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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Kevin Hart leads with his strengths

I’m no fan of those Saturday Night Live opening monologues where the guest host goes out of his or her way to show us how multitalented they are. Typically, that means a song and/or dance from an actor best known for action movies. I prefer what Kevin Hart did: Give us an uproarious eight-minutes of stand-up about the wild critters skulking about his property, including one extremely gangster raccoon.

Hart, hosting for the second time in three seasons, led with what he does best, and though the rest of his sketches may have been uneven, he delivered more real laughs than most of his peers. He was the best part of the subpar Soap Opera Reunion sketch, playing the sound director with a conveniently limited grasp of the English language; and the Bushwick short was pretty great, at least for those Brooklynites in the know.

Overall, Hart was much improved from his SNL debut, and it will be interesting to see if he can dethrone Martin Freeman in our Mr. Saturday Night voting. The Hobbit star is our clear frontrunner, taking more than 50 percent of the vote in his second week on the ballot. Amy Adams seems doomed with a relatively paltry 29 percent after her debut, while Bill Hader and Jim Carrey finished third and fourth, though their support was slightly up. James Franco was voted off the island this week, drawing less than 3 percent of votes.

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Pete Davidson declares love for Amy Adams 'Love Actually'-style in cut 'SNL' sketch

Sure, it’s over a decade late, but Saturday Night Live finally broke out its Love Actually parody in a sketch cut from the Dec. 20 episode.

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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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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

Jimmy Fallon challenges Amy Adams to a game of Flip Cup on 'Tonight'

Amy Adams can be hilarious, charming, and a great performer—but you may want to think carefully about choosing her for a Flip Cup teammate.

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Hidden Gems of the 2014 Pizza Oscars

These Oscars were unusually lacking in memorable reaction shots — perhaps Amy Adams’ quick iPhone-check sums up the whole show?

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Amy Adams mourns Philip Seymour Hoffman on 'Inside the Actors Studio'

Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman shared the screen in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Master and shared a friendship off-screen. An episode of Inside the Actors Studio featuring Adams aired Wednesday night, but was taped only three days after Hoffman’s death.

Host James Lipton brought up Hoffman during the interview, which led to Adams turning to the audience and saying, “Gosh, I wish you all could get a chance to work with him. He was beautiful,” Adams said, “and he had this unique ability to see people. To really see them. Not look through them.” She later said, “I just really loved him, and I know so many people did.”

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'Between Two Ferns' Oscar Special: Things get weird with Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and more -- VIDEO

Zach Galifianakis’ interview series “Between Two Ferns”  just got super-duper star-studded!

As you all eagerly await Oscar night, Galifianakis grabs the buzziest Oscar stars and asks the questions that would make Barbara Walters green with envy. Highlights: Anne Hathaway sings “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence does not like getting played off, Christoph Waltz wants to avoid talking about his Mein Kampf tattoo, and Amy Adams says a pretty NSFW line with great conviction.

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'Time' Great Performances shines spotlight on Oscar nominees

Most of the faces that appear in Time Magazine’s annual Great Performances package this year will be familiar to Oscar prognosticators — presumptive Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway is there, as is her greatest competition for the prize (Lincoln‘s Sally Field) and her Les Mis costar Hugh Jackman.

But the portfolio also highlights a few of last year’s less celebrated performers, including The Sessions‘s John Hawkes and Argo‘s John Goodman, who has somehow never been nominated for an Oscar. Youngest-ever Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Django Unchained‘s Christoph Waltz, The Impossible‘s Naomi Watts, The Master‘s Amy Adams, and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain also made the cut. Interestingly enough, five of the 10 performances on the list are characters based on real people, while the other five are fictional creations — though Adams’s character arguably occupies a space between those poles.

Check out highlights from Time‘s interviews with the selected few below.

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Matt Damon finally, finally conquers 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' -- VIDEO

Thought Matt Damon would be content with a simple guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live? Think again.

After years of serving as the butt of Kimmel’s regular show-closing joke — “Apologies to Matt Damon; we ran out of time” — the Oscar winner got his revenge last night by seizing control of Live. Kimmel spent the entire episode taped to a chair with a tie stuffed in his mouth, watching helplessly as Damon taunted him, replaced his sidekick and his bandleader with Andy Garcia and Sheryl Crow — a definite case of trading up — and enlisted a bevy of other stars to assist in his takeover. From the show’s very first minutes, it was clear that this would be a night to remember:

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