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MGM Sets Sascha Penn To Script ‘The Idolmaker’ Remake

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 9:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

MGM Sets Sascha Penn To Script ‘The Idolmaker’ RemakeEXCLUSIVE: MGM has hired Sascha Penn to write the latest version of The Idolmaker, the remake that has Craig Brewer attached to direct and Justin Timberlake circling to star. Hawk Koch and Gene Kirkwood are producing and Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM. The 1980 Taylor Hackford-directed original starred Ray Sharkey in a story about the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered Frankie Avalon and Fabian; Koch and Kirkwood produced that one too. Penn is currently writing an untitled firefighter project at Lionsgate, which has Jeff Chan attached to direct and he sold the pitch Yakuza Vs. Mafia to Good Universe and adapted the sci-fi novel Walls Of The Universe for Andrew Adamson. He also served as writer-producer on the Starz TV series Survivor’s Remorse. He’s repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment.

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Jimmy Fallon Sticks With His Strengths For Hit ‘Tonight Show’ Debut: Video

Fallon DeskOne week in, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show looks a lot like Jimmy Fallon’s old Late Night – and people couldn’t be happier.

Biggest difference happened on Monday night when Fallon did two opening monologues – the first in which he introduced himself and set up the show’s storyline for the next (NBC hopes) 20 years or so, trying to put at ease the many Jay Leno viewers who heard Jay say he’s good with being shown the door while still No. 1 in the ratings, but who may not feel so hot about it themselves. That night, Fallon described himself as a guy who grew up in a small town and lives with his “beautiful wife” and six-month old daughter Winnie who he loves so much.  He noted his announcer Steve Higgins is from Iowa and lives with his wife and great kids, and that his band The Roots, had backed up Tony Bennett.

Not coincidentally, Fallon’s opening mirrored Leno’s Tonight Show finale in many ways. Both men’s shows included a parade of celebrities paying tribute to the host (weirdly, Kim Kardashian appeared in both parades, though it may not be so odd, what with her Keeping Up with the Kardashians being produced by Ryan Seacrest — an important member of the NBC-parent Comcast family).  Jay Leno ended his final broadcast talking about losing his mother and father in the first year he hosted the program; Fallon began his tenure on Tonight with a wave to his mom and dad in the audience, saying how happy he was they are still around, and telling them he hoped they were proud of him, adding “thanks for being there, you guys, I love you.” Read More »

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Matt Lauer To Host ‘Going For Gold’

NBC announced this morning Matt Lauer will host GoingMattLauer__130326235800-e1364342305297-200x272 For Gold — and yet,  it’s not a Sochi Olympics walk-up. It’s a celebrity-studded walk-up to the network’s broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards, is an NBC News production, and will air Friday at 8 PM. If it’s Sochi Olympics walk-up you’re looking for, NBC will broadcast Shaun White: Russia Calling on January 25 — an hour-long program examining how the two-time gold medal winner balances work and play while prepping for the Games. It is not produced by NBC News, instead by Shaun White Enterprises, with Shaun White exec producing, and promises, modestly, to be “a rare inside look into the challenges and sacrifices that are made in order to be the best in the world.”

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Biggest L+7 Gains Ever For Jimmy Fallon-Hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 12:41pm PST

We already knew the teaming offallon-timberlake__131222173607 Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake was ratings gold for SNL and NBC. The December 21st edition of Fallon-hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Timberlake generated the show’s biggest increase ever in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. It also saw the biggest gain in total viewers going from Live+SD ratings to Live+7. In 18-49, the broadcast grew by 1.8 rating points to a 5.5 rating (up from 3.7). In total viewers, the increase was 3.7 million, to 13.1 million (up from 9.4 million). These are SNL’s best L+7 results in three years, since the January 8, 2011 edition with host Jim Carrey and musical guest The Black Keys, (5.79 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall), which followed an NFL Wild Card overrun.

Related: ‘SNL’ Leans On Fallon & Timberlake For Yuletide Yuks: Video

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Hot Clip: Recording Of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Song ‘Please Mr. Kennedy’, Featuring Commentary By T Bone Burnett (Exclusive)

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of one of the more popular ditties in the Coen brothers‘ film. Inside Llewyn Davis Executive Music Producer T Bone Burnett chimes in about penning the lyrics and melody of “Please Mr. Kennedy” and sending it to the Coens for their take. Check out Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver recording the song live in the studio — the version that ended up in the movie about an early-’60s folk singer in Greenwich Village:

Related: Video: The Sound Of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Delivers Big Ratings With Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

By | Sunday December 22, 2013 @ 9:37am PST
Nellie Andreeva

fallon-timberlakeJustin Timberlake has been the biggest Saturday Night Live ratings draw of the last decade. Jimmy Fallon is one of the most popular SNL alums whose frequent collaborations with Timberlake have created a slew of viral hits. It’s no surprise the teaming of the two last night brought SNL ratings gold. The Christmas edition hosted by Fallon and featuring musical guest (and sketch performer) Timberlake averaged a 6.3 household rating in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets and a 3.9/18 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.

‘SNL’ Leans On Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake For Yuletide Yuks: Video

Those were SNL‘s highest ratings in both categories in nearly two years, since the Jan. 7. 2012 edition hosted by Charles Barkley with musical guest Kelly Clarkson (7.0, 4.1 in 18-49), which was buoyed by a big NFL primetime overrun. Taking football out of the equation, the Fallon-Timberlake show delivered the  top SNL ratings in two and a half years, since  the season finale on May 21, 2011, hosted by Timberlake and featuring musical guest Lady Gaga (7.0, 4.5 in 18-49). It was the top-rated SNL Christmas edition in nine years in the metered-market households, since the Dec. 18, 2004 telecast hosted by Robert De Niro with musical guest Destiny’s Child (6.6/16) and the  highest rated Christmas show among 18-49 in the … Read More »

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‘SNL’ Leans On Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake For Yuletide Yuks: Video

By | Sunday December 22, 2013 @ 4:56am PST

Late night host/cast alumnus Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake returned to Saturday Night Live this week with some familiar sketches and celebrity cameos. Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg briefly popped up, with the NYC mayor at the Weekend Update desk as Fallon officially passed the Late Night reins to Seth Meyers, who’ll take over his seat when Fallon moves to The Tonight Show. Check out highlights from last night:

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Jimmy Fallon To Guest Host ‘SNL’ On December 21 As He Ramps Up For ‘Tonight’ Show Takeover

Lorne Michaels continues to ramp up for Late Night host Jimmy Fallon’s move to Tonight, announcing this morning that Fallon will host Saturday Night Live on December 21, with one of the show’s most popular music acts (and Friend of Late Night) Justin Timberlake.

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 … Read More »

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College Football Hampers Miley Cyrus, Who Scores ‘SNL’s Best Numbers…Since March

Miley CyrusSaturday 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 expected based on the media, and social media, hyperventilation about her double-threat SNL appearance. It’s the NBC late-night show’s biggest crowd since March 9 — about seven months ago. On that date, Justin Timberlake had also played host and music act, and clocked a noticeably bigger 8.4 million viewers and a 3.4 rating — and did it without having just swung around nude on a wrecking ball, licked hammers, and twerked the stripes off of Robin Thicke at the VMAs, as had Miley.

Related: Miley Cyrus’ Twerktastic VMA Performance Tops Weekly Ratings

Cyrus was handicapped by a 27-minute SNL start-time delay, caused by a college football overrun. Twenty-seven minutes is an eternity in late-night, when a show’s biggest competition is Going To Sleep. Despite this super-late start, Miley’s SNL episode scored the show’s top 18-49 rating for a fourth-quarter telecast since December 11, 2010, when Paul Rudd hosted and Paul McCartney performed. Their SNL broadcast did better than Miley’s in the demo, logging a 2.7 rating — and here, too, like Timberlake, the men did it without stripping, licking, or twerking.

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So, Wait; No Justin Timberlake, But Should Gay Actors Still Not Play Straight Roles?

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

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.

Related: Kristen Chenoweth Jumps To Defense Of Sean Hayes After Newsweek’s Moronic Sexuality Slam

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 »

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UPDATE: Early Stats Suggest Justin Timberlake And Bill Clinton Topped Paul McCartney Concert In Late-Night Race: Video

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.

PREVIOUS, 7:18 AM: On the first night of the new TV season, the late-night war escalated between NBC’s The Tonight Show and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. While JKL closed down Hollywood Blvd. for a free Paul McCartney mini-concert (two songs for JKL –  13 more for the estimated 10,000 fans on the street), Tonight welcomed Justin Timberlake, who talked about President Obama, but did not perform because, a source said, he felt under the weather. Timberlake is scheduled to perform his own mini-concert for JKL and fans on Hollywood Blvd. tonight. Check it out below:

Paul McCartney closes Hollywood Blvd:

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Justin Timberlake Scrubs ‘Tonight Show’ Performance

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 3:23pm PDT

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 perform, because he is “under the weather.” Earlier in the day, another source said tonight’s Timberlake performance may have been scrubbed to ensure maximum impact tomorrow night, when the pop star is scheduled to perform a free concert on Hollywood Blvd. compliments of ABC’s competing late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Kimmel, looking to make noise in the walk-up to Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of Tonight, announced earlier this month his show would shut down Hollywood Boulevard tonight — the first day of the official 2013-14  broadcast TV season –  when Paul McCartney makes his first appearance on the show and performs on the street.  At that time, Kimmel announced he’d close Hollywood Blvd. again, tomorrow night, so Justin Timberlake could perform  songs from his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which hits stores September 30, and chat with Kimmel about his role in his new movie.

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Jimmy Kimmel Continues Making Noise In Advance Of Jimmy Fallon’s Move; Shuts Down Hollywood Blvd. For McCartney Concert

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 11:53am PDT

Jimmy Kimmel continues trying to make noise in the walk-up to Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of NBC’s Tonight Show, announcing today his Jimmy Kimmel Live will shut down Hollywood Boulevard on Monday – the first day of the official 2013-14  broadcast TV season –  when Paul McCartney makes his first appearance on the show and, after an in-studio interview, performs on the street. Kimmel’s ABC late-night show announced it’s expecting a “record-breaking” crowd, though it’s unclear what record it’s referencing (McCartney did something similar when he performed atop the theater sign at David Letterman’s Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan in 2009). Anyway, they think it will be big and so — lucky area residents — Hollywood Blvd. will be shut down from Highland to Sycamore, and traffic will be diverted in an effort to contain the anticipated crowd. The next night, Kimmel will do it all over again – close down Hollywood Blvd., that is, not interview McCartney. On Tuesday, Justin Timberlake will share songs from his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which hits stores September 30, and chat with Kimmel about his role in his new movie. Tuesday night’s maybe not so special, since Timberlake shows up on NBC late-night programs so often it’s like he’s on staff – which may be why Kimmel booked him, which would be pretty sly. Kimmel’s already closed down streets around his show’s Hollywood studio for … Read More »

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EMMYS: Comedy Guest Contenders

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 11:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor.

A look at the leading contenders for comedy guest roles this season.

Justin Timberlake
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 »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Runner Runner’

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 3:38am PDT

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 film that Fox is releasing on September 27. Here’s the first trailer:

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Cannes: Justin Timberlake To Play Neil Bogart In ‘Spinning Gold’

Mike Fleming

After two years stuck in the mud, the movie Spinning Gold, with Justin Timberlake as 1970s record icon Neil Bogart, seems to be spinning. Scripted by Timothy Scott Bogart, the pic is set up to be financed and sold at Cannes by Foresight Unlimited. Bogart nurtured the career of Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People among many others. He died in 1982 at age 39. Foresight’s CEO Mark Damon will produce the film alongside Timberlake, Laurence Mark and Boardwalk Entertainment’s Timothy Scott Bogart and Gary A. Randall. They hope to get underway next year.

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CW To Air Justin Timberlake Special

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 4:41pm PDT

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 Timberlake, who just hosted another strongly rated Saturday Night Live over the weekend and is in the midst of a weeklong stint on Late Show With Jimmy Fallon. It’s all to promote his new album, 20/20 Experience, which drops March 19. Timberlake’s live performance the night before at LA’s El Rey Theatre will be filmed during a release party that will include a live, nationwide 30-minute on-air radio special, where Timberlake will discuss the new album and perform. The CW broadcast will include an exclusive eight-minute world premiere of his latest music video. An encore of the special will air at 8 PM March 22.

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SNL: Justin Timberlake Hosts 5-Timers Club

By | Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 5:19am PDT

Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live on Saturday, welcomed by other members of the Five-Timers Club: Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, and others:

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Justin Timberlake’s SNL Promos: Video

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 9:06am PST

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:

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