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11 items from 2008

Wahlberg Threatens To 'Crack' Comedian's Nose

17 October 2008 12:11 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reformed thug Mark Wahlberg has threatened to 'crack' comedian Andy Samberg's nose after the funnyman poked fun at him in a skit on American comedy show Saturday Night Live.

The Happening actor, a one-time juvenile delinquent, admits he was far from impressed with Samberg's comedy in a farmyard segment, where he pretended to be hard-man Wahlberg.

And he made his feelings known on late-night chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday when he was reminded of the clip.

Wahlberg said, "When I see that kid, I'm gonna crack that big f**king nose of his."

But the actor made sure Kimmel knew he was partly joking when he used Samberg's Wahlberg catchphrase, adding, "And then I'm gonna tell him, 'Say hi to your mother for me.'"

But Samberg still needs to be worried; Wahlberg said, "I think I'm gonna get on a plane tomorrow, I'm gonna go to New York... wherever the f**k they shoot that show. He probably doesn't have a dressing room so I have to find him in the cafeteria, and I'm gonna slap him in the big nose.

"Tune in, I guaran-f**king-tee you... And then instead of me forgiving him, I'll ask him to forgive me. Right?" »

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Silverman Dedicates Award To Ex-boyfriend Kimmel

14 September 2008 7:07 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sarah Silverman thanked her ex-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel when picking up her Creative Arts Emmy award, despite receiving the gong for a song about cheating on him with Matt Damon.

The comedienne split with the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host in July after a five-year relationship, during which she recorded a comedy music video for his TV talk show entitled I'm F**king Matt Damon.

The video, performed as a joke with Good Will Hunting star Damon, scooped two awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday, winning best original music and lyrics and a picture-editing gong.

On collecting her award, Silverman, 37, joked, "Thanks to the person for whom this whole video was made: Jimmy Kimmel, who broke my heart - oh, who'll always have a place in my heart."

Silverman didn't forget to thank the song's star, Damon, but joked that he only played a minor role in the video's success.

She added: "I'm going to be honest, (he) had very little to do with this being this popular." »

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Cheadle Has Fun With TV Beatdown

28 August 2008 6:58 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Don Cheadle showed the lighter side of his harrowing new thriller Traitor on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday by switching places with the host's bumbling sidekick for a torture scene skit.

Cheadle appeared to be set for a beating at the hands of hardcore officials in the prison cell scene, but he brought in his chubby 'stunt double' Guillermo Rodriguez just before the first punch made contact.

Then the actor sat back, calling for more violence and wincing at the smackdown as the Kimmel show regular appeared to take a battering.

Sitting behind the camera, the Ocean's Thirteen star yelled, "Hit me harder... If you hit me in the liver I'll actually vomit... Right in the nose, right in the nose... Oh man, I'm getting my ass kicked."

Cheadle even stepped in at one point to show the brutes in the scene how to slap his double, and held up what he insisted was a picture of revered newsman Larry King naked as Rodriguez squirmed.

The skit ended with Cheadle slapping his stand-in with fish and then stating, "I want to amp this up a little bit; let's hook a car battery up to my nipples."

Rodriguez appeared to get his own back after the skit, kneeing him in the genitals during a friendly embrace. The Kimmel regular said, "I don't like fish!" »

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ABC Studios names two to head production

27 August 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC Studios has named Gary French and Paula Warner as co-heads of production, promoting the duo to the post left vacant when Barry Jossen moved over last week to run creative.

Both executives retain their titles as senior vp but will now report to ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz.

French and Warner will be responsible for production and postproduction, respectively, on the studio's current slate of 25 series for the 2008-09 season, including primetime and first-run syndicated series, pilots and ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"Gary and Paula have been a huge part in creating a first-class production operation," Pedowitz said. "They've earned the right to lead us forward, and their promotions ensure the continuity of a creative culture that consistently delivers the highest quality production on television."

French joined ABC Studios production in 2005 as vp and was promoted to senior vp last year. Before that, he was vp »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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Wilson's Golf Line Hits The Market

7 August 2008 7:09 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Latest: Actor Luke Wilson has designed a street sneaker/golf shoe hybrid for sportswear firm Puma.

The Old School star, an avid golfer, teamed up with Swedish sports star Johan Edfors to create a line of Puma golf products - and he expects the new multi-purpose shoes to be the range's big seller.

Wilson jokes he came up with the idea while preparing for a lazy summer in Hollywood.

He says, "In between the strikes that keep happening in Hollywood, I have quite a bit of extra time on my hands, so, in between fixing up old Victorian houses and designing clothes and creating my own line of hair conditioner."

Wilson plugged his new shoe on U.S. TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night by giving the late-night programme's host the golf sneakers he was wearing as a gift.

The actor left the show in his socks.

Wilson told Kimmel he still has no idea why he was approached to create a golf fashion line - because he's famously unstylish.

He added, "I have friends that make fun of me (because) I tend to dress in the same colours, so I wind up looking a bit like the Ups (delivery) guy or just your local postman." »

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Kimmel And Silverman Split

14 July 2008 6:59 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

America's first couple of comedy, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman, have ended their five year romance.

A representative for late night U.S. TV host Kimmel and the comedienne has confirmed the split, insisting it was mutual.

Just five months ago the pair hit the headlines when their star-studded parody sketches for Kimmel's show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, became an Internet sensation.

Silverman's I'm F**king Matt Damon tune and video was followed by Kimmel's I'm F**king Ben Affleck.

The videos featured a host of A-list stars including Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Robin Williams and Cameron Diaz. »

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Spec deal at MGM for Kimmel pal

20 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Who knew that shtupping Matt Damon and Ben Affleck could be such a career booster?

Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment director Wayne McClammy, who helmed and co-wrote the popular short video spoofs "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" and "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck", has sold a spec titled Le Car to MGM that he co-wrote with Kimmel colleague Will Burke.

McClammy also is attached to direct the comedy, which Temple Hill Entertainment partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are attached to produce.

Le Car is designed to unspool as a "found film" made in the 1980s about a group of CIA agents who try to foil a plot by an evil car aiming to detonate an H-bomb at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

This is the fourth comedy spec that MGM has picked up since April; Bobism, The Zookeeper and Executive VP David M. Murch's Adventures in the Land of Zametherea also are in the studio's development stable.

Executives Cale Boyter and Becky Sloviter will oversee Le Car for MGM.

McClammy's Kimmel shorts generated tens of millions of views online and rocketed him into the Web comedy pantheon. »

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Walsh Stuns With White Bath Towel Look

18 June 2008 6:57 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sexy former Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh raised temperatures on late night TV in America on Tuesday when she chose to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! wearing nothing but a white bathtowel and high heels.

The actress told Kimmel she didn't like the fit of her designer gown, and so chose to wear linen instead.

Thrilled host Kimmel asked, "Is today my birthday or something?"

The Private Practice star, who wore the towel during her entire interview on the show, said, "I was supposed to wear a fancy, sparkly sequined dress... It was very hot and I was ready to rock it out.

"The tailor had taken it in... and I looked like a Vegas stripper. For me, it was not right... I wanted to keep it pure and clean... I'm bringing back the towel."

Walsh showed off the green gown, adding, "Someday I'll wear it." »

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'Jimmy Kimmel' going live with ads

14 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- ABC is set to announce shortly that its late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live broadcast will integrate live commercials into each episode of the program, subject to interest on the part of advertisers. The first live commercials are expected to begin in May.

The technique is a throwback to the early days of TV, when programs were produced live and advertisers often sponsored shows in their entirety. The practice went out of vogue in the 1970s, when most programs were taped and had multiple advertisers.

But now, live spots are seen as a way to stand out, just as the official yardstick for measuring ads on network TV has shifted to commercial ratings. Advertisers also think live ads may be one way to beat the DVR by integrating the product into the content of the show. Last May Garmin, maker of car navigational systems, aired the first live commercial on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 14 years. »

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'Late Late' books outside help

14 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS' The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson has hired an outside talent booking agency. Late Late Show producer Worldwide Pants has retained JB Talent to handle guest booking for the late-night show, something that previously was done internally. JB Talent was founded in 2005 by former Entertainment Tonight supervising producer Jen Kasle Furmaniak.

"In the three years since Craig Ferguson took over as host, 'The Late Late Show' has developed rapidly -- both in our viewing audience and in the quality of the show," the show's executive producer Peter Lassally said. "With Jen's help, we now feel we have the capability for our guest bookings to keep pace with our growth."

Late Late Show follows in the footsteps of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, which two years ago also switched from in-house booking to an outside agency, Central Talent Booking. »

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Late-night talkers return with pickets

2 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel plan their return to late-night, their respective networks mostly were keeping mum on plans for the hosts' three shows as they tape their first new episodes Wednesday without their writing staffs.

Meanwhile, the WGA told its membership during the weekend that it was planning to picket all three shows, as well as Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, both of which return with new episodes Monday.

Worldwide Pants worked out a deal late last week with the WGA that would let CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson return to the air with their writing staffs.

That puts the other three network shows -- NBC's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With Conan O'Brien and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live -- at a competitive disadvantage.

It was unclear what the plans were for the NBC and ABC shows, with much of the planning expected to take place down to the wire ahead of Wednesday's telecasts.

Leno, O'Brien and Kimmel all are guild members, and a WGA representative said last week that, under the strike rules, the trio are not allowed to perform any "writing services" for their shows, including writing their own monologues. However, network sources disputed that stipulation, arguing that the late-night hosts are exempt and would be allowed to write monologues.

When former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson returned after two months during the 1988 writers strike, he did a scaled-down monologue. But the guild said that Carson was able to write a monologue because he wasn't a WGA member.

Addressing the return, "Late Night" executive producer Jeff Ross said last month: "Obviously, the shows may look a little different. We're going to have to fill time with things that we haven't before".

However, it is likely that the hosts will address the writers strike in some form as Carson did in his return.

"I think it's fair game", said Rick Ludwin, executive vp late night at NBC.

Meanwhile, the two CBS shows will be able to benefit from full monologues and skits without fear of running afoul of guild rules. »

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