'SNL' Tidbits for September 17, 2000

By Sean Bradley

Emmys Reward 'SNL' Special

"Saturday Night Live" picked up an impressive Emmy win at the 52nd Annual Emmy Awards last Sunday evening. In the category of Outstanding Comedy, Variety, or Music Special, "SNL: The 25th Anniversary" beat out the "72nd Annual Academy Awards," "Chris Rock: Bigger And Blacker," "Cirque Du Soleil - Quidam," and "Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill."

Executive producer Lorne Michaels graced the stage to accept the award, with co-producers Mike Shoemaker and Marci Klein at his side. Michaels mentioned that 25 years earlier he was on stage accepting an Emmy for the same show -- "My career has stalled," he quipped.

Ironically, the award was presented by Conan O'Brien, whose big break was as a writer for "SNL" in the late '80s and who was in attendance at the 25th Anniversary last fall.

Ferrell Lands Stiller's 'Zoo'

Newly married Will Ferrell, who this fall begins his sixth season on "SNL," has joined the cast of Paramount Pictures' feature "Zoolander," according to Variety.

The comedy stars Owen Wilson and former "SNL" featured player Ben Stiller, who wrote the screenplay and will direct. Ferrell is set to play Mugatu, a flamboyant fashion designer and rival to Stiller's character.

'Ladies Man' Dusts Up R&B Hits of '70s

Reginal Hudlin -- the director of Tim Meadows upcoming "SNL" spin-off, "The Ladies Man" -- seems excited about the film's soundtrack, set for release October 10. Hudlin tells "The Bergen Record" that the soundtrack comes loaded with something he has wanted to include on his films' soundtracks for a long time: parts of the movie's actual score.

Additionaly, for all you old-school R&B fans, the soundtrack will feature such Seventies-era classics as "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" (Isley Brothers), "Turn Off the Lights" (Teddy Pendergrass), "Up for the Down Stroke" (Parliament), "The Closer I Get to You" (Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway), and Johnny Gill's "Close the Door."

"The Ladies Man" hits theaters on October 13. The comedy stars Meadows, Will Ferrell, Billy Dee Williams, Karyn Parson, Tiffany Amber Theisen, Julianne Moore, and others.

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