Last Christmas review Emma Thompson’s romcom is an overstuffed turkey

An attempt to pay tribute to the music of George Michael and the fandom of Love Actually fails on both counts and at many more things along the way Somewhere in the last decade, audiences, and in turn financiers, fell out of love with the London-set romantic comedy, a subgenre that had almost single-handedly been keeping the British film industry alive, or at least somewhat in profit. They were repetitive, predictable and filled with characters who were exclusively, uncomfortably, posh and white yet they were also undeniably effective crowd-pleasers and like many, Ive missed them, as parodical as they can often be. So has Emma Thompson, it seems. Because with all the confidence of a well-spoken Oxbridge alumnus delivering a …

Jane Krakowski: I still have a face bra at home

The star of Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock and new period drama Dickinson discusses a career spent playing narcissists and some very strange souvenirs There were two reasons that Tina Feys favourite sort-of bad guy. Wiz Khalifa has a cameo as Death, is quite, well, Jenna Maroney. Jenna is every excess of a celebrity turned up to 11; when Tina Feys Liz Lemon describes her as a high-strung perfectionist, she zings back: I prefer soul-sucking monster. Cant stop the rock… Krakowski in 30 Rock with Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan. Photograph: PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Krakowski arrived on 30 Rock after the unaired pilot, in which a far less ego-driven Jenna was played by comic actor Rachel Dratch. …

Im Not Choking Her!: How an Andy Kaufman Joke Lives on Today

In the canon of big, important American years, 1979 doesn't get as much attention as say, 1776, or 1812, or 1945. But it had some sleeper hits: Sony dropped the Walkman; Voyager 1 found Jupiters rings; Aaliyah was bornalso, comedian Saturday Night Live, wrestled Lacoste heiress Mimi Lambert for three straight minutes, pinned her, kicked her, and named himself the Intergender Wrestling Champion of the World. The performance, which took place 40 years ago today, was not Kaufmans first fight. For months, the song and dance man had been performing sets (he called them concerts) where he would invite women to wrestle. The idea was to channel old carnival wrestlers who toured town-to-town, offering $500 to any man who could …

Paul Feig: ‘Male humour always devolves into homophobia and name-calling’

The director adores working with women but did the all-female Ghostbusters furore change that? Not a bit, he says Paul Feig has a tendency to make films that are difficult to talk about until you have seen them. The trailers for The Heat and A S Last Christmas Daenerys Targaryen is an excellent comic actor. Isnt it crazy? Feig says. A huge Game of Thrones fan, he summoned her for a meeting. I was expecting her to be very Daenerys, you know, proper: How do you do? She comes in, and shes just funny, goofy and effervescent. I equate her in this movie to when Meg Ryan was in When Harry Met Sally. The whole country just goes: were in …

45 Jokes That People With Different Jobs Dont Want To Hear Anymore

There’s no perfect job. Every single occupation, no matter how fascinating, glamorous or well-paying, has certain downsides. But sometimes, that downside is rather unexpected — humor! Whatever job you might have, you’re bound to have heard at least one incredibly bad dad joke related to your occupation. Maybe the first time you heard one of these jokes, you actually rolled on the floor laughing. The second time, you laughed out loud but no more than that. The third time, you chuckled. The fourth time, you smiled. But after hearing the same joke for the fifth time, all the joy and wonder was most likely gone from you by that point. And the same jokes just keep on coming. So here …

Rip Torn, cult actor and Artie in the Larry Sanders Show dies aged 88

Star of a string of 60s classics fell foul of Hollywood because of his temper but found a fresh lease of life in comedy, from TVs Larry Sanders Show to the Men in Black films Rip Torn, Americas celebrated wildman actor, has died aged 88. Torn, who had been a constant presence on stage and screen since the mid-1950s, was arguably better known for his eccentric, and occasionally violent, antics when the cameras werent rolling and on one notorious occasion, when they were. His publicist, Rick Miramontez, confirmed Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, actor Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. No cause of death was given. During the filming …

Mindy Kaling Addresses Backlash to Aziz Ansari Instagram

quickly took on a life of its own. As a survivor, this is disheartening, one commenter wrote in response. I believed you to be a champion of women. I am sorry to hear that. I am a champion of women, Kaling replied. I am also a champion of my friend and do not believe they are mutually exclusive. When another follower suggested she should keep her support of Ansari private, Kaling said she believed it would be more cowardly to be his friend and not come to his defense when people disparage him in public. Now, in anonymously accused him of mistreating her. When I bring up the Instagram post, Kaling begins by offering a correction. Whereas I suggest she …

Netflix’s Anything-Goes Philosophy Gets to Parody Rap

After surprising Super Bowl 2018 viewers with an ad announcing that sci-fi movie The Cloverfield Paradox would be arriving imminently, Netflix chose not to make a habit of similar ambushes. Instead, it left that practice to the musicians. Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Eminem, Death Grips, Drake, and Beyoncé again (this time as half of The Carters) have all leveraged the factory-free nature of the streaming industry in recent years to unleash albums with little to no advance warning. Well, Netflix seems to be warming up again. In April, its partnership with horror studio Blumhouse Productions spawned two separate cinematic jump-scares, Mercy Black and Thriller. Earlier this month, Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth snuck onto the platform with nary a US …

Saturday Night Live: the 10 best sketches from the 44th season

From an unlikely bodega musical to the return of Opera Man, a patchy season still brought with it some hilarious moments Saturday Night Live finished its 44th season this past weekend which means its time to look back at the periods best moments. If theres anything to be gleaned from this highly subjective list, its that the show is at its best when avoiding political and pop culture headlines (which, to be fair, no one seems up to the task of adequately satirizing any more), and instead focusing on weirdness and idiosyncrasy. So here are 10 of the best sketches from this past season: 10. Colin Jost and Michael Che swap jokes Much of the critical ire aimed at the …