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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Martin Freeman joins the fellowship of Studio 8H

For a guy who’s the star of a billion-dollar franchise, Martin Freeman isn’t exactly Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt—though he did get a laugh out of jokingly referring to himself as the “funny George Clooney.” But the unassuming Brit who plays the clever Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit is not to be underestimated—especially as a first-time host on Saturday Night Live. The original lovelorn Office drone in Ricky Gervais’ groundbreaking series delivered one of the best episodes of the season, working at a Middle-earth paper company, marrying a WNBA superstar, and chilling with his British chums, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman.

Even though he’s not as big a star as some of this year’s other hosts, he’s an immediate threat in our ongoing Mr. Saturday Night poll, which is still waiting for a dominating performance to take control of the race. Cameron Diaz debuted in first place after her episode, but one week later, she was eliminated. James Franco now sits atop the pack, but he scored only marginally higher than Diaz had. Might Freeman shake up the standings again?

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'Frozen' director apologizes to parents for 'Let It Go'

What a difference a year makes.

Frozen director, Jennifer Lee, recently told The Hollywood Reporter that in the time since Frozen first came out in November of 2013, her interaction with parents has almost completely changed. “A year ago, I’d meet people who, when they found out who I was, they’d say, ‘Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time,'” Lee said. “Now they’re like, ‘Yep, we’re still listening to those songs.’ I’ve gone from, ‘Thank you,’ to, ‘Sorry!'”

That’s what happens when the children just can’t let it go. (Sorry.)

Chinese art institute looks suspiciously like Hogwarts Castle

Another week, another Hogwarts—but don’t expect to learn any witchcraft in this one.

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'Gone with the Wind' at 75: Scarlett and Rhett Forever

We give a damn. We really give a damn. Frankly, movies come and go every weekend, fluttering away from our public consciousness as soon as the credits roll. Not so for Gone with the Wind, whose magnolia-rich scent continues to pervade every aspect of our popular culture 75 years since its release. From book sequels to TV movies and miniseries to divine (and divinely absurd) parodies, Scarlett O’Hara has more than borne out her stubborn promise of tomorrow.

Gone with the Wind is such a three-dimensional story,” explains Steve Wilson, curator of film at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center, which organized a lavish GWTW exhibit in September 2014. “You get wrapped up in the whole world, even though it’s not a pleasant one all the time. It’s about all these issues that affect people—war, hunger, a disconnection from the land, feeling lovelorn—and this woman who would do what she had to do to survive and keep her house and never go hungry again. All that created a world you just don’t want to leave when it’s over.” READ FULL STORY

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

Angelina Jolie made a video about having chicken pox

You can watch a lot of strange and unexpected things on Youtube, but a video of Angelina Jolie apologizing for staying home sick thanks to chicken pox might be the strangest thing you’ll see this week. In the video, Jolie hardly seems to believe it herself—her second directorial effort, Unbroken, is a mere two weeks away from being released, which makes this sort of thing awfully inconvenient in addition to being mildly embarrassing.

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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Movie trailers need to stop slowing down songs

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It’s “California Dreamin”… slowed down! It’s “Once Upon a Dream”… slowed down! It’s that peppy Pinocchio song… slowed down! It’s … getting rather annoying, to be honest. READ FULL STORY

Billy Crystal's touching tribute to Robin Williams: A script of his friend's first night in heaven

When the world suddenly lost Robin Williams in August at the age of 63, friends and fans of the comedian were heartbroken. So was Billy Crystal, his longtime pal and comic cohort. Here, Crystal bids farewell to his dear friend by imagining Williams doing stand-up for the most heavenly audience.

“If heaven exists, to know that there’s laughs, that would be a great thing…”
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Bryan Singer, FKA Twigs, one unforgettable cat: 12 things we didn't talk about enough in 2014

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As a populace, we already know what we talked about too much in 2014: Taylor Swift’s music industry takeover; Matthew McConaughey’s ascent from beefy rom-com star to prestige actor; the nude-photo theft that launched a million thinkpieces about consent, privacy, sexism, and celebrity; Ben Affleck’s junk.

But for every overhyped idea, there’s a corresponding underhyped one—a would-have-been national conversation that didn’t materialize, an important work that deserved more appreciation, or a would-be breakout star like Sam Smith or Lupita Nyong’o who never quite managed to yank the spotlight away from the real Sam Smith or Lupita Nyong’o. According to EW staffers, this year, we didn’t talk nearly enough about… READ FULL STORY

This Week's Sound Bites: Jon Stewart, 'Wild,' James Franco, & more

Every week, EW compiles the best Sound Bites from television, film, and pop culture. This week, Jon Stewart figures out a celebrity couples name for himself and Angelina Jolie, a packing tip from Wild, and a comment on the Sony hacking debacle from James Franco. These are this week’s best lines from television, film, and more.

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