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POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
July 8, 2017  | By David Bianculli

HBO, 8:30 p.m. ET

 

More than a decade ago, in 2005, the trio of comic collaborators known collectively as Lonely Island – Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone – were hired by Saturday Night Live as writers (and Samberg as a featured player). Almost instantly, they presented the digital short “Lazy Sunday,” which, when replayed on YouTube, became one of the first videos to “go viral.” The trio’s output continued on SNL for several years, including the infamous “Dick in a Box” video featuring Samberg and Justin Timberlake, and they also produced music albums and two films. Popstar is the second, a rockumentary comedy in the vein of, but not nearly as sly as, This is Spinal Tap! Released in 2016, it gives co-starring roles to all three Lonely Island players, playing feuding members of a once-popular boy band group. The supporting cast includes Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Bill Hader and others, with cameos by everyone from Adam Levine and Mariah Carey to Ringo Starr and Emma Stone (pictured).

 
 
 
 
 
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