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Adapting a popular Saturday Night Live sketch into a movie is a difficult task, but Mike Myers is one of the few people who's done it successfully. The first Wayne's World was such a major hit that it made adapting "It's Pat" and "Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley" seem like good ideas. After Wayne's World became a massive win for Myers, he began adapting his second and third most popular characters into films. His "Coffee Talk" movie deal quickly collapsed, but in 1998, coming off of the first Austin [...]
The Academy of Arts & Sciences held a Wayne's World reunion panel following a screening of the movie last night in LA, with stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey present to celebrate the film's 21st anniversary. Joining Myers and Carvey at the panel were Wayne's World villain Rob Lowe, director Penelope Spheeris, producer (and Academy president) Hawk Koch, and producer Lorne Michaels. Tickets to the event sold out in 90 seconds.
A lotofnewsoutlets have been incorrectly reporting that Myers and Carvey ended a longstanding feud to appear at the panel together last night, but that's not really the case. Things have been [...]
It’s hard to imagine SNL ever being canceled, but a few times throughout the long-running sketch show’s history, it’s come close to demise. There have been several points in Saturday Night Live’s history where it’s been on the chopping block (1980, 1981, 1985), but the most recent time the iconic comedies series stared down the specter of cancellation was 1995, the biggest transitional moment the show has faced in over 20 years. At the end of the 1994-95 season, Chris Farley and Adam Sandler – both well-regarded and talented performers – had led the show into a creative doldrums, resulting in a scathing New York magazine piece.
"I've never thought that I was going to be discovered. I just didn't think that — I just thought I'd be somebody who was a hard worker. And for me things started to happen once I completely gave up the concept of being discovered, and I in essence discovered what I wanted to do. That would be my advice to young performers: Don't want to be famous. Want to be legendary, but in many ways, fame is the industrial disease of creativity — it's a sludgy byproduct of making things."
Last year, Mike Myers surprisingly announced that he was making his directorial debut with a documentary about show business manager Shep Gordon, and here's the trailer for that movie, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. It looks to be a fun and celebrity-filled look at Gordon's life and career, if a little inside. "I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne’s World. I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr. Magoo," Myers explains. "I’ve been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally he said yes." Supermensch hits theaters [...]
It's been four years since Mike Myers made his last live action movie, but he's set to return to the feature world on the other side of the camera this time around. Deadline reports that Myers is set to make his directorial debut on a documentary called Supermensch. Myers will also produce the film, which will follow the life of Shep Gordon, a veteran talent manager with a reputation as one of the nicest people in the industry. He's represented Blondie, Luther Vandross, Raquel Welch, among others.
Myers became friends with Gordon while working on Wayne's World over 20 years ago when he was seeking to use a song [...]
The Wayne's World gang is getting back together. But don't get too excited, it's just to talk about the movie, not to make another one. THRreports that Wayne's World producer Lorne Michaels will host a reunion panel at LA's Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences following a screening of the film on April 23rd. Joining him will be stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey and director Penelope Spheeris. Spheeris had a falling out with Myers after he banned her from directing the sequel for ignoring his editing suggestions, but everything is patched up now. Spheeris tells THR, "We're all getting too old to be pissed. Wayne's [...]
Ever since the first Wayne's World movie became a surprise hit, making $183 million from of a scant $20 million budget, releasing a sea of catchphrases into the public consciousness and turning Mike Myers and Dana Carvey into actors in high demand, Lorne Michaels and his producing partners have been searching for the next big SNL movie. In the three years that followed, Hollywood released a string of SNL spin-offs that failed to reach Wayne's World's level of success, including Coneheads, It's Pat, Stuart Saves His Family, and a second Wayne's World film. In 1995, because of the underperformance of these titles and SNL hitting a creative slump, several [...]
Mike Myers paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon at The Tonight Show last night, so Fallon decided to bring out some posters for a few little-known movies the two once starred in together, including an instant classic conjoined twins movie as well as one of Myers's finest rodential pictures. Click through for another clip from the interview.
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited for a Wayne's World panel in LA this week, with Lorne Michaels and Rob Lowe also joining them, and here's video of that very panel for those of us who weren't there in case you want to see it or have to lie about being there as an alibi.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
Whether you know him best for Party on, Garth, Yeahhh baby!, or It's like buttah, Mike Myers remains one of SNL's most talented creators of original characters as well as one of its biggest smash-hit successes. While his film career has slowed in recent years (or in the case of The Love Guru and The Cat in the Hat, stopped cold), on SNL he [...]
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