This year marks the 28th anniversary of the classic film Scarface. The film, released back in 1983, was a remake of the 1932 version starring Paul Muni. When it hit theaters, it was panned by critics and made little money. Today, it’s a cult classic and favorite among hip-hop fans, who seem to really grip the story’s overall meaning.
Al Pacino’s version is being brought back to movies theaters nationwide on August 31 for one night only. The cast came together to celebrate the blu ray release of the DVD in Los Angeles. At the event, Pacino talked to MTV on the red carpet about his appreciation for the hip-hop collective’s support of the film:
“The hip-hop people and the rappers got together and they made a video and they talked about the movie. I don’t think anybody’s ever talked about it as articulately and clearly. I understood it better having heard them talk about it. I mean, they really get it and they understand it, and that’s a great thing. They’ve been very supportive all these years. I think they’ve helped us tremendously.” He’s referring to the documentary Scarface: Origins of a Hip-Hop Classic.
He also talked about what he thinks the appeal of Tony Montana’s character is: making something out of nothing:
“Man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? That’s a great expression, and I think that’s Tony Montana. Reaching for something he can’t get but he keeps going. There is an element of hope in it, believe it or not.” What an eloquent response!!
Are you a fan of Scarface?
In a surprise move by MTV, the network has decided not to hire a host for this year’s Video Music Awards. Executive producer of the show, Amy Doyle, previously told Billboard:
“It’s going down to the wire. Hosting is such a unique element. We feel we got it right by putting new talent on the stage like Chelsea and Russell (Brand). We’re really challenging ourselves to find the right person so that the show feels complete.”
Last year’s host Chelsea Handler got a so-so reaction, but Russell Brand’s hosting duties in 2008 and 2009 proved to be an excellent introduction of him to American audiences. Althought there won’t be a host, we can still expect plenty of star power this weekend. Performers include Adele, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and more.
The show airs this Sunday, August 28 at 9pm. Will you be watching?
When it comes to clothing brands and celebrities, the latter are usually paid to rock the hottest thing out. Today, in a surprise move, Abercrombie & Fitch offered money to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino in exchange for him NOT wearing their clothes. That’s right folks; Abercrombie & Fitch don’t like the Jersey Shore.
The clothing company issued a press release this morning titled “A Win-Win Situation.” It reads:
“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspiration nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans…We have therefore offered a substantial payment to Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and the producers of MTV’s The Jersey Shore to have the character wear an alternate brand. We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently awaiting a response.”
What is ironic about this whole “situation” is that the company still sells their wildly popular “The Fitchuation” t-shirts online, which are no doubt inspired by the Jersey Shore cast member. Both MTV and Sorrentino have commented on the press release.
“It’s a clever PR stunt and we’d love to work with them on other ways they can leverage Jersey Shore to reach the largest youth audience on television,” said an MTV Spokesperson in a statement.
Sitch tweeted: “Looks like Abercrombie got themselves into a Situation!… “Thanks #SituationNation for always having my back and you are the best fans in the world! I love you guys!” He then posted a link to an article detailing the company’s steady decline in stocks. Yikes.
I agree with MTV. This is a great publicity stunt. Jersey Shore is still being watched by record numbers and Situation is more popular than ever. Let’s call a draw and keep it moving people!
This year, MTV turns 30 years old (still pretty young!) and one of the network’s former VJ’s Dave Holmes answered all kinds of questions about the network itself, his time as a VJ and the evolution of music videos today. Have a good read below:
IT’S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT WINNING
Just wanted to say I was glued to the “I Wanna Be a VJ” contest back in the day, and was so glad to see the career you made for yourself since. Like other reality show competitions, that was a case where the best person didn’t win. Whatever happened to that nut-case (was it Jesse?) who actually won?
DAVE HOLMES :
Thank you! You’re way too kind.
I am asked about Jesse literally every single day of my life. Seriously! (And it’s okay with me.) And I couldn’t tell you where he is. There’s someone on Twitter who says he’s Jesse, but I just don’t believe it.
I have to admit I have forgotten his name, but I remember MTV once had a young man as a VJ. I met him and gave him a card and asked if he would please autograph it. He signed the card and then walked off with it. Someone later explained it was my fault: I forgot to explain to him I wanted the card signed and returned to me. Please tell me most of the other VJs were not as slow witted.
DAVE HOLMES :
Ha! I’m sorry to hear that. But I’m afraid we were all pretty dumb.
I’ve enjoyed the MTV 30 that played on VH1 all this weekend, do you have any idea how they decided what went in? It was good to see Courtney Love pelting Madonna with compacts and Madonna vogueing as Marie Antoinette. What ever happened to Tabitha Soren? Didn’t she marry Michael Kelly of the New Yorker?
DAVE HOLMES :
Isn’t that MTV30 thing interesting? A guy named Alex Coletti (who’s been at the MTV since the ’80s) put that show together, and I think it’s just whatever he could find. Seriously- there’s a Facebook group for those of us who worked there, and he asked us all whether we had any tapes sitting around. A LOT of the old stuff is just…gone.
WANTED: MORE MUSIC
I remember when MTV was about music. MTV should greatly increase the music videos it plays. Your thoughts about this?
DAVE HOLMES :
You know, I agree. Everyone at MTV agrees. But here’s the thing: music videos get terrible ratings. We tried it a million different times in a million different ways when I was there. People just don’t watch them. MTV is above all a business. It runs on advertiser money, advertisers want ratings, shows rate well, blocks of music videos do not. Simple as that. Heartbreaking!
VIDEOS ON MTV
Everybody knows that the Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video on MTV. But since MTV no longer plays videos, I’d like to know what the last video played on MTV was.
DAVE HOLMES :
They do! I swear. It’s, you know, 2 to 6am, but still- MTV does actually play music videos. I wish there were more, and at friendlier hours, but there you go.
They don’t call it the music BUSINESS for nothing!
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Jersey Shore’s Pauly D. has bigger problems than deciding when to “GTL” this summer. According to The New York Post, he’s now facing a $4 million copyright infringement lawsuit.
Paul Lis- another DJ who goes by the name “DJ Paulie”- is filing the suit, claiming that ever since Pauly D. made his debut on MTV, his business, that he spent more than 40 years building, has suffered.
“The reality television show [follows] a group of young adults pursuing a debauched lifestyle suggestive of loose morals, violence, intoxication and liberal profanity — the exact opposite of the reputation the Plaintiff, ‘DJ Paulie’ that[sic] he had spent decades cultivating,” the lawsuit alleges.
Mo’ money, mo’ problems.
Femcee and First Lady of Young Money Nicki Minaj took over Collins Academy High School in Chicago as “Principal for the Day.” This was a reward to more than 4oo students who won the “Get MotivatED Challenge” to improve daily attendance rates. Nicki looked divalicious in a black and yellow jumpsuit and short wig as she presented three $10,000 scholarships , helped teach an English class, and teamed with MTV’s Sway Calloway for an assembly honoring the students’ and teachers’ accomplishments. Nicki graduated from NYC’s Laguardia High School. Here’s what she had to say to the Collins students:
“I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a business woman there isn’t a single day where I don’t use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success,” Nicki told the students. “Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be. That’s why I am working with the Get Schooled Foundation. They are finding innovative and exciting ways to bring thatmessage to schools like the Collins Academy.”
This is diva behavior and we love it! Kudos to Nicki.
We told you earlier this week that the MTV and BET networks had banned Game’s video for “Red Nation” due to its gang affiliated overtones, but thank God for the internet. Game leads a red army in the Parris-directed video; doesn’t this remind you of Jay-Z’s “Run This Town?” This is the first single from Game’s upcoming album R.E.D. album.
Game’s statement prior to the video’s release:
“No love is lost for BET and MTV,” said Game. “I know they have standards for all ages watching the networks. I didn’t want to change the artistic integrity of the music video and with the amount of people watching videos online, I know that all my fans will still be able to find it.”
Nice way of putting things, Game. An ignorant response would have been disasterous. Watch the video below. Do you think it’s too hot for t.v?