6 items from 2015
Aired April 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
The Host: The world needs more Michael Keaton. He is an actor capable of incredibly unhinged weirdness and painfully deep pathos, so it makes some unfortunate sense that Hollywood has not always known what to do with him. But it is rather unfortunate that SNL can’t really figure out what to do with their host either. Keaton either finds himself at the center of sketches that can’t construct a universe to sustain his oddball energy (the advertising sketch) or sidelined in sketches without strong POVs (the “Smart House” sketch). It’s unsurprising, then, that the one sketch where Keaton shines is the Easter greeting sketch, where he just addresses the camera for five minutes, a conceit that puts the full breadth of his talents on display. »
- Jj Perkins
Michael Keaton has hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice before, but hasn’t hosted since 1992. It was a full decade between that and his original hosting gig. The man does not rush things when it comes to hanging out in Studio 8H. And while the iron may not be quite as hot on his career as it was during the recent Oscars season, that’s no reason not to have him host now. His off-kilter persona and unique energy are still perfect for the show, and there’s little reason to think there’s every chance for a great episode tonight. As always, I’ll be liveblogging each segment as they air. As always, a few of you will not understand that it’s Ok if my opinions don’t line up with yours. As always, most of you understand that and enjoy sharing your opinions along with mine in real time. »
- Ryan McGee
The guest list on Empire just keeps getting better and better!
If you're not already obsessed with Empire -- TV's most addicting new drama -- you most certainly will be after this week's episode, which welcomes not one, but two music superstars to the smash series: Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige.
To help get you even more excited for the A-list filled episode, we at ETonline have your exclusive first listen at the hour's most download-worthy song, "Shake Down," featuring Grammy award winner Blige and Empire's musically gifted patriarch Terrence Howard.
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In Wednesday's all-new chapter, Blige plays Angie, a woman from Lucious' (Howard) past who makes her way back into his present.
"Shake Down," which will be featured in a very important flashback scene, is a piano-heavy duet that -- in true Empire fashion -- will be stuck in your head all day »
Score one for Cookie on this week’s Empire — and we do mean score.
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Taraji P. Henson’s magnificent matriarch finally got her man — at least for a night — when she and ex-husband Lucious (Terrence Howard) escalated their living-room slow dance into a full-fledged “Dancing in the Sheets” situation at the end of the eventful hour.
The ex-spouses succumbed to their desire after Lucious gathered his family — sons Jamal, Hakeem and Andre, plus Andre’s wife Rhonda and, of course, Cookie — to reveal his Als diagnosis. Unfortunately for Empire’s head honcho, »
On this week's Empire, Cookie won over the investors, Anika got a shocking surprise, and hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon finally came clean to his family about his Als, setting the scene for the drama to come in the final episodes of the the breakout hit’s first season.
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The Lyon Family
From Cookie dressing down her youngest sons to the entire family working together to wow the Ipo investors, the Lyons are coming together to keep the Empire strong. Even though their family meeting in the final minutes of the episode was to announce Lucious’ tragic news, it was surprisingly nice to see everyone together in the same room, acting civil and fawning over Jamal’s daughter. Plus Cookie and Lucious’ genuinely sweet moment had us rooting for the exes to »
If there’s one film you need to see this weekend, it’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. It’s funny, it’s fast-paced and it’s one insane, entertaining experience. Catch this one in the theater and with a crowd!
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Composers Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Matthew Margeson score the spy action adventure comedy. This is the second collaboration between Jackman and Margeson, who had worked previously on Kick Ass 2. The duo supplied the soundtrack for the star-studded Kingsman with Oscar winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine, Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and newcomer Taron Egerton. »
- Michelle McCue
6 items from 2015
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