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 [...]
It looks like Paul Rudd's Anchorman director Adam McKay is now out of the running to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel's Ant-Man. According to Variety, McKay met with Marvel on Friday but ended up passing on the project. "And yes, met w/Marvel," McKay confirmed on Twitter late Friday night. "Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I'm committed to. Not sure it can work."
If the rumored directors up for consideration are accurate, this leaves We're the Millers' Rawson Thurber and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer as the last comedy directors in the running to replace Wright. According to [...]
On Friday, Marvel and director Edgar Wright announced that they were parting ways on the upcoming superhero movie Ant-Man. No official reason, beyond creative differences, has yet been announced, but Wright broke his silence on the matter Saturday night by tweeting the edited photo to the left. According to ScreenRant, Wright quickly deleted the photo, which features silent film star/writer/director Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto ice cream cone (Wright's trilogy of movies are known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy).
With the photo, which Wright titled "Selfie," the director is referencing troubles Buster Keaton had with studio MGM when he signed a contract with them in 1928. Keaton said, [...]
On this special comic book episode: Infinite Crossover, Doctor Doom has the hiccups, the Joker consults with his decorator, the X-Men smell someone smoking weed at 9 AM, Spider-Man goes suburban, Captain Britain, a slumber party gets into some Thor Loko, The Invisible Woman has advice on browsing the internet safely, and the Reverse Punisher.
Left Handed Radio is written and performed by Adam Bozarth, Matt Little, Anna Rubanova, and Brett White with Halle Kiefer, Dom Manzolillo, and John Timothy.
Marvel has made a surprising casting choice for its upcoming big superhero franchise Guardians of the Galaxy by hiring actor Chris Pratt, best known for his role as Andy Dwyer on NBC's Parks and Recreation, to play one of the lead characters. Deadline reports that Pratt will play Star-Lord (real name Peter Quill), a NASA astronaut who's the offspring of a human mother and an alien father and becomes the leader of the central team of superheroes known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, which also includes Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Gamora. Those roles haven't been cast yet.
Pratt's casting ends a long search by Marvel and director James [...]