If you aren’t hungry at the start of the lyric video for Katy Perry’s new single, “Birthday,” then you definitely will be by the end.
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Mark McGrath may be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and it's paid off -- though he's still going out on the road with Sugar Ray as part of the Under the Sun tour kicking off in June, he's also found a second career in front of the cameras. He'll be appearing in "Sharknado 2: The Second One" on July 31 (9:00 p.m. on Syfy). Melinda and I (who could not get "Fly" out of our heads pretty much the entire time, dammit) taked to McGrath about pretty much everything you can imagine, from the last American rock god to freezing with sharks. Oh, and we kind of got him to take off his shirt. Too bad for you this is an audio-only podcast. Here's the rundown:
Now that the Kiss Army has gotten its due and their heavy metal heroes will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tonight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (along with Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Linda Ronstadt, and Peter Gabriel), here are 10 more acts that are definitely worthy of inclusion. Some have been nominated numerous times (like Chic) and never gotten voted in, while others, as impossible as it seems, have never even made it onto the ballot.
Bill O’Reilly: “I hope Colbert will consider me for the Ed McMahon spot”
That was Colbert’s “Papa Bear’s” reaction to “The Late Show” news, at least before “The O’Reilly Factor” comes on later today.
Stephen Colbert’s agent called CBS’ Les Moonves to express interest
Moonves says the effort to find Colbert’s replacement went at a breakneck pace immediately after Letterman’s announcement. Colbert, Moonves said, had one request: “He said, ‘I want to be sure Dave is on board.’” PLUS: CBS will own “The Late Show” — not Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, and Neil Patrick Harris is “thrilled” with the Colbert pick.
Report: CBS execs are frustrated with Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show”
Les Moonves would only say "“we’re having conversations” and “there is nothing to report now,” but Deadline reports that CBS hasn’t been happy with Ferguson’s ratings.
CNN boss: Interview shows like “Larry King Live” are no longer viable
"We believe that genre is no longer viable,” says Jeff Zucker. "There are just too many outlets with not enough big gets for a pure talk show to thrive any longer."
Here’s video proof that all Shonda Rhimes characters sound the same
Introducing the “Shonda Staccato.”
Back in June last year, we mentioned the theoretical likelihood of awards attention for "Theory of Everything," James Marsh-directed biopic starring Eddie Redmayne as motor neuron disease-affllicted physicist Stephen Hawking. Now, with the news that Focus Features will be releasing the British production, and has selected a November 7 release date, that looks even likelier.
Amid the presentations for Best Shirtless Performance and Conan O'Brien's comic mugging, moments of earnestness are likely to be few at this week's MTV Movie Awards -- which is as it has always been. But the levity will be suspended for at least a couple of minutes, as organizers have announced that the show will feature a tribute to the late "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker, nearly five months after the 40-year-old actor died in a car crash.
Could Ryan Seacrest leave “Idol” for a bigger role at NBC?
Seacrest is currently in talks with Fox and NBC Universal about his future — his “Idol” and “Today” contracts are about to expire.
Study: Twitter and Facebook have little influence on watching TV
Only 16% of a group of 1,665 respondents ages 15 to 54 reported that they used social media while watching television, according to a report by the Council for Research Excellence.
CNN replacing Piers Morgan with “original series” and documentaries
There won’t be an anchor-hosted show on CNN’s 9 pm timeslot.
Lindsay Lohan complains to Letterman her reality show is “taken out of context a bit”
"That creates the drama and the spectacle and that's ratings so I get it,” she tells Letterman. "I don't have control of the editing. I am producer but I don't have control of that aspect of it."
“Game of Thrones” creators are making their 1st movie
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will tackle “Dirty White Boys.”
Starz finds its “Outlander” star
Scottish actor Steven Cree will play Ian Murray.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls the John Hancock tattoo “a birthmark”
And here’s a "1962 baby photo" as proof. PLUS: Tony Hale had no idea.
“Dancing” bringing back Donny Osmond, as a guest judge
The Season 9 winner will return for next week’s show.
Oprah gave an O magazine interview while lying on the floor
Oprah Winfrey was even photographed for the cover while lying down.
“Duck Dynasty” star: I was sexually abused as a child
Lisa Robertson made the revelation in the new book “The Women of Duck Commander.”
Dear CBS: Please let Colbert be Colbert
"Just please God, don’t let that thing be a middle-of-the-road, Hollywood-centric, let’s-roll-a-clip, something-for-everyone 11:35 p.m. talk show,” James Poniewozik writes of Colbert’s ascension. "Colbert is smart, quick, personable and likeable, but that likeability comes from—weird as this is to say about someone who’s hosted a show in character for nine years—authenticity. Colbert is specifically not for everyone; he’s geekily intelligent, blisteringly funny and has a distinct, often political, point of view. Take that away and you take away everything.”
Rush Limbaugh on Stephen Colbert: "CBS Has Just Declared War on the Heartland of America”
The conservative radio host weighed in on Colbert’s “Late Show” promotion, calling him a "partisan, so-called comedian.” He added: "“No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives––now it’s just going to be wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy.”
Survey: 23% of Colbert’s viewers watch Letterman, but “The Colbert Report” has younger viewers
In fact, a recent survey found that “Colbert” fans were most represented in the 18-29 category.
Who should replace Colbert — Amy Schumer? Aziz Ansari? Jon Stewart!?
Why not replace “The Colbert Report” with a 1-hour “Daily Show,” one that doesn’t require you to go online to watch the full interviews.
Watch Stephen Colbert out of character
Here’s a glimpse of “The Late Show” Colbert, as shown during the Emmys and in an interview with Oprah.
Why Colbert was a no-brainer choice for Letterman’s replacement
"If ever there was a no-brainer for such an important slot at the network -- and despite what you might think about the late night talk show environment, it’s still a marquee gig when judged from within -- then hiring Colbert was it,” says Tim Goodman. "He has a built in following which will likely grow when he drops his faux right wing persona that was the cornerstone of his time on The Colbert Report. He is insatiable about pop culture, politics, music -- pretty much anything in the zeitgeist. And he has the ideal mind for taking in those information streams, weeding out what’s important and then commenting on them.”
Why this is not going to end well for Colbert
The real Stephen Colbert has never spent any appreciable time on camera, so it will be difficult for the CBS audience to get used to his real persona.
Colbert is perfect for the job because he’s “multi-talented”
Being “multi-talented” is “suddenly a requirement for hosting a late-night show — a trend driven mainly by Jimmy Fallon,” says Adam Buckman. "Colbert might not possess Fallon’s talent for mimicry and celebrity impressions, but Colbert is an accomplished professional in all the other aspects of show business — particularly singing, dancing and acting. He’s a shrewd showman who writes best-selling books, created a highly profitable show ('The Colbert Report') built around a fictional character he developed and plays personally, and seems to create excitement and draw crowds wherever he goes."
Why Colbert will triumph on CBS
As Brian Lowry points out, "Anyone fretting about Colbert’s ability to hold down an hour or step out of the self-absorbed conservative talkshow host persona he’s affected on 'The Colbert Report’ clearly hasn’t been paying attention to the obvious, which is Colbert’s gift for improvising in that character is virtually unmatched. (Sacha Baron Cohen would be a close cousin, but it’s a different vibe.)”
#CancelColbert creator declines to react to the Colbert news
Suey Park tweeted: "[Absence is a politic. #NotYourClickbait]"
Why CBS was so quick to announce Colbert’s hiring
Stephen Colbert’s contract at Comedy Central was nearly up, the upfronts were coming soon, and CBS wanted to end all the distracting speculation, says Verne Gay, who adds: "But here's the key reason: These transitions take time -- time for the hosts to get used to the idea, time for viewers and fans.”
Conan O’Brien responded to the Letterman retirement news minutes before the Colbert hiring news
“I think people are thinking about it the wrong way,” Conan told Ryan Seacrest this morning. “Right now, we have a glut of people more or less my age or a few years younger than me hosting shows. I think if CBS was smart, they’d counter-program. They would go with really, really old or really, really young. So I’m suggesting either Larry King or Beyonce‘s baby, Blue Ivy … so I think they’re barking up the wrong tree with me or anyone like me.”
It looks like Sean Penn is set for the director's chair for the fifth time in his career with "The Last Face," a drama starring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and "Blue is the Warmest Color" starlet Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Hard to believe that the Cannes Film Festival is just a month away -- before you know it, people will be cranking up the Oscar conversation again. The full lineup will be announced in Paris on April 17, but another nugget was revealed this morning. The opening film of the theoretically secondary, but increasingly prestigious, Un Certain Regard competition will be a French title: "Party Girl," the joint directorial debut of Marie Amacoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.
Letterman is “flattered” CBS chose Stephen Colbert to replace him
“Stephen has always been a real friend to me,” David Letterman said in a statement. "I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”
CBS says “The Late Show” will stay in NYC — and that Colbert was "head and tails above everybody else”
CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler says “we talked about everybody” to replace David Letterman. But ultimately, Colbert is "just is head and tails above everybody else and Dave is a very big seat to fill,” she says. "We’re huge fans, he’s inspired and talented for all the obvious reasons.” She adds that CBS isn’t concerned about Colbert’s politics. "We didn’t have concerns. We were most excited about his talent to be creative and innovative, and now he’s going to work on his idea of what his show will look like."
Watch Stephen Colbert’s 2005 Letterman debut, promoting his new show “The Colbert Report”
Colbert talked about his upbringing in South Carolina. PLUS: Here's Colbert crashing Letterman's monologue in 2011.
With a break-out hit in "Orphan Black," co-creator Graeme Manson could be forgiven a smug attitude about creating such a smart, fast-paced series (full disclosure: I'm a fan), but no reason -- the friendly, easy going writer-producer still seems a little stunned by the show's success. When I got a chance to talk to Manson, he enjoyed talking about all things "Orphan Black," including the science and politics driving the plot, challenges facing our favorite characters in season two, some possible plans for an origin story (!), and he even gave a few hints of his master plan for the series. This is a long interview, but if you're a fan you'll want to read it through to the end, promise.