Bill Hader would love it if we could all get our shit together and save FilmStruck

Announced late last month, the upcoming November 26 death of film-streaming service FilmStruck continues to wreak havoc on the lives of movie nerds with disposable income everywhere, who had long heralded Turner Classic Movies’ entry into the streaming wars as one of the best libraries of online movies around. There…

Bill Hader kills people on Conan, talks killing people on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Bill Hader’s darkly comic hitman series Barry just got picked up for a second season by HBO and is garnering fine reviews from pretty much everyone. (Including our own Vikram Murthi, who gave last week’s cliffhanger-ending episode a straight-up A.) Perhaps that’s why Hader is suddenly ubiquitous on late-night TV. Or…

A guilt-ridden Barry tries to wash the blood from his hands

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When Lady Macbeth somnambulantly monologues about the imaginary bloodstains that cover her hands in Act V Scene 1 of Macbeth (“Out, damned spot! out, I say!”; “What, will these hands ne’er be clean?”; “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”; yada, yada, yada…), her soul can no longer be saved.…

Bill Hader and James McAvoy in talks to play a couple of grown-up Losers in the It sequel

We can’t help thinking that director Andy Muschietti must have felt a little star-deprived during the filming last year’s summer blockbuster It; outside of Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise—and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard—the film’s cast was mostly made up of lesser-known performers, something of a necessity when casting…

Barry or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make the Unsafe Choice

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Barry moves between many different modes—existential hitman profile, showbiz comedy, whimsical mafia farce, low-key cop procedural etc.—but they all serve as vehicles for Bill Hader to interrogate the idea of success. For Hader, success doesn’t beget happiness; if anything, it only emphasizes the hollow nature of the…

Barry turns a somber memorial into amateur night in a funny second episode

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When Gene Cousineau informs his acting class about Ryan Madison’s gruesome death, they first mourn, and then they plan a show. After all, they’re actors, and their emotions are the paints in their toolbox, so their sadness must be put to good use. Sally informs everyone that the memorial will be held at Jake’s (her…

Bill Hader and Alec Berg snuck into a real acting class while researching for Barry

Barry, the new HBO comedy from Bill Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alec Berg, stars Hader as the eponymous hitman who gives up a life of crime after he’s bit by the acting bug while tailing a target in Los Angeles. At the SXSW premiere of the show, we spoke with Hader and Berg about the genesis of the show, and the time…

Here’s what John Mulaney said to make Bill Hader break character on SNL

Breaking once during a skit is fine. It’s a rare moment of relatability between performer and audience. Breaking multiple times during a skit, however, is decidedly less charming. It’s annoying and unprofessional and the reason we hated Jimmy Fallon before the whole Trump-toussle thing. That said, Bill Hader’s…

Bill Hader brings Stefon back to Saturday Night Live, even without husband Seth Meyers 

While Saturday Night Live all-star alum Bill Hader’s second hosting stint last night didn’t measure up to his first, at least he brought back everyone’s favorite questionably qualified city correspondent Stefon to Weekend Update. As ever, the garishly shirted, intensely edgy, disreputably knowledgeable Stefon took…

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