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Lady Gaga finally has a penis -- thanks to Jo Calderone [Poll]

Britney Spears and a penis-packing Jo Calderone

Lady Gaga reportedly wore a prosthetic penis to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, making her Jo Calderone alter ego portrayal seem that much more, um, real.

The dish comes courtesy of an anonymous insider speaking to Us Magazine, and we're simply not going to question it, given the epic nature and societal significance of the revelation.

Another delicious detail? The "drag king" packed that package in Armani underwear, Us said.

Word of the penis no doubt comes as good news to those in the "Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite" camp, circa 2008. No chorus of "We told you so," please -- it's just as fake as it ever was.

So, did Jo pick up his equipment in the "Entourage" prop room? According to Show Tracker, Vince's fake junk was notably smaller than the Mark Wahlberg falsie available on the "Boogie Nights" set.

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Photo: Britney Spears gets her Video Vanguard award from Lady Gaga in the guise of a parts-packing Jo Calderone at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Aug. 28. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Nicki Minaj tunes in Tokyo with her MTV VMAs ensemble

Nicky Minaj dress channels Harajuku, Tokyo street style

Nicky Minaj didn't disappoint with the dress -- and the whole lot more -- that she wore to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Tokyo inspires this outfit," the winner for hip-hop video said backstage Sunday. "You know, Harajuku is something I have been absorbing for a very long time."

(Harajuku is, of course, Tokyo street style, in case anyone was wondering if the term was Japanese for "Dr. Seuss.")

Watch the video to see who's responsible for various facets of the ensemble and also to hear about Roman, who Minaj says is "the boy who lives inside of me, he's a lunatic and he's gay," and he's going to be big on her next album.

 

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Photos: Nicky Minaj arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Credits: Christopher Polk / Getty Images, left; Matt Sayles / Associated Press, center; Chris Pizzello / Associated Press, right.

 


Lady Gaga drags Jo Calderone backstage at the MTV VMAs [Updated]

Lady Gaga as Joe Calderone at the MTV VMAs

Lady Gaga befuddled audiences when she showed up at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday dressed as a character she called "Jo Calderone."

Gaga appeared in drag as her alter ego — a guy with a greaser hairstyle and a sort of New Jersey accent — throughout the telecast. Backstage after the show, reporters anticipated the arrival of the pop star, eager to get to the bottom of the bizarre stunt.

But Gaga, who deigned to answer questions from only four outlets she had pre-selected, was still in character.

[Updated, 9:40 a.m., Aug. 30: See the profanity-riddled interview here, but be warned: Calderone has a very dirty mouth.]

Asked if she was able to express herself more fully as Calderone than as Gaga, she/he replied: "I don't understand the question." (Apparently, Gaga is Method.)

Still, the reporter pressed on, trying to get the singer to open up about the weird act.

"Well, she's just really [angry] at me right now," Calderone explained, his speech peppered with quite a variety of colorful expletives. "And she said ... 'If you really love me, you'll go instead of me and you'll get in that spotlight.' So I did."

Oh, we totally get it now!

Calderone went on to describe himself as Jersey-bred Average Joe: "My family's from Palermo, Sicily. And I'm not a singer or a model or actor or anything, I'm just a guy."

And how much longer can the public expect to see Gaga as Calderone?

"I'm gonna be here about five more minutes."

And that was the best news we received all night.

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Photo: Lady Gaga poses backstage as "Joe Calderone" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press


Rebecca Black ran toward 'stuff' like VMAs, not away from bullies [Video]

Rebecca Black at the MTV Video Music Awards

It seems like just yesterday that Rebecca Black's "Friday" video went viral, causing music lovers everywhere to declare the imminent death of modern pop. But at the MTV Video Music Awards a few months later, it seemed Black was having the last laugh.

She recently appeared in Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" video, and even showed up in a skit during the VMAs. Dressed in a dinosaur costume, no less.

When Black found out she was invited to participate in the show, she got that "warm feeling that, 'Oh my gosh, this is what came out of my little 'Friday' song,'" the 14-year-old told us on the black carpet. (See the video below.)

And as for recent headlines saying she dropped out of school due to bullying, Black said she made the move for more practical career reasons.

"Really, the main reason I left was it's hard to be at school, you know? I'm now doing stuff like going to the VMAs. So you can't always actually physically be there," she explained.

Meanwhile, Black is busy trying to prove she's not just a one-hit wonder. Her debut album will be released around Halloween, she said, and it will have "a bunch of different kinds of stuff."

"Tuesday," perhaps? With a dash of "Thursday at dusk"? We can dream.

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Photo: Rebecca Black arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Aug. 28. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters.


Lady Gaga does a striptease to promote her upcoming VMA gig

Lady Gaga is taking it off for the VMAs

Lady Gaga is known for her high-concept get-ups, but a new promo for MTV's 2011 Video Music Awards is really about what the singer ain't wearing.

Several stark black-and-white spots hit the airwaves this week featuring Gaga at her piano, belting out her latest single, "You and I."

A fever gets ahold of our Lady, however, prompting her to yank off of her bra and bare her teeth. Looks like one heck of a performance is on tap?

"Sometimes I'm really happy when I write music; sometimes I'm really angry," she waxes at one point in the spot below. "Sometimes I'm really drunk, or sometimes I'm super-sober."

The Ministry would certainly need a few cocktails before embarking upon a piano striptease. Gaga will perform live on the VMAs on Aug. 28.

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Photo: Lady Gaga attends a news conference Monday in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday. She was in town for five days promoting "Born This Way." Credit: Wally Santana / Associated Press

 


Abercrombie would pay 'Jersey Shore' cast to take off its clothes

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a suit that's not by Abercrombie & Fitch

The situation: Abercrombie & Fitch is too good for the "Jersey Shore" and is willing to make a "substantial payment" to cast members not to wear its clothes.

Abercrombie & Fitch, the Ohio-based clothing retailer that has previously been in hot water for its racy T-shirts, racy catalogs and questionable employment practices, asked "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a statement Tuesday to stop wearing its digs on TV because his character may be sullying its name. 

"We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans," an Abercrombie & Fitch representative said in the statement. "We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."

So that means no high-priced A&F graphic tees or college-friendly sweats for Pauly D, Snooki, JWoww, Vinny, Ron, Sammi and Deena either. Conveniently, the company's offer and the attendant publicity coincide with late summer's back-to-school shopping crush.

In an interview with New York magazine last summer, The Situation sounded off on the "Jersey Shore" effects on merchandise.

"The show went international, and I read that it's very big overseas, especially 'The Situation' -- my name, or my character -- is known worldwide now," he said. "Abercrombie & Fitch, their most popular shirt, they told me, is 'Fitchuation.' I mean, where did they get that from? Obviously from myself."

Sorrentino earned roughly $3 million last year from the show and pushing merchandise for various brands -- still, might it pay for the Sitch to ditch A&F during his "gym, tan, laundry" routine? Like, more than it would pay if he were hired as their spokesmodel?

Hey, we don't hear Ed Hardy complaining about the cast wearing its ornate digs on the show. 

The MTV series, which broke MTV's ratings record with its recent fourth-season premiere, is currently filming the antics of the hard-partying, gym-loving, partially Italian American cast in Florence, Italy.

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Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch has made an offer to Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino -- shown in a Cohesive & Co. suit at GQ's Men of the Year party in March -- and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" gang to stop wearing its "aspirational" clothes. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press


Drew Barrymore directs Chloe Moretz in 'Our Deal' music video

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore gave herself a lesson in modern teen idols as the former child star recently directed a music video starring Chloe Moretz, Miranda Cosgrove, Donald Glover and Tyler Posey of "Teen Wolf."

Best Coast's song "Our Deal" got the video treatment from Barrymore, who combined elements of "Romeo & Juliet" and "West Side Story" for the video, produced with MTV and Mean's Supervideo.

Moretz, of "Kick-Ass" and "Let Me In" fame, plays a pompadoured member of the gang Night Creepers who falls for Posey, a member of the Day Trippers. The star-crossed lovers meet for twilight bonding, but soon confront their fate as born enemies (watch the video below). 

Not to spoil anything, but those who stayed awake in freshman English class know it doesn't end well for Romeo and Juliet. Barrymore, however, pulls off a solid effort with some of the teen set's biggest names. 

The video serves as an appetizer for Barrymore's next directing gig: helming the feature "How to Be Single," a decade's worth of stories about solo New Yorkers. Her first time behind the camera was in 2009, for the roller-derby flick "Whip It!"

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Photo: Drew Barrymore at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

 


Roger Ebert apologizes for 'Jackass' blast after Ryan Dunn's death

Roger Ebert fuels social media storm over 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn's death

Roger Ebert enraged many in the blogosphere with a tweet Monday implying that "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn was drinking and driving when he got into a fatal car accident -- and on Tuesday, the film critic apologized.

"I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn's family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash," Ebert said on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, in a column dedicated to Dunn that includes raw remarks from Bam Margera, the daredevil's longtime costar and friend. "I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true."

Ebert stood by what he wrote but conceded that he "was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly." (Beware: The linked item includes Margera's profane tweets.)

Soon after news of Dunn's death broke Monday, the film critic had critiqued the incident, writing on his Facebook and Twitter pages, "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive."

Though Ebert said he sent the tweet without knowing if alcohol was involved, reports Monday indicated that 34-year-old TV daredevil Dunn and a friend -- who has been identified as production assistant Zachary Hartwell, 30 -- had been drinking at a Pennsylvania bar prior to the accident that left both men dead. The "Jackass" star lost control of his Porsche before it went over a guardrail and was engulfed in flames in the woods.

Hateful backlash from the loyal "Jackass" fans, the blogosphere and Dunn's friends ensued over what was deemed an "insensitive" tweet.

"I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterically for a full day and ... roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents ... About a jackass drunk driving  ... Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat ... mouth!," Margera said in a series of tweets.

"Mr. Ebert, your comments yesterday showed a true lack of tact and your inability to relate with the human race," one commenter wrote on Ebert's Facebook page. "I cannot believe you would, within 24 hours of the incident and before an autopsy, make such a deep and hurtful remark."

"Roger Ebert, your nothing but a lowlife, classless S.O.B. for your comments about Ryan Dunn," another commenter wrote. "Yeah he had some drinks and then drove. Not the best thing to do. But to make comments about it the way that you did, was wrong, low class, and ill advised. You should just shut up and retire and stay out of sight."

"Your page has now become a farce. It used to be about movies, now it's about your tweet[s]," added another.

"Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks," Ebert tweeted after the website temporarily deactivated his account Tuesday. "Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad." 

A rep for the social networking site said that the disciplinary action was an error. The account was deactivated for an hour.

Though Ebert stood by his words Monday and tweeted that people agreed with his earlier statement -- "Perez Hilton's readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died," the film critic wrote -- he amended his statement soon after his Facebook page was restored. 

"I wasn't calling Ryan Dunn a jackass. In Twitter shorthand, I was referring to his association with "Jackass." I thought that was clear. I note that Bam Margera uses the word 'jackass' in the same way in his tweet."

Was Ebert's reaction insensitive or spot-on? Tell us in comments.

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Photos: Roger Ebert, left, and Ryan Dunn. Credits: Associated Press

 


Lady Gaga's meat dress served under glass at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Lady Gaga's meat dress has been preserved and again presented for public consumption, this time on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, along with her meat boots. The meat dress was famously worn by Lady Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.

"It's going to be in a case and we are putting some canisters in there to control the humidity, and then we have this other canister that soaks up the glutens," Hall of Fame chief curator Jim Henke told MTV News. "But it's in a sealed case and we have the gels to control the environment in there."

The dress seen 'round the world was put into dry storage with the shoes after the event, with a chemical preservation process that turned the items into a fashionista's version of beef jerky. Henke explained to MTV that they'd worked with a taxidermist and put the ensemble -- put together by designer Franc Fernandez and stylist Nicola Formichetti and worn by Lady Gaga when she accepted her video of the year VMA for for "Bad Romance"-- onto a dress form while it was still wet.

The dress and boots turned brown from the preservation process, necessitating a paint job to return them to their original tartare tones.

Sadly, there's no meat purse under glass, but you can relive the raw experience with the Ministry's picture post from last year.

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Photo: Exhibitions chief preparator Andre Septavec, kneeling, and director of exhibitions Shelby Morrison, in gloves, join others in putting Lady Gaga's meat dress and boots on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on Thursday. Credit: Amy Sancetta / Associated Press


Emma Watson, who saw best-kiss snub coming, debuts 'Deathly Hallows' clip [Video]

Emma Watson gets snubbed, misses Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner's kiss and debuts exclusive 'Harry Potter' clip at MTV Movie Awards

Emma Watson may have been bested by Kristen Stewart and fellow Brits Robert Pattinson and Tom Felton at the MTV Movie Awards, but "The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" star said she saw the best-kiss snub coming — and revealed that she can be insecure when it comes to dating because of her fame.

"I mean, I was really up against it. Kristen had two kisses, and Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman making out," Watson told MTV News. "I mean, I couldn't really compete!"

Though "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1" was the third most-nominated film after "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Inception," chances that the wizarding franchise would beat the vampire juggernaut were slim. Maybe that's why the 21-year-old face of Lancome hit the award show sans costars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint?

However, she brought a sneak peak of the film instead, and Potter fans have already vowed to beat the Twi-hards next year. Watch the trailer below.

After presenting the clip, wearing a curve-hugging little white dress by Marchesa and revealing that Hermione Granger does in fact have a booty, the actress slipped backstage and missed one of the most talked-about moments of the night: Pattinson and Taylor Lautner's lip-lock following the announcement of best kiss.

"I was like, 'Damn!' " Watson said. "I was still backstage, so I missed it. But, I mean, yeah, good on them!"

But the actress, nominated for her own lip-lock with Radcliffe, has admitted that she worries when she doesn't get action off-screen.

"I ask my friends, ''Why hasn't X called me? Why doesn't anyone ever pursue me?'" she told the Sunday Times' Style Magazine. "My friends tell me, 'Probably because they're intimidated.' It must be the fame wall. It must be the circus that goes around me."

The currently single star, who has previously dated financier Jay Barrymore and male model George Craig, chalks up her unlucky-in-love track record to her personality. 

"I'm this very weird mix. In some senses, I feel as if I'm 100 years old. In others, I still feel incredibly young, very naive and as if I haven't seen much of the world at all."

Poor, sweet Emma. Maybe she should consider taking that mini-dress for another spin?

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Photo: Emma Watson at the MTV Movie Awards. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.


 


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