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For regular viewers of Snick -- the legendary block of Saturday night programming on '90s Nickelodeon -- "All That" was the weekend cornerstone. The sketch series debuted April 16, 1994, and 20 years later it's safe to say we haven't given enough props to the silly, but often very funny show that showcased a broad range of talents (including Kenan Thompson and Jamie Lynn Spears) and some seriously grownup lessons. Here are six takeaways from the show that routinely dished out Vital Information For Our Everyday Lives. (I'm sticking to the early years of the 11-season series since, as a '90s Nick devotee, it's what I re-watched the most.) 1. Embrace your weirdness. Some billionaire will like you for it. "Earboy" was a pretty wild idea. A kid with gigantic ears (Josh Server) is picked on for his strange features, and he's even friends with a literal Pizza Face and Four-Eyes. »
- Louis Virtel
With a slate of upcoming comedy projects, the comedian embarked on a whirlwind media tour and addressed his past homophobic comments
Tracy Morgan, the talented 30 Rock comedian whose unpredictability once threatened to outshine his accomplishments, took questions on Reddit on Thursday as part of a tour to rehabilitate his image ahead of a new comedy special and standup tour.
The 45-year-old Morgan has seen his reputation tarnished in recent years by allegations of homophobic and sexist remarks. If my son were gay he better come home and talk to me like a man," Morgan said during a 2011 appearance before then saying he'd "pull out a knife" on his child. Morgan has three sons and one daughter.
I used to buy my own weed, and it wasn't laced with Pcp. I knew what I was smoking. I would never do that.
My favorite kind of pizza? I like just pepperoni and cheese. »
- Katie Rogers
Sports dramas are a dime a dozen: a montage here, an inspirational speech there, and a finale at the Big Game. The genre gets an raucous send-up in "Intramural," and Indiewire has exclusive new stills before its premiere at Tribeca on Saturday night. "Intramural" stars Jake Lacy as Caleb, a fifth year senior who brings together his ragtag group of friends for one more shot at Intramural football before he graduates, gets married, and heads off into the real world. The film also takes on sports movie tropes such as the exposition-spouting announcers, the underdogs vs. their fiercer competitors, and the tough new head coach. The film co-stars "Saturday Night Live" players Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Jay Pharoah, among others, and was directed by Andrew Disney ("Searching for Sonny") from a script by Bradley Jackson. Watch the trailer and check out the stills below. »
- Max O'Connell
Fat, drunk, and stupid may not be the best way to go through life, but it sure does create one memorable film character!
Movies have often been set in and around college campuses, but none quite like Animal House. From toga parties to food fights, the film not only introduced us to many collegiate cinematic clichés, but pretty much reinvented the entire genre. When you think of a college movie, you think of Animal House.
John Belushi made a huge leap from TV onto the big screen as Bluto, the exact opposite of what you think a fraternity boy would »
- Jake Perlman
It's been almost a decade since we first fell in love with Mean Girls, and back when the film hit theaters on April 30, 2004, we were busy telling everyone how *~oBsEsSeD~* we were via our melodramatic away messages. The movie brought Tina Fey's trademark SNL wit to the silver screen, and suddenly we couldn't stop reciting lines from the Plastics with all our friends. ("So you agree - you think you're really pretty?") In true early-2000s fashion, a lot of those hilarious one-liners also made their way into our online chats, so it feels only right to celebrate the movie's upcoming 10th anniversary with some ridiculous away messages inspired by the Mean Girls characters. Channeling the glory days of Im chats, we came up with screen names for each character, then imagined what they might have written for their away messages. ~ Brb ~ View Slideshow › »
- Laura Marie Meyers
To celebrate our Improv and Comedy Training issue, let’s get you out to the Upright Citzens Brigades’ “Assscat 3000” show in New York City; into the Gotham Comedy Club for “SNL” alum Jim Breuer and his standup; experiencing the Los Angeles Comedy Festival; cheering on your favorite comic in “Last Comic Standing”; and finishing it all off on your couch watching Netflix’s new comedy series, “Short Poppies.” Click Here To View Slideshow »
NBC is narrowing down the field for a potential new variety show. The network has passed on its variety sketch show starring Anchorman's David Koechner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The project, which had received a pilot order, would have marked Koechner's return to his sketch comedy roots. He started his career on NBC's Saturday Night Live and also had a recurring role on the network's adaptation of The Office. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The untitled variety sketch show was created by Koechner, who would have starred in and executive produced the project alongside Lou Wallach and Brillstein
- Lesley Goldberg
The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" is — once again — the No. 1 album in the country. In its 10th nonconsecutive week in the top spot, the album sold 133,000 copies (-11%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set has sold 2.1 million copies to date and now ties "The Lion King" for an animated film soundtrack’s most weeks at No. 1. Pharrell Williams' "G I R L” returns to its peak slot at No. 2 with 29,000 (+18%), after spending last week at No. 9. The album gained sales due to Pharrell's recent appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "Good Morning America" and "Sunday Morning." 5 Seconds of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect" Ep drops from No. 2 to No. 3 with 26,000 in its second week (-82%). New arrival MercyMe debuts at No. 4 with its eighth album, “Welcome to the New” (26,000). It's the third top 10 album for the Christian rock band, following 2012’s "The Hurt & the Healer" and 2010’s “The Generous Mr. »
- Whitney Phaneuf
Clearly, comedienne Jenny Slate isn't afraid of controversy. In her new movie Obvious Child, the former Saturday Night Live star dares to take on a topic so taboo that even edgy comedies like Juno and Knocked Up only tiptoed around it. To be frank, Obvious Child centers on a stand up comic who finds herself pregnant from a lame one-night-stand, and promptly decides she needs to get an abortion. Simply put, it's a romantic-comedy unlike any you've seen before. But you probably figured that out from its trailer. Based on her short film of the same name, Obvious Child is the feature directorial debut of helmer/writer Gillian Robespierre. This dark comedy made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it drew praise and was quick to be acquired by A24, the exciting new distribution company that has released such sensational indies as Ginger & Rosa, »
When all 11 past and present co-hosts of The View unite on May 15 to bid farewell to the talk show’s creator Barbara Walters, we expect each lady to be on her best behavior. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of bad feelings and some tongue-biting when these gals come face-to-face.
While The View was created as a platform for women with varying opinions to talk openly and frankly about the day’s topics, it turned into a powder keg for clashing personalities. We don’t envy the person tasked with creating the seating chart that day. »
- Amber Ray
While variety shows are a relic of an earlier television era, early reports say its a test pilot to see if the show could turn into a recurring series.
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- Amanda Holpuch
--Katrina Bowden checking out the new Sol Republic headphones at the RadioShack Father’s Day Gift Preview in NYC. --Taylor Swift visiting her friend Ed Sheeran after he hosted Saturday Night Live during the after party at Chelsea's Bocca di Bacco in NYC. --Shenae Grimes and husband Josh Beech engaging in a little Pda as they stopped by the Koolaburra Coachella gifting suite at the Bmf Music Lounge in Indio, CA. --Aaron Paul and Ashley Greene chowing down on Cousins Maine Lobster rolls at Kellan Lutz's Abbot + Main Estate [...] »
Exclusive: Writer Jay Reiss has signed with Wme for representation. Reiss, who had been at CAA, co-wrote the award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the dark Julian Farino-directed comedy The Oranges. His movie scripts certainly seem to draw stars. He most recently completed The Complete History Of My Sexual Failures for Universal, a comedy to star former Saturday Night Live (boy is he missed) castmember Jason Sudeikis. Reiss is currently writing Family Therapy at Universal for Jason Bateman, Crazy You at New Line for Will Ferrell, and The League Of Extraordinary Princesses at Fox Animation. The writer continues to be repped by Mosaic and Bloom Hergott. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
HBO’s latest front-row seat to a theatrical one-man play shifts from Mike Tyson to Billy Crystal, translating the latter’s comic memoir “700 Sundays” into a TV special. Nostalgic and deeply personal — at a full two hours, there’s no escaping that the show amounts to a whole lot of Crystal — it’s heavily skewed toward an audience old enough to appreciate references to Mickey Mantle, Billie Holiday, and a mock Yiddish rant where the only English word is “retail.” Ultimately, Crystal’s joy in performing, and appreciation for how he got from there to here, shines through, but the special is still best consumed in pieces.
Crystal derived the title from the precious weekend days he got to spend with his hard-working father, a record-store owner and jazz producer who dropped dead when Crystal was just 15.
Crystal’s father and uncle brought him into contact early with showbiz and »
- Brian Lowry
Tired of all the summer blockbusters heading your way? Probably not, as there are some great ones this year. But, you may still find some time to enjoy the little folks, including this quaint little spin on the rom-com genre, Obvious Child. It follows a stand-up comedian in the middle of major life changes who gets pregnant after a one night stand. Starring former SNL cast member Jenny Slate as Donna, she must wrestle with her new found predicament as well as telling the father about her plans for an abortion.
Although stated enough in the trailer, it does look refreshingly honest with the kind of gentle laughs that don’t outweigh the more dramatic moments. It’s already built quite the momentum from appearances at a number of film festivals, and will be getting a wider release this summer in the Us.
Obvious Child is to be released on »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday, April 16 with a lineup featuring over 50 world premieres and even more must-see films.
This year’s Tribeca line-up begins Wednesday, April 16 with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. After the screening, Nas himself will perform songs from his legendary album.
Features Premiering At Tribeca
TV comedies collide in About Alex, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and New Girl’s Max Greenfield – not to mention Jane Levy (Subergatory), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Social Network), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nate Parker and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost). Written and directed by Jesse Zwick, this The Big Chill homage takes place during a weekend away, as old friends in their mi-twenties come together to help one in the group who is suicidal.
Another TV-star driven film premiering at Tribeca is Life Partners, starring »
Maya Rudolph Variety Show
The Maya Rudolph Show, which will include musical numbers and sketches, is being executive produced by SNL’s Lorne Michaels. Though it’s only slated to be a one-hour special, it’s possible that it could be optioned as an ongoing series for NBC.
For the May 19 premiere, Rudolph will be joined by fellow SNL alums Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Chris Parnell, reported Entertainment Weekly. Kristen Bell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes will all be featured as well. Janelle Monáe will serve as the musical guest for the Maya Rudolph Show premiere.
Rudolph’s last big TV project was the NBC sitcom Up All Night in which she starred alongside Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Though they were planning to revamp the show by going multi-camera back in February, »
All hail NBC for what should be their best decision in months: giving Maya Rudolph her own variety show. "The Maya Rudolph Show," a one-hour throwback to classic variety series of yore, stars the "SNL" vet in its first episode May 19. The show could turn into a regular series, and by the looks of the talent appearing on the debut, that seems inevitable. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, musical guest Janelle Monae, and bandleader Raphael Saadiq will be part of the proceedings. Yes, please. Thank you. To celebrate this fantastic news, let's remember that Rudolph is -- without question -- the most Gif-able comedienne on the planet. Her every face and movement is worthy of its own flipbook. Here are 15 times she was worthy of a kickass Gif. »
- Louis Virtel
If you like the humor of Girls and have a soft spot for Jean-Ralphio's sister on Parks and Recreation, then let me introduce you to the trailer for Obvious Child. It stars Jenny Slate, who you may recognize not just from Parks, but possibly Saturday Night Live (or as the very adorable voice in the viral video "Marcel the Shell With the Shoes On") - she plays Donna, a recently dumped comedian who rebounds with a sweet guy (Jake Lacy) and ends up with a little more than she bargained for. Slate and Lacy's chemistry is so cute, but the rest of this romantic comedy isn't as conventional as it sounds; the humor is biting, and the situation gets very real and loses its sugar coating. I can't wait to see Slate in a starring role like this and hope this is her big breakout moment. Obvious Child comes out »
- Shannon Vestal
Starring the Emmy Award nominee and beloved Saturday Night Live veteran, NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for Monday, May 19 (10 pm Et/Pt). Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce, with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. Revisiting the classic variety show format, The Maya Rudolph Show will feature guest stars Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Sean Hayes. Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monae will serve as the musical guest. R&b singer-producer Raphael Saadiq will be the bandleader. Rudolph was part of Saturday Night Live from 2000-11, performing in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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