June 4, 2003 |
Nearly 200 young female dancers, dressed in schoolgirl uniforms, filled the stage and aisles at the Shrine Auditorium for a lesbian-undertoned production number for the notorious Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. It was only a rehearsal Friday afternoon for Saturday night's "MTV Movie Awards 2003," but even then it appeared this could be the buzzed-about moment for the current MTV generation that Madonna's raunchy rendition of "Like a Virgin" was at MTV's Video Music Awards 19 years ago.
April 23, 2003 |
First, MTV updated "Carmen." Now, the cable music channel is offering a modern take on "Wuthering Heights." Erika Christensen, who played a high school stalker in last year's "Swimfan" and a drug-addicted teen in 2000's "Traffic," will star as Cate in a musical version of the Emily Bronte novel, set to begin production in May in Puerto Rico.
March 5, 2003 |
The TV network that brought you "The Osbournes" is banking on Snoop Dogg as a variety host, a practical-joking Ashton Kutcher and surfer girls. MTV's new series for the spring and summer include "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," the rapper's variety show. A pilot that aired in December featured Snoop Dogg working as a substitute teacher and at a fast-food restaurant's drive-through.
December 28, 2002 |
MTV, known for "The Real World" series, is ready to turn its cameras on small town, USA. Producers of a new reality series, tentatively titled "Sex in the Itty Bitty City," will hold auditions in Columbus, Miss., on Jan. 7; Hope, Ark., on Jan. 9; and Opelousas, La., on Jan. 11. The documentary-style show will feature women 18 to 30 years old who are looking for a husband. It is scheduled to air in late April.
October 30, 2002 |
Having scored lucrative book and DVD deals, and dealt with the illness of family matriarch Sharon, MTV's "The Osbournes" will return for a new season of episodes Nov. 26, the cable network announced Tuesday. At its height last season, which ended in May, "The Osbournes" averaged more than 7 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated series in MTV's history. The first of 10 new episodes will debut at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 26.
October 3, 2002 |
Cable network MTV said it has reached a deal for the exclusive rights to the life story of Shawn Fanning, who created the controversial and wildly popular Napster file-sharing program. The movie, tentatively scheduled to air in 2003 or 2004, may star Fanning, now 21. Details of the deal were not available.
July 31, 2002 |
When MTV renewed its rock-star-as-sitcom-dad hit "The Osbournes," the family's laundry list of conditions included rights to syndicate episodes to TV stations beginning in 2004. To which Ozzy himself might say, "Are you out of your [mumbled, inaudible] minds?" Even before Sharon Osbourne's disclosed bout with cancer cast doubt over the show's future--can family high jinks coexist with chemotherapy, or will the focus, through the wonders of editing, need to shift toward the kids?
August 21, 2001 |
Waiting in line at the post office the other day, I had time to peruse a giant poster advertising a new stamp featuring the dewy visage of James Dean. He'd be 70 if he were still alive, but on his stamp, he's as beguiling as always. You can be hip forever if you never grow old, which is why Dean and Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain are as cool today as the day they died. If you outlive your first burst of success, your cool fades like a vacation tan.
July 22, 2001 |
When the Backstreet Boys needed to tell the world this month that one of their members was grappling with depression and alcohol excesses that could derail their concert tour, the group did not issue a press release, call a news conference or dial up Rolling Stone magazine. Instead, the teen pop icons flew to the New York studios of MTV to present their earnest faces to the music world. It was a telling choice and, according to their manager, an obvious one.