<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:41:39 -0500 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:41:39 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wiig, McCarthy to Star in New, All-Women "Ghostbusters": Report]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:59:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-actresses.jpg

The new "Ghostbusters" reboot has got its all-women cast, and it's an awfully funny one.

Melissa McCarthy has signed on, and Sony is now in talks with Kristen Wiig and current "Saturday Night Live" players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting.

McCarthy is already in talks for one of the lead roles, according to THR. And although the negotations are ongoing, all four "hilarious women" — their future director's words — are expected to sign on to make the film, it reported.

The new "Ghostbusters" movie is set to be directed by Paul Feig, who previously directed both McCarthy and Wiig in "Bridemaids."

Writer Katie Dippold, who worked with Feig on "The Heat" and also wrote some episodes of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," will join to write the screenplay, Feig confirmed last year.

The long-planned movie was originally supposed to be a sequel that would bring back the original "Ghostbusters" stars: Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.

But Ramis died last year, and the original director, Ivan Reitman, ditched the project back last March. Sony picked Feig for it back in August.

The new "Ghostbusters" film won't be connected to the original series of movies.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Super Bowl 2015 Teasers, Commercials]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:28:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kardashian-SB.jpg

The Super Bowl 2015 commercial madness has already begun.

Although few full commercials have been released, many companies have revealed teasers ahead of the big game. The New England Patriots are set to take on the Seattle Seahawks live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 1, airing on NBC.

A few full commercials are available:



Victoria's Secret

Bud Light

Old Spice

Dove Men+Care

Carls Jr.



Doritos is holding its annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, where fans will vote on which two of the 10 finalists will air on the big day. You can see the finalists here

Check out teasers released ahead of the Super Bowl:


Nationwide Insurance



Mercedes-Benz USA





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<![CDATA[Principal Announces Snow Day With "Let It Go" Parody]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:24:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2d274907706772-today-letitgo-principal-2-150127.today-tease-top2x.jpg

A Rhode Island principal decided to get creative with his school's snow day announcement.

Matt Glendinning, the head of Moses Brown School in Providence, announced the school’s closure with a parody of “Let it Go,” the signature song from Disney's 2013 animated film “Frozen.”

"The snow glows white on Route 95, not a tire track to be seen," Glendinning sings. "We could make you come to school, but that would just be mean.”

The video for “Let it Snow” contains green-screened shots of snow-covered streets as well as costumes — a lot of production that would have been difficult to conduct in the blizzard that caused eight states to make emergency declarations and canceled 7,000 flights Monday and Tuesday.

However, it was completed days before the extreme weather system battered the Northeast corridor.

"Sunday morning we saw the weather report," Adam Olenn, the school’s director of communications, said to Boston's WBUR radio, "and we said, 'Oh, we've got to get this done.'"

The video took "a week, week and a half" to shoot, with the final scenes shot last Friday ahead of the blizzard, Olenn said.

Also, “Today” reported that Glendinning is not singing in the video -- it's actually school choir director, Justin Peters.

Either way, enjoy the parody in the video above.

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<![CDATA[“Need You Home Asap”: Cavallari Pokes Fun at QB Husband's Parenting Woes]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:23:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jay+cutler++kristin+cavallari.jpg

Jay Cutler needs some coaching, and fast. His toddlers are apparently driving him nuts.

Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari posted to Instagram Saturday a screenshot of text messages from her Chicago Bears quarterback husband, and the messages showed Cutler was not happy about being left alone with his kids.

“Contrary to what many people think, we don't have a thousand nannies. So with that being said, when I got home from LA 2 days ago this is what I landed to,” the caption read.

The image showed messages from Cutler saying, “Need you home asap” and “All hell has broken loose” and finally “I’m about to leave.”

Cavallari called the messages “pretty hilarious” and even gave her female followers a little advice.

“Ladies, u want your man to appreciate u? Leave them alone with the kids to see what we deal with!” she wrote.

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<![CDATA[Get Comfy: It's the #BlizzardOf2015 Binge-Fest]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:06:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/EthanHawke_Boyhood_IFC.jpg

It'll be a snow day in much of the Northeast, thanks to a blizzard walloping the region with snow, ice and wind, causing travel bans and hazardous conditions in streets.

So if your office or school is closed and the snow is piling up against the front door, why not indulge in a little binge-watching of all those series and Oscar contenders on your watch list?

If you've still got power and/or the Internet (fingers crossed for both!), you've got a great excuse to ignore that snow shovel and hunker down on the couch in front of a big screen.

Oscar Contenders

With the Academy Awards only weeks away, 2015 will go down as the year many of the nominated films are available on-demand before the ceremony on Feb. 22. Of the best picture contenders, "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" are already available on-demand, as are fellow nominees in other categories including "Gone Girl," "The Judge," "Ida," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "The Boxtrolls," "The Lego Movie," "Maleficent," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Returning Series

"The Fall" is a Belfast-set psychological crime drama starring Gillian Anderson ("X-Files") and Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades of Grey") as a police detective and serial killer, respectively. Season one landed in 2014 and left viewers on the edge of their seats waiting to see if Stella Gibson can track down murderer Paul Spector before he kills again. Season two arrived on Netflix Jan. 16, and with only six one-hour episodes per season, you can get through them all as the snow continues to accumulate.

It's also perfect timing to catch up on the political thriller "House of Cards" ahead of the season three Netflix premiere set for Feb. 15.

"The Interview"

After all the "will we or won't we get to see it?" back-and-forth, the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about bumbling would-be assassins heading to North Korea that was momentarily shelved by Sony is now on track to become the biggest online release in history, thanks to a growing $40 million haul. If you haven't had a chance yet, a snow day is the perfect excuse to find out what all the fuss was about. Available on multiple on-demand platforms, including Netflix.

Old (and New) Favorites

Unless the snow completely isolates you from civilization for the next week, we doubt you'll be able to make it through all 10 seasons of "Friends" on Netflix. But you can always give it a try. Other awesome series currently available to watch include "Breaking Bad," "Orphan Black," "Sons of Anarchy," "30 Rock" and "The Office."

Also available on-demand are recent Golden Globe winners "Transparent" (Amazon Prime), about a dysfunctional family learning to accept their transgender dad, and "The Honorable Woman" (Netflix/SundanceTV), starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as an Anglo-Israeli baroness who is thrown into a political game of cat-and-mouse as she tries to reconcile Israelis and Palestinians.

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<![CDATA[Take a Look "Behind the 'Blacklist'"]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:02:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/NUP_165929_0180+%281%29.JPG

Can't wait for "The Blacklist" to return February 1 following NBC's broadcast of the 2015 Super Bowl?

Impatient fans of Raymond "Red" Reddington get a glimpse "Behind the 'Blacklist'" in this 22-minute special hosted by series star Amir Arison and featuring interviews with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive look at what lies ahead in the remainder of season 2. Check it out, above.

Following the Super Bowl Sunday broadcast, "The Blacklist" returns with a special two-part episode titled "Luther Braxton." The first installment airs after the big game, with the concluding part airing at 9 p.m. Thursday, February 5, which marks the debut of "The Blacklist" in its new timeslot.

The series stars James Spader as Reddington, the FBI’s fourth most-wanted criminal who turns himself in at the beginning of season one, insisting he will only speak with rookie criminal profiler Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone. Keen has no idea why Reddington has an interest in her but together, with the aid of a special FBI task force, the duo set out to take down Red's "blacklist" of international criminals.

When we left "The Blacklist" in November following the midseason finale (warning: SPOILERS AHEAD), we learned how Keen secretly saved her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold) after he was shot in season one, and interrogated him for information about the criminal Berlin, who was responsible for Reddington's initial surrender to the FBI. Berlin now knows his daughter Zoe (Scottie Thompson) is alive and that a man named the Decembrist had helped her flee to America to hide from her father.

Reddington revealed to Keen, much to her displeasure, that he was now working with Berlin, and then enlisted her and the FBI's help in tracking down the Decembrist, who is actually Assistant Director of National Intelligence Alan Fitch (Alan Alada). Berlin kidnapped Fitch and went underground. 

Keen tells Reddington about the still-captive Tom, who would only give up the info he had on Berlin's whereabouts if Keen set him free. Keen agreed only to discover Fitch (with a bomb attached to his neck) at the location Tom revealed.

As the FBI raced to try and dismantle the bomb, Berlin goes to meet his daughter, only the meeting is crashed by Reddington who demands information on how to stop the bomb from going off.

Reddington returns to Fitch to explain there is no way to deactivate the bomb. According to Fitch, after his death people would no longer be afraid to come after Reddington. And Fitch wanted assurance that Reddington still had "the fulcrum" (whatever that may be). Fitch also gave Reddington the combination to a safe, but the bomb exploded before he could impart the safe's exact location. 

Reddington then re-connects with Berllin and shoots him dead.

In the last scene of the midseason finale, we see the now free Tom meeting with Reddington who gives the fugitive something before making Tom promise never to see Keen again.  

The remainder of season two will introduce actor Ron Perlman as new villain Luther Braxton, a criminal Reddington encounters at a secret detention facility after he is arrested.    

As loyal fans of the drama indulge with the "Behind the 'Blacklist" special, newcomers to the series can catch up on past episodes via Hulu and Netflix.

"The Blacklist" returns to NBC on Sunday, February 1 following the Super Bowl and continues in its new timeslot Thursday, February 5 at 9 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: SAG Awards]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:05:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP381153829585.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA["Boyhood" Trailer]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:18:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/boyhood-BOYHOOD_IFCFILMS_TRAILER_h264_hd_1200x675_389288003720.jpg "Boyhood" stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.]]> <![CDATA["The Interview" Trailer]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:16:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/The-Interview.jpg "The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco.

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<![CDATA["Behind the 'Blacklist'"]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blacklist-still.jpg Take a sneak peek at what goes on behind-the-scenes of "The Blacklist" in this special digital mini-episode. "The Blacklist" returns February 1 following the Super Bowl.]]> <![CDATA["SNL" Tackles "Deflategate" Controversy]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:44:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SNL_Deflategate.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" took aim at the New England Patriots "Deflategate" scandal, mocking the way the team has handled accusations it under-inflated 11 of 12 footballs used against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

In the cold open sketch, rumpled Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Beck Bennett) held a press conference in which he denied any knowledge of the decision to allegedly deflate the footballs. Then he blamed quarterback Tom Brady (Taran Killam).

"I never really trusted the guy. Someone that good-looking and rich — well, you've seen 'American Psycho,'" Belichick grunted. "I love him like a son — just more of an estranged son that I wouldn't trust around footballs," before shoving the oblivious quarterback toward the podium.

Only Dougie Spoons (Bobby Moynihan), the Patriots' assistant equipment co-manager, defended Brady.

"This man is a legend, a hero, and one day he is going to be the father of my child!" Dougie said before spiraling into an "A Few Good Men"-inspired admission of guilt. "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" he shouted at a reporter (Kate McKinnon).

Colin Jost and Michael Che likewise took a swipe at Belichick and the Patriots on "Weekend Update."

"Man, that Bill Belichick always has a trick up his no-sleeves," Che said. "The Patriots of course denied the cheating accusations, saying the only deflated balls they have are because of steroids."

Blake Shelton pulled double duty in his first "SNL" appearance, both hosting the show and performing as a musical guest. And while the country star admitted he felt like a fish out of water in New York, he brought plenty of his own heartland style to the Studio 8H set.

In his opening monologue, Shelton attempted a re-hash of the country-fried variety show "Hee Haw," although the "SNL" cast was slow to catch on.

"So Pete," Shelton said to cast member Pete Davidson, "I was at the saloon the other day."

"Yeah I know," Davidson said, before taking a dig at Shelton's sister.

"Dude, this isn't a roast!" an exasperated Shelton insisted.

"That's what I said to your wife when she tried to make me dinner," Davidson shot back.

Shelton, who also splits time as a coach on NBC's "The Voice," appeared in a music video alongside Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon called "Wishin' Boot." ("It's the little black boot that makes your dreams come true.")

But Shelton's guitar wasn't just tuned for satire. He played "Boys 'Round Here" from his album "Based on a True Story..." and "Neon Light" from “Bringing Back the Sunshine," his latest album.

In "Farm Hunk" — a rural version of "The Bachelor" — Iowa farmer Ryan Coles (Shelton) fielded romantic advances from a cascade of women (Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones) bearing handfuls of spaghetti, a live macaw and bundles of pent-up emotional issues.

"If you're ever in New York, gimme a call and I'll shuck your corn all night long," Jones purred to him.

“SNL” returns Jan. 31 with host J. K. Simmons and musical guest D’Angelo.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/170*120/KieraKnightly_AP325553966708_2_sm.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Blake Shelton Tackles "SNL"]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:35:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_snlpreview0123001_1500x845.jpg "The Voice" co-host and country music superstar hosts "Saturday Night Live" on January 24.]]> <![CDATA[Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir Join NBC's Super Bowl Team]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:00:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP727114557851.jpg

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will be NBC's event reporters for the Super Bowl XLIX pregame show, NBC Sports reported.

The pair will be interviewing celebrities during the official NFL pregame party for VIP guests, the Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party. 

“Having six hours of pregame coverage allows us to not only surround every aspect of the game, but also to cover the Super Bowl as the unparalleled event that it is,” said Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports & NBCSN, and the producer of NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX pregame show. “We’re looking forward to Johnny and Tara bringing their fun perspective and style to the show.”

Lipinski and Weir first made an impression as commentators at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olypmics. Their quirky observations and on-air chemistry later landed the duo the opportunity to cover the Academy Awards red carpet and the Kentucky Derby last year. 

NBC's pregame coverage from Glendale, Ariz., starts at noon ET on Feb. 1.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Blake Shelton's "Whisper Challenge" Fail]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/461980302.jpg

Blake Shelton isn't up for playing games that don't require keeping score.

“The Voice” coach stopped by “The Tonight Show” Thursday ahead of his “SNL" gig this weekend, where the country crooner will double as host and musical guest.

Fallon congratulated Shelton on another “Voice” win,  encouraging the singer to stand up and take a bow as the crowd cheered him on.

“You don’t have to stand up,” said Fallon.

“Well, you don’t have to tap it down,” replied Shelton. “Why Can’t you just celebrate it with me?”

Shelton revealed the he will be singing “Neon Lights” and “Boys Around Here” during his “SNL” performance, prompting Fallon to sing the songs mimicking a country accent.

“That is not even close to how that song is sung,” Shelton joked. “I seriously can’t stand you.”

Shelton, who is known to always be down for some fun and games, begrudgingly agreed to play a new game called the whisper challenge after learning that Fallon wasn’t going to keep score.

“It’s fun,” said Fallon said. “Everyone’s having a good time. Have fun for once.”

“I just want to keep score,” complained Shelton as he put on his headphones.

The whisper challenge requires that each contestant attempts to lip-read what the other player is saying while wearing headphones blaring loud music.

Fallon had a hard time trying to say “pumpkin spice latte” without laughing, making it difficult for Shelton to lip-read.

"My pee pee's stretched out?" guessed the country star. "I swear to God, this is, what is this?"

"Stop yelling at me!" cried Fallon.

"This is the stupidest thing. Literally, I have ever been a part of in my entire career," said Shelton.

Fallon fared much better at reading Shelton’s lips when it was his turn to guess “Benedict Cumberbatch,” who Shelton apparently has never heard of.

"That doesn't even mean anything!" said a baffled Shelton who thought the Oscar winner’s name was a combination of nonsense words.

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<![CDATA[Hines Ward on "Deflategate": "It's Cheating"]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:55:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Meyers+Hines+Ward+Deflategate.jpg Former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward stopped by "Late Night" Thursday and chatted with Seth Meyers about his own Super Bowl wins as well as what he really thinks about the "deflategate" scandal.

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<![CDATA[Fallon's Favorite #MyTouchdownDance Vines]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:14:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Vine+Hashtags+MyTouchdownDance.png As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, Jimmy Fallon shares some of his favorite Vines with the hashtag: #MyTouchdownDance.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Whisper Challenge with Blake Shelton]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:36:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Whisper+Challenge+with+Blake+Shelton.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Blake Shelton play a game of Whisper Challenge, where each player takes turns guessing what the other one is saying while wearing noise-canceling headphones.

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<![CDATA[DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:56:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/106730288.jpg

DreamWorks Animation said Thursday it is reducing the number of films it produces each year from three to two and cutting 500 jobs as it tries to improve its profitability.

The company, known for animated movies such as "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda," said it is narrowing its focus to one original film and one sequel each year.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the company's film plans had grown too ambitious and led to inconsistent performance.

The company has struggled with a weaker-than-expected performance from some films, such as "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which contributed to a loss in its most recent quarter.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will take a $290 million pre-tax charge in connection with the restructuring. It expects the moves will save $30 million in 2015, growing to roughly $60 million by 2017.

The job cuts represent 18 percent of its workforce. They are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The company says some of the employees at its Redwood City facility will be offered jobs at its Southern California headquarters.

DreamWorks also announced a number of management departures, including Vice Chairman Lewis Coleman, Chief Operating Officer Mark Zoradi and Dawn Taubin, who is primarily responsible for the company's marketing activities.

Movies remaining on its slate include "Home," which is set for release in March, followed by 2016 releases of "Kung Fu Panda 3," and "Trolls." In 2017, it plans to release "Boss Baby" and "The Croods 2," followed in 2018 by "Larrikins," and "How to Train Your Dragon 3." The company said that "Captain Underpants" will be produced outside of its pipeline at a significantly lower cost.

Shares of the Glendale, California, company rose 3 percent to $22 in extended trading following the announcement.

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<![CDATA[Will Ferrell Hurls Basketball at "Cheerleader's" Head]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:47:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP25271001815.jpg

Will Ferrell gave a Los Angeles Lakers game an unexpected halftime show when he pegged an apparent cheerleader in the face with a basketball Wednesday, in a stunt set to become a scene in his new movie.

The comic was supposedly going for a half-court shot but wound up knocking the dancer — well, stunt woman, really — off her feet mid-routine instead, video shot courtside showed.

Security quickly descended on Ferrell and hauled him off the court at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center, where the Lakers were taking on the Pelicans.

The entire kerfuffle was part of the shoot for Ferrell's upcoming movie "Daddy's Home," which the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported he's been filming in the Big Easy since November.

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<![CDATA[Miss Universe National Costumes ]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:08:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MissU_AP938273336333_2_sm.jpg Check out photos from the 2015 Miss Universe Costume Contest. Miss Universe airs on NBC at 8/7c on Sunday, Jan. 25.

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<![CDATA[Share Your "SNL" Memories! ]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:15:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SNL-FB-image-generic.jpg

As part of the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Live," we are collecting your memories of watching "SNL" over the years. Do you remember staying up late to watch the show with your parents? Maybe one particular political skit stands out in your mind because it represented a particular time in history? 

We want to hear your stories and feature them in our upcoming website coverage of the anniversary. 

Please share your memory in the comments section below. We will reach out to some of you to record your memories in your own words, as part of our look-back of "SNL" history. 

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