VMAs 2008: Sex, Drugs, and Russell Brand

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Always best to get someone a little outrageous to host a party as unpredictable as MTV’s annual VMAs show. Russell Brand is a little outrageous. In fact, he’s a lot outrageous. The British actor-comedian likes to indulge his impulsive side; the last several years have found him earning a rep as a carousing stud, a crazed drug abuser, and a rabid football fan. No wonder the Brit tabs flock to him. Happily, only the outrageous side remains these days (though the stud thing may linger a bit). Without question, that’s the part we’re likely to see when he hosts this year’s VMAs show on MTV (September 7).

If you want to know more about the guy, like why one paper called him “Shagger Of the Year” and why he did battle with Sir Bob Geldof, take a stroll through our 20 Things You Should Know About Russell Brand feature.

The Celebreality Interview – Rodeo

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The tears. The diabolical laughter. The rage. Rodeo ran the emotional gamut as her time ran out on I Love Money. Below, she sorts out what went down: what you didn’t see on TV (she gave people vitamins, damn it!), how she feels about being accused of playing both sides of the game and her longstanding resentment against Megan (“She a waste of the air I breathe!”). Rodeo also talks about her recent trip to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to visit wounded troops. It turns out that some things are even more important than reality TV. Can you imagine?

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The Cho Show Premiere Party Pics

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This week, VH1 teamed with The Advocate magazine for a party at Los Angeles’ Here Lounge to celebrate the premiere of Margaret Cho‘s The Cho Show (which bows tonight at 11/10c on VH1). All the principal personalities on the show turned out with the exception of Margaret’s awesome parents. It was probably past their bedtime. Shots from the party are below:

And, in other Cho news, click here to listen to KCRW’s interview Margaret, in which she goes into detail about five songs that she finds inspirational. But not, like, Contemporary Christian inspirational.

Related content:
The Cho Show page
The Cho Show videos and extras
Our interview with Margaret

The Celebreality Interview – Margaret Cho (Part 1)

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Margaret Cho recently stopped by the VH1 Digital office and sat down to talk with us about her new adventure in reality TV, The Cho Show, which premieres Thursday at 11/10c on VH1. In the clip above, Margaret talks about being a fan of VH1 reality — like many of us, she cried when New York didn’t pick Chance! And, like many more of us, she loves I Love Money‘s Heather. Also discussed: Wendy Williams‘ improbable hair, racism on TV and why her show is more like a sitcom than an average reality show.

And there’s more where this came from — we’ll be rolling out clips of our Cho chat all week.

Related content:
The Cho Show page
The Cho Show videos and extras

Frenchie: Stripped, You: Shocked

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Once again, the lovable, English-mangling Rock of Love 2 contestant Angelique (aka Frenchie) is taking it all off, but probably for the first time, it’s in the name of art. Frenchie has a cameo in Stripped, an upcoming documentary chronicling the making-of photographer Greg Friedler‘s new book, Naked Las Vegas. High art: ooh la la!

The film’s trailer can be viewed at the official Stripped site, but consider this your warning that it’s packed with full-frontal nudity and unconventional beauty that some may find…well, disturbing. Seriously, Frenchie is, like, the most normal person we see with her clothes off and you know that’s really saying something.

Below, you can check out a censored version of Friedler’s before-and-after shot of the reality cum porn star.

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