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Constance Wu Has Been Waiting For This Night to Show Off Her Jennifer Lopez Impersonation

Constance Wu Has Been Waiting For This Night to Show Off Her Jennifer Lopez Impersonation
Constance Wu has dreamed of this moment for so long, oh-oh. Long before she joined forces with Jennifer Lopez for the strip club epic Hustlers, the actress was, well, impersonating her co-star as part of a summer job. "When I was 16, I worked at a little theme park called Paramount's Kings the Minion," she explained on Monday's The Late Late Show With James Corden. "I was on one of their stage shows called Pop 40, where we sang all the hits."  Actually, more specifically, the Crazy Rich Asians star was the lead singer for a cover of J.Lo's 1999 hit "Waiting For Tonight." And she just gifted us with a comeback performance. After host James...
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The Bird and the Bee on the Poetry of Van Halen

Decades before Greg Kurstin was producing hits for Adele, Paul McCartney and the Foo Fighters, he was a preteen Van Halen diehard. “I saw them on their Diver Down tour,” he remembers. “I got to see them play ‘Unchained,’ and that was amazing. I was a massive Van Halen fan at that time.” So when he met singer Inara George and formed the jazzy synth-pop duo the Bird and the Bee with her, he was excited to learn that she, too, was a Van Halen stan. You wouldn’t guess
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Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Ken Jeong Join Voice Cast for Animated Feature 'Extinct'

Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Ken Jeong Join Voice Cast for Animated Feature 'Extinct'
Adam Devine (The Righteous Gemstones), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) and Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians) have joined the voice cast of upcoming U.S.-Chinese animated feature Extinct.

The co-production, being directed by David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) and co-directed Raymond Persi (The Simpsons), follows two doughnut-shaped animals called Flummels who accidentally time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai. Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek), Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show With James Corden) and Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) are also set to add their voices.

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Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Ken Jeong to Voice Animated Feature ‘Extinct’

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Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Ken Jeong to Voice Animated Feature ‘Extinct’
The voice cast for U.S.-Chinese animated movie “Extinct” will feature Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz and Ken Jeong. The film is being directed by David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie”). “The Simpsons” veterans Joel Cohen, John Frink, and Rob Lazebnik are writing.

The adventure-comedy will follow Op and Ed, a species of donut-shaped animals called flummels. They accidentally time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai where they discover traffic, trans fats, and the fact that flummels have become extinct. The duo set out to to save themselves and their species.

The movie comes from China Lion, Hb Wink, Huayi Tencent Entertainment, and Tolerable Entertainment. Timeless Films has boarded the project and will sell it internationally, kicking off the sales effort at the Toronto Film Festival.

“We are really looking forward to screening the first footage from this incredibly funny film to our distributors at Toronto,” said Timeless CEO and chairman Ralph Kamp.
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‘The Goldfinch’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

  • Variety
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. claims the top spot in spending with “The Goldfinch.”

Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $2.97 million through Sunday for 441 national ad airings on 38 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Aug. 19-25. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Warner Bros. prioritized spend across networks including ABC, CBS and NBC, and during programming such as “America’s Got Talent,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”

Just behind “The Goldfinch” in second place: Lionsgate’s “Angel Has Fallen,” which saw 779 national ad airings across 25 networks, with an estimated media value of $2.89 million.

TV ad placements for Roadside Attractions’ “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (Emv: $2.85 million), Fox Searchlight Pictures
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Taylor Swift Fans Are Absolutely, Positively Not Crying Over Lover

Taylor Swift Fans Are Absolutely, Positively Not Crying Over Lover
After all the hype and countless music video Easter eggs, Taylor Swift's seventh album, Lover, is finally here. On Aug. 23, the singer dropped the 18-track LP that's embedded with emotion, romanticism, and . . . Idris Elba - whom she costars with in the upcoming film Cats. With a sunnier sound than 2017's Reputation, Swift embraces her quirks and the waves of romance, while addressing the current social and political climate.

"This album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness, and chaos. It's the first album of mine that I've ever owned, and I couldn't be more proud," she wrote on Instagram, referencing recent drama surrounding the ownership of her music. Thankfully, we have this album to hold us over while we wait for Swift to rerecord previously released songs to gain full control over her artistry. Keep reading to revel in the glory of Lover with fellow Swifties.
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No, That's Not Joe Alwyn Speaking on Taylor Swift's "London Boy" - It's Idris Elba!

No, That's Not Joe Alwyn Speaking on Taylor Swift's
One of the more surprising discoveries to come out about Taylor Swift's newly released seventh album, Lover? Idris Elba is on a track! To kick off "London Boy," Swift sourced a clip of Elba describing a typical date for him in a 2017 interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden. In it, he says, "We can go driving on my scooter, you know? Just around London."

Some listeners initially thought it might've been Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn speaking in the clip, but that might've just been a bit of wishful thinking, as it's worth noting that he sounds nothing like Elba. That being said, we think it's safe to assume that Alwyn is the "London Boy" she's singing about in the sweet song.

To see Elba actually singing with Swift, you won't have to wait long: the two are starring in the Cats screen adaptation out on Christmas.
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Emmys: Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Late Night

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Emmys: Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Late Night
They’re the names that fly by when the credits roll. But every member of the production staff on a late-night talk show is a foot soldier waging a daily battle against time and limited resources to make the show come alive.

Whether the series is a freight train that runs Monday through Friday or a weekly effort to synthesize and satirize the news, production values in late-night have come a long way since the days of overflowing ashtrays on Johnny Carson’s desk.

Today, there are video packages that need to be assembled, stunts that need testing, sketches that need costumes and moments of Zen to conjure. The topicality of these shows also means coordinating a small army to complete an endless series of creative and technical tasks under punishing deadlines. The unpredictability of the President Trump-era news cycle only adds to the pressure.

For executive producers and showrunners,
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Here’s Why James Corden Is King of the Emmys This Year

Here’s Why James Corden Is King of the Emmys This Year
An edited version of this story about James Corden and Ben Winston first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The most-nominated person at this year’s Emmys is writer, producer and director Ben Winston, with eight separate nominations. The second-most nominated is James Corden, with seven.

What does this teach us?

Well, since Winston happens to produce, write and direct James Corden’s shows, it teaches us that it’s good to be in proximity to Corden (or to be Corden).

Also Read: 2019 Emmy Contenders, From Sophie Turner to Tony Hale to Cicely Tyson (Exclusive Photos)

But there’s more to it than that, because Corden and Winston were each nominated for their work on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” and for the interactive elements of “The Late Late Show,” and for the short-form series “Carpool Karaoke: The Series,” and for
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Josh Gad and James Corden Joke They Were Fired From Summer Blockbusters

Josh Gad and James Corden Joke They Were Fired From Summer Blockbusters
Josh Gad and James Corden jokingly claimed they were fired from the movies Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Hobbs & Shaw and Toy Story 4 on CBS' The Late Late Show With James Corden on Monday.

The prerecorded clip opened with Corden listing everything that he and Gad have in common, saying that they are incredible actors, insanely charming and sex symbols. "Yet with everything we've got in common, we've never actually made a movie together," he said. "Biggie [Smalls] and Tupac [Shakur] never collaborated. We weren't going to let that happen with Olaf ...
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Will Ferrell Did a Late Night Takeover to Promote his Ron Burgundy Podcast, and Things Escalated Quickly

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Will Ferrell Did a Late Night Takeover to Promote his Ron Burgundy Podcast, and Things Escalated Quickly
Will Ferrell is back in Ron Burgundy mode to promote season 2 of his podcast, and on Thursday night, he took himself on a tour of the late-night circuit, wreaking havoc wherever he went. The former newsreader, complete with his signature glass of scotch, turtleneck, scarf, and coiffed hair, performed an "exclusive" stand-up set for just about every late-night show going, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. After all, he's kind of a big deal, so is it any surprise every network wanted a piece?

As well as his stand-up routines, Ron took the time to chew the fat with each host. On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he discussed everything from his sexual chemistry with Kylie Minogue to his upcoming headline show with Jerry Seinfeld and The Rolling Stones, while on The Late Late Show With James Corden, he
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Will Ferrell Takes Over Late-Night TV as Ron Burgundy--and It's Just as Bizarre as You'd Expect

It was a night to remember for Ron Burgundy.  The San Diego anchorman, famously brought to life by Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and its sequel, popped up on six late-night shows Thursday night, surprising audiences as a guest. However, he wasn't there solely for a chat with the hosts. Instead, Burgundy was trying his hand at stand-up comedy. One by one, he took the mic on The Tonight Show, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night With Seth MeyersThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show With James Corden.  Set by set, Burgundy riffed on virtually every topic, including root canals, immigration, airplanes, Buffalo Wild Wings...
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Watch Will Ferrell Invade ‘Kimmel,’ ‘Colbert,’ ‘Fallon’ as Ron Burgundy

Watch Will Ferrell Invade ‘Kimmel,’ ‘Colbert,’ ‘Fallon’ as Ron Burgundy
Will Ferrell donned the iconic mustache of Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy to dominate the entire late-night universe on Thursday. The actor appeared in-character with pre-recorded bits on six shows: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan.

On The Tonight Show, Ferrell performed a set of stand up as Burgundy, taking aim at Shawn Mendes and the Yankees, and also detailed his knife fight with Kylie Minogue to Fallon.
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CBS All Access Picks Up ‘Console Wars’ Feature Doc & Develops Limited Series As Fulwell 73 Scores Celebrity Medium Series

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CBS All Access is moving into feature documentaries for the first time with a film based on Blake J. Harris’ book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation. The Svod service is also developing a limited series based on the source material.

The feature doc is produced in partnership with Legendary Television Studios and Oscar-winning documentarian Doug Blush. It is directed by Harris and Jonah Tulis and is being executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Productions and Scott Rudin Productions.

The limited series is being written by Mike Rosolio and Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Point Grey’s President is also exec producing.

Julian Rosenberg from Circle of Confusion produces both alongside Tulis and Harris.

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, published by HarperCollins in 2014, is described as the mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes drama that chronicles how Sega,
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Grammy Awards Producer Shuffle: Ben Winston to Take Over From Ken Ehrlich in 2021

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As Variety reported in December, Ben Winston will take the reins of the Grammy Awards as executive producer in 2021 after longtime telecast leader Ken Ehrlich completes his 40th ceremony next year.

Winston has become a prolific producer for CBS and other outlets since he moved to the U.S. nearly five years ago to launch “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” Ehrlich’s long tenure in steering the elaborate production of the annual kudocast was saluted by CBS and Recording Academy executives in announcing the plan with Winston.

“Ken’s imprint on the Grammy Awards and the music industry are well–known and represent the kind of work and vision that legends are made of,” said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy. “Having worked closely with Ken for almost half of his tenure with the show, I have seen first–hand the vision, extraordinary musical knowledge,
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Late-Night Hosts Congratulate Themselves on Emmy Nominations

Amid discussions of the 2020 Democratic candidates and "The Squad," late-night hosts took a few minutes to talk Emmy nominations on Tuesday night. 

On Tuesday morning, the Television Academy's announcement revealed that Game of Thrones took the lead of all shows in number of nominations, with 32 under its belt, while, network-wise, HBO reigned supreme with 137 nods, followed by Netflix (117) and NBC (58).

Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, TBS' Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, CBS' The Late Late Show With James Corden and CBS' The Late ...
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2019 Emmy Nominations: Game of Thrones, Schitt's Creek, and More!

Which shows and stars could be taking home an award at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards? 

That was finally announced this morning by D'Arcy Carden and Ken Jeong, who unveiled the nominees for the event. 

The awards show will air Sunday, September 22. 

Here's the full list of nomination. 

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Mahershala Ali (True Detective)

Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora)

Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)

Jared Harris (Chernobyl)

Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)

Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)  

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)

Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)

Joey King (The Act)

Niecy Nash (When They See Us)

Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Don Cheadle (Black Monday)

Ted Danson (The Good Place)

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

Bill Hader (Barry
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Emmy Nominees 2019: The Complete List

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Emmy Nominees 2019: The Complete List
The 71st Emmy nominations are out, and yes, the final seasons for “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” are present and accounted for.

Ken Jeong and D’Arcy Carden had the honors this morning, rattling off the nominees on TV and via livestream. In their favorite category, Outstanding Comedy Series, Carden’s “The Good Place” will go up against “Barry,” “Fleabag,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Russian Doll,” “Schitt’s Creek,” and of course, “Veep.”

On the more serious side, top drama series will come down to “Better Call Saul,” “Bodyguard,” “Game of Thrones,” “Killing Eve,” “Ozark,” “Pose,” “Succession” and “This Is Us.”

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Beats Own All-Time Record for Most Emmy Noms by a Scripted Series

HBO earned the most total nominations with 137, reclaiming its throne. Netflix, which had the most nods last year, was second with 117 this time around.

Here’s the complete list:

Lead
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Emmy Predictions for Variety and Reality: It’s a Battle Between Trump Bashers, Reality Warriors and Rock Stars

Emmy Predictions for Variety and Reality: It’s a Battle Between Trump Bashers, Reality Warriors and Rock Stars
The Emmys’ variety and reality categories are in many ways the timeliest categories, and yet also the most unchanging. In the variety field, you’ll find late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver and Jimmy Kimmel, whose political humor is television’s most current and most barbed. Apart from perhaps MSNBC, this is the center of the anti-Trump resistance on TV.

But these are also categories in which Television Academy members find shows they like and continue to vote for them year after year, leading to long winning streaks for David Letterman, Jon Stewart, “The Kennedy Center Honors” and Jeff Probst in the past, and for Stephen Colbert, “The Amazing Race,” John Oliver and “The Voice” more recently.

Still, a few formidable newcomers are hoping to break in this year, from “Desus and Mero” to “Tosh.0” to “The Masked Singer” to Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce.

Also Read: Emmy Predictions for Comedy: Watch Out,
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Avril Lavigne Books First North American Tour in Five Years

Avril Lavigne Books First North American Tour in Five Years
Avril Lavigne announced her first tour in five years. The fall trek, a 15-date North American run, launches September 14th in Seattle, Washington and wraps October 11th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

An artist pre-sale begins Tuesday, June 25th at 10 a.m. local time, and fan registration is available now. A Citi card pre-sale runs from Wednesday, June 26th at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, June 27th at 10 p.m. local time. General tickets go on sale Friday, June 28th at 10 a.m. local time via her website.

One dollar from
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