Acclaimed Oscar-nominated actor and human bar fight Josh Brolin was rumored to be one of the actors in contention to play an older Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. Of course, that was back in August 2013, the long-ago era when every male actor between the ages of 25 and 67 was theoretically in the running to play the Caped Crusader. Now our culture has moved on to a brave new Affleck era. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still speculate about what might have been…especially since Brolin is at the Toronto Film Festival, which means he’s surrounded by reporters. Since journalism mainly exists nowadays as a delivery system for Batman casting rumors, Brolin has had a couple of opportunities to confirm that, yes, he was very briefly maybe possibly kinda sorta in talks to play Bruce Wayne. READ FULL STORY
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Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).
Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY
In his opening monologue as host of Saturday Night Live, Josh Brolin said, “It’s just refreshing to come here and just be stupid… like really stupid. Like career-endingly stupid.”
Maybe that raised my hopes a little too much, because I kept waiting for Brolin to cut loose. The new star of the upcoming Men in Black 3 had some moments — his doctor in “The Californians” was perhaps inadvertently the best Jeff Bridges imitation I’ve ever seen. But he certainly didn’t seem to have to hurry through wardrobe to make one skit after another.
So Brolin has his work cut out for him in our season-long contest to determine the best SNL host. Our most recent poll was, by far, the most competitive. Four favorites — Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Daniel Radcliffe — had flicked aside previous challengers, but when Sofia Vergara hosted last week, Daniel Radcliffe seemed vulnerable. D-Rad fans, however, rallied late in the game, saving The Boy Who Lived for another week. The surprise castaway: Maya Rudolph. (If I had a Save, I’d use it, Maya.)
Jimmy Fallon remained in first, but his support dropped to 27.3 percent of the vote. Vergara impressed with a 20.7 percent debut, and Melissa McCarthy was steady, with 20.4 percent. Radcliffe‘s late charge boosted his support from 10.8 to 17.4 percent, leaving Rudoph’s not-too-shabby 14.2 in last.
Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five remaining hosts, as reminders of their recent performances. How do you possibly grade them against each other, ignoring guest cameos — Spielberg! — and fluctuating writing? My rule of thumb: “Do I want to see them come back and host again next season?” At the very least, try to be objective and don’t reward or penalize a host for their latest movie or TMZ.com photo. It’s all about Saturday night. Vote below, and the four top vote getters will advance to compete against Eli Manning on May 5. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY
'Saturday Night Live' recap: Josh Brolin hosts and Gotye sings while Steven Spielberg, Kimbra, and the Brotee crash the party
The 2012 Republican Primary has been a beautiful thing for comedy writers. For months on end, it’s been providing consistent heaps of diversely fertile material. Heck, horny pizza baron Herman Cain alone could supply a year’s worth of Tonight Show monologues. So it was hardly a surprise when SNL‘s cold open went big to commemorate Rick Santorum’s effectively primary-ending concession speech.
Fittingly, the show brought back together the whole gang — Santorum, Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, the indefatigable Newt Gingrich, and presumed winner Mitt Romney — to throw the primary an Irish wake. (Well, Irishish: Santorum ordered a chocolate milk from the bartender, while Romney opted for a glass of napkin.) The candidates sang revised refrains of Green Day’s “Good Riddance” and waxed nostalgic, and SNL, too, was genuinely sad to see the erratic, parody-ripe race come to an end. Fortunately, Bachmann had just the thing to cheer everyone up: Newsweek Face! READ FULL STORY
When Josh Brolin hosted SNL in 2008, he presided over an unusually memorable show — though the episode’s highlights had little to do with the W star himself. Brolin’s initial outing coincided with cameos from Oliver Stone, Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg — say hi to your mother for me, Mark! — and, most importantly, the real Sarah Palin. The ep also featured an enormously pregnant Amy Poehler performing a “Weekend Update” rap that lampooned Alaska’s former governor — an instantly classic moment that might be the funniest thing Poehler ever did on the show. I know, I know — the bar is high. But how can anything compete with “Shoot a mutha humpin’ moose eight days of the week!”?
So, will Brolin’s second hosting gig be as notable as his first? READ FULL STORY
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