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How Kate McKinnon Became the 'SNL' Weirdo-in-Chief

3 October 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

One recent Sunday morning, Kate McKinnon was leaning over the remnants of a sliced banana and trying not to cry. The banana was to help with the bruising she'd gotten on the set of a bachelorette-party-gone-wrong film, tentatively titled Rock That Body. "It's with Scarlett Johansson. Do you know of her?" McKinnon deadpans. "I've been doing some pratfalls." The crying was because I'd just innocently mentioned that, God willing, come January, she may very well be the first woman in Saturday Night Live's history to play the president of the United States. »

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Motherland: Freeform Develops Supernatural Us Military Pilot

17 August 2016 2:58 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Freeform is taking an interesting tack with the battle of the sexes. Deadline reports the cable channel has put the Motherland TV show pilot into development. The project hails from Gary Sanchez Productions. Eliot Laurence is writing. He wrote 14 episodes of The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo. He is also credited for the screenplay of the Welcome to Me feature film, starring Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Messick will executive produce Motherland. The report describes the supernatural drama's one-hour pilot as, " epic military fantasy set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country."Read More… »


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Warrior Witches Fight for the U.S. Army in New Freeform Pilot

16 August 2016 6:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Modern-day witches trained at Fort Salem will lead U.S. military forces into battle in Motherland, a new pilot in development at Freeform.

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From Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions and penned by Eliot Laurence (The Big Gay Sketch Show, TNT’s Claws pilot), Motherland is set in an alternate America where witches long ago ended their persecution by cutting a deal with the government, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The project follows three young women who, »

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Carrie Preston Joins TNT's Claws Pilot

15 August 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Carrie Preston is set to star opposite Niecy Nash in Claws, TNT’s dramedy pilot about a nail salon in South Florida.

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Produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, penned by Eliot Laurence (The Big Gay Sketch Show) and likened in tone to Desperate Housewives, the series follows five employees at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon. Per our sister site Deadline, Preston will play Polly, a preppy prison parolee who did time for pulling identity theft scams on seniors.

The ensemble thus far also includes Nash (Reno 911) as salon owner Desna, »

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Before They Were ‘Ghostbusters’: The Early, Maybe Embarrassing Roles of Our New Favorite Squad

13 July 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot has debuted to widely positive reviews, thanks to an all-star cast including SNL leading ladies Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, comedy powerhouse Melissa McCarthy and the god of thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth.

Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Review Roundup: Critics Generally Positive On Female-Led Blockbuster

Before the all-star group was strapping on proton packs and zapping ghosts — even before they appeared on “SNL” or “Gilmore Girls” — they made appearances in everything from strange short films to gay sketch shows. We’re taking it way back with a look at the early acting careers of the “Ghostbusters” gang.

Melissa McCarthy

“God” (1998)

In her first ever listed acting credit, McCarthy stars in a short film about a woman who has a very close relationship with God- as in, they talk on the phone for hours and share everything from juicy gossip to TV reruns. When that relationship turns sour, »

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