“Saturday Night Live” is steeped in lore -- and that includes how cast members get removed from the show.While Hollywood isn’t always so direct when it comes to firing, SNL’s process can be particularly mysterious. A number of former cast members have said they were canned from the biggest break of their careers and left with little to no explanation.Two veteran cast members, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, as well as a featured player, Jon Rudnitsky, won’t be returning for this fall for the show’s 42nd season, a spokeswoman with NBC confirmed to The Post. The departures of Killam and Pharoah, first reported by TVLine on Monday night, means the show is losing its main President Barack Obama impersonator and one of its Donald Trumps.The news came as a big surprise to Killam, he told Uproxx, adding he doesn’t “know fully” the reasons behind it. “I honestly don’t know what happened on the other side,” he said. … [Read more...] about The weird ways people have been fired from ‘Saturday Night Live’
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Amber Tamblyn’s latest publication is a multipronged, multilayered Swiss Army knife of a book that unfolds like a beautiful flower spiked with poisonous stingers.Tamblyn’s intimate snapshots of her life raising a young daughter in an increasingly conservative society and her battles to be taken seriously as a former child star in the film and television industries are buttressed by academic discussions that examine the multiplicity of genders and lifestyles through the prism of race, power and class. As such, Era of Ignition is strikingly different in both tone and style from the writer’s four previous books. Although there are occasional hints of the rarefied, artfully evocative imagery that highlighted Tamblyn’s early poetry collections Bang Ditto (2009) and Free Stallion (2011), Era of Ignition is more direct and conversational, punctuated with unexpectedly humorous anecdotes juxtaposed with unfiltered confessions about her own despair and the sexual abuse … [Read more...] about Amber Tamblyn Breaks a Cycle of Abuse With Era of Ignition
It’s 20 years since BMW launched the X5, a model which at the time redefined how a high-riding off-road style vehicle should drive on the road. We’re testing how the fourth-generation version has moved things on. Our Car: X5 xDrive30d M Sport List price when new: £60,375 OTR Price as tested: £73,925 Official fuel economy: 45.6mpg Our car: X5 xDrive30d M Sport March 7, 2019 Fuel economy this week: 33.4mpg The X5 comes with BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional. At £2,295 it’s one of the more expensive options but if you’re into technology it’ll be a must-have. This is the basis for the self-driving tech that will apparently revolutionise our lives. We’re frequently told cars will soon be able do everything on their own, from taking control of the school run to enabling the very old or visually impaired to hold a driving licence. And it’ll be coming to a road near you soon. Well, in any time … [Read more...] about BMW X5 on long-term test: is this Bavarian beast still king of the SUVs?
Lynn Henning The Detroit News Published 11:28 PM EST Jan 31, 2019 The first day on the job as a full-time journalist and sports writer was Aug. 5, 1974, a hot, bright Monday morning, three days before President Richard Nixon resigned, and with a 7 a.m. start at the Battle Creek Enquirer. A guy two months after grabbing his journalism degree from Michigan State had secured that most aspired of all prizes: a job at a daily newspaper. I walked into the office and joined my two sports-staff partners, Dick Lovell and sports editor Bill Frank. My first task: write a cutline (photo caption) for an Associated Press photo of Jack Nicklaus from the Pleasant Valley Classic's final round. Four decades and many million words later, it ends, formally anyway, today at The Detroit News, a wondrous employer for nearly all of the past 40 years. There have been moments and minutes so magical, and so frequent, as to defy any orderly account. But here goes on … [Read more...] about Henning: 45 years covering sports provide endless memories