EXCLUSIVE: 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 Ringo Starr are expected to play together for the first time in forever. Deadline hears that Oscar-nominated August: Osage County star Julia Roberts will do the introduction for McCartney. As for Starr, he’ll be introduced by Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne, the front man for the iconic re-united heavy metal band.
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:
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:
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.
Jimmy Kimmel Continues Making Noise In Advance Of Jimmy Fallon’s Move; Shuts Down Hollywood Blvd. For McCartney Concert
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 …
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 of the opening of his next film Django Unchained on December 25, with Ne-Yo as musical guest for the first time.
‘Intouchables’ Screenings To Be Preceded By Paul McCartney-Directed Short With Johnny Depp And Natalie Portman
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 lyrics of McCartney’s song via sign language through the film and Depp adds a guitar solo, which was recorded live. Take a look:
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?”
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
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.”
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 the celebrities in Britain who have been victimized by the computer hacking scandal currently enveloping the UK through Rupert Murdoch and his global media empire. “When I go back (to England) after this tour, I’m going to talk to the police because apparently I have been hacked,” he began. “I don’t actually know much about it, because the police won’t tell anyone but the person themselves. So I’ve been talking to them about that.” McCartney continued, “I do think it’s a horrendous violation of privacy and has been going on for a long time. I feel that more people than we know knew about it, and I think I’ll listen to what the facts are (before I comment further).”
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 turned into a two-hour CBS special to be broadcast December 28. The honorees were selected for their American cultural contributions.
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.