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Jack Sparrow Is Locked Up in New Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Videos

With the May 26 release date now just a few days away, Disney has unveiled three new clips from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The first of these new clips features the first meeting between young Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Henry Turner reveals that he has spent years looking for Jack Sparrow, and that he is a British soldier who is currently wanted for treason. Unfortunately, we don’t learn why Henry has been looking for Jack in this clip, but we also have two more clips, plus details on a sixth Pirates movie from the directors.

These clips first surfaced on YouTube this weekend, with the second clip featuring Jack Sparrow in quite the sticky situation, where he’s been informed that he is about to be executed by a new device called the guillotine. Of course, Jack will somehow find a way out of this tight spot he’s in, but we don’t see how he makes his escape in this clip, although we do see Henry Turner watching the events unfold from a tower. The third clip features new villain Captain Salazar and his ghost army, as we learn these ghosts can’t set foot on land or they dissolve into nothing. Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have started doing press for the movie, with Joachim Ronning revealing in a recent interview that there is still hope for a sixth movie in this franchise.

“It’s difficult to ever know. I think that there’s always… this is the beginning of the finale. It depends on how you look at it. But I never take anything for granted, and love the franchise. These kinds of movies, they remind me of the kind of movies I grew up with, those kind of adventure movies that made me want to become a filmmaker. So for me to be able to be a part of this and direct a Pirates of the Caribbean is a dream come true. But I don’t know if it’s the last one, or if they’ll make another ten of them. I don’t know! But I hope so!”

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas. The cast also includes Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, Brenton Thwaites as Henry, a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy., Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will square off in a Memorial Day holiday weekend showdown with Paramount’s Baywatch, which will get a bit of a head start on Captain Jack and company by debuting a day earlier on Thursday, May 25. The movie found itself making headlines last week when it was reported that hackers were holding the movie for random, but it isn’t known if this will alter the release plans or not. While we wait for more details, take a look at these new clips from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he’s best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing “once in a while but not often,” while hinting that he will eventually make his return to acting. Here’s what he had to say at the festival.

“I did a lot of it for a long time. I’ll visit it again someday.”

Before Trouble With the Curve, the actor, filmmaker had only appeared in his movies sporadically over the past decade, starring in Gran Torino in 2008 and his Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby in 2004. He also had an uncredited role as a “church goer” in American Sniper, but he wasn’t featured in an acting role in recent directorial efforts such as Sully, Jersey Boys, J. Edgar, Hereafter or Invictus. The actor used to act regularly in his movies, but that stopped when he didn’t appear in Mystic River in 2003. It isn’t known what project the filmmaker will make his return to acting with quite yet.

Clint Eastwood started his filmmaking career in 1971 with Play Misty For Me, which he followed up in 1973 with High Plains Drifter and Breezy, The Eiger Sanction in 1975, The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1976 and The Gauntlet in 1977. After a three-year hiatus, he returned in 1980 with Bronco Billy, which he followed up with a pair of movies in 1982, Firefox and The Honky Tonk Man, 1983′s Sudden Impact, 1985′s Pale Rider, 1986′s Heartbreak Ridge and 1988′s Bird. He continued working regularly into the 1990s with White Hunter Black Heart and The Rookie in 1990, Best Picture winner Unforgiven in 1992, A Perfect World in 1993, The Bridges of Madison County in 1995, Absolute Power and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in 1997, True Crime in 1999, Space Cowboys in 2000 and Blood Work in 2002.

As an actor, the 86-year-old Clint Eastwood would rarely appear in films that he didn’t direct, but there was one exception in the 1990s. The filmmaker starred alongside Oscar nominee John Malkovich in the 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire. The actor/filmmaker is currently in pre-production on his next film, The 15:17 to Paris, but it isn’t known if his acting return will come in this movie or not. Hopefully we’ll have more details on that project soon.

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Johnny Depp Said No to Female Villain in Pirates of the Caribbean 5

So, it turns out that Johnny Depp might have really changed Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Possibly not for the better. At the very least, this doesn’t sound very good on paper. Speaking of not sounding good on paper, the change in question has to do with Depp reportedly rejecting the first script for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales because it featured a female villain. And his reasoning is the real head scratcher.

Veteran screenwriter Terry Rossio recently wrote a very lengthy post on his Wordplayer blog about something he calls “time risk.” Buried in this rather lengthy post is a pretty interesting claim. According to him, Johnny Depp not only rejected his draft of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 due to it featuring a female villain, but because he thought that would be too reminiscent of what he did in Dark Shadows. Here’s what Rossio had to say about it.

“My version of Dead Men Tell No Tales was set aside [just] because it featured a female villain, and Johnny Depp was worried that would be redundant to Dark Shadows, which also featured a female villain.”

If this is true, it is more than bizarre. For one, a female villain might have been a nice change for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, since we’re heading into the fifth installment. But really, it is citing Dark Shadows as the reasoning for this rejection that is truly insane. For one, Dark Shadows was a Tim Burton movie that has nothing to do with the Pirates franchise. Yes, it has a female villain, but many moviegoers probably don’t even know or remember that because Dark Shadows was kind of a bomb at the box office. If Depp’s reasoning is that the movie bombed because of the female villain, that would be further misguided, but there is no evidence that suggests he even tried to reason it beyond saying that he did a movie five years ago with a female villain in it.

It is also possible that Terry Rossio’s version of the screenplay for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales just wasn’t very good. But according to him, that isn’t very likely. He seems quite confident that his version. Here’s some more of what he had to say in his blog post, which could be perceived as a bit arrogant, or at the very least, possibly overconfident.

“Usually when I go back to read a screenplay that wasn’t produced, it holds up, often better than the film that was eventually produced. Sometimes it just takes a single decision by a single person, often just a whim, to destroy years of story creation and world-building.”

Terry Rossio’s script didn’t wind up getting used, but he does still have a “story by” credit on IMDB, so some elements of his story are probably still in place in Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Instead, Disney, and supposedly Johnny Depp, signed off on Jeff Nathanson’s version of the We’ll soon see how that turned out, because Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes out this week.

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Cyborg Movie Is Still Coming in 2020

Hope all of you DC fans still want that solo Cyborg movie because, according to Ray Fisher, it is still happening and on track for release in 2020. On track may be a bit of a loose phrasing here, though, since the movie has yet to attach a director or any of the other key players needed to get a movie off the ground. But still, the man playing the title claims it is happening, at least for now.

The actor recently appeared at the City of Heroes convention in the U.K., sporting a shirt that, appropriately, says “Borg Life.” Thanks to the folks at the DC World, who made a post to their Twitter account, we know that Ray Fisher said at the convention that the Cyborg solo movie is indeed still in the works and scheduled to arrive in 2020, as was previously announced. Here’s what they had to say about it.

“Confirmed at #coh3 today @rehsifyar in Cyborg standalone movie is in the works and on schedule for 2020 release #borglife”

A lot has changed since Warner Bros. first announced their DC Extended Universe lineup of movies a while back. A ton of projects have been added to the slate, such as Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing and Joss Whedon’s Batgirl movie, none of which have release dates yet. And many others have shifted around quite a bit, so it is understandable that the status of the Cyborg movie was in question. A lot of these moves have seemingly been in response to the critical and fan reactions to both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. When Warner Bros. initially announced their lineup, they were probably banking on a better critical reaction to the movies, and probably a less divided response among moviegoers. So, with all of the shifting, a solo Cyborg movie seemed like something that could have easily shifted around.

Cyborg, as it stands, is slated for release on April 3, 2020. With the movie still about three years away, that gives Warner Bros. plenty of time to get things together. Still, it is a little surprising that we haven’t had any updates on the project. Perhaps they are waiting until Justice League comes out this November to gauge the reaction to Ray Fisher’s character. Despite being a member of the Teen Titans for a long time, many more casual fans are very unfamiliar with Cyborg. So, doing a solo movie centered on him could be perceived as risky.

Back when Rick Famuyiwa was still directing and rewriting The Flash, it was hinted that Ray Fisher was going to appear as Cyborg in that movie. But with no director attached and the script being rewritten, it is unclear if that is still part of the plan. If Warner Bros. is still planning on putting a Cyborg solo movie out in 2020, it stands to reason that we will probably hear more about casting and a creative team sooner rather than later. We’ll probably know a lot more after Justice League comes out.

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Aquaman Videos Reveal Massive Water Tanks On Set

Warner Bros.’ highly-anticipated superhero adventure Aquaman started production in Australia earlier this month, although we haven’t seen too much from the set so far. Today we have new videos and photos that show the production utilizing some massive water tanks for some water scenes that are set at the hero’s home at Amnesty Bay. This report also reveals that young actor Otis Dhanji, who is portraying the young Arthur Curry, has been spotted on the set.

News.com.au reports that filming took place at a custom-made set next to Palazzo Versace over the weekend, where both Jason Momoa and his stuntman were spotted on the set, along with actors playing “big bikies.” This report also reveals that, while this shoot was going on, both Otis Dhanji, who plays the young Arthur Curry/Aquaman, and Temuera Morrison, who plays Arthur’s human father, were spotted filming at Village Roadshow Studios, filming in the studio’s outdoor water tank.

The production is continuing with second unit filming at the water tank today, but that shoot doesn’t include any of the principal actors. The fishing village set at The Spit, near Palazzo Versace, features a number of shipping containers that are dressed up as shops such as the Amnesty Bay Fish Co-Op and a shop signed Sunken Galleon, which are being built for the six-month shoot. Jason Momoa also shared a photo featuring his fish scale artwork tatoos on his body, which crew members have said take more than two hours to apply before he can begin shooting.

The cast also includes Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta with Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master Orm and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna. The latest addition to the cast was Power Rangers star Ludi Lin, who came aboard last week to play Murk, leader of the Men-At-War soldiers. While we still don’t have an official synopsis for Aquaman yet, director James Wan did recently share some interesting details about the story.

During an interview from October, James Wan surprised many fans when he compared this story to the 1984 adventure-romance Romancing the Stone. The director revealed that the story begins with both Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry and Amber Heard’s Mera “not quite clicking with other”, but as the story progresses, they begin to work together and become closer and closer. Jason Momoa also described this movie as a “coming of age story,” which will take fans into cinematic territory they’ve never seen or experienced before. Production is expected to last all summer in Australia, with a fall 2017 shoot planned for Italy as well. Aquaman has also finally solidified a December 21, 2018 release date, after being previously set for July 27 and October 5 next year. Take a look at the latest set videos and photos from Aquaman.

Gold Coast: Behind the scenes of ‘Aquaman‘ with filming underway in water tanks at Village Roadshows Studio. https://t.co/vP5m6MyPjF#7Newspic.twitter.com/moD1XqldDk

— 7 News Queensland (@7NewsQueensland) May 18, 2017

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Resident Evil Reboot Coming, 6-Movie Franchise Planned

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter came out earlier this year and was poised to put the successful video-game-to-movie franchise to bed. Or so we thought. It turns out that, less than a week after the last movie in the series arrived on Blu-ray, a reboot has been announced. While the news is very fresh and there are a lot of unknowns, there are plans for a six-movie reboot of the Resident Evil franchise.

Per Variety, German production company Constantin Film, who currently owns the rights to the Resident Evil property, are already in the early stages of getting a reboot together. Constantin Film has produced all of the other installments in the Resident Evil franchise, which is probably why they are so eager to do some more of them, since they have been very profitable. Here’s what Variety has to say about the Resident Evil reboot.

“Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at Constantin Film, did confirm to Variety at the Cannes Film Festival that a reboot is in development at the giant German production company, which owns rights to the franchise and has produced all of its installments.”

In one form another, the Resident Evil franchise has been insanely popular and very persistent. The original Resident Evil video game came out two decades ago in 1996 and has spawned a ton of sequels, as well as some CG movies based on the video games. So if there is a good candidate for a movie franchise based on a video game, it is probably Resident Evil, even though we just got what was promised to be the “final chapter” of the long-running series. But this is Hollywood and money talks, which is most definitely why this reboot is happening.

Despite the fact that Hollywood has not yet cracked the code on making a truly great video game adaptation, the Resident Evil movies have possibly been the closest at times. And, more importantly, they have made a lot of money. Resident Evil is the most successful video game franchise in movie history, with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter grossing $312 million alone. To date, the series has grossed $1.23 billion worldwide. With that taken into account, there should be no surprise that Constantin Film is eager to keep cashing in. These movies do big business overseas, especially in China, and with foreign markets becoming more and more important, don’t be at all surprised if these new movies cater more to foreign audiences.

It is possibly reaching a bit to already be planning a new six-movie Resident Evil franchise, but that is the nature of the industry right now. There is no word whether or not Paul W.S. Anderson, who write all six Resident Evil movies and directed four of them, will be involved. He is currently working on an adaptation of a different Capcom game, Monster Hunter, for release in late 2017/early 2018. Variety does note that his involvement is “in question,” so it hasn’t been totally ruled out. Just don’t expect to see Milla Jovovich back as Alice. Maybe it will be more faithful to the original games? We’ll have to wait and see, but either way, it looks like this is happening.

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Tom Holland Unveils Spider-Man: Homecoming Theater Standee

With just under two months left until the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, star Tom Holland took to social media to showcase a new theater standee for the film. The standee is reminiscent of a recent poster, which shows young Peter Parker laying on the top of a skyscraper, while wearing his high school jacket and his full Spider-Man costume. It isn’t known when this standee will actually be appearing in theaters, but the July 7 release date fast approaching, don’t be surprised if you see this in your local theater soon.

Tom Holland took to his Instagram account over the weekend, and it remains to be seen how much more the young actor will reveal as we get closer to the July 7 release date. Unfortunately, this standee doesn’t showcase much, and we don’t get any additional insight into the story. Director Jon Watts revealed in a recent interview that he wants this movie to showcase the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the perspective of the “regular joe.” The director, along with producer Eric Hauserman Carroll, also reveal that Adrian Toomes’ salvage yard is no longer needed to clean up after these battles, once a new government organization, founded by Tony Stark himself, takes over these operations.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine, distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Sony has also announced that a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming has been set for release on July 5, 2019. It is believed that each of these movies will represent a year of {Peter Parker’s high school career, with Peter in his sophomore year in this movie. Spider-Man: Homecoming will also star Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Zendaya playing Michelle, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Jon Favreau as Tony’s bodyguard Happy Hogan, Angourie Rice as Betty Brant, Michael Barbieri as Jason Macendale, Isabela Amara as Sally, Kenneth Choi playing Principal Morita, Michael Chernus as Tinkerer, Bokeem Woodbine as Shocker and Donald Glover in an unspecified role.

Jon Watts is directing from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Marvel’s Kevin Feige and former Sony Pictures president-turned-producer Amy Pascal is producing Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is a joint production from Marvel and Sony. Take a look at the new theater standee for Spider-Man: Homecoming below.

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Alien: Covenant Barely Gets Box Office Win Over Guardians of the Galaxy 2

As expected, Marvel’s box office blockbuster sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had no trouble taking care of business in its first two weeks at the box office. In its third frame this weekend, though, it was expected to be a close race between Guardians 2 and 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant, and this weekend’s box office race most certainly delivered. It was in fact a very close race, with Alien: Covenant coming out on top with $36 million, with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 following close behind with $35 million. Since these movies are so close together, it’s possible that they could swap spots on the charts when the actual numbers are released.

This opening weekend tally is far below the $51 million debut of 2012′s Prometheus, with this Alien prequel, set 10 years after the events of Prometheus. The prequel Prometheus was see as quite the disappointment to many fans ,but Alien: Covenant was received better than Prometheus by the critics, but not by much. Alien: Covenant is standing at a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just ahead of Prometheus’ 72% rating. The other two newcomers, the Warner Bros. teen romance Everything, Everything and 20th Century Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul weren’t received well by critics, earning a 43% rating and a 17% rating, respectively

Box Office Mojo reports that Alien: Covenant, which kicks off an Alien prequel trilogy that will connect to the original 1979 Alien movie, will open in approximately 3,600 theaters, compared to a roughly 2,900-theater debut for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and an estimated 2,800-theater rollout for Everything, Everything. We’re predicting that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will not be too far behind Alien: Covenant, posting a third-weekend gross of $34.2 million, which, along with the sequel’s weekday haul, should put it over the $300 million domestic mark in just its third weekend in theaters. The top 5 is rounded out by newcomer Everything, Everything ($10.4 million), Snatched ($7.6 million), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul ($7.2 million).

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in his Alien prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The cast also includes Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Noomi Rapace and James Franco.

The family adventure Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul essentially serves as a reboot of the existing franchise, introducing a brand new cast. The family adventure features Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone portraying the parents, and Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos playing their children. Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn played the parents in the first three movies, with Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Owen Fielding and Connor Fielding playing their kids., based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course, thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. This

Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

The top 10 will be rounded out by King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ($7.4 million), The Fate of the Furious ($3.1 million), The Boss Baby ($2.4 million) Beauty and the Beast ($1.9 million) and How to Be a Latin Lover ($1.5 million). Also opening in limited release is IFC’s Wakefield and ArtEffects’ Champion, although it isn’t clear if there are any plans for expansion. Looking ahead to next weekend, Paramount debuts its R-rated remake Baywatch on Thursday, May 25, with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arriving a day later on Friday, May 26, for a Memorial Day weekend box office showdown. Also arriving in limited release is Broad Green’s documentary Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, Screen Media’s Drone, Parade Deck Films’ The Here After, Indican’s action film Jasmine and Abramorama’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead. Take a look at our box office projections, and check back on Sunday for the weekend estimates for the weekend of May 19.

1Alien: Covenant
2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
3Everything, Everything
4Snatched
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
6King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
7The Fate of the Furious
8The Boss Baby
9Beauty and the Beast
10How to Be a Latin Lover

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Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Beats ‘Guardians 2′ With Sluggish $36M


Elsewhere, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ bombs, while YA film adaptation ‘Everything, Everything’ lures younger girls.

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‘SNL’: Scarlett Johansson Joins Alec Baldwin In All-Trump “Hallelujah”

As expected, Alec Baldwin reprised his Donald Trump for tonight’s Saturday Night Live season finale, sharing the cold open sketch with the cast’s political players and, for a brief moment, Scarlett Johansson returning as Ivanka.

Mirroring Kate McKinnon-as-Hillary’s early-season, much-discussed performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Baldwin opened the finale at a piano, singing the ballad in character as Trump. He was joined, one by one, by the show’s other impersonators – McKinnon as KellyAnne Conway, Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Mikey Day and Alex Moffat as the Trump boys, Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders and someone (not the usual Mikey) in Grim Reaper drag as Steve Bannon.

And just as McKinnon’s Hillary pledged she wouldn’t give up, so too did Baldwin’s Donald. “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said, just before the “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Following the brief opening, five-time host Dwayne Johnson received his Fifth Timer jacket from fellow five timers Baldwin and Tom Hanks, the latter accepting Johnson’s invitation to share a ticket for the next presidential election.

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