Amusing Interesting TV

Terry Gilliam on Letterman in 1982

Back in February 1982 Terry Gilliam appeared on Late Night with David Letterman to talk about Time Bandits as it opened at US cinemas.

It’s an interesting appearance as it was only the third episode of ‘Late Night’ and the banter is a little more irreverent than you might expect from the talk show host these days.

> Late Night with David Letterman at Wikipedia
> Terry Gilliam and Time Bandits at the IMDb


Joaquin Phoenix returns to Letterman

Joaquin Phoenix returned to the David Letterman show last night to explain his bizarre appearance 18 months ago.

Phoenix explained it was all part of his recent mockumentary I’m Still Here and they indulged in some banter.

Letterman claims that he wasn’t part of the joke, although others have suggested he was.

Official site
Interesting Wikipedia entry on the film
> Review of I’m Still Here

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Robin Williams talks Sarah Palin on Letterman

Robin Williams was recently on Late Night with David Letterman and had some amusing things to say about Sarah Palin, Bono, and his new movie Old Dogs.

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Tom Hanks on Letterman

Tom Hanks on Letterman recently, post all the extortion plot hoopla.


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Oliver Reed on Letterman in 1987

One of the all time Letterman appearances from a drunken Oliver Reed in 1987.

[Link via HE]

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David Letterman extortion plot

David Letterman dropped a bombshell on his audience last night by explaining that he has been the victim of an extortion plot and that he has been having affairs with staffers on his show.

The talk show host said he had been approached by a person who was going to write a screenplay which would reveal Letterman’s sexual affairs.

He went to the Manhattan district attorney’s office and in the course of the investigation, presumably a sting operation, was asked to write what he called a fake check for $2 million and a suspect was arrested on Thursday.

Letterman said that he had testified before a grand jury and had admitted to the relationships:

“My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would. I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family.”

The name of the suspected extortionist has not yet been revealed but CBS have said the suspect was an employee of the CBS news program “48 Hours” and was arrested on charges of attempted grand larceny. He has since been suspended.

What’s interesting is how Letterman broke the news. By coming clean on his own show, rather than having the New York Post or National Enquirer break the story, he gets to essentially control the media message in a self-deprecating way.

As the victim of an alleged blackmail plot, commentators will possibly be less critical of him but it will be interesting to see how the story develops.

Aside from the fact that CBS could now stand for ‘Crime, Blackmail and Sex’, I’m sure Letterman is bracing himself for the inevitable kiss-and-tell stories that tabloid outlets will be busily preparing as we speak.

UPDATE 02/10/2009 1641 GMT: The New York Post is reporting that CBS producer Joe Halderman allegedly tried to extort the $2 million from Letterman. They also say that Halderman recently broke up with “Late Night” staffer Stephanie Birkett who admitted to him that she had previously had a fling with Letterman. Got that? Crikey.


Matt Damon on George Clooney’s ‘Boyfriend’

Matt Damon was recently on Letterman, where he discussed the back story of that bizarre press conference at the Venice film festival where a journalist stripped for George Clooney.

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Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman

Joaquin Phoenix recently made a strange appearance on Letterman, which has led to people questioning whether it was real or a hoax.

I’m definitely thinking it was the latter.


Russell Crowe talks about Body of Lies on Letterman

Russell Crowe was on Letterman recently discussing his new film Body of Lies, a contemporary thriller directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

However, the interesting part of the interview is at 1.27 when Crowe talks about how the film’s producer Donald DeLine got him to change his favourite ad-libbed line in the movie, which was eventually cut out anyway because it upset executives at Warner Bros.

> Body of Lies at the IMDb
> Russell Crowe at Wikipedia

The Daily Video

The Daily Video: David Letterman pays tribute to Paul Newman

> Report on Paul Newman’s death
> Official site for The Late Show with David Letterman


David Letterman catches out John McCain

Republican presidential candidate John McCain was supposed to be on Letterman last night but couldn’t make it because…, well, the reason he gave the show was because he was ‘heading back to Washington’ to help respond to the economic turmoil.

Well, it turns out he was still in New York and had actually snubbed Dave for his CBS colleague Katie Couric.

Defamer have posted a breakdown of the video:

:01 – 3:27: Letterman takes fairly tame shots at McCain mixed with genuine praise for the man’s heroism.

3:27 – 6:34: Dave starts getting testy!

6:35 – 9:11: Fill-in guest Keith Olbermann (haha, amazing choice) is interrupted when Letterman finds out about McCain’s Couric interview, conducted at that very moment down the street. Letterman then plays live footage of McCain getting powdered by a makeup assistant before Couric goes on the air.

Check out Defamer if the YouTube video gets pulled.

> John McCain at Wikipedia
> Official site for The Late Show with David Letterman

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Will Smith on Letterman

Will Smith was on The Late Show with David Letterman recently to promote Hancock and the film star and talkshow host got unusually close!

> Will Smith at the IMDb
> Find out more about The Late Show with Dave Letterman at Wikipedia