Instead of the usual cheeky cold open, Saturday Night Live began tonight with a the New York Children’s Chorus singing “Silent Night.” After a fade-out, the lights came back up and the kids shouted the familiar “Live from New York, this is Saturday night….”
Was this an effective opening at a moment when any spoken words would never have been able to effectively comment on the atrocity in Connecticut on Friday. Or–considering that this opener led to a silly follow-up with host Martin Short singing a song about how Christmas is a horny time when “men’s trousers stick out”–was the effort to deal with the tragedy a mistake?
UPDATE: At the end of the program, the children returned to sing “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime” with musical guest Paul McCartney.
In a rare public appearance — Barbra Streisand (flanked by her long-time manager, Martin Erlichman) — and Seth Rogen walked the red carpet at the big Hollywood premiere of their new film The Guilt Trip on December 11, 2012.
P.S. If you haven’t read Time’s “Driving Miss Barbra” you need to drop everything and get on it.
Here’s an excerpt…
“The movie director had wanted to shoot The Guilt Trip by having the two actors actually drive cross-country, but Barbra said no to any location more than 45 minutes from her house. “I love my home,” she explained. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to make the time to see your home while you’re on a long location shoot when you can’t even manage to see it while living right next door.”
“Although Barbra did not sing along in the car, she provided a fair amount of drama. Whenever we came within 20 feet of another car, Barbra would thrust her hand in front of her and make a little noise. “Look at that guy, all over the road!” she yelled about a car changing lanes. “Look at this guy!” she exclaimed about a driver ahead of us who was driving. When I suggested she drive part of the way, she told me she doesn’t drive anymore. “You know why? I was driving one day, and I found myself driving up the off-ramp of a highway.”
“When’s the last time you drove?” I asked.
“In the ’80s maybe.”
“You haven’t driven since the 1980s?”
“Wait—this is 2012. Maybe the ’90s.”
You can’t make this up. Love it!
The folks at BuzzFeed put together one of the funniest pages on the Internet. For real.
This really is the best Christmas music video ever produced.
And by the “best,” I mean the “creepiest.”
Let’s start with the title of the video. You just know “I Think You Might Like It” is the line Travolta used on male masseurs and room service staff as he dropped his robe to the floor.
Let’s face it. No one liked that. Some even sued.
Just watch the video.
Sorry about that.
There’s so much to process, isn’t there? I feel violated and entertained all at once. The kick-ass convertible going 3 miles per hour, Travolta pretending he likes sex with women, the creepy security guard — they even managed to jam in a “hoedown” of sorts.
Hell, in my spare time I even noticed they weren’t wearing seat belts on their slow-moving joy-ride.
But you gotta give them props.
Much like Travolta pulled off that itchy wig once the director said, “It is what it is. That’s a wrap…”
The hyper-kooky director, screenwriter, producer, actor and music buff is holding “one night only” screenings of his most popular films, kicking off with one of my all-time faves — Reservoir Dogs — on Dec. 4, with a Pulp Fiction screening on Dec. 6, nationwide.
But wait, there’s more!
Tarantino’s highly anticipated film Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas Day!
Get all the deets here.
Fun Fact: The name “P!nk” was inspired by the character “Mr. Pink” in Reservoir Dogs.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand have teamed up — to star in a new film entitled The Guilt Trip — which opens in theaters nationwide this December 19, 2012 (with screenings starting on December 2).
Babs calls her new film — The Guilt Trip “A different kind of love story. It’s not just funny, but it’s touching….”
Barbra Streisand on Lady Gaga? “The real deal.” (Babs meant that.)
How about (abuse victim) Rihanna? “I like her.” (Note the lukewarm response.)
Seth Rogen? “Adorable.” (Came from the heart.)
Streisand’s favorite TV show? “Homeland.”
UPDATE: This is EPIC. Seth Rogen called this Streisand anecdote (regarding getting high with Peter Sellers) “the greatest story of all time.’”
As the studio audience erupted with laughter and applause, Streisand explained an incident that took place more than 40 years ago, when she was married to actor Elliott Gould.
“The funny thing, we went to a restaurant. And we started to riff on, like should we have steak (flavored) ice cream,” said Streisand. “It was funny at the time. It’s not funny now since you’re not high.”
Streisand was nearly as shocking when she talked about an early road-trip partner — young Marlon Brando.
“So it was just “a daytime trip to see the sagebrush and the wildflowers. We went into a little hamburger joint with a creaky screen door. I remember sitting there at the counter ordering hamburgers and thinking, ‘This is Marlon Brando!’”
Streisand said she planned one day to write about her stories and lamented telling the anecdotes: “All of my secrets. I have nothing to write about now.”
How FUN is that?!
It’s never funny to laugh at someone’s misfortune. Unless it’s this.
This prank show airs in Brazil.
Mix rock ‘n roll, a bawdy Italian chick, good food — and a dash of irreverence — and what do you have?