There have been some good “Saturday Night Live” hosts (Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm) and some bad (January Jones). There have been far too many mediocre hosts to count. But count Melissa McCarthy among the rare celebrity hosts (like Justin Timberlake) that can actually hold her own among, and at times outshine, the show’s cast. As the host of SNL’s second show of the season, McCarthy nailed each and every sketch, from her opening monologue (above) which saw her “dancing” alongside “Bridesmaids” co-stars Kristin Wiig, to a skit in which she played a desperate-to-please taste tester at a focus group. Check out some of our favorite moments in the video clips above and then cross your fingers that she ends up hosting again, sooner rather than later!
Alfred David, better known by the people of Brussels as “Monsieur Pingouin,” claims to share a special telepathic connection with the birds. Penguin Man waddles like a penguin (because of an old hip injury), talks like a penguin, dresses like a penguin, eats like a penguin, and actually believes he is, in fact, a penguin. Okay, I know he’s a little bit old for me, and our house would smell like fish, and be packed with the penguin memorabilia he’s been collecting for the last 40 years, but these are things we can work around. Also, as Jessica reminded me, penguins make great fathers. Did you see “March of the Penguins”? [Oddity Central]
Oh hai. Have you cried yet today? That’s all going to change when you watch this video of a 29-year-old deaf woman hearing for the first time thanks to a hearing implant. Grab a tissue … no, grab two. [YouTube]
Courtney Stodden is more than a teen bride with a super sexy sensual vocabulary and an upcoming reality show; she’s also a singer. Take a listen to her super patriotic — and cheesy club-worthy — song “We Are America.” Rather, “taste it,” as Courtney put it in a tweet late Friday. Okay! [Popdust]
The last time Claire Danes was on television, she inspired a generation of girls to dye their hair red, listen to Frozen Embryos, and externalize their deep thoughts peppered with lots of ‘likes.’ Sixteen years and one scandalous Hollywood romance later, Claire is back on the small screen in a television show I can’t wait for—”Homeland.” Maybe this time around, she’ll inspire women to become CIA agents hiding psychological issues from her superiors?
In “Homeland,” Claire plays CIA agent Carrie Matheson, who works in counter-terrorism and is known for risky tactics. When an Iraqi source tells her that an American prisoner of war had been turned to Al Qaeda, she sets her sights on stopping his re-entry into American society. Shortly after, Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody—who has been missing in action for eight years—is found in Afghanistan. And so she is sure he is planning a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, Sergeant Brody is traumatized from spending years as a prisoner of war, and is having a hard time readjust to his life with his family, who had presumed he was dead. What sounds so fascinating about this show is that it’s impossible to tell who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Is Carrie Matheson right, or delusional? And is Nicholas Brody a terrorist, or a POW being harrassed by a CIA agent?
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You certainly don’t hire writer/director/auteur Harmony Korine to do “normal” stuff. In fact, Korine probably hasn’t been acquainted with “normal” for quite some time. So it’s no surprise that his new short film “Snowballs,” made for Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2012 collection, is pretty batcrackers. While there’s nothing overtly NSFW about it, it is a touch creepy and pervy, with two models playing mute, costumed “trouble twins” who encounter a rather disturbing old man character with “magic” fingers. It’ll probably make you feel icky inside.