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‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Is a Teen Drama Dressed Up Like a Fantasy Epic

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Perhaps the best way to explain The Shannara Chronicles is an SAT-style analogy, as befits the series’ teenage target demo. As Game of Thrones is to HBO, with its violence and antiheroes and moral grey areas, Shannara is to MTV, with its adolescent protagonists and maudlin pop soundtrack and that rarest of occurrences in filmed fantasy: American accents. The latest novel-to-television-series adaptation, which premieres tonight, is a reminder that fantasy is a big tent, and there’s a lot more directions it can go in besides dark and dirty.
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The Best of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Before They Were Famous

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This week, as you might expect, Flavorwire is devoting extensive coverage to the biggest and most anticipated movie of the year: Sisters, the new big-screen comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler! Follow our coverage here.

Fierce lady friends, accomplished comedians, and all-around swell gals Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are doing their sister act thing again for the big screen — and the duo will also appear as hosts on the December 19 episode of SNL, their former stomping ground.
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Ja Rule’s Charisma Bolsters the Silly but Entertaining ‘Follow The Rules’

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Full disclosure: There is no way I could possibly write an unbiased review of Follow The Rules because I am, sincerely, a little obsessed with Ja Rule. But I do honestly believe that even if I didn’t have a giant poster of him, taken from Right On! magazine, tacked to my bedroom wall all through high school, I’d still love this comedic docu-series. “Charming” isn’t the word you’d usually associate with Ja Rule yet, here we are.
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What It’s Like Working Backstage at the VMAs

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The MTV VMAs are known for their outrageous moments. Sometimes they’re planned, like the Madonna and Britney Spears kiss that Christina Aguilera never got over, and sometimes they aren’t, like Kanye’s “I’mma let your finish” moment that Taylor Swift will never get over. But some of the most telling moments of the show happen off-camera, where the online streams are off-limits and celebrities get real. The audience never sees them. Although the stories get told within a certain segment of the music industry, the average Joe doesn’t hear a peep about them. But I do.
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Kanye West to Recieve MTV’s “Highest Honor” at The VMAs

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MTV has announced that Kanye West will be the recipient of its “highest honor” at this weekend’s Video Music Awards. Kanye will pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, given this year in recognition of West’s “groundbreaking videos” and his impact “on music, art, fashion, and culture.” Previous winners include Madonna, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake.
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s First Broadcast

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The MTV of today is packed with more reality television than music videos. But the groundbreaking network used to air music videos, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and promised that we’d “never look at music the same way again.” And we haven’t, after the channel’s maiden broadcast back in 1981. Today is the 34th anniversary of that first year on air. Here are some fun facts about the very first music videos played on MTV and the network itself that reveal the channel’s widespread cultural influence.
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