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Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Big Willy’s latest big screen outing makes its way to the multiplex this month. In Focus, Smith plays the consummate con man, a smooth operator who liberates people of their wealth with the help of a Margot Robbie-shaped femme fatale.
The duo of tricksters aren’t the first con artists to grace the silver screen however. So from pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers; here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever grace the multiplex; The Hustler stars Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, a pool shark intent on toppling legendary cue-man Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). With its smoky sets, stunning black and white cinematography and superb performances from Newman and Gleason; the film is just as good today as it was on its release more than 50 years ago. »
- Daniel Bettridge
March, the month of the Academy Awards, is a big time in the world of movies, and magazine photo departments respond accordingly. Vanity Fair immortalized Oscar hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in their finest formalwear, skipping and holding hands. Once-mega movie star Lindsay Lohan posed as Jesus for Purple. Meanwhile, mega movie star Robert Pattinson posed for Details alongside a naked woman in a bathtub. You can see the unedited Nsfw version of that photo, along with Jay-z, Olivia Wilde, Quentin Tarantino, and more in the slideshow. »
- Amy Odell,Jillian Goodman
Jennifer Lopez has premiered a brand new song online.
The singer has recorded 'Feel the Light' for upcoming animated film Home, in which she stars as Lucy Tucci.
An accompanying lyric video for the track features footage from the DreamWorks family movie, which is due out next month.
It follows the surprise premiere of Rihanna's new Home song 'Towards the Sun', which was played on BBC Radio 1 yesterday (February 24) and released on iTunes.
Rihanna - who voices the main character Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci in the film - has recorded a full concept album for Home, with the record expected to be released later this month.
Watch Lopez discuss her latest film The Boy Next Door with Digital Spy below: »
As well as voicing one of the characters in Dreamworks Animation's upcoming Home, alongside Jim Parsons, Rhianna, and Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez lends her vocals to the movies official song, Feel The Light. Watch the lyric video below, which features footage from the movie, below. Released: March 27th Synopsis: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word Home. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Rihanna has premiered a brand new track on BBC Radio 1.
The singer has recorded 'Towards the Sun' for upcoming animated film Home, in which she voices the character Gratuity "Tip" Tucci.
The song was played by Scott Mills twice during his afternoon show on BBC Radio 1 earlier today (February 24), surprising fans as there was no previous warning or announcement.
The track is now available to purchase via iTunes.
Rihanna has recorded a full concept album for Home, which is expected to be released later this month.
The album is a side project from her official eighth studio album, which includes new single 'FourFiveSeconds' and is scheduled to follow later this year.
Watch a trailer for Home below: »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Well, it's that time of year again when pundits everywhere weigh in on the merits (or lack thereof) of the previous evening's Oscar telecast.
Here are my random observations:
Host Neil Patrick Harris was affable and likable and worked like hell to put on a good show. But there lies the rub. Traditionally, Oscar hosts never had to be chosen for their ability to carry Busby Berkeley-like song and dance extravaganzas. Dear old Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson were simply there to keep the traffic flowing to the podium in between rattling off some memorable one-liners. Billy Crystal quashed that tradition with his ever-outrageous opening production numbers that razzed the Academy and some of the nominees. The idea should have been retired with him when he announced he would no longer host the event. Last evening's opening act was certainly opulent and contained some »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
"Glory" had the crowd inside the Oscars crying and clapping, but it was Lady Gaga's tribute to The Sound of Music that had the celebrities at home cheering. The recently engaged singer stripped off the shining red gloves, and stepped onto the stage in a flowing white gown. Crooning everything from the film's titular song to "Climb Every Mountain," Gaga, 28, delivered a performance that caused Twitter to switch from making memes to singing her praises. After the tribute concluded, Julie Andrews came onstage to tell Gaga the number warmed her heart and to share a hug with the star. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
News: Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host the Oscars for the First Time
"This is sort of the big gorilla," Nph says of the Oscars, which he'll be hosting for the first time on Sunday. "I think the preparation involves a little more second guessing."
This coming from a man who has hosted the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice! And with this being the most important award show he’s ever emceed, Harris told Rivers that he’s pulling out all the stops and even has some secret weapons.
First of which, bribing his adorable 4-year-old twins so they're not sad while their dad is gone all the time prepping for the big show.
And we have forty years to look at. As you might have seen, SNL is turning forty this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to get the whole gang back together and make it a night that will go down in the history books? Anyone who’s anyone is going to the reunion (well, that is anyone besides Eddie Murphy of course) and it’s sure to bring back everything that made the show what it is today.
So here we look at some of the best sketches that has ever graced our eyes thanks to Lorne Michael’s marvelous show filler for Johnny Carson. (That’s right- the whole reason the show exists is because Carson wanted »
- Catherina Gioino
I don't need to do anything on turntables: Jimmy, Taylor, Justin, Jim B, Dan A, form a superband Swift's confidence and command of this band is friggin a site to see. She killin it. #SNL40 #SNL40afterparty A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:44pm Pst Saturday Night Live's epic, three-and-a-half-hour-long 40th anniversary special ended at 11:30 p.m. Et on Sunday - but the party was only just beginning. After the telecast, pretty much all the stars you'd ever imagine - and way, way more - headed from 30 Rock to the Plaza hotel for »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, »
Paul McCartney and Paul Simon both performed at the special Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show on Sunday night, and even did a short duet. McCartney and Simon, both frequent gests on the show, made a brief cameo during SNL 40‘s Hosts monologue before performing separately later on. During the monologue, Steve Martin was joined by […]
- Olivia Truffaut
Some thoughts on last night's "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" coming up just as soon as I assume Jon Lovitz is dead... Last week, I wrote about the history of "SNL," which has been filled with incredible highs, uncomfortable lows, and a mixture of things that either didn't work or simply outlived their usefulness. Perhaps intentionally — Lorne Michaels used to joke that the word "uneven" would be on his tombstone — or perhaps because it's inherent to any three and a half hour special with this many moving pieces, the special was "SNL" in a microcosm. Much of it worked spectacularly well. Some of it was disappointing and/or puzzling. And the whole thing went on much longer than it probably should have. Unlike the show's previous anniversary specials, which were largely driven by clips and testimonials, the 40th was conceived of as a super-sized, all-star installment of the show itself, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Everyone from Steve Martin to Miley Cyrus popped up at 30 Rock on Sunday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Live" ... and it was an epic 3.5 hours of television. All of the show's best comics returned to reprise their most famous roles, with celebrity cameos including Taylor Swift, Betty White, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone and many more. It was tough, but here are out 10 favorite moments from the night, in no particular order. 1.) That Opening Monologue Dream team Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon kicked off the show with a rap referencing sketches like Schweddy Balls, D**k in a Box, Coneheads and more. Debbie Downer (Rachel Dratch) and Mary Catherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon) both stopped by as well. It was a great way to start the night. 2.)Celebrity Jeopardy Will Ferrell returned as Alex Trebek, as well as sketch staple Sean Connery (Darrell Hammon), Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon »
- tooFab Staff
Saturday Night Live has been entertaining audiences for 40 years with some of the funniest, edgiest, and smartest humor on television.
For the sketch show's massive, star-studded three-and-a-half hour anniversary special, the show pulled out all the stops and gave fans the nostalgic retrospective everyone wanted, while creating brand new content that proves once and for all that any of the show's beloved characters and sketches can still stand the test of time.
Like any episode of SNL, there were a few bumps and hiccups here or there, and like any episode it didn't matter at all because you never stopped smiling.
Below, we take a look at the nine funniest, most nostalgic moments of the night.
#9. "Wayne's World" Returns
To kick off “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary special Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake sang and danced their way through the cold open, highlighting some of the top catchphrases and skits from the show’s history.
In a number complete with top hats and canes, the duo rapped, tapped and clapped their way through a list that hit favorite quotes, skits and impersonations including “Jane, you ignorant slut,” Bill Hader’s Stefon, Schweddy Balls, The Ambiguously Gay Duo, The Californians and many more.
Rachael Dratch and Molly Shannon dropped in as well.
Steve Martin, given the task of delivering the show’s monologue, compared the special to a high school reunion for a school “that is almost all white.” He added that the show would not only entertain, but pay tribute to “SNL” members who are no longer with us, including John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Jon Lovitz, who »
- Shelli Weinstein
Want to take a guess on which event had the biggest turnout of superstars that cross the worlds of movies, music, TV and sports? The Golden Globes? Not this past show. The Grammys? Maybe, but really just from the music biz. Next Sunday's Academy Awards? We've seen the presenters so far and we're not sure it even matches the Globes. No, the entertainment capital of the world on Sunday was "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary celebration. Obviously, many of the returning cast members of "SNL" are huge stars in their own right. Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Billy Crystal and the one and only Eddie Murphy were all on hand. Frequent hosts such as Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman also stopped by (and quite possibly stole a little bit of »
- Gregory Ellwood
If you caught "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary special Sunday night, you saw some of this year's Oscar nominees capitalizing on the massive exposure opportunity with final Oscar ballots due Tuesday. "American Sniper" star Bradley Cooper — who hasn't been too available this season due to Broadway commitments and recently granted a number of interviews to promote his work in the Clint Eastwood film — popped up in one of my favorite recent sketches, "The Californians." (Sue me, I've always liked it.) What's more, he probably got one of the evening's biggest pops when he made out with Betty White to close the sketch…for a really long time. Good for you, young lady. During the Weekend Update bit, "Birdman" stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton hit the desk with back-to-back odes to classic "SNL" characters. Stone's Roseanne Rosannadanna, made iconic by the late Gilda Radner, was top notch and »
- Kristopher Tapley
The youthful “Saturday Night Live” surely would have mocked something as bloated as the 40th anniversary special that NBC aired (about eight months early, but never mind) on Sunday, running a ponderous 3 ½ hours, not including the one-hour “Matt Lauer really will do anything the network asks these days” red-carpet preshow. Star studded and nostalgic, the telecast demonstrated the network’s determination to milk all things “SNL” beyond the breaking point creatively speaking, as well as the media’s willingness to treat another arbitrary milestone like an event. To paraphrase the Church Lady, sorry, but this just wasn’t that special.
That gave way to an opening skit that actually turned out to be the night in a microcosm, with so many guests crowding on »
- Brian Lowry
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