‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: First Time Host Don Cheadle Gets Great Sketches

Another new “Saturday Night Live,” another first-time host. That’s no problem at all: It’s always nice to see some fresh celebrities in the rotation, and even if the episode material itself hasn’t been the most stellar, the season has definitely on the right track with the guest host choices. That definitely continues with Don Cheadle, though, like Liev Schreiber before him, it’s surprising he’d never hosted before. Actually, even more surprising than the Schreiber thing, to be perfectly honest.

Host: Don Cheadle

How did Don Cheadle do as a first-time host? Well, not only does Cheadle give an actual comedic monologue — honestly, one who didn’t know him might think he’s a stand-up comedian — he reminds everyone he was in an episode of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” while doing so. Cheadle is a man who commits when he’s in a project, whether it’s his “Cockney” accent in the Ocean’s movies, five seasons of “House of Lies,” or his first time hosting “Saturday Night Live.” From his first sketch (the recurring “Fresh Takes”) it’s clear Cheadle is going to go all-in with this episode, but unlike many of the recent first-time hosts, “SNL” actually provides him with good and substantial material at the same time.

Best Sketches of The Night: “Extreme Baking Championship” & “Bar Fight”

The unexpected nature of the baking sketch — from the terrible finished products to the impressive self-deprecation and shame that happens as a result of it — is all so funny. The “Sean” Cookie Monster cake is already funny as is (especially with the lead up of Cheadle’s character strangely introducing him in a roundabout way as “Tickle Me Elmo’s best friend” and the lack of reasoning behind “Sean”) even before Kenan comes in as the voice of Sean, begging for someone to “Kill me!”

As for the “Bar Fight” sketch, the Mika album that song “Lollipop” came from — “Life in Cartoon Motion”, a great album — actually came out almost exactly 12 years ago as of this sketch. (It was released back February 6, 2007.) Anyone who listed to this album back in 2007 and 2008 was caught between a flood of nostalgia and, honestly, awe that “SNL” was doing a sketch all about it in 2019. And the sketch, like the baking sketch, is so unexpected and delightful that even the final big choreography and then punch from Cheadle’s character are actually surprising. This episode has genuine surprises in its sketches, and that can’t always or often be said on a weekly basis.

Worst Sketch of The Night: “Family Feud: Oscar Nominees”

There have been a lot of “Family Feud” sketches on “SNL,” because it’s one of the easiest ways to get out a bunch of impressions, which is a big part of the show. This particular “Family Feud,” however, is pretty weak. Don Cheadle’s Spike Lee is only recognizable because they say it’s Spike Lee, and his height doesn’t help. (If possible — and this totally sounds like it’s saying certain people are interchangeable, but that’s not the point — Cheadle should’ve played Mahershala Ali and Chris Redd should’ve played Spike Lee.) Melissa Villasenor’s Lady Gaga doesn’t hit quite as hard the second week in a row, and Kyle Mooney’s Bradley Cooper… doesn’t seem like any version of Bradley Cooper that has ever existed. Pete Davidson’s Rami Malek should be a slam dunk because him playing Rami Malek is one of those things that always seems like it should be good, but just that assumption is really all the effort he puts into it. (And Pete’s not really an impressionist in general, so there’s not much of anything to work with there. Really, it’s surprising “SNL” doesn’t just say screw it and have him as Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.)

But…

Best Impression: Cecily Strong as Olivia Colman (“Family Feud”)

What an unexpected delight — much like Olivia Colman herself. In a sketch where even the decent impressions aren’t much to write home about (like Melissa’s Lady Gaga and Beck Bennett’s Sam Elliott), Cecily’s Olivia Colman sticks out even more. Yes, the baseline is that she’s “pissed,” but every good impression has one specific baseline.

Worst Impression: Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump (“Trump Press Conference Cold Open”)

Well, as long as there’s Alec Baldwin’s Trump on an episode of “SNL,” it’s fairly obvious which impression is the worst. This cold open just might be the shortest of the seemingly never ending political cold opens this season, but it still feels like it lasts much longer than… less than seven minutes. Even the easy-to-placate live studio audience has never sounded more forced in their laughter than during this cold open, but that could be because there are no other celebrity guests to make them “woo” and distract them from the lack of jokes. But hey, Baldwin says “CHINA” that Trump-y way, so that’s… something he does every time.

Best Male Performers: Mikey Day & Beck Bennett

From now on, the host won’t be up for the “best performer” designation, but if he was, Don Cheadle would get it this time. In terms of the cast, though, this is definitely a great episode for both Mikey Day and Beck Bennett. Both men are skilled at playing the straight man, but they’re at their best when things get weird. For Mikey, that weird peak is in the Roach-Ex sketch. For Beck, it’s the “Lollipop” sketch.

Best Female Performer: Heidi Gardner

For her performance in the Roach-Ex sketch alone, she gets this distinction. But her reactions in the baking sketch are also great, as she’s the only competent (and possibly sane) one in the whole group.

Final Thoughts

This is honestly a surprisingly risky episode of the show; it goes full tilt on the weirdness (see: “Wedding Venue Ad”), only taking a reprieve during the disappointing Family Feud sketch. The true weakest parts of the episode are the cold open and Weekend Update, but the latter is not for the usual reasons, actually. This week’s Weekend Update drags particularly in the form of the features (especially Alex Moffat and Kate McKinnon’s Schumer and Pelosi, unfortunately), and the crowd’s really not biting when it comes to a lot of Colin Jost and Michael Che’s punchlines. But it actually starts off very well early on, with Michael Che showing actual frustration with having to keep talking about Donald Trump week in and week out. That right there works so much better than the aloofness (and “both sides are bad” rhetoric) he and Jost always show, although Jost trying to defend Amazon in New York City does its best to remove the good will Che creates.

But when it comes to the episode proper — including the musical guest, Gary Clark Jr. — it’s hard to deny how strong of an episode it is. It’s also hard to understand how Don Cheadle hasn’t hosted before now.

Grade: A-

Source: Read Full Article

'They were taking advantage of Michael completely' – Mark Lester refutes allegations of sexual abuse made against Michael Jackson

Former child actor Mark Lester has refuted renewed claims of sexual abuse made against the late Michael Jackson and insisted that children and families visiting Jackson’s Neverland Ranch were the ones taking advantage.

Speaking on RTE’s The Late Late Show, the actor/osteopath said that he was present in Neverland when children, including his own daughters, visited and said he did not witness any inappropriate behaviour on Jackson’s part.

Asked by host Ryan Tubridy about Jackson allegedly sharing a bed with children, he said, “Well, yeah… it’s not the sort of thing I would do for sure, but I never felt anything untoward. My kids went to Neverland. My girls, when they were five and seven, I took to Neverland.

“There was never anything inappropriate that ever happened. If anything had happened they would have told me straight away. There was nothing that I picked up on of anything.”

The English actor, who played the title role in the 1968 film ‘Oliver!’, said that he maintained a friendship with the ‘King of Pop’ despite the allegations of sexual  abuse.  Jackson suffered immensely from the allegations, he said, adding that it was the children he invited to Neverland who were taking advantage of the star.

Mr Lester added that he “never believed it for a moment”.

“I was at Neverland when those kids were there and I saw what was going on. In 2003 or 2004, Michael had basically brought a kid that he had visited in hospital as a cancer victim and this was in hospital and I think, off the cuff, he had said ‘when you get better why not come and see me in Neverland?’, so obviously he did.

“What was supposed to be a short visit turned into the kid coming and then the rest of the family coming in and then they stayed for like three months.

“They were taking advantage of Michael completely because Michael wasn’t there most of the time. He would be off doing business or recording or doing other things so he was hardly ever there. Maybe he was there for about a week of the three months they were there.”

Mr Lester said that Jackson was “deeply hurt and troubled” by the allegations in 2005, and added, “he chose then rightly to fight these allegations in court, whereas before he tried to cover it all up with money because he thought that was the best way and dealing with it that way.

“He did the right thing by fighting it,” he said.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=QrXipGZBgrY%3Frel%3D0%26enablejsapi%3D1

Mr Lester’s defence of the star comes in the wake of controversy over a Channel 4 documentary which screened at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

‘Leaving Neverland’ follows two of Jackson’s child complainants, James Safechuck and Dan Reed and their families as they discuss the alleged sexual abuse they suffered and the psychological affect it had on their lives.

Jackson, who died in 2009, settled his case with Safechuck out of court in 1993 and no criminal charges were brought against him. In 2005 Mr Reed’s case, involving multiple alleged accounts of child molestation, child intoxication and conspiring to commit child extortion and abduction ended with a jury finding Jackson not guilty.

In response to the two-part documentary the Jackson estate denied the allegations and said that they would not have been made if the pop star was alive to defend himself.

“We can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him,” they said.

“Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.”

You can watch the full interview on the RTE Player.

Read more: ‘Some theatres didn’t want to book the show because of the allegations’ – Friend of Michael Jackson and creator of Thriller Live, Adrian Grant

Source: Read Full Article

'Hello Australia!' – Dermot Bannon’s endearing, embarrassing trek Down Under

It was the first instalment of Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Homes (RTÉ1), which means it’s time to get out the exclamation marks. “Wow!” said Dermot when he entered Judith’s house in Sydney. “I love it! Oh my God!”

Judith, Dermot informed us, was an “art collector, philanthropist and billionaire” and she lived with her two dogs in an edifice designed for her by one of Australia’s top architects.

Indeed, for Dermot, it was “one of the most beautiful spaces I have ever been”. And as for the dinner table that was about a mile long and seated 60 people: “It’s stunning!”

Judith laughed nervously, maybe wondering whether she should get a restraining order against this demented Irishman who had invaded her home and wouldn’t shut up about the vast staircases and other flamboyant fixtures that only the super-rich can afford.

But then it was on to other Sydney homes and to more gawking and gasping. There was a house built on top of a cliff that was “really, really stunning”, and another house that was not only “stunning” but also “amazing” and “incredible” and “takes your breath away”.

“This is living, isn’t it?” he said of one house – and perhaps that’s so if you’ve all the money in the world and are not fretting over whether you and your family can afford that modest three-bed 30 miles from where you want to be – or even be able to pay next month’s rent without ending up in a hotel room provided by social welfare.

Such thoughts, however, were far from Dermot’s mind as he drooled over a beachfront Sydney house designed by yet another top Australian architect. “Wow!” he said. “What an amazing space! I’m in love with this space! Magical!”

At the programme’s outset, this superfan of bling stood on the balcony of a clifftop house, extended his arms and yelled “Hello, Australia!” like a schoolboy on his first trip abroad. It was almost endearing, though mainly embarrassing. But there’s no deterring Dermot, who doesn’t do embarrassment and who tomorrow night will be oohing and aahing over billionaire pads in Melbourne.

When introducing Claire Byrne Live (RTÉ1), the host promised an interview in which Alastair Campbell would say that Britain was now “the laughing stock of the world”. In the event, he didn’t quite say that, though he thought that the British government was “lurching towards some crazy solution” in which the Irish were in danger of “becoming collateral damage”.

Claire, though, seemed more preoccupied with the metabolic age test that she had agreed to undertake later in the show. “I’ve a feeling I’m going to regret this a lot”, she said at the outset, clearly mindful of the fact that when Leo Varadkar underwent the test a week earlier for Operation Transformation, our 40-year-old Taoiseach was told he had the metabolic age of a 53-year-old.

As it happened, 43-year-old Claire turned out to have the metabolic age of a 28-year-old. “I’m so relieved,” she said. Well, I’m glad that someone was happy – though not viewers left wondering what this stuff was doing on a supposedly serious current affairs show.

Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil (BBC2) focused on the migrant crisis that began with mass drownings off the coast of Italy in 2015 and that made a sham of EU solidarity.

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi found few friends in dealing with the crisis, apart from Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who would soon go on to create problems for herself through her welcoming of huge numbers of refugees into Germany. This has been an informative, indeed absorbing, series.

Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes from 1987 to 2000, followed by 33 episodes of Lewis, featuring Kevin Whately as Morse’s former sidekick. That was rather colourless, much like its main actor, but Endeavour (Virgin One), which features Morse in his younger police career, is a superior series.

Indeed, I prefer it to the original Inspector Morse, not least because Shaun Evans is a more interesting actor than John Thaw, whom I always thought ponderously self-important and lugubrious. And the characters and situations devised by screenwriter Russell Lewis have been more intriguing, too.

The sixth season began this week with Morse demoted to uniform rustic duties and the arrival of a new boss in DI Ronnie Box (Simon Harrison), a thuggish sexist spiv more used to strong-arm London tactics than quieter Oxfordshire ways.

Happily Morses’s old mentor, Fred Thursday, is back, once again splendidly played by Roger Allam, whom I could watch reciting the phone book. And this week’s mystery, which concerned the disappearance of two young girls, was satisfyingly played out, with Morse finally cracking the two cases – one of them involving a tragic accident, the other a darker case of child abuse.

This is old-fashioned police drama, somewhat in the manner of A Touch of Frost, which I always thought critically underrated. Indeed, being old-fashioned doesn’t have to mean being dull, as Endeavour continues to demonstrate.

Shetland (BBC1) is old-fashioned, too, though with virtues of its own, not least Douglas Henshall’s playing of DI Jimmy Perez, a decent man with a real concern for truth and justice. In the current series, he’s trying to solve the murder of a Nigerian man who’s found dismembered on the islands.

It’s an ongoing mystery, not like the stand-alone stories to be encountered in Endeavour, and it’s bleaker, too (those windswept landscapes for starters), but it holds the attention.

Source: Read Full Article

Corrie spoilers for next week – brutal attack, shock romp and thief exposed

One resident will attack another in a fit of rage, while their co-worker’s heart is broken on Coronation Street next week.

Elsewhere an angry mob looks set to unleash their rage after money is ruthlessly stolen.

But as fingers furiously point at one miserable culprit, has there actually been a big misunderstanding?

Another couple appears to be at breaking point as shocking lies are spun.

Here’s what viewers can look forward to next week on the cobbles…

Kevin Webster ‘steals’ money from Sally Metcalfe

Next week, Kevin inadvertently steals money from Sally and the blame is unfortunately placed on Gina.

This comes after he refuses his ex-wife’s offer to pay for Jack’s holiday.

Sophie later tries her luck with Kevin but Kevin remains stubborn and insists that he will be able to manage.

On Wednesday, the factory workers are keen to go out and Sean suggests a night out on the town, however Sally refuses to go if Gina is there and her sister is stung.

Gina decides to put a plan of action together to win Sally round and tells Sophie that she will organise a party for her sister.

She begins a collection for the party and is ecstatic when Carla makes a huge donation. Gina pushes the envelope through the letter box at number 13 for Sophie.

However Kevin gets the wrong end of the stick and thinks it is the money for Jack’s holiday.

Kevin is delighted and packs their bags and leaves with his son.

Meanwhile Gina is horrified when she finds out that Sophie never received the envelope with the money in it and that the cash has vanished.

The pair later break the news that the party is off after the money has disappeared.

As a result, Beth orders Gina out of her house and Sophie reluctantly lets her stay at No. 13 while Kevin is away.

Tracy Barlow brutally attacks thug Tyler

Tracy Barlow will take the law into her own hands next week as she vows to not allow Tyler and his mum ruin their adoption plans.

Robert refuses to sack Tyler so Tracy decides on a more violent means of scaring him off.

Tracy slams Tyler against a wall and demands that he has nothing more to do with the baby, even going to far as to offer him £5,000 in order to stay away.

However Robert interrupts and orders Tyler to get back to work. But does Tracy have another plan up her sleeve?

Later the police question Amy, who insists that she and Tyler had consensual sex and that he did nothing wrong.

However a police officer points out that she was underage and that it is still an offence, meaning that she will have to give a statement.

Amy is seething with rage over her parents’ meddling and flees the police station.

The 14-year-old meets Tyler at Victoria Gardens and he apologises but says he wants nothing to do with the baby.

Read More

Coronation Street spoilers

  • Chesney to become father to quadruplets
  • David and Shona at risk
  • Amy’s secret on baby scan
  • Spoilers for the week ahead

Amy has no idea what to do and confides in Bethany about her predicament.

She later returns home to see her mum and dad arguing and refuses Tracy’s request for mum-daughter time and instead goes off to see Bethany.

At the end of the week, Amy is left feeling guilty as dad Steve shows her the booties for the baby.

What has she done?

Romance is in the air for Tyrone and Mary

Tyrone Dobbs is convinced that Mary Taylor is secretly in love with him, which is made even worse when he finds a Valentine’s Day card in the house.

So it comes as no surprise when next week, Tyrone is forced to bring up the issue with his new Mary Poppins.

Tyrone returns home for lunch and is taken aback to find Mary has prepared a lasagne and chilled some wine.

When Mary offers to give Tyrone a massage he decides to broach the subject of the Valentine’s card and tells her they can only be friends.

But how will Mary react?

Sarah and Gary at breaking point

There hasn’t been much love lost between Gary Windass and David Platt in the past and it looks like cash-strapped Gary is eyeing up an opportunity to squeeze his old foe for a bit of extra money.

The aftermath of the Peter Barlow’s boat fire sees Gary being given a chance to repair the damage to number eight, Coronation Street .

Mates rates are not a consideration though as he sees the chance to fleece David.

Unfortunately, there is the small matter of David’s sister Sarah, who happens to be dating Gary and she is not best pleased when she rumbles his ruse…

Also…

  • Roy calls out Carla for letting Abi take the blame for the boat fire
  • David tries to be supportive as Shona reveals she is going to Dane’s funeral
  • Rana accidentally invites too many people to wedding with Kate

*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV

Read More

Showbiz and TV editor’s picks

  • Dolly-Rose Campbell reveals sexuality
  • Jackson’s secret surgery
  • Arg responds to Gemma’s baby news
  • Real reason for Jane’s DOI collapse

Source: Read Full Article

Megan Barton Hanson makes time for hamster Jon Snow after spending Valentine's Day without ex Wes Nelson

The 24-year-old reality star moved out of the Camden home she shared with her ex last weekend and spent Valentine's Day in her new flat as a single woman.

Enjoying her pet's company, Megan took to her Instagram story on Friday night to capture a sweet moment between the two as she fed him a Nik Nak crisp, although the flavour wasn't revealed.

The blonde bombshell said as she videoed the cricetinae: "Jon, do you want a little Nik Nak? You're so cute."

Although her attempts to slowly push the crisp through his cage fell by the waste side as mischievous Jon, who is affectionately named after Kit Harington's Game Of Thrones character, gobbled it in one go.

Megan said: "Just nibble it, you don't have to steal the whole thing!"


Megan broke up with Wes last month after growing jealous of his relationship with his professional Dancing On Ice partner, Vanessa Bauer.

Although nothing romantic has happened between Wes and Vanessa, the star admitted that she was struggling to cope and publicly slammed the skater for "disrespecting" her relationship.

At the time of the announcement, Megan jokingly asking for Jon's "space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time" as they vowed to co-parent the animal.

However, Wes told The Sun Online that Megan could keep their hamster and wouldn't be battling her for custody – after he was billed for the pet's upkeep.

The fluffy pet, who Wes says he paid for, has been at the centre of their split after Megan told Wes he had to contribute if he wanted to be part of Jon's life.

The Love Island star exclusively told The Sun Online last week: "I do love Jon, he’s a top bloke," he said. "I will see him again."

"I won't be battling for custody of Jon Snow though – she can keep him! But hopefully I can pay a few visits in future, even though me and Megs aren't together, it's about our son at the end of the day."


He revealed that Megan's mum had been caring for their pet in the wake of their shock split, which came just a day after their flat was ransacked by burglars.

Discussing the distressing situation, Wes told us: "I came home and the house had been burgled. Saw Jon was there, they didn't want Jon.

"The day we got burgled we moved out, we didn’t stay there. We didn't feel it was safe to be in the apartment, people knew where we lived.

He continued: "Jon had to come with us, Megan took him and gave Jon to her mum. She hasn't seen him since the burglary, neither have I. I bloody paid for the thing myself.

He concluded: "It's our hamster, but Megan had the hamster to begin with. I came home and Jon was there, I had no choice in it."

It was previously revealed that Megan's brother Kurtis had taken the pet in after she kidnapped him from Wes.


Got a story? email [email protected] or call us direct on 02077824220.

We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.


Source: Read Full Article

‘Umbrella Academy’: 2019’s Best TV Soundtrack Owes Less Than You’d Think to Gerard Way

It would make sense for a new show with one of 2019’s most exciting soundtracks to be executive produced by a rock star. But “The Umbrella Academy” executive producer, comic book writer, and My Chemical Romance co-founder Gerard Way didn’t take too much credit for bringing together the eclectic yet fun musical choices that underscore the darkly comic Netflix superhero drama.

Way noted that it wasn’t him, but executive producer/showrunner Steve Blackman, who specified a lot of the show’s music choices. “Steve writes [songs] into the scripts,” he said. “He has a very distinct idea of what he wants, which is why he puts them in the scripts and he encourages his writers to do the same thing.”

Blackman said, “Music had to be its own character for the show, and I wanted to use it to sort of counterpoint things, like using ‘Istanbul’ in the pilot when little Five is shooting all the people around him. I thought it was important to find a way to counterpoint violence and to do music in a different way, to live within the scene, as something of a character in itself.”

Read More:  ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Trailer: Meet Netflix’s New Team of Misfit Superheroes

He continued, “Music is important, and we wanted the show to really have not only its own soundtrack, but its own style, and part of that style was having great music with it. We had Gerard and we thought we got to do it all, you know? ‘Cause who better to do it with?”

“The Umbrella Academy.”

Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

Way created the original graphic novel series with artist Gabriel Bá, which tracks an unusual family of people whose superpowers have not necessarily made their lives easier. Over the course of the first season, the ensemble cast of adopted siblings, including Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, and David Casteñeda, are coping with both the death of their father figure as well as the looming threat of the end of the world. Fortunately, they’re listening to great music along the way.

And while Way did contribute a few songs to the soundtrack, the other artists featured represent a wide range of styles, including the Bay City Rollers, The Doors, Queen, Radiohead, Nina Simone, and They Might Be Giants. Co-star Mary J. Blige, who plays the lethal assassin Cha Cha, even contributed a cover of Rod Stewart’s “Stay With Me,” as seen below.

Blackman said there were songs that the producers wanted to include that they weren’t able to get because they “were just way too expensive. Artists see Netflix, and they went way up in price. The numbers just blew our minds. So there’s a few that just are ungettable — that the artists, still say no to you.”

This included an unnamed Paul Simon song, as well as a few others. But Blackman did note that “most artists, you explain to them what the scene is about, what the show is about, and they’ll come around and they’ll say, ‘Sure, okay.’ Then we, of course, have to pay for it.”

This was where Way’s advice came in handy. “As a musician that often gets asked to put music in stuff, you really do wanna know how it’s being used,” he said. “Sometimes they can’t be bothered to tell you, so you just end up saying no. But you really do wanna know that, and so I think that was a good approach.”

Added Blackman, “Yeah, creator to creator, I want them to understand what we’re using it for, and when someone said no, I was never offended. I’m like, okay, it’s not right for them, the song, but we moved on.”

In the first episode, these eclectic music choices perhaps peak with an extended dance sequence featuring the classic 1980s pop tune “I Think We’re Alone Now,” by Tiffany. Each of the five characters dances to the song by themselves, and each actor revealed to IndieWire that they were given relative freedom to decide how each of their characters would dance.

Page said she’s worked on projects where you get told no if “you do one word differently.” That wasn’t the case here. She described her “Umbrella Academy” filming as “such a delightfully free collaborative experience, which is always what I prefer by far. I imagine most would. It means there’s less ego flying around, you know? There’s more baton relay going on creatively.”

“The Umbrella Academy.”

Netflix

“They were very good,” added Sheehan. “They looked to us in those moments and went, ‘Well? How do they dance?’”

“They essentially put on the music on repeat, and turned on the camera and we all just did our own thing,” Raver-Lampman said.

Not only was it creatively rewarding, Hopper also said, “We had so much fun. The camera crew was giggling away — you’re choosing a dance move, and you could see them all laughing their heads off.”

The crew weren’t the only ones having fun. The cast also showed up to watch other people’s dancing scenes. “I’d show up so that I could watch [Hopper], and then he’d wrap, and then he stayed and watched me,” Raver-Lampman said.

While they were given a lot of freedom for that sequence, they did get a little input from Blackman — including a suggestion that Hopper do a “Van Halen kick.” Sadly, though, Hopper said, “It didn’t make the cut. And it was such a good kick.”

What did make the cut, Castañeda called out, was Hopper accidentally punching the model airplane in his room. “That made me laugh so much, man,” he teased his co-star.

Another song choice both Way and Blackman loved was the Toploader cover of King Harvest’s “Dancing in the Moonlight,” which appears later in the season for a key scene between Hopper and Raver-Lampman’s characters. “The original is an older song, but I just thought it worked beautifully in that moment,” Blackman said.

For the cast, reading in the script what might be playing on the soundtrack was helpful in some way. “You don’t really think about it that much when you’re making the scene, because it’s so compartmentalized,” Hopper said. “But having that when you read it is great.”

Even if he didn’t know the song, he added, “I had times where I’d look it up, and then have it on while I was reading that scene and be like, ‘Oh my, this is going to be so good. It’s great to have it on while you read it, more than anything.”

One tragic scene for Castañeda’s character features a slightly discordant song pick — the David Gray song “Life is Sweet.” That’s one scene where the script didn’t specify the song, but he said that while “in the script there was no track overlaying over it, it had such a powerful impact when that song came on. I was just — it’s such a beautiful song. You know, I looked over at my sister, and she was crying. Yeah, she was crying.”

Which is what the great soundtracks all do — make the viewer feel something.

“The Umbrella Academy” Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix. Check out the official Spotify playlist below.

Source: Read Full Article

'Creepshow' TV Series First Look Reveals the New and Improved Version of The Creep

The Creepshow TV series has begun filming, and executive producer Greg Nicotero just provided the first look at the horrors that await us all. The image features the new and improved version of The Creep, the ghostly figure spotted at the beginning of the Creepshow movie. There, the “character” was little more than a puppet (that eventually turned into a cartoon). Here, it appears to be someone in great special effects make-up, or a realistic animatronic. In either case, I’m excited. See the Creepshow TV series first look below.

There he is, in all his spooky glory – The Creep himself. And if you want an even better look at him, here’s the image outside of Instagram.

I love this. I love how it looks, I love the blue filter reminiscent of the original film – I love it all. Hopefully Nicotero will keep posting images from the series as production continues.

The Creep is Creepshow‘s own version of the Crypt Keeper, although he’s not as prone to terrible puns. In fact, he doesn’t talk at all in the first film – he just floats around giggling. Anyone who has seen the first film will recall the ghoul popping-up outside the bedroom window of a young boy, played by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill. The boy has just gotten into an argument with his father, a drunken Tom Atkins, over possession of a Creepshow comic book. Atkins tosses the comic into the garbage, but a wind blows it away, flipping the pages in the process. As each page flips, the film cuts to a new segment.

In Creepshow 2, The Creep has a brand-new look, and is played by legendary make-up artist Tom Savini. He gets to talk this time (and drive a garbage truck!), but I much prefer the original silent Creep. And that’s the one Nicotero is recreating. I’d assume this means the Creepshow TV series will have a similar framing device as the movie, complete with The Creep floating around, laughing his ass off.

“Having the opportunity to embrace the spirit of Creepshow and expand on what George [Romero] and [Stephen King] created is, without a doubt, a lifelong dream come true,” said Nicotero. “Having grown up in Pittsburgh, Creepshow lives in a special place for me. I had the good fortune to visit the set as a teenager. I was able to look behind the curtain of filmmaking, and it changed me forever. I’m honored to continue telling the stories in the ‘comic book come to life’ world that fans fell in love with. This fall we will be ‘opening the coffin’ and unleashing upon the world our demented and ghastly stories, crafted by the best in business.”

Creepshow will arrive on Shudder sometime this year.

Source: Read Full Article

Prostitution horror as past comes back to haunt Emmerdale villager

It has been a hard slog for Harriet and her matchmaker skills but she finally convinces Dawn to go on a date with Ryan.

Unfortunately for Dawn, a blast from her past when she was in the grips of prostitution came back to haunt her.

Leon, the ex-punter, harassed Dawn throughout the date, leaving her horrified that her past has rematerialised in this way.


Ryan is not so keen on the intrusion and finds the green-eyed monster rises inside him, as he reads the situation negatively.

He confronts Leon about his behaviour and then gets a surprise from Dawn.

After being incredibly apologetic and in the heat of the moment, she plants a kiss on Ryan. Unfortunately, this is misinterpreted by Ryan and he offers Dawn some money to have sex with him.


One way to kill a first date and it could signal the end of the their friendship, as well as any blossoming romance.

Later, a vengeful Leon stalks Dawn and turns up at her house.

However Harriet is incredibly proud when Dawn stands up for herself and kicks him out.

The pair had over to the Woolpack and see a deflated Ryan sitting with an old friend, Gail, who has turned up.

However his friend has one too many drinks and tries to kiss Ryan – just as Dawn walks in.

How will she react? And is it all over for Ryan and Dawn?

*Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV, with additional episodes at 8pm on Thursdays

Read More

Showbiz and TV editor’s picks

  • Dolly-Rose Campbell reveals sexuality
  • Jackson’s secret surgery
  • Arg responds to Gemma’s baby news
  • Real reason for Jane’s DOI collapse

Source: Read Full Article

The Bachelor's Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick Celebrate Valentine's Day on Romantic Getaway

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick just celebrated two major relationship milestones together.

Tartick wished his girlfriend a happy Valentine’s Day on Instagram on Thursday — making it not only the first holiday they celebrated together, but also their first official social media post as a couple.

“So grateful for you,” he captioned a photo of Bristowe wrapping her hands around his neck.

Bristowe also dedicated a post to Tartick, sharing a lengthy quote about the importance of finding true happiness.

“Thank you @jason_tartick for being you,” she wrote.

Bristowe, 33, and Tartick, 30, jetted off to Boston for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend together.

After checking into their spacious hotel suite, the couple dressed up for a fancy dinner at Bistro Du Midi. Bristowe shared a video of Tartick blowing her a kiss as they enjoyed their meal.

The two threw a private dance party when they returned to the hotel, singing along to the Hamilton and Aladdin soundtracks.

The Bachelorette stars confirmed their relationship during an appearance on the Today show in late January.

“Yeah, that’s true,” Tartick said in a live interview when asked if they are official.

Bristowe, who also appeared on the morning news program, said, “I mean, I was going to use my podcast to break the news, but I guess the Today show beat me to it!”

Tartick, who met Bristowe  on her podcast — Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe — said that they’ve been a steady item for “about a month or so.”

“We were friends. A little banter here and there and friendship turned into a relationship,” he explained.

The new Bachelor Nation couple’s relationship comes nearly three months after Bristowe confirmed her split from Shawn Booth — whom she met, fell in love with and got engaged to on the season 19 finale of The Bachelorette in 2015 — in November.

“After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways. This difficult decision comes after thoughtful, respectful consideration. Even though we are parting as a couple, we’re very much committed to remaining friends and we will continue to support each other,” they said in a joint statement. “Due to the nature of how we met, our relationship has always been very public, and we have enjoyed sharing it with all of you, but we ask that you respect our decision and our privacy at this time.”

RELATED VIDEO: The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe Is ‘Devastated’ Over Her Split from Shawn Booth, Source Says

Booth, 31, talked about the pain of seeing her go public with someone else on Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti‘s podcast Almost Famous: In Depth.

“It’s nerve-wracking every time I pick up my phone. I haven’t been on Twitter in months just because I don’t want to scroll the mentions. Going on Instagram, I do that for business purposes, and always get caught with scrolling. that’s always tough. You just have a pit in your stomach.”

He continued: “That’s the hard part and with her moving on so quickly, I just have a tough time understanding why she would put this out everywhere, or blasting it all over the place, knowing that it could hurt.”

Tartick placed third on Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette last year.

Source: Read Full Article

‘Best team ever’ hailed for scooping £23,000 as The Sinnerman is beaten

A talented team of three took The Chaser, Paul Sinha, to the cleaners as they pocketed £23,000 with plenty of questions to spare.

The Sinnerman hailed supply teacher Ricki, 42, B&B owner Jane, 50 and 39-year-old project manager Victoria, as the "best team I’ve ever played" as he was left floundering.

The Chase host, Bradley Walsh, had been sceptical of the threesome’s chances as he felt their score of 21 was a few too short.


As viewers screamed on Twitter that people had won on far less, 55-year-old Bradley was proved wrong as Paul Sinha didn’t approach threatening to overhaul the contestants.

The 48-year-old brainbox comedian said it had been, "at least five years since he last played a team hitting that high."

The contestants had wracked up 30 answers on the way to the final but 21-year-old medical student Will had been caught by The Sinnerman and knocked out of the quiz show.


Viewers also praised the team for beating The Chaser as they hailed the three finalists in a series of posts on Twitter.

One fan of the show pointed out in a tweet: "You’re a good team if you can beat the Sinnaman #TheChase"

While another was pleased with the effort, exclaiming: "Yaaaaassss! What a great team!"


A third fan of The Chase tweeted: "Amazing performance – great answers and teamwork"

Another praised the way the team pushed The Sinnerman back: "5 chances to push back 4 executed. Well played team! It wasn’t even close."

Not a bad way to start the weekend, with a third share of £23,000.

*The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV

Read More

Showbiz and TV editor’s picks

  • Dolly-Rose Campbell reveals sexuality
  • Jackson’s secret surgery
  • Arg responds to Gemma’s baby news
  • Real reason for Jane’s DOI collapse

Source: Read Full Article