Former Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph is finally getting her first starring role in a major movie in the dramedy Away We Go (opening Friday).
Starring opposite The Office hottie John Krasinski, Rudolph (who is expecting her second kid with director Paul Thomas Anderson) plays Verona, a mom-to-be traveling across country to find the perfect place to raise her baby.
“I heard that it was written with me in mind, but I didn’t know Dave and Vendela, so I couldn’t ask them,” she says of the film written by authors Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida and directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (he’s married to Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet).
“It was pretty thrilling to see that these two incredible writers wrote this beautiful thing with you in mind,” she added.
Serving as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Seven Pounds star Rosario Dawson shined in a hilarious parody of the animated flick, Aladdin.
In the skit, Dawson as Jasmine celebrates her 10-year anniversary with her love Aladdin. Singing a bitter rendition of their hit song, “A Whole New World,” Dawson sounds amazing–making Blindie recall her stint as Mimi in Rent.
New York Governor David Paterson spoke out against the Saturday Night Live skit that mocked his blindness.
“I can take a joke,” Paterson told the Daily News on Sunday. “But only 37% of disabled people are working, and I’m afraid that that kind of third-grade humor certainly adds to this atmosphere.”
Saturday Night Live regular Fred Armisen impersonated the blind governor in a skit that not only poked fun at his handicap but also his past drug use, and portrayed him as a disoriented politician “caught totally off guard and…comically unprepared to take office.”
The National Federation of the Blind also spoke out against the SNL skit. “The biggest problem faced by blind people is not blindness itself, but the stereotypes held by the general public,” spokesman Chris Danielsen said. “The idea that blind people are incapable of the simplest tasks and are perpetually disoriented and befuddled is absolutely wrong.”
Admit it, you love the hot-stepping video for Beyonce’s new song “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)! Maybe you even filmed a remake in your bedroom and posted it online. Which means you probably went crazy for Saturday Night Live‘s parody of the Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse inspired routine featuring Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg dancing backup for Beyonce, in a body suit and heels no less!
And host Paul Rudd calling Beyonce “B-Town” and “B-K” was also hilarious!
After weeks of jokes made at her expense, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin finally made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.
The Republican vice-presidential nominee poked fun at herself in the opening sketch as she watched SNL alum Tina Fey give another dead-on impersonation and “pageant walk” during a press conference. Palin also helped Alec Baldwin recall the nickname she had been dubbed in the press -“Caribou Barbie.”
But the most memorable sketch was a very pregnant Amy Poehler rapping, in place of Palin, “all the mavericks in the house put your hands up” and boasting “I shoot a mother-humpin’ moose eight days of the week!”
Saturday Night Live mocked the recent Vice-Presidential debate in a skit with Queen Latifah playing moderator and author Gwen Ifill, Jason Sudeikis as democratic candidate Joe Biden and Tina Fey reprising her role as Alaskan republican candidate Sarah Palin.
Latifah poked fun at the controversy surrounding Ifill’s impartiality and her upcoming book Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama while Fey referred to Palin’s overuse of the word maverick and the drinking games played in the Alaskan governor’s honor with the hilarious closing line, “oh, and for those Joe Six-Packs out there playing a drinking game at home -maverick.”