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“SNL” stars tarr Taran Killam, Jay Pharaoh, and Jon Rudnitsky made headlines by announcing their departure from the show, but a number of fan-favourites are staying on board. Related: Taran Killam And Jay Pharoah Not Returning To ‘SNL’ Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, and Vanessa Bayer are a handful of popular […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
There’s always some new reason to mull over the inner workings of “Saturday Night Live,” but tonight offered a bigger chance than usual. “Saturday Night Live” confirmed that it has not renewed the contracts of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, two cast members that were both in their sixth year with the late-night NBC show. In a cast with somewhat middling name recognition, Killam and Pharoah were two of the most familiar names.
With reports still coming in, it’s difficult to assess “Saturday Night Live’s” casting shakeup, as the iconic variety show prepares for Season 42. But Killam spoke to Mike Ryan at Uproxx in an interview published shortly after the news broke, and there he indicates that despite having other career opportunities, leaving “Saturday Night Live” was not his choice. “I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but »
- Sonia Saraiya
"We're brothers now." A new comedy from the people behind Saturday Night Live. Brother Nature is an indie comedy produced by SNL's Lorne Michaels, featuring at least four SNL cast members. The story involves a straight-laced politician named Roger, played by Taran Killam, who goes on a retreat to a cabin with his dream girl, played by Gillian Jacobs. But in the woods they meet his soon-to-be-brother-in-law, played by Bobby Moynihan, and his family, and things get wild as expected. Also featuring Rita Wilson, Bill Pullman, Ellen Bloodworth, Sarah Burns, Giancarlo Esposito, Rachael Harris, Kumail Nanjiani, Kenan Thompson and David Wain. This is chock full of really dumb humor that makes me wonder if it's going to feel like a very drawn out SNL skit that just doesn't work on the big screen. Have fun. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Matt and Oz's Brother Nature, from YouTube: »
- Alex Billington
If you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live (and some other NBC shows), look no further than this new Lorne Michaels-produced comedy. Directing duo Matt Villines and Osmany Rodriguez‘s feature debut, Brother Nature, follows a by-the-books politician named Roger (Taran Killam) and his dream girl (Gillian Jacobs) as decide they deserve a break. With plans to propose, they take a retreat at a cabin to meet his soon-to-be-brother-in-law (Bobby Moynihan) and family, who makes the trip less of a time to relax and more of a disaster. As his plans go awry, Roger tries to assimilate into a family that proves much more trying than he thought.
Villines and Rodriguez have both worked on the show The Last Man on Earth, along with making a slew of video shorts before this debut, which also stars Bill Pullam, Ritz Wilson, Rachael Harris, and Kenan Thompson. See the trailer below, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Meeting your significant other’s family can be tough, especially when they have a quirky brother who keeps landing you in a series of unfortunate events. Paramount Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films released the first trailer for the new comedy, “Brother Nature,” which deals with a similar situation.
Taran Killam stars as Roger, a straight-laced politician who has big plans to propose to his dream girl (Gillian Jacobs) at her family’s lake house. But everything goes awry when he meets his potential brother-in-law Todd (Bobby Moynihan): a full-time camp counselor with a heart of gold and a wild sense of fun, pining to be Roger’s best friend, and ultimately catapulting him into a series of ridiculous misfortunes. Roger soon realized that being part of this new family may be harder than he thought.
- Liz Calvario
Nickelodeon has been basking in nostalgia recently. After launching a programming block called The Splat to bring back a bunch of their popular shows from the 1990s, news surfaced of a NickToons movie as well as TV movies for Legends of the Hidden Temple and Hey Arnold!. Now one of the Nickelodeon’s biggest child stars […]
The post Kenan Thompson Wants to Revive ‘Kenan & Kel’ for More Nostalgia from Nickelodeon appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
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The sixth and final episode of its limited summer run included sketches involving ghostly interns, gay detectives and tooty-fruity headwear. The hour also contained perhaps the ickiest Jiminy Glick interview of all time.
Before closing up shop altogether, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph were joined by featured players Kenan Thompson and Mikey Day for a song-and-dance number aptly titled “We Did This Together.” The performance served »
Maya & Marty on Tuesday was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good just Ok.
The penultimate hour of the Peacock’s variety experiment featured Jerry Seinfeld’s sit-down with Jiminy Glick and Martin Short doing his (best?) Larry David impersonation. (Fun fact: This evening marks the 27th anniversary of Seinfeld, so it was quite fitting that the comedian put in an appearance on his former network.)
Sad news to report today, especially for fans of sports movies and teen comedies. One 1990s luminary is no longer with us. Best known for playing Billy Bob in the football dramedy Varsity Blues, actor Ron Lester has passed away at the young age of 45. He succumbed to a long battle with liver and kidney ailments. Lester's manager had this to say on Facebook about the actor's untimely death.
"Tonight my friends we lost my good friend and actor Ron Lester - He passed at 8:57 pm Dallas TX Time. He was not in any pain and passed away peacefully. For the Media - I will release a press statement as soon as I have a chance to mourn my friend. Please keep his Fiancee Jennifer Worland in your prayers as she was with him. His friends and family was around him during this difficult time."
It was widely reported »
Tuesday's Maya & Marty, feature a sketch parody of FX coming up with a followup to their smash true crime series The People v O.J. Simpson. They pick "Gawker v. Hulk Hogan," the legal battle between the media company and former pro wrestler. The sketch finds WWE star John Cena competing with O.J. Simpson star David Schwimmer (Martin Short) for the Hogan role.
On Late Night, Maya Rudolph detailed her pseudo-encounter with President Obama. "He used my dressing room!" she gushed to host Seth Meyers, her fellow SNL alum, explaining how the Commander-in-Chief left her a handwritten note and presidential chocolates after his Tonight Show appearance.
Knowing she wouldn't be able to access her dressing room due to high security, Rudolph left a note reading, "Hi, President Obama. Welcome! Mi casa es su casa. Thanks for the last eight years." To her shock, the "world's coolest president" responded with: "Thanks for letting me »
John Cena, WWE wrestler and noted meme, showed off his acting skills and suprisingly good comedic timing in last summer's Trainwreck. We don't know why he hasn't hosted Saturday Night Live yet but until he does, we at least have this appearance on last night's episode of Maya & Marty. Cena — along with Martin Short, Kenan Thompson, and Mikey Day — played a firefighter waiting to hear back who gets the coveted spot of Mr. July in New York's Sexiest Fireman Calendar. Let's just say it's definitely not a surprise who wins. (Bonus: Cena holding an adorable puppy!) »
- Pilot Viruet
Understandably, entertainment executives keep trying to make the charismatic “Saturday Night Live” veteran Maya Rudolph a bigger star. Less understandable are an array of efforts to revive the variety show, a genre of entertainment perhaps left best to prior eras in TV history.
Let’s face it, variety shows thrived when viewers didn’t have a lot of other options, but now anyone with a TV, smartphone or laptop has hundreds of different kinds of programs at his or her disposal every minute of the day. It’s easy to create one’s own grab bag of entertainment — the networks don’t have to do it for us.
And yet they keep trying, especially NBC, which aired “The Maya Rudolph Show” in 2014 and cast the actress as a talk-show diva in the ever-morphing sitcom “Up All Night” a few years earlier. Last year’s variety offering, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, »
- Maureen Ryan
RelatedMaya & Marty: Is It the Variety Show We’ve Been Waiting For?
In a just-released series of outtakes from SNL‘s Star Wars Auditions sketch (first made available by Mashable), McConaughey is one of the many A-listers seen screen-testing for the box office smash. Jennifer Lawrence (as played by Vanessa Bayer), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Taran Killam) and Shia Labeouf (Kyle Mooney) also try out for the film, but bring a »
Last night, proving that it hasn't learned from Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, NBC premiered its newest attempt to revive the variety show: Maya & Marty. While Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are more than capable hosts for a series like this, the first episode was a little rocky — save for a fun appearance from Kenan Thompson. Instead of making it their own, Maya & Marty feels like an extension of Saturday Night Live. It's not all bad, though, because it means that now we get Kenan Thompson doing his perfect Steve Harvey impression (best reaction shots in the game) on another sketch show. On Maya & Marty, Thompson takes on NBC's Little Big Shots (with a guest from another SNL alumnus: Jimmy Fallon). Watch the bit below. »
- Pilot Viruet
Kenan Thompson rushed onto the stage five minutes in to NBC's Maya & Marty, looked around and asked hosts/stars Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, "What is this?" "We're still trying to figure that out," Short cracked, one of several early jokes about NBC's latest attempt to simultaneously crack the live primetime variety format — Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, we hardly knew ye — and to build a primetime outlet for Rudolph, a prodigious talent who was both best served on Saturday Night Live and yet never well enough utilized on Saturday Night Live. Premiering on Monday,
- Daniel Fienberg
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The new variety hour (whose title fails to mention third cast member Kenan Thompson) featured special guests Bernie Sanders Larry David, Tom Hanks, Miley Cyrus, Kate McKinnon, Steve Martin, Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Broadway’s Shuffle Along for a debut episode that felt an awful lot like Saturday Night Live »
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Perhaps you recall Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (in full Beyoncé glory) performing onstage together at SNL’s 40th anniversary special, or The Maya Rudolph Show, a one-off NBC special from May 2014. Those two TV blips have spawned the new hourlong variety/sketch series Maya & Marty, premiering on Tuesday, May 31, following the season debut of America’s Got Talent. Lorne Michaels executive produces Maya & Marty, taped in front of a studio audience and featuring comic virtuosos Rudolph, Short, current SNL player Kenan Thompson and lots of special guests spoofing newsworthy people and events. The premiere episode features guests … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
“Maya & Marty,” NBC’s variety show starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, has enlisted guest stars for the first episode on May 31: Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks and Miley Cyrus, who is now in the NBC family, as an upcoming coach on “The Voice.” The show will feature music, stars and the unique characters of the “SNL” alums. Kenan Thompson and other celebrity guests will also be joining the comedians as guests throughout the season.
“2016 Miss USA” will be co-hosted by Terence J with Laura Brown, Joe Zee, Ali Landry and Crystle Stewart serving as official judges. Model and entrepeneur Ashley Graham will be taking over hosting duties backstage. The show will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las »
- Maria Cavassuto
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