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News Nuggets: Tina Fey remembers fellow 'SNL' alum Jan Hooks

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In a new red carpet interview, Golden Globes host Tina Fey honors the late "Saturday Night Live" star Jan Hooks, who died at age 57 this month. Fey cast Hooks as the mother of Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) a few years ago. She says, "Jan was so funny and the crew was so mesmerized. It made me sad when she passed and it made me mad at the time that how available she was. Jan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career, certainly as big as Rob Schneider. E! Online -Break- ABC is bringing back the retired Barbara Walters to host her annual special about the "most fascinating people" of the year. The 2014 edition will air on December 14 featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey, and several others not yet revealed. Last year's special featured former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the top overall choice. »

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StreamFix: 'Catching Fire,' 'Galaxy Quest,' and 8 More Essential Streams on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Crackle

4 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

StreamFix is your one-stop shop for the web's best streams. Here's the best of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle this week.    Netflix "Galaxy Quest" It's strange that we choose to watch other movies when we can just watch "Galaxy Quest" again and again. The awesome movie puts washed-up TV actors from a cult sci-fi hit (played by Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, and Alan Rickman) into a real-life space adventure. Perfect chemistry for such an offbeat cast. I'd say, "Sigourney Weaver has never been more bad-ass!" but she achieves such heights in pretty much every movie, doesn't she? "Alfie" I'm not much for remakes of Michael Caine's best work (Remember the abysmal "Sleuth" revamp?), but Jude Law actually succeeds here by recreating the debonair man at the heart of the 1966 classic. Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei, and Jane Krakowski all pay his conquests here. Oh, Alfie. What's it all about? »

- Louis Virtel

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Tom Hanks' 'Bachelor Party' is the latest movie-to-tv remake

15 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tom Hanks' “Bachelor Party” is the latest movie-to-tv remake ABC has ordered a “comedy anthology series” based on the raunchy 1984 film, co-created by Regis Philbin’s daughter, J.J. Philbin. The “Bachelor Party” series will focus on three couples: "one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love.” Toys ‘R Us yanks “Breaking Bad” action figures following a Florida mom’s complaints "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” Toys ‘R Us said in a statement, following pressure from a Florida mom who gathered 8,000 signatures. Tina Fey recalls casting Jan Hooks on “30 Rock,” says: “Jan should have had a bigger career ... as big as Rob Schneider's f*cking career" “We needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother, and I thought, My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?” Fey recalled on Monday night, adding »

- Norman Weiss

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Tina Fey Honors Late SNL Star Jan Hooks, Gives Neil Patrick Harris Oscars Hosting Advice

21 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Tina Fey is paying tribute to late Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks. At last night's Elle Women in Hollywood, the 44-year-old funnylady told a story about recruiting Hooks to play the mother of Jane Krakowski's character Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock several years ago before Hooks' recent passing. "We were doing 30 Rock and we needed to cast Jane Krakoski's estranged Florida dirt bag mom. And I said, 'Oh my god, do you think we could get Jan Hooks because she's an idol of mine?'" Fey said from the stage during her speech. "And the answer was like, 'Yeah, you can get her.' She was living in Woodstock and the phone was not ringing. And we called her and were like, 'Do »

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #40-31

14 October 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny.  We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »

- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,

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Former 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Member Jan Hooks Dies at 57

9 October 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jan Hooks, best known for her eight years on Saturday Night Live, passed away in New York on Thursday at the age of 57.

Jan Hooks, best known for her eight years on Saturday Night Live, passed away in New York on Thursday at the age of 57.

Pics: Robin Williams and More Stars We've Lost

Hooks joined SNL in 1986 as a part of a cast that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller. She made a name for herself on the sketch show through her spot-on impersonations of Bette Davis, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor, Jodie Foster and Hillary Clinton.

The Georgia native was nominated for an Emmy in 1998 for her guest role on 3rd Rock From the Sun and was most recently seen on television in NBC's 30 Rock as Verna Maroney, the mother of Jenna Maroney (played by Jane Krakowski).

After her appearance on 30 Rock, Tina Fey said in 2013 that it was one »

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Former 'SNL' Star Jan Hooks Passes Away at Age 57

9 October 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks passed away earlier today in New York City, at the age of 57. While no cause of death was given, TMZ sources say the actress was suffering from a serious illness.

After coming up through the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings, Jan Hooks appeared in the TV series Not Necessarily the News and had film roles in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Wildcats, before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1986.

The actress starred alongside some of SNL's biggest and brightest stars, such as Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon and Dennis Miller as a part of the main cast between 1986 and 1991.

She also came back for a number of appearances in 1993 and 1994, where she played First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton alongside Phil Hartman as President Bill Clinton. She was best known for the Sweeney Sisters sketch alongside Nora Dunn, »

- MovieWeb

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Beloved Saturday Night Live Actress Jan Hooks Has Died

9 October 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Saturday Night Live actress Jan Hooks died at 57 on Thursday morning in New York City, following a battle with a "serious illness." Hooks starred on SNL from 1986 to 1991 and worked with some of the biggest names ever on the show, including Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Dana Carvey, and Mike Myers. More recently, she played Verna Maroney, mother to Jenna (Jane Krakowski), on 30 Rock. She was also widely known for her role as Carlene on Designing Women. The clip below from SNL stars Hooks and Carvey as morning show hosts. She will be missed. »

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Former SNL Cast Member Jan Hooks Dead at 57

9 October 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Former Saturday Night Live and Designing Women cast member Jan Hooks died on Thursday at the age of 57. TMZ reports that the actress had been struggling with a serious illness.Hooks was one of SNL’s most prominent women during her 1986 to 1991 stint on the show, notably as one-half of the boozy lounge act the Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn.  After leaving the comedy institution, Hooks signed on for the CBS sitcom Designing Women. More recently, she appeared on two episodes of 30 Rock, playing Verna Maroney, the mother of Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna Maroney. More details to come.  »

- David Marchese

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SNL's Jan Hooks Dead at 57

9 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Saturday Night Live vet Jan Hooks died Thursday morning in New York City following a serious illness, TMZ is reporting.

Hooks was a memorable part of the SNL cast from 1986-91, and was known for her work with Nora Dunn in the Sweeney Sisters sketches, as well as for impressions of Kathie Lee Gifford, Tammy Faye Bakker and Sinead O’Connor.

Most recently, she guest-starred on 30 Rock as Verna, the hilariously trashy, often monstrous mother of Jane Krakowski’s Jenna Maroney.

After her exit from SNL, Hooks joined Designing Women for two seasons, playing Carlene, the younger sister of the departing Jean Smart’s Charlene. »

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'Saturday Night Live' vet Jan Hooks has passed away

9 October 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's some very sad news for comedy fans today, as "Saturday Night Live" and "Designing Women" vet Jan Hooks has reportedly passed away. Hooks has allegedly been fighting a serious illness for some time and passed away at age 57 in New York City today, according to a TMZ report.  Born in 1957, Hooks grew up in Decatur, Georgia, before moving to L.A. where she joined the renowned improv comedy group The Groundlings. In the early '80s, she was drafted to join the cast of HBO's early comedy series "Not Necessarily the News." She was added to the 1986-'87 season of "SNL" along with fellow newcomers Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman. Hooks stayed with the show until 1991, where she built up an impressive repertoire of fictional characters such as Candy Sweeny (one half of the Sweeny Sisters along with Nora Dunn) and impressions of celebrities and political figures such as Tammy Faye Bakker, »

- Dave Lewis

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Thinking Outside the Shortlist for Women in Comedy

26 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Margaret here with a guessing game for you: a studio comedy is in production, and the lead is a woman. Who gets cast? If you're a Hollywood executive, the answer is Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig or Jennifer Aniston. Looking at today's top-grossing movies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there are only four comic leading ladies; the studio focus on bankability keeps them sticking to a pretty rigid shortlist.

Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, known best for her work in Bridesmaids and Reno 911!, thinks that shortlist should be a little longer. Earlier this week she took to a guest column at Laughspin to stump for her favorite comic actresses, and pitch a host of new projects. I am in no way saying that the women on the funny-lady short lists aren’t funny; they absolutely are! This is just a gentle reminder that there are other bankable comediennes out there, »

- Margaret de Larios

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Still Alice, Beginners, Heist find Us homes

12 September 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Spc, RADiUS and Saban Films have added to their Toronto trophy cabinets, taking rights to Still Alice, Adult Beginners and American Heist, respectively.

Julianne Moore stars as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s in Still Alice (pictured top right) from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.

Spc acquired North American rights from CAA.

RADiUS took Us rights to Ross Katz’s feature directorial debut Adult Beginners (pictured top left) starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles.

The distributor plans a second quarter 2015 launch for the comedy after brokering the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the producers. 

Saban acquired Us rights to American Heist (pictured at bottom) with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “Akon” Thiam.

Saban negotiated rights to the Glacier Films crime drama with Paradigm. Voltage Pictures handles international sales.

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Adult Beginners, American Heist find Us homes

12 September 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

RADiUS and Saban Films have added to their Toronto hauls, taking Us rights to Adult Beginners and American Heist, respectively.

Ross Katz’s feature directorial debut Adult Beginners (pictured) stars Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles.

RADiUS plans a second quarter 2015 launch for the comedy after brokering the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the producers. 

American Heist stars Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “Akon” Thiam.

Saban negotiated rights to the Glacier Films crime drama with Paradigm. Voltage Pictures handles international sales.

As Screendaily revealed exclusively in Cannes, Vladimir Poliakov and Tove Cristensen’s Glacier Films recently launched a $100m fund to ramp up production.

Drafthouse Films has acquired digital rights to Nacho Vigalondo’s shorts compilation Confetti Of The Mind: The Short Films Of Nacho Vigalondo. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Adult Beginners' with Rose Byrne Goes to RADiUS-twc

12 September 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

RADiUS proudly announced that it has acquired Us rights to the much buzzed about Adult Beginners which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

A crowd pleaser with tremendous heart, Adult Beginners features a dream ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and is directed by Oscar nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost In Translation) making his feature length directorial debut.

RADiUS has slated a theatrical release second quarter 2015.

In the film, a young, narcissistic entrepreneur (Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Byrne), brother-in-law (Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in his suburban childhood home - only to become their nanny. Adult Beginners is a comedy about priorities, growing up and beginning again. »

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RADiUS Sets Its Sights on Adult Beginners

12 September 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

RADiUS announced today it has acquired Us rights to Adult Beginners, which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in the second quarter of 2015.

Adult Beginners features a dream ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and is directed by Oscar-nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) making his feature length directorial debut. »

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Toronto: Radius Buys Rose Byrne-Nick Kroll Comedy ‘Adult Beginners’

12 September 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Radius has acquired U.S. rights to the comedy “Adult Beginners,” three days after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rose Byrne and Nick Kroll star along with Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles. Producer Ross Katz (“Lost in Translation”) makes his directorial debut with the pic.

Radius plans a release in the second quarter.

Kroll portrays a narcissistic entrepreneur who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s launch and leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Byrne), brother-in-law (Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in his suburban childhood home.

The film is based on a story originated by Kroll and written by Jeff Cox and Elizabeth Flahive. Producers are Sam Slater and Paul Bernon of Burn Later Productions, Marcus Cox and Karrie Cox of Through Films, Kroll of Good at Bizness, Inc. and Jared Ian Goldman. »

- Dave McNary

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Toronto: Radius Nabs U.S. Rights to Ross Katz's 'Adult Beginners' for $1.5 Million

12 September 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Radius has acquired U.S. rights to Ross Katz's comedy Adult Beginners, which made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Sources peg the deal at $1.5 million. The film stars Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and marks Oscar-nominated producer Katz's (Lost in Translation) feature directorial debut. Radius is planning a theatrical release for second quarter 2015. The film centers on a young, narcissistic entrepreneur (Kroll) who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in total disarray,

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- Tatiana Siegel

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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

1 September 2014 2:50 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

In the rockin' prequel to the live-action hit The Flintstones, we discover how Fred (Mark Addy) and Barney (Stephen Baldwin) came to meet their beloved wives Wilma (Kristen Johnson) and Betty (Jane Krakowski). As observed by a little green visitor from outer space (Alan Cumming), the path of true love is strewn with boulders - particularly in the shape of Wilma's scheming mother (Joan Collins) who's determined to reduce the romance to rubble. »

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Tina Fey's New Show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Features Everything You Love: Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski and Small Dogs

22 August 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Tina Fey's new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars two of your favorite people—Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski—and is filming right now in the Big Apple. The NBC comedy follows a young woman who escapes a cult and starts a new life in New York, and you can get your first look at the series above and below. The Office and Bridesmaids star Kemper plays the title role of Kimmy Schmidt, a young woman who departs a cult and goes on a press tour that includes a stop on NBC's Today. But she's not going back to Indiana. Kimmy decides to stay in New York and "reclaim her life." She's got just a backpack, sneakers, some library books and cash and is ready to take New York by storm. 30 »

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