Angelina Jolie Shows Support at THR’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast

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Angelina Jolie, Khloe Kardashian, Melissa Rivers, and Giuliana Rancic were among guests at The Hollywood Reporter’s 23rd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast honoring the golden woman of prime time, Shonda Rhimes. The honor coincided with the mag’s ranking of the 100 most powerful women in the industry.

Jolie, who is ranked ninth on the list has been busy directing Unbroken, a film that chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Check below to see who sipped lattes in celebration of Women in Entertainment.

1. Darby StanchfieldShonda Rhimes and Joel McHaleBFA_11057_1346798

2. Khloe Kardashian and Kris JennerBFA_11057_1346809

3. Melissa Rivers The 2014 HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Women in Entertainment Event

4. Jay LenoThe 2014 HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Women in Entertainment Event

5. Giuliana RancicThe 2014 HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Women in Entertainment Event

6. Angelina Jolie and Donna Langley The 2014 HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Women in Entertainment Event

Start Your Engines: Ron Howard’s “Rush” and Claude Lelouch’s “C’était un Rendezvous”

Ron Howard’s upcoming film Rush tells the story of the infamous rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the World Championship at Fuji in Japan. There’s no better way to gear up for all the burning rubber than to watch C’était un Rendezvous.

Director Claude Lelouch’s nine-minute-long cinematic masterpiece was made in the same year that Howard’s film is set. Rendezvous depicts a high-speed early-morning drive through the streets of Paris that most certainly broke a few laws. There is no narration. No music. Simply the sound of a revving engine going through its paces, images of an awakening City of Lights whizzing by (thanks to a grill-mounted camera) and an ending that is trés romantique.

Rendezvous has become the stuff of legend (Who drove the car? Was it a Formula One driver or Lelouch himself? What car was used?), with fans tracing the actual route in Paris—or making their own versions in other cities, including avid car collector Jay Leno, who did his own tribute ("one of my favorite car films of all time") on a circuit near his Beverly Hills home in a Mercedes SLS AMG.

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Jimmy Fallon Locks Down Leno Spot

The death of late-night talk-show television has been so slow, so painful, so very unfunny. Honestly it’s flabbergasting that David Letterman didn’t successfully sarcastify the genre into its grave twenty years ago—though god knows he has tried. But are we closer now to the sweet embrace of the pop-cultural crypt? 

Jimmy Fallon inking a deal to definitely, probably, eventually replace Jay Leno in NBC’s 11:35 PM slot, with Seth Meyers seen as the front-runner for Fallon’s current job, is a move in the right direction: just dump old “Weekend Update” anchors behind some fancier desks and have them participate in a terrible Harlem Shake type meme every now and then. Voilà! Instant non-entertainment.

Honestly I just feel bad for whoever ends up on this career track, it seems like a waking hell, and for what? So bloggers like me can make fun of you without ever bothering to watch your monologue? I think every comedian alive must have missed the point of The Larry Sanders Show. Get a new format, funnymen (and funnywomen, if and when you’re allowed a say in the matter). 

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Linkage: Lindsay Lohan Might Be an Escort, Jessica Simpson Can’t Stop Bonin’, & a Kris Kross Reunion

If you’re wondering how the hell Lindsay Lohan can get away with jetting across the globe and staying in fancy hotels with nothing but money from Playboy shoots and Lifetime movies, here’s a possible explanation on where she gets her money: she might be working as a high-class escort for the rich and not-so-famous. Some of her alleged clients include Prince Haji Abdul Azim, third in line of the throne of Brunei (which is a real place, not like Genovia), and painter Domingo Zapata. Of course, these allegations come from her scumbag father, Michael Lohan, so take them with a couple shakers of salt. [Radar]

Nicole Kidman is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, and she dishes about Scientology—sort of. When pressed, she’ll say only: ‘I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children [adopted with Cruise] who are Scientologists—Connor [the Red Dawn actor is now 17] and Isabella [20]—and I utterly respect their beliefs.’” The cover story also revels that Modern Family’s Sophia Vergara was director Lee Daniels’s first choice for Kidman’s role in The Paperboy, so just imagine that crazy lady doing her own hair and makeup and peeing on Zac Efron. [THR]

Jessica Simpson, as always, is both a good indicator of the failures of sex education in this country and an example of how annoying celebrities can be if their publicists can’t get them to shut the hell up. The occasional singer and sometimes actress told Jay Leno last night that she’d like to get married to fiancé Eric Johnson, with whom she has one child and a second on the way, but, in her words, “he keeps knocking me up.” [Fox News]

Sarah Jessica Parker replaced Demi Moore as Gloria Steinem in the upcoming Lovelace, premiering at Sundance, after Moore’s hospitalization for exhaustion early last year. It turns out it was all for naught: Steinem’s role in the film has been cut. [EW]

Because of money, NBC is going to roll poor Betty White out again and make her watch a bunch of people “pay tribute” to her for Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special. The party’s guest list includes folks like Blake Shelton, Bill Clinton, and Larry King, because who else could possibly ruminate on all of Betty White’s achievements as an old actress who still makes dirty jokes when forced to read from cue cards in front of a TV camera? [Deadline]

Kris Kross are getting back together because they left a lot of things unsaid, a lot of pants unsagged, and also realized how much of a boner everyone has for the ’90s. [Vulture]

Does keeping a “princess-free” household promote feminist ideals in children or just keep them from having fun? [Jezebel]

Die Hard director John McTiernan is headed to jail for a year and must pay a $100,000 fine. And no, it’s not because he directed that Rollerball remake. [Indiewire]

R.I.P., old guy from old TV show. [TMZ]

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Check Out 35 Candid Shots From Last Night’s Golden Globes

Last night’s Golden Gloves solidified that yes, Hollywood is filled with beautiful faces and chiseled, well-crafted bodies of all shapes and sizes. But you know, behind that sheen of glamour and satin, everyone is still a little weird looking when you think about it—which only makes you love them more. And what a better way to capture that than with a candid post-award snapshot? The folks at Vulture have posted a series of 35 polaroids from last night, taken by photographer Lucas Michael, who had exclusive access to the hallway in which the stars cram into to retouch their makeup and compose themselves before sitting back down at their tables. 

Shot on the Big Shot, the same camera used by Andy Warhol in the 1970s, Michael awaited the stars entrance and captured some wonderful portraits of the stars on film. "While having his picture taken with Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno asked, "What is this, Mad Men?" The Magic Cube camera flash is much stronger than average, and after having her portrait taken, Claire Danes blinked and said, "I am actually blind right now." Check out some of our favorites below and click here for the full slideshow.

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The Devastating True Cost of Howie Mandel

Life-sized penis Howie Mandel, a judge on America’s Got Talent, was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Both those guys suck yet it is Howie Mandel who is more worthy of opprobrium. For what has Howie Mandel ever done to justify his existence? Jay Leno, at least, collects cars. Howie Mandel is simply a professional soul-patched fedora-wearing mouth-breathing shrimp-eating germaphobic baby.

Howie Mandel was on air for approximately 6 minutes last night. Now there’s approximately 4 million viewers of The Tonight Show which means that’s 400,000 man hours wasted which, at $59 GDP (PPP) per hour worked, equals, $2,360,000. So Howie has to answer for that. 

The only possible counter argument here is that Howie Mandel was the voice of Gizmo.

Below, waste another $9.83 cents watching Mandel tap Jay Leno on his nose. It’s an alternative to his silly proclivity for first-bumping. 

Jay Leno Sued for Libel Over Mitt Romney Joke

After making a Mitt Romney joke, late night comedian Jay Leno is in a lot of trouble. The crack was easy enough: on The Tonight Show, Leno showed a photo of an ornate gold palace and said it was Romney’s summer home because, lol, he’s rich! But the photo was actually of the Golden Temple in India, considered one of the holiest sites in the Sikh religion. Dr. Randeep Dhillon, a religious organizer, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Leno "hurt the sentiments of all Sikh people in addition to those of the plaintiff." The claim goes on, saying that the joke "clearly exposes plaintiff, other Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy because it falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh."

So maybe that seems extreme, but think about it this way: what if he’d made a joke saying that Osama bin Laden was hiding out in the Vatican? (Yeah, take that for hypothetical equivalency.) People would lose their minds. An online petition chiding Leno has also been launched, claiming that Leno’s got a history of making racist cracks. "Previously, in 2007 he called Sikhs ‘diaper heads.’ In 2010, he remarked, falsely so, in his monologue that President Obama could not visit Sri Darbar Sahib because of requirements of wearing a turban," it says. "Clearly, Jay Leno’s racist comments need to be stopped right here." Diaper heads??? Oh, wow. Jay Leno is kind of a dick. (UPDATE: After common sense kicked in, light fact-checking revealed that Leno’s "diaper head" joke was in reference to the story where the drunk astronauts put diapers on their heads, not the Sikhs. The turban joke is still dumb.) The video of the joke is right below.

Lindsay Lohan Stops by ‘The Tonight Show’ to Promote Her Jail Sentence

If things were different, Lindsay Lohan’s “secret” appearance on this evening’s Tonight Show wouldn’t be a secret at all. Instead of Leno covertly interviewing her after yesterday’s show wrapped, she’d be a regularly scheduled guest, and by tomorrow afternoon, she’d be in Burbank promoting her steamy new role as Thor’s love interest – or whatever Emma Stone role should have been hers. Instead, Lohan is trying to rehabilitate her life in the public eye, while we’re still not sure if she’s pulled it off in private.

Much like Paul Reiser’s awkward appearance on Leno last night to promote a show for NBC that NBC had just canceled, Lohan doesn’t have much to shill other than her recurring role as an L.A. County inmate. NBC has released a thirty second clip of Lohan’s appearance, in which she admits she’s “made a lot of mistakes.”

Chris Rock Talks to Leno About “the Redhead Guy”

Chris Rock was on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Jay Leno to promote…well, whatever, it doesn’t matter. The point is, Rock spent most of the interview taking Leno to task for shoving Conan aside. He led the interview with a verbal punch, quipping, “Last time I was here, you weren’t here. Some redhead guy said you’d be right back.” Leno looked visibly uncomfortable, feebly responding with, “I don’t think he said that.” Rock also asked about the loss of former Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks, saying “Did the redhead guy take Kevin?” Leno squirmed. It’s must-watch stuff for Coco fans (and any Leno haters) out there. Video after the jump.