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Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin Balance Their Time With Leno (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 7th 2011 2:45AM
Jack Black, Owen Wilson & Steve Martin, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black were all guests on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) at the same time to promote their upcoming comedy, 'The Big Year.' But when you have three big stars sharing face-time on the same late nigh talk show, how do you determine who sits next to Jay Leno?

According to the guys, they hashed this out with their lawyers for two weeks prior to this appearance. While Owen Wilson was telling a story about working with Martin, an alarm went off and the three men got up and shifted seats. Leno had no idea what was happening, but it was their way to ensure equal time in the chair. Isn't fairness great?!

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Steve Martin Crashes Alec Baldwin's Record-Setting 'SNL' Hosting Stint (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 3:00AM
Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin, 'Saturday Night Live'When it was realized that Alec Baldwin hosting this season premiere of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) would give him the all-time hosting record over Steve Martin, we all assumed that Martin would make an appearance. The question was how and when.

Well, he showed up right away, during Baldwin's monologue touting his 16th time hosting. Martin was surprisingly gracious, and only wanted to make sure Baldwin wasn't using any performance enhancing drugs.

So they staged a fake drug test, with Martin analyzing Baldwin's urine by swishing it in his mouth -- he only detected Cialis. It was a fun bit, but much tamer than perhaps we would have expected. No jealousy or bitterness from Martin? We did, however, love when he asked surprise guest Seth Rogen if his being there counted as hosting. It doesn't.

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Tina Fey/Justin Bieber' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 11th 2010 3:49PM
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(S35E18) Tina Fey gives hope to all nerdy funny girls out there. You may be frumpy and strange now, girls, but all you have to do is work really hard, be yourself, create/write/star in a hit show with Alec Baldwin and become super-famous. Then you will finally be able to soothe the flame of self-hate this is currently raging within you. This is the only option to escape your ugly duckling phase. Sorry if you were convinced otherwise.

All right, seriously, this was a solid episode. It felt like Fey had a strong hand in what kind of material was being produced; most of the sketches worked very well for her. This was also the first time I had heard Justin Bieber. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

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Tina Fey on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 11th 2010 3:27PM
Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey, Steve MartinTina Fey returned to 'Saturday Night Live' last night and had plenty to say about brownie husbands, Tiger Woods, and the Oscar curse, among other things.

And apparently, she also has a thing for Justin Bieber, the musical guest this week! Somehow, the pairing of these two seems like the perfect combination.

Watch the videos after the jump.

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Academy Awards Broadcast Was a Comedy of Errors and an Error of Comedy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 7:38AM
The Best Picture goes to
There was a great industry joke lobbed at the Hollywood awards machine by the short-lived but loved TV cartoon 'The Critic.' The joke featured a Midwestern farmer and his boy spotting a plane headed to Hollywood.

"Yep, son," the wide-eyed farm says with a big pitchfork in his all-American paw, "on that plane are the people who fill our lives with blockbuster movies, moronic situation comedies, awards shows where awards shows win awards. Get my gun, boy."

If the 82nd Academy Awards takes home an Emmy or even a nomination for their television broadcast, just about every middle American farmer with a sidearm will land on a terror alert watch list and every first class flight from New York to Hollywood will have to divert over the Gulf of Mexico in order to avoid the inevitable strafe of gunfire from America's heartland.

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Oscars Telecast Suffers From Expanded Best Picture Field

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 8th 2010 1:03AM
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced last year that they would be expanding the Best Picture field to 10 films for their 82nd annual awards, the reaction was immediate, as pundits and cinephiles debated whether the move would dilute the importance of the awards. Slipping through the cracks, though, was how the change would affect the broadcast and the ceremony itself.

Well, now we know, because the ramifications were seen early and often throughout the show, which aired last night on ABC. While producer Adam Shankman wisely used the change as an excuse to emphasize the films and the performances themselves -- something viewers were clued into from the first moments, when this year's crop of Best Actor and Best Actress nominees gathered on the stage to kick off the ceremony -- the inclusion of extended clip packages for nominees and testimonials from fellow actors led not only to one of the longest broadcasts in recent awards show memory but also to the removal of several Oscar staples, including the Best Song performances.

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'Parenthood' preview just for TV Squad

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 1st 2010 4:03PM
After what has been a long time coming, NBC's new version of 'Parenthood' is finally premiering tomorrow night. And if the anticipation wasn't already high, TV Squad received an unexpected, very nice little invitation to tune in from Opie himself. Or Richie Cunningham if you prefer.

Yes, that's right, Ron Howard, the executive producer of 'Parenthood,' did a handful of shout-outs to the media and we were included. Aren't we special?

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Kristen Wiig's Gilly to Host 'SNL' Christmas Special

by Bryan Enk, posted Dec 8th 2009 10:46AM
Her name is Gilly, and she's at it again!

The Hollywood Reporter tells us there will be trouble for Christmas this year, as Kristen Wiig's ruckus-causing schoolgirl character Gilly from 'Saturday Night Live' will host her very own Christmas special. 'SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas,' which will be the first two-hour 'SNL' special since 2002, will air on Thursday, December 17 at 8PM on NBC.

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Best '30 Rock' Guest Stars: Oh, They Went to There

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 12th 2009 1:00PM
Blurg! Does '30 Rock' ever love having guest stars!

With almost 100 guest appearances so far and only in its fourth season, the series has gained a well-deserved reputation for snagging all kinds of A-listers
. Ranging from silly to meta to awesome, we've compiled a list of our favorite star turns on '30 Rock' that's sure to blow your mind grapes.

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Oscars Select Martin, Baldwin as Hosts

by Andrew Scott, posted Nov 4th 2009 9:00AM
Steve Martin Alec Baldwin Oscars hostsSteve Martin and Alec Baldwin will host the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Variety is reporting. Last year's host, Hugh Jackman, recently opted not to return.

This will be Martin's third time hosting the Oscars. He was last seen on the Kodak stage in 2003, which went on to become the lowest-rated Oscar telecast ever to that point (it was later "topped" by Jon Stewart in 2008). Baldwin has never hosted, although he did receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the 2003 film 'The Cooler.'

Baldwin and Martin can also be seen in the upcoming Nancy Meyers comedy, 'It's Complicated,' due in theaters this December.

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Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to host the Oscars

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 3rd 2009 10:17PM
oscar_gold_statuetteThe Vegas oddsmakers were wrong about Billy Crystal. He isn't hosting the Oscars. Neither is Hugh Jackman. No, today it was announced that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will serve as cohosts of the 82nd Academy Awards. Interestingly, Martin and Baldwin are costarring -- with Meryl Streep -- in the upcoming romantic comedy, It's Complicated.

Choosing these two guys, however, is not complicated. It's actually pretty damn clever. Both men are very funny, very comfortable in the moment -- a necessity for a complicated show like the Oscars when anything can go wrong -- and they bring a lot of good will and star power to the proceedings.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 10th 2009 10:33AM
cinematicalThe folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Oscars 2009: What worked vs. what didn't

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2009 12:02PM
It was the best of Oscar it was the worst of Oscar. It wasn't the best show I've ever seen, but was it the worst Oscars ever as one friend emailed me? I think there were features that worked and features that tanked. There could have been more star power -- where were Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christian Bale, Tyler Perry (he had the biggest box office opening last week!), etc.? Forget about stars from the '70s...

Anyway, I had predicted that the Oscars would stink. Well, I was wrong, or half-wrong. Separate from whether you agreed with the winners -- I did by and large -- or you didn't, what about the broadcast? I think if you had seen all the nominees (or at least the Best Picture noms), you probably had a rooting interest and were amused by most of the show. However, the other half was pretty bad. After the jump, what worked versus what did not.

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Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Jason Mraz - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 1st 2009 3:02PM
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This episode marked Steve Martin's 15th time hosting and one millionth appearance on SNL. My expectations are always a high for a returning show-favorite, as I picture the whole week of writing and rehearsals to be a wild, wild party praising the host and, between celebratory keg stands, they write bang-up material that uses the host to their full potential. Yes, it's my own fault for thinking like that because I'm inevitably let down, but every once in a while there's a hit. This episode was all right in general, but it certainly wasn't worthy of Steve Martin. Here are some video highlights from the night.

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Loose lips? Swiveling hips? Donny's Dancing with the Stars

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 27th 2009 10:33AM
donnyThere seems to be an epidemic of blabbermouthing going around these days. First, Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill lets it slip on Oprah that Joe had his choice of VP or Secretary of State (snap Hillary!), then Steve Martin reveals that he and Tina Fey will be presenting together at the Oscars (so much for secret presenters), now Donny's let the cat out of the bag.

While taping The Bonnie Hunt Show, Donny Osmond announced that he's doing Dancing With the Stars, the new edition that commences in March.

Oops! See, it wasn't Donny's job to make the announcement. He was supposed to let ABC decide the right time to reveal the lineup of celebrity dancers, although whether they can dance before the show begins is debatable.

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