Saturday, January 14, 2012

Kristen Wiig - announces for the Rick Santorum SNL Cold Open

So this is probably only the second time that Andy has starred in a Cold Opening like this! Kristen Wiig announces for him...

Cold Opening - A Message From Rick Santorum

Andy Samberg ... Rick Santorum
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

Days after nearly winning the Iowa caucus, Rick Santorum talks about taking the rest of his campaign directly to the people in every corner of the country.

Okay. The food he ate (with the prank) was hilarious!

Starting a war with Iran! Nice!

Mormon death squads! Ha!

Grandchildren looking him up on Google! Nice goal!

Wow, I haven't seen a monologue like this in quite awhile. Andy nailed it!

Unfortunately, Kristen only has a short line at the beginning in this one.


Friday, January 13, 2012

SNL Promo - Daniel Radcliffe & Jason Sudeikis

Daniel hosts an all-new SNL 1/17 with musical guest Lana Del Ray.


Joanne's Announcement (SNL)

When Joann tells her friends, and lover, she is a lesbian, everyone has a hard time believing her.

Kristen supports.

Well, amusing, but they didn't really know how to end it.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kristen Wiig in Chantrix (SNL)

Commercial - Chantix

Bill Hader ... husband
Kristen Wiig ... wife

Hilarious! My favorite Kristen Wiig bit in the show this week!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kristen Wiig is Michele Bachmann - SNL Weekend Update

Representative Michele Bachmann stops by to talk to Seth Meyers about ending her campaign for president, and is excited to get some rest.

Truthfully I've never seen an amazing impression of Bachmann. Let's see how Kristen's latest attempt (and one of the last?) pans out...


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Kristen Wiig attends Portlandia premiere! (Photos)

Cute but odd...

"Portlandia" Season 2 Premiere Screening

Actress Kristen Wiig attends the "Portlandia" season 2 premiere screening at the American Museum of Natural History on January 5, 2012 in New York City.

Here's a closeup picture of her face:

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bridesmaids DVD Review: Funny but not as hilarious as advertised

Bridesmaids has a number of moments that show its sheer comedic genius but its also filled with a number of cricket spurring moments.

Bridesmaids is a moderately entertaining, unorthodox commingling of rauchiness, senselessness and zaniness. The film uses an uncommon approach to comedy that is sparsely laced with moments of comedy however, it doesn’t quite measure up to the hype that surrounded it during its stint in the theaters over this past summer. The movie stars Kristen Wiig (Whip It), Mya Randolph (MacGrubber), Rose Byrne (Insidious), Melissa McCarthy (The Back-Up Plan), Chris O’Dowd (Gulliver’s Travels), John Hamm (The Town), and Terry Crews (The Expendables).

Bridesmaids is a humorous, crude farce about the true test of friendship through time and change. The film uses a jocular approach to tell the story of two lifelong friends whose lives have taken two completely contrasting directions. As one has found a happy and healthy relationship, the other’s life has taken a turn in the opposite direction. This is a comedy that is truly a story of a woman that has lost her way in life. Annie (Wiig) is at a crossroads in her professional and personal life but it all boils to a head when her best friend’s life is set to undergo a drastic change. Annie begins to question the bond between the two as it is tested because of change. At the core of this misleading debacle is the warm story of two friends who‘s lives have taken different directions causing the nature of their childhood friendship to change. After Lillian (Randolph) announces her marriage, Annie discovers the relationship between Helen (Byrne) and Lillian. Soon after, a competition for the bride’s friendship develops. A lot of the humor is focused on the budding rivalry between the childhood friend vs. the now current friend. The film revolves around the jealousy that Annie feels towards Helen as she has become Lillian’s seemingly new best friend.

The film maintains a brief flirtation with being funny while it also teeters on being repugnantly boring. It possesses no middle ground in between the two. The comedy within this film will either have you laughing or completely blank. It’s an overrated debacle has some abrupt flashes of comedic genius. However, for every good comedic instance within it, it also contains a good amount of dead spots that hinder the audiences’ enjoyment of the very amusing moments. This movie has some of the more “cricket spurring” comedic occurrences that you will ever witness within a film. Much of the comedy feels forced as many of the scenes drain the humor out of the joke. An example of this happens from the outset where the Annie is having sex with her “sex buddy,” Ted (Hamm). The situation shows some promise but it quickly loses its humorous value as it overdone.

In spite of those dead spots, there are moments that are utterly hilarious that thankfully increase the enjoyment of the film. Scenes such as the “gown fitting” and Annie‘s blow up at the engagement party are easily the two best scenes in the film. The gown fitting scene was without question the best of the two. The sheer unparalleled raunchy nature of the scene is offset by it being so hilarious.

The six female actresses that comprise the roles of the bridesmaids all do an admirable job in trying to increase the comedic value of the film. Kristen Wiig plays Annie, a character who is almost too hopeless to be funny. Wiig’s character of Annie’s destitute situation is similar to a modern day Nathan Fallen (The Jerk), with her sense of haplessness, although no where near as funny. Wiig displays a few shinning moments but comes up short as the focus of the film. The competition between she and Helen (Byrne) which was one of the key points of the film isn’t humorous enough to maintain the audience throughout. Mya Randolph doesn’t display the comedic ability as she has displayed in other films. Melissa McArthy shows some comedic promise as fat chick Megan, Kevin‘s sister. She is the only bridesmaid outside of the trio of stars that each get a extremely brief moment in the spotlight. Each of them have a brief moment or two but the lack of equal screen time made the cast feel mismatched.

If there ever has been a comedy that was over-hyped then this it. The hype that surrounded this film completely killed it for me. Bridesmaids isn’t nearly as funny as advertised. The movie uses a number of edgy, raunchy moments in an attempt to spark a response. It has some moments of comedic genius however it isn’t even close to being the uproarious outing that it has been made to be as too many of them fail to hit the mark. Much of the comedy within it is an acquired taste with little to no middle ground. Either you’ll like it or you don’t. It lacks the true universal comedic appeal to entertain everyone. It was difficult to view this film without prejudging it because of all of the hype that was given to this movie when it was in theaters. Bridesmaids is funny but not even close to measuring up to the all of the acclaim that it received. It could have been more enjoyable had it not had some of the labels attached to it.



Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kristen Wiig in Jimmy Fallon's SNL Monologue (Christmas Song)

NBC had a change of heart/copyrights and posted the Jimmy Fallon SNL Monologue.

Quite a cheer when he came out!

Host Jimmy Fallon grabbed his guitar and made merry in the halls of SNL, offering songs to old friends along the way.

Holy crack in the smack!

Alright, if I didn't do it earlier, I'm going to do it now. I'm predicting that this episode will get Jimmy Fallon a nomination for best guest actor on a comedy series. Last season, Justin Timberlake (won), Zach Galifianakis, and Tina Fey were nominated for that (I was disappointed that Jim Carrey wasn't, because he was so funny).

This year I'm predicting that Jimmy Fallon will be nominated. I'm also predicting that Melissa McCarthy will be nominated this year (for Guest Actress). Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Betty White, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Timberlake all also have a shot if they host.

Anyway, Kristen has a small bit where she's studying the cue cards. At the end, she comes out to dance with the rest of the cast.

Andy was hilarious as he came out with Vanessa Bayer to have a Hanukkah verse with Jimmy!

Then watch carefully at 3:36 when Andy and Vanessa run by in the background behind Jimmy! They're getting ready for the end when all the cast comes out and dances!

The crowd went nuts! Jimmy really knows how to give the audience what they want.

Check out the dances of Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Taran Killam... those are hilarious! I'd also expect something killer from Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis but they weren't as into it.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SNL Promo - Charles Barkley + Bill Hader

Charles Barkley hosts an all-new SNL 1/7 with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.

Bill Hader assists in this Barkley promo.

The Facebook promo video is similar, but with Kenan doing an intro, telling you to stop poking him:


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

More thoughts about Kristen Wiig's Golden Globe nomination

GG: Best Actress - Musical/Comedy - Kristen Wiig

Name: Kristen Wiig

Age: 38

Character: Annie in Bridesmaids

Film: The film centres on Annie (Wiig), a simple and single 30-something Midwestern girl (with poor dating track record) who is asked to be her best friend Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) maid of honour.

However, having never done the job, she struggles to please the snobby, rich bridesmaids at every pre-wedding event.

And one of Lillian's best friends is essentially the bridesmaid from hell (Rose Byrne) - who attempts to take over the maid of honour duties from the inexperienced Annie.

Previous Golden Globe Wins: Wiig has no previous Golden Globe wins.

Previous Golden Globe Nominations: This is her first nomination

Critics: “Kristen Wiig (who you’ll recognise from Saturday Night Live) is the star at the centre of the film, both co-writing and as the lead and in her first lead role, she easily carries the film which centres on her character Annie.” - FemaleFirst

“Sharply written and winningly performed, it delivers more laughs than any movie released this year, but also, the longer it goes on, develops into a surprisingly poignant evocation of self-scuppering loneliness.” - Daily Telegraph

“Wiig's brand of comedy is loud, proud and just gosh darned funny.” - Digital Spy

Here are the other nominees:
- Michelle Williams
- Kate Winslet
- Chalize Theron


Monday, January 2, 2012

Kristen Wiig says that casting Bridesmaids was important

Kristen Wiig: 'Bridesmaids casting was important'

Kristen Wiig has confessed that she felt under pressure to get the casting of Bridesmaids right.

The Saturday Night Live star, who wrote the 2011 comedy with Annie Mumolo, revealed that only Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy were offered their roles without having to audition, a process which Wiig found strange to oversee.

"To really sit on the other side of that was really eye-opening and weird. I definitely know how it feels to be the person walking in and doing an audition," Wiig recalled in a new interview with Paper Mag.

"in my experience, to like, say something awkward and then leave my bag in the room - it's a nerve-racking thing. Getting these relationships and chemistry down between the actors was really important, because that was the biggest part of the movie."

Wiig also expressed her frustration with the media's obsession with the mostly female cast, saying: "It's unfortunate that this is only now being talked about, because women have been present in comedy for so long. There have been tons of movies with lots of women in them before Bridesmaids.

"It's just a confusing thing to me. But you know, if more movies are getting green-lit, and writers are getting a chance because of this movie, I couldn't be happier. That's such a great thing, because the fact that they weren't is kind of awful."



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Kristen Wiig - In New York Times on January 8th

Each year, the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend brings together moguls in film, television, theater, dance, music, journalism and more. This year, Alan Rickmann and Kristen Wiig are among those leading colloquiums which are set to begin Jan. 5, 2012 at the TimesCenter.

The event allows those interested in the arts to hear firsthand accounts of the creative process from those involved. Arts and Leisure Weekend events are scheduled until January 8th thus far.

Rickmann, who is known for his role as Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" film franchise and lead role in Broadway comedy Seminar, will appear from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 7, 2012. Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live alumni and star and writer of this year’s hit comedy “Bridesmaids,” will appear Jan. 8, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. with the film’s director Paul Feig.

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