Saturday Night Live

Oct. 13, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

‘SNL': Bill Hader spoofs ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent,’ ‘Maze Runner’

A screenshot of Bill Hader in a "Saturday Night Live's" fake trailer for "The Group Hopper." (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” put its own spin on the dystopian young-adult mega-franchise in a fake movie trailer poking fun at the likes of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” The trailer for “The Group Hopper” begins with Pete Davidson’s protagonist Thehero (spoiler — he’s The Hero) entering a walled-off community via underground elevator. “What is this place?” he says. “It looks post-apocalyptic or something.” “The meadowfields,” responds Beck Bennett’s character. “This is where the samies stay until the groupers pass them along to the sorters for sorting.” What follows is an elaborate parody of the box-office dominating, though oft-maligned, young adult franchise, with even more made-up lore, including death-fires, lurkies and zoomerangs. The trailer also features the talents of “SNL” alumnus Bill Hader as a horned sendup of Elizabeth Banks’ ostentatious “Hunger Games” character Effie Trinket. “You are all the same,” says Hader, […]
Sept. 29, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.

‘SNL’ spoofs Marvel success with ‘Guardians’ star Chris Pratt

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Is Marvel so successful that it can do no wrong in the eyes of moviegoers? Maybe, according to “Saturday Night Live.” In the show’s premiere this weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt joined the “SNL” cast in a satirical trailer poking fun at Marvel’s ever-expanding roster of superhero films and their apparent box-office invincibility. The faux trailer begins with images from “Guardians,” which has earned some $644 million at the worldwide box office, and a voice-over explaining that, after the success of a film based on “a super-obscure comic book” and the hype surrounding the studio’s eagerly anticipated “Ant-Man” (“It’s about a guy who talks to ants. What? Yeah!”), Marvel doesn’t need comic books anymore. “We made a superhero team by pointing at a bunch of random words in the dictionary,” the trailer deadpans, introducing “Creatures of the […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 9:23 a.m.

‘DJesus Uncrossed': Most blasphemous skit in ‘SNL’ history?

“DJesus Uncrossed” may have crossed the line, with some calling it the single most offensive skit in “Saturday Night Live” history. The skit spoofs Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” with a mock trailer for the ultimate historical revenge fantasy starring “Jesus H. Christ” himself. If that’s not enough, the skit arrives during Lent, one of the most solemn periods in the Christian calendar. “Guess who’s back,” Jesus says as he rolls back a giant boulder and emerges into the sunlight in the skit. Photos: Beyonce as Wonder Woman? What follows is two minutes of bloody action as Jesus — clad in a tunic, sandals, a crown of thorns and a cross strapped to his back — uses a sword and guns to plow through his enemies. Says the voice-over: “He’s risen from the dead … and he’s preaching anything but forgiveness.” What […]
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