Leslie Jones, Miley Cyrus Out-Orgasm Meg Ryan On ‘Saturday Night Live’
The 41st season opener of SNL gave plenty of air time to featured player Leslie Jones. Host and musical guest Miley Cyrus also was a fulltime participant, delivering her opening monologue in what may have been a 1968 Lilly Pulitzer shower curtain and, later, performing an excellent pair of numbers in a wig composed of…well, who the heck knows what it wasn’t composed of? Both of them showed up for a sketch set at Katz’s Delicatessen, in a recreation of the… Read
Crude, Rude “Message From Donald & Melania Trump” Launches Season 41 Of ‘Saturday Night Live’
Donald Trump got the full-on SNL parody treatment in the 41st season opener, including the cold open featuring Taran Killam, in his debut as the mouthy mogul, and Cecily Strong as latest wife Melania. She blabbered mindlessly about his intelligence and love of women; he indicated his fondness for immigrants by pointing to her. Rare was the sketch in the rest of the show in which Trump didn’t also come up as object of ridicule, amusement or abject fear. Look for the… Read
Barkeep Hillary Clinton Sets ‘Em Up For Laughs On ‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere
Playing amiable barkeep “Val” to Kate McKinnon’s anxious Hillary Rodham Clinton, the real HRC walked away with the premiere outing of SNL’s 41st season, kidding herself, singing “Lean On Me” and even hanging around long enough to introduce Miley Cyrus, who was doubling as host and musical guest. It was an A+ appearance (video above) in a solid B show.
The cold open featured Donald and Melania Trump (Taran Killam, new to the imitation game following prior Trump… Read
Stephen Colbert Talks Oregon Shooting, McCarthy’s Benghazi “Little White Truth”
Stephen Colbert packed a lot of politics into his Late Show opening last night. As had many other late night show hosts, he began by addressing the latest school shooting. Late-night comedy show serious/sad openers have become part of that post-school-shooting routine President Obama was talking about in his latest post-mass-shooting news conference.
“These things happen over and over again and we're naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them. But then we… Read
‘The Martian’ Review: Matt Damon Proves There Is Life On Mars In This Sci-Fi Gem
It might be just a coincidence, but the announcement this week that water has been discovered on Mars sounds too good not to be a publicity stunt by 20th Century Fox for its new sci-fi film, The Martian. The film is about an abandoned astronaut who has to find ways to grow life on the Red Planet in order to survive. But water or not, The Martian actually presents a credible premise that conceivably could be true eventually. That’s thanks to not only the stylish direction… Read
HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Sunnier Makeover For Title Theme
The most ominous musical chord on TV is no more, as HBO’s The Leftovers gets a plucky alt-country opening title sequence to replace the grim, spooky (but quite wonderful) bombast of its debut season. The new main title song, Iris DeMent’s spry, winsome 1992 bluegrass tune “Let The Mystery Be,” kicks off with Sunday’s Season 2 debut at 9 PM.
No spoiler alerts needed here — I haven’t seen the new episodes — but the Season 2 title sequence suggests an optimism that might be… Read
’99 Homes’ Trailer: Michael Shannon & Andrew Garfield Mine The Darkest Depths Of The Foreclosure Industry
Evictors assemble. Here’s the final trailer for 99 Homes, the topical thriller starring Michael Shannon as Rick Carver, a ruthless Florida real estate magnate who kicks Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) out of his house before the jobless single father can battle the bank that has cheated him. Nash becomes determined to get his family's home back and protect his mother (Laura Dern) and son (newcomer Noah Lomax) from the fallout. He resorts to teaming up with the guy who… Read
‘Spectre’ Trailer: James Bond Is Coming, And Stuff Is Exploding
When you ask James Bond, “Why did you come?” and he replies, “I came here to kill you,” it’s generally time to start getting your affairs in order. Probate sales can be so messy. But Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) isn’t shaken, or stirred. “And I thought you came here to die.” Welcome to the final trailer for Spectre, the latest 007 adventure starring Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as the British superspy with a license to kill. Our well-tailored hero is out to… Read
‘Waitress’ Musical By Sara Bareilles Books Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre
After opening last month to very solid reviews at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, the movie-based tuner — with songs by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles in her Broadway debut — will move into the Nederlander Organization-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Producers Barry Weissler and Fran Weissler said this morning that previews are set to begin March 25, 2016, with opening night on April 24.
The show stars Jessie Mueller (Tony winner for Beautiful The Carole… Read
‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Review: AMC Blockbuster Gets Jolt Of New Life
The biggest show on television is back, and for its sixth season The Walking Dead has, as my video review above says, decided to go large and stay home. Debuting on October 11 on AMC, the latest installment of the zombie apocalypse finds Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and other survivors firmly in command of the Alexandria Safe Zone and its residents after the bloody ending of last season.
But all is not well in the suburban oasis, and those threats, both external and… Read
AwesomenessTV Names New Head Of Scripted Series
Shelley Zimmerman has joined AwesomenessTV in the newly created role of Head of Scripted Series, the company has announced. She’ll head up development and production of original scripted series for AwesomenessTV’s television network and SVOD service partners. The company also announced that Shauna Phelan will continue overseeing development and production for scripted and unscripted series on AwesomenessTV.
Prior to joining AwesomenessTV, Zimmerman served as Senior Vice… Read
Stephen Colbert And John Oliver Argue Donald Trump
HBO’s Last Week Tonight star John Oliver told Stephen Colbert tonight he has zero interest in Donald Trump when Colbert confessed he’d started talking about the GOP front-runner within 30 seconds of taking over David Letterman’s late-night show.
"I couldn't give less of a f–k. It's physically impossible,” Oliver said of the real estate mogul/reality TV star turned candidate, and the presidential race, as Colbert’s guest. Colbert had brought it up almost immediately… Read