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John Goodman will host Saturday Night Live for an astonishing 13th time this weekend. (Note for trivia hounds: This makes Goodman SNL’s third most frequent host, close on the heels of Alec Baldwin, who’s hosted 16 times, and Steve Martin, who’s hosted 15 times.)
Somehow, though, it’s been 150 12 long years since the last time Goodman helmed the show — and in the promos below, you’ll see precisely why that’s ridiculous. Whether he’s skewering Clinton-era “celebrity” Linda Tripp during his ’90s SNL heyday or goofing around with current cast member Taran Killam outside of Rockefeller Center, Goodman »
- Hillary Busis
Did you know that at thirteen episodes, John Goodman is closing in on Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin for most SNL episodes hosted? He's also making all of our nation's grandpas look less jolly in comparison, but there's not much anyone can do about that. In addition to all his shrinking and shrieking, we like the idea that the Inside Llewyn Davis actor's one insecurity is playing second fiddle to Roseanne. He truly is crazy. »
- Halle Kiefer
A spoof slasher film appeared in the discography of a fictitious band. Then it was constructed from snippets of 60 other movies. Now it's got its own making-of documentary
Do you remember the first time you saw the 80s exploitation horror classic Hiker Meat? Chances are you don't. Although it conjures up that innocent age when teenagers with Silvikrin locks and too-short shorts could get unironically butchered on camping holidays, Hiker Meat isn't quite what it appears to be. In fact, it doesn't even exist. Which makes it all the more peculiar that it is now the subject of a new making-of documentary called Rough Cut, an intriguing experiment that combines elements of Grindhouse and Berberian Sound Studio with a fanboy fondness for the slasher genre.
The title Hiker Meat first cropped up as an imaginary film score on the discography of a fictitious krautrock band, Lustfaust, co-created for an art »
- Ryan Gilbey
Two events in November had all the hopefuls stepping up their Oscar game: the Academy's 2013 Governors Awards and the 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations. Both helped put this year's Oscar race into sharper focus.
The Governors Awards are the honorary Oscars for career achievement and humanitarianism, which were presented during the main Academy Awards ceremony up until five years ago. Since then, the Academy has handed out these trophies in November instead, in an untelevised ceremony, so awards-hopeful schmoozing can go on away from the prying eyes of the press. (Although Deadline's Pete Hammond took notes on who schmoozed with whom.) On November 16, as honorary Oscars were handed out to the likes of Steve Martin (a frequent Oscar host who, amazingly, has never been nominated in competition »
- Gary Susman
Even one of the most powerful men in the world is impressed by the magic of Hollywood.
President Barack Obama visited Dreamworks Animation Tuesday, where he called the entertainment industry "one of the bright spots of our economy." Then, on a tour led by major donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, Obama got a peek behind the curtain at how animated movies get made.
In the video below (via Slashfilm), the president observes actors filming a scene using motion-capture technology for "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Director Dean DeBlois explains the technique, as a screen shows how it translates into animation.
Obama also met with actors Steve Martin and Jim Parsons, who were recording lines for the upcoming alien invasion movie "Home." The L.A. Times reported that Martin couldn't shake the president's hand, as he was sick, but the president lauded his banjo-playing. "This guy performed at the White House and was unbelievable, »
- Kelly Woo
President Obama recently visited DreamWorks Animation where they gave him a demonstration of how Motion Capture works. They also showed him some footage from their upcoming film How to Train Your Dragon 2, and I can't tell if he was actually entertained or not. Jeffrey Katzenberg and director Dean DeBlois were there to give the presentation.
- Joey Paur
Angela Lansbury isn’t one to rest on her laurels. Fresh off an honorary Oscar for decades of memorable performances in such films as “Gaslight” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” the 88-year old Lansbury is returning to the stage in a West End revival of “Blithe Spirit.” She will play doddering clairvoyant Madame Arcati, the same role that won her a Tony in 2009. It marks Lansbury’s first time on the London stage in nearly 40 years, her last stint crossing the boards in the city coming with a performance as Gertrude in the National Theatre’s 1975 production of “Hamlet.” Also read: Angelina Jolie, »
- Brent Lang
Wherever you go in town this time of year you’re likely to run into a filmmaker. Or an actor. Or at least a producer.
It’s not that normally inaccessible movie stars are suddenly becoming pedestrian friendly. It’s just that in this corridor of time known as awards season, “face time” takes on great import for those who have a shot at a nomination. So they’re out there pitching their wares to prospective voters like salesmen with their fall line.
Face time takes on many different forms — Q&A sessions, cocktail receptions, dinner parties and, of course, the nonstop ritual of hosted screenings. Such figures as Emma Thompson, George Clooney or Tom Hanks become instantly ubiquitous, but this year far more so than in previous campaigns. The reason: Most studios are curtailing their ad budgets and relying much more on promotion to push awards contenders. And the »
- Peter Bart
President Obama recently visited the offices of DreamWorks Animation, which is headed by Obama fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg. While there, he went on a tour of the facilities, stating that the entertainment industry is "one of the bright spots of our economy." During the tour, he stopped by the motion capture stage where director Dean DeBlois demonstrated how motion capture suits were used to create "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Obama then met with Steve Martin and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), who are currently providing their voices for a DreamWorks movie. That's when the President got a taste of voicing characters. Check out both videos of Obama's tour below. Video 1: Video 2: »
For those who don't know, President Barack Obama paid a visit to DreamWorks Animation studios yesterday, delivering a speech to 2,000 employees and visitors about the entertainment industry being "one of the bright spots of our economy." Without a political statement from this writer, it's a publicity ass-kissing tour that all presidents make to various companies throughout their term. But still, the tour did result in some cool footage of the president checking out Dwa's motion-capture stage, showcasing some footage from How to Train Your Dragon 2 with director Dean DuBois present. In addition, the president also ran into Steve Martin and Jim Parsons working on the upcoming animated film Home. Here's the mocap stage and How to Train Your Dragon 2 footage from Cartoon Brew (via SlashFilm): And here's Obama's rendezvous with a sick, elbow-bumping Steve Martin and Jim Parsons: As you can see, the tour is led by Jeffrey Katzenberg (who, »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s hard to find a movie for this time of year. I’m not talking about Christmas movies. Lord knows, Hollywood is lousy with Christmas movies. Instead, I’m talking about Thanksgiving movies. Usually Hollywood skips Turkey Day altogether and starts releasing Christmas movies in early November (including relatively recent releases like A Christmas Carol in 2009, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in 2011, and The Best Man Holiday just this year). Still, there are a few Thanksgiving movies knocking around, and they’re not all as bad as Free Birds. One of the most loveable and endearing Thanksgiving movies is John Hughes’ 1987 comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The film follows businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) trying to get home to Chicago from New York City two days before Thanksgiving. He stumbles into an unlikely travel buddy in Del Griffith (John Candy) and ends up on a three-day misadventure using almost every known form of ground transportation »
- Kevin Carr
President Barack Obama is touring DreamWorks Animation Tuesday (November 26), and he has a couple very special visitors there for the occasion. It turns out "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons was there recording, along with Steve Martin, for the upcoming animated movie "Home."
President Obama met with the two funny men in the recording studio, and even bumped elbows with Martin. The look on Parsons' face says it all for how excited he is to be in the room with those two.
The president then went on to give a speech about the economy, and met several of the company's executives and employees. »
Obama’s tour included a stop to see a demonstration of motion capture technology with director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold, who are working on “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” The president shook hands with two actors, a man and a woman, wearing black with colorful sensors all over their bodies. He asked who animators would want to storyboard with live actors. He also saw a demonstration of a scene with live actors involving the protagonist, Hiccup, complaining about a bad conversation with his dad to his girlfriend, Astrid.
“That was wonderful,” Obama said, per a pool report.
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He then watched a finished version of the same scene, before declaring, “Coming to a theater near you!”
- Ted Johnson
Based on seating arrangements, those expected at the event include NBC Universal’s Jeff Shell and Ron Meyer, NBC’s Robert Greenblatt and Paramount’s Rob Moore, who were assigned seats in the second row off to the left of a stage arranged under oak trees on the campus. Behind them in the third row were spots for Sony’s Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, Jeffrey Katzenberg, political adviser Andy Spahn, Mellody Hobson, MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, CBS’s Leslie Moonves, Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer and Fox’s Peter Rice and Jim Gianopulos. Also in a special VIP area were Los Angeles film czar Tom Sherak as well as such elected officials as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif. »
- Ted Johnson
A Conversation with Edith Head will be held at The Sheldon Ballroom in St. Louis on December 6th and 7th
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by incredibly talented Ms Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after »
- Tom Stockman
Who's excited for Turkey Day? The Thanksgiving holiday is only days away and that can only mean one thing: lots and lots of food! But even though we love our carbs, pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes, we're also a sucker for a classic Thanksgiving-inspired film. It's practically impossible to get sick of Steve Martin and John Candy's dysfunctional relationship as they travel home for the holiday in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Adam Sandler's role in Funny People can always remind us of a certain guest at the dinner table. Finally, Disney fans can't forget Pocahontas' powerful message to always be thankful. So what are you waiting for? Get in the holiday »
One of comedy's top honors is now among Carol Burnett's rewards for making countless fans glad they've had such time together with her.
The iconic TV variety veteran became the 16th talent to receive the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last month, joining a list of honorees ranging from Steve Martin, Bill Cosby and Bob Newhart to Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin. PBS televises the event Sunday, Nov. 24 (check local listings), soon after Burnett's guest appearance as McGarrett's aunt on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and the home video release of a "Christmas With Carol" compilation from her classic "Carol Burnett Show."
The six-time Emmy winner clearly is still going strong, and among those saluting her at the Twain Prize ceremony were 2010 recipient Tina Fey, Burnett's former weekly TV cohorts Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence, longtime friend Julie Andrews, music legend Tony Bennett, Amy Poehler, Martin Short »
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Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte stars in Alexander Payne‘s latest film, Nebraska, a project likely to get nominated come Oscar season. After taking his signature MacGruber character to the big screen and guesting on shows like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, the somber performance is a different look for the actor. But he’s hardly the first to try something new, as comedy legends like Robin Williams, Steve Martin, and Adam Sandler have all given the more serious genre a go.
We might be used to them making us laugh, but these performers haven proven they know how to get serious and get noticed by fancy award shows. And while it may be jarring to see man child Will Ferrell trade in his Elf tights for musings on the meaning of life, it only signifies his staying power. For those who are still wondering what »
- Emily Exton
Monty Python fans everywhere woke up on Tuesday to the exciting news of an official reunion.
Since 1983's The Meaning of Life, the surviving members have yet to embark on a proper, official Monty Python project together. However, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle are to reunite for a special stage production.
As Eddie Izzard wrote on Twitter: "Monty Python reforming to do a gig is as big as The Beatles reforming to do a gig."
To mark this monumental comedy moment, Digital Spy takes a look back at 30 years of near-misses, almosts-but-not-quites and other mini-reunions that have led to today's (November 21) press conference.
Released shortly after The Meaning of Life, this comedy was written by Graham Chapman, alongside Peter Cook and Python collaborator Bernard McKenna. Centred around Chapman's pirate who is imprisoned for tax evasion, it also starred John Cleese and Eric Idle in minor roles. »
Tim here. All of the online chatter around the honorary Oscars handed out over the weekend has focused, not unreasonably, on the actors who received awards: Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie. After all, they're famous, and in at least one case wildly iconic and beloved. But going unnoticed in the widespread Lansbury love-in (which, to be entirely clear, I support enthusiastically) is the fourth award recipient on Sunday, Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.
Making this lapse even worse than simple snobbery against below-the-line talent, Tosi has as many Oscar nominations as the other three individuals put together: five total, to Lansbury's three, Jolie's two, and Martin's zero (not even a writing nod!). Since that would apparently make him the most conspicuously overlooked among the honorees, I think it's only respectful and right to give the man his due: and what better way than »
- Tim Brayton
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