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.

The Roast of James Franco: Grading the Roasters

by Ethan Alter September 3, 2013 12:42 pm
<i>The Roast of James Franco</i>: Grading the Roasters

Comedy Central netted a big fish for its annual celebrity roast when they got James Franco interested in being mocked and ridiculed by his famous friends -- like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill -- on national television. But the night itself turned out to be a mixed bag, with some of the roasters killing it and others seeming to hold themselves back, not wanting to piss off their pal. Here's our roaster report card from a B-level Roast of an A-list star.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Take a Stroll Down <i>Jump Street</i>

Helming a big-screen version of an old TV series may not seem like the most auspicious beginning to a live-action filmmaking career, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller were determined to make a 21 Jump Street movie that was more than a pale imitation of the campy '80s cop series. They've had some success adapting unlikely source material before; their previous movie was the 2009 animated feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a clever take on the classic children's story that wasn't afraid to depart from the text when it served the film. And while 21 Jump Street has some subtle -- and not so subtle -- homages to the source material, it definitely stands apart as its own (very funny) movie. Lord and Miller spoke with us about their transition from animation to live action filmmaking, why 21 Jump Street had to be R-rated and what jokes eagle-eyed viewers should look for in the background.

Rob Riggle Jumps Aboard 21 Jump Street

by Ethan Alter March 13, 2012 12:12 pm
Rob Riggle Jumps Aboard <i>21 Jump Street</i>

In an alternate universe, Rob Riggle may have become a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. In this version of Earth though, the Kentucky-born Riggle enlisted with the Marines in 1990 only to leave the corps not long after to pursue a career in comedy (he's still a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve). It took about a decade, but that career move has paid off. A tour of duty with New York's Upright Citizens Brigade led to guest spots on shows like The Office followed by a high-profile stint as a Daily Show correspondent. These days, Riggle is an established scene-stealer on film and television, popping up in everything from Tina Fey's 30 Rock to Tom Hanks's Larry Crowne. This weekend, Riggle has a small, but crucial turn in 21 Jump Street, playing a kooky gym teacher named Mr. Walters, who crosses paths with two undercover cops-turned-high school students (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) investigating a student-run drug ring. Riggle spoke to us about impersonating a gym teacher, his sketch comedy background and why going to UCB was like attending graduate school.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

by Ashley Chervinski October 11, 2011 1:02 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's more Cowell, less Deschanel at Fox this month.

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