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  • Name: Kate Erbland
  • Location: New York City
  • Email: kate.erbland@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @katerbland
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BIOGRAPHY

Kate Erbland is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is the Associate Editor for Film School Rejects and a contributing writer for VanityFair.com, Cosmopolitan.com, RollingStone.com, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, amNY, Vulture, MTV.com, and Details.com. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and Film.com.

She is always available for and interested in new freelance and full-time opportunities.

Experience

2010 - Present

Freelance

Contributing Writer

Features, interviews, reviews, news, and film festival coverage for a variety of outlets, including VanityFair.com, Cosmopolitan.com, RollingStone.com, Vulture, The Dissolve, Details.com, Nylon Guys, MTV.com, ScreenCrush, Mental Floss, New York Daily News, amNY, Film.com, Bustle, Dame Magazine, Men’s Journal, Movies.com, and Fandango.

2011 July - Present

Film School Rejects

Associate Editor

Review new film releases, festival films, and films from emerging filmmakers; write daily column on wide range of topics, including television, film, books, and pop culture; write timely news items on breaking film news.; develop, plan, and write new television coverage, including news, recaps, and reviews; interview talent for special features; assign and plan coverage by the site’s other editors, writers, and critics; copyedit and review posts on site prior to publishing.

2014 October - 2015 January

The Dissolve

Interim News Editor

Wrote timely news items on breaking film news, assigned and planned coverage by the site’s other editors and writers, copyedited and reviewed all news posts on site prior to publishing.

2013 February - 2013 September

MSN's Page-Turner

Contributing Writer

Reviewed new book releases, wrote timely news items on breaking book news.

2011 July - 2013 September

MSN Movies

Critic and Contributing Writer

Reviewed new film releases, festival films, and films from emerging filmmakers; wrote timely news items on breaking film news.

Education

2001 September - 2005 May

Loyola Marymount University

Bachelor of Arts, English

Minor in Art History, Emphasis in Modern and Contemporary Theory

Recently Published

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    Friendship Is Better Than Romance

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    Tatiana Maslany’s Advice for Aspiring Actresses

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    15 Best Lines From Justin Bieber’s Roast

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    The Rock on “Saturday Night Live”

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    Pretty Woman’s Original Dark Ending

    A deep dive into the original Pretty Woman from Vanity Fair.

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    Chris Hemsworth on “Saturday Night Live”

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    America Ferrera Opens Up About Sex Scenes

    An interview with America Ferrera from Cosmopolitan.

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    Dakota Johnson on “Saturday Night Live”

    Dakota Johnson on "Saturday Night Live" from Rolling Stone.

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    “SNL 40″: Still Crazy After All These Years

    A look inside "SNL 40," straight from 30 Rock, from Rolling Stone.

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    “Son of a Gun” Review

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    A film review of "Love, Rosie" from The Dissolve.

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    “The Rewrite” Review

    A film review of "The Rewrite" from The Dissolve.

"I had the worst dream, Romy. I dreamt that we weren’t friends, and we were really, really old—but I mean, we were, like really, really old—and we weren’t friends.” There are two sets of high-school sweethearts in Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion. There’s Christy Masters (Julia Campbell) and Billy Christianson (Vincent Ventresca): leaders of the so-called “A Group,” prom king and queen, and generally awful people. And there’s Romy White (Mira Sorvino) and Michele Weinberger (Lisa Kudrow): high-school outcasts, fashion plates, and the faux inventors of Post-It Notes. Both Christy/Billy and Romy/Michele have spent their post-high school years together, building on the foundation of what they started as teenagers. The difference between the two sets of sweethearts is obvious: Christy and Billy are a married couple (who, it turns out, aren’t very good at being married), and Romy and Michele are just—just—best pals. Read more at The Dissolve.

By now, fans of Tatiana Maslany are used to seeing the Canadian actress play multiple characters — her star-making turn on BBC hit Orphan Black regularly requires her to play over a half-dozen clones, all outfitted with very different personalities and appearances. But her latest job flips that idea on its head, asking Maslany to do the very opposite: share a role. With no less than Helen Mirren.

Based on a gut-wrenching true story, Woman in Gold sees Maslany splitting duties with Mirren as each actress plays real-life Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann during different periods of her life. The indomitable Altmann not only survived World War II, she later sued the Austrian government in order to reclaim a collection of paintings that were stolen from her family during the war, including Gustav Klimt's "Woman in Gold." (The painting was adopted by the Austrian people as one of their best works, but Altmann was attached to the portrait because it was of her beloved aunt.) Maslany spoke to Comspolitan.com ahead of this week's limited release about her love of Mirren, why Twitter can be overwhelming, and what advice she'd give to aspiring actresses. Read more at Cosmopolitan.

Remember: He asked for this. Justin Bieber made no bones about his desire to be roasted in a public forum for months – an odd choice for a guy who is fried by the tabloid press with startling regularity. But truly, who can understand all the mysteries of the Biebs? So per request, Comedy Central delivered with a star-studded bash for the pop singer-cum-enfant-terrible — emphasis on the "bash" — and finally aired the results last night. Although most people associate roasts with colleagues and loved ones taking a cherished pal down a peg or two, all done in good fun, Bieber was upbraided by a motley crew of familiar faces, all with their knives out and their tongues sharp. The beleaguered Canadian probably doesn't spend the majority of his off-time hanging with the likes of Jeff Ross, Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal, Will Ferrell or Martha Stewart, which means that the network essentially hired a bunch of famous strangers to say mean things to someone (and occasionally each other) that they don't really know, all as part of a televised event. Once again: the kid insisted on this. So did it hurt? You better Beliebe it did. Here are some of the night's funniest, did-they-actually-just-say-that?! lines. Read more at Rolling Stone.
The next time Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosts Saturday Night Live, he'll join the illustrious Five-Timers Club, a swanky association of hosting all-stars that includes Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, and Drew Barrymore (she first hosted when she was just seven, remember that?). While it's not shocking that Johnson is bound for such an honor, it is surprising how quickly the action star has gone from SNL newbie to slam-dunk host – he first hosted the show in 2000, back when he was still known simply as "The Rock" – building up his own repertoire of recurring characters along the way. When it comes to SNL, it's easy to smell what The Rock is cooking: it's an excellent show. For his fourth outing, Johnson employed his biggest weapons, including high voltage charm, an endearing ability to poke fun at himself, and an almost inhuman capacity for holding character. Oh, and his arms, chest, and lower regions. Those were also very present this time around (much to the pleasure of Kate McKinnon and some particularly jovial members of the audience). When an SNL host is good – really good – it's easy to muse that they should just join the cast, but every time Johnson turns up to shepherd a show, it’s impossible to not dream of a world where he’s a regular cast member. After all, they don’t call him "franchise Viagra" for nothing. Read more at Rolling Stone.
That’s not exactly what happened, though Ziskin certainly contributed to the film’s conclusion. And while it would also be a good, dark Hollywood story if screenwriter J.F. Lawton were devastated by the way his gritty drama, originally called 3,000, was turned into the uber-rom-com Pretty Woman, that’s not what happened either. Lawton was a struggling screenwriter when he first wrote 3,000 in the late 1980s, a dark drama that drew inspiration from films like Wall Street and The Last Detail. As Lawton tells it, he was just trying to do something new to get a gig. “I was a screenwriter who was trying to get a job, I was unemployed and I was working in post-production and I was trying to sell scripts, and I had been writing all of these ninja scripts and comedies, and I just couldn’t get any attention.” So, it was time for a change. “I suddenly said, ‘Well, maybe I need to do something more serious and dramatic,’ and I had written a script called Red Sneakers which was about a one-legged lesbian standup comic who was an alcoholic, and all of a sudden, I got a lot of attention. People were really interested! People were talking to me.” Read more at Vanity Fair.
What makes a great Saturday Night Live host? The formula is a tricky one – a delicate combination of charm and talent and timing – but no host can succeed without one immutable factor: a willingness to laugh at themselves. Avengers: Age of Ultron star and official Sexiest Man Alive (according to both People magazine and probably most actual people) Chris Hemsworth probably doesn't find a lot of occasion to laugh at himself in his regular life, which is why his inaugural outing as host of SNL was such a genuinely funny surprise. Endlessly game and refreshingly self-effacing, Hemsworth improbably slipped right into the cast for his first show, nimbly taking on such unexpected bits as "acting with a live chicken," "almost dying on a small Razor scooter," and "rapping gun sounds." Overall, it was a strong show, one that was also marked by a number of major turns from its regular stars (Kate McKinnon appears to have nabbed the coveted Hillary Clinton spot, which will likely turn out to be a major coup for her as we ramp up to next year's election, while Colin Jost flubbed a line during "Weekend Update" that ended up getting some of the biggest laughs of the show). And the entire time, there was Thor, giddily mugging it up for the camera in the best of all possible ways. No wonder this guy gets to play a god in the movies. Finally back in the groove after a big break and the nerve-wracking SNL40Saturday Night Live turned in one of its best shows of the season, and here are three superhero-sized highlights. Read more at Rolling Stone.

America Ferrera and husband Ryan Piers Williams have a meet-cute story that would rival most big-screen romantic comedies. They met after Williams cast his future wife in one of his student films, back when they were both students at the University of Southern California. Their desire to work together has held strong for over a decade, and the pair next stars in Williams's frank and sexually honest movie, X/Y.

 In the feature (written and directed by Williams and produced by Ferrera), the real-life couple plays Sylvia and Mark, a long-term pair struggling with issues of intimacy and fidelity. Ferrara spoke to Cosmopolitan.com ahead of X/Y's March 6 release about filming sex scenes with her husband, her hopes for the upcoming election year, and why she will always be a member of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Read more at Cosmopolitan.
Unless you've been purposely avoiding your local multiplex for the last three weeks or so, you're most likely already uncomfortably aware of the Fifty Shades of Grey juggernaut that has put our nation's movie theaters in a chokehold since Valentine's Day. The bondage-heavy love story might not appeal to everyone, but the film at least boasts one excellent byproduct with mainstream charm: rising star Dakota Johnson. Johnson – yes, the offspring of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, a little bit of genealogical trivia she's adorably embraced –already managed to make Fifty Shades occasionally funny, but could she work that same magic her first time hosting Saturday Night Live? If anything, Johnson acclimated to the live show a bit too well. Johnson's background is in comedy – her biggest pre-Fifty Shades role was on sitcom Ben and Kate – so working for laughs isn't foreign to her, although taking center stage might be. Johnson slipped so seamlessly into every sketch she appeared in (and this is a show with plenty of solid young female talent) that it was nearly impossible to differentiate her from the rest of the cast. And, despite a very strong start, the show eventually showed some of the expected shag from taking a month’s hiatus from normal operations. Read more at Rolling Stone.

Who wants to turn 40 early?

Saturday Night Live may not officially turn the big 4-0 until October 11, but the venerable NBC sketch comedy show didn't let a little thing like that stand in the way of a star-studded, super-sized anniversary special — one that hit the air ready for primetime and live, naturally. Despite the frenetic-sounding pace of putting together a three-and-a-half-hour live show, 30 Rock's commissary/makeshift media room still hosted a mixed bag of cast members and guests throughout the special – from Mike O'Brien to David Koechner to Bill O'Reilly – who would occasionally wander in during the show for a quick drink or hello. As ever, this SNL-on-steroids show opened with a monologue of sorts, as Jimmy Fallon and BFF Justin Timberlake appeared to rap four decades' worth of catchphrases and punchlines. These two could have feasibly covered the show's entire history with their high energy song and dance number – it certainly would have taken less than three-and-a-half-hours – but they managed to wrap things up after just one Christopher Walken impersonation, two outsider appearances (Rachel Dratch as Debbie Downer, Molly Shannon as Mary Katherine Gallagher) and a single demand to bring something on down to something town. Read more at Rolling Stone.
The old adage isn’t true: Crime actually does pay. It’s just that it doesn’t pay well over time: It’s a poor investment, for big risk. Filmmaker Julius Avery attempts to cover this well-worn cinematic trope with his feature-film debut, Son Of A Gun, twisting together a surprisingly original heist story with a more commonplace meditation on the ugliness (and the sometimes inevitability) of revenge. Bolstered by strong performances and a tight narrative, Son Of A Gun is an admirable debut film from Avery, and a worthy new entry into Australia’s burgeoning class of crime features. Read more at The Dissolve.
Plenty of romantic comedies are guilty of going the vague-hypnosis route when it comes to storytelling, repeatedly telling the audience that the protagonists belong together, rather than showing why through charming interactions or actual chemistry. Say it enough times—they belong together, they belong together—and everyone is bound to believe it, even if they’re not exactly sure why. Christian Ditter’s good-hearted and intermittently sweet Love, Rosie attempts through sheer force of will to convince viewers that its good-looking protagonists, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin), are a good match. Love, Rosie is more a psychological experiment than a romance, hinging on susceptibility to the powers of suggestion. Read more at The Dissolve.
If there’s one thing Hugh Grant knows how to do, it’s play the arch outsider to endearing effect. Well-schooled in the art of portraying lovable cads, Grant has filled out his considerable rom-com oeuvre with roles that would be repugnant in less self-effacing hands. Grant specializes in bastards, but he makes them so charming that viewers can nearly forget, and even forgive, their consistently bad manners. It’s a good skill, and it’s put to heavy use in Marc Lawrence’s otherwise charmless, vaguely offensive The RewriteRead more at The Dissolve