Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers: This Week: The MTV Video Music Awards, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Macy Gray, and Disney's Bubbleboy

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers: This Week: The MTV Video Music Awards, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Macy Gray, and Disney's Bubbleboy

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Crazy Like a Foxx

Not since David Letterman introduced Oprah to Uma has the viewing public been subjected to such a horrendous hosting performance. At last year's MTV Video Music Awards, the Wayans brothers offered up very few laughs, just mean-spirited gags poking fun at the very stars the broadcast was designed to honor. But Jamie Foxx, who'll host this year's show Sept. 6, insists his joshing will be kinder and gentler. (We just hope it's funnier.) "A lot of stars are going through some serious things right now," he says. "I don't want to make fun of them. I want them to get out of rehab." But fear not, the always unceremonious ceremony will still feature those two MTV mainstays: sin and skin. "Even I'm going to be naked," he says. "It's going to be me in pasties and open-toed cowboy boots. Am I hoping anyone else strips? Well, I'm always hoping." Aren't we all? They Drive a Hard Bargain Acting at 6 months, producing at 6 years and full-fledged media moguls by 15. While most of their peers are still trying to figure out algebra and the mechanics of French kissing, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are overseeing their vast empire of videos, magazines, clothes and bedsheets. They're even already delivering the actor's mantra: "We'd like to do more work behind the camera, like directing," Mary-Kate tells newsmakers. These suddenly sexy teens do everything early (well, we hope not everything). No wonder movie execs have already given them Land Rovers a full year before they're license-eligible. …

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