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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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Martin Freeman hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here

Okay, so maybe this week’s SNL won’t be quite as exciting as it would be if a certain other Sherlock star were in the hot seat.

Which isn’t to say that Martin Freeman is anyone’s second fiddle. From The Office to The Hobbit to Fargo to the parts of Sherlock when Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t sucking up all the attention in the room, the man otherwise known as Dr. Watson has more than proven himself capable of holding his own onscreen. And even if his personal following isn’t quite as fervent as the Cumberbitches are—though what fan clan is these days, except maybe Beliebers?—it’s still plenty huge, thanks to the cultish appeal of his most notable projects: See, for example, reports from this summer’s West End production of Richard III, where some theatergoers complained that Freeman’s fans were “ruining” the show by clapping and cheering at inappropriate moments. READ FULL STORY

'Fargo' season review: Why it's one of the year's best dramas

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One of the many, many reasons I absolutely loved Fargo — the FX drama that builds upon the 1996 Coen Brothers movie of the same name — is that it’s filled with allegories and digressions and asides that may or may not mean something, but they always make you think. (More on that later.) So in the spirit of the show, let’s start with one of my own — or rather, one that, like this show, builds upon somebody else’s. READ FULL STORY

'Fargo': Rounding up every Coen Brothers Easter egg

Watching the FX drama Fargo has sometimes felt like playing a game of I Spy: What loving homage to the original Coen brothers film might pop up next?

That’s not to say the series is a mere knockoff or shoddy imitation. Though heavily inspired by the Coens’ 1996 classic and rooted in its lore, the 10-episode adaptation more than stands on its own, thanks in large part to a stunning study in character transformation by star Martin Freeman. As Lester Nygaard, he has gone snow-booted toe-to-toe with some of the darkest criminals (Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo) and most dogged cops (Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson) on television. Still, it’s been a lot of fun to connect the dots between the film and series.

With the season winding to an end — the finale airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX — we present a near-comprehensive guide to the Fargo Easter eggs that have so far popped up in the show. [SPOILERS AHEAD!] READ FULL STORY

'Sherlock' goes 'Man of Steel': Should heroes have a license to kill?

The Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch is the most brilliant problem solver on television. The Sherlock Holmes played by Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary comes pretty close, but I give the edge to the “high functioning” sociopath with the “mind palace” in his head. (Now that’s some Intelligence.) The third and final installment of Sherlock’s third season challenged the master detective with a most vexing conundrum, a test of both imagination and morality, one that has become increasingly popular in our hero fiction of late: To kill or not to kill. READ FULL STORY

Martin Freeman is one tricksy hobbit in this supercut -- NSFW VIDEO

Anyone familiar with The Hobbit official production videos and/or the generally great character that is Martin Freeman knows that the Bilbo Baggins actor has a propensity to “flip the bird” in behind-the-scenes footage.

A YouTube user uploaded a supercut featuring many, if not all, of Freeman’s flipping moments during The Hobbit filming and promotional experience. What could come across as an exasperated actor venting his frustration on being put on the spot, Freeman makes light of it, crafting the use of the middle finger as a delightful running joke.

Check out the video now, ahead of it becoming an inevitable DVD/Blu-ray extra. Warning: NSFW for explicit gesture (but you knew that already):
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