Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of Jonah Hill

by Aly Semigran January 27, 2014 9:58 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Jonah Hill

That sound you heard around 11:40 PM ET on Saturday night was the sound of every 20 and/or 30-something woman in America screaming with jealousy that Jonah Hill got to reenact the famous bough scene from Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio. That's right, his Wolf of Wall Street co-star showed up during his opening monologue and dreamed to say the words we all wished we could as Leo cradled us from behind, "Am I flying, Jack?!" Sigh, who knew you could giggle, sigh, and seethe with envy all at once? Unfortunately for Jonah -- and viewers -- his third stint as SNL host peaked with the Leo appearance (really, it could only go down from there anyway), as most of the other sketches depending on the actor yelling at the top of his lungs. Though, it did have the strongest "Weekend Update" of the season yet and a few other highlights, so here are the best and worst moments from Hill's episode featuring musical guests Bastille, who were also there:

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Let the Laughs (and Bullets) Fly in <i>21 Jump Street</i>

It's understandable that the thought of a 21 Jump Street movie sounds like the height of Hollywood creative bankruptcy. But stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum made it their mission to produce a Jump Street film that's not just a wan carbon copy of the original '80s cop series that's best known for launching the careers of Johnny Depp and... um, Richard Grieco. Audiences will find out for themselves on Friday whether they succeeded in that endeavor. Prior to the film's release, Hill and Tatum turned up at a New York press conference (clad in their cop uniforms from the movie no less) and talked about the origins of the project, their on-screen chemistry and what other '80s series they'd like to remake.

Allen Gregory: Jonah Hill’s Super Bad Animated Series

by Rachel Stein October 31, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Allen Gregory</i>: Jonah Hill’s Super Bad Animated Series

Let's get this out of the way: Richard De Longpre (voiced by French Stewart) looks, talks and acts distractingly like Community's Dean Pelton. I had to re-watch the first few minutes of the Allen Gregory pilot a several times because instead of paying attention to anything in the opening party scene, I kept thinking about how awesome it would be if this was just Community: The Animated Series (which got me thinking about Sabrina: The Animated Series). But then I heard Jonah Hill's voice coming out of a sharply dressed seven-year-old, and I had to quash those dreams and pay attention to the task at hand.

Jonah Hill Thinks Allen Gregory is Good, Wants You to Watch It

by Rachel Stein October 26, 2011 12:42 pm
Jonah Hill Thinks <i>Allen Gregory</i> is Good, Wants You to Watch It

Now that Jonah Hill is no longer strictly "the chubby kid from all the Judd Apatow movies" (as my parents describe him), he's ready to make his debut as a TV executive producer and writer in the animated series Allen Gregory. Premiering Sunday at 8:30 PM on Fox, the show is about seven-year-old Allen Gregory De Longpre, a pretentious little tyke who is forced to attend public school for the first time after his parents face financial troubles. Earlier this week, Hill took a media call to hype up his new gig, but it was a little more like pulling teeth than talking to a person who was really excited that their series was about to air. Below are the highlights I was able to extract.

Jon & Kate: The Big Announcement

by Angel Cohn June 23, 2009 9:01 am
<I>Jon & Kate</I>: The Big Announcement

Surprise. Jon and Kate Gosselin are getting a divorce. What? This isn't a surprise to you because you've seen the war between them unfolding in the tabloids over the last few months? Yeah. Their much-hyped "big announcement" where they said they were officially separated wasn't really a big surprise. Personally, I would have been more surprised if they announced that they were ending the show to save their marriage, but after watching them bicker through this season, that probably wouldn't have worked anyway. Some people just aren't meant to be together forever, and these two have seemed to have some issues for a long time. But now the big question is what will happen with the TLC series Jon & Kate Plus 8, and what will happen with the kids?

Number One Guy: Jonathan Frakes Helms <i>Leverage</i>, Talks <i>Star Trek</i>

After almost 20 years playing Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and its assorted spin-offs, Jonathan Frakes got used to being called "Number One." But it was while still on TNG that he took that nickname a step further, taking the helm as the director of several episodes and parlaying that into a successful directing career. With several Trek series, two Trek movies and two Librarian TV-movies under his belt, he recently took on two episodes of the new TNT series Leverage, and this week's episode guest-stars three of his old buddies from the Trek set. We talked to Commander Frakes about J.J. Abrams' new time-warping take on Trek, his mission to Mexico City to direct a Lost-esque series for Fox, and why he wants to be promoted to Captain... America.

Jon Hamm's Middle Name is Not 'Honey-Baked,' and Other Awkward Hamm Trivia I know we're pretty gushing fangirly about Jon Hamm on this blog, which can be a bit nauseating at times, but when he does stuff like this... it's just hard to fall out of love with him. While making the what must have been excruciating press whore rounds for the tiny part he had in The Day the Earth Stood Still Sucks (nailed it), Hamm stopped by the greatest online fake interview series around, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. It's not quite as awkwardly hilarious as the Michael Cera one, but Hamm is a great sport and is able to keep up with Zach's comedic prowess, which bodes very well for his upcoming 30 Rock stint. Also, he likes websites! So, you know, he's basically our soulmate because we are a website! Yeah, I don't get it either. It's Monday. Clips for both the Hamm and Cera editions below!

Rashida Jones Officially Joins the Infamous Not-Spinoff

by Mindy Monez November 19, 2008 1:37 pm
Rashida Jones Officially Joins the Infamous Not-Spinoff And hopefully her character won't get treated like crap this time! Word comes from Variety that Jones will be playing a nurse whose boyfriend has "a strange injury" on the new Greg Daniels/Mike Schur series starring Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari, due out on NBC next year. We know now that the show is not, as previously reported, an Office spinoff (oh, how no one will let anyone forget it!), but since they haven't given the damn thing a name yet, I'm just calling it The Amy Poehler Show from now on because there's only so much I can take, people.

Indiana Jones & the Mystery of the Lost Island

by Mindy Monez May 29, 2008 11:39 am
Indiana Jones & the Mystery of the <I>Lost</I> Island

In honor of tonight's sure to be haunted and awesome 2-hour Lost finale, we thought we'd alert you to a video that's had us rolling in our cubicles all morning. From RavenStake via /Film, "Indiana Jones & the Mystery of the Lost Island" utilizes the time honored art of action figure theater. What would happen if Indy showed up on The Island to solve all the mysteries? I know the thought is keeping you up at night. You're welcome.

Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of Lena Dunham

by Aly Semigran March 10, 2014 10:41 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Lena Dunham

How you already felt about Lena Dunham going into this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live more than likely dictated how you watched and, thus, felt about the episode as a whole. If you're cool with Dunham, you probably got a kick out of the episode, but if you're not -- what appeared to be the entirety of the Internet -- you couldn't stand it. Even though I've had some issues with Girls this season, I tend to lean closer to Team Dunham, so I thought overall this was a pretty damn good episode. (Though, maybe compared to last week's Jim Parsons disaster, everything seems like a damn good episode.) Still, there were overwhelmingly better sketches than weak ones, and after a shaky monologue, Dunham settled in as the night went on. Sure, the SNL writers kind of went the obvious route with her (nudity!) but it was, overall, one of the stronger showings in 2014 so far. Here are the best and worst moments from Lena Dunham's debut as SNL host, with a little help from Liam Neeson and Jon Hamm:

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