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15 items from 2015


The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

12 February 2015 6:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Bluray Review: Love At First Bite/Once Bitten & Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits

10 February 2015 1:46 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Giving genre fans a hefty amount of vampiric love for 2015’s upcoming Valentine’s Day, Scream Factory has done a great job deciding on a couple of double features that not only go for the neck (literally), but also leave you with a bunch of haunted fun.  The newly released double features of Love At First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits are both a couple of releases that prove to be not only great and somewhat forgotten films, but also ones that showcase the talent of performers that would eventually go on to be huge A-list stars.

Love At First Bite/Once Bitten

With the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double feature, we’re given not only an early performance in Once Bitten from future megastar Jim Carrey, but in the case of Love At The First Bite, a satirical look at the vampire subgenre, »

- Jerry Smith

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Scandal at the Games: 8 Most Notorious Super Bowl Moments

31 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday's Super Bowl brings a chance for true greatness - it also opens the doors for spectator sports' next epic failure. In the big game's 49 years, some real bonehead moves have punctuated the the hugely watched event. For every time Beyoncé slays her halftime show, fellow diva Christina Aguilera might stumble over the words of the national anthem. And for every magical, gravity-defying play, there's a "wide right" field goal miss just a foot away. Behold some of the most notorious Super screw-ups from the big game ... Nipplegate (2004) Remember the Super Bowl halftime show when Kid Rock offended everyone by »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Scandal at the Games: 8 Most Notorious Super Bowl Moments

31 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday's Super Bowl brings a chance for true greatness - it also opens the doors for spectator sports' next epic failure. In the big game's 49 years, some real bonehead moves have punctuated the the hugely watched event. For every time Beyoncé slays her halftime show, fellow diva Christina Aguilera might stumble over the words of the national anthem. And for every magical, gravity-defying play, there's a "wide right" field goal miss just a foot away. Behold some of the most notorious Super screw-ups from the big game ... Nipplegate (2004) Remember the Super Bowl halftime show when Kid Rock offended everyone by »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Who Needs Lorne? 14 sketch comedy stars who skipped 'SNL'

27 January 2015 5:37 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Saturday Night Live" may be a breeding ground for future comedy stars - but it doesn't have a monopoly either. When it comes to breaking up-and-coming comedy talent "SNL" is no doubt a dominant player - but history has shown that stardom doesn't require a stint at Studio 8H. Indeed, several of the biggest stars from the last several decades have come out of a variety of other sketch-comedy series, from Canada's "Sctv" to "In Living Color" to "MadTV" to shortlived "SNL" competitor "Fridays." Who needs Lorne Michaels? Not these folks. Click through the gallery below for a list of 14 shining stars of film and TV who didn't need "SNL" to launch them into the stratosphere. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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25 Years of Jennifer Lopez: A timeline of the high-highs and the J-Los

19 January 2015 5:57 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jennifer Lopez is a hustler. Nearly 25 years ago, the former Fly Girl stepped on stage for "In Living Color" and since then her career path has taken her through a flow of entertainment highlights and low lights. She's been a dancer, singer and songwriter; a comedy, rom-com, horror, voice and drama actress; she's appeared on the small screen and big, and on the biggest stages in the world, and at some of the most prestigious festivals. She's sung in Spanish and English, for an array of pop musics with some of the biggest producers and other vocalists on the planet. She's led shows like "American Idol" and run TV from behind-the-scenes as an executive. But those many forays haven't been met with 100% pure success. Lopez' career and personal life -- which has, at many times, been closely tied to her work -- has taken some hits. This week, fans will »

- Katie Hasty

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'Nightly Show' host Larry Wilmore: 'I couldn't have started the show at a better worse time'

19 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Soon, Larry Wilmore will be famous-famous. Right now, he's what he calls "cable famous": Many people already know him as the "senior black correspondent" from The Daily Show, and hardcore fans know his work as a TV writer (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In Living Color), showrunner (Black-ish, The Bernie Mac Show), and actor (How I Met Your Mother, The Office). But when his new talk show, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, premieres tonight on Comedy Central, he'll get noticed on a whole different level. "I have the best type of fame for this moment," he told EW late last year, »

- Melissa Maerz

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'The Nightly Show' host Larry Wilmore: 'Has race been in the news lately?'

19 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Larry Wilmore’s career has toggled back and forth between work in front of and behind the camera. He arrived in the business as an actor, then shifted over to writing for comedies like “In Living Color” and “Sister, Sister” before becoming creator and showrunner of “The Pj’s” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” But he also has popped up in many sitcom guest roles in recent years (I loved his deadpan recurring role on “The Office” as Mr. Brown), and for the last eight years has been a periodic “Daily Show” contributor as the Senior Black Correspondent. Now he’s finally merging the two sides of his career as both host and producer of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” which inherits the post-“Daily Show” timeslot from “The Colbert Report” beginning tonight at 11:30. I spoke a week ago with Wilmore about being an African-American comedian at a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Feature: Top 25 Interviews of 2014, By Patrick McDonald

12 January 2015 12:48 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.

It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.

The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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American Idol Season 14 Premiere Recap: Dancing With a Star!

7 January 2015 6:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

American Idol is determined to discover a Carrie Underwood-level superstar in 2015 — as the show’s promotional tour and ad campaign keep reminding us — but it probably wouldn’t be bad for ratings if it managed to land a fourth husband for Jennifer Lopez, either.

I’m not trying to besmirch the good name of the Artist Formerly Known as an In Living Color Fly Girl. After all, she’s the one who commanded flirty 20-year-old Michael Simeon to take their slow dance from middle-school chaste to senior-prom snuggly all while he crooned Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” during his Nashville audition. »

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Jordan Peele Says He's Working on a Horror Movie Exploring Fears of Being a Black Man Today

6 January 2015 9:25 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The "Key & Peele" comedy series never quite grew on me the way it has on others. I've watched a sketch here and there - typically those from the show that go viral - but each time I've actually decided to watch entire episodes, I've never felt fully satisfied. So it's not a series that I can claim to be fanatic about - not like I was about a show like "In Living Color" 20 years ago. But it could also be that I've grown weary of sketch comedy TV series in general. There aren't any currently that I watch with any regularity, instead settling for viral bits and pieces. All that said, I'm definitely curious about this upcoming feature film project that one-half of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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SNL Taps Blake Shelton for Double Duty

6 January 2015 9:10 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Blake Shelton will make his Saturday Night Live debut — and then some — on Jan. 24, serving as both host and musical guest.

The Voice coach’s latest album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” debuted in October at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

NBC’s Saturday Night Live resumes Season 40 on Jan. 17, with host Kevin Hart and musical guest Sia.

Related storiesCelebrity Apprentice Recap: Food FightsParks and Rec Stars on Final Season: 'This Has Been the Time of My Life'In Living Color Vet David Alan Grier Joins NBC's Go Jerrod Go Comedy Pilot »

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Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Food Fights

5 January 2015 6:58 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Another two bite the dust!

The Celebrity Apprentice settled into its regular time slot Monday (8/7c), bidding a harsh farewell to a pair of beloved(ish) celebs.

In the first hour, Teams Vortex and Infinity were charged with producing commercials for Neat, a de-cluttering software company — which couldn’t have been more ironic, considering how quickly the competition became a total mess.

But let’s start with the good: The ladies, with Kate Gosselin as their fearless project manager, churned out a solid-if-slightly-limited ad, netting $40K for Gosselin’s charity, Camp Barnabas. (Side note: Is anyone else disappointed that Gosselin »

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Parks and Rec Stars on Final Season: 'This Has Been the Time of My Life'

5 January 2015 2:44 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Not ready to say goodbye to Parks and Recreation? Neither are its stars.

TVLine has an exclusive preview of the NBC comedy’s final season, and even the stoic Nick Offerman is getting nostalgic about his seven years on the show.

Photos Winter TV Spoiler-palooza! Your Scoop-Filled Guide to 27 Returning Favorites, Including Parks and Recreation

“This show has been a great gift in our lives,” Offerman says of the series (sniff!) while Aubrey Plaza agrees that the cast members “all really love each other.”

And when the video below isn’t yanking on your heartstrings, it offers a glimpse at Parks‘ swan song, »

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In Living Color Vet David Alan Grier Joins NBC's Go Jerrod Go Comedy Pilot

5 January 2015 1:22 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Here’s some news that even the Men on Film would love: In Living Color‘s David Alan Grier has signed on to NBC’s upcoming comedy pilot Go Jerrod Go, our sister site Deadline reports.

Written by and starring comedian Jerrod Carmichael (The Goodwin Games), the multi-camera project follows a young couple — played by Carmichael and newcomer Amber West — who struggle to tell Jerrod’s parents that they are moving in together.

Grier will play Jerrod’s father, opposite Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy) as his mother.

The actor’s recent TV credits include CBS’ short-lived Bad Teacher, plus guest appearances on Happy Endings, »

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