FROM MTV MOVIES: It's one of the biggest — and most inexplicable — hits of 2011, a song so popular that its hook was name-checked during player introductions on Sunday Night Football, so massive that Jay-Z and Kanye West have taken to performing it multiple times per set on their Watch the Throne Tour.
We're talking, of course, about "N---as in Paris," the max-impact Throne single that has become a sensation, thanks in no small part to producer Hit-Boy's bouncing beat, West's pop-cult wordplay ("What's that jacket, Margiela?") and, of course, a pair of oddball samples taken from Will Ferrell's 2007 figure-skating comedy "Blades of Glory."
As you're probably aware, "Paris" kicks off with Ferrell's grizzled Chazz Michael Michaels defiantly declaring, "We're gonna skate to one song and one song only," then really picks up steam mid-song, when (in a move that could alternately be described as "completely inspired" or "completely insane"), Hit-Boy drops the beat and lets the song roll on a second Ferrell sample: "No one knows what it means, but it's provocative ... it gets the people going!"
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FROM MTV NEWSROOM: James Franco is already the hyphenate's hyphenate, but now, the acting-directing-art-making-multiple-university-attending-cat-bench-pressing-frequently-squinting star is adding another prefix to his eternally lengthening list of gigs: musician.
Well, sort of. Because while Franco has joined forces with "video/performance artist" Kalup Linzy to create the aptly-named duo Kalup & Franco (they'll release their debut EP, Turn It Up on July 12, through DJ /rupture's Dutty Artz label), based on what we've seen so far — namely, a live performance of "Proud Mary" — Franco doesn't actually seem to be doing much in the way of actual musicianship. Instead, he just sort of stands there in a tuxedo, looking handsome, while someone else vamps and camps (which, if you think about it, is basically all he did when he hosted the Oscars, too.)
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During Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, Justin Timberlake proved just how "totally platonic" his relationship with Mila Kunis was when he groped her like a crowdsurfer at Ozzfest.
Of course, Kunis was all too happy to return the favor, going low and grabbing JT's junk while the two — who, it should be noted, star in the upcoming comedy "Friends With Benefits" (and whose relationship has been the subject of much speculation in the past) — announced the nominees for "Best Male Performance."
Not surprisingly, in the hours following the Awards, Kunis and Timberlake's rather, uh, unique embrace became the most-searched thing on the Internet, and since the zeitgeist clearly loves some good old fashioned genital-groping, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the fact that, over the years, MTV's award shows have basically set the standard for inappropriate touching ... we're sort of pioneers in that regard.
So, with Mila's and Justin's pawing still fresh on everyone's mind, here's a look back at some of the most inappropriate touches in MTV award-show history.
Over the past year, I have had no less than a dozen conversations with folks about the finale of "Lost" ... the cyclical beauty of that final shot, the poignant symbolism of the stained glass window (it's all about the bardo, dude), the high-minded concepts like sacrifice and interconnectedness and destiny that it espoused. I have nodded and sipped my drink politely, listened intently, perhaps even interjected occasionally. But at the end of each and every one of those conversations, I found myself more confused than I was when it began, mostly because I couldn't believe anyone actually liked the way the show ended.
So, at the risk of upsetting Damon Lindelof (something that is surprisingly easy to do), I would like to go on record as saying that the finale of "Lost" was absolutely terrible. I hated it when it first aired and now, exactly one year later, I think I hate it even more.
Why? Well, there are several reasons...
FROM MTV MOVIES: It's been green-lit, killed, resurrected and put on the back burner, but now it appears that the long-in-the-works film version of Green Day's American Idiot album might finally become a reality.
On Wednesday (April 13), Reuters reported that Universal is in negotiations to pick up the screen rights to the Broadway version of "Idiot," and has hired Michael Mayer — who directs the stage production — to shoot the movie version.
Reuters also reported that Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of 2008's "Milk," is "in discussions" to write the screenplay, and that Tom Hanks will serve as producer on the film, along with Green Day themselves. (Hanks and his business partner Gary Goetzman were producers on the film version of the Broadway smash "Mamma Mia!," the musical based on the songs of ABBA.)
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FROM MTV.COM: On Thursday night in Los Angeles, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Blink-182's Mark Hoppus hosted an advance IMAX 3-D screening of Tim Burton's much-anticipated "Alice in Wonderland" (just one of the perks of collaborating on a song for the film's soundtrack, we assume). They ate popcorn and wore goofy 3-D glasses, posed with a Mad Hatter lookalike on the red carpet, and afterward, took the time to write up their reactions to the film for MTV News. What can we say? They're good guys.
Here's what Wentz had to say about "Alice in Wonderland," Tim Burton's much-anticipated latest opus, which stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and many others, and hits theaters today. Hoppus' review will be published shortly!
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FROM MTV.COM: I should probably get this out of the way right at the top: I am not exactly a "Twilight" fan. I have never read a page of Stephenie Meyer's bloodsucking series, I can't tell you where the series takes place, or who Esme Cullen is, or why Taylor Lautner never wears a shirt (and yes, I just had to go to Wikipedia to learn that Lautner's character isn't even a vampire).
But on Monday, I went to see "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" to determine whether or not the film — which earned some $140 million in its opening weekend — is actually the most emo thing ever created.
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FROM MTV.COM: Sony Pictures is finalizing a deal to acquire rehearsal footage from Michael Jackson's This Is It concert run, with hopes of releasing it in theaters just in time for Halloween, according to Variety.
Sony is reportedly paying close to $60 million for the 80 hours of rehearsal footage shot at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The footage is currently owned by AEG Entertainment, who were promoting Jackson's run of 50 shows at London's O2 Arena.
"High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega, who shot the rehearsal footage, will reportedly also sort through it to assemble the film, which Sony plans on having in theaters on October 30. Variety claims the film will feature "at least three" videos, including an alternative version of "Thriller," which was intended to be an interstitial video during Jackson's O2 shows.
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FROM MTV.COM: "New Moon" director Chris Weitz recently gave an interview to movie site RottenTomatoes.com in which he talked about the status of the film — it's due in theaters November 20 — and spoke at length about the music he's lining up for the soundtrack.
Now, normally, soundtrack stories aren't that interesting ... but two things were different here. First, the "New Moon" album follows the mega-successful "Twilight" soundtrack (which featured a pair of new songs from Paramore and has sold more than 2.1 million copies to date) and second, Weitz mentioned that none other than Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and the Kings of Leon were interested in contributing songs.
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FROM MTV.COM: By a stroke of luck (or, perhaps, fate), MTV was fortunate to launch just before Michael Jackson went supernova.
Back in 1981, he wasn't yet a global brand or a cultural icon — he wasn't even the King of Pop. Rather, he was just ascending to the throne. He'd had some hits (1972's "Ben," the first two cuts — "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" — from 1979's Off the Wall), and he was ready to forever distance himself from his early years with the Jackson 5, but no one knew what to expect from him next.
Needless to say, we were all blown away with that next step. Released in 1983, Thriller was ... well, it was everything: a milestone release, a decade-defining collection of tunes, the biggest-selling album of all time and — most importantly — Michael's coronation. He was officially and forever the King of Pop, a title he held until his death Thursday (June 25) at the age of 50 and one that will probably be his forever.
Continue reading Michael Jackson And MTV: From Epic Videos To Show-Stealing Performances
Don't miss "A Celebration Of Michael Jackson On MTV," airing at 6 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.