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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Fifth time's the charm for Justin Timberlake?

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This past Saturday’s episode of SNL was indisputably a season highlight. But here’s a question: How much of the credit for that belongs solely to host Justin Timberlake?

Timberlake certainly seems to have a Midas effect whenever he drops by SNL. His very presence energizes the entire show, even the segments in which he doesn’t appear. Take, for example, this week’s Stefon appearance, which is the funniest the character’s been in months.

That said, an enormous number of “surprise” cameos also buoyed Timberlake’s latest Saturday Night Live turn — and when the euphoria induced by Steve Martin, Andy Samberg, Jay-Z, et al wore off, we were left with an episode that lagged mightily after Weekend Update (“The Adventures of Sober Caligula”? ), despite Timberlake’s best efforts. Arguably, then, Timberlake himself doesn’t necessarily deserve full marks for the show’s success. (I’m not necessarily making that argument; I’m just saying one could.)

Still, Timberlake shouldn’t have much trouble shooting to the top of this week’s Host Poll — especially since last week’s results prove that none of our current Mr./Ms. Saturday Night contenders has a decisive lead. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: How did Kevin Hart size up?

It’s been an Oscar-caliber season so far for Saturday Night Live. By that, I mean that two of the show’s most popular guests took home golden trophies last week at the Academy Awards, and another was the award show’s host. (And that’s not even counting Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway, who was no slouch herself when she hosted SNL in November.)

So Kevin Hart stepped into a tight spot on Saturday: he followed Django‘s Waltz, who rocketed into the lead of our Mr. Saturday Night host poll, and he’s got all-timer Justin Timberlake on-deck, set to host next week. Not exactly the ideal place to be for a first-timer. Technically, I suppose, Hart isn’t really a first-timer. As he explained in his opening monologue, he’d auditioned to join the show’s cast before — an experience that didn’t go down too well despite some amazzzzing impressions of Robert De Niro and Denzel Washington. Fortunately for the comic star of Think Like a Man and the upcoming About Last Night remake, Saturday night was a much better experience.

Waltz certainly was a tough act to follow, though: he cruised to a 37-point victory in the latest vote for our favorite host of the season. Christmas-episode guest Martin Short and season-premiere host Seth MacFarlane both lost ground, but are comfortably in second and third place, respectively. Jennifer Lawrence didn’t seem to get much of an Oscar bounce, as her support was slashed in half, but fortunately for her, Justin Bieber‘s fans simply forgot to vote. The worst 19th birthday gift yet for the Biebs: pathetic support that resembled a GPA for a Delta House pledge more than a popularity contest result for one of music’s biggest names.  READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Was Christoph Waltz a bingo?

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Question: Can an Oscar nominee help or hurt himself by hosting Saturday Night Live in the heat of the awards’ race?

One month after Silver Linings Playbook star — and Best Actress nominee — Jennifer Lawrence hosted, Django Unchained actor and Best Supporting Actor nominee Christoph Waltz took the Studio 8H stage at 30 Rock. For the most part, he lived up to his reputation as a generous supporting player — squiring Regine and playing a partygoer in a Tippy sketch. But when he did step into the main spotlight, there was something delicious about his cruel gameshow host, something creepy about his secret admirer, and something glorious about his Djesus Uncrossed parody trailer. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Christoph Waltz had our curiosity, played it straight, and now we just want to see 'DJesus Uncrossed'

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If I could think of a good symbol to describe Christoph Waltz hosting Saturday Night Live it would be: an amusement park. The lines for the rides are the time you spent in anticipation after hearing Waltz was going to be the host. The sketches are the rides. Even though most get you excited, a few have you saying “meh.”  Still, after you leave you remember the experience fondly.

Okay, so maybe I’m not as good as Waltz at turning what I say into an elaborate metaphor. I still kind of wish they’d poked a little fun at the format of most of his awards speeches (however charming they may be).

While Waltz never played a completely out-of-left-field character, he did a nice job. He played the straight man in most sketches, but he wasn’t afraid to dance around a bit when the occasion called for it. He was endearing if maybe a little awkward, a true professional, not an obvious cue card reader, and (importantly) articulate and clear (except for maybe in that last sketch).

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Christoph Waltz hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

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The last time SNL welcomed a critically beloved, heavily-accented host, the resulting show was a pleasant surprise — Sofia Vergara presided over one of season 37’s better episodes. Given his amusing promos, recent goofy turns on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and “Between Two Ferns,” and excellent, Tarantino-honed timing, Christoph Waltz seems likely to repeat Vergara’s feat.

Sure, Waltz isn’t known primarily as a comedic force. And other Serious Actors, like Daniel Craig and Jeremy Renner, have fallen short as hosts this season.

Even so, something about Waltz just screams “old-fashioned showman,” and that alone is enough to make him seem like a natural for the SNL stage. After all, he’s proven himself adept at finding the dark humor within both a charming, ruthless Nazi colonel and a charming, ruthless bounty hunter in his two most famous big-screen roles. Additionally, Waltz seems like the type of actor who will fully commit to whatever material he’s given, which is an essential quality for any good SNL host; if Justin Bieber had pushed himself even a little harder, last week’s episode might not have been so dull. As long as Waltz isn’t cast as a psychopathic gentleman in every single sketch, his first outing as host should be a bingo. (Is that the way you say it?)

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Christoph Waltz teaches us the sweaty art of seduction on 'Jimmy Kimmel' -- VIDEO

The art of seduction isn’t hard to master — as long as you’re a handsome, cultured, multilingual Oscar winner like Christoph Waltz. But thanks to the actor’s new (fake) guide to pickup artistry, even regular, American-accented Joe Hamburgers can learn how to seduce and destroy like ladies’ man Waltz.

The method is a simple three-pronged plan, easily absorbed by buying Waltz’s 30-DVD, nine-book course (also comes with a bottle of the Django Unchained star’s own pit sweat; only €69, or $91.95!). Of course, you could also just skip all that and get your Valentine’s Day started right by watching the video below.

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Christoph Waltz stars in surprisingly nonviolent 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

There may be gushing fountains of blood on Saturday Night Live this weekend, especially if the show presents a Django Unchained parody in honor of host Christoph Waltz — but ultra-violent images are nowhere to be found in Waltz’s recently released promos.

In lieu of mass murder, Waltz contents himself with threatening his glasses twin Fred Armisen, freaking out about how unprepared SNL is for this week’s show — an encouraging sign — and watching Armisen amuse himself on an electric lift. There’s absolutely no reason to hide your eyes, unless gentle hijinks terrify you. Watch below:

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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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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.

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