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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

Your guide to this weekend's holiday TV movies

The season of holiday TV movies continues. Here are some options for the weekend of Dec. 12.

Holiday in Handcuffs (Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight ET, ABC Family): This 2007 favorite still holds up. Melissa Joan Hart stars as a struggling artist-waitress whose boyfriend breaks up with her before the holidays. Naturally, she kidnaps a customer (Mario Lopez) and takes him to her family’s remote-but-luxury cabin so she doesn’t disappoint her parents.

Let it Snow (Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight ET, Hallmark): Hallmark’s heavy hitter Candace Cameron-Bure stars as a driven executive out to impress her father (Alan Thicke) by heading to Maine to prepare a proposal on a family-owned lodge he wants to buy and seriously renovate. Repeats at 10 a.m. Saturday. READ FULL STORY

Bet we can make you cry with these images from the 'Sons of Anarchy' finale


Looking through screen-grabs from Sons of Anarchy‘s series finale to update our gallery of the series’ 50 most shocking moments, certain shots got us misty on sight. If you’re a fan, can you make it through these pics without welling up? Go ahead. Try. 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…”
—Robin Williams, Inside the Actors Studio READ FULL STORY

Barbara Walters reveals a few Most Fascinating People selections: NPH, Oprah, more

This morning, Barbara Walters returned to The View to announce the lineup of this year’s 10 Most Fascinating People special on ABC.

After Walters joked about how they almost played “The Bitch is Back” during her entrance, she revealed the names of seven of the 10 individuals she will feature in this year’s special, including Neil Patrick Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Chelsea Handler, Michael Strahan, Scarlett Johansson, and David Koch. The additional three interviewees will be revealed during the broadcast.


Bryan Singer, FKA Twigs, one unforgettable cat: 12 things we didn't talk about enough in 2014


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.


PopWatch Confessional: The thing you like (that everyone else hates)

Last week, we talked about the widely beloved pop culture things we secretly despise. This week, we’re tackling that question’s sunnier opposite: What’s the entertainment you love, even though everyone else gives it a bad rap?

Ashley Fetters, EW.com news editor: There are plenty of unpopular things I like but can understand others’ hatred for: Auto-Tune, black jelly beans, the “hella good hair” part of “Shake It Off,” televised tennis. But I truly don’t understand why some people hate the live-action 2000 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Not only is it the perfect outlet for the over-the-top Jim Carrey schtick I find unpalatable in almost every other context, but it also successfully infuses the twinkly cinematic world of Whoville with the vaguely unsettling, deeply weird garishness present in the works of Dr. Seuss. It’s not an accident that when I saw Moulin Rouge for the first time, parts of it reminded me of The Grinch. Also, duh, I never get tired of the post office scene. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert interviews a testy Smaug

EW‘s cover star and Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert got a rare opportunity on his show last night: He got to sit down with the Hobbit trilogy’s fearsome dragon Smaug. READ FULL STORY

Eric Andre shares sneak peek at new episode, takes our Pop Culture Personality Test

Eric Andre stopped by to talk about the darkest moments in his pop culture past with EW. The host of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show covered everything from his first albumpurchased at the hip indie chain of record stores known as Burger Kingto his favorite toys as a kid. Andre also told EW what his mother wouldn’t let him to enjoy as a kid. READ FULL STORY

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