Weekend News Roundup! VMAs; Eminem


Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

The MTV Video Music Awards were last night, and they were… kind of awesome, for once? *NSYNC reunited at the climax of a pretty epic Justin Timberlake medley; Taylor Swift and One Direction and Selena Gomez all won moonmen (and Macklemore won three); Drake and Gaga and Katy slayed; it was twerkness as usual for Miley; and Jimmy Fallon freaked out about getting to present an award to JT. Good job, guys! [MTV]

• Oh, and halfway through the VMAs, we got an email with the subject line “Eminem” and a body that was simply a link to his website; it seems he has a new album, MMLP2, coming out November 5. Visit his site if you want to see him flipping a double bird—a new sort of attitude for him! [Eminem]

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (that’s the official name of that movie!) won a weak weekend box office with $17M in its second week. We’re the Millers brought in $13.5M in its third. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The World’s End both opened with numbers too small to mention in a box-office context (but that we certainly wouldn’t kick out of our own checking account, that’s for sure). [BOM]

• Opening Ceremony is doing a Fashion Week pop-up market from September 5 to 12 that will include all kinds of goodies, including food from Dominique Ansel Bakery, presenting a horrible conundrum: do you dare eat pastries in front of the models? [WWD]

• And now for something completely different: Here is a video of the scary character from The Ring throwing some first pitches at Japanese baseball games. [THR]

• Dust off your Eddie Vedder impressions! (If you’re not sure how to do one, it’s basically just a Swedish Chef impression.) Pearl Jam has a new video. [Stereogum]