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PopWatch Planner: 'At Any Price,' the 'Originals' arrive, and more

It’s a bustle of premieres, returns, and hiatuses in the entertainment world this week — not to mention a new Zac Efron movie! Our advice after an emotionally draining week: for every dark piece of entertainment, balance it with two pieces of light.

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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

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