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‘Saturday Night Live’ Goes Live Nationwide for Final Four Episodes

For the first time in its storied history, NBC’s iconic late-night franchise “Saturday Night Live,” which is delivering its most-watched season in 24 years, will be broadcast live simultaneously across the country for its final four shows of the season — April 15, May 6, 13 and 20.

“‘SNL’ — enjoying its most popular season in two decades — is part of the national conversation, and we thought it would be a great idea to broadcast to the west and mountain time zones live at the same time it’s being seen in the east and central time zones,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time. Kudos to Lorne Michaels, the producers and cast for making ‘SNL’ one of the most relevant and anticipated shows in the zeitgeist.”

Each episode will air live at:

11:30 p.m. Eastern
10:30 p.m. Central
9:30 p.m. Mountain
8:30 p.m. Pacific

For the Mountain and Pacific time zones, “SNL” will be repeated at 11:30 p.m.

The hosts for these shows are as follows:

April 15 – Jimmy Fallon
May 6 – Chris Pine
May 13 – Melissa McCarthy
May 20 – Dwayne Johnson

The musical guests for these shows will be announced at a later date.

So far this season, “Saturday Night Live” originals are averaging a 3.57 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.022 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research. This makes it the show’s top-rated season at this point in eight years in 18-49 (since 2008-09) and most-watched season in 24 years (since 1992-93).

Versus year-ago averages, “SNL” is up +21% in adult 18-49 rating (3.57 vs. 2.94) and up 2.2 million persons or +26% in total viewers with 11.022 million.

The show has garnered high praise from critics this season, including acclaim for the work of Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer.

Said Variety: “Political turmoil has been very, very good to ‘Saturday Night Live,’” while New York Magazine added, “Every single sketch ‘SNL’ wrote for Alec Baldwin as Trump was comedically masterful.”

Ghostbusters (2016) – Movie Review

Ghostbusters returned in a brand new reboot. Yes, it features a new timeline, new reality and new cast.

Release Date: July 15, 2016
Writer: Paul Feig
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) is a university professor of physics looking to obtain tenure at her job. Her problem is in the past she wrote a book with her childhood friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) proving the physics around the paranormal. Basically, she proved through science that ghosts exist. Abby recently published that book and now Erin’s job is on the line.

Meanwhile, New York is experiencing an increased level of paranormal activity. Someone is place devices throughout the city that amplifies that manifestation of such ghosts. Abby with her partner, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), convince Erin to investigate the occurrence at a local historical landmark. Then again in a subway tunnel, where they meet Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). This is the origin story of the new Ghostbusters.

The original Ghostbusters was never really a movie about guys who battle ghosts. It was an ensemble piece featuring Harold Ramis, Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray. The purpose of the movie was to put these guys together and make a funny movie.

The new Ghostbusters is exactly the same thing. Bring together the talents of Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones and make a funny movie. The cast is perfect and well balanced. Wiig and McCarthy are the anchors to the team and together are a modern-day female Laurel and Hardy. Wiig playing the straight person and McCarthy walking the two into trouble.

Fans of Saturday Night Live will love the performances of McKinnon and Jones. Kate McKinnon has some brilliant moments on screen, especially at the end. Leslie Jones bring much-needed energy to the ensemble and plays the perfect contrast in attitude for the ensemble.

The story is fine. Paul Feig always manages to string together a solid story and the acting makes up for any perceived weaknesses in plot and science talk. The ending is a little problematic as all the little fantastic moments throughout the film lead up to a less than spectacular ending. What I’m saying is the small fight scenes with the ghost are exciting and fun to watch and it leads to a climax that does not match the events leading to it.

Feig manages to pay homage to the original Ghostbusters. The surviving members (sans Rick Moranis) make cameos throughout the film. Bill Murray manages to slip in the film with a character that moves the plot along. Feig also likes to throw a few curveballs at moments you would expect an obvious reference to the past. He’s real good at that.

But I laughed and that’s the job of comedies. Make me laugh and you will too. Put these four actresses in any movie and I’ll watch it.

St. Vincent – Movie Review

Why are my favorite comedians making amazing dramatic movies? I want them to make me laugh, not cry. St. Vincent is a fantastic story starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Noami Watt. It also features the screen debut of child actor, Jaeden Lieberher.

Release Date: October 10, 2014
Director/Writer: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour 43 minutes

St. Vincent is the story of Vincent (Bill Murray). His life as a gambler and drunk is turned upside down when Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) move into the home next door. Their relationship starts off rocky, to say the least as the moving van knocks a branch off Vincent’s tree and lands on his car.

Maggie is a loving mother who works long hours, in hopes of living independent of her philandering husband, David (Scott Adsit) and Oliver becomes a latch-key kid. At his first day at school, Oliver’s clothes, keys, and cellphone are stolen during gym by the school bullies. Unable to get into his house, Oliver asked Vincent if he can use his phone. Vincent takes him in and agrees to babysit on a regular basis for Oliver.

At his new school, Oliver’s teacher Brother Geraghty (Chris O’Dawd) encourages the students to consider what makes a saint and who are modern day saints. You know where this is going.

The movie centers on the relationship between the rough, abrasive Vincent and the bullied, new kid, Oliver. As we see Vincent softening and becoming a friend to Oliver, we also see the rest of his life becoming more complicated. These complications include his pregnant call-girlfriend (Naomi Watts), the love/hate relationship with this local bartender and the loan shark he’s indebted to. Oliver is also forced to tag along in Vincent’s day-to-day life including frequent trips to the race track, trips to his local watering hole and the senior center where his visits a particular patient every week.

Maggie, on the other hand, struggles to raise her son as a single parent, working long her and her life is complicated when her ex-husband wants full custody of her son.

The movie moves toward the inevitable as Vincent, Maggie and Oliver’s lives ultimately collapses under the weight of everything wrong in their lives. That’s what needs to happen in a well-told story.

St. Vincent is the classic tale of old guy and kid, who manage to form a friendship. Uncle Buck is the best one that comes to mind. The boy teaches the old man to confront the pain of his past as the boy learns to grow and confront the problems of his present tribulations. Writer/Director Theodore Melfi manages to take a tried-and-true plot and make a masterful movie that will leave you sobbing in the end.

Melfi does an admirable job taking borderline over-the-top characters and grounds them in reality. For example, Melissa McCarthy plays an overworked mother to perfection. She has no jokes per se, but shows us that she can act and be believable. Chris O’Dawd plays the priest/teacher with grounded humor and likability, you almost feel his comedic talents are wasted if, not for the fact that he can act.

Newcomer, Jaeden Lieberher does what I want to see in all child actors. I wish all child actors would play their age. Lieberher plays his age well. At no point, do you think he’s just reading lines from a script and he is acting as any 12-year-old should act. He’s not smarter than twelve, he is twelve.

Let’s face it, we all came to see Bill Murray. The guy you see on screen is Bill Murray. The very Bill Murray and we love and admire. Sure, he is sporting a very non-West Coast accent. He plays rough and gruff very well. The story though throws a few curveballs to the character that forces very radical changes. This is where Murray shines and you see the character change over the course of the film.

St. Vincent has been described as a chick-flick. There are certainly elements of that: Vincent’s defense of his friends, Oliver’s quest to argue Vincent’s sainthood and Maggie being pushed to her emotional and physical extreme to save her son. See this film for what it is…Bill Murray continuing quest to prove to everyone he can touch our hearts and our funny bones.