Category: Jimmy Fallon

Madonna launches 'MDNA' with a spree of personal appearances

Madonna goes on a promo spree for "MDMA"
Madonna is one busy modern woman: The heavily guarded pop queen gave herself up to the masses this weekend in support of the Monday release of her new record, "MDNA."

Kicking off on Saturday afternoon, Madge cruised through the offices of Facebook for a live chat moderated by a gushing Jimmy Fallon. Taking fan questions and teasing the late night host, Madonna didn't disappoint.

"People need to be more disciplined when they ask questions," she vamped with arched eyebrows as fans asked gems like what would she do if she were elected president in November.

"First of all, I'd take all the money from defense and put it in education ... gay marriage would be legal everywhere," she waxed, adding: "There would be no restrictions on any of my videos ever."

Indeed, a clip for her single "Girl Gone Wild" was deemed too hot for underage YouTube users, but in the days leading up to an album release, does that kind of attention detract from her latest roster of dance tracks?

Certainly not for the wild crowds at Miami's Ultra Music Festival, where Madonna decamped to after her Facebook stop. Introducing DJ Avicii, the Material Mom played to the audience with hype quotes on stage like, "I can honestly say a DJ saved my life." 

She also posed the question, "Has anyone in this crowd seen Molly?," referring to slang for the popular club drug MDMA, a.k.a. ecstasy. Some folks aren't happy with the reference, but again -- does this hurt her chart chances?

Not with a massive groundswell from fans, including celebs such as Ashton Kutcher.

"I think MDNA taking over Fab.com for the day is pretty badass," Kutcher tweeted of the chic group-sale site in which he's an investor, which offered the album at a reduced price of $7.99 for its members. 

Don't expect to see less of Madonna in the coming days, either. "MDMA" will get a worldwide tour in the coming months, and expect her new fragrance Truth or Dare at the top of April.  


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Jimmy Fallon and Madonna hang out at the New York offices of Facebook on March 24. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Michele Bachmann: NBC wouldn't pull that gag on Michelle Obama

Michele Bachmann and Jimmy Fallon

Michele Bachmann didn't know what hit her on Jimmy Fallon's show, but she loves the guy and accepts his apology for the brouhaha over the tune played to introduce her.

That said, the GOP presidential hopeful would still like an apology from NBC over the bouncy but crass intro song that the drummer of the show's band, the Roots, played when the show taped Monday night — 'cause they wouldn't pull that stuff on Michelle Obama.

"I wasn't aware of it at all," the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota said Wednesday on "America's Newsroom," referring to the snippet of Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch" that ushered Bachmann onto the stage for an interview that aired in the wee hours Tuesday. "I didn't find out until later yesterday and at that point I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate."

Fallon apologized via Twitter, saying "I'm honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I'm so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back," and adding, "Actually it was a really fun interview. She helped me with my Minnesota accent. (I still sound Irish.)"

Bachmann told Fox News Channel's Bill Hemmer that she was hoping to speak to Fallon on Wednesday. "I don't have anything against Jimmy Fallon, I love him, he’s a kick, it was a great opportunity to be on the show, I’d love to go back again."

She said she had "no doubt," however, that if the song and the first lady had come on stage at the same time, NBC would have apologized and fired or at least suspended the drummer.

"This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also I think it’s sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn't be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either."

Michelle Obama, meanwhile, faced boos from a NASCAR audience on Sunday — but at least that wasn't sexist.

If you want to hear Bachmann discussing things like fissile material, jihadists and the Atlantic Monthly, watch the whole video — or you can cut to the chase around the 5:30 mark for her comments about the Fallon show.


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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), appearing this week on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," points to a photo of the host dressed as Bachmann. Credit: Lloyd Bishop / NBC

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel cozy up at GQ Men of the Year

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake was honored Thursday as one of 2011's  GQ Men of the Year, and brought a significant lady friend to be at his side -- former girlfriend Jessica Biel.

So are they back in full swing as a couple? It would seem so, as the pair were attached at the hip navigating the packed lobby and patio of the Chateau Marmont, eventually departing after midnight, hand in hand.

Back inside the party, another honoree commanded full attention of the crowd: dad-to-be Jay-Z. All  kinds of boldface names flocked for their five minutes with the mogul, including Jimmy Fallon, Lake Bell and Aziz Ansari.


PHOTOS: 2011 GQ Men of the Year party 

Cutting a Sinatra-style figure in a black suit, and looking very lean, Jay-Z held court in a corner table while fellow man of the year Michael Fassbender charmed a group of ladies across the garden.

Joe Manganiello stuck out, literally, his towering frame grabbing attention alongside cast members from "Mad Men." The whole gang of Fox's "New Girl" turned up, including a whimsical Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson. 

Anna Faris and husband Chris Pratt mostly hung out together, as did Armie Hammer and his bride, Elizabeth Chambers. Sadly for the Ministry, Jay-Z -- who would make it to Heavy D's funeral in New York the next day -- wasn't joined by his fabulous ball-and-chain, the pregnant Beyonce.

But as the focus of the party was dudes, plenty of them made strong and stylish showings over Grey Goose cocktails, including "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson, Topher Grace, Anton Yelchin, Johnny Galecki, Kellan Lutz, John Cho, Adam Scott, Michael B. Jordan, Sam Paige and Eli Roth. 


Jay-Z imagines putting a car seat in his Maybach

Some serious scarves and sparkling sneaks at GQ's Men of the Year event

Talk about where the boys are -- they're all hitting the 2010 GQ Men of the Year party

-- Matt Donnelly

Top photo: Justin Timberlake, in Calvin Klein, was celebrated as one of 2011's GQ Men of the Year. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Left photo: Chris Pratt and wife Anna Faris. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Joseph Gordon-Levitt channels Axl Rose for Jimmy Fallon [Video]

Joseph Gordon Levitt sings like Axl Rose

If Joseph Gordon-Levitt ever wanted to pull a Gwyneth Paltrow and explore his musical side through his film work, consider the groundwork laid.

When Levitt stopped by Jimmy Fallon's late-night couch Tuesday to talk up his new cancer comedy, "50/50," Jimbo let a secret slip: In the drunken karaoke environment, Levitt nails the vocal stylings of rocker Axl Rose.

The proof in the video below, where Levitt interprets Miss Kelly Clarkson's classic "Since U Been Gone," Axl-style -- and does a really decent job of hitting those complaint notes.

The movie "50/50" sees Levitt as a young man diagnosed with cancer, given down-the-middle odds of survival. The film, inspired by a true story, costars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Houston. 

Fallon, it would happen, is no stranger to making his thespian guests sing for their sit-down -- including Paltrow, for their famous fictional band Shazzazz.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12, 2011. Credit: Jonathan Leibson / Getty Images

Emmys: Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph pre-party with host Lorne Michaels

Emmy Awards: Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt at Lorne Michaels' party.

Lorne Michaels is no stranger to weekend productions, though for the Saturday night before the 2011 Emmy Awards he put on a different kind of show in Los Angeles: an Emmys pre-party welcoming his famous friends and former employees.

On the terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel, "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Michaels greeted husband and wife Will Arnett and Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm, all nominees, plus Hamm's partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph.

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Aziz Ansari joked with Jimmy Fallon and Bravo's Andy Cohen in the company of Melissa McCarthy, Maulik Pancholy, Jack McBrayer, Rashida Jones, actress-director Penny Marshall and Bryan Cranston, last year's Emmy winner for best actor in a drama for "Breaking Bad."

Ana Gasteyer and her Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls Guests sipped novelty cocktails including the "Liz Lemonade," a nod to Tina Fey's "30 Rock" character, and the "Saturday Night Imbibe" by 42 Below.

For comedy diehards, a fun fact: Former cast member Ana Gasteyer turned up and was quite amused by the passed desserts: mini containers of Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream, a product inspired by the skit that she, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin made famous on "SNL."


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Aaron Sorkin breaks his own nose -- while writing

Sofia Vergara, Zachary Quinto and more toast Emmys at Boa

-- Matt Donnelly

Top photo: Amy Poehler, left, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt cuddle up at Lorne Michaels' pre-Emmy party at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Credit: Associated Press

Bottom photo: Ana Gasteyer flashes some Schweddy Balls ice cream. Credit: Associated Press

Justin Bieber survives a wild day in New York City

Justin Bieber fans at Macy's Herald Square

Justin Bieber attacked by a strange man? Justin Bieber knocked to the ground? Justin Bieber mobbed by fans gone wild outside Macy's Herald Square? The story people heard all depended on what time they checked in on the drama that unfolded Thursday around the pop star's appearance at Macy's Herald Square in New York.

Long story short: The Biebs is just fine, the strange man was actually a plainclothes cop, and police said the pop star wasn't touched, only his bodyguard. By the way, the NYPD said later, the misunderstanding was the bodyguard's fault -- which is why members of Bieber's security team were cited for disorderly conduct.

Now back to the real stars of the Macy's Herald Square appearance: the girls. The store was overrun with them in a frenzied, tweenage mess of pink and purple, a tangle of braces, braids and bubble gum, drawn by their idol's efforts to launch a new fragrance, Someday. (All proceeds from the perfume, launched Monday by Give Back Brands, will be donated to charity.)

Justin Bieber in New York Screaming in unison with faces flushed and arms thrust in the air, the deafening cacophony of 300-some girls' high-pitched wailing echoed throughout the store. Even the security guards were wincing and covering their ears.

At 2:30 in the afternoon, it had already been an exhausting day for the pop star. There was an early morning appearance live on the "Today" show, then "The View" and a taping of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" -- all after having appeared on "Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday.

Bieber worked his way down the VIP purple carpet inside Macy's, greeting fans and a throng of media near a nearly 2-foot high Someday bottle topped with a pink and crimson flower. Perfume counters flanked the stage and walls of TV screens repeatedly played Bieber's sexy perfume commercial.

The chanting swelled: "Justin, Justin, Justin."  And then: "Hey everybody..."  Bieber was onstage -- cue an eruption of paparazzi-like flashbulbs and more shrieking from fans. Then: "OK, love you, peace," he said before sauntering offstage.

Who knew that was the tame part? The event was, understandably, not without a little drama. For the next several hours, Bieber would do a feverish junket of TV interviews upstairs on the 8th floor, where he also personally greeted and took pictures with the first 350 fans to buy his VIP gift set. One girl passed out, another child got lost, and the tears -- of both frustration and ecstasy -- flowed. Some mothers beamed as their offspring posed with arms around the man of the moment; other moms picked fights with Macy's staff, outraged that their kids hadn't gotten $135 worth of face time with the teen idol.

And of course there was the drama outside, when Bieber was greeting voracious fans outside the store. After the barrier-jumping brouhaha went down, he re-entered the store cradling his elbow as security hovered protectively around him.

But none of this dampened his fans' spirits. "It feels like he's a part of us," shrieked 14-year-old Melissa Lamorena. "He, like, made [the perfume]. And if we're wearing it, we're close to him!"

And doesn't Bieber know it: "#ilovemyfans and for those i didnt get to see today....thank u for your love and support. #wegohard #teambieber #someday," he tweeted late Thursday.


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-- Deborah Vankin reporting from New York, and Christie D'Zurilla

Justin Bieber fans in New York

Photos: Fans, top and bottom, hit Macy's Herald Square in Manhattan to see Justin Bieber, left, at the launch of his fragrance, Someday. Credits: (Top and left) Jennifer Altman / For The Times. (Bottom) Deborah Vankin / Los Angeles Times

Eddie Murphy to be honored as an icon at first Comedy Awards

Eddie Murphy to get Comedy Icon Award Funnyman Eddie Murphy is set to receive the inaugural Comedy Icon honor for his performances in stand-up, sketches and film at the first ever Comedy Awards, airing April 10.

Murphy's memorable comedy roles include a vacationing cop in "Beverly Hills Cop," an oblivious African prince in "Coming to America," "Shrek's" animated Donkey and his unforgettable multi-character roles "The Nutty Professor." But he got his start in comedy clubs and on "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1980s.

"Eddie Murphy's impact in the world of comedy is immeasurable," said Casey Patterson, an executive producer at MTV Networks Entertainment Group, in a statement Monday. "From the characters he created on 'SNL,' to his groundbreaking stand-up performances and unforgettable film roles, Murphy changed the game forever."

For his first stand-up gig on Johnny Carson (and that of Steve Martin, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling too), watch the hilarious montage below.

The show, which will take place March 26 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, will also honor a comic with the Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence. At-home viewers can catch in on MTV Networks outlets, including Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Nick at Nite in April.

"SNL" alum and funnypeople Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg have been slated to present at the show, along with comedians Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Matt Stone.

For more on the Comedy Awards, visit insider blog Awards Tracker.


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— Nardine Saad

Photo: Eddie Murphy attends a Dark and Lovely event at Juliet Supper Club on Jan. 18 in New York City. Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III / Getty Images.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon reunite for more Shazzazz [video]


This is an updated version of a previous post. See the note below. Shazzazz

Sure, Gwyneth Paltrow can get her "Glee" on and flex her "Country Strong" muscles, but we prefer her old school style -- when she was a powerhouse '90s R&B item with Jimmy Fallon.

Not really, but whenever the A-list actress pops by Fallon's chat show, they team for an adorable viral lampooning of the now-kitschy conventions of musical decades past, with their fictional group Shazzaazz.

First, they took on '80s hip-hop flair and, on Monday night, showed off their '90s groove with the tracks above, "Let's Do It" and "Let's Do It Again."

Watch for the hilarious Milli Vanilli getups and -- the Ministry's fave -- some serious ad-lib action. Then leave your thoughts in comments below.

For the record, 5:48 p.m.: In an earlier version of this post, the name Shazzazz was misspelled as Shazaaz, or maybe Shazaz, or Shazzaz. We know! What were we thinking??


Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen cover 'Whip My Hair' [poll]

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-- Matt Donnelly

Don't believe it was Springsteen doing 'Whip My Hair' with Jimmy Fallon? [Video]


Some Ministry readers who watched the video of Bruce Springsteen performing as his retro self with Jimmy Fallon in Neil Young camouflage didn't quiiiiiiiiiiiiite believe that was the Boss at the "Whip My Hair" mike -- since Fallon was out there as Young, couldn't it be someone else dressed up as Springsteen?

Thanks to commenter @silver for bringing this backstage action to our attention. Why whip your hair when you can simply rip off your beard?

Seeing is believing.


Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen cover 'Whip My Hair' [poll]

'Pants on the Ground': Jimmy Fallon's 'Neil Young' unplugged version

Willow Smith: All you need to know, including what it's like with Justin Bieber in the picture

-- Christie D'Zurilla



Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen cover 'Whip My Hair' [poll]

Willow Smith, watch out -- the old guys are coming for ya, whipping what hair they have left.

In character as Neil Young and singing with Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon covered the tween's debut single, "Whip My Hair," Tuesday on his late-night show.

Who knew Fallon's Springsteen-"Glee" Emmys mashup would lead us here?

Let us know which version you prefer -- you can watch Willow's below the poll.

(And hey, speaking of "Glee," can Sue Sylvester maybe have a chat with Springsteen about that beret? After all, even Gwyneth Paltrow listened up.)


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-- Christie D'Zurilla



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