The Comedian With the Best Trump Impression? None of Them

Turn on late-night TV on almost any night of the week and you'll find one: a President Trump impression. Seth Meyers does one on Late Night, so does Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. Saturday Night Live has had a rotating door of comedians impersonating the president. But which one is the best? Which one nails it?

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Impression Is a Technical Marvel

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  • Actually, maybe none of them.

    In the latest episode of WIRED's Technique Critique series, dialect coach Erik Singer analyzed a series of actors portraying US presidents and zeroed in on three comedians—Jimmy Fallon, Taran Killam, and Darrell Hammond— who have taken on Trump. His final word? "For a subtler, more multidimensional, more accurate, integrated, and authentic version of Trump the human being, I think we may have to wait a while." Welp, there you have it. (It's worth noting, though, Singer does think Alec Baldwin's Trump impression on SNL is pretty spot-on.)

    Trump, however, is still a relatively new president, and one that—so far—only comedians have really dug into. Movie and TV actors, on the other hand, have spent years portraying US presidents with much better results. And among those, Singer has found some gems, including Dennis Quaid's Bill Clinton impression in The Special Relationship, Josh Brolin's George W. Bush in W., and Greg Kinnear's John F. Kennedy in The Kennedys miniseries.

    Want more? Watch Singer's full analysis in the video above. For more Technique Critique, go to WIRED's new streaming channel on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, or Amazon Fire TV.


    Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/technique-critique-american-presidents/

    Before Leia: This U.K. actress may be joining the young Han Solo movie

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge promoting ‘Fleabag’ on August 7, 2016 in Beverly Hills.
    Image: Getty Images for Amazon Studios

    Move over, Chewie. There may be another kind of fleabag aboard the Millennium Falcon next year.

    Actress Pheobe Waller-Bridge, star of the BBC and Amazon-produced comedy show Fleabag, is in talks to join the forthcoming Han Solo movie, Mashable has confirmed via a source familiar with the talks.

    With the Han Solo script locked up tighter than the Death Star on Sunday, we don’t know who or what Waller-Bridge would be playing.

    But Variety, which first revealed the talks, says she’s the voice for a “CGI-driven” character much in the same way Alan Tudyk gave his voice and mannerisms to K-2SO in Rogue One.

    If she gets the part, Waller-Bridge would be the latest in a line of relatively unknown young British actresses to appear in a blockbuster Star Wars movie. Daisy Ridley was the breakout star of The Force Awakens; Felicity Jones held her own at the center of Rogue One.

    She’d also be the third woman to play a starring role in a Disney-led Star Wars film without showing her face. Lupita Nyong’o was similarly hidden behind the CGI character Maz Kanata, while Gwendoline Christie was unseen beneath the armor of Captain Phasma. Both those roles were rumored to have been offered to male actors first.

    The Han Solo film’s actors confirmed so far include Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (the previous owner of the Millennium Falcon so yeah, we’re pretty sure the ship shows up in this) and Woody Harrelson who’ll play a “bit of a criminal” mentor to Solo.

    And of course, Alden Ehrenreich stars as the scoundrel himself. He revealed last year that he had been screen-tested next to a Wookiee. No definitive word yet on whether this means Chewbacca himself shows up at this point in Han’s life. But given the way Lando treated Chewie like an old pal when they met again in Cloud City “you still hanging around with this loser?” we wouldn’t bet a hand of Sabacc against it.

    Adding a female voice (at least) to the proceedings would thus provide some necessary relief and representation in a movie that is otherwise shaping up to be the most male-centric Star Wars adventure yet.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/08/han-solo-fleabag/

    Trump is the biggest villain of all at the NYCC ‘Gotham’ panel

     

    “Make Gotham great again.”

    An approving crowd cheered for Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor as he remixed The Donald’s campaign slogan at the show’s New York Comic Con panel. Taylor’s Penguin is running for mayor, and his candidacy, entailing a villain running for office, feels like a reflection of the real world.

    “At this rate, Penguin looks pretty freaking good,” Taylor joked. “Wouldn’t you say?

    “I think the Gotham writers are writing our actual reality right now, and that’s probably the scariest thing you could possibly imagine.”

    Penguin’s mayoral run is shaping up to be a major plotline in the show’s third season. From the little we’ve seen so far, Penguin is capitalizing on the public’s emotional distress to turn it against his more experienced opponent.

    Sound familiar?

    “He tries to present himself as he thinks a candidate should look,” Taylor said. “There is a certain homage to a certain candidate who is out there which is entirely intentional.”

    Taylor then pointed out that the show’s flirtation with commentary is nothing new for comics. From the early days of Batman and Superman pushing back against fears over the rise of organized crime to Marvel’s more recent metaphoric forays into intolerance and social justice, Gotham is just a new voice in the mix.

    Image: Fox

    “Our show is like any comic book in that the stories are written to reflect the times in which we live,” Taylor said. “Comic books are written with that idea in mind, the social climate. So our show is reflecting that.”

    The panel moved on to other topics at that point, but Trump came up again after actress Erin Richards, who arrived late and missed Taylor’s earlier Trump talk, laid into the GOP candidate on her own.

    “Did everybody hear what he said on Friday about women?” she asked. “It’s embarrassing.”

    Taylor then mulled over what would happen if Penguin found himself speaking privately while a hot mic a la Trump.

    Taylor laughed. “If Penguin was caught on a hot mic, he wouldn’t say anything nearly as vulgar or disgusting.”

    Richards nodded her head in agreement, adding, “Nothing could be as bad as what that man has said.”

    She then launched into a full-on anti-Trump stump speech for Hillary.

    “Please, please, please vote Hillary. Please. Please vote Hillary. For the world. Please. For me. I can’t vote. I wish I could vote. I can’t vote. Britain is behind you if you vote Hillary. Though I don’t know what we’re doing at the moment, I apologize for Brexit.”

    Trump came up one final time, late in the panel, when a fan asked the Gotham stars what they would write if they had control of the GOP candidate’s Twitter feed.

    For Taylor, it was: “I’m sorry for making a mockery of the United States. I’m sorry for being embarrassing. I’m sorry. I’m ashamed. That’s what I would say.”

    And for Richards: “I am removing myself from the presidential race. And from all races. I’m removing myself from the Earth.”

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/10/08/gotham-new-york-comic-con-panel-trump/

    Adam West revives his ’60s Batman for a new animated movie

    There’s only one appropriate response to news of this magnitude: do the Batusi.

    Adam West and Burt Ward, television’s original Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder, are heading back to Gotham City.

    Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders reunites West and Ward as Batman and Robin in a feature-length animated film set in the universe of the ’60s TV series. The dynamic duo is also joined by the voice of Julie Newmar, who played TV’s Catwoman.

    This first trailer doesn’t show off any of the movie, but it does feature West and Ward escaping from one of the TV series’ trademark death traps as they hype the Blu-ray. It’s cute. And super enjoyable if you have any memory of the original TV series.

    We don’t know much yet about the story, but it features a familiar cast of villains: Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. It also heads to space at one point. Groovy.

    Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is a direct-to-video release that will be available via VOD on Oct. 11 and on Blu-ray starting Nov. 1.

    [h/t Entertainment Weekly]

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/17/batman-60s-adam-west-burt-ward-animated/