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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - Boxing for Head of Household and Nominations
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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - Boxing for Head of Household and Nominations

Hamsters talk about big moves, but make predictable moves

I've been on MTV VMAs duty tonight, so this "Big Brother" recap is a bit late.


Since's it's already a bit late, I'm also not sure how much I'm likely to care about a Sunday telecast. 

Apologies for that as well.

But I'll try to convey the basics of what goes down on Sunday's (August 24) "Big Brother" telecast. 

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Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora draw you into their spiderweb with 'Black Widow at MTV VMAs

They cast a web of deceit

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora turned the MTV VMA stage into one big spiderweb Sunday night as the pair performed their fast-rising hit, “Black Widow.”

Both performers were clad in black bodysuits with spiderweb designs as they sung the tale of a spurned lover out for revenge.

It was an otherwise bleak night for Azalea. The Australian rapper, along with Beyonce, led all nominees with eight nods. However, she went home with only one: best pop video for “Problem” by Ariana Grande, featuring Azalea.

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Beyonce gives epic performance at MTV VMAs: Watch

Beyonce gives epic performance at MTV VMAs: Watch

Blue Ivy wins the award for most adorable at the ceremony

Though Beyonce took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Award for her overall body of work, for her 17-minute plus (!!) performance, she focused on a medley from “Beyonce,” the album she dropped without warning last December.

It was a compelling performance as she captivated the audience as she ran through selection after selection, including “Drunk In Love,” “No Angel,” and “Haunted,”   from the chart topper, often accompanied by background dancers, and other times, such as during “Partition,” adopting poses from the videos for the album. For “Flawless,” she included the “billion dollar elevator” line from the recently released remix. As she performed, the cameras frequently panned to hubby Jay Z, holding their daughter Blue Ivy, looking adoringly at his wife.

The pair joined Beyonce to present the award, “I feel so much gratitude, I thank God for this moment,” she said, before referring to Jay Z as “my beloved.” (so much for those divorce rumors).

Beyonce and Iggy Azalea led all nominees with eight nods each. While Beyonce was bested in several categories, she did snag awards for best collaboration (“Drunk In Love”), best video with a social message (“Pretty Hurts”) and best cinematography (“Pretty Hurts”)


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Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, and Ariana Grande

Watch: Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj in 'Bang Bang' video

Unlike their VMA performance, the video is wardrobe malfunction free

Jessie J takes it to the streets in the high voltage video for “Bang Bang,” the British singer’s hit song featuring Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande.

After the trio performed the song together for the first time on the 2014 MTV VMAs (complete with Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction), the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip for the energetic tune debuted on MTV.

The clip opens with Grande in her bedroom putting on makeup, Minaj, in leopard print, is climbing into her helicopter, and Jessie J is causing a stir in the streets with her cadre of female dancers like something right out of a Diet Coke commercial.

Just when it looks like the three ladies were never in the same zip code for the video, they come together on the helicopter landing pad to deliver the final third of the song.

It’s a disjointed effort, but at the same time, it captures each singer’s personality: Grande’s sweetness, Minaj’s swagger, and Jessie J’s sexiness.

“Bang Bang” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sits at No. 10 this week.

MTV has an exclusive on the video until Monday night. We'll embed it then, but until then, you can watch it here.

What do you think of the video for “Bang Bang?”


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Miley Cyrus

Watch: Miley Cyrus turns homeless advocate at the MTV VMAs

She donates her speech time to a homeless youth

What a difference a year makes: Last year, Miley Cyrus caused a stir at the MTV Video Music Awards as twerker-in-chief (she left that this year to Nicki Minaj). This year, she’ll be remembered as head humanitarian.

Taking a page from a book written before she was born— In 1973, when Marlon Brando has Sacheen Littlefeather decline his Oscar for “The Godfather” and use the time to talk about the American Indian Movement— Cyrus ceded her acceptance speech time for Video of the YEar (for “Wrecking Ball”) to Jesse, a homeless youth, who made a plea for help for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States.

Cyrus looked on, welling up, as Jesse talked about how he had “the same dreams that many of you here tonight,” before directing people to Cyrus’ website.  There, Cyrus has posted a video asking people to donate to My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for youth in Hollywood. And to entice people, for every $5 donation, the donor will be entered to win a trip for two to Brazil to Cyrus’ Rio de Janeiro show.

Below is Jesse’s speech. To see Cyrus' solicitation for My Friend's Place, go here.


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<p>Anna Paquin in the &quot;True Blood&quot; series finale</p>

Anna Paquin in the "True Blood" series finale

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Recap: 'True Blood' Series Finale - 'Thank You'

Our revels now are ended

In its final episodes, “True Blood” pulled off a real bait-and-switch. The wild, freeform gory action of the first half of the season had led many observers, myself included, to predict an apocalyptic finale with dead bodies draped all over the set. Instead, the last couple of hours were a ‘shipper’s paradise, with the longest, most drawn-out sequence devoted to the surprise marriage of Hoyt and Jessica. Andy presides at the service, which is held at Bill’s house, and the out-of-the-blue nature of the ceremony has Arlene and Holly wondering if vampires can get pregnant. 

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 5 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 5 - HitFix Picks

Frank Grimes, gun control, the World Trade Center and a trio to skip

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

When folks complain that "The Simpsons" hasn't been good for 15 years, we normally mock them, but as we hit Day 5 of FX's Every Simpsons Marathon, even we have to admit that there is a small shift in quality. There are still great episodes in this period, which goes from "The Canine Mutiny" through "Maximum Homerdrive," but a couple of our intrepid recommenders only took one episode apiece for this period. And we have a trio of "skippable" episodes at the end of the article. Expect the ratio of classic-to-skippable episodes to even out in the last week of the Marathon.

And some of the episodes in this period are kinda polarizing. Dave Lewis made "Homer's Enemy" one of this recommendations (and I'd be inclined to agree), but Frank Grimes hater Alan Sepinwall would have written a counterpoint had he had the time.

Check out our recommendations for Day 5 and chime in with your own favorites...


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Rapper Common asked the VMA audience for a moment of silence for Ferguson

Rapper Common asked the VMA audience for a moment of silence for Ferguson
Before presenting the award for best hip-hop video, Common called a moment of silence "for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world.” PLUS: Miley Cyrus sent a homeless teen accept her award, Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction, here is Taylor Swift's vocal track isolated, and VMAs paid tribute to Robin Williams.

“Better Call Saul” teases Jimmy McGill
How does Jimmy McGill become Saul Goodman?

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<p>Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in Masters of Sex.</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in Masters of Sex.

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Asterion'

Bill and Virginia's relationship evolves as they struggle to keep their clinic afloat

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as we pass Stalin's gift shop...

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<p>Chris Zylka and Sarah Margaret Qualley in The Lefovers</p>

Chris Zylka and Sarah Margaret Qualley in The Lefovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'The Garveys at Their Best'

Kevin throws a party, Tommy confronts his past and Laurie has a doctor's appointment

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I get a Thug Life tattoo on my neck...

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MTV to show 2 Ferguson PSAs during the VMAs

MTV to show 2 Ferguson PSAs during the VMAs
The spots are part of MTV's “Look Different” campaign made in conjunction with the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, Southern Poverty Law Center and National Council of La Raza.

More ice bucket challenge videos: George R.R. Martin, “Tina Fey,” Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland
“God help me,” said George R.R. Martin before his Ice Bucket Challenge. Shonda Rhimes left drought-stricken California to do hers. Jason Sudeikis responded to Mitt Romney’s challenge. Somebody resembling Tina Fey also did it, as did Kiefer Sutherland and Minka Kelly and Padma Lakshmi.

Nicki Minaj backup dancer bitten by a snake during VMAs rehearsal
The snake was a boa constrictor named Rocky.

FXX’s cropping has spoiled “The Simpsons” marathon
“The Simpsons” was broadcast from 1989 to 2009 in a square-shaped standard definition format, but FXX has been showing those episodes cropped in the rectangular HDTV format. This has resulted in some in-jokes being removed from the series.

Kathy Griffin: “I’ve just signed on to do a multi-year for New Year’s for CNN”
Griffin will apparently continue tormenting Anderson Cooper for years to come.

Minor league baseball team to celebrate ‘90s Nickelodeon night
The Brooklyn Cycles, which last month devoted a night to “Seinfeld,” will have "Keenan & Kel’s” Kel Mitchell throw out the first pitch on Wednesday. In addition to slimed jerseys, fans will be able to play “Double Dare.”

Josh Charles to become a dad
“The Good Wife” alum and his wife are expecting their first child.

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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog
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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog

All the Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Beyonce and other people we can stand

Welcome, friends, to HitFix's MTV Video Music Awards 2014 live-blog. 

Earlier today I was watching FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon and it was the "Homerpalooza" episode, which begins with Homer lamenting that he's no longer hip to the contemporary music scene. 

Marge tells him not to worry.

"Record stores have always seemed crazy to me," she declares. "Music is none of my business."

Well, music is none of my business. Artists who aren't "American Idol" veterans or who haven't appeared on "American Idol" are none of my business. Actually, I take that back. I also know people who were on "X Factor," which is why I know who Fifth Harmony and Demi Lovato are. 

But with HitFix's actual qualified music staffers doing breakout stories and reviews of performances, I get to do a live-blog even though I know who none of these people are.

Follow along and make fun of my musical ignorance.

But remember... Music is none of my business. MTV and I have that in common.

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