Jessica Chastain and Will Ferrell to Host Saturday Night Live

Jessica Chastain and Will Ferrell to Host Saturday Night Live

Jessica Chastain and Will Ferrell to host Saturday Night Live

Globe winner Sam Rockwell will make his hosting debut when Saturday Night Live returns on NBC for the new year on Jan. 13. His latest film, the Globe-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, opened Nov. 10 and also stars Globe winner Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson.

Halsey will join Rockwell, who is also marking her debut as musical guest. Halsey’s latest album, “hopeless fountain kingdom,” was released in June and peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

Jessica Chastain will take the “SNL” stage on Jan. 20 as host for her first time. Chastain can currently be seen in Aaron Sorkin’s drama Molly’s Game, opposite Idris Elba and Kevin Costner.

Alongside Chastain, Troye Sivan will appear as musical guest for the first time. “My My My!” – the lead single from Sivan’s new album – was released last night. “Blue Neighborhood,” his 2015 multi-platinum debut album, topped the iTunes charts in 66 countries.

“SNL” vet Will Ferrell, who was a cast member from 1995-2002, will return to Studio 8H as a four-time host on Jan. 27. His latest comedy, Daddy’s Home 2, was released in November.

Chris Stapleton will join Ferrell as musical guest for the second time. His most recent album, “From A Room: Volume 2,” was released on Dec. 1. It follows “From A Room: Volume 1,” which won the 2017 CMA for Album of the Year and is nominated for Best Country Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Saturday Night Live is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.

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Alec Baldwin is the New Host of TCM’s ‘The Essentials’

Alec Baldwin Hosting The Essentials

Last month, Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne sadly passed away after spending years dedicated to showcasing must-see classic films and spreading his passion for cinema. Though Osborne had reduced his role at TCM in recent years, the channel’s program The Essentials was left without a host in the wake of his death. But TCM announced a worthy replacement today.

Alec Baldwin has been hired to take over The Essentials on TCM starting in May. After co-hosting the show with Robert Osborne for three season from 2009 through 2011, Baldwin is the perfect pick to take over, especially after the bond that he struck interviewing Osborne for TCM’s Private Screenings for the channel’s 20th anniversary.

Find out more about Alec Baldwin hosting The Essentials below.

TCM made the announcement today along with details on the new season of The Essentials, returning on May 6 at 8pm ET. The first three guest co-hosts joining Alec Baldwin will be former The Late Show host David Letterman, 30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey and director William Friedkin. Here’s the schedule for all their episodes that will air over the summer:

  • David Letterman
    – May 6 – The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
    – May 13 – East of Eden (1955)
    – May 27 – No Time for Sergeants (1958)
    – June 16 – The Big Sleep (1946)
  • Tina Fey
    – June 24 – Rear Window (1954)
    – July 1 – The Lady Eve (1941)
    – July 8 – The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    – August 5 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • William Friedkin
    – August 12 – The Quiet Man (1952)
    – August 19 – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    – September 2 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    – September 23 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

In addition to co-hosting The Essentials with Robert Osborne for a few years, Alec Baldwin also presented a month-long look at influential documentaries for TCM’s Spotlight showcase. He was also part of their series Role Model, where he interviewed Gene Wilder. But the actor who has recently been appearing frequently on Saturday Night Live as Donald Trump knows that he has his work cut out for him:

“I have some big shoes to fill hosting The Essentials, and I plan on doing Bob proud with this new season of The Essentials.”

When Osborne passed away last month, Baldwin paid his respects by telling Deadline, “In his own way, Robert Osborne’s contribution to the movies was as significant as Walt Disney or Spielberg or Cary Grant. What they all have in common is that their work drove people to see movies, appreciate movies and celebrate movies as the great American art form that they are.” Here’s hoping that Baldwin can inspire just as much passion in cinephiles as Robert Osborne did.

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Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Reunite With NBC to Host ‘The Handmade Project’

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Leslie and Ron are back together again!

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are planning to fill the hole in our hearts left by the Parks and Recreation finale (I know it was two years ago, I’m still not over it!) with the purest reality show you’ve possibly ever heard of: The Handmade Project. And they are reuniting on NBC, the network that gifted us with Parks in the first place, to host the competitive crafts-making reality show.

I always knew Nick Offerman was an avid woodworker, even publishing a book on woodworking and opening his own woodshop, but I never knew that Amy Poehler was a such a crafts enthusiast. But according to Deadline, Poehler and her company Paper Kite Productions were the ones who spearheaded this project, which was just picked up by NBC for a six-episode straight-to-series order.

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating artists who make things by hand, and I’m looking forward to finally conquering my fear of paper mache,” Poehler joked in the release announcing The Handmade Project.

Meanwhile, Offerman offered a peek into what his hosting persona would be like, delivering a polite statement with his typical dry humor.

“People who make things are my favorite kind of folk,” Offerman said. “Practical, clever and terrific in a pinch. That makes me tickled pink to have a front row seat at this prodigious display of talent, and admiring and cheering on an amazing crop of American makers. Plus, Amy and I have a strong tradition of tomfoolery so let’s see if we don’t have some good fun.”

Here’s NBC’s summary of what The Handmade Project will encompass:

Each week eight all-around makers, from all walks of life, will take on a series of projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman and our expert judges. Over the course of each episode, the contestants must tackle a different theme, hand-making items in different disciplines — the difficulty of which increases with every episode until a winner is crown. Shot in an outdoor setting, the series will also focus on the characters and camaraderie of those who enjoy creating their own crafts, all under the comedic guidance of Poehler and Offerman.

It seems like NBC is gunning for The Great British Bakeoff crowd, a similarly quirky and irreverent competition show hosted by two British comedians who spend the time making baking innuendos while amateur bakers just do their best. The wholesome reality show has recently seen a surge in popularity, especially after being made available on Netflix.

So can Poehler and Offerman match the huge cult success of The Great British Bakeoff? I don’t much care, as long as we get to see the two of them on our TV screens again.

And because I’m emotional over the two best characters of Parks and Recreation reuniting, here’s a mashup of their greatest moments:

The Handmade Project is casting, and is open to contestants of all ages. You can apply at

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Stephen Colbert to Host the 69th Emmy Awards

Stephen Colbert to Host the 69th Emmy Awards

Stephen Colbert to host the 69th Emmy Awards

CBS and the Television Academy today announced that Emmy Award winner Stephen Colbert, the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, marking his first time as Master of Ceremonies for the event. The Emmy Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 8:00PM to 11:00PM on CBS.

“We’re excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents; and as we’ve seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert.”

“We are thrilled that Stephen Colbert will be bringing his Emmy-winning comedic talent to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “He’s a formidable showman and we are delighted to begin working with him and the entire CBS team.”

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” said Stephen Colbert. “Both in person and around the globe.”

Nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday, July 13 from the Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center.

Stephen Colbert is the host, executive producer and writer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which launched in September 2015 on the Network. Previously, he served as host, executive producer and writer of the long-running, multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series The Colbert Report, on Comedy Central. Colbert has written multiple New York Times bestsellers, including I AM AMERICA (And So Can You!) (2007) and AMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t (2012). He also won a Grammy Award in 2010 for his one-hour original musical holiday special, “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”

In addition to the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards, Colbert recently hosted the The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS, and Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? on SHOWTIME.

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