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Singer Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70, the Yorkshire Post reports. The Sheffield-born singer died at his home in Colorado, where he had been quietly battling lung cancer for years. In the U.S., Cocker was most famous for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," as well as the shambling dance steps that inspired a Saturday Night Live parody from John Belushi. Cocker also had top-ten hits with "The Letter," "You Are So Beautiful," and "Up Where We Belong," a duet from the film An Officer and a Gentleman that won an Oscar for Best Original Song. »
- Nate Jones
Thanks to the successful film adaptations of The Hunger Games franchise and The Fault In Our Stars, 2014 could be dubbed the year of the Ya. The genre of books took over the box office with other big screen takes on the first of the Divergent series, The Giver, If I Stay, and The Maze Runner.
While the primary focus on these films was the young stars that embodied the angst-ridden teens of the books, every one of these movies was supported by an award-winning adult actor. Even Meryl Streep got into the Ya game, adding pedigree to The Giver, which starred budding star Brenton Thwaites.
But how did Streep compare to Julianne Moore, who stepped into the role of President Coin in the third Hunger Games film, or to Kate Winslet, who portrayed the villain in the first installment of Divergent? We ranked all of the 2014 film performances based on who used their Oscar prowess to maximum »
Just before Thanksgiving, we learned that Mel Brooks was joining the voice cast of Hotel Transylvania 2, the animated comedy from Sony Pictures Animation and director Genndy Tartakovsky. The iconic comedian and spoof master is voicing Vlad, the father of Dracula (Adam Sandler) in the sequel coming next fall. And along with the first look photos that accompanied the news last month, a holiday message has just surfaced featuring Dracula, his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), and human boyfriend Jonathan (Andy Samberg). Though it sounds like Sony couldn't afford to pay the voice actors to do this. Watch! Here's the holiday card from Hotel Transylvania 2 from Sony Pictures Animation: Hotel Transylvania 2 is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, Popeye) and written by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel ("Saturday Night Live"). In the sequel, a family get-together in the follow-up feature brings Dracula's father Vlad (Mel Brooks) to town — along »
- Ethan Anderton
The cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is shaping up to be the biggest story of the year, and will likely continue to develop in 2015.
Since it seems inevitable that more news will fly in the days leading up to Christmas, now is the perfect time to catch up on the story with all of the updates since the FBI officially identified North Korea as the culprit behind the hack attack.
Also Read: FBI Names North Korea As Responsible for Sony Hack Attack
Just before the U.S. put the blame on North Korea, the hackers issued a new threat »
- Greg Gilman
Amy Adams has played some dark and complex characters—in American Hustle, for example—but when I think of her, I can't help but see the earnest, optimistic women she played in movies like Enchanted, Junebug, and Doubt. It makes for an unusual blend on a show like Saturday Night Live, which Adams hosted for the first time since 2008 over the weekend. The star of Tim Burton's Big Eyes had some help from Kristen Wiig and Fred Armison on the SNL Christmas episode—but she also delivered a fun monologue and popped up in some of the best sketches of the night, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Sarah Koenig’s podcast Serial was a huge hit this year as millions of people tried to figure out a 15-year-old murder mystery. It was a unique piece of entertainment, and I feel it was misunderstood by some who thought that the podcast was actually about solving the mystery when halfway the season it became clear that the real value of Serial was witnessing the journalistic process and entering a journalist’s train of thought. When it came to the investigation, it was more Zodiac than Dateline, and if you wanted it to be the latter, you were probably disappointed. But the podcast also carried its own tone and flavor, which opened it up to parody. Funny or Die took its shot before the podcast’s season finale, and last week’s Saturday Night Live also lampooned the series by having Koenig try to solve the mystery of Santa Claus. »
- Matt Goldberg
Saturday Night Live had a great moment this weekend when Mike Myers reprised his role as Dr. Evil during the cold open of the show. He mocks North Korea’s hacking of Sony Pictures to stop The Interview's release. During the skit, Dr. Evil amusingly suggests that the best way to kill a movie is to release it in January. He takes comedic jabs at both the hacker group and Sony in his little speech, and it was quite entertaining. It was awesome to see Dr. Evil back! It kind of makes me want to see another Austin Powers movie. I guess if there's one person in the world to weigh in on all this hacking madness, it's Dr. Evil.
- Joey Paur
And that’s not all, as we also have a couple of clips for you here…
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With »
- Gary Collinson
Someone get these two a Friends Forever necklace! Former cast member Kristen Wiig popped up on this week's Saturday Night Live, and everyone was pretty thrilled — especially One Direction's Harry Styles. The two were caught on candid Instagram dancing to selections from Dirty Dancing. No word if the signature lift was attempted. (Or maybe it was just Wiig dancing with herself? We'll really never know.) »
- Lindsey Weber
All season long, we were wondering if "Serial" was going to get a Saturday Night Live parody. Can a podcast get that big? This week's SNL proved, yes, it can. And it's a good thing, since it was pretty damn great. Unlike the Funny or Die "Serial" sketch from last week, SNL's sketch doesn't feel like just a run-through of inside jokes and memes — they actually turn it into something new, in turn heightening the comedy. Also, the impressions are seriously well-written and -performed. What it comes down to is, um, Christmas magic. »
- Jesse David Fox
Who knew Harry Styles and Kristen Wiig were such great pals? The stars were spotted having the time of their lives on Saturday night when they danced up a storm at Saturday Night Live's wrap party in NYC. (Harry performed on the show's pre-Christmas episode with One Direction while former cast member Kristen made a surprise appearance.) Harry and Kristen were seen dancing to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes's "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," the classic '80s hit made famous by Dirty Dancing. While Harry and Kristen weren't seen trying to re-create the film's climactic dance scene, Harry was seen twirling Kristen around and taking her by the hand for a slow-dance moment on top of a table. A video posted by Gavin Doyle (@savethesociety) on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:31am Pst This isn't the first time that the two have had a crossover. Kristen famously »
It's been a very long time since we've seen Mike Myer's fantastic parody of classic Bond villains, but thanks to Saturday Night Live, Dr. Evil made a return to give his thoughts on the The Interview scandal. It may have been twelve years since we last saw him in Goldmember, but the character hasn't lost any of what we loved him for. Check it out below. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Sony Pictures attorney David Boies revealed on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that the studio still plans on releasing the comedy after deciding to cancel the film's Christmas Day release day and pull it from theaters. "Sony only delayed this," Boies said of The Interview, which depicts Franco and Rogen attempting to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
"Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed," he continued.
Boies comments seem to be a bit of a contradiction from what Sony was saying on Wednesday. "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," the studio said in a statement.
News: George Clooney Reacts to Sony Hacking
Sony announced last week that The Interview would not be released after a hack leaked »
As part of the cold open to this week's "Saturday Night Live," Mike Myers, who was one of the funniest and most beloved cast members on the series from 1989 -1995, returned to the show and even revived his Dr. Evil character from the "Austin Powers" movies. And it was frickin' hilarious, Mr. Bigglesworth!
Dr. Evil interrupted a "A Very Somber Christmas with Sam Smith" to school North Korea on what it's like to be truly evil. Just watch it -- it's really, really great. (And, yes, there's a "Love Guru" joke.)
Not only does this really make us miss Myers (he hasn't really shown up in a feature film since his cameo in "Inglourious Basterds" back in 2009) but it also makes us wonder where that fourth "Austin Powers" is in the development pipeline. Supposedly that fourth film was to come from Dr. Evil's point-of-view, and after watching this hilarious clip, »
- Drew Taylor
Sure, we all think the whole Sony/North Korea debacle is a huge joke anyway, but nothing quite hits it home like when Dr. Evil himself calls folks out on it. That's right! Mike Myers took to Saturday Night Live this past weekend as the nefarious Dr. Evil to do what's much more socially acceptable as a fictional character; call people out on their bullshit. It's a satisfying cold open and is actually pretty damn funny to boot. If you ask me, Dr. Evil needs to make a »
- Sean Wist
Cinema chains hit back at Sony, saying they wanted release delayed not cancelled
Sony lawyer says film will eventually be distributedRepublican National Committee urges cinemas to screen The Interview and party supporters to buy ticketsMike Myers’s Dr Evil comments on Saturday Night Live
After deciding to cancel the release of The Interview following terrorist threats from hackers believed to be working with North Korea, Sony Pictures is under fire from cinema chains and political lobbyists in the Us, as it considers its options for a potential online version.
Cinema owners are angry at a perceived scapegoating by the studio over the decision to pull the film from theatrical release. Sony has claimed that chains backing out was the reason they cancelled the Christmas screenings. Yet exhibitors now say many only wanted delays or modifications to the timetable of release in the wake of a message from Guardians of Peace »
- Catherine Shoard
Aired December 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
The Host: Amy Adams is here to host her way through the garland and tinsel adorned set of the show this week, and she brings an effortless, absolutely charming touch to the stage. Right from her monologue, she appears cheery and genuinely enthused about the gig, which is beneficial, because with the Christmas episode, the host runs the danger of getting overshadowed by the inevitable surprise guest appearances that will occur throughout. Sometimes Lorne Michaels and company will bring out the cream of their contacts list (see: Any time Justin Timberlake hosts) and the episode threatens to buckle under the weight of all that notoriety. And while the show does leap out the »
- Jj Perkins
Guess we know who we're inviting to our next party! After performing on Saturday Night Live, Harry Styles didn't exactly know what to expect when he headed to the show's official after-party with the cast and crew. But low and behold, guess who else was in attendance? Kristen Wiig! After making a surprise appearance during Weekend Update with Fred Armisen, the Bridesmaids star and SNL alumna decided to have a little fun with the One Direction member. Cue the music: These two are ready to dance! As soon as Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' classic hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" begins playing, the twosome immediately pump up the crowd with their »
Saturday Night Live aired its final episode of 2014 last night, with Amy Adams hosting and One Direction as the musical guest. One of the highlights of last night's episode was during the cold open, where none other than Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) interrupted the sketch to offer his thoughts on the Sony hack, North Korea's involvement and Sony's cancellation of The Interview's release. As you can tell from the studio audience's applause, Dr. Evil's presence was quite welcomed last night.
Mike Myers starred as Dr. Evil in the hit comedy trilogy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Austin Powers 4 had been in development for several years, and we last heard in 2011 that Mike Myers had agreed to come back as both Austin Powers, but we haven't heard anything else about the project's progress.
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Last nights opening of Saturday Night Live was one of its best in recent memory. First off, Taran Killam deserves a standing ovation for his scarily spot-on impression of Sam Smith for “A Very Somber Christmas” Special. He took on Smith’s popular “Stay With Me” hit with a holiday twist. We were hoping Taran would flex his vocals for the entire song, but the special was quickly interrupted by an unexpected PSA from Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) – yes, you read that correctly.
Myers reprises his beloved Austin Powers character and makes a long anticipated return to SNL to poke fun at the “Guardians of Peace” hackers, North Korea and Sony for giving evil a bad name. His jokes also include mocking the Gop and also making fun of Myers’ own The Love Guru for being a box office disaster. To top off the brilliant skit, the world’s most evil hairless cat Mr. »
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