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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Jimmy Fallon partners with Amazon to tell jokes on Alexa
For the next month, if Echo users ask Alexa to "tell me a joke," she'll introduce her "friend Jimmy." "Jimmy" will then deliver a joke.
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
How Stan Lee changed the entertainment industry forever
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman made successful leaps from the comic book to the TV and movie screens without Stan Lee, as John DeFore points out. "But however successful (and sequel-tastic) 1978's Superman and 1989's Batman were, Hollywood didn't truly enter its love-it-or-loathe-it comic-book era until it embraced the characters Lee helped create in the 1960s, when he brought superpowers to the real world," says DeFore. "Like Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, Lee was a creator with a canny enough sense of his persona (sorry, make that 'uncanny') to become the public face of work done by many people. He was not the sole inventor of Spider-Man, Iron Man, et al. — artist/writers Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others made invaluable contributions — but it does seem fair to give him much of the credit for the naturalistic world they inhabited and the ease with which they bounced into each other's storylines. The 'shared universe,' an idea that triggers dread among today's franchise-weary cinephiles, worked beautifully for Marvel Comics in the '60s." DeFore adds that Lee "helped birth the global geek culture that would eventually become our mainstream. Back in the '60s, Lee penned slangy, colorfully written editorials that treated the reader like a buddy. His exhortations ('Excelsior!') and behind-the-scenes talk involved readers in the process of creation. At its worst, this proprietary sentiment led to a world in which fanboys bully people off the internet for daring to mess with their childhood heroes. But at its best, back when comics/sci-fi fans were on the fringe instead of ruling the multiplex, it reminded readers that they weren't alone in their weird enthusiasms."
- What would pop-culture look like if Stan Lee never helped build Marvel?
- Stephen Colbert remembers Stan Lee: "Thanks for all the stories, Stan"
- Jimmy Kimmel shows off the drawing he made of Stan Lee when he was 7
- Watch Jimmy Fallon's superhero sketch he did with Stan Lee on Late Night
- How Lee broke down the barriers between audience and artist
- Lee's 1968 anti-racism column goes viral
- The shared universe was one of Lee's biggest innovations
- Read more celebrity tributes: From Finn Jones, Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix and the U.S. Army
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Justin Timberlake was unable to speak in his reunion with Jimmy Fallon
Timberlake returned to The Tonight Show Thursday, but his vocal rest over bruised vocal cords prevented him from talking. So he and Fallon had a silent interview to hilarious results.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
Former Today executive producer Jim Bell formally named Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show showrunner
Bell, who is currently in charge (and will remain in charge) of NBC Olympics programming, will helm The Tonight Show, working with fellow executive producers Katie Hockmeyer and Gerard Bradford. His appointment was announced following longtime Fallon staffer Mike DiCenzo’s decision to exit Fallon's show after working with Fallon for the past 10 years, helping him launch his Late Night show. Bell's hiring mirrors CBS' decision to have CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht serve as showrunner of Stephen Colbert's Late Show. While Colbert has been beating Fallon in total viewers, The Tonight Show has been slightly edging out The Late Show in the key 18-49 demo. ALSO: NBC officials insist Bell's appointment won't mean Fallon will begin putting an emphasis on the news like Colbert.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
Shadowhunters fans hijack Jimmy Fallon's hashtag game
On Tuesday, Fallon introduced his weekly hashtag game themed around the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot, using the hashtag #IfIWonTheLottery. Shadowhunters fans quickly glommed on to the hashtag, saying they would use the money to revive the canceled Freeform series.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 4:27PM EDT
The Tonight Show executive producer Mike DiCenzo announces his departure
DiCenzo, one of three executive producers who oversee The Tonight Show, started working with Fallon 10 years ago today in preparation for the launch of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. “Today is my last day at the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It is also the exact 10-year anniversary of my first day at Late Night. What a dream decade at my dream job,” DiCenzo wrote in the first of many tweets. Former Today executive producer Jim Bell will succeed DiCenzo as showrunner. The move is similar to what CBS did with The Late Show, when it brought in CBS This Morning's executive producer, Chris Licht, to oversee the show and assist Stephen Colbert.
Posted Sunday 10/07/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Jimmy Fallon: NBC initially didn't want me or The Roots in late-night
Fallon, who celebrates his 10th anniversary in late-night in March, credited Lorne Michaels with helping him land his role while speaking at The New Yorker Festival. Fallon says NBC was equally hesitant when he pitched the network on The Roots as his house band. NBC didn’t want the Roots. They were like, The Roots are too urban or something,” Fallon remembered. “I went, you’re totally wrong. Do you know these guys? Go see them. Have you seen them?"
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Stephen Colbert's Late Show beats Jimmy Fallon among total premiere week viewers, while tying in the demo
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
That's a change from a year ago, when Colbert topped Fallon in total premiere week viewers, but lost to him in the key 18-49 demographic.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart returned to high school
Source: Entertainment Weekly
As part of Hart's co-hosting stint on The Tonight Show, he and Fallon took over a high school in Queens for a day that included gym, algebra, lunch and graduation.
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon and Yara Shahidi get animated for a Schoolhouse Rock-inspired voting PSA
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
See The Tonight Show host and the Grown-ish star in the animated get-out-the-vote ad for the midterm election.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon's Central Park Tonight Show will feature cameos from stars like Justin Bieber
“It’s a giant deal for us. No late night show has done it,” Fallon said of The Tonight Show tonight becoming the first-ever late-night show to broadcast from New York City's Central Park. “We have a couple of surprises,” Fallon teased to People. “We went out and already shot a thing in Central Park with a pal of ours. I don’t want to say his name (but) it rhymes with ‘Justin Greeber.’ Anyway, it’s a really dumb bit and it’s really funny.”
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Aerosmith joins Jimmy Fallon and The Roots to perform "Walk This Way" with classroom instruments
Steven Tyler and his bandmates are the latest musicians to participate in The Tonight Show's "Classroom Instruments" bit.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Kevin Hart to co-host The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Hart will sit in with Fallon on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Norm Macdonald: The Tonight Show wanted me to apologize for my controversial #MeToo comments
Macdonald detailed to Howard Stern this morning how he ended up being dropped from last night's Tonight Show at the last minute following outrage over his interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he portrayed Louis CK and Roseanne Barr as victims. According to TVLine, Macdonald said when he arrived at his dressing room, Tonight Show producers made it clear that Fallon would have to acknowledge his comments, and they urged him to apologize at the beginning of his appearance. Then Fallon himself stopped by and asked, “How should we play this?” Macdonald agreed to address the comments at the end of the interview. But Macdonald said Fallon's producers didn't like that idea, adding that they were "crying" over the idea of letting him appear on-air. “He was very broken up about it, he didn’t want this,” Macdonald said to Stern. “Jimmy said, ‘Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight,'” Macdonald said, adding: “I said, ‘Jimmy, that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt your show.” Macdonald said he understood where Fallon was coming from. “Part of the reason I love (Jimmy) is because he does nothing about the news," said Macdonald. "He’s just a song-and-dance man. He’s not a political comedian.” Macdonald, who apologized on Twitter for his comments after the cancelation, also explained to Stern that "I’m totally behind the #MeToo movement," adding that he wasn't saying what Roseanne and Louis CK have experienced "was way worse than what victims went through. What the victims went through is horrible.”
- The Tonight Show's cancelation is a reminder of how safe Fallon plays it: "Navigating complex issues presented by Macdonald’s dust-up — without fear of embarrassment — requires a host with intellectual heft, a broad sensibility and courage to confront. Jimmy Fallon has yet to prove he bears such qualities," says Colby Hall, adding: "As we saw last night, Mr. Fallon hides from the task of confronting meaningful topics moving the public discourse."
- Macdonald told Stern he was confused during his Hollywood Reporter interview because "I'm a dumb f*cking guy"
- Macdonald's "apology" was a bunch of words resembling an apology, but meant nothing at all
- Macdonald says The Comedy Cellar should give women traumatized by Louis CK's surprise standup $200 each: "I think they could get through the trauma if they were paid $200 and could buy some nice shoes."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Maya Rudolph cracks up Jimmy Fallon by doing an impression of him
Source: E! Online
The Tonight Show host gave his former SNL colleague, who was visiting with fellow SNL alum Fred Armisen, "an E for effort" for her Fallon impression.