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Produced by the brothers' 3:59 Inc., the film also marks Joe's directorial debut, and a host of celebs came out in support of the project, including "Saturday Night Live's" Taran Killam, Joe's "True Blood" co-stars Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nathan Parsons and Chris Bauer, actress Aisha Tyler and singer Josh Groban (whose brother, Chris Groban, is the film's editor).
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Elgort has made frequent mention of his theater (and tap-dancing) past — but the video evidence below is really just too good to be true. Not only is there proof of Elgort’s basically perfect casting as Tracy Turnblad’s well-coiffed love; there’s also footage of Elgort’s performance as Collins in a theater camp production of Rent at the famed Stagedoor Manor.
And Elgort, of course, isn »
- Marc Snetiker
First, let me say that I loved my days in community theater. It’s where I learned how to do a time-step and workshop different accents — including “British” and “unplaceable European” — and do mic check exclusively with Whitney Houston songs. I loved every production I was in, no matter how stressful or awful, because the biggest truth about community theater is that misery loves company. If I’m miserable in a cat costume during the sixth straight hour of tech, I have to believe everyone else is miserable, too.
If you’ve been involved in less-than-professional theater, you know these harsh truths: productions can be, »
- Marc Snetiker
Saturday Night Live turns 40 years old next year. The big 4-0. What does that mean, exactly? Well, to put it in perspective, that means 11 of the 21 people who hosted during SNL’s 39th season were not even alive when the show premiered on Oct. 11, 1975 with George Carlin as host. The show has evolved slightly from one cast to the next. But at its core, it’s still the same format that Lorne Michaels and his irreverent crew established way back when, though the first few seasons relied on such a small circle of guest hosts that Buck Henry became the »
- Jeff Labrecque
… Kate McKinnon. Which should come as no surprise, whether you faithfully watched each of season 39′s episodes or only caught a few of its sketches online.
Let’s back up. Each week in our SNL recaps, EW’s writers have selected one cast Mvp — the featured or repertory player who made the best individual impression in that Saturday’s episode. Sometimes those Mvp slots were shared between two cast members; sometimes, as in this season’s premiere, we cited both a New Cast Mvp and an Old Cast Mvp, just to spread the wealth around. Because our recaps are written »
- Hillary Busis
Ordinarily, it would be high praise to say “Saturday Night Live” saved its best episode for its season finale, the momentum fueling hope for its future. But those that saw the episode might have felt all the more discouraged considering the finale was a strong one primarily because of its guest star, Andy Samberg, and a truckload of other former all-stars.
Such is the double-edged sword whenever “SNL” dips into its alumni pool: It typically makes for a better episode, but one that only reminds you how inferior the current cast is by comparison.
If you compare this season with the preceding 38 years of “SNL,” this clearly was not a good season for “SNL.” But that’s really not a fair comparison considering this was a rebuilding year in which Lorne Michaels weathered a mass exodus by bringing in a much larger freshman class than usual. Grading on a curve is a necessity. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
What did you think of SNL’s 39th season?
Maybe, instead, we should begin with a different question: What did SNL itself think of its 39th season?
The answer: Not much, if Saturday’s finale was any indication. Any time a former cast member hosts the show, we’re guaranteed to see a barrage of cameos from fellow alumni. But the sheer volume of ex-repertory players that showed up last night — and stuck around, taking up more attention and screen time than some new featured players have gotten all season — made the finale feel more like an unearned victory lap than a standalone episode. »
- Hillary Busis
The cold open delivered a message from Solange (Sasheer Zamata) and Jay Z (Jay Pharoah) in an attempt to clear up the rumors surrounding their recent elevator altercation. "Let me tell you once and for all what I think of this man," Solange »
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The cold open Saturday night not surprisingly covered the Jay Z and Solange family feud with Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata. The two unconvincingly say that they’ve put the elevator spat behind them and act like they’ve never had a problem. They also show the leaked elevator video with sound, revealing that Solange was merely trying to get a spider off her brother-in-law. Maya Rudolph came by for a cameo as Beyonce.
In his opening monologue, Andy Samberg first announced that Justin Timberlake sadly wouldn’t be appearing to join him during the night. After talking about his Golden Globe wins for Brooklyn Nine Nine, he tried to break Bill Hader’s impression record, completing 23 impersonations in record time. »
So here’s the not so dirty secret about Andy Samberg: He wasn’t a particularly strong live performer during his time on “Saturday Night Live.” That didn’t particularly matter, since his contributions to the preproduced form under the “Digital Shorts” moniker represent the single most important part of the show during his tenure. That is nothing to sneeze at. But unless “SNL” goes all in all pretaped segments tonight (which, you know, maybe?), we’re going to get some live sketches in which Samberg is the featured player. But maybe that’s a good thing, since tonight will be the last night for certain cast members to sell themselves to both the show and the public at large. Nasim Pedrad’s time is probably over, in that “Mulaney” has been greenlit by Fox. (Oddly enough, you don’t hear Anything overt about this in the press, even »
- Ryan McGee
Dammit, NBC — why’d you have to announce an upcoming live version of The Music Man that likely won’t premiere until 2015? How are we supposed to get excited for Peter Pan Live when we know that this is on the horizon?
No disrespect to the Lost Boys, but Meredith Willson’s 1957 classic is a much better show than the 1954 stage version of Pan. (So long as Mary Martin isn’t involved, anyway.) The songs are catchier, the book is wittier, the production numbers are more fun — and there’s much less chance of high-wire mishaps, which actually might make »
- Hillary Busis
Charlize Theron hasn’t hosted Saturday Night Live since 2000, which was 14 whole years ago and a performance which very few of us actually remember. That didn’t stop her from crafting a monologue out of a sketch from that 2000 show, however. Her singing part in that sketch kept getting reduced and reduced until she realized, “I can’t sing.” Which the writers apparently thought was hilarious because guys, Charlize Theron can do everything: Win Oscars! Star in dramas! Star in comedies! But… she can’t sing. Ha, ha!
The musical monologue pointed out Theron’s other talents while some cast »
- Ariana Bacle
"2 Days in the Valley" star Charlize Theron (remember?) puts her best model face montage forward in her promos for this week's "Saturday Night Live," which she's hosting for the second time with musical guest The Black Keys. So how old is she really? asks people who are are insecure about their own age? Thanks to Taran Killam, we now know the shocking answer. (Hint: Her movie tickets cost about a dollar less than yours.) Follow Riot on Twitter »
- Chris Eggertsen
The beautiful actress Charlize Theron is a woman of many talents. We know her from some of her more intense roles like the film Monster where she received an Oscar for Best Actress, but now she's showing us a more humorous side. She is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, and the promos have been released. Returning to the show after 14 years, Theron's still got it! The clips are hysterical, featuring the star schooling Taran Killam in "model face," and she shows us how friendly, and not-so-friendly she can be. The A Million Ways to Die in the West star demonstrates for Killam what she's learned on set, and by that we mean snapping his neck! With moves like that, Theron has nothing to »
Charlize Theron is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend and everyone in the cast is excited — except for Aidy Bryant, who might be planning to kill her. In this week's promos, Taran Killam helped Theron ham it up a bit in the Studio 8H control room before things got real. Apparently, Bryant and Theron have some beef that the tall, blonde actress was completely unaware of — and the “SNL” cast member is out for blood. See video: ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Segment Sparks Controversy Over Racially Charged Slave Jokes This weekend won't be Theron's first time hosting, but it's been a while. »
- Tony Maglio
The best joke in Theron’s Saturday Night Live promos sure seem to point to a (fake) rivalry. Taran Killam informs Theron that Bryant has been trash-talking her all week. Note to Bryant: As Theron shows in a later promo, making A Million Ways To Die In the West taught her how to beat people up.
Elsewhere, Theron — who last hosted SNL 14 years ago — proves herself a capable straight woman for Killam’s goofiness, whether that means messing around in the control room or being tricked into recording Killam’s voicemail message. »
- Erin Strecker
Charlize Theron is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, so here's her obligatory promo reel. Taran Killam sure can make a silly face! Theron's previous hosting gig was all the way back in 2000 (musical guest: Paul Simon), long enough ago that she was a member of the girl-group Gemini's Twin and a guest on "Goth Talk" — the final "Goth Talk," in fact, since Molly Shannon left the show at the end of that season. Maybe "Goth Talk" can come back and teach "Girlfriends Talk Show" how it's done. »
- Margaret Lyons
Since Beyonce released her amazing self-titled fifth album last December, in a sneak attack move that patently redefined how major albums are distributed and required silence from more people than the JFK assassination, there has been a groundswell of support from the artist, whose last album, 2011's "4" wasn't exactly the smash it should have been. In a pre-recorded sketch on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend (they are no longer "Digital Shorts"), the show's host Andrew Garfield found out what it was like to be the one man in the entire world to dispute Bey's reign.
The sketch (via Huffington Post), entitled "The Beygency," is pretty weird and funny, and made even weirder and funnier by the fact that it's largely inspired by the Matt Damon / Emily Blunt sci-fi romance "The Adjustment Bureau," a movie that I liked quite a bit but didn't exactly set the world on fire. Garfield plays »
- Drew Taylor
That headline isn’t meant to be a knock on Andrew Garfield, who was nimble and vibrant as Peter Parker (post-spider bite, of course) in his SNL hosting debut. His face sported a gigantic, adorable grin for about 75 percent of last night’s 90-minute show; he easily and smoothly transitioned between British and American accents, even multiple times in the same sketch; he showed a real knack for flustered buffoonery, almost saving an iffy wedding toast sketch by sheer force of personality alone. (Key word there: almost.)
Garfield was good enough that it’s puzzling the show didn’t give him more to do. »
- Hillary Busis
We’re here in the final stretch of the “Saturday Night Live” season, with just three consecutive episodes separating us and wild speculation about the fortieth season of the program. I have a few thoughts on what to look for over these three weeks, but the promos this week suggest “SNL” might have an extremely fun and game host in Garfield. He has cameo’d in the past when real-life girlfriend Emma Stone has hosted (look for her to return the favor tonight), but this is his first chance to show the comedic touches he brings to Peter Parker in a sketch-comedy setting. Along for the ride is musical guest Coldplay, who ironically last appeared on “SNL” when Stone hosted. Maybe Spider-Man will fight them as two-thirds of The Sinister Six. Not an Extremely sinister six, I’d grant you. But hey, what do I know? As always, I’ll be liveblogging, »
- Ryan McGee
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