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April 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
A week before it's to headline Night 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Phoenix hit "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend with two songs from its upcoming album, "Bankrupt!" The French band opened with a blistering rendition of "Entertainment," the lead single from the new disc, due out April 23; then did the shimmery "Trying to Be Cool. " (Watch both performances below.) Worth keeping your eye on: drummer Thomas Hedlund, who handily provides the muscle these soft-rock smoothies sometimes lack on record.
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April 23, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
In the new movie "Hateship Loveship," Kristen Wiig's character, an introverted, thirtysomething housekeeper named Johannna practices kissing herself in the mirror. It's a moment of loneliness that Wiig and director Liza Johnson envisioned as a sad beat in the film. But at a screening last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Wiig was shocked when audiences laughed at the scene. "I'm so surprised that comes across as funny," she said in a recent interview at a Los Feliz cafe.
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BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Glass is an impressive device that lets users walk around with a smart computer visible in the corner of their eye, but like most pieces of technology, it has imperfections. And this weekend, "Saturday Night Live" hilariously pointed them out. Randall Meeks, a geeky technology correspondent played by "SNL" cast member Fred Armisen, wears a make-shift version of the futuristic device in a piece on the show's "Weekend Update" news segment. Trying to demonstrate how easy it is to use Glass, he makes a series of comically outrageous head bobs to navigate the device all the while talking about how no one can notice what he is doing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | by Scott Collins
This "Late Night" thing might work out OK for Seth Meyers. The former "Weekend Update" newscaster on "Saturday Night Live" delivered the NBC talk show's highest ratings in nine years with his premiere on Monday. Well, technically it was Tuesday morning - 12:35 a.m. to be exact. But "Late Night With Seth Meyers" delivered a 2.6 rating/9 share in households from the top 56 markets in the nation, according to Nielsen. That compares with the 1.6 rating that "Late Night" has been averaging this season.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies        Arsenio Hall The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Jimmy Kimmel Live Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Dr. Phil Rachael Ray Steve Harvey Craig Ferguson "America's Next Top Model" CBS News Fareed Zakaria GPS...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
On the eve of the NewFront digital media presentations next week to advertisers, Yahoo! Chief Executive Marissa Mayer trumpeted a high-profile conquest: NBC's iconic sketch-comedy show "Saturday Night Live. " Yahoo landed the exclusive rights to "SNL" clips from past seasons, starting in 1975, as well as to select musical performances, dress rehearsal footage and behind-the-scenes clips. The show archives will become available, starting Sept. 1, along with current-season clips that it will distribute on a non-exclusive basis.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Writers from more than 20 shows on the NBC and USA networks are leaning on Comcast/NBCU CEO Stephen Burke to honor the results of a recent union election at NBCU-owned Peacock Productions. Peacock produces nonfiction programming, including "Caught on Camera" and "Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda," for basic cable networks. Peacock employees have been working to join the union for more than a year and recently voted to do so. NBCU is seeking to nullify the election results, contending that the workers are supervisors and not entitled to rights under the National Labor Relations Act, the Writers Guild of America said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014 | By Todd Martens
"Saturday Night Live" returned from winter break last week with a new cast member, Sasheer Zamata, but give credit to host and musical guest Drake for shifting through characters as if he'd always belonged on the late-night sketch show. Whether it was impersonating Lil Wayne or Alex Rodriguez, or dressing as a cosplaying wizard or rapping a monologue that played off his Jewish roots, Drake showed he had a deft comedic hand Saturday. Not that his acting chops ever were in doubt, as his pre-hip-hop role on the Canadian soap "Degrassi: The Next Generation" made clear.
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September 23, 2001 | S. Irene Virbila
Seated at a huge round table at NYC Seafood in Monterey Park, four of us are waiting for the rest of our party. After a half hour, we order appetizers and are happily nibbling on jellyfish and beef tendon when our friend Janet storms in, unapologetic. "We're waiting for you!" she complains. "The food is already ordered, and it's going to be amazing. Come on!" But your fax said NYC Seafood in Monterey Park, we tell her. "Oh, maybe it did," she says. "I'm no good at geography."
HEALTH
November 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Did Eminem lip-sync his way through "Saturday Night Live"? And does it matter if he did?  We ask because the fine guardians of musical integrity over at TMZ.com have accused the glowering rapper of moving his mouth to a pre-recorded track during his performance of the new song "Berzerk" on last weekend's show.  Showtracker caught Eminem's performance during the regularly scheduled West Coast airing and then rewatched the bits highlighted by...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Seth Meyers, late of "Saturday Night Live," became Monday night the fourth host of NBC's late-late-night "Late Night," after David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and his onetime cast-mate Jimmy Fallon, who has now famously become the star of "The Tonight Show. " If two examples can make a rule, the road to this desk leads through "Weekend Update," the mid-show topical segment that Meyers hosted (again, like Fallon before him), a job that, its scripted nature not entirely aside, would seem fair training for running a talk show.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Lena Dunham's quest for world domination continues on March 8, when she is set to host "Saturday Night Live" for the first time. In addition to writing and starring in "Girls," currently in its third season on HBO, Dunham also has a memoir, "Not That Kind of Girl," coming out in October. She also generated buzz earlier this month with her much-discussed Vogue cover.  Dunham, who won a Golden Globe last year for her performance on "Girls," has been too busy with her own projects to show off her comedy chops elsewhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Seth Meyers kicked off his run as host of "Late Night" on Monday night, and to generate a little buzz, he brought on his former "Saturday Night Live" and "Weekend Update" colleague Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden. One of them announced a run for president in 2016. Poehler and Biden have a flirty history, ever since Biden guest-starred on "Parks and Recration" as the object of Leslie Knope's affections. During his "Late Night" appearance, Poehler referred to him as a "gorgeous charm monster.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Making his debut as host of "Late Night" on Monday, Seth Meyers struck a decidedly low-key note in a broadcast that emphasized finely tuned punch lines over star power and razzle-dazzle. Meyers opened the NBC show by paying tribute to one of his predecessor's best-known recurring bits, "Thank You Notes. " Seated at his desk, Meyers wrote a letter to Jimmy Fallon, now host of "The Tonight Show," promising to treat "Late Night" "with respect and dignity and to only use it to do completely original comedy pieces … starting now," he said.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Look who's helping Seth Meyers make his debut on "Late Night" -- the runner-up to the commander-in-chief, Joe Biden. Biden announced that he would appear with the new host of the NBC talk show via Twitter: "Must-see TV. " The vice president, who has had his share of bloopers over the course of his career, adds a lively political touch to the debut, which will also feature Meyers' former "Saturday Night Live" castmate Amy Poehler. Perhaps Poehler will appear in Hillary Clinton guise.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014 | By Todd Martens
"Saturday Night Live" returned from winter break last week with a new cast member, Sasheer Zamata, but give credit to host and musical guest Drake for shifting through characters as if he'd always belonged on the late-night sketch show. Whether it was impersonating Lil Wayne or Alex Rodriguez, or dressing as a cosplaying wizard or rapping a monologue that played off his Jewish roots, Drake showed he had a deft comedic hand Saturday. Not that his acting chops ever were in doubt, as his pre-hip-hop role on the Canadian soap "Degrassi: The Next Generation" made clear.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Lena Dunham's quest for world domination continues on March 8, when she is set to host "Saturday Night Live" for the first time. In addition to writing and starring in "Girls," currently in its third season on HBO, Dunham also has a memoir, "Not That Kind of Girl," coming out in October. She also generated buzz earlier this month with her much-discussed Vogue cover.  Dunham, who won a Golden Globe last year for her performance on "Girls," has been too busy with her own projects to show off her comedy chops elsewhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Hader has become the latest fan favorite to announce his departure from NBC's long-lived "Saturday Night Live. " Hader, best known for his celebrity impressions and the bizarre New York City correspondent Stefon, told the New York Times that this upcoming show, the season finale on May 18, would be his final "SNL" appearance. "It was a hard decision but it has to happen at some point," the 34-year-old Hader told the paper. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.'" PHOTOS: 'Saturday Night Live': 13 memorable stars During his eight seasons on the show, Hader has become one of the most popular performers and even earned an Emmy nomination last year for supporting actor in a comedy series.
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January 6, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Good news for Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson; they won't have to appear in drag anymore on "Saturday Night Live. " Or at least not as often. The show has finally added a black female to the cast. After auditioning actresses in cities across the country, Upright Citizens Brigade actress Sasheer Zamata has been added as a featured player. Zamata's first episode will be Jan. 18, the first new episode of 2014, with Drake as the host. According to Zamata's website, she appears regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York as part of the weekly variety show "School Night.
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December 13, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 15 - 21, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES 30 for 30 The new episode "Youngstown Boys" explores class and power dynamics in college sports. 6 p.m. ESPN and 8 p.m. ESPN2 Atlantis While hunting in the mountains, the boys stumble across an abandoned baby and Jason (Jack Donnelly) refuses to leave the child in this new episode.
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