Though director J.J. Abrams is undoubtedly deep in development on the very highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, we still have yet to hear any official word about the film’s plot or its characters. Rumors have swirled that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will be reprising their roles in the sequel, and the actors have hinted at, confirmed, denied, and walked back their involvement in the follow-up numerous times. Understandably there are some potentially very lucrative contracts to be drawn up with the trio should they sign on, and it sounds like they’re currently in some stage of negotiations for their return but can’t really confirm as much until the terms are settled.
The notoriously prickly Ford has been lambasted with Star Wars questions recently while on the press tour for 42, and he stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote the film. During his appearance, he took part in a pretty funny bit in which he agreed to answer questions from audience members only if they didn’t ask about Star Wars. As one can imagine, things didn’t exactly go as planned. Hit the jump to watch Ford be a surprisingly good sport.
Every year, Jimmy Kimmel Live follows the Oscars with a star-studded sketch. Last year, audiences were treated to a trailer for Movie: The Movie, which featured dozens of movie stars parodying every film genre and cliché. Naturally, every hit needs a sequel, and JKL has delivered with Movie: The Movie 2V. I’ll let you be the judge between which trailer is better, but I would say the sequel surpasses the original when it comes to the obligatory Matt Damon joke.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Movie: The Movie 2V opens Arbor Day.
A momentous occasion happened last night on late night television: Matt Damon finally reached a breaking point and hijacked Jimmy Kimmel Live. Damon has been the brunt of a long-running joke on the show in which Kimmel ends each night’s broadcast by apologizing for bumping Matt Damon when they run out of time. Damon has appeared in a few sketches here and there that tie-in with the gag, but fresh off Kimmel’s timeslot change that puts him up against Letterman and Leno, Damon hosted the entire show last night as he had “kidnapped” Kimmel.
It was a hilariously fun 90 minutes, as Damon must have picked up the phone and called all his closest friends since the broadcast was filled with the likes of Ben Affleck, Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Garcia, Amy Adams, Sheryl Crow, Demi Moore, and plenty others. Hit the jumps to watch a few highlights from the show.
ABC is moving Jimmy Kimmel into the thick of late night television. The network announced today that Jimmy Kimmel Live is being moved to the coveted 11:35pm timeslot, while Nightline will be pushed to 12:35am. This move puts Kimmel directly against late night staples David Letterman and Jay Leno, and given the show’s momentum and Kimmel’s growth as a late night host over the years, I think the guy is a genuine contender. Kimmel has a knack for creating funny content with celebrity guests that doesn’t feel trite or familiar, and sidekick Guillermo is comedy gold.
The move comes on the heels of Kimmel extending his contract with ABC for two more years, and the network made the timeslot decision based on “ratings momentum, advertising demand, and increased revenue potential.” Per THR, Kimmel will make his debut in the new time period on January 8th, the day after ABC airs the BCS National Championship Game (Boomer Sooner). Kimmel recently hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and he’ll emcee the upcoming 64th Primetime Emmy Awards next month. Hit the jump to relive some highlights from Jimmy Kimmel Live over the years.
Like it does every year, Jimmy Kimmel Live followed the Oscars with a bit that packed in every Hollywood actor they could find. This year, they poked fun at epic movies by creating Movie: The Movie and throwing in every genre possible. Of course, the premise of trying to sell a movie by overloading it with famous faces is absolutely ridiculous. Still, it’s an amusing way to try to start your Monday.
Hit the jump to check out the 9-minute trailer. The fake film’s cast includes George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Bryan Cranston as the world’s unluckiest hot dog vendor. Movie: The Movie opens Thanksgiving, Christmas, and summer 2012.
Tom Hanks was guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscar show last night and he brought along the first clip from his new film Larry Crowne. The story centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to college and strikes up a relationship with one of his professors (Julia Roberts). Larry Crowne is the first film Hanks has directed since 1996′s That Thing You Do, and he co-wrote the script with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). The clip looks charming and he almost always succeeds when it comes to light-hearted fare.
Hanks also did a fun spoof of the TLC’s horrific Toddlers & Tiaras, a show which attempts to capture the elusive pedophile/abusive parent demographic. Hit the jump to check out the clip from Larry Crowne and Hanks’ Toddlers & Tiaras spoof. Larry Crowne opens July 1st.
As he does every year following the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel had some star-studded sketches for his post-Oscar episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. While this year wasn’t quite as good as the Handsome Men’s Club, it’s tough to argue with watching gorgeous actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara engage in a new work-out regimen called “Humpilates”. Basically, Kimmel and his writers found an excuse to have some of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses hump exercise balls bearing the word “hobo”. I have no problem with that.
Kimmel also ran a fake trailer for an American adaptation of The King’s Speech called The President’s Speech, where Sir Mike Tyson helps George W. Bush overcome his constant verbal gaffes. Hit the jump to check out both sketches.
In anticipation of The Green Hornet‘s January 14th release, director Michel Gondry will helm the January 13th episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Via the press release, The Green Hornet star Seth Rogen will be Kimmel’s featured guest with actress Elle Fanning and rock super-group (featuring members of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, and Every Time I Die) The Damned Things also scheduled to appear.
With his directorial appearance, the Oscar-winning Gondry (via co-writing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will join the likes of Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams as feature directors who have taken over Kimmel’s late-night show. To check out the full press release, hit the jump.
While the ending of Lost will be talked about and debated for a long time, I think it was a very satisfying conclusion to one of the best shows that’s ever been on television. Was it a perfect episode? No. Was the final season a lot of wasted time? Yes. The fact is, the final season could have been told in half the time and it would have made the ending a lot stronger. But when you’re on a network that wants to milk a franchise as long as they can, you have to sometimes stretch out a storyline that was clearly aimed to be told in fewer episodes. Saying all that, I still loved the show and cannot wait to sit down sometime in the future to rewatch the entire run.
Anyway, after Lost ended last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live had the cast on to talk about making the show and they also aired three alternate endings. While they were played for laughs, they’re still worth watching. Hit the jump to check them out and you can also watch Matthew Fox discuss his character and the show and see the audience ask some of the cast some questions:
If you haven’t seen last night’s Lost, stop reading now. I won’t even spoil this bit other than to say that if you saw last night’s episode, “Across the Sea”, you’ll probably get a chuckle out of this short sketch from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. It’s made even better that they got actors Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver play their respective roles from the show. Hit the jump to check out the short video.
In news that is surprising to no one, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will follow the two-hour series finale of Lost with “Aloha to Lost”, a one-hour special devoted entirely to the show. ABC is promising alternate endings to “Lost” will be presented on the show, along with live cast interviews and an appearance by showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. I hope one of the alternate ending is the “Joop” contingency.
Of course the Lindelof and Cuse part is mandatory. I think there will be even more questions about the show once it’s finished, not because I’m expecting a lot of ambiguity in the finale, but about the process of how they came to their ending, changes they had to make along the way, and other notes on the “how” and “why” of the series rather than the “what”. Here’s hoping Kimmel asks some questions sent in by fans.
And if you want to hate my positive reaction to this week’s episode, “The Package”, hit the jump.
A new trailer for Iron Man 2 will be premiering this Sunday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live after the Academy Awards. In addition, Robert Downey Jr. will be on the show to introduce the clip and also talk to Kimmel about the movie. As you might imagine, we’ll have the trailer online minutes after it airs.
It’s also worth noting that on previous Academy Award shows, Kimmel has debuted some funny shorts like “I’m F***ing Ben Affleck” and Mel Gibson’s “The Colonel.” Perhaps Downey Jr. and Kimmel are working on something for this year’s show.
Hit the jump for the press release ABC sent out: