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‘Mirror’ Mirror at the Cooler

17 hours ago | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Episode 113: The Cooler Gang flashes back to all three seasons of Netflix’s Black Mirror, predicts the 2017 Oscar noms, and gushes over SNL’s Kate McKinnon. This week at the Water Cooler, »

- Clarence Moye

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Alec Baldwin to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ for Record 17th Time

22 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alec Baldwin has been appearing as now-President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” for quite a while, but only in the capacity of a guest. On Feb. 11, he’ll return again as host.

This will be Baldwin’s 17th time delivering the monologue from the stage at Studio 8H, giving him a new record for most times hosting the show. Ed Sheeran will be the musical guest for the occasion.

Baldwin’s hosting gig puts a probable tweetstorm from President Trump in the forecast. Nearly every Baldwin appearance as Trump has drawn criticism from the man who now resides a 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017

Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad »

- Oriana Schwindt

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Putin Mocks Trump’s Inauguration (Watch)

22 January 2017 11:41 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alec Baldwin may have gotten the night off with his much-praised portrayal of Donald Trump, but Beck Bennett took center stage as Vladimir Putin on “Saturday Night Live” to reassure Americans in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“Relax, I got this. Putie’s going to make everything Ok,” announced a shirtless Bennett-as-Putin. “I promise that we will take care of America. It is the most expensive thing we have ever bought.”

He acknowledged the skepticism of the newly elected President — but pointed out he’s had skeptics, too, but they haven’t been heard from since. “It’s like they’re gone. It always works out,” he assured.

In response to yesterday’s women’s marches, “Putin” introduced a Russian woman: Fan favorite Olya, played by Kate McKinnon.

“Hello. I am Olya, a Russian woman,” said McKinnon-as-Olya, who was reciting from a card. “I am so happy. Each »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Watch 'SNL' Honor Barack Obama With Touching 'To Sir, With Love'

22 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Saturday Night Live honored former president Barack Obama with a touching rendition of the 1967 single "To Sir, With Love" performed by SNL's Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata.

A tribute to Obama's eight years of service to America, the song – originally sung by Lulu and featured in the Sidney Poitier film To Sir, With Love – boasts appreciative lyrics like "How do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume? / It isn't easy, but I'll try" while also signaling an end of an era.

On the chorus, Strong sang, »

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‘That’s Showbiz, Kid’: SNL Spoofs Kellyanne Conway with Chicago Parody

22 January 2017 10:13 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be Kellyanne Conway.

Saturday Night Live made Donald Trump’s aide the star of a Chicago parody sketch, putting a new spin on the song “Roxie.”

Kate McKinnon reprised her impersonation for the number, which delves into Conway’s “real” motivations for supporting Trump as his campaign manager and now-consultant: stardom.

“Who says that lying’s not an art?” she sings while daydreaming as Roxie Hart during a CNN interview. “And when they Google just a ‘K,’ my name’ll come up before Kanye: Kellyanne Conway. »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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Kellyanne Conway Reveals the Real Reason She Joined Trump's Campaign in a Chicago-Inspired SNL Skit

22 January 2017 9:05 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Saturday Night Live returned this week with yet another politically-charged skit, only this time it was centered around Donald Trump's presidential counselor, Kellyanne Conway. The skit begins with Kellyanne (played by Kate McKinnon) talking to CNN's Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) about Trump and his relationship with Vladimir Putin. Things only get better when Jake asks Kelly, "Why are you doing this?" and she breaks into full song and dance. Not only does Kelly channel her inner Roxie Hart from Chicago, but she reveals her true motive for joining Trump's campaign. It's too good not to watch. Related:a Shirtless Vladimir Putin Roasts President Trump's Inauguration Crowds on SNL »

- Monica Sisavat

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: In Which Aziz Ansari Compares President Trump To Chris Brown

22 January 2017 8:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: Felicity Jones Hosts Uneven Hour That Robs Us Of Hope

Well, this episode was a mixed bag. Whether in the form of sketches, standup or Weekend Update, it tackled race in the most direct (and consistent) way we’ve seen since the Dave Chappelle episode. It also made some deeply problematic comments on the weekend’s demonstrations. Parts were legitimately funny. Parts were troubling. In a word, it was uncomfortable. It was also surprisingly musical, for an episode not hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda. So, what worked, and what could have used some work prior to air? Let’s take a look.

Host: Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari — the show’s first South Asian host in its history — brought his brand of shouty, verbose standup to the 8H stage. Throughout the night, Ansari entertained with a mix of political insight and weird voices, trading his signature pop culture references for cultural commentary, »

- Sophy Ziss

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: In Which Aziz Ansari Compares President Trump To Chris Brown

22 January 2017 8:58 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Review: Felicity Jones Hosts Uneven Hour That Robs Us Of Hope

Well, this episode was a mixed bag. Whether in the form of sketches, standup or Weekend Update, it tackled race in the most direct (and consistent) way we’ve seen since the Dave Chappelle episode. It also made some deeply problematic comments on the weekend’s demonstrations. Parts were legitimately funny. Parts were troubling. In a word, it was uncomfortable. It was also surprisingly musical, for an episode not hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda. So, what worked, and what could have used some work prior to air? Let’s take a look.

Host: Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari — the show’s first South Asian host in its history — brought his brand of shouty, verbose standup to the 8H stage. Throughout the night, Ansari entertained with a mix of political insight and weird voices, trading his signature pop culture references for cultural commentary, »

- Sophy Ziss

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See 'SNL' Parody Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway With Musical Sketch

22 January 2017 7:48 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Kate McKinnon turned White House adviser Kellyanne Conway's unwavering support for Donald Trump – and her secret desire to be famous – into a rollicking musical number on Saturday Night Live.

The sketch – which aired even before Conway's instant-classic "alternative facts" claim on Meet the Press Sunday – featured "the counselor to the President" being interviewed by CNN, where she spun Jake Tapper's questions beyond recognition. When the host asked simply, "Why are you doing this?," the interview turned into a Chicago-style song-and-dance where Conway revealed her real motive: Fame.

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‘SNL’ Gives Kellyanne Conway A Razzle-Dazzle Musical Makeover

22 January 2017 5:59 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In a razzle-dazzle pinnacle of last night’s Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon took her Kellyanne Conway impression to glittery new heights, reimagining the Trump spokeswoman as the star (in her own mind) of a Bob Fosse-style musical that wows with a “Roxie”-type showstopper (lifted from Rob Marshall’s film of Chicago, as some astute Deadline readers have noted). McKinnon will want to reserve some space for this one on her next Emmy reel. The pre-taped short begins with… »

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'Saturday Night Live' Lampoons Donald Trump, 'La La Land' and Uber in Politically Charged New Episode

22 January 2017 2:25 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In the wake of Donald Trump's inauguration and the subsequent Women's March that drew millions of activists to protest in the streets of numerous cities nationwide, the political landscape has been on the forefront of everyone's mind.

While politics has often been a lucrative source of comedy for Saturday Night Live, their reliance on political lampooning typically lessened after the election cycle came to a close in years past. However, the relevance of political satire has only increased since this year's election, and SNL has responded in turn.

While Alec Baldwin didn't reprise his impression of the new President this week, SNL managed to tackle politics and pop-culture in equal measure in a way that was noticeably more on-point than in recent episodes (in part because of first-timer Aziz Ansari's masterful job as host). Here's a look at some of SNL's best and most timely sketches of the night.

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'Saturday Night Live' Lampoons Donald Trump, 'La La Land' and Uber in Politically Charged New Episode

22 January 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In the wake of Donald Trump's inauguration and the subsequent Women's March that drew millions of activists to protest in the streets of all 50 states, the political landscape has been on the forefront of everyone's mind.

While politics has often been a lucrative source of comedy for Saturday Night Live, their reliance on political lampooning typically lessened after the election cycle came to a close in years past. However, the relevance of political satire has only increased since this year's election, and SNL has responded in turn.

While Alec Baldwin didn't reprise his impression of President Trump this week, SNL managed to tackle politics and pop culture in equal measure in a way that was noticeably more on-point than in recent episodes, in part because of first-timer Aziz Ansari's masterful job as host.

Here's a look at some of SNL's best sketches of the night:

Watch: Aziz Ansari Slams 'Casual White Supremacy,' Supports »

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Watch Kellyanne Conway Sing Why She Stuck With Trump on ‘SNL': To Be More Famous Than Kanye (Video)

21 January 2017 9:42 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kate McKinnon’s “SNL” version of Kellyanne Conway has struggled with her role in the Donald Trump campaign. During the election, she had to spend one whole day off explaining Trump tweets in one of the show’s more brilliant sketches. Now “Saturday Night Live” has finally explained why Conway stuck by Trump: the fame. Duh. After diverting questions from Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) about President Trump’s plans to meet with Vladimir Putin, Conway reminded everyone that Trump, in fact, won the election. You can check out the full song above. Also Read: 'SNL': Putin Congratulates America »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Beck Bennett’s Shirtless Putin Subs For Alec Baldwin’s Trump On ‘SNL’: “We’re All In This Together”

21 January 2017 9:05 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated Sunday with full video No Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live tonight, so Beck Bennett’s shirtless Vladimir Putin crossed over to a well-deserved starring role. And he got an assist in the show’s cold open from Kate McKinnon’s newly revived Russian peasant character Olya, making a surprise appearance wearing one of those pink knit hats worn by thousands of marchers today. “Relax, I got this,” Beck’s thick-accented Putin sneered, directly addressing a nation under… »

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Aziz Ansari and Big Sean Tease an All-New 'SNL' With 'Medium' Kate McKinnon

20 January 2017 6:53 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Both Aziz Ansari and Big Sean will appear on Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend, and we have new promos for their episode.

In the clip, cast favorite Kate McKinnon tries out a new nickname patterned off of the "Blessings" rapper.

"I'm Aziz Ansari, and I'm hosting Saturday Night Live this week with musical guest, Big Sean," Ansari says.

"And me, Medium Kate," McKinnon interjects. "Sometimes petite, depending on the store."

Sean takes it upon himself to inform McKinnon "that's not how it works."

Watch: Aziz Ansari to Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time

In a second promo, McKinnon promises that even though she might not be ready for the upcoming episode of SNL now, we'll be able to count on her at show time.

"I have a thing," she says. "It involves a specialist and my feet, but I will be ready if all goes according to plan."

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Film Feature: 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com

18 January 2017 8:24 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Film reviewing can be a blood sport – not everything is a highfalutin art night at the cinema. The three reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino – did spend some time wasting energy on some really bad movies in 2016, and lived to tell about it.

There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, with stars like Bobby De Niro and George Clooney representing, as well as superheroes and overwrought CGI epics making the “grade.” The persons responsible for the descriptive honors are marked accordingly, Pm for for Patrick, Sw for Spike and Je for Jon. Cover your eyes and gird your loins, these are the 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com.

Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa

Photo credit: Lionsgate

To this day, even while writing this, I get a stomach ache recalling how prodigiously disgusting “Dirty Grandpa” turned out to be. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Felicity Jones Hosts Uneven Hour That Robs Us Of Hope

15 January 2017 8:51 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Previous Review: Casey Affleck Hosts The Very Last Christmas; The Audacity of Dope

So, here we are. It’s 2017. The world hasn’t ended, and “Saturday Night Live” is back. Did the episode tackle Trump? Yes, somewhat. Was it a good episode? Not especially. Will you have a clear idea of who Felicity Jones is, and what her brand is, despite the fact that she was nominated for Best Actress just last year and we should probably get her by now? No. But are there still any sketches worth watching? Absolutely.

Pardon us: The monologue had a special guest star who burned Internet reviewers and threw us off our game. Or Did It? (It did — have a guest, at least.)

Host: Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones is a good actress, an Academy Award nominee, the star of her own “Star Wars” spinoff, and a fairly prolific indie performer too. But who Is she? »

- Sophy Ziss

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Felicity Jones Hosts Uneven Hour That Robs Us Of Hope

15 January 2017 8:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Previous Review: Casey Affleck Hosts The Very Last Christmas; The Audacity of Dope

So, here we are. It’s 2017. The world hasn’t ended, and “Saturday Night Live” is back. Did the episode tackle Trump? Yes, somewhat. Was it a good episode? Not especially. Will you have a clear idea of who Felicity Jones is, and what her brand is, despite the fact that she was nominated for Best Actress just last year and we should probably get her by now? No. But are there still any sketches worth watching? Absolutely.

Pardon us: The monologue had a special guest star who burned Internet reviewers and threw us off our game. Or Did It? (It did — have a guest, at least.)

Host: Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones is a good actress, an Academy Award nominee, the star of her own “Star Wars” spinoff, and a fairly prolific indie performer too. But who Is she? »

- Sophy Ziss

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Felicity Jones on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

15 January 2017 7:17 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

After a long and much-needed break, Saturday Night Live returned this week for its first episode of 2017. Following an overloaded, overstuffed fall schedule, the show has just two episodes announced for this month. As these fall right before and right after the inauguration of Donald Trump, both have great importance. We can surmise that he'll be watching both closely.

What will the President-Elect Of The United States be tweeting about on Sunday? Let's find out by looking at the three sketches he and everyone else will be discussing.

Donald Trump »

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Felicity Jones Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

15 January 2017 4:51 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The force was not with Jyn Erso this weekend.

Saturday Night Live kicked off 2017 with first time host Felicity Jones, who was the weakest part of an otherwise solid episode. After a very funny pep talk from Tina Fey about not letting her nerves get the best of her, the Rogue One actress spent much of the evening struggling to maintain an American accent in sketches involving Bachelor knockoffs and famous figures in the women’s suffrage movement.

VideosSNL‘s Trump Shares His ‘Golden’ Plan to ‘Shower’ Country With Jobs

In addition to Fey, Alec Baldwin returned in the »

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