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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Amy Adams brings the holiday cheer

Amy Adams has played some dark and complex characters—in American Hustle, for example—but when I think of her, I can’t help but see the earnest, optimistic women she played in movies like Enchanted, Junebug, and Doubt. It makes for an unusual blend on a show like Saturday Night Live, which Adams hosted for the first time since 2008 over the weekend. The star of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes had some help from Kristen Wiig and Fred Armison on the SNL Christmas episode—but she also delivered a fun monologue and popped up in some of the best sketches of the night, including a Serial podcast parody and “Office Christmas Party.” (Rock on, Becky From Payroll!)

Adams was good, but she will have a difficult time topping her predecessor, Martin Freeman. The Hobbit star made a splash in last week’s Mr. Saturday Night voting, breaking open a close race by snagging nearly 80 percent of the vote. That’s the most dominating poll result in our weekly votes since Jimmy Fallon blew the doors off in 2011, making Freeman the frontrunner heading into 2015. Everybody else is in single-digits—including Bill Hader, who hangs in second place with about 9 percent. Jim Carrey, who was in fourth place last week, inched up to third and staved of elimination, leaving Woody Harrelson as the odd man out. James Franco, who had debuted in first place, quickly sank to fourth and might be in trouble when Kevin Hart hosts in January.

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Watch Darlene Love's last 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' on Letterman

On Friday night, Darlene Love brought her tradition of singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman’s show to an end—in spectacular fashion. Members of the band were outfitted in white jackets; the men wearing black bow ties, while Love donned a sparkling red gown. She concluded the number standing on top of Paul Shaffer’s piano as (fake) snow fell.

Love first sang the song for Letterman back when he was hosting Late Night in 1986, and told EW that the tradition “has become really, really special.” Friday marked Letterman’s last holiday broadcast at The Late Show before he cedes hosting duties to Stephen Colbert in 2015. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2014: The year's most unforgettable moments, nos. 26-100

We’ve announced our top 25 unforgettable moments of 2014. Now let’s look at the rest of our top 100…

26. HBO Go announces HBO Go spinoff
The good news for cord-cutters: HBO is finally planning to offer an online-only streaming service in 2015! The bad news: You no longer have an excuse for mooching off your dad’s subscription.

27. Viola Davis removes her wig on How to Get Away with Murder
By taking off her metaphorical armor (i.e. her hairpiece and makeup) before confronting her husband with an immortal line (“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?”), Davis’ Professor Annalise Keating showed true vulnerability for the very first time—transforming her from a kickass character into an actual person. READ FULL STORY

Now that the 'Report' has ended, reacquaint yourself with the real Colbert

The Colbert Report catapulted Stephen Colbert to international fame—but as its nine-year run drew to a close, lots of people speculated about whether the real Colbert had become nearly as famous as that series’ fictional host. So much of Colbert’s star power rests, after all, with the over-blown conservative persona he honed on the Report.

When he takes over the Late Show next year, though, Colbert will drop that act. Now that the Report is finally over, review these seven clips, both funny and serious, to recall the times he’s done that before. READ FULL STORY

Mike Myers brought back Dr. Evil on 'Saturday Night Live'

Mike Myers made a surprise return to Saturday Night Live this weekend to play Dr. Evil — and to interrupt Sam Smith’s Christmas special.

The episode began with Smith (played by Tarran Killam) singing “Stay With Me” and talking about his holiday loneliness. Then the screen went fuzzy and Dr. Evil (plus a fake version of Mr. Bigglesworth) appeared to comment on North Korea’s recent attack on Sony.

“North Korea, you’re one of the most evil countries in the world and your act of war is to kill a movie?” said Myers. “It’s easy to kill a movie, just move it to January.” READ FULL STORY

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

James Nesbitt talks legacy of his 'Hobbit' character, movie memories

James Nesbitt is a bit of a renaissance man.

The Hobbit and The Missing star not only acts, but he also hosts, sings, and dances—though he’s not exactly a fan of his moves on the dance floor.

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PopWatch Confessional: Your best entertainment-related gift

It’s beginning to look a lot like gift-mas around EW’s headquarters—which is why we decided to devote this week’s PopWatch Confessional to the real reason for the season (read: presents). The question posed to our staffers: What’s the best pop culture-related gift you’ve ever received?

Molly Smith, editorial assistant: My friend is an artist, and one of our favorite movies is Step Brothers. She painted me a portrait of the Step Brothers cover, but replaced Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly with James Blunt and Clay Aiken, artists we poke fun at occasionally. (The painting is pictured above.) It’s certainly a conversation starter! READ FULL STORY

'Orange Is the New Black' celebrates Christmas with a Litchfield carol

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The ladies of Orange Is the New Black‘s Litchfield have been known to put their vocal talents on display, especially around the holidays. Now, they offer another reason to be merry: an OITNB-themed “12 Days of Christmas.”

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Fight zombies in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' with John Malkovich (yes, really)

Call of Duty‘s Zombies mode has been a staple of the franchise, in which the shooter franchise that attempts to ground players in realistic wartime combat scenarios lets loose and floods those war zones with hordes of the undead.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is no different, and this time around, Activision has brought in a number of recognizable actors to help stave off the zombie plague. One of them is John Malkovich.

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