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'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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Jamie Foxx hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Will Jamie Foxx breathe life into an uncharacteristically lackluster season of SNL?  He’s certainly got the bona fides to be a great host: The Oscar winner starred on Fox’s sketch series In Living Color from 1991 to 1994, yukking it up alongside Jim Carrey and a succession of Wayans brothers. Like Anne Hathaway — season 38’s best host so far — Foxx is an accomplished singer as well as an actor, which makes him especially versatile. And unlike so-so hosts Jeremy Renner and Daniel Craig, the star of Django Unchained has visited SNL before — albeit not since the last days of the Clinton administration. (The musical guest when Foxx last hosted: Blink-182. What’s my age again?)

All this, combined with my holiday wish of Norm Macdonald showing up to dust off his impeccable Quentin Tarantino impression, makes me think that Foxx could knock it out of the park. After all, the show has had a few weeks to rest and recharge, which hopefully means that tonight’s show will feel fresher than the past few episodes.

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Happy Hanukkah! 8 memorable clips for 8 crazy nights

RUGRATS-CHANUKAH

L’chaim, chaverim: Chanukah/Hanukkah/Chhaaannukkahhh is finally here!

Maybe the Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins tonight at sundown, isn’t as culturally dominant as Christmas, or as glitzy as New Year’s Eve, or as charmingly quaint as Boxing Day. Maybe it’s a holiday that nobody even really knows how to spell. (I grew up using no “c” and two “k”s, so that’s what I’m going to stick with for the rest of this post.) Still, it’s impossible not to love an occasion that exalts fried food, present-giving, and the menorah (or hanukiah, if you want to get technical), a celebratory candelabra that can be either sophisticated or silly.

And even though Hanukkah is much less visible in pop culture than other holidays, it’s still been immortalized on screen at least eight notable times — one for each night of the festival. Great miracles happen after the jump:

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Foul-mouthed Instagram parody of Nickelback's 'Photograph' strikes a chord -- VIDEO

CollegeHumor’s parody video of Nickelback’s “Photograph,” called “Look at This Instagram,” pokes fun at the commonplace and predictable filter treatments “photographers” use to transform food, finger nails, feet, fireworks, and other f words into art.

“Started out as a lemon tart, then my phone went and made it art,” bellows the singer in his best Chad Kroeger voice. His female collaborator channels Creed more than Nickelback, but she makes up for it by putting hipster glasses on her cat (“he thinks he’s people!”).

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Jimmy Fallon, Michael Buble, Keira Knightley, and Dave Matthews play musical instrument game -- VIDEO

Full time late-night talk show host, part time game show enthusiast Jimmy Fallon orchestrated yet another hilarious competition last night on Late Night.

Keira Knightley and Dave Matthews squared off against Fallon and Michael Bublé in an intense round of “The Musical Instrument Game.” The holiday themed song guessing game involved odd instruments, discordant sounds, and plenty of confusion on Matthews’ part. The singer forgot that Bublé was a musician.

“I feel like this exposes me in a professional way,” Matthews said. “Me too,” Bublé responded. “You’re not a … I mean … you are a musician,” Matthews then exclaimed. Nice save, Matthews, nice save. Maybe he was too flustered at the sight of the ethereal Knightley to think clearly.

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