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 »

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 »

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Bill Hader SNL Audition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard about the special Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special that aired this past Sunday night. It was a three and a half hour trip down memory lane, featuring a true dream-team of comedy’s elite.

Among the many highlights came early in the show when a 5-minute video montage was shown of cast members’ first auditions. Not fake auditions, like we’ve seen in the past. The actual, real auditions for stars like Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon as well as classic cast members like Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Here, you can see them in the auditions that would change their lives forever. It’s pretty special.

As a bonus though, there are also auditions from people who didn’t make the cut. They’re people you’ve definitely heard of who auditioned, but didn’t make the show.

Below, check out the Saturday Night Live auditions video as well a few of the other highlights from the special including Celebrity Jeopardy, Wayne’s World and more. Read More »

Saturday Night Live 40th

When FXX ran their 12 day 552-episode marathon of every episode of The Simpsons, I knew we would get some copycats. But there aren’t many television shows that have enough hours of content to compete with Matt Groening’s animated juggernaut. But there is Saturday Night Live, which will be celebrating their 40th season in 2015. Viacom is celebrating (ie building buzz) by airing all 433 hours of SNL in a back-to-back marathon which will span 19 days and two networks. Details about the Saturday Night Live marathon after the jump.
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Mike Myers Dr Evil SNL

2002 was the last time Mike Myers graced audiences with a new Austin Powers movie. Which means not only haven’t we seen the shagadellic super spy in over a decade, we haven’t seen his sworn enemy Dr. Evil, either.

Most would agree that it was Evil who really became the break out character of the series. His hairless cat, rebellious son and ludicrous demands were just some of the hilarious running jokes the character provided. Even so, no one who turned on their TV Saturday night would have expected to see him in anything but an Austin Powers rerun. But they caught him on NBC.

During the cold open of the Amy Adams-hosted Saturday Night Live, alum Myers, as the evil dictator, hijacked the skit. And what did the would-be power monger want? To talk about the Sony Hack, North Korea and The Interview, of course. Check out the Dr. Evil SNL video below. Read More »