Now that we’ve had a few days to digest the news that Snooki had a baaaabyyyyy with boyfriend Jionni LaValle, MTV took the opportunity to announce that it is ending Jersey Shore after its sixth season. And like the classy network it is, it had camera crews from her spin-off at the hospital documenting the miracle of life, with her boyfriend filming the whole thing as well, possibly to go on the air at some point.
What did you expect from a network that’s still making money off of Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant?
Despite rumors that NewsCorp’s The Daily has been put “on watch,” it seems that publisher Greg Clayman is feeling optimistic about the future.
(Update: It looks like today wasn’t the best day for Mr. Clayman to close on a million-dollar house. A few hours after publishing, news broke that The Daily is planning to lay off a third of its staff.)
Mr. Clayman and wife Amanda have purchased a townhouse co-op in Brooklyn Heights for $1.16 million, according to city records.
This morning brought MTV’s announcement of its Video Music Awards nominees, with established pop artists like Rihanna and Katy Perry competing with upstarts like Gotye and girl-of-the-moment Carly Rae Jepsen. In the marquee category, Video of the Year, the nominees are:
- Drake ft. Rihanna, “Take Care”
- Gotye ft. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Read More
“I’m more inclined to see the villains’ point of view in my movies,” Doug Liman told The Observer on a brisk October afternoon over bottles of Poland Spring in the Tribeca studio of his production company, Hypnotic. “When you grow up in New York, you’re more inclined to see everybody’s point of view.”
Mr. Liman, who was raised on the Upper East Side and graduated from Fieldston and later Brown, was answering our question about how a local sensibility has crept into his Hollywood work. He does seem to have a soft spot for certain bad guys—say, Chris Cooper’s Conklin from Bourne Identity, whom the director based on Oliver North. “You identify with all the bureaucratic hassles that he has to deal with,” Mr. Liman told us. “People who believe they are patriotic, bypassing all these rules of law to get done what they think is right.”
On last night’s episode of the MTV reality show, viewers tuned in to see Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola get into a weave-pulling contest with some rando on Jersey Shore. But in reality, the new Dangerous perfume brand ambassador was spending her Thursday evening hanging out at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, along with some of her costars.
Wait, Williamsburg? But that’s where people who don’t own TVs live!
Sundance Film Festival
Day 2 of the Sundance Film Festival found The Observer snowbound in the extreme. We’re talking enough snow to give Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City transit system nightmares. Astronomic surcharges became the norm as Park City’s anemic livery force struggled to even make the most ludicrous time frames: ”Yeah I can have a guy up there in like 3 and a half hours?” deadpanned one audacious taxi dispatcher, who seemed to take pleasure in seeing so many city slickers squeal.
Occupy Wall Street
Wait, what? The Occupy Wall Street casting call for MTV’s Real World isn’t until next weekend, yet the network already has a premiere date for another reality show about the 99 percent? That’s right: in two weeks get ready to delve into the “true life of an Occupier.“
The Real Boys and Girls of Occupy Wall Street
Is Occupy Wall Street ready to start being real? Bunim/Murray Productions, the agency casting for MTV’s Real World 27, appears to think the show Real World needs some real world drama: an ad appeared on Craigslist yesterday seeking members of the Occupy Wall Street movement to audition for the proto-reality show. Maybe the agency saw the Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street Tumblr?
Tax the Rich
New Jersey governor Chris Christie loudly proclaims his commitment to eliminating government waste. Now he’s backing it up with a grave fiscal reform: he has cut government incentives for the production of Jersey Shore.
Without opening the whole can of worms of whether or not last year’s Sundance darling Catfish was like, a real-real documentary or a pseudo-documentary or a fake documentary that fooled nobody and that was the point, one thing can be said for the film: It did for Internet dating what Fatal Attraction did for having affairs with really high-strung women with bad perms. Without giving too much away–though if you still are worried about Catfish spoilers maybe you should just go Netflix Catfish already?–the documenting of Nev Schulman’s Facebook relationship with long-distance girlfriend Megan made us all want to go home and unsubscribe from every dating site and social network we’ve ever been a part of. Then that feeling passed, and we were back on JDate within 24 hours.
Which is all to say good luck to Nev on his latest endevour, an MTV “docu-series” where he help couples find love over the Internet. And just to avoid any confusion, this show will also be called Catfish.