SNL Blockbuster

The announcement Blockbuster Video was closing all its physical locations marked the end of an era. Anyone who ever rented a movie at a video store took a moment to think back on how radically and quickly things have changed. It was a significant media moment.

Predictably, Saturday Night Live had a different twist. They took the real life event and gave it a funny spin by following a few disillusioned, lost Blockbuster employees on a post-closure quest, featuring a cameo by Lady Gaga. It’s a cute, sweet tribute to the chain. Read More »

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SNL Wes Anderson

Saturday Night Live doesn’t have a reputation for lampooning independent filmmakers too often, but they do love jumping onto a good meme and Wes Anderson parodies have definitely reached “meme” level. Leave it to the legendary sketch comedy show, though, to use their considerable resources to make the Wes Anderson parody to end all Wes Anderson parodies.

It’s called The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders and stars Edward Norton (himself a star of Moonrise Kingdom) as Owen Wilson (Anderson’s frequent co-star and co-writer) in a horror story that also “features” Anderson players like Adrien Brody, Alec Baldwin, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman and many others. Some even as themselves. Check it out below. Read More »

Hannibal

Netflix reveals posters, stills, and a clip from the new season of Arrested Development. Also after the jump:

  • What was the unaired original Game of Thrones pilot like?
  • Yahoo gets exclusive access to the 38-season SNL archive
  • Corey Stoll lands Guillermo del Toro‘s FX drama The Strain
  • AMC forays into the science-fiction genre with Line of Sight
  • Hannibal‘s unaired episode has been turned into a web series
  • See a new poster and pic from the newly revived The Killing
  • Watch a trailer for The Rock‘s new reality competition show
  • Peek behind the scenes of Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
  • Dexter conducts his final symphony in an artsy new trailer

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Joey Spiotto - Wayne's World

For going on 40 years, the phrase “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” has been a cornerstone of American pop culture. The phrase announces every single episode of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, which has been the breeding ground for such legendary comedians and actors as Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and so many others.

Week after week, some of the funniest people in the world create a live comedy show and broadcast it to millions. It’s a hit-or-miss effort that has produced incredible highs, disappointing lows and everything in between. After almost 40 years though, the show has been so consistently influential, we tend to take its existence for granted.

When you think back on all the good memories it’s hard not to get nostalgic. Wayne’s World. The Land Shark. Coneheads. Celebrity Jeopardy. Stefon. The list goes on and on, which is why Gallery 1988 West, the newest location of Los Angeles’ landmark pop culture art gallery, chose SNL as the subject of its latest exhibit.

After the jump, check out a small sample of the work in the show and find out more. Read More »

James Franco is everywhere. This week he’ll be travelling to Oz with Sam Raimi, and next week he’s heading to Spring Break with Harmony Korine. A few years ago, he was at 30 Rock shooting a documentary about Saturday Night Live. The film, Saturday Night, offered viewers unprecedented access behind the long-running sketch comedy show and garnered rave reviews when it hit the festival circuit in 2010. Since then the movie seemingly disappeared, leaving documentary and comedy fans clamouring for some kind of update.

Franco has finally given us that update, and the news is encouraging. Though the film was wrapped up in some rights issues, it has a new distributor and they’re currently figuring out how to release it. “It will come out,” said Franco. Read More »

Academy-Award winner and current nominee Christoph Waltz hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend and used the occasion to poke fun at his two-time collaborator, Quentin Tarantino. The SNL team created a sketched called Djesus Uncrossed starring Waltz as Jesus, back from the dead and hell bent on revenge. It features obvious and hilarious references to Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and, of course, Django Unchained. Check it out below. Read More »

Jeremy Renner hosted Saturday Night Live this week and, considering he was a part of the year’s most successful film, the subject obviously came up. I’m talking about The Avengers, and SNL went all out, dressing cast members as all of the main characters: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Nick Fury and Maria Hill. They even dressed Bobby Moynihan as the Hulk. Renner suited up as Hawkeye and brought up an issue many of us were thinking about during Joss Whedon‘s film. Check out the funny skit below. Read More »

Hit the jump for a mixed bag of small screen odds and ends, including:

  • See more pics of Mad Mikkelsen in Hannibal
  • NBC announces some other midseason premieres
  • Sandy has not delayed Louis CK‘s SNL appearance
  • Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Renner will host SNL
  • The Gallaghers are Shameless as ever in the new teaser
  • Did you know Ben Affleck almost directed Homeland?
  • Now Nicholas Sparks is getting into the TV game
  • FX’s Wilfred gets renewed, switches showrunners
  • FNL‘s Peter Berg is developing a Greek god drama

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