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Paul McCartney, Madonna join Justin Timberlake for SNL Skit

Paul McCartney, Madonna and Barry Gibb showed off their comedic chops this weekend by joining Justin Timberlake and funnyman Jimmy Fallon for a Christmas edition of Saturday Night Live.

Timberlake and Fallon kicked off Saturday’s live gig by performing a medley of songs dressed as a tube of wrapping paper and a gift bag respectively, as they parodied tracks such as Ludacris’ Roll Out (My Business), Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know and It’s Tricky by Run-D.M.C.

Fallon then delivered the opening monologue by showing off impressions of David Bowie, Bob Dylan and McCartney as he acted out his dream collaboration, blaming heavy New York traffic for preventing the rockers from appearing in person.

However, as he began to mimic the former Beatle, McCartney himself stepped out onstage, much to the crowd’s delight, and quipped, “I was (stuck in traffic) but then I took a Citi Bike (public bike-sharing system). Am I too late to sing a song?”

The unlikely duo then launched into a rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas as fake snow fell all around them.

McCartney’s unexpected appearance was just the first of many surprises – Madonna joined in a discussion about politics during spoof segment The Barry Gibb Talk Show, with Fallon sporting ’70s attire, a fake wig and fake facial hair to portray the only surviving Bee Gees star.

The Emotions hitmaker appeared to be in on the joke as he joined Timberlake and Fallon, who were both rocking vintage hair styles and suits, to close out the skit.

Even outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made time for a cameo during SNL’s Weekend Update to discuss his plans after stepping down from the post early next year.

Saturday Night Live will return to U.S. TV screens for a new episode on Jan. 18 when rapper/actor Drake will serve as guest host.

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Ariana Grande leads Thanksgiving Day Parade; Stars Tweets Messages

Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning (28.11.13).

The 20-year-old star sung ‘Last Christmas’ from her float while clad in a thick coat and large earmuffs to try and keep warm in New York City.

She tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgivinggg my loves…Wishing you a beautiful holiday with your families and loved ones. I am so thankful for you. (sic)”

Elsewhere in the parade, talk show host Jimmy Fallon joined the ‘Sesame Street’ float with Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count, and Big Bird, who all sang ‘Somebody Come and Play’.

Jimmy had earlier joked on Twitter: ”I’m on the ‘Sesame Street’ float in the parade … But it’ll be awkward when Big Bird asks, ‘What’re you having for dinner?’ ”

Meanwhile on the other side of the US, sitcom star Neil Patrick Harris and Disney star Bella Thorne did their bit to give back last night (27.11.13) by joining hundreds of other volunteers to help to feed Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless at Los Angeles’ LA Mission.

Neil – who was working in the kitchen – tweeted: ”Prepping the turkey for @TheLAMission ‘s annual thanksgiving meal. A wonderful organization. #thankful.

”Super grateful to @MVoltaggio and all the other amazing chefs for lending their time and brawn. I was honored to be included. (sic)”

Bella was joined by her boyfriend, Tristan Klier, and helped to give out meals to the homeless.

Many more celebrities took to social media to send out their best wishes to all.

Lady Gaga tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgiving little turkey+tofurkey monsters, I love you with all my heart and thought all day about how grateful I am to be a performer in this life, writing you songs and singing to you year after year! #thankful4monsters (sic)”

Country star Carrie Underwood wrote: ”I have much to be thankful for…Family,friends and fans! Hope you all have a blessed day. Lots of love from me to you! #HappyThanksgiving.(sic)”

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Despite Plans For His Replacement, Leno Still Leads Ratings

Jay Leno and the “Tonight” show is one of the few remaining successful programs that NBC has on its network. So why would its executives think about getting rid of him?

NBC has confirmed that it is building a new studio for Jimmy Fallon at its New York headquarters but refuses to comment on reports that Fallon is due to replace Leno on a New York-based “Tonight” show as early as next year.

With Leno already taking potshots at network executives regularly in his monologue, the network risks repeating the nightmare of 2010, when Conan O’Brien failed at “Tonight” and NBC brought Leno back.

“They seem to be making the same mistakes over and over again with a new regime,” said Christine Becker, an associate professor at Notre Dame University and author of the News For TV Majors blog. “You kind of wonder what’s in the water at NBC that is making them make that decision.”

On its face, such a move would seem like a proactive strategy from NBC’s new corporate owners at Comcast Corp., known for its decisive decision-making.

Leno, 62, and his longtime rival David Letterman, 65, are approaching the end of their long late-night reigns. Fallon, 38 and with his own late-night show getting critical acclaim, represents the next generation. So does Jimmy Kimmel, 45, at ABC, and that network made the strategic chess move in January to give him the same time slot as Leno and Letterman.

Leno’s contract expires next year and so does Letterman’s, so some corporate fear might be involved: Does NBC risk losing Fallon to another network that can offer an earlier time slot than the 12:35 a.m. one he currently occupies? There’s also some concern that Kimmel will establish himself as the 11:35 p.m. favorite of a younger audience before Fallon can establish himself.

While all the corporate thinking is going on, Leno has continued to stay in the ratings lead.

That’s no small feat at NBC, which has seen its prime-time lineup collapse to historic ratings lows this winter. Leno, “Saturday Night Live,” and Brian Williams’ “Nightly News” are the only reliable ratings leaders left at the network.

Leno has held strong against the ratings challenge posed by Kimmel. So far this year, the “Tonight” show is averaging 3.42 million viewers, Letterman has 3.03 million and Kimmel has 2.57 million, according to the Nielsen Co. Leno is also leading among the 18-to-49-year-old age group that NBC considers most important. Leno’s and Letterman’s viewership has gone down from last year; Kimmel’s numbers aren’t comparable because he now has an earlier time slot.

If NBC is looking for an immediate infusion of youthful energy from Fallon’s audience, that may be optimistic.

While the average age of Leno’s audience is 58.1, the oldest in late-night, Fallon’s audience is less than five years younger at 53.3. Fallon also hasn’t been gaining in popularity; his average audience has slipped from 1.7 million last year to 1.6 million the year before, according to Nielsen.

Younger audiences seem to be elsewhere at that hour, either online or watching cable. The median age of O’Brien’s audience is 39.5 and Chelsea Handler’s is 35.6. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have audiences with median ages of 42.

When O’Brien replaced Leno at “Tonight,” the audience didn’t follow. The “Tonight” show ratings dipped alarmingly, and NBC had to bring back Leno to stave off a revolt from its affiliates. There’s no guarantee that Fallon will succeed where O’Brien failed.

There’s also the specter of Ann Curry, which should be fresh in the minds of NBC’s new corporate ownership.

When NBC News replaced Curry as co-host of the “Today” show last summer, viewers reacted angrily — fixing much of their anger at Matt Lauer. “Today” was running neck-and-neck with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the ratings at the time; now it regularly finishes second.

How Leno’s fans would react to the idea of him leaving the “Tonight” show before he wants is anybody’s guess. Leno, with a relentless run of jokes targeting the futility of NBC executives in recent weeks, doesn’t seem particularly happy.

Tonight Show’ May Replace Leno With Fallon, Move To NYC

 As Jay Leno lobs potshots at ratings-challenged NBC in his “Tonight Show” monologues, speculation is swirling the network is taking steps to replace the host with Jimmy Fallon next year and move the show from Burbank to New York.

NBC confirmed Wednesday it’s creating a new studio for Fallon in New York, where he hosts “Late Night.” But the network did not comment on a report that the digs at its Rockefeller Plaza headquarters may become home to a transplanted, Fallon-hosted “Tonight Show.”

The New York Times reported the replacement in a Wednesday story. The Hollywood Reporter had a similar report March 1, which was denied by the network.

Looming over NBC is its failed effort to replace Leno with Conan O’Brien, which ended in 2010 with Leno regaining “Tonight” and NBC losing O’Brien to TBS.

Lindsay Lohan Jokes About Legal Woes on SNL

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Lindsay Lohan made a triumphant return to Saturday Night Live as she poked fun at her drug problems and run-ins with the law.

In the opening monologue, castmembers covertly tried to determine whether the Mean Girls star was under the influence. Keenan Thompson even shined a flashlight in her eyes to see if she was high.

Former SNL regular Jimmy Fallon then told Lohan, “Everybody makes mistakes but that doesn’t mean you can’t shake them off. You can do this – but if for any reason you can’t, Jon Hamm’s on standby as back-up host,” before pointing out the Mad Men star in the audience.

Kristen Wiig also pulled Lohan in for a reassuring embrace, which turned into a full-body frisking – but she covered it up by insisting, “I’m a lesbian now!” to which the host quipped, “Been there, done that.”

Further poking fun at her reputation, Lohan headed behind bars in another sketch to scare young delinquents straight by telling them that petty theft is a path that ends “in Malibu in rehab”.

The actress was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and counseling sessions following a necklace theft conviction in early 2011, when she was already on probation for a 2007 DUI incident.

Lohan, who has hosted SNL three times before, previously said she hopes the TV appearance will help to restore her professional reputation, which nosedived after regular run-ins with the law and a series of stints in jail and rehab.

How ‘Jimmy Fallon’ Whips Its Late-Night Music Competition

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When Bruce Springsteen decided to crash late night and whip his hair in November, it was as sure a sign as any that “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” has emerged as a highly coveted platform for musical guests.

Since the Nov. 16 episode that featured the Boss covering Willow Smith’s pop hit with Fallon, the NBC talk show has capped off 2010 with Paul McCartney performing his John Lennon tribute “Here Today,” R. Kellyplaying “Ignition (Remix)” during a two-night stint and Stephen Bishop reviving his “Tootsie” theme song, “It Might Be You,” alongside house band the Roots. Read more>>
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Glee’ Cast Kicks Off Emmys With Rocking Opening Number

The cast of hit show Glee kicked off the 2010 Primetime Emmy wards with a rocking opening number on Sunday night (29Aug10) – teaming up with TV s tars TINA FEY, BETTY WHITE and host JIMMY FALLON for a star-studded song and dance routine.
The Glee cast started the night poised to be the toast of the 62nd Annu al Primetime Emmy Awards, after landing a massive 19 nominations, includi ng bids for Best Comedy Series and nominations for cast members Matthew M orrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.
And the show’s leading stars joined Fallon to kick off the evening with a musical sketch, based on the idea of raising money for the cast to aff ord tickets to the show.
Along the way, Betty White surfaced as a dance instructor, while 30 Rock‘s Fey joined the performance as the group took to the stage for a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, which featured Fallon on guitar and American Idol judge Randy Jackson on bass.
Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Betty White handed out the night’s first awar d, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, to Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family.
And the actor used his time on stage to pay tribute to his co-stars and encourage young hopefuls to follow their dreams.
Stonestreet said, “All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up, from the age that I can remember. And to be in this industry and working with such incredible people. A lot of people say do n’t pursue this as a career because it’s difficult, and it is. But I’m mo st proud of all the people I’ve met in this business, our crews, and the people I get to go to work with and act with every day. I get to work wit h Ed O’Neill everyday. I get to work with Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferg uson and Julie Bowen, it’s incredible.”