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Watch Tina Fey Get Eaten By a Land Shark on SNL 40’s Weekend Update

Plus, Emma Stone, Amy Poehler, Jane Curtin and more

It was a Weekend Update for the ages when Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jane Curtin took control of the famed news desk on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show. The incredible all-star trio swapped barbs about the show’s history and delivered a few topical jokes, including Curtin taking a jab at Fox News saying, “I used to be the only pretty blonde woman reading the news. Now, there’s a whole network devoted to that.”

Then they brought on a few celebrity guests to help bring the past to life. Emma Stone did an admirable take on Gilda Radner’s Roseanne Rosannadanna. Edward Norton was a passable Stefon, even cracking himself up like Bill Hader always did when playing the club reporter, before Hader and his “husband” Seth Meyers showed up to stare him down.

When there was a knock on the door, Curtin warned Fey it was always a Land Shark, but instead it was Melissa McCarthy paying tribute to Chris Farley.

While everyone was distracted by fake Farley’s antics, the infamous Land Shark showed up and devoured Fey.

Curtin tried to warn her, but Fey just didn’t believe her, until it was too late. At least now Fey has a good excuse for not hosting the Golden Globes again.

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Jim Carrey Questions Matt Lauer About Brian Williams on ‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Red Carpet

The David Lynch Foundation Honors Rick Rubin
Kevin Winter—Getty Images Jim Carrey arrives at the David Lynch Foundation Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014

Jim Carrey decided to make things awkward during his interview with Matt Lauer on the red carpet for Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show by bringing up—and defending—Brian Williams.

Lauer was ending his interview with Carrey and Tina Fey, when Carrey jumped in, saying: “Can I ask you a question, you guys? Where are you hiding Brian Williams? Where is he?” Lauer, visibly uncomfortable, looked at his wrist and said, “Oh, look at the time”—but Carrey continued: “I just want to say something in his defense: If the helicopter in front of me gets hit, I’m taking the story.” Lauer put an end to the interview then, saying, “Thank you, Jim.”

It wasn’t the only time NBC’s disgraced anchor came up during the red carpet special. While talking to Carson Daly, Rudy Giuliani also mentioned Williams. The ex-New York City mayor recalled responding to a question from Lorne Michaels—”Can we be funny?”—during SNL’s first post-9/11 episode. Giuliani replied by saying, “Why start now?”

“I want to make sure, Brian Williams, and all this stuff, I want to make sure you understand that was his line,” Giuliani said, referring to Michaels. “He wrote it. I read it. I was not smart enough to have that line.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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SNL 40: Bradley Cooper Makes Out With Betty White as Taylor Swift Watches

Kerry Washington, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen all starred in "The Californians"

SNL‘s soap opera, “The Californians,” traditionally stars Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as blond Californians happily doling out driving directions to one another in Valley accents, while their brunette housekeeper, played by Vanessa Bayer, barely tolerates them.

To properly mark the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, they needed to up the ante a little bit and brought in some A-list guests to help. First Scandal star Kerry Washington showed up as a doctor doling out paternity-test results. Then Bradley Cooper arrived in short shorts, which he may have borrowed from the set of the Wet Hot American Summer reboot, as Craig the pool boy who dabbled in dirty work, and Taylor Swift was a natural as hair-eating cousin Allison.

And then this happened …

Yes, that’s Bradley Cooper lip locking with the 90-year-old Betty White for a little longer than absolutely necessary. In the words of another SNL star: “Acting!”

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The Walking Dead Watch: “Them”

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 5B, Fog Gallery - Photo Credit: Ben Leuner/AMC
Ben Leunee/AMC—© AMC Film Holdings LLC. "I'm shooting at my feelings of despair."

Existentialism, Bible metaphors, and lots and lots of crying as season five nears its end

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Camus were alive today and he plagiarized The Road? “Them,” episode ten of the fifth season of The Walking Dead, more or less provides an answer.

Life on the road to Washington, D.C. is not going particularly well for the group. Everybody is tired, thirsty and sad. There is crying. There is self-doubt. There is forlorn looking off camera. There is hurting one’s self to feel something, anything. “How much longer we got?” Maggie asks early on. How much longer, indeed.

The show does what it usually does when it has some time to kill: it pairs off the main characters for a few meaningful interactions. Carol tells Daryl to suffer through. Michonne tries to impart some anger management technique to Sasha. Rick tries to get Daryl to open up about Beth’s death. The priest prevaricates; Noah blubbers. And Carl gives Maggie a broken music box, which symbolizes…something.

In one pivotal scene, the group is dragging itself down a long, country road when it becomes apparent a gaggle of shuffling walkers is not far behind it. The obvious question is, which group is more bedraggled? Later on, things brighten slightly when everybody gets to eat some roasted dog, courtesy of Sasha’s angry trigger finger.

Still Maggie says, “I don’t know if I want to fight it anymore.” To which Glenn responds, “We fought to get here, and we have to keep fighting.” Nobody seems terribly convinced this is the case. The episode is soaked in ambivalence.

Eventually, a rain storm delivers the group from its thirst (as well as having to decide whether or not a stack of bottled water left in the road with a note reading “from a friend” is a trap or not). Taking shelter in a nearby barn, things get really deep. Rick, in a sepulchral version of the “Peace by Inches” speech, concludes, “We do what we need to do and then we live. We tell ourselves we are the walking dead.”

During the night, the increasingly powerful storm threatens to blown apart the barn doors and let in a hoard of hungry walkers. The group, faces illuminated by flashes of lightning, presses back against the doors to keep the danger at bay. In the morning, surveying the damage, it’s clear that they have, like Noah, survived the flood (or tornado as it were) thanks to Providence.

Just before the credits roll, we meet a new character—Aaron—who promises some “good news.” Hopefully he means some plot of some kind in next week’s episode.

Zombie Kill Report
1 knife point to the head by Maggie; 5 knife blows to the head by Sasha; 2 machete strikes to the skull by Rick; 2 katana chops to the frontal lobe by Michonne; 1 knife point to the head by Daryl; 1 knife to the skull by Abraham; 1 knife to the skill by Glenn; 5 “tricked ya!” falls into an open ravineen by multiple (it counts); 1 knife to the brain by Maggie.
Estimated total: 19

Episode 10 Curse
Is this a curse of this part of every season, this sort of meandering plotlessness? Maybe I’m being too demeaning, but this episode seemed a bit of a waste of time. Do you agree? Is this a perennial problem at this point in most seasons?

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Watch the Most Epic Game of Celebrity Jeopardy Ever on SNL 40

Will Ferrell's Alex Trebek faced off against Sean Connery again

No celebration of Saturday Night Live’s history would be complete without at least one round of Celebrity Jeopardy. Hosted by Will Ferrell as long-suffering host Alex Trebek who is just trying to get the celebrity contestants to finish one lousy round of Jeopardy.

That’s not likely to happen, though, with Sean Connery’s (Darrell Hammond) thick Scottish accent interfering with his ability to ask questions, Norm MacDonald’s Burt Reynolds insisting on answering imaginary questions about Andre the Giant, Alec Baldwin’s Tony Bennett, and Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber taking off midgame and having his lawyer stand in for him.

Halfway through the sketch, Jim Carrey showed up in character as Matthew McConaughey to further torment Trebek with his DIY voiceover, intense eye contact and monologue about his Lincoln.

When the contestants finally made it to a Video Daily Double on the game board, it created an awkward moment when Kenan Thompson reprised his role as Bill Cosby, which an embarrassed “Trebek” explained was “filmed back in June.”

It was a great tribute to one of the best, and longest-lasting, sketches in SNL history.

Watch the full clip below.

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Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Rap the History of SNL

SNL 40 is off to a good start

The 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live got off to a raucous start with Jimmy Fallon seemingly prepared to do a soft shoe opening routine, only to be interrupted by Justin Timberlake. They quickly turn the opener into the history of SNL in rap.

They give shout-outs to everyone from The Californians to Mister Bill, Gumby and The Coneheads and, naturally, the Ambiguously Gay Duo and Dick in a Box.

They continue to rap their way through the annals of SNL history until getting interrupted by Rachel Dratch as Debbie Downer, who shows up to remind viewers that, “History has shown that opening the show with a musical number translates to a sharp drop in ratings.”

Fallon and Timberlake shrug and continue through their litany of the best of SNL comedy sketches, including The Blues Brothers, threatening to pump us up a la Hans and Franz, giving Garth and Wayne their due with a solid, “Schwing!” and shouting for “More Cowbell!” That’s when they are interrupted by Molly Shannon as Mary Katherine Gallagher claiming that, “The sound of cowbell makes her nervous.” When she gets nervous she puts her hands under her armpits and then gives them a good sniff.

Fallon and Timberlake continue through the most beloved sketches in Saturday Night Live history before finally declaring the magic words, “Live from New York it’s Saturday Night!”

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No Such Thing as Too Many Hosts for SNL 40’s Epic Opening Monologue

Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and so many many more.

Saturday Night Live is pulling out all the stops for the 40th anniversary and that meant a high bar for the opening monologue. Steve Martin started the show, which was a brilliant choice. Despite never being an official cast member, he has appeared on the show a mind-boggling 27 times and is responsible for some of its most memorable sketches. (King Tut, anyone?)

Martin set out to give a rousing speech on the importance of comedians in SNL history, but was quickly interrupted by Tom Hanks demanding that actors be given the same status.

Never to be outdone, Alec Baldwin arrived (sans “Schweddy Balls”) on the stage to point out that he had hosted more than anyone else (16 times and counting!). To bust up the guys’ club, Melissa McCarthy arrived to remind the world that people other than “80-year-old white guys” had hosted the show.

Then Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock and Peyton Manning all arrived in rapid succession, followed by Billy Crystal, introducing himself to Martin: “It’s Steve, right?” Not satisfied with having a billion dollars worth of star power on stage, Sir Paul McCartney and Paul Simon arrived on the scene to play a few bars, too.

Even by SNL standards, that’s an impressive opener.

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Gigi Star Louis Jourdan Dead at 93

Louis Jourdan
Sunset Boulevard/Corbis Louis Jourdan on the set of Octopussy.

He also starred as a Bond villain in 'Octopussy'

Louis Jourdan, an actor best known for his roles in Gigi and Octopussy, has died, Variety reports. He was 93.

Jourdan was born in France and got his career started there, taking classes at a drama school before appearing in his first American film: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1947 drama The Paradine Case, in which he played the title character’s servant. He went on to star in many American films over his decades-long career and was honored with a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the 1958 musical Gigi.

Years later, he played Kamal Khan in 1983’s Octopussy, a James Bond film centered around the title spy on the hunt for someone stealing Soviet riches.

The last film Jourdan appeared in was 1992’s Year of the Comet. He received the Légion d’honneur—France’s highest honor—in 2010.

This article was originally published at EW.com

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My Grandma and Mom Saw Fifty Shades, And Here’s Their Review

Warning: awkwardness follows

There’s a first time for everything, which is how I feel about sky-diving, getting bangs and talking about naked, whip-wielding Jamie Dornan with my mom and my grandmother.

That’s because when your mom calls to tell you that her mom has requested a trip to their local Wellington, Florida, movie theater on the evening of Feb. 14 to see Fifty Shades of Grey, you do what any sane PEOPLE editor would do: You demand they review it.

And so it began: On Valentine’s Day, a holiday dedicated to love, romance and expensive presents, Robin Joy Schwartz, 57, and Gloria Betty Litvin, 83, headed out with nothing but a little curiosity and an extra sweater (you know, “you could catch a cold in there”).

And because everyone should have the pleasure of discussing the birds and the bees with their family as an adult, we talked about the movie (some spoilers ahead), the nudity and – drum roll – the scene that brought tears to my mother’s eyes. (Wait, what?!)

So, Grandma, what’d you think?

Grandma: The movie showed a part of life that is a part of life. There’s all parts of life …

Wait, I’m going to stop you right there – you’re supposed to be shocked right now.

Grandma: Well, I really wasn’t shocked.

Wait, really?

Grandma: No, because everything goes in the movies nowadays. I’m 83. I kind of know what can go on in life.

(Editor’s note: Is this what happens when you live in Florida for 40 years?)

Why’d you want to see it then?

Mom: Grandma was very curious. She knows a lot more than she wants to reveal.

Grandma: [affirming silence]

What’d you think about the nudity?

Grandma: Oy vey.

Mom: I was really glad they showed his and her a–.

WELL, OKAY MOM [insert safe word].

Mom: They both had a great a–, so …

Too much nudity?

Grandma: No.

Mom: Not really.

Well, okay then.

Mom: All the sex scenes just looked so controlling though. It made me claustrophobic. I didn’t even realize they had so many things, gadgets, gizmos. I just would never …

Nope. Next question: What’d you think about the plot?

Mom: I was immersed in it. It was actually very sad. I cried during the final scene.

Grandma, please confirm.

Grandma: I said to her, “You’re crying?!”

Mom: [Spoiler alert] At the end, when the tears were coming down Ana’s face, I noticed the tears were coming down mine. She felt his pain, but she couldn’t live with it. It made me cry.

Now I’m the shocked one.

Mom: We bonded at Fifty Shades.

Are you glad you saw it?

Mom: Yeah, now I can go to the grocery store and bump into someone and say, “Hey, I saw Fifty Shades the other night.”

Grandma: I learned some things for my next life.

This article was originally published on People.com

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Watch the Terrifying Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak

The horror film stars Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain

This Halloween looks like it will be pretty frightening thanks to Guillermo del Toro.

After helming the fantasy/sci-fi Hellboy movies and Pacific Rim, the Pan’s Labyrinth director is returning to his horror roots with Crimson Peak.

The film, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, focuses on a Victorian-era woman who falls for a stranger and moves into his house where he and his sister reside.

But she quickly begins to regret her decision as she discovers that the home is haunted.

The movie hits theaters on Oct. 16.

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