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Ben Affleck hosted last night's season finale of Saturday Night Live, and jumped right into ribbing "Argo" as well as his Oscar acceptance speech. This is the fifth time that Affleck has hosted SNL, but after a flashy celebration of Justin Timberlake's fifth time hosting, no one made a fuss about welcoming Affleck into that club. Affleck did well feigning disappointment and resisted mentioning "Argo" until almost two full minutes into his monologue. After famously saying that marriage is work in his Oscar acceptance speech, he brought his wife, Jennifer Garner, to dispel naysayers who criticized his characterization of their relationship. They were adorable together. Picking through similar material, one of the best sketches of a relatively mediocre night involved a send-up of "Argo." One of several departing SNL regulars, Fred Armisen played Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who wanted to set the record straight about Iran's role in the plot. »
- Maggie Lange
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. »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. This week’s feature includes first details on Harbinger Down, trailers for Beneath and Inbred, release details for The Black Dahlia Haunting, and much more:
First Details on Harbinger Down: “Award-winning Visual Effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., co-founders of Studio Adi (Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.) launched a campaign today for Harbinger Down. “In the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics, Alien and The Thing, Harbinger Down is a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects,” announced Gillis, who will write and direct.
“Our company, Amalgamated Dynamics, will create the kind of Oscar caliber Creature Effects for which we are known,” commented Woodruff, who will produce along with Studio Adi’s Jennifer Tung. Lance Henriksen is set to star.
In Harbinger Down, a group of grad »
- Tamika Jones
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
While not the most memorable episode of the season, the Saturday Night Live finale was important for a number of reasons. Not only did it mark the last episode with Bill Hader, but if reports are true, it was the last with Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis as well. The finale also marked host Ben Affleck's induction into The Five Timer's Club, which wasn't nearly as glamorous as the Argo director expected.
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- Sadie Gennis
Ben Affleck returned as host of "Saturday Night Live" for the fifth time, but didn't get the full-on welcome treatment from fellow "five-timers" that Justin Timberlake did earlier this year. He did get the chance to apologize to his wife Jennifer Garner for that odd acceptance speech he gave after winning the Oscar for "Argo." He explains it all to her in his opening monologe here. You decide if it "works." Related Articles: »
- Todd Cunningham
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
And this is a very good thing in an "SNL" episode that was otherwise notable only in how forgettable it truly was.
A comedy show shouldn't have to depend on its guests for laughs and quality. This is especially true in a season finale. But with few exceptions, there really wasn't much to remember from this "SNL." As the official farewell episode for Bill Hader, we got to see a lot of the comedian (including his big character, Stefon). Amy Poehler's cameo appearance on "Weekend Update" was pretty fun too.
It's just that not much on "Saturday Night Live" -- other than a few performances by Affleck -- was funny. For example, did the writers and producers really think they should start off the season finale with an "Argo" gag? »
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
You didn't think "Argo" and its Oscar run was through with you yet, did you? Tonight on "Saturday Night Live," last year's golden boy Ben Affleck took up hosting duties for the fifth time in his career, bringing the 38th season of the show to a close and putting a big bow on the 2012-2013 Oscar season. Things got started with an appearance by Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner, and some self-ribbing over his Best Picture acceptance speech. "I want to thank you for working on our marriage for ten Christmases," he said on the stage of the Dolby Theatre in February. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Ben Affleck used his Saturday Night Live opening monologue to tackle his other big live TV moment of the year. During his acceptance speech for Argo's best picture win, Affleck left viewers scratching their heads when he thanked wife Jennifer Garner by waxing philosophical about how much "work" their marriage is. Photos: 12 'SNL' Sketches Made Into Movies “I thanked my wife while saying the essence of marriage is work," Affleck said on SNL. "Some uncharitable souls on the Internet took that to mean our marriage is some kind of manual labor. That's not it. You define what’s important
- Aaron Couch
On TV this weekend: Doctor Who‘s secret is revealed, Orphan Black has a civil war on its hands, a new class enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ben Affleck is Mr. Saturday Night, a Family Guy moonlights on The Simpsons (and both of those shows end their seasons) and The Cleveland Show has its swan song. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, May 18
- Kimberly Roots
After presenting clips from his upcoming 2013 slate, Harvey Weinstein pointed out the absence of at least one of his films’ notable producers.
“I was going to bring George Clooney … but I’m still pissed off about losing,” Weinstein said of the thesp, who produced “August: Osage County” and “Argo,” the latter of which won the Oscar last year over Weinstein’s “Django Unchained.”
International buyers and reporters swarmed the screening room at the Majestic in Cannes on Friday, just after “Osage County” star Nicole Kidman slipped in. Kidman and Weinstein palled around the night before at Calvin Klein’s Cannes bash, and it was no surprise to see Kidman give a short onstage plug for the film.
“Say something nice about me and the movie,” Weinstein joked as Kidman walked to the microphone.
TWC screened footage from pics that ranged from civil rights era pic “The Butler” to J.D. Salinger »
- Rachel Abrams
"Juggling is the key. Some days I do it well and some days less so," Garner revealed to the magazine.
Garner continued: "When one of us is working, the other can be home with the kids. We also have a wonderful nanny, and both of our mums pitch in.
"I can't do movie after movie and have a husband that works as much as mine does. There are tough choices to make. But I'm lucky that I have the options."
Affleck joked in April that he would be "Mr Mum" for a stretch this spring in »
The man who impregnated Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is on SNL, despite some penned lyrics that shoot down the entire cast and crew here. The season finale is hosted by "Argo" filmmaker and general Boston badass Ben Affleck. The only reason we will be tuning in to watch. Saturday Night Live Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snl Twitter: https://twitter.com/nbcsnl #SNL Google+: https://plus.google.com/+SaturdayNightLive Instagram: http://instagram.com/nbcsnl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nbcsnl/ Tumblr: http://nbcsnl.tumblr.com/ SNL Thursday Promo: Ben Affleck and Kanye West Ben Affleck hosts the Saturday Night Live season finale with music guest Kanye West! »
- April Neale
Kanye West, certified Good Sport, has a notoriously robust sense of humor — so it’s no surprise to see how giddily excited he is about his upcoming stint on Saturday Night Live. (He’s the season finale’s musical guest; Ben Affleck is its host.) Just look at the goofy grin on ‘Ye’s face, or his amiable, up-for-anything body language!
I can’t decide if Kanye’s just being too-cool, or if he’s channeling the character of a hostage opposite Affleck’s Argo hero… or if he’s still just feeling what he shouted to an upfronts audience the other night: “Hell nah, »
- Hillary Busis
Gravity trailer goes ‘bong!’ as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock go flying George Clooney and Sandra Bullock become the victims of an unfortunate incident while watching the sun rise. Skin cancer? Nope. Do they get mugged? Nope. What happens then? As you can see in the Gravity trailer below, following a loud Bong, Bam, Boom! Clooney and Bullock quite literally go flying. Something — was it a meteorite? Intergalactic debris? — has collided against their spacecraft (or space shuttle or whatever). See, they’re watching the sun "rise" from way up there. Check out the Gravity trailer below. (Photo: George Clooney in Gravity movie.) Gravity trailer: 2001: A Space Odyssey Meets Lost in Space Meets Apollo 13? The Gravity trailer, or rather, teaser, provides quite bit of action with minimal dialogue. It’s impossible to tell what kind of relationship (veteran astronaut) George Clooney and (medical engineer and tyro astronaut) Sandra Bullock share. »
- Zac Gille
Ben Affleck may have gotten a lot of attention when he took home the best picture Oscar for Argo this year, but he is hardly the first actor who has had behind-the-camera aspirations. Actors and actresses have been finding success in the director's chair for decades, and celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Gosling are carrying on the tradition with their own interests in making films. Click through to see how stars have made - and will make - their directorial debuts. View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Bill Hader might be on his way out at "Saturday Night Live," but he's not quite done wisecracking just yet. Hader, who announced earlier this week that he's leaving the late-night comedy institution after its current season, appears in a series of promos for this week's season finale with the episode's host, Ben Affleck, to drum up a few laughs in the name of publicity. Also read: Bill Hader Exiting 'Saturday Night Live' The dominant butt of Hader's jokes? Affleck's Oscar-winning film "Argo." "We hope there won't be any 'Argo'-ment about it," Hader cracks »
- Tim Kenneally
Benaroya Pictures and International Film Trust have acquired the rights to the remaining international territories for Cell, the forthcoming film based on the bestselling Stephen King novel. The film is set to be directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2). Read on for the full press release.
(Cannes, France) – May 15, 2013 – On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust (Ift), has added a new title to their Cannes slate: the Stephen King adaptation, Cell starring John Cusack, it was announced today by Ift President Ariel Veneziano.
- Andy Greene
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