Late-Night Lately: Kimmel's Tom Hanks Biopic, Ariana Grande's Rap, Hosts Slam Matt Lauer

8:00 AM 9/10/2016

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

  • Jimmy Kimmel Presents Tom Hanks Biopic, Starring Captain "Sully" Sullenberger

    Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is portrayed by Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood's tale, Sully. And to repay the favor, Sullenberger donned his own wig to bring his acting talents to Jimmy Kimmel's Tom Hanks biopic

    Hanks and Sullenberger appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday to chat about the new film, but first, Kimmel "felt it was time that somebody pay tribute to your life and your career." So he surprised the actor with his "$80 million" project, Hanks.

    The short film stars Sullenberger as Hanks, from his first audition through some of his biggest projects: Forrest Gump, Castaway ("I'm stuck on an island and my only friend is a ball! Why?!"), Peter Scolari even makes a cameo for his Bosom Buddies days. 

    But nothing compares to the pilot's dramatic take on Apollo 13: "Houston, we have a problem. A space problem." 

  • Ariana Grande Raps Nicki Minaj's "Side to Side" Verse, Reveals Tour Dates

    Ariana Grande had a very busy night on Thursday when she dropped by The Tonight Show to sing, play a game and share a secret. One of the first orders of business was announcing her Dangerous Woman Tour, launching on Feb. 2. 

    Grande also performed, digging into her island-flavored bump-and-grind single "Side to Side" with the Roots, and even filling in for an absent Nicki Minaj on the feature.

    She didn't stop there, plugging her upcoming role in NBC's Hairspray Live! and her part in the upcoming animated comedy Sing. Grande and host Jimmy Fallon also put their relationship to the test with the Best Friend Box Challenge, where they had to guess personal details about one another. Spoiler alert: they don't know each other at all.

  • Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah Criticize Matt Lauer's Commander-in-Chief Forum

    On Thursday, late-night hosts Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert addressed the widespread criticism of Matt Lauer's performance as a moderator for the Commander-in-Chief forum featuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

    Noah criticized Lauer for focusing on Hillary Clinton's emails so much that the host felt like he was "stuck in line at the Genius Bar." The only thing worse than his questioning of Clinton, in Noah's opinion, was how Lauer dealt with Trump. Noah said that Trump "blatantly lies" and Lauer just moves on to the next question. "I would love to date Matt Lauer," joked Noah. "Getting busted would be impossible."

    Stephen Colbert spent more time mocking the choice of Lauer as moderator in general. He joked that the Today show host was the obvious choice for moderating a forum about national security. "Here he is weighing in on military intervention in Syria," said Colbert, showing footage of Lauer dressed up in a Baywatch bathing suit.

    Colbert said it's too much to call Lauer a "complete disgrace to journalism" for his forum performance, because a complete disgrace to journalism would be Lauer dressing up as Paris Hilton. Of course, Colbert followed that with footage of Lauer dressed as Hilton. He joked that "Paris" is foreign policy experience. 

  • Ava DuVernay Dishes on President Obama's Birthday Bash

    Ava DuVernay had a great time at President Barack Obama's birthday bash.

    The Queen Sugar showrunner sat down with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night and recalled a few memorable moments of the White House party, including an "epic" dance battle that involved Usher, Janelle Monae, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul McCartney, Chance the Rapper and Colbert himself.

    "Everyone who is everyone is at this party," recalled DuVernay of the bash, which required all attendees to turn in their phones upon entry. Of Colbert's crowd-pleasing dance moves, she added, "Everyone fell out, just fell flat out!" Colbert even donned Monae's hat at one point: "I had a brief flirtation with cool."

    DuVernay also explained why Queen Sugar's entire directorial team is female. "It's a big deal in Hollywood because they kind of try to keep us out," she said. "These are women who are so talented, so vibrant, have so much to share and have been trying to get job after job on television and then had the door closed."

  • Clint Eastwood Recreates Molly Shannon's 'Superstar' Move

    Clint Eastwood appeared on The Tonight Show on Tuesday night and found himself somewhat starstruck — not by host Jimmy Fallon, but by the episode's other guest: Molly Shannon.

    The Sully director briefly discussed the Other People actress to Fallon and, with his own subtlety, impersonated Shannon by recalling her signature Superstar move of putting her fingertips under her arms and smelling them.

    Eastwood also spoke to Fallon about driving his truck and was eventually convinced to take a warped selfie using Fallon's new app, Bonk

  • Late-Night Lineup: September 11-17

    Monday, September 12
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Renee Zellweger sits down with Fallon to talk about the latest film in the Bridget Jones franchise (fresh off her THR cover story)

    Tuesday, September 13
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Joseph Gordon-Levitt chats about Oliver Stone's Snowden with Colbert. 

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Carol Burnett makes a rare late-night appearance to reunite with Fallon, who she performed a song with last time she was on the show. 

    Wednesday, September 14
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: A unique combination of Andy Samberg and Neil deGrasse Tyson join Corden on the couch for a conversation about comedy and ... astrophysics? 

    Thursday, September 15
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel crosses the late-night line and heads to CBS for a chat with Corden before his hosting gig.