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December 2, 2013
The season begins like any other: Seven young, attractive and single diverse cast-mates from around the country move into a house (first cast photo above). They’ll start to form bonds, with each other and with San Francisco locals. Then, one month into the three-month shoot, they’ll go away for a day trip. When they return, they’re in for a huge shock: Their exes have moved in too.

'The Real World' shakeup: MTV icon changing format for first time ever — EXCLUSIVE

My brain is numb and I want to slam my head against things

17:32 // 4 months ago
November 20, 2013

Dave Holmes isn’t sure what happened to Jesse Camp, but I’m sure glad he wrote about his life as an MTV VJ for New York magazine, because it reminded me how terrible Jesse’s music was. Dave shoulda won. (thanks laughterkey)

15:34 // 5 months ago
November 11, 2013
nedhepburn:

Miley Cyrus smokes a joint on stage.

Alright. What do y’all think?

nedhepburn:

Miley Cyrus smokes a joint on stage.

Alright. What do y’all think?

14:30 // 5 months ago
January 4, 2013
I watched the producer actually talk to the lady and tell her exactly how he wanted her to come off on film. I guess they thought that we were all uneducated.
Melissa Whitman, a woman who lives down the street from where the cast of “Buckwild” was filmed. “Buckwild,” the newest “authentic comedic series” from MTV, premiered on Jan. 3. It details the lives of nine young adults who live in West Virginia. Umm … it might exaggerate some things.
12:31 // 1 year ago
July 15, 2012

Butthole Surfers: Pepper

(from Electriclarryland)

wuat:

Butthole Surfers - Pepper

True story (from the ’90s, so you know it must be true): Back when the internet was an idea mainstream media outlets understood the importance of, but didn’t fully grasp, chats were an extremely common form of famous people interacting with their fans. (Evidence: Here’s a newspaper listing of online chats on AOL, MSN, Prodigy and Compuserve.) In August of 1996, “Pepper” was inescapable, so MTV decided to hold a live chat with the band on what was supposed to be AOL. But something broke, so it was on IRC at a point where IRC was just ahead of Usenet in its mainstream lifecycle. Being 15 at the time and just enthused at being able to ask the Butthole Surfers some questions, I asked the kind of things 15-year-olds ask. And the band being who it was, they handled the medium with hilarious contempt. (Me: “What’s your next video going to be like?” Gibby Haynes: “A long, warm tunnel.”) A bizarre time — to be on mIRC, chatting with Gibby Haynes — with like 300 other people, all there because MTV told them to stop by. If the Butthole Surfers were getting radio play these days, they’d just have a Tumblr. (Fun fact: The album cover used here is the safe-for-kids version. We’ll let you go find the other one.) — Ernie @ SFB

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19:27 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DirecTV customers to pay more than a 30 percent increase. Viacom sent us a letter last night that outlined our obligations to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action.
DirecTV Executive Vice President of content, strategy and development Derek Chang • Discussing the struggles with Viacom that led the satellite operator to drop networks such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon last night. The fights aren’t new but the stakes have been raised of late. Just last month, for example, Dish Network had to drop AMC Networks in a similar dispute. However (despite declining radings), Viacom’s networks are much bigger and the resulting loss of content will be tough for subscribers to stomach. “It has been inconceivable that any distributor could drop Viacom’s networks, mostly because of Nickelodeon,” analyst Todd Juenger wrote in June. “But ratings are down, often significantly, at networks representing 71 percent of Viacom affiliate fees.” Anyone here a DirecTV subscriber? If so, how annoyed are you?
10:21 // 1 year ago
May 1, 2012
Isn’t it crazy that we’re both Half-Kenyan dudes from Illinois who went to Harvard, who’ve been on the cover of Rolling Stone, and play basketball, and have resoundingly good looks?
Tom Morello, asked today by a reporter: “If you had one minute with Barack Obama, what would you say to him?” (via buzzfeed)

Quote of the day. 

(via buzzfeed)

16:02 // 1 year ago
October 28, 2011
I just figured that the video would be a simple love story. And then Bob leveled me to the floor when he said, ‘Here’s my big pitch. You’re a teacher, and you’re gonna fall in love with a blind girl.’ I admit, I hesitated for a moment. But you don’t hire Picasso and then tell him how to paint.
Lionel Richie, describing when the blind-girl-plus-giant-Lionel-head-statue idea was pitched to him for the “Hello” video. Bob Giraldi got his way for a video once seen as groundbreaking and now seen as an absurd laughingstock. It’s all a part of this article on the history of MTV.
23:37 // 2 years ago
October 2, 2011
Meet the guys that reinvented MTV again: In case you wanted to read a story about how calculating network executives are about capturing the zeitgeist of youth culture, this L.A. Times article will make you wince, with such marketing-strategy-friendly phrases as “peerenting,” ”M-Day” and ”M-Bombs.” (The “M” stands for “Millennial.”)

Meet the guys that reinvented MTV again: In case you wanted to read a story about how calculating network executives are about capturing the zeitgeist of youth culture, this L.A. Times article will make you wince, with such marketing-strategy-friendly phrases as “peerenting,” ”M-Day” and ”M-Bombs.” (The “M” stands for “Millennial.”)

11:59 // 2 years ago
September 24, 2011

When Nirvana took to the majors, nobody expected the level of lasting success that “Nevermind” or its lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit" would quickly attain. (Above is "Lithium," a classic all its own.) But for many music fans, it proved an entry point — a rare underground-leaning release that rose overground — and unlike fellow flag-bearer Pearl Jam, it’s one that didn’t lose its oomph after the fact. But it caught a few folks off-guard. Former "120 Minutes" host Dave Kendall, who premiered "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on MTV, puts it as such: ”I have to say, quite honestly, as soon as I heard that record and saw that video, I had no idea they were going to be as huge as they were, I was very, very impressed. I was moved but I really didn’t have any idea it would explode to the extent it did. There’s the truth.” MTV has some great features on the album that defined the network for a solid couple of years. Forget the overhype; let’s remember them for what they were: A great band in the right place at the right time. source

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22:19 // 2 years ago