EDDIE MURPHY TO HOST ‘SNL’ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 35 YEARS
NEW YORK (AP) – Eddie Murphy will be returning to a place that helped launch his career – “Saturday Night Live.”
The comedian will be the host of the sketch comedy show on Dec. 21, marking the former cast member’s first hosting appearance since 1984.
Murphy was a cast member from 1980 to 1984, starring in such landmark sketches as “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood” and as Gumby, Buckwheat and Stevie Wonder.
He went on to star in numerous films, including “The Nutty Professor,” “Bowfinger,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Coming to America.”
“Saturday Night Live,” celebrating its 45th season, returns Sept. 28 with host Woody Harrelson and Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) as the musical guest.
Others planned to grace the show this season include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Taylor Swift, David Harbour, Camila Cabello and Kristen Stewart.
KRISTEN BELL REVISISTS ANNA FOR “FROZEN 2”
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Kristen Bell has never actually taken her sister on a dangerous adventure outside the walls of their castle to discover why her sister has magic powers, but other than that, she really can relate to Anna in the upcoming sequel to “Frozen.”
Bell says she had long conversations with writer-director Jen Lee about what to explore in Anna’s personality. Bell says Anna was “plucked” from places deep inside her.
Bell says she wanted a Disney princess who “didn’t have great posture and was very klutzy and was kind of the weirdest girl in the room, but was very loving and led with her heart.”
Bell says she has to talk in code about “Frozen 2,” but people will know what she’s talking about when they see it.
“Frozen 2” comes out Nov. 22.
VIOLA DAVIS SET TO PLAY MICHELLE OBAMA IN PROPOSED SERIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Viola Davis is set to portray Michelle Obama in a Showtime series under development about America’s first ladies.
Davis also is an executive producer on the project, which Showtime said Monday will “peel back the curtain” on the lives of presidential spouses.
The first season will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Obama.
Showtime said it’s committed to three scripts for the proposed series. There is no air date since the series has yet to be greenlighted.
Former President Barack Obama and his wife launched their own production company in 2018, and have announced deals with Netflix and Spotify.
TIME NAMES COMEDY CENTER ONE OF ‘WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES’
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – The National Comedy Center in western New York is on Time Magazine’s annual list of must-see destinations.
Time’s 2019 list of the “World’s 100 Greatest Places” includes the center in Jamestown as one of nine sites to visit in the United States. The list is in the magazine’s September 2 edition.
Other U.S. locations include Hearst Castle in California, the Shed arts center in New York City and Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Time notes that the Comedy Center’s artifacts include Joan Rivers’ stand-up notes, the Seinfeld “puffy shirt” and a George Carlin archive.
The annual Time list recognizes destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering guests a unique experience.