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Rita Moreno Talks About Her Famous Flings on 'The Talk' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 18th 2011 7:00AM
Rita Moreno on 'The Talk'Rita Moreno is what Tracy Jordan would call an "EGOT," having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in her career, which started when she lent her voice to Spanish language versions of English language films at age 11. She is now 79, and has had her share of romantic involvements in Hollywood, which she detailed Friday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS).

As the hosts tossed out names to her, she gave descriptions of her former co-stars, flings, and lovers. Morgan Freeman was "monumental and so sexy." Jack Nicholson was a "dirty, dirty boy." She dated Marlon Brando for more than six years, but went mum on details about him. She did try to make Brando jealous at one point by dating Elvis Presley, whom she called "beautiful but boring."

According to Moreno, the ploy worked, and "it made Marlon cah-razy," which impressed the audience and the hosts. "You are a spicy little thing, Rita Moreno," said Holly Robinson Peete.

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Fallon Wants to Sail With Morgan Freeman, Call Him 'Captain Morgan' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 21st 2011 6:20AM
NBCJimmy Fallon recalled Morgan Freeman's prior visit to 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) where Freeman indicated he wanted to spend the winter on a boat. Freeman admitted that he only got to sail two days, Christmas and New Year's, but that "it was fantastic."

Fallon then hinted rather gratuitously for Freeman to invite him to go sailing with him, and offered to take on a job on the boat.

"Can you cook?" Freeman asked.

Fallon said he could, but then asked, "Do you have a microwave on the boat?"

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Morgan Freeman Trips Out 'The View' Ladies With Discussion of Time (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:55PM
Morgan Freeman discusses time on 'The View'The conversation got more philosophical than usual Monday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), when Morgan Freeman and Whoopi Goldberg got into a discussion about the origins of time. Freeman is hosting a new show on the Science Channel called 'Through the Wormhole,' which tackles mysterious scientific quandaries and the human experience.

Goldberg mentioned that she and Freeman had both played God onscreen as a preface to her question about whether time came before the Big Bang. "I don't think time existed until we said it existed," said Freeman. "There is no reason for time, beyond us."

Every culture, going back to the Mayans, has its own calendar and concept of time, noted the ever-philosophical Joy Behar. Goldberg offered a comic theory that time was invented because "people are always late." Tomorrow on 'The View,' be sure to tune in for a discussion about quantum physics and Einstein's theory of relativity. Just kidding.

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Morgan Freeman Says He Walked Down the Trail Sidney Poitier Blazed (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:21AM
Sidney Poitier, 'The AFI Life Achievement Honoring Morgan Freeman'Considering the event was called 'The AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman' (Sun., 9PM ET on TV Land), no one would have faulted the guest of honor for clapping himself on the back a little bit. After all, it was his night and he'd certainly earned an award honoring his life and career. But Morgan Freeman didn't do that.

Instead, he shared the spotlight with a man he considers a trailblazer in his own right. "Seems like the world's upside down when you're here in the audience watching me and I'm up here on stage getting an award," Freeman said to Sidney Poitier, who was looking on proudly.

"In my life, I've shamelessly tried to pattern it after yours," Freeman said. "To walk down the trail you blazed my friend. That you are here means that you are proud of me. And I'm proud of that."

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Craig Ferguson's Robot Geoff Does a Great Impersonation of Morgan Freeman (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 10th 2011 9:40AM
Morgan Freeman and Criag FergusonMorgan Freeman met his vocal doppelganger when he stopped by 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

Now lots of people love Morgan Freeman's voice, and many have tried -- and failed -- to impersonate it. However, Craig Ferguson's robot sidekick Geoff Peterson's impersonation was so dead-on that Freeman was astonished.

"See, when I open my mouth it makes everything sound smart," said Geoff. Freeman really was astounded and said it was the first time he'd heard himself "from the outside."

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Kevin Spacey Imitates Morgan Freeman on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 15th 2010 5:25AM
Kevin Spacey Imitates Morgan Freeman on 'Kimmel'In 'Casino Jack,' Kevin Spacey plays Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist/businessman who defrauded Native American tribes affiliated with casinos. Meeting the real Abramoff influenced the actor in an unexpected way, Spacey said on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). The 52-year-old was "suprisingly charming, very funny and does impressions," which explains why Spacey included several in the film.

He then demonstrated his impressionist skills with a spot-on Morgan Freeman imitation: "Morgan Freeman," he began in low, soothing tones, "sounds almost god-like. He can be talking about almost anything. And if he takes just the... right amount of... pauses, it can sound a little like poetry."

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Morgan Freeman Recalls Nearly Flunking Acting Class on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 13th 2010 12:30PM
Morgan Freeman may be a consummate, Oscar-winning actor, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from his college transcripts. According to Freeman, he nearly flunked acting class, earning himself a barely passing grade, he said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Morgan Freeman Has the Best Voice Ever -- Plus, He Can Fly a Plane (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 4:45AM
Morgan Freeman Has the Best Voice Ever -- Plus, He Can Fly a PlaneClearly, Morgan Freeman has the coolest voice of any actor ... in the history of the world ... ever. (And if you need proof of this, just imagine how much better that last sentence would sound, if Morgan Freeman was reading it aloud.)

On the new 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Freeman meets with Jimmy Fallon. And Jimmy can't help but gush over the actor's vocal awesomeness -- wondering what it would sound like, for instance, if Morgan Freeman was ordering a pizza.

From this point, Morgan and Fallon somehow get involved in a conversation about airplanes. Freeman says this: "I fly, y'know." Okay then. Jimmy is so enthralled by The Voice that he misunderstands for a second. But what the actor is saying is that he owns a private jet plane.

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Bryan Cranston Gyrates in 'Saturday Night Live' "What Up With That?" Sketch (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 4th 2010 4:45AM
Bryan Cranston Gyrates on 'Saturday Night Live'Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Ernest Borgnine joined DeAndre Cole (aka Kenan Thompson) as "guests" on Thompson's mock talk-show "What Up With That?"

This time in the recurring 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) sketch, Freeman was questioned on education. "I think what our schools lack today is empowerment -- it's the first thing we need," he said, as some drum-kit cymbals started up. "Where it really starts is with a solid family foundation."

"Family foun-da-tion!" Thompson belted out. "It begins in the home, yeah!" The fake host was then joined by his customary backup singers, '80s b-boy dancer Jason Sudeikis and the Kenny G-esque Fred Armisen. Funkadelic duo Doo-Doo Man (host Bryan Cranston) and Squiggy (Jay Pharoah) had a literacy lesson to add to the ditty. Cranston sang, "Put a book in your mouth. Put a book in your pants..." while gyrating in undies and a feather-boa coat. Surely a lesson not soon forgotten.

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Leno Digs Up Morgan Freeman's Cringeworthy McDonald's Commercial (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 1st 2010 4:55AM
Morgan Freeman's McDonald's Commercial on 'Tonight Show'Jay Leno may never get Morgan Freeman to visit 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) ever again. "Do you remember auditioning, and doing, a McDonald's commercial -- maybe in the early '70s, with Donny Most from 'Happy Days'?" Leno asked the actor gingerly.

Upon realizing the ad he was referring to, Freeman gave the host an angry glare. "I was sandbagged," Freeman said. "I know you're going to show it, you dirty rat. But what you're going to see is not what I auditioned to do."

Indeed, it was pretty painful to watch. But Freeman went on to become an Oscar-winning actor. So ... here's more evidence of paying his dues: a 1973 commercial for Listerine. Please don't hate us, Mr. Freeman.

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Morgan Freeman Explains the Universe on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 3rd 2010 4:05AM
Morgan Freeman Explains the Universe on 'The Daily Show'Actor Morgan Freeman appeared on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central). While on the show, he promoted 'Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman,' a science special that tries to explain the origin of the universe. And really -- who could better explain the universe than the man who once played God in a movie?

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Chelsea Handler Mixes Up African-American Actors (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 21st 2010 6:44AM
Chelsea Handler Mixes Up African-American ActorsTelling Jay Leno about her experience at the White House Correspondents Dinner resulted in an embarrassing faux pas for Chelsea Handler. At her table, Samuel L. Jackson sat beside her and put his hand on her leg several times, she said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

"I told him, 'No one's going to have sex with you at this table,'" she joked. "And then Betty White said, 'I'll take one for the team.'"

Cue picture of White kissing ... wait, Morgan Freeman?!

"Oh no, oh no! I'm going to get a lot of letters," said Handler. "We were talking about Samuel Jackson [earlier]. But that does sound really racist, but I'm not. Sorry about that!"

Handler recovered from her embarrassment to then divulge that Katie Couric chose tequila shots as her drink of choice that evening, and Handler had trouble keeping up.

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Creative Censorship of Profanity for Freeman, Ferguson on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 4th 2010 5:09AM
Morgan Freeman Cusses on 'Late Late Show'When Craig Ferguson got loose with his language on the 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Morgan Freeman joined in, and the producers later bleeped out the profanity in a creative way.

It became both polite and educational when the standard "beep" sound was replaced with exclamations in foreign languages.

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'American Idol' - 'Idol Gives Back/1 of 7 Voted Off' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 11:09PM
American Idol, Idol Gives Back 2010
It's "Inspiration Week" on 'American Idol,' which means the Idols sang inspirational songs on Tuesday, and 'Idol Gives Back' was on tap for tonight. It's truly amazing how much this charitable endeavor helps people around the globe. It's not easy to see all of the suffering going on in the world -- especially the children -- but it's really easy to pick up the phone and make a small donation that could save a kid's life.

Tonight, celebrities reported on the huge malaria problem in Africa; Save the Children; a food bank in Monrovia, Calif.; and global health, among others. At the end of the show, Simon Cowell reported that $15 million had been raised during the two hours the show aired. That's awesome. For more info and to learn how you can give, check out 'Idol Gives Back.'

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Leno's First Guests on 'Tonight' Include Sarah Palin and the Cast of 'Jersey Shore'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 22nd 2010 5:50PM
LenoJay Leno will be back behind the desk (yes the desk is coming back! and the couch!) on NBC's 'The Tonight Show' when the show returns after the Olympics are over (March 1, next Monday). So who will Jay have as guests his first big week back? Why, Steve Guttenberg and Carrot Top, of course!

Well, OK, actually he has some bigger names than that. The guests his first week are Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Vonn, and Brad Paisley (Monday), Sarah Palin and Shaun White (Tuesday), the cast of 'Jersey Shore,' Chelsea Handler, Apollo Ohno, and Avril Lavigne (Wednesday), Matthew McConaughey and Jason Reitman (Thursday), and Morgan Freeman and Meredith Vieira (Friday). Media Decoder also has his second week of guests, and they include 'American Idol's' Simon Cowell and 'Twilight's' Kristen Stewart.

No word yet on who David Letterman will have on his show next week. I know, it would be fun to see Conan but something tells me that's not going to happen yet.

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