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What MTV Classic Needs to Do to Survive

What MTV Classic Needs to Do to Survive
If MTV Classic is anything like MTV, it'll be on the air for a month before people start complaining they don't play enough music. The "new" channel launched on August 1st, the 35th anniversary of MTV's debut, opening up the vaults to a pop-culture treasure trove that's been gathering dust for years. They should have done this years ago. MTV Classic wants to establish its music cred early on — they were wise to spend most of the first day playing classic Unplugged episodes, with Nirvana, Erykah Badu and R.E.M. The
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Exploitation Alley: Vice Squad!!!

This week for Exploitation Alley, I’ve got a good one for you readers. A movie that scared the hell out of me as a kid, and is still pretty intense decades later. I’m talking about Gary Sherman’s 1982 thriller, Vice Squad. So, stay away from the corners and watch out for Ramrod, it’s Exploitation Alley time!

Vice Squad tells the story of Princess (Season Hubley, Escape From New York and also one of my all time favorite films: Hardcore), a single mother and business woman, who turns to prostitution when things get tough. Princess is willing to do pretty much anything with her prospective clients, as long as there’s some decent money involved. When asked if she’s into “golden showers”, she initially declines but when the customer offers her a little bit more money, Princess jumps at the chance. She’s definitely down on her luck.
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MTV's Original VJ's Offer Sneak Peak at Memoir With Hurricane Sandy Auction

The original surviving MTV VJs--Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn--are auctioning off an advance signed copy of their joint history VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Complete List: Top 25 Most Powerful Authors in Hollywood The book is the first joint collaboration by music channel's original hosts. Publisher Atria touts, they "stood in as surrogates for viewers, offering a fan’s-eye glimpse into the world of rock and pop during its 80’s heyday. … Simultaneously part of the scene and outside observers, the VJs interviewed, hung out, partied with,

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Ramrod is Coming! Vice Squad at the Hi-Pointe Midnights this Weekend!

“Make a move, and make my day!”

If you think that line was said by Clint Eastwood in one of his Dirty Harry films, you’d be mistaken. It was uttered in 1982, the year before Sudden Impact, in director Gary Sherman’s sensationally sleazy Vice Squad, a sordid but exciting look at life on the seedy strip of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard when the sun goes down. The guys at Destroy The Brain.com usually feature horror fare at their monthly Late Night Grindhouse midnight series, but this weekend’s offering is indeed Vice Squad, a crime film more in line with a pair of Linda Blair movies (Chained Heat and Savage Streets) they showed last year (appropriate since Vice Squad star Wings Hauser dated Linda Blair for several years).

It may be hard out there for a pimp but the opening of Vice Squad where Ramrod, the sadistic pimp played by Hauser,
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First Look: MTV VJ History Book Cover (Exclusive)

Take a peek at the cover to the forthcoming oral history of MTV's first VJs. Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn are getting together with Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards to tell their story in their own words in the forthcoming book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave. The four (along with the late J.J. Jackson) were the first on-air hosts hired by MTV when the channel debuted in 1981, throwing the newcomers into the heady world of rock as the music video revolution exploded. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at

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Brett Ratner May Direct MTV Movie

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Brett Ratner May Direct MTV Movie
Brett Ratner has directed music videos for artists like Mariah Carey and Madonna, and now he's hoping to make a movie about the place they debuted. Variety reports that Ratner is in talks with Sony to produce (and potentially direct) an adaptation of the oral history I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, which tracks the influential music network's early days, long before anyone had heard of Snooki and Pauly D. Go ahead and fantasy-cast the network's first crop of VJs! Jennifer Lawrence as Nina Blackwood? Ellen Page as Martha Quinn?
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Brett Ratner Readies VJ Drama ‘I Want My MTV’

Could the endless weeks of rampant speculation be over? Is it possible that we finally know what Brett Ratner’s next directing project after Hercules is going to be? Not necessarily, but Variety has some news on a new film that he’s definitely involved in as a producer, and that he might end up directing if things work out. His Rat Entertainment is in talks to adapt “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution,” a chronicle of the early days of MTV written by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum. Ratner has earned a lot of criticism over the years due to his Add directing style, but what better project for him to take on than a historical look back at the people who invented vapid, quick-cut nonsense? Factor in that the man’s last film, Tower Heist, was actually mostly unoffensive, and we may be at the beginnings of a Brett Ratner
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TVLine Items: Osbourne Stops Talking, Snooki Flirts with DWTS, Oltl Vets Return, and More

TVLine Items: Osbourne Stops Talking, Snooki Flirts with DWTS, Oltl Vets Return, and More
The Talk will have to prattle on without Sharon Osbourne, who has been granted permission to go on sabbatical from the CBS daytime show in order to spend more time with her rock star spouse, Ozzie.

“I’ve kept it no secret that I really miss my husband,” Osbourne told AOL TV. “He gets a break [from his tour] at the end of September” — when The Talk returns from summer vacay with fresh episodes — “and so I’ve asked [the show] for a little break so I can be with him.”

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* Sources tell Us Magazine that
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