Was watching Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama debate just not satisfying enough for you Wednesday night? Were you craving more political banter with some humor mixed in? If so, hopefully you tuned in to catch Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Jay Leno, or Conan O'Brien's late night shows last night because they were all up on their political game, especially in the presence of comedy queens like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. But if you missed it because you were put to sleep by the debates, don't worry. We've got your back. Plus, for those who just don't care for politics, Jennifer Garner and Christina Applegate also stopped by to share some matronly humor.
Here's what happened last night on late night TV:
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Martin Short is making the late night rounds. On Tuesday, he stopped by Letterman, and by Fallon on Wednesday night. Leaving the Snooki's tanning regime out of the conversation this time, Short opted to complain about having to change his phone number because the telemarketers won't leave him alone. Also, Short's feelings on Canada's politics: "It's a different country," Short, who is a dual citizen of both the U.S.A. and Canada said. "We have affordable universal healthcare, but it's based on a concept that beer is a disinfectant."
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Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler chatted up Kimmel about this year's Emmys and how Julia Louis-Dreyfus pretended to take her acceptance speech at the award show. "It was all Julia's idea," Poehler admitted. "She called me the day of the Emmys and said, 'I have this idea. Do you want to do it with me?' We decided if either one of us won, we'd do the bit." Poehler also shared that Presidential debates make her miss her time on Saturday Night Live. "When presidential debates happen is when I miss SNL the most," she said. "It used to be 40 comedy writers in a room, we would order food and watch the debates. It was like a sporting event."
Late Show with David Letterman
Hollywood's other funniest lady, Tina Fey, sat down with Letterman and shared some rather disturbing video images of her one-year-old daughter Penelope taken with a baby monitor. "I sleep with it (right here) by my head," Fey describes of what it's like to see her daughter on the monitor. "If she fusses in the night, you pan across the camera to see if they're up. Sometimes, what happens is, you pan across and the camera gets to the little baby, and the baby is already looking in the camera and it's the most terrifying [thing]." Judge for yourselves by watching the video below.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Christina Applegate revealed some stories from her own childhood. Do you remember seeing Applegate's little face on a Spam commercial? Me neither, but Applegate claims she did one when she was younger, along with a spot for Kraft. Leno even shard one of Applegate's better commercials: a Cat Chow piece with the tagline, "Chow, Chow, CHOW." See the commercial in the middle of part 2 of Applegate's Leno interview.
Jennifer Garner talked with Conan O'Brien about the pains of raising three children. "Three just put me right over the edge," she said. "I was going up to anyone, people on the street, saying, 'Will you come work at my house? Will you please come and just help me, take a child, just do something?'" O'Brien was right: "That's bad," Garner.
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The 2012 People's Choice Awards aired last night, honoring some of the best Hollywood stars in the business. And since the results are directly in the hands of the people, it comes as no surprise that the winners were spot on. Even though she was MIA for the award show, Katy Perry was the big winner of the night, earning a total of five honors including: Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Song of the Year ("E.T."), Favorite Music Video ("Last Friday Night"), Favorite Tour Headliner, and Favorite TV Guest Star. Emma Stone also earned her fair share of praise that night as she took home the award for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Comedic Movie Actress (if you can't tell, we just love her). Additional winners included write-in nominee Nina Dobrev for Favorite TV Drama Actress and Neil Patrick Harris for Favorite TV Comedy Actor. Congrats to all the winners! - People's Choice
Remember when Jennifer Hudson said she turned down the lead role in Precious because she didn't want to be defined by her size? Well now it seems she's insisting that she never said that even though that's pretty much exactly what she said at the end of last year. The actress told TMZ, "I did not turn down the role because of the weight thing...I turned it down because I felt it was just too graphic for me at that time." I'm having a hard time believing that though since she reportedly wrote in her new book "I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight." I mean, it's kind of hard to misunderstand that, right? - TMZ
Ever wonder what Jessica Simpson is craving now that she's pregnant? The singer admits to snacking on "buttered pop tarts," "Kraft Mac n' Cheese" and "Captain Crunch." So, you know, at least she's keeping it healthy. - Extra
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
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Frenchie Davis, the American Idol semifinalist whose unconventional style but full-voiced performances were a popular addition to the show, has been removed from competition, USA Today reports, because she has acknowledged to the producers that she worked for a porn website four years ago. Fox says she'll be replaced during the Feb. 25 episode.
In a City News Service report, the prosecutor in the case against actor Paul Reubens said the comedian did indeed own a collection of child pornography. Deputy City Attorney Richard Kraft filed court documents Wednesday in response to a defense motion to dismiss the case against Reubens, who was arrested last November for possessing child pornography after authorities searched his home. Kraft states the actor had "an enormous quantity of pornography [including] a collection of child pornography magazines, photographs and movies of nude children, variously involved in sexual acts.'' Reubens has pleaded innocent to the charges and his attorney maintains Reubens' rights have been violated in the case.
State officials postponed a hearing today to determine if rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight should be sent back to prison for violating his parole by allegedly associating with gang members, according to City News Service. The hearing on whether to revoke parole was delayed because the California Board of Prison Terms "wanted to review our decision about whether he could have legal representation at the hearing," said Bill Sessa, the panel's liaison.
Phil Spector is claiming the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his $1.1 million mansion last week was accidental, according to the Associated Press. Marvin Mitchelson, a prominent divorce attorney and Spector's good friend, told AP, "I believe his defense will be that this was a tragic accident…I've spoken with various individuals connected with the case, and I'm 100 percent certain it's not a homicide." Spector's lawyer, Robert Shapiro, has not made a public announcement about the case as yet.
Tough guy Steven Seagal testified against members of the Gambino crime family Tuesday, claiming they have been threatening him and trying to extort money after he fell out with his former business partner, Julius Nasso. Reuters reports the actor said in a statement outside the courthouse, "In the movies, I play a tough action hero, but I have feelings. I have been a victim twice: once, the victim of the crimes which are now on trial, once again as the victim of a vicious smear campaign aimed at discrediting me."
Yeah, baby! Mike Myers will receive the Jack Benny Award for Comedy Achievement Wednesday at the University of California, Los Angeles campus, City News Service reports. Past recipients include Johnny Carson, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and Whoopi Goldberg.
Variety reports Robert Redford will join Jennifer Lopez in the drama An Unfinished Life to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat). The film centers on a single mother (Lopez) who is forced to live with her estranged father-in-law when she hits financial hardship. Of course, the two eventually find a peace between them.
According to Reuters, the Advertising Standards Authority, a British ad watchdog, chastised 20th Century Fox for sending out "menacing" mobile phone ads for the DVD release of the film Minority Report. The organization received several complaints from people who found the DVD message "offensive." In the ad message, Tom Cruise's voice is heard saying lines from the film but does not identify itself as a promotion until the end. A studio home entertainment division spokesperson told Reuters the message was sent only to people who registered to receive information about upcoming DVD releases.
Variety reports Fox paid well over $2 million in a deal with Michael Jackson to air the pop singer's own cut from the video footage of his recent controversial interview with British journalist Martin Bashir. Called Michael Jackson Take 2: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You will air Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Can't wait.
Pepsi will pay several million dollars to urban charities to stave off a threatened boycott after the soft drink company yanked an ad campaign with controversial black rapper Ludacris, Reuters reports. Orchestrated by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, the agreement was made to give money to grassroots nonprofit organizations targeting disadvantaged youths.