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A good cast enlivens a labored farce called Girl Most Likely, another holdover from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival that is surfacing at last with the hope of cheering up forlorn filmgoers escaping the summer heat. It fails, thanks to the dubious combined efforts of co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman and a deadly screenplay by Michelle Morgan that is not funny, just pointless.
Kristen Wiig, the former Saturday Night Live star who wrote and starred in the vile, gross-out Bridesmaids, plays a hopeless, hapless underachiever named Imogene, who deserted the tacky Jersey shore for the literary lights of Manhattan, found mild success as a writer, then lost her fiancé and her job at a magazine in the same day.
In a surprising off-season announcement, comedy heiress Abby Elliott announced she won’t be returning to Saturday Night Live on September 15th. In 2008, Elliott—whose grandfather is comedy legend Bob Elliott and whose father, Chris Elliott, is an SNL alum—became one of the youngest cast members in the show’s history at age 21. She is the fourth performer to leave after last season’s finale, following Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and possibly Jason Sudeikis.
In the August issue of Marie Claire, cover subject Kristen Wiig says that the success of Bridesmaids had nothing to do with her departure from Saturday Night Live this year. Though handicapping how soon it would be before the newly-minted movie star would depart the sketch show became a parlor game last summer, Read More
Saturday Night Live
After swirling rumors that Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg–along with costar Jason Sudeikis–would be leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live at the end of the 2011-12 season, Ms. Wiig and Mr. Samberg were indulged with tributes during this weekend’s season finale. At episode’s end, Ms. Wiig was serenaded by the Arcade Fire in a Read More
After the somewhat lackluster return of Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live this weekend, we had to ask “What’s up with that?” Obviously, Will Ferrell is hilarious, but the sketches were hit and miss. It’s especially mind-boggling since Hulu has put up several of the un-aired segments from Mr. Ferrell’s episode that were ten times funnier than what we actually saw on television.
This is an inexplicable trend of the live comedy show in recent years: One of the funniest sketches this season was “The Californians,” a soap opera about navigating the drive up to Malibu. Bill Hader’s struggle to keep it together during the bit made it an instant classic and spawned a thousand GIFs. (Unlike his predecessor Jimmy Fallon, Mr. Hader’s struggle not to crack up on stage makes any sketch 1,000 times funnier.) But even better than the version that actually made it to air was the dress version of ‘The Californians,’ which Hulu offers with several other scenes from past seasons that either never aired or just weren’t as funny when they did.
We understand the idea of having “web extras” as supplemental material, but not at the expensive of the actual show. Why bother tuning in when the funny stuff is only going to be online? Below, we compare and contrast these un-aired clips with the version that made it on TV…as well as some bits that never got off the Internet.
The Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig is considering her options, according to an interview with the sketch comic on Alec Baldwin’s podcast. “I will say that when I do leave it’s not because I’m sick of it and not because I see something better or anything like that,” Ms. Wiig Read More
Saturday Night Live
After rumors that Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis are but a month away from their last Saturday Night Live appearance, who will take over the SNL spotlight? Based on Saturday’s episode, here’s who we think will have the balance of power next season–in descending order of power!
The Wee Hours
Okay, before anyone has a heart-attack, consider the source of the information that three major players on Saturday Night Live–Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg–might be leaving the show. Especially since the source is an anonymous one, and they are giving away Lorne Michaels‘ secrets to Us Weekly.
John Belushi it wasn’t.
An hour after the weekly 3:30 a.m. text message spread like spitfire across New York, interns and set crew and assistants arrived at Professor Thom’s, a sports bar in the East Village, with outfits assembled and the password for the door on the tips of their tongues. They had heard stories, Read More
Wondering what movie to spend your hard earned money on this weekend? Here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Shrek: The Final Chapter
What’s the story: Because three Shrek films weren’t enough, Dreamworks Animation brings the fourth installment to theaters. And considering the last one grossed nearly $800 million worldwide, who can blame them? Read More