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10 items from 2014


TV Review: ‘Jay Leno: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize’

21 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Kennedy Center Honors is traditionally one of the year’s classiest TV events, but its less-well-known cousin, “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize” for American humor, could use a rewrite. At least, that’s true based on the 17th edition, honoring Jay Leno, which despite appearances by several high-profile comics saluting the former “Tonight Show” host, never bridges the gap between its live element and a simple clip show devoted to highlights from Leno’s body of work. Jimmy Fallon, at least, gets one thing right: After all Leno did for NBC, it’s strange that “we had to celebrate his career on PBS.”

Granted, devoting a full 90 minutes to such an endeavor (the CBS broadcast recognizes a handful of luminaries from different disciplines in roughly the same time) invites a certain degree of flab, and the jokes – much like a roast – can’t help but become a trifle repetitive. »

- Brian Lowry

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Jay Leno Will Put Mark Twain Prize for Humor on His ’55 Buick

20 October 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With a sincere thanks for “the greatest night of my life,” comedian Jay Leno accepted the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor Sunday in a rowdy affair that featured a parade of funny regulars from the “Tonight Show.” As for his just-received bust of Twain, “it’s going on the front of my ’55 Buick,” he said.

So went another installment of the center’s annual Twain event, its 17th, performed at the center’s packed Concert Hall.

First up, appropriately, was Leno’s successor, Jimmy Fallon. “He did so much on NBC that we had to celebrate his career on PBS,” said Fallon of the Twain event slated for broadcast on public TV Nov. 23. Then Fallon rolled out a mix of heartfelt and irreverent observations about the evening’s honored guest which included a few of his signature thank-you notes. “Thank you, Mark Twain, for writing ‘Tom Sawyer, »

- Paul Harris

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Jay Leno awarded Mark Twain Prize, roasted by fellow comedians

20 October 2014 6:31 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

On Sunday night, Jay Leno received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, and the event wasn't without its share of cracks at the former Tonight Show host. According to the Associated Press, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks, and Chelsea Handler were on hand to pay tribute to Leno, and they did not hold back on lobbing zingers about Leno. "When I first heard that Jay was getting this Mark Twain Prize tonight, which is a huge honor, I found out it was for humor, and I was a little bit confused, »

- Teresa Jue

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Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler

20 October 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler Seth Meyers, Jb Smoove, Garth Brooks, Kristen Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks and Wanda Sykes also helped honor Leno with the nation’s top humor prize Sunday night at the Kennedy Center. Chelsea Handler said in her tribute: “I never really said it to you, because you’re never really listening, but every single time I was on his show, he’d come back and ask me how I was doing, how was life. You made a difference in my life. I totally love you. And if you ever need anything from anyone, call Jimmy Fallon.” Plus: Watch attendees try to impersonate Leno. Google changes Stephen Colbert's height to 5-10.5 after he complained he should be listed as 5-11 Colbert ranted at Google last week on "The Colbert Report" for listing him as 5- »

- Norman Weiss

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Jay Leno Teased by Jerry Seinfeld, Garth Brooks While Accepting Humor Prize in D.C.

19 October 2014 8:50 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former Tonight Show host Sunday when he received the nation's top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS. Read more Why Jay Leno Never Invited Joan Rivers to 'The Tonight Show' Fallon, who replaced Leno this year on The Tonight Show after Leno

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- the Associated Press

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Jon Stewart sings 'I Will Remember You' in 'tribute' to Michael Che’s 3-months at 'Daily Show'

19 September 2014 6:31 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jon Stewart sings “I will remember you” in "tribute" to Michael Che’s 3-month “Daily Show” stint Che, who begins his “SNL” Weekend Update co-hosting job next week, got an elaborate mock sendoff from Stewart, who noted Che worked for him for a total of 58 business days. Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon! “The Tonight Show” host today enters his 40s. Plus: Fallon and Billy Crystal share Robin Williams stories. “ER” premiered 20 years ago today The last huge network drama, which drew more than 30 million viewers per week, debuted on a Tuesday with a two-hour pilot. Click Read Full Post For More “Red Band Society” L.A. bus ads pulled for labeling Octavia Spencer a “Scary Bitch” The ads have been on Metro L.A. buses, but only recently did officials get an “earful from community” over the ad’s offensiveness. Jay Leno is joining Al Roker on a Uso comedy »

- Norman Weiss

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2014 NAACP Image Awads: Full winners list

22 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The 45th NAACP Image Awards were presented Saturday night (Feb. 22), with names like Kevin Hart, Kerry Washington, "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong'o being honored.

The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.

Winners are in bold.

Entertainer of the Year

Kevin Hart

Film

Outstanding Motion Picture

"12 Years A Slave" "Fruitvale Station""Lee Daniels' The Butler""Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom""The Best Man Holiday

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Forest Whitaker - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"Chadwick Boseman - "42"Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"Idris Elba - "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"Michael B. Jordan - "Fruitvale Station"

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett - "Black Nativity"Halle Berry - "The Call"Jennifer Hudson - "Winnie Mandela"Kerry Washington - "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples"Nicole Beharie »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

7 February 2014 12:26 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: NBC

Episodes: 4,610 (62 min)

Seasons: 22

TV show dates: May 25, 1992 -- May 29, 2009

March 1, 2010 -- February 6, 2014

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Jay Leno, Edd Hall, Kevin Eubanks, Nina Bergman, Brandon Molale, Julie Scardina, and John Melendez.

TV show description:

Having taken over from Johnny Carson, this late night talk and variety show is hosted by comedian Jay Leno.

Following the basic format of its predecessors, each episode consists of the host's opening monologue, a comedy routine, and interviews with notable celebrities.

Various musical acts or stand-up comedians are also sometimes featured.

Series Finale

Episode #4,610

Guests included Sheryl Crow, Carol Burnett, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Jack Black, Chris Paul, Billy Crystal, Jim Parsons, and Marc Shaiman. You can read more here.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘The Butler’ Score Big in NAACP Nominations

9 January 2014 1:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”

Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).

Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.

The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »

- Tim Gray

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2014 NAACP Image Awards nominees list

9 January 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Thursday (Jan. 9) at the Television Critics Association press tour by David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl!") and Gina Torres ("Suits").

The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards airs live Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on TVOne.

The list of nominees:

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

·         "House of Lies" (Showtime)

·         "Modern Family" (ABC)

·         "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)

·         "The Game" (Bet)

·         "The Soul Man" (TV Land)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

·         Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)

·         Cedric The Entertainer - "The Soul Man" (TV Land)

·         Don Cheadle - "House of Lies" (Showtime)

·         Dulé Hill - "Psych" (USA Network)

·         Kevin Hart - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

·         Aisha Tyler - "Archer" (FX Networks)

·         Mindy Kaling - "The Mindy Project" (Fox)

·         Niecy Nash - "The Soul Man" (TV Land »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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