NYC native Lady Gaga played to a hometown crowd when she hosted Saturday Night Live as both emcee and musical act (with the bumping ‘n’ grinding help of R. Kelly). We already knew she had a flair for theatrics. Saturday night, Gaga also showed off her comic chops in a number of sketches – as the Apple Store Genius stuck on Kanye and Kim Kardashian’s talk show, as an overly enthusiastic dance mom, and executing the neat trick job of dropping Denzel Washington‘s Training Day monologue sans f-bombs and in character as a tween child thespian. The ARTPOPper wasn’t afraid of taking shots at her own persona throughout the show, but the self-deprecation culminated in the penultimate sketch in which Gaga played herself aged 77, still hungry for fame, in “Upper West Side 2063.” Did Gaga earn her applause Saturday night?
Lady Gaga and Josh Hutcherson will guest host Saturday Night Live during the November sweep. November 16 will mark Gaga’s first appearance as host — she’ll also be the musical guest that night, which comes five days after the release of her new album ARTPOP; it’s her third time performing on the NBC late-night show. Hutcherson’s also an SNL-hosting virgin; he makes his debut on November 23 — which, not coincidentally, is the night after The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in which he stars, debuts in theaters. That night, HAIM comes to Studio 8H for their first time as musical guest, about nine days after embarking on their European tour with Phoenix in support of their album, Days Are Gone.
Director Robert Rodriguez tweeted first word today that the pop star would make her acting debut in Machete Kills (the sequel to 2010′s Machete) playing La Chameleon. “I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away”! Rodriguez wrote. Gaga confirmed the news in her own tweet: “Yes its true, I will be making my debut as an actress ln the amazing MACHETE KILLS BY @RODRIGUEZ IM SO EXCITED!!! AH! Filming was insane”. Amber Heard, Danny Trejo, Sofia Vergara, and Mel Gibson also star. No release date has been announced.
EXCLUSIVE: The CW has picked up two episodes of Perez Hilton Superfan, an unscripted series featuring the celebrity blogger getting close and personal with a different superstar each week. The series of specials was originally commissioned by U.K.’s ITV2 in November with a four-episode order, which premiered in December (trailer below). The two specials acquired by the CW showcase Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Superfan hails from Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, Scotland-based STV Prods., GroupM Entertainment and The Collective. Coelen, Hilton, Alan Clements, Richard Foster, Tony Moulsdale, Steven Grossman, Jennifer Danska and Matilda Zoltowski executive produce. With the acquisition, Superfan joins Kinetic’s two unscripted U.S. broadcast series, recent ABC entry You Deserve It and NBC’s upcoming Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
Lifetime is developing Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story, a biopic of the famous pop star. The project, named after Gaga’s 2009 EP, is being written by Norman Snider (Casino Jack) based on Maureen Callahan’s 2010 book Poker Face: The Rise And Rise Of Lady Gaga, with Ilene Kahn Power (Lifetime’s Who Is Clark Rockefeller?) executive producing. Lady Gaga is not involved. Fame Monster chronicles the life of Stefani Germanotta, who started her musical career as a rocker and later was transformed into pop mega star Lady Gaga. The project has been heating up at the cable network and could get a green light soon. Gaga shot to stardom with her debut studio album, The Fame, in 2008, and has been making headlines as much for her music as she has for her outrageous outfits.
Bob Pittman has always loved splashy events, and his planned two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival certainly qualifies. Clear Channel says it will stage “the biggest live concert festival in radio history” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sept 23-24, with Ryan Seacrest hosting hitmakers including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler, The Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Usher and Sting. The goal is to “celebrate the launch of the New iHeartRadio,” Clear Channel’s online radio streaming service, with a festival that will reach “the largest combined U.S. radio and online audience ever,” says Pittman – a former MTV and AOL Time Warner honcho who’s now the No. 1 radio company’s chairman of media and entertainment platforms. The event, he adds, ”underscores Clear Channel’s transformation to a dynamic integrated media and entertainment company with an unmatched reach in the U.S.” Video and audio streams will be accessible at iHeartRadio.com and at all websites for Clear Channel’s radio stations. The New iHeartRadio will offer broadcast radio stations as well as Pandora-like free, customized services that will have no commercials at least to the end of this year. Seacrest calls the concert “a once-in-a-generation gathering of artists and fans from all over the country.” Tickets to the live event will go on sale July 16.
2nd Place: “It’s the Ford…American Idol…conga line.”
3rd Place: “Just another day on the set of So You Think You Can Pants.”
PREVIOUS: Here’s a great photo from last night’s American Idol finale, featuring pop star Lady Gaga horsing around with the show’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. The backstage picture was apparently taken after Lady Gaga’s performance of Edge of Glory judging by her ripped fishnet stockings, the result of her writhing on that giant rock. And the expression on Lythgoe’s face is if he has just seen a ghost. (Lady Gaga and her male dancer “leaped to their death” at the end of the song.) Can you come up with a good caption?
I never quite understood the appeal of Lady Gaga until I saw HBO’s Monster Ball Tour concert special from Madison Square Garden last night. It showcased her versatility as a singer, songwriter, musician, and dancer and not just another Madonna-wannabe novelty act. But her message of personal empowerment really came through loud and clear, punctuated by poignant behind-the-scenes lines like, “You know how many times I came to this arena, and now they’re opening these gates up for us?” or “I still sometimes feel like a fucking loser kid in high school,” or her description of the pushback she encountered at NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts. A well-edited, well-directed Haus Of Gaga two hours on a pay channel I used to watch all the time and now hardly at all. Better programming, please.
NBC today confirmed Saturday Night Live‘s guest lineup for May. Former SNL head writer/Weekend Update co-anchor Tina Fey, creator and star of NBC’s comedy 30 Rock, will return for her third stint as host on May 7 with musical guest Ellie Goulding. The Office and Hangover co-star Ed Helms will make his SNL hosting debut on May 14 with musical guest Paul Simon, and SNL favorite Justin Timberlake will take his fourth turn as host on the May 21 season finale with musical guest Lady Gaga.
Fresh from her egg-hatching performance at the Grammys, Lady Gaga has signed on for her first solo HBO concert, which will air on May 7. The special, Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden, will be taped on Feb. 21 and 22 at Madison Square Garden during the New York City stop of Grammy winner’s sold-out tour. HBO’s entertainment president Sue Naegle called Lady Gaga the single most exciting music talent on the scene today” and added that HBO will create “unique new elements” for the special. The Lady Gaga HBO special will be directed by Lauriann Gibson, who has choreographed most of Lady Gaga’s videos, including Poker Face, Paparazzi, Telephone, Alejandro and Bad Romance. The special will be produced by Lady Gaga, Troy Carter, Vincent Herbert and Jimmy Iovine.