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See How Johnny Depp’s Daughter Helped Perfect His Movie Characters

It involves barbies

Johnny Depp explained how his daughter helped him develop many of his eccentric characters on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday—and it involves barbies.

Watch above to find out more.


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Kristin Chenoweth Says Her Dad Made Her Afraid Of Flying

She bought her dad a plane for Christmas

Kristin Chenoweth admitted to buying her dad a plane for Christmas, but she doesn’t share his affinity for flying– and it’s his fault.

When Chenoweth’s father took her flying once in a Cessna she bought him as a gift, he pulled a prank that made her less than comfortable in the air. The actress, promoting her return to Broadway next month in musical On the Twentieth Century, related the trick to Seth Meyers last night on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Watch above to find out more.

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Stephen Colbert’s Late Show and the Case Against Originality

Maybe the new host will completely blow up the late-night format. But he doesn't have to do that to be an innovator.

Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CBS announced the premiere date of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sept. 8. It did not announce the content or format of the show, because Colbert is still figuring that out.

Speaking to reporters, CBS president Nina Tassler said that the network is, essentially, waiting for Colbert to work all of that out. “I have nine months to make a show, just like a baby,” Colbert said in a release. “So first, I should find out how you make a baby.”

He’s said he’ll have guests and that he won’t host in character. He has not said whether or not he’ll have a monologue. Beyond that, it’s a blank. “Part of the opportunity of being in business with brilliant talent like Stephen Colbert,” Alan Sepinwall reported Tassler saying, “is really letting him do what he wants to do.”

So it sounds like Colbert has fairly free rein. He could tear up the whole blueprint if he wants. He could invent a new format much as he did with his nine-year performance piece on Comedy Central. He could bust up the desk for firewood, tear the whole thing down and rebuild from the ground up.

Maybe he shouldn’t.

Before you say it, I know: I’m a hypocrite. I have written, over and over, about how tired the monologue-desk-and-interviews late-night format is. About how the real late-night energy is in shows doing anything but that. About how the desk is, creatively, the world’s most expensive (albeit also well-paying) pair of cement shoes. I am, to an extent, playing devil’s advocate with myself here.

Colbert is creative and ambitious. I don’t doubt he’ll bring tons of ideas. But I also bet you agree to host an 11:35 late night talk show because you want to host an 11:35 late night talk show. Within that format, there’s still plenty of room to distinguish yourself.

Letterman gave the format possibly its biggest remake ever–but what he did, at NBC then CBS, was still a talk show. Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show was still a talk show, a very traditional one in many ways, yet it was still a significant, and short-lived, departure for NBC simply because of his sensibility. Conversely, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight is really more different from Jay Leno’s in format than Conan’s was–but it’s closer in terms of upbeat attitude.

And look: it’s only fair to expect someone to build a network late-night show for those people who will actually, regularly watch a late-night show. I’m not one of them. I love Colbert, and however great a show he creates, it will go into the same DVR queue of recordings that The Colbert Report did, to be watched now and then when I have spare time, if I don’t just catch the highlights in online video form. He would be forgiven for not creating a show specifically with me in mind.

Of course, I’d love it if he did! I believe Colbert may be the biggest talent in late night since the guy he’s replacing, and if he comes up with some scheme to rethink the post-evening-news hour, I will be eager to see what it is. If Colbert wants to blow up the desk, give the man as much dynamite as he needs. But I wouldn’t underestimate the difference Colbert could make just by being himself.

TIME Know Right Now

Know Right Now: Colbert Signs Off

'Truthiness' on cable comes to an end

Comedy Central’s most vocal pundit, Stephen Colbert, hung up the towel Thursday, as he prepares to leave The Colbert Report after nine years to replace David Letterman on Late Night.

During Colbert’s tenure, he lambasted President Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner, testified in front of Congress, led a march on Washington and even ran for President. On his show, he satirized the news of the day and newsmakers themselves. Each show ended with sportive interviews with famous writers, musicians, actors and, most recently, President Obama.

Watch today’s Know Right Now to find out more.

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Watch Conan O’Brien Take a Tango Lesson From JB Smoove

As Andy Richter looks on

If you’re going to get an on-air tango lesson, you could do a lot worse for a teacher than a guy named JB Smoove.

And Smoove, who costars in Chris Rock’s new film, Take Five, didn’t disappoint pupil Conan O’Brien Tuesday night, when he appeared on Conan for the impromptu tutorial.

Watching the two 6-foot-plus men dip each each extremely low as co-host Andy Richter looks on is, well … honestly, it’s actually hard to look away, like watching tropical birds perform their mating dance.

Smoove recently told The New York Times that he actually got started in the entertainment industry as a hip-hop dancer, and mentioned to Conan that he’d be fine with competing on Dancing with the Stars. Whether or not that happens – and if it does, whether O’Brien will show up as his partner – remains to be seen.

Watch the full segment from the show below.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME Television

Why Jennifer Lawrence Is Terrified of Singing in Public

Says she sounds like a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse

Jennifer Lawrence admitted singing in public is one of her biggest fears on the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday.

It all began, the Mockingjay Part I star said, when she had to sing Holly Jolly Christmas in a school production at the age of 8, and her parents laughed at her for days afterward.

Lawrence jokingly says she now sings in a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse voice. Watch the video above to hear it for yourself.

TIME Music

Watch The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus Cover The Beatles on Conan

Strange can be beautiful

The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus continued their campaign of weird on Conan last night with a performance of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.” Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne donned a floor-length metallic cape, from which Cyrus, two minutes in, emerged wearing a tinsel wig and googly eye-adorned bodysuit.

The Flaming Lips are promoting its recent album, With a Little Help from My Fwends, a tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band featuring guest appearances by Cyrus, My Morning Jacket and Moby, among others. All proceeds from album sales go to an Oklahoma City non-profit that assists low-income and elderly pet owners with veterinary costs and rescues abandoned pets.

The performance itself was a worthy cover, between Cyrus’ echoing, breathy interlude and just the right amount of intergalactic sound effects. The Flaming Lips are known for featuring extraterrestrial themes onstage, and this performance was no exception. It’s refreshing to see Cyrus get through a song without sticking her tongue out or twerking, and the oddball pair sounded quite lovely together.

TIME Television

Watch Dr. Phil Share His Dad’s Almost Unprintable Advice

Dr. Phil's dad knew when to stop talking

Dr. Phil McGraw stopped by Conan’s desk on Tuesday night and shared a “really good” piece of his dad’s advice: “Don’t ever miss a good chance to shut the f-ck up.”

The TV personality also said, when a woman says “What?” it’s not because she didn’t hear you, but because she’s giving you a chance to change your answer. That’s a little ironic, considering his show is all about talking through problems, but McGraw later admitted that he and his wife make a point to communicate issues before they become big problems.

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Melissa McCarthy Was Robbed When She First Got to Hollywood

The thief ran off with her mascara, she told Jimmy Kimmel

When Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy first got to Hollywood, she was held up at a dry cleaners. But she was more devastated the thief took her makeup than anything else, she told Jimmy Kimmel on his ABC talk show Monday.

The police later caught the man who robbed her, she added, and put him behind bars. McCarthy is on the big screen right now in St. Vincent in which she appears alongside Bill Murray.

TIME Television

Bill Murray Loved Working at Little Caesars

Back in the day, he worked alongside celebrity chef Kerry Simon

Actor Bill Murray came from humble beginnings — and so did his friend, celebrity chef Kerry Simon. They both worked at a Little Caesars pizza shop in Illinois, Murray said during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday. It was the best job he ever had, Murray admitted, although it’s hard to see how anything could top Ghostbusters.

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