With her film The Girl on the Train in theaters right now, Emily Blunt hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time last night. Despite a strong start with a presidential debate sketch that topped the season premiere, the rest of the night was chock full of some of the clumsiest, awkward sketches in recent memory. Thankfully, there was a small handful of sketches that brought some big laughs, but most of the night was just a mess.
Let’s run through the best and worst sketches from the Emily Blunt Saturday Night Live episode after the jump
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Paula Hawkins‘ The Girl on the Train is an incredibly entertaining and bleak page-turner. The deeply troubled characters are what make the novel exciting. The more pages turned, the more the characters reveal themselves, and usually in some pretty troubling, unnerving, or darkly enjoyable ways. Hawkins’ novel is arguably a better drama than it is a thriller, and the same could be said of Tate Taylor‘s adaptation. The Help director’s film is a sometimes-above-average thriller that thrives mostly on its performances.
Below, read our The Girl on the Train spoiler review.
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Following the 42nd season premiere of Saturday Night Live last weekend, the season continues this weekend with Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage in Studio 8H for a show that will hopefully have plenty of musical influence.
Now NBC has confirmed that SNL will continue with two more episodes (making for a total of four in a row) this month, and one of them will bring back Tom Hanks as host. The last time the Oscar winner host was in May of 2006, over ten years ago. But before that, there will be another first-time host appearing on the show. Find out who it is after the jump. Read More »
Tate Taylor originally appeared like an odd pick to direct the adaptation of Paula Hawkins‘ The Girl on the Train, an exciting, brutal, and sometimes darkly funny page-turner. Taylor, who’s best known for directing The Help and Get on Up, hasn’t directed a thriller before. Based on some of the early reviews, the filmmaker doesn’t always fare well with Hawkins’ mystery, despite a committed and often chilling performance from Emily Blunt.
Below, read The Girl on the Train early buzz.
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One of the live-action fairy tales Disney has coming up is Mary Poppins Returns. Director Rob Marshall‘s (Into the Woods) sequel to the 1964 film will star Emily Blunt, and she may soon get another co-star. Actor Ben Whishaw, who was recently seen in The Lobster and Spectre, may land a supporting role in the sequel.
Below, learn more about the possible Ben Whishaw Mary Poppins project.
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Before Gone Girl arrived not too long ago, it had been awhile since there was a juicy, quality thriller of that kind. Now The Help director Tate Taylor is adding another entry in the revitalized field of movies geared towards adults with The Girl on the Train, and it looks like the kind of movie that will keep you guessing right up to the very end.
Emily Blunt plays Rachel Watson, a recently divorced woman who attempts to help the police find a missing woman after witnessing certain activities that she believes may help find her. However, Rachel isn’t the most stable, emotionally or mentally, so when the missing woman ends up sharing a connection with her ex-husband, Rachel may also turn out to be a suspect.
Watch The Girl on the Train trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Earlier this year Disney staked out three more release dates for its live-action fairy tale series, and now we know what one of them will be. The studio has announced that Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to its 1964 classic Mary Poppins, will arrive December 25, 2018. As previously reported, Emily Blunt takes over the role of the practically perfect British nanny, while Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as a new character named Jack.
Along with that release date comes many new details about the story, so keep reading for all the latest on Mary Poppins Returns. Read More »
With The Huntsman: Winter’s War, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan makes his feature directorial debut with the fantasy sequel. Nicolas-Troyan worked on Snow White and The Huntsman, as a visual effects supervisor and second-unit director. After the experience of collaborating with director Rupert Sanders, the 47-year-old visual effects artist decided to finally direct a movie of his own.
The sequel stars Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron. This time around, the story centers around Hemsworth’s Eric the Huntsman, who must retrieve the lost mirror for Snow White, in order to prevent — you guessed it — winter’s war.
Below, read our Cedric Nicolas-Troyan interview, in which he discusses his debut feature, a surprise narrator in the film, a key VFX shot, and, of course, Gore Verbinski‘s 2005 drama, The Weather Man.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
How was your ride to work this morning? Did you get snarled up in traffic? Was your train unbearably crowded? Maybe it was raining, or maybe you spilled coffee on yourself in your rush to get out the door. Whatever the case, though, it seems a pretty safe bet you still had a better time than Emily Blunt‘s character in The Girl on the Train.
Directed by Tate Taylor and based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train follows Rachel (Blunt), an alcoholic who’s still reeling from her divorce. Every day on her daily commute, she passes by a perfect-looking couple and fantasizes about what their lives must be like — until one morning, when she witnesses something she wasn’t supposed to. Watch the Girl on the Train trailer after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: Christopher McQuarrie took to Twitter to correct Deadline’s original post. He will not be directing Edge of Tomorrow 2. Doug Liman will return to helm the sequel. The original article follows.
Edge of Tomorrow didn’t make my top 10 of 2014, but I’ve certainly watched it more times than any other film that did make the list. Doug Liman’s science fiction war movie works on just about every level: it’s stylish and smart and hilarious and filled with genuinely unique action that’s powered by a Groundhog Day-esque time travel plot that allows its lead character to repeatedly die on the battlefield and instantly return to action. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are a duo for the ages. It’s wonderful.
It also has a completely definitive ending that wraps up every loose end, making it the rare modern studio tentpole film to not showcase an interest in building a franchise. But rumblings of a potential sequel began in earnest last year and now there’s been a major step forward – writers have been hired to pen Edge of Tomorrow 2 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is now attached to direct.
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