New this week: 'Nomadland,' 'Kenan' and Andra Day music
This image released by NBC shows, from left, Dani Lane as Aubrey, Kenan Thompson as Kenan, and Dannah Lane as Birdie in a scene from the comedy series, "Kenan," premiering on Feb. 16. (Casey Durkin/NBC via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. The album has 13 tracks including “Tigress & Tweed,” an original Day wrote with veteran singer-producer Raphael Saadiq. Ad— “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson, who two decades ago co-starred in “Kenan and Kel,” is headlining his own sitcom. It details the African American church’s history, from enslavement to emancipation, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement to today.
Jim Carrey, as Biden, mocks Trump loss on 'SNL'
Jim Carrey played President-elect Joe Biden, taking the stage and poking fun at the five-day wait for results. He even offered a throwback to one of his infamous '90s-era lines, calling President Donald Trump a “Looooosseer!” to laughs and applause. Chappelle hosted “SNL” in November 2016 in its first episode after Trump’s election, pointedly critiquing the surprise over the result. “You know, I didn't know Donald Trump was going to win the election,” Chapelle said four years ago. “SNL” has regularly lampooned Trump and his presidency in recent years, enlisting Baldwin to play the commander in chief.
'Saturday Night Live' has best season opener since 2016
“Saturday Night Live” scored its biggest season premiere audience in four years and second best in 12 years, emphasizing the importance of presidential election time for the NBC comedy show. During a busy week for news and sports, “Saturday Night Live” was the most-watched entertainment show, despite starting at 11:35 p.m. on the East Coast, the Nielsen company said. With 8.24 million viewers, it was the second most-watched “SNL” episode since May 2017, with the exception being last December's triumphant return of Eddie Murphy. “We needed ‘Saturday Night Live’ to rise to the occasion for this moment, and it didn't,” agreed Eric Deggans, critic for National Public Radio. “Debate Analysis,” NBC, 6.94 million.
'Saturday Night Live' recreates debate in 46th season opener
(Will Heath/NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES – “Saturday Night Live” went political with a parody of this week’s presidential debate, Chris Rock's jab at President Donald Trump and Megan Thee Stallion's message supporting Black people during her performance. The NBC late-night sketch series on Saturday night jumped into the reenactment of the recent debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The series opened its 46th season, returning to the studio this week after the coronavirus pandemic halted production. Alec Baldwin returned to play Trump before the president’s COVID diagnosis, while Jim Carrey made his feature debut as Biden. “President Trump is in the hospital from COVID, and I just want to say that my heart goes out to COVID,” he joked.
With a satirical fictional memoir, Jim Carrey gets real
This combination photo shows the cover of "Memoirs and Misinformation," left, and a portrait of author-actor Jim Carrey. Theres a lot of real feeling in this book, said Carrey in a Zoom interview from his home in Hawaii. And I think Jim was aware very early on that thats not how it would go down.Carrey isn't sure when he began to feel Jim Carrey cleaving away from himself. As eager as he seems to be to take Jim Carrey and tear him to pieces, he seems at least through a computer window thousands of miles away at ease in his own skin. Whatever it was, it was the perfect cocktail to get us here to this moment," Carrey says of his life.
Jim Carrey and his very unusual memoir
Jim Carrey and his very unusual memoir If you think Jim Carrey is merely a brilliant-but-quirky actor-comedian, just wait until you read his new book titled "Memoirs and Misinformation." Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with Carrey and co-author Dana Vachon about their "semi-autobiographical novel."cbsnews.com
'Sonic the Hedgehog' is up against the stigma of video game flops at the box office
Hollywood has long tried to capitalize on the financial success and cultural relevance of video games by turning them into feature-length films. Unfortunately, there has always seemed to be something lost in translation between the game controller and the theater. These films have tended to make back their production budgets so studios keep making them but fail to become as beloved as the video games they're based on. With a 65% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 98 reviews, "Sonic" is currently the third-highest rated video game adaptation, but as more reviews pour in, it seems the Sega-inspired film suffers from the same pitfalls as its predecessors. His performance was often cited as the perfect counterbalance to a script comprised of "derivative" storytelling and "skimpy" character development.cnbc.com
New 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Trailer Reveals Character Redesign -- Watch!
On Tuesday, the second trailer for the upcomingSonic the Hedgehog movie was released, offering fans a look at the redesign of the beloved character after the film's first trailer was met with a fierce backlash from fans. The new redesign offers Sonic a much more pronounced brow, making his facial expressions a bit more vivid as well. When the first trailer was released in April, fans quickly took to social media to voice their frustrations with the main character's look. Sonic the Hedgehog races into theaters on Feb. 14, 2020. RELATED CONTENT: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Undergoing Redesign After Fan Criticism Embed Code Restart'Sonic the Hedgehog' Trailer Showcases Jim Carrey as the Hilariously Wacky Dr. RobotnikFirst Look at 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Live-Action FilmJim Carrey Isn't Down for an 'Ace Ventura' or 'Mask' Reboot (Exclusive)
Jim Carrey and Ginger Gonzaga Reportedly Split
Jim Carrey and Ginger Gonzaga have called it quits. Carrey and Gonzaga confirmed their relationship when they attended the Showtime Golden Globes party in Los Angeles in January, which marked their red carpet debut as a couple. A day after the soiree, ET caught up with the two at the 2019 Golden Globes, where Carrey gushed about his date. "She's not only beautiful, she's wickedly talented and amazing and smart," he added. RELATED CONTENT:Jim Carrey Can't Stop Gushing Over 'Wickedly Talented' Girlfriend Ginger Gonzaga (Exclusive)Jim Carrey Is Dating Ginger Gonzaga -- See Their Sweet Red Carpet Debut!
Ariana Grande Will Sing on Her Episode of 'Kidding,' Creator Says
Carrey, whom Grande has idolized, also praised the "7 Rings" singer, calling her a "singular artist." Earlier this week, Grande posted an Instagram pic of her embracing Carrey on the set of Kidding. Thankful for the most special experience of my life. Thank you thank you thank you Jim and thank you Dave for having me. RELATED CONTENT:Ariana Grande Embraces Jim Carrey as She Films 'Kidding' Guest Appearance: 'There Aren't Words'Tara Lipinski on Pair Skating With Jim Carrey & Playing a 'Warped' Version of Herself on 'Kidding' (Exclusive)Jim Carrey on How His Big Return to TV in 'Kidding' Is 'Kind of Me'
Ariana Grande Embraces Jim Carrey as She Films 'Kidding' Guest Appearance: 'There
Ariana Grande shared a sweet pic of herself embracing one of her "idols," Jim Carrey, on Wednesday, as she filmed a guest spot on his Showtime comedy, Kidding. Thank you thank you thank you Jim and thank you Dave for having me. Beneath the quote, Grande wrote, "The whole LOML [love of my life] forever," along with a heart emoji. Carrey later took to Twitter to thank Grande and share some insight into his quoted remarks. A brilliant teacher and friend, Jeff Foster was OG on the Deep Rest concept.