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Last night on 'Tonight': Enter Rapping Brian Williams and #MartinScorsese -- VIDEO

Again with the viral videos, Jimmy Fallon!

Tonight‘s new host continues to pull out all the stops during his first week on the job. Night No. 1 brought a parade of cameos from celebrities, including Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Mike Tyson, Stephen Colbert, and, perhaps most notably, Joan Rivers — making her first Tonight appearance since Johnny Carson banned her from the program in the ’80s. (He was furious at his guest host for getting her own talk show on Fox.) Night No. 2 welcomed the return of Fallon’s Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet (singing the remix of “Ignition,” naturally), as well as a boy-band member who looked an awful lot like Kristen Wiig.

Night No. 3 followed suit, presenting a pair of videos sure to blow up on YouTube. First up, we’ve got the sequel to Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s immortal “#Hashtag,” this time starring Jonah Hill as Jimmy’s partner in Twitter speak. #Funny #NostalgiaBait #GuessWhoShowsUpIt’sMartinScorsese #SpoilerAlert #Oops.


'The Wolf of Wall Street': Greed is awesome. No, wait...awful!


Money is a drug in The Wolf of Wall Street — the most powerful intoxicant “of all the drugs under God’s blue heaven,” the movie’s ­depraved protagonist, Jordan Belfort, blusters in the opening scene. There’s a lot of substance abuse in Martin ­Scorsese’s polarizing new movie — pills by the fistful, cocaine by the shovel, and women by the hour (they’re mostly treated as substances, and mostly abused). But it’s cash, pumped in via telephone, ticker, and wire transfer, that tops them all. In one of the film’s most entertaining scenes, Belfort, played with witty belligerence by Leonardo DiCaprio, tosses his favorite fix at a pair of federal agents, who walk away. He’s flummoxed: Why aren’t they junkies too?

The Wolf of Wall Street’s detractors have faulted the filmmakers for failing to maintain a critical distance from their repellent characters. In turn, some of its champions have belittled those critics as prigs who want a movie’s moral boundaries drawn in bold black lines and its judgments made reassuringly clear. The dispute has been noisy and nasty (turns out that cocaine really does make people angry!). My own take: The blazing and funny Wolf doesn’t lack moral per­spective, but it’s awfully self-serving about where it places its indignation. Treating money as a drug turns Belfort’s story from one of crime and (lack of) punishment into an allegory of ­addiction — of excess leading to downfall, recovery, and, possibly, relapse. It’s an unsustainable metaphor that, just as the system did, lets him off too easily.

Celebs stumble over their words -- for a good cause -- at HFPA luncheon

Acronym mix-ups and stumbles over teleprompter intros were the comic relief of Tuesday’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon, where a host of bold-faced names from film and TV gathered to accept grants for various arts-related philanthropic organizations.

“If anything’s been made clear to me today, it’s definitely the fact that I don’t think a single actor in Hollywood can read,” Jonah Hill joked while accepting a grant for four Los Angeles film organizations, including American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hill — who was one of the few who didn’t stumble over his speech – saved the day after a slew of screw ups from the likes of Dermot Mulroney and Piper Perabo, Olivia Wilde, Julie Delpy, and Demian Bichir — who mispronounced the word Chicano while introducing a grant for various L.A. educational institutions. “How can you screw that up?” the event’s emcee Eva Longoria ribbed. “It’s Chicano Studies! You’re Mexican!”

But it was all in good fun. Longoria was quick to point out that at this event — unlike the famously bacchanalian bash the organization puts on in January each year, the Golden Globes — “Nobody’s drunk, there are typos in the teleprompter!”

Slurred words aside, the event brought together stars from all walks of Hollywood, from Vince Vaughn to Liam Hemsworth to 1950s star Marcia Hunt, at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate some of their favorite causes.

Oprah ranked most influential celebrity on 'Forbes' list

Oprah took the number one spot on Forbes Magazine’s annual most influential celebrities list. And nearly two years after she ended her talk show, it still seems right — but not just because of the Lance Armstrong effect.

The television mogul narrowly topped the list with a cryptic “48%” influential ranking, with her notable attribute being “compassion.” Spielberg barely missed the mark at 47%. He’s “interesting.” In third place, Martin Scorsese is “dynamic,” and in fourth place, Ron Howard is “down to earth.” Poor George Lucas actually tied with Howard, but was given a 5th place ranking. According to Forbes: “To break ties, we also factored in the likability and awareness metrics.” Sorry, George. Ron Howard does seem like a really nice guy.

Click past the jump for the full top 10.


Martin Scorsese is a back-seat taxi driver in latest iPhone ad -- VIDEO

Apple’s latest recruit in their ongoing campaign for the iPhone 4S is none other than director Martin Scorsese. Following in the footsteps of Zooey Deschanel , Samuel L. Jackson and John Malkovich, Scorsese sits in the back of  a New York cab and seamlessly utilizes the personal assistant software Siri to reschedule an appointment, locate a friend named ‘Rick’ and also employ a real-time traffic feature to see how bad the traffic is “downtown.” The last feature is rumored to be part of the new iOS 6 system scheduled for release in the fall.


Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Eli Manning plays dumb, Rihanna plays dirty, Sacha Baron Cohen and Martin Scorsese play along

I know close to nothing about sports (except when I throw a balled-up piece of paper into the trashcan and know that it’s customary to shout “Kobe!” while doing so). But one of the few things I do know is the name Eli Manning. After all, here’s an athlete who has managed one of the rarest of feats in pop culture: being so high-profile in the zeitgeist that not only does an athletics layman like myself know his name, but he gets to step onto the Grand Central set and host Saturday Night Live.

So how did the Giants quarterback do as a primetime player? READ FULL STORY

Martin Scorsese on one of the worst ideas we've heard all week: a sequel to 'Raging Bull'

Yesterday, it was reported that director Martin Guigui had begun casting Raging Bull II. Veteran character actor William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) was mentioned as the frontrunner to star in the film. Now, I suppose the first question for any fan of Martin Scorsese’s 1980 biopic about the rise and fall of 1950s boxer Jack LaMotta (played by Robert De Niro) is…why? Following close behind is: Who is Martin Guigui?

Let’s start with the second question. Guigui is the Argentine auteur whose credits include My Ex-Girlfreind’s Wedding Reception and National Lampoon’s Cattle Call, which was most notable for starring onetime Baywatch babe Nicole Eggert and American Pie‘s Thomas Ian Nicholas. Which, of course, makes him the ideal guy to helm a sequel to one of the great films of the 20th century. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into 'Hugo'

There are a whopping nine films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. And between your work, family, and constant USA marathons of Law & Order: SVU (when will those ever stop being addictive?!), you simply may not have time to catch all nine in the theaters or at home. But never fear, dear PopWatchers — that’s why we’re here! Each day leading up to the Academy Awards Feb. 26, we’ll provide you with a deep dive into one of the nine Best Picture nominees. Fear showing up to your Oscars party unprepared to discuss the year’s most notable films? We’ve got you covered. (Just beware: SPOILERS AHEAD!) And if you’ve already seen all nine films, even better — our inside look at each nominee will serve as a handy guide to remind you of the best and worst moments from every Best Picture candidate this year. Today, we take a 3-D look at Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s lush adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. (Be sure to click here for more deep dives into this year’s Best Picture nominees!)

Name: Hugo

Release date: Nov. 23, 2011

DVD release date: Feb. 28, 2012

Run time: 2 hours, 5 minutes READ FULL STORY

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