– Additional research by Jim Miller (@jimmiller)
It takes a special formula to make an awesome Saturday Night Live host. The person in question must be funny, yes, but also incredibly magnetic and likable. The gig is a lot harder than people think, but some stars make it seem like a walk in the park.
–by Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay)
Superstar Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live last night for the fifth time, thus putting him in the elite “Five-Timers Club”. He also reunited with Lonely Island cohort Andy Samberg, impersonated Elton John, stood next to the Three Amigos, and brought us all down to Veganville.
Oh, and he sang two songs from his new album, too.
Whoa daddy! It’s a happy time for Steve Martin, as the comedy god has recently become a father for the first time…at the age of 67! His wife Anne Stringfield apparently gave birth way back in December, and the pair have managed to keep their bundle a secret til now.
It is without question that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are going to dominate this Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony. We know this like we know the sun will rise tomorrow. Between their hosting gig and Andy Samberg‘s new job hosting the Independent Spirit Awards, we started to wonder which SNL alums have also tried their hands (and succeeded!) at the award show hosting game.
Bono and The Edge may tell the media that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is only “90% done,” but that didn’t stop them from rolling the red carpet out for the powerful pals at Tuesday’s opening night performance. Among the celebs on hand for the musical’s first “official” performance (following months of notorious “previews”) were former President Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Jay-Z, Cindy Crawford, Spike Lee and Helena Christiansen. Even original director Julie Taymor, fired after refusing to make changes to the critically maligned, accident-prone show was on hand despite her lawsuit against the producers. It’s been a long decade to this moment for the musical’s makers—will staying on Broadway be even harder?
See photos of the red carpet and curtain call in the gallery below.
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We never thought we’d say this, but it looks like Beyoncé is taking over for Drew Barrymore as the queen of the indie scene. Last year, Barrymore was the hit of Bonnaroo, swaying in the wind in tribal facepaint at the outdoor music fest in Tennessee. This year, it was Beyoncé who was grooving in the VIP section as she watched acts like hubby Jay-Z, The National, Dead Weather and banjo player extraordinaire Steve Martin.
Check out our gallery of performers, which include an eclectic mix of unkempt indie rock hipsters, famous redhead comedians, and rock legends (Daryl Hall, we’re looking at you!).
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We asked for your opinion in a series of polls during our Oscars Viewing Party last night. You agree with the Academy’s decision to give Best Picture to The Hurt Locker, Best Actor to Jeff Bridges and Best Actress to Sandra Bullock. But then you turned a bit nasty. You think the show itself was only “so-so” and that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were “average” in their hosting duties. You also think Avatar is overrated and that Twilight: New Moon got exactly what it deserved — not a single nomination. Full results below.
Penelope Cruz, the hottest supporting actress? Duh.
There’s a reason Mo’Nique and Maggie Gyllenhaal just about tied in this category. They’re both pretty damn cool.
Most of you thought Crazy Heart songwriter Ryan Bingham‘s ode to his wife was sweet, not cheesy — and we fully agree. What a lovely vision.
We’re not so sure George Clooney deserved hottest leading actor last night. He looked tired, and what a sour puss.
Yeah. None of these actors are cooler than The Dude.
We probably should have had an option between Killing it and Average in this poll, because this funnyman duo was definitely better than Average.
It hasn’t happened in twenty-three years, but the 2010 Oscars will have multiple hosts: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. “We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” said telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman. “Steve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.”
Steve Martin successfully hosted the Oscars in 2001 and 2003 and Alec is up for the challenge of a first time host. “I don’t play the banjo but I’m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Alec said, jokingly referring to. Steve also joked that he is excited to be hosting the show for the third time: “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin,” he said. [Source: AMPAS; Photo: Getty Images]