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Jimmy Fallon might be revered as the late night kingpin after taking over The Tonight Show and boosting its ratings, but competitor Jimmy Kimmel is up for the challenge. His Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been on a roll since last fall, hitting the marks not just with late night ratings but on social media.
First, there was the viral video "Epic Twerking Fail," showing a girl accidentally setting her leg on fire while dancing… a story that appeared on several newscasts before it was revealed to be just a Kimmel prank using a stunt woman. Then, the host suckered an international audience when he got Olympic luger Kate Hansen to post a video of a wolf walking down a hotel hallway in Sochi, Russia. The "hotel," of course, was later revealed to be Kimmel's offices.
As funny as the pranks have been, Kimmel and his staff have gone into overdrive with their parody shorts, topping anything that Saturday Night Live has done since Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts were at the top of their game. Here's a sampling of the spoofs that have made Kimmel's late night show and YouTube channel such a hotbed of comedy.
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We all know that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson aren't returning for another season of HBO's True Detective, but who knew that Kimmel and buddy Seth Rogen were in line to take their places? The duo's slap-fight turned… well, we're still not sure what it turned into but it was very uncomfortable… would be disturbing even for the most hardened premium cable aficionados.
In a multi-part series, Kimmel's loyal lackey Guillermo stars as the president in the Spanish-language telenovela version of Scandal. Women fight over him, men want to kill him, and he even gets to share a bed with the real Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington. Por qué? We don't know, but it's awfully funny.
Kimmel has been doing a post-Oscars show for a while now and had viral hits with Movie: The Movie and Movie: The Movie 2, where A-List celebrities mocked the trappings of Hollywood films. This year, however, Kimmel and his team outdid themselves, choosing to show what viral YouTube sensations would be like if they got the big screen treatment. There's one that features Queen Latifah as "Ain't nobody got time for that"-spouting Sweet Brown (and features the real Brown interrupting Kimmel's archenemy, Matt Damon). In Bitman, though, Chris Hemsworth agonizes over the search for his disgraced brother to their mother, Meryl Streep. What has the brother — played by his real-life sibling Liam Hemsworth — done that has wronged him? He bit him, of course. And, now the brother that Charlie bit wants revenge for his finger. It did really hurt, after all.
How do you get Kevin Spacey to dress up as a piano playing 19th century cat, Christoph Waltz to play his nemesis, the "hamster on a piano eating popcorn," and Ben Kingsley, Gary Oldman, and Mandy Patinkin to be the courtiers they are both trying to impress? No, seriously, we want to know how you manage to get so many great actors to play along with such a goofy premise. The result is hysterical but good luck getting the "Cat Playing Piano" music out of your head afterwards.
David After the Dentist Double Rainbow Oh My God! in 3D
It's a little creepy seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying a grown version of poor little painkiller affected David from the viral video… until Catherine Zeta-Jones arrives as a sexy tooth fairy singing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Amping up the weirdness, Samuel L. Jackson portrays the scariest dentist since Little Shop of Horrors and Rogen pops up as the overly effusive "Double Rainbow" guy. We're not sure that Kermit the Frog would approve of Jackson's new lyric for "Rainbow Connection," but we actually could envision Baz Luhrmann directing something like this.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's daughters are mixed on their parents' career paths - Sunday has dreams of becoming an actress, while her little sister Faith hopes to join her country star dad onstage. The actress admits that, at six, her eldest has no interest in what dad does for a living, but little Faith loves standing in the wings at concerts with her guitar in hand.
Kidman tells U.S. chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, "My oldest daughter... is like, 'Oh, I so don't wanna go and watch daddy play'. I'm like, 'Sunday, at least act a little bit enthusiastic'.
"But the little one will stand there with her guitar side stage, and she's three. I always say to her, 'You stick at that guitar and you can be out there on the stage with your dad'."
Kidman reveals her husband is helping their youngest daughter perfect her music skills, teaching her chords on the guitar - but his role as a judge on American Idol has made him a tough mentor.
She adds, "He's like, 'Hmmm, her pitch...' I'm like, 'She's three!' Musicians' ears, they hear things!"
Rock wildman Iggy Pop wishes his parents had lived long enough to enjoy his success. The punk icon fears his folks died believing their foul-mouthed son would never achieve his dreams.
In a candid new Playboy interview, the 66-year-old Real Wild Child singer says, "I miss my parents. I feel I didn't do well enough for them. If I'd had a different career it would've been better for them. That bothers me.
"Especially my mother. She passed away in the mid-1990s, when I was still one of those obscure American figures. I'd show up on some TV show and go, 'Motherf**ker! Motherf**ker!' She'd say to my dad, 'Oh, I wish Jimmy wouldn't say motherf**ker'.
"I wish she could have seen some of my worldly success."
And Iggy, real name James Newell Osterberg, Jr., admits he could so easily have chosen a very different career path that would have thrilled his parents: "I got into music. If that hadn't happened, I'd probably be a fundamentalist preacher right now."
Comedienne Tina Fey has dismissed rumours of a Mean Girls sequel, but hints that the cast could reunite to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the film's release. The high school comedy written by and starring Fey was a breakout hit in 2004, and fans have been eager for more ever since.
Fey, along with the movie's star Lindsay Lohan, discussed a possible cast reunion when they both made a surprise appearance on U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon's first Tonight Show episode last month (Feb14), but the former 30 Rock star insists that while she is keen to bring the team back together, penning a sequel is out of the question.
Fey explains, "I said to her (Lohan), 'Oh, I think someone may call us about doing some kind of reunion because next month is the 10th anniversary of the movie.' And so really... if everyone's around we might try to do some kind of like panel discussion, but it's not like another movie. At most, it would be like a panel discussion with a plate of hot wings. It's definitely not a movie."
She adds, "It's been 10 years. You can tell when you look at me."
While a big screen follow-up is not happening any time soon, fans can get their fix with a stage version of the movie - Fey previously revealed she and her husband/composer Jeff Richmond are in the early stages of developing a spin-off musical.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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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.
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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.
Actor Jonah Hill had his plans for a quiet break at California's famous Hearst Castle ruined recently after Lady Gaga took over the estate to film a new music video. The Wolf of Wall Street star wanted to enjoy a low-key getaway before the Academy Awards next month (Mar14) by visiting the former home of media mogul William Randolph Hearst, which is now a state park, last week (ends14Feb14), but he reveals the trip was far from relaxing.
The Oscar nominee tells U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, "I wanted to take a trip just to clear my head and get away from all this Hollywood stuff and just go somewhere pretty and different and where I wouldn't see anyone from work or anything, so I decided to go up to Hearst Castle, which was beautiful...
"I was meant to have this private tour of the castle and I get there and they're shooting a Lady Gaga music video... There's just trucks and lights (everywhere) and I'm like, 'Oh no, this isn't a vacation at all!' and I knew all the teamster drivers, I'd worked with them on other films and stuff! I won't give away what the video's about because she's worked really hard on it, but I wasn't going to see 500 dancers... you know? But it was great, it was a beautiful castle, it just wasn't the desired escape that (I'd had in mind)."
Gaga agreed to help promote and preserve Hearst Castle by donating $250,000 (£156,250) to the estate's foundation in exchange for special permission to spend three days shooting a video at the architectural landmark.
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After meeting on last week's episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Boyle's relationship with Vivian is now progressing at top speed, and his new-found love is giving him some new-found confidence. Peralta is worried that he's moving too fast and will scare Vivian away, so he tags along on a double date in order to stop him from ruining it. However, after a series of weird conversation topics, a hasty retreat from the dinner table and an accidental pepper spray war, both Peralta and Boyle discover that Vivian is just as crazy in love as Boyle is, and the two reunite in a sweet, yet surprisingly graphic, cap to the episode.
Meanwhile, Holt is facing opposition for the first time ever in his campaign for President of the African American Gay and Lesbian New York City Policeman’s Association (or AAGLNYCPA for short), an organization he founded and has nurtured for 25 years. Santiago and Diaz refuse to take a civilian who calls himself "Super Dan" seriously, despite the fact that he has evidence that could help them with their drug bust. Between a homemade superhero, Boyle's new low-slung jeans, and Scully and Hitchcock's in-depth ear cleaning, there was plenty to laugh at in "Full Boyle." But who managed to steal the show, and become president of this week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
Boyle and Peralta Now that Boyle's found love, he's full of confidence (he's even wearing tight jeans!) but that doesn't stop him from having a full-on meltdown when he feels like his enthusiasm might drive Vivian away. We've gotten a few glimpses at suave, confident Boyle before, and it was great to see the show revisit that, but Joe Lo Truglio plays manic and over-eager just as well as he does cool and collected, and so getting to see both of them in the same episode was a treat. He and Andy Samberg are turning out to be one of the show's most reliably funny duos, as the two of them continue to play off of each other brilliantly. - Before Boyle got his groove back, he was answering to Charlize Broil in the coffee shop for five years. - After Boyle sings Jimmy Buffet at a crime scene, Peralta snaps him out of it: "Dead guy, Charles." - Boyle, on the tourist he interviewed: "Guy was from Canada, said it was probably his fault for getting robbed, and then apologized for wasting my time." Peralta: "Oh, Canada. Truly the Odie to America's Garfield." - Peralta on what Boyle plans to have a skywriter write in the clouds: "'Charles loves V' means something very specific, and I'm guessing not what you're intending." - After Santiago tells Peralta he's too immature to help Boyle with his relationship: "I prefer to think of myself as a beautiful angel of love, but who is unable to find love for himself. Admit that you would see that movie!" - Between his finger-guns signal for Peralta to help him and his nervous giggle when Vivian arrives, Boyle was full of wonderful weirdness. - Peralta, meeting his date Bernice: "Hello, I'm Jack... Tractive." Berenice: "Jack Tractive?" Peralta: "My parents were hippies."- Peralta, changing the subject on their double date: "Here's a question for the group: What's the longest funeral you've ever been to?" - Boyle, to Vivian: "I love it when you talk broth." - After Boyle buys last minute tickets for him and Vivian to Rome: "We leave in two hours. It's a terrible itenerary, we connect through Vietnam."
Holt Like with Charles, this week gave us two great sides of Holt: he's flustered by the fact that someone is running against him, but he's still as serious and deadpan as always. "Full Boyle" was an episode that relied heavily on one-liners, and Andre Braugher delivered every single one of them perfectly. He's even brought back his habit of drawing out the ends of his sentences to make his delivery extra stilted, to great effect. - On the AAGLYNYCPA: "It's not really my organization. I mean, I did found it, and I have been president for the last 25 years, and I oversee every single detail, but really, it's our organization." - Gina, after meeting Brian Jensen: "He was a nice man." Holt: "He was. Now, let's figure out a way to... destroy him."- Holt's opening joke for his campaign speech: "What's the hardest part about being a black gay police officer? The discrimination... I believe that's what you call 'observational humor.'"- "The meeting is beginning. The stakes are very high for me. I'm getting nervous. My stomach is... in flux."- On Brian: "He has no gravitas. Do you know what gravitas sounds like? 'Greetings. Alllll.'"- Holt voted for himself when he was the only member of the group. There's nothing Holt enjoys more than obeying the rules. - Congratulating Brian on his new position as president: "If you screw this up, I will impeach you. I wrote the by-laws, so I know how to do it. But I'm very happy for you. But I will impeach you if necessary."
Gina Gina and Holt is a pairing that should make absolutely no sense. After all, she's completely insane and he's incredibly straight-laced. But they play off of each other brilliantly. Gina wasn't as off-the-wall as she has been in past episodes, which helped make it seem a bit less strange when she was the one delivering the serious speech that helped change Holt's mind, but thankfully wherever Gina goes, weirdness isn't too far behind. - "You should make me your campaign manager. I was born for politics: I have great hair and I love lying." - Gina's research on Brian Jensen is actually research on a World War I army commander from Norway. - After Holt dismisses her idea to deck him out in a silver suit, sunglasses and roller skates with a curt, "What else have you got?": "Nothing. I thought for sure that would be a slam dunk." - Floorgasm finally made an appearance, in all of their weird, awkward, terribly dressed glory. - On their Floorgasm routine: "Did you like it? It was inspired by the city of New York... in that I stole it form some kids I saw dancing in a subway station."
"They called and asked me to be Spanky the Dog in the Garfield movie and I said, 'No, I don't wanna do that'. And they said, 'Oh, Bill Murray's Garfield,' and I was like, 'Oh, then I definitely wanna do it'. So, I wound up doing a movie that I didn't want to do because you didn't know you were doing that movie... I never actually saw it." Comedian and chat show host Jimmy Kimmel signed on as the voice Garfield's pal after learning Murray was onboard the project. Murray recently confessed he agreed to be in the films because he thought the Coen Brothers were behind them. The screenplay for the 2004 movie and its sequel were actually written by Joel Cohen.
Veteran rocker Peter Frampton and blues star Buddy Guy were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Tennessee on Tuesday night (28Jan14). The British guitarist was one of 12 stars awarded medals at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium ahead of a celebratory concert, and there were also posthumous honours for Roy Orbison and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Also inducted during Tuesday's ceremony were Randy Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive, country singer Barbara Mandrell, country musician Jimmy Capps, and guitarists Corki Casey O'Dell, Velma Smith and Will Lee.
Posthumous inductions went to Vaughan and his blues rock band Double Trouble and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith.
Speaking after the induction ceremony, Bachman says, "I don't like the word rock star or superstar. I am a guitar player, a songwriter who got lucky because I stayed at it and didn't give up, long enough that people noticed me."
Orbison received the Iconic Riff Award posthumously for his song Oh, Pretty Woman.