Posts By Mark Graham

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SNL Power Rankings: Jon Hamm Makes His Case For The Five-Timers Club

Oh Jon Hamm, is there anything that you can’t do? You are a prodigious Banger of Secretaries, you effortlessly knock triples into the gap during celebrity softball games and nothing seems to be standing in the way of you becoming a member of the SNL Five-Timers Club. Speaking of which, how did Hamm perform during his third hosting stint this weekend?

Quite admirably! Regardless of the quality of the writing (which, just like every episode, was a little up and down this week), Hamm gives every sketch his all. He’s actively engaged in the delivery of the material and, unlike a lot of hosts, actually seems like he could fit into the ensemble cast. Most of all, Hamm always seems like he’s having fun up there (even when he’s doing the Best Cry Ever), and that energy is contagious with both the cast and the audience. Does this make him the best host of the show who’s not already a Five-Timer? Discuss!

And while you’re thinking about whether Hamm is better than James Franco, Jack Black or Justin Timberlake (it can’t be coincidence that all of their names start with the letter J, can it?), follow along for our weekly breakdown of how the Not Ready For Primetime Players performed this week.

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Is There Anything That Katy Perry’s Breasts Can’t Do?

Katy Perry is an American pop singer who didn’t achieve fame because of her vocal chops, but rather because she has a glorious rack and is not afraid to flaunt it. Earlier this year, in the video for her song “California Gurls,” this happened:

Then, when Katy Perry’s breasts appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, she redefined the meaning of Tickle Me Elmo for an entire generation:

Now, she has a brand new video for her inspirational ballad with a pop twist, “Firework.” One question remains: How will her breasts top themselves THIS time?

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Speak Now: Taylor Swift Live From New York City Recap

If the only things you know about Taylor Swift are tidbits you picked up while waiting in line at the grocery store, you are probably under the impression that she’s become a bit temperamental of late. We are referring to, of course, the whole Kanye/VMA backlash, the criticisms leveled at her after the Grammys, the controversial dumping of a certain hunky werewolf, and most recently, the speculation about her dalliances with John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal. You might think that the stress of being under almost constant scrutiny might’ve somehow change the outgoing Taylor, possibly not for the better. Well, after witnessing the way she beamed while she performed three songs from her new album earlier tonight, you could tell that she has NO plans to let any of this drama get in the way of sharing her new work with the world.

Taylor’s new record, Speak Now, was just released today and is already sitting atop the iTunes sales chart. In front of two hundred or so ecstatic (and mostly female) fans in Manhattan this evening, Swift introduced three songs from her new record with a clear sense of confidence and enthusiasm. There was a genuine look of excitement when she came out on stage tonight wearing a gold dress, evidenced by her buoyant performance of “Speak Now.” Usually, Taylor has a guitar strapped to her shoulder, and every so often you can tell that envisions it as a security blanket of sorts. That’s why it was especially interesting to see her come out on stage sans axe tonight, instead wearing just heels and a gold dress. It speaks a lot about the place where she is mentally today, which seems to be a place of excitement and enthusiasm.
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Saturday Night Live Power Rankings: Say Hello To Paul Brittain, Everyone!

What’s not to like about Emma Stone? The young redhead seems to be one of the most likeable and grounded members of today’s Young Hollywood scene, eschewing arrests and stints in rehab for well-liked turns in films like Superbad, Zombieland and Easy-A. Some might even go as far as to call her the next Anna Faris! However, much like the aforementioned Faris, her first time hosting Saturday Night Live didn’t exactly go as planned.

It wasn’t like Stone was a stiff on the level of the dreaded January Jones, but it was clear from the monologue that she going to be a natural in terms of her ability to connect with the audience (Related: Who chose that outfit? She looks like she’s going to her first day of Boring School, not hosting SNL). Stone is neither a stage actress nor a true comedienne, but we hoped that she would bring a little something more to the proceedings than a look that screamed “I’m just going to try and get through this without screwing up.” Granted, it was not the writing staff’s finest hour, but when you’re given the opportunity to zing Lindsay Lohan, you gotta make it work!

So, we’ve established that Saturday night’s episode was pretty middle of the road, but there were some interesting breakthroughs this week (say hello to Paul Brittain, everybody!). Follow along for our weekly breakdown of how the Not Ready For Primetime Players performed this week!

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The Immortal Jim Halpert … THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

When it comes appreciating the fine arts, I often find myself drawn to the philosophies espoused by the renowned art critic Homer Jay Simpson. Specifically, he once uttered this classic line while waiting for his wife to peruse the belongings at the “A Little Bit Of Lenny” craft stand: “Less artsy, more fartsy!” Fortunately for myself and society at large, there are others who hold museums in higher regard. Like Reddit user ReigningCatsNotDogs, for example.

While on a recent trip to the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, wherever that is, he stumbled upon a painting from the 1800s of a fellow he claims looks just like The Office‘s Jim Halpert. How much like Jim Halpert, you say? Well, you be the judge! If you can tell which one of the portraits above is “real” and which one is “fake,” then you should probably stop what you’re doing and become a member of Sotheby’s because, clearly, you have a real future in art dealing!
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Jersey Shore Top Ten Catchphrase Countdown: Give The Cat A Meatball

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!
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Snooki Whips Her Hair Back And Forth

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.

[Thanks, Crushable!]

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Broad Abroad: The True Story Of Katherine Chloe Cahoon

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.

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Five Questions For Taylor Swift

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!

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Celebrity Cheaters Sneak Preview: How Porn Star Joslyn James First Hooked Up With “Douchebag” Tiger Woods

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.”
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