Who’s Giving Grammy Intro To Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr?

By | Sunday January 26, 2014 @ 4:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

ringoEXCLUSIVE: The Grammy Awards will soon get underway, and the highlight of the evening will be the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ invasion of America. Surviving members Paul McCartney and … 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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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 … 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 Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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‘SNL’ Sets Martin Short & Paul McCartney For Christmas Show

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 11:21am PST

Martin Short returns for his third hosting appearance December 15 for Saturday Night Live‘s Christmas show. Paul McCartney will appear for his fourth stint as musical guest. SNL also confirmed that Jamie Foxx will host the December 8 episode ahead … Read More »

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‘Intouchables’ Screenings To Be Preceded By Paul McCartney-Directed Short With Johnny Depp And Natalie Portman

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 12:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Weinstein Company will show Paul McCartney’s directorial debut short film My Valentine on prints of The Intouchables, the runaway hit French film that makes its U.S. debut Friday. The three-minute short, based on an idea by the director’s daughter Stella, stars Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman. They translate the … Read More »

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Piers Morgan Denies Any UK Phone Hacking

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 9:39am PST

CNN talk show host Piers Morgan denied any wrongdoing in the current phone-hacking scandal that has rocked the British media. At the end of a very tough session of the Leveson Inquiry into UK press ethics, Morgan told the panel he felt “like a rock star having an album of his worst ever hits” thrust at him as the former News Of The World and Daily Mirror editor. Sitting under a halo of soft light in an unadorned room back in Los Angeles, Morgan spent over two hours giving evidence on such topics as rumor mongering, phone hacking, and Paul McCartney’s voicemails. His testimony was piped into the inquiry room in London, where the exchanges were decidedly strained. It all got off to a rocky start when Robert Jay, counsel for the inquiry, asked Morgan to confirm he was currently employed by CNN. “Yes, it’s clearly passed you by, Mr. Jay,” Morgan quipped when Jay said he’d heard the cable news network’s Piers Morgan Tonight was “apparently” very popular in America. Jay then consistently brought up past interviews and passages from Morgan’s own books to challenge the CNN host. Morgan said he’d never to his knowledge listened to what he believed to be illegally obtained messages, and said he had no knowledge or reason to believe there was phone hacking at the Daily Mirror during his tenure. At one point, Jay exclaimed: “Oh, come on Mr Morgan, [the Mirror] was at the top of the list of the perpetrators. And you well know that.” Morgan shot back: “You also know not a single person has made a formal complaint against the Daily Mirror. So why would you say that?” Read More »

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TCA: Paul McCartney Plays Concertmaster For Showtime Doc ‘The Love We Make’

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

TCA: McCartney Says He Will Meet With Police As Part Of Hacking Probe

Sir Paul McCartney paid a visit to TCA for a noontime discussion with critics via satellite from the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, where he was prepping for a concert tonight, to discuss his 10-year-old 9/11 benefit concert footage that’s been packaged into a Showtime feature-length documentary special. The Love We Make: The Concert For New York City premieres the evening of Sept. 10, the night before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It’s a black-and-white, cinema-verite piece that looks a decade back in the rear-view mirror at how the star-studded show at Madison Square Garden came to be.

Relaxed, chatty and forthcoming and wearing a collarless jacket that would soon become part of the conversation, McCartney said it was the forthcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that spurred him to contact filmmaker Albert Maysles, who shot the footage and packaged with film in partnership with Bradley Kaplan. “It seemed like a good opportunity,” he said. “I called Albert up and ask if the footage was still around. He said, ‘Yeah,’ and I said, ‘OK, let’s do it then.’ (The project) was reawakened by the 10th anniversary.” Read More »

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TCA: Paul McCartney Says He Will Meet With Police As Part Of UK Hacking Probe

By | Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 2:30pm PDT

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

During a session where he appeared via satellite from Cincinnati to promote his forthcoming 9/11 benefit concert film on Showtime, Paul McCartney admitted when pressed by a questioner that he is among … Read More »

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Solid Ratings For Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney On ‘Saturday Night Live’

Nellie Andreeva

Last night, NBC’s Saturday Night Live earned its highest meter-market overnight rating (5.3/13)  since the late-night sketch show’s season premiere. Last night’s holiday edition of SNL, hosted by Paul Rudd with musical guest Paul McCartney, was up slightly, by 4%, vs. the same night last year. The two Pauls had … Read More »

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Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Jerry Herman Head Kennedy Center Honorees

By | Tuesday September 7, 2010 @ 10:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Kennedy Center Honors this year will fete Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Bill T. Jones, Merle Haggard and Jerry Herman. The ceremony will be held December 5 and will be … Read More »

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TCA: Paul McCartney Sends ‘Glee’ Mix Tape

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Sure, 19 Emmy nominations are nice – but Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan realized another significant job perk recently:  A pitch from Paul McCartney suggesting that Glee feature some of his songs. “I got a mix tape from Paul McCartney a couple of days ago. I thought I was being punked,“ Murphy said at TCA.  “It just sort of came out of the blue, in a package, hand-written: ‘Hi ‘Ryan, I am hoping you would consider some of these songs for Glee. I was gobsmacked. I grew up with that guy.” Ryan added that McCartney admires the show because it supports arts education, which is a draw for many artists hoping to have their songs covered by the Glee cast.  “Our show is an ultimate pop culture fan letter to all of those artists,” Ryan said, adding that Glee has also given older generation songs another life through the show. He wants to keep the number of songs to around 5 or 6 each episode, instead of going for the 9 featured in that Madonna theme episode. Read More »

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