Tim Van Patten and Steve Buscemi

On the set of ‘Boardwalk Empire’

For the longest time I have been equating the work being done by HBO to the stuff that was being done during the last great epoch of American cinema–the seventies. In the seventies maverick filmmakers like Coppola, Schrader, Friedkin, Altman and Scorcese flourished with a kind of hard edged, reality-based storytelling that was still being served up to audiences in an interesting and entertaining way that made a number of their works classics and made their careers legendary.

MuchMusic VJs Lauren Toyota and Scotty Willats

Lauren Toyota & Scotty Willats talk 2013 MMVAs

This Sunday, June 16, MuchMusic delivers one of Canada’s biggest events as the MuchMusic Video Awards draw in hundreds of fans and celebrities to the iconic corner of Queen and John. This year, presenters, nominees, and performers at the event include Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, Armin van Buuren, Lucy Hale, Avril Lavigne, Serena Ryder, Brittany Snow, Kunal Nayyar, Naya Rivera, Austin Mahone, and, of course, co-host and international star, Psy.