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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Nine on-air breakdowns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckOn the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... nine on-air breakdowns.

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."

Yes, having a camera stuck in your face for an hour or more a day must take a toll on your sanity. Your privacy is virtually limited. Your every move is scrutinized and criticized by faceless meanies. Your therapist is one session away from owning his own fishing trawler.

It's only a matter of time before the grasp of sanity is clipped away like a loose thread on a homemade snowman sweater and you turn into a blubbering, snotty, incoherent mess for all the world to enjoy. These are the personalities who lost it and may or may not have gained whatever "it" is back.

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Taylor Lautner Beheads Kanye West on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 14th 2009 10:55AM
While hosting 'Saturday Night Live,' 'New Moon' star Taylor Lautner acted out a fantasy in which he defended the honor of rumored girlfriend Taylor Swift , whose acceptance speech at last summer's MTV Video Music Awards was famously interrupted by Kanye West.

"I was actually at the VMAs the night she won the award for Best Video and Kayne West interrupted her speech. What I really wanted to do that night was this," Lautner said during his opening monologue.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Taylor Lautner is pretty adorable in his SNL promos

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 9th 2009 5:02PM
Here is what I know about Taylor Lautner: 1) He is in New Moon, the second film in the über-popular Twilight series, but instead of a sparkly vampire, he plays a werewolf. 2) Lots of ladies like seeing him with his shirt off, and 3) Said ladies feel dirty afterward because he's only 17 and they are... slightly older than 17.

Lautner is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, and NBC has just released two short promos that he did with Kristen Wiig, and it looks like they're trying to bond. In the first one, Wiig talks about how she used to think that she was a werewolf, and in the second, Lautner tells Wiig that he really likes her-- because she reminds him of his mom. Aw, poor Kristen Wiig. A lot of non-teen Twilight fans know how you feel.

I've never actually heard this guy speak before, but he seems downright adorable, so I have high hopes for his episode. His alleged girlfriend, Taylor Swift, was on last month and gave audiences what was arguably the best episode of the season, so hopefully she gave him some pointers.


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Taylor Swift Gives Emotional CMA Awards Acceptance Speech (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 12th 2009 11:25AM
Kanye West's bum-rush of the stage during last September's VMA Awards while Taylor Swift accepted for Best Female Video served as fodder for parodies and jokes on several different occasions during last night's 43rd Annual CMA Awards show. In addition, Swift scored big by snagging a total of four awards including Entertainer of the Year.

During the award show, country stars took jabs at West who interrupted Swift's VMA speech and loudly proclaimed Beyonce should have won instead, including Grand Ole Opry Star Little Jimmy Dickens who jokingly interrupted Carrie Underwood while she praised Brad Paisley's song "Welcome to the Future" and announced to the assembled crowd that Swift's music is superior.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Taylor Swift Is Star of CMA Awards, Wins Entertainer of the Year

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 12th 2009 10:29AM
Last night's 43rd Annual CMA Awards was dominated by Taylor Swift, who managed to sweep all four categories she was nominated in, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. Of course, there were the requisite Kanye West jokes for his crashing of Swift's VMA acceptance speech in September, but the night was more about Swift's history-making win as the youngest person, and one of only a few women, to be named Entertainer of the Year.

The 19-year-old Swift beat out Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban for the award, and also won Best Female Vocalist, Video of the Year for 'Love Story' and Album of the Year for 'Fearless.'

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Review: Saturday Night Live - Taylor Swift

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 8th 2009 9:40AM
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(S35E05) I had to talk myself through being allowed to criticize Taylor Swift. Ever since Kanye West VMA outburst turned everyone in America into Swift's over-protective mom, she's been shown even more as an innocent country-inspired sweetheart. Every time she messed up in this episode, I felt the need to hold back any not-super-great remarks because, well, she's a teeny-bopper! Teeny-boppers are just kids goofin' around!

And then I have to pause and remind myself that she's almost 20-years-old, around the same age as Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Page when they first hosted and Abby Elliiott when she initially joined the featured players. Screw it, there's no need to hold back. Swift is a musician, so we can't expect her acting skills to be super-good, but the fact I keep thinking she's only 14 shouldn't affect anything else.

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Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner Dating? Ellen DeGeneres Tries to Find Out (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 30th 2009 9:43AM
Taylor Swift is remaining tight-lipped about her relationship with 'Twilight' dog boy Taylor Lautner. The 19-year-old Swift laughed and squirmed nervously as Ellen gamely pressed her on the relationship on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' but she still managed to avoid saying much of anything.

Even once Ellen showed a photo of Swift and Lautner locking lips, Swift still wouldn't take the bait. Perhaps sensing the interview was in jeopardy, Ellen questioned Swift directly on Lautner's kissing prowess, but Swift's only response was to nervously twiddle with a ring on her finger and coyly ask, "What?"

Spill it, Swift! What want details!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Dancing with the Stars - Performance 6 Results

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 28th 2009 1:15AM
Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower jitterbug
(S09E13) Tonight on Dancing with the Stars there was some actual content tonight: the dance-off. Unfortunately, that meant that there was no encore performance. Instead we go right into Taylor Swift.

Musical Performance - Taylor Swift - "Jump then Fall" - Anyone notice that the stage Norah Jones had last week was just audience chairs? Taylor Swift is a horrible live singer (squeaking every time she sang the word "jump"), but luckily we had some professionals who reminded me of Ryan & Ashleigh from So You Think You Can Dance. Their lift near the end was the best part.

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The Jay Leno Show: Jerry Seinfeld (series premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2009 11:48PM
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A lot is riding on this little NBC pet project. Like one-third of their primetime lineup. But despite all their promises and promotions that this was a comedy show, vastly different than Jay Leno's work on The Tonight Show, I saw virtually the same exact show on a different set. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you're NBC. Leno was incredibly successful for a long time on that show. Just call it what it is.

The promise that it would stay topical was brought to fruition. In the opening monologue, just like those Tonight Show monologues of yore, he drops a joke right away about the situation last night at the Video Music Awards involving Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Conveniently, Kanye was a booked guest tonight, as well, so with a little shuffling, he wound up on the chair next to Leno to talk about it.

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Is Kanye West MTV's biggest monster, or is it all for show?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 14th 2009 10:30AM
Taylor SwiftBy now you've probably heard about the giant Kanye West brouhaha that happened at the VMA awards last night. I actually heard about it when I got on Twitter right after it happened, and it felt as though the very Internet was going to melt from the inside out, leaving us all twitching in a puddle of rage directed at people whom we will never meet.

I tried to piece together what had happened, and from the responses I was reading, it seemed as though Taylor Swift went up to get her VMA, then Kanye West set her dress on fire, ripped off his clothes, and showed everyone his "Beyonce 4 EVA" tattoo located in a very family-unfriendly place. Then, I'm pretty sure he peed on like, a statue of Jesus or something.

So once I saw the video of what actually happened, imagine my surprise when it turned out all he did was make an ass out of himself on live television. Because, you know, the fact that Kanye West would do that is the BIGGEST SHOCKER OF ALL TIME.

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MTV's star-studded West Side Story parody

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 29th 2009 11:35AM
Russell_Brand_MTV_VMA_awardsHow do you pump up the viewership for a music award show on a network that used to be all about music but lately has been all about reality TV and nasty scandals? Well, apparently MTV has decided to go retro and keep it funny. To promote the upcoming 2009 Video Awards, MTV has created a West Side Story parody, not too different from the brilliant solo turn by Neil Patrick Harris at last June's Tony Awards.

The commercial is a mixed bag. Taylor Swift proves that she has the real goods as a singer, doing the toughest part of the "Tonight" quintet. Ne-Yo's dance turn is more of a salute to Michael Jackson than an homage to composers Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. And Katy Perry's rooftop bit reinforces the fact that she's funny and playful.

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Saturday Night Live: Neil Patrick Harris/Taylor Swift - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 11th 2009 1:29PM
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It's just as we thought, everyone: Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. Why did it take SNL so long to bring in NPH? It seems cruel, almost, to make us wait like this. Even though the sketches this week were not particularly spectacular or groundbreaking, NPH's delivery and enthusiasm made the ride really fun. Unless his backstage demands and antics were too crazy for the SNL gang to handle, there's no reason to hold back on multiple returns.

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Taylor Swift to sing on premiere of NBC's Nashville Star

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 2nd 2008 3:22PM
Taylor Swift The 2008 Best New Female Vocalist of the Year, Taylor Swift, is set to perform on Nashville Star as part of the show's two-hour season premiere. Touted as the first country music star of the MySpace generation, Swift (18) is also the first female country artist to write or co-write every song on her debut platinum-selling album. One of country music's youngest songwriters, her single "Our Song" spent six weeks atop Billboard's country chart.

The show's premiere will also feature highlights from the auditions and reveal the Top 12 Finalists who will be crooning their way into your hearts this summer. I know Nashville Star sounds like the country music version of American Idol but judge John Rich begs to differ. Read what he said about the show, any comparisons to Idol, and Paula Abdul back the NBC / Universal summer press event held in May.

Nashville Star premieres on Monday June 9th, 9-11 p.m. ET, on NBC. Will you be watching?

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