‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ & ‘The Californians’ Both Made Hysterical Returns During Last Nights #SNL40 Celebration
Last nights SNL 40 celebration was as great as expected, and maybe even better. In three and a half hours they paid tribute to stars that made show famous, as well as the crew, Lorne Michaels and all the legendary sketches and segments that have become apart of pop culture history. Two of the shows most well known sketches, Celebrity Jeopardy and The Californians, also made star studded returns. Celebrity Jeopardy was out first with Will Ferrell looking exactly the same as he did almost 20 years as Alex Trebek. Old faithful’s Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond), Tony Bennett (Alec Baldwin) and Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald) mixed it up with Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Matthew McConaughey (Jim Carrey) and Christoph Waltz (Taran Killam). The best part of any Celebrity Jeopardy sketch involved the interaction between Trebek and Connery, and Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond just have a comedic chemistry that will never die (they were equally as awesome as Al Gore and George Bush). Norm MacDonald’s Burt Reynolds impression is always top notch, and his asinine Andre the Giant anecdotes were consistently hysterical. Alec Baldwin did a spot on out of loop semi racist Tony Bennett, and Kate McKinnon’s Bieber continues to be my new favorite impression. Also, Sean Connery turning simple expressions into dirty terms will NEVER get old.
The Californians was equally as funny, minus the Taylor Swift appearance. What kind of accent was that exactly? I understand she’s not an actor but if you have ALL THE GREATEST FEMALE SKETCH COMEDIANS EVER in one room and you choose to put T-Swift in a sketch she better deliver. She did not, but with awesome cameos from Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington and Betty White, the skit was still a highlight of the show. Also, how about that sweet embrace from Betty and Bradley? They’re the real America’s Sweethearts.
It’s reboot city today! Looks like Chris Pratt got the jump on Bradley Cooper and beat him out to be the next Indiana Jones, which is……..AWESOME. Listen, I realize that we have yet to see Chris Pratt’s full range of acting chops, but for him to play Indy the only reference I need is Guardians of the Galaxy. Lets be real here, Peter Quill is basically an outer-space version of Dr. Jones (maybe a stretch). I think Chris will blend the funny with the action like he has been doing since Burt Macklin came on the scene.
I give it my “Seal of Approval”
I personally enjoyed the ending, but I can see how a lot of people would have acted like this.
Thanks to CollegeHumor.com for the video
Yesterday we got a sneak peak into the new Ben Stiller movie being released on Christmas Day, and today we get the official trailer for American Hustle, the latest film from Director David O. Russell. Russell goes to his bread and butter for this crime drama, calling on Amy Adams, Christian Bale (The Fighter) Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook). Bale and Adams play con artist partners in crime forced to work the FBI (Cooper) to take down other underworld scum. Their main target: Mayor Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner. An all star cast paired up with one of my favorite directors? I can’t wait for December.
“Richard Linklater hopes to start shooting the “spiritual sequel” to his film Dazed and Confused this fall, the director confirmed during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit yesterday. Describing the film as “a college comedy,” Linklater added, “I feel like mixing it up with a big ensemble.” As The A.V. Club points out, Linklater’s been talking about the Dazed and Confused sequel for quite some time now, with the film almost going into production under the title That’s What I’m Talking About. Linklater said back in 2010 that while he had financing in place for the film, he was still searching for a distributor. The movie will reportedly take place over the course of a weekend at a college in 1980, and while it attempts to capture the style and feel of Dazed and Confused, Linklater has said that none of the characters from the original will reappear.” -Jon Blistein, Rollingstone
Say it ain’t so. While it does appear that the film will be a sequel in the sense of a 2nd feature coming from the director of Dazed and Confused, as opposed to using the same cast, time period, and theme, the green light of this movie is the perfect example of Hollywood’s lack of creativity.
Now, who doesn’t love Dazed and Confused? That movie is all time. There isn’t a single element of the film that can be complained about. The cast, plot, time period, and even the soundtrack all work together so cohesively, it draws praise from a range of generations. Even though the movie was set in a time before it was released, it remains relatable to any and everyone who’s gone to high school, and (hopefully) it will for a long time.
Grab your phone, and look at movies currently in theaters and/or coming soon. Iron Man 3, Fast 6, The Hangover 3, The Great Gatsby, Star Trek, Man of Steel, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, etc. The list goes on of movies coming out that are sequels or remakes. It begs the question, who has an original thought? Now, I won’t get too high and mighty because I’ll probably burn some of my cash to see half of them, but that’s the exact reason why they’re being made, the all mighty dollar, because we’ll all see them. The fact that these movies come out in mass production these days should highlight original films coming out like “Only God Forgives” and “Elysium” (just two off the top of my head), but it drowns them. I won’t go on some Indie movie crusade because I love a good superhero movie just as much as the next guy, but I’d like to leave you with saying, next time you go to the movies, do a little research on what you might want to see, have an open mind, and just see the damn thing.
PS: If there’s one movie that may or may not still be in theaters right now that’s worth the 2 hours and 10 bucks, it’s Place Beyond the Pines. Take your lady too, it’s got Gosling and Cooper in it, dynamic duo.