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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Melissa McCarthy brought the heat and hammed it up

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how an episode of Saturday Night Live is done. Was it perfect? No, but compared to a lot of what we’ve seen this season, it was downright awards-worthy. Here’s hoping we see a lot more of the lovely Ms. Melissa McCarthy on SNL. The actress, who next graces our movie screens in June’s The Heat opposite Sandra Bullock (a dream team if there ever was one), infused the show with a much-needed energy, giving it her all, even when that all meant face-planting on the sticky stage floor.

The night kicked off with a Kim Jong-un-centered cold open, in which the North Korean leader addressed his subjects on two important topics. First, the reopening of the Yongbyong nuclear complex that will leave his “enemies chagrined and discombobulated,” and second, that he had “decided to lift [the] nation’s ban on same-sex marriage.” Bobby Moynihan as Jong-un insisted that the change in views was not because he had a nephew who happened to be gay (he was executed anyway), nor was it because of his own personal preferences (“I’m about as heterosexual as a person can be.”), but simply because it seemed like the right thing to do. How progressive of him! All in all, it was a decent start to the night, made better by Dennis Rodman’s cameo at the end. (A quick aside: Am I the only one who thinks of Rodman not as a basketball player, but as Jean-Claude Van Damme’s sidekick in Double Team? Ah, a true classic, that one.) READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Melissa McCarthy has already proven herself. She won our hearts on Gilmore Girls, turned Mike & Molly into something actually worth watching, and broke through on film in the mega 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Best of all, she showed herself to be a capable and nimble host the last time she stopped by SNL. In 2011, McCarthy’s first night at the rodeo won critical praise and high ratings. It may have spiked Hidden Valley’s salad dressing sales as well. (Er, maybe not.) This time around, she comes to the show as an even bigger star: McCarthy has both The Hangover III and a big movie with Sandra Bullock (The Heat) out this summer, she’s supposedly snagged the female lead in the Oscar-ready dramedy St. Vincent de Van Nuys, and she’s starting production on her directorial debut, Tammy — a film McCarthy also wrote (with husband Ben Falcone, who’s co-directing as well). Oh, and did I mention she’s starring in that one too?

Does McCarthy’s increased celebrity mean she may not be as fearless and game as she was when she hosted just two years ago?  READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy describes her frantic 'Saturday Night Live' quick change on 'Fallon' -- VIDEO

We’re all excited to see what Melissa McCarthy is going to do on this week’s Saturday Night Live (please Arlene, please please) and her interview with Fallon last night just got us even more pumped.

Looking like a total movie star — that hair — McCarthy described her quick change between the cold open and her monologue last time on SNL as ”the only time I’ve truly been assaulted… lovingly.”

Listen to the story of McCarthy’s magical change from a buck-toothed, muscular singer on Lawrence Welk to a dancing star in her monologue (all in 40 seconds):

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Melissa McCarthy's 'SNL' future is so bright, she has to wear shades -- VIDEO

After the season high that was Justin Timberlake’s March 9 episode — and yet another hiatus — Saturday Night Live is finally back this week with a new episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy. Judging by this promo, we can expect dry humor, absurdity, and perhaps a little bit of pouting from forgotten birthday girl boy Taran Killam. (No joke — he really did turn 31 on April 1.) All that’s missing is a giant vat of ranch dressing:

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The Melissa McCarthy dilemma: Where'd you go Sookie St. James?

Melissa McCarthy has more than one setting, but you wouldn’t really know that from her recent slate of film characters.

Ever since she made a splash–and earned an Oscar nomination–with her Guy Fieri-inspired bridesmaid, McCarthy seems to have set herself up to repeat a certain type of role: loud, crass, and obnoxious. Her next three projects, including the new-in-theaters Identity Thief and June’s The Heat are all described as raunchy comedies, and she has a few more projects in the works with her new production company that sound as though they will go that route as well.

She can do much more than these roles might suggest–Gilmore Girls fans already knew that.

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Who should host next year's Oscars?

The Oscars are like a fine red wine. They should get better with age. They should make you face-on-the-floor drunk with giddiness about the sheer glory and thrill of movies.

Unfortunately, the award show’s ratings have been as flat as an old gin and tonic these past several years, and the host/hosts haven’t helped. Anne Hathaway and James Franco, in an attempt to reach a younger audience, gave new meaning to the phrase “odd couple” as lackluster out-of-sync Oscar co-hosts in 2011, and Oscar vet Billy Crystal did his usual shtick, stepping in for Eddie Murphy as host of this past February’s telecast.

With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on the brink of announcing a host for next year’s 85th annual Academy Awards, set to take place Feb. 28, 2013, and airing live on ABC, here are several of our picks for who should host. Jennifer Aniston, we’re looking at you!

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: And the winner is...

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To be a truly great host on Saturday Night Live requires a multitude of skills that elude even some of our favorite stars. He or she needs to be fearless. A willingness to be, as Josh Brolin said this year in his SNL monologue, “career-endingly stupid.” On top of that, things have to go just right — even the most game guest is at the mercy of the show’s writers and ensemble and they’d be the first to admit that all their shows are not created equal. But as Seth Meyers has often said, the show often takes on the personality of the host. Lackluster sketches can be blamed on the writing sometimes, but drab material might also reflect the mood and enthusiasm of a tentative or distracted host during the week leading up to the show. So when everything comes together and Saturday Night Live delivers a show that has you snorting till Tuesday, well, the host deserves the lion’s share of the credit. Happy accidents don’t typically happen on SNL. There’s simply no place to hide. When the show is great, it’s because the host is, and that’s why we revere Tom Hanks and Justin Timberlake, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. They make it look easy, but as we know from many other guest hosts, it’s not.

This year for the first time, EW.com readers have voted after every episode to determine who was the season’s best host. The most recent host was pitted against the four most popular previous hosts in a popular vote, and the one with the least number of voters was eliminated while the four survivors advanced to the next week. Like any democracy, it’s a system that’s not without its flaws, but judging by our Final Five, the process performed reasonably well. Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Radcliffe, Will Ferrell, and Mick Jagger were all excellent hosts who boldly epitomized Brolin’s credo. McCarthy coated herself in ranch dressing, Radcliffe mocked Harry Potter, Mick deigned not to be so cool (and hence became even cooler).

Before we announce the inaugural winner of Mr. (or Mrs.) Saturday Night Live, though, there are three other non-democratic awards to present. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' poll: Who was the best host of the year?

Every Monday morning for as long as I can remember, my classmates or coworkers have had some variation of the following conversation: Did you watch Saturday Night Live, and did you think the host was any good? It was normally very analog: yes or no, thumbs up or thumbs down. Over time, frequent guests became reliable favorites — Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman — but no one ever seemed to take the time to step back at the end of the season and ask, Who was the best host this year?

So this season, EW has been relying on your votes in a weekly contest to separate the great from the good. After 22 episodes of varying degrees of ha-ha, 17 hosts have been rejected in our effort to crown the inaugural Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night Live. Every Monday, the most recent host was pitted against the four most popular previous hosts of the season: the star that then received the least number of votes was bumped. Some brilliant performances have already been sent home — Baldwin, Jason Segel, even Maya Rudolph — and the final five are formidable.

Mick Jagger enjoyed a distinct advantage by being the guest host of the finale; not only does he automatically qualify for the final vote, but his performance is the freshest in everyone’s minds. Still, he has his work cut out for him, as his four rivals have been quite dominant in our season-long competition. Click below to see the tale of the tape for all five finalists. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Can Will Ferrell dethrone Jimmy Fallon?

In the pantheon of Saturday Night Live performers, Will Ferrell is one of the all-time greats. Yes, I know, I know, the show hasn’t been funny since 1978… blah, blah, blah. But Ferrell’s seven-season stretch from 1995 to 2002 was one of the most brilliant runs in the show’s history. Saturday’s appearance was his third time back as host, since leaving to star in films like Elf and Old School, and fans were expecting great things. The results… were mixed.

With only one show remaining, Ferrell was positioned to seize control of our season-long competition to determine SNL‘s best host. Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy have been resting in the clubhouse for weeks, waiting for the final hosts to perform. A huge show may have put Ferrell over the top, but I think he left the door open. (Not enough cow bell?) READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Was Josh Brolin stupid enough?

In his opening monologue as host of Saturday Night Live, Josh Brolin said, “It’s just refreshing to come here and just be stupid… like really stupid. Like career-endingly stupid.”

Maybe that raised my hopes a little too much, because I kept waiting for Brolin to cut loose. The new star of the upcoming Men in Black 3 had some moments — his doctor in “The Californians” was perhaps inadvertently the best Jeff Bridges imitation I’ve ever seen. But he certainly didn’t seem to have to hurry through wardrobe to make one skit after another.

So Brolin has his work cut out for him in our season-long contest to determine the best SNL host. Our most recent poll was, by far, the most competitive. Four favorites — Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Daniel Radcliffe — had flicked aside previous challengers, but when Sofia Vergara hosted last week, Daniel Radcliffe seemed vulnerable. D-Rad fans, however, rallied late in the game, saving The Boy Who Lived for another week. The surprise castaway: Maya Rudolph. (If I had a Save, I’d use it, Maya.)

Jimmy Fallon remained in first, but his support dropped to 27.3 percent of the vote. Vergara impressed with a 20.7 percent debut, and Melissa McCarthy was steady, with 20.4 percent. Radcliffe‘s late charge boosted his support from 10.8 to 17.4 percent, leaving Rudoph’s not-too-shabby 14.2 in last.

Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five remaining hosts, as reminders of their recent performances. How do you possibly grade them against each other, ignoring guest cameos — Spielberg! — and fluctuating writing? My rule of thumb: “Do I want to see them come back and host again next season?” At the very least, try to be objective and don’t reward or penalize a host for their latest movie or TMZ.com photo. It’s all about Saturday night. Vote below, and the four top vote getters will advance to compete against Eli Manning on May 5. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

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