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With his FX series kicking off its delayed fifth season in May, Louis C.K. will make a second stint as host of Saturday Night Live on March 29. The writer/actor/comedian first hosted the NBC late night show in November 2012, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when the highlights included this spoof of Louie featuring Louis Ck as Abraham Lincoln. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Lena Dunham has apparently developed a sense of humor about the copious amounts of nudity on her HBO series “Girls.” Dunham, who famously bristled at a question from TheWrap about her nudity on the series during a Television Critics Association earlier this year, cracked wise on the topic during her opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live.” See video: Lena Dunham Asks Savannah Guthrie If She's Willing To Show Nipple During the monologue, Dunham cited the old saw about public speaking, “If you're nervous about giving a speech, just picture the audience naked,” then joked, “or at least imagine that your audience. »
- Tim Kenneally
C.K. will have his second stint as host March 29, after the program takes a two-week hiatus. No musical guest has been announced yet — unless C.K., who created, writes, directs, edits, produces, and stars in the acclaimed FX series Louie, is somehow preparing to provide the episode’s music as well. The next season of Louie premieres on FX this May. »
- Hillary Busis
Well, this should be interesting. Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing. We’ll see how much “SNL” leans into this whirlwind surrounding Dunham, and how much both the show and the actress try to move away from Hannah Horvath and into other comedic avenues. Jim Parsons declared he was “Not That Guy” in last week’s monologue, but then deployed a bunch of Sheldon Cooper-lite characters throughout the show. »
- Ryan McGee
Lena Dunham brought nudity, Scandal and more Girls to Saturday Night Live. The show's money shot came when the first-time host debuted Girl, a spiritual sequel to SNL's much-loved Girls parody from last year's season opener. In Girl, Dunham and Girls costar Adam Driver (Taran Killam) told the story of Adam and Eve – Lena Dunham style. Photos: 'Saturday Night Live': 10 Stars You Forgot Were Castmembers Dunam's Eve pestered Adam to define their relationship ("are we like, man and wife?") and became angry on feminist grounds when he reassured her that she was part of him ("Literally.
- Aaron Couch
Louis C.K. is headed back to Saturday Night Live. The comedian will host the March 29 episode. He previously hosted in November 2012, where he memorably played President Abraham Lincoln in the style of his FX show Louie. A musical guest has not yet been set for the March 29 episode. Photos: 'Saturday Night Live': 10 Stars You Forgot Were Castmembers NBC made the C.K. announcement during this week's Lena Dunham-hosted episode of SNL. Check back later for a full recap. SNL airs at 11:30 p.m. Et/Pt on NBC. Email: Aaron.Couch@THR.com Twitter: @AaronCouch
- Aaron Couch
Girls is smart, well-made, thought-provoking, and very entertaining — provided you’re in the right mindset and/or have a high tolerance for watching selfish people go about their lives. That said, Lena Dunham’s adventure in auteurism isn’t exactly a laugh-out-loud sort of show — and really never has been, barring a few notable exceptions (Shoshanna on crack; Hannah and Elijah on coke; suddenly I’m sensing a pattern). I like to describe Broad City as “Girls, but funny” — which is probably why I like Broad City a whole lot more than I like Girls.
Despite all this, I’ve »
- Hillary Busis
It was a “Saturday Night Live” reunion on Friday's “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” as Kenan Thompson stopped by to check in on his old cast mates. Seth Meyers and band leader Fred Armisen welcomed their old cohort back with open arms, with Armisen lavishing Thompson with praise. “I'm a roof,” Armisen said. “I'm above you and I'll keep you warm and safe always.” Also read: John Oliver's ‘Last Week Tonight’ Rips Off CNN's Slogan in First Promo (Video) It also prompted a trip down memory lane, as Thompson and Meyers remembered past travel nightmares. In one instance, Amtrak canceled their train, »
- Brent Lang
If there were two words to describe Lena Dunham, they would be "funny" and "tough," The 27-year-old actress-writer-showrunner-make-us-feel-bad-about-our-relative-lack-of-achievements-er will take her first spin hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and we can't wait to see what comes out of it. The legendary sketch comedy show recently lost head writer Seth Meyers to the wilds of late night talk shows, so we thought we'd provide the writing staff with a few hot tips for Dunham's episode, ...
By Kase Wickman »
What is it about a show following a foursome of fabulous women that makes it so compulsively watchable? Sex & the City, Designing Women, Girlfriends — the formula has been a proven hit, time after time. To figure out why, we of course have to refer to the Og of female foursome TV: The Golden Girls. Following the lives of sexy seniors raunching it up in a Miami retirement community, the multi-Emmy winner introduced the four archetypes that would be the secret sauce for the success of all it’s imitators: The Witty Everywoman (ie, the leader of the pack), the Innocent (ie, the lovable airhead), the Vixen (ie, the tart who’ll steal your man and giggle about it), and the Realist (ie, the wise-cracking shade-thrower). This combination? Ratings gold.
- Tia Williams
It's Jon Hamm's 43rd birthday on Monday, and we love him so much, and it's not just because he's played a character who's become so important to pop culture. We're so used to seeing Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men that when he steps out of the suit, it's a novelty, and lucky for us, Hamm tends to get goofy in movies like Bridesmaids, on SNL, and in real life. To celebrate the mad man, let's look at his most serious moments juxtaposed with his goofiest moments - in GIFs! Source: Universal Pictures View Slideshow › »
- Shannon Vestal
Just for a moment, let's forget about Lindsay Lohan's family drama, addictions, DUIs, arrests, and rehab stints. Instead, try to remember the first time you saw her. Was she a sweet pip-squeak oozing with talent in Disney's The Parent Trap or pop culture's queen bee in Mean Girls? Was she cracking jokes with the likes of Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live or getting praise from costars Meryl Streep and Jane Fonda? All that and everything in between reminds us there's a lot more to Lindsay than the tough times splashed across magazine covers. As we get ready to watch her orchestrate a reinvention with Oprah on Lindsay, Own's new docuseries, take a trip down memory lane with the moments that made us love the actress and root for her! Source: Getty / Steve.Granitz View Slideshow › »
- Nick Maslow
Happy thirtieth birthday to This Is Spinal Tap, which licked the world's love pump this week in 1984. It remains the funniest, truest, most emotionally honest movie ever made about rock & roll and the people who live for it. Can you trace the influence of this film through pop culture through the years? That would be like trying to dust vomit. The enduring power of Spinal Tap is how it gets the details so lovingly right, musically and emotionally — right from that opening scene where the roadies lift the giant skull, »
"Girls" creator-star and soon-to-be "Saturday Night Live" host Lena Dunham sat for an interview with "Today" host Savannah Guthrie this week, where she discussed her long-time love for "SNL." And, it turns out, Guthrie is similarly devoted to "Girls."
"I love it with a passion," Dunham says in the interview in the "SNL" studio at Rockefeller Center. "'Obsessed' is not too strong of a word, and being here in this space is surreal and wonderful, and I just am so excited to soak up every inch of it. I was literally, like, staring at the hair stylists as they constructed wigs today, saying, 'I want to learn your secrets.'"
Toward the end of the segment, Guthrie outs herself as a »
Martha Stewart would like to be closer friends with Snoop Dogg. That's just one of the tidbits fans learned on Thursday, when the domestic diva and TV personality stopped by Reddit for its "Ask Me Anything" series. Stewart bravely tackled topics such as sex advice, her time in jail, tacos, tattoos and her supposed feud with Gwyneth Paltrow (spoiler: there isn't one!). Stewart, 72, was promoting her two TV shows, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School and Martha Bakes, which return to PBS in April. Here's what we learned about her. 1. She changes her bed sheets every day."Yes. It’s a luxury. »
- Melissa Locker
Ahead of this weekend's Saturday Night Live hosting gig, Lena Dunham sat down with Savannah Guthrie of NBC's Today to talk SNL, Girls, and her trifecta of hobbies: Netflix, dog park, eating. Joking about her SNL fandom, Lena said, "I didn't want to be the person who shows up for the first day of school with all their pencils sharpened, already knowing all the answers." Savannah also mentioned the Girls parody that came to the show when Tina Fey played a new character, Blerta, and Lena called it the best thing that's ever happened to her. "I thought they took such a smart approach. It wasn't nudity-obsessed, it wasn't all about my weight. It was a really intelligent, thoughtful approach to Girls." Watch the full clip above, and check out the SNL trailer with Lena for a glimpse at what's to come this weekend! Front Page Image Source: Getty / Rob Kim »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Lena Dunham is hosting Saturday Night Live this week, but the Girls star and creator has already gotten the SNL treatment. Her HBO show was memorably spoofed during the September season premiere, with Tina Fey playing a fifth castmember, the Albanian Blerta, who responded to Hannah Horvath and company's complaints with far more dire problems. Video: Lena Dunham Mocks 'Girls' Nudity in 'SNL' Promos Not only wasn't Dunham offended, but she also called the parody "a smart approach." "It was one of the best things that's ever happened to me," Dunham said of the spoof in an interview
- Hilary Lewis
SNL's Newest Cast Member Made Fun of 'Girls' and It Was Hilarious And Lena Dunham's hosting tomorrow night. by Liam Mathews SNL announced that it had hired Sasheer Zamata on January 6, 2014. On January 20, the Above Average Youtube channel released a video that starred Zamata as a Girls tour guide. Zamata's chipper-but-sad character, Madison, gives tours of Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, where most of the action of Girls takes place. Greenpoint is a special place where there is a huge rooftop garden on top of a building that sits above the one of the largest oil spills in American history. On March 8, Lena Dunham will host SNL. Will Dunham take Zamata to task for making fun of her show? Nah, they're good: image via Above Average [...] »
- Liam Mathews
This weekend sees the release of Escape from Planet Earth, a family film that follows a hapless alien who’s trapped on the dangerous Planet Earth, and his attempt to escape a horrible fate at the hands of the humans. Brendan Fraser provides the voice of Scorch Supernova, the blue-skinned extraterrestrial hero, in a role that sees the loveable actor continue his run of family-friendly movies after Furry Vengeance and Inkheart, and as an aside to his more independent, serious fare such as Gimme Shelter and Breakout.
When we spoke with the actor we expected a straight-forward interview. How very wrong we were; the following conversation includes some singing, a bit of ice cream tasting, and a dash of Charlie Chaplin, proving why Fraser is the go-to guy if you’re looking to give your movie some spark. Read on on and enjoy.
Hi Brendan, how are you doing?
- Gary Green
Sketch comedy shows don't usually have story arcs, even when they feature recurring characters. The Target Lady on "SNL" didn't go on a complex character journey over multiple seasons. Jordan Peele's character in the "Key & Peele" soul food sketch didn't reappear a few episodes later having turned cannibal after enjoying a human foot with his cellar door and stork ankles. Comedy Central's new series "Review with Forrest MacNeil" (it premieres tonight at 10, and the first episode is already online) is sketch-y in structure, but following the same main character each time: Andy Daly's chipper title character, a "reviewer of life" who will undergo any experience his viewers request — say, going to the prom, or becoming a thief — and then assign a rating to it on a five-star scale. As a series of isolated vignettes about a spectacularly dull, whitebread guy being a surrogate for his audience's fantasies, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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