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We stay up to watch shows like The Tonight Show and Late Night With David Letterman and Conan to see interviews with celebrities and funny sketches. Things don't always go as planned even for the people who meticulously plan and run these shows, often to the chagrin of the hosts and sometimes the guests themselves. The audiences tend to love it. though.
1. Drew Barrymore Striptease on David Letterman (1995)
Who can forget Dave squirming when Barrymore flashed him? I'm sure that the censors watching the show nearly had a heart attack when deciding whether to air this or not.
2. Madonna on Letterman (2008)
Admit it, you didn't look at cigars the same way after her appearance with Letterman. Say what you will, but she is the queen of being able to get people to talk about her.
3. Hugh Grant on Jay Leno (1995)
Usually when people appear on these shows, they expect easy questions. Grant was likely not expecting "What the hell were you thinking?" alluding to his being caught with a prostitute in his car while he was dating Elizabeth Freaking Hurley at the same time.
4. Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman (2009)
Who knew what the hell was going on when the bearded Phoenix conducted one of the most out there interviews ever. It turned out that it was an Andy Kaufman-esque type thing for Phoenix, who was getting ready for a movie role. He came out looking decidedly more normal in another appearance to explain, but I'm sure Letterman's show booker was asking beforehand, "You SURE you're not going to pull something like this again?"
5. Power Goes Out on Craig Ferguson (2009)
Who needs power to run a show? Ferguson just kicked back in the surrounding darkness and cracked jokes with a robotic co-host. Every show should be so laid-back.
6. Letterman Audience-Free Shows During Sandy (2012)
In the same vein as Ferguson, this time Letterman didn't even have an audience during the superstorm. He stood there in an empty studio, save for his sidekick, Paul Shaffer, and the accompying band and did his monologue and regular show. Who says the audience adds anything?
7. Matt Damon Ties Up Jimmy Kimmel (2013)
Late-night TV or the WWE? Damon, in a mock feud with Kimmel, finally snapped, tied up Kimmel and hosted the show himself. Vince McMahon would be proud of that storyline.
8. Jimmy Kimmel Rips Leno Post-Conan O'Brien Firing (2010)
Kimmel was NOT happy when Conan was removed as host of The Tonight Show and he subequently mocked Leno, including doing a show dressed up as him and continued on the offensive until the red-headed comedian locked into his own show on TBS. I was happy to see this, since even the Leno/Letterman rivalry had gotten stale.
9. Sinead O'Connor Tears Pope John Paul II's Picture on SNL (1992)
The Irish singer sure tore herself out of the spotlight after that stunt to protest the Catholic church's view on abortion/contraception: she was also unhappy to be on the same show that the misogynistic Andrew Dice Clay was hosting. It was quite a fall: she had been on top of the world with her hit single, "Nothing Compares 2 U" and after that she faded away until making guest appearances on albums with groups like Massive Attack in the 2000s.
10. Lindsay Lohan on Letterman (2013)
Like Grant, Lohan was surprised by pointed questions about her personal life, which continues to be a train wreck of drugs, alcohol and smoking enough cigarettes to age her 20 years. Letterman can be a good interviewer: he wouldn't last as long as he has without that skill, but he can get testy with people that annoy him. Guess Lohan fit into that category.
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Thanks to the Gravity press tour, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have been spending a lot of time together recently. And after seeing these two beautiful people side by side, sharing beautiful smiles and bouts of beautiful laughter, the cogs in our minds got to turning — these two, it's clear, would be perfect for one another. As if we needed any more proof (which we indubitably didn't), Bullock has now revealed that her 3-year-old son, Louis, likes Clooney a whole heck of a lot.
"My son thinks he's a very cool dude. If there was a choice between me and George and [director] Alfonso [Cuarón], my son will leave to go with George and the guys,” People reports Bullock as saying at a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival. She continues, "He's a boys' boy – he has to go and talk to the men."
"He asked, 'Where's George and Rande [Gerber]?' I'm like, 'What? I don't know.' He goes, 'I need them.' We went to meet with them and they had man time. I stood off to the side and waited for them to finish and then I was allowed to take him back," Bullock says.
Bullock explains her son's attachment to everyone's favorite leading man by saying that she and Clooney have been friends for decades (yet another reason these two should give it the old college try). "George and I have known each other for over 20 years. We've known each other since we got out of college and we have the same group of friends," she says.
Ugh, it's just too perfect. Give the boy a never-ending supply of Clooney man time, Sandy! Do it for the boy's sake!
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Season 2 of The Newsroom premieres on Sunday, and whether you love it or love to hate-watch it, I think we can all agree that it's been too long since last year's finale. If you don’t remember where Season 1 left off, here’s a quick refresher.
When we last saw the News Night gang, Will (Jeff Daniels) had narrowly avoided being fired for being high on-air when it was revealed that the president of the network only knew about the incident by hacking Mackenzie's (Emily Mortimer) phone. After a scorching magazine profile is published about him, Will comes back to the anchor chair with a vengeance, calling out the Tea Party by naming them the "American Taliban." Uh, Will, there might be some blowback from that.
And oh yes, we can't forget about the romantic entanglements. The sexual tension between Maggie (Alison Pill) and Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) came to a head after Maggie confessed her feelings for Jim in front of a Sex and the City tour bus…that Jim just happened to be on. Even though they kissed, Maggie decided to stay with Don (Thomas Sadoski) after he promised to commit to her. Meanwhile, Sloan (Olivia Munn) admitted that she liked Don on what she thought was her last day of work (it wasn't), and the finale also hinted that Will might not be entirely over Mac.
So where will The Newsroom go from here? In the show's timeline, Season 1 ended in the recent past of August 2011. This was a simpler time, before the 2012 election, the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings, Hurricane Sandy, the Benghazi attack, Kimye. What major news stories will the show choose to cover? The trailer hints that Occupy Wall Street will play a role, and creator Aaron Sorkin stated earlier this year that the Trayvon Martin case will be covered.
But perhaps the biggest headline will involve the news team itself, as they get caught in a scandal when they report a huge story that ends up being false, known as Operation Genoa. Sorkin told The Hollywood Reporter that he based the Genoa story off of CNN's 1998 coverage of Operation Tailwind, which accused the US of using nerve gas during the Vietnam War. The story was later retracted, and Sorkin consulted former CNN employees about the controversy.
But Season 1 of The Newsroom caused quite a bit of controversy on its own, so it will be interesting to see if anything changes in Season 2. Will the obvious liberal bias be toned down? Will the female characters have more agency? Will there be any more dramatic scenes set to Coldplay? We'll have to wait and see.
The Newsroom Season 2 premieres on July 14 at 10 PM ET/PT on HBO.
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Although endless hilarity ensues during the new comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, the real laughs — and some nearly lethal incidents — took place off screen during the making of Paul Feig's film. We know McCarthy's a jokester all right, but who knew she had hands of a surgeon too? Well, she had no clue until she was forced to save her partner in crime's life. Mhm!
At the press conference in the adventurous laugher, McCarthy, who plays police officer Mullins, revealed a hilarious moment on set when her costar Bullock slammed her head face down on a bar and lodged a peanut up her nostril... strictly for comedic purposes, of course. Bullock specified, "Not just any peanut. A salted peanut!"
McCarthy chimed in on the fearsome moment: "So the danger factor went way up! And she put it so far up ... at one moment in the scene, I thought 'What's happening? I have something shoved up Sandy Bullock's nose!? Just don't hurt her!'"
The actress continued, "And then I thought [that] she didn't really do it. 'That's too weird and gross.' Because I was up [her nose] a good ways, and there was nothing. And then I saw something... it still makes me nervous to talk about because it was so insane, she could put it up like this far. Listen, she's got tricks!" But of course, the danger: "Then it got serious, because I thought, 'I gotta get that thing out of there!' And I don't know why I would think that's on me, medically, to do that. And then I really got in there."
Now that's a quality way to bond with a costar, and probably chemistry onscreen seems so real. Once you shove something up another actor's nose, a heartfelt kinship blossoms.
Bullock plays the straight-shooter FBI agent Ashburn, who she insists is nothing like the agent she first played in Miss Congeniality, besides the fact they both have a gun (for instance, Bullock has absolutely no facial hair this time around. Phew!) The Oscar-winning actress describes the bond that flourished between her and McCarthy joking: "It's like in a bar when you're drunk: you see the person, and you don't know why, but it just works, and everything goes in slow-motion. No, but the key is, we really just stay drunk the whole time."
Breakout comedic powerhouse McCarthy added some witty banter to the convo, jesting, "While drunk, we really, really enjoy each other. Sober? Not so much."
The Blind Side star Bullock then took on a more serious tone to share her appreciation for McCarthy: "Just to have that rhythm in comedy, we don't even have to look at each other, and it's like a ping-pong match. I don't know why it works. I think because our styles are different, but we compliment each other and watch out for each other."
"You're like, 'Well, she needs that moment,'" Bullock continued, "so you just sort of step back and let her hit it, and then you come back and try to make up and do something. It just was never combative, it just worked. It's just luck. If we could do more, it'd be nice. It's hard to find a partner."
So since these this badass duo works so well together in The Heat, can we expect to see them again for Round 2? After Melissa gushes, "If this whole group is together, if it's a play in a backyard, I'll go do it!" And then things get a little out of whack, as Sandra adds, "I think it should be a live sequel! Like we go country to country and just perform. I think it'd be amazing. House to house for extra dollars. The less clothing we have on, the more money we get." All jokes aside, that's one live show I would not want to miss.
Although the future of a sequel for The Heat is still up in the air, at least we have some additional appeal in this installment. Bullock spilled about her fondness for one particular costar: "Let me just say about Marlon [Wayans]," the actress began, "that whatever room Marlon walks into, I don't care if the woman is 12 or 85, he's an equal opportunity flirter. He flirts with every single female in the room. And as he walks by everyone's like, 'Oh my God!'"
Bullock continued, "Marlon is beautiful! Absolutely a beautiful specimen of man. If he only flirted with me, it would've been nice. But, nope! He flirted with everybody and we were so grateful he was there when we showed up. But God bless him!"
And don't worry, Melissa McCarthy gets her fair share of interested men in the film, too — including her real life husband, but she winds up totally dissing him! However, she absolutely loved having him on the set, revealing, "It was wonderful! Not because I dissed [him]. We met performing together, and it worked out, because then I married him. So anytime I get a chance to work with him is a delight for me. And he's really funny, so selfishly I thought, 'Come on!'"
Following its spiritual predecessor Bridesmaids, directed also by Paul Feig, The Heat marks a new era of females in comedy. McCarthy explained how she hopes the wild theory that women aren't funny can finally be squashed. With its hilarious jokes and outrageous scenarios, The Heat helps to launch women comics into the forefront of the genre, and truly establishes that funny is funny, regardless of gender.
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Jim Carrey publicly announced that he has withdrawn his support from his upcoming film Kick-Ass 2, and will not be involved with its promotion. The actor, who portrays Colonel Stars & Stripes, an ex-Mafia member turned masked vigilante, has decided that the violent nature of the superhero sequel conflicts with his standing sensitivity over tragedies like 2012's Sandy Hook shooting. Carrey tweeted over the weekend: "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."
Although the storyline's inclusion of a violent 11-year-old (Chloë Grace Moretz) has been met with controversy in the past, the nature of the film hadn't prevented the actor from signing onto the project in the first place, nor have any events since inspired any previous vocalization of conflict about his involvement. In March, Carrey opened up to MTV News about the relationship between the film's super-violence and his beliefs about gun control in the aftermath of the devastation in Connecticut:
"...my character is a guy that came from a violent background who is trying to turn it around and he uses a gun with no bullets in it. These are things I am considering now because I just feel like we don't cause the problem, but we don't help it much either. So, I am becoming more conscious of that. And I made Kick-Ass before all the things, the unfortunate shootings happened and stuff happened, and so that's kind of a little interesting blast from the past almost. But it's just going to be a great movie but I'm being careful with choices."
Mark Millar, the writer and creator of the Kick-Ass comic book series as well as the executive producer for the two films, is inevitably astonished about the comedian's sudden transition from big fan to disapproving criticizer. In a statement posted on Millar World a few hours after Carrey's announcement, Millar replies:
"First off, I love Jim Carrey. When producer Matthew Vaughn and director Jeff Wadlow called me up and suggested we do a conference call with him to talk about the sequel to the 2010 original I was genuinely excited. Like you, I love Eternal Sunshine, Man on the Moon and The Truman Show. Carrey is an actor like no other, an unpredictable force of nature who brings a layered warmth and humanity to his work as well as that unstoppable energy he's always been renowned for. He had lunch with Matthew around the time of the first movie and dug it so much he appeared that night on Conan O'Brien DRESSED as Kick-Ass, singing a duet with Conan dressed as Superman. Vaughn and I made a mental note to work with this guy as soon as possible as we're both huge admirers.
Cut to almost three years later and I'm sitting in a screening room in London watching what I think is one of Carrey's best-ever performances. I'd seen Kick-Ass 2 in many forms, but this was the absolute final cut complete with opening titles, music and a terrific post-credit sequence you're all going to love. I couldn't be happier with this picture. It's as good as the original and in many ways BIGGER as it expands upon the universe and really takes things to the next level. There are a lot of stand-outs in the sequel, every actor really firing on full cylinders and an amazing script that moves like a rocket. But Carrey in particular is magnificent. He's never done anything like this before and even from the trailer, with his masked dog sidekick specially trained to munch criminal balls, you can see that something really fun and special is happening here. Colonel Stars and Stripes is so charismatic and all his scenes are up there with Nic Cage's amazing turn as Big Daddy in the original... which made it all the more surprising when Jim announced tonight that the gun-violence in Kick-Ass 2 has made him withdraw his support from the picture.
As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I'm baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much. My books are very hardcore, but the movies are adapted for a more mainstream audience and if you loved the tone of the first picture you're going to eat this up with a big, giant spoon. Like Jim, I'm horrified by real-life violence (even though I'm Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn't a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it's the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation. Ironically, Jim's character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.
Ultimately, this is his decision, but I've never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real-life. Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie. Imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn't packing or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn't punching someone repeatedly in the face. Our audience is smart enough to know they're all pretending and we should instead just sit back and enjoy the serotonin release of seeing bad guys meeting bad ends as much as we enjoyed seeing the Death Star exploding. The action in Kick-Ass 2 is like nothing you've ever seen before. The humour, the characters, the heart and the set-pieces are all things we're very proud of and the only warning I'd really include is that it's almost TOO EXCITING. Kick-Ass 2 is fictional fun so let's focus our ire instead of the real-life violence going on in the world like the war in Afghanistan, the alarming tension in Syria right now and the fact that Superman just snapped a guy's fucking neck.
Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider for all the above points. You're amazing in this insanely fun picture and I'm very proud of what Jeff, Matthew and all the team have done here."
It seems like Carrey's sudden change of heart is a reflection of his dual personalities in Me, Myself & Irene. Regardless of how he's feeling, Kick-Ass 2 will fire into theatres on August 16, with or without the star's support.
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Glee has always prided itself on being a show that isn't afraid to tackle "the issues." Over the years, we've seen everything from eating disorders to domestic violence to bullying to teen pregnancy to prostitution to... you get the gist. But last night's episode — the unfortunately titled "Shooting Star" — took things a step further by featuring a "school shooting" in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, while our own Senate is debating major gun-control legislation inarguably influenced by that very event.
The reason we call it a "school shooting" is because it wasn't actually a school shooting. In the end, the whole affair ended up highlighting our schools' crappy mental health care system more than anything else, as Becky — who has Down Syndrome — was the one who fired the shots. She never meant to hurt anyone and (thankfully) no one got shot, so the episode will likely have a minor effect on the characters who spent 30-odd minutes saying their final goodbyes and hiding in bathroom stalls. Soon, they'll all be back to focusing on Nationals.
So, what did you think? Did Glee do a good job of tackling this horrible issue? Should they have done it at all? Vote in our poll, and defend your opinion in the comments!
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As expected, The Croods bashed the competition — with a blunt club, most likely — at the box office this weekend. The family-friendly animated film, which stars voicework by Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Cloris Leachman, raked in $44.7 million dollars, a bit over the expected $40 million.
Also surpassing Oz The Great and Powerful this weekend (which has held court at the top spot since it was released March 8) is FilmDistrict's Olympus Has Fallen. The action flick, which chronicles the abduction of the President of the United States and consequent takeover of the nation's capital and stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart, made $30.5 million at the box office this weekend. This breaks the trend of R-rated action movies foundering at the box office this year.
Despite The Croods and Olympus' strong opening numbers, however, the overall box office is down 34% from the same weekend in 2012. Considering it was this same weekend last year that The Hunger Games burst onto the scene, the drop isn't so surprising. During its opening weekend in 2012, The Hunger Games set a record with its incredible $152.5 million debut.
Who else scored at the box office this weekend? Here are the top five:
1. The Croods: $44,700,000
2. Olympus Has Fallen: $30,500,000
3. Oz the Great and Powerful: $22,031,000 with $177,559,000 to date
4. The Call: $8,700,000 with $30,904,000 to date
5. Admission: $6,445,650
[Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animation]