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Tune In: MTV To Air ‘Chris Brown & Rihanna: Love In Trouble

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Half-hour show will take a look at the events and ramifications surrounding alleged altercation between the two singers.

With “Chris Brown & Rihanna: Love in Trouble,” MTV News will take an in-depth look at the allegations of domestic violence that Chris Brown faces after an alleged altercation with Rihanna last weekend. For the special, which airs Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. ET/PT, MTV News has gathered journalists, industry professionals and other experts — as well as an in-studio audience of young fans — to provide insight and commentary about what the incident means for both artists’ careers and lives, and society in general.

The special will take a look at the couple’s year-long relationship and will also examine the influence the alleged domestic violence between Brown’s former stepfather and mother may have had on him.

“Chris Brown & Rihanna: Love in Trouble” will also look at the events that took place on the night the alleged altercation occurred. Plus, it will look at how this incident has touched on issues that face young people in relationships every day and what can be done to avoid them. A relationship expert will be on hand to offer advice for young people who find themselves facing domestic violence issues.

“Chris Brown & Rihanna: Love in Trouble” airs Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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Tune In: Chris Brown, Rihanna in running for Image Awards

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Despite his recently tarnished image, crooner Chris Brown may win an NAACP Image Award.

The 19-year-old singer, who’s accused in a domestic dispute that reportedly involves pop superstar Rihanna, is in the running for outstanding male artist at the 40th annual awards. The awards are being presented tonight at the Shrine Auditorium and airing on Fox @ 8pm.

Brown won the outstanding male artist trophy last year.

Rihanna, his longtime girlfriend, is up for outstanding female artist.

It’s unclear if either Brown or Rihanna will attend. Both canceled their appearances and performances at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Other nominees for outstanding male artist are Common, Jamie Foxx, John Legend and will.i.am. Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey are also nominated for outstanding female artist.

Over 30 awards honoring television, film, music and literature are to be handed out in categories such as outstanding reality series, literary work, jazz artist, music video and documentary.

Television shows including “The Game,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Ugly Betty,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are nominated for multiple awards. “Cadillac Records,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Seven Pounds” and “The Family That Preys” are nominated for outstanding motion picture.

The 40th annual Image Awards coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and will kick off a yearlong centennial celebration.

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Tune In: T.I. – Road To Redemption

From Troublemaker to trouble-shooter, as said by the LA Times. The hip-hop artist aims to scare kids straight on MTV’s new reality show ‘Road to Redemption.’ But since he’s facing his own legal issues, is it just a good-guy pose for the courts?

It’s been hard to avoid the music of rapper T.I. over the last year, with his No. 1 hits “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life” blaring from nightclubs, iPod headphones and car stereos everywhere.

But starting Tuesday night on MTV, the hip-hop star will try out a new role as a sort of celebrity guardian angel who tries to scare kids straight.

In the reality series “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,” young people who’d usually be described as “at-risk” — troubled backgrounds, limited prospects, bad attitude — get a surprise visit from the rapper, who favors a carrot-and-stick approach to behavior modification.

In the premiere, an Atlanta street hustler with vague aspirations of becoming an actor gets a crash course in “Romeo and Juliet.” But to drive home the point, T.I. also guides him to the basement of a local funeral home, where an attendant has laid out the corpse of another young hood whose luck ran in the opposite direction.

“I think my reputation kind of speaks for itself,” T.I., who goes by the nickname Tip and whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., said in Hollywood last week.

Referring to the eight kids chosen for the show, he said, “They know I’m not speaking just from hearsay; I speak from experience. I’ve been through what they’re going through, I’ve done all the things they’re doing. And if they see I can make it to where I am, there surely is a possibility for them to make it to where they want to be.”

If that all sounds a bit noble for TV, let alone for a rap star, your skepticism is excused. Trying to make the world a better place is not something the so-called celebreality TV trend is often accused of; it would be hard to make such an accusation with a straight face when contemplating titles such as “The Simple Life” with Paris Hilton and the truly twisted dating show “Flavor of Love” with the incomparable Flavor Flav.

But the producers behind “Road to Redemption” — who, incidentally, were also behind “Flavor of Love” — say the series is part of a genuine self-reinvention T.I. undertook after a major brush with the law threatened not just his career but his freedom.

In 2007, the rapper was arrested and charged with federal crimes including illegal possession of machine guns and silencers. As a previously convicted felon — his rap sheet includes a series of busts for drug offenses and probation violations — T.I. at one point faced up to 30 years in prison.

His tribulations formed the basis of “Paper Trail,” the current album that has brought him his greatest mainstream success. In many ways, the TV show is intended as an extension of the album’s theme of spiritual rebirth (most clearly heard in his current hit “Dead and Gone” with Justin Timberlake).

T.I. was under house arrest in Atlanta when the producers came to visit him to discuss “Road to Redemption.” MTV’s original idea, the rapper recalled, was “putting cameras in T.I.’s house and watching him while he can’t leave. I wasn’t with that. I didn’t think that was significant enough.”

The creative direction evolved after Michael Hirschorn, a former VH1 programmer who left last year to form the production company Ish Entertainment, came aboard with his producing partner, Stella Stolper.

“We were talking about doing something that was really kind of a ‘Scared Straight!’ show for kids,” Hirschorn said, referring to the 1978 documentary about at-risk kids (personal disclosure: from 2000-01, Hirschorn was my boss at an entertainment-news website). T.I. “was going to go surprise these kids, scare the bejesus out of them and set them straight. And then after Stella and I went to visit him down in Atlanta, I was kind of struck by (the fact that) he’s a deep guy. There’s more to him than you’d think.

“So I think that in our heads the show started seeming a lot bigger and more psychologically interesting. What do you do if you’re at the top of the world but your past keeps dragging you down?”

In fact, that chapter of his story isn’t finished even for T.I. himself, which is what gives the show a perhaps unintentional layer of tension. The rapper is still under the eye of federal authorities, at least until his formal sentencing next month.

He is finishing 1,000 hours of court-ordered community service (the show was not part of the deal, the producers say). The interview for this article was conducted in the star’s trailer, along with the federal agent assigned to accompany him at all times.

Hirschorn said he understands the skepticism — mega-millionaire hip-hop musician hasn’t really changed his bad-boy ways but has merely figured out another canny way to cash in on them.

“He doesn’t need this really,” Hirschorn countered. “He doesn’t need the money. He doesn’t need the headache. He’s really the top artist in the country right now.

“If you think of the traditional rapper pose of being too cool for school, he’s not doing that at all. He’s really putting himself out there emotionally. There were people who told him not to do the show because it would undermine his edge, his credibility, to do what really is a feel-good show about helping kids.”

T.I., who during the interview was as cagey and reserved as his raps are personal and revealing, took a characteristically more direct view of things.

Speaking of the kids he’s trying to save, he declared, “If I can’t get through to them, nobody can.”

Check out, “T.I.’s Road To Redemption,” premiering Tuesday, February 10th at 9pm ET/PT on MTV. Here’s a preview below.

Source: LA Times
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Tune In: Exclusive! – Lil Wayne’s ‘All Access Grammy Special’ Interview

Lil Wayne is doing a rare prime time interview with CBS’s Katie Couric.

The interview will air as part of Couric’s All Access Grammy Special.

Look for Grammy nominated Lil Wayne to talk about custom-made bowling balls and his song inspired by Hurricane Katrina.

Check out even more when the “All Access Grammy Special” airs this Wednesday, Feb. 4th at 9pm on CBS.

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Tune In: Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen Super Bowl Spot

This here is the crème de la crème! Paramount has debuted their first teaser trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen that will be showing during the Super Bowl tonight. We’ve been waiting years to finally see this footage and damn it doesn’t let down one bit. This will have Transformers‘ fans screaming for joy. I’m sticking around to watch the big game tonight to see this in glorious high definition. By the way parts of this movie was shot in my hometown of South Side, Bethlehem, PA.

Check it out!

Plot Summary: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is again directed by action film superstar Michael Bay of Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Island, and Transformers previously. The story and screenplay for the sequel was written by Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as well as Ehren Kruger (The Ring, The Brothers Grimm, Blood and Chocolate). Paramount is unleashing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in both IMAX and regular theaters on June 26th this summer. I’ll be there!

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Tune In: Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs & LV, Yves St. Laurent Documentaries

In honor of Fall Fashion Week, television stations tend to broadcast fashion-related movies during the month of February, and this year’s no exception.

Lagerfeld Confidential, the documentary about you know who, airs on the Sundance Channel on February 9th at 7pm EST.

Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, which followed Marc in the making of the Spring 08 LV collections, airs on Sundance on Valentine’s Day at 7pm EST.

Yves St. Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris airs the next day at 7pm EST, also.

Some might argue it’s even better than front row.

Source: fashionista.com

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Tune In: Fast and Furious Movie Trailer

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Plot: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam for the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed — “Fast and Furious.” Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert in the new high-octane action-thriller.

When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmanuever him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.

Universal has debuted a full theatrical trailer for the upcoming Fast & Furious. They’ve already made a rather impressive teaser for this, so I’m excited to see that they’ve continued to step things up yet again. Showing us nearly a full action scene. It really gets me pumped up and excited to see more and that’s all that Fast & Furious is about. I really think they might’ve pulled off a damn successful reboot of this Fast and the Furious franchise. Plus it’s great seeing all the actors back again (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster).

Watch the second full trailer for Fast and Furious here.

You can also watch the Fast and Furious trailer in High Definition on myspace.

Fast and Furious is directed by up-and-coming Taiwanese filmmaker Justin Lin, of Better Luck Tomorrow, Annapolis, and of course, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The screenplay was written by Chris Morgan, of Cellular, Tokyo Drift, and Wanted. Fast and Furious races into theaters on April 3rd.

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Tune In: Taylor Swift on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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CBS says pop star Taylor Swift will appear on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Swift will play a teenage girl whose family manages a seedy Las Vegas motel and who undergoes personal changes that have tragic consequences. CBS didn’t announce the air date for the “CSI” episode.

The 19-year-old country crossover singer was 2008’s best-selling artist, with more than 4 million albums sold. Her sophomore effort, “Fearless,” debuted at No. 1 and includes the hit single “Love Story.”

“CSI,” which airs 9 p.m. EST Thursday, says goodbye this week to star William Petersen. Laurence Fishburne has joined the series as a new forensics investigator.

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WTF Wednesday: Ryan Seacrest Got Dissed

Ryan Seacrest was interviewing Beyonce’ at the Golden Globes on Sunday evening, when he decided to cut it short for his chance with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie aka “Brangelina”. Little did he know that they were not even trying to get his attention, in fact they acted like they didn’t even hear him calling them. I don’t have anything against Ryan or the Brangelina couple, I just think what they was a bit f*ck up.

Here’s a YouTube video of Ryan’s diss below.

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Tune In: Rihanna For Remake Of ‘The Last Dragon’

rihauc1If RZA had his way, he’d have Rihanna — for his new film. The Wu-Tang Clan kingpin is co-producing a remake of the 1980s fan favorite “The Last Dragon” with Samuel L. Jackson and told MTV News yesterday he’d like the sexy Barbadian songstress to take on the role of video show host/singer Laura Charles. Popular back-in-the-day vamp Vanity originated the role in the 1985 flick, while Taimak tackled the lead character and her romantic interest, Bruce Leroy (a.k.a. Leroy Green).

“That’s the one I’m rooting for,” RZA said of Rihanna. “We’re keeping that same concept of the girl being in the music business.”

RZA explained that several female artists were being looked at for the part, but he thought Rih would be the best choice. He also noted that he and the filmmakers were in the process of finding a new-millennium Bruce Leroy but wouldn’t disclose the identities any of the candidates. (Hey, how about Rihanna’s pal Chris Brown?)

Late actor Julius Carry, who guest-starred on a myriad of TV shows from the “Jeffersons” to “Moonlighting” to “The Unit” during his almost-30-year career, stole the show in the first “Last Dragon” as Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem. The villain’s classic line was “Kiss my Converse!” Sam Jackson has been cast as the hilarious baddy in the remake. (Busta Rhymes played Sho’nuff in his video for 1997’s “Dangerous.”)

“I’m co-producing and I’ll add my martial arts expertise and add my ideas and make a phat film from that cult classic we all loved as kids,” RZA explained. “The first draft of the script is in right now. We definitely should be shooting in ’09.

“We’re gonna make it real classic,” the Shaolin general added. “We’re not gonna take it back to the ’80s. We’re gonna try it a few years ahead. Modern times, but a few steps ahead in the future. We got some crazy ideas, but the main thing is still finding that glow. That’s still the theme of the film, to find that glow in yourself.”
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