Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
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If food is the new rock, this music video of last September's Eleven Madison Park and Alinea Restaurant trade-off might be the perfect validation of the claim.
Holidays are about giving, remember?
On last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Keith and I chewed over the weird way TV and movie cameras have been diving onto Occupy Wall Street, from the Real World casting notice looking for activists to the alleged Dark Knight Rises flirtation with marching extras.
Ted Hall, natural candidate for Real World: OWS.Yesterday it looked as though Bunim/Murray, the production company behind MTV's Real World, had put out a casting call on Craigslist. Nothing weird there, but the casting call asked for Occupy Wall Street protesters, who don't immediately spring ... More >>
Ted Hall, our nominee for Real World: OWS, in an emotional YouTube video. Real World 27 is being cast -- at Zuccotti Park?? The Observer today picked up on a Craigslist ad that -- there's no delicate way to say this -- is a casting call for Occupy Wall Street protesters that would like to be ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Last Wednesday's Village Voice cover story profiled the DeBartoli sisters, two Staten Island sisters who starred in the never-aired Jersey Shore precursor Bridge & Tunnel who signed enorm ... More >>
Krystal Ball, PoliticanSunday's paper includes a fascinating Style section think-piece entitled "The Facebook Skeletons Come Out" about all of the 2010 politicians with embarrassing photos floating around online. "I think all of us know that politicians would have to confront the Facebook ske ... More >>
On Friday, Crushable and Guest of a Guest noticed an MTV casting call on Craigslist. "Do you own skinny jeans, old school chucks, cabbie hat, the 70's vest, an ironic t shirt or hat, a fitted sweater, flannel shirt, or chunky lens-less glasses?" it reads. "Do you drink PBR, have an ironic mus ... More >>
Donald Trump told Surya Yalamanchili "you're fired" on national television in 2007, and now the former contestant hopes to be "hired" into the U.S. House of Representatives by Ohio voters. He is one of three ex-reality show cast members running for Congress this fall, including Republican Sean Du ... More >>
Transgenders on TV!The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has awarded their first-ever rating of "excellent" to MTV for offering "richly diverse portrayals of gay and transgender people" for 42% of their line-up. The CW fell only a little short with 35% of their airtime devoted ... More >>
In the week all your friends went to South by Southwest, New York got a bit rowdy. The old scumbags of Mötley Crüe nearly burned down Madison Square Garden, while Fleetwood Mac brought both punishing Turkish prison sentences and "Silver Springs" to the same arena only a few days later. The Pogues ... More >>
In the week Will Oldham said getting cum out of a 13-year-old boy was "easy as hell," we watched Michael Steele throw the final bon mot into the bonfire of his own political career. Revlon somehow had the nerve to ask if Rihanna was an "appropriate spokesperson" for Covergirl, which, congratulations ... More >>
In the week the word Ickitt became noun, verb, adjective, and baby, we dodged Watchmen hype, welcomed the Roots' newest member, Jimmy Fallon, and tried desperately to forget the details of the Rihanna/Chris Brown police report. Broadway Jimmy Jones got his animated gif. An ailing Michael Steele vow ... More >>
This will seem strange, but the Oscars were not even a week ago. Not that they were all that memorable--at this point, we only retain a foggy recollection, something about a Beck song and James Franco recommending a certain book on the red carpet... To be fair, a lot's happened since. Tom Jones was ... More >>
In the week we went to fashion week, Kanye appeared pretty much everywhere. Justin Timberlake was in the building, too--right next to the chia pets. We interviewed director Richard Foreman, who kinda hates Shakespeare, and Thursday, who admit to sort of being down with the Warped Tour. Tavis Smiley ... More >>
photo of Lady Sovereign by Rebecca Smeyne In the week we mourned Lux Interior, we also noted William Burrough's birthday, and the anniversary of Sid Vicious's death. Did you hear Bruce Springsteen played the Super Bowl? And rammed his pelvis directly into the national mood? Sports were a weird co ... More >>
Not sure how to feel about this. It's rumored that Top Chef season 6 will take place in Las Vegas at the M Resort, a new casino-tel located far off the strip and probably in desperate need of some promotion. Sure there are plenty of big name restaurants in Sin City but it's not exactly a culinary sc ... More >>
photo of the Fucked Up Inauguration Day crowd by Santiago Felipe In the week we said goodbye to John Updike, twice, and Missbehave Magazine once, we said hello to American Idol judge Kara's cleavage, the U2 song "Get on Your Boots," and welcomed Hanoi Jane back. Cold and poor, we also watched a s ... More >>
In the week we said "My President is Black" in about fifteen different, ecstatic ways, we also crowned TV on the Radio victorious in the 36th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. Poll editor Rob Harvilla let the world know once more that he wasn't Charles Aaron, then instant-messaged away in the aftergl ... More >>
Credit: Rebecca Smeyne In the week we worked in this church, paid our penance, and gave our blood, Lil Wayne and Pharrell said "Yes." To which Young Dro and Yung LA responded, simply, "Woah." And Diddy wept. TV season at Sound of the City has come (is it the cold weather?), and though The City rem ... More >>
Even bars get sequels now
In the week we met the Real World Brooklyn cast (again) and yipee-skippied at the first episode, we also watched Whitney Port in The City and learned to stay away from the "Downtown Crowd." Meanwhile, the real youth-world Brooklyn was actually here. A rap spectacular this week. For a second, Asher ... More >>
We didn't know Loftstel was a thing until someone showed us this Craigslist ad, though we see Bed-Stuy Banana was on it months ago ("Your Dorm-Room Away From Home"). BSB is talking about the Greene Street location of the wifi-enabled group home ("$950 per month to share a room with drunk students!") ... More >>
The kids from "Fame" "Rent" "Real World: Brooklyn" are on some sort of charm offensive: yesterday amNY ran profiles of the roommates whose Red Hook antics will captivate the MTV demographic of stoned pre-teens starting January 7. Though one of the kids challenged a surly hipster in a bar with "You d ... More >>
Devyn from the Real World Apparently you do care about the Real World? Enough that you'd want to know that Chet Cannon, the bespectacled preener photographed mouth-munching Whitney Thompson, swears he isn't engaged? Or that after this whole thing is over, Mr. Cannon wants to work in finance while h ... More >>
OMG! I actually got some responses to my ‘blogger of the week’ contest whereby I begged y’all to send me your rants and raves so I could post them and have five minutes off to file my bunions and read The Globe. Thank you, dear (bitter) readers! I’m going to run several of them, starting wi ... More >>
The former Real World star tries to shed his violent rep and enter the real world of politics
First it was the revelation that MTV's traveling petri dish, The Real World, was settling in Red Hook. Then came word that Bravo's slightly more sophisticated but no less dramalicious reality hit Top Chef was heading to Williamsburg. Now, we may know just where the young chefs of the latter show wi ... More >>
The catfight's out of the bag. We've known for some time that Brooklyn would be the next lucky place on the map to play host (in the parasitic sense) to a season of MTV's The Real World. Now, though, we know for sure just where in BK residents can look forward to a 24/7 circus of television cameras ... More >>
The good news is, after a long bureaucratic delay, the Red Hook Park food vendors should be back at work this weekend. The bad news is, they may have to charge you more. The Brooklyn Paper reports that, thanks to a City crackdown on their facility requirements -- which, one vendor told the paper, c ... More >>
Can a doc about an almost-aired cannibal reality show be for real?
The bar scene at Time Squares casual dining chains
Burlesque Queen Julie Atlas Muz Scores! Winter Music Conference Bores!
Accidental Tourists Stumble Abroad
Midwestern rock critic and greatest living American writer defeat their designations
R.J. Cutler Goes to College; Artists Get Some Airtime
Reality Killed the Video Star
Hell Is Other People
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