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'SNL' Review: A New Hope with Chris Pratt

The seasons have certainly changed at Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th season began with an episode that hardly resembled a season premiere, with little pomp or circumstance over SNL's impressive four-decade lifespan, and in its place a straightforward night of comedy that reflected a show well adjusted to its new lineup. Nerves did occasionally get the better of the performers — especially first-time host Chris Pratt, who coasted on his signature goofy charm, flashing that Andy Dwyer "oops" face a few times – but overall the episode charged forward with a leaner (and more colorful) cast, and a greater confidence in its sense of humor.

We aren't out of the woods just yet, though. SNL's live sketches suffer [...]

Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman to Be 'SNL's First Hosts of Season 40

UPDATE: NBC has announced that Chris Pratt will be hosting the season premiere, with Sarah Silverman hosting the second episode. It's not clear what happened to Murray-as-host — it may have been rescheduled to later in the season or canceled altogether. Our original post follows.

SNL's landmark 40th season premieres on September 27th, and the show's got some big plans to kick off its return to television. According to several sources — including news posts yesterday by local NBC affiliate sites that have since been taken down — the one and only Bill Murray will be making a glorious return to SNL to help ring in its [...]

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Pair Up for 'Vacation Friends'

According to Deadline, real-life husband and wife Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have found a co-starring vehicle together in the upcoming Fox comedy Vacation Friends, a film by sibling writing team Tom and Tim Mullen with Hot Tub Time Machine's Steve Pink onboard to direct. Vacation Friends is described as "What About Bob? with a couple" and follows Pratt and Faris as "a crazy wild couple that bonds with a straight laced couple on vacation in Mexico. They have a great time, and then want to rekindle the fun. Once the other couple gets back to their normal life, it’s not nearly the same kind of fun and [...]

An Ode to 'Parks and Rec's Chubby Andy Dwyer

With Chris Pratt starring in the upcoming superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy, his Andy Dwyer is returning to Parks and Recreation this season in noticeably better shape. While the show won't making too big a fuss over his weight loss when it premieres tomorrow night, we're going to miss the chubbier version of Andy lumbering around Pawnee. So we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite Andy Dwyer moments from the first five seasons, and hope that Andy's newly svelte body won't change him too much:

'Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt Looks Like a Marvel Superhero Now

Chris Pratt, who plays lovable doofus Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, was surprisingly cast as the lead in the Marvel superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy earlier this year. Over the weekend, Pratt tweeted the image to the left, showing what he looks like now after getting into shape and preparing for the role for half a year. He writes, "No beer for six months. My brother made me post this." It should be pretty difficult explaining why Andy Dwyer looks like this all of the sudden in the new season of Parks and Rec, which Pratt will be appearing in in a diminished capacity. "My brother made [...]

What to Expect From 'SNL' Season 40

SNL returns for its 40th season this Saturday, with host Chris Pratt, musical guest Ariana Grande, and pretty much the same cast — minus a handful of people we rarely saw in sketches anyway. Following a lackluster season, Lorne Michaels is now sticking with the tools he's got, replacing five departing cast members with only one newcomer — standup Pete Davidson — and promoting writer Michael Che to co-host Weekend Update. Meanwhile, Colin Jost will remain at the desk after taking on the job last February. It's a conservative approach, compared to last year's throw-everything-against-the-wall casting strategy, which resulted in a cast so overpopulated that some remained literal faces in the crowd at the season's [...]

Chris Pratt Tells Seth Meyers About the Time He Flashed Amy Poehler

Despite NBC explicitly telling him not to make public jokes about it, last night Chris Pratt told Seth Meyers a great story about the time he flashed Amy Poehler while filming a scene during the second season of Parks and Recreation instead of putting on the skin-colored briefs he was supposed to wear. Meyers even plays the clip of Poehler's reaction for good measure.

Here's the First Trailer of Chris Pratt in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

This trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy isn't very helpful if you don't know much about the comics or aren't sure whether the movie is a superhero drama or superhero comedy, but it features some funny people like Chris Pratt, John C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, plus Bradley Cooper voices a raccoon named Rocket wanted for vehicular theft and multiple lockdown escapes. So it's at least partially a comedy.

Glenn Howerton Auditioned for Chris Pratt's Role in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Earlier this year, Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt was announced as the surprising casting choice for Marvel's new summer tentpole superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy, but it turns out he wasn't the only comedic actor considered for the role. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Glenn Howerton revealed today, in a conference call to reporters, that he also auditioned for the role of Star-Lord in the film. In response to a question about whether he'd ever like to transition into movies like his Always Sunny cohort Charlie Day, who's starred in Pacific Rim and Horrible Bosses, Howerton replied, "I did audition recently for Guardians of the Galaxy, [...]

Watch the Trailer for 'The Lego Movie' Featuring Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, and Other People

Here's the trailer for The Lego Movie a new computer animated adventure comedy from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing team behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the 21 Jump Street reboot. The voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman (typecast as a character called "Metalbeard"), Charlie Day, and yes, that's Will Arnett as the voice of Batman.

Here's the Very First 'SNL' Season 40 Promo with Chris Pratt and Kate McKinnon

Saturday Night Live's 40th season kicks off this weekend with host Chris Pratt, and NBC released the above promo reel featuring Pratt and returning cast member Kate McKinnon talking Guardians of the Galaxy, getting bleeped for curse words, and taking advantage of Pratt's super strength to open some pickle jars.

What’s on TV This Week: Loads of Comedians on Late Night

This week Chris Pratt takes to the late night circuit to promote Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens on Friday — he'll be appearing on both The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Comedians Josh Wolf and Ron Funches, who frequent the Round Table on Chelsea Lately, will also be on late night this week. Other comedians to watch this week on late night include Scott Aukerman, Mike Birbiglia, Michelle Wolf, Aubrey Plaza, Paula Pell, Dana Carvey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Martin Lawrence.

Check out the week’s full comedy listings below:

Watch the Very Promising New Trailer for 'The Lego Movie'

A movie set entirely in a world of Legos could so easily go wrong, and yet this trailer for the upcoming action/comedy Lego Movie looks pretty great. Due out in February, Chris Pratt voices a regular Legoman who must save the Lego universe from Will Ferrell's evil Lord Business, who wants to glue the entire world together. The film also features the voices of Will Arnett as Lego Batman, Jonah Hill as Lego Green Lantern, Channing Tatum as Lego Superman, Cobie Smulders as Lego Wonder Woman, and Nick Offerman as character known as Metal Beard, with other voices by Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

Mike Schur Says 'Parks and Rec' Won't Acknowledge Chris Pratt's New Superhero Body

Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt is preparing to star in the new Marvel superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and last week, he tweeted this photo of his absurdly muscular new superhero body after six months of working out and not drinking beer. TV Guide asked Parks and Rec showrunner/co-creator Mike Schur how they're going to explain why Pratt looks this way in the new season, and he said they might not even address it.

"I was as shocked as everybody," Schur says. "I obviously knew he was getting in crazy good shape for this movie. He had already started by the time we wrapped last year. [...]