The “Hollywood Reporter” has put together their second annual list of the most powerful people in comedy. Here are the highlights . .
Sacha Baron Cohen
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who’s paired with “Veep” showrunner David Mandel
Kate McKinnon, who’s paired with her “SNL” co-star Pete Davidson
“SNL” boss Lorne Michaels
Seth Rogen, who’s paired with his creative partner Evan Goldberg
Some of the “Late-Night Hosts” . . . John Oliver, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, Conan O’Brien.
“Avengers: Endgame” might beat “Avatar’s” box office record because it’s coming back to theaters next weekend with NEW FOOTAGE. But you have to wait until the end of the movie to see it. “If you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there’ll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises.” Some people think the new footage will include tie-ins to “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, because it’s coming out just a few days later, on July 2nd.
UFC boss DANA WHITE says he’s talked to some people who believe TOM CRUISE would be willing to fight JUSTIN BIEBER. And of course, if this were true, Dana would love to promote it.
ANGELINA JOLIE is now a contributing editor for “Time” magazine. She’ll write about, quote, “displacement, conflict and human rights on a global scale.” Her first piece was published yesterday.
A car crashed into Bob Barker’s Hollywood Hills home. The vehicle slammed into the perimeter wall, but didn’t get close to the house — the 95-year-old former Price Is Right host was safely inside. The car was involved in a collision on the street, and the impact sent it flying into Barker’s wall. There were no injuries to people, but clearly to vehicles … and walls.
Carrie Underwood is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying another singer-songwriter’s material for her 2018 Sunday Night Football theme song “Game On.” In a complaint filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, Heidi Merrill claims she wrote and recorded an identically titled track in 2016 and pitched her song to Underwood and her producer, Mark Bright, at a Nashville conference the following year with the idea that Underwood might use it as her next Sunday Night Football theme, but Bright responded through an assistant that he’d “have to pass.” Now, Merrill argues that Underwood’s own “Game On” is “substantially — even strikingly — similar, if not identical,” to her song, in title as well as tempo, meter, time signature, hooks, chord progression and other specifics. Bright and Underwood are among nine defendants named in the lawsuit. Merrill also references a lawsuit from 2017, where Underwood and Bright faced similar accusations for the song “Something in the Water.” That case was dismissed.
MEGHAN LINSEY is engaged. Her boyfriend Tyler Cain went old school and got down on one knee with the big ask. She says they’re going to keep the wedding simple. “I don’t think either of us wants to do a big bridal party. I definitely want to keep it low stress.”
SCOTTY MCCREERY’s “In Between” video is like a snapshot of his life. It’s packed with clips of him on tour, both onstage and off. There are some great moments of him at home with his wife Gabi and their dog Moose . . . and even some never-before-seen footage of them on their honeymoon in Bora Bora.
ANTHONY DAVIS and other NBA stars have joined LEBRON JAMES in the cast of “Space Jam 2”.
Modern Family’s JESSE TYLER FERGUSON will host HGTV’s revival of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
Chuck Wicks is 40. Nicole Kidman is 52.
John Goodman is 67. Lionel Richie is 70.
Bob Vila is 73. Anne Murray is 74.
Brian Wilson is 77. Danny Aiello is 86.
Olympia Dukakis is 88.