'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
Ben Silverman on Working with Netflix, Storytelling for Advertisers, Being on the Road
Days after “Marco Polo,” produced by Electus and The Weinstein Co., bowed in France on Dec. 12, day and date with the U.S, Electus Ben Silverman was at the Cristal Festival, nearly 6,000 feet up in the French Alps In Courchevel, to deliver a keynote speech, “Creativity and Big Ideas” as part of Cristal’s Brand Entertainment & Content Summit.
France’s Cristal Fest was high-level in other ways. AOL’s digital guru David Shing spoke before Silverman (on “There Are Still Only 24 Hours in a Day”); Trigger Street Prods’ “House of Cards” producer Dana Brunetti was interviewed afterwards, before receiving an Outstanding Merit Award.
Silverman wasn’t in Courchevel for the skying, such as its respected Grand Couloir black ski run. Via Electus, he is involved in at least three of the most talked-up business lines in entertainment: High-end series – for instance, Netflix’s “Marco Polo,” produced by Electus and The »
- John Hopewell
‘Homeland’ Finale Recap: Carrie Mathison Faces Big Dilemma Back Home
After the explosive action and plot twists of the previous three episodes, “Homeland” closed its fourth season on a quieter note, with Carrie Mathison looking inward to slay a few personal dragons.
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you have not seen the Dec. 21 episode of “Homeland,” “Long Time Coming.”
The season that saw Carrie get back to what she does best — tenaciously fighting terrorists — ended with her trying to adjust to dealing with the stuff of everyday life: being a mother, dealing with the loss of her father and the painful reconnection with her long-awol mother.
Even the requisite cliffhanger moment to keep us primed for season five revolves around Carrie facing a moral gut-check rather than the imminent danger of a bomb going off or specific attack unfolding. In fact, the dilemma Carrie stumbles into in the closing moments of “Long Time Coming,” is the epitome of what “Homeland »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Homeland’s’ Low-Key Finale Completes Season ’24’ (Spoilers)
“Homeland” just concluded season No. 4. But in the pivot the show made from its uneven past into its new-look present, it might as well have been called “Season ’24.'”
Of course, key producers on this Showtime series also worked on that earlier Fox show, which explored the war on terror in a world of tough choices and sacrifices, against an utterly ruthless foe. And while “Homeland” has maintained more nuance and finesse than its predecessor exhibited, the transition from the initial high of returned-pow Nicholas Brody and his “Manchurian Candidate”-like rise — exploiting a political class and media hungry for heroes — to a more conventional if often tense and surprising espionage thriller appears to have been completed this season, transforming Rupert Friend’s tormented operative/killing machine Peter Quinn into an updated version of Jack Bauer.
The fourth season also provided a showcase for Claire Danes, which might explain why »
- Brian Lowry
‘The Affair’ Finale Signals Warning of Wrong Turn (Spoilers)
“The Affair” capped an otherwise splendid first season in somewhat uninspired fashion. Yes, the Showtime series closed on a cliffhanger, one that creates a host of possibilities going forward, in an hour that also incorporated a couple of pretty major revelations. Yet the show’s murder-mystery – not just whodunit, but who got it done to them – has at times felt like its least compelling component, and the twists elevated that plot in a way that approximated less the confines of premium cable than the histrionics of ABC’s Sunday-night soaps.
At its core, the program’s terrific leads, Ruth Wilson and Dominic West, their characters’ torrid affair and its complications for all those surrounding them has unfolded in slow but absorbing fashion. That was augmented by the “Rashomon”-like device of having events recalled in the two characters’ alternate perspectives, with details often diverging in small but significant ways.
The finale, »
- Brian Lowry
The Affair Season Finale Recap: They Can't Handle the Truth
You know how they say the truth will set you free? Yeah, that has not proven to be true for The Affair‘s biggest sinners.
In fact, on Sunday’s season finale of the Showtime drama, the truth only caused problems — lots of them.
Before we get your thoughts on the episode, let’s review what went down in the season’s arresting final hour:
Homeland Finale Recap: Mother Lode
After a string of intense, breakneck episodes, Homeland closed out its fourth season Sunday on a comparatively muted note.
Of course, that’s not to say stuff didn’t happen.
By the end of the hour, Carrie buried her dad, came face-to-face with her estranged mother, went to first base with Quinn and, most notably, found out why Dar Adal was suddenly carpooling with terrorists.
Coming (Back) To America | The action begins with Carrie, back in the States, preparing to lay to rest her father Frank (played by the late, great James Rebhorn, for whom the episode was dedicated). While »
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