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Meryl Streep: No, I Didn't Know of 'Inexcusable' Weinstein Acts

She calls women who have gone public 'heroes'

(Newser) - One common refrain being heard about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment debacle is that his behavior was the worst-kept secret in Hollywood. And that has left people wondering why prominent, longtime collaborators never spoke up. On Monday, none other than Meryl Streep addressed that very question. "Not everybody knew,... More »

The Pathos- Driven Rise of Kate McKinnon

In 'VF' interview, 'SNL' comedian touches on empathy she drew on to play Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Kate McKinnon is dressed down ("real-person down," without makeup and in sneakers and a baggy tee) and skittish like a cat, reacting so warily to her interview with Lili Anolik for Vanity Fair that Anolik realizes she's "going to have to approach her slowly, carefully, no... More »

For 43rd Season of SNL, 3 New Cast Members

Ryan Gosling, Jay-Z help get the season started this weekend

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z are the host and featured musical act, respectively, on Saturday Night Live this weekend as the show kicks off its 43rd season, but they won't be the only fresh faces on the set. An NBC statement notes three newbies—Groundlings veteran Heidi Gardner, comic Chris... More »

The 2017 Emmy Nominations Are Here

22 nods each for 'Westworld,' 'SNL'

(Newser) - Emmy nominations are out, and Saturday Night Live and Westworld are in the lead with 22 nods each, the AP reports. One of the nominations for HBO's Westworld was outstanding drama series, a category that also included AMC's Better Call Saul, Hulu's The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC'... More »

SNL's 'Drunk Uncle' Is Taking His Leave

Bobby Moynihan departing show after 9 seasons

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live is going to need a new " Drunk Uncle ." When Bobby Moynihan shares the same stage this weekend with the Rock and Katy Perry for the season finale, it will be his last as an SNL cast member, leaving after nine seasons on the show, Deadline... More »

'Sean Spicer' Seen Cruising Through NYC on His Podium

That would be Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

(Newser) - On Wednesday, she donned her press secretary suit to "I'm So Pretty" as she prepared to host this weekend's Saturday Night Live. On Friday, Melissa McCarthy went full-out Sean Spicer, "from the bushes to the streets" of New York City, riding her Segway-like podium right past... More »

Melissa McCarthy Transforms Into Sean Spicer in Promo

To a song from 'West Side Story'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has said Melissa McCarthy could "dial it back a bit" when she portrays him on Saturday Night Live, but from the latest promo, it doesn't appear the actress will be taking the White House press secretary's suggestion—though she does show a softer, more show-tuney... More »

5 Things We Learned From Alec Baldwin's Memoir

Including the fact that he didn't prepare much for his first Trump impression

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin's Nevertheless: A Memoir is out this month, and Vanity Fair has an excerpt in which the actor discusses his Saturday Night Live hosting stints, 30 Rock, and, of course, his President Trump impression. Five stories:
  1. On his decision to do a TV show: He learned about the
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Kate McKinnon's SNL Costume Changes Are Impressive

Team had just one commercial break to change her from Jeff Sessions to a mermaid

(Newser) - Kate McKinnon is pretty impressive, sure, but so is the Saturday Night Live make-up team. SNL has released a video from the March 11 show, in which the team had just one commercial break to transform McKinnon from Jeff Sessions into Shud the mermaid. The time-lapse video shows them getting... More »

SNL Will Do Something It's Never Done Before

It's going live across the country

(Newser) - Beginning April 15, Saturday Night Live will truly be live across America for the first time in its 42-year history. For the last four episodes of the current season, SNL—normally delayed in the West—will be aired live across all time zones at 11:30pm Eastern, 10:30pm Central,... More »

Rosie O'Donnell to SNL: I'll Be Your Bannon

She's willing to portray top Trump aide after Spicer skit leaves White House 'rattled'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer may have laughed off Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live, but the White House is in fact "rattled," reports Politico , noting "it was Spicer's portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president's eyes." As one... More »

Spicer Has Tip for Melissa McCarthy

She 'could dial it back' a bit, he says

(Newser) - Sean Spicer got so many texts Sunday morning on his way out of church, "I thought there was either a national emergency or something really funny happened, and it turns out it was that clip from Saturday Night Live" in which Melissa McCarthy played him , the White House press... More »

SNL Writer Suspended Over Barron Trump Tweet

Katie Rich had joked Barron Trump would become 'homeschool shooter'

(Newser) - The Saturday Night Live writer who penned a since-deleted tweet mocking Donald Trump's 10-year-old son has been suspended from her duties on the show. Katie Rich tweeted Friday that Barron Trump "will be this country's first homeschool shooter." The tweet was swiftly condemned; Rich deleted it... More »

SNL Nabs Dave Chappelle, A Tribe Called Quest

It seems 2016 is trying to turn itself around at the last minute

(Newser) - America cried out for good news on the final Friday before the 2016 election, and lo a single tweet answered its call. Dave Chappelle will be hosting the Nov. 12 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, Deadline reports. "It’s the Tribe y’... More »

SNL's Hot New Sketch? What Is Black Jeopardy

Some say it's the 'best sketch in recent memory'

(Newser) - SNL may have opened Saturday's show with a spoof of the latest presidential debate , but it saved its best skit for later. A black host, two black contestants, a white guy named Doug wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, get together for an episode of Black Jeopardy... More »

Stephen Baldwin: Alec's Trump Impersonation Not 'Very Funny'

We need to be taking this election seriously, he says

(Newser) - Blood is not thicker than politics, at least when it comes to Stephen Baldwin's opinion of brother Alec Baldwin's Saturday Night Live gig. Alec, of course, has been playing Donald Trump on SNL , and Stephen, an avowed Trump supporter , is not impressed. "He’s got the voice... More »

SNL Gets Hollywood Star for Its New Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin will play the candidate during the upcoming season

(Newser) - People were already having a hard time telling Jack Donaghy and Donald Trump apart , so why not? According to the Hollywood Reporter , Alec Baldwin will be playing Trump during the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, starting with the season premiere Oct. 1. Trump was most recently portrayed by current... More »

SNL Gets Its First Latina Cast Member

Melissa Villasenor appeared on 'America's Got Talent'

(Newser) - Three are out, three are in: Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villasenor have been announced as the new cast members for Saturday Night Live's 42nd season, premiering Oct. 1. Day has been a writer on the show since 2013 and is also a member of comedy group the... More »

David Spade Reveals the Worst SNL Host

Steven Seagal, he says

(Newser) - The worst Saturday Night Live host of David Spade's tenure? Steven Seagal. Spade revealed that tidbit while promoting his new memoir on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday , reports Rolling Stone . Cohen asked Spade to name someone on SNL Spade thought was "overrated," and Spade... More »

Tracy Morgan Rocks SNL Stage One Year After Deadly Crash

Larry David, cast of '30 Rock' also showed up

(Newser) - Just a month after he surprised everyone with an appearance at the Emmys , Tracy Morgan went back "home" on Saturday night—to the stage on Saturday Night Live as its host, the AP reports. "I'm back, it feels so good to be here," he announced to... More »

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