April 23, 2014

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Kristen Wiig Photos: Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day” is Kristen Wiig.

Kristen Wiig is hotter than ever. After her movie “Bridesmaids” has become the biggest “female R rated movie” of all time, she also has a much deserved Emmy nomination for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” In addition to that, Wiig is in the middle of shooting a movie called “Revenge of Jolly”, directed by shortfilm maker Chadd Harboid and written by her boyfriend Brian Petsos. Enjoy this hilarious star’s gallery!
Kristen Carroll Wiig (born August 22, 1973) is an American film and television actress who currently appears as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Wiig is a member of improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, and has appeared in several films and television series, including Bridesmaids, MacGruber, Flight of the Conchords, Adventureland, Ghost Town, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Paul. She was also the voice of Ruffnut in How to Train Your Dragon and Miss Hattie in Despicable Me. She is the voice of Lola Bunny in the series The Looney Tunes Show.

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Will Forte added to “Rock of Ages” cast

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Wait, MacGruber is joining the ensemble of “Rock of Ages?”
OK, it’s too much to hope that Will Forte’s clueless secret agent will be included in Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, but THR does report that the “Saturday Night Live” comedian has been added to a cast that already includes Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Forte will play Mitch Miley, the head anchor of a network news show. As the trade reports, the character wasn’t in the stage musical. And with Forte in the part, it’s unlikely he’ll just be seen on a TV in the background.
More on “Rock of Ages” as it develops.
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Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris up for Cohen’s “The Dictator”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: No one’s saying Kristen Wiig isn’t popular. Her “Saturday Night Live” skits usually are the only reason to hit Hulu on a Sunday morning, and her presence actually elevated flat garbage like “MacGruber.”
But when “Bridesmaids” hits later this summer, Wiig is going to blow up. Blow up real good. She’s about to become a major player, and will likely have her pick of choice projects once people see that she can be funny, sweet, raunchy and endearing … usually in the same scene.
So if “The Dictator” producers are smart (and a little bit lucky), they will lock Wiig up for its lead role before “Bridesmaids” catapults her to another stratosphere.
THR says Wiig is one of three actresses being considered for the part opposite Sacha Baron Cohen. Anna Faris and “Community” star Gillian Jacobs are the other two talents reportedly in consideration for a comedy inspired by Saddam Hussein’s novel “Zabibah and the King.” In what sounds like a riff on Charlie Chaplin’s legendary “The Great Dictator,” Cohen would play both a goat-herder and an oppressive dictator.
They really can’t go wrong with Faris or Jacobs. Both ladies are funny, and Cohen likely will do all of the heavy lifting.
But casting Wiig would put “Dictator” on another level. We’ll see if they can get the job done.
“The Dictator” has a May 11, 2012 release date, as of right now.
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The Moments that Mattered: Summer Movies

HollywoodNews.com: We’ll see if my schedule allows me to do a compressive ‘end of summer’ box office wrap-up, but since summer 2010 doesn’t officially end until September 3rd, I figure I’ve got time. But for now, here is a rundown of the various scenes, performances, moments, and miscues that defined the summer just past. Because sometimes, discussing the ‘parts’ is more fun than discussing the ‘whole’. I’ll try to avoid divulging plot twists and the like, but consider this a SPOILER WARNING.
Funniest moment of the summer: the demonstration goes horribly wrong in ‘Splice.’
No fair spoiling it here, but there’s a moment about halfway through the otherwise taut and terrific sci-fi horror picture where Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are giving a corporate presentation regarding their recent scientific endeavors. Let’s just say it’s easily the most outrageously funny scene of this nature since ‘ED-209′ told that unlucky executive to put down the gun in ‘Robocop.’
Best moment in a bad film: The action climax of ‘The Last Airbender’
There are no more heartbreaking disappointment this summer than watching M. Night Shyamalan, the man who made two of the best films of the last fifteen years (‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Unbreakable’), completely and utterly fall apart in every way. But even in this horribly-acted, poorly paced, and terribly-written tragedy, there were those moments when you realize what M. Night Shyamalan might have been able to deliver if he was willing to play director-for-hire on any other action picture. Long, fluid takes of hundreds of warriors throwing supernatural weapons and magic at each other, with every bit of it crystal clear and every beat easy to understand: this is the stuff of real movie magic. As bad as the film is, the action finale of ‘The Last Airbender’ is a bravura action sequence that only makes the movie’s failure that much more unfortunate. Ironically for a man who was once destined to be the next Spielberg/Lucas, I today speak of Shyamalan in the vein of Luke Skywalker and Padmé Amidala trying to convince people that Anakin Skywalker still has ‘some good in him’.
Most astonishingly inept technical choice: ‘Salt’s’ theme song sing-along.
I’ve written about this elsewhere, but there was no more head-slappingly boneheaded decision this year by a filmmaker then whomever chose to have a orchestral theme song for the Angelina Jolie spy thriller that literally has singers chanting ‘Salt! Salt! Salt!’ when Jolie goes [...]

Will Forte signs off ‘SNL’ on a strong note

HollywoodNews.com: Will Forte, who has been on “Saturday Night Live” for the last seven seasons, is leaving the show.
Forte was best known on the show for the character he took to the big screen: MacGruber, a knock-off of ‘80s TV action star “MacGyver.” “MacGruber,” an economically priced comedy, bombed at the May box office making $8.5 million. Other Forte “SNL” alter egos include Tim Calhoun, a soft-spoken political candidate and Jon Bovi, a member of the Bon Jovi “opposite tribute band.”
In an e-mail message through his spokesperson, Forte was extremely gracious to the show’s producer Lorne Michaels: “After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from ‘S.N.L.’ to pursue new opportunities. He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.”
Forte is an alum of the Groundlings sketch comedy school who amped his showbiz resume as a story editor on “Third Rock From the Sun” and “That ‘70s Show” before joining “SNL.”
The New York Times had the news.
Weeks before the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” it is typical for the show to make new cast hires and fires. However, for many of the show’s respected vets’ exits in the past, i.e. Molly Shannon and Chris Kattan, “SNL” often gives them a ‘send-off’ episode at either the mid season or finale point.
Often, those actors, like Forte, who thrive on “Saturday Night Live” are those who create staple characters, typically whose ‘catch-phrase’ alter egos can be branded on T-shirts and mugs, i.e. Dan Aykroyd’s Coneheads, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s “Wayne’s World” hosts.
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Adam Sandler: 15 years after ‘SNL’, he’s still top dog at the B.O.

HollywoodNews.com: There’s usually a life expectancy for a “Saturday Night Live” alum at the box office, however, Adam Sandler is showing signs of beating that.
With his summer sleeper “Grown Ups,” about to chalk up $160 million, the comedian is seeing his best run at the B.O. in more than a decade.
The Los Angeles Times analyzes the comedy’s gross:
That’s four times its opening-weekend take, a very high multiple that indicates word of mouth on the film about high school friends who reunite in middle age has been unusually good.
Sandler hasn’t enjoyed a multiple that good on any of his trademark PG-13 comedies since 1998′s “The Waterboy” and 1999′s “Big Daddy,” both of which had box-office performances nearly identical to “Grown Ups.”

That’s amazing for a “SNL” alum who left the show 15 years ago in 1995. Typically due to waning tastes in comedy, and the emergence of fresh “SNL” talent on the screen, young male moviegoers turn their back on the titans. Recently, that hasn’t been the case as audiences turned their noses up to “MacGruber” starring current SNLers Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. The May comedy tanked making $8.5 million. A similar situation occurred with 2007′s “Hot Rod,” an Andy Samberg vehicle which only made $13.9 million at the August B.O.
It’s all a testament to Sandler’s strength as an actor, writer and producer. He knows the guffaws which moviegoers want. Like Stallone, who assembled, vintage action stars in this weekend’s No. 1 film, “The Expendables,” Sandler brought together his old “SNL” buddies Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade – making it more of a must-see film. Sony and Relativity Media, who financed “Grown Ups” spent from $70-$80 million on the film and it’s set to turn a decent profit.
Arguably, Chevy Chase’s hot streak at the B.O. lasted for 13 years after he departed the hit NBC sketch show in 1976. Chase hit his B.O. high with 1989’s “Christmas Vacation” ($71.3 million) before his grosses slid him into character actor work. Bill Murray also enjoyed a 13-year ride as a B.O. star after leaving “SNL” in 1980. 1993’s “Groundhog Day” ($70.9 million) was his last star comedy vehicle that did well before they crashed and he morphed into a highly coveted absurdist arthouse star which nabbed him an Oscar nom for 2003’s “Lost in [...]

MacGruber’s Kristen Wiig didn’t enjoy sex scene with costar Will Forte

hollywoodnews.com: MacGruber’s Kristen Wiig said that it was “pretty bad” shooting a sex scene with her MacGruber costar Will Forte — because he’s “kind of like my brother.”
“Have you ever had anyone sweat on you? Like really drip sweat on you? It’s not that fun,” she said.
“But it’s Will, and as creepy as it sounds, he’s kind of like my brother. So it made it not as bad, but it was a pretty sweaty day. It was pretty bad.”
“We were on satin sheets that really don’t absorb anything, they kind of just turn to paper. And we were laughing and we didn’t know what we were doing!”

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Hollywood Movie Roundup: “Shrek” Always, but not 4ever

BY Kevin Crust
HollywoodNews.com: The summer fare keeps coming with nary an original idea in sight. This week’s offerings boast a distinct “Saturday Night Live” vibe, featuring a showdown between prominent alums and current cast members.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER
“Shrek the Third” disappointed animation fans so expectations are on hold for what is promised as the “final” installment, released in the now de rigueur three dimensions. The stars, including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas, are back as the big green guy gets into trouble after entering into an ill-advised contract with the nefarious Rumplestiltskin.  Director Mike Mitchell (“Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo,” “Sky High”) takes the helm. Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke wrote the script.
The reviews are split fairly evenly between critics who believe there is still a bit of magic in Far, Far Away Land and those who are ready to stick a fork in it. Those that do find some remaining charm — including Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, Stephen Holden of the New York Times and Claudia Puig of USA Today — attribute it to the continuing antics of the series’ enduring characters and performers. John Anderson of Variety, on the other hand, notes the unfortunate borrowing of plot from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and labels the “dead-eyed” “Shrek” a franchise that time has passed by — visually, musically, comedically, and, especially, technologically. The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern is dazzled by one enchanting set piece, but otherwise grouses that “Shrek” tries both audience’s patience and love.
Even with inflation and the higher ducat price for 3D, the fourth installment of the ogre opera will likely fall short of the second and third “Shrek” films that earned $108M and $123M, respectively, in 2004 and 2007. Nevertheless, “Forever’s” expected $90-105M haul will easily earn the week’s top spot over such holdovers as “Iron Man 2″ and “Robin Hood.” With the release slate cleared of family films for four weeks until “Toy Story 3″ arrives, DreamWorks is aiming to eclipse “Shrek the Third’s” tally of $323M.

“SHREK FOREVER AFTER” TRAILER
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Will Forte‘s “MacGyver” parody makes the leap from SNL skit to big screen movie as the resourceful former Special Forces operative is called upon to save Washington, D.C. from nuclear annihilation. Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe co-star. Forte teamed with SNL writers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone on the script. Taccone also direted.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes [...]

“MacGruber” is a bomb, while “The Square” rivets with unpredictable thrills

By Sean O’Connell
MacGruber (*1/2 out of 4)
If Pixar and its animated output is Hollywood’s safest bet, then full-length features derived from brief “Saturday Night Live” skits have to be the industry’s riskiest gamble. It’s possible you’ll end up with a “Blues Brothers” or a “Wayne’s World,” comedies that extend their single-joke premise and expand the universe for their potentially amusing characters. But more often than not, you’re destined for an unimaginative dud like “The Ladies Man,” “It’s Pat,” “A Night at the Roxbury,” “Superstar” and, now, “MacGruber.” Why do studios continue to green light such projects? Russian roulette players have better survival rates.
The running gag in a “MacGruber” sketch is that the incompetent hero, played by Will Forte as a poor-man’s version of Richard Dean Anderson’s television adventurer MacGuyver, usually explodes right before he does something lewd or ridiculous. In a recent episode, a bomb MacGruber meant to disarm goes off right before he French kisses his grandmother (Betty White).
Without network censors breathing down their necks, Forte and his team (which includes writer-director Jorma Taccone and co-writer John Solomon) are able to show you how far they’re willing to go in a “MacGruber” sketch. It ain’t pretty. What starts as a smart send-up of 1980s action thrillers — with the deepest homage paid to Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo series — rapidly devolves into the usual, disgusting piss and shit jokes writers use as lame crutches. If MacGruber has his back against the wall and he feels he has exhausted all options, he’ll graciously offer to give another man a blowjob. In fact, he won’t take no for an answer. And when MacGruber needs to distract heavily armed terrorists, he strips naked and sticks a stalk of celery up his ass. Do these jokes make you laugh? You’re in luck. They’ll be repeated multiple times throughout this blessedly short “comedy.”
There’s not much to say about the acting in “MacGruber.” Forte’s his earnest, uninformed self, though he does affect an aggressive side when he stands off against Ryan Phillippe, cast as an all-American soldier and the straight man to Forte’s renegade. Phillippe’s presence kind of strips the usually funny Kristen Wiig of any motivation. She’s supposed to be MacGruber’s right-hand woman, but then she morphs into his love interest. She looks like she wishes she had funnier lines. So does Val Kilmer, who has a few inconsequential scenes as MacGruber’s arch nemesis, Dieter [...]

Kristen Wiig is wigging out as “Clown Girl”

By Hollywood News Staff
Hollywoodnews.com: “Saturday Night Live” actress Kristen Wiig is literally wigging out and looking at the book “Clown Girl” as her next film.
Wiig will star as Nita, a women in throes of life whose alter ego is Sniffes, a professional clown. Nita gets lost in Sniffes as a means to forego her prostitution fetish. The 2001 novel was written by Monica Drake.
Digital Spy tracked the story on the web.
Since first appearing on “Saturday Night Live” in 2005, Wiig has quickly been recognized by the industry as the Cate Blancett of comedy and has been coveted for her mult-personality talent. Wiig will next be seen in MacGruber, opening May 21 in US cinemas.
She also has three films coming out, the Universal animated film “Despicable Me,” Andrew Jarecki’s drama “All Good Things” and Greg Mottola’s “Paul.”

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