Marvel and DC may have the movie market cornered on interconnected franchises, but after Bobby Moynihan’s recent interview with TimeOut New York, they might have new competition: The “Weekend Update” cinematic universe.
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Six episodes into the 40th anniversary year of Saturday Night Live, one thing is clear. Though the show itself might be slowly emerging from the oft-cited “transition year,” the institution still has meaning—especially to the guest hosts who initially visited in the show’s heyday. Thus far, three of the guests—Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Woody Harrelson—first hosted the show in the previous century. Two others, in addition to Rock, of course—Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader—are SNL alums. [Unconfirmed rumor: The show lobbied hard for Bill Murray to host the season premiere.] Conclusion is, SNL is working hard to get back to its roots.
The sad news is that we had to bid sayonara to one of our favorites during the first round of this season’s Mr. Saturday Night contest, in which we vote for the best host. READ FULL STORY
Will the odds be in Woody Harrelson’s favor when he hosts Saturday Night Live tonight? Let’s examine the evidence.
Pro: He has hosted the show twice before (and did a cameo in host Kirstie Alley’s monologue back in ’91, along with the rest of the Cheers gang), so he understands what’s expected of him and should be fairly comfortable coming back to Studio 8H. Con: He hasn’t hosted since the Bush administration. The first Bush administration.
Harrelson’s last SNL stint began with a cold open about Johnny Carson leaving The Tonight Show; characters appearing on the episode included Adam Sandler’s Opera Man and a Rob Schneider invention called “Jeff, the Sensitive Naked Man.” Harrelson’s big sketch revolved around his boyish good looks and perfectly sculpted chest. Another ended with a Rodney King joke. In short: It was a different time.
With Saturday Night Live celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, we’ve already spent a lot of time reflecting on the show’s biggest all-time stars and funniest sketches. But fairly or unfairly, the success of every Saturday Night Live episode depends not on the show’s ensemble, but on a given episode’s celebrity host—who’s put through a live-comedy wringer that can be as exhilarating and unforgiving as Indiana Jones’ race through the booby-trapped South American temple in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Obviously, it’s the cast and the writers’ responsibility to put the host in position to thrive. With one false move, he or she can get crushed by a bad joke or lifeless reading—the SNL equivalent of a giant stampeding boulder.
Still, not all hosts are created equal. There’s a reason there’s both a Five-Timer’s Club—Alec Baldwin! Justin Timberlake! Steve Martin!—and a less-tony One-Timer’s Club. (Shall we call the latter the Louise Lasser Club? Or does Milton Berle deserve that infamy?) Today, five episodes into SNL‘s 40th season, EW begins its fourth annual Mr. Saturday Night contest—in which voters determine the best host of the current season. Previous seasons have crowned Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake, and Fallon again, which I think both validates the current voting process and invites us to consider some fresh blood. READ FULL STORY
Chris Rock—writer, director, actor, comedian, Emmy winner, Grammy winner, former Oscar host, and all-around likable dude despite his tendency to make Grown Ups movies—is hosting SNL Saturday night, for only the second time ever, and the first time since 1996. (At the time, Rock was only a few years removed from being a cast member on Saturday Night Live himself.)
But you’d barely know this going by the episode’s two sets of promos—both of which focus exclusively on how exciting it is that Prince is also coming back to Studio 8H. (The Purple One hasn’t been on Saturday Night Live in awhile either, though his last visit came more recently than Rock’s.) Rock himself seems more jazzed about Prince’s appearance than his own—even though Prince couldn’t be bothered to show up for the second promo reel, which traditionally features both host and musical guest.
In a move of synergy that suggests Jack Donaghy is still hanging around 30 Rockefeller Plaza, The Today Show anchors dressed in their Saturday Night Live best for this year’s Halloween episode. The results were eerily accurate at times, but that may have something to do with the crew probably having access to Studio 8H’s wardrobe department.
Still need some inspiration for this year’s Halloween costume—or want to commiserate about that costume you can’t believe you once wore? Watch the video below. We asked celebs visiting EW‘s video studio to reminisce about their greatest Halloween hits and biggest misses.
In order of appearance: Seth Green, Let’s Make a Deal‘s Wayne Brady, George Takei, Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah, Cristela‘s Cristela Alonzo, The Walking Dead‘s Alanna Masterson, Constantine‘s Matt Ryan, TWD‘s Josh McDermitt, TWD‘s Michael Cudlitz, TWD‘s Chad Coleman, Teen Wolf‘s Holland Roden, Bones‘ Tamara Taylor, Gene Simmons, Under the Dome‘s Rachelle Lefevre, and Marry Me‘s Dan Bucatinsky.
A tease: Someone got bit by a dog, someone dressed as Crystal the Monkey, and someone needs your help getting a message to Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. READ FULL STORY
But really, can you blame him?
Sure, former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Rock returning to host the show for the first time since 1996—his musical guest was The Wallflowers! The Wallflowers!—is a pretty big deal. But even Rock admits it’s not quite as exciting as the presence of the Purple One, whose Nov. 1 performance will take the format of one uninterrupted eight-minute jam session. (Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 2, giving some viewers an extra hour on Sunday to replay that eight-minute jam session over and over.)
So even though The Artist doesn’t actually show up in these promos—unless you count Bobby Moynihan’s impish impression of him—Prince is basically the invisible star.
Also all over the video: Unfamous people filming its filming on their phones, which is what happens when you decide to shoot the promos in the middle of Rockefeller Center. What a time to be alive. READ FULL STORY
SUNDAY UPDATE: Click over for a full recap of SNL with Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea
ORIGINAL POST: All righty then.
Sorry—I know that reference is as painfully dated as this Austin Powers costume. But it’s tough not to think about Jim Carrey’s best-known roles as we consider the actor’s third SNL outing—and, to be honest, to consider how long it’s been since he last made a great comedy. READ FULL STORY
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