Monday, June 06, 2011

Whatchutalkinbout, Willis?

“I never wanted to compete with her...because no one could." - Katie Couric, discussing how Oprah's departure figured into her decision to add daytime talk show host to her television resume.  (Hat Tip: Bill Carter, NY Times)
                                                                                 




Sunday, June 05, 2011

Robert Pattinson Said "F*#ck" and Other Things on the "MTV Movie Awards"


And I promise as soon as everyone catches up to me and posts video of it, you'll find it here.

The best part is unlike Kanye, I don't think he was drunk at all. He was supposed to be giving Reese Witherspoon a Lifetime Achievement Award of golden popcorn for this year's "MTV Movie Awards". After Patrick Dempsey's earnest intro, Pattinson took over by awkwardly attempting a joke about how after Reese had his part cut from the movie "Vanity Fair" seven years ago in which Reese played his mother, he was now starring in "Water for Elephants" with her.

"I didn't cut you from the movie," he said, "but I did fuck you." Yes!

There was an effort to bleep the potty-mouthed Pale One, but alas MTV censors were a second too late. The collective celebrity jaw drop made it a wonderful live television moment. It's celebs-gone-rogue incidents like this that keep MTV award shows worth watching when you're old over a certain age. By certain age I'm referring to whatever age you are when the sight of Justin Bieber rocking a weird blue blazer and lil lesbian Lemon Tree haircut (seriously, what's going on w/ the hair? Justin B, call Justin Timbs. He can help you w/ your teen idol hair transitions) doesn't dampen your panties.

From there it only got more incredible weirder as we delved deeper into the Pattinson twilight zone. Rob clearly got his American basic cable channels mixed up and thought he was at a Comedy Central roast. He went on to divulge Reese's philosophy regarding tequila shots (she taught him they're like Lay's potato chips you see, you can't have just one) and that she's 33% lesbo for some unnamed female celeb.

Through all of this the third presenter of Reese's award, E! late night host and apparent Reese bestie Chelsea Handler, stood gobsmacked to borrow a Brit turn of phrase. I'm sure she couldn't believe her comedic good luck. Monday's "Chelsea Lately" should be good. I might actually watch.

"Treme's" Top Chef Treatment

Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO
In case the "foodie inside baseball" on HBO's "Treme" this season went over your Big Mac-consuming head, Kathryn Shattuck for the NY Times has all the deets.

The man overseeing this cool marriage between the world of NYC's high-end cuisine and one of television's most ambitious dramatic shows is a familiar culprit, naughty chef/scribe Anthony Bourdain. It is Bourdain who had the pull to get rockstar chefs Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert and David Chang to play themselves in an episode of "Treme's" first season and bring them back again for season two.

A cute quote from the piece comes from Mr. Momofoku himself, chef David Chang, as he relates his newfound respect for Tom Cruise:
But what really makes this piece a must-read for tellyphiles are the lovely TV nerd details about the production design.

Production Designer Chester Kaczenski is the badass responsible for insane attention to detail like historically recreating some of New York City's Top Chef-iest spots Le Benardin, and member restaurants of Craft and Momofoku. I love the obsessiveness of recreating something circa 2006 and 2007 when the Treme character would have worked there. Kaczenski even cast the chefs who prepared the food used in the scenes as chef extras. How does your little tellyphile heart not skip a beat at that? That's beautiful.

A Mario Lopez Special Comment

Credit: People

I'm watching the finale of "America's Best Dance Crew". Don't judge me. They're on before tonight's "MTV Movie Awards". Sigh, don't judge me.

I just had to publicly marvel at how fucking tight Mario Lopez's ensem is. I like a fitted jean on a man, but wowsers, even the dimples on this guy look like they're two sizes too small for him.

And this should go without saying but...Jabbawockeez fo life ya'll!!!!