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Admittedly, cramming 40 years of “Saturday Night Live” — or rather, 40 years of American history — into 82 minutes is a daunting task, particularly as it forces a documentary to chart the symbiotic relationship between real-life fact and contemporaneous farce. But despite some judiciously chosen excerpts from great comic bits, Bao Nguyen’s “Live From New York!” turns out to be as much a collection of soundbites as one might expect from the mainstream media that the show originally set out to satirize. Amorphous, superficial and sporadically very funny, this Tribeca Film Festival opener should delight if not enlighten the show’s myriad fans.
Though Nguyen posits a throughline, saying that what started out as a calculated subversion of societal sacred cows wound up as a revered American institution itself, the documentary comes off as too much of an apologia to fully follow its own logic. The film’s problematic dynamic is visible from »
- Ronnie Scheib
This episode of Battle Creek features yet another familiar face from the comedy scene, in veteran actress Candice Bergen. She's playing Agnew's con artist mom, whom he is extremely reluctant to rely on when a murder case pops up. Will she bring the giggles the same way Patton Oswalt did? Will we learn any juicy new secrets about our favorite curmudgeon in uniform? Let's find out..
Even though we’ve never had Saturday Night Live on TV regularly over here in the UK, I’ve somehow known about it my whole life and the sheer, massive, and hilarious influence its had on the North American and world comedy scene. It’s a completely unique cauldron of unexpectedly and somewhat ridicolously talented human beings, made from skin and funny stuff.
We’ve got the first trailer for Live From New York! that’s set to look through SNL’s history in-depth and give us some of the best highlights along the way, I’d say that’s guaranteed. As you’ll see in the trailer, it was all thanks to Canadian Lorne Michaels – so we’ll hear a lot about him – but there are also interviews with the stars of the historic show along the way that includes Laraine Newman, Chris Rock, Candice Bergen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, »
- Dan Bullock
“Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary party just won’t stop.
The first trailer for the documentary “Live From New York!” — which chronicles the iconic NBC sketch comedy show’s cultural and historical impact — has debuted, offering old footage from the series and a new look at the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into putting it on week to week.
“They said it would be a cross between ’60 Minutes’ and ‘Monty Python,'” former cast member Laraine Newman (1975-1980) says in the trailer.
“It’s the only form where everyone is necessary to the end,” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels says. “We don’t go on because we’re ready, we go on because it’s 11:30.”
The film kicks off the Tribeca Film Festival »
- Maane Khatchatourian
We feel you, Candice Bergen. The former model and Murphy Brown star continued her book publicity tour with a stop at the Today show on Tuesday, where she expressed surprise that folks had zeroed in so much on what she wrote about her weight in her new memoir, A Fine Romance, on sale today. "It was a scant reference on page 150 or something," Bergen said, referring to when she called herself "fat." "I was just saying, I don't enjoy eating lunch with some women who only have kale. I just find it limiting...I'd rather not go on, if that's what I have to eat to fuel myself." Sounds as though kale just became the new Dan Quayle... "I'm very »
Candice Bergen is not afraid to admit that she's gone under the knife. At 68 years old, the former Murphy Brown star has confessed to having her "eyes done" and then work on her neck muscles "because TV half-hour lighting can be harsh." But on the heels of her new memoir A Fine Romance being released in bookstores this coming week, would Bergen ever consider getting just a little more work done? "I'm clearly in need," she told People with a laugh. "But I frankly just don't care enough. I don't even get those shots anymore because it hurts so much." She continued, "I hate when my very close friends have obvious work done and they come out too »
Read More: Tribeca Film Festival Will Open with 'Saturday Night Live' Documentary 'Live From New York!' It was announced today that the feature length documentary film "Live From New York!" will be getting a theatrical release on June 12. The film explores the early years of "Saturday Night Live" and features archival footage, stolen moments and exclusive commentary from Lorne Michaels, SNL legends, journalists, hosts and crew including Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, John Goodman, Tina Fey, Candice Bergen, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Alec Baldwin and more. "When Jl and I first conceived of the idea for this film, it was always our vision that it be released theatrically," said co-producer Tom Broecker. "Given that 'Live From New York!' highlights the impact SNL has had on American culture, it's only fitting that it be available to moviegoers across North America," added his fellow creator and producing partner Jl Pomeroy. »
- Casey Cipriani
“Live From New York!,” directed by Bao Nguyen, will debut April 15 as the opening film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary combines archival footage with interviews of “SNL” cast members, crew, hosts and journalists and traces the evolution and influence of the show over nearly 800 episodes.
The show premiered on NBC on Oct. 11, 1975. The documentary is created and executive produced by J.L. Pomeroy and Tom Broecker, and produced by Kimmie H. Kim, Sarah Cowperthwaite and Owen Moogan, with associate producer Demetra Stavrakas.
Abramorama’s release will include support from the Landmark Theater chain, including their venues in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. »
- Dave McNary
Cable channels and streaming services may not be in the morning TV news business, but they’re considering entry in the form of a fictional comedy series set in that world.
That’s the premise of a hot pitch making the rounds this week at HBO, Showtime, AMC, Netflix and Amazon that would star Michelle Pfeiffer as an anchor not unlike the one once played in real life by Katie Couric, the “Today” veteran who is attached to the project as an executive producer.
The series would be a comedic look behind-the-scenes of a morning news show. Though storylines aren’t drawn directly from Couric’s experiences, she is expected to ensure the series strikes realistic notes.
A source familiar with the pitch said both Pfeiffer and Couric are pitching along with the show’s creator, Diane English, who is no stranger to fictionalized versions of TV news operations having »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Richard Rush’s 1970 film Getting Straight, which stars Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen, it’s 45th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 124-minute film on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Director Rush and star Gould are scheduled to both be on hand for the screening.
From the press release:
Getting Straight (1970)
A Vietnam vet and former social radical is conflicted by his desire to become a teacher and his sympathy with anti-establishment student protests.
The Royale Laemmle is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Phone number is (310) 478 – 3836.
Click here for tickets. »
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"Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat," the Murphy Brown actress writes in an excerpt obtained by Page Six.
"In the past 15 years... I have put on 30 pounds," she adds. "I live to
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- Kaitlin Thomas
Candice Bergen is embracing her curvy new body! The 68-year-old actress is opening up about her weight in her new memoir, "A Fine Romance." (excerpted by "Today"). "Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat," she declares. "In the past 15 years ... I have put on 30 pounds." "I live to eat," the "Murphy Brown" star adds. "None of this 'eat to live' stuff for me. I am a champion eater. No carb is safe — no fat, either." The model-turned-actress goes on to compare her own eating habits to those of her "skinny friends," calling out the unhealthy practices some woman have used to stay slim. "They maintain their weight by routinely vomiting after major meals consisting of a slice of steak or a filet of fish," she reveals. "I am incapable of this." "Dieting is out of my purview," she continues. "I crave cookies...all the things that dilate my pupils. »
- tooFab Staff
Candice Bergen is not about to apologize for gaining 30 pounds in 15 years.
"Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat," she writes, as the Today show reported on Monday, previewing their interview with her on April 7. "I live to eat. None of this 'eat to live' stuff for me."
"I am a champion eater," she jokes. "No carb is safe -- no fat, either."
Photos: Most Dramatic Celebrity Weight Loss Transformations
In what's sure to be controversial, the former model also seemingly jokes about bulimia.
"They maintain their weight by routinely vomiting after major meals consisting of a slice of steak or a filet of fish," she writes about her thin friends, according to Page Six. "I am incapable »
Many Hollywood actresses denounce gluten and praise the Paleo diet, but not Candice Bergen. The 68-year-old Murphy Brown star is eating what she wants and has happily gained weight! In her new memoir A Fine Romance, she more than keeps it real, writing, (as excerpted by Today), "Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat." "In the past 15 years...I have put on 30 pounds," she continues. "I live to eat. None of this 'eat to live' stuff for me." Bergen goes on to call herself "a champion eater," writing, "No carb is safe—no fat, either." The former model says her "skinny friends" are "miserable," writing, "They maintain »
Happy how she is! Beloved star Candice Bergen opened up about her body image in her upcoming memoir A Fine Romance, happily acknowledging and embracing her weight gain. "Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat," the Murphy Brown actress, 68, writes in the book, excerpted by The New York Post's Page Six. "In the past 15 years... I have put on 30 pounds." "I live to eat," the Boston Legal star adds. "None of this 'eat to live' stuff for me. I am [...] »
The world’s biggest Bollywood dance academy, Shiamak displayed their versatility at their Spring Funk™ show as students performed to World Dance Beats. The theme of the show gave students an opportunity to experience dance styles from across the world, understand global music and perform on stage at the Bell Performing Arts Center.
Salsa, Rock’n’Roll, Hip Hop, Bollywood Jazz, Afro Jazz, Broadway and Contemporary took centre stage as the witnessed a grand celebration of dance and music. Hundreds of performers from ages four to sixty four displayed their passion for dance with each one shining on stage like true stars. After the show, Hon. Peter Fassbender Minister of Education, for the province of British Columbia, said, “It was my wife’s and my sincere pleasure to attend the Shiamak Spring Funk event last Saturday evening. The energy, talent and enthusiasm of all the participants were more than amazing! »
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The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy has been scoping likely contenders for the Cannes 2015 lineup, and we take note of two reports on the status of two of them, Andrzej Żuławski’s Cosmos and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Love in Khon Kaen. Also in the works: Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie with Lily Collins, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, Dabney Coleman, Candice Bergen and Oliver Platt; Steve Martin is joining the cast of Ang Lee's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; Scott Rudin has acquired rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s epic new novel The Buried Giant; Netflix has picked up a new series by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij; and more. » - David Hudson »
He may be adored for his portrayal of Hawkeye the wisecracking doctor in Mash, but Alan Alda has a second passion: science. Which is why he has written a play, Radiance, about the hounding of Marie Curie
Alan Alda works from an office in midtown Manhattan, around the corner from Grand Central station and in the shadow of the Chrysler Building. “It’s funny,” he says, looking up at the skyscraper while waiting for a cab. “I come here every day and I never saw it from this angle before.”
The veteran actor, now 79, is used to approaching things from unusual angles – it is what he has been doing, forcefully, for most of his career: taking the lessons learned from one area of expertise and applying them to another. So it is that, having just finished appearing nightly on Broadway, opposite Candice Bergen in Love Letters, Alda now has a »
- Emma Brockes
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It takes a special formula to make an awesome Saturday Night Live host. The person in question must be funny, yes, but also incredibly magnetic and likable. The gig is a lot harder than people think, but some stars make it seem like a walk in the park.
Everyone from Britney Spears to Josh Hutcherson has hosted SNL, but what celebrities reign supreme as the ultimate masters? Well, take a break from watching VH1 Classic‘s “SNL Rewind: 2015- 1975 Mega Marathon,” and find out which 10 candidates make cut. (Of course, it includes human beer bottle and general sunshine king Justin Timberlake.)
Alec Baldwin has hosted the show a whopping 16 times—the most ever—and became a member of the prestigious Five-Timers Club in 1994. Some of Baldwin’s best skits include “NPR’s Delicious Dish with Pete Schweddy” (1998), “Brenda the Waitress” (1990), and »
- Christopher Rosa
Being unabashedly trashy can be pretty entertaining, and Lifetime takes the plunge — a little too deeply in places — with “Beautiful & Twisted.” A ripped-from-the-headlines tale of sex and murder, this fact-based story about the comicbook-loving heir to a hotel fortune who married, and was murdered by, a stripper, is produced by and stars Rob Lowe. But it’s Paz Vega’s turn as a beyond-soap-opera femme fatale that should have people buzzing. Seemingly cognizant of its camp qualities, the movie finally can’t sustain its initial energy, and the violence proves needlessly graphic. Not that those shortcomings will detract from its ratings appeal.
Lowe plays Ben Novack Jr., who grew up surrounded by the opulence provided by his family’s ownership of Miami Beach’s Fountainebleau Hotel, and narrates his own sordid tale from beyond the grave. Like many a rich man (especially in Lifetime movies), he’s undone by an alluring woman — in this case, »
- Brian Lowry
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