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Will Forte Leaves “SNL”

Will Forte

Will Forte

Will Forte Leaves “SNL”. MacGruber has defused his last bomb on television. After eight years, Will Forte is exiting NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Forte played such memorable characters like “MacGyver” send-up MacGruber, The Falconer, and recently an inept ESPN Classic sports commentator who knew nothing about sports and less about commentating. In a statement, Forte thanked his cast members and executive producer Lorne Michaels for his years on the show. “After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from ‘SNL’ to pursue new opportunities,” Forte’s rep wrote. “He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.” Earlier in the year, Forte brought his character of MacGruber to the big-screen. It was one of the biggest box-office flops of the summer. Besides “SNL,” Forte recently had a guest-starring role on “30 Rock” and provides the voice of Principal Wally Farquhare on “The Cleveland Show.” He’s also set to appear in the comedy “A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy.”

Gabourey Sidibe Shows Off Funny Side In “SNL” Promos

Gabourey Sidibe Shows Off Funny Side In "SNL" Promos

Gabourey Sidibe Shows Off Funny Side In "SNL" Promos

Gabourey Sidibe Shows Off Funny Side In “SNL” Promos.   Gabourey Sidibe is already bringing the funny with her “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig, but the episode hasn’t even aired. Instead, the new promos show a different, gun-wielding side to the “Precious” star. Promoting her appearance on this Saturday’s “SNL,” she appears with cast member Andy Samberg In a series of four TV spots, available for online viewing and airing now through Saturday. In two of the clips, Sidibe and Samberg get cozy, while in the other two, Samberg is left screaming. “It’s okay. Take off your pants,” Sidibe urges Samberg after he reveals he too was called “Precious” in school. In another clip, Sidibe jokes she gets mistaken for Bruce Willis a lot, whipping out a gun on Samberg and yelling John Mcclane’s famous “Yippee-ki-yay” line from “Die Hard.” Sidibe’s shown her goofy side since she’s hit the talk show circuit and awards show red carpets promoting her very serious Oscar-nominated turn in “Precious.” The 26-year-old hosts “Saturday Night Live” for the first time Saturday, April 24th. MGMT is the musical guest.

Ryan Phillippe Turns Robert Pattinson on “SNL”

Ryan Phillippe Turns Robert Pattinson on "SNL"

Ryan Phillippe Turns Robert Pattinson on "SNL"

Ryan Phillippe Turns Robert Pattinson on “SNL” .  Ke$ha joins Phillippe for two bizarre musical performances on the show. Ryan Phillippe’s days as a brooding “Cruel Intentions” teen may be over, but he got a chance this week on “Saturday Night Live” to poke fun at the “Twilight” generation’s version of the high-school bad boy. Phillippe played “Twilight” vampire Robert Pattinson in a sketch during his hosting gig  on the NBC sketch comedy show, which also saw the 35-year-old Phillippe portray an ’80s teenager, a broken-hearted lover and a member of an underground rock-rap crew. The show also spotlighted newcomer Ke$ha, who performed two of her hit singles in bizarre fashion, donning costumes from an American flag-turned-cape to a full body suit of neon paint also smeared on her face and arms. Phillippe, who will star in the upcoming film version of “SNL” hit sketch “MacGruber,” opened the show with a monologue that featured other various “SNL” sketch mainstays, including Kenan Thompson’s “What’s Up With That?” host and the gift-giving character from “Dick in a Box,” making a bid for their own film debut. Phillippe’s monologue followed a “Larry King” cold open, which starred Fred Armisen as the talk show host and Kristen Wiig as Bjork in a bit about the Icelandic volcano that struck earlier this week. The next sketch to feature the “Crash” actor featured Phillippe as a member of the “Hip Hop Kids,” a sketch about teens from the late ’80s fighting evil — this time, bears in a cave — with hip-hop lyrics. Phillippe, the ex-husband of Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, played hip-hopper J-Style in the segment, which also featured Andy Samberg.  Phillippe and Samberg next teamed up for a digital short that starred Phillippe as a man whose girlfriend is seeing someone else and a blonde wig-wearing Samberg as the creepy “other guy.”  The two continued to work alongside each other in a sketch about “Accountant to the Stars” Mort Feingold that saw a bevy of celebrity impersonations, including Ryan Phillippe’s Robert Pattinson, sitting in Feingold (Samberg)’s office to discuss their finances. Phillippe put on a Pattinson-inspired British accent and donned a wig styled in the “Twilight” star’s famous windswept ‘do for the bit, which also featured Bobby Moynihan in drag as singer Susan Boyle.  “SNL” continued its tradition of commercial parody with a bit about the Shake Weight, which saw Andy Samberg, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan and others capitalize on the easy-dirty joke potential of the product and now-infamous viral video gem.   Phillippe also starred in the show in several other sketches, including a bit about parody music group “Thrilla Killa Klownz” and alongside Fred Armisen in a segment about the high-school help line TeenTalk.   Ke$ha’s first appearance came halfway through the program and saw the singer, oft-compared to Lady Gaga, perform her hit single “Tik Tok” in an outfit that included an American flag fashioned into a cape. During the “Tik Tok” performance, Ke$ha’s back-up dancers wore full-tilt astronaut gear, complete with helmets and silver jumpsuits. The newcomer later topped herself on the bizarre scale with her second performance, a rendition of another of her hits, “Your Love is My Drug,” which saw Ke$ha and crew wear neon paint from head to toe. Next week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” will feature “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe as host and MGMT as musical guest.

Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album

Norah JonesMultiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album on Parlophone / Blue Note Records this November. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late. Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on the as-yet-untitled album, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of Continue reading →

Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron Nominated for Choice Male Hottie Teen Choice Award

taylor-kitschRobert Pattinson and Zac Efron are vying for Choice Male Hottie Teen Choice Award with the likes of Chace Crawford, Jonas Brothers, and Taylor Kitsch.  The list of nominees for 2009 Teen Choice Awards has been unveiled and it sees the likes of Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron being nominated for Choice Male Hottie prize. Both movie heartthrobs vie for the category with fellow actors that include Chace Crawford, Jonas Brothers, and Taylor Kitsch. Zac and the Jonas boys, additionally, are nominated for Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male. Their competitors for the gong include “American Idol” season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West.  As for Choice Female Hottie Teen Choice Award, the nominees are Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox, Vanessa Hudgens, Beyonce Knowles, and Blake Lively. Miley, in the meantime, is also nominated for the category of Choice Red Carpet Icon: Female. She competes against the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Rachel Bilson, and Eva Longoria. Beside them all, this year’s Teen Choice Awards also lists senior actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie among its nominees. The celebrity partners are vying for the category of Choice Celebrity Activist.  2009 Teen Choice Awards will be aired Monday, August 10, on FOX. Jonas Brothers have been tapped to serve as both hosts and performers at the 11th annual awards gala. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day for their favorite in movie, TV, music, and other categories starting from today at Teen Choice Awards 2009.

List of 2009 Teen Choice Awards Nominees in Sports and Other Categories:

Choice Male Hottie
Chace Crawford
Zac Efron
Jonas Brothers
Taylor Kitsch
Robert Pattinson

Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Vanessa Hudgens
Beyonce Knowles
Blake Lively

Choice Web Star
Will Ferrell
Perez Hilton
Ashton Kutcher
Andy Samberg

Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male
Zac Efron
Jonas Brothers
Adam Lambert
Justin Timberlake
Kanye West

Choice Red Carpet Icon: Female
Rachel Bilson
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Eva Longoria

Choice Comedian
Dane Cook
Kathy Griffin
George Lopez
Amy Poehler
Andy Samberg

Choice Celebrity Activist

Leonardo DiCaprio
Angelina Jolie
Hayden Panettiere
Brad Pitt
Natalie Portman

Choice Athlete: Male
David Beckham
Kobe Bryant
Roger Federer
Michael Phelps
Tiger Woods

Choice Athlete: Female
Shawn Johnson
Nastia Liukin
Danica Patrick
Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor
Serena Williams

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Male
Paul Rodriguez (Skateboarding)
Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarding)
Kelly Slater (Surfing)
James Stewart (Motocross)
Shaun White (Snowboarding)

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Female
Gretchen Bleiler (Snowboarding)
Torah Bright (Snowboarding)
Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (Skateboarding)
Carissa Moore (Surfing)

Eminem Storms Out of MTV Movie Awards

eminem_1Eminem returned to the spotlight Sunday, spitting the lyrics of his name-dropping singles “We Made You” and “Crack A Bottle” from his hit album Relapse at the MTV Movie Awards. But not long after his performance, he stormed away from his seat in the auditorium when Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his flamboyant character Brüno in angel wings and a barely-visible thong, descended on wires and landed face down in the rapper’s lap. Bodyguards pounced and Eminem’s entourage made its exit in what was the most outrageous moment of a night of filled with irreverence. Other examples: host Andy Samberg spoofing box office hits like Slumdog Millionaire (which was nominated six times but came up empty handed) and Star Trek, Amy Poehler accepting the Golden Popcorn trophy for the best “WTF moment” and Forest Whitaker singing an operatic rendition of zac2Samberg’s Emmy Award winning song “D- in a Box.”  But the night belonged to the film sensation Twilight, which picked up five awards, including the top prize for best movie. After Shia LaBeouf handed out the best fight award to its stars Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet for their tussle in the vampire movie, Pattinson also picked up the award for the best breakthrough performance by a male. Later, he and costar Kristen Stewart teased the crowd by nearly reenacting the kiss between their characters Edward Cullen and Bella Swan while accepting the award for best buss. Stewart also won the prize for best female performance. “I was just about as awkward as you thought I was going to be,” the flustered star said at the podium.  Other winners included High School Musical 3: Senior Year’s Ashley Tisdale, who won in the female breakthrough performance category while her costar Zac Efron (see photo)  won for best male performance. Jim Carey won for best comedic performance for his role in Yes Man and Heath Ledger was posthumously honored for his legendary performance in The Dark Knight.  The best song from a movie went to Miley Cyrus for “The Climb,” which was featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie.
Efron, Kiefer Sutherland and Triumph the Insult Dog presented former MTV Movie Awards host Ben Stiller with the MTV Generation Award, honoring the actor for a career of “selling out box offices without selling out.”

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