Saturday Night Live
We knew this weekend’s Saturday Night Live would be good–Justin Timberlake being to the variety show what fruit and sprinkles are to plain frozen yogurt … just something that you know will make the whole supposed treat actually delicious–but did we know it was going to be history-making? Probably not. From Lorne Michaels lifting the Chevy Chase ban to the Jay-Z duet, the return of Stefon, Andy Samberg AND the classic Festrunk brothers, Mr. Timberlake proved once again he’s the consummate entertainer: a song-and-dance man who also can also land a punchline.
Which is more than we can say for the majority of guest hosts this year. Below, the five best moments from this weekend’s show, along with our favorites.
“We have a Shakespearean, Elizabethean temper,” Al Pacino informed a seated crowd Monday evening in Central Park. As part of its 50th Anniversary Gala, the Public Theater was honoring Mr. Pacino with an award, in the form of a prop rapier he had once wielded on stage, “I’m a little nervous,” he laughed. “I wish I had water, but I have a sword,”
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We’re not weary of Steve Martin, as such–we’re always delighted on the biennial occasion when he pokes his head out to seek his own shadow, and we still think he’s the great Oscar host. (Take that, Billy Crystal!) But we’re perpetually girding our loins for disappointment, knowing that his next project will very likely be Read More
The Big Year is arguably the best movie ever made about … bird watching? Yes, you heard me right. Now there’s a subject that should have them lined up around the block, fighting to get in. Maybe I’m wrong. A lot of people pay dues to join the Audubon Society. I am not one of them.
The Andy Warhol Museum, having just named a new director, released the Andy Warhol D.I.Y. Pop app today, which allows app-happy Warhol fans to create their own works from the comfort of their iPhones. We decided to give it a spin and see how it stacks up against other apps that allow you to create mimicking works of art.
The Last Critic
I had something unpleasant happen to me in October. I met an old friend for lunch. Let’s call him Alan. I hadn’t seen Alan for years, not since we were the only male members of the Mahjong team in college. One day he popped up on my Facebook page, asking to friend me. I friended Read More
Another insightful and life-affirming week in the Twitterverse! Sure, you could have spent all your time trying to digest the deluge of revelations in the WikiLeaks cables. That stuff is sort of important. But why do that when you can refresh Twitter.com over and over again, looking for those nuggets that explain the world with Read More
We’re not certain there’s such a thing as too much Steve Martin. We’ve already noted Mr. Martin’s entry into the Twitter fray. Now the Times tells us that the white-haired comedian is truly a man on the move these days, what with his tweeting and giving away Read More
Today the web has dragged in more signs and wonders. Signs that critics of Tea Party-backed Delaware Senate Republican primary winner Christine O’Donnell may be onto something in fearing she’s too bananas to be elected, wonders at how porn parodists ever managed to make a Human Centipede ripoff that isn’t illegal in the United States. Read More
Well, so that happened! Was it just us or were these just the most tediously boring Oscars in ages? And who should we blame? Maybe we should start with the very strange stage design, which we’re guessing was intended to be a nod to old Hollywood glamour, but felt more like an early-’70s Read More