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Jennifer Lawrence shoots and scores, sorta, in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming episode of SNL should be awesome — provided the Golden Globe winner isn’t arrested for murder between now and Saturday.

Lawrence spends the bulk of her Saturday Night Live promos getting the best of cast member Jason Sudeikis, who keeps trying to impress her by quoting Wesley Snipes movies and imitating Bradley Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook character. Things take a turn in the last part of the clip, though, when Sudeikis convinces Lawrence to break out her old Hunger Games bow — and it turns out that the actress’s aim isn’t quite as good as Katniss’.

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Brad Paisley performs 'The Ballad of Honey Boo Boo' -- VIDEO

On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Brad Paisley, country music’s leading funny man (sorry, Blake Shelton), debuted his new theme song for TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Watch it below. The whip was a nice touch. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon's Black Simon and Garfunkel tackle Rihanna's 'Diamonds' -- VIDEO

Hello, Black Simon & Garfunkel, our old friends — you’ve come to sing to us again.

In 2011, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon introduced a new bit in which a pair of Simon & Garfunkel soundalikes — a.k.a. Captain Kirk Douglas and ?uestlove of house band The Roots — performed mournful, harmonic covers of pop songs. Since then, the duo has tackled tunes including Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”  Last night, they took the stage again to put their stamp on Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” This minute-long clip is enough to make me think that Black S&G should just go ahead and release a full album:

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' parody musical coming to N.Y.

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Break out your bondage wear and grab your girlfriends – Fifty Shades is coming to the stage.

A Fifty Shades of Grey parody musical, 50 Shades! The Musical, is coming to New York at the Gramercy Theatre this weekend, after a popular run in Chicago last month. The show is written and performed by the Chicago-based improv group Baby Wants Candy, which boasts alums such as Rachel Dratch and Aidy Bryant.

According to the NY Post, “The opening scene centers on a middle-aged ladies’ book group, then plunges, like a cougar’s neckline, into sketches making fun of the erotic, best-selling novel.” The show comes complete with a live band and 11 original songs, including “They Get Nasty” and ““I Don’t Make Love, I “F#*!,” per the Post. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live': 2012's most popular sketches, as seen on Hulu

As always, SNL had its ups and downs this year. For every insta-classic Maya Rudolph episode, there was a stinker hosted by Daniel Craig; for every innovative new sketch (come on, you liked “The Californians” the first time it aired), there was a bit that wore out its welcome long ago (did we really need to see Gilly one last time?).

Still, the year’s five most popular sketches exemplify why EW’s Ken Tucker thinks Saturday Night Live is “displaying a surge of renewed energy it hasn’t shown for a long time” — they’re fresh, funny, and largely original, though one marked the first appearance of a recurring character and another is a riff on one of the sketch show’s biggest hits ever. Interestingly enough, the top three are all pre-recorded videos rather than bits that were performed live — though there’s only one Digital Short in the mix, indicating that SNL should do just fine without the viral efforts of Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island, who departed the show in May.

So without further ado, here’s Hulu’s list of 2012′s most-watched SNL sketches. It’s a solid inventory that largely coincides with my personal picks for the year’s funniest bits — though I’m sorry that Louis C.K.’s Lincoln didn’t make the cut.

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Is a ‘Pitch Perfect’ sequel a good idea?

The little a cappella movie that could was released on DVD this week – and not a moment too soon, as I can’t wait to re-watch Beca, Jesse, Fat Amy and all the rest sing their way through their college trials and tribulations. I – and many, many others – loved the movie when I saw it in theaters and can’t wait to see it again. But when I heard the news that Pitch Perfect may be getting a sequel, I screamed  “NOOO!!!” out loud.

According to a report from Movieweb, both Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) and Skylar Astin (Jesse) have had talks with Universal about reprising their roles. No other details were immediately available. EW reached out to a rep for Universal, who didn’t respond to a request for comment.

To me, this is a bad idea that will turn into a half-hearted attempt to recreate the buzzy magic of the original. However, if Pitch Perfect 2: This Time It’s Pitchier really has to happen, it needs to avoid the pitfalls of the Mean Girls and Bring It On sequels – the two movies to which Pitch Perfect is most often compared. Those films practically repeated the plots of the originals, with a whole different cast of characters. And spoiler alert, they did not need to bring it on again.

Instead, a Pitch Perfect sequel should follow another franchise: High School Musical.

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Samuel L. Jackson drops f-bomb, Paul McCartney performs with Nirvana's surviving members

Image Credit: NBC

Image Credit: NBC

Saying last night’s episode of SNL fell short of expectations would be the understatement of the year. Martin Short didn’t disappoint, in fact he was my favorite host of the season. His brand of physical comedy and impeccable comedic timing were refreshing, but he didn’t have adequate material to work with. As expected, the episode was star-studded — complete with cameos from other SNL alums and show favorites — but the celebrity guests acted as background props for the most part instead of contributing to skits. However, every time Paul McCartney took the stage, his tender voice wiped  my memory clean of any mediocre jokes that preceded his stellar performance. READ FULL STORY

Martin Short hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

When SNL alumni return to play host, one of two things tends to happen: The show is either a season highlight that skillfully mixes old and new (see Maya Rudolph or Jimmy Fallon‘s shows from last year; seriously, see them), or it’s an unfortunately stagnant walk down memory lane (sorry, Dana Carvey). So which of these fates will befall Martin Short tonight?

If there’s any justice, it’ll be Option #1. Sure, it’s a given that Short will bring back a few of the characters he played during his brief time on SNL in the ’80s — but because he’s such a spry, dynamic performer, it seems unlikely that he’d be content to break out his Jerry Lewis impression and call it a day. I truly think that having Short around will inspire Saturday Night Live‘s current team to push themselves. His presence also means that cameos from his famous friends and former cast mates – Billy Crystal? Christopher Guest? Tom Hanks? Steve Martin?! — are as inevitable as Ed Grimley’s cowlick.

It also doesn’t hurt that this is SNL‘s last show of 2012 (and, if the Mayans are to be believed, SNL’s last show ever); generally speaking, the cast and writers like to go out with a bang. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned musical guest Paul McCartney yet.

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Jimmy Fallon channels Bob Dylan singing 'Jingle Bells, Batman Smells'

Jimmy Fallon is a populist at heart, and last night, the people’s talk show host fulfilled audience requests on Late Night, which led to him performing the holiday classic “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” à la Bob Dylan. His impression was spot-on, as always, but this acoustic guitar and harmonica-infused performance was especially impressive and humorous considering the song’s silly tone.

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Jamie Foxx, unchained and ready for applause

In the era of Jamie Foxx, Serious Movie Star, it’s easy to forget that the Oscar winner got his start as a comedian. But Foxx proved last night that he’s still got the comedy bug, preening and mugging like the ex-In Living Color cast member he is — and while his overly confident persona may have seemed grating to some, a host who tries too hard is always preferable to a host who doesn’t try hard enough. (Just compare Daniel Craig to Lindsay Lohan, and you’ll see what I mean.)

The night kicked off with a politically-charged cold open, the only sketch of the night that didn’t feature Foxx. It was pretty standard stuff, with Jay Pharoah’s Obama acting like a sympathetic schoolteacher and Bill Hader’s John Boehner filling the role of miserable, bullied student. (Apparently, the Republicans have been putting rubber snakes in the Speaker’s desk and inviting him to nonexistent pizza parties to punish him for the fiscal cliff negotiations.) While the sketch drove home how much sharper The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are when it comes to fiscal cliff comedy, Hader’s Boehner face — he looked like a disgruntled caveman — made the whole thing worthwhile.

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