Washington’s in on the joke
With Kerry Washington as guest host, “Saturday Night Live” wasted no time poking fun at itself after receiving criticism for having no black women among its 16 regular cast members.
In the opening skit, the “Scandal” actress portrayed first lady Michelle Obama, talking with her husband about an upcoming state dinner at the White House.
“Michelle, this is such a treat,” said the president, played by Jay Pharoah. “I feel like it’s been years since I’ve seen you.”
An aide came in, saying Oprah Winfrey had arrived for the dinner and wanted to see the president. “Don’t you think you should get changed?” he asked Washington. She wondered whether cast member Kenan Thompson couldn’t play Winfrey, but both Thompson and Pharoah said recently they will no longer impersonate women on the late-night comedy show.
Washington left the stage and returned as Winfrey. She was then asked to portray Beyonce – before the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, stepped in. Michaels said producers would like to apologize to Washington for the number of black women she would be asked to play in the show.
Stranded stars take to Twitter
LAX is the international hub for stars in and out of Hollywood, and a few celebrities were among the travelers caught up in the chaos following the deadly shooting at the airport Friday morning.
With time on their hands, they took to Twitter to update fans.
• “At #lax Some (expletive) shot up the place.” – James Franco, who included a self-portrait in an airplane window seat. His publicist confirmed the actor was a passenger on a flight that landed Friday morning after the shooting occurred.
• “Currently waiting on the plane in a remote parking area. I am safe. Praying for the victims of this shooting.” – Nick Jonas, who posted moments earlier that the flight he arrived on was set to deplane at the terminal where the shooting occurred.
• “Heard gun shots then everyone starting running for the door. Not sure if anyone was hurt. #LAX” – “Mythbusters” host Tory Belleci posted Friday morning.
‘Ender’s Game’ starts strong
Weekend moviegoers chose sci-fi over slapstick.
“Ender’s Game” scored the No. 1 slot at the weekend box office, earning $28 million in its opening weekend and sending “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Lionsgate’s “Ender’s Game,” based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as intergalactic soldiers.
Paramount’s candid-camera comedy starring Johnny Knoxville brought in another $20.5 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.
1. “Ender’s Game,” $28 million.
2. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” $20.5 million.
3. “Last Vegas,” $16.5 million.
4. “Free Birds,” $16.2 million.
5. “Gravity,” $13.1 million.
6. “Captain Phillips,” $8.5 million.
7. “12 Years a Slave,” $4.6 million.
8. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” $4.2 million.
9. “Carrie,” $3.4 million.
10. “The Counselor,” $2.3 million.