Late Night Lately: Hosts React to 'Game of Thrones,' Corden's Rom-Com Spoof, When Daenerys Met Beyonce

8:00 AM 5/4/2019

by THR Staff

The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.

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The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late-night TV, coming to you each Saturday morning to ease you into your weekend.

So pour your coffee, set your DVR for the week and sit back. Below are a few of the week's best, funniest and strangest late-night moments that you can't afford to miss.

This week: Several of the late-night hosts are Game of Thrones fans, so they were glad to break down the third episode and the Battle of Winterfell, all while trying to avoid spoilers for that and Avengers: Endgame. Also, Long Shot co-stars Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen joined James Corden for a "Rom Com Role Call" spoof of romantic comedies, Emilia Clarke reminisced about her disastrous meeting with Beyonce, and Tom Brady joined in on the epic and long-running Matt Damon-Jimmy Kimmel feud. 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Hosts React to "Epic" 'Game of Thrones' Battle

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    Late-night hosts took on the two biggest pop culture moments of the weekend during Monday's episodes of their respective shows.

    The hosts broke down the many box-office records broken by Avengers: Endgame, but also touched on the latest episode of Game of Thrones titled "The Long Night." While the episode was praised and received impressive ratings, it was also criticized for being too dark during the epic battle scene.

    Over on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert described as "the biggest battle ever" before he shared that he planned to do some "spoiler-free gushing" about both The Avengers and the HBO series.

    "So that opening scene where, you know, that one person is with the other people and then …not," he began. "But they come up with a plan and man, does that ever … happen. And then other events occur. And that's The Avengers."

    "Game of Thrones had the swords and the fire and the arrows — arrows also in The Avengers — and then that character, the one you love or hate or love to hate, something happens to them and you're like, 'Yes! I totally did or did not see that coming,"' he recapped. "And then when the dust settled and we all came to the same stunning realization: the brightness setting on our TVs was too low. So good."

    Jimmy Fallon also spoke about the big weekend on The Tonight Show. "It was the first time kids had to tell parents, 'OK, that's enough screen time,'" he joked.

    On the Game of Thrones episode, he said, "A lot of people were complaining that it was a little hard to see," he said. "It was dark. It was like the Mueller report of TV shows. They redacted the whole thing."

    Jimmy Kimmel said that he went to screenings of the film and TV show at the TCL Chinese Theatre. "It was such a nerd night that I almost beat myself up," he said. "I almost gave myself a wedgie and a swirlie, but it was worth it. They were both great."

    Kimmel then compared the "brutal" episode to the Red Wedding, which he said made the season three episode look like "a baby shower."

    "I have a theory about Game of Thrones last night. I believe Bran has been high the whole time. Just sitting there chilling out," he said. "I think he ate a bag of pot gummy worms and that was it."

    James Corden kicked off The Late Late Show by discussing the "epic" Game of Thrones episode. "Everybody watched it. There were numerous viewing parties all around the world. If you've never been to one, a viewing party is what you call any group of 15 people sharing the same HBO Go password," he joked.

    After the host shared a spoiler from the Games of Thrones episode, he informed his audience that Avengers: Endgame broke numerous box office records.

    "Between Avengers and Game of Thrones, this was basically Super Bowl weekend for virgins," Corden said.

    The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was joined by correspondent Roy Wood Jr. then joined Noah to discuss Avengers spoilers. "Stop complaining about spoilers. I'm sick of you people. If you don't want spoilers, go see the movie," Wood said. "I'm tired of the excuses. 'I got a job. I got a child.' So do I! But I still chose to go see Avengers at one in the morning opening night."

    Wood suggested that you should reveal how far along you are into your favorite shows when meeting new people in order to avoid spoilers. "Hello, I am Roy. He/Him. Game of Thrones, season six," he said as an example.

  • Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen Star in "Rom Com Role Call"

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    Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen joined James Corden in reenacting what the Late Late Show host called "the greatest romantic comedies of all time" on Thursday. The Long Shot costars opened the "Rom Com Role Call" segment by reenacting a scene from You've Got Mail, before moving on to Maid in ManhattanJerry Maguire and Notting Hill.

    In that Julia Roberts film, Corden starred as Hugh Grant's timid bookstore owner, explained to Theron that their relationship would never work because of her fame. "I'm also just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her," she said. Before Corden could respond, the two transitioned to another Grant film, Four Weddings and a Funeral. The Grant-themed movie lineup continued as Corden and Rogen fought over the titular character in Bridget Jones's Diary.

    The Long Shot team also took on Rogen's film Knocked Up, though the host argued that he was the best person to play Rogen's character. "I do a really good Seth Rogen," he said before he shared his impression of the actor's chuckle.

    The segment continued with more reenactments from Some Like It Hot, Something's Gotta Give, Roxanne and Father of the Bride.

  • Emilia Clarke Says She Met Beyonce and "Ruined" It

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    When Emilia Clarke stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, she shared that while fans are quick to fangirl over her being Daenerys Targaryen, she actually met the "closest thing we have to a Khaleesi" in Beyonce — and "messed it up." 

    While in a sit-down discussion with the late-night host, the Game of Thrones star recalled meeting the singer at the Oscars afterparty, where the singer approached Clarke to share that she was a fan of the HBO show.

    "She voluntarily came up to me, open-faced," Clarke said, but added, "I just messed it up. She was clearly a fan and I ruined it." 

    Visibly embarrassed, Clarke further recalled that she was unable to speak when in front of the singer, and instead of having a conversation, a “noise came out of her mouth.” Clarke joked that at that moment Beyonce was no longer a fan. 

    Clarke said she feels she “could do another shot” and get it right. "I love her. I absolutely love her. It breaks my heart how much I messed it up." Meanwhile, the singer's husband Jay-Z simply said "Sup" to the actress. 

    Also while on Kimmel's show, Clarke discussed Game of Thrones' epic Battle of Winterfell episode. "What you saw was really what it was like shooting it," Clarke explained of the scene's intensity. "You saw blood and mud … It was amazing we didn’t actually kill anyone. It was extraordinary." 

  • Tom Brady Joins in On Jimmy Kimmel-Matt Damon Feud

    ABC/Randy Holmes

    Tom Brady helped Jimmy Kimmel continue his fake feud with Matt Damon this week. During the quarterback's appearance on the late-night talk show, Kimmel asked if he believes his throwing arm is still as strong as it used to be and the two made their way outside of the studio to test out Brady's athletic abilities.

    When Kimmel instructed Brady to throw the football through a window on the second floor of a home, an angry Damon walked out of the front door after the ball broke the window.

    "Oh my gosh," said Kimmel. "Do you live here?"

    "You know I live here," responded Damon. The actor continued to accuse Kimmel of breaking the window until Brady owned up to his actions.

    "My friend Tom threw that. We were seeing how strong his arm is and it turns out it's real strong," explained Kimmel. "It went right through the window of your house. That's how strong his arm is."

    The sketch ended with Damon wanting Brady and Kimmel to meet someone. But they left before Damon returned to his front yard with "Big Tom" and "Little Tom," which were a body pillow and doll of Brady. 

  • 'Game of Thrones' Creators Offer a Hint About the Show's Future

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    Several days after the epic Battle of Winterfell episode of Game of Thrones, show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss sat down for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, to offer the usual vague answers about the future of the HBO series — with one possible hint. 

    Benioff and Weiss' conversation with Kimmel covered the writing duo's time together in college, before moving into stories about their initial adaptation process with author George R.R. Martin. Kimmel eventually asked Benioff and Weiss with three pointed questions about the state of the final season. 

    1. Have we seen the last of the White Walkers? "Yeah, we're not going to answer that."

    2. Did Bran know that Arya was going to kill the Night King? "Possibly."

    3. Will someone take the Iron Throne? "Possibly."

    There's not much to read into the possibilities behind "possibly," because an Iron Throne answer is definitely coming down the line one way or another. But the question about the White Walkers? It should be an open and shut case. Arya killed the Night King, and the dead collapsed, which means they're gone ... right?

  • Late-Night Lineup: May 5-11

    Monday, May 6
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Will Smith is back, 

    Tuesday, May 7
    Watch What Happens Live: The women of Wine Country (Ana Gasteyer, Emily Spivey, Rachel Dratch, Paula Pell) visit Andy Cohen's clubhouse while director Amy Poehler stops by Fallon's Tonight Show.

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: George Clooney visits with the ABC host ahead of the Hulu premiere of Catch-22.

    Thursday, May 9
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott and more from the cast of Veep stop by.