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Tom Cruise joined Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night’s installment of “Kid Theater,” which saw the two acting out scenes created by kids based on the title of Cruise’s latest film, “The Mummy.” Besides getting a weird glimpse into the minds of children, the segment allowed Cruise and Fallon to stretch their acting skills — and try not to laugh. Announcer Steve Higgins acted as the narrator and had to describe the sometimes delightfully weird scenes. The first scene involved a mummy and a skeleton who had a brief fight and then made up with a head bump — which is “like. »
- Carli Velocci
But his scruffy appearance is just temporary, he said, explaining that the beard is just part of his plan to grow a mustache for the summer.
"You can't just start with the mustache, you have to have the beard and then shave that off and have the mustache," said Fallon of his intermediate look. "Because this is going to be the summer of 'stache for me."
Yes, as announcer Steve Higgins clarified, Fallon has officially declared the »
- Hilary Lewis
Vulture WatchCan Sam and Tim keep on keeping on in the Motor City? Has the Detroiters TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Comedy Central? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Detroiters season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Comedy Central cable channel, Detroiters stars real life best friends Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson, who created the scripted comedy with Joe Kelly and Zach Kanin. The foursome executive produces the series with Lorne Michaels, Jason Sudeikis, and Andrew Singer. Season one guest stars include Sudeikis, Obba Babatunde, Michael Che, Comedian Cp, Steve Higgins, Richard Karn, Rick Mahorn, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin Nash, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Cecily Strong, Trick Trick, George Wallace »
Rihanna had an epic dance-off with Diddy’s son, Christian Combs, at the Velocity Black x 1 Oak/Up & Down Desert Beach Club in Indio, California, on Sunday. French Montana, P. Diddy, Cassie, Future, Nicole Scherzinger, and 2 Chainz, and more were on hand to celebrate Rihanna’s brother, Rajad Fenty’s, 21st birthday with cocktails by Absolut Elyx and D'usse, Budweiser beer and food by Catch.
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Earlier in the day, Katy Perry hosted an Easter Day "Recovery" Brunch, produced by John Terzian's The h.wood Group, at a private estate during the Coachella Music Festival in Thermal, California. The colorful daytime event featured an exclusive pop-up debut of the Katy Perry Footwear collection, and guests re-fueled with vitamin elixirs, oxygen bars and reflexology massages. The fun activities also included a festive Easter egg hunt by Cover Girl, and beats spun by Mia Moretti, Balthazar Getty and Bobby French.
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Writers Guild of America members gathered on both coasts Wednesday evening for meetings to discuss the state of the contract negotiations with the major studios and show support for the guild’s strike authorization vote.
A strike woud be the first in a decade for the union. The West Coast gathering evoked strong support for the strike authorization and the need to pursue economic improvements in the master contract. One veteran member said the meeting at the Beverly Hills Hilton was notable in its contrast with a member meeting several months ago, when several speakers expressed skepticism about a strike.
“Tonight, there was consistent support for the negotiators,” he said. “Even the most negative speaker said that even though he had been screwed over by the strike 10 years ago, he was ready to go on strike again.”
Another writer said there appeared to be near-unanimous support at the event for a “yes” vote, »
- Dave McNary and Cynthia Littleton
Orlando, watch out. Jimmy Fallon is coming your way! The Tonight Show kicks off a four-night stand in the theme park capital of the world tonight, celebrating the grand opening of Fallon's new ride Race Through New York at Universal Studios, and E! News has your first look at the show's hilarious cold open! Spoofing the original National Lampoon's Vacation, Fallon takes Chevy Chase's place behind the steering wheel for an epic road trip down the east coast with sidekick Steve Higgins and house band The Roots along for the ride, bopping along to the iconic theme song from the classic film. Clearly excited about the big week ahead of him, Fallon took to Instagram to tease his first night's »
The series, currently in the middle of its first season run, stars real life best friends Sam Richardson (“Veep”), from Detroit, and Tim Robinson (“Saturday Night Live”), from Metro Detroit, as small-time ad men in the Motor City. Executive produced, created and written by Richardson, Robinson, Joe Kelly, and Zach Kanin, and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Jason Sudeikis, and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer, Season 2 will premiere in 2018.
The guest star list for Season 1 is packed, including Sudeikis, Obba Babatunde, Michael Che, Comedian Cp, Steve Higgins, Richard Karn, Rick Mahorn, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin Nash, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Cecily Strong, Trick Trick, George Wallace, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
- Oriana Schwindt
Let's hear it for the writers!
The Writer's Guild of America held their annual awards show on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Donald Glover's breakout series, Atlanta were among those recognized for their achievement of the written word.
Read on below to see the full list of winners.
Television And New Media Winners
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The Writers Guild Awards and the Academy writing nominees always don’t line up; many films are ineligible. This year, those included Oscar-writing nominees “Lion” and “The Lobster.”
This year, the WGA and the Academy differed dramatically. While the WGA deemed “Moonlight” and “Loving” as Original Screenplays, the Academy considered both as Adapted; only “Moonlight” landed a nomination.
At the WGA, as at the BAFTAs, Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” competed for the Original Screenplay Award against both Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Unlike the BAFTAs, Jenkins emerged the winner over Lonergan, a sign of strength for “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Oscars.
However, in the Oscars’ Original Screenplay contest, lauded playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me, »
- Anne Thompson
Day was up first with Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" song to act out, followed by Fallon's gestures mimicking The Matrix. While both teams scored points, the game went a little downhill.
Higgins struggled with Bambi as Day tried to work out what the signal was for syllables. For "Hit Me Baby One More Time," Jenner tried to smack herself but Fallon was finding it difficult to come up with the word "hit."
- THR Staff
“Detroiters” is about two second-rate ad men in the Motor City who are pretty bad at their jobs. They are Sam Duvet (Sam Richardson) and Tim Cramblin (Tim Robinson) — best friends, business partners, brothers-in-law, and proud Detroiters. They make cheesy commercials for the local market, advertising for worthy businesses like the local hot tub warehouse and the optician down the street. Their secretary, Sheila (Pat Vern Harris), is a white-haired relic of the “Mad Men” era who thinks that she’s a sexy blond flirting with her bosses. (She also regularly confuses Tim for his father, Hank, the respected ad man who founded the company and went insane due to overwork.) Sam’s sister, Chrissy (Shawntay Dalon). married Tim, much to Sam’s chagrin, but the partners haven’t let married bliss interrupt their closeness: Sam and Tim (and Chrissy) live next door to each other, Sam in a crumbling house he says he intends to flip »
- Sonia Saraiya
“Westworld” and “Stranger Things” both broke into the drama series race. The two will contend for the prize at the Jan. 28 ceremony against HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the reigning Emmy winner for drama series and the PGA’s 2016 pick, AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
“Atlanta” was the sole newbie in the comedy series heat. Donald Glover’s auteur comedy will face off against HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” (which has scored back-to-back Emmy wins the past two years) and ABC’s “Black-ish” and “Modern Family.” Amazon’s “Transparent” took the comedy prize last year.
- Cynthia Littleton
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