Piven was optimistic but vague about the potential film. "We're teed up for a movie in a way that, you know, Ari has this conundrum that he's facing," Piven said, "which is either to rule the world or to honor his love to his wife." Just to clarify, Sheryl Underwood asked, "So the movie's going to happen?" and Piven, without giving a solid confirmation, responded in the affirmative. "That's the rumor right now."
So, how did the two compare?
Well, Fallon went big with a 'Glee' tribute and Bruce Springsteen cover, while Lynch took the solo route with an original number about the magic of television and how everyone on TV lives in the same building.
Both recruited a ton of celebs to help out, but Fallon had the stars sing along with him while Lynch dropped into different show sets. Both included a requisite 'Dancing With the Stars' dig, though.
Who nabbed the bigger stars?
Come Sunday night the red carpet will be rolled out, champagne corks will be popping and there won't be a dry eye in the Kodak Auditorium as the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out. All the nominees will gather for the ceremony in the hope that their name will be the one in the winner's envelope, but only a happy few will get to take home a much-coveted trophy.
Have you ever wondered why Hollywood stars are so obsessed with winning awards? And just how does joining that select band known as "Emmy Winners" change your life?
What happens once the applause stops, the festivities are over and the borrowed dresses and jewels are handed back? Find out now, as past Emmy winners Jeremy Piven, Megan Mullaly, Kristin Chenoweth and Jackée Harry talk candidly about how life has changed since they had their moment in the sun.
Watch the hilarious 'Life After Emmy' mockumentary after the jump.
But last night's series finale was dripping with more gloss than usual. In fact, it was all gloss. In one of the most baffling, problematic half-hours of TV I've ever seen, everything worked out for everyone -- except the audience. We were left feeling cheated over rushed catharsis, a love story that the show didn't bother to show us and characters that reconciled without ever earning it.
The whole thing revolved around an allegedly torrid love affair between Vince and Sophia, the Vanity Fair reporter who'd interviewed him several weeks before and adamantly refused his advances on the grounds that she's a serious journalist who doesn't date her subjects.
But, as we know by now, Vinny Chase's charm knows no bounds, and they fell madly in love with each other and decided to get married in Paris after hanging out for just 24 hours. All of which would have been fine, if 'Entourage' hadn't asked its audience to just take the show's word for it.
Piven pretended to have a full-blown Hollywood superstar tantrum about there being sushi in his dressing room. But afterward he felt bad about it, so he decided to help the guy out with his dreams of being in show business.
He pulled some strings down at 'Entourage' and managed to get the guy a part on the show, and it is definitely something to see. Jay Leno managed to squeeze in the page's entire scene during 'The Tonight Show,' with an arrow to help us identify him. Taking Hollywood by storm, this guy!
"My character, as Bobby Flay, has not actually appeared yet ... I can not confirm nor deny that I am a candidate for Mrs. Ari's next boyfriend. 'Cause you know they broke up."
"I don't know why she stuck around so long," replied Kathie Lee.
"Well, who knows, he's got a big agency," Flay quipped.
Letterman kept hinting around that he wanted Piven to give a demonstration, but Piven wasn't going for it. "If I did it now I'd hurt myself."
But then the crowd got behind Letterman, and put the pressure on Piven. "Can't really disappoint them now," Letterman goaded about the growing clamor from the studio audience.
"I'll warm up and we'll see what we got," Piven said. He then dropped into the splits, and we're talking all the way to the ground. This was impressive for two reaons. One, that he had that kind of flexibility, and two, that his pants had that kind of flexibility.
Since today's National Hug Day (according to this awesomely primitive website), after the jump you'll find a clip of Piven discussing the scene during a 2006 Paley Center panel. "Our inspiration, Ari, for this character, I saw him one time actually hugging my brother in law, Adam McKay, who's a screenwriter and director. He was hugging him so tightly it looked like Adam was maybe lactating and that Ari needed milk."
There's also a clip of infamous scene. You're welcome. And yes, we'll accept your gratitude for reminding you of this glorious TV milestone in hug form only.
Eric, Ari and Drama were on set to make sure the stunt went OK -- but it didn't.
As a stunned but stable Vince recovered, Ari said, "I saw my life flash before my eyes." Replied Vince: "I didn't -- I just saw Ma. She was really pissed."
But what about the director? Check out the video.
"I got mercury poisoning, you know that right?" Piven asks the intern. "You think that's funny? I almost [beep] died!" The actor starts cussing, kicking furniture and throwing things. Later backstage, Piven says to Eric, "I don't know if I can hold it together, and it kind of is your fault," before chucking a glass of water in his face.
Eventually, Piven reveals that it was all a giant practical joke, and the reward for Eric's pain is the chance to appear on 'Entourage' -- under one condition...
But what happened to the funny lady's former TV cohorts from her Emmy-winning 1994-98 ABC sitcom 'Ellen' (which included the famous 'Puppy Episode,' where DeGeneres' character, Ellen Morgan, announced she was gay) and her short-lived 2001-02 CBS comedy 'The Ellen Show'?
Where are they now? Check it out after the jump.
Best Drama: Mad Men, Dexter, House, Big Love, True Blood
Best Comedy/Musical: 30 Rock, Modern Family, Entourage, Glee, The Office
Best Actor, Drama: Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Bill Paxton (Big Love), Hugh Laurie (House)
Best Actress, Drama: Glenn Close (Damages), January Jones (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Juliana Margulies (The Good Wife)
What's Hot on Inside Movies: Woody Allen's New Lady, Girl Power at the Oscars, and Jeremy Piven Gets Dramatic
(S06E12) "Sorry - he Jason Bourne'd me." - Drama
Huh?!? Was that really an Entourage season finale? It was so... good. It was as if every conversation I've ever had with my buddies after another season of Entourage and all of the "man, I really wish they had done this or included that" requests were jammed into this episode. Maybe Entourage should have double-length installments more often.Anything to ensure that Ari always walks around with a paintball gun.
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