It's Friday night. You are sitting on a sleek leather couch, sipping on a stiff drink. The DJ is blasting music. Go-go dancers are up on their platforms twisting their bodies back-and-forth quickly to the music. And the crowd around you is getting loose on the dance floor. Are you in a Vegas club throwing it back at Kim Kardashian's birthday party? Or maybe you are on South Beach heating it up with a Bradley Cooper lookalike? Sorry to burst your bubble, but you are not. You are actually at home sitting on your own secondhand, upholstered sofa, and watching TV. But not just any old TV show. You are tuned into The Jenny McCarthy Show, Jenny McCarthy's new talk show. And this show is taking you to a place you want to be. “It’s a lot like a back VIP room of a club," McCarthy tells Hollywood.com, describing the set of her new program. "I want to have that feel of the club's just closed, but the owner pushed you back into a back VIP room."
Complete with DJ, bartender, and go-go dancers, you don't even have to leave your living room to go out on Friday nights (though the show only lasts 30 minutes). And alcohol will also be available for audience members and celebrity guests to drink. "We have a pre-party before the show starts so the audience gets to drink," she says. The alcohol will take its effect. "It turns into, like, MTV Grind at the end.”
Besides the setting, it's McCarthy's interview strategy that promises to make this show entertaining. "Me and two celebrity guests stay out there the entire 30 minutes," she says. "I get into a little bit of pop culture, but we don’t have set jokes for them. It’s more of a discussion. It does get funny at times, but it’s not anything that is pre-scripted."
Celebrities can share their thoughts on the day's hot topics. "Like, we would talk about Beyoncé and how she totally rocked the [Super Bowl]," McCarthy explains. "We’re trying to figure out how to get celebrities to break their shells and come out."
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McCarthy developed this plan by testing it on Bradley Cooper. "I took a flip cam and I interviewed him," she says. "Both of us, laying down on our backs and I hold up the flip cam and just kind of do a real casual interview. And the stuff that celebrities say, they are always amazed afterwards, going, ‘I can’t believe I just said that.'"
And McCarthy has no fears about material — she already has a slew of opinions on pop culture topics to get the conversations rolling. For instance, McCarthy is a huge fan of Beyoncé and denounces all of her haters. "She's awesome," McCarthy says. "She deserves to be a diva. She works really hard at it ... I love what she did at the Super Bowl. She completely deserved to completely wipe out all the lights. She just shined. [And] she just makes me think of female power. So when I see her standing there with her hands on her hips shaking it, going, 'I can be hot and I can also be strong,' it's an awesome combination to have."
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But then there are people like Chris Brown, who McCarthy just can't get behind. Frank Ocean may have forgiven Brown (who is known for beating up is girlfriend Rihanna) for allegedly punching him last week, but McCarthy knows that Brown will get what he deserves. "I’m a big believer in karma," she says. "You just have to sit back and watch it happen. The universe does not let you get away with stuff like that."
And Lindsay Lohan could even be up for discussion; the girl always seems to be involved in one controversy or another. "Lindsay keeps asserting herself, and that’s the sad part," McCarthy says. "When you see someone needing help and not being able to get it, it’s more sad than aggravating.”
McCarthy may even touch upon the more serious topics, like Justin Timberlake coming out with new music after all these years — and she is going to be honest about her thoughts. "I like it, [but] I don’t love it," she says. "I miss his 'Sexy Back' sound. I’d like him to bring his sexy back.”
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It's McCarthy's raw strategy that she feels will make her show a success. "If I’m not my authentic self, people will smell bulls*** a mile away," she says. "And I want to always carry that brand with me, being true to who I am and being true the audience."
“I’m so excited," McCarthy says. "I’m hoping people respond well to it because it’s something [I’ve] been waiting for, for so long.”
The Jenny McCarthy Show premieres Friday on VH1.
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Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.