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Watch David Letterman's Rejected Airplane! Audition

Watch David Letterman's Rejected Airplane! Audition
Before launching his late-night legacy in the 1980s, David Letterman had a few forays into the acting world, appearing in an episode of Mork & Mindy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a few other programs in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. As it turns out, though, the actor/comedian actually auditioned for a role that may have changed his career. The iconic 1980 comedy Airplane!. Through the magic of the internet, the video of his screen test for the Ted Striker role has surfaced, which is well worth watching.

The video surfaced on YouTube last week, and is actually taken from a 1982 episode of Late Night with David Letterman, the first year of this landmark NBC program, where the host welcomed Airplane! writer-directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker as guests. During the episode, the filmmakers showed the audience David Letterman's 1979 screen test for Ted Striker, a
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Paul Raley Dies: Emmy-Winning Writer For Letterman, ‘Grace Under Fire’, ‘Night Court’

Paul Raley, who shared a Daytime Emmy for writing David Letterman’s pre-Late Night show and worked on TV sitcoms and specials, died June 6 in Los Angeles. He was 71. The WGA said he had been in declining health in recent years but did not specify a cause of death. Raley worked in advertising in New York before hooking up with the writers of The David Letterman Show, which had an unceremonious four-month run on NBC in 1980. The not-ready-for-daytime crew included Letterman…
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Conan O'Brien Pens Touching Tribute to David Letterman

Conan O'Brien Pens Touching Tribute to David Letterman
As David Letterman enters his final weeks as Late Show host, following a late-night career that has spanned more than three decades, many of his favorite guests have stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater to bid farewell to him. Since Conan O'Brien, who took the reins of NBC's Late Night program after Letterman left to host CBS' Late Show in 1993, is likely too busy filming his own show to visit Letterman, he penned a touching tribute for Entertainment Weekly to the man who inspired him to venture into late night.
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Conan Writes a Touching Tribute to the Off-Kilter and Revolutionary Comedy of David Letterman

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Conan Writes a Touching Tribute to the Off-Kilter and Revolutionary Comedy of David Letterman
David Letterman is leaving the Late Show, have you heard? And while he's getting nostalgic musical guests for last hurrahs, he's also going to be getting a ton of tributes. One such tribute came in the form of an essay written by Conan O'Brien in Entertainment Weekly, in which he describes Letterman's comedy as a "revolution" and "stunning." He goes on to describe the first time he watched Letterman, which was on his morning one (called simply The David Letterman Show), which was "subversive" and "untamed" — especially for a morning show. Then came the late-night show, which reinvented the format, moving it from comforting to "surreal and off-kilter." He writes:So let's keep it simple: Not one single writer/performer in the last 35 years has had Dave’s seismic impact on comedy. Every day, I read that a new comic has ‘changed the game,’ and admittedly there is an absurd abundance
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David Letterman: 33 Years in Latenight by the Numbers

David Letterman: 33 Years in Latenight by the Numbers
The numbers have been crunched on David Letterman’s 33-year run in latenight. As of his final night on May 20, Letterman will have presided over 6,028 broadcasts in latenight, counting his 1982-93 run at NBC in addition to his CBS tenure.

Here’s the rundown released today by CBS:

Late Night With David Letterman” had 1,810 broadcasts and ran for 595 weeks. “The Late Show With David Letterman” has had 4,214 broadcasts, as well as four primetime specials, and has run for 1,135 weeks.

The first face to appear on both “Late Night” and the “Late Show” was that of Calvert DeForest (or, as he was known on “Late Night,” “Larry ‘Bud’ Melman”).

Bill Murray was the first guest on the premiere broadcasts of both “Late Night” on Feb. 1, 1982, and “The Late Show” on CBS on August 30, 1993. As of May 20, 2015, he will have appeared on Letterman’s latenight talk shows 44 times: 12 appearances on “Late Night”; 32 on the “Late Show.
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Watch: Grace Hopper Gives Alan Turing A Run For His Money In Documentary 'The Queen Of Code'

If one were to go strictly based off representations in film and television, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world of computer programming/hacking/coding is primarily a man’s sport. The most recent example of this misguided notion would be the Oscar-friendly Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game,” which centers around a tortured-genius codebreaker. And yet, Gillian Jacobs of “Community” is out to debunk the myth that the world of computing is strictly a boy’s club. "The Queen of Code," Jacobs' directorial debut, is primarily about Grace Hopper, a crack coding expert who, the film argues, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It’s a terrific and surprising look not only at Hopper’s indelible and funny personality — dry and witty, she was a former mathematics professor at Vassar and she made a hell of an impression on
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If You Missed it, Watch South African Comedian Trevor Noah's Debut as New 'Daily Show' Correspondent.

In case you missed it last night (I did), here's South African comedian Trevor Noah's debut as a new "Daily Show" correspondent.  Born to a white Swiss father and black South African mother, Noah's mixed-race heritage, including his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity, are frequent themes addressed in his comedy. He's said to be the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on "The Tonight Show" and "The David Letterman Show," and was the subject of the 2012 documentary "You Laugh But It's True." Most recently, he starred in his own Showtime comedy special...
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Robert Downey Jr. says “there are no plans for Iron Man 4″

Just one day after seemingly confirming that Marvel Stuios looking to develop Iron Man 4, Robert Downey Jr. has now unconfirmed his own confirmation on The David Letterman Show, saying there are no plans for a fourth outing for the billionaire playboy philanthropist….

“There’s no plans for an Iron Man 4. There’s no script for Iron Man 4“, Downey stated. “But [Marvel] have a plan and I think they’re gonna announce it. You know, they’re very secretive about it.”

He went on to say that although unconfirmed, he would like to still work with Marvel post-Avengers 3. “I’m gonna do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel, and there’s gonna be plenty of fun stuff to happen.”

Downey Jr. said recently that he’d like to have a guest spot on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during a recent Reddit Ama.

So, looks
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Crispin Glover on Playing With His Public Persona and How He Goes About Forming His Oddball Characters

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Crispin Glover on Playing With His Public Persona and How He Goes About Forming His Oddball Characters
There was no one quite like Crispin Glover when he broke out onto the scene in 1986's award-winning "River's Edge" -- and the same rings true today. Glover has over the years played a list of characters almost as odd as the public persona he's cultivated since first appearing on "The David Letterman Show" in 1987 wearing platform shoes and a wig. He played a geeky dad in "Back to the Future," a silent and perverted assassin the "Charlie's Angels" movies, a loathsome monster in "Beowulf," a mouse-loving social misfit in "Willard," and in this month's "The Bag Man," Glover steals scenes from John Cusack as Ned, a mysterious wheel-chair bound motel receptionist. When he's not acting, Glover makes and tours his own films, and publishes his own books through his publishing company, Volcanic Eruptions. Indiewire spoke with Glover about "Bag Man" (out in select theaters this Friday), cultivating his public persona,
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Bill Murray reveals head wound at The Monument Men premiere

Bill Murray reveals head wound at The Monument Men premiere
Bill Murray revealed a bloody cut on his head as he arrived for The Monument Men's premiere in New York last night ( February 4).

The 63-year-old actor, who is to make a rare TV appearance in HBO's miniseries Olive Kitteridge, sported the small injury as he posed on the red carpet with co-stars Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon.

It has been suggested that Murray suffered the wound during a flying Peter Pan stunt on The Late Show with David Letterman a few days prior to yesterday's screening.

The star also famously cut his head after diving into a makeshift pool (formerly a giant dumpster) as he filmed a skit for his appearance on Letterman back in 2010.

Other guests at last night's premiere included John Goodman and the film's writer, director and co-star George Clooney.

The Monuments Men is set in World War II and centres around a group of art historians,
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Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment Sells Trevor Noah Half-Hour Comedy To Fox

Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment Sells Trevor Noah Half-Hour Comedy To Fox
Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment has teamed up with Legendary Television to sell a half-hour comedy to Fox, which will star South African comedian Trevor Noah, inspired by his own life. Born to a white Swiss father and black South African mother, Noah's mixed-race heritage, including his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity, are frequent themes addressed in his comedy. He's said to be the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and The David Letterman Show, and was the subject of the 2012 documentary You Laugh But It's True. He currently can be found on Showtime, on his comedy special titled African American. Sameer Gardeezi will write the script for the yet-to-be-titled Fox comedy. Here's the man doing his thing:

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Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment Sells Trevor Noah Half-Hour Comedy To Fox

Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment has teamed up with Legendary Television to sell a half-hour comedy to Fox, which will star South African comedian Trevor Noah, inspired by his own life. Born to a white Swiss father and black South African mother, Noah's mixed-race heritage, including his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity, are frequent themes addressed in his comedy. He's said to be the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and The David Letterman Show, and was the subject of the 2012 documentary You Laugh But It's True. He currently can be found on Showtime, on his comedy special titled African...
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Watch! Neil Patrick Harris on The Tonys and the Dangers of Plummeting To Earth

Neil Patrick Harris is gearing up to host this Sunday’s Tony Awards, and last night he stopped by The David Letterman Show to talk about the preparations, his son Gideon’s newfound musical talent, and the idiocy of hot air ballooning.

And David reels off a perfect Taylor Swift joke.

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David Letterman & Wife Regina Lasko Reunite After Cheating Scandal

Three years after his very public cheating scandal, David and his wife Regina made their first public appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors gala on Dec. 1. Have they finally put the past behind them? David Letterman and his wife Regina Lasko looked more in love than ever when they attended the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington D.C., where David was feted for his contribution to American culture. In 2009, David was at the centre of a media scandal when he admitted that he had an affair with his assistant Stephanie Birkitt. David and Regina have rarely been seen together since, but it now looks like Regina has finally forgiven the talk show host. In 2009, David was forced to make a very public apology to his wife, when his former co-worker Robert Halderman tried to blackmail him. Robert had been a staff member of The David Letterman Show who was
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Sacha Baron Cohen settles Bruno lawsuit

Sacha Baron Cohen has settled a $110 million lawsuit with a Palestinian man who was portrayed as a terrorist in 'Bruno'. Grocer Ayman Abu Alta was interviewed in the spoof documentary by the gay Austrian fashion journalist - played by Sacha - and under his name a caption appeared on screen which read 'Terrorist group leader, Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigade'. Later in the comedy movie - released by Universal Pictures in 2009 - the fake character also appears on 'The David Letterman Show' and recalls his meeting with a terrorist and footage of Ayman is shown. In his lawsuit, Ayman claimed he had received death threats and had endured a massive 'loss of reputation' because of the movie. According to RadarOnline.com,
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Ghostbusters 3 gets new writing staff

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  And the saga of Ghostbusters 3 continues. Dan Ackroyd has been trying to get the movie off the ground for years now, but the project seemed to be dead when Bill Murray, who the movie getting made seemed to hinge on, said he wouldn't return. Then, during an appearance on The David Letterman show, he did a u-turn and said he would be up for it if he felt the script was up to scratch. Now, Dan Ackroyd has revealed a new writing has come onboard, though he didn't reveal who would be replacing the original writing team of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One, Bad Teacher), saying, "It's got to be perfect. That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now". I'm glad the project isn't dead, but it has been planned for over 20 years, it has
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Bill Murray's Ghostbusters 3 script woes

Bill Murray's Ghostbusters 3 script woes
[brightcove]970157385001[/brightcove] Ghostbusters is pretty much everyone's favorite film. Ghostbusters 3, on the other hand, is probably Bill Murray's least favorite film. Seriously, we reckon he hates it more than Garfield 2: A Tail Of Two Kitties. Because it seems Murray can't get through an interview without someone asking him to put on a proton pack, and his recent appearance on The David Letterman Show wasn't any different. Still, Murray was game enough to answer Dave's GB3 question directly, and even give us an update on the project...

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Second Clip from Marvel's The Avengers!

Second Clip from Marvel's The Avengers!
Cobie Smulders recently made an appearnce on The David Letterman Show and debuted a second clip of the upcoming super hero mash up, Marvel's The Avengers. The studio has also started airing a new Dr. Pepper tie-in commercial. Check out both new videos below.

Marvel's The Avengers - Is That Really a Priority Right Now?

Marvel's The Avengers - Dr. Pepper TV Spot

Marvel's The Avengers comes to theaters May 4th, 2012 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.
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Beyoncé Knowles Shows Her Political Support at a Cocktail Party With the First Lady

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Beyoncé Knowles Shows Her Political Support at a Cocktail Party With the First Lady
Beyoncé Knowles wore a fitted blue dress to attend a fundraising event for President Obama at the Greenwich Hotel in NYC this evening. She was joined by her mom Tina, and mother-in-law, Gloria Carter, for the special cocktail party. Robert DeNiro cohosted the reception with Tina, Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones, and Angela Bassett. Tickets started at $5,000 per person, which included a photo with the first lady. For $25,000 guests were able to have a private greeting with Michelle Obama. Earlier in the day Michelle stopped by The David Letterman Show for her first ever appearance on the talk show. Beyoncé is getting back to work after giving birth to her daughter Blue in January. She just announced three new concert dates over Memorial Day weekend, when she'll perform at Revel Beach in New Jersey. View Slideshow ›
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Celebrity pictures: Lana Del Rey, Alec Baldwin, Amanda Seyfried

Celebrity pictures: Lana Del Rey, Alec Baldwin, Amanda Seyfried
Today's celebrity pictures include a pretty-in-pink Amanda Seyfried and co-star Wes Bentley at their premiere of Gone in Los Angeles. In NYC, Alec Baldwin arrives for his appearance on The David Letterman Show with girlfriend Hilaria Thomas, and Evan Rachel Wood films A Case of You on set in the city. Susan Boyle flips pancakes for charity in Edinburgh and Brit Award (more)
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