Dunham to host 'SNL'
Enough about Saturday Night Live being a boys' club already! In a couple of weeks, it'll become a Girls club. That's right: Lena Dunham will host SNL on March 8, with musical guest The National. There, is that Williamsburgian enough for you hipsters? It's a nice bit of good news for Dunham, who last week revealed that she accidentally discovered her boyfriend, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, once dated Scarlett Johansson. Dunham told ESPN's Bill Simmons that while perusing the Tumblr blog Old Loves, which features photos of celebrity ex-couples, she came across a photo of Antonoff and Johansson, who dated for a year while they were both attending the Professional Children's School in New York City. "I'm not jealous. It's very sweet. I love looking at pictures of them," Dunham said, according to the New York Post. "She's beautiful, he's beautiful, but it was just so surreal to be looking through this blog that gives me so much pleasure and then there's my boyfriend. And I was like, 'My mind is going to explode.' I really did think I was hallucinating." After that, hosting SNL should be a piece of cake, right?
Meyers has room to improve
Seth Meyers made his debut as the host of Late Night on Monday night and critics generously called Late Night With Seth Meyers a work in progress. Hank Stuever of the Washington Post said Meyers' nightly monologue "will apparently just be his Saturday Night Live 'Weekend Update' routine" and wondered if such a delivery is the right tone. Others thought the topics in his monologue — the Olympics, for example — were already stale and his jokes hit or miss. Still, Meyers' storytelling skill earned praise from the AP's Frazier Moore, such as when he told an anecdote about an outing with his wife that went awry. As for guests, Myers was on familiar ground with friend Amy Poehler, who also was cozy with the other visitor, Vice President Joe Biden. Another highlight: Fellow SNL alum and band leader Fred Armisen made for a good straight man. So what did viewers think? Late Night averaged 3.4 million viewers in "fast official" ratings from Nielsen, according to NBC, which said it was the biggest audience for a Monday Late Night in nine years and topped the 2009 debut of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Morgan: I'm a nice guy
Piers Morgan Live? More like Piers Morgan livid. The soon-to-be-jobless CNN host is fighting back against a New York Daily News report that he "was always such an asshole to people working for him," particularly the makeup department. "He was rude and belligerent," an anonymous source told the Daily News. In response, Morgan tweeted: Hi @NYDailyNews - found any CNN make-up artists I was ever rude to yet? Or you going to admit you just invented that garbage? ... Sorry, don't mind all the crap swirling around my CNN show ending, but abusing make-up artists? NEVER. Just pisses me off to read that. He also called the Daily News' editors "halfwits." So we guess the lesson here is, don't charge Piers with being verbally abusive, or else he'll … verbally abuse you?
Simmons' ex weds in secret
Kimora Lee Simmons seems like the sort of person who enjoys the spotlight, but she kept us all out of the loop on this one. According to the New York Daily News, Simmons was outed as a married woman by none other than her ex-husband, Russell Simmons. All of us love @OfficialKimora but the fact is she is happily married, he tweeted last week. Tim has been family for a while now. "Tim" is investment banker Tim Leissner, with whom the 38-year-old fashion designer has been in a relationship for some time now, although neither Kimora nor Leissner has publicly confirmed anything about their relationship status. Kimora did, however, surface in L.A. last Friday wearing a giant sapphire ring, and the same day, she cheekily tweeted Yes, it's true...that I'm SKIRT-ing the issue! — although that was just a link to an item on her blog about '90s-era skirt suits. Pretty clever, Kimora.
Tommy Lee engaged
Maybe Motley Crue really is growing up. The famed hair-metal hedonists have announced a farewell tour that hits the road this summer, and now, according to People, Tommy Lee is settling down and getting married. Well, re-married, but still. There comes a time in a mans life when you just know your partner is for LIFE!! Say hello to my fiancée and soon to be wife @SOFIofficial, Lee tweeted on Monday, referring to his longtime girlfriend, Sofia "SOFI" Toufa. The Greek-German singer will be Lee's fourth wife, following Elaine Starchuk, Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. Good for him, although we do have one piece of advice: When it comes to the honeymoon memories, Tommy, leave the camcorder at home. Please!
Kimmel, wife expecting
What, did you think Jimmy Kimmel was just going to hang back and let Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers get ALL the headlines? No chance. The Jimmy Kimmel Live host and his wife/head writer Molly McNearney are expecting their first child together, the host announced during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that will air Wednesday. Kimmel, 46, has two kids from a previous marriage, both in their 20s, and this will be the first for McNearney, 35. The couple married last July. Presumably they feel Kimmel has enough job security at this point for them to have a child together, although you never know — Jay Leno might be looking for a job.
At this rate, Michael B. Jordan is going to have to clear out an entire closet shelf to make room for spandex tights.
Last week, it was leaked that the Fruitvale Station star had landed the role of Johnny Storm, a.k.a. the Human Torch, in an upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, alongside Kate Mara (Sue Storm/Invisible Girl), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing) and Citrus County's own Miles Teller (Dr. Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic).
The casting is not yet official, though Jordan has known about his involvement for some time, thanks to his friendship with Josh Trank, who's been hired to direct.
"I've known about it for some time now," Jordan told Access Hollywood at this weekend's NAACP Image Awards. "Me and Josh Trank, we've been friends for some time now, since we did Chronicle and it's been an idea in our head for a really long time, so to see that kind of come to fruition is pretty cool."
The movie is scheduled for release in June 2015 — but if rumors are to be believed, it won't be the only cape caper up Jordan's sleeve. According to the blog Latino Review, Jordan has met with director Zack Snyder about an unspecified role in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel — you know, the one where Superman meets Ben "Batman" Affleck. Jordan hasn't commented on that gig, but he did take a second to address the predictable "Johnny Storm can't be black!" whining from un-progressive nerds. Cornered by TMZ, Jordan said: "Eh, they're still going to go see it anyway."
See? This is the sort of streetwise superhero America needs. Flame on, Mike!
So he's got that going for him
A day after Harold Ramis' death, President Barack Obama not only paid tribute to the writer-director, but he dropped a Caddyshack reference. Cool. In a statement issued Tuesday, the president wrote in part: "Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America's greatest satirists and, like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago's Second City. When we watched his movies – from Animal House and Caddyshack to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day — we didn't just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold's wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness."