40 Years at SNL

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Live from New York, it’s (the 40th Anniversary Special of) Saturday Night!

And for one night only, New York’s hottest club is…

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the SNL studio!

The special, which starts tonight at 7 on NBC, will be a three and a half hour packed Studio 8H boasting a long list of former cast mates, hosts, musical guests, and favorites of the show (including Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, and on and on). They even released an awesome app and you can now text emojis of your favorite sketches! Like stefon, above, coneheads, and more!

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There are many great lists of the best ever on SNL, but here are a few of my all time favorites:

(I apologize for the short and/or bad quality of some, they didn’t have DVR in the early days!)

Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard I was actually crying real tears.

Schweddy Balls

I’m So Freaking Excited

I say this to my sister almost daily, about anything.

More Cowbell

Celebrity Jeopardy

My siblings and I quote this religiously.

Amy Poehler’s Pregnant Rap

If you haven’t already read Yes, Please, (who even are you then?) she details this event in an entire chapter and it’s so worth reading.

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Chippendale’s Audition

Anything from The Lonely Island

Creating anthems for my generation and the next.

What is Love?

From which my favorite movie was born…

Granted, I may not have been old enough to watch the show for many of these, it just goes to show how awesome and generation-boundary-busting Saturday Night Live can be.

Unfortunately, the incredible people in the line up to return won’t involve some fan favorites, as they were taken too soon. But you can be damn sure they won’t be forgotten.

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Don’t miss it! It’s going to be a show for the ages, (not all ages, obviously) but I’d be sad to miss any second of it.

Sunday, Feb 15 @ 7pm on NBC

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Galentine’s Day!

In the words of the amazing, wonderful Leslie Knope, “February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is about romance, but February 13th, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends.”

Yes, it should. Just as February 15th is National Half Priced Candy Day, Pt. 1 (Pt. 2 is after Halloween). So to all my besties, I love y’all. But they already know hence the reason we’re hanging out tonight with chick flicks, take out, and wine. So go celebrate your best friends, especially since National Best Friends Day isn’t til June. You can never celebrate your friends enough, because ovaries before brovaries.

Switching Up Date Night

Normally “Date Night” consists of two of my closest friends at college and the latest crime or serial killer documentary on Netflix. But lately, I’ve been venturing out to watch other things on the website that I’ll probably eventually marry. (We have been dating for awhile…)

I never realized how many great comedy specials were on Netflix. I’d watched Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me, and was sadly unimpressed (come back to TV, Chelsea, please!). But it did lead me to many other amazing comedians that I’ve been watching at work (I have a very important and strenuous job, obviously) or at home (when I’m not doing homework, Mom and Dad, I swear I’m still on Dean’s List!) and I’m loving the change up from death, mayhem, and nightmares. Now I’m no longer terrified to walk downstairs in the dark in my own apartment. Instead, I walk downstairs and almost start crying laughing because I see something that reminds me of one of Nick Offerman’s 10 Tips for a Prosperous Life.

Nick Offerman, American Ham

Iliza Shlesinger, Freezing Hot

Aziz Ansari, Buried Alive and Dangerously Delicious AND Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening

Bo Burnham, what.

John Mulaney, New in Town

Jim Jeffries, Bare and Fully Functional

Chris Porter, Ugly and Angry

Dave Gorman, Stand-Up. Live.

John Hodgman, Ragnarok

Tina & Amy’s Third Time’s The Charm

I love these awards because they never take themselves too seriously. Obviously since they have Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as their hosts for the 3rd time (who both did amazing, btw). But it’s great because we get to see a side of Hollywood not normally shown, a behind the scenes at the people we watch on screen most of the time, a peek into the process of getting a film made, how intense it can actually be, and all the people that are involved in it. It’s awesome, definitely one of my favorite nights of tv throughout the year.

Top 7 Moments:

1. Amy & Tina’s opening was the best they’ve ever done. It hit on so many people and so many levels, I don’t think they missed anything (except TV). Calling out Joaquin Phoenix and making fun of Emma Watson’s “Big Eyes”, I just love how fearless and funny they are.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch being plucked from the audience to present with Jennifer Aniston, much to his happy surprise

3. When the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association took time to come out and speak out about the incident in Paris, stating “Je suis Charlie” to a standing ovation.

4. Common’s inspiring speech about how he and everyone should “elevate their humanity.”

5. George Clooney’s DeMille Award tribute (even though his wife should have won according to Tina & Amy) and subsequent speech honoring Robin Williams and such. And giving the cutest shoutout to his amazing wife, Amal, and another to the brave people in Paris because “we will not walk in fear.”

6. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt on stage together.

7. Eddie Redmayne’s win! and amazing speech, which made him cutting his honeymoon short worth it. So happy for him, he deserved it!!

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Into The Woods
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Pride

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Julianne Moore (Maps To The Stars)
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Emily Blunt (Into The Woods)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Lego Movie
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Tangerines
Leviathan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)
Emma Stone (Birdman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaries, Armando Bo (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Johan Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Big Eyes
John Legend and Common (Selma)
Noah
Annie
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
Downton Abbey
The Affair
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Good Wife

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA
Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Julianne Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair)

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Clive Owen (The Knick)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Dominic West (The Affair)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

BEST TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Orange Is The New Black
Girls
Jane the Virgin
Transparent
Silicon Valley

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Louie C.K. (Louie)

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Olive Kitteridge
Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)
Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
Frances O’Connor (The Missing)

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)
Allison Janney (Mom)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE
Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)

I love these behind the scenes pics from @nbctv and @goldenglobes like this!

The End of an Era

13 years and 9 movies later, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter split up. They were one of my favorite Hollywood couples because they’re so weird, and never fail to let their freak flag fly. I’m also fascinated with their basically 3 way marriage to Johnny Depp (I wonder how he’s feeling about this break up…)

Planet of the Apes, creepy, but iconic

Big Fish, heartbreaking and one of the weirdest endings I’ve ever seen

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, should have been continued to end the series

Corpse Bride, the first of many times acting with Johnny Deep

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a great and terrifying remake

Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street, one of my top 3 favorite musical movies

Alice in Wonderland, mad as a hatter, but I loved it

Dark Shadows, weird, but they can’t all be awesome

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016), yay, we get one more movie collaboration

If you haven’t seen any of these, go watch them (especially Sweeney Todd). Do it as a memorial to the partnership of this terrifyingly weird couple who will hopefully still make movies together for many, many years. Seriously though, They weird, twisted stories are too awesome to lose.

Really, as long as this doesn’t stop happening I’ll be so, so happy.

R.I.P. one of the greatest director/actress combos ever.

Robin Williams

 

Today the world lost an incredible actor and a truly gifted comedian. Robin Williams was discovered dead in his Northern California home this morning. After battling depression and a recent stint in rehab, it’s believed he died of asphyxiation, though not confirmed whether suicide or not. He was 63.

I can remember growing up watching him onscreen in some of my favorite movies: as Peter Pan in Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Birdcage, Jumanji, the genie in Aladdin, so SO many movies I love. None more than Dead Poets Society. There’s a quote William’s character says in it…

“Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

And he definitely lived up to that.

RIP O captain, my captain.

Banksy

Banksy!

As much as I loved all London Street Art, Banksy will always hold a special place in my heart. Walking down the street and seeing one blew my mind. They were all over. I found quite a few on the street and then visited Sotheby’s Banksy exhibit with verified and signed work by the artist. I love the political and social statements he makes with his art instead of just pretty prints and designs. He really makes you think.

at the top of Portobello Road

at the top of Portobello Road

along Tottenham Court Road

along Tottenham Court Road

in Notting Hill

in Notting Hill

A wall of my favorites

A wall of my favorites

 

 

And one of my last days in London, I was given this at an art gallery:

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A Banksy scavenger hunt!

Which led me to a fence with a tiny hole that revealed a view of:

one of Banksy's coppers

one of Banksy’s coppers

Definitely one of the most fun and spontaneous things I did on the trip.

Also check out Banksy’s Exit Through the Giftshop film on Netflix. I watched it a couple times in London and it’s pretty interesting the debate over whether it’s legitimate or a “mockumentary”.