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This gets a video but not Teen Idle or Bubblegum Bitch?
I always watch the Oscars. As a devotee of the movies, I like to guess the winners, see the awards given out, hear the acceptance speeches, see what kind of politics are in play. I also like the women. I like to see what they are wearing, their hair, the jewelry, the whole girly thing. It’s a sensory experience for me, the Oscars.
When I watched on Sunday, I was eager to see how a new host would change it up. I admit, I have a fondness for Billy Crystal – he’s always funny, he does great opening bits. I've liked some other hosts — Ellen, Steve Martin, two of Whoopi’s four stints. I didn’t like Letterman. I wanted to like Hugh Jackman, but couldn’t, and truly hated James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
I like Seth MacFarlane as a comedian and as a political animal. I like that he’s very strong politically on the issues of domestic violence and marriage equality. That’s not the standard for straight white guys, so when one who is in the public eye as much as MacFarlane speaks out on those topics, I take notice. I thought choosing him to play host was an edgy one for the stodgy Academy, but his humor is definitely geared to the demographic the Academy has been desperate to reach: the under-40 set.
When the ratings came in, it was clear they’d made the right choice: Ratings were the highest in years and there was a 20% bump in the key demographic. Go Seth!
But another demographic was unhappy. Not just unhappy, but angry. A close friend sent me a blistering New Yorker column by Amy Davidson referring to MacFarlane’s “ugly, sexist, racist Oscars.”
Whoa! Did she see the same Oscars I did? Because the presentation I saw was a veritable paean to women. Women were showcased in a way I can’t recall men having been. What’s more, gay men were showcased too and it’s long been de rigeur in Hollywood to pretend there really aren’t queers in Tinsel Town. Admit it — seeing the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles on the Oscar stage was pretty fabulous. MacFarlane did what good awards hosts do — he ripped the status quo a new one. He dissed Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism and when the audience had an “Oh no!” response, he said, “Oh, you're on his side?” Right back at ya!
The awards were slated as a tribute to music in the movies, which led to a series of song-and-dance routines to open, including a satirical parody sung by MacFarlane called, “I Saw Your Boobs.” The song referenced what many Oscar-winning actresses are forced to do for the movies: show their breasts, regardless of the circumstances of their roles. Among the actresses mentioned were Jodie Foster in The Accused and Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry, two films in which the characters are brutally raped.
Even though the women shown during the song were in on the joke (their reaction shots were obviously pre-recorded) this song became the focal point of the day-after attacks on MacFarlane. Missing, we thought, the entire point of the song: that in Hollywood, women — even when playing victims of violent crime — are reduced to the sum of their body parts, not the sum of their movie parts. But a man singing about “boobs” just had to be bad and sexist and wrong. There couldn’t have been a satirical point being made.
There was also the joke MacFarlane made about George Clooney, one of many Hollywood men regularly dating much younger women. Clooney is 51 and his current girlfriend, Stacy Kiebler, is 31. MacFarlane joked that the youngest nominee for Best Actress, Quvenzhane Wallis, who is 9, had another 16 years before she’d be too old for Clooney. In Davidson’s and others’ transliteration of what MacFarlane actually said (which is why I thought perhaps they’d just heard about the Oscars and not actually watched them), the backlash alleged that MacFarlane dissed a 9-year-old when in fact he’d taken on a Hollywood full of first wives dumped for younger models of their former selves by addressing its most eligible and oldest perennial bachelor.
The night went on like this in the feminist revision. MacFarlane referenced the beauty of many of the women — all of whom had spent days and even weeks preparing their “look” for the presentation. The tabloid TV shows have been full of the cleansing, the diets, the workouts, the not-eating, the facials, the mani-pedis, the hair extensions, the Botoxing, the being sewn into dresses, the taping up of breasts, the cinching in of waists and derrieres. It’s been a main topic of entertainment discourse for weeks leading up to the awards: women’s bodies, women’s looks.
Is MacFarlane the villain for calling out the reality or are Hollywood — and American audiences — at fault for demanding physical perfection from female actors while men can look however they want?
The fabulous Dame Shirley Bassey, 76, was magnificent as she performed her signature Bond song, “Goldfinger,” yet has had obvious plastic surgery. But Jack Nicholson, 75, the godfather of Hollywood, was sitting in his prime Academy seat, jowls and wrinkles and wattles on wanton display. And after the ceremony Nicholson was filmed hitting on 22-year-old Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence, while she was being interviewed by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos. How outraged would people have been if Bassey had been hitting on Daniel Radcliffe, 23, whereas Lawrence literally putting her head in her hands and whispering to Stephanopoulos, “Is he still there?” was just “cute.”
And speaking of Nicholson, one of the references made in the feminist blogosphere was to Roman Polanski having raped a girl at Jack Nicholson’s house — as if both Nicholson, who was out of town when the crime occurred, and MacFarlane, who was 3-years-old at the time of the 1977 rape, were active participants. (And as if Jodie Foster herself hadn’t starred in Polanski’s film Carnage last year. It’s not like many of Hollywood’s female elite haven’t just shrugged off Polanski’s crime.)
MacFarlane’s reference to Chris Brown and Rihanna’s abusive relationship was also called out as anti-woman. Yet numerous feminist bloggers and columnists, myself included, have written repeatedly about Brown and Rihanna and their relationship. In a recent interview, Rihanna told Oprah that she is in love with Brown and doesn’t want to discuss the domestic violence. And at Brown’s most recent court appearance for punching out singer Frank Ocean, Rihanna was there to support Brown. In addition to which, Brown has still been embraced by Hollywood and the music community. Despite his abuse of women (ABC anchor Robin Roberts was another of his victims) and gay men. Which was kind of MacFarlane’s point.
The reality is, MacFarlane got slammed for every misogynist in Hollywood as well as every man – and woman – who has held unrealistic expectations of female stars while male stars have been allowed a vast range of appearance and un-Botoxed expression. Women have to show their breasts to get noticed regardless of the circumstance of their roles while male frontal nudity is almost wholly banned from the movies. Breasts only get a PG-13 rating while penises get the box office death of an NC 17.
I live-tweeted the Oscars and repeatedly stated “Best Oscars Ever!” in those tweets. I still think this was among the best Oscars’ presentations and a major reason was the imprint of women on the ceremony. I liked seeing over-sized women like Melissa McCarthy, Adele, Octavia Spencer and Queen Latifah among the participants. I liked seeing the elderly Emmanuelle Riva and Shirley Bassey as well as Oscars’ many vibrant older women, like Meryl Streep, Sally Field and Barbra Streisand.
I loved seeing Brave win for Best Animated Feature, because it’s a story about a girl who succeeds on the basis of her own merit – and bravery – and has nothing to do with a prince swooping in to save her. I loved seeing Inocente win for Best Documentary Short: the subject is a 15-year-old homeless girl artist in California. I loved seeing Daniel Day-Lewis laud Meryl Streep for her superb acting skills and Jennifer Lawrence thank all the women who are such magnificent actors — and her mentors — after she won for playing a real woman with real problems.
I also loved seeing the tributes to music in film which lauded both women performers and the gay male directors, like Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls), who made these vehicles work.
It’s not that women don’t have a lot to complain about with regard to Hollywood: it took 81 Oscar ceremonies before a woman won Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker), even though it was largely women directing and doing the very complex film editing throughout the early days of Hollywood. But for nearly 50 more years there were few women directing for major Hollywood films and there have only been four women ever nominated for Best Director: Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow. Eight other films directed by women have been nominated for Best Picture, but without their directors being nominated, including Children of a Lesser God, Prince of Tides, Little Miss Sunshine, The Kids Are All Right, and Awakenings, which all won other major awards.
In addition, the unrealistic images of women that are promoted by the film industry are what have allowed film critics like Rex Reed to call actresses like Melissa McCarthy “hippos.”
So I get why some women were angry with MacFarlane, even though he wasn’t the author of most of the jokes. (Bruce Vilanch, a gay man, has been the head writer for the Oscars since 1989 and has won several Emmys for his writing.) MacFarlane was the messenger and the message from Hollywood isn’t always a good one for women. Yet as Vilanch said in an interview with Salon, the show is scripted, every presenter has to sign off on whatever it is they say on-stage in advance of the ceremony so it can go up on the teleprompter. Women as well as men. The only impromptu moments are the speeches of the winners.
But in real life, outside of his Oscar hosting activities, MacFarlane has been a staunch supporter of women’s and LGBT rights and donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to the Democratic Party in support of liberal causes. In 2011, he was awarded the Humanist of the Year Award by Harvard University for “his extensive body of work, his active, passionate commitment to Humanist values, and his fearless support of equal marriage rights and other social justice issues.”
MacFarlane isn’t a Mel Gibson–Holocaust denier, racist, wife-beater. He’s one of the good guys. Were some of the jokes tasteless? Yes. Did MacFarlane repeat them anyway, even though he occasionally said throughout the telecast, “I thought we decided not to do that one.” Sure. But most of these jokes have been done on late night TV and nearly every day Huffington Post has another “actress reveals side-boob” video. This morning, after the Oscars, one of the lead pieces on Huffington Post was about Anne Hathaway’s nipples showing in her gown (which were actually just sewn-in darts, for the record) and Jennifer Lawrence showing “side boob.”
Maybe MacFarlane was just a messenger. And the message actually is coming from us. No wonder we’re upset.
VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH is an award-winning journalist and a former Advocate columnist. Her columns appear in the Philadelphia Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Area Reporter, and Curve magazine, among others.
It`s JAMIE LYNN SPEARS!
Edit: I think his name is Jamie Watson, he's 30. They've been dating for about 3 years.
Please accept this one, mods! First time poster.
However, she is not going to learn from her mistakes instead she hopes to help teach autistic children in a New York school.
Following a disastrous day in court on Friday - lawyer Mark Heller failed in his bid to have the charges steaming from her June car accident dismissed - Heller announced in an impromptu press conference that Lindsay plans to continue to try to turn over a new leaf.
The New York Post reports Heller said the embattled actress was off to a New York City school to help autistic children - but refused to reveal which one.
'She’s certainly not going to alert the media,' he told The Post.
Heller also said Lindsay was turning her life around and having intensive 'one-on-one psychotherapy'.
'Lindsay does not have a problem with alcohol or drugs,' the lawyer said. 'She is totally sober.'
This would not be the first time that Lindsay has helped out a organisation that assists autistic children.
In 2006, the star threw a celebrity studded beach party for a group autistic children - after she ruined one of their outings by blocking their access to a surfing day with her car after he twentieth birthday party.
In a letter to the prosecution leaked by TMZ last week, Lindsay's lawyer also promised to set up a charitable foundation in Lindsay's name and that the actress will be going on motivational speaking tours to schools to encourage children.
'Lindsay will participating in intensive psychotherapy, submitting herself to regular screenings and contributing her time to the production of Public Service messages and periodic visits to schools hospitals and other venues where she may provide inspirational talks, encouraging children to pursue positive goals and avoid bad habits,' he wrote.
In the astonishing letter Heller reached out to the prosecution asking for their help to 'fix' Lindsay.
'I appeal to your good conscious to join me in not rubber stamping this case but rather to be patient and understanding and open to productive alternatives as we, as a team, help fix Lindsay Lohan,' the lawyer wrote.
Lindsay will once again be back in court on March 18 to face charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing a police case for her June 2012 car crash in Santa Monica, California.
The 26-year-old was on probation at the time of the accident and she faces jail time if a judge determines she violated her sentence in a 2011 theft case.
This lawyer is such a mess.
Richard Simmons was on Access Hollywood Live this morning, and as usual, he was a roller-coaster of emotions and moods. Things started out animated, energetic, wacky: He did an "Indian" accent and also put a bowl on his head (while making some kind of jokey face). But he hates when he's not the center of attention.
So when Maksim Chmerkovskiy showed up, Simmons pretended to throw up in his mouth, then had a hissy fit and pretended to leave the set. He stuck around, making sure he was on camera, but eventually wandered around aimlessly. Later, when it was clear they were ignoring him and going on with the show, he threw himself across a table and played dead for a while.
When it was finally time for his segment, Simmons went from singing and making jokes to (faux?) tearfully describing overweight people with no self-worth. But immediately after his weepy speech, he went right back to cracking, "I was a fishstick in my last life."
Harry Styles' Los Angeles tattooist Freddy Negrete told Daily Star: 'Harry and Taylor didn’t seem in love at all. There wasn’t a sparkle in Harry’s eye. They were kind and respectful to each other but didn’t have stars in their eyes.
They seemed more like friends. Harry wasn’t in love and it wasn’t serious for him. They weren’t romantic at all. He was just casual, they weren’t staring into each other’s eyes. Taylor came towards the end of his ship tattoo and sat with him but there was nothing magical going on.'
Taylor has no influence on the design of Harry's tattoo: 'Harry’s ship had nothing to do with the guy in Taylor’s music video, he didn’t even know about that. He only chose it after he arrived. We showed him a book of paintings of English ships, done by a famous painter.
He wanted a realistic looking English ship, because he misses home and needs to remind himself that he’s homeward bound. What he said was: ‘We’re always on the road but my heart is at home and I want a ship.’
Harry’s got tattoo fever now. If you get a tattoo and you like it you want more ,it happens to a lot of people. He wanted Hebrew lettering and came in with his sister’s name written out. When I told him I was Jewish he was thrilled and said it was very fitting and the right guy was doing it.
Usually whatever he says, its something funny. He sits really well through the tattoos. The pain doesn’t bother him. He gets tattoos in the most painful spots. He’s got a lot on the inside of his arm, while the ribs are really painful and he’s got a lot there.
ontd tattoo post?
Over the years, celebrities have come under fire for their sometimes raunchy or over-the-top ad campaigns.
Take Beyonce, for instance -- the 2010 commercial for her fragrance "Heat" was pulled from daytime TV in the U.K. for being "unsuitable to be seen by young children." And Eva Mendes' 2008 commercial for Calvin Klein's "Secret Obsession" perfume was banned altogether for being too racy.
Plus, remember when Julianne Moore's nude Bulgari billboard stirred up a bit of controversy?
Take a look at some of the most controversial celebrity ads below:
Beyonce's commercial for her fragrance "Heat" came under fire for being too racy in 2010. It was cut down to 30 seconds and had an "after 7:30 p.m." restriction in the U.K.
ABC asked that several changes be made to Madonna's 2012 perfume ad before they agreed to run the 30-second spot, including covering more of her breasts and butt. Even with said changes in place, ABC only aired the commercial after 9 p.m.
Keira Knightley starred in this controversial PSA against domestic violence in 2009 for Women's Aid.
The U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority felt Swift's CoverGirl ad was too exaggerated (aka Photoshopped) and falsely promoted the product.
Like Kim's, Paris Hilton's 2005 Carl's Jr. commercial was considered too racy, as well. (I only remember Nancy Grace getting trolled with it)
(ELIZABETH. ELIZABETH. ELIZABETH.)
The Advertising Standards Authority banned Natalie's ad for Dior Diorshow lash multiplying mascara on the grounds that it "misleadingly exaggerated the effects of the product."
The Joker's Lancome ad was considered too heavily airbrushed to print by the ASA.
many more here
2013 stands to potentially bring three South Korean filmmakers' names into the mainstream American fold; a move notable not just because of the three auteurs' common land, but also for placing their distinctive visions in an entirely new realm. With Kim Ji-Woon already delivering his Arnie action throwback, “The Last Stand,” and Bong Joon-Ho's “Snowpiercer” dropping later this year, the strange middle child is up next, in the twisted, baroque form of Park Chan-Wook's “Stoker.”
Carrying over the intensity from “Oldboy” and his other revenge trilogy entries (“Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance,” “Sympathy For Lady Vengeance"), Park has also gathered a stellar cast for his English-language debut: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode, delivering unusual turns to the tune of Hitchcock's “Shadow of a Doubt.” They make up the truly twisted family at the center of the film -- steeped in Park's themes of murder and gallows humor -- with an American landscape and Gothic approach, and as Park and the cast recently attested during the film's Los Angeles press conference, those aspects have created both new and familiar elements in Park's filmography.
1. The Actors Were Emphatic Fans of Park, But Noticed the Black List Script First
Park's filmic output is rare enough that when a project finds his name attached, actors take notice, and uniformly the cast of "Stoker" was no different. In particular, Kidman held a strong affection for the director, and thought he'd be a great fit for the sparse, haunting story. “[The] real strength of director Park is his atmosphere, and this script relies heavily on the language of the images," she said. "His use of color and sound and everything, it's very specific and not by chance. And that's something that really fills in a lot in a script like this."
That script comes courtesy of "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller, but in fact, the pseudonym of Ted Foulkes was the one garnering all the attention. Under the perceptive belief that Hollywood might scoff at his first screenwriting attempt, he became Foulkes and promptly landed on The Black List of unproduced screenplays. He may have been right all along.
Identity issues were never an issue for Park or the cast, as Wasikowska acknowledged. “A good script is just a good script. I thought it was amazing the first time I read it and was instantly drawn into this world and these really complex characters.”
Kidman added, “I had to read it a couple of times just to understand it, just because it's got a lot of subtext and layers and just wanted to absorb what the overall feeling of it was.”
In the film, India Stoker (Wasikowska) and her mother Evie (Kidman) are mourning the loss of their father and husband, Richard (Dermot Mulroney). Coming from wealth, their expansive mansion grounds suddenly grow much lonelier with his auto accident death, but that all changes with the arrival of Uncle Charlie (Goode).
"Park said this is a movie about bad blood," Kidman described, and in Charlie's slow ensnarement of India's emotions and dangerous impulses, Goode inhabits that theme wholesale, a process he found “so psychologically interesting” in Park's “confusing, brilliant and wonderful” take on him.
2. The Cast and Crew's Working Relationship Knocked Down Any Communication Barriers
While the decision for the cast to jump into Park's world was near instantaneous, the unknown variable of communication still loomed large. Park retains a decent grasp on English, but his precise cinematic vision might've found trouble with an American cast and crew.
However, Park was absolutely prepared, starting from the first moments of pre-production with a detailed “story-bible” that laid out every shot, camera move, and instance of visual symmetry. As for the cast, which includes Jacki Weaver, Alden Ehrenreich, and Lucas Till, Park says, “They are professionals who deal exclusively with people's emotions and their thoughts. Working with this smart cast, sometimes I would only have to start speaking a word, and they would immediately catch on to what I wanted to portray. So it was not much of an issue.”
Kidman explained her side, saying, “There are times when you have to clarify words, obviously because different words mean certain things, so a lot of times it would just be me going, 'Is this exactly what he wants?' because in translation things can get lost. So I was just very specific with him.”
Having already learned Spanish for the 2003 film “South of Grenada,” Goode was well-suited to the intuitive levels of communication, a process he found “as hard as you're gonna get, but boy, do you listen.” He added, “We just want it to make sense. [The characters] are all detached, so much so that we don't really know where it's set or what time period it is. Charlie's very good on his own; he's like a chrysalis; a fucked up Peter Pan in the middle of Mia's coming of age story.”
3. The Most Memorable Scenes Came From Both Improv and Detailed Scripted Monologues.
Throughout the film's moody narrative, Park enacts that cohesive vision via seamless transitions of visual and aural motifs, but that doesn't mean certain scenes aren't thrilling standouts. One of them -- glimpsed in the trailers -- depicts Kidman delivering a rancid monologue to her daughter after catching the first whiff of her betrayal. Kidman loves the scene “because it's so unusual, and when I first read it, I never expected it to end with that line: 'I can't wait to watch the world tear you apart.'”
She added, “Evie is not just an oppressive mother. I feel like she's just starved for love, and she's got a child that she doesn't connect with, and director Park - when we first met - said to me, ever since you've held this baby, this baby's not wanted to be held, and that's an amazing way to start building the relationship between a mother and a daughter.”
“We did it a number of different ways, but we shot it in one take, which is fantastic as an actor, so I was just very grateful that he had the vote of confidence of me to do it," she said.
Wasikowska added, “It's very scary to be on the receiving end of it though.”
Another scene that sticks out for Goode comes (**highlight for Spoilers**) near the film's climax, when the extent of Charlie's murderous backstory is revealed. “There was a scene that was meant to be by the lake -- the burial of Richard and I's younger brother -- but [it] became compromised due to financial matters, and director Park rather brilliantly didn't flap about it," he said. “He got on with it, and created it in the backyard with the sandpit; it was just very quick, and more chilling because of the nature of play in the scene.
Park added, “Certainly including [the burial], I want the story to be interpreted in as many ways possible, but it is not a story about hereditary nature of evil. Everyone has a seed inside, and when you come across such a mesmerizing mentor, they have the ability to blossom into a flower of evil.” (**End Spoilers**)
4. Philip Glass' Soundtrack Contribution Amounted to Wasikowska's Favorite Scene, and Goode's Most Challenging
As with its cast, “Stoker” features an amazing group of musicians for its soundtrack. Multi-instrumentalist Emily Wells supplies the end credit song, “Becomes The Color,” while composer Clint Mansell likewise contributes an evocative and on-form score. But the briefest and most memorable soundtrack moment comes from Philip Glass, who wrote an original piano piece that India and Charlie play together - an act drawing them closer in their devious ways.
“I really liked it because I didn't have to do much,” explained Wasikowska of the scene. “We had just playback going, and it's such an intense piece… the crew was sort of wilting around us but we were completely into it. When the music is there, all you have to do is surrender.”
The Stokers' piano plays a crucial role in India's arc over the course of the film, as it evokes the family's decaying grandeur, as well as India's solitary life. But the duet converges both aspects into an operatic display, as Park noted that Wasikowska and Goode deliver fantastic performances while actually playing the piano themselves. “They were trying to focus on getting the fingers right, but at the same time they perfectly encapsulated the emotions of the characters during those moments,” he said.
For the two actors in charge of playing the piece, it was a daunting but worthy prospect. Wasikowska explained, “I think with music, that's one more element that we don't have on set with us. Because we have such a blank canvas in a way -- we're always in a room with 15 people in our faces holding booms -- but when there's this music that's one more key to the tone of the scene. So it feels easy.”
“I don't play the piano, so the fact that they picked fucking Philip Glass is perfect,” Goode laughed. “We were able to play certain sections, so we were able to give Park options to shoot from behind. Because we all know the language of film, when you see someone playing something you say, 'I bet they're not playing that.' And then to show you that they are, in a way it's fucking with the audience. It's quite nice.”
5. Park's First Hollywood Experience Was Jarring, But Only Initially
Park's decision to transplant his aberrant vision to an American landscape has been one approached with both caution and excitement, and when Park himself came to shooting “Stoker” in Nashville, TN, he definitely found an altered experience waiting for him.
Having to “shoot twice as fast as [I am] used to in Korea was the most challenging thing” about the film's 40-day production in 2011; a marked difference for Park not only in speed but process as well.
“In Korea, I would watch the playback with all of the actors and spend a lot of time discussing each take, and also I would use the process we call on-set assembly," he explained. "Because I storyboard my entire film at the beginning -- even before pre-production even begins -- the scene is already laid out in the storyboards, so it allows the on-set assembly person to cut each take [for immediate review]."
However, once he thought back to the beginning of his career, he relented from arguing. “I remember on my first ever Korean film, I never actually used any playback or onset assembly, so all I had to do while making 'Stoker' was remember, 'Oh, this is just like I'm making my first film,' so after that it didn't feel very difficult.”
Park didn't reveal if he had any other American projects in the works, but you can see his first attempt when “Stoker” hits theatres March 1st.
Sneak Peek of the sketch lineup here:
(Link if you dont want to be spoiled)
Quick Gifs & Caps:
Or just search the #snl tag on tumblr.
(Or go to tvpc.com and look for NBC)
Here is the rundown for the season so far.
Week number, Host, +SkitsWithHader -SkitsWithoutHader
Week 1: Seth MacFarlane +6 -6
Week 2: Joseph Gordon Levitt +7 -6
Week 3: Daniel Craig +4 -6
Week 4: Christina Applegate +4 -6
Week 5: Bruno Mars +6 -7
Week 6: Louis C.K. +2 -7
Week 7: Anne Hathaway +5 -5
Week 8: Jeremy Renner +7 -4
Week 9: Jamie Foxx +3 -7
Week 10: Martin Short +3 -5
Week 11: Jennifer Lawrence +6 -6
Week 12: Adam Levine +4 -8
Week 13: Justin Bieber +5 -6
Week 14: Christoph Waltz +5 -6
Week 15: Kevin Hart +7 -5
Opener: People Affected by Budget Cuts (Hader)
Monologue: Palmed Sandwich (No Hader, but no one else so I won't count it)
The Steve Harvey Show (No Hader)
The Situation Room covers the New Pope (Hader)
Starbucks Verismo Ad (Repeat)
Barnes and Noble Employee Meeting (Hader)
Weekend Update (No Hader)
Walking Dead (Hader)
Shark Tank (Hader)
Z-Shirt (No Hader)
Voice Over Finals (Hader)
Funeral of Z-Shirt Guy's Mom (No Hader)
360 News (Hader Voice Over, so yes)
Non Hader Skits
If you're watching tonight's episode of "Saturday Night Live", and you didn't blink, you might have noticed this: an extremely brief-- and extremely mysterious advertisement-- for Daft Punk.
It featured a glittery Daft Punk logo, followed by the image pictured above, used in the announcement of their alliance with Columbia Records. It played a tiny snippet of what appears to be new music.
Daft Punk: masters of keeping us guessing.
Joss Whedon is continuing the European festival circuit for Much Ado About Nothing. After stopping at the Dublin International Film Festival, Whedon next attended the Glassgow Film Festival and answered more Marvel related questions during the post-film Q&A session.
Question: You think it would be possible to make a good Hulk film?
Joss Whedon: Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favour would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.
FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Starring Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco.
The straight heartthrob insists he’s accepted the question mark over his sexuality, which wasn’t helped when he volunteered to perform oral sex on a bloke in his 2011 flick The Broken Tower.
‘One of the things that’s very much part of my public image is the question of my sexuality,’ the 34-year-old conceeded, ‘it’s not something that bothers me in the slightest. It hasn’t gone away and I get asked about it from all sides. It’s partly my doing and partly not my doing.’
While the 127 Hours star insists he’s comfortable with his sexuality, he reckons it’s high time big name Hollywood stars come out despite fears gay stars can’t win straight roles.
‘I think that the people I have known who are performers who haven’t publicly come out didn’t because they’re afraid it’ll hurt their careers. And they’re afraid they won’t be able to play straight roles anymore,’ said Franco.
But he reckons times have changed and a gay actor could make it playing a straight role.
‘I think I could see a really big name coming out and doing that,’ he told Attitude magazine.
‘I think the time is about right. I’m not an authority on this but if I think about it for a second…if there’s somebody that was well respected and very secure with their career, I could see it happening in a very positive way.’
Read the full interview in the April issue of Attitude magazine out on Wednesday.
Josh Duhamel dresses up as the Favorite Song nominees Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Carly Rae Jepsen, and PSY.
Josh Duhamel dresses up as Favorite Athlete nominees Michael Phelps, LeBron James, Tim Tebow and Shaun White.
Back in late January, tie-in Iron Man 3 toys first revealed a “Deep Space Suit”. Linking the action thriller to the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, additional details have surfaced possibly revealing a plot element of the latter 2014 space epic.
According to Io9 and other sources, after the Chitauri attack in The Avengers especially,
Considering it was previously reported that Tony Stark would also pop up during the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits teaser, the above spoiler implies that Guardians will take place either before or concurrently with Iron Man 3 events on Marvel’s shared cinematic timeline. What happens in Guardians of the Galaxy that’ll prompt
While last week’s stunning International poster for Iron Man 3 was said to be its final, an apparent one-sheet has been spotted at a Regal movie theater, via Instagram. Featuring Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) & Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) surrounded by carnage, check it out below along with a tie-in Dr. Pepper promo and countdown image for this Tuesday’s 2nd theatrical trailer debut.
There have been a lot of rumors that Tony Stark actually wears armor Mark XLII in Iron Man 3, and there could be many, many Iron Man suits featured in the movie.
At this point we're assuming these are fake, but they still look very cool. And who knows? Maybe they'll turn out to be more than really great fan art.
One more warning — just reading these descriptions will give you a pretty complete summary of the movie, and there are a few specific plot details that will be spoiled as well (again, assuming this stuff is real). Just so you know.
MARK XI - STEALTH ARMOR v.01
• A derivation of the MARK VI armor, TONY STARK configured it to have built-in stealth capabilities, which allow him to infiltrate the TEN RINGS' hideouts unnoticed.
• Slightly modified Mk.VI, with a dark blue color palette. Red eyes and Arc Reactor.
MARK XXII - LAYERED PLATING ARMOR v.01
• Experimenting with various forms of armor formation, TONY STARK designs this armor with the concept of retractable layers. This technology allows this armor to fold into a more compact form, making it more portable than the MARK V armor.
• Classic/Spandex Armor, v.01 has the horned face, v.02 has the rounded face with a different color palette
MARK XV - STORED KINETIC INTEGRATED NETWORK (S.K.I.N) ARMOR
• Attempting to create a new form of malleable liquid metal that could be configured into other shapes, TONY STARK creates the S.K.I.N ARMOR. Unfortunately, the alloy compound proved to be unstable, resulting in TONY STARK putting the project on hold.
• Looks like the comic SKIN Armor, but slimmer and more segmented. Huge shoulder armor.
MARK XVIII - SPECIALISED AQUATIC ARMOR v.01
• Designed with the sole purpose of undersea exploration in mind, TONY STARK builds the SPECIALISED AQUATIC ARMOR. Able to withstand greater pressures than his standard armors, IRON MAN travels deep into the sea to recover rubble from MANDARIN's attack.
• Hydro Armor. Resembles the comic Hydro Armor, but sans the glass fishbowl helmet.
MARK XL - ASGARDIAN DESTROYER ARMOR
• Taking into account that Earth might face future threats from the ASGARDIANS, TONY STARK set about designing an armor specially to take down any invading ASGARDIANS. Using the DESTROYER's blueprints stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D's HELICARRIER, STARK creates the ASGARDIAN DESTROYER ARMOR
• A mecha version of the Destroyer seen in Thor. Incomplete prototype.
MARK XXXVI - HEAVY DUTY BRUTE ARMOR v.02
• Designed for heavy duty tasks that his standard armors cannot handle, TONY STARK creates the HEAVY DUTY BRUTE ARMOR with sheer strength in mind. Equipped with state of the art hydraulic systems powered by a modified ARC REACTOR, this armor enables IRON
• A.K.A the Hulkbuster Armor. Not explicitly termed as the Hulkbuster though, since that's not the intended purpose. It's prototype is the Mk. XXII / v.01, and is smaller and more humanoid.MAN to take on the strongest enemies.
MARK XLII - X01 - PARTICLE RADIATION CANNON ATTACHMENT
• Unable to deal with FIREPOWER's fiery attacks, TONY STARK designs the PARTICLE RADIATION CANNON to absorb and channel TAGGERT's heat against him
• A huge cannon that attaches to the Mk.XLII's chest. Based on Bleeding Edge's cannon.
MARK XLII-R - RAPID EVACUATION SITUATION CONTROL UNILATERAL ENFORCER (R.E.S.C.U.E)
• A custom-modified variant of the MARK XLII, created by STARK to facilitate PEPPER's rescue from A.I.M after their experiment.
• Feminine version of the Mk.XLII. Has firefighting functions.
MARK XLV - HYPERVELOCITY AUTONOMOUS PERSONNEL PROTECTOR γ (H.A.P.P.γ) ARMOR
• Mourning his dear friend HAPPY HOGAN's death, TONY STARK creates this armor in the image of his deceased friend. Equipped with its on A.I. programmed after HAPPY's neuro patterns, H.A.P.P.γ assists IRON MAN in his battles.
• Looks like a hybrid of the comic Telepresence Armor, and the Mk.VII. Gets thrashed by Coldblood.
MARK XLVIII - HEART BREAKER v.01x
• Created using various parts and components from his damaged IRON ARMY suits, TONY STARK assembles a unique armor with high offensive capability. Armed with a larger ARC REACTOR with higher energy output, IRON MAN is ready to take on his most dangerous foe: THE MANDARIN.
MARK XLVIIIs - SPACE ARMOR v.01
• After experiencing the CHITAURI attack in THE AVENGERS, TONY STARK has been working on a suit capable of space travel. Crafted using a unique new metal alloy that absorbs his ARC REACTOR energy signature, IRON MAN travels into the far reaches of space to find the source of a coded SOS he receives.
• White/black/gold armor, which has the concept art leaked recently
MARK XLIX - HEART BREAKER v.02
• Having his armor badly damaged in his battle with the MANDARIN, TONY STARK modifies and upgrades his HEART BREAKER ARMOR into its second version. Equipped with more ARC REACTORS to increase its output and offensive capability, this is the ULTIMATE IRON MAN.
• More cohesive version of the Heart Breaker armor. Color palette based off the initial Ultimate Iron Man armor.
MARK L - EXTREMIS ARMOR
• Perfecting the EXTREMIS technology at long last, TONY STARK is finally one with the IRON MAN ARMOR.
• The true Extremis Armor. Hybrid of the comics' Bleeding Edge and Extremis Armors.
MARK LI - ORIGINAL ARMOR [ REVISITED]
• After DR.HANSEN disabled all the EXTREMIS technology, TONY STARK is left unable to tap on his newer EXTREMIS-based suits for battle. Having no other options, STARK dons the REVISITED ARMOR to finish his fight with THE MANDARIN.
• More techy, solid-looking version of the movie Mk.I. Based off the comics' first armor.
Morrissey just added Beyonce to his list of celebrities he has beef with, days after the former Smiths singer took issue with Jimmy Kimmel, and then Paul McCartney. At his Los Angeles concert on Friday night, Morrissey spoke out against Beyonce for her choice in handbags, one that Moz claimed has resulted in the extinction of rhinos, THR reports. His comments on Beyonce led into a performance of “Meat is Murder,” the title track off of The Smith’s 1985 album.
Morrissey’s steadfast commitment to vegetarianism, and his overwhelming encouragement that others abide by the same values, has led to his recent feuds with Kimmel and McCartney as well.
Morrissey was set to appear on Kimmel’s talkshow last week but canceled right before the show, citing the inclusion of the cast members of the television show “Duck Dynasty” in the episode as his reason for doing so. Morrissey released a statement explaining that he “cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of ‘Duck Dynasty’ will also be guests.” The show “Duck Dynasty” focuses on duck hunting, a practice that Morrissey is against. “As far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers,” he said.
Morrissey’s drama continued as he geared up for Friday’s concert at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The singer managed to require that the venue go meat-free for his performance, leading to his next beef, this time with Sir Paul McCartney. “I was amused to hear that [McCartney] was very angry that Staples had said yes to me but no to him, when really, he should be happy for any victory on behalf of the animals,” Morrissey told THR. “I know he works tirelessly for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA], but he also loves the British royals, whose treatment of animals is abysmal. The Queen herself wears enough fur to blanket most of Russia. He also once sang ‘Give Ireland back to the Irish,’ which was directed at the Queen. Well, she refused, and she still refuses, yet Sir Paul gives her the thumbs up! If he cared passionately about animals, he’d return his knighthood.”
‘People really teased me': Zooey Deschanel opens up about her childhood struggles as she reveals mission to become a role model
She may now have a successful career partly due to her loveable quirkiness. But it seems it hasn’t always been so easy for Zooey Deschanel to fit in and be accepted. Speaking to Cosmopolitan magazine the New Girl actress opened up about being teased as a child and why she now wants to inspire young women. Remembering the hell she often experienced when she was younger, she revealed: ‘People really teased me. It was really bad.
‘Nothing could be as hard as middle school. There were insecurities that I think I would have worked through a lot faster if I’d had certain tools and could have connected with certain people earlier.’ Her own struggles are what have inspired the pretty brunette to become a role model herself.
‘We [Molly McAleer, Sophia Rossi and Zooey] started Hello Giggles [hellogiggles.com] for fun, but now I feel like I’m on a mission to make it a thing that helps other women,’ the 33-year-old said. ‘If there had been a place like that for me when I was 13, I would have felt so much less alone.’ Speaking more about her website, she’s admitted that she’s hugely passionate about protecting other girls from negativity: ‘I was so tired of every site having these comment sections that were pure, pure toxic energy.
‘I put myself out there; it’s part of my job, and I get it: people will attack me. At first I was thrown off, but now I have a pretty thick skin about it. But if someone were to do that to one of our 13-year-old bloggers, I would kill them!’ As well as talking about her pet project the star, who has recently launched her own production company to add to her impressive acting and singing career, shed some light on recording songs. ‘When we’re recording [with She & Him bandmate, Matthew Ward], we’ll almost always like the first or second take. I’d rather have something that’s imperfect but emotionally true than try to sing it perfectly,’ Zooey mused.
In between her busy career, Zooey is still open to romance and still believes in true love despite her divorce from Ben Gibbard being finalised at the end of last year. She confessed: ‘[True love] that lasts forever… yes, I do believe in it. My parents have been married for 40 years and my grandparents were married for 70 years. I come from a long line of true loves.’ And talking about her ideal guy, she revealed: ‘I’d be more likely to go for somebody who is like me. Well, I like creative people, so whatever that means… Yeah, authentic and creative.’ The full interview appears in the April issue of British Cosmopolitan, on sale 5th March.
‘[True love] that lasts forever… yes, I do believe in it.