SNL Group Hopper

2014 has brought us no fewer than three major dystopian YA adventures (Divergent, The Giver, and The Maze Runner), with one more (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) still on the way. That adds up to about eight hours of watching fake teenagers run around uncovering conspiracies.

So why not save yourself some time and watch Saturday Night Live‘s The Group Hopper, which essentially mashes up all four of those and then some? It even includes a weird Effie Trinket / President Snow combination, played by SNL alum Bill Hader. Watch the SNL Group Hopper “trailer” after the jump.

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SNL Fault in Our Stars Ebola in Our Everything

Hollywood loves a good sick-kid story, and as the box office figures for this summer’s The Fault in Our Stars showed, audiences adore them too. But cancer is so passe at this point. So Saturday Night Live took a more topical spin on the formula with The Fault in Our Stars 2: The Ebola in Our Everything.

Watch SNL’s The Fault in Our Stars ebola-themed parody after the jump.  Read More »

SNL Marvel Trailer Parody

The debut of the 40th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live was broadcast over the weekend and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt hosted the premiere episode which included a skit showing the future of Marvel movies and how the superhero studio just can’t fail — no matter what they release. The trailer lampoons Ant-Man and reveals Marvel’s future slate of superheroes you’ve never heard of, that you won’t want to miss on the big screen. And as you can see in the header image above, it features a reference to the other Disney-owned mega franchise Star Wars. Watch the SNL Marvel trailer parody embedded after the jump, alongside another great skit from the episode featuring Pratt as a He-Man figure come to life.

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James Franco Saturday Night

After four years in limbo, fans will finally get a chance to see James Franco‘s Saturday Night Live documentary this weekend. Saturday Night will hit Hulu Plus on Friday September 26, marking the end of a long road for the comedy documentary.

Back in 2009/2019, Franco spent a week watching the then cast of Saturday Night Live put together an episode for one of his NYU film classes. He then realized the access he had was unprecedented, and created a feature based on the experience. Saturday Night premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 to solid reviews and got picked up for distribution. However, complicated rights issues and red tape locked the film up for some time. Read more about the James Franco Saturday Night Live documentary below. Read More »

Kenan Thompson Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’?

Kenan Thompson SNL departure

A new report from TMZ claims that Kenan Thompson will be leaving Saturday Night Live at the conclusion of the sketch comedy series’ landmark 40th season. According to the gossip site, Thompson had planned to leave the show after last season but was convinced to stay by SNL head Lorne Michaels because of the large turnover in cast this season. Find out more about the Kenan Thompson SNL departure, after the jump.

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Darrell Hammond Named New Saturday Night Live Announcer

Darrell hammond snl announcer

As you probably know, radio and television announcer Don Pardo died on August 18th 2014 at age 96. Pardo was the announcer on a ton of NBC shows, including The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and most well known announcing job was Saturday Night Live, a gig he held from the show’s 1975 debut until his death (39 seasons). Who is going to replace Don Pardo as the second announcer in SNL history? Find out more about the Darrell Hammond SNL announcer news after the jump.

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behind the scenes SNL video

We show you a lot of behind the scenes footage, and quite a few Saturday Night Live gags, so why not a behind the scenes SNL video?

This two-minute short shows off the filming of a single episode of the show, sped up to lightning speed. In this case, it’s the recent episode hosted by Anna Kendrick (above) though the camera angle won’t really show you the star. What you will see, however, is the set of stages that are constantly used throughout a taping, the tiny audience, the intimate setting, and the relatively low-fi way in which all the show’s familiar bits are staged.

It’s a great perspective on a show you’ve likely all watched many times, but which you’ve never seen from this angle, even if you’ve attended a taping. Read More »

Anna Kendrick Little Mermaid

Later this year, Anna Kendrick will playing classic Disney princess Cinderella in the mash-up musical Into the Woods. But first, she got the chance to cycle through a few other Disney princesses during her Saturday Night Live hosting gig this weekend.

For her opening monologue, the Pitch Perfect star channeled Belle of Beauty and the Beast, flitting across the SNL stage as if it were an 18th century French village. Later on, she did her best take on a modernized The Little Mermaid as an Ariel who — much to Ursula’s horror — emulates contemporary pop singers like Britney Spears and Kesha. Hit the jump to watch both videos.

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