Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tonight's Stoner Channel: Dr. Zaius on Mark Twain, Terrible Transportation Tactics, and Old Men with Lightsabers Ain't Nothin' to F*ck With [Video]

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The Wanted Out To Prove Boy Bands 'Make Good Music'

'If you like us despite it or because of it, then we're happy,' Jay McGuiness tells MTV News of boy-band label.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway

The Wanted
Photo: MTV News

It's not always easy being in a boy band. There are a lot of preconceptions for the five guys who choose to sing catchy pop tunes and dance in formation for a living.

Given that boy bands have come in and out of fashion once every decade for the last few years, it should come as no surprise that we are knee-deep in a brand-new boy-band bonanza. This one is being led by this generation's 'NSYNC and Backstreet Boys: One Direction and the Wanted.

When MTV News sat down with the Wanted to premiere their "Chasing the Sun" video, they chatted a bit about being labeled a "boy band."

"Eventually, we were, like, over it," Jay McGuiness explained. "If you like us despite it or because of it, then we're happy."

Well, something is working for the guys. Their lead U.S. single, "Glad You Came," has topped the charts, and they are once again getting people dancing with "Chasing the Sun," from their just-released debut U.S. EP. It's a good time to be in a boy band, thanks to all the love out there for them. And it's an even better time to be in the Wanted.

It seems that their success might have a lot to do with the way they've approached their boy-band career thus far. "We went out there and we're like, 'You know what? I think we can change people's perspectives of the '90s boy bands,' " Tom Parker explained. "And that was our aim: just to make good music."

Voting in round two of MTV's Battle of the Boy Bands runs until noon ET on Monday, April 30. Winners are determined by fan votes, so if your favorite band made the cut, make sure you keep voting. Tune in to AMTV and MTV Hits for their boy-band video takeovers each day and make sure to spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB and like us on Facebook for updates!

Vote for your favorite band, discuss and share on Facebook and Twitter in the MTV Battle of the Boy Bands interactive bracket!

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Snooki and JWoww Trailer: Released, Ridiculous!

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley will soon be back for a new MTV spinoff, documenting their transforming lives away from Jersey Shore.

In the first trailer for Snooki & JWoww (reportedly titled Snooki & JWoww vs. The World, according to some sources), the BFFs decide to move in together.

Shortly after they find an apartment, however, Snooki tells her roommate the news that shocked the rest of us as well: "I'm pregnant and engaged."

JWoww then accompanies Snook and Jionni LaValle to her first ultrasound appointment, where the spawn of Snooki makes his or her reality TV debut in utero.

"Honestly I really didn't know that I could make a baby," Snooki says, "so the fact that I can reproduce is very scary." That's putting it mildly, girlfriend.

Though Polizzi's life took an unexpected turn, friends are forever. "I would die for you," she tells Farley. "But let's just make sure that doesn't happen."

While they're ready to take the next step with the men in their lives (JWoww is still with longtime BF Roger Williams), they're looking at this as a last hurrah.

"Me and Jenni have the rest of our lives to stick our heads up Jionni and Roger's asses," Snook says. "This is the time for us to enjoy life as best friends."

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Jennie Garth to Play Nancy Grace in a Lifetime Movie?

Nancy Grace sure has had an interesting life. And now Jennie Garth is playing her alter ego in a Lifetime movie based on the legal analyst's 2009 best-selling novel, The Eleventh Victim. Garth will play Hailey Dean, a young assistant D.A. who prosecutes a case against her fiance's killer. And then -- oh no! -- he targets her when he gets out of jail. Sounds very dramatic and Lifetime-esque, doesn't it?

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Stunning Time-Lapse of One World Trade Center Construction [Video]

This remarkable footage of One World Trade Center is a moving document of the colossal construction endeavor. Work on the mammoth building began nearly six years ago. More »

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Microsoft to announce 'Woodstock' cross-platform music service at E3?

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Are you missing Zune and looking for a Microsoft flavored replacement? According to The Verge, ?Microsoft will be announcing their new music service at E3 this year. Code named 'Woodstock,' the service is allegedly going to be cross-platform, including Android, via an in-browser music player. 

The replacement for the Zune service, won't require any browser plugins and is said to integrate deeply with Facebook. While expected to be shown off at E3, the service isn't expected to be launching until later on in the year alongside Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The bigger question remains, is there room for another music service on Android? 

Source: The Verge via WPCentral

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