Maya Rudolph

Flavorwire Interview: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon on Oscars, ‘Community,’ and ‘The Way, Way Back’

When The Descendants won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay last year, more than a few viewers sat up in their seats and squinted at the screen: was that Dean Pelton from Community? (And was he making fun of Angelina Jolie?) Indeed it was; Community’s Jim Rash and his writing partner Nat Faxon shared that award with director Alexander Payne, the duo old friends and collaborators from their time in Los Angeles’ famed improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings. Subsequently, the long-gestating script for their coming-of-age comedy/drama The Way Way Back was put into production, with the pair sharing directorial duties; that film is out today in limited release, and it’s wonderful. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Kristen Wiig

When Kristen Wiig left SNL last year, Mick Jagger hosted her final episode and gave the Bridesmaids star, writer, and producer an emotional send-off. Wiig was exuberant for her return last night and seemed to be having a blast with former castmates Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, holding back the laughter during several sketches. She was given a warm homecoming with open arms, several friends popped by to lend a funny, and musical guest Vampire Weekend performed “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers.” We wondered if the episode would rely on Wiig’s best-of, and for the most part it did – not unlike Zach Galifianakis’ comfortable (as comfy as things get with him), middle-of-the-road moments last week. The frustration with Wiig’s speedy return to the series is twofold. … Read More

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What Should Maya Rudolph Do Next?

Along with Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling, Maya Rudolph is part of a very welcome trend of female comedians getting lots of well-deserved attention. Still, Rudolph isn’t quite as ubiquitous in pop culture as her peers: although she was hysterical in Bridesmaids, the 2011 hit was very much Wiig’s movie, and her sitcom, NBC’s Up All Night, was on deathwatch well before the recently announced departure of Christina Applegate. With Deadline reporting a long list of networks looking to give Rudolph her own variety show, we thought we’d offer some of our own ideas for what the hilarious SNL alumna should tackle next. … Read More

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TV’s Most Versatile Actresses

As Season 1 of HBO’s Veep nears its all-too-soon finish (don’t worry folks, a second season is on its way), we gotta say it’s been nice to have Julia Louis-Dreyfus back on the small screen — although “back” might not be the proper word choice here. The woman has had no real gap in her resume since she became a cast member on Saturday Night Live at the tender age of 21, making her part of a talented class of television actresses with the incredible ability to reinvent themselves time and time again. In celebration of Sunday’s finale, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from this category. We hope you’ll agree that they deserve a round of applause — and that you’ll add some of your personal favorites in the comments. … Read More

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Video Essay: "Encore — More Famous Faces in their Film Debuts"

We had no idea everyone was so interested in seeing the first film appearances of your favorite stars when we posted our video essay “And Introducing…” a month ago, but the damn thing up and went viral, so as with anything movie-related that does well, there has to be a sequel. After the jump, you’ll find 30-plus more famous faces in their first feature films, all in just about three minutes. Enjoy! … Read More

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10 Great Poems You Can Memorize Today

Shakespeare once wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Centuries later, Dorothy Parker took the bard’s immortal words and applied them to undergarments in Vogue, writing, “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” As these two esteemed poets once pointed out, less can be more, which is why this National Poetry Month we’ve decided to collect some of our favorite short poems. Death, love, tourism — we’ve still got all the hard-hitting themes, and, we hope, a solid repertoire for you to pull from when the need for a poem arises. And if you have your own “short but great” favorite, we hope you’ll add in the comments, because isn’t poetry more fun when you get to share it with others? … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph returned to Saturday Night Live last night for her first time as host and put on a fantastic, cameo-filled episode that (happily) relied heavily on her many talents. In fact, there really weren’t any skits at all that we thought were terrible, which is almost unheard of for SNL. We even didn’t completely hate last night’s iteration of “What’s Up With That?,” which may be a first for us, and a particular stretch considering it included Bill O’Reilly. The only slight downside was that the forceful presence of Rudolph left almost nothing for any of the other women on the show to do — though that’s a price we were willing to pay for such a strong, consistent show. Click through to watch the best and worst skits from last night’s Saturday Night Live, and let us know if you agree or think we’re crazy in the comments. … Read More

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Watch Maya Rudolph’s Delightful ‘SNL’ Promos

It’s rare that we’re excited about both the host and the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, but this week’s double bill of Maya Rudolph and Sleigh Bells (whose fantastic new album is streaming here, by the way) feels like it was hand selected by Mr. Lorne Michaels just for us. Rudolph is as charming as always in these promos, especially in the moments where it feels like she and Andy Samberg are improvising things a bit. And is it just us, or do you suddenly want a T-shirt that says “Meatloaf!” too? It’s probably just us. Anyway, click through to watch the clip, and let us know in the comments if there are any Rudolph classics that you’re hoping to see her resurrect. … Read More

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