Posted tagged ‘MTV’

‘American Bandstand’ Host Dick Clark Dies

April 18, 2012

Dick Clark, who changed the way people listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose annual “Rockin’ Eve” became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

I have many a New Year’s memory staying up late on New Year’s Eve to countdown to midnight and watch the latest (and greatest) musicians take the stage on “Rockin’ Eve”. Over the past couple years since his stroke, Dick Clark has played a minimal role on the show, giving way to Ryan Seacrest. But, he was still there this past New Year’s, counting down to the ball drop.

One of my favorite quotes from Dick Clark came just before the 2010 New Year’s celebration:

“I do the best I can and have been encouraged to continue because I hear it serves to inspire many others.”

RIP Dick Clark!

From The New York Times:

The television legend Dick Clark, who originated “American Bandstand” and the perennial New Year’s Eve celebration on ABC, died Wednesday morning, his representative Paul Shefrin said.

Mr. Shefrin said that Mr. Clark, 82, had suffered a heart attack.

Mr. Clark “had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure,” Mr. Shefrin said in a statement. “Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.”

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Ashton Kutcher in Car Accident

July 16, 2010

Since no one was hurt, I can say that this would have made for a great episode of Punk’d to get back at Demi Moore’s man! 🙂

From TMZ:

Ashton Kutcher‘s super-awesome $108,000 Lexus Hybrid had to be towed out of Malibu yesterday — after the actor smashed into another, less-awesome car in the middle of the day.

It appears Ashton’s car  took some minor damage to the front bumper of his Lexus LS600 — but the other car was smashed up pretty good.

Snoop Dogg Bakes Brownies with Martha Stewart

December 21, 2009

This has got to be one of the funniest segments I’ve seen on TV this year!

Snoop Dogg was on today’s episode of “The Martha Stewart Show,” which featured the rapper baking brownies with the  host.

From MTV:

During the segment, Snoop jokes about knowing his way around a kitchen because he worked at McDonald’s, gets confused by the color of vanilla and, in the best moment perhaps ever captured on television, encourages Stewart to drop a special “green” ingredient into the brownie mix.

This isn’t Stewart’s first encounter with Snoop, as he has been on the show before to teach the host about street slang (he refers to her paring knife as “a shank”). This is also the latest in a line of otherworldly encounters with rap stars, a phenomenon that began at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, where she presented the prize for Best Dance VideoSpice Girls won) with the help of Busta Rhymes. (the

Ken Ober, Host of MTV’s ‘Remote Control’, Dies

November 16, 2009

Ken Ober, the host of the MTV game show “Remote Control,” died on Sunday at the age of 52. The cause of death is not known.

I totally remember watching this show growing up in the 80’s. Who can forget Adam Sandler and Colin Quinn’s roles on the show! Talk about “before they were stars!”

From the New York Times:

Mr. Ober, who grew up in Boston idolizing game show hosts like Bob Barker and Bob Eubanks, went on to host four game shows of his own, including a revived version of “Make Me Laugh” in 1997. But his breakthrough came a decade earlier when Mr. Ober, a contestant on the televised talent show “Star Search,” became the host of the MTV series “Remote Control” in 1987.

That show, which was the network’s first original series to focus on non-musical content, tested participants on their knowledge of television, music-video and pop-culture trivia. The show, which also provided a launching pad for the careers of comedians like Adam Sandler and Colin Quinn, drew much of its sarcastic, self-mocking spirit from the culturally obsessive Mr. Ober, who ran the program like a late-night talk show (or frat party) and gleefully teased players who gave wrong answers.

Kanye West Apologizes on Jay Leno Show

September 15, 2009

Kanye West appeared to blame the pain of his mother’s death two years ago for his behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards.

From CNN:

West’s appearance on Monday’s prime-time premiere of “The Jay Leno Show” capped a 24-hour period that began Sunday evening with him strolling down the red carpet at New York’s Radio City Music Hall while gulping from a bottle of Cognac.

The low-light came about an hour later, when West jumped onstage and grabbed the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepted the Best Female Video award. West declared that Beyonce Knowles should have won.

When Leno asked West what his mother would have thought of his behavior, he fell silent for more than a dozen seconds and appeared near tears. Leno pressed him again.

“Would she be disappointed in this? Would she give you a lecture?”

West gave a rambling, emotional answer:

“Yeah, you know, obviously, you know, I deal with hurt and, you know, so many, you know, celebrities, they never take the time off, and I’ve never taken the time off to really, you know, I just, music after music and tour after tour on tour, and I’m just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else’s hurt.

Classless Kanye West Ruins Taylor Swift’s VMA Victory

September 13, 2009

Kanye West was asked to leave Radio City Music Hall not long after he interrupted, and then ruined Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video.

Why am I not surprised. Kanye is a baby. He throws temper tantrums like he is a 5 year old. He has done it before, and will do it again. Way to embarrass a 19 year old girl. You’ve got no class Kanye and you proved it tonight on live television. I saw that you issued an apology but that doesn’t make up the stupidity you showed this evening.

Big props to Beyonce for inviting Taylor Swift up later to finish her acceptance speech during her own award acceptance. Now that is class, something Kanye West would know nothing about.

From MTV:

The rapper rushed onto the stage and immediately protested Swift’s win, saying Beyoncé instead deserved the honor.

“I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time,” ‘Ye proclaimed after he pulled the microphone out of the country star’s hands. B looked stunned as she sat by in the audience.

West, of course, has a history of awards-show tirades, beginning in 2004 at the American Music Awards when he bolted during the show after losing out on Best New Artist and later telling reporters, “I felt like I was definitely robbed, and I refused to give any politically correct bullsh—ass comment … I was the best new artist this year.”

Two years later at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, West took his complaints to the stage in a similar fashion to tonight’s rant.

Michael Jackson: Audio of 911 Call

June 27, 2009

People have been asking where to find a link to listen to the 911 call from Michael Jackson’s home.

To simplify things, I’ve added a link here.