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Truthfully, I don’t even care what Sisters is all about. The fact that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star in the film along with fellow Saturday Night Live alums Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph and Kate McKinnon is enough to motivate me to buy a ticket. It’s a good thing plot isn’t important to me because the first teaser trailer doesn’t divulge much.

Fey and Poehler play estranged sisters who find out their parents are about to sell their childhood home. They decide to relive their hey day one more time by throwing one last party at their house. The film previously titled The Next hits theaters this Christmas. Check out the first teaser for Sisters below.

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Walt Disney & Marvel Debut Big Hero 6 Trailer

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Is it me or does it seem like Marvel is everywhere these days? They join forces with Walt Disney for the first time for a big budget animated film. Watch out Pixar, someone’s encroaching on your territory ;)

The film will be the 54th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Big Hero 6 is a team of fictional comic book superheroes appearing in Marvel Comics. The animated adaptation will hit theaters on November 7.

Set in a fictional metropolis called San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of San Francisco and Tokyo), a young prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his self-created robot Baymax uncover a criminal plot and must join a team of inexperienced crime fighters, including Wasabi-No-Ginger, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, and Fred.

They’re like The Avengers but not. TJ Miller, Jamie Chung and Maya Rudolph provide the voices with Don Hall and Chris Williams on directing duties. Check out the trailer below.

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Maya Rudolph Scores Solid Ratings For Variety Show

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NBC finally gave arguably one of its most underutilized stars a platform to shine. In the grand tradition of The Carol Burnett Show and The Muppets, Maya Rudolph tried to revive the variety show last night. It appears her experiment worked. The Maya Rudolph Show delivered an impressive 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. No doubt those numbers were aided by its cushy Voice lead-in. What’s a little unsettling is that the show lost about 21 percent in the second half hour.

Did you check it out? I did and I definitely enjoyed the first half hour. I can see why so many tuned out midway through. While I love a good song and dance number, there was far too much of it. More skits and other segments are needed. Network execs and Rudolph definitely need to address the situation if they plan on making her variety show a weekly or monthly special.

With that being said, there were two numbers that were fantastic. The opening act was definitely Tony and Oscar worthy while the Kristen Bell-assisted faux Frozen 2 pitch was killer as well. Another highlight was the “Meet The Garmyns” sketch where Maya along with Fred Armisen played GPS navigation systems voice providers. The Annapolis bit had me howling. Check out some of the highlights below.

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SNL Parodies Solange Beatdown & Michael Sam Kiss

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Saturday Night Live can sometimes be at the mercy of a slow news week. The comedy gods were extremely generous to SNL this week with plenty of hilarious topics for the show to work with.

For its season finale hosted by Andy Samberg, the late-night show tackled two of the previous week’s juiciest stories- Solange’s elevator attack on Jay-Z and Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after learning he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

Check out both sketches below which features plenty of returning SNL alums including Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and more. The voiceovers by Solange and Jay-Z during the elevator footage is everything. Apparently a pesky spider was all to blame.

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Maya Rudolph Returns To NBC With New Variety Show

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It appears that Maya Rudolph is taking inspiration from her former stomping grounds. The 41-year-old is teaming up with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels for a new variety show. The Maya Rudolph Show will air on NBC on May 19 at 10 pm. Should the one hour special go well, it may come back as a potential series for the peacock network.

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This coming January 2013 is Vanity Fair‘s first ever comedy issue and it’s guest edited by Judd Apatow. For the issue, Apatow brought together his most talented friends and idols to contribute, write, and pose for a 19-page Mark Seliger portfolio. There are three different covers to this issue, with four different comedians looking fabulously funny on each. I’ve included all three of them below and you can vote for which one you like best.

This is only the third time since Graydon Carter became the editor of the magazine 20 years ago that someone has been a guest editor. The last guest editor was Bono when he guest-edited the Africa issue in July of 2007. Before that, Tom Ford guest-edited a Hollywood Portfolio in March of 2006. With the comedy genre booming these days, Carter felt like it was the perfect time for such an issue and that Judd Apatow was the perfect choice for the job.

In the first cover shown above, Jim Carrey is dressed up as Evel Knievel, Maya Rudolph is doing an ancient Egyptian like Steve Martin in his King Tut days, Will Ferrell is done up like a corny cowboy, and Amy Poehler as a 60s go-go girl. Check out the other two covers below, featuring comedians like Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and more.

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Sesame Street Enlists Zac Efron To Teach Patience

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“Sunny Day. Sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”

Perhaps, you might want to ask Zac Efron and a slew of other celebrities for directions on how to get there. “Sesame Street” just announced the names of celebrities appearing on the upcoming 43rd season of the long-running children’s educational show. The 24-year-old actor is set to make an appearance on the show’s “Word on the Street” segment. Efron’s word is “patience“, described on their site as, “When you (can) wait for something in a calm way.” Interesting. I wonder why they gave him that word. Perhaps Zac exhibits patience when coiffing that perfect hairdo. Not a single hair out of place.

Other celebrities helping kids expanding their vocabulary this season on “Sesame Street” include Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Kristen Bell, Joseph Gordon-Lefitt, Halle Berry, Eric Stonestreet, Wendy Williams, David Beckham, Maya Rudolph and many, many more. A couple of my favorite celeb-word pairings are Jay Mohr with “tool” and Samantha Harris with “reporter“. LOL. Don’t know why the latter makes me laugh, but it does. Check out all the stars and their associated words below.

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The hilarious ‘Bridesmaids’ star and SNL alum, Maya Rudolph stopped by The Ellen Show and played a little game with Ellen Degeneres. If you’ve ever seen Maya on SNL, you’ll know that she’s amazing at her impressions. Some of the people she’s done include Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace, Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez, and SO many more.

For the game, Ellen would hold up a picture of a celebrity, and Maya would have to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle” as the celebrity in an effort to get Ellen to guess who she was impersonating. Amazing.

Maya took on Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Gwen Stefani. They were all pretty amazing, but her Gwen Stefani is for the win. Check out the clip below.

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