2015 VMA Running Diary



It’s that time of year again, when I discover just how freaking old I am by doing a running diary of my experience of watching the MTV Video Music Awards.

8:00 – Well this was at least tuning in for – Walk the Moon performing “Shut Up and Dance.”

8:02 – Hold up – why are we cutting away from the band to meet the interview team? That’s not what I signed up for.

8:03 – That Jeremy Scott character is hella creepy.


8:04 – For a while there, I didn’t think that Demi Lovato could say anything other than “Thank you.”

8:06 – Hot take: Walk the Moon’s new song is not as good as “Shut Up and Dance,” at least based on the ten seconds that they let us hear.

8:10 – Ugh. Christy Tiegan. Not a fan. John Legend could do better. But she does look great.

2015 MTV Video Music Awards Arrivals

8:11 – Well, I made it 11 minutes into this pre-show before I didn’t know who people were. That’s not bad. Sorry cast of Awkward, Faking It and Girl Code Live – you have not registered on my pop culture radar.

8:13 – Who is this weird bearded guy that Kelly Osborne just introduced as her fashion correspondent:

8:14 – A puppy pen? I can get behind this.

8:19 – “I’m here to talk to you about an extremely popular video that people are extremely anticipating to be shown in this show. Something that’s never been shown before.” – I don’t think Sway (or his writers) know what all those words mean.

8:20 – The Moonman is the most iconic award? Slow down Jeremey Scott.

8:22 – Poor Best Rock Video. It doesn’t even get awarded on the regular show.

8:23 – Fall Out Boy is rock? Ok then.

8:24 – Oy. These idiots from Girl Code don’t know what “vanguard” means.

8:27 – Nick Jonas may be the smartest person in this room. That’s a pretty low standard.

8:30 – Poor Miley Cyrus. I think all this acting out is just to make up for her having perhaps the worst speaking voice of all time.

8:32 – I refuse to acknowledge anyone who has YouTube sensation on their resume as an actual celebrity.

8:39 – Man, they don’t even try to hide their corporate schilling.

8:40 – Best pop video also gets awarded on the red carpet. Taylor Swift does not accept in person.

8:41 – Another award on the red carpet – 5 Seconds of Summer wins song of the summer. I disagree.

8:45 – Nick Jonas presented by State Farm. I wish I was making this up.

8:38 – Um, don’t look behind you Nick Jonas, but you are being followed by a lot of sexy astronauts.


8:50 – I’m impressed that Taylor Swift got Mariska Hargitay to show up for this foolishness. She has got to be the oldest person on this red carpet other than Sway.

8:55 – Taylor’s new video; you had me at Scott Eastwood.


8:56 – I think I like Taylor better with dark hair.

Award ceremony……

9:00 – Kicking it off with Nicki Minaj. Smart move

9:02 – I’m impressed she can move with that giant headdress.


9:03 – Kayne likes her performance; he even smiled.

9:04 – Whoa – Taylor Swift performing with Nicki? I did not see that coming.


9:05 – Not for nothing, but their lip syncing is pretty inconsistent.

9:06 – Um…that does not look like Downtown L.A.

9:07 – Is Macklemore singing about a freaking moped? Is this a parody?

9:07 – This reminds me of West Side Story – not in a good way.

9:08 – Who is this Freddie Mercury looking like guy? (It’s apparently Eric Nally and I wasn’t the only one who made the comparison)

9:08 – This visual of Macklemore on a guy’s shoulders is hilarious.

2015 MTV Video Music Awards - Pepsi Stage - Fixed Show

9:08 – I’m pretty positive he just worked “tiramisu” into his rap.

9:09 – Haha – Macklemore has a raccoon tail on his jacket.

9:09 – Kanye is unimpressed with all of this.


9:11 – Our first glimpse of host Miley Cyrus. She’s fully dressed, so that’s a surprise.


9:12 – I do like her googly eye rings. Where does one find those?




9:13 – “I took the year off to focus on my true love – Instagram.” That’s really funny

9:14 – Andy Samberg makes everything better.

9:16 – I can’t believe that they got Rita Ora in a pool of spaghetti.



9:17 – Britney is in the house! She looks fab. And she can kind of read.


9:18 – So we’re still pretending that Mark Ronson has anything to do with this song’s success? Just checking.

9:18 – Well considering that they didn’t even let Mark Ronson talk, I’m guessing that jig is up.

9:24 – Miley is back with a lot less clothing.

9:25 – Jared Leto looks a little like Corey Felman in this outfit.

9:25 – Yay! I really dig The Weeknd.


9:28 – I’m surprised it took this long to show Taylor Swift dancing.


9:28 – Kanye is also busting a move:

9:29 – Rebel Wilson in a cop uniform.


9:31 – It sounds like they are piping in laughter for this bit. This is completely tone deaf.

9:32 – Can Nicki not walk in that dress? That seems like a bad choice.

9:32 – I’ve got a feeling Nicki’s pastor wants nothing to do with any of this.

9:33 – Nicki Minaj – calling Miley Cyrus OUT! #shotsfired.


9:34 – Miley takes her own shot – “It’s no big deal. It’s just an award. I persevered.” (unless this is all a bit – that’s possible too). Is it impressive to throw shade while wearing this outfit.


9:40 – Rapper sleepovers!

9:41 – “Meek Mill has been through enough.”

9:41 – So the LAPD killed Biggie? Mystery solved!

9:42 – This may be the weirdest outfit so far.


9:43 – So obviously we have to be pulling for Nicki to win just so she can get on the microphone again.

9:44 – Dang. Swifty. Maybe someone will rush the stage.

9:45 – Haha…go for it Kanye!


9:46 – Maybe the director will start some drama.

9:52 – Miley may be setting a record for most costume changes.

9:52 – Are we still saying “turnt?”

9:53 – This is an interesting wardrobe choice for Demi Lovoto


9:54 – I sincerely hope that the censor tonight is getting hazard pay.

9:55 – Iggy Azalea is the special guest? I was hoping she’d aim higher.

9:57 – The confetti budget for this show is off the charts.

9:58 – Strategically, wouldn’t it have been smarter to release a song called “Cool for the summer” earlier in the year?

10:02 – Justin Bieber continues his rehabilitation tour with a performance at the VMAs.

10:03 – I’ll give him this – his synchronized dance move game is still pretty strong.

10:06 – I wonder if he’s wearing the hat because even he realizes his hair looks stupid.

10:07 – Is this from Bieber’s spoken word album?

10:08 – Bieber busted out a little Peter Pan action.

10:09 – Is he crying? Did they pull that harness too tight?


10:09 – I actually liked this ridiculous coat.


10:11 – More Kanye smiling!

10:11 – Big Sean’s grandmother sounds like a pretty kick ass lady.

10:20 – Miley channels Rainbow Brite.


10:21 – Did Miley just call Snoop Dogg “her real mammy?”

10:21 – I do not believe that Miley cares a hoot about Kim Kardashian.

10:22 – Not only have I never heard of Tori Kelly, I’ve never heard this song either.

10:26 – She did a nice job, though.


10:31 – What I’ve been waiting for – Kanye West’s Vanguard Award (Read his whole speech here)

10:32 – Look, I love Kanye, but they may be overstating the importance of this award a little bit. He didn’t cure cancer.

10:34 – Haha…..Taylor Swift is giving Kanye his award.

10:35 – “I’m really happy for you… And Imma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time.”

10:36 – They even hugged! Beefs are being squashed all over the place.


10:37 – Mackemore looks unimpressed.

10:38 – Honestly, the most Kanye thing he could do right now is say nothing and walk off the stage.

10:39 – Kanye goes to the grocery story? I’m calling b.s. on that.

10:40 – Kanye is asking a lot of questions and he’s not giving a lot of answers.

10:40 – I really hope he wraps this up by saying that he totally would have interrupted Taylor all over again.

10:41 – Is this Kanye’s apology for making Taylor Swift a thing? I hate to tell him that we’re all pretty much over that.

10:42 – Umm…Kanye. You ain’t dead. You didn’t die for anything.

10:44 – “Listen to the kids, brah.” I have no idea who the kids are and who brah is, but this is classic Kanye.

10:46 – Kanye West is the Donald Trump of award shows.

10:46 – If this is Kanye with the edge off, I don’t think that marijuana worked.

10:47 – Kanye – we are the same age. We aren’t millennials.


10:48 – Wait?!?! Is Kanye really running for President in 2020????? PLEASE LET THIS BE SO!


10:56 – Good luck to Pharell performing after that craziness.

10:56 – Again with people “putting them in a box.” Is this a real problem in the music industry? Are people actually in boxes?

10:58 – Pharell looks like Elvis in Jailhouse Rock.


10:59 – What is on the back of Pharell’s pants? Is that an Adidas symbol?

11:07 – What else does Fetty Wap have going on that he’s not at the VMAs.

11:08 – Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky. This will should be interesting.

11:11 – I wouldn’t have necessarily though about putting those two acts together, but that mostly worked as well as anything else on this show (which isn’t saying much).

11:15 – Old person gripe: this show was supposed to be over by now. I want to go to bed.

11:18 – No big surprise – Taylor wins video of the year.

11:19 – I don’t know that I believe that Taylor has seen Straight Outta Compton.

11:20 – “I’m just happy that in 2015 we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers.” Amen, Taylor.

11:21 – Did the camera just cut to a half dressed Miley backstage?


11:25 – I knew we weren’t getting out of here without a Miley performance.

11:26 – The furries are back. Thank God.

11:28 – While I enjoyed the spectacle, that new Miley song is horsesh*t.


11:30 – Well that’s one way to end an award show – by announcing that your new album is online for free (at http://mileycyrusandherdeadpetz.com/ if you are so inclined).

So overall, that show was kind of a trainwreck. The moments that everyone will be talking about are the Miley/Nicki beef and Kanye’s usual shenanigans, but the rest was kind of all over the place. I feel like Miley was trying WAY too hard to be “crazy” and “controversial” and it all came off like an act. She’s best in small doses and when her antics don’t feel so staged. Plus I’ve got a news flash for Miley – this is 2015. Smoking pot is not nearly the big deal that you think it is. That isn’t edgy – at all.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Kick off the Weekend Edition

Some technical difficulties and a wonky schedule this week mean that you are getting your pop culture roundup a few days late. Apologies to anyone who was disappointed, but I tried to make it up to you with an extra-long batch of links. With Sundance, The Television Critics Association winter meeting and awards season all happening at the same time, there was no shortage of news to report. This is actually the condensed version of links! So while most of the country is in a deep freeze, grab a blanket and stay inside all weekend pouring through the last 2+ weeks in the world of pop!

  • Last night was Adam Scott’s final installment in his The Greatest Event in Television History specials. They ended with a bang, with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to Bosom Buddies:

I will miss these.

  • HBO has passed on the Sarah Silverman pilot, People in New Jersey. Boo!


  • As someone who regularly hangs out with our interns at the office, this Conan bit made me literally laugh out loud:


  • Adrian Grenier was almost Dawson on Dawson’s Creek. I didn’t think it was possible to make that character more awful, but that would have done it. #Pacey4Life
  • This will make some people I know happy – the first photo from Dumb and Dumber To:


  • Bam! Pow! The original Batman TV series with Adam West is finally coming to home video. So. Much.Kitsch.

Now for some news on the Super Bowl:

  • The Full House guys are reuniting for a yogurt commercial:


  • Good news for the Bronies out there – the Bronytunes app allows you to stream 7,000 different songs about My Little Pony.
  • One Direction will appear on the show:


  • This is kind of cool – watch Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi rehearse Reservoir Dogs:


  • The first poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I have been released (and it doesn’t look much different than the poster for the previous two films):




  • One of the stars of Shipping Wars has died.
  • Watch a one armed teen scare The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus:



  • A teaser trailer for FX’s The Strain:


  • I bailed after J.R. died, but here’s a trailer for the 3rd season of the new Dallas:


  • A new trailer for The LEGO Movie, which I really want to see:


  • Chloe Sevingny’s new show, Those Who Kill:


  • James Franco’s Child of God:


  • Showtime’s new creepy thriller, Penny Dreadful:


  • A very Syracuse-y trailer for Adult World, starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack


  • A new prom for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:


  • I did far better than I expected on this SNL quiz, thanks to some catchphrases from the 90s.
  • Just because, here’s a photo of Tupac and Suge Knight playing Sonic the Hedgehog:


As always, we end with the mashups and the supercuts:

The film Her seems to have inspired a lot of parodies:

  • A trailer for Him:


  • Her starring Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones:


  • If you ever wondered what Game of Thrones would look like if it was set in ancient Japan (and who hasn’t?), wonder no longer.
  • As a fan of independent films, this parody trailer made me giggle:


  • Mean Girls by cats:


  • A supercut of every Nintendo start screen….ahh memories:


  • A hipster remake of American Psycho:


  • Donald Glover’s last episode of Community was last night; here’s a Childish Gambino/Community mashup to help ease the pain:


  • It was only a matter of time- someone mashed up Haim’s “The Wire” with footage from The Wire :


  • Watch a supercut of “Let It Go” in 25 different languages:


  • Teen Wolf of Wall Street:


  • A supercut of Larry David’s best insults:


  • And finally…The Facts of Life/Breaking Bad mashup you didn’t even know you needed:


Have a great weekend!!!

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Everything Old is New Again Edition

Hollywood is all out of ideas; that is the only conclusion I can draw from this installment of pop culture odds and ends, as the links are littered with stories about reboots and spinoffs. Original thought just doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Chances are if you loved something in the last 20 years, you’ll get to experience it all over again with a new version for the next generation. I’m not necessary against the idea of recycling ideas, but it is happening way too frequently now. Is nothing sacred?

While I sound like a crabby old lady and tell some kids to get off my lawn, enjoy your biweekly roundup of pop culture stories that you might have missed.

  • Marvel has announced that they will develop four original series for Netflix that focus on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, followed by a The Defenders miniseries.
  • 21 new characters will appear on Game of Thrones this season. Here’s the list and the actors attached. *spoilers*
  • The NY Times has a story on Fallon taking over The Tonight Show in February. He says he has his first guest in mind; I’ll be happy to do it Jimmy!
  • A local sports anchor did his entire segment as Ron Burgundy for Halloween:


  • Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang is 20 years old. We’re getting old, pals. But Wu
  • Notre Dame alum Regis Philbin re-enacted the Janitor’s speech from Rudy:


  • Adam McKay wants to make a movie about Ron Burgundy’s dog and kid going on adventures. I would totally watch this.
  • Dave Grohl played with the Zac Brown Band at the CMAs.
  • A study found that PG-13 movies are actually more violent than R movies.
  • Kate Upton may be the female lead in the Entourage movie. I didn’t think it was possible for me to want to see this movie any less. I was wrong.
  • Oh man – I love these Comedy Central spots featuring Loki:


  • Ali G is coming to FXX as part of a deal with Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • Hear The National’s song from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack:


  • Lorde covered Tears for Fears for the soundtrack as well:
  • The History Channel is remaking Roots. 10 years ago I would have thought this was maybe an OK idea, but now that the History Channel lineup features shows about aliens and Swamp People, they have lost all credibility.
  • Bruno Mars released a new Gorilla remix featuring R. Kelly and Pharrell:


  • If you looking for some clarification about the ending of Thor: The Dark World, Slash Film has got you covered. *SPOILERS*
  • Jimmy Fallon let Harrison Ford pierce his ear. For reals:


  • The Fifty Shades of Grey movie won’t be released until February 2015.
  • Miley covered Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”


  • A new initiative tries to get people to read and recite the Gettysburg Address. Plenty of politicians have participated, but so have Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and Louis C.K.
  • I liked this sweet LEGO commercial:


  • The wrecking ball sculpture at GVSU will be reinstalled; it was removed after students rode it to parody the Miley Cyrus video.
  • Ylvis’ hit “The Fox” is going to be a children’s book. I’m guessing the same will not happen for their follow up song “Massachusetts.” Definitely not for kids (NSFW either):


  • HAHA….sorry Packers, but Dawson delivered a pretty good burn:



  • Beyoncé fans have started a petition asking her not to attend Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding. For the record, I would totally attend a Kimye wedding.
  • What in the HELL did Lucky magazine do to Kerry Washington? Step away from the Photoshop.


  • Rumors that a certain actress wouldn’t be appearing much in season 2 of Orange is the New Black may have been exaggerated.
  • Pitbull will host the American Music Awards.
  • Oscar the Grouch and Grumpy Cat hung out. The opposite of hilarity ensued.


  • The future for an Ender’s Game sequel is unclear.
  • Lauren Manzo from Real Housewives of New Jersey is engaged.


  • A teaser trailer for Looking on HBO.


  • Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer:


  • Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe in Winter’s Tale:


  • How I Met Your Mother is doing an all rhyming episode. Here’s a sneak peek:


  • The new Robocop trailer:


  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones:


  • A Case of You with Peter Dinklage, who frankly deserves better:


A teaser trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent:


As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  •  Cats remake The Hunger Games:


  • I shouldn’t have found this M.C. Thor “Hammer Time” rap as funny as I did.


  • Jimmy Kimmel re-cut Thor: The Dark World to be a romantic comedy (Thor Actually):


  • Sherlock gets the Friends opening credits treatment:


  • And finally, David Hasselhoff “sings” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song:

If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Happy Wednesday!