'Saturday Night Live' Sets Kevin Hart to Host
Kevin Hart is heading back to Saturday Night Live. The show announced during its latest episode that the comedic star will host Jan. 17. It will be the first new episode of the year. Read more Sony Postpones Kevin Hart 'Wedding Ringer' Press Junket Amid Hack This will mark the Ride Along star's second time hosting. He previously fronted a March 2013 episode, when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were the musical guests. Hart, who recently defended himself after Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper referred to him as a "whore" in a leaked email, will host the show on the day after
- Ryan Gajewski
Mike Myers, One Direction Return for Amy Adams-Hosted SNL
Mike Meyers is back! Temporarily! And just for one sketch! But it's been 10 years since Goldmember - did you ever think you'd see Dr. Evil again? Neither did we. We love Sam Smith as much as anyone, but the idea of "Sam Smith's Very Somber Christmas" is hilarious. And a cameo from Mike Meyers as Dr. Evil, decrying North Korea's attempt at evil? That's gold. It helps that Meyers is visibly thrilled to be back. Amy Adams started the evening by trying to up the crowd's holiday cheer with a song, with a special guest appearance by Kristen Wiig, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Fox News Goes Dark on Dish in Carriage Standoff
Two Fox channels have gone dark to Dish customers. The current deal between Dish and 21st Century Fox expired on Saturday at midnight, and contract negotiations between them have stalled. This means that Fox News and Fox Business are not currently available on the satellite TV provider. Read more CBS, Dish Reach Multiyear Deal, Settle AutoHop Litigation Fox News Channel executive vice president of distribution Tim Carry issued the following statement: "It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, Fox News Channel has been blocked by Dish Network. We care deeply about our viewers and hope that they will
- THR Staff
Tom Brokaw Says His "Cancer Is in Remission"
Tom Brokaw had some good news to share on Sunday morning, telling his NBC News colleagues that his multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, is in remission. "The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there," Brokaw wrote in a note to his "NBC family." He kept his remarks about the disease brief, saying that he was reminded last weekend that whatever challenges he faced didn't compare to those who served in the military during the Battle of the Bulge. Brokaw, who served
- Hilary Lewis
Actor Booth Colman Dies at 91
Stage, screen and TV actor Booth Colman, who appeared as ape scientist Dr. Zaius in the later films of the original “Planet of the Apes” series, died in his sleep on Dec. 15 in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Colman (pictured above with Lois Laurel, the daughter of Stan Laurel) was a Shakespearean authority who essayed mostly dramatic rather than comedic roles in his long career, especially authority figures such as doctors, clergymen, scientists, lawyers.
While a man with gravitas who in no way could be called a comedian, Colman as a young man came to form a close relationship with the by then elderly Stan Laurel, of classic comic duo Laurel & Hardy.
Colman worked in film — with more than 50 bigscreen appearances — and onstage but was best known for his work on television.
- Carmel Dagan
Quotes of the Week: The 100, NCIS: La, Vanderpump, Freak Show and More
Stockings not yet hung by the chimney with care? Fret not.
Grab a cup of spiked egg nog, put your feet up and forget about your mile-long to-do list by reading TVLine’s Quotes of the Week!
This time around we’ve got some teenage shame courtesy of Mom, a good luck charm on Jane the Virgin, political humor on Kimmel and Fallon, hashtag confusion on The Comeback and facial recognition on Young and the Restless.
Tom Brokaw Says His Cancer Is in Remission
Tom Brokaw shared some good news with his NBC colleagues on Sunday: His cancer is in remission.
“A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news,” he wrote in a note addressed to his “NBC Family.” “The cancer is in remission, and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there.”
The 74-year-old was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks blood cells in the bone marrow, last August. The note goes on to say how fortunate Brokaw considers himself to be, saying his challenges are “footnotes” compared to the ones of the men fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.
Brokaw, who anchored “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004, was a presidential delegate to the 70th anniversary of the battle, and remembered the obstacles the military men went through in the note. »
- Alex Stedman
Mike Myers brought back Dr. Evil on 'Saturday Night Live'
Mike Myers made a surprise return to Saturday Night Live this weekend to play Dr. Evil -- and to interrupt Sam Smith's Christmas special. The episode began with Smith (played by Tarran Killam) singing "Stay With Me" and talking about his holiday loneliness. Then the screen went fuzzy and Dr. Evil (plus a fake version of Mr. Bigglesworth) appeared to comment on North Korea's recent attack on Sony. "North Korea, you're one of the most evil countries in the world and your act of war is to kill a movie?" said Myers. "It's easy to kill a movie, just move it to January. »
- Ariana Bacle
Amy Adams Hosts SNL: Watch Video of Best and Worst Sketches
The ingredients for Saturday Night Live’s Christmas-themed episode – hosted by five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, with squeal-inducing musical guests One Direction and sketch-rich fodder from this week’s Sony Pictures/North Korea hacking scandal – had visions of guffaws dancing in our heads.
Though an all-over-the-place opening monologue — highlighted by a welcome cameo from SNL alum Kristin Wiig (“Isn’t this the second time you’ve crashed my monologue?” asked Adams) and a cast sing-along of “We Need a Little Christmas” – wasn’t exactly memorable, the show’s strongest moments managed to create just enough holiday cheer to make it worthwhile. »
‘Speaking English,’ ‘Inglorious Fruits,’ ‘Like a Girl’ Win at France’s Cristal Festival
Created for Cna, a Brazilian network of 580 language schools, Fcb Brasil’s “Speaking English” won the Grand Cristal Award at the 2014 Courchevel Cristal Festival, which wrapped Saturday in the French Alps.
From France’s Marcel, “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” won The Advertisers Grand Cristal, while “#Like A Girl,” produced by the Leo Burnett agency, took the Global Leadership Council Grand Cristal. “Inglorious Fruits” and “#Like a Girl” also scored nods in multiple other categories.
Launched in 2001, the Cristal Festival gathers top level execs from the communication, content and advertising worlds in a networking/conference events- think MipTV with no market – staged in spectacular locations, such as Courchevel, a French ski resort, Lebanon, Africa or Brazil.
Debating Brand Entertainment & Content over Dec. 16-17, then Marketing Innovation and Data on Dec. 18-19, the 100-or-so execs at Courchevel packed a dizzying array of presentations, Q & As and round tables. From the entertainment domain, »
- John Hopewell
Dr. Evil Returns on ‘SNL’ to Talk Sony and North Korea
The Austin Powers nemesis, appearing in the show’s opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers (“There’s already a Gop and they’re already an evil organization”) to Sony, who, according to Dr. Evil “hasn’t had a hit since the Walkman.”
He also poked fun of “The Interview.”
“Come on, Sony, you think it’s a joke to have James Franco assassinate Kim Jong-un,” he asked. “The man singlehandedly almost killed the Oscars.”
Or he said of his last movie, “If you really want to put a bomb in theaters, do what I did — put in The Love Guru.”
- Variety Staff
Fox News, Fox Business Removed From Dish In Carriage-Rights Spat
Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not currently available on satellite-broadcaster Dish Network, the result of an impasse in carriage talks between the two companies.
Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that “Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations. It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider. Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”
Dish said it had offered a short-term contract extension that would have kept Fox News Channel »
- Brian Steinberg
Kevin Hart Hosting First SNL of 2015
A musical guest has not been announced.
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'The Legend of Korra' series finale recap: Ending on its own terms
For the entirety of its run, The Legend of Korra was almost as nerve-wracking for its fans as some of the show's more intense action scenes. Originally a 12-episode sequel miniseries to Nickelodeon's critically acclaimed Avatar: The Last Airbender, the show was quickly expanded into a full 52-episode series. But just as quickly, there were network hiccups; midway through the third season, the show was relegated to a digital-only series. Despite some behind-the-scenes drama, the series was allowed to end on its own terms, with a finale that culminates in a spectacular and fitting fashion. »
- Joshua Rivera
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