Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kristen WIig gets 4th place in the Russell Brand SNL episode

4. Kristen Wiig (28 points): This was only the third appearance of Cheryl “Don’t Call Me Surprise Sue” Bryant, the excitable Publisher’s Clearing House type lady, but I’m hoping it was the last. The bit didn’t work when Emma Stone hosted earlier this season and it isn’t working now, mainly because of how it relies on Wiig’s most annoying mannerisms.

Read the rest:

It's funny, because this review is almost the exact opposite of the last one.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Was Kristen's skit the best part of the Russell Brand SNL episode?

Russell Brand would have seemed a logical choice to host “Saturday Night Live,” but it wasn’t a very rewarding night for him or for viewers.

Brand was at his best when he was doing very little. As a Travel Channel viewer who refused to get excited about winning a vacation, Brand held back and let Kristen Wiig go wonderfully over the top as an excited host. It was the night’s most amusing sketch.

There were a couple of witty commercials. “SNL” spoofed a British crime drama that needed subtitles. And “SNL” told us of a law firm representing people hurt at the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

Otherwise, the sketches didn’t show off Brand’s talents or give him many worthwhile jokes. He was extremely loud as a king who needed a taster for his food. Brand was a saucy Brit who made whoopee with the defiantly single female host of “Livin’ Single.” And Brand went the drag route — and spread his legs — in “A Spot of Tea,” a lame sketch about British women measuring earthquakes.

Brand also had to make his way through a long and awkward opening monologue in which he revealed it’s nice to be married to Katy Perry. In the night’s final sketch, Brand played George Washington transported through time to the U.S. Capitol of today. That idea had potential, but the skit degenerated into a brawl.

“SNL” had the chance for topical humor in a send-up of the Bill O’Reilly-Barack Obama interview. Yet the results were flat, and so, too, was most of “Weekend Update.” Hosni Mubarak (Fred Armisen) did pop in to thank America for propping up his regime and to remind us behind every dictator there is an enabling superpower.

Also on “Weekend Update,” Bill Hader couldn’t help cracking up as city correspondent Stefon when chatting with Seth Meyers. Well, it was nice to know someone was enjoying himself.


Some definite opinions here. I agree with many of them, but a lot of people liked Brand's monologue.

Also no mention of my favorite part of the show, Taran Killam's Eminem.

What do you think of these opinions?


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kristen WIig returns for How to Train Your Dragon 2

Arguably the best-animated movie of 2010, “How to Train Your Dragon” is getting a sequel, as expected. With a release date set for 2013, the final details for the film have been taken care of: and Gerard Butler is also on board.

As we also noted a while back, when DreamWorks announced that a sequel would be made, it revealed the cast would also be back, except for Butler.

For some reason or another, the star held back from accepting the offer to reprise his role (voicing duties, that is) of Stoik, Hiccup’s hard to please, tough as it gets father.

Now, Empire has confirmation that Butler too will be back – and it comes from none other than co-director Dean DeBlois, who says that work on the sequel is progressing nicely, according to plan.

“What I presented to them was the second act of a much larger story,” DeBlois says for the movie magazine of the much-anticipated sequel.

“So the film takes on much more breadth, it’s really quite epic. We leave the first film with these Vikings on the backs of dragons, so the world just opens up and expands exponentially,” he adds.

And, yes, Butler will be back as Stoik, the character of which film critics said he drew on his “300” Spartan, King Leonidas, for inspiration.

“The main voice cast was already confirmed to return, including Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Craig Ferguson (Belch), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), TJ Miller (Ruffnut) and Kristen Wiig (Tuffnut),” Empire writes.

“But now the last major holdout, Gerard Butler, has signed on according to DeBlois, and cinematographer Roger Deakins (a BAFTA winner last night) is back to consult on the lighting,” the magazine further reports.

As Empire also points out, the only “bad” thing about “How to Train Your Dragon 2” right now is that it doesn’t come out until the summer of 2013, which means fans have a very long wait ahead of them.



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kristen Wiig smoking a bone in Paul video

So that adorable little shite-talking alien PAUL (Seth Rogen) looks to get under the skin of us Earthlings come March 18th. As such, Empire Online has debuted a new clip from the Greg Mottola film, which features the always entertaining Kristen Wiig. Even more entertaining? The fact she's getting higher than I am right now. With Paul the alien!

Written by stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, PAUL follows two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.

For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost).

Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Paul is directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy’s cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver.



Friday, February 18, 2011

Kristen Wiig - leading the way for women in comedy

The bolded bits below are quotes from Kristen.

Kristen Wiig swaps Saturday Night Live for Simon Pegg comedy, Paul

Pegg's Paul co-star has been in demand from comic royalty including Judd Apatow and Mike Judge, but now she's bringing her own "real women" to the screen.

Kristen Wiig (centre) with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in Paul:

It's often observed that there aren't enough decent comedy roles for women in the movies but that's just not true. The real problem is that all the decent comedy roles are going to the same person: Kristen Wiig. Everyone seems to want her in their gang. From comedy heavyweights such as Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell and Mike Judge, to Drew Barrymore's rollergirl power gang in Whip It. She crops up in 30 Rock, Flight Of The Conchords, on the Funny Or Die website, in animations such as How To Train Your Dragon and The Simpsons; you name it.

PaulProduction year: 2011
Countries: France, Rest of the world, Spain, UK, USA
Cert (UK): 15
Runtime: 104 mins
Directors: Greg Mottola
Cast: Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver, Simon Pegg

Then there's Saturday Night Live, the long-running US sketch show which Wiig basically rules these days. She is the gang. Aided by a huge array of wigs, tics, costumes, and catchphrases, Wiig creations like Target Lady (under-socialised middle-age checkout assistant), Penelope (pathological, hair-twiddling one-upper), and Gilly (irritating overgrown schoolgirl) are practically national archetypes in the US. Not to mention her parody of Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch" speech. In recent years, she's featured in more SNL sketches than any other performer. If she's not careful, the league of underemployed comediennes will take out a contract on her.

Now here she is with another gang: the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost crew, who obviously decided they needed Wiig on board if their new sci-fi comedy Paul was going to crack America. Predictably, she fitted right in. "Even the first day we met for a camera test, we were already making up songs and goofing around, and I was thinking, 'OK, this is going to be fun.'" It helped that apart from Pegg and Frost, Wiig had worked with virtually everyone in the cast before: Seth Rogen (Knocked Up), director Greg Mottola (Adventureland), Jason Bateman (Extract), even Sigourney Weaver, who's hosted Saturday Night Live.

'It was interesting to be in a film with people so close to each other. You felt safe, like they were taking care of us' – Wigg on Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

Wiig plays the ugly-duckling daughter of a Christian trailer park owner, who's somehow dragged into Frost and Pegg's Winnebago for most of their fanboy road trip-turned-alien-smuggling adventure. Her character goes through an interesting transformation for a knockabout geekcom. Confronted with a real live alien (voiced by Rogen), her faith is shattered, and she subsequently indulges in everything she's spent her whole life thinking was bad, including sex, drugs and colourful entry-level swearing ("Ain't that a bag of *?"). The religious right aren't going to like it. "There's been so many alien movies, and no one's ever stopped in the middle and said, 'Wait. Is there a God?'" she says. "I'm sure it will be controversial to some people, but I don't think it's mean-spirited or judgmental."

As Pegg's love interest in Paul, though, Wiig threatened to do something even more controversial: break up the happy couple. Having seen Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, she was aware of the long-established buddyship Pegg and Frost share, which continues in Paul. "It was interesting to be in a film with people so close to each other," she says, tenderly. "You felt safe, like they were taking care of us."

Wiig pleads jet lag. She's had a total of five hours' sleep since doing Saturday Night Live two days before, she explains. It's now Monday lunchtime, first thing in the morning New York time, yet she looks like she's about to go out to dinner. Black cocktail dress, stiletto suede boots and immaculately flicked hair. She looks like a 1970s Jane Fonda.

Wiig has been doing Saturday Night Live for six years now. At the age of 37, she might well be ready to move on, as so many have in the past, from Bill Murray to Tina Fey to Will Ferrell. Doesn't she feel like something's got to give?

"Yes, hopefully not my sanity," she says. "We do get the summers off, though." Wiig excels in the broad caricatures on SNL, but on camera she's commandingly subtle. In her best work, she almost plays her roles straight, giving her lines just enough nuance to let you in on the joke. "I think that's probably closer to me in real life," she says.

She's just completed a movie she wrote with Annie Mumolo: a wedding comedy called Bridesmaids. It looks like it could be a female version of The Hangover, with a host of other funny women including Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph and Ellie Kemper (from the US Office). "We swear, we talk about sex, we're real people," she says. "It's full of characters who don't have their * together. We wanted to write a movie with a lot of women in it. Not that there aren't good roles for women, but there aren't enough." So it looks like the league of underemployed comediennes can cancel that hit on Wiig after all. And Wiig can stop joining other people's gangs and start her own.

With that, she's ready to stumble off jet-lagged to a TV interview. "I hope I made sense," she says apologetically. "Everyone in this country's gonna think I'm drunk or something." You totally made sense, I tell her.
"Oh good," she says with a wink. "But I am drunk."



Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kristen Wiig in Livin Single (SNL)

Show - Livin' Single

Russell Brand ... Damian Cryer
Vanessa Bayer ... Dina D'Angelo
Abby Elliott ... audience member
Taran Killam ... DJ Terry
Kristen Wiig ... audience member

Super single host Dina DeAngelos gets extra friendly with her guest much to the dismay of her friend, DJ Terry.

Is Vanessa funny? Hmm. Don't really think so in this one.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kristen Wiig is Nancy Pelosi in Time Machine (SNL)

Sketch - Time Machine

Russell Brand ... George Washington
Bill Hader ... John Boehner
Taran Killam ... Rand Paul
Jason Sudeikis ... general
Kristen Wiig ... Nancy Pelosi

Thanks to a time machine, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner have their chance to meet a very confused George Washington.

Kristen Wiig kills the founding father. =^)

I like the flag at the end!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Commercial - Don' You Go Rounin' Roun To Re Ro
Russell Brand ... criminal
Fred Armisen ... boss
Bill Hader ... Terry Donovan
Nasim Pedrad ... wife
Kristen Wiig ... counselor

'Don' You Go Rounin' Roun to Re Ro' is a can't-miss British film, if you like movies you cannot understand.

Hahahaha. Pretty funny. Kristen is a counselor near the beginning. This is a Hader sketch.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Kristen Wiig in Royal Taster (SNL)

Sketch - Royal Taster

Russell Brand ... King Reginald
Bill Hader ... chef
Taran Killam ... taster
Michael Patrick O'Brien ... servant
Kristen Wiig ... narrator (voice)

It's not easy to taste all of a king's food for poison when the royal figure is a volatile person.

Taran is cute as the scared taste tester.

Kristen is pretty funny as the voice of the narrator, especially at the end!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kristen Wiig in Ultimate Vacation Giveaway (SNL)

Show - Ultimate Vacation Giveaway

Russell Brand ... Gregory Evans
Abby Elliott ... Kelly Jarell
Taran Killam ... Stevie Dix
Bobby Moynihan ... mailman
Kenan Thompson ... Derrick Amounts
Kristen Wiig ... Cheryl Bryant

Host Cheryl Bryant surprises Gregory Slims on live TV with a dream vacation, but has a hard time getting him excited.

I've heard that some people don't like this character. This is Kristen's third skit in this series. Did you like it?


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kristen Wiig in Crisis Hotline (SNL)

Commercial - Celebrity Teen Crisis Center

Dana Carvey ... Mickey Rooney
Fred Armisen ... Ice-T
Paul Brittain ... caller
Abby Elliott ... Anna Faris
Bill Hader ... Alan Alda
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Taran Killam ... caller
Nasim Pedrad ... caller
Jay Pharoah ... Eddie Murphy
Kenan Thompson ... caller
Kristen Wiig ... caller

A new VH1 show features celebrities who answer calls for a teen crisis line and attempt to offer help.

Hahahaha. Kristen supports in this hilarious skit!

The crew take turns slamming their impressions in. Billy's Alan Alda was #1 (maybe #2 behind Jon Hamm's Robin Williams) in the Back to the Future DVD gauntlet of impressions, but here Bill's Alda doesn't stack up to the humor of the others.

Likewise, Dana Carvey's Mickey Roony just isn't all that funny in comparison to these other impressions. Of course, Jay Pharoah's Murphy stands out the most.

Here's how I'd rank them (just in how entertaining they are):
1. Jay Pharoah - Eddie Murphy
2. Abby Elliott - Anna Farris
3. Fred Armisen - Ice T
4. Dana Carvey - Mickey Roony
5. Bill Hader - Alan Alda

It might have been fun to see Kristen do an impression here, but this was still very amusing with her in a supporting role.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Kristen Wiig in "Bad News" SNL Commercial

Commercial - Deidra Wurtz: Downsizing Expert

Jesse Eisenberg ... employee
Vanessa Bayer ... employee
Paul Brittain ... employee
Abby Elliott ... Deidra Wurtz
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Taran Killam ... employee
Bobby Moynihan ... employee
Nasim Pedrad ... woman
Jay Pharoah ... employee
Kristen Wiig ... woman

Have some bad news you really don't want to break? Hire Deidra Wurtz - people like her!

This was most likely shot the previous week when Jesse Eisenberg hosted. And then it probably didn't make it past dress rehearsal (or perhaps it wasn't done on time). Regardless, it was played this week, and it's decently amusing. Kristen takes the divorce news remarkably well. =^)


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kristen Wiig in the Dana Carvey SNL Monologue

SNL Monologue

Dana Carvey
Jon Lovitz
Bill Hader
Andy Samberg
Kristen Wiig

Dana Carvey relfects on his years as a Saturday Night Live cast member - the glory years, according to Dana and fellow cast member Jon Lovitz.

Hahahaha. Not amazing, but it was fun. I think Andy Samberg got a bigger applause than Kristen, Bill, and Jon Lovitz (but not Dana Carvey).


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kristen Wiig at the Paul World Premiere

Kristen Wiig at the 'Paul' World Premiere held at The Empire in Leicester Square.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kristen Wiig is Angela Dixon on SNL Weekend Update

Kristen Wiig ... Angela Dixon

Meterologist and former disco queen Angela Dixon gives an update on the brutal winter weather.

I believe that this is just a character (not an impression).

This is Kristen's biggest "starring" role this week, and it's pretty amusing!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kristen Wiig in Beauty Pageant (SNL skit)

Sketch - Beauty Pageant

Dana Carvey ... Marion Suller
Vanessa Bayer ... Donna Elise van Donen
Abby Elliott ... Vonda Karen McMillan
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Tama Janay Wentworth
Andy Samberg ... Brendan Jan Vincent Hobbs
Kenan Thompson ... Leon Phillips
Kristen Wiig ... Tatum Valerie Dunn

This was amusing. Kristen has some nice looks, but I would have liked her to actually do more lines as her character.

"Me!" Hahaha. This one had one of the biggest laughs (and only big laughs) from the audience.


Kristen Wiig narrates Estro-Maxx commercial (SNL)

Commercial - Once Daily Estro-Maxx

Fred Armisen ... guy
Paul Brittain ... guy
Bill Hader ... guy
Bobby Moynihan ... guy
Kenan Thompson ... TSA agent
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

Having a sex change just became a whole lot easier with Estro-maxx, a once-a-day pill.

Kristen narrates at the beginning. This is funny but so wrong!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kristen Wiig voices Mr. Wizard's World (SNL)

Show - Mr. Wizard's World

Jesse Eisenberg ... Chris
Abby Elliott ... Lauren
Bill Hader ... Don Herbert, Mr. Wizard
Nasim Pedrad ... Claudette
Kenan Thompson ... kid
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

A science experiment gets risque when two of the students start experimenting on their own.

Hahahaha. Nasim is hilarious! Totally her skit here.

Kristen voices the narrator at the beginning.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Kristen Wiig in El Shrinko (SNL)

Commercial - El Shrinko

Jesse Eisenberg ... Randy
Vanessa Bayer ... girl
Bill Hader ... Derek
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... girl
Andy Samberg ... Arthur Perkins
Kristen Wiig ... girl

Are women complaining about your penis being too large? El Shrinko might be the answer for you.

Hahahaha. Nice. Kristen plays one of the actresses.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Kristen Wiig is a townsperson in Bride of Blackenstein (SNL)

Show - The Essentials: Bride of Blackenstein

Jesse Eisenberg ... Igor
Nicki Minaj ... bride
Bill Hader ... townsperson
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Jay Pharoah ... scientist
Jason Sudeikis ... Robert Osborne
Kenan Thompson ... Blackenstein
Kristen Wiig ... townsperson

Everyone is familiar with 'Frankenstein' - but you probably never saw the tale of 'Bride of Blackenstein.'

Jay's pretty funny here as the scientist. Kristen's got a nice straight and flat joke.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kristen Wiig is Tyla Yonders on Spa Talk (SNL)

Show - Spa Talk

Jesse Eisenberg ... son
Vanessa Bayer ... Mrs. Venetti
Abby Elliott ... Denise Wayson
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... Mr. Venetti
Kenan Thompson ... Daniel Wayson
Kristen Wiig ... Tyla Yonders

A place designed for relaxation can be a rather stressful environment.

New character for Kristen Wiig! She gets to rub stuff on people. Fun!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kristen Wiig is Michele Bachmann (SNL Cold Open)

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann gives the Tea Party's State of the Union response another try, visual aids.

This is Kristen's second time doing this impression (first was on 09.17.2009).

This skit was amusing at first, but the joke gets old.


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