Joking Bad

As criminal masterminds go, a late night host with six months left (on the show, that is, not in life) selling his jokes on the black market doesn’t sound all that evil. But then again, we once sympathized with a terminally ill chemistry teacher making meth to provide for his family, too. Nowadays, that guy is a total monster.

True, joke-selling is somewhat less likely to result in slit throats, explosions, and poisoned people, but as Jimmy Fallon‘s Breaking Bad parody Joking Bad shows, it does come with some terrifying consequences of its own. Watch the video after the jump. Do be warned that some spoilers follow, if you’re not caught up through the first half of Season 5.

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Breaking Bad Season 5 - Hank and Jesse

It’s a weirdly good time for ’90s kids, as Uncle Jesse and Carmen Sandiego plot their returns. After the jump:

  • Uncle Jesse’s band from Full House will reunite
  • The elusive Carmen Sandiego may return to PBS
  • American Dad is moving from Fox to TBS
  • James Franco will drop by The Mindy Project
  • Damon Wayans Jr. is returning to New Girl
  • Ray Donovan and True Blood get renewed
  • Here’s who’ll direct Game of Thrones next season
  • Check out a new trailer for Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad teasers and stills show lots of glares

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Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney

The mutant speedster superhero Quicksilver found himself at the center of two competing Marvel movies last week. We already heard Joss Whedon wrote Quicksilver and his sister, the Scarlet Witch, into The Avengers 2. Then Bryan Singer shocked us by casting Evan Peters as the same character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, set in an entirely different universe. Rumors swirled about a Marvel vs. 20th Century Fox pissing match and while those can be neither confirmed or denied, one of the principals did appear in public to talk about the character.

Joss Whedon was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week and explained why he inserted the characters into The Avengers 2. He doesn’t mention Singer’s film explicitly but he explains the subjective, and objective reasons they’ll be in his film. Read that, as well as a quote teasing the sequel’s villain, below. Read More »

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon

Here we go again. NBC has officially announced that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show, as has been rumored for months. The only surprise, if you can even call it that, is when the changeover will take place — spring 2014, instead of summer or fall 2014 as previously believed. The transition will also mark The Tonight Show‘s move back to New York City, forty years after Johnny Carson took it to Burbank, California.

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Cougar Town

It’s gonna be a great spring for TV lovers, with the returns of Game of Thrones and Mad Men just around the corner and Louis CK‘s new standup special waiting in the wings. Watch trailers for all three after the jump. Also:

  • Damian Lewis talks Carrie and Brody’s future
  • Look for cameos and references in Hannibal
  • Seth Green also joins Seth MacFarlane‘s pilot
  • Will Seth Meyers replace Jimmy Fallon?
  • Cougar Town gets renewed for a fifth season
  • TNT sets a return date for Falling Skies
  • Mattel is working on UNO: The Game Show
  • Bryan Cranston‘s Breaking Bad script gets stolen
  • See new images from Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove
  • Watch the first 14 minutes of TNT’s Defiance

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YouTube, late night television and Michel Gondry all deserve spots in the trailer parody hall of fame. Gondry’s film, Be Kind Rewind, gave birth to the low budget “sweding” of trailers where people do cheap, shot by shot, remakes. Late night TV shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan have made a sport of parodying trailers for highly anticipated films and YouTube makes the consumption of these things extremely easy.

Today we have two perfect examples of where those parody hall of famers intersect. A comedy troupe named Dumb Drum sweded the recent trailer for Iron Man 3, with hilarious results, and Jimmy Fallon got Pee-Wee Herman to voice over the trailer for Marc Forster’s World War Z, starring Brad Pitt. Check out both after the jump. 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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