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Producers of the Primetime Emmy Awards are making plans to pay tribute to Robin Williams, who died Monday, during their August 25th telecast. "Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion," executive producer Don Mischer told The Hollywood Reporter. "While we are all still coming to terms with this week’s tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves." Mischer also TV Guide, "It's about what can we do to properly remember Robin and create perhaps an emotional moment about him. »
Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show started not with a “hello,” but with a “nanu nanu” from The Roots’ Questlove. The drummer was paying tribute to Robin Williams, who died Monday at 63: “Nanu nanu” was how Mork said goodbye to his fellow aliens in ’70s sitcom Mork and Mindy, the show that gave Williams his start.
Later on in the show, host Jimmy Fallon sat down at his desk and held back tears as he remembered Williams. “He was one of a kind, he was unbelievable,” Fallon said. “If you don’t know his standup, you should watch it right now. »
- Ariana Bacle
The Roots member, perhaps most recognizable for performing nightly on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, shared his two-minute moment with the Oscar winner, that he says had a real "impact" on him.
Questlove posted an Instagram pic on Monday of Williams during his Mork & Mindy days to coincide with his moving story. "Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you," he begins. "Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn't even know it. He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys."
Questlove writes that Williams recognized The Roots and said, "Questlove.....Black Thought....Rahzel....The Roots from Philadelphia!!!! That's right you walked on this elevator saying to yourself, 'Ain't »
Nina Dobrev plays a vampire on The CW, but when it comes to beer pong on “The Tonight Show” she neither bites nor sucks. (Cue one of Questlove's rim-shots.) See video: Jimmy Fallon Plays Pitbull in Giant ‘Simpsons’ Beer Pong “The Vampire Diaries” starlet went toe-to-toe with NBC's Jimmy Fallon in giant beer pong Tuesday night and it was a match for the ages. The self-assured host took an early lead and even mocked Dobrev as she struggled with chugging her beers. “Ohhh, I hate beer,” she said, after swallowing the first cup with a grimace. “I'm a little drunk now. »
- Travis Reilly
Jimmy Fallon asked members of the “Tonight Show” band, the Roots, to sit through the trailer for “50 Shades of Grey.” But he added a horrifying twist. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson watches first, and seems relaxed if skeptical through the opening scenes: Beyonce plays, Dakota Johnson smiles shyly. We meet Jamie Dornan as the mysterious Christian Grey. And then… Also read: Questlove Cameos as Corpse on Alec Baldwin's ‘Svu’ Episode (Video) Well. We don't say we didn't warn you. Watch the video: »
- Tim Molloy
He was a lover, a fighter, a political activist, a polygamist, a thorn in the Nigerian government's side, a bestselling recording artist, the basis for a hit Broadway show, a band leader, and most importantly, an African. Alex Gibney's Finding Fela takes an in-depth look at the life and times of Fela Kuti, the legendary Afrobeat singer-songwriter who became a musical ambassador for his country and his continent.
'Finding Fela' Brings Afrobeat to Sundance
Interspersing archival live footage of Kuti and his Africa 70 band with vintage interview clips, »
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
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Question: Anything on Castle? The hiatus is already too long. —Rachael
Ausiello: Viewers will witness the immediate fallout from Rick’s fiery car wreck, confirms series creator Andrew Marlowe. Translation: no time jump. (And thus more Beckett wedding dress, albeit possibly singed.) “We feel like, given the way we left off, we have an obligation to start exactly where we ended,” explains the Ep. “So we’ll be picking up in real time.”
Question: Any spoilers on True Blood? »
It’s not enough that Questlove and his Tonight Show house band The Roots host some of the biggest names in music every week, or that the drummer and his group routinely play some of the world’s most storied venues themselves. Now Questlove is going to produce a television concert series for VH1 and Palladia, too.
Titled SoundClash, the series will place three diverse artists at varying levels of fame on the same stage, at the same time, to perform their current hits, covers, and collaborations in front of a live studio audience. Hosted by DJ/producer Diplo, the series kicks off July 23 (9 p. »
- Amber Ray
Dummdumm: NBC has renewed “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for a 16th season. The beloved police procedural, the last man standing in Dick Wolf's storied franchise, is averaging a respectable 2.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic in its current season. Also read: Questlove Cameos as Corpse on Alec Baldwin's ‘Svu’ Episode (Video) The show, starring Mariska Hargitay, earns steady buzz for its trademark twists on topical storylines and special guests like Alec Baldwin, who this season played a sleazy journalist. “Law & Order: Svu” is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Wolf is creator and executive producer, »
- Tim Molloy
For a generation of kids, Saturday morning at 11am was appointment-television time. You put away your cereal bowl and switched from cartoons or pro-wrestling to a channel a little further down the dial. After a minute or two, you'd finally see that signature animated train — a funky, pulsing engine grooving down inner-city elevated tracks (and later, around the world), puffing out rainbow-colored smoke. Then a high-pitched voice screamed out the words you'd waited all week to hear: "It's the Sooooouuullll Traaaaaiiiiiinnnn!"
12 Mind-Blowing 'Soul Train' Performances
From 1971 to 1993, dapper »
There's been a lot of turnover recently in late night, but nothing more seismic than David Letterman's announcement that he will soon retire. When Vulture caught up with Tonight Show bandleader Questlove last night at the Edible Schoolyard NYC Spring Benefit, we asked the music man for his thoughts on the shocker. "What can I say?" replied Questlove. "We're part of his generation. My parents were Carson's generation; I'm Generation X. Letterman was our guy … Even now, I still go to all his old YouTube clips and watch them. Not to mention I take a lot of pride in the walk-on songs chosen for the guests that come on. Paul [Shaffer] is the godfather of the walk-on song. They made New York cool. They make everything so cool. I wish them the best of luck. He laid a mighty foundation down."As for Questlove's own new gig, moving from »
- Kylie Gilbert
Comedian and TV personality Joan Rivers was banned from "The Tonight Show" 25 years ago when she launched "The Late Show" on Fox. Current "Tonight" host Johnny Carson reportedly never spoke to his protege after she left to start the rival late-night program without telling him.
Thursday (March 27) Rivers came back to "The Tonight Show," where she was her typical outrageous self.
"It's very special for me to be back, seriously. Very, very special," says Rivers, who then says she and her "girlfriend" got matching vagina rings to commemorate her return to the show. Rivers' ring is killing her, but Bruce Jenner's is doing fine. Ba-dump-ching!
NBC kept it in the family for Wednesday's episode of “Law & Order: Svu,” which featured not only “30 Rock” veteran Alec Baldwin, but “Tonight Show” bandleader Ahmir Khalib “Questlove” Thompson. Baldwin had more lines, because Questlove played a corpse. Also read: ‘Law & Order: Svu’ Sneak Peek: Alec Baldwin Butters Up Mariska Hargitay's Benson (Video) The episode featured what would be Baldwin's final role if he makes good on plans to retire from public life — but no one truly believes (or wants) that to happen, right? Baldwin was good in the role of a bombastic newspaper columnist, the kind of character. »
- Tim Molloy
Some people dream of Grammys, of touring the world, of playing music for millions on the Tonight Show – but when you're Questlove and those wishes are reality, it's time to start crossing off the more peculiar items on your bucket list.
Wednesday night, the Roots drummer fulfilled one such fantasy when he appeared as a corpse on Law & Order: Svu. Now you can check out the quick clip of Questlove lying stone cold dead on a coroner's table, with a nice-looking bullet wound placed right below his pristine afro.
Quest kills it, »
That Alec Baldwin can play a cocky, know-it-all New Yorker should not be a surprise.
That he can do so as a newspaper columnist with an innate sense of decency and play him quietly -- against type -- is.
In "Criminal Stories," Wednesday's (March 19) episode of "Law & Order: Svu," Mariska Hargitay makes her directorial debut and the episode is flawless. Baldwin is Jimmy MacArthur of the New York Ledger and is modeled after great tabloid columnists like Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin and Mike McAlary.
Mac visits the squad room to do a profile of Benson (Hargitay). She is not pleased and becomes even less so when she learns that 1 Police Plaza has given him full clearance. He can go on ridealongs and into meetings and isn't to be shut out of anything.
Though she puts him off, Mac is persistent and they finally meet for a late dinner.
"I have »
Dunham stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to promote Sunday’s season finale of her HBO comedy, Girls. And while it’s not surprising that these two had a breezy, fun conversation — thanks in no small part to their mutual admiration — what we didn’t expect was a five-minute nostalgia trip, with the duo reminiscing about video stores and the impact of Reese Witherspoon’s early career.
It turns out both Dunham and Fallon had gigs working as video store clerks when they were teens. »
- Amber Ray
Game on! During an appearance on Tuesday's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Lena Dunham found herself battling it out with the show's host during a round of Pyramid. The Girls creator was paired up with Hannibal star Hugh Dancy, while Fallon was partnered with QuestLove. Dunham and Dancy got off to a strong start by way of the Home Alone category, which focused on '90s movies. When it was their turn, Fallon and QuestLove took a stab at the more challenging category Not Quite Rhyme Time, centering on words that don't rhyme with anything. Needless to say, the duo humorously stumbled quite a bit. The game then came back to Dunham and Dancy, who found continued success »
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