James Franco’s SNL Documentary SATURDAY NIGHT May Be Released by Focus Features

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It was nigh on three years ago that one mister James Franco, a largely unknown film student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, presented his behind-the-scenes documentary of Saturday Night Live to the delight of audiences at SXSW. Entitled Saturday Night the film charmed audiences and critics alike once again at Tribeca, (link 1) was then picked up by Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope, and then… silence.

Until today that is. Hit the jump for news straight from the Franco’s mouth.

Justin Timberlake to Pull Double Duty as Host and Musical Guest of SNL on March 9th; Will Perform for a Full Week on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON

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Justin Timberlake’s return to music/world takeover is adding a crucial component: a classic appearance on SNL.  The Saturday Night Live veteran will return to host and act as musical guest on the NBC variety show on March 9th, marking the multi-talented Timberlake’s fifth time as an SNL host.  Timberlake’s appearance on the show always makes for some great comedic moments, and he’s actually netted four Emmy awards from his work on SNL.  In case the hosting duties weren’t enough JT for you, though, it was also announced today that Timberlake will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for an entire week, from March 11-15.  Timberlake will both perform and take part in interviews each night, all of this to promote his new album The 20/20 Experience.

Additionally, in case you missed the announcement during last week’s episode, Kevin Hart will be hosting Saturday Night Live on March 2nd with musical guest Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  Hit the jump to relive a classic Timberlake SNL moment.

Watch SNL’s Quentin Tarantino Parody DJESUS UNCROSSED Starring Christoph Waltz

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Quentin Tarantino has teased a third film to complete his Rewritten History trilogy, following up on Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Last night, Saturday Night Live made a strong pitch for what that film could be with the parody Djesus Uncrossed.  On the third day after his crucificxion, Jesus returns to life, rolls away the stone in front of the tomb, and sets out on a vendetta against the Romans who crucified him.  Or “Row-Maans,” as St. Peter (Taran Killam impersonating Brad Pitt) calls them when he leads the apostles to join in the fight.

It works in large part because I could see Tarantino making a revenge-based version of the Christ story that would be just slightly less wacky.  The production designer gets in a lot of nice stylistic touches in, too, including more blood and gore than I was expecting for a broadcast comedy, even after midnight.  Check it out after the jump.

Adam Levine and Jennifer Lawrence Set to Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in January

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NBC’s Saturday Night Live has announced its lineup of hosts and musical guests for this month.  As was previously revealed last month, Jennifer Lawrence will be making her SNL debut as host on January 19th with musical guest The Lumineers.  The actress will likely be just coming off a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, and though we haven’t seen her in a straight comedy just yet, I imagine the actress’ charisma and candidness will make for some memorable sketches.

Also making an SNL hosting debut is Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who will tackle hosting duties on January 26th alongside musical guest Kendrick Lamar.  Levine has been making a transition from music to on-camera work as of late, as he’s one of the hosts of NBC’s The Voice and appears on the FX series American Horror Story: Asylum.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Wednesday TV Ratings: MODERN FAMILY and CRIMINAL MINDS Up, CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER Scores 4-Year High

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Wednesday night’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • ABC comedy Modern Family was the highest rated show of the night, scoring a 4.7 rating and 11.95 million viewers.  That’s a rise of 2% from its last new episode’s 4.6 rating.
  • The CBS procedural favorite Criminal Minds was also up, garnering a 2.9 rating and 12.27 million viewers to make it the most-watched program of the night.  That’s up 7% from last week’s 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo.
  • NBC’s tree-lighting special Christmas in Rockefeller Center scored a 4-year high with a 2.1 rating and 9.1 million viewers, for a rise of 11% from last year’s 1.9 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, November 28th, including Suburgatory, CSI, Arrow, Supernatural, and more.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks LINCOLN, Hosting SNL for the 2nd Time, His Directorial Debut DON JON’S ADDICTION, and More

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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 SpaderDavid 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.

Daniel Craig Talks SKYFALL, SNL, Roger Deakins, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Sequel, and More

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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 gadgetswhat 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 hereSkyfall 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.

Louis C.K. to Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE on November 3

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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.

Liam Neeson Talks TAKEN 2, SNL, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, NEMESIS and Joel Silver’s NON-STOP

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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.

Seth MacFarlane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Daniel Craig to Host First Three Episodes of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

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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.

Andy Samberg Talks THE LONELY ISLAND, HOT ROD, SNL, DIGITAL SHORTS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, His Upcoming BBC Show CUCKOO & LORD OF THE RINGS

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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.

Andy Samberg Talks Future of THE LONELY ISLAND & Whether They’ll Ever Tour; Plus Getting to do GET IN THE CAGE with Nicolas Cage

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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.

Akiva Schaffer Talks THE WATCH, HOT ROD, If Digital Shorts Will Continue on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and THE LONELY ISLAND

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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 HillBen 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.

Andy Samberg Talks THAT’S MY BOY, Leaving SNL, Making Another Lonely Island Album, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, GROWN UPS 2, and THE TO DO LIST

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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.

New Red-Band Trailer for THE DICTATOR; Sacha Baron Cohen Kidnaps Martin Scorsese on SNL

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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.

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