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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Did Seth Rogen play it too safe? -- VOTE

Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you love Rogen’s slacker comedy, maybe that was exactly what you tuned in for. At least he didn’t tap dance or juggle torches to prove that he’s not just a funny guy.

Voters in our ongoing third annual Mr. Saturday Night contest will have to decide whether Rogen played it too safe for a guy who was hosting for the third time, or if he delivered exactly what the audience wanted.

Last week’s host, Anna Kendrick, sang her way to the top of the poll, scoring 47.8 percent, nearly twice as much as her nearest competitor, Jimmy Fallon, who looks slightly vulnerable for the first time with 24.8 percent. But who knows if Kendrick’s impressive debut will last: Louis C.K. scored 33.1 percent in his first week, but he sank to fourth in his second frame, with only 8.72 percent. Some of Josh Hutcherson‘s fans took the week off, apparently, as he went from 22.9 to 10.0 percent, still enough to hold third place. Sadly, Melissa McCarthy‘s luck finally ran out after narrowly skirting elimination for three straight weeks; she barely trailed Louis C.K. with 8.70 percent. READ FULL STORY

Cut 'SNL' sketch parodies '90s Nickelodeon -- VIDEO

The kids on children’s programs are really happy — and, as Saturday Night Live explained it this past weekend in a cut sketch — there’s a surprisingly dark reason for that: Speed.

The conceit featured a look back at fake ’90s Nickelodeon show Zap! (which looked an awful lot like 1999 PBS program Zoom!). A television host (Beck Bennett) explained that thanks to the show’s producers, the cast of Zap! had a pretty serious drug problem — as evidenced by later episodes of the no-longer-G-rated program. (“Friendship” has never been so cracked out.) READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Anna Kendrick's episode sings -- VOTE

Having great vocal range typically implies an ability to sing in a variety of octaves. I’ll take it on faith that Anna Kendrick, who hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, has that gift to a certain degree. But I’m more impressed by Kendrick’s other musical range: the ability to sing a G-rated version of a beloved Disney princess tune and a raunchy ditty that includes the lyric, “Each dong is like a snowflake.”

Kendrick’s show emphasized her singing background — not a bad way to go for the Pitch Perfect star. Perhaps the show was short on laugh-out-loud moments, but it still was a fine showcase for the actress. It will be interesting to see if the voters reward her in this week’s Mr. Saturday Night poll.

Last week’s host, Louis C.K., made an impression and pushed Jimmy Fallon out of the top spot, with 33.1 percent. Fallon dipped 12 points to 30.0 percent but remains a strong second. It seems nothing can deter Josh Hutcherson‘s fans, as his bloc remains solid with 22.9 percent. That’s up two points from last week. Melissa McCarthy narrowly dodged elimination for a third straight week, even though her support slipped from 13.5 to 10.4 percent. Lena Dunham got the hook instead after her numbers plummeted from 19.4 to 3.7 percent. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Anna Kendrick is a (pitch) perfect Disney princess

Disney fans, this was a Saturday Night Live for you.

Going into the episode, it seemed likely there would be at least one musical sketch moment. After all, Anna Kendrick was a Tony nominee when she was just a teenager, starred in the cult classic Camp, and is perhaps best known as the lead in the a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect, which somehow spawned a huge radio hit for the actress with her cover of “Cups.” (Don’t worry. That was – cleverly – spoofed last night as well.)

While a little singing seemed to be a safe bet, no one could have expected that the show would go full Disney princess, with no less than four music moments by Kendrick. The program wholly embraced the host’s musical side, and likely recruited a few more fans eager to see Kendrick’s upcoming interpretation of Cinderella in December’s highly anticipated (and slightly feared) adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. (Other upcoming Kendrick musical performances: The Last Five Years and Pitch Perfect 2.) While the show – and Kendrick – were more charmingly amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, this episode will still go down in the “success” column thanks to a combination of clever writing, higher-than-normal energy, and a host that somehow rapped more than Drake did a few months back. READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

Get ready for SNL: The Musical.

The host: Anna Kendrick, who snagged an Oscar nomination for Up in the Air but is probably known best for crooning without accompaniment — unless you count a little cup percussion — in Pitch Perfect. Sondheim-lovers of a certain age may also remember the actress’ film debut as Fritzi, the most conniving girl at theater camp – and real Kendraholics know that even before that, at the age of 12, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony for her work in Broadway’s High Society (a musical adaptation of The Philadelphia Story).

Long story short: The lady can and will be singing tonight, maybe just in her monologue, possibly from the moment the cold open begins all the way to the end credits.

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Anna Kendrick sings in 'Saturday Night Live' promos, because of course -- VIDEO

Should we begin prepping for a musical monologue now?

The first promos for Anna Kendrick’s debut Saturday Night Live hosting stint have arrived, and Taran Killam wastes no time pointing out that Kendrick has a musical theater background (prior to Pitch Perfect, she was also in Camp). Killam tries to make Kendrick feel at home by singing her some show tunes, but music rights get in the way of everything. No matter; the duo make up their own goofy song (complete with a competitive edge), and barely manage to keep a straight face. All that, and a bit-too-late April Fool’s Day prank!

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Kennedy Center Honors: Anna Kendrick, Rufus Wainwright, and Garth Brooks perform -- VIDEO

The Kennedy Center Honors aired Sunday night, and while we’re still waiting for someone to put Snoop Dogg’s portion of the tribute to honoree Herbie Hancock on YouTube — he had the black-tie crowd standing and chanting! — some highlights have surfaced. Watch a few below from the tributes to Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana. READ FULL STORY

'Drinking Buddies' Olivia Wilde and Joe Swanberg Reddit AMA: Beer, bisexuals, and 'House'

Actress Olivia Wilde has a few things in common with her faux-surname inspiration, Oscar Wilde, as we learned from today’s Reddit AMA with Wilde and her Drinking Buddies director, Joe Swanberg. She’s rather funny. She was raised by writers. And she’s far from shy about discussing politics.

Drinking Buddies, a comedy about co-workers at a Chicago brewery, is currently out in theaters, iTunes, and On Demand. The tone of the AMA stayed on an even keel with the film, mostly focusing on light-hearted, lusty, first-date-y conversation topics like favorite things and dream superhero roles. Wilde, who starred as Dr. Remy ”Thirteen” Hadley on House from 2007 to 2012, was virtually pelted with questions ranging from her time on popular the medical drama, but also answered questions on the awesomeness of Drinking Buddies co-star Anna Kendrick, her favorite beer, and what it takes to parallel park (hint: a paired anatomy). Sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever get to know what her fiance, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, smells like.
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Anna Kendrick's best musical moment? Her campy 'Camp' showstopper -- VIDEO

Last week, we learned that Anna Kendrick is in talks to play Cinderella in the big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods — a fitting choice, given the actress’ musical-theater (and Sondheim-specific) roots.

Pitch Perfect and the song “Cups” (which is at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 a full nine months after the movie’s debut) introduced Kendrick’s singing skills to the mainstream, but she’s been perfecting those pipes for 15 years. The actress earned a Tony nomination for her first big role, as Dinah in Broadway’s High Society, when she was just 12 years old — the third-youngest nominee ever. She also played Fredrika in a New York City Opera production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music in 2003.

But the real musical highlight came in her first film role, in 2003′s Camp, when a 17-year-old Kendrick stole the movie with a way-beyond-her-years rendition of the Company classic “The Ladies Who Lunch” — yet another Sondheim masterpiece. At the movie’s musical-theater summer camp, Kendrick is the nerdy Fritzi, who desperately attempts to befriend confident bad girl Jill only to exact musical (and medical) revenge on the queen bee instead, via some Woolite poured in her Snapple (seriously). See the magic below:
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'Pitch Perfect' cast reunites for MTV Movie Awards opener -- VIDEO

MTV Movie Awards host Rebel Wilson revived her Pitch Perfect fan favorite Fat Amy tonight in a much-anticipated musical reunion. Though Perfect‘s headliner Anna Kendrick (who blew away the world with her “Cups” audition from the film) was absent, there was an aca-Avenger-esque assembly of stars including Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Esther Dean, Adam Devine, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, and Brittany Snow.

The mash-up included a Wilson-sung rendition of Miley Cyrus ballad “The Climb,” the Treblemakers’ Astin spitting rhymes on Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” and a roof-raising finale courtesy of a “Thriftshop”/”Girl on Fire” blend with Dean showing off her Alicia Keys-level pipes. Oh yeah, and there was a very intense strapless black catsuit  reveal by Wilson.

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