Saturday Night Live Review: Brie Larson Hosts

Saturday Night Live Review: Brie Larson Hosts
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Tonight’s host is Brie Larson: indie film actress, recent Oscar winner, and former singer of pop punk album Finally Out of P.E, whose single She Said featured pretty heavily on the rotation of my first ever square iPod nano. Larson brought a solid enthusiasm to an episode that featured a heavier amount of good sketches than bad, proving that maybe long hiatuses are good for this show, since their cast and crew, if legend is to be believed, subsist on very little sleep and very much junk food. Glad those guys got some rest, and brought some laughs to this enjoyable Mother’s Day episode.

 

Cold Open: Church Chat: Dana Carvey’s Church Chat Lady returns to interview Ted Cruz and Donald Trump with her signature judgy passive aggression. The Church Chat Lady isn’t a person I would typically consider a voice of reason, but election season has the world topsy turvy, and tonight I agreed with a surprising amount of what she said. This sketch was at times a bit uneven, and overstayed its welcome by about a minute, but it was a blessing to get a break from all the debate and Fox News parody cold opens we’ve been flooded with this season. Plus, it’s always nice to see an old favorite SNL character return, and though bringing back Dana Carvey’s Church Chat Lady wasn’t the most obvious choice, it was a fun one. And boy did it feel cathartic to watch her call out the two Republican front runners with that trademark blend of judgmentalism and a sour-lemon smile. A-

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Saturday Night Live Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hosts

Saturday Night Live Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hosts
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Our host for tonight is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her work on Seinfeld and Veep and for being something of an all-around comedy goddess. She held her own tonight in an episode that was a bit hit-or-miss, with pre-taped segments outshining weaker live sketches, but overall containing several memorably funny moments. Let’s dig in!

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Saturday Night Live Review: Russell Crowe Hosts

Saturday Night Live Review: Russell Crowe Hosts
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Tonight’s host is Russell Crowe, an Oscar-winning actor known for his performances in movies such as Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, and pretty much nothing comedic ever-- until next month’s The Nice Guys comes out. This is his first time hosting; let’s see how it went!

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Kristen Bell: ‘The Boss’ scene when she feels up Melissa McCarthy ‘got real intimate real quick’

The ‘Veronica Mars’ alum plays the assistant of McCarthy’s wealthy mogul-turned-jailbird in the new comedy
Kristen Bell: ‘The Boss’ scene when she feels up Melissa McCarthy ‘got real intimate real quick’
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Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy had her getting very familiar with co-star Kristen Bell.

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Girls On Film Podcast No. 23. - Missi Pyle Joins the Show

Girls On Film Podcast No. 23. - Missi Pyle Joins the Show

Greetings!

This week the ladies welcome the super awesome Missi Pyle onto the show. They discuss Amy Schumer, Snow White's sister Rose Red and Missi tells us all about her new film Pandemic, out now on VOD and iTunes.

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As always, you can subscribe to the Girls on Film Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us.

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Saturday Night Live Review: Peter Dinklage Hosts

Saturday Night Live Review: Peter Dinklage Hosts
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Tonight’s host is Peter Dinklage, a talented actor best known for playing Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister, a performance so good it makes you say, “Fine, I guess I’ll keep watching Game of Thrones this season, but if another Stark dies I’m out.” Though Dinklage did make a brief but memorable appearance last year on Weekend Update as Drunk Uncle’s brother-in-law Peter Drunklage, tonight marks his first appearance as host.

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Saturday Night Live Review: Ariana Grande Hosts

Saturday Night Live Review: Ariana Grande Hosts
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Ariana Grande is shiny haired and beautiful and also fully believes in ghosts and one time licked a donut in a display case, and honestly, I’m kind of a fan of her whole weird vibe. Additionally, I enjoy how she has a tiny speaking voice and a huge singing voice, like Sister Mary Robert from Sister Act. And although tonight’s sketches were a little hit or miss, Ariana handled her hosting/musical guest double duty fairly well. Let’s dig in!

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What Griffin Newman, HitFix's Special Guest Snapper, is looking forward to in the next two months

Griffin Newman
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Snap King Louis Virtel has gone away for two months to seek fame and fortune in the wilds of entertainment (be sure to watch TruTV's "Billy on the Street" to see his work).

Filling in, HitFix is delighted to present actor, comedian, movie obsessive Griffin Newman who will be guest snapping over the next eight weeks.

In his hello video, Griffin gives us a peek at what he's looking forward to over the next to months during his Snap tour of duty.  Say hello to Griffin Newman!

 

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Saturday Night Live Review: Jonah Hill Hosts

Saturday Night Live Review: Jonah Hill Hosts
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Our host for tonight is Jonah Hill, appearing in his fourth hosting gig in just twice as many years. When it comes to hosting, Hill is like one of those basketball players who’s around for forever, and is consistently good, but not necessarily an MVP (This is the time where I would mention an actual basketball player if I knew anything about sports, but one doesn’t become a TV recapper by knowing things about sports). Basically, I was a little surprised to see that Hill is only one hosting gig away from joining the elusive five-timer’s club, but as I watched his past episodes in preparation for tonight, I could see why-- he’s a good character actor and thus can bring range to the brief roles he gets in sketches, he breaks approximately once an episode but never more, and he always seems genuinely grateful and excited to be there. All in all, he’s a fun presence, and I’m excited to see what he brings to the show tonight.

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Watch Susan Sarandon play the most believable mom of all time

"The Meddler" gives us Susan Sarandon as an adorable, scary mom.
Watch Susan Sarandon play the most believable mom of all time

Susan Sarandon has long had a comic side, and not just because she hammed it up in Rocky Horror and fired off one-liners in Thelma and Louise. The Oscar-winning actress exudes brassiness, and occasionally she picks movies like The Banger Sisters and Tammy that highlight her quirks. (Don't forget her saucy, truly underrated voice work in James and the Giant Peach as Miss Spider.) Now she's playing the most intrusive yet believable mom in the new comedy The Meddler and it's a perfect fit. 

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