Late-Night Lately: Colbert's 'Star Wars' Obsession, Melissa McCarthy's Lip Sync, Corden's Bieber Opera

8:00 AM 4/9/2016

by THR Staff

THR'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 fill up 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 you can't afford to miss.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Stephen Colbert Geeks Out Over 'Rogue One' Trailer

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    Stephen Colbert took a moment of Thursday's Late Show to comment on the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

    "It's got everything: Stormtroopers, Imperial walkers, that droid that's just a box with legs!" he noted of the Star Wars spinoff trailer starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen and Forest Whitaker. "It's got the Star Wars logo, people standing in hallways with fluorescent lighting and, of course, the Death Star, which the Empire can't stop building for some reason."

    "I cannot wait," he said of the film's December release. "My only issue is, shouldn't I have to wait? I'm used to waiting 10 years for a new Star Wars movie, and 20 for a good one."

    "Don't get me wrong — I'm going to be there to see it opening weekend, just like I will for Episode VIII, the young Han Solo movie, Episode IX, the Boba Fett movie, and the VH1 Behind the Music: Cantina Band," he joked. 

  • Melissa McCarthy Performs 'Pocahontas' Song in Lip Sync Battle

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    Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy showed off her musical side on Monday night when she went head-to-head with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in an epic Lip Sync Battle.

    "I don't get nervous a lot. I'm pretty freaked out about crushing you," McCarthy told Fallon. 

    Fallon opened with his rendition of folkie Melanie's 1971 novelty hit "Brand New Key" (aka "The Rollerskate Song"). McCarthy, however, showed her game face when she tossed the mic stand to Fallon, put on a black baseball hat and busting endless moves during a fierce rendition of DMX's "X Gon' Give It to Ya."

    The host put up a good fight, dropping to the floor to roll around with a pillow for Zayn's "Pillowtalk" that had McCarthy smiling. She had nothing to fear, though, because her ace was a glitter-soaked, wind machine-assisted blowout of Alan Menken's 1995 Pocahontas hit "Colors of the Wind."

  • Salma Hayek, Ray Romano Stage Soap Opera with Justin Bieber Lyrics


    Justin Bieber has some pretty cinematic lyrics. 

    James Corden highlighted the fact when he staged a soap opera on Tuesday's Late Late Show, composed entirely of lines from the musician's tracks.

    Entitled The Bold and the Lyrical, the clever scene saw Salma Hayek, Ray Romano and Gary Oldman reciting the lyrics in melodramatic form, including shouting "Baby" repeatedly. 

    "Is it too late now to say sorry?" Hayek asks Corden after she was caught with Romano. Oldman also makes a dramatic entrance and the three men tell Hayek to "love yourself." However, Romano accidentally slips in a lyric from One Direction's "Steal My Girl" and gets appropriately scolded. 

  • Russell Crowe Finds He's Too Honest for 'Tonight Show's' Box of Lies


    Russell Crowe and Jimmy Fallon just can't stand lying to each other.

    The Nice Guys star joined Fallon on Thursday's Tonight Show to celebrate his birthday and to play a nice, friendly game of Box of Lies. Crowe was able to withstand Fallon's taunting through the first hint, presenting a "xylophone that's covered in Australian dogs." The actor even explained at length that the dogs were actually Portuguese, "but for some reason they call them Australian here."

    During Fallon's turn, he had to describe a junk drawer. "It's a drawer where you just put stuff," he summed up, "could be an old battery in there, Chinese takeout soy sauce, hot sauce packets, empty rolls of scotch tape, things of that nature."

    Crowe's last task was to describe (with great difficulty) a starfish with baby hands at the end of each star point. They both played the game with a truth-telling strategy because in the end, they were just a bit too honest for a game called Box of Lies.

  • John Oliver Sends Fans to Yankees Game in Ninja Turtles Costumes

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    Yes, that was a pair of men dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sitting directly behind home plate, in the super expensive area, during the New York Yankees' home opener on Tuesday.

    John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, said on Sunday that he had enough of the Yankees' elitist altitude with outrageously overpriced seats in the area behind home plate. The last straw was the Yankees' chief operating officer saying the wealthy people who sit in that area do not like tickets sold on the secondary market because they essentially do not want to sit by lowbrow fans.

    “He’s saying rich people couldn’t bear to sit next to people who aren’t as rich, which would be offensive if you were talking about the opera, much less a sport whose primary fashion statement is the goatee,” Oliver said. 

    So, Oliver did something about it by offering a pair of "Legend" tickets to fans who shared pictures on social media of how they would dress for the section. The winners went all out. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: April 10-16

    Monday, April 11
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: His Captain America: Civil War-themed week starts off with Team Captain America (Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Paul Rudd). 

    Tuesday, April 12
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Amy Schumer never fails to entertain on The Tonight Show.

    Wednesday, April 13
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Captain America: Civil War's Team Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Emily Van Camp, Chadwick Boseman and Paul Bettany) joins the host to share their side of the story. 

    Thursday, April 14
    Conan: Watch Conan O'Brien try to get some Game of Thrones season six spoilers from Emilia Clarke.