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Saturday Night Live Imagines A Space Alien Invasion With Commander-in-Chief Trump
March 12, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
<i>Saturday Night Live</i> Imagines A Space Alien Invasion With Commander-in-Chief Trump

In movies about disasters in general (like Armageddon or Air Force One) and space invasions in particular  (like Independence Day), the US always overcomes crisis under the leadership of a steely and professional president. Perhaps …

Muhammad Ali Jr. Stopped At Airport — Again
March 11, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment
Muhammad Ali Jr. Stopped At Airport — Again

Representatives for Muhammad Ali Jr. say the son of the boxing legend was stopped by airport security for an extended period of time, just a month after he was detained by immigration officials and questioned …

On SNL, Kellyanne Conway Pops Up Everywhere, Kneeling
March 5, 2017 – 11:23 pm | No Comment
On <i>SNL</i>, Kellyanne Conway Pops Up Everywhere, Kneeling

Making fun of Kellyane Conway has become a sport at Saturday Night Live, but this week featured an unusual format for it: the show’s brief interstitials as it cuts to commercial.
The camera often pans across …

John Mulaney & Nick Kroll Slam Trump, Mel Gibson, and Hollywood at Independent Spirit Awards
February 26, 2017 – 8:25 pm | No Comment
John Mulaney & Nick Kroll Slam Trump, Mel Gibson, and Hollywood at Independent Spirit Awards

The day before the Oscars, Hollywood’s elite gather to honor films with budgets under $20 million, which, believe it or not, qualifies as “indie.” The Spirit Awards are meant to be an off-kilter counter balance …

Bill Paxton Dead at 61
February 26, 2017 – 7:11 pm | No Comment
Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Popular character actor Bill Paxton has died, aged 61. A representative for the family announced that he passed due to complications following heart surgery.
Tributes poured in on social media on Sunday from fans and fellow …

Donald Glover Cast In Live Lion King Remake
February 18, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
Donald Glover Cast In Live <i>Lion King</i> Remake

Donald Glover will play Simba in the upcoming live-action remake of the The Lion King. He joins James Earl Jones, who voiced Mustafa in the original.
“I just can’t wait to be king #Simba,” tweeted director …

Report: Woman Who Killed Kim Jong Un’s Brother Thought She Was On Prank Show
February 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment
Report: Woman Who Killed Kim Jong Un’s Brother Thought She Was On Prank Show

Indonesian police are saying that the women arrested in the death of Kim Jong Un‘s half-brother was tricked into the assault: She believed she was appearing on a hidden camera prank show.
USA Today writes:
[Indonesian national …

Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell Go Full Vegas in The House
February 17, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell Go Full Vegas in <i>The House</i>

It’s a little hard to believe that Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler haven’t already starred in a movie together, but it seems the two haven’t been on screen together since Ferrell left Saturday Night Live …

Melissa McCarthy Turns In Virtuoso Performance As Sean Spicer on SNL
February 13, 2017 – 12:02 am | No Comment
Melissa McCarthy Turns In Virtuoso Performance As Sean Spicer on <i>SNL</i>

Melissa McCarthy‘s first appearance as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live was hilarious, but her virtuosic second appearance proved that this was no well-timed political novelty. McCarthy cranks it up to …

Trump Blasts Judge’s Travel Ban Block
February 5, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment
Trump Blasts Judge’s Travel Ban Block

On Saturday night, President Donald Trump lashed out at the federal judge who blocked the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations. Trump referred to U.S. District Court Judge James Robart as a “so-called judge” and tweeted ”anyone, …

John Hurt, Star of Dystopian Films 1984 and V for Vendetta, Dies at 77
January 28, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment
John Hurt, Star of Dystopian Films <i>1984</i> and <i>V for Vendetta</i>, Dies at 77

Well this is both sad and depressingly timely: Academy Award-nominated actor Sir John Hurt has died, aged 77. Hurt is most recognizable to young audiences as wand-maker Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, and  most …

“I’m About to Be President, We’re All Gonna Die.”
January 15, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment
“I’m About to Be President, We’re All Gonna Die.”

Saturday Night Live returned this week, and obviously there were any number of headlines that could have been tackled. The first cold open of 2017 crammed in many of the disasters of the Trump transition …

Trump Calls Civil Rights Hero Lewis “All Talk, No Action”
January 14, 2017 – 5:34 pm | No Comment
Trump Calls Civil Rights Hero Lewis “All Talk, No Action”

 
President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to blast civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis.
“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape …

Check Out The First Teaser For The Handmaid’s Tale
January 8, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
Check Out The First Teaser For <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>

Hulu has released the first teaser for The Handmaid’s Tale, and boy, it looks intense. Based on the dystopian speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and will …

Carrie Fisher Will Spend Eternity In a Giant Prozac
January 7, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
Carrie Fisher Will Spend Eternity In a Giant Prozac

The ashes of actress Carrie Fisher will be stored in an urn shaped and decorated like a large Prozac pill.
Fisher’s brother Todd told press that it was his sister’s “favorite possession.”
“I felt it was where …

Mariah Carey, New Year’s Rockin Eve Producers Fight Over Perfomance
January 2, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
Mariah Carey, New Year’s Rockin Eve Producers Fight Over Perfomance

After a disastrous performance on live television on New Year’s Eve, Mariah Carey‘s representative claimed the singer was “set up to fail” by the production company. Dick Clark Productions, the group behind New Year’s Rockin’ …

Ronda Rousey Suffers Shocking Loss in 48 Seconds
January 2, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment
Ronda Rousey Suffers Shocking Loss in 48 Seconds

In her first fight since her first ever loss, former UFC champ Ronda Rousey suffered a stunning TKO at the hands of reigning champ Amanda Nunes just 48 seconds into the match. It is unclear …

George Michael Dead At 53
December 25, 2016 – 10:04 pm | No Comment
George Michael Dead At 53

British pop star George Michael has died, aged 53. The singer’s longtime manager confirmed that Michael was found, dead of heart failure, on Christmas morning.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved …

Rockettes Can “Choose” To Perform At Trump Inauguration
December 24, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment
Rockettes Can “Choose” To Perform At Trump Inauguration

After a social-media driven controversy, Madison Square Garden and a performers union have clarified that the Rockette dancers are not being forced to perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
“For a Rockette to be …

Carrie Fisher Stabilized, Still Critical After Cardiac Episode
December 24, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment
Carrie Fisher Stabilized, Still Critical After Cardiac Episode

Carrie Fisher is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit following an unspecified cardiac episode, according to her brother. The Star Wars star was rushed to the hospital after falling ill on a flight from …

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