By Ashley Majeski
It’s been a long year since Kristen Wiig ditched “Saturday Night Live” for Hollywood movie stardom, but at long last she’s finally coming back! The star is returning this weekend to bring the funny back … er … host the show that made her famous.
During her seven seasons, she was responsible for some of “SNL’s” most memorable characters, a few of which she will hopefully be resurrecting during her guest appearance, as the episode’s promos hint.
We’ll have to wait until Saturday night to see which oldies but goodies are resurrected, but fingers crossed these gems are allowed to shine again.
Got that awards-show hangover? Can’t remember who won the People’s Choice, Critics’ Choice, or Golden Globes, and it’s still two weeks until the Oscars? Here’s your splash-in-the-face cure: The Grammys.
Even before the bizarre “no side boob” memo from CBS, the Grammys were the one bright pre-Oscar light in the endless wintery deluge of awards shows. Sick of Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck speeches and that same montage of scenes from “Lincoln”? We can promise you none of that will drift over into the Grammys. Instead, expect wild clothing choices (don’t think that memo’s going to hold anyone back), lively performances and almost inevitably, some off-screen or red-carpet or other event that overshadows the actual handing out of the awards.
Recent years have seen two disturbing events take place right before the awards and affect the show. In 2009, singer Rihanna canceled a planned Grammy appearance after her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, beat her up during an argument in a car the night before the awards. And just last year, legendary singer Whitney Houston died in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the night before the Grammys, which hastily put together a tribute to the Grammy- and Emmy-winner.
METRO – BOSTON
Some local political science experts weighed in today after WBZ News Radio reported that Cambridge-bred movie star Ben Affleck might jump into the Senate race if Massachusetts Senator John Kerry takes over as Secretary of State.
Emails to Affleck’s camp have not yet been returned, but with political analysts eyeing the 40-year-old “The Town” star, Metro reached out to some local political experts to see how the actor/director would fare if he did decide to run.
“What’s different about Affleck is normally these things are done as (actors’) careers is waning,” said Professor Thomas Patterson, who teaches at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “It would be a little bit unusual… He is pretty much at the peak of his career.”
His personal wealth, star power and prior push for Senate star Elizabeth Warren would likely give him a leg up in a senate race.
“He probably has the internal fire, but it’s a pretty serious decision… You can’t be an actor, “slash” director, “slash” senator,” Patterson said.
If Affleck did decide to run, his movie-star status would not necessarily guarantee him a victory. FULL ARTICLE