Bruce Springsteen and a collection of all-star comedians will headline the eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver, and NBC’s Brian Williams are already confirmed, and several surprise guests are expected. The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival, has raised millions for injured military veterans and their families. READ FULL STORY
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Tonight, Jimmy Fallon officially launches the next wave for The Tonight Show when he kicks off his reign as host. (Fallon shared his own excitement about taking over the late night institution with fans on Instagram.) Though he has been saying for months that his version of The Tonight Show won’t waver very much from the format established by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, we won’t know whether or not that is true until after the credits roll on this evening’s premiere (and really, we won’t truly know until Fallon settles into a groove a few months from now).
His first week is packed with huge stars. Will Smith and U2 appear on tonight’s show, with Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig, and Lady Gaga handling guest duties on Tuesday. Wednesday includes Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw, while Thursday’s show welcomes Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, and Arcade Fire. Longtime Fallon friend and collaborator Justin Timberlake will be the sole visitor on Friday.
But there’s at least one thing we can take for granted going into tonight’s kick off, which airs at midnight to accomodate NBC’s ongoing coverage of the Olympics. No matter what bits, characters, and themes make the shift from Late Night to Tonight, the Roots will continue to serve as Fallon’s musical accompaniment and secret weapon. When the hip-hop collective took the job back in 2008, it seemed like a step down for a group who had already won a Grammy and scored a couple of gold records along the way. But now, they’re as big a cultural institution as they’ve ever been, and much of Fallon’s success has been fueled by The Roots’ ability to act as a savvy improv troupe and roll with the host’s musical whims.
In fact, most every one of the best moments from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon are music-related. In honor of the five years Fallon ruled the after-hours slot, here are five highlights of his run. READ FULL STORY
Picture this: You’re Bruce Springsteen’s biggest fan. You’ve seen him in concert at least 130 times; you know the words to every song he’s ever written; one time, he gave you a hug, and you responded by bursting into tears.
Then you find out that your idol spent last night making fun of you on national television.
That’s the curious situation in which New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie finds himself this morning, days after his administration was first rocked by the scandal I guess we’re officially calling “bridgegate.” (Why? Everyone knows Watergate wasn’t actually about water, right?) Tuesday’s edition of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featured Fallon breaking out his well-worn Bruce impression for a revamped version of “Born to Run” all about that infamous GWB traffic jam. And partway through the performance, Fallon was joined by none other than Springsteen himself — in a matching cutoff button down, red bandana, and pair of sunglasses. This, too, might make Christie cry… though clearly for different reasons.
'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.
UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.
Next week, Santa Claus is, indeed, coming to town! This is one of the jolliest songs of all our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics, and all the upbeat versions below are charming in their own way.
We made a list and checked it twice, and now you can vote for your favorite version below:
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It was a murderer’s row of comic all-stars last night at the New York Comedy Festival’s Stand Up For Heroes event to raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation and America’s injured war veterans. Jon Stewart. Bill Cosby. Jim Gaffigan. Jerry Seinfeld. Hall of Famers all. But who knew the iconic rock star was a frustrated comic deep down? Bruce Springsteen, taking the stage last, not only performed three classic songs, but he set them up with some jokes. Some dirty jokes.
“I’m puzzled,” Springsteen said, after he ambled on stage with his guitar. “I think this is the first night of comedy for a soldiers’ audience where the entire night went by without anybody telling any dirty jokes. I don’t get it. I can’t let that happen… Older man’s having a hard time getting an erection…” READ FULL STORY
“Humor is healing. Music is inspiring.” That’s how Staff Sgt. Robert Henline summed up last night’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit — an annual event for injured service members, veterans, and their families produced by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
In March 2007, Henline’s truck hit a roadside bomb while he was serving his third tour in Iraq. He suffered burns over 38 percent of his body and lost his left ear in the explosion — but Henline held on to his sense of humor. Before the show, the vet worked the red carpet outside of Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre with stars like Ricky Gervais and Roger Waters — and even joked about preparing the Pink Floyd bassist for his Stand Up performance by tossing firecrackers into Waters’ dressing room. READ FULL STORY
It’s true: music really does bring people together. Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is renowned for his forcefulness, but he’s clearly a big softie at heart: the politician burst into tears last week after getting a hug from his icon (and ardent Obama supporter), Bruce Springsteen.
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Whether or not you found NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together benefit telethon as “enormously entertaining” as host Matt Lauer promised it would be, it was a celebrity-packed hour of television that effectively reminded everyone of how devastating the damage has been while calling for action. A lot more people now know to text REDCROSS to 90999 or go to iTunes.com/redcross to donate money to disaster relief — plus we got to see Jimmy Fallon rock out with music legends. “Jimmy Fallon is a bold man to take the lead vocals from Steven Tyler, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel,” Jon Stewart said of the all-star performance of “Under the Boardwalk,” which brought a little levity to the show.
When Bruce Springsteen recently announced that he’d be campaigning for President Obama in Ohio and Iowa this week, and when he officially endorsed the president yesterday with a letter posted on his website, no one was surprised. You would have to be dense not to pick up the progressive vibrations in nearly four decades of Springsteen’s music, and he’s actively promoted the Democratic nominee now in the last three elections.
It’s unclear if celebrities have any political influence on voters, but if they do, it seems to diminish exponentially with repeated exposure. Take George Clooney, for example. He’s the most famous celebrity political insider, but because he’s so involved, his actual endorsement means much less to average Americans — it’s simply taken for granted that he would support Obama again.
That’s why the Republicans thought they had an ace in the hole with Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention. Sure, Eastwood was a famous conservative, but he had rarely if ever been willing to lend his celebrity to a national candidate. When viewers saw him take the stage, it had the potential to make an impact that would dwarf the combined wattage of Clooney/Springsteen/Oprah. Alas, it didn’t exactly work out that way.
But what celebrity has that kind of clout these days? Who are the famous Americans that both political parties would welcome to their fold? The Sean Penns and Kid Rocks have already made their bets and spent their capital. Who might still be able to move the needle? You know, besides Lindsay Lohan and Honey Boo Boo. READ FULL STORY
Springsteen worship is a given for New Jersey residents; kids there practically memorize Born to Run before they can walk. Fittingly, the state’s governor may be the biggest Bruce fan of all. As Chris Christie told Jimmy Fallon last night, he’s seen Springsteen live 130 times over the past 37 years. And when Christie watches his idol, he doesn’t just listen quietly with his hands folded in his lap — he pumps his fist and screams along with every song, just as the Boss and nature intended. Christie’s love evidently has no political bounds — the Republican must not mind that Springsteen is a vocal Obama supporter.
Fallon, of course, is also a huge Springsteen fan — and he wasn’t about to let the governor get away without engaging in a little karaoke. Thus, this:
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