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Alec Baldwin’s Best SNL Performances of All-Time

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Alec Baldwin has been a regular guest on Saturday Night Live since 1990 and holds the current record for hosting the show 16 times. His talent for mimicry lends itself for clever impersonations, breathing life into a wide range of characters. He’s played everything from a deranged elf to the President of the United States. He clearly enjoys sketch comedy. Baldwin’s playful, impish nature is inclusive, making us feel like we’re in on the jokes.

Cockpit: 10/23/2016

Baldwin and Tom Hanks play off each other in this uncomfortably funny skit depicting the hero-pilot of the Hudson River landing fame, Sully Sullenberger.

Top Gun Auditions: 9/24/2001

Top Gun fans of a certain age will enjoy Baldwin’s eccentric Al Pacino.

The Joe Pesci Show: Robert De Niro, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Brad Pitt: 1/20/1996

Baldwin’s ability to mimic subtle body language and accents fleshes out his Robert De Niro.

Plastic Surgeon: 11/15/2003

Amy Poehler’s character goes to a plastic surgeon, played by Baldwin, for a breast augmentation consultation. The sketch pokes fun at Baldwin’s passionate monologues from the movie Malice.

Glengarry Glen Christmas: Elf Motivation:12/10/2005

Baldwin’s elf channels his Glengarry Glen Ross movie character and breaks the spirits of his elf subordinates.

The SNL Platinum Lounge:11/11/2006

Steve Martin and Baldwin play themselves bumping into each other before the show. Martin turns homicidal trying to prevent Baldwin from breaking his record for hosting SNL.

Inside The Actor’s Studio with Charles Nelson Reilly: 4/7/2001

This skit holds generational appeal to those of us who are old enough to remember the game show Hollywood Squares. Baldwin nails Reilly’s flamboyant nature with just enough camp.

Weekend Edition: Steve Rogers: 12/10/2011

Baldwin shines in this news segment poking fun at himself. He plays the pilot that threw him off a recent flight for refusing to turn off his mobile phone before takeoff.

Prince Charles Press Conference: 11/15/2003

If sexual innuendo is your cup of tea, you’ll enjoy the clever repartee of Baldwin’s secretary interacting with reporters during a news conference.

Date with a Child Psychologist: 9/24/2011

A dinner date goes horribly wrong. Baldwin’s pompous psychologist is impervious to his date’s growing discomfort while he unskillfully manages his child’s prolonged tantrum.

Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open: 10/15/2016

Baldwin’s depiction of Trump’s first press conference since his election is colorfully irreverent. No matter what side of the aisle you fall on, Baldwin’s impression of Trump has received great reviews and has led to Baldwin to explore his options and take his Trump impression on the road.

Wii Guys: 2/14/2009

Depending on your tastes you’ll either laugh uncomfortably or with abandon while watching Baldwin as a father learn to master a Wii game with his sons.

Donald Trump Vs Hillary Clinton Third Debate Cold Open: 10/15/2016

Kate McKinnon and Baldwin skillfully lampoon the foibles of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. McKinnon would go on to win an Emmy for her performances on Saturday Night Live, with her role as Clinton being the most memorable.

NPR’s Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls: 4/7/2001

The reigning crowd favorite of Baldwin’s SNL skits. As a guest on a highbrow National Public Radio cooking show, he discusses his recipe for Schweddy balls.

Thursday

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December 2017

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Hammer Museum Presents ‘Downsizing’ — A Full Review

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I’ve always liked Alexander Payne. ‘Sideways’ is a personal favorite and I take pride in saying that, as one of the film’s first viewers, I immediately recognized its prowess. Though it would be ambitious to say he’s done it again with ‘Downsizing,’ he’s certainly near the target. Payne and the film’s breakout star, Hong Chau, visited the Hammer Museum for a Q&A following the film, and the esteemed director gave us a closer look at the film’s underlying message hidden inside his playful concept. The Museum of Modern Art’s renowned series presents influential films over the past 12 months and they’ve got quite the roster to choose from. It’s also worth noting that only in Los Angeles would you get to pick the brain of the film’s creators and actors, so this opportunity is not to be missed.

‘Downsizing’ imagines what might happen if humans miniaturize themselves as a solution to over-population and financial strain. The new scientific discovery is irreversible, but the promise of a better life is too good to ignore. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon Omaha in order to move to a new downsized community, but things go awry when Audrey abandons the plan, leaving Paul on his own. To put it simply, the political undertones are hidden within this comforting comedic delivery. Though it’s clear that much of this message is about our environmental destruction, there’sso many other questions to ask. First, if your income was suddenly 100 times its current value, would that solve your problems? Second, our middle class is becoming ever-the-more squeezed, making it sad that we’d have to resort to a 5-inch-tall solution. And lastly, those who downsize now have a self-imposed minority status.

I think even Matt Damon would agree that Hong Chau (Ngoc Lan) is the star of this film. A Vietnamese prison escapee who was forcibly miniaturized and is missing a lower leg, Lan seems to rid Paul of his own self-pity. By opening his eyes to her world, he breaks free of the cage he built for himself in both his worlds. If I could offer any critique, I’d say that the film is at its best when there’s a big/small juxtaposition. Instead of focusing its characters on Leisure Land (their new community), I’d have kept the interplay with the regular-sized community. After all, if there’s no big/small perspective, then everyone stays the same size, and the joke is lost. The funny, creative opportunities could have been pushed a tad further. And though I spent most of the film engrossed in all its possible social messages, Payne made those messages quite clear at the end, and it was a tad too heavy-handed for my taste. On an overall scale; however, it was a thought-provoking breath of fresh air.

Tuesday

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November 2017

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Mother! Destroyed Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky’s Relationship

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Jennifer Lawrence is known for being real, and her interview with Adam Sandler about the movie ‘Mother!’ is no exception. The Oscar-winning actress revealed that the poor reviews for her film managed to tank her romance with its director, Darren Aronofsky, who couldn’t seem to shut off his deep-dive into vortex of negative feedback. Lawrence, on the other hand, desperately hoped to gain reprieve from the film, which is seemingly impossible while dating its director. Watch below for a very funny recount of her Aronofsky relationship.

Sunday

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November 2017

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Tabloid Gossip: Your News in a Nutshell

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Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are going strong. Pop Sugar

Elon Musk is still in love with Amber Heard. RTVW

Kim Kardashian is having a girl. Contact Music

Jennifer Hudson’s divorce battle begins. TMZ

Is Lena Dunham a hipster racist? The Superficial

Jennie Garth and her husband are separated. Wet Paint

Julia Stiles is a mom. Perez

Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged. The sun

Chrissy Tiegen is pregnant. People

Meghan McCain is married. Us Weekly

Jennifer Garner doesn’t want to date. Good Housekeeping

Serena Williams tied the knot. Brides

James Cameron reveals why Jack and Rose didn’t share the door in ‘Titanic‘. Too Fab

Kevin Hart debuted his first public baby pic. Page Six

Reese Witherspoon’s daughter is a debutante. E! Online

 

 

Tuesday

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November 2017

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Tamra Judge Admits to Violating Her Daughter’s Wishes

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When Tamra Judge’s daughter publicly chastised her mother for posting their joint photo on social media after specifically stating that her invitation was contingent upon not doing so, I naively thought there must be some misunderstanding. After all, if your estranged daughter finally extends an olive branch, one would think that you’d vigorously abide by any and all of her requests. But as most viewers learned on the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion last night, there was no such misunderstanding. Tamra overtly disobeyed her daughters wishes and justified it with the exact reason given by her daughter — she put her reputation first. “I stupidly posted a picture of her and I on graduation, which she had asked me not to do,” Tamra said. Her reason? “There were so many horrible stories that were coming out and I was impulsive.” I might be the only person shocked by her declaration, but it certainly sheds light on their issues, Tamra often attributed to her ex-husband’s poisonous badmouthing of her. Tamra’s daughter has long denied that her father is responsible, and now we know the truth.

Friday

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November 2017

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Jennifer Lopez Releases Amor, Amor, Amor featuring Wisin — Hot Damn

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Jennifer Lopez’s new video, ‘Amor, Amor, Amor’ is dated, and it’s dated in all the best ways. From her vintage guess shirt to her signature over sized gold hoops with leather joggers and gelled baby hair, she’s rocking a serious throwback to my Miami upbringing. Though I like the song, the video showcases the singer’s seriously hot bod. Watch her work it with an assist from Wisin below.

Friday

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November 2017

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Everything We’ve Learned About Taylor Swift on ‘Reputation’

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Taylor Swift had no choice but to reference the infamous Kimye Feud

Though team Kimye said they’re too busy raising their children to address Swift’s digs, it would be impossible for Swift to have taken the high road given the massive hit her brand took for that feud. Though we know “Look What You Made Me Do” is about Kanye given the “tilted stage,” “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” takes some more jabs.

It was so nice being friends again
There I was, giving you a second chance
But then you stabbed in the back while shaking my hand
And therein lies the issue
Friends don’t try to trick you
Get you on the phone and mind-twist you
And so I took an axe to a mended fence

It goes without saying that this verse is enraging. Let me get this straight, Taylor Swift gave Kanye West a second chance? Did Swift call actress Camilla Belle for lyric approval over a song that basically called her a whore in reference to her romance with Swift’s ex at the time, Joe Jonas (She’s an actress, whoa/She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress, whoa)? Also, explain to me how she was mind-twisted? Oh right, because Kanye asked for permission to say he made her famous but neglected to declare he’d use the word “bitch.” Fine distinction, Taylor. Let’s not relive it.

Taylor Swift Thinks Calvin Harris is a Narcissist

On “I Did Something Bad,” Swift says “never trust a narcissist,” and “If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing. I don’t regret it one bit, ’cause he had it coming.” As for why she’s so angry, it’s unclear, but it might have something to do with the song Harris wrote with Swift for which he later took sole credit. But it doesn’t stop there. There’s reference to flying “playboys” around the world, who “drop her name.” This is not a pretty picture, folks, but it’s also not surprising given their ugly breakup.To be fair, that might also be a Hiddleston dig given that the press leaks at the time said Swift questioned Hiddleston’s intentions. I’m also guessing the song title, “I Did Something Bad,” refers to the fact that her relationship with Tom Hiddleston overlapped with her Harris romance.

She Met Her Current Boyfriend While Still With Calvin Harris

Swift’s song, “Gorgeous,” makes it clear that she crushed on her current man from afar. In fact, she says that when they met she had an older boyfriend. The reason that’s likely Harris is because on another song, “Dress,” Swift says, “Nights back when you met me, your buzzcut and my bleached hair.” Swift had bleached hair at the Met Gala in 2016 and her new beau had a buzz cut around the same time for a movie role.

Swift’s Relationship With Tom Hiddleston Was “Cursed” From the Start

Swift suggests that Hiddleston was a rebound who broke her out of prison from her relationship with Harris, which she desperately wanted to leave. Hiddleston also somehow “poisoned the well” with one mysterious action referenced by the lyric “X marks the spot” and a “switch to the other side.”

She’s Happy, and She Wants to Keep Her Romance a Secret

“King of My Heart” calls her new boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, “the one she has been waiting for,” saying she’ll “never let [him] go.” This song also has another subtle jab at her exes, referencing the cars they drive while saying, “they never took me quite where you do.”

So is the album good? Yes. Taylor Swift is always good. She’s got a team of people who work extremely hard on making a great album, and the tone is always consistent. I slightly object to some of the hip hop elements, as it feels a little try-hard given that Swift is simply far too uncool for it. It’s also slightly over-produced, which is to be expected. The added elements often distract from the melody, and given that this record is less about heartbreak and more about reinvention, I found myself far less invested in the lyrics. When someone’s “reputation” is impacted by hard truths about their character, my listening experience is slightly dented. But as I said. It’s good. It’s always good.

Tuesday

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November 2017

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Ronan Farrow Exposes Harvey Weinstein’s “Army of Lies” — The Most Shocking Allegations

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Ronan Farrow’s new piece in the New Yorker seems ripped from Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, only the truth is stranger than fiction. It’s both important and complicated, which has motivated me to provide a breakdown of the most important parts. Here they are.

Weinstein hired Kroll and Black Cube to investigate and suppress allegations against him

Kroll is one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube is an agency run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies. Black Cube offers operatives who are “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units.” Their mission was to stop the New York Times piece on Weinstein and to obtain an advance copy of Rose McGowan’s book, which was to be published in January.

Two private investigators from Black Cube met with actress Rose McGowan to extract information using false identities

Under the ruse of being a women’s rights advocate who worked for a fake wealth-management firm, a woman named “Diana Filip” contacted McGowan with a phony initiative to combat discrimination against women in the workplace. They met multiple times, and when McGowan revealed that she was speaking with Ronan Farrow for his Weinstein take-down piece, Filip then contacted Farrow with the same alias. Farrow ignored her. She then contacted a journalist from New York with a different alias, and this time she posed as a “victim” of Weinstein. The journalist smelled a rat and it didn’t go further. The fake website for her bogus wealth management firm has now been removed. Black Cube has since defended themselves, saying they “operate in full compliance with the law of any jurisdiction in which it operates—strictly following the guidance and legal opinions provided by leading law firms from around the world.” Another freelancer also contacted other victims and allegedly reported that information back to Black Cube.

Weinstein’s lawyers helped Black Cube with their mission

One such lawyer who helped Black Cube is David Boies. Boies represented Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential-election dispute and argued for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court. Though he directed Black Cube in their efforts to squash the New York Times story, his firm simultaneously represented the Times in a libel case. Using a law firm to hire an investigative agency is a cunning tactic, because any objectionable actions used by the agency is then subject to attorney-client privilege, thereby shielding them in court. As for whether it’s a conflict of interest to try to stop a Times story while simultaneously having them as a client, Boies’ argument in his own defense is so twisted it’s not worth repeating. It is worth noting; however, that Boies says his hands are clean because he did not “direct” Black Cube’s methods. To put it simply, they might have hired them to uncover evidence, but they did not “direct” them in how they would uncover that evidence.

Weinstein used the National Enquirer for help

In an effort to undermine the credibility of his accusers, Weinstein appealed to Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer. She then provided details of a call made with Robert Rodriguez’s ex-wife. It was alleged that Rodriguez left his wife for McGowan. The call was recorded. Rodriguez’s ex has now made it clear that she would not have cooperated in any efforts to discredit McGowan, but since they would not stop calling, she finally agreed to have a conversation. Howard has since offered what I consider to be a weak defense, which basically suggests the information provided was off the record, and because they had a television-production agreement with Weinstein, they had an interest in protecting their company against what they believed to be false accusations. Perhaps Howard and Boies should have coffee.

Weinstein also employed an investigation firm, known as PSOPs, to uncover compromising data on his accusers

Two private investigators, named Jack Palladino and Sara Ness, produced detailed profiles of Weinstein accusers, including 100 pages on Rose McGowan. But it didn’t stop there. Many of the private security firms he hired also sought to uncover negative information on the journalists themselves, including Ronan Farrow and David Carr, who died in 2015. Carr’s widow says that he always felt he was being surveilled and though he wrote negative stories about Weinstein, he stopped short of exposing his actions toward women for fear of retribution.

This story is horrific, disturbing, and shocking, but I find some sense of solace in at least knowing that this guy, for the past three decades, has employed extremely technical tactics to keep this quiet. It should be really, really difficult to successfully silence victims, and in this case, he spent millions of dollars to do so. According to McGowan, “It was like the movie ‘Gaslight. Everyone lied to me all the time. For the past year, I’ve lived inside a mirrored fun house.” I also find solace in knowing that these tactics will no longer work, as victims have now mobilized in support of one another. Shame will hopefully no longer be used as a tactic for secrecy. As for men, I can only hope that they join the movement.

Sunday

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November 2017

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are engaged. Pop Sugar

Patton Oswalt tied the knot. TV Guide

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are back on. Jezebel

Kate Upton got hitched. People

Kendall Jenner and Blake Griffin are going strong. E! Online

Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa are married. Cinema Blend

The agent who grabbed Terry Crews genitals has been identified. Vulture

Tamar Braxton ended her marriage. Bossip

Alec Baldwin is expecting his fifth child. MSNBC

Another bachelor baby is on the way. RTVW

Ray Liotta and his ex-wife might have reunited. Daily Mail

 

Wednesday

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November 2017

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N.E.R.D. Releases “Lemon” and It’s Everything You Want

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I recently inquired as the whereabouts of The Neptunes given Pharrell Williams’ solo success and stint on ‘The Voice.’ He’s returned to his roots with N.E.R.D., featuring Pharrell, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley. They’re back with Rihanna by their side for “Lemon,” and the video is hypnotic. Directed by Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore, it features Mette Towley, a Minnesota native with a BA in Dance who has worked as a touring dancer with Pharrell for years. Catch them in action at ComplexCon.

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