Watch: Martin Freeman Stars in SNL’s Fantastic THE HOBBIT/THE OFFICE Crossover Short

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When Andy Samberg and the rest of The Lonely Island left Saturday Night Live a few years ago (Samberg as a cast member, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone as writers), it signaled the end of the show’s fantastic run of Digital Shorts.  While those offbeat, incredibly funny videos are certainly missed, SNL has actually done a swell job of creating different, worthwhile pre-taped content in recent years.  Last week’s episode gave us the SNL gang’s take on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and during last night’s Martin Freeman-hosted episode, we got possibly one of the best pre-taped segments yet: a crossover between The Hobbit and the British version of The Office.  Freeman plays Bilbo/Tim in the video, with Bobby Moynihan filling the role of Gandalf/David Brent and Taran Killam giving us an unforgettable portrayal of Gollum/Gareth.  This whole thing is executed to perfection, and fans of either The Hobbit or The Office aren’t likely to be disappointed by the results.

Watch the Hobbit/The Office crossover video after the jump.

Watch: SNL Takes on the STAR WARS Trailer with Elderly Han, Luke, and Leia

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It wasn’t necessarily a surprise given that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debut was a massive cultural event, but last night’s James Franco-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live premiered its own version of the Star Wars trailer.  The crux of the joke is that the returning cast members (whom we didn’t glimpse in the official trailer) are all quite old now, and SNL’s take on their return is pretty great.  Taran Killam’s “old Harrison Ford” voice is spot on, and Bobby Moynihan makes for a swell “old Leia”.  Seeing as how it will be a while until we see another official Star Wars trailer (probably attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron), this’ll do for now.

Watch the SNL Star Wars trailer after the jump.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Holiday Deals on Blu-rays/DVDs and Toys

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Amazon has a number of great deals today and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  While we usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, Amazon’s gold box deal of the day is 50% off a number of Mattel and Fisher-Price toys, which is a great deal for parents.  Like all Amazon deals, don’t wait too long to buy.

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams Set as SNL Hosts for December

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NBC has announced the next three hosts of Saturday Night Live for the month of December, and they’re mighty promising.  James Franco will kick things off on December 6th with his third appearance as host, accompanied by musical guest Nicki Minaj.  Franco is well-versed in SNL lore having directed the incredibly fascinating documentary Saturday Night, which provided a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the weeklong process of making an episode.  The actor will of course be promoting his upcoming comedy The Interview in which he stars opposite Seth Rogen, so a Rogen cameo on the episode seems likely.  More after the jump.

Chris Pratt Proves Marvel Can’t Fail in SNL Parody Video

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There was a lot of talk about how big of a risk Guardians of the Galaxy was for Marvel Studios, and on some level it was.  But after the film’s massive box office success (it’s currently the highest grossing film of the year stateside), it became clear that the Marvel brand has now somewhat overshadowed the studio’s actual content—audiences trust that a Marvel movie will be fun, humorous, and entertaining, and so there’s a certain amount of built-in audience Marvel can expect for the properties that the studio chooses to develop.  When Chris Pratt hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, the variety series opted to poke some fun at this notion by putting together a trailer for some of Marvel’s other upcoming projects.  Personally, I would buy a ticket for Pam 2: The Winter Pam in a heartbeat.

Watch the Marvel SNL parody video after the jump, and prepare yourself for Fancy Ghosts.

Chris Pratt to Host First Episode of SNL’s 40th Season

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Saturday Night Live is kicking off its 40th season with one heck of a pairing.  It was just announced that Chris Pratt is locked to host the very first episode of the season and that Ariana Grande will be the musical guest.  You really can’t get much bigger than that right now.

Pratt is the star of the top-grossing movie of the year (domestically), Guardians of the Galaxy, and he’s also in one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2015, Jurassic World.  Even though Grande’s Disney show Sam & Cat just got cut, it’s probably because she’s moving on to bigger and better things now.  Her song “My Everything” is currently #1 on the Billboard 200 and she’s also #1 on the Artist 100 as well.  Hit the jump for more on what’s coming up on SNL.

R.I.P. Don Pardo, the Voice of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Dead at 96

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When Saturday Night Live returns for its new season, it will have lost one of its most distinctive aspects.  The show has cycled through dozens and dozens of cast members, but (with the exception of the 1981-82 season) there was always one voice to introduce them: Don Pardo.  That voice is gone now.  According to an NBC spokesman [via THR], Pardo passed away in his sleep yesterday.

Although Pardo made a rousing impact on Saturday Night Live, he left an indelible mark as an announcer through his entire career.  He began to make a name for himself in the business as he worked as a game show announced for Winner Take All, Three on a Match, Call My Bluff, Jackpot, The Price is Right, and Jeopardy.  Pardo was already a 31-year veteran at NBC when Lorne Michaels hired him to be the announcer for SNL.  Pardo wanted to retire in 2004, but he was offered a lifetime contract.  “I found out that only two people [at NBC] had ever had lifetime contracts,” Pardo said, “Bob Hope and me.”  In 2010, Pardo became the first announcer to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.  TV has truly lost an unforgettable voice and a legend of the industry.  Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Pardo’s family and friends.

TCA Awards Winners: BREAKING BAD Named Program of the Year; TRUE DETECTIVE, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE Win Top Honors

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Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are the TV honors that everyone’s familiar with, when it comes to clout, the Television Critics Association Awards take the cake.  Voted on by over 200 professional journalists, the TCA Awards honor the very best in television regardless of which networks can afford the most expensive campaigns, and so the list of 2014 winners comes with a considerable degree of weight.  Breaking Bad took the “Program of the Year” title for the second year in a row, while the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award went to CBS’ critical favorite The Good Wife.  The Best Comedy award resulted in a tie between the blissfully explicit Veep and FX’s wholly unique Louie, while True Detective won both Best Miniseries and Individual Achievement in a Drama for Matthew McConaughey.  As for Best New Program, that honor went to Netflix’s swell Orange Is the New Black.

Check out a full list of the TCA Awards winners after the jump, and if you missed the recent Emmy nominations announcement click here.

Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg to Host Final SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Episodes of the Season

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The hosts for the last few episodes of Saturday Night Live’s current season have been announced.  Charlize Theron will take up hosting duties on May 10th with musical guest Black Keys, while Andy Samberg will return to SNL to host the season finale on May 17th with musical guest St. Vincent.  Theron’s second stint at hosting comes at an opportune time, as she stars in Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which opens in theaters on May 30th.  Prior to Theron and Samberg, Andrew Garfield will lead the show on May 2nd for the first time to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with musical guest Coldplay.

Chris Farley’s Matt Foley Was Livin’ in a Van Down by the River Years Before He Appeared on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

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Motivational Speaker Matt Foley was arguably Chris Farley‘s most famous character.  For those who aren’t familiar with Foley, he was a loud, boisterous, belt-straightening screamer who would try to scare kids straight even though he was “livin’ in a van down by the river!”  Like many Saturday Night Live performers, Farley came out of The Second City improv comedy troupe, and it appears he had the character in his pocket years before he brought it to SNL.  A tape-recorded video has been uploaded to YouTube, and although the video was taken three-and-a-half years before Farley joined SNL, it shows an almost fully-formed Matt Foley.  After watching the video, the character is just as funny now as he was back in the 90s.

Hit the jump to check out the video, which also includes Bob Odenkirk and Tim Meadows.

Bill Murray Talks THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, His Working Relationship with Wes Anderson, His Career, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and More

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I love everything about Wes Anderson movies.  From the way he creates unique worlds to the unusual characters that occupy the screen, Anderson is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker that always makes something special.  His newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and it continues his streak of making exceptional films.  The story mostly takes place in early 20th-century and revolves around the goings-on at a famous European hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori) against the backdrop of a changing continent.  The film also stars Saoirse RonanBill MurrayF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

The day after the world premiere, I participated in a great roundtable interview with Bill Murray in Berlin.  He talked about what it was like to make the film on location in Europe, collaborating with Wes Anderson, the dialogue, whether his process as an actor has changed over time, and more.  In addition, he told some great stories about making Rushmore, his thoughts on Saturday Night Live and Bill Hader, why he quit acting for awhile after making Broken Flowers, and future projects.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th.

Watch: Jonah Hill Stars in SNL’s HER Parody ME; Plus Leonardo DiCaprio Recreates Classic TITANIC Scene in Monologue

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Jonah Hill hosted last night’s installment of Saturday Night Live, and the episode put a couple of funny spins on popular films.  The highlight was probably the Her parody Me, in which Hill (complete with mustache and high-waist pants) assumed Joaquin Phoenix’s role from the Best Picture-nominated Spike Jonze film.  In this parody, Hill plays a guy so anti-social that his Operating System voice is himself, hence the title.  It’s a sharp pre-recorded segment and it features a fantastic cameo from a familiar face towards the end.  Additionally, Hill was joined onstage by his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio during his monologue, and the two wonderfully recreated a rather iconic scene from Titanic.

Hit the jump to watch both videos.

Alfonso Cuaron Wins DGA Award for GRAVITY; Vince Gilligan and Steven Soderbergh Take TV Prizes

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The 2014 Directors Guild Awards were handed out earlier this evening, and Alfonso Cuaron took the top prize for Gravity, launching him (and the film) into frontrunner status heading into the Oscars.  The DGA winner is a very solid predictor of the eventual Oscar winner for the Best Director category, as the two have only failed to match up seven times in the past 65 years.  Moreover, the DGA winner’s film has won the Best Picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions.  We’ve known it’s going to be a very tight race since the PGA split its top award between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, but this DGA win for Gravity puts it ever so slightly ahead.

Elsewhere at the DGA Awards, Steven Soderbergh took home the Miniseries/TV Movie prize for Behind the Candelabra and Vince Gilligan won TV Drama for the series finale of Breaking Bad, beating out the likes of David Fincher and Bryan Cranston.  Hit the jump to read the full list of winners.

Jonah Hill and Drake to Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in January

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The 2013-14 TV season returns in full swing this week after the winter break, and Saturday Night Live has announced its January lineup.  Drake will pull double duty as the SNL host and musical guest on January 18th, while Jonah Hill will mark his third appearance as host on January 25th with musical guest Bastille.  Hill will be promoting director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which is currently gunning for Oscar nods in multiple categories—including Hill as Best Supporting Actor.  By the time Hill’s SNL show comes around, the Oscar nominations will have already been announced (on January 16th), so look for the show to have some fun with that one way or the other.  The Wolf of Wall Street is currently playing in theaters everywhere.

Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd, and John Goodman to Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in December

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Saturday Night Live has lined up a fantastic trio of hosts for its December shows.  Paul Rudd will kick off his third appearance as host on December 7th with musical guest One Direction, no doubt promoting Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues; could a Will Ferrell cameo be in the cards?  Next up is Inside Llewyn Davis star John Goodman making his 13th appearance on December 14th with musical guest Kings of Leon.  Finally, SNL will finish strong with the promising duo of Jimmy Fallon as host and Justin Timberlake as musical guest on December 21st.  Not a bad way to get ready for the holidays.

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