Someone Decided ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Needed To Happen

Fresh from learning that The Hangover 3 is on its way, castmembers are confirming we can also expect Horrible Bosses 2. God only knows why, though, considering Horrible Bosses lived up to its name of being horrible. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Jason Sudeikis from Saturday Night Live, and Jason Bateman from Arrested Development have all been recruited for Horrible Bosses 2 and final details for Jamie Foxx, who played murder consultant Motherfucker Jones, are still being worked out.

The original movie was so forgettable that I didn’t remember which bosses from the original died in the end. THR explains that Colin Farrel’s character died, while Aniston’s and Kevin Spacey’s lived. So, cameos? Please no. Horrible Bosses might have been the most embarassing movie Jennifer Aniston ever made. And she was in Along Came Polly

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Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Lawrence Nod to ‘Silver Linings,’ Globes for ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live returns this week with host Jennifer Lawrence, fresh off her Golden Globe Best Actress win for Silver Linings Playbook, and musical guests The Lumineers, but we’re not going to bother with them right now.

In the rapid-fire promo series for the episode, Lawrence talks to Jason Sudeikis about her films, gives the obligatory Hunger Games shoutout by shooting Bobby Moynihan with a bow and arrow and flirts with the cast member ("but it’s opposite day"). In a nod to Silver Linings, at one point, Sudeikis dons a garbage bag over a hoodie a la Bradley Cooper in the film.

The clips are all cute and all, but one sticks out above the rest—after Sudeikis congratulates Lawrence on her award, he offers her the advice, "Always bet on black." She responds that it’s from a Wesley Snipes movie (it is, Passenger 57, to be exact). Sudeikis doesn’t believe her. Is this an unconscious (or conscious and subtle) echo of Lawrence’s Golden Globes speech, where she referenced The First Wives Club by excitedly announcing, "I beat Meryl," leading a lot of humortless people on the Internet not well-versed in Diane Keaton’s finest works to believe that she was merely gloating. C’mon now. Anyway, watch. 

Linkage: You Will Not See Kim Kardashian Give Birth, Harvey Weinstein Is Not the Antichrist

When the news broke that Kim Kardashian is expecting Kanye West’s baby, I’m sure I’m not the only one who assumed that a birthing special would find its way on E! at some point. That is where we are as a society: it makes perfect sense that we’d have the opportunity to watch a human come out of Kim Kardashian. (Hell, a lot of us have seen a human go into Kim Kardashian.) But, thankfully, the mom-to-be has announced that the birth will be private, and she’s looking forward to not working for a while. Think about that as you click through the internet, desperate to leave your office and not work for a few hours before returning tomorrow morning! [Jezebel]

We also live in a world where Harvey Weinstein can declare that he is not the Antichrist in front of a room full of people and no one bats an eye. [THR]

I’ve shit-talked a lot of famous people on the Internet in my time, but very few of them have contacted me to call me out on it. Note to self: never make fun of Richard Marx on your blog. He has a Google alert and he knows how to use it. [The Morning News]

At a show at Brooklyn’s Bell House, Community creator Dan Harmon recruited Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis to prank call Chevy Chase in character as Joe Biden. It’s about as funny as it sounds. [Vulture]

The Office’s former workers B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, and Zach Woods will all be making appearances in the final episodes of the sitcom, but Steve Carrell won’t be returning to his old workplace. [Paste]

I’m not sure why this is news, or even why I’m repeating it as if it’s interesting, but: the son of the guy who created Barney was charged with murder. Now, I get it if he allegedly stomped someone to death or ate them. You know, like a dinosaur would do. [TMZ]

Vogue’s upcoming issue features a Hurricane Sandy-themed fashion shoot called “Storm Troupers.” Puns! It has made a lot of people angry. [Gawker]

My Headlines? My Headlines Seem So Smart But I’m Also Scared About My Headlines. [The Awl]

Dear Abby will be giving unsolicited advice in Heaven. [E!]

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Personal Faves: Maya Rudolph Hosts ‘SNL’

Instead of ending the year with a slew of Best Of lists, BlackBook asked our contributors to share the most important moments in art, music, film, television, and fashion that took place in 2012. Here, Joe Reid writes about Maya Rudolph’s return to Studio 8H as host of Saturday Night Live.

Since the beginning and the "Not Ready for Primetime Players," Saturday Night Live has always boasted something of a familial atmosphere. Even when—as has been documented often—those families were fucked-up and quarrelsome. The eras of SNL close ranks around themselves in our memory, though, and even when the reality resists it, we write these narratives anyway. This is why I will never not be fascinated by what goes on during the goodbye hugs at the end of each episode. Such a great peek into family dynamics. This sense of family on SNL has been especially strong on the last several years. The overlapping Tina Fey/Seth Meyers eras have been characterized by constant opportunities for crossover—on 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon—and a sense that graduated cast members are welcome back at Studio 8H any time.

And yet even by those standards, Maya Rudolph’s hosting gig last February felt especially familial. In the nearly five years since Rudolph ended her time as a cast member, she’d been back several times, but this was her first gig as host, and the sense of rallying around her for her big moment was palpable. Despite the fact that she was already starring in a sitcom on NBC, there was no reference made to Up All Night (the same would be true of Christina Applegate’s hosting gig in October, helping to cement Up All Night as one of the great "is that still on?" sitcoms of our time). It was the previous summer’s Bridesmaids that provided the boost in stature for Rudolph to host herself. Bridesmaids was a big influencer on SNL last season. Melissa McCarthy had been on to host in October, and the success of the film was probably that last push that Kristen Wiig needed to declare this her last season on the show. Which meant, in addition to Rudolph experiencing an old home week, there was also a sense that she was helping to usher Wiig into that great Beyond-SNL phase of her career, a sense that was only galvanized by Amy Poehler’s extended cameo.

Everybody figured Poehler would be back for a reprise of Bronx Beat, her and Rudolph’s popular recurring sketch. Betty and Jodi fell right back into their world-weary rhythms (it feels like Hoarders was a phenomenon created specifically to be gabbed about on "Bronx Beat"), and it only felt appropriate that their guests would be the sound guys played by Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake (one of the more popular recurring hosts of the Fey/Meyers era, keeping us on trend). 

NEXT: "The 2011-12 season had turned into Senior Week at high school."

Both Poehler and Timberlake would show up again during the show: Timberlake as Bon Iver in an "At Home with Beyonce and Jay-Z" sketch (though he would later TOTALLY puss out by carrying an "I <3 Bon Iver" sign during the goodbyes), and Poehler in her triumphant return to Weekend Update, and specifically to "REALLY??!! With Seth and Amy." That Beyonce and Jay-Z sketch was one of those treasure boxes filled with random fantastic celebrity impersonations, specifically Taran Killam’s Brad Pitt and Nasim Pedrad’s Nicki Minaj (which tragically was never paired with Kristen Wiig’s Bjork before Wiig left the show). But it was the return of "REALLY??!!" that sold the homecoming theme better than anything else. Seth and Amy had such great chemistry together, and his happiness at having her back for a week was practically radiating through the TV.

With Wiig and Samberg on their way out the door (and Jason Sudekis rumored to be as well), the 2011-12 season had turned into Senior Week at high school, with sketches seeming loopier and more likely to devolve into a pile of giggles. Wanton character-breaking like that can often test an audience’s patience with the show (see: the entire Jimmy Fallon-Horatio Sanz era), but for viewers who knew what was up, the season felt like watching fantastically funny old friends have a well-deserved goof-off day. (That day lasted 22 episodes, but whatever.) Thus the appeal of something like "Super Showcase," which consisted entirely of Wiig and Rudolph using weird voices to make them (and Bill Hader) laugh. The fact that Vanessa Bayer—new, still-trying-to-prove-herself Vanessa Bayer—was the only one to hold it together only strengthened the "Senior Skip Day" impression. 

NEXT: "The entire episode was consistently strong, a near-impossible feat for SNL."

The entire episode was consistently strong, a near-impossible feat for SNL. At 90 minutes worth of crammed-together sketches, perfection is an unattainable goal. (It also means that even the worst episodes can be redeemed by one great sketch, so it works both ways.) But Rudolph’s episode was remarkably steady: the cold open about racist "Lin-sanity" is so much more dated than anybody ever thought possible (it’s only been ten months but feels like ten years) but it also nailed that moment in time. The "what would it take for African Americans to not support Obama?" sketch was better than what usually gets tossed out at 12:45 AM. "What’s Up With That?" is never going to be for everybody, but it manages to get me every time, if for no other reason than the gleeful look on Sudekis’s face while he’s doing the running man. But, fine, say that’s the one "bad" sketch of the night. It’s more than redeemed by something like Maya Angelou’s prank show, if only for the part where Angelou assures Dr. Cornel West that her goof on him was not an act of malice but an act of whimsy. 

But really, what are we even talking about? Why did I just spend all that time talking about the rest of the episode when the show attained perfection via 30 short seconds in the second-last sketch? Not even the full "Obama Show" sketch. Just those perfectly calibrated Cosby Show opening credits. My favorite moments from those credits, in order: 1) Maya as Michelle Obama as Clare Huxtable, wagging her index finger at the camera; 2) Maya as Michelle Obama as Clare Huxtable dancing; 3) Jason Sudekis as Joe Biden as Theo Huxtable dancing; 4) Fred Armisen as Barack Obama as Cliff Huxtable doing the thing with the fingers; 5) Fred Armisen as Barack Obama as Cliff Huxtable dancing around Agent Conners. In the months since, I have watched those credits roughly seven thousand times. They don’t lose their luster. I only regret that the tag at the end of the sketch, where Poehler shows up as Hillary Clinton to lip-sych Ray Charles in parody of the greatest moment in Cosby Show history, isn’t available online due to the scourge of our time: music rights. MUSIC RIIIIIIIGHTS!!! [shakes fist]

It was only fitting, really, that this particular episode of Saturday Night Live was highlighted by a parody of one of television’s great families. Here’s hoping there’s one more of these homecoming episodes before Meyers, Hader, and company all move on. When does Kristen Wiig’s next movie open, anyway?

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Sunday Is When The Cast Of ‘SNL’ Has Sex

One day more … Anne Hathaway lead the cast of Saturday Night Live last night in her opening monologue to a Les Miserables inspired cover of One Day More celebrating Sundays, the one day of the week they have off. 

The cast left little to the imagination about what they do on Sundays: sleep ’til noon, make chili, finally have sex. So often musical opening numbers are duds, so it’s a treat to put Anne’s Broadway-worthy singing chops on display in a way that was also funny. Who knew that Jason Sudeikis could actually carry a tune?

Watch Anne’s opening monologue below:

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Jason Sudeikis Returns to ‘SNL’

We’ve been all abuzz about the new cast members on Saturday Night Live that we forgot all about poor Jason Sudeikis, who expressed his interest last month in leaving the show becuase, as we all know, Mitt Romney isn’t funny enough to warrant sticking around. Well, we can all rest easy that we’ve indeed got a suitable Romney impersonator through the end of the election cycle (when he is sure to lose and then go back to wherever the super super super rich go when they’ve admitted defeat) because Sudeikis is back on board.

According to USA Today, Lorne Michaels confirmed that Sudeikis will be back on the air when the show returns this Saturday, going head-to-head against Fred Armisen’s still-awkwardly-blackface Barack Obama. I can only imagine that the only person really upset about the news is Taran Killam, who will probably be dancing on his own to Robyn in an effort to ease the pain of being the second-best choice to play Mitt Romney. 

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Is Mitt Romney Too Boring To Make Funny?

Election season is a gold mine for comedy writers — or it should be, anyway. But funny folks from both Saturday Night Live and The Onion fretted to The Daily Beast that this election cycle might be a wash. Why? Mitt Romney is just too ho-hum to make hahas. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

Will Tracy, editor of The Onion, told the Beast the paper is "fighting against a certain amount of disinterest in him as a human being," adding a joke that Romney had the very same problem himself. However, Tracy was optimistic that "anyone who sleeps upon a massive pile of crisp $100 bills every night, as I’ve been assured he does, is bound to yield a few interesting stories."

Clean-cut bro Jason Sudeikis has been put to good use on SNL as Mitt Romney upon occasion; Seth Meyers has cracked a few "robot" jokes in Weekend Update. Yet Sudeikis told the Los Angeles Times this week that he’s still considering leaving the show. (Rumor had it several months ago that both Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig were leaving, but on SNL‘s season finale, only Wiig’s departure was celebrated.) Staying on SNL just to portray Romney "is not enough," Sudeikis explained. "I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that … haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked there." Can you blame him for insinuating Mitt Romney impersonations would not flex those muscles?

Fred Armisen’s Barack Obama impersonation has never been lauded as particularly spot-on, let alone humorous, in the way Tina Fey as Sarah Palin or Will Ferrell as George W. Bush did. The word that comes to mind for both Obama and Romney is "sober." Perhaps there is some missing X-factor for humor? Hopefully in Romney’s case, it’s the same X-factor that fails to connect with voters.

Watch These Funny People Reenact Every Rom-Com Press Junket Ever

Summer movie season is very much upon us, and with it we shall suffer the slings and arrows of the mediocre rom-com, likely one in which a wound-up Manhattan career gal meets a free-spirited manchild and learns how to loosen up a little/a nebbishy businessman meets a stock Manic Pixie Dream Girl and finally lets someone into his heart. Luckily for us, Upright Citizens’ Brigade’s Nate Smith has recreated every rom-com press junket situation ever so you don’t have to bother with the cinema this summer, with the help of Freddi Scheib and some Photoshopping. The duo’s tackling of clichés, ridiculous premises (Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis in: Dog Pork, in which a dog owner and a potbellied pig owner fall helplessly in love or something) and faux-modesty about these roles are great, but it’s all about Smith’s impersonations. Come for Jason Sudeikis’ weird, guttural noises and his dead-on Seth Rogen; stay for Mark Ruffalo’s brutal honesty. 

Our only question is why does each of these films star Jennifer Aniston? Surely, there are some rom-com roles left for Katherine Heigl. 

Watch Eli Manning’s ‘SNL’ Promo

Don’t you love it when a TV show on one network uses the opportunity to promo a show that’s also on their network? No? Keep clicking, then.

New York Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning hosts Saturday Night Live this week. In his promo clip, released today, he joins Kenan Thompson and Jason Sudeikis for a sendup of NBC’s singing competition, The Voice. Sudeikis wears a nasty beard, Thompson takes a spiral to the shoulder and Manning pretends to sing. Although history has not been kind to athletes hosting SNL—earlier this season, Charles Barkley gave a pretty "meh" performance—it looks like Manning is at least having a good time and willing to go for the goofy, slapstick humor, which indicates there may be some promise.

Athlete hosting gigs on SNL have ranged from the thoroughly forgettable (Michael Phelps) to actually pretty funny: Derek Jeter won points for being able to poke fun at himself while playing Candy Soriano in the sketch known as "Baseball Wives," referring to himself as looking like "The Rock had sex with a Muppet." Manning’s big brother Peyton hosted SNL back in 2007 after the Colts’ Super Bowl win, an appearance which yielded one particularly memorable clip: a spoof of the NFL’s United Way commercials, in which Manning curses at small children and beans them with footballs.

The episode airs this Saturday and Rihanna will be the musical guest. Watch the clip after the jump.

And the appearance from Big Brother Peyton: