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Billy Crystal returning to TV in new sitcom

March 20th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Billy Crystal
Funnyman Billy Crystal has scored his first full-time TV gig in 30 years in a new series titled The Comedians.

The show is set behind-the-scenes at a late-night sketch comedy show, and Crystal plays a veteran comedian who is paired with an edgier newcomer, portrayed by Frozen star Josh Gad.

Crystal is set to write and executive produce the series, which is slated to air in America next year (15).

The show marks Crystal's first full-time role on the small screen in nearly three decades after his one-season stint on Saturday Night Live in 1985.

Jay Leno says goodbye to Tonight Show

February 7th, 2014 4:30am EST
Jay Leno
Jay Leno has filmed his last ever episode of 'The Tonight Show'.
The TV host wrapped filming on the chat show last night after over 20 years at its helm last night (02.06.14) and fought back tears as he thanked viewers for their loyalty.
He said towards the end of the show: "Boy this is the hard part ... The first year of this show I lost my mom; the second year I lost my dad. Then my brother died and after that I was pretty much out of family.
"The folks here became my family. When people say to me, 'Hey, why don't you go to ABC, why don't you go to Fox?' - [but] I didn't know anybody ove...

Jay Leno signs off as Tonight Show host

February 7th, 2014 3:10am EST
Jay Leno
Beloved U.S. TV personality Jay Leno signed off as the host of The Tonight Show after 22 years on Thursday (06Feb14) with a star-studded bang.

The programme capped off weeks of heartfelt celebrity tributes to the TV host from the likes of Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lopez.

For his final show, the 63 year old sat down with his first-ever guest Billy Crystal, who enlisted Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Sheryl Crow, Jim Parsons, Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to join him for a surprise musical send-off.

Announced musical guest Garth Brooks told fans after the taping o...

Jay Leno to bow out with first Tonight Show guest Billy Crystal

January 20th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Jay Leno
Comedian Jay Leno will wrap up his 22-year run as the host of America's The Tonight Show by chatting to Billy Crystal.

The When Harry Met Sally star was Leno's very first guest when he succeeded Johnny Carson as host in 1992.

Country star Garth Brooks will also appear on Leno's final show on 6 February (14).

His successor, Jimmy Fallon, will kick off his stint as The Tonight Show's frontman on 17 February (14) with Will Smith and U2.

Jay Leno's final guests announced

January 20th, 2014 6:20am EST
Jay Leno
Jay Leno will be joined by Billy Crystal for his final show.
The 63-year-old talk show host will step down from 'The Tonight Show' on February 6 after almost 22 years and will mark the occasion by interviewing the actor, who was the first guest when he made his debut on the program in May 1992.
Country music superstar Garth Brooks will perform on the final show, while his successor Jimmy Fallon - who takes over on February 17 - will appear on February 3 for a for a "passing of the baton".
Though Jay's future is uncertain when he leaves the show, network NBC are keen to keep his services.

Rumor Patrol: Kate Upton's New Boyfriend, Zac Efron's New Girlfriend, More

October 26th, 2013 2:03pm EDT
Kate Upton
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Kate Upton Dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy: After months of rumors that this gorgeous pair has been dating, do we finally have confirmation that the model is with the Dancing with the Stars professional?

Verdict: True. You'd expect with months of build-up there would be some grand revelation. That wasn't the case, however, as she was simply asked during a Good Day New York interview if they were a couple. U...

Monsters University tops U.S. box office

June 30th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Monsters University
Billy Crystal's Monsters University graduated top of the U.S. box office over the weekend after raking in $46.1 million (£29.7 million) in ticket sales.

The animated family film beat Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's cop comedy The Heat, which debuted at number two with earnings of $40 million (£25.8 million).

Brad Pitt's zombie thriller World War Z was in third with takings of $29.8 million (£19.2 million), while Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx's action epic White House Down came in a disappointing fourth place ($25.7 million/£16.6 million).

Superman movie Man of Steel rounded out the...

Billy Crystal Helps Hurricane Sandy Fund Raise $1 Million

June 24th, 2013 8:07pm EDT
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal made sure his native town Long Beach would get at least a million dollars to rebuild following Hurricane Sandy.

The Celebrity Fight Night charity gala in March raised $888,000 to benefit Long Beach following the natural disaster. Crystal added $112,000 to make the funds an even million dollars.

The Monsters University star made the announcement of the charity infusion Saturday on a portion of a rebuilt boardwalk. The boardwalk will take around $44 million to rebuild, and officials hope a good portion of it is finished in July for tourists.

Crystal also made an appearance at...

Billy Crystal And Bette Midler Call For Comedic Oscars Category

December 24th, 2012 10:52am EST
Billy Crystal
Veteran entertainers Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are urging bosses behind the Oscars to acknowledge comedic actors by launching a new awards category.

In the early years, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chiefs split nominations for Best Director and Best Original Score into separate groups for either drama or comedy, but the latter category was eventually dropped.

Almost all actors receiving a nod in a supporting or leading role are mentioned for their contributions to serious works, and Crystal is now calling on organisers to designate a division just for the industry's fu...

Billy Crystal To Pen Book About Ageing

August 10th, 2012 4:19pm EDT
Billy Crystal
Veteran comedian Billy Crystal is to write a new book about ageing.

The When Harry Met Sally star, 64, has signed a deal with publishing firm Henry Holt and Company to detail his own experiences with getting older.

Joking to the Associated Press, he says, "There are 77 million of us baby boomers in the country (America) and this book will speak to them and how we look at the world."

And he already has big plans for the currently-untitled tome - Crystal tells the publication he's considering adapting the work for the stage.

Crystal is aiming to release the book in time for his 65th b...

Ellen DeGeneres Named 2012 Mark Twain Prize Recipient

May 15th, 2012 2:34pm EDT
Ellen Degeneres
Comedienne-turned-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is to be honored with this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The beloved Finding Nemo star has been named the recipient of the 15th annual accolade, which she will collect at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October.

Joking about her latest honor, DeGeneres says, "To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder... why didn't I get this sooner?"

Additional former trophy holders include Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.

George Clooney's Fundraiser For President Obama Rakes In $15 Million

May 11th, 2012 12:48pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney gave President Barack Obama's re-election campaign a huge boost after making $15 million at a fundraiser on Thursday night.

The Oscar-winning hunk invited 150 celebrities and VIPs to the dinner at his Los Angeles mansion in a bid to raise donations to help Obama get into office for a second term when America goes to the polls in November .

Superstars including Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek and Jack Black were out in force for the event, which cost a $40,000 -a-head.

The dinner raised $6 million while online ...

The Tribeca Film Festival Is Back And Center Stage

April 19th, 2012 2:11pm EDT
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Every year at the start of the Tribeca Film Festival I write some really nice piece about how Tribeca’s my favorite time of year, how it’s the best month out of all the months. I mean, come on, I get to sit around and watch movies all month and conduct interviews and take pictures of actors and rub elbows with filmmakers and producers; what’s not to love, right? Actually, there’s nothing at all to dislike, as it’s always an honor and a privilege to be doing what I’m doing. But I recognise now, at thirty-something, that when I was [cough] twenty-something, I had two things going for me: the ...

Check Out 'The Muppets' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy March 20

March 17th, 2012 7:10am EDT
The Muppets
When an evil oil man discovers black gold beneath Muppet Theater, Kermit recruits a Muppet super-fan and his two best friends to help gather up the gang for a telethon that will save the venue from being razed and replaced with a giant oil pump in "The Muppets."

Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) never met an oil field he couldn't suck dry. So when Tex discovers a bountiful reservoir right underneath Muppet Theater, he begins drawing up plans to claim the land and start drilling. Little does Tex realize that devoted Muppets fan Walter is currently in Los Angeles with his best friends Gary (Jason ...

Betty White To Be Roasted By The Friars Club

March 1st, 2012 11:31am EST
Betty White
Betty White will follow in the footsteps of Quentin Tarantino, Billy Crystal and Barbra Streisand as she is inducted into the legendary Friars Club.

The Golden Girls star will be put in the hot seat as a host of comics and former colleagues line up to mock and ridicule her career at the organization's annual 'roast' later this year.

However, the veteran actress, who turned 90 in January, has promised to give as good as she gets.

She says, "Those Friars may think I'm an easy mark but I have 90 years of comebacks waiting for them. This is such an honor to be roasted by the Friars Club. ...

TV Ratings: Oscars Reign, But Can't Top Grammys

February 29th, 2012 11:55am EST
Meryl Streep
And the winner is…. The Oscars!

The 84th Annual Academy Awards was the top show of the week with 39.3 million viewers. The ceremony, which sported Billy Crystal as host and a surprise win for Meryl Streep, was up a tick from last year’s numbers. However, the show couldn’t top the unexpectedly stellar performance of the Grammys a couple of weeks ago. That show likely benefitted from Whitney Houston’s sudden passing and Adele’s surging popularity.

The Academy Awards propelled ABC to a rare weekly ratings win, with an average of 10.68 million. That was enough to top CBS (10.06 million), FOX ...

'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Top Oscars With Five Wins Each (Full List Of Academy Award Winners)

February 27th, 2012 12:46am EST
The Artist and Hugo
Tom Hanks, who ended last year's Academy Awards by announcing Best Picture winner The King's Speech, started things off at this year's Oscars by handing out the evening's first two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Both awards went to Martin Scorsese's 3D family film Hugo, quickly setting the tone for a possible upset in the coveted Best Picture category at the end of the ceremony.

But that wasn't to be, as frontrunner The Artist took most of the night's major awards, including Best Picture, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Director (Michel Hazanavicius).

Both films finishe...

Billy Crystal Reveals The Moment He Decided To Return As Oscars Host

February 25th, 2012 8:30am EST
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal knew the time was right for him to return as the host of the Oscars when Anne Hathaway and James Franco failed to comment on Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo's swear word gaffe last year.

Leo became the censors' worst nightmare when she uttered the 'F' word during her acceptance speech a year ago, and funnyman Crystal was dumbfounded when co-hosts Hathaway and Franco failed to mention it immediately afterwards.

The actor who will return as the Academy Awards shepherd on Sunday, tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "They didn't say a word! That's when I knew maybe I...

Sacha Baron Cohen Responds To Oscars Banishment Controversy

February 24th, 2012 11:27am EST
The Dictator
British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen has responded to the controversy over his appearance at the Oscars by posting a spoof video in character as The Dictator demanding the return of his tickets.

The Bruno star hit headlines this week after he was reportedly banned from turning up at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday in costume as Admiral General Aladeen, the leader of fictional country Wadiya, from his latest movie.

Oscars bosses spoke out to insist he hadn't been told to stay away, but Cohen has now released a video to address the controversy. He appears in character in the film and ...

'Hugo' & 'The Artist' Lead 2012 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 24th, 2012 9:20am EST
Oscars 2012
Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3D filmmaking, Hugo and director Michel Hazanavicius' black & white silent comedy-drama The Artist topped this year's list of nominations, pulling in 11 and 10 nominations, respectively, for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Both films are nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for her role in Winter's Bone and stars in the upcoming, highly anticipated The Hunger Games, joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak in Beverly Hills to announ...

Oscar Hype Starts Early, Academy Awards Launches Trailer With Billy Crystal (Video)

January 6th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Academy Awards Launches Trailer With Billy Crystal
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to be excited to have Billy Crystal back as host for the 84th Academy Awards as they have launched a trailer in conjunction with Funny or Die. Eddie Murphy was originally named the host but quit back in November after his friend Brett Ratner resigned as show producer while making a homosexual slur during a question-and-answer session to promote Tower Heist.

Nonetheless, the Academy couldn't be happier to have Crystal back for his 9th time as host. The trailer features Crystal and celebrity cameo appearances by Robin Williams, Josh Duham...

Confirmed: Ricky Gervais To Host The Golden Globes Again

November 17th, 2011 8:46am EST
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has been confirmed as the host of the 2012 Golden Globes by chiefs at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The funnyman will host his third Globes in January, despite initially dismissing the possibility of returning following the drama surrounding this year's ceremony.

The Brit was criticized for taking jokes too far and for his mean-spirited comments.

Defiant Gervais took to Twitter minutes after his hosting gig was announced to joke, "Just told (Oscars host) Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or paedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed."

The G...

Billy Crystal Announces Via Twitter That He's Hosting The Oscars

November 10th, 2011 6:52pm EST
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal appears to be ready to save the 2012 Oscars following Eddie Murphy's decision to step down as host after posting a comical tweet about the drama.

The When Harry Met Sally star, who has hosted the Oscars eight times, emerged as the popular choice to replace Murphy hours after the Dreamgirls star announced his resignation on Wednesday following producer Brett Ratner's departure.

And it seems Crystal's ready to take charge of his first Academy Awards since 2003.

In a tweet on Thursday, Crystal joked, "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my n...

Fans Want Billy Crystal Or The Muppets To Host The Oscars

November 10th, 2011 10:02am EST
The Muppet Movie
Billy Crystal has emerged as the clear favorite to replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars host in a new online poll. asked film fans to vote for the star they'd like to see on the Academy Awards stage in February as soon as the news about Murphy quitting the show hit the headlines on Wednesday morning.

Website editor Harry Medved tells WENN, "We put the poll up at 12 noon and we had over a thousand people voting in less than three hours."

Crystal is the early favorite in the ongoing poll with 16 percent of the vote, while The Muppets are ranking second with 14 percent and Tom Hanks ...

Honeymoon In Paris: Robin Williams & New Wife Spotted Shopping In France

October 25th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Robin Williams & Susan Schneider
Newlyweds Robin Wiliams and Susan Schneider went shopping while in Paris, France, today. Perhaps the couple is on their honeymoon?

The actor and graphic designer wed in an intimate ceremony at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday. Guests reportedly included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Billy Crystal.

Robin was previously married to Valarie Velardi, and he split from his second wife, Marsha, in 2008 after 19 years of marriage. He has three children.

The actor stars in the upcoming film "The Wedding" about a long-divorced couple who fakes being married as their famil...

Robin Williams Weds For Third Time In Private Ceremony

October 24th, 2011 4:19pm EDT
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider
Funnyman Robin Williams has wed for the third time after exchanging vows with his girlfriend of two years.

The Mrs. Doubtfire star, 60, married graphic designer Susan Schneider in an intimate ceremony at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, California on Sunday. Guests reportedly included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Billy Crystal.

Williams met Schneider shortly before he underwent heart surgery in March, 2009 and she helped nurse him back to full health.

He was previously married to Valarie Velardi, the mother of his eldest son Zak, and he split from his second wife, Marsha, in 200...

Mandy Patinkin Opposes 'Princess Bride' Remake; Billy Crystal Wants It

October 11th, 2011 8:39am EDT
The Princess Bride
Mandy Patinkin and Billy Crystal are at odds over a possible remake of their cult movie "The Princess Bride" - the funnyman thinks it's time to revisit the story while Patinkin doesn't want to be alive when it hits the big screen.

The thespian, who played Inigo Montoya in the classic 1987 film, believes some things are better left alone.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "I hope I'm dead before that (remake) happens. I don't want to have to go through that."

But Crystal would like to see the Rob Reiner film back in cinemas, and he's urging fans to "start a Twitter thing."

Marisa Tomei Becomes Part Of 'Us & Them'

September 15th, 2011 8:56am EDT
Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei is joining the "Us & Them" family.

The "Crazy, Stupid, Love" star is now part of the clan that will bicker, battle and probably eventually reconcile in the multi-generational comedy, according to Variety.

"Us & Them" stars Crystal and Midler as a feuding couple forced to call a truce when they find themselves living under the same roof as their three grandchildren. As they struggle to come to terms with the kids' modern ways (we're sure there will be a bit of dialogue along the lines of, "What's an iPad?"), they look to reconcile not only with each other but with their daught...

Billy Crystal And Bette Midler Team Up On The Big Screen

September 7th, 2011 10:59pm EDT
Billy Crystal
Veteran entertainers Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are set to team up as husband and wife in the new film Us & Them.

Midler, who recently dropped out of a biopic about disgraced music mogul Phil Spector due to a back injury, has signed on to play Crystal's estranged spouse in the new comedy, which will be directed by You Again's Andy Fickman.

In the film, Midler and the When Harry Met Sally star find themselves living together again and trying to parent their three grandchildren - one of whom will be break-out child star Bailee Madison of Brothers and Just Go With It fame.

Production is...

Eddie Murphy Confirmed As 2012 Oscar Host

September 6th, 2011 3:31pm EDT
Eddie Murphy Confirmed As 2012 Oscar Host
Eddie Murphy has been confirmed as the host of the 2012 Oscars.

Telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer made the official announcement on Tuesday just days after the Rush Hour director made it clear that the funnyman was his first choice to host the 84th annual awards show in February.

Ratner says, "Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever. With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances - especially on stage - I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the s...

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