In addition to Fallon, Paul Rudd returns to SNL for his third appearance as host on December 7. Not coincidentally, Rudd’s movie sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, is due in theaters on December 20. One Direction takes the stage for their second time as musical guest that night, which comes just days after their newest album, Midnight Memories is released. Also, John Goodman makes his 13th SNL hosting appearance on December 14; Goodman’s currently starring in the Amazon.com original series, Alpha House and can soon be seen in the 2013 Cannes Grand Prix winning film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Grammy Award winners Kings of Leon make their third appearance as musical guest that night; their latest album, Mechanical Bull debuted September 24 at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
But the headline in today’s SNL guest-gig news: former cast member Fallon returning to Studio 8H for his second time as host. Fallon premieres The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, exec produced by Michaels, on February 17. For Justin Timberlake it’ll mark his fifth appearance as musical guest. Timberlake recently kicked off his tour in support of his album The 20/20 Experience – The Compete Experience, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. He too can be seen in the film, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Miley Cyrus‘ Saturday Night Live appearance as host and music act last weekend attracted a crowd of 6.7 million and a 2.7 rating in the demo. Those are good numbers — just not the stats you might have … Read More »
So I am reading a banner story on our sister publication Variety today which opines that Justin Timberlake should stop acting and no one should send him scripts. It’s by the publication’s new Gotham film editor Ramin Setoodeh. I was thinking about how much I hate it when journalists place their own judgments and shackles on talent, and how the last time I read something troubling and reactionary like this, it was when some genius wrote on Newsweek.com that gay actors like Sean Hayes should not even try to play straight characters, because they just can’t pull it off. That seemed hurtful and kind of homophobic. Then it hit me. Same genius wrote both articles.
Look, nobody is going to stand in line to defend Runner, Runner. But if journalists like this were in a position to determine who works or doesn’t work, they would have put Ben Affleck (ironically Timberlake’s costar in this flop-arooney) out to pasture when he lost his bearings a few years ago. Affleck directed and starred in and produced the reigning Best Picture winner Argo. Actor careers ebb and flow. Who knows if those guys took the movie because they got to stretch, or if they just got paid, or if it just seemed like it would be a lot of fun. Read More »
UPDATE: 11 AM: ABC did not order rush national numbers for Paul McCartney’s Jimmy Kimmel Live concert/Hollywood Blvd. shutdown. But in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, NBC’s The Tonight Show (2.9/8) and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, with former POTUS Bill Clinton as guest (2.6/7), both out-rated JKL (2.3/6) in households.
In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Leno (1.0/5) also edged Kimmel (0.7/4) in the 18-49 demo; Kimmel was virtually tied with Letterman (0.7/3). FYI, Kimmel is usually strong in the metered markets relative to final national stats, while Leno is usually flat to a little understated, and Letterman gets understated in the metered markets.
Justin Timberlake, who had been scheduled to perform this evening on NBC’s Tonight Show, has cancelled his performance. A source with knowledge of the situation says Timberlake will still sit down to chat with host Jay Leno, but is no longer going to … Read More »
A look at the leading contenders for comedy guest roles this season.
WHAT: Host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live
WHEN: 3/9/13 WHY: Timberlake’s fifth stint as host of SNL memorably affords him entrance to the “Five-Timers Club” alongside such SNL legends as Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin and showcases the effortless versatility that makes him terrifically good at everything, from straight comedy to self-parody to musical spoofs.
ONE-LINER: “Hi. I’m Ricky V.I.Penis. I do feminist porn because I know how to treat a lady right.” Read More »
Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Anthony Mackie and Gemma Arterton star in this drama set in the world of offshore online gambling. Lincoln Lawyer helmer Brad Furman directs Runner Runner from a script by David Levien and Brian Koppelman. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way produces the … Read More »
Justin Timberlake‘s latest TV appearance will come in the hourlong Target Presents The IHeartRadio Album Release Party With Justin Timberlake, set for Tuesday, March 19 at 8 PM on the CW. It will feature performances and interviews with … Read More »
Justin Timberlake is getting ready for his fifth turn at hosting SNL this weekend. He’s also the musical guest and as these promos suggest he’s even going to more than that — run camera and even clone himself to do makeup. Check it out:
Justin Timberlake will make his fifth appearance as host on Saturday Night Live on March 9, pulling double-duty as musical guest. It comes 10 days before his latest album drops. That makes Timberlake a member of SNL‘s Five-Timers … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in Runner Runner, the New Regency drama to be directed by Lincoln Lawyer helmer Brad Furman. Production begins next month.
The drama revolves around the world of offshore … Read More »
The 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled for a second time that the FCC didn’t have the right to fine CBS Corp for airing Janet Jackson’s famed wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. The commission … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Larry Moss has set Helen Hunt, David Duchovny, Maggie Grace, Joan Chen and John Robinson to star in Relative Insanity, a contemporary Hampons-set adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din and Juri Henley-Cohn wrote the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Timberlake has signed on to star in the feature Spinning Gold, a biopic of famous 1970s record producer Neil Bogart, co-founder of Casablanca Records. Timberlake will also make his debut as a feature producer on the movie, which hails from Boardwalk Films, a division of indie media company Boardwalk Entertainment Group recently launched by Bogart’s sons — writer-producer-director Timothy Scott Bogart and songwriter and music publisher Evan “Kidd” Bogart — as well as TV producer Gary Randall. The three will produce Spinning Gold with Timberlake, with the actor-singer’s manager Rick Yorn executive producing. Read More »