‘SNL’ kicks off the road to its 40th anniversary special with the 2015 premiere this weekend, returning ‘The Wedding Ringer’ star Kevin Hart to the stage with musical guest Sia. There’s much to catch up on from the break, so recount Kevin and Aidy Bryant’s New Year’s resolutions with our first official ‘SNL’ promo of 2015!
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‘SNL’ closed out 2014 with Amy Adams’ moderate follow-up to season 40 breakout Martin Freeman, simultaneously announcing ‘Get Hard’ star Kevin Hart as the first host of 2015. Now, the NBC sketch comedy has announced Hart’s musical accompaniment for January 17, slotting ‘The Voice’ coach Blake Shelton for some surprising double-duty the following week.
One of the more puzzling bits of marketing is the addition of featuring quotes from Twitter users who have seen an upcoming film at a sneak preview screening—it's an approach heavily relied upon in the new red band trailer for 'The Wedding Ringer,' the Josh Gad and Kevin Hart bromance buddy comedy. The red band element should be enough of a gimmick to enhance the odd couple shenanigans of Gad and Hart, but the studio is really pushing this whole "random Twitter user expresses profane excitement for this film!" schtick.
Amy Adams and One Direction gave us a strong ‘SNL’ finish to cap off 2014, and while we’re not yet sure what the big 40th anniversary special next year will look like, we at least have our heading on the first new host. ‘Ride-Along’ star Kevin Hart will host the first new ‘SNL’ of 2015 on January 17, but who will join the two-time star as musical guest?
The odd couple is one of the basic principles of comedy. You take two very different people, fling them into an absurd situation and (hopefully) rack up some good laughs. The ‘Get Hard’ trailer shows off one of the more inspired comedic pairings in recent memory, with the tall whiter-than-white Will Ferrell teaming up with the short black Kevin Hart. If the differences between two lead actors generated laughs on their own, then this is already the funniest movie of 2015.
Last month we checked out the first green band trailer for ‘Top Five,’ but now Chris Rock’s directorial debut has revealed a red band trailer, which also reveals all of that NSFW language and humor that the first trailer had to hold back. Rock may be taking his leap from actor and comedian to director seriously, but you didn’t think a film directed by Chris Rock would be totally void of F-bombs, did you?
Johnson and Hart will film 'Central Intelligence' next spring for New Line and 'We're the Millers' director Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Director Richard Linklater recently impressed with 'Boyhood,' the incredible movie that took the filmmaker 12 years to make. But one of his next projects is decidedly much different: a remake of 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet,' with Zach Galifianakis filling the funny shoes of Don Knotts in the title role. The project is drawing boatloads of talent, including Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, and many more.
Tim Story admits that he wishes he could have directed his 'Fantastic Four' movies in today's superhero movie climate. Story is quick to point at more complicated villains like Ultron and Thanos and Apocalypse; their cinematic versions all being (we assume) carefully crafted for today's audience. This is opposed to his version of Galactus in 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,' in which one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe is reduced to being a large space cloud -- something Story explains was dipping a toe into the waters of that character, instead of going all in like he'd be able to do today. Story also discusses his thoughts on the upcoming Josh Trank reboot of the Fantastic Four, a movie that, if anything, makes Story feel "old."
'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon and screechy-voiced comedian Kevin Hart both hate roller coasters, but the guys decided to face their fears together (aww) by taking a special spin on Universal Studio Orlando's massive Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster.