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Director Paul Feig — he of Bridesmaids and The Heat fame — ain’t afraid of 1) No ghosts, and 2) Casting lesser-known actresses to front his divisive Ghostbusters reboot, as proven by his choice of Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to star alongside Feig regulars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
Anyone see that coming? (We didn’t.)
Which isn’t to say we aren’t excited about this cast. Quite the opposite: If you’re a Saturday Night Live fan, you already know Kate McKinnon is one of the funniest, smartest actresses working these days. And Leslie Jones steals just about every scene she’s in. If you’re not an SNL fan, here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you up to speed.
Watch: Return to the red carpet for 'Ghostbusters' 1984 premiere!
Well, that was fast! How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders and her Saturday Night Live hubby Taran Killam announced that they were expecting a second child together back in October, and apparently, the actress was further along than anyone may have assumed—because she has already given birth! Continuing with her under-the-radar trend, Smulders subtly mentioned the little one's arrival (and showed off her post-baby body) while promoting her film Unexpected at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. "I'm in Sundance and I have a three-week old baby, so I can certainly relate [to the film's theme]," Smulders told Bustle during an interview (so slick!). "It's my world at »
Wet Hot American Summer just added a whole bunch of very impressive bunkmates.
Per our sister site Deadline, which first reported the news, Hamm will play a spy, Pine’s role simply will be “mysterious,” and Wiig will play a counselor at the prepster Camp Tigerclaw (Firewood’s rival). All of the roles are either guest star or recurring.
The newbies join most of the 2001 cult film »
As Molly Shannon's famous Saturday Night Live character Sally O'Malley would say, "I'm Fifty!" Alan Cumming celebrated his 50th birthday this week by partying at Studio 54 wearing only a Speedo (what else would you expect from him, right?). The Cabaret star, whose actual birthday was yesterday, took to Instagram the other day to share a funny party pic of him nearly sporting his birthday suit. "This is what fifty looks like!" the always-colorful Scottish star captioned the b-day photo. In the snapshot, Cumming shows off his body in just a tiny red Speedo, a matching headband and some party necklaces. The birthday boy flashes a smile while sitting on the shoulders of a male »
It's official! Paul Feig, the director of the upcoming reboot, just took to Twitter to reveal his new cast. Headlining the supernatural comedy are Kristen Wiig ("Bridesmaids", "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty"), Melissa McCarthy ("The Heat", "Tammy"), Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live", "Top Five") and Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live", "Life Partners"). He also announced that the film will be released on July 22, 2016. A remake of director Ivan Reitman's 1984 comedy classic, Feig's take on the property is said to be targeting a scarier tone that will not maintain any continuity with the original film or its 1989 sequel. Back in September, original Ghostbusters star Bill Murray revealed his own “fan cast” for a female-driven franchise reboot, which included both »
The domain-registering website and Super Bowl regular had planned to run an ad titled “Journey Home,” where an adorable puppy gets accidentally bumped out of the back of a pickup truck, sparking an inspiring journey to make it back to his farm. Buddy is welcomed back into his (temporary) owner’s open arms, when she reveals that her joy in seeing the presumed-gone pooch is for monetary purposes. “I’m so glad you made it home! »
- Alicia Banks
For & Against: Are you onboard for the all-female Ghostbusters?
Aykroyd has now offered his support for the all-female team of Ghostbusters in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy," he said.
Aykroyd's co-star Bill Murray previously recommended Wiig »
Via Feig’s Twitter, he’s put up a picture of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones! We don’t know the latter two as well in the UK but they’ve all got their Saturday Night Live loving in over the recent years and are four very funny ladies indeed. Everyone from Rebel Wilson to Gillian Anderson wanted a bite of the ‘Busters, so this looks like the first say in a brand new outing.
Interestingly, I recently heard that Ivan Reitman backed the third, now new, outing for his old team and said it was a ‘healthy transition‘ for Feig and the ladies to take over and quite frankly, why not. Yes, the original is held in high esteem by many, »
- Dan Bullock
HBO renews the Duplass brothers' Togetherness for another season - Vulture Find out the release date for the Ghostbusters reboot - Moviefone What did SNL alum Brooks Wheelan do after the show? - Splitsider Stories behind famous movie scenes that are hilariously horrifying - Cracked The best quotes from this week's episode of The Flash - BuddyTV 14 famous sketch comedy stars who skipped SNL - HitFix Get exclusive scoop from a director of Pll - Pretty Little Liars Brace yourself for Budweiser's supersweet Super Bowl ad - Popsugar Celebrity & News »
Fxx's unique romantic comedy "Man Seeking Woman" explores the dating life of Josh (Jay Baruchel), a young man struggling to find love under heightened circumstances -- like, you know, being set up on a blind date with a monster, or finding out his ex-girlfriend is in a relationship with Adolf Hitler. It's all (emotionally) ripped from the life of creator Simon Rich, who achieved intense professional success -- including several published books and years of writing for "Saturday Night Live" and Pixar -- before turning 30, but floundered in his 20s in the quest for romantic happiness. So at the TCA winter press tour, Indiewire sat down with Rich to discuss what makes "Man Seeking Woman" more than just another story about how hard it is for a straight white guy to find love. I wanted to start off by talking to about your concept of the romantic comedy, because what »
- Liz Shannon Miller
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony and director Paul Feig have selected their ghostbusters, with Melissa McCarthy (The Heat and Tammy), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), and current Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon signing on to strap on the proton packs and bust some ghosts. Now that we know who's going to star in this, can we move past calling them "the female Ghostbusters?" I certainly applaud the feminism of casting an all female ghostbusters, and am definitely aware of the (small) backlash that this casting is getting from the usual suspects, but at this point, they're just Ghostbusters. These are your Ghostbusters, world. Embrace them (or not). The fact that they're all women is inconsequential, to me. If your goal is to make a laugh out loud movie that's smart and well directed, you can't go wrong with this cast and this director. I can't wait. »
- Matthew McKibben
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, best known writing-performing on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will write, executive produce and star on the show. “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Lorne Michaels is also executive producing under his Broadway Video banner.
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Rudolph and Smith are said to be recurring guest stars, should the comedy make it to series. The story centers on best friends Langston (Riddle »
- Travis Reilly
A familiar face could create quite a mess for the Devious Maids in Season 3.
Brianna Brown — whose character, Taylor Stappord, hasn’t been seen since she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband in Season 2 — will return to the Lifetime drama as a series regular in its upcoming third season, our sister site Deadline reports.
Any guesses why the Stappords, or at least Taylor, will be back in Beverly Hills? Hit the comments with your thoughts and theories.
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J.K. Simmons has been braving award season for weeks, so what's a little snowstorm? The Whiplash actor appeared with Kenan Thompson to promote this weekend's Saturday Night Live, and they ventured all the way outside to get a taste of Winter Storm Juno, which fell short of expectations over the past few days. Take a look, and tune in to the show this weekend to see Simmons host alongside musical guest D'Angelo. »
If you thought the music video for Sia's "Elastic Heart" was good, just wait until you see this choreography video. The dancers at Urban Dance Camp really turned it out for this one; their moves are just as mesmerizing as the video and Sia's performance on SNL. Things have only been heating up for the emergent music artist lately. In fact, just this week, she released a new song on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack! Watch the video above, because if you're like us, you just can't get enough. »
Yesterday brought the long-awaited news about who, exactly, would be inheriting the Ghostbusters mantle in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot. Melissa McCarthy and a trio of Saturday Night Live–affiliated actresses: show alumna Kristen Wiig, current cast member Kate McKinnon, and recent SNL addition Leslie Jones. The latter star might be the most surprising choice — she only made her first appearance on SNL last May, when she was working there as a writer, not a cast member. The 47-year-old was promoted this year to featured player, making her the oldest cast member to ever get hired for that particular job, edging out Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show), who was hired at age 46 in 1994. Furthermore, Jones's addition marks the first time two African-American women have been part of the ensemble. But while Jones — who quickly established herself as an SNL standout due to her brash sensibility, »
- Dan Reilly
Although this news was all but confirmed, Netflix finally revealed through a Wet Hot American Summer teaser yesterday that the film’s original counselors will be back for the new series, which is set to debut on the streaming site this summer. Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series will be an eight-episode continuation of the original 2001 film, taking place 14 years later at Camp Firewood. Returning for the Netflix revival will be Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games films), Michael Ian Black (The State), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Janeane Garofalo (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Svu), Marguerite Moreau (Grey’s Anatomy), Zak Orth (Revolution), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and Michael Showalter (The State). Additionally, joining the original Wet Hot American Summer gang will be… »
- Chris King
Even though news surfaced that the entire cast of Wet Hot American Summer was set to return for Netflix’s original TV series, it wasn’t officially confirmed by the streaming network until it released a 50-second teaser touting most of the original stars’ names.
The returning cast includes: Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter.
While the teaser didn’t offer much outside of the cast names and an official synopsis, which states it will take place on the first day of Camp Firewood’s most famous summer, it did remind us of the star-studded power that will soon be reuniting for eight episodes.
In the years since, the film has churned out Oscar nominees, SNL alumni »
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Ghostbusters 3 has been in the works for years now, but the movie quickly fell apart following the death of original cast member Harold Ramis. Though Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson were up for a return, Bill Murray proved elusive, and director Ivan Reitman ultimately decided to scrap plans to turn his beloved film series into a trilogy.
Sony weren’t about to let it die however, and a reboot was put in the works with an all-female cast and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig at the helm. This was met with a mixed response from fans, but it’s happening regardless, and now the four actresses who will make up the main team of Ghostbusters have finally been revealed.
- Josh Wilding
It's an exciting time for Chris Pratt, who dominated headlines thanks to his starring role in Guardians of the Galaxy and who is now rumored to be up for the Indiana Jones reboot! For more than a decade he's been winning over fans with his charm and good looks - seriously, could Chris be more lovable? And lately, between hot magazine covers and a series of handsome red carpet appearances, he's had quite a few heartthrob moments. Beyond his looks, he's both hilarious and sweet, and he's shown off his awesome sense of humor in more ways than one. The Parks and Recreation star cracked up fans when he adorably fumbled during his SNL monologue, when he shared his first cheesy headshot picture, and when he expertly rapped "Forgot About Dre." As if you needed any more convincing as to why Chris Pratt is such a swoon-worthy star, take a »
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