Andy Samberg has wrapped his seven-season run on “Saturday Night Live,” a spokeswoman for the actor-comedian said Friday. Samberg’s exit follows that of “SNL” cast member Kristen Wiig. Like other “Saturday Night Live” alumni, Samberg will be seen on the big screen. His new movie with Adam Sandler, “That’s My Boy,” is out this month. Samberg’s “SNL” highlights reel would feature his satiric rap videos including “Lazy Sunday” and a memorable one with Justin Timberlake about an X-rated gift in a box. The fake music video won an Emmy Award in 2007 for best original music and lyrics. Wiig, Samberg and Jason Sudeikis, all of whom became cast members in the 2005-06 season, have been rumored to be leaving, with “SNL” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels saying only that any decision would wait until summer. That presumably meant no emotional on-air farewells. But on the May 19 finale, Wiig got just that. In the last sketch of the night, a tearful Wiig danced with guest host Mick Jagger, cast members and Michaels to the tune of the Rolling Stones classic “She’s a Rainbow.” … SNL’s Bill Hader too is known for his crazy characters, such as Stefon, Weekend Update’s flamboyant New York City correspondent, and he does uncanny impressions of Vincent Price, Alan Alda, Clint Eastwood and other Hollywood personalities. So it’s little surprise to find that he is a serious film fan. Last summer, he hosted TCM’s 13-week series “Essentials, Jr.” which featured classic films that appeal to families. And now he’s back for his second stint that began Sunday with Sidney Lumet’s 1957 drama “12 Angry Men.” Other films the series will be screening this summer include 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz”; Howard Hawks’ 1959 Western epic “Rio Bravo” and his 1941 comedy “Ball of Fire”; the 1933 musical “42nd Street”; James Whale’s 1933 horror film “The Invisible Man”; and the 1943 boy-and-his-dog classic “Lassie Come Home.”
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Posted June 03, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.