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Taye Diggs is both the world's most charming man and its worst rapper -- VIDEO

“He gave Stella her groove back. He broke hearts — and fixed them — on ABC’s Private Practice. He’s done it all: film, television, theater. But in his next act, an unlikely partnership with underground rap sensation DeStorm Power would change an entire genre of music… forever.”

So begins this Behind the Music-esque video from ABC.comedy, which dramatizes Taye Diggs’s fake attempt to become a hip-hop icon. The twist: Though Diggs seems like one of those guys who’s just naturally great at everything, he’s actually the worst rapper this side of MC Skat Kat. But hey — what would you expect from a guy who thinks George Gershwin invented the genre?

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon bring sexy back, barbershop quintet-style -- VIDEO

There’s just one thing better than four guys wearing goofy striped blazers and singing tight harmonies: Five guys wearing goofy striped blazers and singing tight harmonies, especially if one of them happens to be Justin Timberlake.

Late Night‘s Ragtime Gals can make any song sound that much classier — but their talents are particularly suited to this swoonworthy cover of “SexyBack.” Take note, college a cappella groups nationwide: this is how it’s done.

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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Fifth time's the charm for Justin Timberlake?

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This past Saturday’s episode of SNL was indisputably a season highlight. But here’s a question: How much of the credit for that belongs solely to host Justin Timberlake?

Timberlake certainly seems to have a Midas effect whenever he drops by SNL. His very presence energizes the entire show, even the segments in which he doesn’t appear. Take, for example, this week’s Stefon appearance, which is the funniest the character’s been in months.

That said, an enormous number of “surprise” cameos also buoyed Timberlake’s latest Saturday Night Live turn — and when the euphoria induced by Steve Martin, Andy Samberg, Jay-Z, et al wore off, we were left with an episode that lagged mightily after Weekend Update (“The Adventures of Sober Caligula”? ), despite Timberlake’s best efforts. Arguably, then, Timberlake himself doesn’t necessarily deserve full marks for the show’s success. (I’m not necessarily making that argument; I’m just saying one could.)

Still, Timberlake shouldn’t have much trouble shooting to the top of this week’s Host Poll — especially since last week’s results prove that none of our current Mr./Ms. Saturday Night contenders has a decisive lead. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Welcome to the Five-Timers Club, Justin Timberlake!

You guys, Justin Timberlake is onto us. Here’s how this season’s most highly anticipated SNL host began his monologue last night: “There are so many exciting things about hosting five times. You get to see old friends. You get to try new things. You get to inevitably let everyone down thanks to overly high expectations — thanks, Internet!”

But unlike poor Jennifer Lawrence, Timberlake didn’t fall victim to the perils of fervent anticipation. His show was a thrilling, joyous, cameo-stuffed affair that easily ranks among this season’s best, second only perhaps to Martin Short’s Christmas episode — even though Timberlake and SNL both lost a good amount of momentum after Weekend Update, where the show’s weakest sketches are traditionally stuffed.

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Justin Timberlake hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live' -- talk about it here!

If you want to avoid spoilers for tonight’s episode of SNL, you might want to stop reading this post right about… now.

If you don’t want to avoid spoilers, you’ll be pleased to know that the show seems to be celebrating Timberlake’s fifth outing as host in a major way. Yesterday, Steve Martin tweeted a photo that gives a big hint about what’s in store for JT come 11:30 p.m.

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Justin Timberlake prepares to dominate 'SNL,' starting with the promos -- VIDEO

There’s a reason expectations are so high for Justin Timberlake’s fifth outing as Saturday Night Live host: The guy is funny. Like, really funny.

If you’ve somehow forgotten just how good he is at hosting SNL, look no further than this week’s promos — which manage to pack more laughs into two minutes than entire sketches can in seven. Would that JT could steer the show every week… and run the cameras… and take care of the sound. Sigh! Check to make sure you’ve got your suit and tie, then watch the magic happen here:

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Kevin Hart hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Only three actual comedians have hosted SNL this season — Louis C.K., Martin Short, and Jamie Foxx. And Foxx only half counts, since he’s better known these days as an Oscar-winning Serious Actor than as a sketch comedian and stand-up who starred in 100 episodes of his very own sitcom.

Perhaps not coincidentally, those comedian-hosted shows have also been some of the season’s strongest. Louis’s Abraham Lincoln-meets-Louie parody still stands as this year’s funniest pre-taped bit. Short is still at the top of EW’s weekly SNL host poll for a reason. And Foxx… well, since his comedy career reached its height in the ’90s, it makes a certain sort of sense that his episode of SNL felt like a relic from that era. Either way, he was a thoroughly commanding, dominant presence on the show, and that alone was enough to make his hosting turn impressive.

All of this bodes well for Kevin Hart, an actor and comedian who’s still a bit under the radar.  READ FULL STORY

Kevin Hart gets ready for his close-up in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

As Jason Sudeikis points out in the video below, three of 2013′s four acting Oscar winners have hosted SNL this season. (Daniel Day-Lewis, you’re on notice.) Does that mean that upcoming host Kevin Hart has been hiding some secret dramatic chops?

Probably not — but the comedian’s stints hosting MTV’s 2012 Video Music Awards and starring on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood do seem like they’ve been good seasoning for his Saturday Night Live debut. If nothing else, an entire sketch built around Hart and Bobby Moynihan pulling the old Totem Pole Trench trick would definitely be a win. Check out Hart’s promos here:

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SXSW: Val Kilmer to appear in (and Tenacious D to promote) web series 'Ghost Ghirls' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

Think there is no letter “D” in SXSW? Think again. Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ acoustic-metal rockers Tenacious D are set to play a concert in Austin to promote the new Yahoo! Screen web comedy Ghost Ghirls, about a pair of ditzy ghost hunters played by Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci. The concert, and a screening party, will take place on March 13 at Yahoo!’s SXSW venue. The show was co-created by Lund, Blasucci, and series director Jeremy Konner (Funny or Die) and is being co-produced by Black’s Electric Dynamite Productions and Shine America.

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'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Christoph Waltz had our curiosity, played it straight, and now we just want to see 'DJesus Uncrossed'

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If I could think of a good symbol to describe Christoph Waltz hosting Saturday Night Live it would be: an amusement park. The lines for the rides are the time you spent in anticipation after hearing Waltz was going to be the host. The sketches are the rides. Even though most get you excited, a few have you saying “meh.”  Still, after you leave you remember the experience fondly.

Okay, so maybe I’m not as good as Waltz at turning what I say into an elaborate metaphor. I still kind of wish they’d poked a little fun at the format of most of his awards speeches (however charming they may be).

While Waltz never played a completely out-of-left-field character, he did a nice job. He played the straight man in most sketches, but he wasn’t afraid to dance around a bit when the occasion called for it. He was endearing if maybe a little awkward, a true professional, not an obvious cue card reader, and (importantly) articulate and clear (except for maybe in that last sketch).

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