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Did you know there's an award that comes with People's Sexiest Man Alive, and that it's not exactly an Oscar statue but (well) a mirror, and that Adam Levine received his grand prize last night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live?" Of course you knew all this.
Meanwhile, the clip, and Newsday app readers, please go to Newsday.com/TVzone to watch Adam explain why, in fact, he is the sexiest man...Read more »
Is there really a debate over a cartoon sponge? Some corners of the media would have you believe that a major D.C. storm — in the immediate absence of more pressing matters, like the government shutdown — has enveloped SpongeBob SquarePants, and his show. It's all pivoting around a Monday episode where 'Bob is laid off at the Crusty Crab, and then wonders whether to go on the dole . . .
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Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West hugged it out, made up, and man-to-man-talked last night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." To which I say: What a shame.
There's an old rule in comedy: Never apologize. Never say "I regret..." Never say "I feel terrible about what I said..." Never say, "Gee, I feel your pain..." Imagine if George Carlin said, "Oh I'm so sorry I hurt your feelings..." Or if Richard Pryor said: "I didn't really mean to say all those mean things..." Or if Louis CK said, "How could I be so nasty? Please forgive me!" What if David Letterman... (Umm, nevermind. He did in fact apologize for those Bristol Palin jokes.)
But you get the idea. Comics don't apologize. They'd be done. They should be done.
Kimmel didn't exactly apologize last night, but his intent was the same. He told West he "felt terrible" that West was offended by the skit he did a couple of weeks ago, then let Kanye rattle on about his feelings and creative genius and so on.
It was all so silly. What Kanye doesn't seem to realize is this: He opens himself up to parody every time he does these sort of interviews. His oceanic neediness -- his demand for acceptance, love -- and his notoriously thin skin not only invite parody but demand parody. Not that the Kimmel sketch a week or so ago -- which caused Kanye such umbrage -- was particularly funny (it was not), but Kimmel certainly had nothing to apologize for, or regret.
Now Jimmy has done himself, and his audience, a disservice: He can never make fun of Kanye again. I posted a pair of representative clips. (Newsday app'sters, please check 'em out at newsday.com/tvzone)
We all love feuds between major stars, particularly if one of the stars is Kanye West. Although, really, Miley Cyrus, Alec Baldwin, Usher, Chris Brown, David Letterman, Sarah Palin will do just as well.
I speak today however of the Jimmy Kimmel/Kanye West dust-up. It began a couple of days ago when Kimmel spoofed West's unusual BBC1 radio interview and continued last night after Kimmel revealed a few tweets that Kanye sent to him in response.
By the way, Kimmel insists this isn't a prank, but given his recent propensity for pranks, that might be a stretch. Draw your own conclusions.
Take a look and as usual, Newsday app readers please go to newsday.com/tvzone for the clips.
Missed the shutting down of Hollywood Boulevard Monday night for a former Beatle who was about to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"?
If you did... a clip, or two... (Newsday app readers please watch videos on newsday.com/tvzone.)
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Welcome to movies, miniseries and -- what the heck -- let's do reality and variety series too, in today's Emmys' picks. The minis category is always a good one, thanks to HBO. And as you will notice below, HBO will most assuredly will win something this Sunday.
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Michael Douglas, "Behind The Candelabra," HBO; Matt Damon, "Behind The Candelabra,"...Read more »
If you were alive yesterday and anywhere near a computer, where hundreds of millions of people waste their lives watching idiotic videos on YouTube, then you are aware of the "Worst Twerker Ever," a young woman who falls down on a table after an upside-down-twerk and catches fire. After all, it made many news shows, too, many putative news shows, and many silly shows — including one that is fundamentally all three, "The View."
Turns out it was all a fake -- the video that is. Jimmy Kimmel revealed the stunt last night, and I'm of two minds about the cleverness of this whole gambit: 1.) It exposed the media's willingness to swallow nonsense when a simple "is this a fake?" by a producer or two might reveal the truth. 2.) It could have inspired copycats, some of whom may have already burned down their homes by now ...
But kudos to Kimmel -- one of the more clever late night gambits of recent vintage ...
Oh, as a sidenote, gullible news shows weren't the only punked ones - as one eagle-eyed late night viewer notes, Jimmy Fallon fell for this just last week (c;lip below).
Anyway, here's Jimmy from last night. (App users, view the video at newsday.com/tvzone.)