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Siobhan Fallon Hogan at SNL’s 40th anniversary special.
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You’d be hard-pressed to ID a character actress as prolific or diverse as Siobhan Fallon Hogan has been over the past 30 years. Busting out of early guest spots on The Golden Girls and Seinfeld, she earned a spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live during the 1991–92 season, during the height of its Bad Boys era. Pivoting into film, she steadily improved numerous mainstream ’90s films throughout the decade (Forrest Gump, Men in Black) before again pole-vaulting into the European art house as a member of Lars von Trier’s company.

BoJack Horseman may have provided “esteemed character actress Margo Martindale” with an outsize platform, but few working actresses today can lay claim to credits alongside the likes of Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, Tom Hanks and Will Smith, Phil Hartman and Chris Farley. Inside her home in New Jersey, Fallon Hogan recently spoke with Vulture about her six degrees–esque career trajectory, what sketch she refused to do on SNL, and how she finally fused her Hollywood comedy roots with her art-house credentials with her latest project, Rushed.

You graduated from Catholic University with a master’s in acting. How do you wind up getting SNL and Seinfeld a few years later?
I went to New York City and I had no skills. I was ready to almost quit and go home, like, I can’t do this. I’m such a loser actress. This is not working. I’m so poor. I was a horrible waitress, so I worked at a law firm as the receptionist, and they would need to fill jobs like “filing person.” I would have actors come in, and there was this one actor friend. I thought, Oh, she’s so annoying, but what goes around comes around, and she tells me there’s an audition. This place called Who’s on First on 65th and 1st — it’s since closed — had improv comedy every Saturday night, and there would be lines down the block. This was when improv was huge in the late ’80s.

I auditioned and got it, so every Saturday night, I got paid $10. The guy who ran it told me to do a one-person show. We made flyers that said it was “Off Broadway” and gave them out at TKTS. But I rented out the lobby of Westside Arts Theatre at 43rd. I did it there on Sunday and Monday nights, so people thought they were going to an Off Broadway show. It was $9.99.

I took that show — which was an hour long, different sketch characters — to L.A. On Friday afternoons, after teaching English as a second language, I would head to San Diego and perform in the lobby of the San Diego Repertory Theatre. On Sundays, I would drive back to L.A., where I performed as all the women characters in the Harvey Pekar show, American Splendor, which has since been made into a movie. Seinfeld came to that, so that’s how I got cast.

I then rented a small 50-seat theater with the money I saved from the law firm in New York for the one-woman show, and SNL came.

Your first big TV break was The Golden Girls. You hear stories of Betty White and Bea Arthur butting heads on set. Did you sense any of that?
I remember [Betty] came in maybe a minute late for a reading, and Bea Arthur said [Bea Arthur voice], “Can we start?” [Laughs.] I was like, Oh my God, there’s tension!

Can you take me through your SNL audition?
Jan Hooks and Nora Dunn had both just left. There were about ten of us auditioning. I had taken all these characters that I had and put it into three minutes. So I made it almost like a demo reel, like you would do now. But I had the one-woman show, so I knew what I was doing. Basically, we had to go into 8H, and the whole cast was there as the audience. It was high-pressure. Afterward, we all stayed at the Paramount Hotel. I think I found out that night, but I couldn’t wake my parents up.

I didn’t do much on the show. I was in the sorority-girl sketch, and I did Katharine Hepburn. I played the judge a lot. Chris Rock would call me “judgy wudgy” because he knew whenever that role was needed, I’d be the judge, which is pathetic.

What I love about your time on SNL is that you were one of the few true actresses in an era dominated by stand-ups.
Totally! Which was a huge thing. Stand-ups are a totally different breed. I get on Saturday Night Live, my lifelong dream, and they are cutthroat because they have to be. I realized that within a week of being on the show. It’s the one thing that’s more cutthroat than being an actress. And the other thing is, I can’t read cue cards; it makes me too nervous not to be the character, and they’re really good at that.

You did Seinfeld during your SNL season. How did that work?
Before I got on SNL, I did Seinfeld. I did another episode, then Saturday Night Live started … As a matter of fact, one time they wouldn’t let me do it. SNL wouldn’t let me out. Seinfeld had to rewrite it. It was a boxing-match plot, Mike Tyson maybe. They were going to have a party, and Tina was going to be there with Kramer since they were dating.

How did Delta Delta Delta come together? It’s a rare example of a female ensemble during the Bad Boy era.
That was Melanie Hutsell, her idea. I would help write them since we got to do a couple. It was always like, “Now what’s the girls’ sketch going to be?” So we were lucky, but the pressure was huge. Because it was, like, one sketch! It was not, like, “Oh, sketch No. 2 went well,” or, “No. 4 went well” — no, you had one chance.

But did that color your experience at all?
I mean, I loved it. I was very good friends with Chris Farley. We were the young people. There were two groups at the time, and it was understood that you have to earn your chops. Which is how it should be! It wasn’t sour grapes if I was only in one sketch. I was completely appreciative of the whole experience. I was much more comfortable on a film set with a role. To me it’s much easier to learn a part and you know that part. You have a couple chances to take and retake, as opposed to live sketch comedy.

Any favorite moments from your year?
I loved when Steve Martin was on, with the big musical number. I was roommates with Ellen Cleghorne. We’re still friends. She’s in my new film, Rushed, actually.

But Michael Jordan, I think, was the first show of the year. And he was great — so nervous. I didn’t know anything, and of course my family was like, “My God, you’re with Michael Jordan!” I said before the sketch, “I want to tell you something. You’re really nervous, aren’t you?” He was like, “Yeah.” “Okay, I wrote down a piece of advice on this paper. I want you to look at it the second before you go onstage.” I was a waitress in “Da Bears” with him. I said, “Open this right before you go onstage and it will help you.” So I wrote: “Don’t F this up. Siobhan.” [Laughs.] He comes onstage, shocked.

How did you wind up being a member of Lars von Trier’s company?
My daughter was a nightmare baby, horrible. I get this call from [casting director] Avy Kaufman — this is my first introduction with her. I had to play a prison guard [in Dancer in the Dark] and cry. And in the United States, I’m pegged as being comedic. I’m trying to break out of it. [Lars] didn’t know this, and thank God Avy is brilliant and has an open mind. Most casting people would’ve never called me in for a serious part. So I have to be this prison guard and cry, which I didn’t think I could do. But I was so exhausted — since my daughter had an ear infection the night before, I hadn’t slept — that I burst out crying.

So after we wrapped, I fly out of Denmark and look down, and I have this weird thing — it sounds insane — where I think, I will be back here. I don’t know why, but I will definitely be going back. And then today, for my movie that I wrote, I sent it to Lars’s producers at his company Zentropa, and they called me back and said they’d co-produce it.

How was it working with a screen legend like Lauren Bacall in Dogville?
9/11 had happened. We started filming in Sweden in January. I have three kids; my baby had just been born in October, so she was only 11 weeks old. Lars von Trier only shoots eight hours a day, it’s so totally civilized. You’re finished at 5 or 6 each night, and you can leave on the weekends. So I had tiny babies, and I’m in first class, as is Lauren Bacall. And she’s got her Saint Laurent bags and has no idea that I’m in the movie, and I’m not about to tell her. I’m dripping with children.

We became really good friends. She said to me [Lauren Bacall voice], “Did you ever think we’d become friends when we were on that plane? … I didn’t think you’d be friends with me either!” Matter of fact, she later added an addendum to her book about her life with Humphrey Bogart and added stories about our friendship. Then we lived close to each other in New York City. We’d go out to dinner. Her apartment was like a museum.

I’ve read you can be selective about roles, which to me feels almost counterintuitive for a character actress. How do you reconcile that with the fact that you’ve been so prolific for so long?
Someone told me once you should choose your roles by how you want to look back at your career when you’re about to kick the bucket: Am I proud of this part? And believe me, I’ve made some mistakes. There are a few clinkers on my résumé. No. 1: Do I want to do this? And No. 2: I have three kids. But trust me, I had no business turning a lot of things down. As a matter of fact, one agent dumped me because I didn’t like the way one project was portraying certain people. They politely said, “We’re going a different way with our clients.” I knew it was because I had a lot of nerve. But so what? I just went with my gut on what I’m comfortable with.

One time, I left a show I had a recurring role on. But I had to go back in because I still had to do the part. It was just getting too raunchy for me, I couldn’t take it. I had makeup people saying, “So glad you said no.” The producers had to have a talk with me, which is so funny. I said, “Look, I have a 12-year-old daughter. This is just going against my grain. I’m sorry. This is just how I operate.” The beauty is, honestly, I’ve never had any fights with people over it. And now I’m so old it’s become this quirky thing: “She’s kind of odd. She doesn’t take parts.”

Something like Dogville is pretty provocative. So how do you decide that’s okay?
I agree, but it’s also a human story. And I loved my part, in the church. As opposed to something that’s egregious just to be raunchy. That’s why now, with writing my own movies, it’s just better to have more control. I like film better, because with TV you have no control. It’s like they hire you, then if they take a U-turn with your character, you’re screwed.

Were there any SNL sketches you were asked to be a part of at the show that you didn’t agree with?
I remember there was the Italian-dinner sketch. Let’s just say it wasn’t in my comfort zone. They wanted me to do it and I said no. They called me in the middle of the night and said I’d gotten cast in it. I said, “Okay, that would be no.” They said, “What do you mean?” And I said, “Because my father will kill me!” It was a bit like dating when you say no: They want you. They called back: “Are you sure? It’s going to be great.” I said, “Listen, you don’t know my father.” I always tried to keep my kids in mind, and my parents. Like, Wait a minute, my parents didn’t work their rear ends off to pay for my schooling to have me upside down on a table. And, by the way, in a background part in this thing that goes against my grain.

I just said no and that was it. I think people respect that. I’m not whiny about it, like, “Oh, you’re being terrible to women.” No, look, this isn’t me.

Related: Janeane Garofalo left the show controversially, making accusations.
No, no, hey, look — I get why some people think that’s funny. That’s just not my humor, and I’m not going to be a part of it. But I would never take some political stand. I appreciate that, at the time I was on SNL, it was understood the guys got a lot of sketches and the girls got one, maybe be in a couple of them. I was like, I’m a part of history, and this is how it is right now. I always appreciate everything that came out of there for me.

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How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital

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These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.

A historical journey

It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.

It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.

Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.

In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.

The birth of the mega resort

It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.

Las Vegas in the 21st century

The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?

The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.

These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.

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Land-Based Casinos

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What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.

Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.

Some Big Casinos Near Nature

Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.

ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.

Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.

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River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit

Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.

Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun

Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.

Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One

Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.

Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture

Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.

River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers

River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.

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Top 8 Online Games That Kids Can Play Without Much Parental Supervision

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The gaming industry has been quite widespread since its inception. With the advent of globalisation and technology, this industry is reaching new heights. Kids these days are more inclined to the internet than they are to books. 

The internet has more information about everything than anywhere else and is very easily accessible. This further makes some parental control necessary. Most parents are worried about their kids playing violent video games that can further affect their mental health. 

Nevertheless, you cannot stop a kid from finding ways to log in to the internet, nor can you keep them away from playing video games. You can always supervise them on their media consumption. But that also gets tiresome after a point. This is when it gets necessary for you to introduce them to games that are not only kid-friendly but are also of their liking. 

If you are in a similar situation, looking for a way out, this article will surely help. Further mentioned are a few games that you can let your kid play while you concentrate on your work and well-being.  

1. Gummy Drop

Finding games that you can let your kids play without supervision is quite a task. With games like Gummy Drop, you do not have to worry one bit. With beautiful graphics and interesting gameplay, it does not take long for your kid to get hooked to the game. 

With new cities and interesting content being added almost every day, this 3 puzzle game is a good choice for your kids to play. It also connects to your Facebook account, letting you play with your other friends. It is also a nice way for your kids to improve their general knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

2. Skribbl

If you were a fan of Pictionary when you were growing up, you should definitely introduce your kids to this game. While the rules of Pictionary remain the same, this game improves on the visual aspect. With all of their friends in the same server, your kid can easily get hooked to this game. 

Easy and fun to play – once the server is set up, each player will get a word that they have to draw on the screen. The motive of the game is to help the other players guess your word. Each round chooses players at random. While it is advised that you use a tablet and a stylus to play this, you can always sketch with your finger. 

3. Ludo Supreme

A classic in every sense of the word, online ludo needs no introduction. There are some new features that are added in the game version of this app. It lets you connect to your Paytm account and earn real money while playing the game. 

Along with such amazing features, you can also play it for fun with your family or friends. It has other versions as well that come in different languages, especially in India, given the diverse nature of the country. You can download the LUDO for your android phones

4. Houseparty

There is no doubt that Houseparty has been one of the most popular downloads this pandemic. This is a networking app that lets you add as many as seven friends and play different games face-to-face via video calls. 

The novel approach of phone gaming made this a very widely chosen app. While playing games with your friends is always fun, this app lets you see and talk to them as well. Some of the most played games in this app include Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw. With such amazing features and games, this is a worthwhile download for your kid. 

5. Monopoly

Monopoly is a very interesting game, which you can get your kids. Along with being fun, it can be played by any age group and is always stimulating your brain. This board game is an all-time classic that is now available on mobile platforms. 

The good thing about it being on the phone is that now your kids can play it with their friends as well, and all from the convenience of your home. 

6. Rocket League

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play soccer but with cars, this game is exactly that. You get to pick a car at the beginning of the game in an oversized field with an oversized ball. Then start the five-minute matches where you have to score goals against them. 

To make it even more fun, this game allows the player to add up to three friends on the same server. It also has options where you can choose between casual play and ranked online play. Nevertheless, in both gameplays, you can earn new cosmetic looks for the car and get a chance to score more goals. 

7. UNO

Another all-time classic, UNO has been a very celebrated game all these years. The original company of UNO came out with the online version that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Since they are the copyright holders, you already know, the gameplay cannot get any better than this. 

Nevertheless, since it is a multiplayer game, you can play it both against your friends or strangers. It’s fun aesthetics, and new rules make it more interesting. It now has different modes of play and tournaments as well. You can also partner up and play 2v2 to win together. With servers available all around the world, you can connect to anyone you know. 

8. Guess The Word

Very obvious from the name itself, this game is known to be one of the most popular downloads in this list. It not only helps your kids spend some unsupervised time with themselves but also ensures that they learn new things in the process. 

The game contains different levels which get harder as your kid progresses, further making it more interesting and attractive. If you have some free time on your hands, you can also jump in and play with your kids.

Final Thoughts

So, these are the 8 games that kids of all ages can play without any tension. Above all, parents don’t have to panic or keep an eye on them all the time. 

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