By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>
Comedian Has a Sad
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
Stiller's the best comedy director of his generation, hiding in plain sight
At the SNL fantasy camp, dreaming about becoming the next Tina Fey
I really, really didn't want to like Vampire Weekend's Saturday Night Live stint on the eve of their forthcoming record, Modern Vampires of the City. I'm one of those haters whose ears bleed at the mere mention of an Oxford Comma, I think they sound like the soundtrack to a fancy Hamptons beach part ... More >>
In 2012, nothing was as popular as being massively boring. Frank Ocean drained the sexiness and excitement out of r&b, to widespread critical acclaim. Lana Del Rey sighed listlessly over string arrangements in a tight dress, like some kind of Kristen Wiig character who stumbled out of the Holodeck a ... More >>
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Don’t call them “comediennes”
The late bloomer
First, Kristen Wiig. Now... Andy Samberg?According to the New York Times, after seven full seasons and almost a hundred Digital Shorts of his own creation, Andy Samberg has confirmed that he will no longer appear on Saturday Night Live, leaving behind him a legacy that is comparable to som ... More >>
Rumors have been circulating for some time that Kristen Wiig was considering her seventh year as an Saturday Night Live castmember to be her last. And, in the last sketch of the season finale on Saturday night, she confirmed those rumors with one of the best (and emotional) send-offs in the show's h ... More >>
Forget the cast of Gossip Girl, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, and Lady Gaga. Mayor Mike Bloomberg brought in some serious entertainment power to really spice up his press conference this afternoon: Saturday Night Live. Well actually, it was just Seth Meyers. But he got to use the whole stage of S ... More >>
In one of the best fake commercials of the season, SNL veterans Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Nasim Pedrad lampoon DiGiorno frozen pizza and its slogan: "It's not delivery. It's DiGiorno."
We really don't mean to pick on Paula Deen but she has had quite a year, and it's only March. Just one more thing for now, we promise: Kristen Wiig's SNL parody of Dean, which is kind of harsh but too funny not to post.
Kristen Wiig says Bridesmaids is not a raunchy movie or even a wedding movie -- "it's a friendship movie." Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what about that raunchy scene in the dress shop? "It was scary," Wiig admitted at a Times Talk I hobbled to on Sunday, "because that scene was added late in the movie. J ... More >>
Or: The Netflix meltdown, the resurrection of Harvey Weinstein, and Kristen Wiig's box office coup all in one list
WikipediaSaturday marks Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. Those of us who grew up watching I Love Lucy (and later, The Lucy Show) on Nick at Nite and TV Land know what an amazing comedic talent she was. But for all of the wails of "waahhhhh" and all the "'splainin'" she had to do, she was also ... More >>
Bridesmaids, the Kristen Wiig-penned and Judd Apatow-produced "anti-chick flick," has officially been declared a success. Most reviewers, including our own, seemed to enjoy it. The film beat low expectations and took in nearly $25 million dollars in its opening weekend. This probably means th ... More >>
Whether they're afraid or simply dismissive, certain big names -- or at least their handlers -- have unceremoniously denied my requests to chat with them through the years. The glittery dishonor roll is as follows: LL Cool J. And I only asked because it was a slow news week. Betty White. W ... More >>
Although not quite as much fun as the time Betty White expounded upon the virtues of her dusty muffin, Saturday Night Live's latest foray into the food demimonde is still respectably unnerving. This weekend's episode saw Kristen Wiig do her best impression of Paula Deen in a commercial for Paula D ... More >>
Why is it only the male stars of Saturday Night Live who end up with the big movie careers? Flip back through the years, and think about it: John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Will Ferrell, and tons more e ... More >>
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
The country's greatest living director, Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), has a new release in the offing, due Labor Day. "Extract" concerns Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of a flavoring company called Reynolds Extracts, which manufactures "a patented brand of culinary extra ... More >>
I really enjoy Kristen Wiig, the Saturday Night Live comic who specializes in needy, neurotic, attention-grabbing weirdos who play with their hair and shatter you with their voices. The material Wiig's given may be uneven, but she's always willing to take wild chances, from her excitable Target la ... More >>
Saturday Night Live has hit many a rough patch, but it keeps on trucking, like a plane that's lost half its engines, but still manages to glide. And for decades it's given us some priceless jewels of comic characterization, reaching some kind of giddy high watermark with Tina Fey's impression of s ... More >>
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