March 29th, 2012

Joe Budden Arrested In New York City

Joe Budden Arrested In New York City

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 at 3:46pm

The Slaughterhouse MC was arrested on an outstanding warrant over traffic charges dating back to 2007.

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No Joke: 'American Idol' Loses Heejun Han

No Joke: ‘American Idol’ Loses Heejun Han

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 at 2:18pm

Resident jokester joined by Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine in bottom three.
By Adam Graham

Heejun Han on “American Idol” Thursday

Photo: Fox

The laughs are over for Heejun Han, as this season’s court jester was voted off “American Idol” on Thursday (March 29).

Han, who with his goofball demeanor and off-center sense of humor was criticized heavily for not taking the competition seriously enough, ended up at the bottom of America’s votes following Wednesday’s performance episode, despite earning a standing ovation from the judges for his performance of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You.” He reprised the song for the judges in an effort to get them to use their one save for the season on him, but the judges let him go.

“Let the record show that you knew this was coming yourself, you saw it come this week,” Steven Tyler told him. “Unfortunately after talking, we’re gonna have to let you go, man.”

Just 24 hours earlier, Tyler had praised Han for turning himself around in the competition, and Jennifer Lopez reaffirmed his talents, telling him, “You didn’t make it this far by mistake.” Randy Jackson welcomed him back to the competition, telling him, “Finally, the Heejun that we selected came back to us tonight!”

But the 22-year-old from Flushing, New York’s fate may have been sealed following his performance of Billy Joel’s “My Life” the week prior, which was met by a stinging critique from “Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine. “He came out and disrespected the entire process. His performance was more like four minutes of a bad Adam Sandler movie that goes straight to DVD,” Iovine said, referring to it as a “stunt gone wrong.” “At the end of the day, Interscope has to spend a lot of money on somebody who wins this show, and that’s not it.”

At the time, Han — who landed in second to last place following the performance — defended himself by saying, “I’m not trying to be a star, I’m just really happy where I am.”

Han was in the bottom three Thursday with Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine. Laine was sent back to safety first, and was followed by Cavanagh. It was the first time in the bottom three for both Laine and Cavanagh.

Also on the show, Eric Benet came out to surprise DeAndre Brackensick, who performed his song “Sometimes I Cry” on Wednesday’s show.

Meanwhile, last year’s “Idol” champ Scotty McCreery performed his latest single, ‘Water Tower Town,” and was presented with a platinum sales plaque by Iovine, signifying 1 million sales of his debut album, Clear as Day.

Nicki Minaj appeared and performed “Starships” and made a pitch to do a guest-judging bid on the show. “J. Lo, can you scoot over a little bit?” she asked, to which Lopez replied, “I don’t know if there’s enough room for both of us up here!”

What did you think of Thursday’s “Idol”? Did Heejun Han go home too soon? Let us know in the comments!

Pauly D Reintroduces Himself On 'The Pauly D Project'

Pauly D Reintroduces Himself On ‘The Pauly D Project’

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 at 10:53am

‘I’m really excited just to show the world that side of me,’ Pauly says of ‘Jersey Shore’ spin-off, premiering tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
By Gil Kaufman, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Pauly D

Photo: Ian Spanier

After five seasons of “Jersey Shore,” we know DJ Pauly D pretty well. He’s the ultimate prankster who never beefs with anyone, takes crucial care of his beloved sneaker collection and has a crunchy blowout that defies all laws of physics.

But the Rhode Island kid has many more sides to show us, and he plans to put them all on display in his spin-off show, “The Pauly D Project.” When asked what parts of his personality “Shore” watchers are missing out on, Pauly told MTV News’ Sway, “Just how much I am all about my home, my family and my friends — you don’t really see that.”

In the show — which debuts tonight (March 29) at 10:30 p.m. ET, right after the reboot of “Punk’d” — viewers will tag along as Pauly hits Las Vegas for his DJ residency at the Palms Hotel and Casino with his whole crew in tow, including turntable inspiration Biggie, bodyguard Jerry and wingman Ryan. They’ll also get to see Pauly go home to visit his friends and family and sign a mind-blowing record deal with the G-Note division of 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records.

Oh, and did we mention he also hits the road as the opening act for Britney Spears? Yeah, buddy.

“Now you get to see me take my closest friends on the road with me from Rhode Island, and you get to see Rhode Island,” he said. “I’m really excited just to show the world that side of me.”

His hookup with 50 is already paying dividends, as the G-Unit General recently tapped Pauly to help out in the first commercial for the rapper’s Street King energy drink. Pauly jumped in front of the camera with 50 and legendary comedian Joan Rivers for what the MC said was a “real oddball group” intended to target a wide range of potential audiences.

Don’t miss the premiere of ““The Pauly D Project” tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, following the reboot of “Punk’d“! For continuing “Pauly” coverage, be sure to check in with MTV’s Remote Control blog.

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'Hunger Games' Fans Have Spoken: Jennifer Lawrence Isn't Too Curvy

‘Hunger Games’ Fans Have Spoken: Jennifer Lawrence Isn’t Too Curvy

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 at 9:01am

‘Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect Katniss Everdeen!’ one MTV News commenter writes.
By Elizabeth Lancaster

Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games”

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After devouring the books and flooding movie theaters, “Hunger Games” fans have become fiercely loyal to the actors who embodied their favorite characters. And those die-hards are not taking kindly to suggestions that Jennifer Lawrence is too curvy to play Katniss Everdeen.

Much of the backlash stems from New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis’ review of the film, in which she wrote: “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission.”

On Wednesday, when MTV News checked in with “Hunger Games” experts for their feelings on the subject, many of you took to our comments section and our Twitter to let us know just how much you disagree with Dargis’ take on the lead actress. reader DavidB presented this quote from Suzanne Collins’ book, in which Katniss describes her own body: “I stand straight, and while I’m thin, I’m strong. The meat and plants from the woods combined with the exertion it took to get them have given me a healthier body than most of those I see around me.”

Another commenter, GrantGibbs1, wrote, “Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect Katniss Everdeen! She’s not even fat??? First racist comments now weight issues,” the commenter added, in reference to the issues some moviegoers have had over Rue being played by a black actress.

For many fans and readers, it’s not about accuracy, but respect and admiration for Jennifer Lawrence as an actress, as well as defending young women from the pressures that create body issues. On Twitter, @PromiseKidrauhl told us Lawrence “was perfectly picked to play Katniss,” while @valvdg write, “As if young women didn’t have enough weight issues.”

It’s not too late to make your voice heard: What do you think about the controversy over Jennifer Lawrence’s body?

Check out everything we’ve got on “The Hunger Games.”

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