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After John Turturro has finishes selling sex, he'll be back on the right side of the law. The actor is set to take over the lead role in the upcoming HBO miniseries Criminal Justice, which was originally developed as James Gandolfini’s passion project. The show, which is based on an acclaimed BBC series, will see Turturro play a high-powered New York lawyer who defends as Pakistani man accused of murdering a girl he remembers partying with on the Upper East Side, but can’t seem to recall whether or not he killed her. Robert De Niro was previously attached to the role, but had to step down amid scheduling conflicts.
Turturro’s move to television makes him one in a long line of Coen Brothers regulars who have recently made the jump to the small screen, including Steve Buscemi, whose show Boardwalk Empire is entering its final season, and Frances McDormand, who will play the title role in the upcoming mini series Olive Kittridge. Even their flick Fargo has moved over to television, and the FX series has been receiving rave reviews. Seeing all of these Coen-ites together on television got us thinking about some of Turturro's other collaborators, and the way they've influenced his career.
In honor of Turturro taking over Criminal Justice, we've ranked all of his frequent filmmaking partners based on the quantity and quality of their output, as well as their overall Turturro-ness - that elusive factor that determines how important these films are in understanding and appreciating Turturro's career.
MICHAEL BAY'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 3Best Role: Agent Simmons, specifically the one that appeared in the first Transformers film. That was the best one. Worst Role: None. That series needed Simmons more than he needed it. General Consensus: We're assuming that there are some people who looked into Turturro's other films thanks to his performance in the Transformers franchise, so at least some good came from it. Overall Turturro-ness: Low. Just go watch The Big Lebowski again instead.
MARTIN SCORSESE'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films Directed by Scorsese: 2 Number of Films Co-Starring Scorsese: 2 Best Role: Julian in The Color of Money. Mostly because Raging Bull doesn't count. Worst Role: Raging Bull, where Turturro was only an extra. General Consensus: While Turturro isn't a Scorsese regular, the films they have made together are very good. Hopefully they'll work together again soon, becuase Turturro and DiCaprio would make a hell of a team. Overall Turturro-ness: Low. The movies are definitely worth seeing, but they're not vital to the Turturro experience.
HAPPY MADISON'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 3Best Role: Emilio Lopez in Mr. Deeds, which Turturro has said was the most fun he had in a Happy Madison film. Worst Role: Phantom in You Don't Mess With the Zohan. It's best for everyone if we just continue to pretend this movie never happened. General Consensus: Turturro is generally the best part of whatever Happy Madison film he appears in, and he seems to have a lot of fun with Sandler, but these movies are... well, they're just not that good. Overall Turturro-ness: Middling. They're well known roles, but they're not well-regarded.
WOODY ALLEN'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films Directed by Allen: 1Number of Films Co-Starring Allen: 2 Best Role: Writer in Hannah and Her Sisters, which wins by default, since it's the only true "Woody Allen film" in Turturro's resume. Worst Role: Crocker Johnson in Company Man, which would have really benefitted from that cut Bill Murray cameo. General Consensus: One one hand, his collaborations with Allen have yet to produce a truly iconic Turturro role, but on the other hand, it's not You Don't Mess With The Zohan. Overall Turturro-ness: Middling, thanks to a boost from Fading Gigolo.
SPIKE LEE'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 9Best Role: Pino in Do the Right Thing. In addition to being an iconic film, it's also the role that kicked off a long-time partnership between Lee and Turturro. Worst Role: Don Angelo Bonasera in She Hate Me, the weakest film that the pair have made together. General Consensus: Turturro and Lee have been working together for over 20 years, and their partnership has produced some truly wonderful films, and it's one that should be celebrated a lot more often. Overall Turturro-ness: High. These films have produced some of Turturro's most iconic roles.
THE COEN BROTHERS' JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 4 Best Role: Barton Fink in Barton Fink. It's quintessential Turturro. Worst Role: None. Turturro's four films with the Coen Brothers are some of the best they've made. General Consensus: He's an incredibly vital part of the Coens' cast of actors, and together, they brought the world Jesus Quintana. Clearly, this is a partnership for the ages. Overall Turturro-ness: Sky high. Because after reading this list, you definitely want to watch one of their movies again, don't you? Be honest.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly showed off his acting chops when he recited some of his most famous catchphrases during Monday night's taping of The Tonight Show.
The former Californian governator and Jimmy Fallon cooked up a fresh batch of hilarity when they put together a skit that satirized the popular home shopping network, QVC.
In an in-"faux"-mercial titled "Now We're Cookin' with Zach Striker," Fallon starred as the blonde wigged host with a spotty Australian accent and Schwarzenneger beside him as his celebrity guest foodie. Although Fallon wanted to advertise a magnificent multi-purpose blender first, Schwarzenegger was more interested in learning about another product, the plain ol' Slap Chop.
As Fallon kept pressing on about the blender, Schwarzenneger became more incensed and kept yelling, "Get to da choppah!!!" – a throwback to his iconic line from the his 1987 movie Predator. Impatience got the best of the aging action star and he eventually flipped over the table before promising, "I'll be back!"
Check out the video of the skit below:
Stars including Adele, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Gwyneth Paltrow have shared candid self-portraits online in support of World Water Day. A number of famous faces took to their social networking accounts on Saturday (22Mar14) to back a campaign by clean water charity Drop4Drop.
They all shared snaps of themselves with a water theme - singer Adele posted a snap of herself on Twitter.com sipping from a mug of tea and another showing her young son, Angelo, reaching for his own drink.
Paltrow showed herself drinking from a glass bottle, adding in a caption, "Full of healing power," while pop star Katy Perry added a photograph of herself holding a glass of water, writing, "Remember it's world water day today & 2b (to be) grateful for every clean drop!"
Sheeran added a snap of himself filling up a tumbler in the sink, while other stars who backed World Water Day on Twitter.com included Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.
Ready for a little bit of #tbt? Check out these awesomely throwback pictures that celebrities posted on their Instagram or Twitter accounts!
Here's Kendall Jenner having some photobooth fun when she was just 11 years old.
Comedian Sarah Silverman once threw softballs instead acerbic barbs.
Chloe Bennet from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. apparently didn't own a hairbrush when she was younger.
James Franco spent a lot of time bonding with father and two brothers.
Around the age of 14, New Girl's Zooey Deschanel discovered the fountain of eternal youth.
And finally, even rock band Jimmy Eat World had to start off playing at somebody's basement.
Reclusive soul man D'angelo will join Aloe Blacc and Angelique Kidjo, among others, for an upcoming all-star tribute to James Brown at the Hollywood Bowl. The Brown Sugar singer has been added to the Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration in Los Angeles on 13 August (14).
The show will also feature Bettye LaVette and members of Brown's band, including Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Clyde Stubblefield and Danny Ray.
The concert will coincide with the release of Sir Mick Jagger's new James Brown biopic Get On Up, which features 42 star Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul.
Brown passed away in 2006, aged 73.
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If you took a picture of you and your friends at the top of New York City's Rockefeller Center, there might be a good chance that two celebrity hooligans ruined your view of the world's most famous skyline. That's because The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and Mad Men's Jon Hamm set up a camera at the top of the Rock just for the sole purpose of photobombing eager tourists.
It started off plainly enough with Hamm walking casually behind some tourists before Fallon joined in the tomfoolery. But the madness quickly escalated, beginning with a chest bump and followed up with Don Draper giving the late night host a piggy back ride. Then things really got zany with the two of them renacting the memorable "spaghetti kiss" scene from Lady and the Tramp with a hoagie (I thought they called them subs in New York...) and then popping up like a pair of whac-a-moles from a fake parapet.
Most people would absolutely hate having their photos ruined by a couple of jerks. But I have a feeling these folks walked away pretty happy with the pics they took.
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During his monologue last night, Jimmy Kimmel shared a clip of Joseph Gordon-Levitt recreating the very classic "David After Dentist" video from five years ago. Check out the clip down below:
Although the gap tooth was a nice touch, Gordon-Levitt looked more like Ben Stiller's Simple Jack from Tropic Thunder than the drugged-up preadolescent David. Otherwise, his performance was spot on!
The clip comes right off the heals of Kimmel's plan to turn viral YouTube videos into big budget Hollywood productions. In case you haven't check it out, here's a psychedelic mash-up of "David After Dentist" and "Double Rainbow" and it looks like it could be an early Oscar contender!
Seth Meyers officially threw his hat in the late night ring this week as the new host of NBC's Late Night. See the highlights of his first week on the job and remember to check back here at Hollywood.com every weekend for your weekly late night talk show highlights.
"Fake or Florida"Seth Meyer's breakout bit of the week was an odd little game show about that kooky place in the USA that calls itself The Sunshine State.
Rudd Battles FallonPaul Rudd absolutely shamed Jimmy Fallon into submission with a this one-sided lip sync battle.
Late Night TakeoverTwo of the greatest thespians of our time, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, try their hand at hosting a late night talk show.
EscandaloThe folks over at Jimmy Kimmel Live! put together a hilarious Latino-flavored parody of ABC's Scandal.
Take That, ArizonaThis hilarious sketch from Conan O'Brien takes a jab at the Grand Canyon State for its anti-gay laws.
Acrobatic ArcheryThis "Stupid Human Trick" really missed the mark on Late Show with David Letterman – she really should've aimed for Letterman's crotch.
Show Me the Digital MoneyJon Stewart lampoons banks such as Credit Suisse for its role in financial marketplace fraud.
A Decade of LoveAdam Sandler and Drew Barrymore profess their on-screen love that has lasted 10 years on The Tonight Show.
Military Over-SpendingWhen Stephen Colbert found out that America is spending billions of dollars on useless military equipment, the fake political pundit doubled down on more spending!
Suit of the LoomJimmy Kimmel debuted his brand new suit, made completely from authentically loomed rubber band braids.
Waste Paper BasketballJimmy Fallon and Miami Heat's LeBron James rapped about their favorite office distraction.
The gloves Muhammad Ali wore for his six-round thriller against Sonny Liston in 1964 have sold at auction for $837,000 (£523,100), The Heritage Auction in New York took place almost 50 years to the day after Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, stood up to Liston in Florida.
The signed gloves were expected to go under the hammer for $500,000 (£312,000).
A Heritage Auctions spokesman tells The Bleacher Report, "These are the very gloves that Ali wore when he claimed his first heavyweight championship 50 years ago and, given the attention these received from media and fans all over the world, and the spectacular price they achieved, it's clear that Ali is just as loved and respected today as he's ever been."
The gloves belonged to the estate of Ali's legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who died in 2012.
Dundee's son parted with various items of boxing memorabilia to help the family cover Dundee's medical bills and funeral costs.
Among the other highlights at the sports memorabilia auction: a World Series pocket watch belonging to Babe Ruth, which went under the hammer for $717,000 (£448,000), and 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson's used baseball bat, which fetched $956,000 (£598,000).
The much-hyped late shift finally happened this week when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debuted on Monday night. The people have spoken and the verdict was Jimmy Fallon's first week was a resounding succcess. Catch the highlights of Fallon's first week as host of The Tonight Show, as well as a few memorable moments from the rest of the late night shows down below.
Dough Stacks McGeePayday, as well as a walking caravan of celebrities, arrived a little early on Fallon's debut night. Thanks to an alleged bet made to "a buddy," Fallon made over $1,000 in just a few minutes. Oh, the perks of hosting The Tonight Show.
On Origin of Hip-HopWatch Will Smith and Fallon go through all the hip-hop dances throughout the years – and realize why the "cabbage patch" and "stanky leg" have gone the way of the dinosaur.
Hashtag Things Out@jimmyfallon @JonahHill #ridiculous #talktoomuch #hashtag2
The First Lady of the "Ew!"-S-AFirst Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to the teenage show "Ew!" And although this is stating the obvious, Will Ferrell makes one ugly woman.
Anchor's DelightOnce again, Fallon spliced together clips of NBC newsman Brian Williams to sound like he's rapping and it's the best one yet.
The Luger Who Cried WolfJimmy Kimmel fooled everyone again, with a little bit of help from American luger Kate Hansen.
Go FigureWatching Will Ferrell skip and prance as a figure skater in black tights is something nobody can unsee. But it's still better than him dressed in drag.
The Hug CamBy slowing down sports footage, Jimmy Kimmel proves that most sports are just excuses for men to hug other men.
Rapping Up the WeekFallon saved Friday night for his unofficial guest host, Justin Timberlake, and they taught everyone a valuable history lesson on rap.