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.

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.

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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.

Watch: SNL Trailer for Wes Anderson Horror Film Starring Edward Norton as Owen Wilson

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Last night’s Edward Norton-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live had a little parody fun with the holiday season, this time turning its focus to filmmaker Wes Anderson’s distinct style.  The trailer for the fake Anderson-directed horror film The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders applies the director’s style to the horror genre, complete with Norton doing a spot-on Owen Wilson impression and Alec Baldwin making a cameo as the film’s narrator.  It’s pretty funny, if a bit on the nose.  Anderson’s an easy target so I was hoping for something a tad more substantive, but the SNL team mostly resigned itself to  quick cameos of the director’s most famous characters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens in theaters on March 7, 2014. 

Tina Fey to Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Season Premiere; Miley Cyrus and Bruce Willis to Follow in October

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The fall TV season is just around the corner, folks.  NBC’s Saturday Night Live has announced its first lineup of hosts for the upcoming 39th season.  Tina Fey will host the season premiere on September 28th with Arcade Fire acting as the musical guest.  This will mark Fey’s fourth time hosting the show since leaving as a cast member in 2006.  Miley Cyrus will then act as both host and musical guest on October 5th, followed by Bruce Willis hosting and Katy Perry performing on October 12th.  This will be Willis’ first time hosting SNL since 1989, and interestingly enough he won’t have a new movie to promote at the time.

Bill Hader on Doing a Voice for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Voicing a Few Roles for PIXAR, SNL, SOUTH PARK, Future Projects, and More at D23

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Did you know Bill Hader did a voice in J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness?  And did you know he recorded it just a short time before the film was released?  While I’d heard about it through a friend of mine, I’d never heard the real story from Hader himself.  So when I got to speak to him backstage at D23 earlier today, I made sure to ask him about it.  In addition, he talked about how taking a personal tour of Pixar led to him landing roles in some of their upcoming films, the upcoming season of South Park, SNL, plus future film projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Bill Hader Talks CLOUD WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, Comic-Con, Writing for SOUTH PARK, the Final Stefon Sketch, Whether He’ll Ever Cameo on SNL, What He Collects, and More

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Like most of you, I’m a huge fan of Bill Hader.   I think he’s one of those rare performers that can do anything, and over the past few years on TV and in a number of different movies, he’s made me laugh again and again.  So when I had the opportunity to speak with him last week at Comic-Con, I jumped at the chance.

During our wide ranging interview we talked about being at Comic-Con, what he collects, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2Saturday Night Live, whether he will ever cameo on SNL now that he’s left the show, coming up with the idea for the final Stefon sketch, and so much more.  He also revealed that he will be writing for the entirety of South Park‘s upcoming season and talked about what it’s like to work with Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  Hit the jump to watch.

Bill Hader to Exit SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

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Bittersweet news, folks.  After eight years on Saturday Night Live, castmember Bill Hader has announced that he will exit the series after the end of this current season.  Speaking with the New York Times, Hader explained, “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point. It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’ ”  The actor has been a standout on the show since his first appearance in 2005, solidifying himself as one of the best impressionists in SNL history with dead-on portrayals of everyone from Alan Arkin to Vincent Price.  His original characters are highlights as well, with Stefon appearances on Weekend Update eliciting squeals from both the live audience and folks watching at home.  Hit the jump for more.

NBC Confirms Seth Meyers Will Take Over LATE NIGHT When Jimmy Fallon Moves to TONIGHT SHOW

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The network upfront presentations are upon us, and one of the first big pieces of news to be announced concerns NBC’s late night shakeup.  The network previously revealed that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next year, and rumors have been swirling for months that Saturday Night Live veteran and current head writer Seth Meyers might land the Late Night gig once Fallon exits.  Well NBC confirmed today that Meyers will indeed be taking over as the host of NBC’s Late Night when Fallon leaves the show next year, vacating his position at SNL.

Lorne Michaels, who produces both SNL and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, will stay on as executive producer of Late Night under Meyers’ tutelage, and Michael Shoemaker will remain the show’s producer.  This leaves the head writer slot at SNL open, and many have already been suggesting comedian/SNL writer John Mulaney for the job.  Also vacant at SNL will be the Weekend Update desk, so start those betting pools now.  Hit the jump to read NBC’s press release on the matter.  Late Night with Seth Meyers will premiere sometime in 2014.

Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, and Ben Affleck Set to Close Out SNL in May

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Saturday Night Live is closing out their 2012-2013 season strong, bringing back three SNL veterans to host.  Previously announced for the May 4th show was Zach Galifianakis, who has The Hangover Part III coming out next month as well.  Galifianakis has hosted SNL before, and I can only hope he brings out his chops singing Annie again.  SNL has had plenty of opening monologues that involved singing this year, but I can’t help but think that Galifianakis is going to have a stand out one regardless.  The musical guest will be Of Monsters and Men.  Hit the jump for more on the episodes hosted by Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck.

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