NBC’s Red Nose Day Special hopes to raise awareness and money for kids in need here at home and around the world.
The special will be hosted by noted Scottish-American comedian Craig Ferguson and will feature a roll call of more than 65 stars & celebrities – ranging from those in the headline to The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus; from Julia Roberts and Ashton Kutcher to Retta and Margot Robbie.
The special will shine a light on kids in need from Atlanta and Phoenix and will raise money to help and kids like them here and around the world.
The Red Nose Day Special will air on NBC on Thursday, May 26th (9/8C). For many more details – and the complete list of well-known participants, follow the jump.
Craig Ferguson and few of his friends (Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Key & Peele, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Ellie Kemper to Appear, Along With Kristen Bell, Emma Watson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Rose Byrne, Blake Griffin, Emma Thompson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Adam Devine and Ron Funches) are coming together for NBC’s Red Nose Day Special – and even of fun and music as part of a campaign to raise money to help poverty-stricken kids through the sale of Red Noses and Red Nose Day Flair through Walgreens.
Craig Ferguson has announced that he’s leaving as host of The Late Late Show. He made the announcement during taping of the show this afternoon.
As a unique voice in late night television, Ferguson has gone is directions no one expected – between his robotic co-host Geoff, and his willingness to showcase his love of Doctor Who, or interview scientists and mathematicians that few have had ever heard of (outside their areas of expertise) – and his steadfast avoidance of blatant plugs from celebrities doing the talk show circuit – Ferguson earned plaudits as a consummate interviewer and his unique sense of humor never let things get borng. His 10-year run on the show comes to an end in December. The CBS press release follows the jump.
Normally, you would think that releasing a movie on the same weekend as the Harry Potter juggernaut would be nuts, even as counterprogramming – and yet, Disney has done just that. Winnie the Pooh is as unlikely a challenger for box office as you could find in these circumstances, but it’s a charming, whimsical film that is perfectly tuned for a family audience.
Based on the stories by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh is about as unpretentious a film as you will ever see. It’s a collection of three separate, short tales that are blended into a continuous narrative that never feels forced, nor precious – two things it could have easily become.
For the first time in its twenty-five year history, Pixar is producing a film with a strong female lead – Brave, due for release on June 22, 2012.
The film, which has an all-star cast, follows the story of Scottish Princess Merida [voiced by Kelly Macdonald], whose decision to forsake her royal heritage to become an archer inadvertently places her father’s kingdom at risk. It’s a bit darker and edgier than Pixar’s usual fare, as you can see in the film’s first teaser trailer following the jump.
When Disney/Pixar sends you concept art from an upcoming film, you pretty much have to take a good look at it. When it comes from a story that takes place in a Celtic region – like the Scottish Highlands, here – and it looks as cool as this, well, you’ve just got to share.
Check out three more images – and the accompanying press release – after the jump.
If you only know Craig Ferguson as Drew’s boss on The Drew Carey show, or as the affable talk show host [the one who actually engages in conversation with his guests], then you may be in for a wee bit o’ shock when you play Comedy Central’s Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o’ Revolution [which was recorded on July 4, 2008].
To begin with, the subject matter is all over the map [with a throughline on his becoming an America citizen earlier that day]. Ferguson can make a case for Sean Connery as the only James Bond [and dismiss the current lad in a wickedly concise and nasty manner] while noting that he always seems to be playing Sean Connery [Sean Connery as a Russian submarine commander in The Hunt For Red October, for example].
He is also quick to point out how born Americans take their situation, vis-à-vis various freedoms, for granted – and why that’s so wrong. His tale of how he decided to become and American citizen may even be funnier than his riff on Connery. He even steps over the line into Christopher Titus Land when he talks about his ex – though he comes at the situation from an entirely different perspective.
Whether he’s talking about rehab [a simultaneously hilarious and sobering bit] or addressing the topics listed above, Ferguson’s no-nonsense approach is completely winning. His delivery is assured and stage presence is solid – and the accent gives his material an unexpected texture. A Wee Bit o’ Revolution may be Ferguson’s first stand-up special, but it certainly won’t be his last.
Features: Interview With Craig Ferguson; Speech at Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall, July 4, 2008.