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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

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Sofia Vergara giggles and jiggles

Saturday Night Live took an extended vacation after Jonah Hill‘s March 10 hosting gig, so when Sofia Vergara took the stage this past weekend, fans were eager to welcome her with open arms — though hopefully not with pulled-down pants, as she joked in her monologue. You suspected the show was going to acknowledge her thick accent and her deep cleavage, and the writers simply couldn’t resist such low-hanging fruit. (This is not necessarily a complaint.)

Vergara will need some goodwill to have any chance of cracking this season’s Core Four, the quartet of hosts who have dominated our competition to determine the season’s best guest. Despite some good sketches and a hit movie in theaters, Jonah Hill managed only 9.4 percent of the vote, following Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, and Emma Stone out the door. Jimmy Fallon extended his lead over former cast mate Maya Rudolph, scoring 35.0 percent to her 22.1 percent. Melissa McCarthy stayed within striking distance, with 21.8 percent, while Daniel Radcliffe held off Hill’s challenge to stay in the mix with 10.8 percent.

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 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 Josh Brolin on Saturday. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Can Jonah Hill crack the top 4?

Jonah Hill‘s return to host Saturday Night Live couldn’t have come at a better time. The star has a big movie coming out next week — 21 Jump Street — and he had the luxury of following one of the most disappointing episodes of the year. Lindsay Lohan‘s show last week killed in the ratings, but the actress’s performance was widely panned. Hill didn’t have any pressure to resurrect his career; after all, he is an Oscar-nominated actor for his role in Moneyball. (He may have mentioned it once or twice on Saturday night.) But is he ready to take the mantle from the likes of Tom Hanks, who steadfastly refused to pass the torch or his Oscar?

In our season-long competition for the show’s best host, Lohan didn’t even bother to unpack her bags. She was eliminated after her first week, garnering only 8.1 percent of the vote. Jimmy Fallon regained the lead from former castmate Maya Rudolph, scoring 27.1 percent to her 24.1 percent. Melissa McCarthy closed the gap on the leaders, and is now sitting comfortably with 22.3 percent. But the biggest gainer was Daniel Radcliffe, who went from 3.3 to 18.4 percent in one week’s time. It’s going to be a tough quartet for Hill to crack.

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 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 Sofia Vergara on April 7. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest Host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

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