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Link Link Link Went the Bloggie

15 October 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A veritable cavalcade? avalanche? orgy? of links this morning from news stories we haven't covered through interesting film tidbits and showbiz articles we wanted to point out for various reasons.

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Vanity Fair looks back at the making of now 20 year old Pulp Fiction

Fox Searchlight Birdman gets an incredible series of city-specific movie posters. Hopefully various movie theaters around the country will latch on to this. Such a fun idea.

The Spy in the Sandwich looks at Oscar's resistance to Asian cinema in the Foreign Language Film category and The Phillipines in particular

Variety Jason Reitman doing another "Live Read" of American Beauty on Thursday in La, this time with his Men Women and Children cast 

The Wire on where Jason Reitman (Labor Day, Men Women and Children) went wrong

Awards Daily Meryl Streep on the set of Ricky and the Flash

NonFics 10 essential documentaries on sex and sexuality. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Saturday Night Live Recap: The Return of Bill Hader (and Stefon)

12 October 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but Saturday Night Live got some attention this past week that was objectively not great. First, there was the cringe-making matter of plagiarism accusations over last episode's River Sisters sketch, and then former cast member and Sweeney Sister Jan Hooks passed away. The former event called into question the show's originality and ethics, while the latter reminded aged skeptics of a cast member they once loved and all these new people they can't quite keep track of and the inexorable march of time. While SNL certainly can, and did, pay tribute to the dearly departed Hooks on-air, the only way the writers and performers could address the plagiarism accusations was indirectly—by putting on a solid show with a total pro for a host, and throwing in some moments of unimpeachable originality. (Hi there, puppet Vietnam flashback!)It's rather amazing that »

- Joe Berkowitz

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'SNL' remembers Jan Hooks with 'Love is a Dream'

12 October 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Saturday Night Live alum Jan Hooks, who died Oct. 9 at age 57, was most well-known for her comedic impressions of people like Hillary Clinton and her recurring character Candy Sweeney, but SNL didn't showcase any of those roles when they paid tribute to her Saturday night: Instead, they showed "Love is a Dream," a short, sweet film starring Hooks and fellow SNL alum Phil Hartman. "Love is a Dream" begins in black and white, with Hooks dressed as an older woman carefully removing a tiara from a storage box. That tiara transports Hooks to her youth, and she suddenly appears decades »

- Ariana Bacle

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Jan Hooks, 'Saturday Night Live' Veteran, Dies At Age 57

9 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Jan Hooks, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, died on Thursday in New York. She was 57.

Jan Hooks Dies

Hooks' death was confirmed by her representative Lisa Lieberman to CNN. She had apparently been suffering from a serious illness.

Hooks is best known for her stint on Saturday Night Live, which ran from 1986-1991. On the sketch show, Hooks took on a number of notable impersonations, including Hillary Clinton, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bette Davis and Jodie Foster. Her most memorable role on the show, however, was probably as Candy Sweeney, one half of the popular Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn.

Back in 1980, Hooks, a native of Georgia, got her start on The Bill Tush Show and later landed a role on TV series Not Necessarily the News. She went on to appear in features Wildcats, Funland and Batman Returns and star in Designing Women as Carlene Frazier Dobber.

Following her run on SNL, »

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Jan Hooks, 'SNL' Star, Dead at 57

9 October 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Actress and comedian Jan Hooks, who was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1986 to 1991 and who appeared on Designing Women, died on the morning of October 9th, according to TMZ. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. She was 57.

Hooks is best remembered for her impressions of Nancy Reagan, Ivana Trump, Sinéad O'Connor and the heavily mascaraed wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker. She was also known for her own character, Candy Sweeney – one half of the lounge singers the Sweeney Sisters. "That show changed my life, »

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Celebrating Jan Hooks: One of 'Saturday Night Live’s ultimate glue guys

9 October 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I've always believed that the "Saturday Night Live" cast you begin watching the show with will always be your favorite, regardless of its actual quality. (Somewhere, there's a 45-year-old going on about the glory days of Denny Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Gail Matthius and, um, whatsisname, that Eddie Murphy kid.) I was lucky enough to start watching the show around 1986 or '87, in what was then rightly known as the Dana Carvey/Jon Lovitz cast, but what may be remembered more now as the Phil Hartman/Jan Hooks cast, and not just because both Hartman and Hooks died much too soon — Hooks today at the age of 57. Phil has gotten his just due as the ultimate "SNL" glue guy: he's the subject of a new biography, and when Grantland did a bracket of the best all-time castmembers, he finished second to Will Ferrell. Hooks, meanwhile, couldn't even get out of a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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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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Saturday Night Live's Jan Hooks Has Died at 57

9 October 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jan Hooks, who was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, has died at the age of 57. The actress and comedian, who also starred in Designing Women, passed away on Thursday, her rep confirms to People. Hooks joined the cast of SNL in 1986, where she worked alongside Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman. She did impressions of people including Sinéad O'Connor, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hillary Clinton, and was one half of the Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn. She left the show in 1991 to replace Jean Smart on Designing Women and was nominated for an Emmy for playing »

- K.C. Blumm

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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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Jan Hooks Dead -- 'SNL' Vet Dies At 57

9 October 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Jan Hooks, who worked alongside some of the biggest "Saturday Night Live" stars ... died Thursday ... TMZ has learned. She was 57.We've learned she passed away this morning in New York City. Sources tell us Jan had been battling a serious illness.Jan was part of the 'SNL' cast from 1986-91 ... the same time as Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller ... and was most famous for being half of »

- TMZ Staff

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Jan Hooks Dead: Former Saturday Night Live Star Dies at 57

9 October 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Jan Hooks has died at the age of 57, TMZ reports. The former Saturday Night Live star passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9, after battling a serious illness. Hooks starred in the late-night NBC variety show from 1986 to 1994, where she famously impersonated Sinead O'Connor and was one half of the Sweeney Sisters act with Nora Dunn. Some of her cast members at the time included Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Chris Farley. The Georgia native is also best known for playing Carlene Frazier Dobber in Designing [...] »

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'Saturday Night Live' Alum Jan Hooks Dead at 57

9 October 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Saturday Night Live" alum Jan Hooks has passed away at the age of 57, according to a report from TMZ.

Hooks was reportedly suffering from an undisclosed illness and died in New York City on Thursday. Hooks is best known for being a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1986-1991. Her memorable characters include Candy Sweeney of "The Sweeney Sisters" sketches and impressions of Jodie Foster, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Bette Davis.

Hooks recently played the role of Jenna Maroney's mom, Verna, on "30 Rock" and had a recurring role as Carlene on "Designing Women." In 1998, she was nominated for an Emmy for a guest starring role on "3rd Rock From the Sun." »

- Alana Altmann

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Shemar Moore, Anthony Anderson Pitch Sports Movies at 2014 Espys

17 July 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hollywood and the sports world played together nicely for Espn’s 2014 Espys award ceremony. The mixture of stars, stand-up comedy and speeches at the annual telecast at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre created a light yet sometimes highly emotional atmosphere during Wednesday night festivities.

Rapper and one-time “Saturday Night Live” host Drake hosted the live broadcast and took jabs at several of the champions being honored in his opening monologue.

Before the night’s events, Drake warned that he would not hold back any punches with his jokes, but did not intend any of them to be mean-spirited.

“I definitely think that hip-hop is a little more malicious than what any host is going for,” Drake said of how his music career would influence him as a host. “I think we’re not trying to end people’s careers or make people feel bad in any way. So our night, »

- Jordyn Holman

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MTV Movie Awards: Director Troy Miller explains how Conan O'Brien scored those 50 cameos for the opener -- Exclusive

13 April 2014 6:05 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.

As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, »

- Lanford Beard

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Writers Guild of America Nominees

1 February 2014 2:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.   Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures   Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by »

- Dave McNary

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Writers Guild of America Nominees

1 February 2014 2:03 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.   Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures   Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by »

- Dave McNary

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