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If blackface is out of order — shouldn’t we have a problem with “Brown Face” too? Saturday’s “SNL” ruffled a few feathers when an actress donned brown makeup to play Aziz Ansari. Via Aerogram r...
If blackface is out of order — shouldn’t we have a problem with “Brown Face” too? Saturday’s “SNL” ruffled a few feathers when an actress donned brown makeup to play Aziz Ansari. Via Aerogram reports: Yup, that’s comedienne Nasim Pedrad in drag (yay!) and brownface (boo!) dressed up as Aziz Ansari; to her credit, she pulls off a remarkable impersonation of Ansari. But again, brownface? This comes in a season where SNL has added six new cast members — all white. It also comes at an auspicious time for South Asians in entertainment: The Mindy Project remains one of the crowning jewels of FOX’s Tuesday night line-up; Ansari himself continues to amuse as Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation; Naveen Andrews is set to return to the small screen in ABC’s Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (albeit, in a problematic role that we can discuss at another time!) — and a stable of newer faces are finding fans, too, such as Royal Pains‘ Reshma Shetty and even Summer Bishil, of ABC’s now-canceled Lucky 7. If SNL is really that hard-pressed to find some amazing South Asian talent, we recommend they give Lilly Singh a call. But, to blame Pedrad would be unfair; after all, fellow SNL cast member Fred Armisen helped develop the SNL reputation for putting on brownface for a few laughs. And Pedrad as Ansari isn’t as gauche as, say, Peter Sellers donning brownface to portray a bungling, ignorant-of-the-world Indian actor in the 1968 film The Party. It’s hardly the first time in American films that a white actor used brownface for cheap chuckles, but the point remains. For SNL to draw comparisons with a Peter Sellers flick from the ’60s nearly half a century later is troubling. This is just mediocre and anachronistic at best. SMH Watch the sketch below and let us know if you’re offended:
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Every now and then, the cast of "Saturday Night Live" gets to show off their best impersonations with a sketch showing the audition tapes for certain topical films from the past, or new films that fans are buzzing about. Previous entries...
Every now and then, the cast of "Saturday Night Live" gets to show off their best impersonations with a sketch showing the audition tapes for certain topical films from the past, or new films that fans are buzzing about. Previous entries included the lost audition tapes for Star Wars when the special edition films came out, and now the Fifty Shades of Grey movie gets the same treatment with these faux auditions featuring spot-on impersonations of Christoph Waltz, Emma Stone, Jon Cryer, Jane Lynch, Aziz Ansari, Tracy Morgan, Tilda Swinton and more. Honestly, we'd pay to see versions of the film with these actors. ››› Continue reading Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Shows 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Auditions
about 7 hours ago
Netflix has been stepping up its original content efforts and recently announced it would focus on comedy specials. They kicked off with John Hodgman’s wonderful Ragnarok, and today they’re continuing it with Marc Maron’...
Netflix has been stepping up its original content efforts and recently announced it would focus on comedy specials. They kicked off with John Hodgman’s wonderful Ragnarok, and today they’re continuing it with Marc Maron’s new special Thinky Pain. We like what you’re doing here, Netflix. Thinky Pain is out today on Netflix in all English-speaking countries with Netflix according to Maron on his podcast WTF this morning. He also said that it will be available worldwide on Netflix as of October 21st. Of the special itself Maron said: I’m proud of this special. I went out of my way to do certain things on this special to honor who I am at this point in my career. We did it at a small venue. We did it at a venue that has some significance to me. You will see some brief cameos by Tom Scharpling, my dear friend Tom Scharpling, and my dear friend Sam Lipsyte also shows up. It was like just another night. I went out of my way to make sure that we kept it about the performance. You will notice there’s not a lot of audience cutaways. You only see a couple rows of the audience. I did it in front of a small group of people, about 240 people. The entire special, I believe, is pulled from one performance out of the two. And I did have a stomach virus. Stomach virus notwithstanding, that sounds really great. Besides Maron’s new special comedy fans can also look forward to a new special from Aziz Ansari premiering November 1st. (via Netflix and WTF) Meanwhile in related links Maron crowdsourced his own psychological diagnosis Pete and Pete have their own podcast now Podcasters Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn Kickstarted 1,000 free ice cream cones
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Wonder how the “50 Shades of Grey” screen tests might have gone if some of your favorite actors and actress had tried out for roles in the upcoming film version of the steamy bestseller? Thanks to the “Saturday Night Li...
Wonder how the “50 Shades of Grey” screen tests might have gone if some of your favorite actors and actress had tried out for roles in the upcoming film version of the steamy bestseller? Thanks to the “Saturday Night Live” players, you needn’t wonder any longer. Seth Rogen and Scarlett Johansson, Phillip Seymour-Hoffman and Kristen Stewart — or at least ersatz versions of the stars — are shown here giving it their all on Saturday night’s Miley Cyrus-hosted show.  So are Steve Harvey and Rebel Wilson and Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch, among others. Also read: Miley Cyrus Rips Miley Cyrus, Twerking, Republicans on ‘SNL’ (Videos) Some of the potential pairings for the “mommy porn” feature — like Shaquille O’Neal and Kristin Chenoweth — are funny before they even begin the auditions. How about Aziz Ansari and Mary Louise Parker? The post ‘SNL’ Spoofs ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Screen Tests Featuring Kristen Stewart, Seth Rogen and More (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:Miley Cyrus 'SNL' Ratings on Par With Tina Fey Premiere Despite DelayMiley Cyrus Rips Miley Cyrus, Twerking, Republicans on 'SNL' (Videos)
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Putting on her best blonde wig and lowering her voice, Miley Cyrus spoofed the "Fifty Shades of Grey" audition process by trying out as Scarlett Johansson. In a “lost auditions tape” for the upcoming racy film, "SNL" cast mem...
Putting on her best blonde wig and lowering her voice, Miley Cyrus spoofed the "Fifty Shades of Grey" audition process by trying out as Scarlett Johansson. In a “lost auditions tape” for the upcoming racy film, "SNL" cast members did their best impressions of different celebrity pairings testing for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Watch below: Check out the fake, funny celebrity match-ups below: Scarlett Johansson and Christoph Waltz: Kristin Chenoweth and Shaquille O'Neal: Tracy Morgan and Tilda Swinton: Aziz Ansari and Mary Louise Parker: Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch Steve Harvey and Rebel Wilson: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kristen Stewart: Seth Rogen and Emma Stone: SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus Mocks Her VMA Performance On 'SNL' Join the conversation about this story »
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Cold Open -- Expectedly, SNL took up Miley's VMA appearance, using a flash forward to suggest that it was the moment that signalled the downfall of America, and then using Vanessa Bayer as "old-Miley" to offer sage advice to Young Miley ...
Cold Open -- Expectedly, SNL took up Miley's VMA appearance, using a flash forward to suggest that it was the moment that signalled the downfall of America, and then using Vanessa Bayer as "old-Miley" to offer sage advice to Young Miley pre-'VMA.' It's a high-energy sketch, and there's actually some decent, though generic stuff in it about Miley's need to make her own mistakes and learn from them. Unfortunately, Miley seems to be saying the words without expressing any actual self-awareness. The whole sketch crumbles into a mess of mediocre impressions and incoherence. 5/10 The Monologue -- One of the shortest "SNL" monologues I can remember. There's not much too it: Miley talks about the VMA performance, says she's not sorry, then there's a "Wrecking Ball" joke. The end. I feel like there was probably another idea that was scratched at the last minute. Points for brevity? 3/10 50 Shades of Grey Screen Tests -- The entire sketch is basically an excuse for the cast to show off their impressions. Noel Wells is terrific as Emma Stone; Taran Killem''s Christoph Waltz is fantastic; Nasim Pedrad does Aziz Ansari, and the unexpected MVP is Kenan Thompson's Steve Harvey, who ask Rebel Wilson if he can go straight to the butt stuff. 7/10 Girlfriends Talk Show -- A recurring sketch that wasn't particularly good the first time around, and it's not improved by the presence of Miley and a tired nod to twerking. But they do say "cray" a lot, which only highlights how long the sketch overstays its welcome. 4/10 Why Did We Stop the Government -- Taran Killem's blinged-out, ass-flaunting, gay-loving John Boehner and Miley Cyrus' slutty, tongue-wagging, booty-shaking, masturbating Michelle Bachman music video is .. uh, kind of great. No, it is spectacular. It is one of the few SNL sketches in recent years that's actually likely to get people upset (or at least the Tea Party). Fox News is going to go apeshit on Monday morning. Outstanding, and the perfect use of Miley. The song itself -- a reworking of one of Miley's hits -- isn't bad, either. 9/10 Piers Morgan Live -- Nasim Pedrad cracks out the Arianna Huffington impersonation in a sketch to discuss the recent cancellation of two Hillary Clinton biographies. There's a poor Breaking Bad parody, some lazy nods to a few other shows, and a couple of jokes about Clinton running in 2016, but the sketch is weak sauce. 3/10 Weekend Update -- A more relaxed Cecily Strong is already showing more confidence in her second week, and a very sharp winners/losers segment demonstrated a growing chemistry between Strong and Meyers. Strong even mastered one of the most important aspects of a successful "Weekend Update": She sold a couple of bad jokes with a acknowledging smirk. Kate McKinnon also does a segment as a wide-eyed stay-at-home Mom who is obsessed with Grand Theft Auto. McKinnon is quickly becoming the most reliably funny cast member on the show, and this is the best bit of the night. "I was supposed to run the car pool tomorrow, but do you know what I did instead? I shot a stripper in the boob for sport. Step the eff back, because Momma is a Latina warlord now!" Jay Pharaoh does a good Shannon Sharpe impression in another segment that doesn't gain much traction while Vanessa Bryant brings back Jacob, the Jewish son of Seth's podiatrist. It's a funny impression, but the segment quickly wears out its welcome. Headlines: 8/10; McKinnon: 9/10; Shannon Sharpe and Jacob: 5/10 Cheerleaders -- Miley plays a head cheerleader who tries to keep practice going in the midst of an alien abduction. This sketch is a goddamn mess that goes from bad to worse to WTF? It's painful to watch. 1/10 Mornin' Miami -- Three bored, grumpy and tired morning news anchors turn up the chipper during a series of promos. It works because the promo-spot parodies ride the wave just a hair above reality. McKinnon kills it again here: "Are ghosts real? Turns out, no! Here to talk about it is actor
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Comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari recently visited Hong Kong for the Esquire (née Style) Network's series 'The Getaway', where he eats pineapple buns with That Food Cray's Nicole Fung and gets scolded by a restaurateur f...
Comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari recently visited Hong Kong for the Esquire (née Style) Network's series 'The Getaway', where he eats pineapple buns with That Food Cray's Nicole Fung and gets scolded by a restaurateur for tearing the food with his hands. [ more › ]
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Watch: Aziz Ansari eats pineapple buns (incorrectly) and bets on the horses in Hong Kong
Watch: Aziz Ansari eats pineapple buns (incorrectly) and bets on the horses in Hong Kong
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“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was bor...
“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: Karen Lord has a companion novel to The Best of All Possible Worlds coming out next year: With the literary crossover appeal of Ursula K. Le Guin and China Miéville, Karen Lord is re-envisioning sci-fi for the twenty-first century with the story of a young hero exploring the galaxy-and discovering himself. Karen Lord returns with The Galaxy Game, a new story and a new set of characters that both enriches its predecessor and stands alone. In this new novel, Rafi — the nephew of the heroine of Best — travels the universe with an intergalactic sports team, encountering strange new worlds and alien cultures. Lord’s bold new vision of 21st-century science fiction has appeal to both devoted genre fans and readers of literary fiction. I really want to give Sam Sykes books another go. He has a new series coming out “soon” and it sounds good: No official blurb yet but check this out: The City Stained Red is the first chapter in my new trilogy, Bring Down Heaven. Set against the city of Cier’Djaal, economic powerhouse of the world whose horse-sized spiders produce the silk that every nation craves, it is a tale of collapse. It is the story of how the morals of a society collapse before pragmatism, revolutionary cultists crowing the name of their god in hell as they throw themselves at the organized dynasty of assassins and thieves that have run the city since it began. It is the story of how the ideas of harmony collapse before ideas of independence, with several races, human and monstrous, set upon a tiny spit of land and given just so many resources to share it and seeing how long it takes for one of them to pick up a knife. It is the story of how gods collapse before mortals, when god cannot save a man languishing in the shadow of his wealthy neighbors and he finds himself putting aside prayer and picking up a blade. It is the story of how things change between six people when they find themselves standing at the center of a field full of corpses and wondering just how the hell it happened that they can’t let go of the sword in their hands. Placeholder cover but I don’t even care. I love that this sequel to Miss Peregrine is coming soon(ish). In 1940 after the first book ends, Jacob and his new Welsh island friends flee to London, the Peculiar capital of the world. Caul, a dangerous madman, is Miss Peregrine’s brother, and can steal Peculiar abilities for himself. The Peculiars must fight for survival, again. A man in a cape. A book that has “hero” on its title. You had me at hello. That’s catnip to me: Ever since becoming an IWP—Individual with Powers—Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he’s a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things. But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible strength and speed, his chance to try out for the Core comes at last. The opportunity seems like a dream come true—until he realizes that the idyllic hero life he imagined is just a mask for the corrupt reality. And when a beloved hero is murdered, Marvin is suspected of being the villain behind the crime. And a spooky anthology for the coming Halloween – with a story by Frances Hardinge to boot! A chilling collection of terrifying winter tales for the darkest nights. This sinister collection of short stories encapsulates everythin
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Esquire's television network looks to be off to a great start, as it has already launched a bevy of shows with today's most charming personalities. One of these original shows is entitled The Getaway, which sent none other than comedian ...
Esquire's television network looks to be off to a great start, as it has already launched a bevy of shows with today's most charming personalities. One of these original shows is entitled The Getaway, which sent none other than comedian and actor Aziz Ansari to Hong Kong to explore. While there, Ansari met with Nicole Fung, who runs her successful international food blog – That Food Cray !!! – from Hong Kong's diverse food culture. The two hung out in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, where Fung showed Ansari the ins and outs of the Hong Kong breakfast scene. Enjoy the video, and Ansari's failed first attempt at eating a Pineapple Bun, above while the entire episode of The Getaway recently aired on Esquire TV. Read more at Hypebeast.com
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