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- LL Cool J paid tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's Grammys in prayer:
- Jennifer Hudson delivered "I Will Always Love You":
- Other than last night's Whitney tributes, the other big story of the Grammys was Adele winning everything ever. Could the skeezy guy in this story be the ex that inspired Adele's album "21"? Do I have to like Adele slightly less knowing she dated this dude? Decide for yourself!
- Oh yeah, and the third biggest story: Chris Brown was back at the Grammys after selling a whole lot of records, and a few years after beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys. But Brown did have some fans... like these women on Twitter who said they'd love to have Brown beat them. Yikes.
- Oh, and the Beach Boys reunited, and Scott Rudin got an EGOT.
One of my first five thoughts after Whitney Houston died: How is "Saturday Night Live" going to address it? They put in a still of Whitney appearing in a Mary Catherine Gallagher sketch late in the show this past week, which seemed appropriate on the day that she died. However, a week later, will enough time have passed for something more to be done? Can comedy be made from this or is the tragedy of the death just too much? The host this week also coincidentally happens to be Maya Rudolph, who impersonated Whitney for years — usually centering the content around her contentious relationship with Bobby Brown. They previously pulled a sketch from Hulu making fun of Brittany Murphy when she died shortly afterward; will any of the Whitney sketches from SNL's history suffer the same fate? For now at least, here's one of those sketches:
- Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers James Loney and Javy Guerra decided to photobomb anyone they could at the premiere party for this season of HBO's "Eastbound & Down."
- The L.A. Times analyzed a recent appearance by celebrity chef/traveler/gadabout Anthony Bourdain at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center and offer the top 5 secrets to being Anthony Bourdain. I'm not sure if I'm sold on this (better or worse than being John Malkovich?) but some intriguing advice in any case.
- Roseanne's got a new sitcom. You probably don't care yet. Did you know that the cast is going to include comedy great and Roseanne's former TV husband John Goodman? Excuse me, I need to go set my DVR now.
- Author Michael Chabon, known for novels like "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and "Wonder Boys" (also a film), has a new piece of short fiction in "The New Yorker." It's not available to read online for non-subscribers, but it's well worth checking out. It's a return to a topic he's written about, most notably in "Kavalier & Clay": Comic books. It focuses on the tale of comic creators torn apart over the rights to their creation, a tale common in the comic industry due to the multiple creators by nature involved due to the usually split duties of writer and artist.
- One last Whitney Houston tribute: The ridiculous decadence of the Dubai fountains, choreographed to Whitney's "I Will Always Love You." (Hat tip: Vulture)
- Stephen Colbert announced in FEC filings released at midnight that his Super PAC has managed to pull in over a million dollars in donations. That's a lot of money for a political organization whose primary purpose seems to be comedy, though they're also trying to educate people about the influence of money in politics. Its donors include a number of celebrities, such as Bradley Whitford, who donated $250, as well as California's own lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, who gave $500.
- In other Bradley Whitford news, he's starring in the Pasadena Playhouse's play "Art," which he talked about with KPCC's Patt Morrison last week. My tweet about spotting him, for all you West Wing nerds:
- Adele is back! She'll be making her grand return at the Grammys. Be sure to check us out for Grammys coverage here and on our Twitter.
The talented but sadly underused Paul Brittain is leaving "Saturday Night Live" without even finishing out this season, after a season and a half of small roles. A recent hysterical sketch he starred in as Lord Wyndemere:
- In other comedy news, "Key and Peele" debuts on Comedy Central tonight. It's being compared to "Chappelle's Show" in the way it tackles race head on (Real world example: billboards around town saying that if you don't watch, you're racist). You can read our earlier thoughts about "Key & Peele" and watch a video here.
- OK Go is trying to hit every demographic. First up, they'll be featured in a Super Bowl ad this weekend. (Hat tip: Laughing Squid)
They're also on "Sesame Street" teaching kids about primary colors. (Hat tip: The Daily What)
- Hey, guys? The Super Bowl is this weekend, and you really, really shouldn't drink or drive. Please. Do this for me. We're pals, right? Kind of? The LAPD is also going to be helping to make sure you don't do such a stupid thing by conducting DUI checkpoints over Super Bowl weekend. (Hat tip: L.A. Observed)
- Finally, something happy: Kristen Bell loves sloths so much that she can't keep it together at the very feeling that a sloth might be near her. I hope that I find something eventually that makes me this happy. (Hat tip: The Mary Sue)