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Mike Tyson better watch out, because Terry Crews has some sweet lip-syncing skills. Spike released a preview of Crews’ performance of Run D.M.C’s “Sucker Mc’s” ahead of Thursday’s episode of “Lip Sync Battle,” in which the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star goes up against boxing’s former heavyweight champion of the world. Though Tyson proved himself a capable lip syncer in the preview of his performance of Salt-n-Pepa’s 1986 hit “Push It,” Crews appears to work the crowd into a frenzy with his mic skills, stage presence and white Adidas — a Run D.M.C. signature style mark. See »
- Joe Otterson
Racers and car enthusiasts rolled over to the charity screening of “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
The film — preceded by a red carpet and followed by an after-party, both held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — celebrated actor Paul Newman’s passion for racing with archived footage of the late actor and his wife, Joanne Woodward, who remained married until Newman’s death in 2008.
Director and producer Adam Carolla started making the film about two years ago. “It was just a story that I knew people didn’t know, and I wanted people to know it,” he said. Carolla talked to Bob Sharp, whose racing team Newman drove for from the mid ’70s until the ’90s, and together the two took a trip to Newman’s home track, Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, Connecticut, where the concept for the documentary took form. »
- Seth Kelley
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
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
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 »
David Letterman's final weeks are upon us. Though the longtime host has remained characteristically low-key about his looming exit, his booker has lined up a star-studded guest list for his final six weeks. Though the roster does not include rival Jay Leno, it does feature the pair's 2010 Super Bowl commercial co-star Oprah Winfrey along with Letterman pals Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker. Also included in the A-list mix are George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Bill Murray, Don Rickles, Ray
- Lacey Rose
Acting legend Paul Newman is known all around the world for his extraordinary film career, including an Oscar win for Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" (1986), and his charity Newman's Own Foundation, which has raised over $450 million since its creation in 1982. But fans of the late actor will get to see a whole new side of him when directors Adam Carolla and Nate Adams explore one of Newman's biggest passions: car racing. In the upcoming documentary "Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman," the actor's high speed obsession is explored through rare archive footage and interviews with friends and fellow car lovers Robert Redford, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Wagner, Jay Leno and Mario Andretti. Although Newman didn't start racing until he was 47, his career behind the wheel lasted over 30 years, nearly sidelined his acting career and earned him four national championships as a driver and eight more as an owner. »
- Zack Sharf
Washington — Comedian Eddie Murphy has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year’s Mark Train Prize for American Humor.
Award will be presented Oct. 18 at a Kennedy Center event to be taped for later broadcast. A gaggle of top entertainers is again expected to assemble for a celebratory roasting and video clip-a-thon of the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and box office magnet.
“We look forward to paying tribute to Murphy’s important and lasting impact on American culture,” said the center’s new president, Deborah Rutter.
The award, in its 18th year, is the centerpiece of an expanding emphasis on showcasing comedy at the KenCen. Murphy joins a growing list of “SNL” alums who’ve received the award including Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Billy Crystal and Lorne Michaels. Last year’s recipient was Jay Leno.
Murphy joined “SNL” in 1980 at the age of 19; his impression of Buckwheat, »
- Paul Harris
Conan O’Brien may want to consider a gym membership, or at least hiring Kevin Hart as his personal trainer. On Tuesday’s episode of “Conan,” the TBS host played a video in which first lady Michelle Obama challenged him to take the #GimmeFive challenge, an initiative Obama started five years ago to encourage physical fitness. Obama said she noticed O’Brien was not very muscular and she wanted him to complete five chin ups as part of the challenge, which the comedian took exception to — without any support from his sidekick, Andy Richter. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of. »
- Joe Otterson
A version of this story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Hours before James Corden's first installment of The Late Late Show aired March 23, a food truck arrived with lunch for the CBS show's staff. Behind the premiere day treat: the staff of The Tonight Show on rival NBC. The outpouring continued, with host Jimmy Fallon sending over a foosball table and a note welcoming Corden to the "premiere" league. David Letterman and Seth Meyers gifted him with whiskey and champagne, respectively, and Jay Leno turned up without warning to offer Corden a
- Lacey Rose
Charades has never seemed more intense. Kat Dennings, Michael Douglas, and Jon Cryer appeared on Monday’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to play a few rounds of the classic party game. Fallon and Dennings were on one team, while Douglas and Cryer were on another. Both teams scored early points when they successfully acted out clues for “The Macarena” and “House of Cards.” The audience got quite the treat when Cryer was forced to mime “Pretty in Pink,” the 1986 John Hughes movie in which Cryer played Molly Ringwald’s best friend Duckie. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All. »
- Joe Otterson
The film, co-directed and produced by Nate Adams, will open in select theaters nationwide and on-demand on May 22.
Newman’s racing career spanned 35 years. He won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner.
Carolla started restoring and racing vintage racecars in 2003 and has since acquired, restored and raced seven cars that Newman raced.
“There were so many incredible stories about Newman over his 35-year racing career and I was amazed that no one wanted to commit to telling his story,” he said.
- Dave McNary
James Corden is not only a good late-night host, but a fine hide-and-seek player as well. Corden and his “Late Late Show” crew took over the house of a fan named Tommy, where they decided to play an old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek. The British host was the seeker, while bandleader Reggie Watts, actor Jeff Goldblum, singer Beck, and homeowner Tommy were the hiders. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon Beck’s hiding skills definitely left something to be desired, as Corden found him almost instantly. Goldblum was game, »
- Joe Otterson
One seldom-discussed aspect of ad-supported entertainment is its generational divide, and the fact top power brokers and creative masterminds — usually in their 50s and 60s — are tasked with determining what young adults will want to watch. Yet despite this obvious tension, the issue rarely finds its way onto the screen.
Given that, it’s noteworthy to see two series premiering that deal with how different generations don’t communicate very well regarding matters of culture and commerce — a gap that risks becoming more of a chasm, one could argue, thanks to the self-selecting and like-minded communities that spring up via social media.
“The Comedians,” an FX comedy set in Hollywood, tackles the issue pretty directly, chronicling the arranged professional marriage of Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. Playing versions of themselves, the two are thrown together to co-star in a fictional variety show. Beyond the meta aspects, the fact they can »
- Brian Lowry
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This time around we’ve got a Twitter tip courtesy of The Royals, a lesson in DJ-ing from Undateable, some kinky banter on Person of Interest, a language lesson from Girls and much more.
So click through the gallery below for the full »
Jimmy Fallon and the Wax Jimmys may be coming to a concert hall near you sometime soon. The “Tonight Show” host debuted a taped segment on Thursday in which he is inspecting his wax figures that will go on display at Madame Tussauds. He is preparing to head out to start his show, and belts out a few bars of the Beach Boys 1965 classic “Barbara Ann,” which stirs the wax figures into accompanying him. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon Fallon brushes it off at first and keeps singing. »
- Joe Otterson
In his first week, James Corden has been waterboarded by Jay Leno, awakened by Meryl Streep and “acted” opposite Tom Hanks. For The Late Late Show‘s new host, singing with Mariah Carey was just another “sweet, sweet fantasy” come true.
RelatedThe Late Late Show With James Corden Premiere: Glad You Stayed Awake?
On Wednesday night’s episode, the British comic invited the five-time Grammy winner to drive with him to work, not only to sing with music royalty, but as a means of gaining access to the coveted carpool lane, thus avoiding L.A.’s heinous traffic jams. »
TV Rewind: Late Late Show With James Corden is getting better and better, and there’s still Reggie Watts people! Kevin Hart was a shoe salesman and Will Ferrell’s early years involved a brief bank telling gig. Ferrell also attempted stand-up comedy that boasted his haunting yet accurate Star Trek theme song material.Watch the clips and see how long Kevin Hart can take it. Plus Mimi goes on a joyride with James, and Meryl Streep, Chelsea Handler and Jay Leno also cross paths with the Brit chatter. Will Ferrell Sings the Star Trek ThemeJames asks Will Ferrell to perform an early […] »
- April Neale
Welcome to the March 25, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: do we have a new "Gamergate" on our hands? "The new Gamergate: Angry white men are trying to shut down diverse comics," reads the headline of a piece written by Salon's Matt Binder, who claims that "right-wing parasites, misogynist Men’s Rights activists, and opportunistic grifters" including Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos (many of whom, he alleges, probably don't even read comics) are taking aim at attempts to add more women and racial minorities to mainstream comics, most notably the woman Thor. "The fact that a woman playing Thor would cause such outrage, when even a frog is able to take up the title of Thor sans controversy, is absurd," Binder writes before citing numerous other examples of targeted attacks by the trolls in question. He »
- Chris Eggertsen
In New York there’s a group of comedians putting on their own versions of post-11 o’clock talkshows. As the late-night landscape shifts, could they be primed to take over?
In the crowded marketplace of New York comedy, live late-night-style talkshows are making their mark. Generally staged at small theaters in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, they’re a chance for budding performers to practice a skill that most new TV hosts haven’t actually developed – hosting a talk show. “I’m training to do this,” says Scott Rogowsky, who has been hosting Running Late with Scott Rogowsky since 2011. “I’m hoping that this will pay off one day. When the time comes and someone makes the call, at that point I’ll have had 10, 15 years’ experience doing the very thing you’re hiring me to do. Most people, when they hire you, they want some experience on the résumé. »
- Elise Czajkowski
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