Jimmy Fallon is premiering his new show with a bang. NBC announced Monday that Will Smith will appear on the Feb. 17 debut of ‘‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’’ U2 will perform. Justin Timberlake will close out the week, which will also include appearances by first lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig, and Jerry Seinfeld. Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, and Tim McGraw will perform during the week. The first four episodes of Fallon’s new show will air at midnight following the Sochi Winter Olympics. Its regular time slot is 11:35 p.m.
New band for ‘Late Night’
Seth Meyers says former comedy colleague Fred Armisen will lead the band when he takes over NBC’s ‘‘Late Night.’’ Meyers tweeted Monday that his former ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ castmate will ‘‘curate and lead’’ the band and run it even while shooting his IFC comedy series ‘‘Portlandia.’’ NBC confirms the news. Armisen is best known as a comic performer from ‘‘Portlandia’’ and his decade at ‘‘SNL.’’ But he began show business as a drummer, principally for the punk-rock band Trenchmouth in the 1990s. He will handle vocals and guitar for the 8G Band on ‘‘Late Night.’’ Other players include Seth Jabour on guitar, Syd Butler on bass, Eli Janney on keyboards, and Kimberly Thompson on drums. ‘‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’’ premieres Feb. 24.
“In the Bible, Noah doesn’t even speak. So of course we’ve got to dramatize the story.” — Darren Aronofsky, on directing his upcoming film, “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.