Any follower of the late night talk show scene knows it’s full of just as much plotting, drama, and backstabbing as the quest to rule the Seven Kingdoms and sit the Iron Throne. Which makes this Late Night with Jimmy Fallon parody not only pitch perfect for its excellent Game of Thrones references and puns, but also for its depiction of how one truly becomes a late night host.
Easily, my favorite part is The Roots serving their watch on The Hall. They’d make great men of the Night’s Watch. And how about those two surprise guests at the end? It’s going get interesting, that’s for sure.
Game of Thrones will return next Sunday, June 2nd. Until then, subscribe to Fallon’s YouTube channel for more Game of Desks!
Comic-con is pretty much the Olympics of the convention season for Nerds everywhere. Now you can throw in an Olympic-style torch relay in costume to Comic-Con . . . complete with light sabers.
George Lucas announced he is backing “Course of the Force,” a “Star Wars” themed race from Santa Monica to San Diego’s Comic-Con, with 500 participants walking or running quarter-mile legs to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead of a torch, participants will carry a “Course of the Force”-branded light saber supplied by Lucasfilm.
The event, which is being announced tonight on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” is the brainchild of Nerdist Industries’ Peter Levin and Chris Hardwick, who are co-producing it with sports marketing and events firm Octagon and entertainment dot-com Machinima.
Levin, CEO of Nerdist, came up with the idea last fall after realizing that, other than speculation over what companies will present at Comic-Con, there was a dearth of announcements leading up to the fanboy fest, providing marketers with a chance to take advantage of the buzz leading up to the show in a unique way.
Levin also wanted to spotlight a charity at a time when it’s increasingly difficult to generate attention.
“Everyone wants to wait to spend their messaging equity at the show,” and announce projects, said Levin, who has attended 17 Comic-Cons. “But once Comic-Con takes place, it’s difficult to rise above the noise in San Diego. You get drowned out.”
Levin approached Nerdist founder and chief creative officer Hardwick, with whom he merged his growing pop-culture newsletter GeekChicDaily last summer.
Hardwick has been a fixture at Comic-Con for years with his live podcast shows and roles moderating panels for AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and “Doctor Who” screenings.
“My immediate reaction was, ‘Why wouldn’t you do this?’ and ‘Why hasn’t this been done before?’?”
Hardwick said, adding that
“Comic-Cons were the only safe havens for nerd culture to celebrate openly and dress in costume without fear of being laughed at or made fun of. ‘Course of the Force’ is the yellow brick road to Oz. That’s really what it is. Not only are we celebrating within the (San Diego) convention center but we’re celebrating just getting to the convention center.”
Lucasfilm signed on to support the event, scheduled to take place July 7th through the 11th before Comic-Con kicks off on July 12, after Levin and Hardwick approached the company last fall.
“When you tell people about it, it isn’t hard to sell at all,”
Hardwick said. Naturally, it helped that Make-A-Wish Foundation would benefit; the charitable organization will receive 100% of the event’s proceeds.
“Fans have demonstrated an amazing ability to combine their love of ‘Star Wars’ with a commitment to helping others,”
said Kayleen Walters, senior director of marketing for Lucasfilm.
“The ‘Course of the Force’ light saber run is a worthy cause we can all get behind” because it “combines fitness with helping others, principles that aspiring Jedi Knights can embrace. We have long supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and this is a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness while letting Star Wars fans celebrate their favorite saga.”
Drew Carey, Jim Gaffigan and the Finnish Dudeson Vikings already have committed to take part in “Course of the Force” and wear costumes of their favorite “Star Wars” characters.
While the race will wrap with a party and live podcast at San Diego’s Balboa Theater the day before Comic-Con officially begins, event happenings will be documented online with simultaneous coverage on YouTube channels and websites run by Nerdist and Machinima.
Each leg will be feted with “Star Wars”-themed parties, contests and live Nerdist shows capping off each day with celebrity guests. Participants will receive a customized Hasbro “Star Wars” Ultimate FX lightsaber.
Levin and Hardwick already have their sights set on growing “Course of the Force” next year by expanding the route of the race to start in San Francisco from Skywalker Ranch, outside San Francisco.
“Logistically, Octagon said let’s get this first one under our belt and execute it really well,”
Levin said. Octagon is the sports and entertainment marketing arm of Interpublic and has managed official Olympic torch relays in the past.
For the first year, however, a video will be lensed at Lucas’ ranch and distributed virally “to generate momentum” for “Course of the Force,” Levin said.
“It’s the kind of thing we’d like to expand but we need to nail in year one,” Levin added. “We do want this to become a fixture in the lexicon of pop culture. Anything we can do to extend the San Diego Comic-Con experience and do something positive along the way is truly one of these win-wins for everyone kind of event.”
There are sure to be more Hollywood stars signing on as this news hits the Internet, who would you like to see holding that saber high while trotting toward Comic con?
Panthro made his singing debut on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night. I haven’t been this excited about something ThunderCats in a long time. I want MORE! If your not watching Jimmy Fallon then you are really missing some creative and intelligent television. Get with the program you NerdBastards and watch the show!
Samuel L. Jackson has a huge penis, or so I’m told. But, that’s neither here or there. The real news here is that the ‘bad mother fucker’ will reprise his role as Nick Fury in both ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, and ‘Thor’.
Between Tony Stark’s mention of the “Avengers Initiative” in The Incredible Hulk and the locating of Thor’s hammer in Iron Man 2 — along with Fury’s more prominent presence during that film’s latter half- it’s obvious that he would continue to have a presence in subsequent Marvel films. After all, the guy is the driving force behind the formation of earths mightiest heroes (In film of course, comic-book canon is a little different.).
Samuel L. Jackson revealed news of the appearances while on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’, the video for which you can check out below.
In the next month or so, I have to do one day on Thor, and I gotta do another day on Captain America, and in April we start The Avengers — the big deal with everybody. Thor and Captain America are pretty much done, but I haven’t done my part in them yet. I’m just connective tissue for them to join The Avengers.
To what degree will his appearance contribute to each film? That remains to be seen. Being that ‘Thor’ is wrapped and ‘Captain America’ is reaching the end of principle photography, it can be speculated that cameo’s will be brief. Perhaps a small scene after the credits role.
In other Jackson-Fury news, for The Avengers, Nick Fury will apparently have a female companion of sorts.