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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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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Martin Freeman joins the fellowship of Studio 8H

For a guy who’s the star of a billion-dollar franchise, Martin Freeman isn’t exactly Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt—though he did get a laugh out of jokingly referring to himself as the “funny George Clooney.” But the unassuming Brit who plays the clever Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit is not to be underestimated—especially as a first-time host on Saturday Night Live. The original lovelorn Office drone in Ricky Gervais’ groundbreaking series delivered one of the best episodes of the season, working at a Middle-earth paper company, marrying a WNBA superstar, and chilling with his British chums, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman.

Even though he’s not as big a star as some of this year’s other hosts, he’s an immediate threat in our ongoing Mr. Saturday Night poll, which is still waiting for a dominating performance to take control of the race. Cameron Diaz debuted in first place after her episode, but one week later, she was eliminated. James Franco now sits atop the pack, but he scored only marginally higher than Diaz had. Might Freeman shake up the standings again?

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Can James Franco go the distance?

As far as hosting Saturday Night Live goes, you can’t ask for much more than someone like James Franco. That’s not to say that everything he did on the most recent episode was comedy gold, but he’s bold—not the kind of guy who probably says no to too many sketch suggestions. There’s no doubt he was having a good time when he was on the Studio 8H stage, giddy not only for the winning gags but also the moments that threatened to go off the rails. There seemed to be some of both.

It will be interesting to see which of those scenarios ultimately tips the scales with voters. Franco was game, playing Christopher Walken’s Captain Hook, an aging Luke Skywalker, a raging mayoral runnerup, and an exasperated bridge troll. He joins a Mr. Saturday Night contest that’s been wide open since Chris Pratt was eliminated. Cameron Diaz sits in first place after hosting recently, but she leads with only 31.51 percent of the vote—not a particularly auspicious debut.

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James Franco hosts 'Saturday Night Live' tonight: Discuss

What is left to say about James Franco?

The answer: Not much. We know he’s a veteran of tentpole franchises and weird indies and somber Oscar bait, as well as sitcoms and soaps and the Broadway stage; we know he’s a modern Renaissance man who, in addition to acting, also dabbles in screenwriting and directing and short story-writing and modeling and drawing and sculpting and, like, shoe commercials or whatever; we know he’s done graduate coursework at multiple learning institutions; we know that time he hosted the Oscars, it didn’t go so well; we know he got into some hot water this spring for propositioning a teenager on Instagram; we know, perhaps due to all of the above, that it’s surprisingly satisfying to watch him get punched in the face. Especially on an endless loop.

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Watch James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in an exclusive clip from 'Of Mice and Men'

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James Franco was eager to film the production of Of Mice and Men in which he made his Broadway debut, but it wasn’t as simple as he thought it’d be. “I thought I just could bring in my old film school friends and we could just film it that way, quick and easy, and it turned out that that wasn’t the case,” Franco tells EW. “So we needed a company that could both film it, and have some sort of distribution system to put it out and recoup the cost.”
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James Franco is the star of a new coloring book

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Tired of regular coloring books, full of boring things like princesses and dinosaurs? Mel Elliott has just the one for you, then: a James Franco coloring book.

Inspired by Franco’s varied and selfie-filled Instagram feed, Elliott put together a book of black-and-white Franco depictions so people can bring the actor to life with the help of colored pencils. There’s James Franco in Bed with Coffee, James Franco as Spring Breakers‘ Alien, James Franco in Drag—essentially, it’s a look at Franco’s many selves. READ FULL STORY

James Franco and Seth Rogen frolicked naked in the woods together

In 2008, James Franco and Seth Rogen co-starred in Pineapple Express, one of the greatest movies ever made. In 2014, they continue to spite the world by not making a sequel to that modern classic, though their bromance did continue in last year’s This Is the End. Instead, they tease us by hanging out together all the time, sometimes while outdoors and completely without clothes.

The duo posted a number of Instagram photos together as they frolicked naked in the woods with multiple mentions of the phrase “Naked and Afraid” in the captions, strongly suggesting that the two will be appearing on the Discovery Channel show of the same name. READ FULL STORY

A poem for James Franco, in honor of his poetry

This morning, Time debuted two new poems from renowned poet—sorry, actor—sorry, graduate student—sorry, who knows what anymore—James Franco. The pieces come from Franco’s new book, Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.

The first, “Angelz,” is about Franco’s experience filming Spring Breakers. (In the second stanza, he even seems to start writing in character as gangster Alien, using “z” instead of “s.”) The second poem is an ode to Franco’s Milk co-star Sean Penn.

There’s really only one way to respond to this brave* new work—which is why EW has composed a poem for Franco in his own style. READ FULL STORY

Soon you'll be able to see James Franco in 'Of Mice and Men' on screen

The hit Broadway production of Of Mice and Men is galloping to a close this Sunday. But the very idea of James Franco and Chris O’Dowd playing iconic ranchhands George and Lennie will live on forever, as National Theatre Live has announced plans to film and internationally broadcast the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival.

Of Mice and Men—which also stars Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, True Blood alum Jim Parrack, and stage veteran Jim Norton—will be the first Broadway show filmed by the company. Screening dates will be announced later this year.

National Theatre Live’s M.O. is to film productions—typically the starrier, more memorable ones based in the UK—and screen them in cinemas and on digital platforms. The company began in June 2009, broadcasting Helen Mirren’s Phedre, and has since preserved War Horse, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, and Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus, among dozens of others.

Of Mice and Men opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on July 20, and became the first production of the spring to recoup its full investment after twelve weeks.

Now James Franco is directing a play

For his next trick, James Franco reached into a raffle bin and pulled out “Direct a Play.”

The multi-hyphenate entertainer (and rabble rouser) will direct an Off-Broadway  version of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift, about a man recently released from jail after being accused of rape as a teenager.

The production, part of the 20th anniversary season of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, will star Scott Haze, Ahna O’Reilly, Brian Lally, Allie Gallerani and Ally Sheedy. Haze has appeared in several of Franco’s film projects, including the upcoming Child of God. The Long Shrift will run July 13 through Aug. 23. READ FULL STORY

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