Spoofing everyone from Ellen to Ann Romney, Kate McKinnon has proved she may be the funniest cast member on ‘SNL.’ A talk with the star more than confirms she’s ready for prime time.
When I open the door to the Saturday Night Live green room at 30 Rock, Kate McKinnon is reclined on the sofa, as if waiting for Leonardo DiCaprio to paint her like one of his French Girls. She tosses her hair. “Why, hello,” she purrs.
Kate McKinnon, and Seth Meyers, on ‘Saturday Night Live’. (NBC)
It would’ve been an epically hilarious way to meet the breakout Saturday Night Live star—had I not ruined the bit 10 minutes before. After handing over my ID to the 30 Rock security guards at visitor check-in, I looked to my left to see a petite blonde wrapped in a wool trench coat with gorgeous, big blue eyes, which were staring at me in horror. “You weren’t supposed to see me now, like this,” she says. “I was going to get here before you, put on makeup, and really wow you when you walked in.”
It has ‘Witches of Eastwick’ snark, ‘Hocus Pocus’ spells, the terror of ‘Coven,’ and the soap opera sass of ‘Charmed.’ Lifetime’s ‘Witches of East End’ is the perfect potion for TV.
One heaping tablespoon of dusty spell book. A pinch of batshit crazy aunt. A cup of polar-opposite sisters with baggage. And the tiniest drop of rabid-like, yet cuddleable black cat. The recipe for a worthwhile show about witches is open to substitutions, but be too generous (or stingy) with the measurements and out comes one seriously overcooked supernatural disaster. For Lifetime’s Witches of East End, the portions could not have been more perfect.
Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Mädchen Amick star Witches of East End. (Sergei Bachlakov/A+E Networks)
Witches have been resurrected this television season—even being called, gasp, the new vampires. Glee’s Ryan Murphy, perhaps the ringleader of the television coven, sparked an old-new trend when he revealed the third season of American Horror Story would center around witches and voodoo in New Orleans. There are no signs of the wick dying any time soon.
If you call him Gabe Day-Lewis, he might just ‘Gabe Day Lose It.’ Here, we present the best lyrics from ‘Green Auras.’
“Bitch, I know what my name is/ And shit I know what fame is/ Judging someone for their dad is just as bad as being racist.”
His name is Gabe Day. And, as this young rapper defiantly tells us, it’s not Gabe Day-Lewis, because if you call him that, he’ll “Gabe Day Lose It.” If you haven’t figured it out yet, Gabe is actually the son of Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis.
“The mornings when I’m sad are the ones when I smoke first,/Self-medicating cause my heart and my throat hurt./Trying to understand what it means to be a man.”
It’s been 30 years since the Flying Circus gang parted ways. With news that the five surviving members are reuniting for a stage show, take a look back at some of their best moments.
1. Dead Parrot
Arguably one of the most well-known sketches, Dead Parrot teaches us that if it looks like a dead parrot, and feels like a dead parrot, it’s probably a dead parrot—but that won’t stop someone from trying to convince you that it’s not.
A follow-up to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is in the works? What else would they think of next, a sequel to ‘Gladiator’ where Maximus kills Jesus and fights in the Vietnam War? Yup.
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story
Apparently, nothing is sacred. Not even great holiday classics like It’s a Wonderful Life. Variety reported this week that a sequel to the Christmas classic was in the works. In the proposed movie, Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the original film, returns as an angel to teach George Bailey’s insufferable grandson a lesson, showing what the world would be like had he not been born. Hmmm, sounds very familiar. The producers hope to release the film during the 2015 holiday season.
Today, as the Queen of All Media is truly living her best life, Twitter is feting the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree the best way it knows how: slightly funny comedy.
There are a lot of variations on the same theme—Oprah likes to give things away!—but quite a few elicit a solid smirk. Here are some of the best.
And finally, this provocative question. (The answer is yes.)
What a difference a few years makes. George W. Bush was a delight with Jay Leno—revealing a new painting, cracking jokes about Putin, and only indirectly tweaking Obama.
Context is everything, especially when it comes to the appearances of former presidents on late-night talk shows, so it’s hardly a surprise that George W. Bush was perfectly charming Tuesday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Former first lady Laura Bush, who eventually joined her husband on the couch, was even more perfectly charming.
Gone was the president who lost the popular vote to Al Gore by half a million ballots but was handed the White House anyway by the Republican majority on the Supreme Court; whose national security team ignored actionable intelligence about a coming al Qaeda attack on the United States; who entangled the nation in a costly, bloody preemptive war against Iraq under false pretenses, using cooked-up evidence; who terribly mishandled the occupation of that damaged and alien country, causing even more death and destruction; who sanctioned official torture and other human rights violations but didn’t get Osama bin Laden; who, at the start of his second term, tragically botched the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina; and who presided over a massive financial meltdown that sent Wall Street tumbling into the abyss and resulted in one of the worst recessions in American history.
It’s been a while since Twihards had a ‘Twilight’ film to salivate over. So how do these fanatics feel about ‘The Hunger Games’ on the dawn of ‘Catching Fire’? Turns out, not great.
One army bares its fangs. The other brandishes arrows. Can they declare a truce?
It may seem like so long ago that 104-year-old Edward Cullen was just an infant mortal, but it’s been only eight years since Stephenie Meyer released Twilight, giving life to the rabidly passionate Twihard fanbase. The group only grew in ferocity with the release of the first film adaptation in 2008. Suzanne Collins’s own young adult novel, The Hunger Games, made its debut that same year, quickly earning devoted fans.
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Made for women, the newly launched Adult magazine explores sexually explicit literature and photography—and asks, is it possible for porn to be fashionable and artistic?
What differentiates erotica from porn?
Sarah Nicole Prickett, the founder and editor-in-chief of the "new erotics" magazine Adult, quotes seventies porn star Gloria Leonard: "The difference between pornography and erotica is the lighting."
Adult is a magazine not meant to be displayed, she explains. Rather, it should be "[kept] next to your bed, or under it." Given the content, that may be rightfully so. There's an excerpt on discovering sex with a painter from American novelist Dodie Bellamy's new book C*nt Norton; New York Food Magazine White Zinfandel provides an aphrodisiac breakfast recipe—an oyster omelet—because "you can't spell 'breakfast' without 'breast'"; author and former Voguette Stephanie LaCava chronicles the inner-workings of the Doc Johnson Adult Toy Factory just outside Hollywood; and Katherine Bernard explores Erica Jong's notion of the "zipless fuck" through literature.
Michel Gondry’s new film 'Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?' is a conversation with the cognitive pioneer Noam Chomsky, set to intricate, neon-bright drawings. He talks about linguistics and his next project.
They make an odd couple. Michel Gondry, the conjurer of cinematic tricks like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind, has never met a film narrative he doesn’t want to draw over, erase away, fold out, and flip through like it was his personal pop-up coloring book. Noam Chomsky is the stern, even grim crusader against American imperialism, for which he is reviled, who also happens to be the most influential intellectual living today (in a famous survey, only Marx, Lenin, Shakespeare, Aristotle, the Bible, Plato, and Freud were more often cited in academic journals, above Hegel and Cicero), whose work on linguistics improbably but irrevocably exploded the cognitive sciences, for which he is revered.
Animated baby/projector projecting real image of Noam Chomsky from Michel Gondry’s "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" (Courtesy of Sundance Selects)
Watching Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Gondry’s animated conversation with Chomsky, a sort of answer begins to take shape in the petri dish of neon drawings that morph and accompany the words. Both provocateurs would like to blow our minds—not to destroy them on purpose, though they’re extremely close to making our heads explode—but to expand them, perhaps change them a little.
The legendary musician and a 27-year-old Israeli tech whiz bring us the remarkably interactive video for ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ It was worth the 48-year wait.
How does it feel…to have your entire television taken over by Bob Dylan?
That’s the question the remarkable new music video for “Like a Rolling Stone,” released today on bobdylan.com, seeks to answer. I hesitate to say “Bob Dylan’s” remarkable new video, because I seriously doubt Mr. Zimmerman had all that much to do with it.
Your favorite television fantasy footballers came together in one interview to talk about the FXX comedy's fifth season, Meryl Streep, and fear boners.
Kanye West has outdone himself once again with the music video for 'Bound 2,' featuring a topless Kim Kardashian, a motorcycle, and some horses.
“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” Those were the famous last words of tech visionary Steve Jobs, according to his sister, Mona Simpson. They’re also the first words that come to mind when viewing the latest music video by an artist who’s oft found occasion to compare himself to the late Apple co-founder (albeit for entirely different reasons).
Yes, Kanye West has just released a new music video for the song “Bound 2,” one of the standout tracks off his recent LP Yeezus, arguably the best rap album of the year. The song is a low-key R&B/soul ballad that samples the Ponderosa Twins Plus One’s “Bound”—“Bound to fall in loooove”—tethered to a coquettish “Uh-huh, honey” chirp from Brenda Lee’s 1960 hit “Sweet Nothin’s.” There’s also a chorus crooned by Charlie Wilson, and West rapping his own sweet nothings, e.g. “one good girl is worth a thousand bitches.” The tune is an ode to his 33-year-old bride-to-be, reality TV star-cum-entrepreneur Kim Kardashian.
Now about that music video.
Maybe Jake Bugg is a posturing brat, a product of the pop machine. Maybe the 19-year-old with the reedy wail is rock's savior. Right now, all he wants to talk about is time signatures.
Jake Bugg recently dated a supermodel. Jake Bugg has taken to wearing leather jackets and Prada shoes. Jake Bugg’s debut album, Jake Bugg, landed at the top of the British charts and went on to sell more than 450,000 copies. Jake Bugg likes to diss One Direction. Jake Bugg has been called “the East Midlands Bob Dylan.” Jake Bugg looks like a lost Gallagher brother. Jake Bugg is 19. Jake Bugg isn’t even Jake Bugg’s real name.
Jake Bugg performs during a date of his Autumn UK 2013 Tour the week before his 2nd album is set to be released at the 02 Academy Birminghm on November 10, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Ollie Millington/WireImage)
In short, Jake Bugg should be a rather irritating character—a posturing rock brat, perhaps. And yet when I reach him in England one recent afternoon, all he wants to talk about is time signatures.
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