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‘SNL’: Bill Murray As Steven Bannon Faces Off Against Fred Armisen’s Michael Wolff On ‘Morning Joe’

‘Saturday Night Live’ found their perfect Steve Bannon in Bill Murray, who says Logan Paul has future in politics! Here it is!

We’re dying! Saturday Night Live started off 2018 with another sketch poking fun at MSNBC’s Morning Joe! Mika Brzeinski (Kate McKinnon, 34) and Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat, 35) were sharing their disbelief at President Donald Trump’s, 71, latest bad behavior when a few familiar faces dropped by! Steve Bannon (Bill Murray, 67) and Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen, 51) showed up to spar over who saved or ruined who’s career! That’s when Bannon claimed that in fact his career wasn’t over after getting booted from the White House and Breitbart! “I convinced this country to vote for Donald Trump and I can do it again. Already auditioning candidates, got some promising prospect: Logan Paul. Martin Skreli. The Subway guy. Jared Fogle.” Wow! Check out loads more images from season 43 of the beloved sketch show here!

As all real fans know, this incredible ribbing aimed at Trump follows a tradition that has been gangbusters for SNL. The formula is taking the latest episode of the POTUS’s shocking and appalling behavior and giving it a gut-busting comedy turn. Like in early December when Omarosa Manigault, 43, was booted from the White House, SNL made hay of the situation in the Dec. 16 episode. In the sketch, Trump is decorating his Christmas tree with ornaments representing all the staffers that didn’t survive year 1 of his presidency (let’s just say there’s a lot) when out of nowhere there’s a knock on the window! It’s Omarosa (Leslie Jones, 50) begging to be let back in!

And although it wasn’t particularly topical, SNL‘s version of A Christmas Carol designed specifically for Trump was a hit in their Dec. 2 episode! In it, the hammy commander in chief is visited by 3 spirits: Billy Bush (Alex Moffat), Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and last but certainly not least was Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon)!  “Tis I, Hillary Rodham Clinton,” the hilarious actress proclaims after she reveals herself. “You, Donald, have given me the greatest Christmas gift of all. Sexual gratification in the form of your slow demise. You have no idea how long I’ve wanted to say this: Lock him up!”

Mwbuzzers, did you love that sketch? Let us know know in the comments section below!

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Steven Spielberg says he expects Oscars to honor female directors

If Steven Spielberg gets his way, this year’s Oscar nominees for best director won’t be exclusively men.

Spielberg was one of five men nominated for best director at this year’s Golden Globes, when Natalie Portman publicly called out the “all-male nominees.” At Tuesday’s National Board of Review Awards, Entertainment Tonight asked him for his reaction to Portman’s Globes comment, and The Post director said that he hopes the Oscars will do better and honor some of this year’s eligible female directors. (He even suggested a few potential candidates, including Mudbound’s Dee Rees and Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig.)

“There’s also a watershed happening right now, slowly, maybe not fast enough, for women directors,” the director told ET. “I mean you have Patty Jenkins. We have some amazing women that have come forward, you know Mudbound and Lady Bird. This is a pretty incredible year, and I think you’ll be seeing some nominations. I’m predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several.”

Spielberg also weighed in on the increased conversation around sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood, which led to the launch of the Time’s Up movement and a coordinated effort to wear black at the Golden Globes to raise awareness. The director told ET that it was “powerful, a watershed for women, a watershed for men, who will learn to listen or those who have been listening.”

Guillermo del Toro won best director for The Shape of Water at this year’s Golden Globes, beating out Spielberg, Martin McDonagh, Ridley Scott, and Christopher Nolan in the category.

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Steven Bannon Quits Breitbart News After Scathing Trump Remarks & Celebs Are Celebrating

Steve Bannon is out at Breitbart News! Bannon’s stepped down from his role as the network’s head, and celebrities are celebrating online. We have the details here.

It’s the end of a really gross era. Breitbart News announced on January 9 that Steve Bannon would be stepping down as head of the network after six years in the role. His departure comes less than a week after Michael Wolff‘s Donald Trump tell-all book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was released. The book revealed some incendiary remarks from Bannon, who called Donald Trump Jr.‘s behavior “treasonous,” and insulted Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. It was bad.

Bannon, who served as President Trump’s chief strategist at the White House for just seven months after being forced to resign in August 2017, said he was “proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.” The statement announcing his departure also said that Bannon would be helping with the transition; Breitbart CEO Larry Solov praised Bannon as “a valued part of our legacy.”

It’s unclear why Bannon is stepping down now, but all signs point to it having something to do with the publication of Fire and Fury. The president took great offense to the extensive interviews Bannon gave to Wolff, going so far as to send his former confidant a cease and desist letter. The letter demanded Bannon stop making disparaging remarks against the Trump family. Trump went even further, bashing Bannon in a lengthy statement and tweet that resorted to name-calling. Thus, “Sloppy Steve” was born.

ABC News reported on January 4 that Bannon’s role at Breitbart was in danger after the book was published; stakeholder and billionaire Republican donor Rebekah Mercer was enraged by Bannon bashing the Trumps, and was reportedly weighing whether or not to tell the board to oust Bannon. She said in a statement that she had severed financial ties with Bannon, but was still invested in Breitbart’s future.

“I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” Mercer said. “My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.”

Bannon and Breitbart have yet to state why he left the news organization. Whatever happened, a lot of celebrities are just happy to see him go. Read the best tweets on the subject below:

Mwbuzzers, are you shocked that Steve Bannon stepped down from Breitbart News?

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Steven Soderbergh might have your next TV obsession in 'MOSAIC' trailer

If you’re a fan of Steven Soderbergh (Logan Lucky, The Knick), interactive storytelling, and murder mysteries, then this might be your next big TV obsession. HBO released a brand-new MOSAIC trailer, which previews the filmmaker’s mysterious new project that’s been three years in the making.

For a while, we didn’t know much about MOSAIC other than it was a new app experience that brings a choose-your-own-adventure-style flair to Soderbergh’s new story.

Sharon Stone — known for roles in Basic Instinct, Casino, and Total Recall — plays Olivia Lake, a notable children’s author and illustrator whose career makes her something of a celebrity in her mountain resort town. On New Year’s Day, she vanishes, leaving behind a blood-stained studio for detective Nate Henry (Devin Ratray) to investigate.

MOSAIC transforms into a whodunit mystery. There are faces like JC (Paul Reubens), Olivia’s trusted friend; Joel Hurley (Garrett Hedlund), a newcomer in town who ends up living and working at Olivia’s place; Laura (Maya Kazan), Joel’s girlfriend who stokes Olivia’s jealously upon arrival; Eric Neill (Frederick Weller), a charming stranger who’s determined to woo Olivia; and Petra (Jennifer Ferrin), Eric’s sister who helps try to solve the mystery.

What is sure to intrigue viewers is that there is more than one way to watch the series unfold. You can either tune in on Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO to watch the premiere episode. Subsequent installments will continue to air in the same time slot on Jan. 23, 24, and 25, with the final two airing on Friday, Jan. 26.

The other option is through the MOSAIC app. According to its description, it “allows viewers to choose what point-of-view from which to follow the story and to, in effect, build their own experience from the material Soderbergh and [Ed] Solomon created. The choices one makes build upon one another, enabling multiple tellings of the story from different perspectives and, sometimes, with different conclusions.”

Soderbergh directed all six episodes, which were written by Solomon.  Check out the new poster and episode descriptions below.

Episode #1
Debut date: MONDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00–8:50 p.m. ET/PT)
In Summit, Utah, celebrated children’s author Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone) and her close friend, JC (Paul Reubens), attend a fete hosted by Michael O’Connor (James Ransone), a wealthy financier and neighbor who delivered seed money for Mosaic, a children’s art workshop that is her pet project. Bartending at the party is Joel (Garrett Hedlund), an aspiring artist who catches Olivia’s wandering eye. Deciding to mentor the handsome young man, Olivia offers him lodging and a workspace at her home, a remote estate with picturesque countryside views. Michael and his associate, Tom Davis (Michael Cerveris), are extremely interested in buying Olivia’s property, and when she balks, they enlist a con man, Eric Neill (Frederick Weller), to convince her to sell.

Episode #2
Debut date: TUESDAY, JAN. 23 (8:00–8:50 p.m.)
While criticizing Joel (Garrett Hedlund) for not telling her about his girlfriend, Laura (Maya Kazan), Olivia (Sharon Stone) finds herself emotionally drawn to Eric (Frederick Weller), who suggests they meet with Michael (James Ransone) and Tom (Michael Cerveris) about financing an expansion of Mosaic to other cities. Eric’s secretive employer chafes over Eric’s slow progress in getting Olivia to sell her property, and is floored when Eric announces he’s quitting the scam and will come clean to Olivia. That decision triggers a chain of events that ends with Olivia vanishing on New Year’s Day — and Eric targeted as the prime suspect in her disappearance

Episode #3
Debut date: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 (8:00–8:50 p.m.)
Alan Pape (Beau Bridges), a longtime veteran of the police department, is hired by Tom Davis (Michael Cerveris) to run a lucrative private-security operation in Summit. After a break in Olivia’s case, Eric’s sister, Petra (Jennifer Ferrin), queries Summit detective Nate Henry (Devin Ratray) about alibis, and heads to Louisiana to track down Joel (Garrett Hedlund), who’s relocated there with Laura (Maya Kazan). Reluctantly, he agrees to return to Summit with Petra, and ends up scouring the local bars in search of a mysterious intruder

Episode #4
Debut date: THURSDAY, JAN. 25 (8:00–8:50 p.m.)
Joel’s (Garrett Hedlund) New Year’s Eve whereabouts comes under increased scrutiny after his bar buddy, Frank (Jeremy Bobb), admits to Nate (Devin Ratray) and Petra (Jennifer Ferrin) that their alibi was bogus. A visit to a New Year’s reveler clears up one issue, but the timing of another remains unclear.

Episode #5
Debut date: FRIDAY, JAN. 26 (8:00–8:50 p.m.)
Though he has suspicions that the wrong man is in prison, Nate (Devin Ratray) faces major obstacles as he tries to get a subpoena on a closed case. Eric (Frederick Weller) is dogged by allegations stemming from an earlier mysterious death. An increasingly paranoid Joel (Garrett Hedlund) weighs his options as evidence against him mounts.

Episode #6 (finale)
Debut date: FRIDAY, JAN. 26 (8:50–9:45 p.m.)
Determined to uncover the missing pieces of the Summit murder puzzle, Petra (Jennifer Ferrin) turns up the heat on JC (Paul Reubens), Alan (Beau Bridges) and Tom (Michael Cerveris) while probing the mining history of several interconnected Summit properties. After getting the cold shoulder from the lead prosecutor on a closed case, she finds herself treading on dangerous ground as the truth — or what she hopes is the truth — is finally revealed.

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‘The Post’ director Steven Spielberg: Investigative journalists are ‘my Indiana Jones’

The Post, Steven Spielberg says, was unlike anything he’s ever done — for several reasons, as he explains in the video above.

First, there’s the timeliness of the story itself, which follows the team of editors and reporters at The Washington Post in 1971 as they debated whether to take the risk of publishing the Pentagon Papers, which would expose the government’s irresponsible actions involving the lengthy Vietnam War.

“I reacted to the script for the first time with a great deal of sort of enlightened frustration, obviously based on living in the current climate, atmosphere, and looking back and realizing that atmosphere had once before existed,” Spielberg says, referring to the Nixon administration’s attitude toward the press. “I’ve always believed in the power of the press. I’ve always believed the press, what they call the Fourth Estate, is a critical leveler of the playing field in terms of checks and balancing the truth with the lie. As I get older, my Indiana Jones becomes investigative journalists.” He laughs at his reference to his own work. “They become my real heroes.”

Second, the characters awed him, most of all Post publisher Katharine Graham, who inherited her father’s newspaper legacy only after her husband’s death. (Her father had bypassed her for the title.) “She was very confident that they made the right decision, that her father should have given it to her husband because he was so brilliant,” Spielberg explains. “She had always minimized herself… and our story is about how this amazing woman found her voice.”

And then there were his two leads, heavyweights Meryl Streep, who plays Graham, and Tom Hanks, who plays the Post‘s executive editor Ben Bradlee. “Tom and Meryl have never worked in a film together before, and I can’t believe that on my watch, I got to be the director to direct Tom and Meryl for the first time,” he marvels. “I’ll never forget that experience ever. And it was a great experience.”

And finally, there’s the rest of his powerhouse ensemble cast, including Carrie Coon, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford, Sarah Paulson, Alison Brie, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Zach Woods, and more — a collection that thrilled Spielberg, especially in scenes when large numbers of the cast were in one room.

“It was just the kind of cast that’s a dream cast,” he says. “And I really encouraged electric, overlapping dialogue. I wanted everybody to certainly stick with the script, but turn it into kind of like a documentary, where it felt a little bit like a docu-drama… to feel like we were eavesdropping on real life.”

But if Spielberg was impressed at the talent he assembled, his performers were just as enthralled to be working on his film. Below, Mwbuzz has an additional video featuring the actors of The Post on what it was like to work on a Spielberg production:

Watch the video at the top to see Spielberg and his “dream cast” elaborate on why a film like The Post matters today. The Post is now in theaters.

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