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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'The Sixth Sense'

In the post-Lady in the Water era, it’s tough to remember how bonkers people once went for The Sixth Sense. But a mere millennium ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s atmospheric thriller was the toast of audiences and critics alike — a box office smash, a cultural touchstone, a freakin’ Best Picture nominee. Not only at the MTV Movie Awards, but also at the Oscars!

How did a simple, potentially gimmicky ghost story capture our hearts and minds so fully? Easy: because despite the shadow hindsight casts upon it, The Sixth Sense is a great movie. Its brief 107-minute run time means not a scene is wasted; its creepy visuals are arresting and inventive; its performances are perfectly calibrated, from Bruce Willis’s tortured psychologist to Mischa Barton’s unearthly shade. (Though really, Night — did you need to name Haley Joel Osment’s character Cole Sear? Even in his early days, the guy couldn’t help himself.)

And most importantly, The Sixth Sense‘s game-changing twist manages to be both surprising and inevitable — making a viewer who doesn’t see it coming feel in awe of the film’s craft, not like the victim of a cheap trick. Even if you do anticipate the whole ghost thing, you can still admire the subtlety of Shyamalan’s work. The movie has layers, people — and I mean that sincerely. Let’s peel them back for the latest installment of EW’s Best Summer Blockbusters countdown.


'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Kerry Washington or Tina Fey? Let the vote begin!

Saturday Night Live has been around for 39 years. Think about that for another sec. Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for only 30 years. Both shows became late-night institutions, NBC breadwinners, and comedy king-makers. To be on Johnny Carson at the height of his reign was the ultimate for a young comedian, just as SNL‘s Lorne Michaels has plucked comedians from obscurity and turned them into stars who can eventually carry their own movies, sitcoms, and late-night talk shows.

Saturday Night Live is still the ultimate testing ground for comedy, and that challenge can be especially intimidating to a green guest host. Always has been. In less than a week, an actor, rock star, athlete, or — dear god — a politician has to metaphorically jump onto a speeding bus — a three-wheel bus, mind you, according to Alec Baldwin, “careening towards a blown-out bridge.”

Many are called, but few are called back. Those guest-hosts who ace the test join a certain club; not necessarily the Five-Timers, but a small fraternity of performers who did it right. Baldwin, SNL‘s current Joe DiMaggio of sorts, went on to tell Edward Norton that the guest needs to be “facile, nimble, ready for curveballs,” but it’s more than that. You’ve got to have the goods in the first place, because the SNL experience can be the cruelest example of the Emperor’s New Clothes in entertainment. No one wants to end up there buck naked.

For the last two years, Entertainment Weekly’s readers have selected the best Saturday Night Live host of the season in a series of weekly polls. That they chose Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, two savvy, versatile entertainers, sets the bar for our third season. At the very least, we know what it means to be great at this. Now that we’re five episodes in to this new season, it’s time we begin our contest anew to see who’s got the goods and who’s just standing naked in the spotlight to a chorus of crickets.

Thus far, we’ve enjoyed Tina Fey, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Kerry Washington. They all had their moments, but someone is doomed to go home. Our rules are simple: Who was the best host? More specifically, who looked like they belonged? Who surprised you with a side of them you never thought existed? Whose hilarious sketch did you post on Facebook? Whose show were your boss, your mom, and your roommate all giggling about on Monday morning?

Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five hosts, just to remind you of their recent performances. Vote, and the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the other four will advance to compete against Lady Gaga on Nov. 16. Ultimately, we’ll eliminate the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night next May. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

'SNL' recap: Bruce Willis is back and he's here to party

It doesn’t seem possible that Bruce Willis has only hosted Saturday Night Live one time in his lengthy career (back in 1989). There have been about 16 Die Hard movies to promote since then, though Willis doesn’t seem the type of guy who needs to break his neck promoting things. He’s Bruce Willis, that tends to be enough. Maybe that’s why no one really knew what to expect out of this show. While Willis is definitely a funny guy, he is a consummate straight man. I was not expecting such a high level of comedic commitment and I certainly wasn’t expecting a Michael Kors impression.

Last night’s SNL had a miss or two, but it was pleasantly original, showcasing a few new featured players and giving the more seasoned cast leaders a chance to settle into their veteran roles without the pressure of millions waiting to see if Miley rips up a picture of Sinead O’Connor. Willis himself is a litte short on celebrity beef right now. In fact, he didn’t even have anything to promote. He was just there to [boy dance] party!

Best Sketch

Willis played an excellent parody of himself in this wannabe-Bond meets Zero Dark Thirty sketch. Though he was assigned to sit and wait in the van during an upcoming mission, Willis envisioned his call to duty with a little more pizazz. It involved a lot of kicking in doors and hidden knives in boots. The sketch also served as a good opportunity for Beck Bennett to give the role of “guy who perches on desk in front of other guys” left empty by Jason Sudeikis, a try. Success!

Honorable Mention

An unintentional Eddie Murphy impersonation from Jay Pharoah, a quirky character for Willis, and the extra on the far left whose face literally did not move for three minutes made for a pretty funny sketch. Willis’ Terry just can’t quite get the hang of “shop talk.” Funnier than his non sequiturs though, was Terry’s confidence that his conversation contributions were just as interesting as “chocolate nipples.” “You know who’s pretty in a real small way? Helen Hunt.”

Worst Sketch

Listen, I like Taran Killam’s arms as much as the next girl and vividly remember laughing at him screaming “GLICE?!” at a cherubic Justin Bieber, but the domestic violence themes in the Overprotective Brother sketch were a little too much. It was also Willis’ weakest sketch of the night, as he tends to get kind of whispery when he tries to play…not himself (see also: Michael Kors impression). Killam yelling out “Thank you, I need boundaries!” though, was the rare case of SNL ending a sketch better than it started.

On the Pulse of the Nation Sketch

SNL Writer’s Room: “Alright, we’ve only got the rental on these space suits for 48 more hours, let’s get in as many Gravity references as possible this week. And how do we non-depressingly talk about the government shutdown? I know! A cold open with Kenan Thompson as the only essential custodian left at NASA, taking phone messages from two astronauts about to float off into the galaxy. Let’s get Kate McKinnon with a Ukrainian accent in there too, just for kicks.”

Best Musical Moment

Katy Perry isn’t always known for vocals when belting her power anthems live, but belt she did on “Roar” in her first performance of the night. That song is just so damn catchy. Filling the stage with furries and a jungle backdrop was a good way to make the number seem like more of a production on SNL’s petite stage, as well. It was surprising that Perry didn’t make an appearance in any sketches, but perhaps she was as scarred by the Elmo shirt she wore the last time she hosted as I was.

I Don’t Know What’s Happening But I Think I Like It Sketch

Something about these end-of-the-night Good Neighbor-esque shorts that Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett are doing is working. Last week’s sketch where Kyle couldn’t quite close the deal with Miley was odd but pretty funny, but this week’s emotionally engaged beer pong bit really clicked. Roller coaster design, pen pals, choose a lizard, and custom baseball card are the kinds of high stakes drinking I can get down with. “Bounce and blow” rules are for chumps.

Cast MVP, Old & New

It’s got to be the host. Taran Killam, Bobby Monynihan, and Vanessa Bayer did a good job of leading most of the sketches and moving things along, but Willis played a surprisingly varied number of characters and seemed to be game for anything, including “shaking that sack” in the guaranteed-to-go-viral-in-an-hour “Boy Dance Party.”
What happens when ladies leave men alone to watch football? They dance! Silly but catchy.

Brooks Whelan hasn’t established his own voice in the last three weeks quite as much as other new players, but he got a good bit tonight playing himself explaining his regrettable tattoos on “Weekend Update”. “Oh yeah, 17-year-old Brooks, you’ll love the Red Hot Chili Peppers forever. Those lyrics will never grow tiresome!” Cecily Strong also did her best yet next to Seth Meyers, tossing Kardashian jokes back and forth and crossing the line with NBC pages.

Best Line of the Night
Really anything from the Beer Pong sketch got me, but Bennett and Mooney’s deadpan delivery on the roller coaster rule was killer.
“Alright, just a few more rules. If you guys bounce it and we swat it back and it lands inside one of your cups, you have to design your ideal roller coaster.”
“Grab some markers and some colored pencils and just start drawing. Disregard the laws of physics and create the coaster from your wildest dreams.”
“If we like it enough, we’ll put it up on the wall.”

– Bobby Moynihan was hilariously enthralled by Willis’ mission predictions in the Navy Seals sketch: “Uh oh, wait – is the bodyguard big?!”

- “I’m going to say that Janet from Space called, and I’m going to say that this is very important. OK, all set, y’all have a good day now!” Always what you want to hear from the custodian you need to guide you back from space.

- “24-hour Energy For Dating Actresses” is a pretty niche market, but watching Michael O’Brien chug a pony keg of energy drink while “actors” scream “Anything Goes” in his face was entertainment for the masses.

- Bruce Willis continues to keep his harmonica playing skills under tight wrap in the super-short monologue. Are shorter monologues for non-comedian hosts a new rule of thumb now?

- That Lady Gaga talk show can be a one-time thing but it did get us a solid Aidy Bryant line: “What the hell?! I’m a high school principal, I cannot look like this!

- “In the olden days, the ladies stayed at home and boys went to work. Now it’s time for the ladies to get out so the boys can stay home and TWERK.” This episode was a definite boys club but watching Bruce Willis booty pop with the younger guys of SNL was worth it.

Bruce Willis hosts 'Saturday Night Live' tonight: Talk about it here!

Don’t be alarmed if this week’s episode of SNL already feels like it’s going to be a bit of a letdown. The show’s 39th season premiere boasted six brand-new cast members, a new Weekend Update anchor, and Tina Fey. Last week’s Mileypalooza carried with it a feeling that anything was possible — and the football game that delayed the cold open for 27 minutes only stoked our anticipation.

Tonight’s episode, by comparison, seems much less exciting. The host isn’t a seasoned vet known for bringing out the best in SNL‘s cast and crew or an unpredictable pop wild child. Instead, it’s Bruce Willis. Don’t get me wrong — I like Bruce Willis! But given his sleepy presence in this week’s promos, I have a feeling that John McClane won’t exactly bring a high amount of energy to Studio 8H this week. In fact, I’ve got a sneaky premonition that tonight’s show is going to be a lot like the one Robert De Niro hosted back in 2010 — an uneven affair built around a stony-faced straight man. I can almost guarantee we’ll see at least one sketch starring Willis as Movie Star Bruce Willis, and another where he’s dressed in a skirt.


Watch Bruce Willis snuggle up to Cecily Strong in new 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Looks like this Saturday is going to be a good night to die hard as Bruce Willis will be hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest Katy Perry.

Refusing to believe that Willis is also just another family man actor, Cecily Strong informs him that “a group of evil geniuses have taken over Rockefeller Center. You have to save us!” Yet Willis nonchalantly responds by whipping out his cell phone and dialing 9-1-1. “Oh-h, Yippie-Yi-Kayay, Motherhumpers,” says Strong. READ FULL STORY

Opinion: Bruce Willis 'greedy and lazy' after 'Expendables' exit? Not so much, Sylvester Stallone


That’s what Sylvester Stallone tweeted on Tuesday, just after he announced that Harrison Ford was joining his Expendables team for their next adventure, filling the action-icon void left by his onetime Planet Hollywood pal, Bruce Willis. It was impossible not to assume that Stallone was aiming his broadside at Willis, especially when The Hollywood Reporter cited “sources with knowledge of the situation” that claimed that Willis was replaced after he’d demanded $4 million for just four days of filming in Bulgaria.

PopWatch Planner: Sara Bareilles new album, The ESPYs, and more


Couldn’t get a ticket to Comic-Con? Have no fear, for PopWatch Planner is here! Take a look at some pop culture events coming your way this week: READ FULL STORY

Key & Peele recap all the 'Die Hard' movies -- VIDEO

We’ve finally found the duo most excited for this weekend’s new Die Hard installment, A Good Day to Die Hard — it’s these two zesty, possibly drug-addled valets played by Key & Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Watch below as they reminisce at a lightning-fast pace about their favorite, somewhat shady memories from Die Hards 1 through 4. Remember when Voldemort, Urkel’s Dad, J.J.’s Dad, and Timothy Elephants, and that one guy from the computer commercial all starred alongside “Bruce Willies”? No? Better catch up! READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: The Grammys, 'Die Hard' lives, and 'The Following' kills

We made it through the blizzard! That means it’s time to warm up and dry off with a week of musical performances and Bruce Willis blowing things up.

That and several other post-disater to-dos for this week’s planner. Don’t forget to tell us what we missed.


The movie action hero after Sandy Hook: Is it time for a 'Bullet To The Head'?

Remember the good old days when people could enjoy watching an action hero who shoots a lot of people without feeling like they were contributing to the ruin of society? Sylvester Stallone sure hopes so. The well-preserved Rocky and Rambo star, now 66, is back in theaters this week with Bullet To The Head, his first solo vehicle since The Expendables franchise (made in collaboration with his grumpy frat pack bash brothers) Viagra’d his brand of brawn. Stallone’s latest feature, directed by the venerable action maestro Walter Hill (The Warriors; 48 Hours), seems poured from the mold that he helped forge back in the day with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. In fact, the one-time Planet Hollywood power trio is trying to muster a resurgence this year that resembles their shoot ‘em up heyday, albeit with more gray hairs (or no hair) and additional wrinkles (or conspicuously fewer). Bullet To The Head follows Schwarzenegger’s post-Governator comeback bid, The Last Stand, and ahead of A Good Day To Die Hard, Willis’ fifth stint as insurance nightmare John “I can’t believe this is happening to me AGAIN!” McLane. (The Joseph Gordon-Levitt lookalike also has the sequel to RED – about a secret society of retired CIA agents – later this year.)


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