The late comedian Robin Williams will be honored by his friend Billy Crystal on the 2014 Emmy Awards. The two men co-hosted “Comic Relief” many times in their career and also starred together in the film “Father’s Day.” Executive producer Don Mischer confirmed the news on Wednesday by saying, “We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice.” The ceremony will air next Monday, August 25, on NBC and will be hosted by talk show host Seth Meyers. USA Today.
For the Emmy Awards broadcast, Seth Meyers says he is calling on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to write a few jokes for his monologue. He assisted them when they hosted the Golden Globe Awards the past two years, so turnabout is fair play. Meyers proclaims Steve Martin as his hosting role model, but that he will be no Hugh Jackman, who is known for his singing and dancing. He also discusses his years on “Saturday Night Live and his first few months as host of NBC’s “Late Night.” Vulture.
“Stand Up to Cancer” adds many more headliners to its next televised charity event scheduled for September 5. The latest additions are Jennifer Aniston, Common, Will Ferrell, Lupe Fiasco, Ariana Grande, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, and The Who. Katie Couric will host the live program, which will also include Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan, Mark Harmon, Rob Lowe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Kiefer Sutherland, and Reese Witherspoon. The Wrap.
A new photo gallery examines the highest paychecks for television’s top stars. In the top slot are “The Big Bang Theory” actors Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons, who recently negotiated new salaries of a whopping $1 million per episode. In the next few slots are Mark Harmon (“NCIS“) with $525,000 per episode, Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards“) with $500,000 per episode, Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: SVU”) with $400,000 per episode, and Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy“) with $350,000 per episode. TV Guide.
The National Football League has narrowed the field to three possible artists to perform at next year’s Super Bowl. Coldplay, Katy Perry, or Rihanna are under consideration, but there is a catch: to have access to one of the largest audiences in the world, the NFL would like the chosen artist to pay for the right to play. That money could be a negotiated fee or come from a portion of their next tour. Entertainment Weekly.
The EE British Film Academy announces their deadlines and dates for the next BAFTA Awards. The ceremony will be held on February 8, 2015, at the Royal Opera House in London. All entered films must be open to the general public by February 6. Nominations will be announced on January 9. Variety.
Leonard Maltin‘s “2015 Movie Guide” will be the final edition. With the book now numbering 1,611 pages and nearly 16,000 film reviews, it is becoming impossible to publish. It is also a victim of the changing times and the way information is quickly available online. The book began in 1969 and was a longtime staple of many journalists and movie fans. Deadline.