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Top Late-Night Jokes About Patriots 'Deflate Gate'

23 January 2015 9:33 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Reports that underinflated footballs were used in the first half of the Afc Championship Game have cast a shadow on the upcoming Super Bowl Xlix -- but provided lots of material for late-night hosts.

Despite New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick both denying on Thursday having anything to do with ball tampering, "Deflate Gate" is still trending. The press conference itself had quotes primed for jokes. "It's not like I squeeze the football," Brady said. "I grip the football."

Photos: Stars Who Love Sports!

Here are the best jokes to come out of the late shows surrounding the NFL ball deflation scandal.

Conan: "This is not the first time the Patriots have been accused of cheating," Conan O'Brien begins. "For example, there was the time they widened their own goal posts. ...There's the time they put magnets in the opposing team's helmets. ...There's the time they made opposing teams pay tolls »

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Watch Conan O'Brien Mock Bill Cosby in Patriots 'Deflategate' Bit

23 January 2015 9:12 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The NFL's "Deflategate" scandal from the Afc Championship game has given late night hosts plenty of comedic ammo. On Thursday's episode of ConanConan O'Brien joked about the deflated football controversy, but one memorable gag about the New England Patriots' poor sportsmanship took an unexpected detour into Bill Cosby's sexual assault accusations. 

"This is not the first time the Patriots have been accused of cheating," O'Brien says to open the bit. He then cycles through several wacky images of the team using ridiculous approaches to victory – like putting magnets in the other teams' helmets, »

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Watch Conan Skewer Bill Cosby’s Sex-Assault Scandal

22 January 2015 11:21 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Conan O'Brien got a bit edgy on Thursday night. When discussing the New England Patriots' deflated-footballs scandal, the late-night host found a way to skewer Bill Cosby's sex-assault controversies at the same time. Leading with a handful of absurd sports-related gags, O'Brien turned Cosby's alleged proclivity to hand out tampered drinks into his punch line. It's kind of cringe-worthy, but it's also the kind of jab that makes Team Coco so lovable. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Turner’s Sales President on Unifying Brands for Upfronts: Goal Is ‘One Holistic Conversation’

21 January 2015 2:22 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donna Speciale tells TheWrap that with CNN and Adult Swim now producing originals, “The timing was perfect to bring it all together”

Turner Broadcasting System Inc. is storming May’s Upfronts with a consolidated lineup, some new logistics, and the hopes of raising awareness for some of its lesser-known brands, Sales President Donna Speciale told TheWrap Wednesday of her company’s new plan.

Earlier in the day, Turner revealed that Adult Swim, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, Hln, TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Sports would join forces for a singular Upfront event on Wednesday, May 13 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. »

- Tony Maglio

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Watch Conan O'Brien get animated, battle mobsters with Archer

21 January 2015 12:47 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Jimmy Fallon may be playing games with celebrities like Keri Russell every night, but it looks like ratings rival Conan O'Brien is busy hanging out with fictional celebrities. On Monday night, the eponymous Conan host Blue-Skidoo'd into the animated world of Sterling Archer to help the world's best/worst spy take on some Russian mobsters. Animated Conan made some #hip references to apps like Uber and Tinder while also riffing on classic Archer running jokes like "Danger Zone" and "phrasing!" »

- Christian Holub

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Rob Lowe Killed an Iowa State Bird While Golfing, Quit the Sport

21 January 2015 9:48 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Rob Lowe is really, really sorry. The Parks and Recreation alum admitted during an appearance on Conan on Monday, Jan. 19, that he accidentally killed a bird while playing golf back in 2007. The incident occurred during a friendly celebrity tournament, but left such an impression on the actor that he quit the sport cold turkey. "I gave golf up because I killed the Iowa state bird in flight, in a golf tournament," Lowe, 50, told host Conan O'Brien. "I went to a PGA Pro-Am celebrity thing in the [...] »

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Conan O’Brien Thwarted Russian Mobsters With Sterling Archer

20 January 2015 11:52 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Conan O'Brien transformed into a cartoon Tuesday night with none other than Sterling Archer, becoming the first late-night host to moonlight as a deadly spy and fight off a gang of Russian mobsters (that we know of). If this sounds like a bad 'shroom trip, that's good because it kind of plays like one. For fans of Archer, O'Brien's character comes across as a mash-up of Cyril Figgis and Dr. Krieger who doesn't quite grasp the show's recurring jokes, in the best way. For those unfamiliar with the show, don't worry — it's still a treat to see animated Conan O'Brien talk about Tinder, interns, and handguns. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Matt LeBlanc Once Told Princes Harry and William to 'F--- Off' (Video)

14 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If this were a Friends episode, it would be "The One Where Joey Swears at the Royal Princes." Matt LeBlanc visited Conan Tuesday and mentioned that he'd once been invited to a polo match by the royal family. Though he admitted he knows nothing about polo, as he says, "[When] you get invited by the royals, you go." So LeBlanc watched the match and queued in line to meet Princes William and Harry afterwards, as one does. But most people who meet the Princes didn't star in a beloved sitcom. LeBlanc said that when he got face to face with the royals, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Listen to Liam Neeson Prank Call Maggie Grace's Ex-Boyfriend As His Taken Character

9 January 2015 10:49 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I met Liam Neeson briefly for an interview when The Grey came out, and I was surprised to find that in real life, he's actually a very quiet guy. His recent batch of films, most of which involve him angrily threatening bad guys, paint an entirely different picture of the guy, and hey - that's what acting is all about. But the real Neeson isn't afraid to get scary if the situation calls for it.

His Taken co-star Maggie Grace went on Conan O'Brien's talk show and revealed that after a particularly bad break-up with an ex-boyfriend, Neeson offered his particular set of skills as a way to try to make things right. Check out what happened in the video below, and try to imagine being the guy who received that phone call and trying not to crap yourself out of pure fear.

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- Ben Pearson

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Taken 3 star Liam Neeson prank-calls Maggie Grace's ex-boyfriend

9 January 2015 9:51 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Maggie Grace has revealed that her Taken 3 co-star Liam Neeson once prank-called an ex-boyfriend of hers while in character.

The actress, who plays Neeson's daughter in the action thriller series, explained that the 62-year-old is "so protective in real-life too".

Taken 3 review: As hackneyed and unashamedly cynical as sequels get

"He's just the best fake movie dad any girl could ask for," Grace said during an appearance on Conan.

"There was this boy and it was kind of... whatever. "I was a little bit heartbroken - he was kind of a hot mess - and I was telling Liam about it because he always asks about my love life.

"He was like, 'This just can't be, we have to set this kid straight. What shall we do?' and so we called him at his house."

"You actually recorded it and we have it," Conan O'Brien told the audience, »

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Liam Neeson Prank Called Maggie Grace's Ex

9 January 2015 7:35 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Liam Neeson has been working the protective father angle for several years now, which makes this story Maggie Grace told Conan O'Brien all the better. Grace has been playing his imperiled daughter since "Taken" came out in 2008, and through the years, they've developed a nice father-daughter bond. Naturally, when she confessed she was a touch heartbroken over an ex-boyfriend (or, as she describes it, "kind of a hot mess") he sprung into action.

"[Liam] said, like, 'This can't be. We have to set this kid straight. What should we do?' So we called him at his office." Sure enough, they have the audio file ready to go, and boy howdy, it's not the type of call we'd like to receive.

"Your first mistake was dating out of your league," Neeson growls, later adding, "You see, I have a particular set of skills. And I don't want to waste them on you. »

- Jenni Miller

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Late-Night TV Hosts Tackle Paris Newspaper Shooting Variously – Video

8 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated with video of Bill Maher on Jimmy Kimmel Live: Late-night TV hosts last night grappled with Wednesday morning’s attack at the offices of a satirical newspaper in Paris that left 12 people dead and more critically injured. While TBS’ Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart opened their shows with short commentary about the violence at the Charlie Hebdo offices, and those who would exercise their right to free speech, HBO’s Bill Maher spoke loud and long on… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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Conan O'Brien's Ant-man Trailer Has A Huge Spoiler In It

8 January 2015 12:28 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The release of Marvel's Ant-Man trailer has been all anyone really wants to talk about this week. We pulled 42 screenshots from the trailer, found a video of six things you might have missed, and pointed out some brand new photos from the movie, but talk show host Conan O'Brien thinks Marvel might have given away far too much in their first teaser. Watch his video below, and you'll see what he means.

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- Ben Pearson

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Elizabeth Banks 'Freaked Out' the First Time She Saw a Male Stripper (Video)

8 January 2015 6:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Everyone remembers their first time … seeing a male stripper. Elizabeth Banks does, anyway, and she shared the experience with Conan O'Brien Wednesday night while talking about the upcoming Magic Mike Xxl. "He got naked [and] we were sort of so disgusted - I actually ran out of the room at one point," Banks said of the time she and her sorority sisters hired a male stripper in college. "What was the problem?" O'Brien asked, to which Banks responded, "He left his socks on." "He just couldn't figure out how to sexily remove a sock," Banks continued, "so he just left them on. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Elizabeth Banks 'Freaked Out' the First Time She Saw a Male Stripper (Video)

8 January 2015 5:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Everyone remembers their first time … seeing a male stripper. Elizabeth Banks does, anyway, and she shared the experience with Conan O'Brien Wednesday night while talking about the upcoming Magic Mike Xxl. "He got naked [and] we were sort of so disgusted - I actually ran out of the room at one point," Banks said of the time she and her sorority sisters hired a male stripper in college. "What was the problem?" O'Brien asked, to which Banks responded, "He left his socks on." "He just couldn't figure out how to sexily remove a sock," Banks continued, "so he just left them on. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Here Are Your People's Choice Awards Winners!

8 January 2015 2:07 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Ah, the People's Choice Awards... The place where "Pretty Little Liars" can beat out "True Detective" and old guys like me learns that there are pop bands called One Direction and One Republic. If you voted, then hopefully your choices are represented here (unless you voted for "Maleficent" as "Favorite Movie" - what's up with that?), and if you voted but don't see your favorites, well, we apologize. There's always next year.

Anyway - the full list of winners below (via Entertainment Weekly)!

Favorite Movie

22 Jump Street

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

Winner: Maleficent

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Favorite Movie Actor

Brad Pitt

Channing Tatum

Hugh Jackman

Mark Wahlberg

Winner: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Actress

Angelina Jolie

Emma Stone

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence

Melissa McCarthy

Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Movie Duo

Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier »

- Drew Taylor

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Comedians Including Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien Address the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

7 January 2015 10:49 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Depending on which late-night show you tuned into, you might have caught a wacky arm-wrestle or some sobering words about comedy and free speech. Both Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart devoted a small slice of their shows to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy that left 12 people dead Wednesday morning, after terrorists opened fire in a French satire-magazine's newsroom. Here's what the two hosts had to say:a slew of other celebrities — including Michael Ian Black, Ricky Gervais, and Bill Maher — have been sounding off since the news broke, but Tina Fey had some particularly galvanizing thoughts. Speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour earlier today, she said: Obviously, that news is terrible and tragic and upsetting ... You look at that and you look at the controversy surrounding The Interview, it makes you think about how important free speech is and how it absolutely must be defended. [We] cannot »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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People's Choice Awards 2015: The winner's list

7 January 2015 6:06 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The 2015 People's Choice Awards are a wrap! Ellen Degeneres won, again. The Big Bang Theory won, again. Betty White was charming. See the full winner's list below, and relive the night with our live blog. Favorite Movie 22 Jump Street Captain America: The Winter Soldier Guardians of the Galaxy Winner: Maleficent X-Men: Days of Future Past Favorite Movie Actor Brad Pitt Channing Tatum Hugh Jackman Mark Wahlberg Winner: Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Movie Actress Angelina Jolie Emma Stone Winner: Jennifer Lawrence Melissa McCarthy Scarlett Johansson Favorite Movie Duo Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier »

- Emily Blake

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People's Choice Awards: The full winners list

7 January 2015 5:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The 41st People's Choice Awards aired tonight (January 7) on CBS.

Anna Faris and Allison Janney hosted the event, honouring the public's favourite movies, television and music from the last year from the Nokia Theatre in La.

Digital Spy offers a full winner's list below:

Movies

Favourite Movie

22 Jump Street

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

Maleficent - Winner!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Favourite Movie Actor

Brad Pitt

Channing Tatum

Hugh Jackman

Mark Wahlberg

Robert Downey Jr - Winner!

Favourite Movie Actress

Angelina Jolie

Emma Stone

Jennifer Lawrence - Winner!

Melissa McCarthy

Scarlett Johansson

Favourite Movie Duo

Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street)

Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars)

Shailene Woodley & Theo James (Divergent) - Winner!

Favourite Action Movie

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Divergent - Winner! »

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Best of Late Night TV: Jimmy Fallon Blew His Shot to Date Nicole Kidman, Allison Janney's Stewardess Dance (Video)

6 January 2015 11:09 PM, PST | 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.

Nicole Kidman was on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon and it was the first time they'd seen each other since an awkward meeting a long time ago. The best part is that they have completely different recollections of what happened.

Jimmy was invited by a mutual friend to meet Nicole for a potential role, or so he thought. Nicole said she remembers liking him at the time. She had a crush on him and thought it was a potential lead-in to a date. Jimmy - modern-day last night Jimmy - responded with "What are you talking about?" He was so shocked at the idea that he could've dated her. »

- Gina Carbone

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