Chris Pratt as Jason Statham

As a fan of Saturday Night Live, I’ve always wanted to see the sketches that end up getting cut for time. Since SNL is a live show, some sketches end up getting cut if the show runs long. But those cut sketches are usually recorded in the two-hour dress rehearsal that happens before the show airs live at 11:30 Eastern time.

Since SNL has found new life online with sketches that go viral with every new episode, there’s finally a place for cut sketches to see the light of day. And we’re lucky enough today that one such sketch has surface online months after the original episode aired. In the sketch, Chris Pratt plays Crank and The Transporter Jason Statham, selling a fine product called Jason Steakums, and they sound delicious. Watch Chris Pratt as Jason Statham after the jump! Read More »

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Chris Farley documentary trailer

There are far too many great talents who have left us all too soon. Fame can be hard to tame, and its satisfaction can sometimes only last so long until you’re looking for other outlets, like drugs or alcohol, to keep that emotional and mental high going. Such was the success and ultimate tragedy of Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Farley.

Now the life and legacy of the late comedy star is examined in a new documentary called I Am Chris Farley, featuring interviews with those who knew him best. Fellow SNL stars like Mike Myers and Adam Sandler chime in, comedians like Bob Odenkirk and Bob Saget reminisce, and his best friend and frequent co-star David Spade has plenty to say too. If you’re a fan of Farley, this one is going to be tough to watch without shedding a tear or two.

Watch the Chris Farley documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »

Inside Out saturday night live

This weekend, when you sit down to see Inside Out, you’ll probably be a little too blown away to get up once the credits start to roll. And if you stay for the credits, you’ll notice Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live are given special thanks. Speaking to director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, I asked why that was. The Inside Out team spent a week on the set of the show learning how seemingly spontaneous entertainment works for a specific sequence in the film. Read more about the Inside Out Saturday Night Live connection below. Read More »

Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Jurassic World is finally hitting theaters today, and as promised, here is my final interview with director Colin Trevorrow about the movie. As many of you know, I have talked to Colin two other times during the production of the film, once about the information leaks and fan backlash to some of those details and another time in an extensive interview when I visited the set of the film. My latest interview with Colin was conducted at the junket on the Universal back lot last week after having seen the movie.

In the interview, Colin talks about the Flight of the Navigator remake, how the voice cameos in the movie came about, the ideas of commercialization and sequels in the movie, how Steven Spielberg helped change the edit of the movie, the fan reaction to the trailers and the struggle to preserve surprises, how he met his writing partner Derek Connolly while working at Saturday Night Live, featherless dinosaurs in an age when science thinks different, and would he be interested in directing a Star Wars movie.

After the jump, you can read the whole interview (a couple of excerpts have run earlier in the week) which is virtually spoiler free (I have removed one question and answer which I will run next week after everyone has seen the film).

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Staten Island Summer

For those who don’t know, I’m a massive fan of Saturday Night Live. The show has been a favorite since I was a kid. Even though it was the early 90s when I became sucked in by Wayne’s World and Chris Farley, I’ve stuck with the show ever since, through all their ups and downs, and have soaked up everything I can about its history. I’ve read countless books and articles, watched countless old sketches form before my time, and just can’t get enough of SNL.

Therefore, I’m very pleased to report (via The Wrap) that Netflix is closing a deal with Paramount Insurge to pick up a new comedy called Staten Island Summer. What does this have to do with SNL? Hit the jump and find out! Read More »

Black Widow SNL Parody

Scarlett Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live the same weekend Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, and you know what that means: Another Marvel Cinematic Universe parody has hit the web. In this clever send-up, SNL takes the MCU to task for its lack of female-led films.

“Why no Black Widow movie? Does Marvel not know how to make a girl superhero movie?” the video asks, before reassuring viewers, “Chill. Marvel gets women.” And to prove it, here’s Black Widow: Age of Me, a romantic comedy from the writers of 27 Dresses. ‘Cause that’s what chicks want, right? Read More »

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Live From New York release date

You can’t overstate the cultural significance of Saturday Night Live. The live sketch comedy show has been airing for 40 years and developed some of our biggest stars, coined our favorite catch phrases, and created some of our favorite characters. It’s a massive, rich history that’s chronicled in the new documentary Live From New York! directed by Bao Nguyen. The doc is going to open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival this month and now everyone will officially be able to see the film soon after.

Live From New York! will open June 12 in major cities, via Abramorama and everywhere else, based on demand via Tugg. See the full poster and read more about the Live from New York release date. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson Bambi

Dwayne Johnson‘s reputation as “franchise Viagra” is well earned, but can he bring a 73-year-old children’s movie back to life in an era of PG-13 blockbusters? Answer: You bet he can.

As part of his Saturday Night Live hosting gig, Johnson starred in the trailer for Disney’s gritty live-action retelling of Bambi. In this version of the story, the traumatized young buck grows up and fights back. Watch the Dwayne Johnson Bambi skit after the jump.  Read More »

Avengers SNL Sketch

Chris Hemsworth stopped by Saturday Night Live last night, and you know what that means: there was an Avengers skit. Even though Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t open for another two months, the Avengers SNL sketch picks up immediately after the climactic battle, as the various Avengers are reacting to their victory. (Spoilers?)

Watch the Avengers SNL sketch after the jump.  Read More »