"50 Shades of Grey" is a bona fide phenomenon. Not only is the erotic novel a bestseller, it is being adapted into a film that has some of Hollywood's hottest leading men falling all over themselves to get cast as Christian Grey, the kinky male lead.
Now, "Saturday Night Live" is taking aim at the S&M book's popularity in a hilarious spoof. What do you get the woman who has it all on Mother's Day? Well, you might want to start with a little alone time.
Sidebar: Consider yourself lucky if you are reading this outside of a major city with a popular mass-transit system. We will never look at the middle-aged lady sitting across from us on the NYC subway reading "50 Shades of Grey" the same way again. (And we're not going to lie, we were already a little uncomfortable to begin with.)
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Whether it's your fourth grade talent show or your network TV debut, everyone has one of those not-so-fresh moments where things just don't go off the way you expected in front of a huge audience.
Buzzed-about singer Lana Del Rey had one of those on Saturday night. Two of them, in fact. Hyped as the first artist to play "Saturday Night Live" before the release of a debut album, Del Rey took some serious fire after she stumbled through shaky, deer-in-the-headlights performances of "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans."
In a moment that made Ashlee Simpson's infamous lip-synching scandal seem like child's play by comparison, Del Rey even took fire from respected NBC news anchor Brian Williams, whose email meant for Gawker Media founder Nick Denton was accidentally made public after he told Denton that the performance was "one of the worst outings in 'SNL' history."
Del Rey is used to answering her critics by now about everything from her looks to the full-court major-label push behind her upcoming debut, Born to Die.
But she is, of course, not the first star (or future star) to do a face plant in their big debut. Read More...
By Kathleen Newman-Bremang
It hasn't even been 48 hours since Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg's "Saturday Night Live" skit "Motherlover" hit the airwaves, but the clip is already a viral smash. By now, you've probably seen the hilarious sequel to "Di-- in a Box" more than once.
The skit is all kinds of wrong and even a little disturbing, but its hilarity is undeniable. If you were laughing too hard and missed some of the witty one-liners packed into the parody, don't worry: We've got you covered. Here are the lyrics to the instant-classic "Motherlover." Happy Day After Mother's Day! Read More...
Zac Efron hosted "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and if you were one of the few who didn't fall asleep or change the channel during the terrible Gilly sketch, you caught a smart, angry and subversive send-up of the "High School Musical" series.
Biting the hand that (corn) feeds him, Zac ripped into the Disney movies that made him a star, playing Troy Bolton as an outcast college student who returns to East High's graduation to give a coronation speech the students will never forget: "Here's the deal. No one sings at college!"
The sketch touched on all the cartoony aspects of the popular flicks: the fact that the East High basketball team might be the worst ballplayers aside from the Knicks, the way the school curriculum focuses on self-esteem instead of state capitals, and the way characters always project their voices and cheat toward the camera.
Check out the sketch after the jump! Read More...
By Garth Bardsley
"SNL" cast member Andy Samberg and his two writing partners/collaborators, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, are releasing a comedy LP entitled Incredibad on February 10. Since this is the trio responsible for all the great digital shorts airing each week on "SNL" — such as "Lazy Sunday" and "Ras Trent" — I headed across town a few hours ago to ask them a few questions.
After sitting in the waiting room for 20 minutes with a few other interviewers, listening to the uncensored version of "Natalie's Rap" (which features the pint-sized Natalie Portman rapping about wanting to "f--- all night"), I was ushered into a room where the trio was waiting for me.
Being the well-respected journalist and television producer that I am, I put forth an intellectual, thought-provoking query to the comedic threesome, in hopes they would share with me an enlightened response about their work.
A few weeks back, we wrote a post about Seattle's Fleet Foxes and how they ended up on many, many, many best-of lists at the end of the year, and wouldn't you know it — they've been tapped to perform on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live."
So to give you a preview of what's to come on "SNL" (and see if you should stay up late), check out the stripped-down performance of "White Winter Hymnal" the band did especially for us.