April 2012

8:00pm – Thursday, April 26 on CTV

Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) reconsiders marrying Howard (Simon Helberg) after learning about his sexual history. Wil Wheaton (EUREKA) guest stars as a party guest.

MTV today announced the 12 nomination categories for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” which contains five all-new awards including “Best Music,” “Best On-Screen Transformation,” “Best Gut-Wrenching Performance,” “Best Cast,” “Best On-Screen Dirt Bag,” as well as “Best Breakthrough Performance” that will be awarded solely by a special Academy of outstanding directors.

Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, May 1st with winner voting opening to fans that day through Saturday, June 2nd via MA.MTV.com.

As in previous years the category of “Movie of the Year” will remain an ongoing battle throughout the live show when the 21st annual “2012 MTV Movie Awards” air on Sunday, June 3rd at 9 pm ET/PT on MTV from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

Also announced today, chart-topping indie-pop group fun. will rock the stage at the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” with a performance toasting the greatest party films of all time.  “We are the Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” off their latest album “Some Nights” held strong at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the past six consecutive weeks.

“The Movie Awards will be a re-imagined celebration of the most popular films and performances from the past year,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “This year, we’ve overhauled categories and added a Breakthrough Performance award that will be chosen by some of the best directors in the world. We’re also making music a more central experience to the overall show creative, and are thrilled to announce fun. – a band that has already imprinted a new anthem on a generation – as our first musical moment.”

Once again, MTV fans will hold the “Power of the Popcorn” awards in their hands. This year’s brand new “Best Music” category will allow fans to vote for a specific movie moment when the perfect song played during the perfect scene.

In returning category favorites like “Movie of the Year,” will the final installment of “Harry Potter” bring home the crown or will the record-shattering “The Hunger Games” shake things up? Last year, Emma Stone took home the prize for “Best Comedic Performance” but could she receive a nomination for “Best Female Performance” for her role in “The Help?” One thing is for certain, it’s Hollywood’s wildest awards ceremony and anything can happen.

 

Categories for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” include:

·         “Movie of the Year”

·         “Best Female Performance”

·         “Best Male Performance”

·         “Breakthrough Performance”

·         “Best Comedic Performance”

·         “Best Music”*

·         “Best On-Screen Transformation”*

·         “Best Gut-Wrenching Performance”*

·         “Best Kiss”

·         “Best Fight”

·         “Best Cast”*

·         “Best On-Screen Dirt Bag”*

 

* New category

Calling all KatyCats! MuchMusic kicks off the biggest award show on the planet with a bang, as the inimitable Katy Perry is the first performer announced for the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.

The Billboard chart-topper and style icon hits the MMVA stage for a second time to blow minds with what is sure to be an explosive performance.

Two years ago, Perry made a sweet arrival on the MMVA red carpet in an ice cream truck and dazzled fans with her Candyfornia-themed performance. There might not be ice cream again, but there will surely be screams for Katy!

“What other award show shuts down major city blocks to bring thousands of fans at arms length to the biggest pop stars in the world?,” said Sheila Sullivan, Executive Producer, 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. “We’re thrilled to kick off this year’s show with the announcement of one of today’s most sought after artists, Katy Perry. Two years ago she brought Candyfornia to the MMVA stage. No doubt this year’s performance will be out of this world!”

Fans can now mark their calendars, as MuchMusic also confirmed today that the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS airs live from Much HQ in Toronto Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET. Perry is the first performer confirmed for the party that has fans taking to the streets and lining up overnight for the chance to get Much closer to the hottest A-Listers in the world.

Katy’s new single, “Part Of Me” debuted in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 on Feb. 22, making it the first in a year, and only the 20th in 53 years, to debut at #1. The single also debuted at #1 on iTunes, with over 400,000 downloads in its first week.

A special edition of Katy’s triple platinum album Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, was released on March 26, and features three new songs.  Katy Perry: Part Of Me, the 3D feature film starring Perry releases July 5, and is a first-ever big-screen look at the international superstar’s life both on and off-stage.

For the third year in a row, the MMVAs are simulcast live in the U.S. on Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company.

Multi-platinum recording artist and global superstar, Katy Perry is arguably one of the most successful and hardest working entertainers in the world.  Since the 2008 release of “One of the Boys,” Perry has topped the charts in more than 25 countries and has sold more than 50 million digital tracks and mobile products, as well as 10 million albums worldwide. Her hits include “I Kissed a Girl”, “Hot N Cold”, “Thinking Of You”, “Waking Up in Vegas”; as well as the record-breaking string of #1 hits, “California Gurls“, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, “Last Friday Night”, and “The One That Got Away”, all from the “Teenage Dream” album. Perry recently concluded her sold-out California Dreams Tour, playing 124 arena shows in Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America and South America. 

Last year’s MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS was the most-watched broadcast in MuchMusic history! More than one million viewers (1.05 million) watched from 9-11 p.m. At the street level, more than 10,000 fans descended on MuchMusic HQ to celebrate with an A-list group of stars, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Colin Farrell, The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Avril Lavigne, as well as co-host Selena Gomez and scores of other artists and celebs performing, presenting, and accepting awards.

Tell us about the genesis of Beavis & Butt-head. How did you come up with the idea?

It started as two drawings, where I was trying to draw the same guy. I tried four or five different times. It was supposed to be this guy that I went to high school with, who is actually nothing like those characters. He was a straight “A” student, but was kind of a spaz. One of the drawings eventually became Beavis, and the other one became Butt-head. I just saw a quality in them that I thought was funny, so I exaggerated that. I’d go back to my sketchbook and start drawing them again. I started making animated shorts and coming up with different ideas, so I looked at these guys and wanted to do something with them. I actually went for a walk, and thought of the names and what the first short was going to be — I came up with it all in five minutes. It started with a two-minute animated short. This was back when I was just animating by myself in my house and drawing. 

 

What have been some of your favourite memories from the show since it first premiered?

I love doing animations. It’s something that I wanted to do, and didn’t get to do until I was about 26 years old. I would say being on the cover of Rolling Stone was amazing. Another favourite moment was when I was in a park when the first episodes were airing on MTV, and people were walking their dogs past me. I heard one of them say, “You need to wash your dog.” And then I heard some other guy say, “Washing the dog! Washing the dog!” — quoting the show. I remember thinking how cool that was. Oh, also hearing Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie True Lies dropping the Beavis & Butt- head reference. True Lies was this big blockbuster movie, and I was just sitting there, and all of a sudden, my little cartoon was referenced. That was also really cool. 

 

From MTV Unplugged to Daria and Jersey Shore, MTV has long been the home of iconic shows. How does it feel that Beavis & Butt-head has become not only an American classic, but a pop culture phenomenon around the world?

I’d say that it feels good! I try not to think about that stuff too much especially when I’m in the midst of doing the show. But it’s always nice to hear that kind of stuff. And it’s also cool because they’re these drawings, and even though it’s my voice, not many people know what I look like. I’m sure if you’re a big actor, it could really mess you up being a big icon, but it’s kind of nice to just have it in these drawings. 

 

During its run in the 1990s, Beavis & Butt-head broke ground in adult comedy as the first hit animation. Now, with “adult-skewing” cartoon series such as South Park being such a success, what continues to make Beavis & Butt- head so different than any other show today?

I think that Beavis & Butt-head is more character-based than joke-based (not to get too analytical here!), but I do happen to think it’s very funny, and there are a lot of jokes. But it’s not really “joke writing”. A lot of it is funny because of the way that things are said, and the way that the characters look, walk and talk — that kind of stuff. I would like to think that the characters are pretty different than a lot of the other animated shows. There are shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill – which are all great shows – but they’re all about families, and Beavis and Butt-head are not a family *laughs*. So, it’s kind of like this old school/Elvis Costello/Three Stooges style. 

 

What is your creative process in making Beavis & Butt-head?

Is it challenging to write jokes that are distinctively clever, but in the voice of two dim-witted teenagers? Since I do the voices, I’ll find that a lot of the time, I’ll be working with writers who are getting too clever where Beavis and Butt-head wouldn’t be smart enough to say something like that, or about that video. I’m usually able to find a way to make it work, though. It’s kind of tricky, and definitely harder than it looks. A lot of people – especially when it first came out – thought, ‘Oh, that’s a dumb show. I’ve had dumb ideas, too, so I should be writing for this.’ And it’s really not as easy as it looks. It is part of the challenge — even with the plots. They aren’t characters that are like, ‘Oh, I have this problem. I will devise a plan and solve it.’ It’s kind of like Peter Sellers — writing where things happen to him by accident, and you can never be successful at what you’re doing. It’s a similar process in writing. 

 

You’ve had such a successful career in animation. When did you first become interested in this field?

I was interested in it since I was probably 8 years old. My uncle explained to me how it works and how animation is done. I remember seeing a little flipbook thing, so I started creating flipbook cartoons in my spelling book at school. In high school, I saved up money working all summer at this drug store, and I was going to buy either a camera (to start trying to animate) or an electric bass guitar. And I think that I thought that the guitar would give me more of a social life, so I bought the guitar. I also looked into the cost of the camera, and realized that I could afford it, but with the cost of the film and developing it, I just couldn’t do it. It took me until I was about 25 or 26 years old that I started again. But I’ve always been into it since I was a kid. 

 

What’s the best advice you were ever given that kept you motivated and passionate as an animator?

One thing that comes to mind was when I was reading an article by Joe Bob Briggs, who wrote drive-in movie reviews. This was when I was living in Dallas and wanted to go into comedy or filmmaking. Joe Bob Briggs had written this op-ed because people were always asking him how to get into writing. I wish I could put it as well as he did, but basically, it was like a “build it and it will come” kind of thing. I was always worried that I didn’t have any connections, that I didn’t know anybody — and why make films if you don’t know anybody to send it to? This guy just kept saying, “All I can tell you is to write. Keep writing, and don’t worry about it, where it’s going to go, or who’s going to see it. Just keep writing. Someone will tell somebody, someone will show somebody, and it will happen in its own if it’s good.” And again, these weren’t his exact words, but that was the gist of this article that he wrote. So in reading that, something clicked in me. And I decided that I’m going to make an animated film because I want to and because it’ll be fun. And if anything happens, then it happens. And if it doesn’t, it doesn’t, but I’m going to do it because I want to do it. I still tell people that. Even though it seems like lame advice, it really is true, especially in animation and filmmaking. Not many people animate a film. It’s an unusual thing. Maybe it’s more common than when I started, but still, it’s something that shows that it took a lot of work. 

 

Have you ever seen Beavis and Butt-head in other countries, where the characters speak French or Spanish? What did you think?

Do you think they captured the voices or at least were close? I saw a Spanish one and a French one once, and it wasn’t close at all. It sounded like guys doing karate movies. The voices were really deep and big and aggressive. It was way off. But what I’ve been told is really good is the Russian dubbing. And I guess it became big eight or nine years ago, but apparently they had a woman doing it, which is actually a really good idea. It’s kind of a tradition in cartoons to have a grown woman doing a teenager boy’s voice because it just works. I think if they keep dubbing, they should look into a woman doing it! *laughs* 

 

What do you think Beavis and Butt-head would think of today’s pop culture, such as today’s celebrities and music?

  Probably! It’s always a mixed bag, but I think there are plenty of things out there that I could see them being into. When I started watching Jersey Shore — which I got hooked on myself *laughs* — I was trying to figure out how to approach it. And when it clicked for me, it was cool to have them know the show inside and out, and just have fun with it. I think there’s plenty of good stuff for them to watch now. I think I have a little bit of their tastes, too, like Sons of Guns and Jail — plenty of shows where they just blow stuff up! *laughs* 

 

Do you think there are people as dumb as Beavis and Butt-head? Do you think there are more Beavis and Butt-heads in 2012 than in the 90’s?

I think that’s definitely possible!

Justin Bieber will make an appearance on the new season of Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness.

The Canadian singer will be a special guest on the MTV show’s season premiere on April 30.

Other celebrities to guest on the viral video show this season include boxer Floyd Mayweather, Ace of Cakes chef Duff Goldman and Playboy playmate Sara Jean Underwood.

Source: Digital Spy

With only a few spots left on the roster of acts competing in the final round, the stakes continue to get higher on Canada’s Got Talent this week.

The next six semifinalists will battle it out for viewers’ votes and to win the judges’ favour in the live, action-packed performance show for Week 5 of the semifinals on Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m. local time on Citytv.

The live results show airs on Monday, April 30 at 9 p.m. local time.

 

The next group of Canada’s Got Talent semifinalists performing on Sunday, April 29 are:

ANGELA EWTUSHIK, 39, and her dog RALLY, 7 (Animal Act), from Harriston, ON

ERIC SAINTONGE, 37 (Circus Performer), from Montreal, QC

JIVE (Brother and Sister Ballroom Dance Act), ages: 17 and 19, from Montreal, QC

KRNFX a.k.a. TERRY IM, 22 (Beatboxer), from Toronto, ON

SAGKEENG’S FINEST (Three-member Traditional Dance Group), ages: 16-17, from Sagkeeng First Nation, Fort Alexander, MB

SILVIA RICCIOTTO, 49 (Solo Singer), from Montreal, QC (b. Argentina)

 

As revealed Monday night on Canada’s Got Talent, the highest vote-getter from Week 4, country singer Ivan Daigle (Petitcodiac, N.B) and judges’ pick, rapper Mathew “The Emsee” Cathcart (Hamilton, ON) join previously announced finalists – dancer Shale Wagman (Toronto), opera singer Emilio Fina (Petersburg, ON), rock band Angry Candy (Moncton, NB), beatboxer Scott Jackson (Toronto), hip hop dance group Freshh (Vancouver) and opera singer Julie Lafontaine (Montreal) – in the Canada’s Got Talent finals on May 13.

Each week, up to seven semifinalists take the Canada’s Got Talent stage to show the judges, the live studio audience, and viewers across Canada if they have what it takes to reach the finals and be crowned the nation’s most talented performer.

In the weekly results show, two semifinalists will advance – one who collects the most viewers’ votes and one selected by judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio from the acts who placed second and third amongst voters.

Canadians act as the ‘fourth judge’ on Canada’s Got Talent, with the chance to vote for their favourite acts immediately following each live performance show. For more information on how to vote and a list of FAQs, visit CanadasGotTalent.com. Public voting will remain open from 9 p.m. ET to 2 a.m. ET.

The Soup

10 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 on E!

See April 4 synopsis.

10 p.m. ET – Wednesday, April 25 on Space

Former FBI agent Ben Hansen revolutionizes paranormal programming by investigating the evidence witnesses post on the Internet every day. Have you ever seen a photo or video online and wondered, “Is this real?” This is the show that will answer that question.

9 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 on E!

In light of Joan’s 78th birthday, everyone makes an attempt to cheer her up. From playing dress-up and to getting tattoos, they do it all to relieve Joan of her birthday blues.

Wednesday, April 25 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Castaways oil themselves up for a wet and wild immunity challenge. While the lucky winners enjoy a picnic vacation, Tikiano’s sore losers strike at the chance to powwow at camp, and feelings of alienation drive tribe members to seek out their elimination options.