Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee directed the opening credits for comedian Jimmy Fallon's new The Tonight Show series. The funnyman officially took over the long-running U.S. TV programme from previous host Jay Leno on Monday (17Feb14) and relaunched the show in New York with scenes of famous Big Apple eateries like Katz's Deli and Red Rooster in Harlem.
Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan and U2 were among the stars who turned out on Monday (17Feb14) to help TV presenter Jimmy Fallon launch a new era of America's The Tonight Show series. The comedian took the long-running talk show back to New York for the first time since iconic host Johnny Carson moved it to California in 1972, and a slew of celebrities stopped by the NBC studios to celebrate the big move.
Fallon opened his first Tonight Show by thanking his predecessors, including Jay Leno, who stepped down from the programme after 22 years earlier this month (Feb14), before taking aim at a friend who had bet against him ever hosting the legendary series.
Looking into the camera, Fallon said, "To my buddy who said that I'd never be the host of The Tonight Show - you know who you are. You owe me $100 buddy!"
The comment prompted De Niro to begrudgingly walk out onstage and hand the host a $100 bill, but the movie veteran wasn't the only one - he was followed by the likes of Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Mike Tyson and a scantily-clad Lady Gaga, who each parted with $100 as part of the joke.
Fallon's first Tonight Show interviewee, Smith, then showed off his moves in a sketch titled, The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing, in which the pair ran through popular dance trends over the years, from the Running Man to the Robot to the Carlton, which was named after the actor's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Alfonso Ribeiro's geeky onscreen character, Carlton Banks.
U2 provided the musical entertainment for the night by performing new song Invisible from the roof of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where the NBC studios are based, and later joining Fallon and his house band The Roots inside for an acoustic version of their Oscar-nominated song Ordinary Love from the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Bono marked the occasion by gifting Fallon a red electric guitar from his line of instruments for the (RED) charity, which raises awareness of the fight against AIDS.
The big star guests will continue throughout the week as Gaga, Jerry Seinfeld, Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama are all booked to make appearances on The Tonight Show.
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2014 promises to be another good year for independent film, which means another year of budding actors and actresses to keep an eye on. And in case you're a bit unsure about who you should be checking for, we're here to help.Imogen Poots
The star of That Awkward Moment has one of those faces that Hollywood is about to go cray for. And although she looks like a classic American beauty, she was born in the UK. We'll be seeing more of her in upcoming movies like Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups and Beautiful Ruin.
Nyong'o blew up this year for her role in the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years A Slave, and she has been a crowd and critic favorite on the red carpet. A stunning woman and an Yale trained actress, we look forward to her taking on some leading roles in the future. Nyong'o has a small role in the upcoming Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, and she just became the new face of Miu Miu!
The Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now star has a shy look about her, but critics are hailing her as a powerfully strong performer. We expect she'll have us all crushing on her after her next film, the comedy musical Basmati Blues.
Soon enough, we'll have plenty of chances to revel in her talents in Divergent and the indie romance Pretend We're Kissing. And lest we forget, she's been a big deal since Jay Z's I Know video.
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When David Mamet's play Sexual Pervesity in Chicago was adapted into the 1986 movie About Last Night, the self-absorbed Chicago twenty-somethings were played by Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins. In the 2014 remake, those parts are now being played by Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart, and Regina Hall and nothing about that seems unusual. It isn't that Mamet's play has changed much in the 40 years since he first wrote it, it's that some of the audience's preconceived notions of who can play what role have.Just as it happened with the reworked The Karate Kid that featured Jaden Smith in the title role made famous by Ralph Macchio, About Last Night takes a '80s story and adds some ethnic diversity to come up with something new. Well, there's a whole lot more movies from the '80s that are just sitting there waiting for just such a redo. Here are five stories that would work just as well in a more coloful version.
Molly Ringwald playing the forgotten girl on her birthday, in love with an older boy and tormented by geeks in the John Hughes classic. Everything about the story still works, including the Chicago suburban setting that was ultra-white in the '80s. Disney Channel stalwart Coco Jones is the right age to play the teenager in love, and Zoe Kravitz would make a fine addition as her attention-hogging older sister. So what if Jones and Kravitz don't look alike? Ringwald looked nothing like her onscreen family in the original. In the all-important older guy role, someone like 90210's Tristan Wilds could provide the smolder. The only real issue would be what to do with the original's exchange student, The Donger. That was a role so racially regrettable that it doesn't exactly have a place in today's world.
In Mike Nichols' film, Melanie Griffith played the secretary that secretly takes over for her out-of-commission boss (Sigourney Weaver), proves a capable business woman, and wins the affection of Harrison Ford. The Griffith character would have to be called an assistant now, but otherwise there isn't much about the story that needs to change. Use someone like Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) or Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) as the underling trying to get ahead, maybe Halle Berry or even Gabrielle Union as the obnoxious boss and Taye Diggs as the love interest, and update the setting from a generic New York investment bank to the entertainment idustry. What Hollywood assistant doesn't want to push the boss out of the way and take over?
Sure, people remember the soundtrack but how many people remember the story? A steel-worker by day who dances in a bar by night, all while dreaming of making it as a legitimate professional dancer, and is pursued by her rich boss. Back then she wasn't really a stripper, but now she would have to be and she'd be trying to break into something hipper than ballet. The role could also be played this time by someone that can legitimately dance, since Jennifer Beals, the original star, was famously replaced by a body double. Someone like That Awkward Feeling's Jessica Lucas would work, or else there's got to be a Janelle Monáe back-up dancer that's ready to break out.
Tiger Woods broke on the scene nearly 20 years ago, so a golf comedy set at a country club and featuring a diverse cast shouldn’t be any big deal. It's near sacrilege to many to consider remaking such a beloved classic, but a new version would be shooting for a whole new audience. After all, golfers of all colors are tired of reciting the same tired lines from the original. Start with Hart taking on the Rodney Dangerfield role of the rich guy that doesn't like the country club set. Imagine letting Hart riff on a bunch of rich people while dressed in ugly golf garb, throw in Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah as the wacky grounds keeper, and it just flows from there. You could have a who's who of comedy going... Godfrey, Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Faizon Love… there would be a part for just about everyone. Heck, even Eddie Murphy might be convinced to do the Judge Smails role that Ted Knight made famous. That would be top notch.
Three Men and a Baby
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg were three well-off bachelors sharing a fabulous midtown Manhattan apartment that have their lives interrupted by a baby being dropped off at their doorstep. The idea of guys taking care of babies continues to be played for laughs, most recently in the sitcom Guys with Kids. What has been missing since Three Men is the angle of the guys being rich, Type A personalities. Take Jesse L. Martin, Tyler Perry and Damon Wayans Jr., move the setting to Hollywood, make them all successful and sharing a Charlie Sheen-type playpen, and then let a baby screw up their lives. It's comedy gold.
Canadian rockers Arcade Fire are in for a big night at the mtvU Woodie Awards after landing a trio of nominations. The Wake Up hitmakers will battle for the Performing title against Jay Z, the XX, Tyler the Creator, Ed Sheeran and The National, while the promo for their song Afterlife is shortlisted for Best Video, alongside Disclosure's Grab Her and Passion Pit's Carried Away, among others.
Arcade Fire are also in the running for the Did It My Way prize, for the creative use of social media, street art and pop-up performances to launch their Reflektor album.
Meanwhile, the Woodie of the Year honour will be a fight between Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Zedd and Disclosure, and the coveted Breaking category features the likes of Sam Smith, Bastille, The 1975 and Jhene Aiko.
The Best Collaboration nominees include Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons for the Radioactive remix, Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams for Get Lucky and James Blake and Chance the Rapper for Life Round Here.
The awards, celebrating the music popular with U.S. college students, will take place during the South By Southwest festival in Texas in March (14).
Disney has proven itself more than capable of milking its properties for every bit of profit that they can. Since acquiring first Marvel and then LucasFilms, there has been a steady stream of buzz over a variety of spinoff projects centered on the various characters that were acquired… from Iron Man to Boba Fett.
Oddly, the Mouse has not done the same with one of its other properties, the Muppets. Sure, there have been some synergistic TV appearances by Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy and the gang, and the feature film The Muppets did enough at the box office to spawn this spring's Muppets Most Wanted. But, as with Star Wars and Marvel comics, the Muppets have their own universe that could be mined for additional projects. These secondary felt performers have enough juice to take a turn at center stage.
The Great Gonzo
Some Muppets observers would argue that 1999's Muppets from Space was Gonzo's vehicle, since he was, after all, the Muppet from space. Be that as it may, if the Incredible Hulk can keep being revamped and re-launched, then so can Gonzo. The weird looking blue guy even has his own established posse with Rizzo the Rat and Camilla the Chicken ready to join in. Take Gonzo and his pals, drop them in some well-known destination like Paris or Las Vegas, and set them loose to wreak havoc. It practically writes itself.
Like all great drummers from Keith Moon on, Animal has always been on the restless side. Does anyone really think that the crazy guy manning the skins for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem doesn't have a side project or two? We saw him hanging with Jack Black at an anger management retreat in The Muppets, so just borrow a page from the Judd Apatow/Jason Segel playbook and assign Jonah Hill or Michael Cera to get Animal to the big show at the Greek or wherever. Russell Brand will seem innocent -- and less hairy -- by comparison.
The fuzzy lipped Swede has always been a fan favorite and has even done commercial work on his own, like taking over cooking duties at the ESPN commissary in one of the network's "This is SportsCenter" promos. When a network tried to build a sitcom around superstar chef Emeril Lagasse, it was an epic fail, mostly because he wasn't funny and couldn't act. Swedish Chef doesn't have those same limitations. Install him in a sitcom where he's the new chef at a five-star restaurant in Manhattan, give him a strong ensemble, and voila! Or, you know, whatever the equivalent expression is in Swedish.
Rowan Atkinson spent years starring in Mr. Bean projects without talking, so the precedent is already established for Beaker's brand of comedy. Get the inept lab assistant separated from his boss, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and have him be mistaken for a spy or international art thief or an astronaut. Even with just his "meep-meep," he can still save the day and get the girl.
Rowlf the Dog
How many people know that Rowlf was actually Jim Henson's first nationally known Muppet, appearing on The Jimmy Dean Show starting in 1963? Everyone just assumes that it was Kermit, who was still relegated to local TV at the time. In the grand tradition of Ray and Walk the Line, Rowlf really needs a biopic. From his early television success in the 1960s through his transition to ensemble player in the '70s and '80s to largely being forgotten now, his story could be the stuff of little gold statues.
A spokesperson for superstar Beyonce has dismissed reports suggesting the singer has been secretly romancing U.S. President Barack Obama, calling the story "absurd". Gossip bloggers in Europe were sent into a spin on Monday (10Feb14) when French paparazzo Pascal Rostain made the bizarre claim during a radio interview to promote his new memoir.
He said, "You know, at this time, in the United States, there is something big that is happening. It'll go out tomorrow in the Washington Post... an alleged affair between President Barack Obama and Beyonce."
Washington Post editors were quick to deny any such article, and now Beyonce's representative has shot down the suggestion of a secret affair.
Rostain has since insisted he meant the comments in jest.
Beyonce and her husband of six years, rap icon Jay Z, have been longtime supporters of Obama and they befriended the politician and his wife Michelle during their campaign for the White House in 2008.
Speaking of their friendship in 2012, the President said, "I've gotten to know these guys over the first several years (of my presidency). They're good people. Beyonce could not be sweeter to Michelle and the girls. So they're good friends. We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends."
The Crazy In Love hitmaker, who performed at his first inauguration ball in 2009 and again at his swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C. last year (13), headed to the White House once more last month (Jan14) to sing at Michelle Obama's 50th birthday celebration.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones showed off a united front at the Super Bowl on Sunday (02Feb14) - the Hollywood couple was briefly spotted together at the big game. Reports initially suggested Douglas was at the game with the couple's son Dylan, but now there's photo evidence that his wife was there too - further proving that the pair is working on its problems following a much-publicised separation which began last year (13).
Wrapped up in a red shawl, a smiling Zeta-Jones was spotted with her husband and son as opera star Renee Fleming belted out the National Anthem just before the start of the game.
The Douglases were among the many stars who were at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the Super Bowl - Hugh Jackman took his brother, John Travolta, Sir Paul McCartney and Kevin Costner treated their wives to an evening out and celebrity suites were packed with famous faces like Beyonce and Jay Z, Forest Whitaker, Whoopi Goldberg, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Jennifer Garner and supermodels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio.
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Is a Full House reunion in the works? It certainly came together for an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the throwback reunion that had everyone talking, plus lots of puppies! Remember to come back to Hollywood.com every week to catch up on all the late night talk show highlights.
Three Men and a Jimmy FallonWe've all been there – waking up to a cold sweat, panicking about hosting The Tonight Show. Thank the heavens there's always Daddy, Uncle Jesse, and Uncle Joey to help put us back to sleep! While it's great to see Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier back together again, we don't miss the mullets and the ugly sweaters.
Dude DuetPolitical comedian Bill Maher and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane do their best Rat Pack impression by singing a farewell to Jay Leno.
"Katy Perry Finger-banged my Cleavage"Now that's an image that guys will certainly want etched in their minds! In her interview with Conan O'Brien, Anna Kendrick told the world just how intimate she and Katy Perry became on Grammy night.
Don't SpeakThe week's most painful interview to watch goes to former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who just couldn't keep up with Jon Stewart's questions about the healthcare.gov website.
Missed ConnectionsEvery guy's feeling a missed connection with Alison Brie's sultry reading of people's desperate pleas of romance from Craigslist.
The Boy Who Never AgedIt looks like Peter Pan spent too much time away from Neverland! Bill Murray made another impressive entrance on Late Show with David Letterman when he literally swooped in for his interview.
Prepping for the Puppy BowlFamed football coach Joe Gibbs trains Stephen Colbert for the biggest and cuddliest game of his life.
Puppy ConanDue to popular demand, Conan O'Brien brought back the canine version of his show, "Puppy Conan."
Puppy PredictorsThis is the last clip featuring puppies, we swear! Jimmy Fallon unleashed the hounds to see who's their pick to win Sunday night's big game. And the winner will be ...
Peer AdviceWhere's the proof that Justin Bieber is sinking faster than mercury during a polar vortex? Miley Cyrus is giving him advince on how to keep things on the DL on The Tonight Show.
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"Is it 'Total Crackpot Day' again?"
President Bartlet's Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman was never a huge fan of "Big Block of Cheese Day," but his real life counterpart is helping the White House promote its virtual version of this populist tradition. Bradley Whitford and his costar Josh Malina teamed up with White House Press Secretary and known West Wing geek Jay Carney for this clip.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, White House officials will take to social media to answer questions from the public. It's a digital take on President Andrew Jackson's famous open houses, wherein he invited the people to visit for open conversation with their country's decision makers as well as a wholesome dairy snack. West Wing fans know "Big Block of Cheese Day" as Chief of Staff Leo McGarry's baby, which most of his staff loathed because they were forced to interact with some determined and passionate constituents. Most memorably, C.J. Cregg met with a young and idealistic Ron Swanson; Nick Offerman played an environmentalist asking for the construction of a "wolves-only roadway."
No promises of a meeting with Sam Seaborn, but having a real "Big Block of Cheese Day" is a small victory for those of us who just can't let go of the dream of a Bartlet White House.