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If you thought The Hills were a fun place, MTV wants you to know they're nothing compared to the islands.

The music channel's latest faux-reality, semi-scripted hit TV show, Maui Fever, is causing waves of anger across the island by locals who don't think the show accurately portrays life of residents.

They want you to think Hawaii is not just full of Brooke Burke bikini shots and the like. We're not sure why.

The show focuses on a group of good-looking Mainlanders living in Maui. The cameras capture them performing their daily routines, consisting primarily of drinking, hooking up, surfing, hooking up, and drinking while hooking up.

"I thought it was kind of insulting...they just show partying," Abcde Shibao, 16, of Lahaina said. "But (young people are) active in school, community and sports. We do other things besides partying."

Abcde makes a good point. So far, Fghij has refrained from comment.

The show is produced by Morgan J. Freeman, who has also produced such television classics as Laguna Beach, Dawson's Creek and pretty much every show that has to do with young good-looking people near water.

And we don't see the problem with that. Who wants to watch nerds in the classroom? Give us Kristin Cavallari topless!

Or Heidi Montag possibly pregnant!

And, you know, maybe a music video every now and then.

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According to Kanye West, President Bush hates black people.

We wonder if the rapper feels a similar way about MTV now that the channel has supposedly snubbed him at its Europe Music Awards.

Perfect Pair

West was so miffed at not winning the award for Best Video last night that he stormed the stage and went on a bizarre, expletive-filled tirade to protest.

He sounded more upset than we get thinking about Ali Lohan joining her sister on an album.

Even though he'd won the award for Best Hip-Hop Artist earlier in the evening, West jumped out of his seat whnn Copenhagenwhen Justice and Simian (yes, that's actually the band's name) won the Best Video prize for "We Are Your Friends."

Kanye crashed the award presentation. He told the stunned audience that he should've won for his "Touch The Sky" because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it, I was jumping across canyons."

He added: "If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility."

Elsewhere at the awards, Justin Timberlake, who hosted, won two awards, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers won Best Album.

There's no word on how Kanye West's fiancee feels about the alledged snub.

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At MTV, reality has always been a moving target.

More than 16 years ago, the network heralded the era of Reality TV with The Real World. Three years ago, it pushed the genre further with Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, in which the mundane lives of a clique of pretty teenagers were presented in a way that appeared scripted and dramatic.

Now, the New York Times reports, the cable channel aims to push the boundaries of false reality one step further. This week, MTV will introduce Virtual Laguna Beach, an online service in which fans of the program can immerse themselves -- or at least can immerse digitized, three-dimensional characters, called avatars, that they control -- in cyber-versions of the show's familiar seaside hangouts.

The introduction of Virtual Laguna Beach is the first of three such worlds that MTV plans over the next year as part of an effort to steal a march on popular websites like MySpace and YouTube that have diverted the attention of the MTV audience.

The virtual Laguna Beach product will be making its debut two weeks after the abrupt dismissal of Tom Freston as chief executive of Viacom, MTV Networks' parent.

One reason given by Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone for axing Freston was that the company had not been aggressive enough in its online expansion.

Of the two other virtual worlds planned, VMTV is a music destination where visitors can club-hop among hip neighborhoods, buy music, watch videos, sing karaoke or even start their own bands. The third virtual destination, LogoWorld, an offshoot of Logo, the gay and lesbian cable channel, will be designed entirely by its participants.

Laguna Beach was an obvious choice for the first venture because it has a heavily female audience and because the show itself is such a blur of real, unreal and... well, sort of real. Fans know it's just layer upon layer of reality and fiction, and you can't tear yourself away.

Unfortunately, cast members from the television show's three seasons are not part of the planned online experience, although who knows -- maybe there will be some sort of Virtual Kristin Cavallari game released in the next year or two. We'd love to "play" that, if you know what we mean.

If you know what we mean, please tell us -- we have no idea. All we know is that Jason Wahler needs to get bitch slapped. What an ass.

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You thought you couldn't get any more shocked than you were from our Video Music Award history lesson from yesterday, huh? After all, look at Paula Abdul.

People magazine, however, has now listed a few startling things from last night's show. Let's see how they compare:

1. Diddy gave MTV's John Norris the silent treatment on the red carpet. The soon-to-be daddy, simply stood cross-armed as a spokesman answered questions on his behalf. Through his interpreter, Diddy did predict Shakira would win video of the year. Somehow, she didn't.

Diddy MTV VMAs Photo

2. Lil' Kim walked onstage flanked by guards, wearing an orange jumpsuit. Guess her 10-month prison stay was fun? The rapper then ripped off he outfit to display a gold bustier.

Lil Kim VMA Photo

"I want to thank you for keeping your lighters up for me," she said. "It feels good to be home, here in New York."

3. Sarah Silverman joked in a recorded video that Lance Bass hit on her backstage. When a friend off-camera reminded the comedian that Bass came out of the closet, she deadpanned:

Sarah Silverman VMA Photo

"That totally makes sense because remember that time he wanted to fly to the moon or whatever? Space travel is like the Liza Minnelli of travel!"

4. Power pop group OK GO, working out their skillfully syncopated treadmill dance for "Here It Goes Again." It was the first live onstage performance of the routine â€" which was a viral sensation on YouTube.

OK GO Photo

4. Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin, reprised her moves from the movie to "Superfreak" with Fergie.

"Oh, that's so cool," the 10-year-old cooed before presenting the best new artist in a video. "I got to dance on the VMAs."

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Quick, take a look at these beautiful people and designer choices from this week's Emmy Awards. Lovely, aren't they?

  • Halle Berry 2005 Emmys Photo
  • Kim at the Emmys
  • K-Walsh Pic
  • A JLH Image

Sear those images in your mind ... because you're about to see many worse examples of what happens when good people make bad fashion decisions.

Before tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, we thought it would be fun to take a look back. Over the years, this spectacle has led to numerous celebrities that looked far from REspectable ...

Yup, Paula Abdul has always looked awful at award shows. Just borrow Simon's black t-shirt next time, don't try so hard.

Paula Abdul Flower Dress

Hey, a pair of criminals! At least Martha Stewart looks fairly normal in this dark suit. Busta Rhymes, on the other hand? Ummm ... is that a dress?

Busta Rhymes Dress

Maybe this shouldn't be classified as a "classic" picture. After all, when it comes to Lil Kim, not much has changed.

Lil Kim Mini Skirt

Consider us speechless. When Prince sings at halftime of the Super Bowl, let's hope he wears a bit more.

Prince Performs Picture

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Although The Hills may have helped you survive, it's been a long, Laguna Beach-less summer. Now MTV has returned to the real O.C. (without the real LC, Lauren Conrad) for a third season, and there's a whole new crop of affluent teens to get to know.

The show is still about sketchy dudes, random text messages, hookups and a little dating, a lot of unsupervised partying, and even a Season 2 holdover in the won't-go-away, Screech Powers-esque Jessica Smith. But much has changed, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The guys are much better looking, the girls appear to be more diverse, there appear to be three cliques instead of two, and the aplha character this season, Tessa, does not have the last name Conrad (although LC's sis Breanna is a cast member). Let's get to know the new cast and see how they stack up with our old favorites.

TESSA: She's this season's LC, the nice girl who's going to get mixed up in a lot of not nice things. Becoming best friends with Breanna's former BFF, Rocky, makes for tension between Tessa (right) and the younger Conrad. But the real drama will come when her clique clashes with the mean, sassy popular-girl posse led by Kyndra.

CHASE: Tessa's best guy friend bears a facial-hair resemblance to veteran Jason Wahler, but -- fortunately -- he has little else in common with the former Laguna Beach bad boy. Chase's artistic pursuits (he's frontman of a band called Open Air Stereo) recall Season 1's go-to creative man, Trey, but it looks like his chances of making out with a Laguna leading lady are a lot stronger than Trey.

ROCKY: Rocky (whose real name is Raquel) is filling the best-friend role, like Lo in the first two seasons. She recently shifted allegiance from Breanna to Tessa. Rocky looks like a young Drew Barrymore, has an adorable snaggle tooth like Project Runway's Alison, and dates a hot guy from another school. But for some unspecified reason, she's hated by the Laguna Beach popular crowd.

CAMERON: A meathead heartthrob, Cameron is splitting his beefy affections between two jealous ladies, much like two-timers Stephen and Jason. Despite his hilarious Jason-bashing in Season 3's premiere, Cameron could turn out to be a lot like him. It's extremely doubtful, however, Cameron will prove to be as likable as Stephen.

KYNDRA: Kyndra (left) is the new Kristin Cavallari. She's blond and tough and has a really high credit limit. The home-schooled diva is the leader of this year's trio of trendy girls, the Bratz Pack, if you will. She's got her eye on Cameron, but it's unlikely that he'll be her only target this season, particularly once it's time for spring-break trips.

CAMI: Cami's ready to show Rocky and everyone else in Laguna the difference between queen bees and wannabes. The gossip maven's acid wit makes her more like a sharper Lisa Turtle than anyone from past Laguna Beach casts. As Kyndra's best friend, she should be the new Alex H. (that's the blond one), but Cami's bigger than that.

KELAN: Kelan is this season's jokey sidekick guy. He's got a touch of Trey, because he's able to move among cliques pretty easily -- he's Cameron's wingman and Chase's bandmate. There's something Dieter-ish about his sidekickdom and Talan-ish about how he's not the ladies' first choice, but Kelan has a lot more personality than either of those two.

BREANNA: Breanna isn't LC, although, like her sister, deep down she really wants to be popular. Unfortunately, she has a longer way to go than Lauren did. Breanna is still trying to find her clique, and the previews suggest she might do something mean just to gain acceptance. She is jealous of Tessa's friendship with her former friend Rocky and, perhaps as a result, tends to chase after Tessa's former beaus. Thus she most resembles Alex M., who pursued Jason in Season 2 while he was still dating Jessica.

LEXIE: Lexie (right) spends most of her time training to be a dancer, so her nearest equivalent is probably the equally dedicated would-be Broadway singer Christina. But Lexie is otherwise nothing like the conservative preacher's daughter. She is a demanding, waifish hair toucher who hates Rocky and Tessa. But according to the previews, she will find some time between being hardworking and snobby to have at least one hookup this season.

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There you have it. Tune in next Wednesday for an all new episode, and all the drama therein.

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For the new big man on the Laguna Beach campus, junior year is all about surfing partying, hanging out with friends and hooking up with chicks. It befuddles the staff at T.H. Gossip, though, why this dude Cameron (pictured), featured so prominently in last night's season premiere, is such a hot commodity. Where is this place? How does this even happen?

He's like Jason Wahler, only bigger. And like Jason, Cameron is hooking up with Jessica Smith. That's right, last season's cast member, now a high school graduate, is apparently still living in the area, and was back on the show last night. While on a date with Cameron, she expressed jealousy at his other social endeavors. Meaning chicks calling him.

  • Hello From Lauren
  • Kristin on The Hills

Come on girl. Maybe you can't get your own spinoff like Lauren Conrad, or become a pseudo-celeb like your former pal Kristin Cavallari.

But you can at least know when to pack it in -- and pick a guy that's not a complete a$$hole. Man, Jessica simply traded in her lying, uncaring ex for a younger model.

It's a sad, sad scene... and yet like that tragic car accident on the side of the road, we can't look away.

In other Laguna Beach news, there was little to no screen time for LC's younger sister, Breanna, although a sneak peak at future episodes (brought to us by MTV's charming personality Vanessa Minnillo) indicates that LC will be making a guest appearance in the near future. As for the alpha females in this season's cast? They're bitches. But what did you expect.

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Yes, fans. It's that time of year. Laguna Beach is back and better than ever.

Well, at least it's back! With the kids on the first two seasons moving on to bigger and better things (if you can consider Kristin Cavallari's new "career" bigger and/or better), or having graduated to their own series, it's about time for Orange County, Calif., to crank out some new pretty, preppy and petty new stars on Laguna Beach.

  • Lauren Conrad Hairstyle
  • A K-Cavs Pic
  • Douchenozzle

From the looks of the previews, the producers have done a fine job of that. The hit show, which premieres tonight at 10, will keep it in the family -- at least in the case of one star. Breanna Conrad, sister of Laguna alum Lauren Conrad, a.k.a. "LC," will be a principal cast member.

After she graduated high school, Lauren moved to L.A. and was given her own spinoff, The Hills, which proved a surprising hit in its own right. Bringing along some Laguna star power and drama in the form of on-off beau Jason Wahler didn't hurt.

In any case, Breanna and classmates are ready to run it back for Laguna Beach's third season. It didn't take creator Liz Gateley long to unearth a new generation of SoCal girls who stress about boys and have daggers out for rival girls (for reasons viewers, and even cast members themselves, often forget).

Not to worry, there's also a new stock of clueless dudes, ones for whom the maintenance of abdominal muscles seems life's primary objective. One of the new guys is the lead singer of a band that appears to be awful, reminding one once more how far MTV has fallen from presenting actual music to glossy nighttime soap operas under the guise of "reality."

But hey, it works. Run with it!

There isn't too much gossip to report at the moment (even for The Gossip), but here's a Laguna Beach Season 3 spoiler you never saw coming: The popular girls tend to be mean.

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Unless you happen to be seen by our staff!

Douchenozzle

In any case, at 4:11 AM Pacific Time this morning, a T.H. Gossip informant spotted Laguna Beach and The Hills bad boy Jason Wahler at the Golden Nugget hotel and cashino in Las Vegas. Wahler (pictured with ex-girlfriend and co-star Lauren Conrad) unfortunately escaped our spy before she could ask him any questions or snap a hot pic of his circa 1996 frosted hair with her camera phone.

What was he doing in Sin City? We have some theories:

  • Partying.
  • Playing $5-a-hand blackjack.
  • Trying to hook up with girls.
  • Talking like a neanderthal, attempting to act cool.
  • Watching a payday loan shark masquerade as a card shark.
  • Hanging out with Kevin Federline and Ron Jeremy.
  • Searching for Ashlee Simpson's chin.

Okay, that last item has nothing to do with Vegas. We just threw it in there to be funny. But seriously, what the hell happened to that thing!?

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Want the inside scoop on the breakup between Laguna Beach alumni Lauren Conrad and boyfriend Jason Wahler?

You know, the one that happened sometime after the season finale of The Hills, but that wasn't shown on TV?

  • Douchenozzle
  • A Lauren Conrad Bikini Pic

Well, who better to deliver the news, albeit in disjointed, convoluted fashion, than Jason himself. On his MySpace blog, he details the rumors... the turmoil... the drama... the anguish... *sniff*

Frankly, MTV bad boy Jason (left) always struck the editors at THG as a bit of a drama queen, not a very good boyfriend to Lauren, and a self-centered meathead.

With circa 1996 frosted hair. But that's just us, and beside the point.

Here's excerpts from his blog, if you want to know Jason's take on LC, their breakup, and life in general.

If there's one thing we learned from it, it's that being rich does not necessarily guarantee you a good education in this country.

And that just because you write many paragraphs about something does not mean they contain anything useful. Note that below is the abridged version...

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"Alright so in the past week I've recieved [sic] tons of comments and emails saying things basically referring to Lauren & Mine's [sic] relationship. First and foremost its obviously non [sic] of your business, But theres been scandals/reports of people saying different things of why we broke up and so on....

... Let me first begin this by saying Lauren and I are not together anymore. The media has gotten the biggest kick out of it and so on. And as they seem to call it 'funny' I dont think its very funny myself... Their [sic] saying I went phycho [sic] and she broke it off with me, I was flirting with girls and so on... The next paragraph will explain the true and honest story.

... Starting around Mid/Late July after we got back from our trip, we just constantly started arguing. I'd call her and she'd be busy and couldn't talk, so she'd call me later and I didn't have time to talk. And that basically went on for about a week. Then when we finally found the time to be around each other, things just seemed to slowly drift apart.

... It's not that we didnt wanna be around each other, we just simply had nothing really to say. So withen [sic] the next week we hung out a couple times and every time we hung out it just got further and further apart to the part where it just looked like we didnt even know each other. So I basically went up to Laguna for the weekend and when I came back to Los Angeles things have just compleetly [sic] changed.

... Then all it took was me to say "so is this the end" and thats when the downpour came. We constantly fought and argued for about a week, until we just decided that we couldnt be together anymore, and our relationship just wasnt working. I was out at clubs partying, and she was doing the same and our trust for each other faded. Either way you put the relationship, it wasn't my fault, and it wasn't her fault. It just happened that way, and I'm sorry that it had too but it was the best for both of us.

... To be honest and truthfull [sic] saying goodbye to a relationship that had lasted to long with a person that I cared so much for, hurt more than anything. I would have given it all to make it work, but I put my best effort foreward [sic] and so did she and sometimes things just don't always work out the way you plan for them too.

... The only thing you can do is save their memories, keep them in your heart, and move on with your life. Which is exactly what I'm going to do. No matter what happens in life I'll always wish Lauren the best and I really hope she finds 'the one' I'm just sorry I wasnt it.

... As far as the future looks as of right now, there really isn't much of a chance for use to be together again. We're both moving foreward [sic], and hoping for the best. As of right now were just 'friends' were not good friends and were not enemys [sic].

... We dont ignore each other, but yet again we dont go out of our way to hang out. I still love her more than anything, she was my first true love. I wish her nothing but hapiness and success in life and her career.

... Maybey [sic] after the reading of this you will see me more than just 'laguna beaches [sic] bad boy' ... or at least id [sic] hope so."