Looks like they won't be "live from New York" any longer. After a difficult, uneven season that saw an influx of new cast members, controversy and the loss of Head Writer and "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers halfway through the year, Saturday Night Live is by cutting down its slate of featured players down to a more manageable size. Brooks Wheelan announced that he would be leaving Tuesday morning on Twitter (via a joke, natch). Later in the day, it was announced that Noël Wells and John Milhiser also wouldn't return after they failed to make an impression with audiences this year. Those announcements come about a month after Nasim Pedrad, one of the current longest-running cast members, would be leaving to work on Mulaney.
But just because they won't be on SNL any longer, that doesn't mean that it's the last we'll ever see of Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. There are plenty of people who only lasted a couple of seasons on the show and then went on to become major stars: Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Rob Riggle, and Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to name just a few. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at their tenure on SNL in order to best predict what's next for Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. Although if any one of them is going to wind up playing a superhero, our money's on Heshy.
Brooks Wheelan What’s Next: Wheelan doesn’t have a lot lined up at the moment, though he does have a short film titled Lose Yourself, Save Yourself, where he plays Fighter 2. His Strengths: Possibly because he comes from a standup background rather than a sketch one, Wheelan didn’t create very many memorable characters, and his most significant moments on the show were his two appearances as himself on “Weekend Update,” where he would warn audiences against the dangers of getting terrible tattoos and binge drinking. Where We See Him: Wheelan seems to embody the same kind of “goofy, wisecracking All-American” guy that actors like Jake Johnson or fellow SNL alum Jason Sudeikis trade on. We could easily see him bringing some of the energy to a sitcom where he plays the sarcastic straight guy to a group of off-the-wall characters. Still, his weirdly funny exterminator bit with Ed Norton proves he’s capable of some truly strange characters, and so we could see him playing smaller, supporting roles in films for a while as a variety of strange, obnoxious characters. And of course, there’s always his stand up career to fall back on…
Noël Wells What’s Next: Wells has the TV series Gentleman Lobsters, which is slated for a 2014 premiere. She’s also a photographer in her spare time, and her work has been showcased in exhibitions and been printed in magazines. Her Strengths: Though they were slightly hit and miss – her Nancy Grace was four minutes of eye twitches and catchphrases – Wells made the biggest impact on the show through her impressions, most notably, playing Lena Dunham in the season premiere’s parody of Girls. Where We See Her: Though her talent with impressions and slightly offbeat characters would serve her well on another sketch show, something along the lines of Inside Amy Schumer or Key and Peele, Wells most reminds us of two other early SNL departures: Jenny Slate and Casey Wilson. Like them, Wells has a quirky charm to her that would serve her well in indie films (she actually earned solid reviews for her work in last year’s Forev) and in an ensemble sitcom, where she would be free to play up her weirder side.
John Milhiser What’s Next: Like Wheelan, Milhiser has a short film on his slate, Little Horribles, and he also starred in the indie film Camp Takota, which is available online. His Strengths: Milhiser didn’t get much of a chance to make an impression on audiences, although eh did show off a pitch-perfect Jon Cryer impression during a Family Feud sketch. He did, however, have one highlight during his tenure, a sketch where he and Lady Gaga played “encouraging” stage parents helping their child through a talent show performance, which let him show off his goofier side, and his ability to execute a high kick. Where We See Him: Milhiser strikes us as a Ben Falcone or Nat Faxon-type, someone who pops up in different things all the time, playing characters with varying levels of insanity and oddity. He’s definitely shown that he can play both weird and silly characters, but since he didn’t make that much of an impression, he’ll probably be “that guy from that thing” for a while, until he manages to find the right project to help him break out.
Nasim Pedrad What’s Next: After five years on SNL, Pedrad is leaving in order to play Jane, the roommate of John Mulaney’s character on the FOX sitcom Mulaney. Her Strengths: During her time on the show, Pedrad played a wide variety of characters, including Kim Kardashian, Arianna Huffington, Bedelia, the awkward teenager whose best friend is her mother and Shallon, the world’s most dangerous fifth grader. Though she never made the kind of impression that Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon have, she’s become a vital part of the ensemble over the past five years, thanks to her ability to inhabit both the sanest and the oddest human beings. Where We See Her: Hopefully, her role on Mulaney will be exactly what she needs to properly break out, since she never quite managed to on SNL. From there, we could see her following a similar career path to Wiig or Tina Fey, playing both broad comedy and more serious roles in both television in movies. Alternatively, she could become more of a Michaela Watkins/Ana Gasteyer- type, and becoming the go-to actress for slightly odd, scene-stealing characters.
Rapper Lil Kim celebrated America's Independence Day weekend (04-06Jul14) by showing off her newborn daughter to fans for the first time. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker welcomed a little girl named Royal Reign last month (09Jul14) and she has finally given the public a peek at her new bundle of joy.
In a post on her WhoSay.com account on 4 July (14), Lil Kim shared a picture of Royal Reign's legs splayed on a changing table, with dainty white bows wrapped around her tiny feet.
She added a caption which reads, "Look who is stepping out today for the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day from my blessing, Royal Reign, and us!!! #royalreign #happy4thofjuly #independenceday #fireworks #blessing (sic)."
Royal Reign is the first child for Lil Kim and her rumoured boyfriend, rapper Mr. Papers.
Rapper Lil Kim has given birth to a baby girl. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker welcomed daughter Royal Reign with rapper Mr. Papers in New Jersey on Monday (09Jun14).
This is the first child for Lil Kim, real name Kimberly Jones.
She announced her pregnancy in February (14) by debuting her baby bump during New York Fashion Week.
Kim Kardashian's sister Kourtney is pregnant with her third child, according to a U.S. report. The 35 year old, who stars on the family's reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is expecting another baby with her long-term partner Scott Disick.
A source tells Usmagazine.com, "She is only a few months along. Kourtney looked really pretty. She had a nice flush on her cheeks. "It was planned. (Kourtney) wants to have a handful of kids."
The couple is already parents to four-year-old Mason and his sister Penelope, who is 23 months. Kourtney was among the guests at her sister's wedding to Kanye West in Florence, Italy, last month (May14).
Prince William's son Prince George has been crowned the most fashionable celebrity offspring after beating Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy to the top of a new poll.
The third-in-line to the British throne, whose mother is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has won 23 per cent of the public vote on U.K. baby website My1stYears.com, with Blue Ivy coming in second place. Newlyweds Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby girl North is third, with British singer Alesha Dixon's daughter Azura and David and Victoria Beckham's tot Harper rounding out the top five. Kate Winslet's son Bear and Simon Cowell's first child Eric are also featured in the top 10.
R&B hitmaker Ciara is a new mother, according to U.S. reports. The Goodies hitmaker gave birth to her first child early on Monday morning (19May14) in Los Angeles, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six. No further details are currently available.
The tot's father is rapper Future, who proposed to the singer last October (13). He already has three children from previous relationships. Ciara celebrated the impending birth at a baby shower alongside reality TV star pals Kim Kardashian and LaLa Anthony in L.A. in March (14).
A representative for the star had not responded to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.
Rapper Lil Kim gave fans the chance to buy presents for her unborn child by sharing her gift list online ahead of her baby shower. The star, who is expecting her first child with rapper Mr. Papers, marked impending motherhood by throwing a party in New York City on Saturday (10May14), and she made sure her devotees could join in the fun by publishing details of her gift registry online.
Lil Kim retweeted a message from her personal assistant on her Twitter.com page featuring all the details, including stores where the star has registered a list and an address where fans can send the gifts.
The notice reads, "(Lil Kim) is registered at Tiffany's, Petit Tresor, Bel Bambini, Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us under Kimberly Jones aka Lil' Kim or Kim Jones Event date May 10 please make sure they check off your gift from the registry after purchase.
"Thank u (sic) guys so much."
Kim Kardashian has vowed to use her celebrity status to tackle discrimination after she was on the receiving end of racial abuse. The reality TV star, who is due to marry rapper Kanye West this month (May14), feels a duty to battle prejudice following the birth of her daughter North in June (13).
She has received racist remarks over her relationship with West, but the abuse has made her even more determined to make the world a better place. Kardashian writes on her official website, "To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else's battle. But recently, I've read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been.
"I feel a responsibility as a mother, a public figure, a human being, to do what I can to make sure that not only my child, but all children, don't have to grow up in a world where they are judged by the colour of their skin, or their gender, or their sexual orientation. I want my daughter growing up in a world where love for one another is the most important thing.
"So the first step I'm taking is to stop pretending like this isn't my issue or my problem, because it is, it's everyone's...it is our responsibility to give (victims of racism) a voice and speak out for those who can't and hopefully in the process, ensure that hate is something our children never have to see."
Rapper Future has risked upsetting feminists by posting a new video game online, which features animated versions of himself and collaborator Kanye West competing for "trophy wives" at the beach.
As part of the promotion for the hip-hop stars' new single I Won, gamers can choose to play as either Future or Kanye and compete to win a beach babe by throwing gold chains at them. The player's goal is to acquire a "trophy wife" by throwing the most chains at the passing bikini-clad stunners and then turn them into actual trophies.
Ironically, both stars are locked into serious relationships with trophy fiancees - West is about to wed his gal pal Kim Kardashian, while Future's lady love Ciara is close to giving birth to the couple's first child.
Some pairs are just meant to be onscreen together, whether its Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. They have a connection and chemistry that is hard to quantify and even harder to manufacture. As far as today's stars go, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have proved that they have that kind of connection when they're working together. So have Seth Rogen and James Franco. With each duo in the early stages of new big screen projects, we ask fans: Which of the bro-tastic pairings are you most looking forward to see reunited?
Ferrell and Reilly
It's not exactly the most logical fit. Ferrell comes from the Saturday Night Live school of goofy man-child characters and Reilly was once considered an up-and-coming dramatic actor working with directors like Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Terrence Malick. Then Reilly became Ferrell's dimwitted sidekick in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and soon the two were doing red carpet bits in character. They reteamed for Step Brothers, a film that gave new meaning to the term "arrested development" and established Ferrell and Reilly as a powerhouse comedy duo. Since then they've appeared in Funny or Die shorts together and Reilly made a cameo in last year's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. They each continue to do a full slate of work on their own — Reilly in particular stays extremely busy — making it clear that when they work together it's because they want to. The pair is set to reteam with director Adam McKay, Ferrell's frequent collaborator and Step Brothers director, on a comedy called Border Guards about two guys that end up on the wrong side of the Mexican border while trying to protect the United States from illegal immigrants.
Rogen and Franco
As opposed to Ferrell and Reilly, who had plenty of success individually prior to working together, Rogen and Franco started out working with one another in Judd Apatow's critically TV cult classic Freaks and Geeks. The pair shared screentime and exemplary chemistry with Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, and Linda Cardellini as the titular "freaks." While Franco went off and found stardom in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, Rogen hung around with Apatow long enough to find a fan base of his own after films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Around the same time that Ferrell and Reilly did Step Brothers, Franco and Rogen reteamed for Pineapple Express. Then there was last year's This Is the End, where Rogen and Franco played amplified versions of themselves. Since then, they've taken to the net to spoof Kanye West's "Bound 2" video as well as Vogue's photo shoot with Kim Kardashian, and Franco popped in on Rogen's recent hosting turn on Saturday Night Live. The affection that they have for each other shows… sometimes more than you could even expect, such as the over-the-top (and shirtless) displays of love in the Bound video. Rogen and Franco, through their production companies, are planning to produce a film version of the book The Disaster Artist about the making of the notoriously bad cult movie The Room.
Perhaps someday Ferrell, Reilly, Franco and Rogen will all make a movie together — and considering Ferrell's and Rogen's proclivity for cramming famous people into their projects that isn't too far-fetched — but for now we're making you choose. So, who's it going to be? Vote below to tell us which duo — Ferrell and Reilly or Franco and Rogen — you can't wait to see more comedy gold from.