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Past and present Saturday Night Live cast members celebrated the NBC show’s 40th anniversary at its New York Rockefeller Centre studios on Sunday. The list of comedians participating included just about everyone anyone who has been funny on American television for the past 40 years. “It’s like a high school reunion”, Steve Martin said in the televised special’s opening monologue, “Well, a high school that’s almost all white”.

House of Cards New Trailer

The highly-anticipated third season of the popular US TV show House of Cards is due to premiere in America on February 27.

With the first episode only a few weeks away, Netflix have released a teaser trailer of the show’s upcoming season.

We see Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) pose for their White House portrait together but the atmosphere is clearly charged with tension and animosity.

Early last week, Netflix, the streaming service that broadcasts House of Cards mistakenly uploaded all episodes of season three to their website. The error was quickly rectified but rumours circulated on social media that the leak was a publicity stunt by the company.

See the political and marital drama unfold in the teaser below:

Optus Partners with Netflix for Launch

The mystery around Netflix, the popular American video streaming service, and its launch in Australia continues.

There are reports that Netflix is scheduled to be available in Australia on March 31 with subscriptions starting at $9.99AUD for the service.

As Netflix plans to enter a market already occupied by newcomers Presto and Stan, they have partnered with telecommunications giant Optus to help simplify their transition to Australian living rooms.

Optus has announced that Netflix will be available for streaming through their television service FetchTV. This service will only be available to Optus Users and will be accessible through a dedicated integrated applicate the two companies will collaborate on.

Winners from 2015 Writers Guild of America

Adding to the long list of award ceremonies is the Writers Guild of America (WAG) award, which took place today in Los Angeles and New York.

The WAGs were hosted by actress Lisa Kudrow and saw Wes Anderson’s 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel take home the coveted award of Original Screenplay. The film won against other nominees WhiplashBoyhoodFoxcatcher, and Nightcrawler.

The Academy Awards, the pinnacle and highlight of the Hollywood awards season, will be held next Sunday February 22.

Lesley Gore dies at 68

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who had her first hit It’s My Party at just 16, died of lung cancer on Monday in New York. The singer also performed You Don’t Own Me, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows and She’s A Fool. In the 1980s, she wrote music with her brother Michael for the film Fame, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Out Here On My Own.

Here’s one of her finest moments, live in 1964.

Main image: Mike Myers as Wayne, Dana Carvey as Garth during the Wayne’s World skit on SNL February 15, 2015

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