Bob Odenkirk to Write Book of Essays About His Life

“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk has nabbed a book deal to write essays about his life and comic journey.

Random House announced Wednesday that the still-untitled book will explore Odenkirk’s career working at Chicago’s Second City to writing and acting on “Saturday Night Live,” ”Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” ”Mr. Show,” ”Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

Random House Executive Editor Ben Greenberg says the book will give Odenkirk’s TV fans who might not know the comedian’s past “a look at the remarkable writer and comedic mind hiding just beneath that character.”

Odenkirk arrived at “Breaking Bad” in its second season as welcome comic relief, then grew Saul into a full-fledged scene stealer and has become the star in the quirky prequel “Better Call Saul.” (AP)

Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam Exiting “Saturday Night Live’

NBC says “Saturday Night Live” cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam are exiting the show.

Pharoah and Killam won’t be back when “SNL” returns this fall for its 42nd season, the network said Monday. The comedians have been on the show for six seasons.

Both are known for their celebrity impressions on “SNL,” including Pharoah’s Barack Obama and Kanye West and Killam’s Brad Pitt and Donald Trump – although the Trump role went to “SNL” announcer and former star Darrel Hammond during the past season.

“SNL” is known for its revolving-door cast, with Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon and Eddie Murphy among its successful alumni. (AP)

‘Ipanema’ Song Jumps 1,200% After Rio Olympics Ceremony

“The Girl from Ipanema” has won a gold medal in music streaming following the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.

Spotify says the song was streamed more than 40,000 times a day after the Olympics kicked off Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. It is 1,200 percent rise for the track, which was typically streamed about 3,000 times a day before the Olympics, the streaming service said.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walked onstage during the opening ceremony while “The Girl from Ipanema” played. The Grammy-winning song was released in 1964.

Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote the song as a tribute to a girl he fell in love with as she left Ipanema Beach, one of Rio’s iconic beaches. It is arguably Brazil’s most recognizable song internationally.  (AP)

Jimmy Fallon Set to Host 2017 Golden Globe Awards

Jimmy Fallon will be in charge of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Fallon will host the three-hour ceremony that’s scheduled to air Jan. 8 on NBC, the network said Tuesday.

Fallon, host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” has a playful humor that’s a good match for the “spontaneous and uninhibited” awards show, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said.

Fallon takes over from last year’s host, Ricky Gervais, whose biting style of humor brought groans as well as laughs. (AP)

Beyonce, Adele, Kanye West Earn Top Nominations at MTV VMAs

Beyonce and Adele are the top nominees at the MTV Video Music Awards, where their music videos will compete against Kanye West’s controversial “Famous” for video of the year.

“Famous,” Beyonce’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” will battle Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling” for the top prize when the VMAs air live Aug. 28 from New York’s Madison Square Garden.

West’s infamous “Famous” features what appears to be naked images of the rapper and other celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The song is at the center of his current war with Swift.

Beyonce, though, is the overall VMA leader with 11 nominations, marking a career best for the pop diva. Adele is up for eight awards.

Voting starts Tuesday. (AP)

Sundance moves screenings, events out of Ogden, Utah

Ogden, Utah, will no longer host events for the Sundance Film Festival.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/29GJHSu ) that the Sundance Institute has announced that there will no longer be January Sundance Film Festival events at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

Sundance Managing Director Sarah Pearce says they will be transitioning the Ogden extension of the Park City-based festival to a more community-based program. There will now be local screenings in Ogden during the summer and fall.

Pearce says she understand there will be disappointment due to the change but that she hopes Ogden residents will attend or volunteer at festival events in Park City and Salt Lake City.

The Sundance Film Festival was founded by actor Robert Redford.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net  (AP)

 

Bill Murray to Receive Top US Comedy Prize at Kennedy Center

Despite his move into serious roles, Bill Murray never stopped making people laugh. Now he’s being honored with the nation’s top prize for comedy.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday that Murray will be this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The 65-year-old Murray is one of several “Saturday Night Live” alumni to receive the Twain Prize. He joined the cast in 1977, replacing Chevy Chase, and he won over audiences by creating the iconic character Nick the Lounge Singer.

His first big movie hit was “Caddyshack” in 1980. He went on to become the nation’s most bankable comedy star, playing the lovable smart aleck to perfection in “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day.”

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