Here’s a pretty funny exchange between Sylvester Stallone and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show as Stallone discusses his rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the day. Stallone admits to hating Schwarzenegger back in the 80s, though now things seem very friendly as they collaborate with other action stars in the “Expendibles” series of action films.
Let me begin by saying that, despite having been aware of the whole Rebecca Black media blitz that’s occurred over the past two weeks, I had yet to experience the hypnotic badness of Black’s debut single, “Friday,” until a few days ago when my curiosity got the best of me. I won’t get into how terrible the song is, because you can find much wittier commentary on the subject somewhere else on the Web, but I’m really glad that I finally caved in, or I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the sheer awesomeness of Stephen Colbert’s performance of the song on last night’s episode of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Check out the video below, and be sure to watch the whole thing so you don’t miss any of the cameos or Auto-Tune fun.
Last night was an interesting episode of “Top Chef All-Stars.” Not that they aren’t all interesting, but this one was a bit more so. They began with Fabio ribbing Antonia a bit more about her winning last week with mussels that were a “French” dish, as Fabio claimed, not Italian. Then host Padma Lakshmi introduced the Quick Fire, which was to create an interesting form of fondue. But Padma threw them a curve, which was that they would be their own judges, with comment cards to pick the least favorites and the favorites. The least favorites were Fabio (Bellini with caviar and white wine); Mike (spiced lamb with feta fondue); and Tiffany (apple fritter with hazelnut/chocolate fondue). The favorites were Antonia (smoked salmon on toast with crème fraiche—ed. Note—ewwwwwww!); Dale (Pho-ndue); and Angelo (deconstructed walnut/goat cheese fondue with endive dippers and beet juice shots). Dale won and he got a trip to Napa Valley.
Any Beatle fan worth their salt knows that when Paul McCartney first wrote the music for “Yesterday,” the song had some decidedly less poignant lyrics. Tonight on NBC…well, tomorrow, really, since it’s on “The Late Show”…Jimmy Fallon coaxes Macca to join him at the mike to sing those original lyrics for the first time anywhere.
First of all, I’d just like to say that it’s cruel of both “True Blood” and “Mad Men” to air new episodes on the same night as the Emmy Awards, especially when neither show is sending out advance screeners anymore. Yes, I’m a big whiner, and I don’t care. It’s 11 PM, the Emmys have just wrapped up, and now I’ve got to go blog both shows. I’m sorry, but there’s no way around it: this sucks.
Okay, enough of my bitching. Let’s talk about the Emmys.
As far as I’m concerned, Jimmy Fallon did a fine job as host. The “Glee”-inspired opening segment was awesome: Jon Hamm ruled that bit with his sweet-ass dance moves, but Joel McHale leaping in front the camera was pretty awesome, too, and once they switched over to the live performance, I laughed out loud at just how happy Randy Jackson seemed to be to get to play in front of the audience. Sometimes you forget that the guy’s got some serious studio-musician street cred.
The minstrel-in-the-aisles bit was hit or miss, but Stephen Colbert was hilarious, and I was pleasantly surprised at Kim Kardashian’s performance. Jimmy’s quick quip at Conan’s expense was pretty funny, too. I wasn’t as big a fan of the farewells to “24,” “Law & Order,” and “Lost,” mostly because all I could think was, “This kind of takes away from the seriousness of the farewells to the folks in the industry who really have died.” The segment with the “Modern Family” cast meeting with the network was hysterical, though.