Posts By Jonathan Durbin

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Thriller Turns 25, and Michael Jackson Invites Kanye West to the Party

It’s been 25 short years since Michael Jackson released Thriller and changed the music industry forever. In the intervening years, the self-appointed King of Pop has undeniably been plagued with problems, but notwithstanding his biography, Thriller, which has gone platinum an astounding 27 times, remains an incredible collection of hit singles. You can’t deny it. And if you try to deny it, we’ll play you “P.Y.T.” or something and dare you not to dance. Good frickin’ luck.

The 25th anniversary edition of the album will feature the videos, the music, a live performance, and the help of a few friends: Kanye West, will.i.am and Akon. We’re looking forward to “Billie Jean 2008″ with Kanye in particular, though hearing what Akon has going on “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” is a fairly intriguing proposal as well. In unrelated news: the Francis Ford Coppola-directed masterpiece Captain Eo will not be included, much to all of our sadness.

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Snoop Steps Into Time Machine, Wanders Into Bob Guccione’s House

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There’s something distinctly art-porn about Snoop Dogg’s new video. “Sensual Seduction” combines elements of ’70s Penthouse, the styling of Caligula and the makeup artistry of all the Solid Gold dancers. It’s a seductive, tongue-in-cheek skewering of . . . well, we don’t really know what he’s skewering, so there’s a chance he might actually have made this in earnest. Regardless of Snoop’s intent, the end results are beautiful. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to buy some Vaseline to smear on the lens of our Super-VHS.

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Tila Tequila Meets the Parents (Ep. 8)

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Tila Tequila, you special sun blossom, how you impressed us last night! You flew around these United States of America, from New York to Oregon to New Jersey to Florida, all in pursuit of your bliss. You met the final four’s respective parents, and, at risk of being criticized for our bias, we must say that you displayed a wealth of tact. After all, you only embarrassed two siblings, pole-danced for one troupe of firefighters, and danced on the lap of a single grandmother. But let’s call it as we see it: presenting Bobby’s brother with your whipped-cream-stained breast was the height of table manners; accusing Ryan’s sister of Sapphic tendencies was but a gentle observation; and wrapping your limbs around a pole for Dani’s fire-fighting brethren and demonstrating the hoochie-coochie for her grandmother was probably the high-point of their respective days. You bring a little light into everything you do! How we envy you your irrepressible spirit! They’re going to write books about you, Tila. Or maybe a tabloid charticle.

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Tila Tequila Talks About Why Hell Is Better Than Heaven, Why Girls Are Smarter Than Boys, And Why Ashley Went to the Hospital [Part II]

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Darling Tila, last week you were kind enough to grant our wishes and deign to call. We enjoyed our conversation so very much . . . and we can’t wait to speak to you again. Allow us, then, to savor what delicious words we exchanged here, below, when we began to talk about the celestial challenges you had proposed to your suitors, why your girls were smarter than your boys, and how Ashley wound up kicking himself to the hospital — and taking Bobby with them. These are your stories. And we can’t wait to hear you speak about them again. Interview after the jump. Read more…

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Tila Tequila’s Italian Stallion to Look for Love?

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Poor Domenico Nessi. The Italian joker was the most charismatic of Tila Tequila‘s contestants — until he was kicked off the show last week. He’d told Tila that meeting his parents would be a rocky affair, and despite how she felt about him, she told him that he had to be let go. Now it seems that MTV is casting for a show Domenico will host. As Dlisted pointed out yesterday, the series will be called That’s Amore and will feature the talents of many, many ladies vying for Domenico’s affection.

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Tila Tequila: Did MTV Steal Your Eyebrows? (Ep. 7)

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Darling Tila, once again we find ourselves dreadfully concerned. Do you think we enjoy feeling this way? No, no we don’t. The reason why is simple. On last night’s episode, it seems that your dip in the pool erased your face. We understand that water can act as a solvent, especially when your makeup isn’t chlorine-proof, but what happened to your eyebrows? Did MTV steal them?

We like to recall you in happier times, frolicking in similarly scanty attire, but painted up to the peak of perfection. We will remember you as you are below, in these, some of our favorite photographs.

Oh, your tanned belly, lithe limbs, cute little tattoos . . . and pencil-thin eyebrows, which, apparently, are actually drawn on with a pencil. We are not the only ones who are attracted to you this way. For proof, look no further than Brandi, who made her stand last week, left the house, and then reneged on her position and came crawling back to beg forgiveness.

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Smartest Model‘s Mary Alice Stephenson: Daniel’s Birthday Surprise

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, co-host of America’s Most Smartest Model, is a fashion industry insider whose smart looks and smart tongue control her show’s pretty people. Each week we talk with her about issues on the show. This time the subjects are the way Daniel crumbled under pressure, Angela’s excuses and how V.J. sailed through the whole episode, looking pretty.

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Tila Tequila, Thank You For the Phone Call

tila-tequila_vmas.jpgTila, light of our lives, flower of our secret, lubricant for our pistons, thank you for the call. You cannot know how much we enjoyed your deliciously witty banter, the repartee that made us sing for joy. We have transcribed our conversation (yes, we were taping it, but you did know about that, to be fair), and have typed it up in order to enjoy it later . . . many, many, many times. At times, it seemed like you were so close we could smell the enticing odor of your perfume. We look forward to speaking with you again. But since we don’t want to weird you out or anything, we will keep our distance for the time being. Yes, yes we will. But we anxiously await our next encounter, mystery woman.

For you, faithful readers who’d like to read our interview with Tila Tequila, check back at blog.vh1.com tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 20th, at 10 p.m. for our first installment.