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Was 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' Funny or Racist on 'SNL'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:15AM
Anna Faris, 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' - 'Saturday Night Live''Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) continued its streak of less-than-stellar episodes in this new season, though there were still a few memorable sketches in this week's installment with host Anna Faris.

Certainly one of the most potentially controversial was the 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' college-based talk show. It was a clear send-up of Japanese stereotypes, but it was also incredibly self-aware.

In fact, Jason Sudeikis was on hand seemingly just to tell us that this was a borderline-racist interpretation of a small sect of Japanese culture. Kind of makes you wonder if they put that character in there to minimize the chances of people being offended.

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'SNL' Scorecard: Were There any Gems in Anna Faris' Dud of a Show?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 16th 2011 1:20PM

So, do you want the good news first or do you want the bad news? "The good news first," you may or may not have said? Well, the good news is that after a rare four week run of live shows, 'SNL' has two weeks off to recharge. And, wow, do they need it. I mean, could last night's Anna Faris monologue have been any more phoned in? It's always a bad sign when the writing staff resorts to "fake Q&A with the audience,' but, my God, at least sometimes those can still be funny. Also, more good news: Jason Sudeikis' pal Charlie Day will be the next host on November 5, which should bring some much needed comedic inspiration. Of course, the bad news: last night's show was somewhat awful. Also, Faris introduced the show as the "Halloween show" – but where was the Halloween? Where was Hader's Vincent Price sketch? Come to think of it, where was Anna Faris? Anna Faris is funny! Why wasn't she featured more often? Regardless, thankfully, near the end of the show, there were a couple of gems. (Actually, this show, for as bad as it was overall, had my two favorite sketches of the season.) On to the scorecard...

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Anna Faris' Hobby Is to Create Miniature Murder Scenes (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2011 5:00AM
Anna Faris, 'Chelsea Lately'Building models is a pretty common hobby, but Anna Faris has a rather unique take on it. On 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) she talked about how she likes to construct miniature murder scenes and then sit and stare at them for hours.

Her latest project has been a bear attack scene, which doesn't really qualify as a murder. But clearly it's the aftermath that so fascinates her.

When Chelsea Handler asked her if she set these up to depict the moment just before the murders or after them, Faris said, "Post-murder, of course. Chelsea, come on!"

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Rashida Jones and Craig Ferguson Geek Out About 'Project Runway' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 5:30AM
Rashida Jones, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Usually when you're watching a talk show interview, it feels like something designed either for our entertainment, or to plug a project. On rare occasions, though, it becomes a chat so intimate, you almost feel like a voyeur listening in. That's what happened with Rashida Jones on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

She and Craig Ferguson started talking about 'Project Runway,' which is clearly a show they both love and follow very closely. They started breaking down the challenge from last week -- too many beards -- and then started getting into it about how cool judge Michael Kors is.

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Anna Faris Talks About Getting Dumped, Crying and Stalking Her Ex (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 4:45AM
Anna Faris, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'There's something very cathartic and soothing about music. One of its greatest strengths is its ability to lift us up when we're feeling down. Anna Faris talked about how Pink Floyd once filled that role in her life on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

It was after a particularly hard break-up. "That 'Wish You Were Here' song was on [repeat]," she said. "I would cry and then I would watch myself in the mirror cry, and I would feel really sorry for myself."

We love that she said she watched herself crying in the mirror to better feel sorry for herself. It's such a crazy visual, and yet totally believable. Especially when she admitted to also stalking the guy at the same time. Ah youth. It makes you do some crazy stuff.

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Anna Faris Reveals Her Parents' Strategy to Keep Her a Virgin in High School (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 28th 2011 3:00AM
Anna Faris, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Anna Faris seemed pretty confident that her parents were employing a clever strategy to keep her a virgin throughout high school. On 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), she talked about the extensive headgear contraption she had to wear, in conjunction with braces and a retainer. And then there was the commercial that didn't make her more popular.

It did increase her notoriety around school, but not in the best way. "I looked like I was about eight, " she said. "I think I was about sixteen, which is so embarrassing. I was hired because I was chunky."

That didn't make for the most positive reception in the halls of her school, but things appear to have worked out pretty well for Faris. The commercial helped her find her career in acting, she's grown into a beautiful woman and her teeth are just brilliantly straight.

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Fear this: Dan Aykroyd as Yogi Bear

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 6th 2009 11:04AM
Yogi Bear and friendsI could make another joke about how Hollywood is out of ideas, but why bother? However, as further proof of the concept, a live-action/CGI Yogi Bear movie is in the works based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon from way back when. Dan Aykroyd will be lending his voice for Yogi and Justin Timberlake will be the voice of Boo Boo. Did anyone else just feel a cold shiver down their spine?

Anna Faris will also be in the movie as a documentary filmmaker. I like Anna Faris even when she's in crap movies, but I don't think her presence is going to make me like this one.

I'm sorry to say that this movie will likely do well and the kids will eat up. Look at Hollywood's history of similar movies (most of which have actually spawned sequels): The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Scooby Doo ... the list goes on.

So what do you think of this idea?

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The new Chipettes: What nightmares are made of

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 14th 2009 3:03PM
The SqueakuelI'll admit, I watched a lot of Alvin and the Chipmunks when I was little, despite all its awkward 80s animation tendencies and general pointlessness. I even kind of liked it. When the Chipettes joined the gang, bringing even more high-pitched sass, I felt no need to cry shark-jumping (probably because the phrase had yet to be coined and I hadn't gotten to that Happy Days episode).

The Chipettes animated on the small screen were kind of girly and cute. The Chipettes in Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel are what you see before you die.

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Michelle Trachtenberg heading to Gossip Girl

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 20th 2008 9:32AM
Michelle TrachtenbergWhen you want to conjure up some ratings magic, a special guest star always helps. And if you can get the star to commit for a few episodes during May sweeps, well that's even better. With that in mind, the CW has signed Michelle Trachtenberg for a multi-episode arc on Gossip Girl.

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