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‘SNL’ lets Twitter decide which actors get jobs on a new game show sketch

Pretty much every movie casting is up to the scrutiny of Twitter these days, and Saturday Night Live leaned hard on parsing the logic of the hordes in a new sketch called “Can I Play That?”  Three actors hear a role and have seconds to decide if they’re allowed to take it, and seeing as Idris Elba is a contestant….yes, there’s a Bond joke.  Read more: https://mashable.com/video/snl-idris-elba-can-i-play-that/

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R. Kelly’s fiery interview with Gayle King gets a do-over on ‘SNL’

The latest Saturday Night Live cold open skipped D.C. humor for a change, focusing instead on R. Kelly’s explosive interview with Gayle King. The disgraced pop star made headlines on Wednesday when a CBS This Morning interview devolved into tearful and openly aggressive as Kelly unsuccessfully tried to play the victim card. This cold open is just a straight riff on King’s 80-minute sitdown. It covers the interview’s big moments and takes… let’s call it an unsympathetic view of Kelly, an alleged longtime serial abuser of women. Read more: https://mashable.com/video/r-kelly-gayle-king-interview-snl-cold-open/

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A rambling ‘SNL’ cold open can’t make sense of Donald Trump’s fake national emergency

For Saturday Night Live‘s latest cold open, Alec Baldwin put on his Donald Trump mask and spent seven minutes recreating IRL Trump’s sham press conference in which he unconvincingly presented his case for a fake national emergency. At least he was honest about it in SNL‘s version. The sketch is hardly an all-star by the show’s standards, but it clearly hit close to home. On Sunday morning, Trump dinged NBC in a tweet and quickly followed it up with a return to his favorite “the media are the enemy of…

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Lady Gaga, Spike Lee, and other Oscar nominees face off on ‘SNL’ Family Feud

This may be a game show parody rather than the actual thing, but it’s got one notable advantage over February’s Academy Awards show: there’s a host. Kenan Thompson revived his effortless Steve Harvey impression for another episode of Celebrity Family Feud: Oscars Edition. This one pit the Hollywood old guard — Spike Lee (Don Cheadle), Glenn Close (Kate McKinnon), Sam Elliott (Beck Bennett), and Olivia Coleman (Cecily Strong) — against a bunch of noobs, plus Bradley Cooper (Kyle Mooney). The best thing about this bit? Melissa Villaseñor’s transformative Lady Gaga…

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Liam Neeson, Jeff Bezos and Virginia racism get the ‘SNL’ Weekend Update treatment

We’ve all lived through a decade worth of news cycles (and aged that much as well) in the two weeks since Saturday Night Live last aired. So as you might imagine, Weekend Update hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost had a field day when the show returned on Feb. 9. This Weekend Update clip hits all the big headlines of early February: Liam Neeson’s racist thoughts. The implosion of Virginia’s leadership around revelations of white men wearing blackface and sexual misconduct. Jeff Bezos and his dick pics. It’s all there.…

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Donald Trump and Roger Stone get big laughs in the latest ‘SNL’ Weekend Update

It was a big week in U.S. politics. Donald Trump’s temper tantrum-fueled partial shutdown of the government came to an end, for one. And Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally and adviser, because the latest figure in the president’s orbit to be indicted. I’m starting to think this Trump guy might have done some crimes at some point. But I digress. Those two nuclear news items — the government re-opening and the fall of Stone — dominated an entire Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live. Inherently funny stuff. Trump…

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Steve Martin is Roger Stone in a hilarious ‘SNL’ cold open roast of Fox News

One thing is increasingly clear anytime Saturday Night Live uses Fox News as a platform for laughs: the Rupert Murdoch network’s pro-Trump, anti-progressive approach is so dogmatic and over the top, it’s virtually impossible to parody. A jokey news package featuring Fake Tucker Carlson and Fake Jeanine Pirro is just as overrun with half-truths and outright lies as the real thing. Then Steve Martin shows up. The frequent SNL guest host (he was never a cast member, as an earlier version of this post erroneously stated) made his Trumpworld debut…

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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is why you won’t see Season 5 for a little while

'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' unsurprisingly was a time drain.Image: Netflix / Black Mirror With its myriad of decisions and endings, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch certainly looked like a hell of a film (or game?) to put together. So much so that in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Annabel Jones confirmed that Season 5 of the Netflix series would be delayed, with an arrival set for sometime in 2019. SEE ALSO: A game from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is playable now It’s due in part to the “enormous” creative time that the…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ spin on ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ imagines a President Trump-free world

What if Donald Trump had run for president in 2016… and lost? It’s a dream that at least 51.7 percent of the country thinks about frequently, based on Trump’s most recent approval numbers. Not living in the darkest possible timeline sure would be nice. The black & white cold open brings Trump (Alec Baldwin) and his angel friend Clarence (Kenan Thompson) to a holiday party in which various members of the SNL-ified Trump orbit appear to crack a few jokes and then fade into the scenery. It’s a blissful few…

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George H.W. Bush receives a loving tribute from ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Dana Carvey

Former president George H.W. Bush died on Friday, and Saturday Night Live took a moment the next evening to pay tribute. The Weekend Update sketch paused to air a montage of Dana Carvey impersonations of the former president. Carvey’s legendary Bush Sr. impression has no equal, and it became such a fixture of pop culture during the ’90s that Bush Sr. himself once got on camera to spar with the SNL alum. You can see that moment, along with a bunch of other classic Carvey moments, in the montage here.…

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Author of ‘Outlander’ replies to fan concern about actor with domestic violence record

A casting decision in the latest 'Outlander' episode has fans asking questions.Image: starz Sunday’s episode of Outlander featured an actor with a recorded history of domestic violence, prompting a response from the book’s author. As first reported by EW, Will Strongheart appeared as an English-speaking Cherokee named Tawodi in Season 4 episode “Common Ground.” SEE ALSO: Dear white women: Here’s how to step up for women of color In 2010, Strongheart was reportedly charged with two counts of assault causing bodily harm, according to CBC News, something which resurfaced when he…

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‘He-Man: Masters of the Universe’ action figures from Mondo

Image: mondo / danny reams Mondo, the Austin-based boutique art house behind so many amazing limited edition pop culture posters (and an assortment of other collectibles), has a new line of toys incoming. He-Man toys. If that fact alone isn’t enough to get your ’80s fandom radar screaming, here’s an extremely content-appropriate trailer. For anyone who’s missing the joke here, this is riffing on an actual He-Man toy commercial from the 1980s. Those adults are there for a reason though; these toys aren’t necessarily for kids. SEE ALSO: Light-hearted ‘Bumblebee’…

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Les Moonves to leave CBS ‘effective immediately’ after new sexual misconduct allegations arise

Les Moonves will step down from CBS effective immediately.Image: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic Following numerous sexual harassment allegations against Les Moonves, the CBS head will step down from the company “effective immediately.” On Sunday, CBS announced it had reached a settlement with Moonves, a 24-year veteran of the company, and that he and CBS will donate $20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement. SEE ALSO: The Louis C.K. apologists are missing the point The donation will be deducted from severance benefits which may be due to Moonves, and any payments…

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Rebecca Sugar wrote one last ‘Adventure Time’ song, and it’s beautiful

In the immortal words of BMO: Sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light. After 10 seasons, the Adventure Time finale is upon us. And Rebecca Sugar, one of its Emmy-nominated directors, artists, and composers returned from her work as the creator of Steven Universe to sing her final piece for it. “Time Adventure” focuses on the time-stopping, everlasting power of friendship — a perfect send off for the show and its tight-knit family. Sugar performed the song at San Diego Comic-Con (now viewable…

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Seriously, We Really Need to Talk About Nanette

Nanette, the Netflix special from Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, landed on the streaming service well over a month ago. For that reason, it should be the last thing WIRED is doing a piece on. However, in the six weeks since the special first dropped, the conversation around it has only increased—and by now, the special has established itself as a sleeper phenomenon. Dealing openly with the sexism, homophobia, and assaults Gadsby has dealt with in her own life, Nanette quickly became the title most frequently preceded by "Have you seen…"…

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