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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Cardi B to open MTV's VMAs -- but she's not performing
MTV's Video Music Awards announcement that Cardi B "will open" the VMAs led to many false reports that the rapper will be performing just two months after giving birth. But as she explained in her Instagram Stories, "IM JUST OPENING IM NOT PERFORMING!!!"
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Michael Che and Colin Jost get "political" in their first Emmys promo
"This year we decide who wins," Che says, prompting Jost to respond: "No, it's still the voters." Che adds, jokingly: "Yeah, we know how that works out...Uh, oh! Political!"
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Emmys co-host Colin Jost roasted for his "Eh" opinion of award shows: "It’s adults getting trophies"
The SNL "Weekend Update" co-anchor was dragged on Twitter over a Los Angeles Times interview published Tuesday in which he and fellow Emmys co-host Michael Che were asked, "Are you fond of awards shows generally?" Jost responded by downplaying award shows and complaining that "good, fun things" don't win awards: "Eh," he said. "I think most of the time they’re way too self-serious and focused on things that 99% of the country doesn’t care about. At the end of the day, it’s adults getting trophies. Why should that be taken seriously? And remember when movies like Gladiator won Best Picture? Why can’t good, fun things win and not just good artsy things? They’re both good and the fun ones are sometimes a lot harder to make." Jost was immediately criticized, with critics pointing out that the Emmys honors hit shows like Game of Thrones. They also slammed him for being the target audience of the Academy Awards' new "popular film" award. Another critic, Sam Adams, pointed out another part of the interview where Jost said he was "flabbergasted that Kyle MacLachlan was not nominated for best actor in a Whatever-That-Category-Is-Called" for Twin Peaks. Adams said of Jost's complaint: "Man Colin Jost is gonna be so mad when he hears about Colin Jost." Meanwhile, Che responded to the hubbub by coming to his Emmys co-host's defense: "lol yo, i had no idea white people took award shows so seriously," Che wrote on his Instagram Stories. "i may have seen 4 award shows in my entire life, TOTAL. these emmys are gonna be maaad fun. watch!"
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
MTV books Backstreet Boys for MTV VMAs pre-show
The 1990s boy band will perform live in front of Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20 at 8 p.m.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Teen Choice Awards has its lowest viewership ever
About 1.01 million tuned in to last night's awards show, down 41% from the 1.7 million who watched last year. ALSO: Meghan Markle lost the Teen Choice Style Icon award to Harry Styles.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Nicki Minaj's MTV VMAs performance will be broadcast live from a mysterious "iconic New York location"
MTV announced Thursday that Minaj's performance will mark "the first time a major awards show will televise a performance from the surprise location.”
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel jokes that he's to blame for the drastic changes to the Oscars
"Apparently I did such a good job of hosting the Oscars this year, they've decided to change everything about them," Kimmel said in his monologue.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
ABC and Disney executives pushed hard for big Oscar changes: You are facing irrelevance!
For years, Disney and ABC executives have pressured the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make changes to the ceremony that would make it shorter and, thus, more watchable for viewers at home. And for years, the Academy refused. But then, according to Variety's Daniel Holloway, "ratings fell off a cliff" for this year's Jimmy Kimmel-hosted ceremony, the lowest-rated ever. Days later, a "come-to-Jesus meeting" was held with the Film Academy, where "the TV people walked through the lousy ratings at a granular level, identifying precise moments during the show that prompted viewers to stop watching," according to Holloway. "They made several recommendations about the ways that the telecast’s length could be reigned in, and proposed a 'best blockbuster' category that would reward films that had been seen by larger audiences. They also argued that viewers had become fatigued by the ever-increasing number of televised awards shows — including the Golden Globe Awards, whose viewership has been relatively stable in recent years — and that the Oscars should be moved to an early calendar period." Holloway reports that ABC and Disney executives are relieved following today's announcement, and they are unmoved by the social media backlash. As Holloway points out, ABC is the only one of the Big Four networks that doesn't broadcast the Super Bowl. So having a hit Oscar telecast is of the utmost importance.
- "The Popcorn Award" will ruin the Oscars, turning it into the People's Choice Awards
- "Below the line" film workers express outrage that speeches in their category won't air live: “I’m afraid this will end up being a little demeaning"
- It makes sense that Disney would push the Academy for a "popular film" award that could benefit its Marvel films
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
CBS must be steamed that the Oscars are taking over the Grammys' traditional date
The Grammy Awards ceremony is usually broadcast one week after the Super Bowl, but the Film Academy announced today that it will take over the Sunday after the Super Bowl in 2020. (The Grammys are moved to January in Winter Olympics years. And the Grammys aired on a Monday, eight days after the Super Bowl, in 2016 to take advantage of Presidents' Day.) The Oscars have traditionally aired on the last Sunday of February, but the Oscars moving to the week after the Super Bowl means there will be back-to-back Sundays of massive TV events. "The Grammys have been ambushed, frankly," says Roger Friedman. "Do they move up a week? That would be Super Bowl Sunday. Do they switch with the Oscars and go two weeks later? Or back into January?" ALSO: The last time the Oscars moved to an earlier date -- from late March to late February, in 2004 -- all the other award shows leap-frogged to earlier dates as well.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
Why limiting the Oscars to three hours is a bad idea: "The Oscars should always be long"
"At first, this sounds like a great idea, because the annoying people in your life always complain that the Oscars are too long," says Kyle Buchanan of the Film Academy's plan to make the ceremony three hours by cutting down on live awards. "Well, it’s not for them! The Oscars should always be long, because we wait all year for this show and those stray, long moments are where all the weird and memorable shit tends to happen! Nobody complains about the Super Bowl running 20 minutes over, because that’s masc, I guess. Even worse is the way this cut-down is going to be enacted: Several categories will be presented during the commercial breaks, then editors will whip together a quick montage of those winners to play later in the show. What a dumb way to diminish all the craft that goes into these movies and ding the non-famous on the biggest night of their lives, especially since many of these craftspeople hail from exactly the kind of popular blockbusters the Academy wants more of. (Just delete the three short-film categories like we’ve been telling you! They make no sense in the era of YouTube and they’re simply about rich kids renting out the Nuart to qualify!)"
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Oscars to combat ratings decline with popular film category, shorter telecast and fewer live awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors voted last night on a number of significant changes to the broadcast, including moving the 2020 Oscars from Feb. 23 to Feb. 9 -- one week after the Super Bowl. Next year's Academy Awards ceremony airs on Feb. 24. The Academy decided to make major changes four months after the lowest-rated Oscars telecast, which followed three years of declining ratings. To address concerns that the telecast has become boring, the board has "committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours." The board also announced "we will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film" to lure viewers who have seen the most popular movies of the year. Finally, the board said "to honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Television Academy renews Primetime Emmy Awards with Big Four networks through 2026
Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC will continue sharing the Emmys for the next eight years.
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Jennifer Lopez will be honored with MTV's Video Vanguard award at VMAs
J.Lo is also scheduled to perform live at this year's Video Music Awards for the first time since 2001. Lopez will be the third female artist in a row to be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, following Pink and Rihanna.
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
truTV orders a weekly pop-culture awards show pilot from Vulture
New York magazine's pop-culture and entertainment website has received a pilot order for a comedic interpretation of a weekly awards show. According to Vulture, "every week, two hosts will hand out awards to the people, places, and things everyone can’t stop talking about. Each episode will include the show’s version of all the awards show traditions you know and love (or love to be annoyed by), be it a big opening number, speeches from the given academy’s president, or 'In Memoriam' packages."
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Bella Thorne threatens to boycott the Teen Choice Awards
Source: ET Canada
The Famous in Love star, who is nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, went on a Twitter rant on the award show's categories on Tuesday. "I’m #boycottingteenchoice besides it being rigged it’s just f*cked up," she tweeted, adding: "The fact we are even voting against each other is .... it f*cks w kids heads like a beauty competition..." She added that categories such as "vote for the hottest" are "so gross."