Dwayne Johnson Destroys Foes as "The Rock Obama" in 'SNL' Cold Open (Video)
Barack Obama is once again through with being polite. Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live for the fourth time this weekend, where he reprised his role of beefed-up presidential alter ego "The Rock Obama." Watch more 'SNL': Dwayne Johnson Becomes Bambi, Mocks Robert Durst (Video) "You like Israel?" The Rock Obama asked John Boehner (Taran Killam) as he tossed him out of the window. "Why don't you go visit Israel?" The irate Obama also had a question for presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan): "I ask, please, may I crush your head?" See more 'SNL': 14 Celebs Who Should Host for the
- Ryan Gajewski
'SNL's' Kate McKinnon brings 'The Jinx's' Robert Durst to an improv comedy show
Ever wonder what would happen if a serial killer was asked to participate in a comedy improv skit? Probably not, but "Saturday Night Live" thought that was the perfect way for the world to experience Kate McKinnon's impersonation of Robert Durst, the infamous subject of HBO's critically acclaimed docu-series "The Jinx." The good news is that McKinnon's impersonation is spot on (she also looks oddly like fellow cast member Pete Davidson). The bad news is that the entire skit feels like it was chopped in half or severely edited in rehearsals. Still, if you wonder why McKinnon gets so much hype this is another great example of her impressive talents. Check the skit out in the embedded clip at the bottom of this post. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »
- Gregory Ellwood
David Duchovny Thought Mulder Was the ‘Worst FBI Agent of All Time’
The truth is out there, but Mulder might not be the one to find it. David Duchovny didn't think his character Fox Mulder was a very good agent. "The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years," he told the New York Times. "So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time. As F.B.I. agents, I would say we were not by the book. Especially Mulder." As for how he thinks the miniseries reboot will go (they're all the rage!), he believes that he and Gillian Anderson, who plays his partner Dana Scully, are far better actors now than when they first began:And I think we’ve both gotten better as we’ve gotten older, so how do we bring that to bear on these characters? If I were to look back at the »
- E. Alex Jung
3 great Emmy longshots to bet on: 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Black-ish' and ...
Hey, Derbyites: Do you want to do better in your Emmy predictions this year and win our $1,000 grand prize? Then I urge you to re-consider three potential Emmy contenders for Best Comedy Series as you go about making or updating your predictions: "The Last Man on Earth, "Jane the Virgin" and "Black-ish." -Break- These three series currently all have lowly 100/1 combined odds at Gold Derby, which means you'll earn more points if you predict them and end up being correct. Don't forget, if there's a tie amongst users for the highest prediction accuracy, the tie-breaker will be determined by the person who has the most points. That's where it becomes advantageous to place your 500 and 200 point bets on categories where you're predicting longshots to be nominated. Emmys Mvp: Kristen Schaal is secret weapon in success of 'The Last Man on Earth' Due to a new Emmy rule, there »
‘Top Gear’ Fallout: BBC Director-General Receives Death Threats After Jeremy Clarkson Firing
Days after “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson was fired, BBC Director-General Tony Hall has received death threats, according to authorities in London. “Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill,” Metropolitan Police told CNN in a statement Sunday. The threats against Hall started shorty after he made the decision to drop Clarkson from “Top Gear,” one of the most popular television shows in the world. On Wednesday, The BBC announced that it wouldn’t be renewing Clarkson’s contract following an investigation into his “fracas” with producer Oison Tymon. Also Read: ‘Top Gear’ Host Jeremy Clarkson »
- Anita Bennett
TV Review: ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’
A rare romance from the typically dark imagination of children’s book author Roald Dahl, “Esio Trot” spells more than just “tortoise” backwards, but an evening of warm-fuzzy feelings all around as Dustin Hoffman’s Mr. Hoppy devises an elaborate scheme to woo the chelonian-loving widow downstairs, as played by Judi Dench. Commissioned as a New Year’s telepic for British TV, this delightful family offering is already making its way to homevideo in several European markets, but could potentially support a more substantial treatment Stateside, if someone were to shell out for theatrical (exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein bought all other U.S. rights).
Judging by Hoffman and Dench’s involvement alone, this is no ordinary TV movie. Co-written by “Love Actually’s” Richard Curtis (who shares credit with Paul Mayhew-Archer) and directed by smallscreen miracle worker Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit,” “Shameless”), the film has been crafted with »
- Peter Debruge
Bart & Fleming: A Mea Culpa; Frank Sinatra Re-Cast; Tent Pole Assembly Line
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. Fleming: I need to start off on a serious note. Deadline ran an article last week that generated controversy and hurt feelings. An unfortunate headline–Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?—created a context from which no article could recover… »
Watch: Full Trailer for J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Miniseries
The first full trailer for HBO’s upcoming miniseries “The Casual Vacancy,” based on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s book of the same name, has hit the Web — and Potter fans shouldn’t expect anything to be like Hogwarts.
The book and three-part miniseries follows a small town after a community leader dies without an obvious replacement for his seat on the committee. Plenty of drama follows, including town fights, murder and even a possible ghost.
Harry Potter fans should be pleased to see Michael Gambon in the trailer; he played Dumbledore in the magical series and serves in a central role in the HBO drama, but that’s where the similarities between Rowling’s works end. “The Casual Vacancy” was published in September 2012, marking first adult fiction novel after completing the six-book Harry Potter series.
“Cuckoo’s Calling,” another post-Potter novel of Rowling’s, will also hit the smallscreen, »
- Alex Stedman
Quotes of the Week From The Royals, DWTS, Undateable and More
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This time around we’ve got a Twitter tip courtesy of The Royals, a lesson in DJ-ing from Undateable, some kinky banter on Person of Interest, a language lesson from Girls and much more.
So click through the gallery below for the full »
Producer of 'The Walking Dead' Says There’s No Conspiracy to Kill Off the Black Male Characters
If you’ve been a devoted watcher of “The Walking Dead” (like me), then you may have noticed something very troubling this season. And that is, all the brothers on the show are being killed off. First, there was Lawrence Gilliard Jr.; then a few weeks later, Chad L. Coleman, who died a long, slow, agonizing death. Then two weeks ago, there was the shocker, when Noah, played by Tyler James Williams, went down hard, in a grisly scene that I like to call, the “Everyone Ate Chris” sequence. Only Seth Gilliam, as the cowardly minister, Gabriel, is left; although Lennie James, who appeared very briefly in 2 cameo appearances earlier this season, is out there somewhere, and is assumed will be in the season finale tonight. So what’s going on here? Is this some sort of conspiracy to get rid of all the brothers on the show? Not so, »
‘SNL': Dwayne Johnson Spoofs Disney Remakes With Action-Packed ‘Bambi’
Love Disney remakes and Dwayne Johnson action pics? Then Johnson’s new project is probably for you.
“Saturday Night Live” took aim at Disney live-action remakes, like the recent “Cinderella” and “Maleficent,” with Johnson starring in an action-packed “Bambi” sketch this weekend. The guest host donned a deer suit to play a new gun-slinging, cigar-smoking version of the titular woodland creature.
Johnson’s “Furious 7″ co-stars are also apparently in the movie, with Taran Killam starring as Vin Diesel as Thumper, Cecily Strong playing Michelle Rodriguez and Jay Pharoah imitating Tyrese Gibson. The group sets out on a revenge mission against the murderers of Bambi’s mother.
“When I was a boy, they took away my mother,” says Johnson in the clip. “Now it’s time for them to pay… deer-ly.”
Watch the full clip below.
- Alex Stedman
‘Saturday Night Live’ With Host Dwayne Johnson Slips To Season Low
This is somewhat of a surprise. With one of its most popular hosts, Dwayne Johnson, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, dipped in the ratings to hit a season low in households. The show, hosted by Johnson with musical guest George Ezra, averaged a 3.7 household rating in Nielsen's metered markets and a 1.9 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was down from SNL‘s most recent original (4.0 household rating, 2.0 in 18-49) on March 7 hosted by Chris Hemsworth… »
'Mad Men': How Megan Got Her Job And How Peggy Lost Hers, According to Matthew Weiner
Read More: In 'The Phantom,' 'Mad Men' is Haunted by the Ghosts of the Past As part of Film Independent at Lacma: A Tribute to Mad Men, showrunner Matthew Weiner and series star Jon Hamm sat down with Elvis Mitchell (the curator for Film independent's ongoing joint venture with Lacma) to talk about "The Phantom," also known as the Season 5 finale. They expounded on everything from the possibility of Bjork as Peggy ("That's totally going to trend," joked Hamm) to the reasoning behind Don's toothache storyline (as Weiner put it, "Dentistry has not progressed even slightly since then"). Weiner also talked at length about how Season 5 shook out careerwise for two of the show's leading ladies — after all, it was in Season 5 that both Peggy and Megan both quit their respective jobs to move to greener pastures. If the details are hazy for you, here's a (very »
- Rosie Narasaki
Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93
Stage and screen director Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won Tonys for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” died Saturday, according to the New York Times. He was 93.
His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.
Saks did not direct many feature films, but those he did included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also helmed 1974’s “Mame,” which he had previously directed on Broadway to a best musical Tony and a directing nomination for him (both the stage and screen versions of “Mame” co-starred Saks’ then-wife Bea Arthur). In “Cactus Flower,” he directed Goldie Hawn to an Oscar for supporting actress.
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- Carmel Dagan
BBC Chief Gets Death Threat After Firing Jeremy Clarkson From ‘Top Gear’
The Metropolitan Police is investigating alleged death threats made against BBC Director General Tony Hall in the wake of his decision not to renew Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's contract. Hall announced Wednesday that Clarkson would not return to the popular motoring show, following an inquiry into an altercation between Clarkson and a producer on March 4. Britain's The Mail On Sunday reported Hall and his wife have been under 24-hour guard since the alleged threat was… »
TV Review: ‘The Dovekeepers’
Designed to play as a moving adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s bestseller, “The Dovekeepers” is more of a wounded duck. Similar in tone to Lifetime’s “The Red Tent” by entering into such a story from a female perspective, the entire first half of this two-part miniseries essentially feels like an extended preamble to night two, which closes on a sobering note but proves dramatically flaccid until then. Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have made a splashy migration into scripted epics with “The Bible” and NBC’s sequel “A.D.,” but anyone who can endure this with their wits is a true survivor.
Granted, it’s been a generation since the 1981 miniseries “Masada,” but assuming it’s available somewhere, going back and watching that splendid pairing of Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss is an infinitely preferable prospect.
As is, “Dovekeepers” should be most notable to fans of “NCIS »
- Brian Lowry
‘The Rock’s Revenge Of ‘Bambi’ Targets Disney Remakes: ‘SNL’
Dwayne Johnson eased on through the Saturday Night Live live sketches; the funniest had him in a WWF promo (grade: B) and later paired him with Cecily Strong’s twit Brit as his date (A+), crashing an intimate dinner with Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer and undoubtedly setting the SNL record for single-sketch use of the word “boner” (sometimes broken up, as in “bone her”): http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dinner-date/2855724 Nevertheless, the SNL video team… »
Could Trevor Noah Replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'? (Maybe…)
Could "The Daily Show’s" most recent addition, Trevor Noah, be tapped to replace Jon Stewart when he leaves the show as host, at the end the year? It’s very possible, at least says Variety (Here); According to insiders, Noah is on “the shortlist” to replace Stewart. The South African comedian and satirist has many things going for him, including the fact that he has experience doing late night TV, having hosted a late night TV show in South Africa for two seasons, and that "The Daily Show" would most likely want to promote an existing member of the show to the new host position, for continuity. Also in his favor is that, 2 other likely candidates - "Daily Show" regulars, Samantha bee, and her husband, Jason Jones - are leaving the program to create their own comedy show for TBS. In addition, correspondent Jessica Williams, who was rumored as a possible replacement, »
‘The Rock’ Obama On ‘SNL’ Shows Dwayne Johnson As Potus With The Most
Last night’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-hosted Saturday Night Live wasn’t what you’d call intellectually brilliant. It was merely flat-out funny, as the Furious franchise frontman made it all look easy during his fourth tour in the SNL spotlight. Johnson is so comfortable in his own skin that he easily morphed from cue-card stoned star to the gamest member of the ensemble, which gave the evening an engaging collegial vibe – even when sketches went limp. He was there right… »
BBC Chief Receives Death Threat over Jeremy Clarkson Sacking
Hall, the broadcaster’s director general, received an email containing the threat on Wednesday. London’s police service, which is investigating the threat, said the email appeared to have been sent from outside the U.K.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the BBC sought to hire an eight-man security team on Wednesday. A vehicle from a security company, London Protection Services, was stationed overnight at Hall’s home in Oxfordshire. The company’s bodyguards are all former members of the military or police.
Hall decided on Wednesday not to renew Clarkson’s contract, after the “Top Gear” host allegedly attacked the show’s producer Oisin Tymon while they were on location in Yorkshire, Northern England. According to Hall, Tymon had to »
- Leo Barraclough
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