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As we reported at the time, legendary "Saturday Night Live" announcer (and so much more) Don Pardo passed away this past August. Now we know who will be filling his 8H announcing shoes, Darrell Hammond. Hammond was on "SNL" for years--14 seasons in fact--and currently holds the record for the longest-running cast member. Not only that, but several times over the years when Pardo was unable to perform his announcing duties, Hammond stepped up to the plate and took his place. According to USA Today, while Hammond did impersonate Pardo in those temporary announcing stints previously, Hammond will no longer do that now that he is the permanent replacement. Speaking to USA Today, Hammond said of the new role and former announcer that Pardo "was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It's been a very »
- HitFix Staff
Live from New York, it’s Darrell Hammond’s voice!
“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told the paper. “He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.”
"Saturday Night Live" is going to bring back another old cast member to host this season. NBC announced this morning that Bill Hader, who was on the show for eight seasons, will be back in 8H for the October 11th episode. He originally left the show in 2013. The sketch comedy series has a long tradition of bringing back former cast members to host, and this isn't the first former cast member who will take on the responsibility here on the show's 40th season. It was previously announced that Sarah Silverman, who was on the show for a single year, would host the October 4th episode. For the Hader-hosted episode, the musical guest will be Hozier (Maroon 5 will be there for the Silverman episode) who currently has a single, "Take me to Church," on the alternative radio charts. Hozier has an album due out in October. The new season of "SNL" gets started on September 28th, »
- Josh Lasser
Bill Hader is returning to his roots.
The comedian, who can currently be seen channeling his dark side on the big screen in The Skeleton Twins, will host Saturday Night Live’s Oct. 11 show with musical guest Hozier, NBC announced today. This is Hader’s first time as a host; one can only hope he’ll tap into the deep reservoir of characters and impressions he accumulated during his eight years on the show. And, yes, fingers crossed for Stefon. (Though, can he recapture the Stefon magic as a host? And without Seth Meyers at the Update desk?)
SNL’s 40th season premieres Sept. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Saturday Night Live is welcoming back its prodigal son — well, one of them, anyway.
During his time on SNL, Hader originated a number of fan-favorite characters, including New York City nightlife correspondent — and frequent Weekend Update guest — Stefon.
So, which of »
If the continued success of Guardians of the Galaxy is any indication, audiences really only want to know more and more about the Marvel film, and the good news is that writer/director James Gunn is around to deliver. He has been sharing behind-the-scenes info and photos from his movie for months now, and this week it seems he.s hit a theme of .deleted scenes. Yesterday we learned about a musical sequence that had to get the axe, and today we have a new story about a little extra pelvic sorcery the movie almost included. The story begins with this photo of a beautiful woman that Gunn posted on his Instagram page: This beautiful blue actress/model is Simara Dixon, who was originally going to be featured early in Guardians of the Galaxy when Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Rocket and Groot »
Esquire asked 50 notable men to reflect on the people who helped drive their success as a part of the magazine's new mentoring initiative. Chris Pratt, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Hader, and Armie Hammer are among the stars who share stories about the men and women who changed their lives in order to show the positive effect a mentor can have on a child. Check out their stories and photos here! »
- Erica Tempesta
The Tribune Publishing Company has partnered with marketing content creator Contend in order to increase engagement with readers across all platforms. Tribune, the parent company behind the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, announced its investment in Contend on Tuesday, but have already collaborated on an inaugural campaign for Chicago supermarket chain, Jewel-Osco. Also read: The Most and Least Liked Fall TV Actors: Jim Parsons, Eric Stonestreet to Chris Pratt, Dylan McDermott The companies did not disclose how much has been invested in Contend, which shares offices with Tribune employees in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Contend was founded earlier this year, »
- Greg Gilman
The “Dancing With the Stars” debut foxtrotted to solid demo numbers, but the new season premiere low tied ABC with Fox and its “MasterChef” finale. The two nets matched for first in ratings with a 2.0 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC was first in viewers with an average of 11.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. Fox was third with 5.5 million. Also read: The Most and Least Liked Fall TV Actors: Jim Parsons, Eric Stonestreet to Chris Pratt, Dylan McDermott For ABC, “DWTS” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.4/7 and 13.5 million viewers — both highs on the night. A rerun »
- Tony Maglio
Politicians may want to refrain from using Eminem music in their campaigns.
No, not because the Detroit-based rapper is known for his rapid-fire, profanity-laced rhymes, but because his legal team may come after you for copyright infringement.
Em's music publishers Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated have filed a lawsuit against New Zealand's National Party, claiming that the party breached copyright laws when it used "Lose Yourself" in campaign ads.
"It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand … should itself have so little regard for copyright," Martin said in a statement to the Associated Press. "We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protect the integrity of Eminem's works."
Watch: Chris Pratt Raps Eminem's 'Forgot About Dre'
The National Party, meanwhile, claims that it »
The Make-a-Wish Foundation used a little extra magic to make a little girl named Addison's dreams come true, reports KHON2. Addison, who is in remission after a two-and-a-half-year battle with lymphoid leukemia, has always wanted to visit Hawaii. According to the six-year-old, the rain forests of the Aloha state are where all the pink unicorns roam. Once she arrived, "Princess Addison" was greeted by volunteer actors from Diamond Head Theatre. Dressed as lords and ladies, they led the girl through a magical journey in the tropics. As with all fairy tales, this story has a happy ending: waiting for Addison »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
5th Update, Monday, 3:18 Pm: Screen Gems’ thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs’ estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment’s crime drama The Drop ended the weekend at No. 6 for a $4.1M take or a respectable $5,000+ per screen for Fox Searchlight; it is James Gandolfini’s last film in release. The Identical dropped like a bomb in its second weekend (-75%) falling out of the Top 20 after a dismal opening. In fact, it’s even behind Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight which is its eighth week of release. It was a very soft box office weekend overall, »
- Anita Busch
What you see here is the first headshot that was taken of Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. This is the face of a young man who is just starting his acting career. He has all the hopes and dreams that everything will work out for him, and that one day maybe he could make a living as an actor. As you know, things turned out pretty damn well for him… regardless of how weird he looks in this photo. I'm sure the actor has a sense of humor about this image. It looks to me like he may have been going after a soap opera career.
Via: This is Not Porn »
- Joey Paur
After a shake-up at the "Weekend Update" desk, "Saturday Night Live" continues to tweak its lineup with the addition of a new featured player to the cast.
A native of Staten Island, NY, Davidson started his career in comedy at 16, using it as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Making his rounds in the New York comedy scene, he was spotted by Nick Cannon who took him under his wing. Davidson was a semi-regular on the revival of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out improv comedy series on MTV2 last year, leading to a gig on the MTV2 comedy/reality show Guy Code. Davidson, who dropped out of college, made his film-acting debut in Cannon's direct-to-video School Dance.
- Katie Roberts
Some actors and actresses would rather hide from their early career choices, chalking it up to inexperience and lack of guidance, but then you have a guy like Chris Pratt who embraces his own retro hilarity by continually posting old pics of himself on Twitter. Soon after Guardians of the Galaxy came out, Pratt posted a pic of the Scooby Doo van he lived out of before moving to Los Angeles, and then more recently he dug up his first head shot... which, as you'll see below, is pretty amazing....
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This weekend, Marvel's out of this world adventure Guardians of the Galaxy became an even bigger success as it became the first film this year to cross the $300 million mark in both the domestic and foreign box office charts. That's not an easy feat, and not even Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The Lego Movie reached that milestone. And as a sort of celebration, we thought it would be cool to highlight an awesome fanmade video paying tribute to the Marvel film. For those who don't know, the video game Destiny was released this week (from the creators of Halo) and it's a pretty big deal. And someone already took the time to recreate one of Chris Pratt's opening scenes as Star-Lord within the video game. Watch! Here's a Guardians of the Galaxy scene as recreated in the video game Destiny (via SlashFilm): This is more fun »
- Ethan Anderton
Ariana Grande and Chris Brown went to a Renaissance Faire and came out clean on the other side with a new music video. "Don't Be Gone Too Long" is off of Brown's long-delayed "X," out tomorrow. And while I like Grande and Brown's voices together, this song is a particular thudder, like two talented people being stuffed into a single catchy phrase. Good thing there's Magic to be had. Check out the steamy landscape, like "Neverending Story." Or the prima nocta moves, like in "Braveheart." Prince Douchebag (the villain, I mean) looks like Alan Rickman, a la "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." And Grande's a ballerina, like in... "Black Swan." Brown directed it, noting he "wanted to do something different" on Twitter. So there's that, to explain thine ancient white hoodie. The sung phrase "no one to love me when you're gone" stings a little much when it Brown behind the words, »
- Katie Hasty
Margaret here, back to report on another quiet weekend at the box office. Powered by the considerable force of charisma that Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson supply, home-invasion thriller No Good Deed topped the box office with close to 25 million. In second place is the family film Dolphin Tale 2, which took in decent dollars despite an aggressively bland marketing campaign and the fact that the first one was barely a hit. Guardians of the Galaxy dropped only 22% to third place, and is now the first movie since Frozen to pass $300 million domestically. The Year of Chris Pratt continues.
Weekend Box Office
01 No Good Deed $24.5 *new*
02 Dolphin Tale 2 $16.6 *new*
03 Guardians Of The Galaxy $8.0 (cum. $305.9) Review
04 ...Ninja Turtles $4.8 (cum. $181.0) remember the animated one?
05 Let's Be Cops $4.3 (cum. $72.9)
06 The Drop $4.2 *new*
The stealth success story here is Let's Be Cops, which, despite abysmal reviews and release in one of the »
- Margaret de Larios
‘No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »
- Zac Gille
For this weekend, Cecily Strong has an update of her own. The Saturday Night Live star went on Instagram last night to explain her new role on the show after NBC announced that Daily Show correspondent Michael Che will be replacing her during the "Weekend Update" segment.
With this picture, she says, "I don't see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che! No point in being angry or sad for me for something I'm genuinely happy about! Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess »
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