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Here’s What Dakota Johnson’s Mom Thought of Her SNL Performance

Johnson once again begged Melanie Griffith to watch 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Melanie Griffith was thrilled with this week’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by her daughter, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson.

Griffith, who made a cameo with her ex-husband, Don Johnson, as her embarrassed parents, tweeted on Sunday, “She killed it!!! Wow! I loved her poise, her comic timing, her grace, loved everything she did!!”

Griffith has been supportive of her daughter’s role in the erotic romance film, but hasn’t yet seen the movie—despite her daughter’s repeated, awkward requests.

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Watch Dakota Johnson Mock Fifty Shades of Grey on SNL

With musical guest Alabama Shakes

Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson pulled on her comedy roots this weekend for her first Saturday Night Live hosting gig.

The star of the erotic romance novel-turned-film joked in her monologue that “I have a feeling at next year’s Oscars, [Fifty Shades] is going to be … not anywhere.” The actress also once again begged her mother Melanie Griffith to see the film.

The episode, featuring musical guest Alabama Shakes, also showed Johnson in a contentious parody of a Toyota Camry ad, in which she plays a fresh high school graduate heading off to join ISIS.

Watch her opening monologue below:

TIME Music

Kanye West Just Dropped His New Album Title

Kanye West performs during ROC NATION SPORTS 1st Annual Roc City Classic starring Kevin Durant x Kanye West on Feb. 12, 2015 in New York City.
Jerritt Clark—Getty Images Kanye West performs during ROC NATION SPORTS 1st Annual Roc City Classic starring Kevin Durant x Kanye West on Feb. 12, 2015 in New York City.

Kanye West’s last album was titled Yeezus, and he’s going with a religious theme once again for the title of his upcoming album: The rapper revealed Saturday night on Twitter that his next record’s name is So Help Me God.

The album will include “Only One,” a ballad sung from the perspective of West’s late mother that he’s so far performed at the Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show, and on The Jonathan Ross Show. He’s also publicly debuted two other tracks from the album: “Wolves” and “All Day.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Rememberance

William Shatner Can’t Attend Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral

"I feel really awful," Shatner said

William Shatner “feels really awful” that he can’t make his Star Trek costar’s funeral Sunday.

Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning in Los Angeles at age 83 after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Shatner, 83, took to Twitter Saturda to say that he’s in Florida appearing at the Red Cross Ball and won’t be able to make it back in time for his friend’s funeral.

The actor asked people to come together and help him celebrate Leonard’s life on Sunday and remember his legacy.

“I loved him like a brother,” Shatner said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Check Out an Astronaut’s Tribute to Leonard Nimoy from Space

A touching tribute from a fellow space traveler

Astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a tribute to the late actor Leonard Nimoy from outer space.

Virts, an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, photographed the “Live Long and Prosper” hand salute that Nimoy made famous as Spock on Star Trek, framed by the coastline of Nimoy’s home state, Massachusetts.

The actor passed away on Friday aged 83.

TIME movies

Michelle Rodriguez: ‘Sorry About That’

"I stuck my foot in my mouth," the actress said of her recent comments

An actress best-known for her roles in Avatar and the Fast and the Furious franchise apologized Saturday for speaking out against casting nonwhite performers as superheroes traditionally perceived as white.

“I stuck my foot in my mouth once again,” Michelle Rodriguez said in a video posted to Facebook. “I have a tendency to speak without a filter, sorry about that.”

She went on to essentially repeat and also expand upon her original point.

“I’m just saying that instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy, or instead of trying to turn a white character into a black charter or latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy and that people should actually make an effort in hollywood to develop their own mythology,” she said.

Rodriguez had earlier told a reporter from the gossip and celebrity news site TMZ—who jokingly asked if she’d be starring as The Green Lantern—that she’s opposed to the recent vogue of proposing (and sometimes casting) nonwhite stars in franchise fare. “It’s so stupid,” she said. “Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own. What’s up with that?”

The African-American actor Michael B. Jordan will star in Fantastic Four as the Human Torch this summer, and comedian Donald Glover has long been touted as a contender for a black Spider-Man.

In fairness, the Hispanic actress’s own movie work has tended towards films based on original material. But her critique elides the fact that it’s much more difficult to get a movie made when it’s not based on an existing property, and those existing properties–be they comic books or otherwise—more often than not feature a cast of white characters. That makes for limited casting options for nonwhite actors less fortunate than Rodriguez.


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Jennifer Lawrence Dismisses Rumors of Feud With American Hustle Director

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals
Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Director David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 18, 2014 in Los Angeles.

"I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey."

One of the most fruitful artistic collaborations in recent years continues.

Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who won an Oscar and was nominated for another for the past two David O. Russell movies (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle), had been rumored to have engaged in a screaming match with Russell on the set of his next film, Joy. On Facebook, Lawrence put those rumors to rest in classic Lawrencian fashion, beginning with self-deprecation:

The rumors took hold in part because of Russell’s reputation for being aggressive with his actors. A famous video shows the director yelling at Lily Tomlin on the set of the 2004 film I Heart Huckabees, while Russell and his Three Kings star George Clooney have criticized one another in the press and reportedly got into a physical fight onset.

But Lawrence is different; she’s both the biggest star in the world at the moment and at the very center of Russell’s recent return to prominence. It’s a valuable relationship, and one worth patching up, or at least appearing to have patched up. For her part, production company Annapurna Pictures head Megan Ellison has also weighed in:

Joy, in which Lawrence plays Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, is to be released Dec. 25.

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Watch an Exclusive Clip From the Documentary Wild Home

A Vietnam War veteran learns to live again by helping care for exotic animals

We started filming Wild Home without a concrete idea of what it was going to be. My mom’s friend told us about a Vietnam vet she occasionally volunteered for, deep in the woods of Mount Vernon, Maine. She told us how he and his wife Julie had created their own world where they rehabilitated tigers and other mistreated exotic animals. My brother Robert and I decided to make the hour drive from our hometown to find them. The moment we met Bob, we knew we’d found someone special. Growing up in Maine, you meet a lot of loners with fascinating stories, but I’d never come across anyone who’d overcome so much and somehow found his way back to the world.
When Bob Miner returned from Vietnam, he didn’t want anything to do with people. Bob was shot three times in the war and suffered a series of strokes that left him in a wheelchair and unable to read or write. Without sufficient programs to transition him back to civilian life, he bounced around the country staying with friends and relatives until he ran out of money and returned home to Maine. For a long time, he lived alone on a backwoods farm with no company except for the goats, sheep, and pigs that he raised.
Bob got a reputation in his local community for his ability to care for animals. People began bringing him injured wildlife to rehabilitate. Over time, his animal kingdom grew to become a refuge for more exotic animals. A hyena that had been rescued from a basement apartment in the Bronx. A tiger who was so malnourished that, when she was delivered to Bob, no one thought she’d last through the week.
Eventually, there were too many animals for Bob to care for on his own and volunteers came to work at the farm. One of these volunteers was his future wife, Julie. Bob and Julie hit it off instantly and were married within six months of meeting. With Julie’s help, Bob began giving tours to local school groups. To Bob’s surprise, teaching people about the animals brought him back to the world. The tours gave him a way to connect to people again.
Wild Home is a film that explores the nature of redemption and the healing power of love and perseverance. Bob’s story shows redemption not as a pivotal sea change, but as a quiet and deliberate process. He is a reminder that we don’t have to forget or even overcome the past. We just need to find something to hold on to, someone to love, and the courage to share that love with the world.
Jack Schurman is an Emmy Award winning director and cinematographer from Brunswick, Maine. Jack is a regular documentary contributor to TIME Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He directed 9 episodes of the Emmy nominated, Eppy Award and Luce Award winning documentary series “Underdogs” presented by Sports Illustrated and Powerade.
His debut feature film, “Wild Home” had its world premiere in September, 2014 at the Camden International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. The film has been featured in People Magazine, Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed.
TIME Rememberance

Mission: Impossible Star Martin Landau Remembers Leonard Nimoy

Recalls his friendship with the late actor, who replaced him on the 1960s show. Nimoy died Friday, aged 83.

Leonard Nimoy was a mensch! Mensch is a word which in Yiddish means “a particularly good person” with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague. I met Lenny, as I called him, when I arrived in Hollywood for the first time in the late 1950s with Paddy Chayefsky’s first Broadway play, Middle of the Night.

Lenny was from the Boston area, and I was from New York. Easterners! We could have played brothers as we were virtually the same age and height, both slim of build with similar features in a lean face, a shock of straight black hair, and the two of us had been raised in households by hardworking Jewish parents.

Even though that first meeting was cordial, both of us realized that we could play the same roles, and we would clearly be competitors for those roles. That did happen.

As the years passed and as our careers took different turns, we remained friends and always delighted in our individual success. Our respect for each other grew. Last Friday when I heard of Lenny’s passing, I was devastated. It’s impossible to think of a future without my dear friend and foremost competitor. I will miss him, always. Rest in peace, dear friend!

TIME Rememberance

Chekov Remembers Spock: Walter Koenig on Leonard Nimoy

The actor who played the U.S.S. Enterprise's navigator pays tribute to his late co-star, who died Friday

The eulogies for Leonard will be affirmative, loving and respectful. That’s what people confirm after the passing of others, whether or not they draw an accurate picture. It is my honor to say that in this case it’s true; Leonard Nimoy was all those things.

He had great professionalism as an actor. On the set he was consistently the character he played. In fact, I got to know Mr. Spock long before I knew the actor who played him. It was a mark of his integrity that he was so loyal to the role he portrayed. When I finally did get to know the man better, I discovered his compassion, his intelligence and his humanity. All of which laid the foundation for his keen sense of philanthropy.

I was struck by his integrity and his desire to be honest and straightforward in all he did. We were never close friends, but I never stopped believing that if I ever had need for such a friend he would be there.

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