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Jim Carrey is ‘SNL’s New Joe Biden

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Saturday Night Live has found its Joe Biden. NBC has announced that actor and comedian Jim Carrey will play the Democratic nominee throughout SNL Season 46, which returns for its in-studio premiere on October 3. The new season will begin with five consecutive shows, but hosts and musical guests have yet to be announced.

Longtime SNL boss Lorne Michaels broke the Jim Carrey casting news during an exclusive interview with Vulture previewing the show’s upcoming season premiere. “You’ll see the same people,” he said of Season 46. “Maya Rudolph is coming back, and Alec [Baldwin] will be back. And I think Jim Carrey is going to do Biden.”

“There was some interest on his part,” Michaels said of Carrey. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … Hopefully it’s funny.”

In a press release, NBC revealed that Saturday Night Live will follow strict COVID-19 protocols as it returns to production, including drastically limiting its in-studio audience. “The show will work closely with Gov. Cuomo’s team” to determine exact audience numbers for each episode, says the company.

In addition, SNL has added three featured players to its cast for the upcoming season. The three new additions are:

  • Lauren Holt, an actor, comedian, singer, and improviser who performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade
  • Punkie Jackson, a comedian and writer whose recent credits include Space Force, CorporateAdam Ruins Everything, and Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers
  • Andrew Dismukes, a Saturday Night Live staff writer since Season 43

Saturday Night Live will return with its first live, in-studio show since the COVID-19 pandemic began on October 3. New episodes will air in subsequent weeks on October 10, 17, 24, and 31.

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Emmys 2020: HBO’s Watchmen Wins for Outstanding Limited Series

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Emmy voters have been watching the Watchmen, it seems. HBO’s comic book adaptation took home the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series at Sunday’s virtual ceremony.

Watchmen beat out fellow nominees Unbelievable (Netflix), Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu), Mrs. America (FX on Hulu) and Unorthodox (Netflix) to win the Emmy. The HBO series hauled in a total of eleven Emmys this year out of 26 nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Regina King and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as well as best cinematography, editing and costumes. (Those last three awards were handed out earlier this week at the Creative Arts Emmys.)

A critical favorite since it debuted last October, Watchmen also earned four Television Critics Association awards earlier this month, including Program of the Year and Individual Achievement in Drama for King.


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How much money Dude Perfect is really worth

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The best reported statistic on Dude Perfect’s income, as of 2019, was about $20 million dollars, according to CNBC, but there’s a catch to that: it’s purely their YouTube viewing earnings. Now, that probably does make up the bulk of their revenue (it’s their official job, after all), since the channel boasts nearly 50 million subscribers and average 7-8 million hits on their once-a-week videos. Those impressive numbers are only part of the picture, however.

That’s because, as Naibuzz points out, Dude Perfect has entered into a number of endorsement deals and other branding opportunities, including the sale of their own merchandise. Those probably bring in more money than most people see in a lifetime, but probably still nets only in the single-digit millions. On top of that, the boys do have a television deal and had new episodes of The Dude Perfect Show airing on Nickelodeon through 2019. Though no fourth season has been confirmed, there’s no reason to believe that deal won’t be renewed eventually — 2020 has been a tough televised content year for everybody. 

All together, these one-time branding endorsements, TV royalties, and one-time salaries for appearing on-screen in episodes could easily double that $20 million, but there’s no way to know what the numbers are for certain. Regardless, it seems that doing basketball tricks and casually breaking Guinness World Records can bring quite a payday, if you’re determined and bold enough to put it on the internet for all to see and judge.

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‘WandaVision’ to Debut Ahead of ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ on Disney+

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Marvel Studios is shuffling up its lineup of Disney+ series, moving “WandaVision” ahead of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

“WandaVision” reteams Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany as their Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision; the latter died in “Avengers: Infinity War” and was not among the many MCU characters revived in the follow-up, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Disney+ released the first trailer for “WandaVision” on Sunday during the Emmys on ABC and announced that it would be the first to hit the streaming platform. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which only this week resumed production, will now presumably premiere in 2021. Production was halted in the spring by the coronavirus pandemic.

You can watch the trailer for “WandaVision” here.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. It is also set to see the returns of MCU actors Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp. Russel Wyatt will also star as John Walker/American Patriot.

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