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National Geographic Channel’s Late-Night Formula: Neil deGrasse Tyson + ‘StarTalk’ = ?

16 April 2015 2:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to boldly go where no latenight host has gone before.

When the astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host takes to the National Geographic Channel on Monday night to launch TV’s latest ’round-midnight entry, “StarTalk,” he will do so without a monologue or a set of humorous skits poised to go viral across the digisphere. All he will have at his disposal is his vast store of knowledge about the realm of science, his inner geek, a few guests and a tie festooned with the trappings of distant galaxies.

NBC has Jimmy Fallon. ABC has Jimmy Kimmel. CBS will soon have Stephen Colbert. Starting Monday at 11 p.m., National Geographic will, for 10 episodes, have Tyson, who could bring with him a new wrinkle to TV’s latenight wars.

No one pretends the director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium will draw the numbers of »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Late Show': David Letterman Leaves Behind More Eager-to-Please Latenight Field

14 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Letterman looked fidgety, as he often does, listening to Al Franken compliment him. Although the comedy writer/performer-turned-u.S. senator from Minnesota doesn’t do many talkshows, Franken told the CBS host he wanted to pay homage to Letterman “before you become an eccentric recluse” after he retires from “The Late Show” on May 20.

“I have enormous respect for you, not just as a comedian,” Franken said, lauding Letterman as a great broadcaster, a caretaker of the timeslot, and someone who changed comedy.

Franken is right on most counts. Letterman offered a new look and feel to what could happen on latenight talkshows — in a way that has greatly influenced the generation that followed — and it also seems likely that he’ll emulate his idol, Johnny Carson, by riding into the sunset after a staggeringly long run (33 years in Letterman’s case, between NBC and CBS, vs. 30 for Carson »

- Brian Lowry

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'Austin City Limits' Founder Bill Arhos Dead at 80

13 April 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Bill Arhos, the founder of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits and the inspiration behind the Texas capital's now-annual music festival, passed away April 11th at the age of 80, the Austin City Limits site reports. A longtime executive at Austin's Klru, Arhos helped create the Austin City Limits concept in 1974. That same year, the show's debut episode, featuring a performance by Willie Nelson, aired on the public television station.

"I've never met anyone like Bill Arhos," Acl executive producer and longtime colleague Terry Lickona said in a statement. »

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Letterman's Last Stand: Clooney, Oprah, Seinfeld and More to Guest

13 April 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With only six weeks left before David Letterman officially bids farewell to The Late Show, the longtime late night host has revealed some of the big-name guests that will sit on his couch before he retires on May 20th. Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks are just a few of the stars (and Letterman favorites) that will visit The Late Show one last time.

Bill Murray – Letterman's first ever Late Show guest and a fixture during the show's »

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David Letterman Likely To Exit ‘Late Show’ In Low-Key Fashion

13 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Letterman is readying an exit from his latenight perch at CBS’ “Late Show” that will play down the hype associated with the event, according to people familiar with the matter, and instead focus on his work on the program he has broadcast for decades.

As the veteran host enters his last six weeks at the helm of the program, CBS has unveiled a roster of celebrities slated to appear. The names include George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna and Scarlett Johansson. CBS promised “many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.” Bill Murray, the actor and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member who was Letterman’s first guest when he started “The Late Show” at CBS as well as “Late Night” at NBC, is also expected to return to the program, though »

- Brian Steinberg

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Go behind the scenes of SNL in Live From New York! trailer

10 April 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

40 years of Saturday Night Live are celebrated in a trailer for the documentary Live From New York!

Documentarian Bao Nguyen examines the sketch comedy show's influence on America through archival footage and interviews with key players.

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Amy Poehler are among the many contributors who explore how SNL launched the careers of dozens of comedy icons.

Live From New York! also puts the spotlight on the beginnings of Saturday Night Live in 1975, when NBC commissioned a variety show to replace weekend repeats of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

Saturday Night Live has gone on to win 36 Primetime Emmy Awards among its record-breaking 156 total nominations.

Live From New York! will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 15, before coming to select Us theatres June 12.

Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary review: Muddled but memorable

NBC celebrated the iconic comedy show with a three-hour primetime television special in »

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Madonna Kills as Standup on Fallon: No, Really, She Murdered It (see!)

10 April 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Madonna got a chance that most comedians would kill for; she debuted as a “comedian” on the “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” last night (Apr. 10) and by all accounts she was terrible. But you have to give her some kudos for trying. Over the years, the “Tonight Show” has been a major stepping stone for comedians from Jerry Seinfeld to Joan Rivers. The dean of late-night television, Johnny Carson, was famous for introducing new comedians and it was a regular segment on his show. To win his praise was like the gold seal of approval for your Schick. ...Read More »

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Best of Late Night TV: Jon Snow Knows Nothing at Seth's NYC Dinner Party, Charades With Kat Dennings (Video)

6 April 2015 11:56 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

How would Jon Snow behave at a dinner party? Watch and see. "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington was on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Monday night, so Seth set up an SNL-style sketch called "Seth brings Jon Snow to a dinner party." In the 5-minute video, you see Seth with his NYC friends, then Jon in full Night's Watch attire. Turns out, he knows nothing about being a good dinner party guest. Or maybe it's everyone else who has it wrong. After all, winter is always coming. Eventually. If only Seth had invited Debbie Downer, she and Jon would really hit it off. Stay to the end, »

- Gina Carbone

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The Letterman Years: Stories From Behind the Scenes of the Show That Changed Comedy Forever

31 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Where comedians of the first comedy boom dreamed of being Johnny Carson, the second comedy boom's late-night hosts — Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers — all grew up looking up to David Letterman. “We're all 100 percent guilty of stealing from Letterman,” Kimmel told Rolling Stone for its 2011 feature, “How Letterman Reinvented TV.” “That show changed everything, and it changed the humor of the United States more than anything I can think of." Letterman strolled in like the Eliot Ness of television — suddenly, there was an expectation that you had to raise your game or be called out on it. "When Letterman was on, I thought, 'I know these people and this sense of humor – this is a world I have to find a way into,'” Judd Apatow told Rolling Stone of his subversive, conversational style. “There were six or seven people or groups who changed comedy »

- Tom Ruprecht

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Fast-Forward Through Tom Hanks’ Career on The Premiere of The Late Late Show with James Corden

24 March 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Set your DVR’s cuz there’s a new face on the late night scene. James Corden officially kicked off his gig on The Late Late Show last night, and it was a hit. In addition to some hilarious bits, Corden was joined by stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis – sitting side-by-side on a couch.

Minus the desk and more face-to face, the new show was like the old Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and funny when the guests talked to each other.

However, the best part came when Hanks and Corden looked back at the Oscar-winning actor’s career. Green screen, black turtle necks and some clever props were all the two needed as they raced through scenes from 29 of Hanks’ movie hits.

Apollo 13 was funny, but Big won it, hands down.

Tom Hanks can next be seen in director Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies.

A dramatic »

- Melissa Thompson

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The 20 Best Late-Night Talk Show Hosts Ever

23 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Who'd want to be James Corden? The new host of CBS' "The Late Late Show," who takes over the slot vacated by Craig Ferguson, has an unenviable task. Not only does the British comic have to introduce himself to American audiences, he also has to succeed where nearly everyone else who's tried has failed, in the hyper-competitive arena of late-night talk.

For all the late-night talk shows launched over the past 60 years, only a tiny handful of hosts have found any success. Many shows vanished without a trace, despite having talented and funny hosts who had succeeded elsewhere.. Does anyone remember that Craig Kilborn hosted "The Daily Show" before Jon Stewart and "The Late Late Show" before Craig Ferguson? Does anyone remember Whoopi Goldberg's show, or Roseanne's, or Joy Behar's, or Zach Galifianakis's? Others do have an impact, but it's the disastrous impact of an asteroid hurtling into the earth. »

- Gary Susman

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Film Review: A Magician Debunks the Paranormal in Beguiling Doc ‘An Honest Liar’

19 March 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Magician James Randi, or “The Amazing Randi,” has a made a legacy in using his love of magic to show audiences how they’re being tricked by evangelists, spoon-benders, psychics, etc. A ruthlessly charming Houdini-wannabe with instant showman charisma, he exists as the humbling gravity to a world that can convince itself that unattainable answers are to be found in ideas beyond science.

When someone claims that they’re able to talk to spirits from over 35,000 years ago, or can push a pen with extreme focus and the wave of their hand, Randi shows up at the scene, and throws down with logic at his side. It often happens on the stage of talk shows, whether it’s Johnny Carson or Larry King, and it’s glorious. He never loses. In a world where a sucker is indeed born every minute, he’s a hero as much as he is a necessity. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Kevin Spacey Once Again Dominates Celebrity Impressions

10 March 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Kevin Spacey has already proven himself to be a master of celebrity impressions, and during an appearance on Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, he pulled out all the stops. The actor started the show off with a bang by impersonating his mentor and friend Jack Lemmon before revealing that he met Jack when he was just 13. Kevin then followed up with a Johnny Carson monologue that only he could pull off so well. Watch the clip above, and then check out Christina Aguilera's hilariously spot-on Britney Spears impression. »

- Marina-Liao

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Best of Late Night TV: New Bachelorettes Britt and Kaitlyn Dump Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Spacey Does Impressions (Video)

10 March 2015 12:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

On Monday night, ABC revealed that "The Bachelorette" will have two rosemistresses for the first time in the show's history. (There were two Bachelors at one time, on Byron Velvick's season, and the women of the house voted early on to pick one to stay.) Jimmy Kimmel sat down with the two new bachelorettes: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson. Jimmy grilled them on what will happen (they're not sure of the details yet), and what happens if they like the same guy. Jimmy also had them practice dumping a guy. Love when Kaitlyn dumped Jimmy for Guillermo, and Britt pulled the Matt Damon card on Jimmy and slapped him. »

- Gina Carbone

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James ‘The Amazing’ Randi Speaks at ‘An Honest Liar’ Screening

4 March 2015 3:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The big draw at a special screening on Tuesday night in Hollywood wasn’t a leading man or hot new starlet, but an 86-year-old retired magician.

Attendees at the screening and reception held at the Magic Castle were anxious to meet James “the Amazing” Randi, the subject of a new documentary called “An Honest Liar.” The film chronicles Randi’s journey from escape artist and magician to a skeptic who famously debunked faith healers and psychics. Everyone from Alice Cooper to Penn and Teller weigh in on his influence, and the movie contains rarely seen archival footage of Randi appearing on everything from “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” to “Happy Days.” But while making the film, directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom ended up discovering a deception Randi in which has been involved for over 25 years and debate whether Randi knew about the lie or not.

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- Jenelle Riley

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James Corden on Taking Over ‘The Late Late Show’ and Winning Over America

3 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Corden is nervous.

The launch of his “Late Late Show” on CBS is just weeks away, and he’s questioning everything. The set. The logo. His wardrobe. Himself.

“There’s good nerves and there’s bad nerves,” he says. “It’s good nerves that spur you on, and bad nerves that debilitate you. If I can find the good nerves, I’ll be very grateful.”

The 36-year-old British comedian knows he’s facing an uphill battle to win over American audiences — make that even introduce himself to them. He may have nearly 5 million Twitter followers, but as he is quick to point out, “They’re all back in the U.K.”

He also has to win over celebrities — and more crucially, publicists, so that he can land key bookings for his couch. Despite his many talents, he’s never hosted a talkshow of this scale before, so reps are understandably skittish, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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How to Fix the Oscars in 5 Easy Steps

24 February 2015 3:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Oscars weren’t just a disappointment in terms of viewership — down 16%, with tepid reviews for host Neil Patrick Harris — it also speaks to a much larger problem for Hollywood. The Oscars are supposed to be a celebration of all facets of the movie-making business, but in recent years, the ceremony has started to feel more and more insular, like an employee-of-the-year celebration that happens to be televised for the entire world. The gap between the movies that win the Oscars (“Birdman” with its relatively small box office of $37 million) and movies that general audiences love to watch (“The Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America 2,” etc.) continues to grow wider, which is why the ceremony is facing an identity crisis. Popular actors such as Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans attend only as presenters, while a mega-hit franchise like “The Hunger Games” has yet to receive a single Oscar nomination. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Musings On The 87Th Annual Academy Awards

23 February 2015 3:38 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Well, it's that time of year again when pundits everywhere weigh in on the merits (or lack thereof) of the previous evening's Oscar telecast.

Here are my random observations:

Host Neil Patrick Harris was affable and likable and worked like hell to put on a good show. But there lies the rub. Traditionally, Oscar hosts never had to be chosen for their ability to carry Busby Berkeley-like song and dance extravaganzas. Dear old Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson were simply there to keep the traffic flowing to the podium in between rattling off some memorable one-liners. Billy Crystal quashed that tradition with his ever-outrageous opening production numbers that razzed the Academy and some of the nominees. The idea should have been retired with him when he announced he would no longer host the event. Last evening's opening act was certainly opulent and contained some »

- (Cinema Retro)

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And Down The Stretch They Come: The 87th Academy Awards

21 February 2015 10:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Countdown for the big day is less than 24 hours away.

After months of preparations and planning, Oscar Sunday is tomorrow. The red carpet, the bleachers seats, the gold statues – the crews having been working around the clock and everything is ready for the 87th Academy Awards.

First-time host Neil Patrick Harris will be the evening’s emcee at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

He joins the illustrious line that includes Johnny Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal and Bob Hope – who has hosted the most Oscar shows with 19 host appearances.

Craig Zadan (left), Neil Meron (center) and Tim McGraw during rehearsals

87th Oscars Rehearsals ©A.M.P.A.S.

This year’s Best Picture race is one of the most highly contested in recent memory. Will it be frontrunners Birdman or Boyhood who take home the gold? Could the voters have checked off one of the other eight nominees »

- Michelle McCue

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The Top 40 SNL Skits for SNL’s 40th Anniversary

19 February 2015 5:02 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

SNL. Saturday Night Live. The place where comedy and comedians make it. Just like the city it quintessentially represents, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

And we have forty years to look at. As you might have seen, SNL is turning forty this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to get the whole gang back together and make it a night that will go down in the history books? Anyone who’s anyone is going to the reunion (well, that is anyone besides Eddie Murphy of course) and it’s sure to bring back everything that made the show what it is today.

So here we look at some of the best sketches that has ever graced our eyes thanks to Lorne Michael’s marvelous show filler for Johnny Carson. (That’s right- the whole reason the show exists is because Carson wanted »

- Catherina Gioino

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