Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Intriguing as the idea of Jimmy Fallon hosting the 2013 Academy Awards was, one major pitfall was obvious from the moment we learned about the talks. Namely, the fact that the Oscars telecast is set to air on ABC — which has a talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, that directly competes with Fallon’s own NBC series Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. While ABC has no contractual authority over the Academy’s choice of host, it seemed unlikely that the AMPAS would risk pissing off a network that forks over $70 million for broadcast rights each year.
So it’s unsurprising, if a little disappointing, that Fallon’s no longer up for the hosting gig. Earlier this week, word got out that the conversations between Fallon and AMPAS had stalled, and the TV personality confirmed as much to Matt Lauer during the Today show this morning. Read more after the jump.
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Questions spread quickly yesterday about whether or not Jimmy Fallon, the SNL vet and host of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, would host the 2013 Oscar telecast. Indeed, Fallon was chosen by Tom Sherak, the recently departed head of the Motion Picture Academy, as the best candidate to host, with SNL producer Lorne Michaels picked to produce. Talks are ongoing with Fallon and Michaels, and there’s a chance they’ll end up getting the gig.
But there’s a problem, as ABC broadcasts the Oscars, and the network isn’t going to take kindly to Fallon, the chief rival to ABC’s own show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Read More »
Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse cartoons have been a hit on Saturday Night Live for years. Paramount among them is The Ambiguously Gay Duo, a hilarious animated superhero team that may, or may not, be gay and this weekend on SNL audiences finally got to see Ace and Gary, along with all of their super-villain enemies, in the flesh. The result looked like the Comedy Central, NBC dream team come to life featuring Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Carell, Ed Helms and Stephen Colbert. Check it out after the break. Read More »
During his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, comedian/actor Tracy Morgan attempts to explain Star Wars. Watch the video embedded after the jump thanks to Hulu.
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Which movies and television shows does Michael Cera recommend? The following comes from Intervals of Awesome:
My cousin, Harvey, randomly ran into Michael Cera at a London coffeeshoppe. Cera and Harvey hit it off and ended up having a 2 hour conversation over lunch. Cera wrote a list of stuff Harvey should see. I didn’t believe this story 100% until I got a hold of the list (which is v. good and everyone should see these films/shows) As Harvey’s most media-saavy relative, I’m helping him by lending/finding these movies/shows for him. This made his London trip.
Click over to IOA to see the full list.
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As you probably know by now, Jason Segel is writing the next Muppet Movie. His appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week to promote I Love You Man, was interrupted by The Muppets. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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I haven’t seen this officially reported anywhere, so I thought I’d pass along word that Jimmy Fallon has been cast in Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It! Fallon has been spotted by /Film sources on set of the roller derby dramedy playing “Hot Tub Johnny”, a cheesy hungover announcer who makes nasty comments to all the skaters.My sources have also spotted Andrew Wilson, brother of of Owen and Luke (fans of Wes Anderson know as “Future Man” in Bottle Rocket), who is playing a roller derby coach. The film stars Ellen Page as “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas. Whip It! is currently in production.