Fallon has star-studded line-up
Jimmy Fallon is premiering his new show with a bang.
NBC announced Monday that Will Smith will appear on Monday’s debut of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” U2 will perform.
Justin Timberlake will close out the week, which will also include appearances by first lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig and Jerry Seinfeld.
Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Tim McGraw will perform during the week.
The first four episodes of Fallon’s new show will air at midnight following the Sochi Winter Olympics. Its regular time slot is 11:35 p.m. Eastern.
Armisen to lead 8G band
Seth Meyers says former comedy colleague Fred Armisen will lead the band when he takes over NBC’s “Late Night.”
Meyers tweeted Monday that his former “Saturday Night Live” castmate will “curate and lead” the band and run it even while shooting his IFC comedy series “Portlandia.” NBC confirms the news.
Armisen is best known as a comic performer from “Portlandia” and his decade at “SNL.” But he began show business as a drummer, principally for the punk-rock band Trenchmouth in the 1990s.
He will handle vocals and guitar for “Late Night’s” 8G Band. Other players include Seth Jabour on guitar, Syd Butler on bass, Eli Janney on keyboards and Kimberly Thompson on drums.
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” premieres Feb. 24.
“Portlandia” returns for its fourth season three days later.
Kattan suspected of DUI
Authorities say former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his Mercedes struck a Department of Transportation vehicle on a Southern California freeway.
The California Highway Patrol says the Mercedes was seen weaving in and out of lanes shortly before 2 a.m. Monday on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles.
The CHP says Kattan drove into a DOT vehicle that belonged to a crew conducting maintenance on a guardrail. No injuries are reported.
The 43-year-old Kattan was jailed on suspicion of DUI.
Stars turn out for Oscars lunch
From hairstylists to A-listers, more than 150 Oscar nominees gathered in sunny Beverly Hills on Monday to celebrate the joy of just being nominated at the motion picture academy’s annual nominees luncheon.
Honorees in all 24 of this year’s Oscar categories began arriving before noon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, including Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave.”
Other arriving nominees walking the media gauntlet included Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, and June Squibb of “Nebraska.”
The guest list also included “American Hustle” stars Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper; Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club”; Sandra Bullock of “Gravity”; Bruce Dern of “Nebraska”; and many more.
The Oscars will be awarded March 2.