James Franco returned to host ‘SNL’ for the third time (though, it seems like more) and for the first time since 2009 (which doesn’t seem quite right either). A lot has happened in the two weeks that ‘SNL’ has been gone and the show certainly didn’t ignore what has happened, but did they do enough? It’s a tough call. This is a comedy show after all and has never been an all-encompassing current events show like, say, ‘The Daily Show.’ Even though he was the host, Franco kind of felt like a non-factor. On one hand, he blended in with the cast, which is always welcome, but musical guest Nicki Minaj seemed to have more of a presence. Anyway, off we go to this week’s Scorecard…
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In many ways, NBC’s much-mocked ‘Peter Pan Live’ was already a parody of itself the moment it was conceived, making the thought of an ‘SNL’ riff feel completely and totally unnecessary. And yet the show’s take on the production has just enough good stuff to be worthy of your time, especially if the thought of guest host James Franco playing Christopher Walken playing Captain Hook sounds appealing to you.
‘SNL’ was off the week that the first ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer broke the internet with its record-breaking release. However, like any comedy variety show worth its salt, it didn’t miss a beat when it returned this week, crafting a parody trailer that’s as hilariously mean-spirited as it is funny.
Since James Franco was around to host this week’s ‘SNL’ as part of promoting his upcoming comedy ‘The Interview,’ it was inevitable that his frequent collaborator and co-star and director, Seth Rogen, would pop in to say hello. And they couldn’t have picked a better way to bring him into things. Since ‘The Interview’ is causing all kinds of real-world mayhem, they did what any self-respecting funny people would do: they made fun of it.
‘SNL’ expectedly took a break for Thanksgiving this past weekend, but will kick off the final 3 episodes of 2014 with ‘The Interview’'s James Franco and musical guest Nicki Minaj. See how the three-time ‘SNL’ host previews Saturday’s newest installment with Christmas miracles, ‘30 Rock’ returns, and 3D effects in new promos!
Seth Rogen and James Franco might be good pals and one of Hollywood’s most unlikely--and beloved!--comedy duos, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t step back and see each other for who they really are. For instance, Rogen thinks Franco is “a weird guy,” much like, well, most of America. Weirdly, though, Rogen promises that Franco is perhaps slightly less weird than we all think he is.
‘SNL’ scored a major win this past weekend with ‘The Hunger Games’ star Woody Harrelson’s return hosting gig, and we’re keeping positive for Cameron Diaz this coming Saturday, but what of the final 2014 slots? Get ready for ‘SNL’ December, with James Franco, Martin Freeman and Amy Adams all taking turns as host! Also, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. If that’s your thing.
There’s something to be said for a documentary that can be interesting to a potential audience member who had no prior interest whatsoever in the topic of the documentary. In this respect, James Franco’s ‘Saturday Night’ – which chronicles the making of one episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ from start to finish (which is now available on Hulu Plus) – sort of fails. But, to be fair, I’m not sure that was ever the point. If someone has no interest in ‘Saturday Night Live’ whatsoever, ‘Saturday Night’ isn’t going to be particularly appealing; it’s the definition of “wonky.” On the other hand, for people who do like ‘Saturday Night Live’ (this reporter falls into that category), boy, ‘Saturday Night’ is an absolute delight. It ranks alongside Tom Shales' and James Miller’s ‘Live From New York’ as a must see/read for ‘SNL ‘ fans.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are back! The new red-band 'The Interview' trailer shows the duo, who brought us such classic debauchery as 'Superbad,' 'This Is the End' and 'Pineapple Express,' are already starting up some drama with their Kim Jong-un assassination story. If that premise alone isn't enough to make you gasp, how about some NSFW talk of "Matthew McConaughey goat f***," and getting "f***** by RoboCop"?
Hard to believe that author Chuck Palahniuk has had only two of his many novels adapted into films -- after the brilliant 'Fight Club,' there was only 'Avengers' star Clark Gregg's indie adaptation of 'Choke,' which not a whole lot of people saw. (It starred Sam Rockwell. It was fine.) But after several years and some failed attempts by others, actor/writer/director/professional college student/"artist" James Franco has officially optioned the rights to bring another Palahniuk novel to the big screen.