In honor of the show’s 40th anniversary, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite Saturday Night Live hosts of all time. Whether they’ve hosted a whopping 16 times (Alec Baldwin) or inexplicably only hosted once (Neil Patrick Harris), they’ve kept us watching over the years. Because when SNL gets the host right, it’s a fun Saturday night.
Justin has hosted five times, officially placing him in the five-timers clubs of SNL hosts. He’s almost like an alternate cast member at this point. And it’s no wonder, he’s participated in some of the most memorable sketches the show has seen in the past 10 years. D*ck in a box, anyone?
He’s hosted the most times out of anyone in SNL history. That’s saying something. His first appearance was in 1990 and his most recent one was in 2011. We think he’s due for another.
We love that Jon Hamm is undercover funny. If you watched him as the tortured Don Draper on Mad Men, you’d never know he had a hidden funny bone. Thank God for SNL. Sketches like “Jon Hamm’s John Ham” and his role as Sergio the sexy saxophonist were all we hoped for and more.
To be honest, we didn’t think Andrew Garfield could be funny. But his spot on Justin Timberlake impersonation proved us wrong.
This girl was a natural. Her comedic timing was spot on and she played a fantastic pop song-singing Ariel.
Neil Patrick Harris
He literally hosts everything else (the Tonys, the Emmys, and now the Oscars), so we’re a little surprised that he’s only hosted SNL once. Hopefully when he’s done hosting every other awards show known to man, he can come back and do some more hilarious sketches.
Ok, we have to give it up for Drew Barrymore because she was the youngest host of SNL ever. She first hosted the show when she was 7 years old! She’s hosted it five other times since.
We always love when former cast members come back to host, because you know it'll be good. Tina Fey was no exception. Her spoof of Girls just reminded us how much we miss her SNL contributions.
You know what SNL needs? More cowbell! Also, more Christopher Walken.
Ben Affleck is also a five-timer, so you know he must be doing something right. His most recent appearance was in 2013, and his wife Jennifer Garner made a cameo during his monologue.
Who do YOU think are the best SNL hosts of all time? Tell us on Twitter!
R&B singer John Legend has thrown his support behind Beck after Kanye West ordered the rocker to hand his Grammy Award to snubbed pop star Beyonce.
The Stronger hitmaker hit headlines on Sunday (08Feb15) when he stormed the stage at the awards show after Beck won Album of the Year over his pal Beyonce, mirroring his infamous takeover at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, when Taylor Swift pipped the Irreplaceable singer to a prize.
After West's stage invasion incident, Legend came to his longtime friend's defense, telling Us Weekly, "I thought it was funny, I looked at it as just a funny thing that people were going to talk about. It didn't hurt anybody. Anybody who's upset just needs to relax. It was funny." However, Legend has changed his mind after hearing West's interview outburst, in which the rapper accused Beck of being "disrespectful to inspiration" and insisted he "needs to respect artistry" by giving the trophy to Beyonce.
Legend tells Us Weekly, "I want to clarify my thoughts on Kanye's actions at the Grammys on Sunday... In my original comments to Us, I said that when Kanye walked up on stage... most of the room, including me, saw this as funny, as a way of taking the p**s out of himself for his infamous behaviour several years ago.
"When I said that was funny and people should lighten up about it, that's what I meant. I wasn't referring to Kanye's comments after the show, which I have now seen and heard. I disagree with those comments... Beck is indeed a true artist's artist. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a creative and unique singer-songwriter whose music I have bought and enjoyed over the years... (He is) a great artist deserving of recognition... We can all debate who we thought should have won. But even if you didn't vote for him, plenty of our colleagues in the music business did... I respect their decision and congratulate Beck on this outstanding accomplishment."
One Direction star Harry Styles is reportedly looking to buy his own vineyard in California.
The British heartthrob turned 21 last month (Jan15) and can now legally drink in the U.S., but he wants to take it to the next level and start producing his own wine.
A source tells U.K. newspaper the Daily Star Sunday, "He was talking animatedly about buying a vineyard in the Santa Barbara area where Paul McCartney owns a big property... Now Harry’s turned 21 he can not only legally drink in bars in America, he is also entitled to own a working winery, which he thinks would be a blast.”
Styles would follow in the footsteps of stars including David Beckham, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Newton-John, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who have all previously taken up winemaking.
Birdman, Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Grand Budapest Hotel took home top accolades at the Art Directors Guild awards on Saturday night (31Jan15). A host of stars, including George Clooney, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, attended the event at the The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
Guardians of Galaxy took home the Fantasy Film award, The Grand Budapest Hotel was feted with Period Film title and Birdman continued its winning streak through the 2015 awards season by picking up the Contemporary Film honour.
Other winners included TV shows American Horror Story: Freak Show, The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones.
The full winners list is:
Fantasy Film - Guardians of the Galaxy
Period Film - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Contemporary Film - Birdman
One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series - Game of Thrones
One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Television Series - True Detective
Television Movie or Mini-Series - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series - Silicon Valley
Awards or Event Special - 86th Annual Academy Awards
Multi-Camera Television Series - The Big Bang Theory
Variety, Competition, Reality, or Game Show Series - Portlandia
Short Format: WebSeries, Music Video or Commercial - Apple 'Perspective'
Cinematic Imagery Award - Christopher Nolan
Lifetime Achievement Awards - Jim Bissell, Camille Abbott, John P. Bruce, Will Ferrell
Hall of Fame Inductees - John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby, Walter Tyler
Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough are set to show off their vocal skills in a planned live TV production of Grease.
The High School Musical star will embrace her inner bad girl to play Rizzo, previously portrayed onscreen by Stockard Channing, while Footloose actress Hough has been cast as Sandy, the character made famous in the 1978 movie musical by Olivia Newton-John.
Further casting details have yet to be announced.
Grease: Live is due to air on America's Fox network in January, 2016.
The project will be the latest musical to air live in the U.S. after Allison Williams and Christopher Walken tackled Peter Pan Live! last month (Dec14) and Carrie Underwood starred in The Sound of Music Live! in 2013.
Hudgens is currently putting her vocals to the test in new stage show Gigi, which is set to hit the Broadway stage for previews in March (15).
As obsessive readers and fans of dismissing quality movies as inferior to their literary counterparts, it's important for us to know which books will head to the big screen ahead of time. How else will we know how Wild Reese will be, or what is going to happen to Peeta? Be reasonable. We've decided to use our research for the good of society and share the adaptations coming soon that we are most excited for.
1. The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney (Seventh Son)
Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of the seventh son, which gives him the ability to see things that others cannot: ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, and the like. He becomes an apprentice to John Gregory, the Spook (Jeff Bridges). Julianne Moore is set to play Mother Malkin, one of the most sinister witches who uses blood magic, luring young runaway women into care before sucking their blood to maintain her youth, who was then imprisoned by the Spook. Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou also star.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, in case you somehow didn't know, are stepping into the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey for the adaptation of the incredibly successful erotic novel. Steele, a literature student, interviews Grey as a favor to her roommate, but quickly becomes entranced by this brilliant and handsome man who is unable to resist her. He admits his desire, but on his own terms; this is a man with a need to control everything. This is also probably going to be the movie with a bunch of heavy-breathing sweaty middle-aged women trying to control themselves in the theater. You've been warned.
3. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
The last time Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth teamed up, they brought us one of the best films of 2013, Rush. Now, they're at it again (along with Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker) with this story of a whaleship attacked by one angry whale, leaving the crew shipwrecked and stranded for 90 days, thousands of miles from land. The true story inspired a little book by Herman Melville (played in the movie by our favorite, Ben Whishaw) entitled Moby-Dick.
4. The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith (Carol)
W. W. Norton & Company
Patricia Highsmith, author of successful novels-turned-movies like Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley (we're choosing to ignore the recent The Two Faces of January here), wrote The Price of Salt, which will be released as 'Carol.' The novel itself, controversial for its lesbian content and unprecedented gay happy ending, is said to have inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson, with Far From Heaven and I'm Not There director Todd Haynes helming.
5. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Shaye Areheart Books
Gone Girl author brings us yet another chilling thriller. A young girl is the sole survivor of a massacre that leaves both of her sisters and her mother dead in an apparent Satanic cult ritual. She testifies against her brother, but 25 years later, she begins to investigate the actual events. Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, and Christina Hendricks star.
6. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants director Ken Kwapis is set to direct Bryson's memoir, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. The hilarious book describes Bryson's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz. Emma Thompson and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman will also star.
7. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
As conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows, a war looms for Divergent's post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this sequel, we're still following Shailene Woodley and Theo James' Tris and Four as they try to understand the reasons for Erudite's insurrection and obtain information the Abnegation are trying to protect. Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller return in their supporting roles, and are joined by some all-star names: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Suki Waterhouse.
8. Serena - Ron Rash
The dynamic duo of mega-nominated movies Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are back at it! Bradley Cooper plays a man trying to maintain his timber empire during the Depression, while Jennifer Lawrence plays his wife who discovers she can't have children. For some reason, we're a little terrified of JLaw in this movie from the trailer.
9. Silence - Shusako Endo
Taplinger Publishing Company
This 1966 novel about a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan where he endures persecution is set to be adapted by Martin Scorsese. It will also have an all star cast of Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver.
10. The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
The producers of The Fault in Our Stars, the author of The Notebook, and the hottest Hollywood son around, this movie already has us in love with it. Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson play two lovers and there's a rodeo or something; we don't really know, we were just thinking about how much this movie will make us cry. Time to read the book.
11. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg tackles Thomas Hardy's novel. Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who has too many men in love with her and of course rejects them all until she falls for one. Three men, played by Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Tom Sturridge (On The Road), all after this woman: who will she end up with? We actually just read the plot description and had everything spoiled and somehow still gasped and cried at those three paragraphs. Why didn't we know about this book before?!
12. Paper Towns - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's next book to be adapted by the same team who adapted TFIOS (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber). Margo and her adventures are legendary at her high school, and Quentin ("Q") has always loved her for it. Margo climbs through his window and demands he take an all night road trip of revenge, but when she goes missing the next day, Q realizes she's left clues for him and promptly hits the road again in search of her. Cara Delevingne will play Margo and TFIOS' Nat Wolff will play Q.
13. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge - Michael Punke
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Academy Award-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, 21 Grams, Biutiful) is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in this adaptation. Partially based on the life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Leo will play Glass, who is mauled by a bear, then later robbed and left for dead by his companions. He survives and sets out for revenge against those same men.
14. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
Faber and Faber
A one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty, in a mental hospital for about 50 years decides to retrace her history. As the hospital faces demolition and he must choose which of his patients should be transferred and which should rejoin the community, Dr. Grene also tries to discover her history. What they find is very different, though there are some consistencies. Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara will play Roseanne McNulty, Eric Bana will play Grene, with Theo James also starring.
15. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
An oft-adapted novel, Mary Shelley's classic is to be turned into yet another film, this time directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push). The updated version, titled Victor Frankenstein, will be told from the perspective of the doctor's assistant, Igor. The film will explain how the doctor became the man who created the legendary monster. Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor and James McAvoy will play Victor Frankenstein.
16. The Martian - Andy Weir
Crown Publishing Group
Described as Cast Away meets Apollo 13, the novel follows an astronaut stranded on Mars, fighting to survive (which also sounds mildly like Gravity to us, no?). Ridley Scott is set to direct a pretty stellar (no pun intended) cast here: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This sounds like a great movie already, but we'll have to wait until November to see it.
17. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Walt Disney Pictures is working on this live-action/CGI mash-up of the classic book, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), with a mind-bogglingly incredible cast. Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito will provide voices, while newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowgli.
In a world where celebrities are constantly bombarded with paparazzi and where every detail of their life is public information, it seems very difficult for many to keep a long-term relationship. These twelve couples are among some of the most stable and enduring celebrity pairs of our time. They defy the odds by sticking through it and often, by keeping their lives as private as they possibly can.
1. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer: 36 years
Meryl Streep opted out of marrying someone famous and married this friend of her brother. Because Meryl wanted to keep her marriage out of the spotlight, it is still very impressive how little the world knows about him. The couple have four children together, and when Meryl finally did mention him in her 2012 Oscars' acceptance speech it was adorable. "“I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me," she said.
2. Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne: 32 years
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This couple has had their fair share of ups and downs, but have remained together nonetheless. They met in England when Sharon's father, a music manager and concert producer, managed Black Sabbath, the band Ozzy was the lead singer of. Ozzy was kicked out of the band because of drug abuse and Sharon ended up taking him on as a client. Ozzy continued to struggle with substance abuse and was even arrested for attempting to strangle Sharon while under the influence.
3. Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington: 31 years
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According to HelloBeautiful, this couple met while co-starring in the film Wilma in 1977. Five years later, they were married and now have four children together. According to the site, Pauletta told Oprah that she fell in love with his personality first. “I thought he was cute, but I fell in love with his spirit. And then I thought, ‘Hmm, not a bad package,'" she said.
4. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest: 29 years
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According to People, Jamie first saw Christopher in a magazine when he was an actor in the spoof The is Spinal Tap. She felt an immediate connection to him. "That's why I developed my smirk—which is why, when I looked at Chris's smirk in the picture, I basically saw myself. I saw a kindred spirit," she says of seeing his photo. Jamie gave him her number through an agent and the two became bicoastal lovers soon after. They married in 1984 and have adopted two kids, Annie and Thomas.
5. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: 26 years
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The pair originally met while Tom was still married to his college sweetheart on the set of ABC sitcom, Blossoming Buddies, when Rita guest starred for an episode. They didn't get together despite the chemistry they both felt, until after Tom's divorce in 1987. In 1988, they married and have since had two children together. "Literally, a wave of — if love is a feeling, or a cellular thing that happens to your body, it went through me, and that’s pretty much who he is, and how he’s been," Rita said of their relationship to Piers Morgan in 2012.
6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: 26 years
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Interestingly enough, the couple first met when Kyra was 12, at a viewing of a matinee play Kevin starred in. He was 19 at the time and nothing came of the meeting, except Kyra's brother urging her to tell him how much she enjoyed the play. Their relationship started several years later when they worked on the set of Lemon Sky together.
7. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan: 26 years
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This pair is especially inspirational as they have continually supported each other through a chronic illness. They met while working on Family Ties in 1985, but didn't start dating until two years later. Early on in their marriage, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but the couple have remained stable. "When we married, we married--and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married," Michael told O Magazine in 2002.
8. John Travolta and Kelly Preston: 23 years
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Despite losing their 16-year-old son, Jett, in 2009, the pair have stayed strong. They first met while filming The Experts, but nothing formed except for a friendship, because Kelly was married at the time. John told Redbook what he thought of her initially: "I had interest in her because even in spite of the trouble that she was having in her marriage, she was willing to stick through tough times with him, which really showed character. I just remember thinking, God, if we're ever single at the same time, I think this is really the one."
9. David Bowie and Iman: 22 years
According to Huffington Post, the rockstar and supermodel fell in love on a blind date in 1990 and were married two years later. The couple are very quiet about their life and their love story, but do have two children, Zulekha (Iman's child from a previous marriage) and Alexandria. Iman told The Independent that though David knew it was love at first sight, she was a little overwhelmed at first. “I was not ready for a relationship. Definitely, I didn't want to get into a relationship with somebody like him," she said.
10. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: 18 years
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This beautiful couple met on the set of All My Children where they were onscreen lovers. According to People, they dated secretly for a year and then eloped in Las Vegas. In fact this photo is from their onscreen marriage, because much of their offscreen romance has been kept secret. "It just happened. The next thing you know, we're married, and then four months later we were pregnant," Consuelos told Redbook. The couple have three children.
11. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: 18 years
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The couple first met in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia on the set of the TV drama Correlli. They both felt initial attraction and though Hugh hesitated to propose, he overcame it and they were married a year later. "I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months," Jackman told Town and Country magazine. "Then after four months I thought, that's the most ridiculous rule!" The couple have two children, Oscar and Ava. "It gets better every year," Furness said.
12. Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick: 17 years
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Another couple that have successfully kept their relationship under wraps, Sarah and Matthew refuse to say much about the secrets to their success. In last year's Harper's Bazaar, Sarah did gush about him shorthly. “There’s also the reality of your life,” she said. “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”
Rocker Ryan Adams has been enlisted to compose the score for Al Pacino's upcoming drama inspired by John Lennon. The singer/songwriter was recruited by veteran film composer Theodore Shapiro to co-write the music to Danny Collins, according to website Film Music Reporter.
Adams previously collaborated with Shapiro on the track Stay Alive, which was performed by Jose Gonzalez, from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack.
Danny Collins follows an ageing rock star, played by Pacino, who attempts to change his life and make amends with enemies after finding a personal letter written by Lennon.
The film also stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Plummer, and Bobby Cannavale, and is written and directed by Tangled helmer Dan Fogelman, who worked with Adams' wife Mandy Moore in the Disney film.
Danny Collins is slated to hit cinemas next year (15).
The Matrix star Keanu Reeves has revealed he tried to claw his way into the X-Men franchise as Wolverine and put his name forward to portray Batman in director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. The movie star lost out to Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale and admits both peers did a great job as comic book superheroes.
He tells Moviefone.com, "I always wanted to play Wolverine, but I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now.
"I always wanted to play the Dark Knight but I didn't get that one (either). They've had some great Batmans."
Reeves is now hoping his blockbuster comeback in action film John Wick will help him land a few huge roles in the future.
He tells Indiewire.com, "I haven't been getting many offers from the studios... It sucks, but it's just the way it is."
Singer John Legend has dismissed rumours his friend Jay Z is heading towards a split from wife Beyonce.
The showbiz supercouple has been under the spotlight in recent weeks amid reports their marriage is in trouble, but Legend, who has worked with the rapper on a number of tracks, is adamant his pal is not worried about the false gossip. Legend tells Jo Parkerson of British radio station Magic FM:
"I think all of us (friends) are aware of what people are saying and we probably care a little bit but we also know they don't know everything that's happening. And so when you hear all this speculation about Jay and Beyonce getting divorced... If you're Jay, you know the truth. "You can only let the rumours affect you so much... He knows the truth and he's pretty mellow as well. He's cool and collected and he knows how to take it all in his stride."