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Amy Adams hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend -- talk about it here

Sorry, Amy—but North Korea may have just hijacked your Saturday Night Live Christmas show.

Normally, SNL‘s last episode of the year is a merry occasion filled with starry cameos, seasonal good vibes, schweddy balls (if we’re lucky), and plenty of extra musical interludes—à la Jimmy Fallon and Cecily Strong’s sweet “Baby It’s Cold Outside” update, or Fallon and friends’ “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” or “Do It on my Twin Bed” (which, yes, also features Fallon). Given Adams’ own sunny disposition and proven singing ability, we can certainly still count on seeing this sort of thing come tonight’s show.

But the cheer is likely to get overshadowed by the week’s biggest news story: the revelation that North Korea’s government ordered hackers to attack Sony Pictures Entertainment, and that the hacking—as well as threats made against theaters scheduled to show The Interview—led to Sony pulling the movie, perhaps indefinitely. READ FULL STORY

A visual guide to everyone who showed up on the last 'Colbert Report' -- UPDATE

Update: Comedy Central has released a full list of Colbert finale guests; scroll to the bottom of this post to see who appeared in the background, or just for the blink of an eye.

There are star-studded finales… and then there’s the last episode of The Colbert Report, which united pretty much everyone you’ve ever heard of (and plenty of people you haven’t) in a giant, giddy singalong. Want to see just who appeared to say goodbye to Colbert? Here’s a full list, complete with photos:

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'The Colbert Report' wraps up with an immortal, star-studded finale

Truly, it’s the end of a Colbera.

And what an end it was! The final episode of The Colbert Report—which began, as his shows often did, with a toss from Colbert’s old boss/buddy Jon Stewart—started off slow; the faux pundit didn’t even formally acknowledge that tonight’s half-hour would be his last until halfway through his first segment. READ FULL STORY

15 real things the fake 'Stephen Colbert' has done

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It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to The Colbert Report this Thursday—mostly because it’ll mean saying goodbye to “Stephen Colbert,” the ruthlessly ignorant, hilariously pompous, utterly indelible faux conservative pundit that the real Stephen Colbert has been playing on late-night TV for over a decade (if you count the Daily Show years). “Colbert” isn’t a great creation just because of all the jokes he’s told and the absurdities he’s exposed via satire—he’s also a character for the ages because of the many ways he’s had an impact on the real world.

What kind of impact? Start with these 15 actual things accomplished by a fake man—and know that they’re just the tip of the iceberg. READ FULL STORY

Are Mel Brooks movies worse when they feature more Mel Brooks? PopWatch Investigates!

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Forty years ago today, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder’s Young Frankenstein shuffled into theaters. The film was an instant success, earning both healthy box office figures and critical acclaim (even if it was of the guarded sort: “It would be misleading to describe Young Frankenstein… as astoundingly witty, but it’s a great deal of low fun of the sort that Mr. Brooks specializes in,” sniffed Vincent Canby of The New York Times). The movie went on to earn a pair of Oscar nominations, prime spots on scores of “best comedy” lists, and the reputation of being perhaps Brooks’ best film ever.

Young Frankenstein also happens to be one of the only Mel Brooks movies that doesn’t feature the director himself in either a supporting or a starring role. And according to Brooks, that was no accident: “That was the deal Gene Wilder had. He says, ‘If you’re not in it, I’ll do it,'” Brooks told The A.V. Club in 2012. “He says, ‘You have a way of breaking the fourth wall, whether you want to or not. I just want to keep it. I don’t want too much to be, you know, a wink at the audience. I love the script.’ He wrote the script with me. That was the deal. So I wasn’t in it, and he did it.'”

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Martin Freeman hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here

Okay, so maybe this week’s SNL won’t be quite as exciting as it would be if a certain other Sherlock star were in the hot seat.

Which isn’t to say that Martin Freeman is anyone’s second fiddle. From The Office to The Hobbit to Fargo to the parts of Sherlock when Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t sucking up all the attention in the room, the man otherwise known as Dr. Watson has more than proven himself capable of holding his own onscreen. And even if his personal following isn’t quite as fervent as the Cumberbitches are—though what fan clan is these days, except maybe Beliebers?—it’s still plenty huge, thanks to the cultish appeal of his most notable projects: See, for example, reports from this summer’s West End production of Richard III, where some theatergoers complained that Freeman’s fans were “ruining” the show by clapping and cheering at inappropriate moments. READ FULL STORY

James Franco hosts 'Saturday Night Live' tonight: Discuss

What is left to say about James Franco?

The answer: Not much. We know he’s a veteran of tentpole franchises and weird indies and somber Oscar bait, as well as sitcoms and soaps and the Broadway stage; we know he’s a modern Renaissance man who, in addition to acting, also dabbles in screenwriting and directing and short story-writing and modeling and drawing and sculpting and, like, shoe commercials or whatever; we know he’s done graduate coursework at multiple learning institutions; we know that time he hosted the Oscars, it didn’t go so well; we know he got into some hot water this spring for propositioning a teenager on Instagram; we know, perhaps due to all of the above, that it’s surprisingly satisfying to watch him get punched in the face. Especially on an endless loop.

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Best of 2014: The year in meta, from 'Birdman' to 'Blank Space'

Time is a flat circle—and in 2014, so was entertainment. Sure, self-referential movies, TV shows, and plays are nothing new (see also: Singin’ in the RainThe Dick Van Dyke Show, Kiss Me Kate). But this year, it sure seemed like more and more stories—and music videos, and, in some cases, real-life events—were taking the möbius-strip route. Because we couldn’t figure out a way to write a list about being a list, we decided instead to pull together a chronology of meta-highlights: READ FULL STORY

'Peter Pan,' 'Lady and the Tramp,' and 12 more kids' classics marred by racism

In all its incarnations—J.M. Barrie’s play and novel, various film adaptations and novel reimaginings, even the “Peter Pan’s Flight” ride at Disney World—Peter Pan is an undisputed classic. It’s also incredibly problematic in its depiction of Native Americans, an issue that dates back to Barrie’s original text.

Here, for example, is how the author describes Neverland’s Indians the first time they appear in the story: “They carry tomahawks and knives, and their naked bodies gleam with paint and oil. Strung around them are scalps, of boys as well as of pirates, for these are the Piccaninny tribe, and not to be confused with the softer-hearted Delawares or the Hurons.”

Yikes. Naturally, this poses a conundrum for anyone hoping to adapt Pan for modern audiences. For its upcoming production of Peter Pan Live!, NBC decided to address the issue by hiring a Native American consultant and writing new lyrics for “Ugg-a-Wugg,” widely considered to be the stage musical’s most insensitive number. This seems like a positive step; the original song indicates that Native American languages are made up of nonsense words and features the line “brave noble redskin”: READ FULL STORY

And here are the movies you absolutely shouldn't watch with your whole family

Yesterday, we passed along a few guidelines for choosing the perfect family-pleasing post-Thanksgiving film. Today, we’re gonna do the opposite—namely, detailing the movies we (mistakenly) thought were safe for cross-generational viewing, only to discover that we were horribly, horribly wrong.

Learn from us, gentle readers: Don’t stream any of these picks after your holiday meal… unless you want to make pie time super awkward. READ FULL STORY

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