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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt Communicate Entirely Through the Art of Breakdance

There are subtitles for those of you not fluent in the language of dance

Last night, Brad Pitt dropped by The Tonight Show to chat with Jimmy Fallon, catch up on life, talk about his current movie Fury, etc. They did all of this — but instead of using words, they used their dance moves.

Luckily, this segment included subtitles for those of us who are not fluent in breakdance. Fallon and Pitt both do a great job, but the true star here is clearly Brad’s mustache.

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Jay Leno Breaks His Silence on The Tonight Show‘s Joan Rivers Ban

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Jay Leno. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) Sebastian Scheiner—ASSOCIATED PRESS

The former late-night host says the ban on Rivers was "awkward"

Joan Rivers’s ban from The Tonight Show was finally broken this year, when the late Rivers appeared in a brief segment on new host Jimmy Fallon’s premiere episode and later sat on his couch. But until then, the Rivers ban had been an uncomfortable reminder of one of pop culture’s chilliest break-ups. Johnny Carson, the longtime Tonight host who’d employed Rivers as permanent guest host, never spoke to her again after finding out she’d left the show to star in an (ultimately short-lived) Fox late-night franchise.

But between Carson, who initiated the ban on Rivers, and Fallon, who broke it, came Jay Leno, who upheld the ban, in what he’s now describing as an “awkward” situation. Leno, interviewed on Access Hollywood in promotion of a new CNBC show about cars, said that “I didn’t want to [have Rivers as a guest] while Johnny was alive out of respect for Johnny. I don’t think he wanted to see her on the show and that’s why we didn’t do it.” Leno claims he never discussed the ban with Carson, but that it was upheld by vague mutual understanding.

But Carson died in 2005 — some nine years before Leno’s last Tonight broadcast. Leno told Access Hollywood interviewer Billy Bush:

“It got a little awkward by that point too. Joan was sort of going on and on about me and I thought, let’s let the ground lie fallow for a while and see what happens, but she always kind of kept it going! And I like Joan — I mean, that was the first autograph I ever got, was Joan Rivers… I went to see her at the Chateau de Ville in Framingham[, Mass.] and we were friends, and by then it just got to be awkward and then we never did it.”

For her part, Rivers, who appeared several times on Leno’s competitor David Letterman’s Late Show during the ban, spoke to the press with glee after appearing on Fallon’s Tonight Show. Making an obscene gesture, Rivers declared, “To Jay! Well, Jay. Twenty-three years. I’m still here and you’re going to be selling cars.”

Jay Leno’s Garage will premiere on CNBC in 2015.

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Ew! Listen to Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am’s New Song

The Black Eyed Peas singer appeared on the Tonight Show to perform the song

Jimmy Fallon’s recurring sketch “Ew,” in which Fallon dresses up as a tweenaged girl, got its own song Monday night.

Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am joined The Tonight Show, dressing up as a young girl complete with retainer (and beard), to perform the song along with Fallon.

The song, aside from featuring copious amounts of the word, “ew,” is also available for purchase on iTunes.

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Ben Affleck Cannot Sing ‘Let It Go’ From Frozen

To his son's disappointment

Apparently being Batman isn’t enough to appease Ben Affleck’s son, who would much prefer his dad to perform the song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen.

Unfortunately, the actor is no Idina Menzel — as he demonstrated when he tried to sing a line from the famous song.

Affleck is soon to be seen in Gone Girl, and will be playing Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is set to be released in 2016.

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Watch Kerry Washington Call Jimmy Fallon’s Bluffs on the Tonight Show

The Scandal star is an expert human lie detector in a game called "Box of Lies"

Last night, Kerry Washington dropped by the Tonight Show and joined Jimmy Fallon for a recurring segment called “Box of Lies.” It’s a game that requires contestants to guess whether or not the other player is lying about the contents of various boxes chosen at random. (Previous contestants include Jennifer Lawrence and Tina Fey.)

The Scandal star turned out to be pretty good at this game and totally ended up besting Fallon — though neither of them are any good at keeping a straight face or stifling their giggles.

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Watch Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon

Lip syncing is harder than it looks

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton appeared on The Tonight Show Wednesday and had a lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon, who is known for playing quirky games with guests on his show.

One of the performances had Shelton and Stefani singing the duet “Endless Love” with the male and female parts switched. Stefani played Lionel Richie’s smooth, deep voice, and Shelton mouthed the words to Diana Ross’s part.

Shelton and Stefani are coaches on the newest season of The Voice.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies Deliver High School Morning Announcements

You wish these were your high school morning announcements

In a Saturday Night Live-esque sketch, Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies dressed up as a high school principal and vice principal and acted out delivering high school morning announcements Tuesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Rather than the dull morning announcements you may have heard back in the day, Fallon and Margulies sang out typical morning announcements about parking passes and the debate team to the tune of current pop songs such as “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift and “Rude” by MAGIC!.

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See Barbra Streisand’s First Appearance on The Tonight Show in 51 Years

Streisand and Fallon performed a duet where Fallon played Elvis

Actress and singer Barbra Streisand appeared on The Tonight Show Monday for the first time since 1963, and sang a duet with host Jimmy Fallon.

The pair sang Elvis Presley’s hit song “Love Me Tender,” with Fallon standing in for “the king” complete with the appropriate hair-do and sunglasses.

Streisand’s appearance on The Tonight Show was to promote her new duets album, “Partners,” which has tracks that sample Elvis recordings. Streisand’s last appearance on a late night talk show was a brief cameo on the The Late Show in 1994.

 

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Watch Hugh Jackman Describe The ‘Uplifting’ Experience of Singing at Joan Rivers’ Funeral

He sang "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage"

Joan Rivers’ funeral was held on Sept. 7, and as she wished, it was a star-studded affair with celebrity guests like Sarah Jessica Parker, Howard Stern and Rosie O’Donnell. Rivers had also wanted X-Men star Hugh Jackman to perform at her funeral after seeing him in a musical, The Boy From Oz, 10 years ago. Jackman sang a song from that musical titled “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage.”

Jackman described the experience on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as “uplifting” and “moving” but also “funny.”

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Nick Offerman Has Some Very Helpful Advice for College Freshmen

The main takeaway: don't use your roommate's soap

Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman stopped by The Tonight Show last night to offer some sage words of wisdom. First, he responded to a Tonight Show fan who wrote in requesting general advice about starting college. Because he’s Nick Offerman, things got real weird real fast.

The actor also offered some advice to fans who wrote in with other random questions, such as I’m running my first marathon in a month and don’t know what you wear. What do you think? and I’m thinking of leaving my teenage son on someone’s doorstep so they can finish raising him. Is this a good idea?

Don’t agree with his advice? Well, he’s Ron Swanson, and we all need to do as he says.

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