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Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
SNL's Oscars host audition sketch lets Kate McKinnon's Ellen DeGeneres take a shot at Kevin Hart
Source: The Daily Beast
The Oscars audition sketch featured impressions of everybody from Hannah Gadsby to Sarah Silverman and Michelle Wolf. McKinnon as Ellen appeared for the last audition. "Hey, I’ll host the Oscars, sure,” she said. “I’ve never done anything controversial in my life, except for being gay. But people like that now, except for the guy who was supposed to host.” As The Daily Beast notes, "it was a big change from last week's show," when Michael Che defended Hart on "Weekend Update."
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Robert De Niro's "disaster" of a cameo encapsulates SNL's Trump era bad decisions
As legendary of an actor as De Niro is, he just isn't good at live sketch comedy. Yet Saturday Night Live keeps bringing him out to play Robert Mueller. "About three minutes into this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open, all of the bad decisions the show has made during the Trump presidency slowly swung into perfect, awful alignment," says Matthew Dessum. "Watch in horror as a once-in-a-lifetime harmonic convergence between the show’s love of celebrity cameos, their weakness for reassuring their audience that everything will be okay, and their apparently difficult-to-read cue cards unleashes gravitational forces that tear the cold open to pieces." Dessum adds: "Whatever was going on with Robert De Niro is a disaster. He rarely makes eye contact with (Alex) Moffat, staring instead at what must be the cue cards, he delivers jokes like he’s reading them for the first time, and at one point it seems like he either skipped some lines or a last-minute edit rendered the dialogue nonsensical, because he answers, 'That depends on how much you want to visit your family,' in answer to a question no one asked...The result is hard to watch, but weirdly, it ends up being more honest than the sketch would have been if they’d executed it flawlessly."
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
SNL brought on Dan Crenshaw so Pete Davidson could apologize for mocking his war injury
Source: The Daily Beast
The former Navy SEAL and recently elected U.S. representative, who lost his right eye to an IED attack in Afghanistan, made a surprise appearance on "Weekend Update" to receive Davidson's apology -- and to roast him. “In what I'm sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said before Crenshaw appeared. “I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.” When Crenshaw appeared, Davidson said: “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: that I'm a d*ck.” Crenshaw responded with "apology accepted," and then his phone started playing an Ariana Grande song. “Oh, do you know her?” Crenshaw joked. After a few more roast jokes, Crenshaw became serious, in honor of Veteran's Day said "there's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another." Crenshaw also acknowledged Davidson's father, Scott Davidson, a firefighter who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. “And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father,” Crenshaw added. “So I’ll just say, Pete, never forget.”
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel Live! animates The Alec Baldwin Show
See a clip from Baldwin's interview with Robert De Niro animated with motion graphics.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
Hollywood Walk of Fame's new star recipients include Kristen Bell, Candice Bergen, Lucy Liu, Guy Fieri and Alvin and the Chipmunks
Veronica Mars alum and The Good Place star Bell will be honored not for her TV work but for her resume as a movie actress. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also announced that Sid and Marty Krofft, Stacy Keach, Dianne Wiest, the late Julia Child, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Robert De Niro and Dolly Parton will all be honored in 2019.
# TOPICS: Kristen Bell, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Cedric the Entertainer, Dolly Parton, Guy Fieri, Idina Menzel, Judith Light, Julia Child, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Robert De Niro, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Robert De Niro and Samantha Bee aren't politicians -- stop calling them out for saying naughty words
De Niro's "F*ck Trump" outburst at the Tonys led to not one but two Op-Eds in the Washington Post criticizing his use of profanity, including one that said it "could do a lot of collateral damage." The New York Times also ran a column criticizing De Niro, titled "How to Lose the Midterms and Re-elect Trump." To which Drew Magary says calls about decorum from De Niro and Bee are delusional: "Keep in mind that Robert De Niro isn’t a politician, and has no obligation to voters. Nor is Samantha Bee, who was targeted by a clockwork bad-faith campaign from the right when she called Ivanka Trump a feckless c*nt in public." He adds: "Literally two people, who don’t even hold public office, have the temerity to be publicly angry at the Trump administration, and somehow that’s enough to merit an Emily Post course in dinner table conversation from the fartsniffer set."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Diehard Robert De Niro fan smashes his portrait after the actor's "F*ck Trump" Tony Awards rant
Source: Staten Island Advance
Staten Island's Joseph DeVito has gone viral with his video trashing a portrait of the legendary actor. "He shouldn't have used that language (on television); there are children watching," says DeVito, a loyal Trump supporter.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
President Trump responds to Robert De Niro's "F*ck Trump" jab: "Wake up punchy!"
The president addressed De Niro's on-stage Tony Awards remarks in two tweets sent from Air Force One on his return trip from Singapore. "Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to (sic) many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be 'punch-drunk,'" Trump tweeted. "I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!"
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Robert De Niro's Tony Awards "F*ck Trump" outburst was "brief, profane and pointless"
Source: The Atlantic
As Samantha Bee recently learned, uttering profanity against the Trump administration isn't very effect, according to Sophie Gilbert. "A brief outburst was apparently as far as his onstage protest was willing to go," she says of De Niro's outburst. "In that, the moment was of a piece with the bulk of the other statements made on the Tony stage, and with Kelly Clarkson’s vague call for 'action' on mass shootings at last month’s Billboard Music Awards, and with the Oscars in March, where President Trump’s name was barely mentioned at all. De Niro’s exclamation was easy—cathartic in its plosive syllables and its matching, guttural vowel sounds, and employing a profanity that postures itself as daring, subversive. It might have been a satisfying moment for De Niro and for his audience, but it was toothless otherwise." She adds: "It’s easy to take a platform that offers easy (if bleeped-out) access to millions of people and use profanity to capture a mood, to express an emotion. But the outrage that will doubtless ensue is a distraction from what really matters, and what’s much harder to realize: the work of trying to change a situation, not just rage against it."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Robert De Niro twice yelled "F*ck Trump" at the Tonys, which was met with CBS censorship
Source: The Daily Beast
According to The Daily Beast, "frenzied viewers wondering 'WHAT DID ROBERT DE NIRO SAY???' promptly flooded Twitter, and thankfully a handful of reporters in the audience obliged." Several reporters explained what De Niro and the context in which he said it. Another reporter pointed out that the profanity was aired uncensored on the Australian feed. Even though The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg called it an "Amazing live TV moment," the Tonys were aired on brief delay on CBS throughout much of the country and on a three-hour delay on the West Coast. De Niro was the only presenter to bash President Trump on stage at the ceremony.
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
- SNL spoofs Dick Wolf's NBC Chicago shows with "Chicago Improv" sketch
- Fey revived her Sarah Palin impression late in the show
- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
SNL shows Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro's transformation into Michael Cohen and Robert Muelle
Go behind the scenes of the April 14 "Meet the Parents" cold open.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon recalled the awkwardness of having Robert De Niro as his very first late-night guest
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Fallon kicked off his late-night career in March 2009 with a tough-to-interview De Niro as guest on his first Late Night show. "Most of your answers were one-word answers, yeah," Fallon told De Niro on last night's Tonight Show. "But I remember, I was so nervous."
Posted Sunday 4/15/18 at 3:10AM EDT
SNL gets Robert De Niro to interrogate Ben Stiller as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen
Source: The Daily Beast
Saturday Night Live reunited the Meet the Parents co-stars in this week's cold open to recreate the classic lie detector scene from their 2000 hit movie. "You broke the law. And now we’re going to catch all of you little fockers, you got that?” De Niro’s special prosecutor Mueller told Stiller, playing Trump attorney Cohen. Stiller, who was briefly an SNL cast member in 1989, said as Cohen: "You know how much evidence I have in my office? I’m Donald Trump’s lawyer! I’ve got a whole hard drive that’s just labeled ‘yikes.’”
- Donald Glover to pull double duty on May 5, hosting SNL and performing as Childish Gambino
- SNL spoofs Netflix's Wild Wild Country with the help of alum Nasim Pedrad
- SNL parodies Les Miserables with an insane lobster dinner sketch
- Why did announcer Darrell Hammond mispronounce John Mulaney's name as "John Mulvaney" not once but twice in the intro?
- SNL mocks "Hollywood's reboot fever"
- Mulaney tweets a 2008 pic of the SNL cast and writers dressed as Mad Men for then-host Jon Hamm
- SNL tweets video of Mulaney's closing remarks that NBC cut off
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Robert De Niro says he'd be up for playing Meryl Streep's husband on Big Little Lies
Asked by Entertainment Tonight if he'd give a TV role a shot on the HBO series, De Niro responded: "Yeah, sure I would. Television is not the way it was when I was a young actor. It's totally different. They’re doing very good work in television."