Kanye West Confirms ‘Yandhi’ Album Will Drop Saturday, Makes Bizarre Visit to Fader Offices

When Kanye West amps up the controversy, it usually means he’s got an album on the way, and today he both confirmed that “Yandhi” will be arriving Saturday night — and made a number of controversial statements in a visit to the offices of The Fader magazine. West had sort-of announced last week that he’s […]

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Snapchat Show to Pre-Release Adidas’ Falcon W on Saturday

Snap Inc. and Darkstore are partnering with Adidas to pre-release a new model of the Originals sneaker in “Fashion 5 Ways,” a new Snapchat show debuting this Saturday. The move is the first product launch for the ephemeral social network’s programmatic content.
Inspired by Nineties running shoes, the kicks — Adidas’ Originals Falcon W sneaker — will be featured in the first episode of Thumb Candy Media’s “Fashion 5 Ways,” a series from the creators of one of Snapchat’s most popular shows, “Nail the Look.” The show features women exploring creative ways to wear fashion staples, like sneakers, and the first episode will be available in the app’s Discover page.
In addition, “Fashion 5 Ways’” audience will also be able to buy the shoe right from the show by just swiping up. This is the first time a Snap show has ever offered product purchases, though it’s not the first deal between Snap and a shoe company. The social network had a previous “shoe drop” with Nike in February, but that required a physical presence and Snapcode scanning.
This is the latest move in Snap’s bid to become an e-commerce hub, pushing social commerce via shopping from ads.
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Kenan Thompson, the Reluctant Star of ‘Saturday Night Live’

He has always been most comfortable as a supporting player. The longest tenure on the show and an Emmy nomination have helped change that state of mind.
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Childish Gambino Performs Brand-New Song, ‘Saturday,’ on ‘SNL’ (Watch)

With a tour, a new record deal, a new video and two brand-new songs performed on “Saturday Night Live,” it looks like Childish Gambino’s forthcoming forth album may be arriving sooner than later. Gambino — a.k.a. Donald Glover — turned his appearance on the show into a multi-faceted promotional vehicle, serving as both host and musical […]

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Childish Gambino Debuts ‘This Is America’ On ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Oh The Horror: ‘Kanye’s Place’ Terrifies On ‘Saturday Night Live’

Donald Glover and pals face the monster.
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Kate McKinnon Kills As Laura Ingraham On ‘Saturday Night Live’

Fighting for her “right to bully people without being bullied in return.”
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Cardi B Reveals Baby Bump On ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Karl Lagerfeld to Open First U.S. Store in SoHo Saturday

Karl Lagerfeld is ready to take SoHo by storm.
On Saturday, the Karl Lagerfeld brand will open its first U.S. store at 420 West Broadway in New York, which features a mix of Lagerfeld’s European collection and Karl Lagerfeld Paris, which is a joint venture with G-III Apparel Group.
“The moment seems to be right and the space is great,” Lagerfeld told WWD. He noted that distribution of his signature brand, re-launched in the burgeoning masstige category in 2012, first put down retail roots in Europe and then China. “Our first tests in the U.S. were great.”
Inspired by the designer’s personal home and studio, the 3,230-square-foot store has a sophisticated yet inviting, open feel. Each of the furnishings has an unusual story behind it, from antique mirrors to velvet chairs and luxurious marble finishes to the giant Tokidoki silver cartoon sculpture of Lagerfeld — with a ponytail — holding his famous feline, Choupette. A bespoke carpet has a red border around its edges, similar to the border that the designer draws on all of his sketches. A full-size photograph of Lagerfeld, wearing fingerless gloves and chains, and taking a photo with his camera, greets visitors at the entrance.
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Five takeaways from Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway without Ant

How did Declan Donnelly do presenting without his on-screen partner of 30 years, Ant McPartlin?
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Saturday Night Takeaway: Dec hosts without Ant

Dec jokes he has “twice the amount of work to do” as he hosts without Ant after his drink-drive charge.
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Bill Hader Reprises Role of Stefon on Saturday Night Live

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Chris Farley Died 20 Years Ago Today: Relive His 5 Best Moments From Saturday Night Live

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After a difficult week of Middle East diplomacy and dressing down Donald Trump, the Prime Minister might hope to relax in front of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night.
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It will be a drama-free playoff selection if the top four teams (Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin) win—but college football is rarely so predictable
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Strictly Come Dancing beats X Factor for Saturday viewers

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Let the gunge flow! Saturday morning kids’ TV goes live again

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2017 Emmy Nominations Highlight ‘Westworld’ And ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Donald Trump Was Funnier Than ‘Saturday Night Live’

In a now infamous clip from July 2015, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) suggested on ABC’s “The Week” that Donald Trump might become the president. To this, host George Stephanopoulos and New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman broke out into laughter.

Then, and since that time, Trump’s words and actions have appeared so ridiculous and terrible that from a certain perspective, it is darkly hilarious this person became the President of The United States.

In the week leading up to the “Saturday Night Live” season finale last weekend, Trump-related reporting went into overdrive, as The New York Times and The Washington Post published extremely damaging stories about the current administration on a daily basis. By Thursday, the Times felt their readers could use a story titled “Trying Not to Drown in a Flood of Major Breaking News.”

After an “SNL” season defined by very popular but hit-and-miss Trump parodies, the show finished with an episode that barely even addressed the major headlines of the past week. In a cold open that mirrored the show’s opening after Hillary Clinton’s loss, Alec Baldwin played Trump while singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The real Trump had had a terrible past few days, and the show probably correctly assumed the viewers already knew that. It seems the writers decided there was little they could possibly add, other than acknowledge it, shrug and wink.

“Donald Trump presents something of a conundrum to political humorists who consider him a gift from God but a man who has repeatedly proven himself zanier, wackier, and funnier than whatever professional ridiculers can come up with,” wrote James Andrew Miller, the author of Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests, back in fall 2015 for Vanity Fair.

Miller continued on about Trump for this piece, describing him as someone “who one-ups and out-does his own comic critics; who out-lampoons the lampooners; and who raises the bar so high that comedians have trouble reaching it.”

“SNL” may have had a very successful season in terms of achieving a relatively large viewership, as they beat out their typical ratings on just about a weekly basis.

But even if this country turned its tired eyes to “SNL” in seeking catharsis for the Trump mess, the 42nd season of the show often faltered in trying to top the inherent hilarity of the news itself.

Trump was a tower, and “SNL” never escaped that shadow.

The problem “SNL” faced this season was not lost on critics.

The Verge published a review of the Alec Baldwin-hosted episode in February with the lede, “’Saturday Night Live’ is enjoying its highest ratings in over 20 years, despite lending absolutely no credence to the argument that comedy might improve under the Trump administration.” The article went on to give praise to Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer impression (focusing on her physical comedy gifts), but then argued, “The rest of last night’s mostly political episode was a series of riffs on the easiest possible joke you could make about anything Trump does: he’s stupid and he’s sad and he doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

A review on The Ringer of McCarthy’s turn at hosting the show in May pointed out that as this season went on, the writers seemed to struggle to cover Trump in a meaningful way. “SNL is at its best when it uses current events as a segue into comedy, rather than comedy as a means of commenting on current events,” wrote Alison Herman. “That speaks to a larger truth about ‘Saturday Night Live’: Often, the show appears to do political sketches more out of obligation than passion.”

The New Yorker focused on “the limits of Trump mockery,” pointing out that the show’s writers seemed to have more meta-jokes about how they can’t just keep making fun of him forever as the season went on. “If, in the past, ‘Saturday Night Live’ had been goading Trump to lash out, now it seemed that the show, like the rest of us, was asking him to cut it out,” wrote the New Yorker’s Ian Crouch.

Oftentimes, this “SNL” season felt like one big sigh, an under-the-breath muttering of “are we doing this again?” and then a satirical recap aimed at the deluge of bad Trump news. And, of course, none of this was helped by the show’s decision to have Trump host the show while he was still a candidate (an experience former “SNL” star Taran Killam confirmed was “not fun”).

The 42-year-old sketch show is far from in dire straits, though. As previously mentioned, the ratings were good this season. Still, there does seem to be this underlying problem ― an inadequate cog within an otherwise generally well-oiled machine.

The show just can’t beat actual news about Trump for hilarity. Even if the former is darkly and perversely funny, it still creates a huge elephant in the room for every “SNL” episode tasked with responding to the trending topics of the week. It’s always Trump. And this new reality is consistently more absurd than the political satire Americans are typically accustomed to.

Baldwin admitted to this problem in an interview with his wife, “Extra” correspondent Hilaria Baldwin, last February. “Another thing I find that’s so weird about the stuff we’re doing, we’re just repeating back what he says … Doing this is strange, but what is even more strange is this is real.”

In April, Splitsider had a great review of the show that also focused on this feeling that “SNL” inherently just goes through the motions as a result of Trump’s increasingly absurdist presidency. Here’s a passage:

“Saturday Night Live” hasn’t gotten edgy or daring or important in the age of Trump: instead life has turned into a mediocre “Saturday Night Live” sketch. “Saturday Night Live” is uniquely qualified to capture that particular moment in our zeitgeist. “What if Donald Trump were president, and he was, of course, super vulgar and obnoxious and arrogant but also super racist?” is the half-assed “Saturday Night Live” sketch idea that has become our horrifyingly half-assed reality.

Week to week, the show became predictable as well. Trump and his administration were super popular characters every single week. And so the show beat jokes to death, as if “SNL” had done featured more cowbell or Stefon over and over again, multiple times, in all its episodes.

On top of this, viewers could essentially know most of the jokes beforehand, having read about or watched it all in the news. During the week, it was likely people on social platforms like Twitter and YouTube would have made better riffs on the weekly headlines. Days later, “SNL” could offer a team of writers, expensive set design, costumes and movie stars to act out the news, but that wasn’t always enough.

This season had a few truly inspired Trump-related sketches that are deserving of the heaps of praise they received. “Through Donald’s Eyes,” starring the wrestler John Cena, comes to mind. The first iteration of McCarthy’s Spicer, obviously. “Black Jeopardy” with Tom Hanks, which came before the election but still holds up.

“SNL” undoubtedly had many highs this year, but the season finale could not come soon enough. With Trump still in office, how many times could the show really have something new to say? The man’s been the best joke in New York City for decades. At a certain point, all anyone can do is shrug and agree that the guy is still just as absurd as the week before.

Over the course of Trump’s rise, “SNL” has been far from alone in struggling to parody him. The creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone expressed frustration that Trump is so ridiculous and hinted a desire to stop including him in their show. In the latest press tour for “Veep,” the team behind the show spoke out repeatedly about how their political show could never match the absurdity of the real-life Trump presidency.

“[Trump] is ruining comedy,” executive producer David Mandel matter-of-factly told HuffPost last year.

And on top of this, very obviously, Trump making comedy tricky is far from the worst thing the existence of his administration has wrought. This is something “SNL” is aware of, too. In a Hollywood Reporter interview, “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost summed this up well as he said:

“Anytime people are paying more attention to politics, it’s good for our show. But you almost feel like a war profiteer at times because we’ve benefited from a situation that’s so tough.”

The higher ratings this season reflect that “SNL” was mostly successful in addressing these problems. Baldwin’s Trump was funny!

But Trump was funnier.

HuffPost reached out to the Live From New York author, James Andrew Miller, to see if he’d comment as a follow-up to that prescient 2015 summarization of the Trump problem “SNL” would face.

Miller had this to say about the show’s future:

As a politician and president, Trump is an outlier in virtually every respect, so it stands to reason that even after 42 years, “SNL” is swimming in uncharted waters. And looking ahead, that means questions like, “Will the audience get burned out on Trump sketches?” and “If investigations reveal more troubling information, will things get too serious for satire?” are difficult to answer. “SNL” has seen a lot in its history and will do its best to adapt to whatever happens, but one thing can clearly be said as of now: The Trump victory was one of the best gifts to the show since it first went on the air in ‘75.

Given the seemingly endless amount of damning leaks about the Trump administration, “SNL” may not even have to reckon with a Trump presidency come next season. But in the off chance that’s not the case, the show may be doomed to exist in Trump’s dark, looming shadow.

 

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On ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Alec Baldwin Sings a Swan Song for Trump

“S.N.L.” paid homage to itself by having Mr. Baldwin sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The host, Dwayne Johnson, considered a presidential run with Tom Hanks.
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Vanessa Bayer Leaving Saturday Night Live After Seven Seasons

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Vanessa Bayer To Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 7 Seasons

Say goodbye to Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy.

Vanessa Bayer, currently the longest-serving female cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” is reportedly leaving the show, Deadline first reported Saturday, and other outlets later confirmed. HuffPost has reached out to the comedian’s representatives for comment.

The news comes just two days after Bobby Moynihan announced his departure from the long-running sketch comedy show after nine seasons. He’ll be starring in the upcoming CBS comedy “Me, Myself & I.”

Bayer has yet to announce her future plans.

Beyond Jacob, who made regular appearances on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, Bayer was known for her impression of Jennifer Aniston’s “Friends” character, Rachel Green, after starting on “SNL” in 2010. She’s made several appearances as a guest star on other TV shows, including “Portlandia,” “Modern Family” and “The Simpsons.” Her film career has so far included roles in 2015’s hit comedy “Trainwreck” and 2016’s “Office Christmas Party.” 

The Season 42 finale of “SNL” is set to air Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC with host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry.

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‘Saturday Night Live’: The Most Memorable Moments This Season

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Jay Pharoah Says ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Members Told Him He Was Underutilized

Jay Pharoah, comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, has opened up about being let go from the sketch comedy show. 

On Friday morning, Pharoah appeared on Hot 97’s “Erbo in the Morning,” and held nothing back when talking about “SNL.” If you recall, he was let go last summer, along with Taran Killam

“You go where you’re appreciated,” Pharoah told hosts Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez. “If you have multiple people on the cast saying things like, ‘You’re so talented and you’re able and they don’t use you and it’s unfair. And it’s making us feel bad, because they don’t use you and you’re a talent.’”

He continued, “They put people into boxes and whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do.”

Pharoah admitted he’s a “fiery” person and noted he wasn’t always willing to say yes to certain sketches when they were presented to him. He also agreed that he was put in “an impression box.” And if you watched “SNL” while Pharoah was on the show, you probably noticed he was the go-to for impersonating everyone from Jay Z to Ben Carson to Barack Obama

Another aspect of the show that rubbed Pharoah the wrong way was the lack of representation among the cast ― namely, women of color. The comedian revealed he spoke up about the issue and was almost fired because of it. 

When asked if he was the catalyst for the conversation of diversity at “SNL,” Pharoah flat-out said, “Yes. I’m the reason it happened.” Eventually, Sasheer Zamata was hired as just the fifth black woman to star on the show in 2014, and writer and occasional “Weekend Update” guest Leslie Jones was promoted to a cast member later that same year.

At the end of the day though, it seems Pharoah has no hard feelings and “no beef” with “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels. 

“Ain’t no problem with Lorne Michaels,” Pharoah said. “We on good graces and everything.” 

Watch the whole interview above.  

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Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update to Air as a Separate Series This Summer

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NBC announced today it has greenlit a half-hour primetime version of Weekend Update that will air during SNL’s four-week summer hiatus starting on August 10 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The show will feature current Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, with SNL cast members making cameo appearances as well.

SNL has seen ratings resurgence in recent years, with the long-running show enjoying its best ratings in 24 years.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Creator Lorne Michaels Reveals His Big Rule About Comedy

Everyone’s got an opinion about what’s funny (or, perhaps more vocally, what’s not). For as subjective as comedy is, however, making countless people laugh is serious business for “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels. After decades at the helm of the skit-based series, Michaels told “Oprah’s Master Class” that he subscribes to a particular rule that helps him stay on track.

“I kind of have a rule that anybody who talks about comedy for longer than a minute-and-a-half and isn’t funny probably shouldn’t be listened to,” he says. 

High-brow comedy, low-brow comedy ― Michaels enjoys it all, although explaining exactly what makes something funny can be a complicated undertaking. “It’s one of those things like pornography: You know it when you see it,” Michaels says. 

Why people enjoy comedy in general, though, is a little easier to articulate.

“Comedy’s got a little bit of anarchy in it, and that’s the appealing part,” Michaels says. “And there’s freedom in it, and that’s also something we connect to.” 

From a performance perspective, Michaels adds that the top comedians seem to benefit three particular elements that are crucial to comedic success.

“Talent plus luck plus discipline ― those seem to be the three things that I think you need to make it happen,” he says. “Doesn’t mean it will happen… I think you need all three, though.”

Another SNL reflection:

Lorne Michaels on what would happen to “Saturday Night Live” if he left

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Saturday Savings: Lea Michele Gets Her Shopping on in APL Sneakers, Now on Sale!

ESC: Saturday Savings, Lea MicheleIt’s hard to get black sneakers wrong.
There is, however, a way to get them oh-so right. Sure, step into some Nikes for a classic default–but when you want to rock a pair of sneaks…

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Saturday Savings: Olivia Palermo’s Sweet Sweater May Be Cashmere but It’s on Sale!

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But when winter rolls around and you’re trying to bundle up while trying to feel comfortable and chic–it’s worth the expense. Just ask Olivia…

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Leslie Jones Takes Fans Inside Saturday Night Live’s Star-Studded After Party: “It Was One of the Best Nights Ever”

Leslie Jones, MadonnaIf you thought the fun ends at 1 a.m. when Saturday Night Lives comes to an end, you are so wrong.
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Saturday Savings: Kate Bosworth’s Velvet Moto Jacket Is Now 30% Off!

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Despite the heavy look, leather jackets are appropriate all year long. So how do you change up your wardrobe to make it feel fresh for the winter season? Get inspired by Kate…

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Saturday Savings: Kate Bosworth’s $45 Jeans Just Put Your Designer Denim to Shame

ESC: Saturday Savings, Kate BosworthThe days of designer jeans have come and gone.
Even celebs like Kate Bosworth know the value of a good pair of budget-friendly denim. Of course, the actress paired her Old Navy bottoms…

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Donald Trump To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Donald Trump will host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7, NBC announced Tuesday.

The business mogul and GOP presidential candidate is a frequent target of the sketch comedy show’s skewering. He’s currently played by Taran Killam. 

 

While Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton made a cameo on “SNL” earlier this month, Trump will be the first 2016 candidate to host the show. 

Trump also hosted “SNL” in April 2004 during the first season of his NBC reality TV show “The Apprentice.” 

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Taylor Swift and Her Epic Girl Squad Get the Saturday Night Live Treatment

It’s #squadgoals gone horribly, horribly wrong. Believe it or not, there were some Hillary Clinton-free sketches on the Saturday Night Live season premiere last night, including this one ribbing Taylor Swift for the seemingly endless…


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‘Saturday Night Live’ Accused Of Plagiarizing ‘Picture Perfect’ Sketch

Once again “Saturday Night Live” has landed in an awkward spot. The show was accused of plagiarizing a popular sketch, “Picture Perfect,” that appeared in the Reese Witherspoon-hosted episode last weekend. The sketch featured a “Win, Lose Or Draw” parody that asked participants to draw the Prophet Mohammed and somewhat referred to Charlie Hebdo. It was widely praised when it aired.

But some viewers noted that it seemed similar to one that appeared on Canadian show “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” in January, featuring nearly identical plot points and jokes. One of the show’s writers Bobby Kerr tweeted about the resemblance:


Here’s the “SNL” version:

And the original “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” sketch:

NBC had no comment on the allegations of plagiarism.

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*NSYNC Teases Reunion At ‘Saturday Night Live’ 40th Anniversary

It’s bye, bye, bye to your other weekend plans.

The “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special was already going to be huge, but a possible *NSYNC reunion just made it must-see TV. The band’s official Twitter account gave fans the best Valentine’s Day present ever on Saturday by hinting that the boys may reunite on the show this Sunday:

*NSYNC got back together briefly at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, with all the original members reuniting to perform in honor of Justin Timberlake receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. However, subsequent interviews put future reunions in doubt.

*NSYNC’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost Entertainment.

If the band does get back together for the special on Sunday, they’ll join the likes of Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the show. And if not, they’ll just be tearin’ up our hearts.
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Saturday Night’s Chicest: See the Best Dressed at the Palm Springs Gala

Saturday night was super chic for some of Hollywood’s brightest, with the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala rolling out the first red carpet of note for 2015. There were fun frocks and elegant gowns, and I’ll admit: It was all a little more glam than the ripped jeans and moto boots I was wearing last night.

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Reese Witherspoon picked a pearl-embroidered Michael Kors dress that, while slightly more luxurious than classic polka dots, had all the same cheer. The print’s an eternal favorite, but it can read too juvenile if done with frills and bows. Reese’s sharp sleeves keep it utterly grown-up.
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Bright dresses like this vivid red-orange pick are sure to stand out—how stunning does Julianne Moore look? By now you probably know I’m an off-the-shoulder addict too, so this one especially wowed me.
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Pregnant Blake Lively and Jessica Biel have been showing us major maternity style, and I’m happy that now we have Rosamund Pike to show perfect just-after-baby dressing. She welcomed a little one almost exactly one month ago and for her red carpet return, rocked a trapeze dress with a high hemline for a sexy flash of leg.
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We watched The Theory of Everything this weekend (so good!), so I’m feeling especially in love with Felicity Jones. This elegant navy-and-black Monique Lhuillier was divine, and I sincerely hope there were no elevators around…
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I guess I really have something for dresses that show shoulders, because Renee Bargh’s sleek pick was perfect to me. Rich velvet feels especially now, and the contrast of the high neck and below-the-knee hemline with those spots of skin is fantastic.

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Hawks’ Crawford back Saturday after 8 games

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will start against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday after missing eight games with a lower-body injury.
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Leslie Jones Joins ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast

“Saturday Night Live” has promoted writer and sometimes “Weekend Update” guest Leslie Jones to a cast member. NBC confirmed the news to HuffPost Entertainment after Deadline.com broke the story. Jones and the show tweeted their excitement:


Jones has been a staff writer on the show since early 2014 and was one of 12 finalists for a cast spot that ended up going to Sasheer Zamata last year. Since joining “SNL,” she’s appeared in memorable “Weekend Update” segments, including a controversial bit on slavery last May. She’ll start as a cast member this week, on Oct. 25 when Jim Carrey hosts. Jones has also appeared in “The League,” “Workaholics” and “Top Five,” which comes out in December.

“SNL” Season 40 began just a few weeks ago and added two new cast members, Pete Davidson and Michael Che, who was promoted from writer to “Weekend Update” anchor.


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I Went to an Orgy Last Saturday Night

Theater Review: SMOKE

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Of course I was a voyeur in the audience in the snug surroundings at the Flea Theater which can make one feel that they might as well be onstage with the characters. That being said, I was Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered by “SMOKE,” written by Kim Davies and directed by Tom Costello.

I was Bewitched by the subject matter: the sexual escapades of two people, each looking to fulfill their psychosexual desires through the other, each hoping the other will be the first to “go for it.” Like two battling avatars, they game it out. While watching, I felt that the characters were watching themselves, plotting their moves, pitching to win something they were both struggling hard with. Davies and Costello successfully bring us into this world while giving us a peep at the rumpled and neurotic world of an artist we never meet, the man with whom these two characters are deeply connected, and it almost seems are playing out their sexual manias for on some covert level they are both unaware of.

I was Bothered by Adelind Horan’s portrayal of Julie, the 20-year old college student full of all sorts of sporting strategies. The character was believable, but unfortunately I did not believe the actress, whom I felt was too self-conscious; resolutely letting us know that she was about to do something or say something contrary to the innocent girl she wanted to pretend to be. Right off the bat there was no question she was up to something, and in fact just being there was enough of a message, no need to pretend. Might it have been better if the set-up suggested something more accidental than what was presented? No need to put on the slot machine crazy eyes to let us know that the character is off kilter.

Her counterpart John, played by Ivan Dolido, was right on target like a spring in a stapler, successfully keeping the tension just taught enough for each moment to snap out another interesting nuance. He was steady; easy to watch and listen to.

As for Bewildered, I am not so much by the play, but more by the times in which we live…the language of psychosexual games is so much more elaborate than it has ever been.
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Fun Saturday Activities You Won’t Enjoy Doing with Your Mother-in-Law

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We’ve all been there — it’s a beautiful Saturday filled with potential, but it’s all ruined by having to spend it with your mother-in-law. Here are some fun activities that would have been enjoyable were it not for the brittle, 117-pound sack of negativity wrapped in Chico’s and Pandora bracelets:

Visit a Museum! Take in some culture at your city’s history museum (or bide your time at the gift shop while his mom marvels at “primitive” societies). As you lament over your $ 22 lunch salad (as she laments that you didn’t meet your “goal weight” before the wedding) you’ll wish your brain had been pulled out through your nose like those lucky mummies.

Go Shopping! Take a stroll through Baby Gap as “Mom” reminds you that “…it’s about time, after all.” Coo over those tiny shoes and quell the urge to garrote her with the strings of a baby hoodie; it’s too soon for her prophecy of “dying without a grandchild” to come true. Just take a deep breath and let her miasma of Estée Lauder’s “Beautiful” numb you into a trance.

Have a Leisurely Brunch! Hit your favorite spot for bottomless Mimosas. By the second, she’ll be telling you all about her secret first marriage to Steve Lacroix, who is now a successful breeder of Yorkshire Terriers in New Hampshire, and “what could have been if he’d been able to overcome those homosexual urges.” By the fifth, she’ll give you some helpful advice for your career, like that you should “show a little less T&A — it’s a credit union, not a bordello.”

Spend a Day on the Farm! Join her for chores around the family farm while you get some color in your cheeks, fresh air in your lungs, and pig shit in your hair. You’ll love it when she regales everyone during future holidays about how you got lost in the corn maze. She’ll also tell you the sad tale of your husband’s first love, Peg, who was crushed in an unfortunate thresher accident. Such a sweet girl. She always did like Peg more than you.

Reorganize Your Kitchen! Open the windows and let the sunlight stream in right along with the constant judgment. She’s let you know for years that everything is all wrong, and it’s about time you put things right while she supervises from a high stool with a pack of Virginia Slims and a gimlet. After that, you can rid your closet of all of those fucking wire hangers that you’ve been using to hang the nice dresses she buys you.

These ideas are just a jumping off point for ideas to make new memories together, and ruin your first opportunity for respite after a killer workweek. Remember — you’ve earned this misery by going back on your oath to only date orphans. Have fun!

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A Reason to Watch Saturday Night Live Again

Just a day after Saturday Night Live announced the midseason addition of Sasheer Zamata to the cast, and still weeks prior to her scheduled debut, at least one Hollywood critic was already scribbling an asterisk by Sasheer’s name.

*Token, undeserving, diversity hire.

SNL‘s decision to cast a Black woman for the first time in seven years — the fifth Black woman in the show’s 39-year history — was dismissed as a “discriminatory PR stunt,” and an overreaction to a few “isolated complaints.”

“If SNL standards were relaxed,” the critic wondered aloud, “this special initiative is going to look misguided in retrospect.”

I read the article and cringed. It’s precisely this type of patronizing mentality from industry decisionmakers, who in 2014 are still largely lily white, that underlies Hollywood’s continued undervaluation of both Black talent and Black audiences. It is an unacceptable status quo.

I, for one, plan to watch the show Saturday night for the first time in a long time, and will be rooting for Ms. Zamata in her major television debut. Although this young comedian will take the stage under a huge spotlight, I applaud Lorne Michaels and NBCUniversal’s willingness to take an innovative approach to fill a critical void that their traditional casting process left empty for too long.

Back in November, we at ColorOfChange.org sent a letter to Lorne Michaels raising concerns about recent casting decisions, as well as SNL’s history of problematic portrayals of Black women. We sat down with executives at NBCUniversal just before Thanksgiving to discuss those concerns in greater detail, share a representative selection of feedback gathered from our 900,000-strong membership, and open up a dialogue about the kind of example SNL can set for other television properties — not to mention the broader comedic universe — in committing to modernizing its hiring practices.

Weeks later, as rumors and pictures of midseason auditions began to circulate online, we were thrilled to learn from NBCUniversal executives that the innovative casting process they had undertaken in response to these concerns was successful in identifying not only a fantastic sketch comedy performer in Ms. Zamata, but two excellent comedic writers (LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones) as well. These are important first steps that should be applauded.

But rooting for Sasheer also means rooting for a writers’ room that has struggled in the past with the line between satire and stereotype. As I tune in to SNL on Saturday, I’ll be curious to see how the writers’ room adapts and takes advantage of all the new comedic possibilities that this new cast versatility affords — because while the spotlight may be on Sasheer for now, the pressure is still on those backstage to produce sketches that make us laugh, rather than cringe.
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