Girls star Lena Dunham took aim at Hollywood bosses during her keynote speech at the South by Southwest festival on Monday (10Mar14), insisting actresses are "typecast" and their talents are extremely undervalued in the industry. The actress took the stage in Austin, Texas for a speech detailing her personal journey from her days as a babysitter to helming her Golden Globe-winning TV series.
She then turned her attention on entertainment industry executives, insisting that her female co-stars should be landing roles like her colleague Adam Driver, who is in talks to appear as a villain in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
Dunham said, "It's a rough scene (women in entertainment)... I think about this in relation to the cast on my show, which consists of three very talented women and also some very talented guys.
"Our male lead, Adam Driver, has had a bang-up (great) year in movies which could not be more deserved because he's a ferocious genius with an incredible work ethic, and I've learned so much from him. But the girls are still waiting patiently for parts that are going to honour their intelligence and their ability."
She continued, "The world is ready to see Adam as a million different men - playing good guys and bad guys and sweet guys and scary guys. The world is ready to see Adam do all that. It's not ready to see (Girls stars) Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet or Jemima Kirke stretch their legs in the same variety of diverse roles.
"Allison is relegated to All-American sweetheart. Zosia is asked to play more flighty nood-nicks (bores). Even though both are capable of so much, they're not asked to do it. And this is not a knock on Adam's talent, which is utterly boundless and he's exactly the actor who should be doing all this. It's a knock on a world where women are typecast and men can play villains, Lotharios and nerds in one calendar year and something has to change and I'm trying."
Dunham ended her speech by insisting she wants to help change the industry's stance on women in Hollywood, adding, "I want to be of service to the causes that are dear to me and be an agent of change specifically for women and girls, and on a purely selfish level, I want to continually challenge myself to grow as an artist."
This wasn't Dunham's first time at SXSW - in 2010 she won the festival's Best Narrative Feature prize for her film, Tiny Furniture.
George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore have added their tributes to the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman as Hollywood continues to come to terms with the actor's shocking death. The Oscar winner was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in his New York City apartment on Sunday (02Feb14), and friends and former co-workers like Mia Farrow, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and Evan Rachel Wood were among the first celebrities to express their condolences via Twitter.com.
Now Clooney admits the death of his The Ides of March co-star has left him speechless, stating, "There are no words... it's just terrible", while Hanks says of his Charlie Wilson's War colleague, "This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent."
Actress Moore has also added her voice to the outpouring of Hollywood tributes after co-starring with Hoffman in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Big Lebowski. They had also completed work on the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and had been in the middle of filming Mockingjay - Part 2 at the time of his passing.
She says, "I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with the extraordinary Philip Seymour Hoffman, and am deeply saddened by his passing."
Another Boogie Nights castmate, Mark Wahlberg, adds, "Saddened by the passing of friend and colleague Philip Seymour Hoffman...such a tragic loss. Miss you, Scotty J. RIP."
And Gwyneth Paltrow, who teamed up with Hoffman for 1999 thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley, also commented on the tragedy by sharing an old photo of the pair with fellow co-star Jude Law during their stay in Italy for the movie shoot.
In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Ischia 1998, post dinner, post shooting... Philip was a true genius."
Broadway theatre bosses will dim their marquee lights on Wednesday night (05Feb14) in memory of the triple Tony Award nominee.
The Master star won high praise and a Tony nod for each of his three outings on the Great White Way - his debut in True West in 2000, his follow-up performance in Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003, and his turn in a 2012 production of Death of a Salesman.
Charlotte St. Martin of the Broadway League says, "Philip Seymour Hoffman, a three-time Tony Award nominee, was a true artist who loved the theatre. His prolific body of work encompassed various mediums including theatre, film and television, and we'll always be grateful for his boundless and profound talent that he shared with us on the Broadway stage. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans."
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN could earn a warm welcome into nearly any discussion about acting. You might kick off conversation about the awards appeal of Daniel Day-Lewis or the maniacal devotion of Joaquin Phoenix, but in mentioning these or any other of today’s foremost acting talents, you’d be compelled to divert attention to the player we lovingly called PSH.
But the topcoat lining Hoffman’s stardom was always a little bit softer that those of his peers. Despite the due praise Hoffman has garnered from the public and the cinematic community alike, he would never be called a movie star. Not an Oscar shoe-in. Why? Because Hoffman was a craft actor — so invested that the very notion of performance was the furthest thing from the minds of anyone watching him found a role. Hoffman wouldn’t just create characters, but entire worlds around him. Upon stages built by creative giants like Charlie Kaufman, the Coen Brothers, and his frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson, Hoffman apprehended every vacant molecule of the stories he was helping to tell, injecting his color and meat therein.
One thing that distinguishes Hoffman from the powerhouses of his stature is the absence of a standout role. To some, Hoffman solidified his genius as Lancaster Dodd, Anderson’s titular Master. Others remain tortured by Hoffman’s turn in the 1995 drama Happiness, wherein he topped the lot of haunting performances by challenging the lengths to which an actor might exemplify human corrosion. But the darker side of storytelling did not keep a stronghold on Hoffman — finding his big screen footing in the action favorite Twister, Hoffman experimented with joy just as often, and to results just as fruitful. Few can forget the stiff shoulders of Jeffrey Lebowski’s pasty, perturbed lackey Brandt, a would-be throwaway character who Hoffman turned into one of the Coen comedy’s funniest elements.
And while nobody is rallying for Along Came Polly’s placement in the cinematic hall of fame, just try and claim you didn’t crack a smile at Hoffman’s introductory pratfall, or his climactic boardroom speech. Hoffman could make any material watchable. But quickly enough, studios and directors learned that he was a force that could turn great material into unprecedented screen work.
As such, there are so many viable answers to the “What’s your favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman performance?” question. Friends and colleagues to whom I have posed the quandary this afternoon have cited everything from Capote to The Savages to Twister to Magnolia to his aforementioned comic bout in The Big Lebowski. For me, it will always be Synecdoche, New York — a movie that dared to tackle the boundless regimens of art, life, time, and sadness in such a vast way, and that through the unique power and humility of Hoffman did so with such articulation.
There are actors who offer tremendous spectacle, who can thrill the masses with a one sheet alone, who live up to the demands of the Academy year after year. Hoffman might not have topped any of these lists, but he pervaded every single one of these conversations — and this versatility is something few actors, even the best of the best, have managed. He has excelled at the dramatic, the chilling, the goofy, and the humane. Every corner of the cinematic world provided him an easel for genius. And now, looking back at his career of adventure flicks, comedies, psychological dramas, and probing stories of the human condition, we realize that there was no type of performance at which Philip Seymour Hoffman was not, in truth, a master.
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George Lucas and James Cameron are among the Hollywood giants who have paid tribute to late movie mogul Tom Sherak following his death from cancer. The former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation behind the Oscars, passed away on Tuesday (28Jan14) aged 68 after a battle with prostate cancer.
Sherak spent years working at the top of the movie industry and was credited with helping Lucas oversee his Star Wars franchise, with the veteran director hailing him as an "honorary Jedi master."
Lucas says of Sherak, "Tom's passion for everything he did made him an inspiration to work with. His boundless enthusiasm for Star Wars earned him an honorary Jedi master title. He was unique in the industry and will be missed."
Titanic director Cameron, who also worked with Sherak, adds, "Tom was a mentor to me and a good friend for almost three decades. He embodied the heart and soul of movies - entertainment and showmanship - timeless values in our business... I will miss his spirit, his sense of fun, his love of cinema - but most of all, his friendship."
Other tributes have come in from actors including Alec Baldwin and Henry Winkler, as well as producer Jon Landau.
Maybe it’s because they premiered within six months of each other, because they each gave a starring series role to an on-the-rise voice of female comedy, or — most simply, and most plausibly — because of the similarities of their titles. But New Girl and Girls have earned, and will continue to earn, comparison. “I’m not a big fan of Girls,” someone will say, “but I do love New Girl!” And vice versa. In a lot of ways, the shows provide an antithesis of one another, and this has never been clearer than after this week’s release of episodes for the HBO and Fox programs.
By coincidence, the latest episode for each show took the form of a birthday story, with each celebrating a “coming-of-age” for its main character. But of course, as anyone familiar with the diametrically opposite comedies would predict, the stories could not have been more different. Observe, and decide once and for all which camp you fall in (or, you know, cherish the disparate treasures of both, but that’s less fun)…
NEW GIRL VS. GIRLS: THE BIRTHDAY EPISODE
Whose Birthday Was It? New Girl: The incurably peppy protagonist Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel). Girls: The anxious, self-satisfied Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham).
How Old Did She Turn? New Girl: 33. Girls: 25.
Was She Worried About Having a Bad Birthday?New Girl: Yes. Jess admitted at the beginning of the episode that she always expects too much from her birthdays.Girls: Yes. Hannah tells her boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver) that bad birthdays are "kind of her thing."
How Did She Spend the Day? New Girl: By cooking an omelet, having sex, going to a drug store, walking around a park, crying on her couch, and going to the movies (where she was met by a surprise party). Girls: By welcoming her boyfriend’s lunatic sister (Gaby Hoffmann) into her home and then attending a bar party.
Where Was the Ultimate Celebration Held? New Girl: A local Chicago movie theater. Girls: Matchless, a real bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Who Organized the Party? New Girl: Jess’ loving but perpetually harried boyfriend Nick (Jake Johnson). Girls: Hannah’s emotionally destitute best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), funded by the Horvath parents (Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari).
What Is the Most Telling Representation of This Person’s Feelings About the Birthday Girl? New Girl: Nick loses his mind trying to make Jess happy, rallying everyone together to create a loving video tribute to his ladyfriend — an act that she deems the nicest thing anyone has ever done for her. Girls: Marnie passive-aggressively insults Hannah’s appearance, then forces her to sing a humiliating duet from Rent as a means of accessing her own long-gone glory days.
How Does the Birthday Girl React to Her Guests? New Girl: Jess is thrilled to see that Cece (Hannah Simone), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris), Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), and others have all taken the time to show her their affections. Girls: Hannah offers disinterested greetings to just about everybody before retreating into a back room with Marnie, Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet).
What About Her Parents? New Girl: Although they can’t be there, Jess’ mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) and dad (Rob Reiner) showcase their boundless love for their daughter in video form. Girls: Hannah’s mom and dad travel to Brooklyn to pay for their daughter’s party, and dance embarrassingly… okay, so this one isn’t too negative! Although Hannah’s dad does (unwittingly) kiss Adam’s sister.
Are There Any Stories of Post-Breakup Heartbreak Going on in the Sidelines? New Girl: Yes! Schmidt and Cece. Girls: Yes! Shoshanna and Ray (Alex Karpovsky).
How Does That Go? New Girl: After months of distance between them, Schmidt and Cece finally make headway in restoring their friendship when he helps her make an Old Fashioned. Girls: Ray wallows in his misery, tells Shoshanna that he doesn’t want to be friends with her, chastises her (passive-aggressively, of course) for smoking, and then gets into a fight with Hannah’s manic editor (John Cameron Mitchell)
Are There Any Cantankerous Bar Employees? New Girl: Sure! The goofy, hilarious Ben Falcone plays a bartender who hates Cece. Girls: Yep! A Matchless DJ fights with Ray after he sullenly accosts her for turning off his song (“Today” by the Smashing Pumpkins).
Does the Birthday Girl Have a Moment with Her Boyfriend at the End of the Episode? New Girl: Of course. Jess thanks Nick for giving her the sweetest birthday present she might ever have asked for, and they express their love for one another. Girls: Of course. After Adam’s nutty sister crushes a glass in her hand, he and Hannah sit on their shared bed solemnly.
What Note Does the Episode End On? New Girl: Heartwarming. Girls: Chilling. Unsettling. Bizarre.
Oh, Does Anyone Walk Away from an Exploding Car? New Girl: Yes, Schmidt. Girls: No, sadly.
Happy birthday, New Girl! And happy nihilism, Girls.
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Ever since Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars, the series has been in full franchise mode. But the sequel trilogy — headed by J.J. Abrams and beginning with 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII that endeavors to show how the heroes of the original tree films have been spending their time since saving the galaxy far far away — isn't the only thing planned for Star Wars. Disney is also working on producing spin-off films in conjunction with the main film series, and one of these films might center around our favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. Jon Schnepp, director of Cartoon Network's Metalocalypse series has told AMC Movie News that Disney is planning a Boba Fett spin-off, and that original trilogy scribe, Lawrence Kasdan will be writing the project. Now, we sure do love Boba Fett (and who doesn't?), but we're not sure a character like him be at the center of his own stand-alone film.
In the original trilogy, Boba Fett was a nearly wordless bounty hunter hired by Jabba the Hutt to capture Han Solo. Even though he only speaks four lines in the Empire Strikes Back and just two words in Return of the Jedi before being launched into the maw of the Sarlaac pit, he's become a beloved figure in the Star Wars universe. But Boba's popularity isn't due to some detailed backstory or character depth. The less we knew about him the more badass he became. He was an enigma, a no-nonsense space desperado who let his actions do the talking for him. Simple storytelling let our imaginations run wild and craft him into the most dangerous man in the galaxy the way Darth Vader's exposition never could. We were told that he was the best at his job, and the scars on his armor were the best résumé. The simplicity of the character covers so much ground in characterizing him, and no matter how well they strip his armor and examine into the man inside, he will inevitably lose some of the spark and mystery that makes the character so special to begin with.
Mysteries are vital to stories. They help to make the universe intriguing and help to add texture to a fictional world, and stories are better served if they leave some things up to the audience, because if you explain away everything, then there's no room for speculation. We don't need to shine a light on every aspect of every character because some things are better left in the dark, hinted at but never confirmed. With Boba Fett, his enigmatic nature is part of his charm and is one of the best aspects of the character. Plus, anytime the Star Wars universe tries to demystify anything, it canonical answers up being way worse than the explanations already working their way around our imaginations.
For example, the Force used to be a mystical phenomenon that tied the Star Wars universe together. It was a sprawling faith-fueled energy that was one part religion, one part mythology, and one part magic. A big part of using the Force was having faith in its power without proof of its actual existence, and that faith is a big theme that informs much of the original trilogy. Much of Luke Skywalker's journey from gangly farm boy to revered Jedi involves him putting his full belief and faith into this intangible energy. In the prequels, however, the boundless energy that "surrounds us and penetrates us," this thing that "binds the galaxy together" is revealed to be just micro-organisms swimming around in everyone's blood. And, just like that, it's not special anymore. The grand ideas about faith and belief and myth are gone and are replaced with science and genetic dumb luck. Instead of telling him to believe in the force, Ben Kenobi might as well have pulled out an electron microscope and showed Luke a smear on a petri dish.
With all of this said, it's certainly possible to create a good or even a great movie with Boba Fett as the protagonist. If anyone could pull it off, it's certainly Lawrence Kasdan. But there are other characters who would be better suited for a stand-alone movie, ones who don't have as much to lose by having their backstory expanded. As I'm sure Boba Fett would agree: some things are better left unsaid.
Here are our picks for who will win, and (more importantly) who should win the film awards at the 2014 Golden Globes.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJared Leto, Dallas Buyers ClubBradley Cooper, American HustleDaniel Bruhl, RushBarkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Will Win: Michael FassbenderShould Win: Michael FassbenderThe supporting actor category has long been the domain of film's best villains, and it's hard to argue when actors continue to put forth powerful performances like Michael Fassbender's turn as the contemptible slave owner Edward Epps in 12 Years a Slave. Fassbender made his character a putrid mix of brutally cruel and embarrasingly pathetic.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureLupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a SlaveJennifer Lawrence, American HustleJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, NebraskaSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Will Win: Luptia Nyong'oShould Win Luptia Nyong'oLuptia Nyong'o shows an incredible amount of strength in the face of unspeakable adversity as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. The young actress gives an attention grabbing performance and proves that she can hold her own in scenes with actors like Michael Fassbender and Chiwetal Eijiofor.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a SlaveMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips Robert Redford, All Is Lost Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Will Win: Chiwetel EjioforShould Win: Robert RedfordChiwetel Ejiofor came out of nowhere and wowed critics and audiences alike with his searing performance as Solomon Northrup in 12 Years a Slave, but we think Robert Redford had the strongest performance of the year with his turn as the marooned sailor in All is Lost.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityEmma Thompson, Saving Mr. BanksJudi Dench, PhilomenaKate Winslet, Labor Day
Will Win: Cate BlanchettShould Win: Cate BlanchettEver since she wowed audiences in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett has been the heavy favorite to win the Best Actress category. This should be an easy win for the actress, whose performance in the film is worthy of all the praise.
Best ScreenplayJohn Ridley, 12 Years a SlaveBob Nelson, NebraskaEric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American HustleJeff Pope and Steve Coogan, PhilomenaSpike Jonze, Her
Will Win: American HustleShould Win: HerWe're betting that American Hustle's witty heist script takes the top honor in this category, but we felt the most moved by Spike Jonze's searingly emotional and romantic script for Her.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyBruce Dern, NerbaskaLeonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetChristian Bale, American HustleOscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn DavisJoaquin Phoenix, Her
Will Win: Christian BaleShould Win: Bruce DernThis category is pretty much a toss-up, and could go any number of ways. Isaac would be a well-deserved surprise, and although DiCaprio and Phoenix have both received multiple nods in the past, it's hard to picture them winning this time around. Dern, meanwhile, has won incredible reviews and a few early awards for his performance, and could ride this nomination to a victory (and maybe even another at the Oscars). But all in all, Bale is probably the safeest choice, considering his devotion to the off-the-wall, highly emotional role in David O. Russell's latest.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Meryl Streep, August: Osage County Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said Amy Adams, American Hustle Julie Delpy, Before Midnight Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Will Win: Meryl Streep Should Win: Greta GertwigAlmost every time that Streep is nominated for an award, she takes home the prize - and rightly so, as she is one of the best actors of our time. However, in this case, it would be nice to see the HFPA break away from the safe choice and go with Gertwig, whose performance in Frances Ha was at once charming, realistic, and extremely compelling.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Nebraska American Hustle The Wolf of Wall Street Inside Llewyn Davis Her
Will Win: American Hustle Should Win: Inside Llewyn DavisAmerican Hustle tied for the most Golden Globe nominations this year, making it clear that the HFPA are big fans of the film, which means it’s highly likely that the heist film will take home the prize. However, Inside Llewyn Davis has been hailed as the best Coen Brothers' movie yet, and it would be wonderful to see the moving, engaging film win.
Best DirectorAlfonso Cuaron, GravitySteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell, American HustlePaul Greengrass, Captain PhillipsAlexander Payne, Nebraska
Will Win: 12 Years a SlaveShould Win: 12 Years a SlaveWhile Steve McQueen's brutal slavery saga will probably take home the prize, Alfonso Cuaron created a terrifyingly authentic feeling version of space that had us wondering if the director actually threw his cameras into the stratosphere before filming. The Gravity helmer embued his film with boundless invention and techinical wizardry, while never loosing the sight of the characters at the center of his space disaster.
Best Motion Picture, Drama12 Years a SlaveGravityCaptain PhillipsRushPhilomena
Will Win: GravityShould Win: 12 Years a SlaveIn the biggest showdown of the night, we have a feeling that the HFPA will go light and choose the life-affirming blockbuster Gravity over the glum 12 Years a Slave, and leave the more serious fare for the Academy Awards. While we loved Gravity for all its CGI might, we would give the Best Picture to 12 Years a Slave, a movie that will stay in our hearts and minds for many years to come.
Best Animated Feature FilmFrozenThe CroodsDespicable Me 2
Will Win: FrozenShould Win: FrozenWith Frozen, Disney deliverd a wonderfully sweet subversion of the princess movie, and created a new set of princesses for modern era. Frozen is a brilliant film filled with drama, action, and humor, but most importantly, it places the relationship of two sister's at it's coursing heart.
Any fan of a too short-lived television series knows that we can't always have nice things. There's nothing more bittersweet than discovering a new show with boundless potential while helplessly watching its ratings circle the drain. One such heartbreaking tale is that of Ben and Kate, which premiered on Fox in Sept. 2012 and left us after a mere 16 episodes.
The sitcom stars Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon as closely-knit siblings sharing a house and the raising of Kate's daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). Ben is a recovering slacker, still chasing get-rich-quick schemes but never ignoring his responsibilities to his baby sis and cutie-pie niece. Kate is a single mom whose future was interrupted by Maddie and who now aspires to leave her waitressing career behind. The gang is rounded out with Tommy (Echo Kellum) and BJ (Lucy Punch) as Ben and Kate's respective BFFs.
Slightly formulaic set-up? Sure. But the chemistry of the Ben and Kate cast gelled in record time, enabling those few of us who watched it to become attached to these characters right out of the gate. Like Parks and Recreation and New Girl, the series excels in the comedy of niceness. The laughs come from well-crafted scripts and endearing performances, not from cynicism or snark. There are few series on TV that explore the sibling relationship where Ben and Kate finds its heart. And while many comedies struggle to integrate kids without falling into sugary sweetness, Ben and Kate expertly navigated around that trap.
Hot mess BJ was a killer role for Lucy Punch, who's been making huge comic impact in small roles from Hot Fuzz to Dinner for Schmucks. Relative newcomer Kellum was a find (“I was going to, Ben, but then I realized that me climbing in through a window at night, that’s like a one-way ticket to a candle light vigil that turns into a riot”), and was instantly snatched up by the inferior Sean Saves the World.
Are you missing Ben and Kate too? Let us know in the comments!
Lady Gaga reached new heights on Sunday (10Nov13) by donning what she dubbed as the world's first flying dress to publicise the release of her new album Artpop. The singer hosted an event at a warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, where she sported one of her most outlandish outfits to date - a plastic moulded bodysuit with six large propellers attached.
Gaga took flight and hovered around a foot from the ground as the costume, named Volantis, was propelled across the warehouse.
The stunt was carried out to mark the release of her latest record this week (begNov13).
She told the crowd at the bash that the 'flying dress' was "essentially a metaphor for me. I will be a vehicle today for (my fans') voices".
The singer added, "I wanted to make today about something even more important to me, and that something is the youth of the world... Their minds are just so boundless. They're just so inspiring."
The star will also make history in publishing on Monday (11Nov13) - she becomes the first guest contributor to design a logo for USA Today. The singer has designed a statue for editions of the newspaper's LIFE section in collaboration with artist Jeff Koons.
Jimmy Fallon's strength as a talk show host has always been his boundless enthusiasm, plus his consistent efforts to put our favorite celebrities in delightfully ridiculous situations. The last Late Night Lip-Sync Battle was a viral sensation. Jimmy took on Stephen Merchant and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as they pretended to sing a series of popular songs that are now forever changed. Will you ever hear "Single Ladies" again without picturing Merchant loping around the stage and shaking it? Doubtful.
We can't wait for the next one, so we're suggesting a few challengers to kill it on stage and then join these guys (and fellow past contestant John Krasinski, whom Fallon credits with the invention of game, along with his wife Emily Blunt) in the Late Night Lip Sync Hall of Fame.
True, Anna Kendrick doesn't have to lip sync anything. The muscially-gifted actress could wipe the floor with her competitors in a straight up singing competition. Still, we'd love to see her channel all her self-deprecating wit and hilarious energy into this contest.
The Breaking Bad star's infectious joy alone could catapault him into the Lip Sync winner's circle.
Damon Wayans, Jr.
Happy Endings is no more, and we miss seeing the hilarious Damon Wayans, Jr. on TV. Also, we could stand to have a little comedy royalty in this talent pool.
Since the first Scary Movie, Mom star Anna Faris is always willing to make a fool out of herself to get a laugh. We wouldn't mind a surprise duet with husband Chris Pratt either.
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