The bullet-headed comedian secured his fame insulting celebrities to their faces and working nightclub crowds with terse jokes and quick sarcasm.
Up until a narratively implausible and logistically ridiculous climactic motorcycle chase through Vegas that feels like a sop to the Fast & Furious crowd, Jason Bourne is an engrossing re-immersion in the violent and mysterious world of Matt Damon’s shadowy secret op. ...
Nina Simone lived many lives in her 70 years on the planet, and for a filmmaker looking to dramatize the iconic singer-pianist’s story on screen, the potential entry points are almost endless. Considering the range of possibilities, and the continuing relevance of Simone’s music in an era of renewed racial tensions, “Nina’s” decision to frame... <a href="https://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/nina-review-zoe-saldana-1201753077/" title="Read Film Review: Zoe Saldana in ‘Nina’">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
On Sunday night, CBS will present Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert. A celebration of the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth (Dec. 12, 1915), the concert will feature performances from a wide variety of music stars, including Tony Bennett, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Quincy Jones, Usher, Lady Gaga, and Seth MacFarlane. One should never presume to speak for the dead, but I can’t help but wonder how hard Sinatra might laugh if he knew CBS had hand-picked Adam Levine to salute him.
Host Donald Trump kicked off this week’s Saturday Night Live with an opening monologue that demonstrated all the reasons it wasn’t a good idea for him to host SNL. He joked that he was doing the show “because I have nothing better to do” and brought up his old insult of Rosie O’Donnell, just as the rest of America had begun to forget it. Then Larry David — who’d made his second, and this time exceedingly unfunny, appearance as Bernie Sanders in the cold-open segment — stood offstage and shouted, “Trump’s a racist,” adding, “I heard if I yelled that they’d give me $5,000.” This was an attempt to preempt the reported offer made by the protest group Deport Racism 2016 to anyone who interrupted the show. There was a sketch about Trump as a fully elected President, seated in the White House with wife Melania (Cecily Strong) and a group of advisors.
By Todd McCarthy They sulk, they smoke, they drink, they spy on the honeymooning couple in the next room through a peephole in the wall. Ostensibly about a couple trying to work their way back from a deeply traumatic incident, the film was made in Malta on a bay that looks like it could be just around the bend from where Robert Altman shot Popeye, which might have served as a warning to the filmmakers and Universal. The names in this case, of course, are Angelina Jolie Pitt, as she has now chosen to be billed, and Brad Pitt. After directing two films, including Unbroken last year, Jolie Pitt this time wrote the script and co-stars as well.
Saturday Night Live firmly endorsed Hillary Clinton during its season premiere. The real Hillary introduced one of host Miley Cyrus’ musical performances. Real Hillary played a bartender pouring drinks for Kate McKinnon’s Hillary in a sketch designed to show what a good sport Hillary Clinton is. And SNL took shots both smart and silly at Bernie Sanders, the other Democratic candidates the show says no one knows, as well as slapping around Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and every Republican in sight.
I used to make Emmy predictions with a combination of variables: who I think will win (based on previous Emmy awards shows) and who I hope will win (based on my personal taste and affection for a show or actor), with a little there’s-always-a-surprise mindfulness tossed in there. This year, I’m going out on a limb and, in these 10 most-important categories, I’m sticking with the shows and performers I really want to see holding an Emmy and making an acceptance speech on Sunday night. I’ll come back on Monday morning to let you know one of two things: That I was a brilliant success at predicting, or a dismal failure. Make sure you pick your own winners so we can compare notes.
Donald Trump got the Jimmy Fallon treatment on The Tonight Show Friday night, with a sketch in which Fallon impersonated Trump (orange make-up; puffy wig) interviewing himself staring into a mirror. But instead of a mirror, Fallon and guest Donald Trump faced each other. “Fallon’s a lightweight — the only one qualified to interview me is me,” said Fallon-as-Trump. “Me interviewing me — that’s a great idea!”
Imagine an alternate reality in which Michael Scott, the well-intentioned but endlessly bumbling boss in The Office, really did catch a big break from Hollywood. It sounds insane, and incredibly, it actually exists: Comedy Central’s Review, which stars Andy Daly as a Scott-like TV host, begins its second season on Wednesday night. Review was one of last summer’s best new shows, and also one of the most unique: While it’s a reality TV parody, satire is not its aim.
Prolific filmmaker Ridley Scott’s latest film, an Old Testament epic about Moses leading the Jews out of slavery from their Egyptian masters, has elicited an unholy reaction from critics. Exodus: Gods and Kings has been the subject of controversy even before it was completed, thanks to the overwhelmingly caucasian cast hired to tell the story of two Middle Eastern peoples. Christian Bale plays Moses, the leader of the Hebrews, while Joel Edgerton plays the Pharaoh Ramses.
When Dumb and Dumber was released in 1994, it was groundbreaking. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return as Lloyd and Harry in brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s Dumb and Dumber To, bringing back the bowl cut and frizz in a new and remarkably stupid adventure.