10 Things We Learned From James Franco's 'SNL' Doc

September 30, 2014 5:41 PM

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December 2008 was a long time ago: George W. Bush was languishing in the last days of his presidency; the Great Recession had only just gotten underway; and a young fella named James Franco was putting together his second-ever short-film project for his filmmaking degree at NYU. His subject was "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bill Hader, but when "SNL" head honcho Lorne Michaels agreed to give him full backstage access, Franco decided to expand his focus and trace a week in the life of the storied sketch show.

The resulting documentary, "Saturday Night," premiered at the SXSW Film Festival way back in March 2010. But thanks to a tangle of rights issues, it was never released beyond that — until now. With little fanfare or advanced notice other than a post on Franco's instagram feed, the doc dropped on Hul...

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