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'SNL's' 'Waking Up with Kimye' returns with a 'Bound 2' holiday parody

22 December 2013 3:54 PM, PST

Ok fine, I admit it: "Bound 2" has been parodied from here to eternity at this point, and it's hard to justify yet another after so many others have already saturated the interwebs. Still, the now-notorious music video came out only days after the original "Waking Up with Kimye" sketch aired, so you can't blame "SNL" for wanting to take a stab at their own before closing out the year - particularly given Nasim Pedrad and Jay Pharoah's spot-on impersonations of the supremely out-of-touch couple. Luckily the Rudolph-assisted clip is just funny (and festive!) enough to justify its existence, not to »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'SNL': 'The Barry Gibb Talk Show' is back with very special guest Madonna

22 December 2013 2:53 PM, PST

Madonna and her hideous poofy hairstyle made a very special guest appearance (along with every other celebrity ever in existence) on last night's Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake-hosted episode of "SNL," for the latest installment of fan-favorite sketch "The Barry Gibb Talk Show." While the Material Girl's line-readings and command of simple props left something to be desired, she did manage one incredible feat: taming the rage-filled Mr. Gibb with nothing but a mouth grill and some tried-and-true Madonna domination tactics. Also on hand for the segment: "serious newswoman" Megyn "Santa is just white" Kelly (Cecily Strong), former vice-presidential candidate/P90X pitchman Paul Ryan »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Beyonce on her soul-baring new album: 'I completely feel liberated'

22 December 2013 12:53 PM, PST

New York (AP) — Despite all the hard work she put in on the songs and videos from her new album, Beyonce had her doubts minutes before its surprise release. "I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen," Beyonce said Saturday at a screening for her new music videos. "I was really nervous because this was a huge risk." The singer's fifth album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts this week after it was released without the public knowing. "Beyonce" sold 617,000 units in the U.S. in a week; it »

- Mesfin Fekadu (AP)

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Tell us what you thought of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

22 December 2013 12:49 PM, PST

I held off on this one until the film made its way out into wider release, which it did on Friday. I'm very eager to know what readers think of the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," which was my #3 film of the year and just a rich experience that delivers more and more upon subsequent viewings. The work from T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack, curating a spectacular, thematically relevant assortment of period songs and then producing gorgeous new renditions is the kind of thing that deserves its own category. And Oscar Isaac delivers the year's best performance, one I »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Box Office: 'The Hobbit' vanquishes 'Anchorman 2' to remain at No. 1

22 December 2013 12:32 PM, PST

New York (AP) — On a busy pre-Christmas weekend at the box office, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" held off a very different sequel, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" sequel took in $31.5 million in its second weekend of release for Warner Bros., according to studio estimates Sunday. Though the film isn't matching the pace of the first "Hobbit" movie, "An Unexpected Journey," ''The Desolation of Smaug" is doing well abroad. It's now made more than $400 million worldwide, including $96 million internationally over the weekend. The "Hobbit" topped Will Ferrell's "Anchorman" sequel, which nevertheless opened strongly »


- Jake Coyle (AP)

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Tell us what you thought of 'Saving Mr. Banks'

22 December 2013 12:29 PM, PST

Lots of drama -- certainly in the pages of La Weekly -- met the release of "Saving Mr. Banks," though certainly the studio ought to have known it was coming. A whitewashing of history? A self-glorification that avoids the nuance? Yeah, that's all in there. It's a Disney product romanticizing a Disney product. What's to be expected? I found the film charming and Emma Thompson to be wonderful but it's really just cotton candy for me this season. And it's now in theaters for your judgment, so if you've gotten around to it, tell us your thoughts in the comments section and »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Thelma Schoonmaker recalls an unpredictable Jack Nicholson in Best Picture winner 'The Departed'

22 December 2013 11:55 AM, PST

Talking with Thelma Schoonmaker recently, it became quickly apparent that I wasn't even going to scratch the surface of her career's work with Martin Scorsese in a single piece. I couldn't help but play the retrospective game with her, and while I of course didn't address all 19 feature collaborations, I was curious about six films in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of their work together. Each of them — "Who's That Knocking At My Door," "Raging Bull," "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Goodfellas," "Bringing Out the Dead" and "The Departed" — will get their own space in »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Leonardo DiCaprio's 10 best performances

22 December 2013 10:02 AM, PST

This holiday season brings with it all the debauchery, crookedness, triumph and tragedy of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." And all of those characteristics and more are exemplified by Leonardo DiCaprio's full-bodied, committed performance as conniving scumbag Jordan Belfort, the latest in a long line of impressive big screen portrayals from the actor. With that in mind, it seemed like a great opportunity to look back at DiCaprio's work over the last two decades and surmise his greatest performances. He has really run the gamut throughout the years, always surprising, and often an Oscar bridesmaid, perhaps because his is »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

21 December 2013 7:55 PM, PST

When you get a former member of the show to return as host on “Saturday Night Live,” what often unfolds is a trip down memory lane. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and certainly can be part of what makes the show so great. The fact that “SNL” has thirty-eight past seasons of material to celebrate is something the show need not shy away from, and it’s an aspect of its existence that’s useful to deploy when the situation is right. Things get thornier when the show dips into the past at the expense of its present, which is why tonight’s »


- Ryan McGee

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Johnny Depp, Shia Labeouf and 8 other stars who can't wait for 2013 to be over

21 December 2013 7:53 PM, PST

Think you've had a bad year? Well, you aren't alone. Some of Hollywood's biggest names have experienced 12 months of creative frustration they would prefer to completely forget.  We've picked 10 of the most disheartening, but there is some good news around the corner for these famous faces. A number of these favorites are on track to completely turn things around in 2014. The others? Let's just remember 12 months is a long time in the entertainment bubble and anything can happen. Review part of 2013's historic year in entertainment in the embedded story gallery below. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Adam McKay and Judd Apatow on the pressures of sequels for 'Anchorman 2'

21 December 2013 6:10 PM, PST

Sequels are, despite their omnipresence in Hollywood, actually fairly difficult to get right, and within that broad statement, I would say that horror sequels are even harder to get right, while comedy sequels may be the hardest to pull off with any degree of success. Why is that? What makes it so hard to go back to the well? After all, if you hire the same people, shouldn't you get the same results? If you hire Adam McKay to direct again and you've got Judd Apatow producing, and you've got the same whole cast in place, shouldn't you get the exact »


- Drew McWeeny

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Thelma Schoonmaker remembers her first Scorsese collaboration: 'Who's That Knocking At My Door'

21 December 2013 3:10 PM, PST

Talking with Thelma Schoonmaker recently, it became quickly apparent that I wasn't even going to scratch the surface of her career's work with Martin Scorsese in a single piece. I couldn't help but play the retrospective game with her, and while I of course didn't address all 19 feature collaborations, I was curious about six films in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of their work together. Each of them — "Who's That Knocking At My Door," "Raging Bull," "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Goodfellas," "Bringing Out the Dead" and "The Departed" — will get their own space in »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Top 10 Best Albums of 2013

21 December 2013 1:47 PM, PST

Within my top 10, there's only one new artist. Inside my top 30, there's about 10. Electronic music had a huge year with the return of Daft Punk, but also with new artist Disclosure, Jon Hopkins' career masterpiece "Immunity, and efforts from others like Boards of Canada, Juana Molina, Baths and Fuck Buttons. You don't see a lot of rock in the top tiers of the Grammy nominations for 2014, and as loathe as I am to say it, I gotta say I feel almost (almost) the same way. I've loved the work that Mbv, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Portugal. The »


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Box Office: 'Anchorman 2' barely beats 'The Hobbit' Friday

21 December 2013 11:45 AM, PST

Hanging on to no. 1 by the skin of its teeth Friday night was Paramount Pictures' "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." The surreal comedy found another $8.7 million for $21.9 million in its first three days. At this point, Ron Burgandy's return looks like it will earn about $38-40 million for its first five days. That's significantly below the $70 million pre-release polling indicated just a week ago. At a budget of $50 million if "Anchorman 2" can clear $100 million domestic and comparable overseas it will still be a solid profit center for Paramount. Warner Bros. and MGM's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of »


- Gregory Ellwood

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TV Ratings: Colorized 'I Love Lucy' special leads CBS on Friday

21 December 2013 8:45 AM, PST

Fast National ratings for Friday, December 20, 2013.   One of the most popular TV shows of all-time proved that it still has some juice in 2013, as CBS' colorized "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" was Friday's top show in the key demographic and combined with "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" to lead the network to its normal overall Friday rout.   CBS only tied for first among young viewers, as a pair of "Shark Tank" repeats kept ABC in the mix.    Meanwhile, NBC wasn't far behind with its annual airing of "It's a Wonderful Life."   On to the »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Profiling the foreign Oscar contenders, from 'The Grandmaster' to 'The Great Beauty'

21 December 2013 7:38 AM, PST

The Academy caught me off guard yesterday when it announced the nine finalists for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar -- I'm used to that news landing in January, and hadn't even thought to serve up any shortlist speculation or predictions. Which is just as well, since after a few years of sussing out most of their choices in advance, I'd probably have been far wide of the mark this time round. Already, three of the films I was predicting in the sidebar as eventual nominees -- Chilean crowdpleaser "Gloria," Canadian charmer "Gabrielle" and Saudi Arabian milestone "Wadjda" -- failed to make the cut. Of »

- Guy Lodge

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Anna Paquin's Rogue currently cut from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

21 December 2013 2:43 AM, PST

(Cbr) Bad news for fans of Anna Paquin's Rogue: in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer revealed that the only sequence Paquin appeared in during the film has been cut during editing. However, the director strongly stated that it had nothing to do with Paquin's performance. “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer told EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just »


- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise might 'Go Like Hell' together

21 December 2013 12:02 AM, PST

In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Interview With a Vampire's" Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise may reunite after twenty years for "Go Like Hell." Also: Quentin Tarantino wants to make a horror film, "Warcraft" adds new players, "Better Call Saul" will come to Netflix if it exists at all, Linda Cardellini heads to "New Girl," and more. Catch up here: »


- HitFix Staff

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Beyonce set to spend another week at No. 1

20 December 2013 10:20 PM, PST

Beyonce’s self-titled set will spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week with sales of up to 280,000 copes. Holiday sales continue to kick in as seven of the top 10 titles could surpass the 100,000 mark. Garth Brooks’ Wal-Mart only box set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” will hold at No. 2, moving up to 210,000 units. One Direction’s former No. 1, “Midnight Memories,” is at No. 3 (175,000), followed by a pair of holiday titles: Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped in Red” at No. 4 (140,000) and The Robertsons’ “Duck the Halls” at No. 5 »


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Interview: Tyson Apostol discusses his 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' win

20 December 2013 9:40 PM, PST

Two weeks of exit interview insanity -- Nine interviews between "Amazing Race" and "Survivor" -- comes to a conclusion with my chat with "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" winner Tyson Apostol.   You can certainly put Tyson in a category with John Cochran, Jonathan Penner and Malcolm Freberg among the "Survivor" contestants who I always like talking to. He's smart, caustic and, after three times playing the game, he gets "Survivor."   That wasn't always the case. In "Tocatins," he was an amusing quote machine, but he was also upstaged by the scenery chewing Coach. He came out less aggressively in "Heroes »


- Daniel Fienberg

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