You thought we forgot about you again. You thought we weren’t going to have a new episode of The Flickcast and that we’d skipped a week. Well, you were wrong. Again. We’re just late … again.
On this week’s show Chris and Joe talk about the new Ghostbusters movie and trailer, Saturday Night Live, the current state of movie and TV comedy, J.K. Simmons’ new gig, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a whole lot more.
Picks this week include Chris’ pick of the Netflix series House of Cards (now back for Season 4) and and Joe’s pick of the classic movie Highlander, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Damn.
As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship, or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, at Facebook, Google+ or via email.
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We don’t often post videos from Saturday Night Live, but this one is pretty great. So sit back, relax and enjoy Lazy Sunday 2 — on a Sunday — in all its glory.
To say that people love celebrity train wrecks would be a bit of an understatement. The existence and popularity of shows like Celebrity Rehab, Kim & Kourtney Take New York, and every other reality on VH1 should prove above anything else that schadenfreude is at an all-time high.
That means that when the mother of all modern celebrity horror stories, Lindsay Lohan, hosts a live, anything-can-happen style comedy show, people are bound to tune in to see exactly what would and could go wrong. It turns out enough people tuned in for the episode to break a few records for the year, sadly. From THR:
Despite critics ripping apart Lohan’s fourth time hosting the late-night comedy sketch show, last night’s SNL delivered the show’s highest-scoring regular performance of the season, with a 5.5 overnight household rating.
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• Alec Baldwin is very excited to be the first host of this season of SNL, so excited he felt the need to hump Bill Heder.
• Netflix had a pretty big week, between splitting off into 2 companies and pissing off their clientele. This song pretty much explains it all.
• What happens when the world’s biggest game of dodgeball starts on a football field? Complete pandemonium.
• One of the wrongest-yet-funniest comedies on TV started back up this week as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returned to FX. In order to prep for the season, here is the blooper reel from last season.
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Those who watch NBC comedies Parks & Recreation, Community and Saturday Night Live know that some of the considered “favorites” of those shows consist of Donald Glover, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and Aubrey Plaza. Sure, there are a few others, but now we’re getting all of these names in one place with the new indie comedy The Hand Job.
Hader’s wife, Maggie Carey, is set to write and make her feature directorial debut on the coming-of-age story; Plaza will star as a type-A valedictorian who’s determined to lose her virginity before leaving for college. Project does not have a start date yet, as financing is still coming together.
In addition, TV veterans Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) have joined the ensemble, while Plaza’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” co-stars Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman have come aboard to provide comedic support.
So as if the list of stars wasn’t enough with NBC’s top four, they’re adding two Arrested Development alumni to the mix. This could just be the indie comedy (and hopefully more) of the year.
We’re just hoping they keep the title.
Last week may have had a few decent moments, but having someone like Miley Cyrus host Saturday Night Live will only get you so far. That’s why we’re all pretty excited to see Zach Galifiniakis return for a second time this weekend to host the show.
Nobody was sure if we’d see Zach again on the show, let alone this soon, as his last hosting gig didn’t go off as smoothly as it could have. The episode was full of awkward moments and missed jokes, but it seems that Lorne and the gang are ready to give the comedian a mulligan, and welcome him back with open arms.
In promoting this Saturday’s episode, both Zach and regular funnyman Andy Samberg recorded the typical TV spots for the network. We’ve got the whole list of them strung together, thanks to HULU.
Check out the reel after the jump, and join Andy and Zach on Saturday Night Live this Saturday at 11:30pm.
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Welcome to another edition of On the Radar where we delve into all corners of the entertainment, tech and geek Internets for news, views and whatnot that may have escaped our regular coverage during the week. Let is know if we missed something interesting.
Let’s get started!
• Will Smith is currently working on a remake of Annie with his daughter Willow taking on the titular role and having Daddy Warbucks played by himself. Nepotism Shmepotism.
• Let’s face it, horror is IN! Even Syfy is getting behind their newest reality show Face Off with a killer swag contest.
• Take a look at one of the ads Fox rejected for the SuperBowl. The sad part is that it isn’t even very clever, or very good…it just has cheating.
• In case you missed it, Pee Wee made his triumphant return to TV last week, as a guest star during SNL’s Digital Short. To say the least, he’s definitely not the classic Pee Wee we grew up with.
• Gamers rejoice as the world of portable gaming and 3D finally align with the Nintendo 3Ds. The only question is…where do I put my Avatar tail?
• In case you have trouble seeing Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. This may help you visualize it.
• Tarantino fan? Porn fan? Then this one is for you. The Reservoir Dogs porno.
• We love animated shorts, and this one, titled I’m a Monster is definitely one not to miss.
• There’s a brand new film out of China about a married couple who are also retired super heroes. The best part? Their names are Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. This…sounds…familiar…
It’s unfortunate that Saturday Night Live has gotten a rep for being pretty unfunny in the past couple of years. Everybody will, of course, claim “the show stopped being funny when X left” but the truth of the matter is that it becomes a completely different beast every few years, starting when they made the first major cast change back in 1980.
These days, the level of writing, led by head writer Seth Meyers, has been adapted to a younger audience. With bits like music videos from The Lonely Island or the one-liners in Weekend Update, they are definitely appealing to a crowd under the age of 30. Even a skit like MacGruber, which is based on a bumbling protagonist (Will Forte) and the inevitable explosion ending isn’t exactly highbrow comedy, but mostly visual humor and random vulgarity.
Sadly, that’s exactly where the film adaptation of MacGruber picks up. It continues the trend of sight gags that don’t really pay off and more vulgarity than an uncensored episode of South Park. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of SNL, Forte, and the MacGruber skit, but the film lives up to the low expectation everyone had for it, in just being a 30 second skit stretched out into 90 minutes.
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Saturday Night Live has had fans of comedy split into groups since its first major cast change in 1980. Since then, dozens of factions have formed who believe solely that “SNL stopped being funny when [INSERT NAME HERE] left the show.” That statement has been said about just about every past cast member going as far back as Chevy Chase and as current as Amy Pohler.
Recently, the show has had a resurgence in popularity. With the weekly digital shorts of Andy Samberg and his band, The Lonely Island, to some of the more popular skits getting made into feature-length films, such as MacGruber, which is in theaters Friday.
Two weeks ago, Lorne Michaels and his team did something a bit off-beat, and took a cue from a grassroots campaign through Facebook to get Betty White to host. The show got enormous ratings, pulling in nearly 12 million viewers during the live broadcast, which is a rarity in the era of DVR’s and HULU.
It seems that they were able to keep the ball rolling, as the next episode, which was this past Saturday’s season finale, pulled in some of the highest ratings for the show in half of a decade. The finale, which featured host Alec Baldwin and musical guest Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, averaged a 5.8 rating and a 14 share, which is the highest for a season finale since 2005 when Lindsay Lohan hosted.
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Though our vote may have already been cast for Hot Tub Time Machine to go down as the “Comedy of the Year”, we are still early in the running, and by the looks of it, MacGruber may put up quite a fight.
We got our first look at the film back in January, with matching green and red band trailers. Since then, things have been a bit quiet while the film debuted at SXSW last month. Nothing but rave reviews have come from that screening, and we’re all pretty excited to hear more.
Before we get closer to the film’s release date, however, we’ve got some great new marketing for the film on the way. Starting with an awesome new iPhone app which comes with some great tools like The Mullet Generator, Bomb Defuser Challenge, a cool soundboard, and more.
MacGruber is also now trolling around on Twitter, being outrageous, and only a little inappropriate. Finally, there’s a brand new red band trailer, this time focusing more on Val Kilmer’s “Von Cunth” character.
Check that out after the jump, and be sure to catch MacGruber in theaters on May 21. By clicking through you certify you are eighteen years of age or older.
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