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Justin Timberlake to host 'Saturday Night Live' again!

Justin Timberlake with his 2009 primetime Emmy for hosting "Saturday Night Live" Justin Timberlake will be back hosting "Saturday Night Live" in all his "... In a Box," "Give It on Up" and "Mother Lover" glory, an NBC Twitter slip-up has revealed.

The singer-turned-actor, who earned two Emmys thanks to his previous stints on the sketch comedy, will be hosting for the fourth time on the May 21 season finale. He'll be live from New York a few weeks after Tina Fey is slated to host on May 7 (more Sarah Palin, please!). The news came via a wayward response on NBC's official Twitter feed.

"I didn't realize that @nbcSNL isn't back until May 7th!!! What am I going to do!? Is Tina Fey the season finale!?" a fan wrote.

"Nope! We have Timberlake after that!" was the response, which has since been removed from the micro-blogging site.

His musical guest will be Lady Gaga, who has been just about everywhere promoting her "Born This Way" album. Gaga last performed on the "SNL" stage in 2009.

If Timberlake is indeed the host, we hope Gaga jumps into some of his sketches.

Which sketches are you hoping the "SNL" writers will bring back for JT or do you prefer his digital shorts with Andy Samberg? We want to know in comments.

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Photo: Justin Timberlake with his guest actor in a comedy series Emmy for "SNL" in 2009. Credit:  Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times


'The Book of Mormon' premiere: 'South Park,' 'Avenue Q' masterminds collide

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The divine forces of comedy united at the premiere of the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" in New York on Thursday.

"South Park" masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez -- one of the men behind "Avenue Q" -- to create the show, which opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

Broadway actor Andrew Rannells ("Jersey Boys," "Hairspray") plays Elder Price in "The Book of Mormon" and Josh Gad ("Love & Other Drugs," "21") plays Elder Cunningham, two young men charged with rescuing the Mormon mission in Uganda. Click on the pics for more photos.

Mormon_gallery Michael Potts and Nikki M. James play a Ugandan father-daughter pair in the Casey Nicholaw-directed show.

On hand for the opening night festivities were Edie Falco, David Hyde Pierce and Jennifer Jason Leigh who have each appeared in Broadway shows themselves.

Academy Award winners Ron Howard and "The Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin also showed their support for the zany musical comedy.

"Saturday Night Live" funny people Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig showed their support. Wiig (a costar of "Paul," currently in movie theaters) will soon star in a comedy film she co-wrote, "Bridesmaids," which is being produced by Judd Apatow.

Paul Rudd, who will appear in an Apatow spin-off of "Knocked Up," attended along with "Outsourced" actor Ben Rappaport.

Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis, who all attended the "Mormon" premiere, will join "The Sopranos'" James Gandolfini in reprising their roles in a Los Angeles production of "God of Carnage" this April.

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Top photo: Writer/lyricist Robert Lopez, left, writer Trey Parker, writer Matt Stone and director  Casey Nicholaw attend the opening night of "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York on March 24, 2011. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Left photo: Actor Paul Rudd attends the opening night of "The Book of Mormon." Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images


'Paul' movie premiere: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get out of this world

Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig premiere 'Paul'

Alien-friendly actors Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost abducted the red carpet for the Monday premiere of "Paul," their genre-mixing, extraterrestrial-and-a-road-trip movie.

Written by and starring "Hot Fuzz" masterminds Frost and Pegg, the film follows two British friends who visit Comic-Con International before roadtripping to visit famous UFO hot spots around the U.S. But on their journey, they encounter a real-life, wise-cracking alien, voiced by Rogen.

"We came up with the idea for 'Paul' on the set of 'Shaun of the Dead.' It was a way of making a movie somewhere the weather wasn't British," Pegg said in a live chat with Hero Complex on Tuesday. "It was kind of a joke but it struck a chord. We thought we might have something here."

Bill Hader, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the Paul premiere "Paul" pokes fun at the alien/sci-fi genre in the same vein that "Hot Fuzz" spoofed cop movies and "Shaun of the Dead" knocked zombie flicks.

The buddy comedy also stars Jason Bateman as Agent Zoil, who tries to capture Paul, and Kristin Wiig, who plays Ruth, a conservative Christian enlisted to help protect the animated alien. At the premiere, Wiig stepped out in a gorgeous black ruffled number.

"Glee's" Jane Lynch and "Saturday Night Live's" Bill Hader joined Rogen and Bateman on the red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The two make appearances in the film as a diner owner and federal agent, respectively. Joe Lo Truglio, who reteamed with his "Superbad" director Greg Mottola in "Paul," and plays federal agent O'Reilly.

Liev Schreiber, who also previously worked with Mottola, in 1996's "The Daytrippers," joined Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Tambor, Blythe Danner, David Koechner and the rest of the comic-studded cast at the premiere. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

"Paul" invades theaters March 18.

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Top photo: Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig, cast members in "Paul," pose together at the Hollywood premiere of the film on March 14, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Left photo: Bill Hader, left, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the "Paul" premiere. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

 


Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin -- but can she compete with Tina Fey?

Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin in HBO film

"The Kids Are All Right" star Julianne Moore is set to play Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film "Game Change" -- so step aside, Tina Fey and Kathy Griffin.

The adaptation of the bestselling John Heilemann and Mark Halperin book chronicles Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid with the polarizing then-governor of Alaska as his running mate on the Republican ticket, leading up to their loss in the general election.

Moore will make for an interesting Palin, who, of course, took the world by storm with her winks, Naughty Monkey heels and "you betcha" attitude. But can her Sarah compete with the gal from Fey's spot-on "Saturday Night Live" spoofs? (To relive the Fey-day of Palin, watch the video below.)

It's an interesting twist, casting an Oscar-nominated actress to play a politico who until recently was making a name for herself as a reality TV star. It's almost flattering that news that she'll be played by the classy redhead (Moore) broke soon after another ginger (Griffin) took jabs at Palin's limelight-lurching family.

Never one to hold her tongue, Griffin recently took a swipe at Bristol Palin's weight -- earning her a thwack from Mama Grizzly -- and is, ironically, set to play a Sarah Palin-like conservative in an upcoming episode of "Glee." Post-thwack, Griffin held firm, saying no, she wouldn't leave Willow Palin alone either.

Whodathunkit?

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Miley Cyrus -- as Justin Bieber -- says salvia is LEGAL on SNL's 'The Miley Cyrus Show'

Miley Cyrus let herself be spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend on the recurring "The Miley Cyrus Show" sketch -- but she posed as Justin Bieber while doing it.

Cyrus, who hosted the variety show Saturday by singing her monologue and pretending to be Lindsay Lohan, let the writers poke fun at her in stride as they took on her semi-nude Annie Leibovitz photos, Disney grooming roots and that bong-smoking scandal.

"She was up for anything," cast member Kristen Wiig told MTV News. "That's always, to me, what makes a host fun to have around. They'll make fun of themselves or how the media perceives them. She was up for anything, which was so great."

But Lohan didn't seem to think so. The embattled actress even wrote a letter to "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels because she was upset the show allowed Cyrus to tease her. (What a poor sport. Can't one child star make fun of another?)

The highlight, however, was Cyrus dressed up as an eye-shadow-wearing Bieber on "The Miley Cyrus Show" segment opposite Vanessa Bayer.

"It's a Mexican standoff if the Mexicans were tiny, talented geniuses," Jason Sudeikis said in character as always-doting daddy Billy Ray Cyrus.

Bayer, an "SNL" newbie, all-too-convincingly mimicked Cyrus' toothy smile and loud, nasal voice to blood-curdling annoyance levels. And Cyrus effectively parodied Bieber's hair flips, crotch grabs and ultra-laid-back interview style.

Here's some of what they did (CAPS added for blood-curdling emphasis):

Fake Miley: WAIT A MINUTE, JUSTIN BIEBER, DID YOU CUT YOUR HAIR?

Real Miley as the Biebs: Yeah, you know, it's an image change. I also do the middle finger now.

Fake Miley: SO YOU'RE GROWING UP. LIKE ME ... DOING SALVIA! DID YOU KNOW I SMOKED SALVIA?

Real Miley as the Biebs: You know, there's no reason why you wouldn't. Because it's TOTALLY LEGAL, YO!

Point made, Miley. Point made.

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Mike Myers is married to Kelly Tisdale -- for a while now!

 

Mike Myers and Ashley Tisdale are married. The joke's on us: "SNL" alum Mike Myers is married to girlfriend Kelly Tisdale -- and apparently has been for about five months now.

The "Austin Powers" and "Wayne's World" star's rep confirmed the "I do's" to Page Six on Friday, describing the ceremony as "beautiful."

Tisdale co-founded the New York vegan cafe Teany in 2002, with ex-beau Moby.

It's a second marriage for Myers, 47, who married Robin Ruzan in 1993. They filed for divorce in late 2005, and Myers and Tisdale have been cohabitating since 2006.

Other than voicing "Shrek" projects, Myers has been fairly quiet professionally in recent years, appearing in "Inglourious Basterds" and swinging by "Saturday Night Live" in February for a "Wayne's World" reprise with host Dana Carvey -- check Wayne and Garth's Oscar picks, above.

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Photo: Mike Myers at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills in May. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 


Miley Cyrus to take a deep breath and host 'SNL'

Miley Cyrus at the Never Say Never premiere Miley Cyrus has signed up to host "Saturday Night Live," and the Ministry wants to know: Will the "SNL" writers be free to write bong jokes? Or is that, like, pretty uncool?

People didn't mention whether the March 5 monologue would mention salvia but did confirm that there will be a separate musical guest who is not Miley Cyrus — possibly freeing her up to also make an appearance on "SNL's" "The Miley Cyrus Show," a sketch that mocks, well, Miley Cyrus.

The whole salvia-bong thing back in December, though legal and not radically unusual, was a mistake, she told Marie Claire recently. "I'm disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans," Cyrus said, noting that in contrast to many others her age who might consider salvia smoking no big deal, she's a role model. 

"So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for."

What she stands for, the Ministry has divined, includes no vampires, no Twitter, no more "Hannah Montana," no problem dating a costar, no hassle from your parents (at least most of the time), no underpants, no more good girl and no bra when meeting the queen — though, oddly, yes to cadmium and yes to international beer — all positions clearly at odds with bong smoking.

Miley fans who can't yet stay up late enough to watch "SNL" can see their idol sing with Justin Bieber at Madison Square Garden in "Never Say Never," the just-opened 3-D movie of his life.

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Photo: Miley Cyrus with fans at the premiere of "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" in L.A. on Tuesday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.


Jennifer Aniston: The scent of jasmine, and a gift for Oprah, but alas, no 'SNL'

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It was raining Jennifer Aniston tidbits Thursday as the actress made her way talking up her Adam Sandler movie "Just Go With It" and other projects -- "other" including the self-titled fragrance that just rolled out stateside with Sephora.

"I wanted this fragrance to be a personal library of scent memories. For example, my love of night blooming jasmine has lasted a lifetime," the actress said in a release. "Growing up in California, I distinctly remember the scent of the jasmine on summer evenings."

She also stopped by Oprah Winfrey's couch, along with costar Sandler, and brought the mogul and longtime Aniston pal a gift: a yoga mat with a photo of Winfrey's dogs on it.

"This is my family," Oprah said, beaming and holding up the mat so the audience could see.

Speaking of family, Aniston almost had an entirely different one in the work department. She and Sandler discussed the Lorne Michaels job offer -- to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in the '90s -- that Aniston rejected.

Turns out she had a little show called "Friends" in the works, and decided to stick with that.

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Photo: Jennifer Aniston presents the favorite comedy movie award to Adam Sandler onstage during the 2011 People's Choice Awards in L.A. on Jan. 5, 2011. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg friend each other on 'Saturday Night Live'

The peacock network worked "The Social Network" on Saturday night, as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg joined actor Jesse Eisenberg at the end of the monologue on "Saturday Night Live."

Jesse Eisenberg hosts SNL Eisenberg, of course, portrayed "a fictional character in a movie script," who happened to be named Mark Zuckerberg, in the Oscar-nominated film about the founding of Facebook. On "SNL" on Saturday night, Andy Samberg portrayed a guy in a hoodie who says, "I'm Mark Zuckerberg." And Mark Zuckerberg portrayed, well, Mark Zuckerberg, a guy who thinks "The Social Network" is "interesting."

Eisenberg and Zuckerberg famously had not met before Saturday night, though the latter did rent out a Mountain View theater the day "The Social Network" opened so 1,200 or so Facebook employees could check out the flick. 

When you watched "The Social Network," were you channeling your inner Mark Zuckerberg? The Ministry certainly was, 'cause we love the bad boys and the strategy -- although we had a few heart-pounding moments for Andrew Garfield's Eduardo Saverin as well. But that was probably a gratuitous beefcake and cheesecake thing, to be honest.

Still! We now know that Eisenberg is actually one cocky dude and that there's no telling what a person will do to impress the opposite sex -- or not. See the video below to get Zuckerberg's take on that girl who doesn't exist, on building things for the sake of building things and on the precision performance of shirts and fleeces.

Seriously, the dude invented poking.

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Photo: Jesse Eisenberg in Rome to promote "The Social Network" on Nov. 1, 2010. Credit: Danilo Schiavella / EPA

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'The Kardashians' deliver holiday wishes on 'SNL'

 

The Kardashian Christmas card seems to have inspired the "Saturday Night Live" gang this past weekend. 

Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian were spoofed with delicious precision, with a video message for happy holidays to everyone, or more specifically -- Merry Christmas to their friends, Happy Hanukkah to their agents and managers, and to their boyfriends, "Have a great Kwanzaa!" 

See shout-outs to a certain sex tape, Reggie Bush and much more in the clip above.

Oh yes, "SNL" also had Cookie Monster's hard-won appearance and "Miley Cyrus" addressing that bong incident -- but the Kardashians spoof may have lovingly trumped them both.

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