MTV’s ‘Washington Heights’ Premiere: The Cast on the Heights’ Renaissance and Revolutionizing Reality TV

From the network that gave us The Hills and Jersey Shore comes a show unlike any of its predecessors. Sure, MTV’s Washington Heights follows a similar reality TV formula – documenting six friends who were born and raised in Manhattan’s northern-most neighborhood – but unlike Lauren Conrad and Co., J.P. and his friends have heart, and they wear it almost as proudly as they wear their love of the Heights.

For the cast of Washington Heights, this isn’t just a place where they live: it’s a culture, it’s a lifestyle, and most importantly, it’s home. J.P. and his friends – Reyna, Frankie, Ludwin, Fred, Rico, Jimmy and Taylor – grew up in the Heights, just a few blocks away from one another. An aspiring rapper, J.P. (who goes by the moniker Audubon) conceived the idea for the docu-series three year prior to production.

“New York City has never been portrayed this real or this hard,” J.P. told Celebuzz. “And it’s not HBO. It’s not a movie. There were shows that glamorized the sex of the city, the clothes and the clubs, but our show is about culture. That’s what makes it completely different. There’s never been this much culture on TV before.”

“The show hasn’t taken off, and I feel like we’ve already made history just by being an all-Hispanic cast on television,” he added. “And three out of the four creators are Hispanic. I’m proud of us already!”

However, the docu-series does fall victim to a few reality show tropes. In the first episode, and explosive fright between Reyna and Eliza fractures the group for a majority of the season.

“It’s like when you’re walking down the street and there’s always a little Chihuahua barking at the Pit-bull,” Rico joked of Reyna’s feisty attitude.

The two have yet to resolve their differences. (“Sometimes, she has that face and I just want to slap her,” said Reyna.) But according to the cast, that’s not indicative of the entire series.

“That’s the first and last time a big fight happened between us,” said J.P. “That messed up everything. I wasn’t talking to Jimmy for, like, four months after that fight. That fight sucked. I hate reliving that moment, but things happen… I’m glad we get that out of the way in the first episode so by the end of the season, people will have forgotten about it. That’s not what the show is about.

Instead, the series aims to highlight the Heights the way J.P. and his friends see it: as a cultual Mecca.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Frankie, a performance poet. “People are usually inspired by people from similar walks of life, so I can’t wait for people to see what inspires us because hopefully, it will inspire them.”

“We motivate each other to do better,” added Fred.

Before joining the cast, Fred, now an aspiring fashion designer, was working in real estate – and admittedly, he was miserable.

“I wasn’t chasing my dreams, I was chasing what my parents wanted me to do,” he said. “And when I would hang out with J.P. or even Ludwin, who was like, ‘All I want to do is paint,’ I realized that I should be going after my dreams the same way they were going after theirs.”

“I just couldn’t see myself in a retail store or at a restaurant,” added Reyna, an aspiring singer. “I want to wake up loving what I’m doing.”

“That’s why I recently quit my job,” laughed Fred.

In part, that’s the appeal of Washington Heights. It follows a group of optimistic young people as they aspire for something greater than their circumstances — no alcohol-induced fights, sloppy hook-ups or smush rooms necessary. In the Heights, these kids struggle with real problems. Jimmy nearly ended his promising baseball career selling drugs after his father was sent to prison; Ludwin feels suffocated by his girlfriend’s insecurities; and J.P. see’s his mother’s financial struggles first-hand.

Meanwhile, MTV’s other midseason reality series Buckwild – which follows a group of wild friends in West Virginia – is more of the same from the network that turned GTL into a household name. Some might wonder if the artistic renaissance represented in Washington Heights could also lead to a cultural shift for MTV; one could only hope.

“You’re going to feel like you’re watching friends,” said J.P. “You’re not going to feel like you’re watching these people that you can’t identify with. You won’t be like, ‘Who the hell are these people?’”

Washington Heights premieres Wednesday, January 9 at 10PM EST on MTV. Will you be tuning in? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

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‘Victorious’ Clip: Watch Victoria Justice and Leon Thomas III Perform ‘Faster Than Boyz’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Happy Friday, Victorious fans!

Celebuzz has an exclusive sneak peek of Saturday night’s all-new episode, “The Bad Roommate.” After Andre (Leon Thomas III) gets tired of living with his grandma, he stays with Tori (Victoria Justice), and the two work on a song for class. But these best friends find they aren’t really the best roommates.

However, Tori and Andre’s roommate drama inspire one amazing song. Watch Tori and Andre perform their anthem, “Faster Than Boyz,” in the video above.

Meanwhile, Jade (Elizabeth Gillies) discovers an unflattering picture of herself on the internet, and naturally, conspires to take it down.

Victorious airs Saturdays at 8PM ET on Nickelodeon. “Faster Than Boyz” is featured on ‘Victorious 3.0: Even More Music from The Hit Show’ album, out now! Watch the official “Here’s 2 Us” lyric video below.

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‘Buckwild’ Stars Talk ‘Jersey Shore’ Comparisons: ‘I Ain’t Paying for no Tan’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The stars of MTV’s newest reality series Buckwild just “buck it.”

If you’re not sure what that means, don’t worry. Series stars Shain Gandee and Shae Bradley dropped by Celebuzz to explain the concept and comment on the show’s comparisons to the network’s hit Jersey Shore.

“They’re alike in the sense that they’re both reality shows, but that’s it,” said Shae, labeled the “Southern Belle” by the show’s producers. “We’re just having fun… We’re really unique.”

“We’re one of a kind!” added her partner-in-redneck-crime Shain, otherwise known as “The Redneck Macgyver.” “There ain’t nothing like us.”

In other words, don’t expect this group of friends to GTL. “When I’m outside working or something, earning a tan. I ain’t paying for no tan,” said Shain.

Buckwild will follow Shae, Shain and their friends as they spend their summer four-wheeling, fighting and throwing impromptu dump-trunk pool parties. So how did MTV find this particular group of West Virginia twenty-somethings?

“I was over at a friend’s house and a guy pulled up in this SUV and he gets out, saying, ‘We’re here to make a TV show… and we love your truck,’” said Shain. “My truck was sitting there, covered in mud. You couldn’t see in the windows or nothing. I said, ‘You got a camera now? Well, get in.’ And I took him back on the ridge… we did some donuts, hit some mud holes, scared him to death — and he loved it.”

“And we were all just friends,” added Shae. “I would have been doing the same thing all summer anyway.”

However, despite the series’ carefree “just buck it” motto, some people aren’t laughing. Like Jersey Shore, Buckwild has also stirred up some political controversy. Last month, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin demanded that MTV cancel the series, saying the show is a “travesty” and that it “plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia.”

“We’re just a bunch of kids having fun,” Shain said.

“You can change the channel. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” added Shae. “…There’s no way nine people can represent the entire state of West Virginia. That’s just silly.”

Buckwild premieres Thursday, Jan. 3 at 10 PM on MTV. 

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MKTO’s Tony Oller and Malcolm Kelley Talk New Single ‘Thank You’ — and What It’s Like to be the Underdogs (VIDEO)

You may not have heard of MKTO yet, but get ready: 2013 may just be the year “Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts” rule the airwaves.

The group, comprised of real-life best friends Tony Oller, 21, and Malcolm Kelley, 20, is debuting a video for its single “Thank You” Friday on VEVO. And it’s a true pop anthem. “Don’t tell us how to live our lives,” the duo sings. “This world is too damn jaded. We’ll be fine. Thank you for nothing because there’s nothing left to lose.”

“We wanted to have a song that described our views of our generation,” Oller told Celebuzz. ”And to describe how we feel about being in the circumstances we are in, thanks to previous generations making mistakes.”

“[It’s about] the world we are living in. By that, I mean, the situations us young folks are in due to some of our elders’ decisions,” Kelley added. “We have the power to take things into our own hands nowadays. Following your dreams, working at it, and education are key.”

But MKTO’s “Thank You” is more than just another song about teenage angst — it’s an anthem for underdogs, something both Oller and Kelley experienced in their careers.

“I always felt like the underdog,” said Oller. “Especially in school, but being the underdog is a good thing because you [have] more to prove.”


Oller and Kelley met while starring on the TeenNick series Gigantic. The two starting making music together and posting videos to YouTube before teaming up with songwriters Evan Bogart and Eman (Emanuel Kiriakou) to collaborate on a pop/R&B direction.

“Malcolm and I have always been brothers,” Oller said. “One minute, we want to kill each other, and another we love each other. We keep each other motivated and working. At the end of the day, it’s something we want and are going to push each other till we get we’re we want to be.”

“When we first met, we were working together on a show playing best friends. Then we became best friends,” added Kelley. “Now we’re making music together. We both have the same passion which is to make great music.”

With their musical influences ranging from Gavin DeGraw to Kendrick Lamar, MKTO’s full-length album is sure to be a genre-bending pop record. “We wanted to do something nobody is doing,” said Oller. “A mixture of upbeat and slow tunes — but everything has that MKTO twist.”

Catch a sneak peek of MKTO’s “Thank You” music video below, and check out their VEVO channel here. What do you think of the song? Sound off in the comments!

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‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ Recap: 5 WTF Moments From ‘The Name Game’

American Horror Story: Asylum kicked off 2013 with a shock ending no one saw coming.

After the last episode’s numerous cliffhangers — Bloody Face’s baby, alien spawn, the Monsignor’s (Joseph Fiennes) possible death, Sister Jude’s (Jessica Lange) involuntary commitment, etc. – there were a lot of loose ends that needed to be tied up. And Ryan Murphy and Co. did so the only way they know how: death, electroshock therapy and a musical number! No, seriously. It was like Glee meets Asylum. If Lange didn’t already have the Emmy in the bag, she certainly does now. Her 60s-fabulous version of “The Name Game” — a.k.a. “The (Lana) Banana Song” — was particularly weird and memorable.

Not to mention, Briarcliff claimed three more lives by the end of this week’s episode. Yeah, “The Name Game” was definitely one of the season’s more eventful episodes.

Note: Spoilers if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode, “The Name Game.”

1. The Devil (and Sister Mary Eunice) bit the dust.

After ruining everyone’s lives — and deflowering the Monsignor — Sister Satan (Lilly Rabe) finally got what she deserved. And what a rough way to go! Unfortunately, that means poor Sister Mary Eunice had to bite the dust too.

Just when you think Monsignor Howard couldn’t be more defenseless against the Devil, he proved he’s a force to be reckoned with. I guess almost being crucified is a game-changer. For a moment, the real Sister Mary came to and told the Monsignor she’s tired of fighting the Devil. So, to save her last shred of innocence, the Monsignor chucks her over the floor railing. As she falls to her death, Sister Mary is finally at peace.

2. Dr. Arden’s final act. 

Sister Mary Eunice wasn’t the only casualty of the night. Struck with grief over losing his pure and innocent angel to the Devil’s advances, Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) tries to kill himself in the forest — but not before killing every one of his horrifically modified human creatures. However, Sister Satan won’t allow him such relief. Bored with his theatrics, Sister Satan calls him pitiful and walks away.

After Sister Mary Eunice’s “death,” the Monsignor insists on a proper burial, but due to her possession Arden claims that the best option would be to cremate her, which he willingly takes on himself. While in the crematory, Arden strokes her hair and sobs, as he climbs onto the tray with her corpse incarcerating himself in the crematory, slowly — and painfully — killing him.

For a Nazi war criminal, I think it was a fitting end.

3. Grace gives birth — and Pepper is the most kick-ass midwife ever.

Pepper (Naomi Grossman) is back with a vengeance! After Arden discovers Grace (Lizzie Brocheré) alive and pregnant, he plans to do a few harmfull experiments.

However, Pepper has been placed in charge of Grace’s protection — by the aliens, of course — and there’s no way she’s going to let Arden touch this baby. When he insults her mental ability, Pepper claims she was falsely accused with murdering and mutilating her niece. In fact, it was her brother-in-law who placed the blame on her, the east-to-blame microcephalic. At this point, it’s clear the alens have significantly augmented her intelligence — and I love it. Pepper even managed to deliver Grace and Kit’s (Evan Peters) baby safe and sound.

4. Sister Judy loses her mind (no, seriously).

After Sister Satan finds a cucumber in Sister Jude’s room (or did she plant the vegetable in Jude’s room herself?) she and Arden use electroshock therapy to get defiant Judy back to her senses. However, Sister Satan gives her a particularly brain-frying dose of electroshock. And to demonstrate just how dazed and confused Judy really is, there’s a musical number!

Jude hallucinates she and the rest of the Briarcliff residents sing and dance along to “The Name Game.” And if that little musical break didn’t convince you that Sister Jude’s brain was thoroughly fried, her nonsensical ramblings to Mother Superior did the trick. Some things we true, while others were completely wacko.

However, she did end her (Emmy-winning) insane monologue with one clear request to Mother Superior: Get Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) out of Briarcliff. Here’s hoping Mother Superior follows through.

5. Lana gets her groove back. 

Speaking of Lana, Thredson (Zachary Quinto) may have had the upper hand after Sister Satan untied him from Lana and Kit’s make-shift prison, but Lana is clearly in control of this mind game. After all, not only can Bloody Face not kill her (she’s preggo with his kid!), but she’s the only one who knows where Thredson’s confession tapes are hidden.

Buzz Moments:

OMG!: I could not stop “OMG-ing” when Sister Satan forced herself on the Monsignor — literally. She deflowered poor Timothy. Also, Sister Satan’s poem was a nice touch: “There was a priest, the dirty beast, Whose name was Alexander. His mighty d*** was inches thick. He called it Salamander.”

Thank you, TV gods: For killing off Sister Mary Eunice, Satan and Dr. Arden. Ryan Murphy has a knack for rushing through storylines, so it’s nice to see the showrunner start to wrap up a few of the plot points. Now, we can focus on Bloody Face — and the aliens.

Hotness: How badass was Thredson’s entrance back into the asylum? I know we’re supposed to hate his guts, but I can still admire his pretty, non-bloody face… right?

Fab-u-lous: Sister Jude’s (Judy?) musical number could have been 50 Shades of Wrong, but instead, it totally worked. It was a nice break from the morose. Now, when can we expect Jessica Lange’s debut EP? Will she at least get a cameo on Glee?

Can. Not. Wait.: To find out if Lana gets out of Briarcliff! Watch out, Bloody Face. Lana’s out for your blood. Not to mention we still have to figure out Dylan Mcdermott present-day Bloody Face situation.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9

American Horror Story: Asylum airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on FX.

Watch all of our interviews from the American Horror Story: Asylum premiere below.

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Jude Law Goes Shirtless While Vacationing in Hawaii (PHOTOS)

Jude Law kicked off 2013 with a splash.

The British actor, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, showed no signs of slowing down as he celebrated the New Year with his son Rudy in Hawaii. The duo were spotted body boarding in the azure blue waters on Tuesday.

Law showed off his fit physique as he and Rudy — the youngest of his children from his now-defunct marriage with Sadie Frost — spent the afternoon bonding with their boogie boards.

Unlike other celebrities, the actor, who most recently starred opposite Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina, is celebrating his age.

“In a weird way, it’s kind of a relief to think, ‘Oh, I know I’m not that young sort of pretty thing anymore,’” Law told TThe New York Times’ style magazine, in November. “It’s quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it.”

He added: “I feel kind of more confident, more settled as a human being, more settled in my own skin.”

What do you think of his post-40 look? Sound off in the comments — and watch Jude talk Anna Karenina, below.

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Taylor Swift and Harry Styles Kiss at Midnight on New Year’s Eve in New York City (PHOTO)

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles shared a New Year’s kiss at midnight — in front of thousands of onlookers in New York City.

Swift, 23, rang in 2013 on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, performing “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on the telecast. But the real highlight was when she stole a kiss from her 18-year-old One Direction beau.


Just before the holidays, the pop star couple — affectionately known as Haylor — spent a romantic ski vacation in Utah, along with their friends  Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Despite not spending Christmas together, Styles reportedly still managed to surprise his girl with a singing telegram.

The couple have been nearly inseparable since they met for a taping of FOX’s The X Factor in September. Styles and Swift most recently spent a whirlwind week in the U.K., where the pair celebrated Swift’s 23rd birthday. The boy bander even gave the starlet 23 cupcakes to mark the milestone.

During the recent trip to Northern England, Styles — whose family lives in the town of Holmes Chapel — took his girlfriend for a romantic stroll around Lake Windermere before visiting some local shops.

Do you think Taylor and Harry are in it for the long run — or will the boy bander soon be the topic of one of Taylor’s songs?  Sound off in the comments. 

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One Direction Goes Bowling! Harry Styles and Liam Payne Strike Out (PHOTOS)

One Direction heartthrobs Harry Styles and Liam Payne decided to blow off some holiday steam with a game of bowling on Thursday.

The pair were spotted at a bowling alley in Southport, U.K., where Payne, 19, showed off his fancy footwork, while Styles, 18, looked more interested in his orange bowling balls — which conveniently matched his beanie hat — than the game itself. Given the amused looks on the duo’s faces, is there any better way to spend a holiday break?

Styles also took time to pose with eager female fans. Payne, however, was determined to score a lucky strike with his backward bowling technique. Unfortunately, he failed to knock down a single pin with that risky move, reports The Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, bandmate Niall Horan returned to his Irish hometown of Mullingar, where he found himself surrounded by some young female family members all excited to spend time with their famous relative. The Irish cutie spent his Christmas holiday with his family and friends — and plenty of gifts.

But what do you give the pop star who has everything? His buddies gifted him with a mankini! Sorry Directioners, you’re not going to see those priceless pics anytime soon.

“No your not gettin pictures of the mankini, filthy minded you lot,” the 19-year-old superstar tweeted.

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Justin Bieber Sits Courtside With Basketball Star Chris Paul’s Son at Clippers Game (PHOTOS)

It looks like Justin Bieber makes friends wherever he goes.

The “Beauty and a Beat” singer made a young fan’s day when he sat courtside with basketball star Chris Paul‘s son, cheering on the Los Angeles Clippers as they took on the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

Three-year-old Christopher Emmanuel Paul II stayed close to Bieber, 18, throughout the night, sitting in the singer’s lap as they watched the game in the Staples Center. The pair even matched in their plaid shirts, dark denim jeans and casual sneakers.

After the game, Bieber tweeted Paul: ‘yo @CP3 your kid is the man!! haha. u killed ‘em tonight. good seeing u.’

By the end of the night, the little Belieber couldn’t wipe the small off his face — and his pro baller dad couldn’t have been more appreciative of the Biebs.

“You have NO clue the smile that you put on lil Chris face 2nite…really appreciate you man!! He does not know what to do lol,” Paul tweeted to Bieber. “The first thing he said to me after the game was not good game Daddy…it was ‘Daddy I saw Justin Beiber, he’s my friend’ haaa.”

Bieber has plenty of experience when it comes to hanging out with little kids. After all, the Biebs himself is an older brother to Jazmyn, 4, and Jaxon, 3.

How cute are Justin Bieber and lil’ Chris? Sound off in the comments!

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Reese Witherspoon Jokes About Son Tennessee’s ‘Redneck’ Name on ‘Chelsea Lately’ (VIDEO)

Reese Witherspoon is proud of her Southern roots.

Earlier this week, the Oscar winner dropped by E!’s Chelsea Lately to chat with her friend Chelsea Handler about the latest addition to her family — four-month-old Tennessee Toth. After a super-secretive pregnancy, Witherspoon gave birth to her and husband Jim Toth’s baby boy in September.

Handler put her This Means War co-star on the spot when she asked Witherspoon to dish the details on baby Tennessee. When the actress stayed mum on the pregnancy details, she went on to say Witherspoon “wouldn’t tell me if she was having a boy or a girl.”

“Then you said, ‘I’m pretty sure someone’s reading our texts,’ and I said, ‘Please don’t text me again, because I don’t want to be blamed,” the late night host added. “Then, you had the baby and you named it Tennessee and I still couldn’t figure out if it was a boy or a girl.”

“Or just a redneck,” Witherspoon joked.

Witherspoon then added that little Tennessee is “super cute” and her 13-year-old daughter Ava is “so awesome” at taking care of her baby brother. The actress also has a 9-year-old son, Deacon, from her marriage to Ryan Phillippe.

Most recently, the former couple — along with Witherspoon’s current husband — put on a united front as they cheered on Deacon at his big soccer game in Brentwood, Calif., earlier this month.

Witherspoon and Phillippe, who met on the set of 1999′s Cruel Intentions, were married from 1999 until 2007. Their divorce was finalized in June 2008 and they have been sharing joint custody of their children Ava and Deacon ever since.

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‘Real Housewives of Miami’ Star Ana Quincoces Calls Karent Sierra a ‘Stepford Wife’ (VIDEO)

When it comes to Bravo’s Real Housewives of Miami, the drama never stops — especially when it involves Karent Sierra. The Real Housewives newcomer has been labeled this season’s “pot-stirrer” — and fellow housewife Ana Quincoces agrees.

“She’s kind of like a chameleon. Maybe she does, but she gives off the appearance that she doesn’t know who she is,” Quincoces told Celebuzz. “I personally, have a problem with that.”

“I’m sure, standing on her own two feet, she can do great,” she added. “I don’t think she’s a malicious person, but I think she tries so hard and she seems disingenuous… I can’t figure her out. She’s like an enigma.”

It’s Sierra’s constantly cheery outward demeanor that Quincoces said is most off-putting.

“I want her to show us a human side,” she said. “She’s too ‘Stepford Wife.’ I don’t know if people can relate to that. I know I can’t.”

As viewers know, Sierra has a knack for getting herself in the middle of the drama. At Lisa Hochstein’s charity lingerie event,  Joe Francis claimed he slept with both Joanna Krupa and her sister Marta. Sierra made sure to relay the message to Krupa, which caused a heated fight between the model and the Girls Gone Wild mogul with Sierra caught in the middle.

“She leaves destruction in her wake. If you’re trying to mend fences, then why do you go whisper in someone’s ear, ‘Oh, this happened and that happened?’ That’s a pot-stirrer,” explained Quincoces.

However, Sierra doesn’t care for the “pot-stirrer” label. She insisted she was only doing it to help a friend.

“It wasn’t just that I wanted to stir the pot,” Sierra told Celebuzz. “I’m defending a friend of mine. Because if someone is talking trash, I’m going to defend my friend before he gets to spread these rumors and lies at an event.”

So why did Sierra interrogate Francis at the charity event? ”I would hate to say something if I wasn’t 100 percent sure,” she said.

Real Housewives of Miami airs Thursdays at 9PM ET on Bravo.

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