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Vin Diesel Pulls a Fast One on Jay Leno

There are certain guests, like Vin Diesel, that Tonight Show host Jay Leno is utterly familiar and comfortable with. When these people drop by the soon-to-be-shuttered Burbank set, it generally results in very entertaining TV.

At one point during the Wednesday interview promoting Fast & Furious 6, Diesel decided to bring out his two young children. Watch below as the 45-year-old movie star throws to a clip, sitting one seat over from Jay and cradling his semi-shy offspring.

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Hanging Out in Venice with the JibJab Crew

Remember that great scene in Annie Hall where kids in an elementary school classroom speak directly to the camera and indicate what they will become as adults? On Friday afternoon, a charming echo of that classic sequence unfolded at the offices of JibJab.

The company threw open its doors to celebrate the success of StoryBots, a content App aimed at families with children ages two to seven. A gaggle of kids in the target demo, mostly sons and daughters of JibJab employees, were running around the offices Friday trying out different aspects of the App, which is free to sample and costs $4.99 a month for a full interactive subscription.

At one point, a majority of those kids were seated around the JibJab boardroom table, raising their hands as co-founder Evan Spiridellis asked various questions and played animated shorts. Judging by this future career-achieving group’s response, StoryBots’ upcoming Animal Songs are going to be very popular.

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Boring Guy Tom Hanks Tops ’100 Most Trusted People in America’ List

Reader’s Digest just published a piece titled the “100 Most Trusted People in America” and Tom Hanks took the top spot. This is not surprising. Hanks is perhaps the most boring dude alive. You know those dreams you have where nothing significant happens and you wake up knowing you had a dream so you feel like you should tell someone about it but it’s so vague you end up not saying anything? That’s what hanging out with Hanks is like.

Anyway, Sandra Bullock was number two in the poll. Which uh, see above.

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From Ross the Intern to Ross the Author

It’s kind of funny that Ross Mathews‘ May 7 memoir Man Up! has Chelsea Handler and Jay Leno‘s fingerprints all over it. Because the 33-year-old multi-media star is the rare exception to the general rule that Handler’s talk show is now the vehicle that mints fresh-faced young comedic talent, rather than the place Johnny once ruled in that manner.

Handler’s eye for stand-up and quirky talents that will stick and grow with the public is uncanny. Mathews has been making the publicity rounds for his upcoming literary debut, including a CNN.com Q&A. Here’s what he told network intern Tess Gilbert when asked to back up his book-claim that one person can change the world:

“Listen, I know it’s true because I’ve lived it, and I’ve done it, OK? I brought butternut squash back. There was a restaurant, they took an item off, I fought, they brought it back, and they named it after me, OK? And I’m just one person. And of course it’s silly to say that it’s changing the world, but it’s just an example. It’s the little things you do to say, ‘No I’m not going to stand for that! I’m not going to stand for it!’ Those little things add up.”

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Meet the Semi-Finalists for Greater Los Angeles Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

It’s that time of year again. Ernst & Young has pared down its Greater LA Entrepreneur of the Year competition to a worthy group of semi-finalists. Finalists will be announced May 13 and a gala presentation held June 18 at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by FOX 11 news anchor Christine Devine.

“We typically have between 18-21 finalists and six or seven awards categories by industry,” Greater LA program manager Ashley Evans tells FishbowlLA. “The categories aren’t announced until the gala and are determined by our independent judging panel.”

From there, LA and other USA regional winners will convene in Palm Springs in November for the EY National Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, typically hosted by Jay Leno. One lucky U.S. winner will continue on to the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in June 2014.

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Joan Rivers Tells Johnny Carson It Still Hurts

Wow. On last night’s episode of WE program JOAN & MELISSA: joan knows best?, the hint of cancer and some bucket list consideration brought up the notion of dancing on Johnny Carson‘s grave. That is, until Joan realized Carson was cremated and his ashes given to family members.

Rivers instead traveled to Johnny Carson Park in Burbank for a posthumous heart-to-heart with her mentor turned tor-mentor. The title of the episode, “The C Word,” refers to cancer. But in this case it also, very sadly, doubles as a reference to the poisoned final chapter of her relationship with Carson.

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The Tonight Show Officially Returns to New York

The big late night rumor is now a fact: The Tonight Show is making its way back to New York. TV Newser reports that Jimmy Fallon is going to take over for Jay Leno next year, and NBC will be letting everyone know with special promotions during the 2014 Olympic games.

As part of that change, the Tonight Show is moving from California to here. A new studio in 30 Rock is currently being built for Fallon, in the same space that Tonight Show host Steve Allen once used.

Jimmy Kimmel, Fallon’s soon-to-be competitor in the 11:35 pm slot, saluted Fallon. “Congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon – a formidable rival and an incredible lover,” tweeted Kimmel. Hahaha! Two guys loving each other is so silly and weird!

For more on this story, head over to TVNewser.

The End of a Long, Glorious Tonight Show Run for ‘Beautiful Downtown Burbank’

Sorry, Gary Owens, but one of very best things to ever happen to “beautiful downtown Burbank” is now officially ear-marked for February 2014 east coast relocation. The Tonight Show will soon be Jimmy Fallon‘s to re-invent, within Lorne Michaels walking distance.

As LA Times reporter Joe Flint recently reminded, it was Owens who first coined the phrase as a radio announcer and then made it famous on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Although NBC may well  find a worthy TV ratings successor to occupy the main studio at Alameda and Olive, it will never quite be the same:

Carson, who moved The Tonight Show from New York to Los Angeles in 1972, also used the “beautiful downtown Burbank” line but never tried to take credit for it.

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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Rushfield Out at BuzzFeed

If you look at the masthead for BuzzFeed Entertainment, there’s a rather conspicuous name missing. That’s because LA bureau chief Richard Rushfield is no longer part of the operation.

“Indeed, I have parted ways from BuzzFeed,” Rushfield told FishbowlLA via email Saturday night after a long day at Anaheim’s WonderCon. “Wasn’t the right fit in the end, but I wish them all the best.”

The exit comes exactly five months after Rushfield joined BuzzFeed last fall to launch a west coast bureau. He leaves behind chief correspondent Kate Aurthur, senior film reporter Adam B. Vary, reporter Tessa Stuart, correspondent-at-large Michael Hastings and associate editors Louis Peitzman and Erin La Rosa.

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Hollywood Reporter Delivers a Leno Lollapalooza

You’d think a guy who took a huge pay cut in 2012 on behalf of one of NBC’s few TV ratings hits would be bullet proof within the network’s executive ranks. But while Matthew Belloni’s Hollywood Reporter cover story about Jay Leno does not pinpoint the two “high-level industry sources” that leaked information to colleague Kim Masters for a March 1 item, the embattled Tonight Show host clearly believes the bleed was carved from the Peacock. Rather than, say, a Big Four talent agency or entertainment attorney’s office.

From Belloni’s piece:

Sources say Leno, when he signed his most recent deal, expected it could be his last at the network. But he is said to have been upset by what he perceived to be an NBC leak to THR and by the prospect of another messy transition that would play out in the press.

Can’t blame (the soon-to-be 63-year-old) Leno for that. No comedian likes to be so consistently heckled, even a road warrior like Leno. The prospect of 16 more months of media-amplified cat calls of “You suck!” is no laughing matter.

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