Lady Gaga talked with David Letterman on The Late Show for just a little bit before she got all "fed up" with stuff and decided to do the only logical thing she knew: eat Dave's notes. Because of course she did that.
Ken Jeong danced his way onto Conan last night and chatted about his history before comedy; you may be surprised to find out that he was a practicing medical doctor. Plus, we learned the best way to save a bad joke is to scream BAD JOKE, BAD JOKE.
Meghan McCain talked to Jay Leno about Glenn Beck's ridiculous comments, being very clear that she won't take any abuse from any man, "especially" not Glenn Beck.
Justin Vernon (better known as the mind of folk band Bon Iver) talked with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night about the origin of his first album. Following a break-up, he spent a winter recording songs in Wisconsin, giving the world music that manages to be both wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time.
Surely you’ve heard the story of Aron Ralson, the mountain climber whose arm got trapped under a boulder and in order to survive, he had to amputate it himself. I’m also sure you’ve considered if you would be able to do that – if you would be able to realize you needed to cut your own arm off, and actually follow through with it. Before James Franco agreed to take the part in 127 Hours, he probably wondered if he would be able to adequately play a man who would surely die if he did not cut off his own arm. Franco stopped by Jay Leno to try and articulate the force of Aron’s willpower and describe how much of a transformation it was on him, but all Leno wanted to know is how many arms Danny Boyle went through to get the shot.
And after learning Bristol Palin did not vote in the midterm elections, Meghan McCain told Leno how she must only care about votes for Dancing with the Stars.
Zach Galifianakis told Jimmy Fallon about his life in L.A., and what it was like to smoke weed on Bill Maher’s show.
They also played that game, “Real People, Fake Arms” after Galifianakis shaved his head?
Tina Fey did another Sarah Palin imitation for David Letterman. She should start commanding a mall Santa Claus at Christmas-sized salary for each impression.
Jon Stewart reiterated how the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, while the Democrats remained control of the Senate. He also talked about how nicely women handled themselves very nicely, considered one of them spent more money than anyone in history and she lost. He also played a clip of John Boehner crying BECAUSE HE WON, which means since Jon Hamm’s sobs were autotuned, his should be too.
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And Stephen Colbert parted ways with a bunch of congressmen and women he did not care for.
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A long, long time ago, I’m sure you can still remember, when we saw this photo of Katie Couric. It was a surprise to all of us because we were used to thinking she spent her weekends pitching CGI chipmunk movies to studio executives instead of dancing at bar mitzvah parties. But it turns out, that wild side of hers was cultivated and only grew into what it is today because she attended college and hates constructing constructing Ikea furniture.
Ali Larter told Jimmy Fallon the sex of her baby, and even though it wasn’t as funny as when Jennifer Garner did it on Leno, it was still cute.
David Letterman played around with animal expert Jack Hanna, who I think pretended to be a bear so Letterman could shoot him with some Raid. I don’t know, it’s confusing – we aren’t given an introductory paragraph to go with this.
Wyatt Cenac pointed out the only borough that hasn’t produced a Supreme Court judge is Staten Island, so he got all his shots and ventured out there to take a look at some possible candidates.
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Jon Stewart talked to Meghan McCain, who’s smart enough to hire a ghostwriter to write her book but still believes in the Republican Party? Also, doesn’t she ever get tired of people asking her about her dad’s POW flashbacks instead of asking her what dimmer setting she used to take this picture?
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Based on a series of six Marvel Comics created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1962 The Hulk revolves around a scientist named Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) who following a laboratory snafu absorbs a normally deadly dose of gamma radiation. Bruce thinks he has escaped unscathed--until he gets mad ... real mad which causes him to turn into a huge rampaging green monster known as the Hulk. In order to make this 40-year-old gamma theory somewhat more believable for today's science-savvy moviegoers screenwriter James Schamus and his team decided to arm the script with a somewhat more convincing scientific rationale. The story follows Bruce's father David Banner (Nick Nolte) who as a young scientist conducted prohibited genetic experiments on himself thus changing his son's life before he was even out of the womb. While modernizing the scientific reasoning behind Bruce's transformation makes sense it's a pity it had to be done in such a heavy-handed way. By adding such an elaborate layer to the story The Hulk becomes more about Bruce and David's tormented past and any semblance of a plot is buried in melodramatic dialogue between the characters. The result is a comic book adaptation that is much too serious for its own genre.
Despite the theatrical discourse don't expect complex characters to emerge from The Hulk. Although Bana (Black Hawk Down) is a good choice for the lead of the nerdy scientist and reluctant hero his character is so busy pretending he doesn't have any problems that the audience never gets to see his emotional side. Bana's character grimaces convincingly as he represses his anger for example but he fails ever to open up on a personal level to his love interest in the film his co-worker Betty played by Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind). Betty is Bruce's old flame but the two are obviously still in love: she is obsessed with fixing whatever is broken about him. As the Hulk Bruce need only look at Betty once for his anger to subside and allow him to morph back into human form. They have weighty discussions about the significance of their dreams and Bruce's past yet they never seem to connect on any level. One of the film's best performances comes from Nolte (The Good Thief) in the role of Bruce's mad scientist father David. Almost Shakespearean at times Nolte--scraggly hair and all-- completely immerses himself in the role. The cast's performances however are muted by the general heaviness of this would-be actioner. Look for quick cameo appearances by Lou Ferrigno (from the 1970s TV series The Incredible Hulk) and Marvel legend Stan Lee.
For his follow-up to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Ang Lee has turned to bigger greener matters. The Hulk the director's visual effects-intense picture (with a little help from Industrial Light & Magic) is stunning and startlingly well done. The green beast's computer generated movements from his heaving chest to the single leaps that spring him well into a different zip code are convincingly real. Not only does the ground shake when this goliath lands but his momentum even throws him off balance at times sending his lumbering arms flailing. But while the CGI Hulk has been meticulously honed Lee's homage to the world of print comic books--using multiple screens to present concurrent storylines and alternate angles of the same scene--is off-putting: Rival researcher Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) suspiciously walks out of the lab Betty reacts in one panel Bruce sits back in another. The simultaneous screens don't necessarily show anything pertinent going on making the far and wide close and medium shots of the character's reactions a distraction rather than a helpful storytelling technique. But the most disconcerting thing about the film is that in its leap from the four-color paneled pages to the big screen it lost its wit.