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Sundance MVP Aubrey Plaza Joins Alison Brie, Dave Franco & Molly Shannon To Talk ‘The Little Hours’ – Sundance Studio

The Little Hours

On Friday at Sundance, Aubrey Plaza was quickly shaping up into the festival’s MVP for 2017, presenting two films – The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West – that had Park City audiences rolling in the aisles. On both projects, she’s a credited producer, boarding early and attracting other talent like a magnet. And in both movies, her characters spark with the kind of world-weary detachment Plaza has made her stock in trade, all the while demonstrating an increasingly wide… Read


‘SNL’: Aziz Ansari Has A Message For Trump – And Isn’t Gaga Over ‘La La Land’


Aziz Ansari opened his Saturday Night Live monologue by acknowledging his audience – or at least the one watching from the White House. “It’s pretty cool to know he’s probably at home watching a brown guy make fun of him, right?” Wisely opting to open with what appeared to be his own stand-up material – rather than struggling through the usual SNL-written monologues – Ansari surveyed a historical weekend of celebration and backlash. “Yesterday Trump was inaugurated,” he… Read


‘SNL’ Gives Kellyanne Conway A Razzle-Dazzle Musical Makeover


In a razzle-dazzle pinnacle of last night’s Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon took her Kellyanne Conway impression to glittery new heights, reimagining the Trump spokeswoman as the star (in her own mind) of a Bob Fosse-style musical that wows with a “Roxie”-type showstopper (lifted from Rob Marshall’s film of Chicago, as some astute Deadline readers have noted). McKinnon will want to reserve some space for this one on her next Emmy reel. The pre-taped short begins with… Read


Kristen Stewart To Host Feb. 4 ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Kristen Stewart, whose short film and directorial debut Come Swim is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, will host the February 4 installment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The musical guest will be Alessia Cara. The Twilight actress’ hosting gig was announced in an on-air promo during tonight’s episode hosted by Aziz Ansari. On January 28 NBC will air a repeat of the November 19 episode hosted by Kristen Wiig with musical guest… Read


Beck Bennett’s Shirtless Putin Subs For Alec Baldwin’s Trump On ‘SNL’: “We’re All In This Together”


Updated Sunday with full video No Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live tonight, so Beck Bennett’s shirtless Vladimir Putin crossed over to a well-deserved starring role. And he got an assist in the show’s cold open from Kate McKinnon’s newly revived Russian peasant character Olya, making a surprise appearance wearing one of those pink knit hats worn by thousands of marchers today. “Relax, I got this,” Beck’s thick-accented Putin sneered, directly addressing a nation under… Read


Bill Maher Calls Trump Inaugural Address “Joyless And Ugly And Dividing”


Updated Saturday with video Bill Maher celebrated his birthday – and the 15th season premiere of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher – with an opening salvo against his old nemesis and new president: “What does every kid want for his birthday?,” the comedian asked in his first monologue since the Oval Office changeover. “A clown.” Maher, who earlier this week in a candid and chemically-enhanced interview with The New York Times expressed fears that Donald Trump would target… Read


Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson Are The ‘Nasty Women’ In MGM’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake


EXCLUSIVE: MGM is in talks with Anne Hathaway to team with Rebel Wilson in Nasty Women, the title of the Jac Schaeffer-scripted remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The comedy gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed film that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The title is clever, given the awareness it received when Donald Trump gave Hillary Clinton that moniker during the presidential debates. Hathaway and Wilson play the… Read


‘Powerless’ EP: Bruce Wayne Puts Dim Cousin In Charge Of Company, Like Donald Trump And “Idiot Sons” – TCA

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NBC's 'Powerless' Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Jan 2017

Set in the DC Comics universe, Powerless is a workplace comedy set at Wayne Security, run by Van Wayne, dim-bulb cousin of billionaire crimefighter Bruce Wayne. Van is angling for a job closer to Bruce at mothership company Wayne Enterprises in Gotham. EP Justin Halpern likened it to the Rockefellers and all the hangers-on relatives they’d employed, or how “You’ve got Trump and then you’ve got the idiot sons.” “Is that a secret?” he asked, when some onstage gasped, as did… Read


‘Trial & Error’ Mockumentary Series To Feature New Case Each Season – TCA

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Nick D'Agosto, John Lithgow and Jayma Mays
NBC's  'Trial & Error' Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Day 14, Pasadena, USA - 18 Jan 2017

Jeff Astrof, who wrote, with Matt Miller, NBC’s upcoming mockumentary Trial & Error, said he came up with the idea about five years ago in the early days of the super-hot murder-docu genre, when watching the documentary The Staircase, about a novelist tried for murder after his wife was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in their Durham, NC mansion. At TCA today, Astrof says he commented to his wife, "if this guy was played by Steve Carell it would be the funniest… Read


Gravitas Ventures Taking ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’ On Theater/VOD Tour


Gravitas Ventures has sealed worldwide rights to Folk Hero & Funny Guy, a comedy from first-time writer-director Jeff Grace that bowed at Tribeca. It follows a successful singer-songwriter who hatches a plan to help his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. The pic will bow day-and-date on May 12. Paul (Alex Karpovsky) and Jason (Wyatt Russell) are old friends who have drifted apart as they've reached… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Talks Oscars, Politics & What He’d Ask A Certain President-Elect

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After taping tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Kimmel reflected on his upcoming Oscar hosting duties and his plans for his late-night program in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory. Taking on the Oscar hosting gig for the first time, Kimmel doesn’t seem fazed, despite finding himself at a potential turning point in the #Oscarssowhite controversy. “I'm mostly focused on myself. I just want to be funny,” Kimmel laughed. “My guess is that it's going to… Read


New ‘Wilson’ Trailer Gives Glimpse Of Woody Harrelson’s Fatherly Faux Pas

Woody Harrelson as "Wilson" in WILSON. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Craig Johnson’s Wilson makes its world premiere this Sunday, January 22, at the Sundance Film Festival, with a Fox Searchlight theatrical release March 24, but here’s a little taste. This new trailer for the Woody Harrelson-starrer lays out the premise and tone quickly, and fans of Daniel Clowes’ original graphic novel should be pleased with the fidelity to the author’s comically neurotic take on family values. (Shouldn’t come as a surprise: Clowes wrote the… Read