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Did you miss the "Saturday Night Live" Season 38 finale with Ben Affleck and Kanye West? Just want to relive your favorite sketches over again? Feel the need to view Stefon's bizarre wedding ceremony?
If so, you are in luck. You can watch any of the night's clips here.
The night on "SNL" began, as it usually does, with a cold-open sketch. This one dealt with the current IRS scandal.
After that, Ben Affleck took the stage as the night's host. He mostly focused on being an uncelebrated member of the five-time club before dealing with his Oscar acceptance speech and its impact on wife, Jennifer Garner.
The "Gigli" reference is still far funnier than it ought to be.
After this, we got a fake commercial for "New Xanax," designed for straight people to not feel inferior at gay weddings. »
Positioned as Iran's official cinematic response to "Argo," "Bengo F**k Yourself" features Armisen as Ahmadinejad as Affleck in a masterful tour de force parody of "Argo," Affleck and Hollywood in general. Plus it has the added bonus of featuring Affleck himself, who was on hand to both host "Saturday Night Live" and poke fun at his own film legacy courtesy of well-timed shots at "Gigli."
So check it out. And see for yourself why, when it comes to the Academy Awards at least, Iran has just one concise message for America: "Bengo F**k Yourself! »
- Scott Harris
Last year, Kristen Wiig’s emotional SNL sendoff set a high water mark for cast member farewells. (Compare it to, say, the way Chris Kattan said goodbye with a “terrible re-enactment” of his SNL career during his last show 10 years ago.)
I’d say that mark was met — and possibly exceeded — by the closing sketch of tonight’s show, in which Fred Armisen (as punk rocker Ian Rubbish, first introduced when Vince Vaughn hosted a few weeks ago) sang a sweet original tune filled with simple, evocative lyrics like, “It’s been all right, I’ve had a lovely night. »
- Hillary Busis
Fans hoping that Saturday Night Live might close out its lackluster 38th season on a strong note probably abandoned that sense of optimism after the evening’s first three sketches (not counting the opening monologue or that amusing, pre-taped Xanax: Gay Summer Weddings ad parody) proved about as funny as running your winning Powerball ticket through the washing machine.
Yet while Ben Affleck‘s introduction into the “Five-Timers Club” certainly won’t go down as a particularly good episode, there were some rewards in store for those who didn’t shut off their TV sets and call it an early night. »
- Michael Slezak
Film directing, on first glance, would appear to be an old man’s game. Pick nearly any noted director, from heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott to the likes of Ang Lee, Peter Jackson and J.J Abrams, and you’ll find that they all have one thing in common – a degree of seniority, with almost every established director or recent winner of the Academy Award for Best Director ranging from their late forties to late sixties in age.
Some might argue that this is because high quality filmmaking requires both maturity and significant experience in the field, which can only come through time, evidenced by how individuals such as David Fincher, Danny Boyle and Tony Scott respectively honed their skills with music videos, theatre and adverts for many years before moving into films. Others may argue, however, that a good director is shaped by dedication to their craft, »
- Alex Antliff
As Ben Affleck has resurrected his career post-Bennifer implosion with a series of increasingly impressive directorial efforts, it’s easy to speculate that the Gigli star has learned a thing or two about the perils of working alongside romantic partners. So whilst Jennifer Garner’s husband wows critics with his latest release, Argo, the former “Alias” leading lady is left to take on a seemingly endless stream of lacklustre big screen projects. With a résumé that already includes the maligned Arthur remake, an odious Valentine’s Day and the *ahem* unforgettable Elektra, Garner can now add Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green to her growing list of movie mistakes.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green focuses on a couple (Garner »
- Phil Wheat
The sex scene is a dying breed. From bra-on Hollywood gloss to overused dairy products, here are five of the least erotic
Ever since Jennifer Lopez uttered the words "it's turkey time, gobble gobble" as a prelude to cunnilingus in 2003's Gigli, the Hollywood sex scene has been on the decline. A decade ago 120 films rated R, or restricted made the Us box office top 10 – last year there were only 80 and most got their ratings for violence, not sex. According to some reports, the internet, or what I like to call "porn fatigue" is to blame (all that wearisome shagging in Game of Thrones). That, and the fact that pesky women now have more of a say in what we want to watch, which I can say with absolute certainty are none of the following scenes, which I was forced to watch again for research purposes. Though the bra-on, glossy »
- Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
If you watched the HBO movie "Phil Spector" last night, you saw Al Pacino at his Al Pacinoiest, spewing out David Mamet's dialogue with the abandon of a rabid, frothing feral animal. But isn't that why we love him so?
Nelson Carvajal made this supercut of a careers worth of Al Pacino growling with an insanity that you just have to admire -- and thank your lucky stars that you aren't on the receiving end. Check out the clip above for over 6 minutes of Pacino going ballistic in movies like "Any Given Sunday," "...And Justice For All," "Insomnia," "Heat" and, um, "Gigli."
(h/t Indiewire) »
- Ross Luippold
It's been hard to find a prominent, talented actor who's had as streaky a filmography as Gerard Butler-- "streaky" meaning a mostly bad streak. The Scottish star has had an odd career after a hot start. Can he take comfort in the paths of other actors, or, after reviewing his career to date, does he even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath? Many good actors got off to similarly hot career starts only to hit the skids with a series of duds and/or poor decisions: John Travolta's had at least one if not two career comebacks after hitting the skids; Ben Affleck (Surviving Christmas, Gigli, Hollywoodland, Chasing Lanes, Daredevil). Sean Connery, Ray Liotta and Renee Zelwegger also come to mind. Cuba Gooding Jr. might be the best parallel for Butler, though...
- Craig Phillips
The Internet seemed like a much smaller place following the Oscars last month, with seemingly every blog and tweet focused on one topic: hatred for Anne Hathaway.
Nothing she did seemed right, everything she tried to do felt wrong. Pundits took virtual pen to paper and tried to explain why she might be a target (theater kid!) and what this collective cyberbullying may say about us as a society (we're bored). But the crucial point often missed was: Can Hathaway get past this, and is there anything she can do to better her status?
It's important to keep in mind that Hathaway is hardly the first celebrity to feel fame's backlash. Sometimes, like in her case, there is no obvious reason. Other times, like in Chris Brown's case, there is.
- The Huffington Post
Director: Ben Affleck. Review: Adam Wing.You couldn’t make it up if you tried. Ben Affleck’s movie career that is, not the plot of this genre defying award winner. The fact that both tales are based on fact only adds to the intrigue, with the star of Gigli and Forces of Nature (remember that?) taking his self-proclaimed ‘second act’ to brand new heights. If Gone Baby Gone and The Town suggested a desire to follow in the footsteps of Eastwood and Clooney, Argo provides proof that one day he might well surpass them. Based on real events, Argo kicks off in 1979 with the Iranian revolution reaching boiling point. In a nail biting opener, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 hostages alive. Six Americans escape the chaos and take refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. It’s only a matter of time before »
As a sci-fi-loving child of the 60s and 70s, I believed that you could learn everything you needed to know about politics from watching the Planet of the Apes movies. Now, several decades later, it turns out that idea wasn't so crazy after all; indeed, on the evidence of Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning thriller Argo (2012, Warner, 15) it seems that the creators of rubbery fantasy flicks were at the cutting edge of international diplomacy and espionage all along.
Based on the once-secret, now declassified accounts of the CIA's response to the 1979 storming of the Us embassy in Iran, this stranger-than-fiction tale is a terrific hybrid of factual drama and fanciful invention, which slips nimbly between nail-biting Middle Eastern action and Player-style Hollywood satire. At the centre of it all is CIA agent Tony Mendez, played with beardy conviction by producer/director/star Affleck as the mastermind »
- Mark Kermode
Jokes about domestic violence don't work, Jamie Foxx isn't as cool as we thought and other unexpected revelations from the Oscars ceremony
1. Likability matters in a host
I'm not sure if this was something that we didn't already know, but Seth MacFarlane's predictably obnoxious hosting effort was yet another reminder (after Ricky Gervais' increasingly unbearable Golden Globes gig) that it's preferable when the audience actually likes the host. Some people have excused MacFarlane, saying he has a "brand of humour": yes, an obnoxious brand of humour. Hell, even the New Yorker thinks MacFarlane is obnoxious. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes were a hit because people liked them. Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars? Not so much.
2. Rihanna and Chris Brown jokes don't work
Can you make a funny about domestic violence? The answer, possibly, not gobstoppingly, is no, but that didn't stop MacFarlane from trying. »
- Hadley Freeman
The Academy Awards are over for another year. The songs have been sung and the gongs have been given. So what worked and what didn't?
What We Liked …
1) Baffleck coming of age
The key acceptance speech of the evening came from Ben Affleck, as part of the producing team behind the best picture winner Argo. A man on a mission, for sure: he had been, bizarrely, shut out from the best director category, and in any case was on a very, very long road back from the humiliation of Gigli and the whole Bennifer thing. He proceeded, very quickly, to get very tired and emotional. "I wanna thank Canada, I wanna thank our friends in Iran… I wanna thank my wife, who I don't normally associate with Iran… " As the audience dissolved, and Jennifer Garner (the wife in question) got a bit teary, Affleck did a quick, intense bit of »
Ben Affleck's rise from zero to Hollywood hero was crowned when his drama Argo was named best film at the 85th Academy Awards. It was an emotional night for the actor, producer and director who won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting in 1997 only to see his career take a nosedive with appearances in the critically derided Pearl Harbor and Gigli. However, Argo - which he directed and starred in - saw his standing soar when it was named Best Picture as well as picking up an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. »
And with all the hype, the endless amounts of expert prognostications and snarky articles on movie websites, the Oscars are over in only three-and-a-half short hours. Well, not short, exactly.
Certainly longer than some other things with lots of hype (Boom Sex Joke) - but still, here we are.
The awards have been handed out, and it's time to review what we all just watched.
Best: Seacrest Interviews Wallis
Early on the red carpet, when Ryan Seacrest was just wrapping up his tent and charcoal grill after having camped out at Hollywood and Highland since Thursday, he stuck a microphone in the face of the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis (pronounced "Had No Chance But Is Adorable So Academy Wanted Her There"), and while it was kind of tough for Seacrest to screw it up, the interview delivered.
Seacrest told Wallis that he knew well of her Disney Channel fandom (of course »
- Nick Blake
A rousing musical number called “We Saw Your Boobs.” William Shatner, as Star Trek’s Capt. James T. Kirk, beaming back from the future to declare the show a total disaster. A reenactment of the movie Flight done entirely with sock puppets. And a whole lot of jokes that skirted along—and sometimes right over—the edge of bad taste. Love it or hate it, Seth MacFarlane’s turn as Oscar host will definitely be talked about—which is almost certainly what the Academy was banking on when they hired the man behind Family Guy for the job. Here are »
- Josh Rottenberg
Join us for all the awards, speeches and Seth MacFarlane voices during the 85th annual Academy Awards. You can still catch the end of the red carpet here at our live stream.
How do you think "Family Guy" creator MacFarlane will do as the Oscars host? He will surely be better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway from a year ago -- but that shouldn't be hard to top. The Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin duo from two years ago was quite good, so hopefully he can live up to those "SNL" familiar faces.
Related: All the Oscar red carpet fashions
Tune in starting at 8:30 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC and follow along with our live blog. All times Eastern.
Odds are stacked heavily on Steven Spielberg film Lincoln bringing the actor his record-breaking third best actor statue
Daniel Day-Lewis stands on the verge of Hollywood history by becoming the Academy awards' most lauded male actor if, as is widely considered likely, he is named as best actor for the third time for his role in Lincoln at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night.
Eight other male actors, including Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Gary Cooper, have two best actor Oscars. Day-Lewis already holds statuettes for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood (awarded in 1990 and 2008 respectively). Another win will put him out on his own, confirming his position as one of the all-time greats.
Other than Day-Lewis, who holds dual UK-Irish citizenship, British hopes are not invested heavily in the acting categories: unusually for a traditional area of British strength, there is no other UK representation.
The same goes for best director, »
- Andrew Pulver
"Argo" get your Oscar! The Ben Affleck-directed film ended up taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture this year. "I want to thank Tony Mendez who let us do his story," Affleck said. "I want to thank my wife, who I don't normally associate with Iran." "Argo" was originally a longshot to win Best Picture, due to Affleck not getting a Best Director nod. Traditionally, the film that wins Best Picture has its director nominated. The last film that pulled off gold without a directing nod was "Driving Miss Daisy," when that took home the top prize in 1990. However, when "Argo" began collecting awards at all of the pre-Oscar events, it soon became the odds-on favorite. Affleck was clearly emotional while accepting his award, thanking his fellow producers, actors, and everyone else who worked on the film. He also briefly spoke about the tougher times he's had in the industry, »
- Alex Suskind
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