Sounds like a bingo for Lorne Michaels: NBC announced today that Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz will host SNL for the first time on Feb. 16. Though the Best Supporting Actor winner (and current nominee) has never appeared on NBC’s sketch series before, he has shown off his comedic timing on talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! — as well as in his signature menacing-yet-hilarious roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Django and Inglourious Basterds.
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It’s Saturday Night Bieber!
Justin Bieber will host and be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live Feb. 9, EW has confirmed. This will be the first time Bieber hosts; he was the musical guest in 2010 when Tina Fey hosted, and has appeared on a few other episodes as well, most notably in a Church Lady sketch with host Dana Carvey.
Bieber is presumably hosting to promote his upcoming Believe: Acoustic release, out Jan. 29. He will follow Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers on Jan. 19, and Adam Levine on Jan. 26, with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.
Adam Levine is spending one more night with Saturday Night Live.
The Voice coach and Maroon 5 front man, who previously appeared on SNL as a musical guest along with his band, makes his solo hosting debut on Jan. 26. Kendrick Lamar takes on musical duties for the episode.
SNL returns to our televisions on Jan. 19, with Jennifer Lawrence as host and The Lumineers as the musical guests.
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Jennifer Lawrence will be the first SNL host of 2013.
The Hunger Games actress will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on the Jan. 19 installment of the show. She will be joined by musical guest the Lumineers.
The announcement comes just days after Lawrence, currently in Silver Linings Playbook, earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. She is also considered a top contender for the Academy Awards, which will announce their nominees on Jan. 10.
After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig said goodbye on May 19. She’d co-written and starred in the surprise 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids and the time had come, just as it had for stars like Chevy and Eddie and Will before her. SNL godfather Lorne Michaels called her one of the “top three or four” performers the show had ever produced, and during her reign, the show was dominated by sketches filled with the likes of the Target Lady, tiny-handed Dooneese, and compulsive one-upper Penelope.
Colin Jost started writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, the same year that Wiig began as a featured player. They connected creatively and ultimately collaborated on several sketches, including some of her Björk bits and a commercial parody for Red Flag perfume. With Mick Jagger hosting the season finale, Jost assumed the responsibility of sending her off in style. The premise he came up with could not have been more simple — Jagger bidding farewell to an honored “graduate” with an impromptu dance — but when each cast member cut in to share one last moment while Arcade Fire played the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” the effect was magical.
As told by: Colin Jost
I don’t think I raised the bar in any way. I think people find different ways of saying goodbye or people find different ways of saying goodbye to them. I remember when Will Ferrell left, he had a really funny documentary where people talked about Will, and Tracy Morgan talks about how Will Ferrell stole from him and [says] really mean stuff. I remember that Tina [Fey] and Jimmy [Fallon] had done one that was like a “Summer Lovin” from Grease kind of farewell. So people have different ways of doing it, and I think this is just one of them. READ FULL STORY »
What’s the official mark of the beginning of the holiday season? Nope, it’s not the sound of “Jingle Bells” on the radio or the sight of wreaths and twinkle lights on storefronts, but holiday specials on the tube. From classic movies like It’s a Wonderful Life to Wednesday’s Saturday Night Live Christmas show, the programming options are endless. So whip out that eggnog-flavored popcorn (did we just invent that?) and enjoy the festivities.
Here are our picks for the 12 specials you won’t want to miss (check the schedule on the following pages for additional showtimes): READ FULL STORY »
Get ready for A Very Ed Grimley Christmas.
EW has confirmed that SNL alum Martin Short will return to Studio 8H on Dec. 15 to host the sketch show’s last episode of 2012. He’ll be joined by Paul McCartney, who will be making his fifth Saturday Night Live appearance. McCartney last stopped by SNL in 2010.
Short has hosted SNL twice previously, though not since 1996. He’s made several cameo appearances between then and now, though, most recently in a 2006 episode. Short was a member of Saturday Night Live‘s cast during its 1984-1985 season.
Jamie Foxx will host SNL‘s next episode, which airs Dec. 8. NBC will also air SNL Christmas, a compilation of favorite holiday sketches, this Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m.
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The Pacific Northwest is about to receive a healthy influx of talent from Hollywood. Season 3 of Portlandia, IFC’s quirky sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will feature guest spots by Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Armisen’s SNL castmates Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and, yes, tennis legend Martina Navratilova. READ FULL STORY »
Jamie Foxx will host Saturday Night Live on Dec. 8, with R&B star Ne-Yo as the musical guest. There to promote his starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained, it will be Foxx’s second time as a host. He last appeared in NBC’s Studio 8H on Jan. 8, 2000, when Bill Clinton was still president and Blink-182 was the musical guest.
Of course, Foxx is no stranger to sketch comedy; he starred in the final three seasons of Fox’s In Living Color.
Jeremy Renner won’t say whether any of his famous costars will assemble in New York for cameos when he hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend, but he will say that one has long encouraged him to do the show. “I remember Jon Hamm [who starred opposite Renner in The Town] mentioned it to me after he did it. He said it’s something that I might really, really like doing, and that was some years ago,” Renner told EW on Thursday, after shooting a round of promos with musical guest Maroon 5 and Fred Armisen.
“I finally had the moment where they wanted me [and my schedule worked], and I was really, really happy about it, I suppose. It’s terrifying, I guess,” he admits, with a laugh. “It’s a great honor. It’s just one of those things where for me, as an actor, I feel like I’ve hit really interesting milestones in life, from just working and doing a movie that people see, to then getting nominated for an Academy Award. And then you do the cover of a magazine, and that’s always kind of an interesting, weird thing. And then you host SNL, and it’s a whole ‘nother interesting plateau. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m glad to be a part of it.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: As you’ve mentioned, you have friends who’ve hosted before. Who did you ask for advice, and what was the best tip you’ve received?
JEREMY RENNER: I talked to Jon Hamm about it. He didn’t really go into too much advice. He was just saying, like, “Dude, you gotta do it. Just go have fun and be a jackass. You’ll be great.” I’m like, “Okay, that sounds great.” And then I worked with Adam McKay [a producer on Renner's next film, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, due Jan. 25], who was a writer during the Will Ferrell years. We talked, and he gave me a little bit more advice. And then when I got here, everybody’s been so generous with their time, and thoughts, and feelings, just saying like, “Don’t worry about it. This is what’s gonna happen…” The whole cast has been really wonderful. READ FULL STORY »
Four more years… of Jay Pharoah on Saturday Night Live! Barack Obama’s reelection all but ensures that SNL‘s talented impressionist will enjoy job security through at least 2016. But the status of Pharoah’s sparring buddy is a lot less certain. Mitt Romney’s big loss could easily mean that Jason Sudeikis will soon go the way of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, two longtime SNL cast members who exited the show at the end of last season. Sure, Sudeikis also plays Obama’s vice president — but can we really expect him to stick around just to occasionally caricature Joe Biden?
Rumors about Sudeikis’s impending departure began flying last spring and intensified over the summer — especially after Sudeikis himself hinted he was on his way out in interviews with Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, and the L.A. Times. But in September, NBC confirmed that Sudeikis was sticking around for Saturday Night Live‘s 38th season — or, at least, the first half of it. “Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January,” Lorne Michaels told the New York Times. Sudeikis became a featured player on SNL in 2005.
If he does say “adios” in early 2013, Sudeikis won’t be the first cast member to exit SNL mid-season. READ FULL STORY »
Anne Hathaway is a divisive figure. Some praise her whole-hearted commitment to every role; others sneer that she always seems like she’s trying too hard. But either way, everyone should agree on one thing: She’s really pulling off that Audrey Hepburn crop.
Perhaps that’s why Hathaway’s hair gets third billing — right after Jason Sudeikis — in the promos for her upcoming Saturday Night Live stint. As a third-time host, Hathaway should be goofy, charming, and a little bit nerdy, if this video is any indication — and we can also expect her pixie cut to get plenty of attention. Get a first look at the Les Mis star’s SNL return engagement here:
Just hours before comedian Louis C.K. takes the stage as host of Saturday Night Live – in the midst of what has been a time of great tragedy and devastation to the city and surrounding areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy — he e-mailed out the following message to his fans before his debut. Here below is his message in its entirety: READ FULL STORY »
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