British rock/soul singer Joe Cocker has passed away at the age of 70, and his death is being felt all over the entertainment world. Friends, contemporaries, and colleagues have taken to social media to share their condolences and their fondest memories of the late musician—including ex-Beatle Ringo Star, who saw Cocker’s career take off with his cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
The tagline of 1979’s Alien was “In space no one can hear you scream.” It’s grabby, though not entirely accurate: Film history abounds with instances of galactic hollering, often about things gone awry. To cap a year that added Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, and, why not, the Force Awakens trailer (call it a placeholder) to the space movie canon, we worked with supercut maestro Jonathan Keogh to stitch together the most memorable examples of malfunctions in the cosmos.
Even out of costume, Michael C. Hall can still embody the titular “internationally ignored song stylist” of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Case in point: His recent wig-less performance of the song “Angry Inch” at The Hills NYC.
Hall was on hand at the club for a Road Recovery benefit concert that paid tribute to the late Don Hill himself. The space where he performed is the new incarnation of a venue called Don Hill’s, where Hedwig was originally born as part of the club’s weekly SqueezeBox party. Hall, who is currently playing Hedwig on Broadway, performed the song alongside co-star Lena Hall (who won a Tony for her performance as Yitzhak), Hedwig composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask, and Miriam Shor, the original Yitzhak. READ FULL STORY
If Lorne Michaels can ever get One Direction and Kristen Wiig back to Saturday Night Live, it looks like he has a ready-made sketch waiting to be aired.
You can now visit wax versions of Katniss Everdeen in Madame Tussauds around the world—though the Mockingjay won’t look too happy to see you.
The Hunger Games heroine, as played by Jennifer Lawrence, has gotten the wax figure treatment. Facsimiles of Katniss are now on display at Tussauds’ London, Hollywood, and New York locations. READ FULL STORY
Mel Brooks has directed some controversial comedies during his legendary career, so he understands how Seth Rogen and James Franco might be feeling now that The Interview has been pulled from its Dec. 25 release date.
In their comedy—which was the cause of a gigantic cyberattack on Sony—two TV journalists assassinate North Korean leader-for-life Kim Jong-un. In The Producers, Brooks put Adolf Hitler in ice skates and built a ridiculous Broadway musical around his notoriety. Of course, as Brooks told Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night, “I waited ’til Hitler was dead,” he said. “I don’t know how crazy [North Korea is], so I’m going to ask you to stop talking about it.” READ FULL STORY
Amy Adams has played some dark and complex characters—in American Hustle, for example—but when I think of her, I can’t help but see the earnest, optimistic women she played in movies like Enchanted, Junebug, and Doubt. It makes for an unusual blend on a show like Saturday Night Live, which Adams hosted for the first time since 2008 over the weekend. The star of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes had some help from Kristen Wiig and Fred Armison on the SNL Christmas episode—but she also delivered a fun monologue and popped up in some of the best sketches of the night, including a Serial podcast parody and “Office Christmas Party.” (Rock on, Becky From Payroll!)
Adams was good, but she will have a difficult time topping her predecessor, Martin Freeman. The Hobbit star made a splash in last week’s Mr. Saturday Night voting, breaking open a close race by snagging nearly 80 percent of the vote. That’s the most dominating poll result in our weekly votes since Jimmy Fallon blew the doors off in 2011, making Freeman the frontrunner heading into 2015. Everybody else is in single-digits—including Bill Hader, who hangs in second place with about 9 percent. Jim Carrey, who was in fourth place last week, inched up to third and staved of elimination, leaving Woody Harrelson as the odd man out. James Franco, who had debuted in first place, quickly sank to fourth and might be in trouble when Kevin Hart hosts in January.
On Friday night, Darlene Love brought her tradition of singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman’s show to an end—in spectacular fashion. Members of the band were outfitted in white jackets; the men wearing black bow ties, while Love donned a sparkling red gown. She concluded the number standing on top of Paul Shaffer’s piano as (fake) snow fell.
Love first sang the song for Letterman back when he was hosting Late Night in 1986, and told EW that the tradition “has become really, really special.” Friday marked Letterman’s last holiday broadcast at The Late Show before he cedes hosting duties to Stephen Colbert in 2015. READ FULL STORY
We’ve announced our top 25 unforgettable moments of 2014. Now let’s look at the rest of our top 100…
26. HBO Go announces HBO Go spinoff
The good news for cord-cutters: HBO is finally planning to offer an online-only streaming service in 2015! The bad news: You no longer have an excuse for mooching off your dad’s subscription.
27. Viola Davis removes her wig on How to Get Away with Murder
By taking off her metaphorical armor (i.e. her hairpiece and makeup) before confronting her husband with an immortal line (“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?”), Davis’ Professor Annalise Keating showed true vulnerability for the very first time—transforming her from a kickass character into an actual person. READ FULL STORY
The Colbert Report catapulted Stephen Colbert to international fame—but as its nine-year run drew to a close, lots of people speculated about whether the real Colbert had become nearly as famous as that series’ fictional host. So much of Colbert’s star power rests, after all, with the over-blown conservative persona he honed on the Report.
When he takes over the Late Show next year, though, Colbert will drop that act. Now that the Report is finally over, review these seven clips, both funny and serious, to recall the times he’s done that before. READ FULL STORY
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- 'Colbert Report' has immortal, all-star finale
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