Billy Porter kills it in impromptu Broadway karaoke

During a commercial break at the Tony Awards, host James Corden ran down to the audience and asked Billy Porter if he'd sing an impromptu karaoke song. Porter took the opportunity, as the pro that he is, and belted out "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway classic "Gypsy." Of course, he slayed it! Read the rest

Apple bothering people with unwanted "Carpool Karaoke" push notifications

Apple's Carpool Karaoke... isn't great. But despite scathing critical reviews of the show, Apple keeps trying to make it happen. In fact, they're so horny for the show to succeed that they've been forcing advertisements for it out to iOS users. According to The Verge, many iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users have been receiving unwanted Carpool Karaoke push notifications from Apple, via the iOS TV app for the past few weeks.

From The Verge:

We’re not sure how many iPhone users received the notifications, but it looks like Apple has tried plugging its show at least twice in recent weeks: once on December 7th for an episode where Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin grill each other using a lie detector test, and once on December 14 for an episode featuring joint singalongs with comedian Jason Sudeikis and the Muppets.

Developed in house by Apple, the TV app doesn't ask for user permission to send along push notifications the first time that it's launched, like third-party developed iOS apps do. The shit and giggle part of this is that Apple App Store policy makes it very clear to developers that unsolicited notifications pushing advertising, features or promotions are not OK. If you know your way around iOS, turning off notifications spewed out by any app is as easy as flipping on a light -- but not all of Apple's users are software-savvy. So, without help, they could be stuck putting up with the company's unwanted solicitations.

It's a case of "do as we say and not as we do," I suppose. Read the rest

Barbra Streisand shares Siri anecdote on 'Carpool Karaoke'

James Corden is back with a new episode of Carpool Karaoke. On this drive, he rides, sings, and chats with living legend Barbra Streisand.

The 76-year-old singer sat in the driver's seat and shared that she once phoned Apple CEO Tim Cook in the hopes he could get Siri to pronounce her last name correctly. It worked, Siri now pronounces it the right way, "Strei-sand."

Ms. Streisand has a new album out. It's called "Walls" and she created it in response to "these difficult times:"

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Watch the Slow Mo Guys smack James Corden in the face with a dodgeball

The Slow Mo Guys were guests on The Late Late Show and to show what they do, they filmed host James Corden as they threw a dodgeball at his cheek. The slow-motion instant replay shows Corden's face being warped by the pressure but, all in all, he took it like a complete champ. Read the rest

'Thor' cast surprise fans with a low-budget live-action version of the film

During an advanced screening of Thor: Ragnarok at a Los Angeles movieplex, talk show host James Corden interrupted the film to present a special "4D version" of it. The audience appeared annoyed by the interruption until they realized the film's actual cast was on hand to act out a condensed low-budget depiction of the movie in real life.

Chris Hemsworth, the actor who plays Thor, came out first, in a bad blonde wig. He was soon followed by Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeff Goldblum. I really don't want to tell you more than that, you should just watch it.

If you haven't seen the film, there are possible spoilers. And if you have, I think you'll appreciate this stunt even more. Read the rest

Lin-Manuel Miranda's childhood home movies show him busting out dance moves

On The Late Late Show with James Corden, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said that, while on a recent vacation, he digitized all the VHS home movies he made in his childhood. Read the rest

Bruno Mars charms in the latest Carpool Karaoke

James Corden’s 'Carpool Karaoke' segment is almost always a delight. This latest Bruno Mars edition is no exception. Read the rest