The much-hyped—and very long—Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special finally aired last night, reuniting SNL cast members and favorite sketches from over the show’s four-decade run. One of those sketches, The Californians, featured local stars Bradley Cooper and Taylor Swift sporting blonde locks and Valley accents. Then Betty White gets in the mix and Cooper can’t keep his hands off her. Check it out above.
The Skeleton Twins: You might miss them on Saturday nights, but there’s a lot more to this film than a welcome reunion of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The former Saturday Night Live mainstays play estranged siblings in Craig Johnson’s insightful dark comedy. Though a decade has passed since they last met, the brother and sister reunite when they discover they both attempted suicide on the same day. Hader and Wiig’s chemistry is flawless and a joy to behold. The film actually has a lot to say about our ability to lie to ourselves as adults in ways that kids never need to do. The ending is a tad conventional, but there’s still plenty to admire here. Rotten Tomatoes Score:87%
Following in Miley’s footsteps (that had to hurt a little), Lady Gaga took on the hosting and performance duties during this Saturday’s airing of Saturday Night Live, showing us that she’s quite the thespian. Here, I roundup some of Momma Monster’s best, worst and downright ugliest moments from the broadcast.
Miley Cyrus hosts SNL on Saturday night, and because we seem to be stuck in a Miley Moment, and because SNL is broadcast live and has a rich history of such things, we might as well wager on the likelihood of some even bigger—shocking!—Miley Moment that will set tongues wagging, brows furrowing, and Hulu clips refreshing a million times by Sunday morning.
One of SNL’s most famous moments of surprise, of course, happened 21 years ago this week—when Sinead O’Connor sang Bob Marley’s “War,” and concluded her performance by ripping up a photo of the pope. “Fight the real enemy!” she cried, and nothing was the same for O’Connor’s career after that. Whatever happens this Saturday, it seems that anything Miley does will probably be A) far more premeditated and B) far less likely to do any real damage to her own career.