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The stars were out en masse last night — both in front of and behind the camera — to support newly-christened “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon during his debut hosting gig.
Hollywood heavyweights, including Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, and Spike Lee, all contributed to Fallon’s first show behind the “Tonight” desk, with Smith serving as the first official guest. De Niro and Fey made brief cameos during an excellent extended gag that involved more than a dozen celebrities; the host introduced the bit by thanking his fans for their support throughout his transition from “Late Night” to “Tonight,” then called out a certain someone for doubting his chances.
“To my buddy who said I’d never be the host of ‘The Tonight Show’ — and you know who you are — you owe me 100 bucks, buddy,” Fallon said, cuing 14 stars to waltz in, one by one, and silently fork over cash. De Niro led the pack, perhaps in a nod to his distinction as Fallon’s first (and reluctant) guest on “Late Night” back in 2009. He was followed by Fey, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, and more surprise guests. (The whole clip is worth a watch, mostly thanks to the audience’s escalating glee at the over-the-top cameos.)
The star-studded evening didn’t stop there. In addition to Smith — who also performed “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing” alongside Fallon, complete with baggy, one-strap-undone overalls — U2 stopped by for an interview, and Bono and co. performed an acoustic rendition of their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love” from the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Fallon’s “Tonight Show” bow will also forever be linked to another Oscar nominee: Lee, who directed the program’s title sequence. Fallon explained that he wanted a New York filmmaker to shoot the sequence in honor of “Tonight”‘s return to NYC following more than four decades of filming in Los Angeles. Plus, Lee’s involvement came with another benefit.
“Our show opens with a Spike Lee joint,” Fallon explained.
[via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, SlashFilm]
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- ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’
Ben Stiller and his Spanish news team ultimately lost the street fight between rival anchors during this scene in “Anchorman.” However, if they had had the seven people they started out with (see top photo), a number that quickly dwindled to six a second later (see bottom photo), perhaps they would’ve been the one chucking tridents.
- ’10 Things I Hate About You’
Kat and Patrick are messing around and playing paintball on a day off from school. Just before Kat and Patrick kiss, it’s clear that Patrick has only a little paint on him. As the camera cuts in close for the kiss, Patrick is now covered with paint.
- ‘Groundhog Day’
When the same things happen over and over again in a film, you’re bound to get something wrong. In this scene, when Bill Murray’s character Phil comes around the corner, you can see a woman carrying a yellow shopping bag and walking with a friend — something that goes on for the first few days. However, on the last day, the woman is walking by herself.
- ‘Step Brothers’
Watching ‘Cops’ may be a good excuse for sweating while lying on the couch, but it’s hard to excuse the blatant remote control hand-swapping in this scene.
- ‘Scary Movie 2’
When Father McFeely arrives at the Hell House, the cab he’s in parks right next to a light pole. Between shots, the position of the lamppost and the car noticeably move.
- ‘Home Alone’
After slipping on the ice, Marv (Joe Pesci) attempts to hook his crowbar on the sill of the door to keep from falling. After eventually falling, it becomes clear that the crowbar is actually not fashioned to the sill, but rather is hanging and swinging by a wire.
- ‘Animal House’
While his ridiculously high BAC level may have been enough to help him sustain a two-story fall, Bluto (or the future Senator John Blutarsky) luckily had a little help with this stunt. After climbing up a ladder to peep into a sorority house, he ended up falling backward — right onto a carefully place grass-covered mat. Look closely in the picture; you see where the grass is clearly raised?
- ‘Beverly Hills Cop’
Eddie Murphy was hilarious in this movie — and so were the cars his fellow officers were driving. Last time we checked, police departments didn’t paste numbers on top of their vehicles, they painted them on. As you can see in the photo, the filmmakers opted for the former method
- ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’
Clark Griswold always seems to find new ways to humiliate himself, like when his ladder collapses while trying to set up his Christmas lights. However, things could have been a tad worse for old Clark if he didn’t have a wire holding him up (see photo).
- ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’
When Ace is snooping around, looking for Snowflake, he leaves a room with reddish walls and a door that opens outward. As the scene cuts to him exiting, it is clear that the same room now has light-colored walls and a door that opens inwards.
In most movies, seeing a crew member accidentally show up on camera could take away from the overall feel of the film. But in a comedy like “Airplane!” it’s actually pretty funny.
To save money, sometimes filmmakers will use the same shot twice. Take, for instance, “Ghostbusters.” After the guys rent the building which will serve as Ghostbusters headquarters, we see a shot of New York City from Central Park. Then at the end of the film, before the battle with Gozer, audiences see that very same shot from before, albeit with a different color sky.
- ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’
As the family celebrates at this hibachi-style restaurant, you can see a yellow balloon over the left shoulder of the gentleman in the blazer. In the next shot, the balloon is gone and a waitress takes its place.
- ‘Happy Gilmore’
If Happy Gilmore is throwing you down some stairs, you better believe you’re going to end up with some bruises. Perhaps that’s why the actor from this moment in the film can be seen wearing what appears to be a kneepad underneath his pants.
- ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’
When Austin and Vanessa are trapped in Dr. Evil’s lair, they use dental floss to escape. Apparently, that dental floss was connected to an industrial cable screwed into the ceiling.
- ‘The Blues Brothers’
We’ll let you be the judge of this mistake. During the classic 1980 comedy “The Blues Brothers,” there’s a chase scene where a cop car flips over and starts spinning on its roof. From the looks of this screengrab, there’s a circular rotating plate directly underneath the roof.
- ‘American Pie’
“American Pie” took place in Michigan. The problem with this scene? Those palm trees in the background, which most definitely do not grow in Michigan.
- ‘Shaun of the Dead’
This zombie comedy was filled with zombies! And in this particular scene, a black mat with tape stuck to it — something that definitely wasn’t supposed to be there (at least the filmmakers got it out in the next shot).
- ‘The Naked Gun’
Closing your hand in a window hurts, unless of course you have a safety block there to hold it up, as you can plainly see in the photo.
- ‘Mean Girls’
Tina Fey is a comedic genius — and according to this scene in “Mean Girls,” she’s a terrific magician too, as her pants miraculously change from brown to black in the same scene.
- ‘Trading Places’
The greatest trick Dan Aykroyd ever pulled (well, besides convincing people that a “Ghostbusters 3” is still a possibility)? Having his hair change from one style to the next in this post-jail scene in “Trading Places.”
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