Expanding into more theaters this weekend is Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture nomination shoo-in, Lincoln. The period piece is less a cut-and-dry biopic of America’s 16th President, played brilliantly by Daniel Day-Lewis, and more of an examination of the burdens placed on Lincoln to keep a nation from falling apart while abolishing slavery and attempting to hold his personal life together. Lincoln also stars Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, David Strathairn, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace and Hal Holbrook. For more on the film, here’s three clips, Dave’s review, a great trailer, and all our previous coverage.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He talked about what was it like to collaborate with Steven Spielberg, whether anything surprised him while researching his role (he plays one of Lincoln’s sons), what it was like to work with Daniel Day-Lewis and what he was like off camera, his directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction (which I think is premiering at Sundance in January), what it was like to host SNL for the second time, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
At the recent New York press day for Skyfall, I was able to speak with Daniel Craig. We talked about how this is a very grounded and realistic Bond film without the crazy gadgets, what it was like to work with Roger Deakins, was he more nervous to do Bond at the Olympics or host Saturday Night Live, what was the first thing he ate after they wrapped, how proud he is of Skyfall, and more. In addition, I asked him if there was any update on the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (The Girl Who Played With Fire).
Let me be very clear: I absolutely loved Skyfall. Director Sam Mendes has crafted one of the best James Bond movies ever made and it’s also one of my favorite films of the year. While the Bond franchise is now 50 years old, Mendes has shown the best might be yet to come. I really can’t recommend this film enough. For all our Skyfall coverage including clips, posters, my set visit and more, click here. Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, and Naomie Harris. Hit the jump to watch the interview.
Though fans will have to wait until 2014 for new episodes of Louis C.K.’s brilliant comedy series Louie, the comedian will be gracing the airwaves again in just a couple of short weeks. During last night’s Bruno Mars-hosted telecast, it was announced that C.K. will be hosting Saturday Night Live on November 3rd. This will be C.K.’s first time hosting the long-running sketch series, and I can’t wait to see how his comedy will be put to use in the SNL universe. Interestingly, it appears that he actually made an uncredited appearance on SNL in a 1995 episode hosted by Chevy Chase as “escaped prisoner.” C.K. is longtime friends with SNL vet Amy Poheler and has a recurring role on Parks and Recreation, and I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be great to see the actress make some sort of cameo appearance in the episode. He’ll be joined by musical guest fun.
Opening this weekend is director Olivier Megaton‘s Taken 2. In the sequel, Liam Neeson’s character unwisely takes his family on a European vacation, only to find himself and his wife (Famke Janssen) taken hostage by the family members of the henchmen that Neeson brutally murdered in the first film. The film also stars Maggie Grace and Rade Serbedzija. For more on the film, here’s four clips and all our previous coverage.
Last week in New York City I got to sit down with Neeson for an exclusive interview. We talked about whether he was hesitant to do a sequel, what it was like to film in Istanbul, whether the script changed during production, and more. In addition, we also talked about what it was like to host Saturday Night Live, how he was unclear regarding the nature of his role in The Dark Knight Rises or if he’d even make the final cut, whether he’ll work again with Joe Carnahan and if he knows anything about Mark Millar‘s Nemesis. He also talked playing an air marshal in director Jaume Collet-Serra‘s upcoming action film Non-Stop, which is being produced by Joel Silver. Hit the jump to watch.
The fall TV season is fast approaching, and NBC has now announced the first few hosts and musical guests for the upcoming 38th season of Saturday Night Live. On September 15th, Family Guy creator/aspiring lounge singer Seth MacFarlane will kick things off for the season premiere with musical guest Frank Ocean. September 22nd will see the multi-talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt (seriously, is there anything he can’t do?) take on hosting duties alongside musical guest Mumford & Sons in anticipation of the release of Looper, and James Bond himself Daniel Craig is set to host on October 6th with the accompanied musical stylings of Muse.
Both Gordon-Levitt and Craig have hosted SNL before, but this will be the first time for MacFarlane. The incredibly busy mind behind Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show made his feature directorial debut with this summer’s comedy hit Ted. The guy’s a natural showman so we should be in for a good time when SNL returns on September 15th.
With director Lee Toland Krieger‘s romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever opening today, I recently got to sit down with Andy Samberg for an extended video interview. In the film, Samberg stars with Rashida Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships. In addition, Jones co-wrote the script with Will McCormack, and it’s a great mix of realistic comedy and drama. It’s definitely recommended.
Anyway, if you’re a fan of Andy Samberg, you’re about to be very happy. During my exclusive interview we talked about his entire career, what’s coming up, and so much more. Some of the subjects we covered were Saturday Night Live, whether he’ll still do any digital shorts, Sundance, Hot Rod (and why it’s out of print on Blu-ray?!), getting to do “Get in the Cage” with Nicolas Cage, his upcoming BBC3 TV series, Cuckoo, the future of The Lonely Island and if they would ever tour, Arrested Development, and we even talked about Lord of the Rings. Hit the jump to watch.
With director Lee Toland Krieger‘s romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever opening this weekend, I recently got to sit down with Andy Samberg for an extended video interview. In the film, Samberg stars with Rashida Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships. In addition, Jones co-wrote the script with Will McCormack, and it’s a great mix of realistic comedy and drama. It’s definitely recommended.
Since my interview with Samberg was almost twenty minutes, I decided to break it up into two parts. In today’s edition, Samberg talks about the status of The Lonely Island, why they haven’t toured, will they make a third record, what’s the origin of the “Wanna Come With” sketch on Saturday Night Live and how close did it get to airing, and what was it like to do “Get in the Cage” with Nicolas Cage on SNL. Hit the jump to watch.
Opening this weekend is director Akiva Schaffer’s (Hot Rod) sci-fi comedy The Watch (previously titled Neighborhood Watch). The film stars Vince Vaughn,Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller and Richard Ayoadeas a group of neighbors who form a local neighborhood watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world. The film also stars Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun. For more on the film, here’s the latest trailer, a red band trailer, an outtake reel, and all our previous coverage.
The other day I got to sit down with Schaffer for an extended interview. As a fan of Hot Rod, his digital shorts on SNL, and The Lonely Island, it was one of those interviews that I was really looking forward to. Thankfully, Schaffer was willing to talk about anything, and during our wide ranging conversation we talked about how The Watch came together, directing such a great cast, deleted scenes, and what will be on the eventual Blu-ray. In addition, I asked why the Hot Rod Blu-ray is out of print, if the digital shorts will continue now that Andy Samberg has left SNL, and whether The Lonely Island will ever tour or do any sort of concert. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy tells the story of Donny Berger (Adam Sandler), an aimless loser who knocked up his smoking hot teacher when he was a teenager, and was left to raise their love child even though he was completely unprepared to be a parent. Now, 30 years later, Todd (Andy Samberg) is all grown up and a successful Wall Street executive who hasn’t seen his father in years. But, with Donny owing tens of thousands to the IRS, he figures that tracking down his son will not only give him the chance to ask for the money he needs to stay out of jail, but to also finally bond with his son.
At the film’s press day, actor Andy Samberg spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to be playing the son of Adam Sandler and Susan Sarandon, how much of the comedy was on the page when he initially read it, and keeping the heart with all of the R-rated humor. He also talked about the news that he has officially left Saturday Night Live after seven seasons, what that conversation with executive producer Lorne Michaels was like, his hopes to continue contributing to the show, where he’d like to go next with his career, making another Lonely Island album, how uncomfortable his tight white shorts were for Grown Ups 2, who he’s playing in The To Do List, how excited he is for the release of the animated feature Hotel Transylvania, and the cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery in New York. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A new red-band trailer for the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator has gone online. The clip is basically structured similarly to the other trailers, but it includes alternate takes and different jokes. I was a big fan of Borat and admired the ballsiness of Bruno, but I’m starting to feel like The Dictator may be a bit one-note. This is the first Cohen comedy that’s set up as a true narrative feature instead of a mockumentary, so it’ll be interesting to see how this outlandish character fares throughout a true story arc. I liked the opening scene of the film so hopefully I’m wrong, but I’m not entirely convinced that I won’t tire of the character after 30 minutes of the film.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. We’ve also included an embed of a sketch from this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live in which Cohen appeared in character as said Dictator holding the actor’s Hugo director Martin Scorsese hostage. The Dictator opens on May 16th.
Another decade, another appearance for Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live. The Rolling Stones legend will return to SNL for the season finale on May 19th as both a host and a performer. Jagger and the Stones have appeared on the show numerous times over the years but this will be the first solo perfomance and hosting double duty for the vocalist. Apparently, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was originally expected to host, but has rescheduled to appear in the fall when SNL returns. Count that as a win for the comedy show, as the fact that this is The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary and the rumor of a possible on-air reunion with Keith Richards should generate a good amount of viewership. Hit the jump to take a look at some of Jagger’s skits from over the years.
The season is winding down, and while the first weekend in May will see the untested comedic talent of NFL quarterback Eli Manning take the stage of Saturday Night Live, the following weekend will bring a seasoned veteran of the late night sketch show back to Studio 8H. NBC has announced that Will Ferrell will host Saturday Night Live on May 12th with musical guest Usher. Anytime Ferrell has shown up on SNL after his time on the show as a cast member, it’s been fantastic. But the question remains as to who will close out the season with the finale on May 19th. Who can top Will Ferrell?
The popular SNL Digital Short series Laser Cats got a new installment last night featuring none other than the legendary Steven Spielberg. And with the Spielberg touch, just about everything in the short parodied the director’s most popular movies, or at least his popular popcorn movies. Don’t expect to see any Saving Private Ryan or Schindler’s List references floating around. Even though you won’t see anyone shouting “Give Us Us Free!” it’s nice that Spielberg decided to drop by and join in the Laser Cats fun even though he wasn’t promoting an upcoming movie or TV series.
Hit the jump to check out the short, which also stars Laser Cats regulars Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.
She’s quite the Latin bombshell on Modern Family, and now the lovely Sofia Vergara will bring her two best assets (I’m talking about comedy and charisma) to late night with a hosting stint on Saturday Night Live set for April 7th. Vegara will be joined by musical guest One Direction, also making their debut on the sketch comedy series following the success of their hit single What Makes You Beautiful, and it should be a feast for both our eyes and our funny bones (please don’t take that sexually).
In addition Josh Brolin is slated to host SNL for a second time on April 14th with musical guest Gotye joining for his first musical appearance. The song Somebody That I Used to Know is all over the radio, and Brolin is surely looking to get audiences amped up for his promising turn impersonating a young Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3 (watch the new trailer right here). Brolin’s comedic sensibilities are just as tuned as his dramatic chops, so I’m looking forward to his return to Studio 8H.
That’s right, folks. Despite the fact that Lindsay Lohan has nothing to promote and the troubled actress really doesn’t have much of a career beyond some risque photo-shoots showing up on the internet every couple weeks, the Freaky Friday and Mean Girls star is set to host Saturday Night Live on March 3rd with musical guest Jack White, making his debut as a solo artist outside of his work with The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.
NBC announced the news during a commercial break on this past weekend’s SNL with host Maya Rudolph, and while we’re not sure how the new episode with Lohan is going to turn out (or if people even care anymore), last weekend’s episode was an absolute laugh riot. Not only did it mark the return of SNL veteran Rudolph as host, but Justin Timberlake, Amy Poehler (on both Weekend Update and a Bronx Beat sketch), Bill O’Reilly and Kate Upton all made surprise appearances, and you can check out those and a few of our favorites sketches from the show after the jump.