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Jersey Shore Season 2 Is a Go, Though Not at Actual Jersey Shore

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You can breathe a sigh of relief, zoo creatures: There will be another Surf-and-Turf Night. Another Ravioli Night. And yes, another Chicken Cutlet Night.

MTV and the original Jersey Shore cast have reached a deal for a second season of the reality show, which means Snooki, The Situation, and the gang will be back to beat up the beat and binge on ham for another summer. There is no word yet on the terms of the agreement, though it was initially reported that the original cast members were looking for $10,000 per episode.

But wait! Jersey Shore ... not in Jersey?! »


Paris Hilton Doesn't Care About Robert Redford's Scorn, She Went to Sundance Anyway And Grabbed Some Swag

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Three days after Robert Redford declared Paris Hilton and everything she represents — the "ambush marketers," swag, paparazzi, the general atmosphere of publicity in service of nothing but itself — the bane of his Sundance Film Festival, she was seen picking out free snow gear in Park City, blissfully unaware of being attacked, and unconcerned when told about it. "So many people use my name as an example for everything, good and bad," she said while browsing the Oakley Learn to Ride "gifting suite." "I can't get too upset about it." Besides, she didn't see his point: "I now have sixteen brands that I need to market and promote, so from the perspective of a businesswoman, I don't see anything wrong with it."

Free snowboarding lessons and all the Muslc Milk she can sip »

Mel Gibson vs. Josh Duhamel: This Weekend's Box Office Battle For the Bottom!

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To truly understand this weekend’s opening-movie matchup of Mel Gibson’s Edge of Darkness and When in Rome with Josh Duhamel, you must first refamiliarize yourself with the concept of “tragic irony,” which Websters defines as “incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play.” Why do we bring this up? Because this week’s two big openers are a cop movie whose star is now best remembered for screaming drunken anti-Semitic slurs at a cop, versus a romantic comedy starring a guy dogged by rumors of philandering with an Atlanta stripper. Ta-da, tragic irony!

But who will win the weekend? »

Alicia Silverstone on Time Stands Still, her Clueless Legacy, and How Her Period Affects Her Love of New York

She's no longer a virgin who can't drive.Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Alicia Silverstone is one of those actresses so inextricably linked with a role that it's hard to imagine her as anyone other than Cher from Clueless. And yet — and yet! — Silverstone's garnering great reviews for her performance in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Time Stands Still, written by Donald Margulies and directed by Daniel Sullivan; Silverstone plays the event-planner girlfriend of a much older magazine journalist, played by Eric Bogosian. We met Silverstone, now 33, at Pure Food & Wine near Union Square; in addition to acting, she's a big-time vegan and recently wrote a vegan cookbook. Over Master Cleanse-Tinis we spoke to her about being on Broadway and her Clueless legacy.

"You know how people say New York is hard? It’s hard!" »

James Bobin Officially Signs On to Direct New Muppet Movie

As Vulture first reported yesterday, Flight of the Conchords director James Bobin has officially committed to direct the next Muppet movie. Plot details are being kept under wraps and an official release date has not yet been made public, but Heat Vision is reporting that the project is a "priority" for Disney. [Heat Vision/HR]

The Sopranos + Where the Wild Things Are = A Video You Cannot Refuse

We don't know what we did to deserve it, but the Internet has been so very, very good to us this week. We were fortunate enough to have our Monday begin with a hilarious video of Brendan Fraser pointing and clapping his way through "Hollaback Girl," and now that it's Friday afternoon, the Internet gods have bestowed another choice gift upon us. Frankly, we can't believe that it took this long for someone to remix footage of James Gandolfini's character in Where the Wild Things Are with some of the more profane audio outbursts of Tony Soprano, but that doesn't mean that we're not thankful that it finally arrived. Audio, as you might imagine, is slightly NSFW, so be careful out there.

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See Mischa Barton Playing a Sad Prostitute on Law & Order: SVU

Mischa Barton's latest show, The Beautiful Life, was canceled two episodes into its run, but girl's back on her feet already, with a guest spot on Law & Order's greatest-ever spinoff. She filmed her appearance — as a prostitute named Gladys hiding a deep dark secret — last week, but the episode won't air until March 3. We know you can't wait until then, so click through to see Barton hanging with detectives Benson and Stabler right now.

Vinny From Jersey Shore to Maybe Go to Harvard Later

"I took the LSAT. My score was decent. I had a plan that if my score was really well, then I might of just went to Yale or Harvard. But it was just mediocre. I can get into law school [though]. I had a 3.9 GPA, Latin Honors, but I'm doing [Jersey Shore] right now. Law school is always on the back burner." —Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore [NYDN]

“I have found that most people I have met are much shorter than you would imagine. In fact most people seem really, really short — apart from George Clooney.” —Gabourey Sidibe [Showbiz Spy]

Plus: How will the Grammys pay tribute to Michael Jackson without the playboy? »

Twilight’s Kellan Lutz Puts Stuntman Out of Work

When we caught up with Kellan Lutz at the Calvin Klein and Los Angeles Nomadic Division event last night, we wondered what he enjoyed most about filming the next movie in the Twilight saga, Eclipse, due out this summer. "When I could do my own stunts," he told us. "I annoyed the producers enough to be able to say, 'I have three lines in this movie.' That was New Moon. Thank God, I have more in Eclipse. But I love doing stunts, I love getting hurt." View more tough guys — and girls — in the Party Lines slideshow.

Highly Toxic Princess and the Frog Necklaces Recalled From Wal-Mart Shelves

Whoops! After discovering that a whole batch of Princess and the Frog necklaces contain toxic levels of the carcinogenic metal cadmium, Disney and the Rhode Island–based jewelry company FAF have been forced to recall 55,000 units of the product that was sold at Buy N Large Wal-Mart. See, some things are worse than kissing a frog! [AP]

Taylor Lautner’s Less-Buff Twilight Co-Stars Are Upping Their Game

Ever since Taylor Lautner miraculously went from total weakling to strapping, eight-abbed man-beast during the short break between the shooting of the first two Twilight movies, his male co-stars have been inspired to play catch-up. Last night we ran into Peter Facinelli, who plays Carlisle Cullen (Robert Pattinson's dad) in the series, at an absurdly long-named event in Los Angeles (Calvin Klein Collection & L.A. Nomadic Division Event in Support of L.A. Arts Month and ALAC, in case you were wondering). "I'm really excited about Eclipse — we did a lot of training for that movie, like six weeks of fight training," he told us. "It was funny because it became almost like an in-house competition and everyone was always in the gym or working out. Sometimes we’d work out like three times a day. One time, I was in my apartment and I was going down to do my workout, and the elevator doors opened and Kellan Lutz was [in there] doing push-ups. I was like, 'Okay, Kellan, you win! You win the competition!'"

Rosie O’Donnell and Craig Ferguson Are ‘Addicted to Love’

Much to his credit, we didn't really hear much from Craig Ferguson during the month of January. Unlike, say, Jimmy Kimmel, he didn't feel as though he needed to insert himself into the whole Late Shifting conversation as a means of driving up interest in an otherwise marginal program; instead, he just went about his normal, everyday routine of cranking out absurdly hilarious (and tragically underrated) bits with the sort of consistency to which his late-night competition can only aspire. Take, for instance, his off-the-wall cold open from last night's show, a number in which Rosie O'Donnell (someone, BTW, whose presence on television we often find ourselves missing) mimes Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" while Ferguson shimmies in drag next to her. And, as you might expect, his puppets get into the act, too.

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D.J. Jubilee on Bringing Her Rave Juice to Chinatown

The Brooklyn-based D.J. Jubilee, whose real name is Jessica Gentile, is one-third of the crew behind Flashing Lights, NYC's best (and only) house-techno-disco rave in a Chinese restaurant. With Nick Catchdubs and D.J. Ayres, Jubilee hosted Flashing Lights in assorted venues around the city for more than a year before landing at 88 Palace, a Chinatown dim-sum joint. The monthly dance night pulls in huge crowds thanks to bass-heavy jams and well-known guests (including A-Trak, Flosstradamus, and La Roux). We spoke to Jubilee about switching from TV to raves, convincing people to come to Manhattan, and what exactly Rave Juice is made of.

"It's Red Bull and vodka, and there's a glowstick in there ... " »

Watch the First Four Minutes of Next Week’s Lost Premiere

Uh-oh! The first four minutes and thirteen seconds of Tuesday's Lost premiere have hit the Internet, albeit in grainy, watermarked form and presumably unsanctioned by ABC or Darlton. Since we are weak-willed, we totally watched it, but we'll understand if you'd like to remain unspoiled for another four days. It's pretty awesome, though.

Watch the clip! »

This Week in Rap Beef: Knoc-turn’al, Bumpy Knuckles, Waka Flocka Flame, and Other Crazies

Without further ado: The three hip-hop feuds the conscientious consumer was paying attention to this week.

"u had half a hit, u only sold 3 copies" »

Avenge Me, Papa!: A Ranking of Mel Gibson and the Most Vengeful Dads on Film

After an eight-year sabbatical from action films to study Advanced Stigmata and Intro to Sugar Tits, Mel Gibson is back onscreen in Edge of Darkness doing what he’s been doing since 1979’s Mad Max: getting revenge. And in his new film, his activist daughter is killed, so he's playing our favorite subset of this well-worn theme — the vengeful dad! Sob, worry, grieve, kill, kill, kill! So to celebrate Mel’s homecoming to the world of mom-and-pop street justice, we’ve picked eight of the maddest dad films around, noted their achievements in key eye-for-an-eye categories (displays of anguish, inflicted injuries), and ranked them in the only logical way: body count.

What Can the Internet Tell Us About Next Week’s Lost Premiere?

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The fifth season of Lost ended, literally, with a bang, leaving obsessives more wildly speculative than ever about what the sixth one holds in store. Aside from drawing comparisons to season one and promising the introduction of a new narrative device, the show's producers have kept a tight lid on all upcoming plot points, having yet to release any new stills or footage. That's left bloggers scrambling to look backward and forward for any bit of information that might be a key to predicting the new season. "Reboot" is the word of choice among fan-theorists, with consensus saying the bomb's detonation prevents the plane from ever crashing on the island in the future. Another hint suggesting a reboot? The premiere's title is "LA X," which some have assumed means the flight from Sydney successfully lands in Los Angeles. What else does the hive mind of the Internet think lies ahead?

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Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig Strikes Back

Yesterday, we pointed your attention to Jessica Hopper’s backlash-culminating Vampire Weekend takedown in the Chicago Reader. We think VW front man Ezra Koenig might have seen it as well, because he lashed back at the backlash this morning on Twitter. He starts off by recommending Rolling Stone’s feature on his band, writing “it's not a puff piece (but at least the dude didn't twist our words to fit a preconceived idea of what our band represents).” Is that a subliminal shot at Hopper? She didn’t interview Koenig for her piece, but she does use quotes from other interviews. Then: “Anyways, trying to express yourself to the press is often like arguing with a hysterical person.” (Ha!) And finally, “I'm asked how it feels to be called a WASP-y, insensitive, rich kid. I answer honestly. I become a WASP-y, insensitive, rich kid in denial.” We can empathize here: Koenig’s deep into the press run for Contra, and fruitlessly trying over and over to convince people you’re not a spoiled, upper-class jerk, but just some dude trying to be funny, is probably pretty exhausting. Or maybe he’s ornery this morning because his butler spilled grapefruit juice on his favorite Lacoste cardigan.

Ezra Koenig [arzE/Twitter]
Earlier: Vampire Weekend Backlash Culminates With Comparison to Widely Disliked Nation

Lost Creators in No Rush to Write Down Show’s Ending

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have claimed that the ending of Lost has been charted out since day one, but it was hard to take them seriously until their voluntary decision to make this sixth season the last one. Now, with the season premiere five days away (!), you’d assume the ending they’d been kicking around all those years was scripted and secured in a high-security Dharma Initiative bunker, right? Wrong! Cuse tells the Times: “We came up with the final image of the show a long time ago, back when we were first plotting out the mythology in the first season. [But] we still have six hours of the show to make. That is sort of the equivalent of three feature films. We have to do all the writing for those in about eight or nine weeks, and we have to finish shooting them between now and the middle of April.” Wait, wait, wait — they’ve only had the final image worked out? (If by "image" Cuse is referring to the Lost title card, God bless us, we’re gonna hurt somebody.) They haven’t even written the ending yet? There isn’t already a final scene that will beautifully justify five seasons of batshit-crazy television? The whole thing could still fall off the rails? There’s enough time to write in a musical number?

Creators of ‘Lost’ Say the GPS Unit Is Plugged In [NYT]

Warner Bros. Politely Yet Firmly Tells Brittany Murphy’s Husband to Go Fly a Kite

During Simon Monjack's recent press blitz, he has repeatedly pointed the finger of blame for his wife Brittany Murphy's untimely and sudden death last month in the direction of the cold, heartless studio heads at Warner Bros. He seems to be of the belief that the studio's decision to renege on a contract they offered Murphy to do five days worth of voice work on Happy Feet II effectively broke her spirit and drove her to an early grave (or, in his words, "They killed her"). And in an interview with the Daily Beast earlier this week, he even insinuated that he was just days away from filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the studio. However, there's one little nagging piece of evidence that could foil his plot to pad his (allegedly already large) bank account and win a judgment against the brothers Warner.

"Any claim that Warner Bros Pictures was somehow responsible for Brittany Murphy's tragic death is demonstrably false, reprehensible, and defamatory." »