Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy had her getting very familiar with co-star Kristen Bell.
Snap King Louis Virtel has gone away for two months to seek fame and fortune in the wilds of entertainment (be sure to watch TruTV's "Billy on the Street" to see his work).
Filling in, HitFix is delighted to present actor, comedian, movie obsessive Griffin Newman who will be guest snapping over the next eight weeks.
In his hello video, Griffin gives us a peek at what he's looking forward to over the next to months during his Snap tour of duty. Say hello to Griffin Newman!
Susan Sarandon has long had a comic side, and not just because she hammed it up in Rocky Horror and fired off one-liners in Thelma and Louise. The Oscar-winning actress exudes brassiness, and occasionally she picks movies like The Banger Sisters and Tammy that highlight her quirks. (Don't forget her saucy, truly underrated voice work in James and the Giant Peach as Miss Spider.) Now she's playing the most intrusive yet believable mom in the new comedy The Meddler and it's a perfect fit.
Surprising absolutely no one, Brie Larson picked up a Best Actress statuette at last night's Oscars for her starring role in Room. The movie didn't win any other Oscar that night, which made us wonder: How many Best Actress-winning films have actually won another Oscar? If you look at the stats since 2000, it's pretty shocking.
Writer Mark Blankenship added up the Oscars and found out the Academy doesn't want Best Actress-winning movies to matter in any other way.
Since 1999, only 3 Best Actress films have won additional Oscars. For two of them -- Iron Lady, La Vie En Rose -- it was a 2nd for makeup.— Mark Blankenship (@IAmBlankenship) February 29, 2016
The only movie to win a non-makeup category was Million Dollar Baby, which won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman), in addition to Best Actress (Hilary Swank).
The implications are grim: It's like the Academy is saying they're only comfortable honoring memorable female protagonists in a separate, ghettoized category; you could argue they're saying movies starring award-worthy actresses are never the best, and they're hardly even legitimate. Even Meryl Streep, the preeminent thespian of the past 40 years, has only starred in one Best Picture where she was an undisputed lead (Out of Africa).
Compare this to Best Actor wins since 2000: Every single awarded movie besides Training Day, The Last King of Scotland, Capote, and The Theory of Everything picked up additional Oscars and a few won Best Picture (Gladiator, The King's Speech, The Artist).
At least this year we had three movies with female leads in the running for Best Picture (Room, Brooklyn, and Mad Max: Fury Road) but you could also argue they were never major contenders for the win. It'd be downright unusual if a movie like Brooklyn earned any major Academy love, and it's possible we've conditioned ourselves to believe it's because the subject matter is too soft when more probably it's just too female.
If you were sitting at home watching Sam Smith collect an Academy Award for his Spectre theme "Writing's on the Wall" and thinking, "Strange. I dislike that boring song and think Shirley Bassey would hate it too," you're in luck: Many of us agree and think it's a shockingly drippy entry in the 007 songbook. But is it the worst Oscar-winning song ever? A quick review of Oscar history says no. Phew.
This has been a fun, and weird, and uneven, and sometimes upsetting (Remember when He Who Shall Not Be Named hosted?) season, and it has been a pure joy to write about it, in both good times and bad. But as the great Nelly Furtado once sang, all good things come to an end, and so tonight we witness Season 41’s swan song-- guided by Fred Armisen, famous for his own run on SNL, his musical skill on Late Night with Seth Meyers, his IFC shows Portlandia and Documentary Now, and that time we let him play Obama because he was the most ethnic cast member SNL had.
Tonight’s host is Brie Larson: indie film actress, recent Oscar winner, and former singer of pop punk album Finally Out of P.E, whose single She Said featured pretty heavily on the rotation of my first ever square iPod nano. Larson brought a solid enthusiasm to an episode that featured a heavier amount of good sketches than bad, proving that maybe long hiatuses are good for this show, since their cast and crew, if legend is to be believed, subsist on very little sleep and very much junk food. Glad those guys got some rest, and brought some laughs to this enjoyable Mother’s Day episode.
Cold Open: Church Chat: Dana Carvey’s Church Chat Lady returns to interview Ted Cruz and Donald Trump with her signature judgy passive aggression. The Church Chat Lady isn’t a person I would typically consider a voice of reason, but election season has the world topsy turvy, and tonight I agreed with a surprising amount of what she said. This sketch was at times a bit uneven, and overstayed its welcome by about a minute, but it was a blessing to get a break from all the debate and Fox News parody cold opens we’ve been flooded with this season. Plus, it’s always nice to see an old favorite SNL character return, and though bringing back Dana Carvey’s Church Chat Lady wasn’t the most obvious choice, it was a fun one. And boy did it feel cathartic to watch her call out the two Republican front runners with that trademark blend of judgmentalism and a sour-lemon smile. A-
Our host for tonight is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her work on Seinfeld and Veep and for being something of an all-around comedy goddess. She held her own tonight in an episode that was a bit hit-or-miss, with pre-taped segments outshining weaker live sketches, but overall containing several memorably funny moments. Let’s dig in!
Tonight’s host is Russell Crowe, an Oscar-winning actor known for his performances in movies such as Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, and pretty much nothing comedic ever-- until next month’s The Nice Guys comes out. This is his first time hosting; let’s see how it went!
This week the ladies welcome the super awesome Missi Pyle onto the show. They discuss Amy Schumer, Snow White's sister Rose Red and Missi tells us all about her new film Pandemic, out now on VOD and iTunes.
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