more sexual Christina” since giving birth to her son, Max. Sadly for her husband, Jordan Bratman, that ravenous sexual appetite apparently no longer applies to him: US Magazine is reporting this morning that Aguilera and Bratman have been “separated for a few months.” However, the two have yet to file any official paperwork that would land them an appointment in divorce court. rnrnThe year 2010 has not been kind to the Bionic bisexual, who has had to fight off charges that she’s a Lady Gaga copycat, cancel her tour due to a complete lack of public interest, and is poised to suffer a backlash of Mariah-circa-Glitter-esque proportions when her impending bomb Burlesque arrives in theaters this November. Even worse? No one has decided to devote an entire episode of Glee to her catalogue! Suffice to say, it looks as if the resulting stress from her career struggles have done some damage to her personal life. This one is, as they say, developing…rnrn[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
How great is Jane Lynch? After bouncing around the supporting player circuit for the better part of the last 10 years, her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee has finally earned her BOTH the respect of the mainstream and enough juice in the comedy community to host Saturday Night Live. Based on her outstanding work in Christopher Guest’s films and in the first season of the late, great Party Down, every indication pointed towards Lynch being the kind of host that Lorne could put on his short list of people who should host the show whenever they feel like it (think Baldwin, think Martin, think Hamm). And you know what? Lynch didn’t quite knock it out of the park, but she would easily find herself ranked in the top 20% of people who have hosted the show over the years. Definitely an excellent effort on her part. But what about the rest of the cast? Follow along to see how the Not Ready For Primetime Players performed on this week’s SNL Power Rankings.