Just a note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):
– Chloe Fineman flexed her mimicry skills in ep #47.19 of SNL, claiming to serve as a full-time understudy for the other female cast members! Besides her regular colleagues, the skit also featured cameos by host Benedict Cumberbatch and his MCU co-star Elizabeth Olsen!*
– Natasha Lyonne hosted the season finale (#47.21), but was kinda side-lined so that departing cast members (including Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon) could get their goodbye-bows in… to the extent that she actually spent one sketch playing a lifeless corpse for 5mins! Meh. Still, when they did let her build up some momentum – as in the “’50s Baseball Broadcast” where she played an announcer who’d just been prescribed “a new medicine” that made her hyper-chatty/gossipy – she really knocked it out of the park (pun!). A couple cut-for-time sketches were eventually released, including one about a cigarette-themed talk-show filmed on a park-bench near (but not too near) the hospital where its smoke-spewing hosts (Lyonne and Fineman) worked as nurses!
– Hulu released a teaser trailer for the forthcoming Predator prequel Prey (love that alliteration!), which is set “in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago”, and boasts a “cast comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation’s talent”, including Amber Midthunder… though it seems the dialogue will be in English? Either way, the movie starts streaming on August 5th, so get hyped for that!
– Josie Totah guest-starred in a couple eps of Mr. Mayor (#2.8-10) as ‘Titi B.’, a criminally self-involved and money-hungry mega-influencer, who carelessly crashes her car into the eponymous Mayor of Los Angeles’s (Ted Danson) vehicle, then mobilises her devoted fan-base to bully him into apologising to her. Sadly, just a couple days after her first ep aired, Peacock announced it was cancelling her Saved by the Bell reboot, after two critically-acclaimed, award-winning seasons. Boo! Then, just a couple days after her second ep aired, NBC announced that it was cancelling Mr. Mayor as well… which just seems vindictive, frankly.
– The Letterman YT channel posted a vintage Late Show interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfus (from May 7th 2000), which segues into a surprise musical number! Apparently she was there to promote Geppetto, a live-action TV-movie produced for The Wonderful World of Disney series, in which she played the ‘Blue Fairy’ who brings ‘Pinocchio’ to life!? Ana Gasteyer also had a small role as a school-teacher (‘Signora Giovanni’), so I’m kinda tempted to watch it… someday… but for now, here’s a clip of Louis-Dreyfus duetting with Drew Carey (‘Geppetto’) on a song called “Just Because It’s Magic” (which could really be the theme-song for any Disney movie, or fairy-tale in general)!
– The official Star Wars YT channel posted a heart-warming clip of Kelly Marie Tran and Billie Lourd being interviewed (together) on-stage at the “Star Wars Celebration” convention, in which Tran neatly sums up why ‘Rose’ is one of my fave characters (i.e., she’s a working-class rebel/hero, not another princess or space-wizard).
– Bish released a colourful, mildly-vandalous video for their new track “Lie Lie Lie”, which has become a total ear-worm for me. Meanwhile, Aina the End is apparently going to be starring in a Japanese production of the Broadway musical A Night with Janis Joplin, in the title role! I was already having a hard enough time wrapping my mind around that casting when I discovered that iconic African-American singers such as Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and Etta James would also be appearing in the show played by Asian performers, which… uh… seems kinda iffy, dunnit? Of course, I’d still love to see Aina belting out some classic Joplin tracks, so hopefully it will be popular enough for someone to post a couple clips online…
– Stranger Things cast-members have been doing the rounds recently, to promote the show’s new (fourth) season: Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, Maya Hawke, and Joseph Quinn reacted to “fan theories” for Vanity Fair… Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, and Gaten Matarazzo braved the “Wired Autocomplete Interview”… and then Sink went solo to model “every outfit [she] wears in a week” for Vogue!
– PunkWatch: Ep #3.5 of Derry Girls (“The Reunion”) featured an extended flashback to the “mammies” at their school leavers’ party back in 1977, when the teenage version of Michelle’s mother was a potty-mouthed punker (aka “Wee Deirdre”) played by Jessica Reynolds… who kindly posted this photo (and other behind-the-scenes snaps) on her Insta. Apparently Reynolds had a recurring role in the latest (sixth) season of Outlander, and also starred in the historical horror flick The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020), as a young woman suspected of dabbling with witchcraft and unleashing a plague! Oh-noes! [Disclaimer: I’m aware that a mini-series about the Sex Pistols (directed by Danny Boyle) just started airing, and I know that features plenty old-school punks (including Talulah Riley as fashion-designer Vivienne Westwood, and Maisie Williams as the recently-deceased model/actress “Jordan” (aka Pamela Rooke) (R.I.P.)), but I hate biopics as a rule, and the reviews for this one have been pretty “mixed”, so I doubt it’s going to lure me in…]
– Perennial faves include Meg Tilly‘s Cozy Tea Times (link), Ryan George‘s Pitch Meetings (link), Star Wars Explained (link), Bailey Meyers‘s gaming streams (link), Jon Bailey‘s Honest Trailers (link), and Honest Game Trailers (link)!
* Fun fact: ‘Wanda Maximoff’ (aka “Scarlet Witch”) is traditionally considered to be half-Jewish, so some might argue that Fineman is a better fit for the character/costume than Olsen anyway…