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TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, NBC, Scoop
Tuesday, November 4: Guests include Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer, Felicity Jones and musical guest FKA Twigs. Show 0155
Wednesday, November 5: Guests include Bette Midler, Jim Gaffigan and musical guest Bette Midler. Show 0156
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About The Tonight Show
In 2014, “The Tonight Show” returned to its New York origins when “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” made its broadcast debut from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center. Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon brings a high-tempo energy to the storied NBC franchise with his welcoming interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches.
An American television institution for almost 60 years, “The Tonight Show” continues to be a home to big-name celebrity guests and a stage for top musical and comedic talent. Taking a cue from his unforgettable predecessors, including hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Fallon carrys on the tradition that audiences know and love – kicking off every show with the iconic “Tonight Show” monologue. Known for his huge online presence, Fallon will brings along with him many of the popular segments, celebrity sketches and musical parodies that fans have grown to love on “Late Night,” including #Hashtags, Thank You Notes and Slow Jam the News.
Critically praised Grammy winners The Roots serves as “The Tonight Show” house band.
From Universal Television and Broadway Video, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Josh Lieb. Gavin Purcell produces. “The Tonight Show” tapes before a live studio audience.
Bette Midler: One Night Only has been commissioned by ITV, and will be presented by Joanna Lumley.
Bette Midler performs on stage during the Oscars 2014
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Bette Midler will perform a selection of her biggest hits on ITV special
The singer and actress will perform a selection of her biggest hits, as well as songs from her new album It’s The Girls!, which sees her covering hits from some of the world’s biggest girl groups.
Midler – who will also sit down for an interview with Lumley – said: “I can’t believe this is really my first special in the UK. What have we been waiting for all these years? We’re going to have a ball.
“I’m looking forward to performing some of my favorite songs and also introducing some wonderful new songs that celebrate iconic girl groups.
Joanna Lumley with the Special Recognition award during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
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Joanna Lumley will interview Bette Midler on the one-off special
“I love the music these women made. They say behind every great man, there’s a great woman. Well, I think that behind every great woman, there should be at least two other women singing and dancing in perfect unison.”
Peter Davey, commissioning editor for entertainment at ITV, said: “Legends don’t come any bigger than Bette Midler and everyone at ITV is delighted that she has chosen to make her first UK special with us.”
I doubt it but maybe you think Bette Midler and I are just sitting around waiting for Halloween to envelope us. But, no! We are busy readying our costumes for Bette’s annual blast — the Restoration Project’s annual “Hulaween” at the Waldorf, where fashion’s Michael Kors will judge hundreds of costumes for his choice as “the best.”
This year, Bette’s money-raising to make NYC and environs more beautiful, cleaner and pleasant (as worthy of a great city) has the honorees Tony and Shelly Malkin. They actually own the Empire State Building and are big environmentalists and the night will also honor board member Sarah Nash. Earth Wind and Fire will blast away entertaining us.
I understand that this nearly sold-out party has a few reasonable seats left in the balcony for those dedicated to Hulaween, Halloween, Bette Midler and/or getting into costume. Call 914-579-1000.
1. The idea for Hocus Pocus came from David Kirschner, who was a producer and came up with the story. He created it as a bedtime story for his daughters.
2. Max Dennison (Omri Katz) was named after Kirschner, whose middle name is Max. He likes to think of the character as his alter ego.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio was offered “more money than [he] ever dreamed of” to play Max, but he instead decided to do What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
4. But seemingly, he has no regrets. “I don’t know where the hell I got the nerve,” he said recently. “You live in an environment where you’re influenced by people telling you to make a lot of money and strike while the iron’s hot. But if there’s one thing I’m very proud of, it’s being a young man who was sticking to my guns.”
5. Rosie O’Donnell was offered the role of Mary Sanderson, but she felt “uneasy” about playing a character who kills children.
6. Before doing Hocus Pocus, Kathy Najimy, who won the role of Mary, was a huge fan of Bette Midler, who played Winnie Sanderson. She had snuck backstage at two of her concerts to try to meet her (once dressed as a bunny for a singing telegram).
7. During filming, Midler had two people running around behind her with dictionaries of old curse words.
8. Choreographer Peggy Holmes had lessons with Midler, Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker — who played the third Sanderson sister, Sarah — to choreograph how they’d ride their brooms/vacuum.
9. Holmes would ride with them in their cars to see how they drove and then she incorporated that into their broom/vacuum-riding.
10. According to makeup artist Tony Gardner, they had to tone down some of the makeup after Disney deemed it too scary in early tests.
11. When Winnie takes the stage to sing “I Put A Spell On You,” she says, “Hello, Salem! My name’s Winifred. What’s yours?” It’s a reference to a line from Mama Rose in Gypsy: “Hello, world. My name is Rose. What’s yours?” Midler played Mama Rose in a TV version of the musical in 1993.
12. Marc Shaiman, one half of the songwriting duo behind Smash, did the arrangement for “I Put a Spell on You,” originally written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
13. “Come Little Children” was written by James Horner, who co-wrote (and won an Oscar for) “My Heart Will Go On.”
14. He was supposed to compose all of Hocus Pocus, but had to back out at the last minute, and John Debney was brought in. He went on to score Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Hannah Montana: The Movie.
15. In the script, Billy was supposed to call Winifred a “bitch” when he finally cut his mouth open.
16. Doug Jones, who played Billy, thought it was too racy so he changed it to “wench.”
17. He also wrote the rest of that monologue himself. “I thought, He’s had 300 years of buildup… He’s got a lot to say,” Jones recalled.
18. Those were real moths flying out of Jones’ mouth after he cut his stitches open. They used a dental dam–like device to keep them from going down his throat.
19. The cast took a trip to Salem, which fell on the 300th anniversary of the witch trials.
20. Larry Bagby, who played Ice, went on to recur as Larry Blaisdell on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then played Marshall Grant in the Oscar-winning film Walk the Line.
21. Norbert Weisser, who played Thackery Binx’s dad, was recently seen in a Pepsi Mini Can commercial.
22. Kathleen Freeman, who played Max and Allison’s teacher, also voiced Carl’s teacher, Ms. Gordon, on As Told By Ginger. The episode “No Hope For Courtney” was dedicated to her after she died of lung cancer at age 82 in 2001.
23. Charles Rocket, who played Max’s dad, Dave Dennison, achieved Jenny Slate-like notoriety when he said “fuck” during the final moments of a 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live. There’s an in-joke referring to the moment in Hocus Pocus: When he asks Max how school was, Max says, “It sucked,” and Dave tells Max, “Watch your language!”
24. Emily Binx was played by Jodie-Amy Rivera, aka YouTube star VenetianPrincess.
25. Michael McGrady, who plays the cop who fools Max, Dani, and Allison, starred on Southland as a detective for the show’s first three seasons.
26. Tobias Jelinek, who played Ice’s sidekick, Jay, guest-starred on two episodes of Southland, but only after McGrady had left the series.
27. “Satan” and his wife are played by brother and sister Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall.
28. The funny baby commercial Mary watches at “Satan’s” house is a real DuPont Stainmaster commercial from 1991.
29. There were about nine cats who played Thackery Binx. Each had a different skill — one swatted, one slept, etc.
31. He initially read for the role of Max.
32. Katz and Marsden had previously worked together on Eerie, Indiana, and are still good friends today.
33. Sean Murray, who plays the human version of Thackery Binx in the film, was the voice of the cat version of Thackery Binx first. But he had a contemporary voice, and they decided to dub him over with a voice that was more true to the time period.
34. Marsden had to dub over Murray’s lines as well so that both the cat version and human version of Binx had the same voice.
35. Murray has been starring on NCIS as Timothy McGee for more than a decade.
36. After they think they burned the Sanderson sisters to death in the school kiln, Max, Dani, and Allison celebrate as they walk to the park. The house shown directly behind Max and Thackery while they talk looks a lot like the home in American Beauty, which also starred Thora Birch.
37. In many other countries, Hocus Pocus is called Abracadabra.
38. In 2010, a Hocus Pocus porn parody was released.