Mo 5/17: Bill Cosby, Ricky Gervais, and Taio Cruz on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Taio Cruz (pronounced Tie-oh Cruise) (born 23 April 1983) is a Brit Award winning and MOBO-nominated English singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and music producer. In 2008 he released his debut album Departure which he arranged and produced himself. In October 2009, he released his follow up album Rokstarr which includes his number one single “Break Your Heart”. In between the two albums and at present, Cruz has been working on productions and writing songs for Cheryl Cole, Brandy Norwood and the Sugababes. He is the founder and C.E.O. of Rokstarr Music London, which in 2006 released his debut single “I Just Wanna Know”. Also in 2006, he signed a joint-venture partnership deal with Music Companies, Republic Records and Island Records. In the UK, Cruz has worked with many artists including Omar, Nitin Sawhney, Wookie, and Will Young. Following the success of his own singles, record label chief Simon Cowell approached Cruz to write and produce tracks for Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis and Shayne Ward. At the 2008 MOBO Awards he was nominated for best single for the song “She’s Like A Star” and performed the single alongside the Sugababes who feature on the official remix of the song. In April 2010 Taio Cruz performed a live music session for London’s Big Top 40 with presenters Rich and Kat. An audience of influential UK bloggers were present in the Big Top 40 studios, during an intimate, live acoustic performance. The artist was interviewed by Rich and Kat and he also performed three songs from his second album, Rokstarr, including Dirty Picture and Break Your Heart. During his interview Taio Cruz told Rich and Kat that Michael Jackson would be his dream collaborator as well as Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake. He also spoke fondly of his experiences working with fellow artists Britney Spears, Shayne Ward and The Pussycat Dolls. As a multi-talented artist Taio Cruz said he wouldn’t be able to decide on a preference between his role as a producer, singer or songwriter and said that he loves being involved in all three. The interview can be viewed here and the acoustic performance was filmed and streamed on the Big Top 40 website.
Fr 5/14: Donald Trump, the Jonas Brothers on theTHE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. One of the most popular teenaged groups of the 2000s, the Jonas Brothers crafted hook-filled power pop anthems in the vein of McFly, Hanson, and the Modern Lovers. The young New Jersey natives (while readying their 2006 debut, brothers Joseph, Kevin, and Nicholas Jonas topped out at 16, 17, and 13, respectively) were reared in the city of Wyckoff under the tutelage of musical parents. Nicholas showed a particular flair for singing; by the age of six, he’d already begun a modest career as a Broadway performer. The young vocalist also took an interest in songwriting, even co-writing a Christmas tune in 2002 alongside his father. Several years later, his soulful voice had wowed enough executives at Daylight/Columbia Records to warrant a solo album, and Nicholas began writing original material with help from his two brothers. The siblings’ songs impressed the president of Columbia, who ultimately signed the trio in 2005. The Jonas Brothers’ full-length debut, It’s About Time, was released in August 2006. Featuring the songwriting talents of Desmond Child and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, the album peaked at number 91 on the Billboard charts and earned the siblings a modest audience, particularly among fans of Radio Disney. Nevertheless, the Jonas Brothers were dropped from Columbia’s roster in early 2007. They bounced back by signing with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label that helped the group exponentially expand its fan base. An eponymous sophomore album, Jonas Brothers, arrived in August 2007, supported by a number of Jonas Brothers appearances on the Disney Channel’s various programs. The band also toured in support of the record, selling out shows coast to coast — including a stop at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, which was the fastest sold-out show in the venue’s history. The reality television show Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream documented the band’s life on the road, and the band’s TV presence was furthered along by Camp Rock, a 2008 Disney Channel television movie that featured the brothers and up-and-coming star Demi Lovato. The movie was watched by nearly nine million viewers and launched the Jonas Brothers’ next single, “Burnin’ Up,” which helped whet demand for the release of A Little Bit Longer later that year. In 2009, the trio released Music from the 3D Concert Experience, along with a live concert film of the same name. Later that year, they released their fourth studio album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times
Th 5/13: Garry Shandling, Ellie Kemper, Jakob Dylan on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Jakob Luke Dylan, born December 9, 1969 in New York, is the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band The Wallflowers. He is the youngest of four children born to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and his ex-wife Sara Dylan. It has been reported that Jakob does not like his famous father to be mentioned during interviews. This is not because of animosity between the two, as is widely assumed, but because Jakob has stated that he wants to make his own name for himself, and does not want to open doors or sell tickets by capitalizing on his family name. The Wallflowers started out playing alongside other aspiring rockers at Canter’s delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. The band signed to Virgin Records and made a self-titled album, the cover of which had a picture of all the band members’ feet, and drummer Peter Yanowitz’ dog.
The debut sold poorly, however, and after they were released from Virgin Records, the band regrouped. They toured with 10,000 Maniacs, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Cracker, and The Spin Doctors, and gained and lost several band members along the way. With the help of their manager Andrew Slater, the band secured a new major label record deal with Interscope Records. Their 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse, recorded with producer T-Bone Burnett (and including collaborations with Michael Penn, Adam Duritz, Mike Campbell, Don Heffington of Lone Justice, and Sam Phillips), yielded several singles, including “Sixth Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight.” The album sold over four million copies, and The Wallflowers won two Grammy Awards, for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Song. “One Headlight” also won the VH-1 Video of the Year for 1997.Jakob shares his family’s desire for an anonymous personal life: “The world’s as big as the block you live on, and I like to keep it small. I have had the same friends since I was eleven years old.” Jakob says he is often amused when asked the question, “When did you change your name to Dylan?” Jakob married his childhood sweetheart, Nicole Paige Denny (now actress Paige Dylan), in a ceremony at Sara Dylan’s house in 1992. Their first child, Levi, was born two years later. They had a second son James in 1998 and a third son in 2000. As of 2005, The Wallflowers have recorded five albums. In 2008 Jakob signed with Columbia Records and recorded a mainly acoustic album called “Seeing Things” produced by Rick Rubin it was very well recieved with some beautiful songs on it. On April 6th 2010 a second solo album called “Women and Country” will be released this time Jakob has reunited with T Bone Burnette and the album features backing vocals from Neko Case and a lot more instrumentation than the previous album. Watch Jakob Dylan on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC
We 5/12: Betty White, Macy Gray on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Actress Betty White got her start in local Los Angeles television as the “telephone girl” for video emcee Al Jarvis. By early 1950 she was one of the stars of the daily, five-hour series Hollywood on Television. One of the highlights of this program was a husband and wife sketch titled “Life With Elizabeth,” which when committed to film and syndicated nationally in 1953 became White’s first starring TV sitcom. She went on to headline her own network variety series in 1954, then co-starred with Bill Williams in the weekly TV domestic comedy Date With the Angels (1957), which without Williams was retitled The Betty White Show in early 1958. For the next 15 years she made guest appearances on various variety and quiz show efforts, and toured the straw-hat theatrical circuit in such plays as +Critics Choice and +Who Was That Lady, often appearing opposite her husband, TV personality Allen Ludden. Two years after hosting the 1971 syndicated informational series The Pet Set, she guest-starred as libidinous “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens on the fourth season opener of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. This Emmy-winning episode led to White being cast as an MTM regular; she remained with the series until its final episode in 1977. She then starred on her own short-lived sitcom (again titled The Betty White Show) before returning to the guest-star circuit. In 1985, she joined the cast of TV’s The Golden Girls as middle-aged grief counselor Rose Nyland. This top-rated program lasted seven seasons before metamorphosing into the rather less successful Golden Palace (1992). White was a regular on the 1995 series Maybe This Time, and in 1997 she won an Emmy for her one-shot appearance on The John Laroquette Show. Though she has starred and co-starred in several made-for-TV movies, Betty White had appeared on the big screen only once, as a Margaret Chase Smith-like senator in Otto Preminger’s Advise and Consent (1962).
Tu 5/11: Amanda Seyfried, Guy Fieri, Luke Bryan on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Luke Bryan Born: June 17, 1976 in Leesburg, GA CTRY. Singer and songwriter Luke Bryan comes by his country influences naturally — he grew up in Leesburg, GA, a small town 100 miles from the Alabama border where his father grew peanuts and sold fertilizer for a living. Bryan helped his family work the farm when he was young, but in his early teens he developed a passion for country music, picking up his influences from his parents’ record collection, listening to the likes of George Strait, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Alan Jackson, and Merle Haggard. When he was 14, his folks bought Bryan his first guitar, and a year later his playing and singing was strong enough that he started sitting in with local bands at a club featuring live country music. At 16, Bryan starting writing songs with the help of a pair of local tunesmiths who had enjoyed some success in Nashville, and Bryan planned to head to Music City to try his luck after graduating from high school until his brother died in an auto accident. Wanting to offer emotional support to his family, Bryan opted to attend Georgia Southern University instead, though he didn’t give up music; Bryan continued writing songs, formed a band and was playing gigs on campus or at nearby watering holes most weekends while pursuing his studies. Bryan recorded a self-released album he sold at shows during this period, but he was reluctant to take the plunge and devote himself to music full-time until he returned home to work in the family business after receiving his degree. Bryan’s dad, confident of his son’s talent, made him an offer — he could either move to Nashville or be fired. In the early fall of 2001, Bryan pulled up stakes and relocated to Nashville, where his heartfelt songs of country life earned him a contract with one of the city’s many publishing houses. In his free time, Bryan continued to perform at local clubs, and after an A&R man from Capitol Records saw him perform a set of his original material, he was given a record deal. Capitol released Bryan’s first widely distributed album, I’ll Stay Me, in the summer of 2007, following it with Doin’ My Thing in 2009.
Mo 5/10: Laura Bush, Donald Trump, Limp Bizkit tonight on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. The rap metal outfit Limp Bizkit was formed in Florida in 1994 by vocalist Fred Durst and his friend, bassist Sam Rivers. Rivers’ cousin John Otto soon joined on drums, and guitarist Wes Borland completed the original foursome (later supplemented by DJ Lethal). After Korn played the Jacksonville area in 1995, bassist Fieldy got several tattoos from Durst (a tattoo artist) and the two became friends. The next time Korn were in the area, they picked up Limp Bizkit’s demo tape and were so impressed that they passed it on to their producer, Ross Robinson. Thanks mostly to word of mouth publicity, the band was chosen to tour with House of Pain and the Deftones. The label contracts came pouring in, and after signing with Flip/Interscope, Limp Bizkit released their debut album, Three Dollar Bill Y’All. By mid 1998, Limp Bizkit had become one of the more hyped bands in the burgeoning rap metal scene, helped as well by more touring action this time with Faith No More and later, Primus as well as an appearance on MTV’s Spring Break ’98 fashion show. The biggest break, however, was a spot on that summer’s Family Values Tour, which greatly raised the group’s profile. Limp Bizkit’s much anticipated second album, Significant Other, was released in June 1999, and it and the accompanying video for “Nookie” made the group superstars. Significant Other debuted at number one and had sold over four million copies by year’s end, also helping push Three Dollar Bill Y’All past the platinum mark. Durst, meanwhile, was tapped for a position as a senior vice president at Interscope Records in early July. However, in the midst of this massive success, controversy dogged the band following that summer’s performance at Woodstock ’99. In the wake of the riots and sexual assaults that proved to be the festival’s unfortunate legacy, Durst was heavily criticized for egging on the already rowdy crowd and inciting them to “break stuff.” Not only was at least one mosh pit rape reported during the group’s set (in addition to numerous other injuries), but the ensuing chaos forced festival organizers to pull the plug in the middle of their show. Even though Limp Bizkit’s performance took place the day before the infamous festival closing riots, the band was raked over the coals in the media, who blamed them for touching off the spark that inflamed a potentially volatile atmosphere. Undaunted, Limp Bizkit headlined that year’s Family Values Tour, with the newly controversial Durst grabbing headlines for periodic clashes with Bizkit’s tourmates. During the Napster flap of 2000, Durst became one of the most outspoken advocates of online music trading; that summer, Limp Bizkit embarked on a free, Napster sponsored tour. All of this set the stage for the October release of the band’s third album, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Wes Borland left the band soon after, necessitating a long search for a replacement guitarist of comparable value; finally, after going almost three years without a new album, the band released a disappointing record, Results May Vary. Borland returned after its release, and the band issued The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1 in 2005, and album that was roundly ignored even if it was marginally better than its predecessor. The Bizkit then released Greatest Hitz, a 17 track career survey that included all the hits from their heyday
Fr 5/7: Don Cheadle, Erin Andrews on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Erin Andrews was born on May 4, 1978 in Boston Massachusetts. She attended Bloomington Senior High School in Valrico, Florida and after graduating, attended the University of Florida. While at U of F, she was a member of the Dazzlers, a cheerleading/dance squad for the school. Her first professional job was with FOX Sports Net as a bureau reporter in Tampa Bay. She then joined the Sunshine Network in 2001 and worked as a sideline reporter for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She worked for the Atlanta Braves and hosted a show on TBS, as well as reported for the Atlanta Thrashers between 2001 and 2003. Andrews began her career with ESPN reporting for college football. In 2004 she also began reporting on college basketball and MLB games as well. In addition, she has also been a sideline reporter for a few NHL games. As a baseball reporter, she has been caught on camera ducking out of the way of foul balls on two occasions that has led to a few comments made by other reporters at her expense.
Comedian and actress Mindy Kaling’s portrayal of airhead Kelly Kapoor on the hit series The Office is so good, it’s easy to forget that in real life, her considerable brain power has gone into producing and writing the show as well. Kaling graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001, but not before leaving her mark on the school’s improv troupe The Dog Day Players, creating a comic strip in the Dartmouth newspaper called -Badly Drawn Girl and portraying none other than male actor Ben Affleck in a satirical play that she co-wrote entitled +Matt & Ben. The play went on to make Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Theatrical Events of the Year” for 2003. Kaling joined the cast and crew of The Office in 2005. She also began appearing in feature films, starting with a cameo in Steve Carell’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin and later appearing in Office co-star John Krasinski’s romantic comedy License to Wed. Mindy Kaling and Robert Downey Jr., tonight on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC We 5/5
Tu 5/4: Scarlett Johansson, Frank Caliendo, Michael Bolton on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC . Scarlett Johansson; Universally known as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, Scarlett Johansson has actually been acting professionally since the age of eight. A native of New York City, where she was born on November 22, 1984, Johansson was raised — along with her twin brother — as the youngest of four children, and she developed an interest in acting at the age of three. After enrolling in classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People, she made her stage debut opposite Ethan Hawke in the off-Broadway production of -Sophistry. Her film debut followed in 1994, when she had a supporting role in North, and she subsequently appeared in the little-seen Just Cause (1995) and If Lucy Fell (1996). Johansson had her first significant screen breakthrough with her role as one of two orphaned teenaged sisters in Manny & Lo (1996), a coming-of-age drama directed by Lisa Krueger. Johansson, who shared the screen with Aleksa Palladino and Mary Kay Place, earned an Independent Spirit Award Best Actress nomination for her work in the film, and she soon found herself being tapped by Robert Redford to star as Kristin Scott Thomas’ daughter in The Horse Whisperer (1998). Although the film met with a very mixed reception, Johansson was widely praised for her portrayal of a girl who loses her leg and her best friend in a horrific accident. In 2000, the actress signed on to play one of the heroines (alongside Thora Birch) of Terry Zwigoff’s screen adaptation of Ghost World, Daniel Clowes’ celebrated comic about the adventures of two teen girls grappling with post-high school life. That same year, she starred in American Rhapsody, in which she portrayed a young girl who escapes communist Hungary in the 1950s and travels to the U.S. Though she would take a brief detour into camp with the 2002 giant spider fiasco Eight Legged Freaks, the respect Johansson had gained in the film industry as a result of her previous dramatic roles found the young actress in high demand among indie directors while quickly catching the eye of the Hollywood elite. With Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Johansson’s touching performance as a young girl who strikes a tentative friendship with a washed-up American actor (memorably portrayed by Bill Murray) left no doubts regarding her dramatic skills, and although a Best Actress Oscar nomination eluded her, she received a boatload of nods from critics’ groups and the Golden Globes. The rising starlet was soon cast in the lead of such subsequent films as The Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) and The Perfect Score (2003). After sticking to form in 2004 with roles in In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long, Johansson took her first stab at a lead role in a big budget Hollywood flick, starring opposite Ewan MacGregor in Michael Bay’s futuristic actioner The Island. While the picture was panned by critics and avoided by audiences, it did nothing to slow the young star down. She closed out the year by receiving virtually unanimous praise for her performance in Woody Allen’s Match Point. She immediately reteamed with Allen, who was full of praise for the young actress after their first collaboration, for the supernatural comedy/murder mystery Scoop in 2006. That same year she played a pivotal role in Robert De Palma’s adaptation of The Black Dahlia, while also filming an adaptation of The Nanny Diaries with Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti.
Conan O’Brien Admits To Frustration In “60 Minutes” Interview. In his first interview since ending his stint hosting “The Tonight Show,” Conan O’Brien told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft that his helming the show for six months was not a long enough period for NBC Universal Chairman Jeff Zucker to judge it a failure. “In my opinion, I don’t think that’s fair or accurate. But he’s entitled to his opinion,” the comedian said during the interview, which aired May 2. “I think for anyone to say that the results were in after six months — that doesn’t ring true to me,” The comedian also denied the claims of the network that the show lost money during his time behind the “Tonight Show” desk. “I honestly don’t see how that’s possible,” he said. O’Brien was optimistic when Kroft asked if he had any regrets about the situation and being replaced by Jay Leno. “I don’t regret anything. I don’t regret one decision I made in that week and a half period,” he said. “I wish it had ended differently. But, I’m fine. I do believe, and this might be my Catholic upbringing or Irish magical thinking, but I think things happen for a reason. I really do. And I think that this all happened for a reason.” O’Brien said he has not yet resolved all his issues, but he is “mostly very happy,” especially about his comedy tour. “It’s the most thrilling thing I’ve done in my career. And so I’m in a really great place in a lot of ways. But I’d be lying if I said I don’t have my moments of everything, you know, anger, disappointment, frustration and just confusion.”