Kanye West may have helped Taylor Swift’s career after all. Swift is going to make her first appearance on “The View (11 a.m., ABC). The 19-year-old country star is scheduled to perform two songs on Tuesday’s show.
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- Jay Leno has the chance to ask Kanye West “What were you thinking?” The Rude Dude performs with Jay-Z and Rhianna on Leno’s opening show tonight (10 p.m., NBC).
- Jimmy Fallon interviews John McCain tonight.
- New York Times book critic Janet Maslin wrote a glowing review of Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol.” Maslin also loved “The DaVinci Code.”
- Ellen Page got raves for “Whip It,” her roller derby movie, which opened in Toronto on Sunday night.
- Good read on Time.com: “The Secrets In Your Dog’s Mind.”
- TBS’ “My Boys” will return for a fourth season.
- Playboy jumps on vampire bandwagon with bloody babes on its cover this month.
The best VMAs in years opened on a somber note with a poignant tribute to the late Michael Jackson, the King of Pop who pioneered the video music era. Madonna began the tribute with a moving speech about her relationship with the singer. Jackson clones dressed in some of Michael’s famous outfits recreated his classic dance moves from his videos. Sister Janet Jackson recreated the moves from “Scream,” the only video the siblings performed together.
There were several memorable performances — an eccentric Lady Gaga, a high-flying Pink, Beyonce and the single women, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys toasting New York City. They’re all worth watching again.
There was a wide range of winners… and thankfully, Kanye West was shut out.
BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST MALE VIDEO
“Live Your Life,” T.I. featuring Rihanna
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
BEST POP VIDEO
“Womanizer,” Britney Spears
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
“We Made You,” Eminem
BEST ROCK VIDEO
“21 Guns,” Green Day
BEST VIDEO (THAT SHOULD HAVE WON A MOONMAN)
“Sabotage,” Beastie Boys
BEST BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
“Lessons Learned,” Matt and Kim
“Saturday Night Live” cleaned up at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night. “SNL” won both acting comedy awards, Tina Fey for playing Sarah Palin on “Presidential Bash” and Justin Timberlake for hosting duties.
On the drama side, Ellen Burstyn and Michael J. Fox were honored for their guest stints on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and FX’s “Rescue Me,” respectively. Burstyn won her first Emmy in five nominations.
- PBS miniseries “Little Dorrit” collected four awards, more than any other program
- In the reality series category, A&E’s “Intervention” took home its first Emmy, snapping the two-year winning streak of Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List.”
- “South Park” won for animated series while “The Simpsons” earned voiceover honors for star Dan Castellaneta.
- Disney Channel’s “The Wizards of Waverly Place” won for best children’s program over Disney’s “Hannah Montana” and Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.”
- Joss Whedon’s Web favorite “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was honored in one of the special class categories.
Goodbye, Hank Hill, we’re gonna miss you. Sunday night, after 13 terrific seasons and more than 250 episodes, Fox’s animated series “King of the Hill” (second-longest running cartoon behind “The Simpsons”) closes the page on middle-American life in the small town of Arlen, Texas. Hank will join his buddies Dale, Bill and the dialogue-challenged Boomhauer by the fence, drinking Alamo beer for the last time as the Refreshments theme music “Yahoos and Triangles” plays in the familiar title sequence. Hank, the pot-bellied propane salesman in the omnipresent white t-shirt, wife Betty and 13-year-old son Bobby will amble through two final satisfying episodes. “King of the Hill,” unlike a lot of current animated series, moved at its own pace and was never mean-spirited. The show was created by Mike Judge (who was coming off “Beavis and Butthead”) and Greg Daniels (Conan O’Brien’s roommate at Harvard). When the show debuted in 1997, Daniels summed it up nicely: “He’s [Hill] upset about how America is changing, and he doesn’t know what to do about it. The theme of the show is populism and common-sense Americans versus the silly elite.” Hank’s common sense usually won.
Savannah has scored another major movie.
City officials announced that Robert Redford has picked the city as the location for “The Conspirator,” a post-Civil War film about Mary Surratt, a boarding house owner, who was hanged for aiding John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Redford previously filmed along the Georgia coast for “The Legend of Bagger Vance” in 1999. Other films made in Georgia’s oldest city include “Forrest Gump,” “Glory,” “The General’s Daughter” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Last month, Miley Cyrus finished work in Savannah on Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Last Song.”
“The Vampire Diaries” is making more news. This came across the AP wire Friday:
FORSYTH, Ga. – Several members of “The Vampire Diaries” TV series landed behind bars after a photo shoot on a bridge in Georgia prompted motorists to call police.
The drivers last month reported women dangling off the side of the bridge and flashing them in Forsyth, about 60 miles south of Atlanta.
Nina Dobrev, Sara Canning, Kayla Ewell and Candice Accola were charged with disorderly conduct on Aug. 22 and were released on bond.
Authorities say a man named Tyler Shields told them he was a photographer shooting pictures for the show, which premiered Thursday on the CW Network. He was also charged.
A deputy checked the cameras and found numerous photographs of the women hanging from, sitting on and straddling the bridge.