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Martin Short hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

When SNL alumni return to play host, one of two things tends to happen: The show is either a season highlight that skillfully mixes old and new (see Maya Rudolph or Jimmy Fallon‘s shows from last year; seriously, see them), or it’s an unfortunately stagnant walk down memory lane (sorry, Dana Carvey). So which of these fates will befall Martin Short tonight?

If there’s any justice, it’ll be Option #1. Sure, it’s a given that Short will bring back a few of the characters he played during his brief time on SNL in the ’80s — but because he’s such a spry, dynamic performer, it seems unlikely that he’d be content to break out his Jerry Lewis impression and call it a day. I truly think that having Short around will inspire Saturday Night Live‘s current team to push themselves. His presence also means that cameos from his famous friends and former cast mates – Billy Crystal? Christopher Guest? Tom Hanks? Steve Martin?! — are as inevitable as Ed Grimley’s cowlick.

It also doesn’t hurt that this is SNL‘s last show of 2012 (and, if the Mayans are to be believed, SNL’s last show ever); generally speaking, the cast and writers like to go out with a bang. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned musical guest Paul McCartney yet.

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'The Big Bang Theory' react: The gang plays Christmas-themed Dungeons & Dragons

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Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

On the twelfth day before Christmas, the universe sent to me a Rajtastic episode of The Big Bang Theory.

After a string of storylines centered around the BBT lovebirds in which Raj was reduced to the role of cast jester, our favorite astrophysicist returned with a bang tonight. While the boys played up the geek stereotype while simultaneously playing Dungeons & Dragons, Koothrappali joined the gals, who were reaffirming some stereotypes of their own by sporting scant apparel, for a girls night out. Southern California — where women can dress down all four seasons of the year. This Christmas-themed episode was no “Bath Item Gift Hypothesis,” but it was hilarious and heartfelt, nonetheless. READ FULL STORY

John Travolta floats the idea of a 'White Christmas' remake -- co-starring Olivia Newton-John

All was merry and bright at SiriusXM yesterday, when John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John stopped by for a town-hall event in the satellite radio giant’s human terrarium. The pair beamed, complimented each other, and discussed both their careers and their new Christmas album, all while snugly encased in a plastic-walled room within Sirius’s New York headquarters. They were clearly delighted to be in each others’ company — and in the company of Didi “Frenchy” Conn, who moderated the event (and even did the Hand Jive to entertain the audience before it began).

Unsurprisingly, the giddy fans from New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn who got to ask Travolta and Newton-John questions weren’t quite as probing as certain people were after seeing the music video for John and Olivia’s new Christmas single, “I Think You Might Like It.” (Travolta boasted that he’s heard the clip called “the video you have to see and can’t stop watching.” Agreed.) But Travolta did make one tantalizing statement when asked if he and Newton-John might ever star in another movie together:

“I have an idea for that,” the Oscar nominee began.  READ FULL STORY

Martin Short and Fred Armisen butt heads in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Who knew humble Canadian Martin Short was such a diva? The Saturday Night Live grad is returning to Studio 8H this weekend to host the show’s last episode of 2012 — provided NBC’s lackeys can get his freaking salad order right.

As long as there are no snafus, though, it looks like Short’s big, schticky brand of comedy will be a surprisingly good match for SNL‘s more low-key, absurd players, as embodied by Fred Armisen in these new promos. Watch all the way through to catch the awesome moment when Armisen and Short just barely keep themselves from breaking into giggles:

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Happy Hanukkah! 8 memorable clips for 8 crazy nights

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L’chaim, chaverim: Chanukah/Hanukkah/Chhaaannukkahhh is finally here!

Maybe the Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins tonight at sundown, isn’t as culturally dominant as Christmas, or as glitzy as New Year’s Eve, or as charmingly quaint as Boxing Day. Maybe it’s a holiday that nobody even really knows how to spell. (I grew up using no “c” and two “k”s, so that’s what I’m going to stick with for the rest of this post.) Still, it’s impossible not to love an occasion that exalts fried food, present-giving, and the menorah (or hanukiah, if you want to get technical), a celebratory candelabra that can be either sophisticated or silly.

And even though Hanukkah is much less visible in pop culture than other holidays, it’s still been immortalized on screen at least eight notable times — one for each night of the festival. Great miracles happen after the jump:

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Tracy Morgan rants against 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' with Jimmy Fallon -- VIDEO

Jimmy Fallon’s holiday gifts just keep on comin’!

Holiday pajama-clad Fallon and Tracy Morgan read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” yesterday on Late Night. Well, Fallon read the holiday classic while Morgan, staying true to his 30 Rock alter ego, played the part of Scrooge by making pessimistic and irrelevant side notes. He somehow steered the topic of discussion to pimps, penises, and bedroom activities. Fallon is straight-faced throughout the segment, but struggles to keep his cool once Morgan recites his phallic poem.

Watch the video below (and be prepared for the flood of Saturday Night Live memories): READ FULL STORY

Dick's Sporting Goods' Christmas grand slam -- VIDEO

It doesn’t make you a Grinch to hate Christmas commercials — those annual 30-second guilt-trips that prey on our insecure sense of obligation and expectation. But your heart has to be two sizes too small if this Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial doesn’t make you want to rescue that sleigh full of floofloovers, trumtookas, and — yes –  baseball gloves before dumping it off the peak of Mount Crimpet.

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Bacon-scented shaving cream is perfect present for Ron Swanson -- also a real thing

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Sorry, Honor — this product truly deserves to top Ron Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness.

Yes, shaving cream that smells like rich, smoky pork actually exists. Here’s how the press release describes it: “J&D’s Bacon Shaving Cream™ is proudly Made in America and is the highest quality meat-scented shaving cream on the market today… It is best used after a hot shower or before an important date with someone you may want to spend the rest of your life with.”

As EW.com photo guru Jef Castro says, “That MUST cause break-outs. Or obesity.” Absolutely — but is it kosher? I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from the product’s creators, “Bacontrepreneurs” Justin and Dave.

These guys also sell a sriracha-flavored lip balm. Wearing it, apparently, is “like making out with some tasty napalm.”

Congratulations, world: I have finally been rendered speechless. Ooo, accidental bacon pun!

Read more:
Nick Offerman performs slam poetry about bacon — VIDEO
Ron Swanson’s best foodie moments — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
‘Parks and Rec’: Ron Swanson’s ‘turkey burger’ is now a reality, proves he needs to write a (very unhealthy) cookbook.

Five ways to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day

Well folks, it’s that time of year again — November the 5th, a day of gunpowder, treason and plot, and about a billion Facebook statuses telling you so. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might have postponed Halloween, but by Sandy, we will have our Guy Fawkes Day (or, as it is more accurately known, Guy Fawkes Night). Here are five ways to celebrate this holiday of holidays:

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Ease the pain of summer's end with these Labor Day weekend marathons

The sun is shining, the grill is grilling… but all you want to do is sit around and watch the tube. We at EW feel your pain; it’s tough to celebrate a holiday that marks the beginning of the school year, the advent of autumn chill, and the last episode of Breaking Bad until 2013.

Happily, if you choose to spend the next three days glued to your couch, you’ll have plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained. Here’s a guide to the best of this weekend’s marathons — which include ’90s nostalgia-fests, geeky favorites, and a whole day of movies in which Clint Eastwood does not yell at a chair.

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