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Alec Baldwin Returns to SNL as Donald Trump

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Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as Donald Trump during the season premiere’s cold opening, taking aim at his handling of Puerto Rico and use of Twitter. For several decades, the ability to impersonate at least one political figure seems to have been one of the requirements of the cast of SNL. From Dan Akroyd’s Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter to Dana Carvey’s Ross Perot to Will Ferrell’s George Bush to Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin, the comedy show has offered hilarious insights to politics as a matter of tradition. And whether a political figure is popular or not, Republican, Democrat, or other, no one is safe from the show’s biting wit.

When it came to the 2016 Presidential election, the show’s cold opening became dedicated to the debates between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. While SNL regular Kate McKinnon took on Clinton, it was a guest star who nailed the Trump impersonation – Alec Baldwin. And once the election was over, Baldwin returned over and over again to play Trump. The actor’s imitation may have been insulted by Trump himself, but fans of the show tuned in each week to see the comedic take on the country’s current political situations.

While Baldwin eventually took a break from showing up on the show every week, he returned for the 43rd season premiere last night. And while he and the writers had an entire summer worth of politics to use for material, the show stayed with the events of the past week – North Korea, the football player’s “take a knee” protest, and the current state of Puerto Rico. Saturday Night Live shared the video of the show’s cold opening under the title ‘The Chaos President’ which you can watch above.

Aside from Baldwin, the sketch also features a host of other imitations, including Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions (aside from Sessions and Clinton she has also played Kellyanne Conway alongside Baldwin’s Trump), Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Melissa Villaseñor as Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and Alex Moffat as Senator Chuck Schumer.

The cold opening started with Trump talking on the phone to Mayor Cruz about Puerto Rico’s current disaster in the face of Hurricane Maria, with Baldwin repeating the President’s comments and tweets which showed he was unclear that Puerto Rico is an American territory and was delaying or even preventing assistance. This was followed with him and Bryant’s Sanders discussing all the people who have quit or been fired from working for Trump since he took office, as well as his master plan to create chaos and cofuse the American people. From there, McKinnon’s Sessions tried to win favor with the President, willing to take punishments such as firing or being spanked but deathly afraid of being tweeted about. But Trump forgot all about Sessions when fellow New Yorker – Moffat’s Schumer – showed up to take him out for a slice of pizza.

While the President’s supporters might feel like Baldwin’s imitation is unfair and unfunny, fans of the show can’t get enough of these skits. They are so popular that other non-hosting guest stars have been invited in to cover the sheer number of imitations, such as John Goodman as Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer. With political imitations having such a history over the years on SNL, it certainly seems likely that these political cold openings will continue. Which the show’s fans – and Trump’s detractors – probably consider good news indeed.

Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30 PM on Saturdays on NBC.

Source: Saturday Night Live

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NFL’s Malcolm Jenkins: Kaepernick Invited to Owners’ Meeting, Didn’t Show (UPDATE)

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NFL’s Malcolm Jenkins: Kaepernick Invited to Owners’ Meeting, Didn’t Show (UPDATE)

 

 

1:08 PM PT — Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, says his client was NOT officially invited to the meeting by team or league officials, but is “open to future participation on these important discussions.”

Colin Kaepernick was invited to NFL headquarters to talk about social issues with team owners … but decided not to show up to the meeting, Malcolm Jenkins told the media on Tuesday.

Several players sat down with owners in Manhattan today to discuss ways to promote positive change … and both sides agreed it was a step in the right direction, but there’s more work to do.

“Those conversations will continue. That dialogue will continue,” Jenkins said.

“As players, we’ll continue to do the work in our communities. We feel like that’s the most American thing to do is to use your platform to influence with the stage that we have.”

As for the national anthem demonstrations … Jenkins says it wasn’t the focus of the meeting.

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

 

 

Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.

We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.

We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.

Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory … partly because the handwriting was on the wall.  The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.

Harvey, we’re told, was “peaceful” during the meeting and Bob was subdued.

We’re told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court.

Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company — money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.

As one source put it, “Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

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Andrew Kevin Walker to Script Lone Wolf and Cub Movie

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Se7en’s Andrew Kevin Walker to script Lone Wolf and Cub movie

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Paramount Pictures has landed long-in-development and long-running Japanese manga Lone Wolf and Cub, with the studio having now enlisted Se7en scribe Andrew Kevin Walker to pen the script.

Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Star Trek Beyond) has been attached to the project since 2012 and is set to produce the film while also eyeing to direct the adaptation.

Described as an epic samurai adventure, Lone Wolf and Cub was first published in 1970 from writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. The series ran for six years with 28 volumes of content and over 7,000 pages. The series follows Itto Ogami, the Shogun’s executioneer, who finds himself on an unending quest for revenge after his family is murdered, leaving only his infant son alive. The series follows their adventures as a father and son team and as the young Daigoro grows up they became a pair of assassins.

Lone Wolf and Cub was previously adapted into six feature films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Itto Ogami in the early to mid 1970s. Various other TV adaptations of the series have been created over the years as well, including a series running from 1973 to 1976 and one from 2002 to 2004.

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