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It takes a certain set of balls to let Chumbawamba lyrics introduce your film (“Tubthumping,” of course), but Balls Out isn’t just Any movie. Andrew Disney’s underdog sports comedy is far from conventional, and while it begins like every other “road to athletic redemption” story, a constant mockery of the sports genre rulebook turns this pee-wee effort into a Jv superstar. It’s not exactly a Tom-Brady-caliber showstopper, but more a Ryan-Howard-like slugger that belts a home run whenever jokes connect. Just expect some mighty whiffs to accompany those gut-busting dingers. Honestly, though, who cares – chicks dig the long ball, and in that respect, Disney earns plenty of fans.
The story of Balls Out follows a rag-tag intramural football team, the Panthers, and their path to redemption after disbanding during their freshman year. Even though they were crowned league champions, a crippling injury puts Grant (Nick Kocher) in a wheelchair, »
- Matt Donato
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- Kate Erbland
After all, his March 2014 installment scored a grade of A or B from almost 65% of TVLine readers — pretty solid feedback from a notoriously tough crowd.
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The good news is that C.K. took some big risks right from the get-go — thank goodness, there was some genuine comic payoff in his extended flights of fancy about “mild racism” and child »
This is the third season in a row in which Louis C.K. has hosted “Saturday Night Live.” As he speeds towards his membership in the Five-Timers Club, “SNL” comes to the close of an overall excellent season. While there have been natural peaks and valleys, it has also felt like the strongest overall start-to-finish run since I started covering the show five years ago. Given that long-time head writer Seth Meyers left last season, and given all the attention and effort that the fortieth anniversary special incurred, it’s pretty miraculous that this season was even passable, nevermind actually, legitimately good. But that’s what makes the show so special: Just when you count it out, it roars back and reminds you why it’s lasted this long. As always, I’ll be liveblogging the show all night long, grading each segment as they occur. As always, you’re encouraged to comment throughout the show, »
- Ryan McGee
"Balls Out" first premiered as "Intramural" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival before winning Seattle's "Best Guilty Pleasure" award later that year. Orion Releasing will open the film in theaters and on VOD June 19, 2015. (Watch the festival trailer below.) Directed by Andrew Disney and written by Bradley Jackson, the film centers on fifth-year college seniors who hop into the semi-competitive world of intramural football. It stars Jake Lacy (”Girls”), Nikki Reed (Twilight Franchise), Kate McKinnon (“SNL”), Jay Pharoah (”SNL”), Beck Bennett (”SNL”), and Nick Kocher. Film School Rejects said it's "destined to become something of a cult classic, thanks to both its charming cast and a series of highly quotable lines." With graduation, marriage, and an uncertain future on the horizon, fifth year senior Caleb Fuller (Jake Lacy) decides to do the one thing he vowed to never do again: get the ol’ flag football team back together. Now with the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Saturday Night Live this weekend featured Reese Witherspoon as the host and Florence and the Machine as the musical guest. Saturday Night Live Recap Cold Open: Cecily Strong in DJ mode hosted the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Saturday’s cold open. Bobby Moynihan reprised his Ted Cruz, while Beck Bennett played Mike Huckabee, Kenan Thompson […]
- Chelsea Regan
Republican presidential candidates never had much of a cool quotient, but not now. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee showed how they can get down at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference… SNL style. “Saturday Night Live” cast members Beck Bennett (Huckabee), Kenan Thompson (Carson), Bobby Moynihan (Cruz), Kate McKinnon (Fiorina), Kyle Mooney (Paul) and Taran Killam (Rubio) shaked, rattled and rolled during the cold open. ...Read More »
Here’s hoping Reese Witherspoon’s kids have some fantastic Mother’s Day plans on deck for Sunday.
Indeed, after the so-so box-office showing of her new comedy Hot Pursuit and the misfortune of hosting a Saturday Night Live episode with a painfully high percentage of unenthusiastically conceived/written/executed sketches, homemade waffles and fresh-squeezed Oj may be the only way the Oscar-winning actress salvages the weekend.
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The Republican presidential candidates got a chance to rock out on this week's Saturday Night Live. The episode's cold open lampooned the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, with a DJ (Cecily Strong) introducing the various Gop candidates. "He turned Arkansas from a red state into a shred state," the DJ said about Mike Huckabee (Beck Bennett), who appeared with a bass guitar. Read More 'SNL': Reese Witherspoon Apologizes to Mom, Tackles Prophet Muhammad Shooting (Video) The DJ introduced Ben Carson by quipping that he could go to jail for stealing your heart, adding: "If sexuality works the way he
- Ryan Gajewski
Promoting one’s movie is par for the course for hosts of “Saturday Night Live.” So what happens when that movie (one you also produced) has horrific critical buzz and has already all but tanked at the box office? Soldier on ahead and pretend like nothing has happened. So let’s see how well Reese Witherspoon can do that in this, her first hosting gig in nearly fifteen years. (Her last and only other appearance? The first post-9/11 episode, in which the immortal “Can we be funny?”/”Why start now?” solidified the show’s place in the popular consciousness anew.) Last week’s ScarJo episode was a bummer, so let’s hope things improve this week before heading into the Louis C.K.-hosted finale. As always, I’ll be liveblogging the episode, assigning grades to each segment. As always, I invite you to participate, commenting along in real time as well. »
- Ryan McGee
Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to the Saturday Night Live stage – after all, the actress is inching up on Five-Timers Club entrance. Give the lady one more hosting gig, and she's in, along with the likes of Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, and Justin Timberlake. For her fourth go at hosting the sketch comedy show, Johansson was saddled with a mostly mixed outing, one that frequently went for a timely joke (the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, the unrest in Baltimore) and the obvious gag (a send-up of »
The Tribeca Film Festival opened on Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre with an odd pairing: the premiere of the 40th anniversary “Saturday Night Live” documentary “Live From New York!” followed by a short concert from Ludacris, who had nothing to do with the movie.
The film features interviews from four decades of “SNL” cast members and hosts, including Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who called “SNL” a “sexist institution” onscreen) and Molly Shannon, all of whom were suspiciously absent from the festivities. Former vice-president Al Gore is also interviewed in the doc, talking about how he found Darrell Hammond’s impersonation of him funny during the 2000 election.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Not only is "Saturday Night Live's" recurring "Game Night" parody a great excuse for Kate McKinnon to do her excellent Jane Lynch impression, but for the rest of the cast to spoof some other well known celebrities. This version of "Game Night" included Vin Diesel (Taran Killam), Wynonna Judd (Aidy Bryant), Common (Jay Pharaoh), Nick Offerman (Beck Bennett), Marion Cotillard (Cecily Strong) and Wanda Sykes (host Taraji P. Henson). Pharoah's Common and Bryant's Judd are fantastic, but Henson steals the sketch as Sykes. It's so good we honestly can't wait to see what the actual Sykes thinks about it. Check out the skit in embedded video below. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's regular and quite popular recap. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Last night saw Michael Keaton return as host of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen! Check out all the SNL highlights below, including Keaton’s Batman-centric monologue, the Easter hotline, a 1990 music video for Neurotology, Norman Reedus’ appearance as Daryl Dixon on Weekend Update, an Easter message from Michael Keaton, and more.Also, make sure to catch Carly Rae Jepsen’s performances of “I Really Like You” and “All That.”Enjoy your Sunday, and make sure to tune in next Saturday when Taraji P. Henson hosts with musical guest Mumford & Sons! #Snlncaa Tournament Cold OpenErnie Johnson (Beck Bennett), Kenny Smith […] »
- April Neale
In a skit from this weekend's episode, which marked Hemsworth's "SNL" debut, the actor gamely donned his Thor costume once more and imagined what the end of upcoming sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron" might look like, after the heroes defeat the titular villain. Turns out, Thor is pretty pumped to beat the bad guy, and celebrates by taking over a local newscast -- and triumphantly dumping a vat of Gatorade on unsuspecting team leader Nick Fury (Jay Pharoah, playing Samuel L. Jackson's part from the first flick), among other excited shenanigans.
- Katie Roberts
While we won't know what Joss Whedon has cooked up for "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" post-credit sequence for a little while yet, over the weekend, "Saturday Night Live" cooked up a sketch we'd recommend to Marvel in case they want to go with something different. Hosted by Thor, aka Chris Hemsworth, he puts on the cape and wields the hammer to celebrate the defeat of Ultron in a special news report. Iron Man (Taran Killam — dead on impression), Bruce Banner (Pete Davidson — "I think I ate a guy"), Nick Fury (Jay Pharoah) and Captain America (Beck Bennett) all drop by, and Thor even gives a shout out to his brother, Loki. Party at Dave And Buster's on 9th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've never had a proper look at what a news report featuring live interviews with the Avengers might look like - but Saturday Night Live has filled the void with its own unique take on that very scenario.
Thor shares his enthusiasm by singing 'We Are The Champions', kissing the newsreader and announcing that he is high on adrenaline following the battle.
Bruce Banner (Pete Davidson) appears to be coping less well, as he says "I think I ate a guy" in shock, »
Avengers: Age of Ultron star Chris Hemsworth hosted last night's episode of Saturday Night Live last night, and, naturally, the show aired an Avengers-themed sketch where Thor is seen celebrating after the defeat of Ultron. Bobby Moynihan plays a news reporter who interviews Thor as he celebrates with the assembled crowd. The sketch also features Taran Killam as Iron Man, Pete Davidson as Bruce Banner, Jay Pharoah as Nick Fury and Beck Bennett as Captain America.
Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up »
“But luckily, I’m Thoooooooor!!”
Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Taran Killam), Bruce Banner (Pete Davidson), Nick Fury (Jay Pharoah) and Captain America (Beck Bennett) celebrate defeating Ultron on live TV during SNL‘s hilarious sketch from Saturday night.
When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.
Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff and Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff.
The cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård »
- Michelle McCue
It should be little surprise that a Chris Hemsworth-hosted “Saturday Night Live” episode would touch on “The Avengers,” with the newest installment of the franchise releasing in a just a few months, but the superheroes got to show their fun side in the fake news report that aired this weekend.
The sketch takes place shortly after the group defeats the villain Ultron, and Hemsworth’s Thor seems less superhero and more fratboy as he celebrates victory, pumping up his onlookers and even doing the Running Man at one point.
We’ve seen the Avengers celebrate before (remember that shawarma scene?), but the group seems even more excited after their big victory, with Taran Killam appearing as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, and Pete Davidson showing up as a confused Bruce Banner. “I think I ate a guy,” says the dazed Banner.
Cecily Strong plays a humorless newscaster, desperate to »
- Alex Stedman
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