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'The Walking Dead' stars and more share their best Halloween costume stories

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Still need some inspiration for this year’s Halloween costume—or want to commiserate about that costume you can’t believe you once wore? Watch the video below. We asked celebs visiting EW‘s video studio to reminisce about their greatest Halloween hits and biggest misses.

In order of appearance: Seth Green, Let’s Make a Deal‘s Wayne Brady, George Takei,  Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah, Cristela‘s Cristela Alonzo, The Walking Dead‘s Alanna Masterson, Constantine‘s Matt Ryan, TWD‘s Josh McDermitt, TWD‘s Michael Cudlitz, TWD‘s Chad Coleman, Teen Wolf‘s Holland Roden, Bones‘ Tamara Taylor, Gene Simmons, Under the Dome‘s Rachelle Lefevre, and Marry Me‘s Dan Bucatinsky.

A tease: Someone got bit by a dog, someone dressed as Crystal the Monkey, and someone needs your help getting a message to Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. READ FULL STORY

Chris Rock's 'SNL' promos are mostly about Prince

But really, can you blame him?

Sure, former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Rock returning to host the show for the first time since 1996—his musical guest was The Wallflowers! The Wallflowers!—is a pretty big deal. But even Rock admits it’s not quite as exciting as the presence of the Purple One, whose Nov. 1 performance will take the format of one uninterrupted eight-minute jam session. (Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 2, giving some viewers an extra hour on Sunday to replay that eight-minute jam session over and over.)

So even though The Artist doesn’t actually show up in these promos—unless you count Bobby Moynihan’s impish impression of him—Prince is basically the invisible star.

Also all over the video: Unfamous people filming its filming on their phones, which is what happens when you decide to shoot the promos in the middle of Rockefeller Center. What a time to be alive. READ FULL STORY

Jim Carrey hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend -- talk about it here!

SUNDAY UPDATE: Click over for a full recap of SNL with Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea

ORIGINAL POST: All righty then.

Sorry—I know that reference is as painfully dated as this Austin Powers costume. But it’s tough not to think about Jim Carrey’s best-known roles as we consider the actor’s third SNL outing—and, to be honest, to consider how long it’s been since he last made a great comedy. READ FULL STORY

Ranking Saks's 'SNL' collection items, from least to most ridiculous

If you’ve ever wanted to dress like a super chic version of your favorite Saturday Night Live character, Saks Fifth Avenue has you covered. Especially if your favorite SNL character is Gilly.

The department store’s “Live From New York” collection, which was guided by SNL‘s costume designer Tom Broecker, features items from a variety of high-end designers that were inspired by classic SNL sketches. In some cases, the connections to SNL are tenuous at best. (Hello, Coneheads beanie.) In others, they’re obvious—which is good news for those who can spend upwards of $1,000 to look vaguely like Mary Katherine Gallagher. (I guess that would truly make one a superstar.) READ FULL STORY

'SNL' remembers Jan Hooks with 'Love is a Dream'

Saturday Night Live alum Jan Hooks, who died Oct. 9 at age 57, was most well-known for her comedic impressions of people like Hillary Clinton and her recurring character Candy Sweeney, but SNL didn’t showcase any of those roles when they paid tribute to her Saturday night: Instead, they showed “Love is a Dream,” a short, sweet film starring Hooks and fellow SNL alum Phil Hartman. READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this week-talk about it here!

Tonight’s episode of SNL will have everything.

Okay, maybe not. But after a shaky start, a visit from a beloved former cast member might be just what season 40 needs to get back on track. And Bill Hader isn’t just one of the show’s best-known recent alumni—he’s among the most skillful, versatile players in SNL history. Some would even call him the show’s best cast member ever; no less an authority than Bill Murray is one of those people. READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Handler says 'SNL' 'blew me off'

Chelsea Handler has a bone to pick with Saturday Night Live.

In an interview with HuffPost Live’s Roy Sekoff on Thursday, Handler explained that she met with SNL producers who offered her a hosting gig, but never followed through. “They said, ‘Oh, we have to have you host.’ My agent called, he said, ‘You’re hosting SNL. They’re gonna give you a date in the fall.’ And then it never happened.”

They asked her to host a second time when her book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, came out. “I said, ‘OK, great. Well, they blew me off last time, I don’t know what the issue was.’ And I think the thing I heard was something like … the writers have a problem anytime we bring on a comedian, which is complete nonsense,” she said. “I mean, Sarah [Silverman]‘s hosted, Lena Dunham hosted it.”

She explained that she would have preferred them to be upfront. “I feel bad for people who can’t just say, ‘Listen, you’re just not our cup of tea.'”

See the full Huffington Post interview here.

 

11 things Robert Downey Jr. revealed during his Tony Stark-like Reddit AMA

Robert Downey Jr. took to Reddit for an AMA on Tuesday in anticipation of The Judge, which the actor called “the closest thing to a perfect film I’ve ever been part of” in response to a Reddit user.

In his AMA, the actor covered everything from his time as Iron Man, to upcoming film projects, to his favorite late-night snack. Here are the 11 most interesting answers, with full Downey Jr. charm intact.

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Sarah Silverman hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this week: Talk about it here!

SUNDAY UPDATE: Click over to read Hillary Busis’ full recap of Sarah Silverman’s episode as SNL host.

ORIGINAL POST: The perfect way to wind down after Yom Kippur? By watching an episode of SNL that features two famous Members of the Tribe, of course. (And, you know, the other guys in Maroon 5.)

Count on host Sarah Silverman to bring up her Jewish heritage early and often when she takes the stage for the first time as host tonight. You can also expect her to focus her monologue on two facts: One, that Silverman was a writer and featured player on this very show during the 1993-1994 season, and two, that she had a fairly terrible time on SNL. Silverman barely got any sketches on the air, had to wear an ape mask for 12 hours for a Planet of the Apes sketchstabbed Al Franken in the head with a pencil one time, and reportedly found out that she was being let go from the show via fax. She’s not even mentioned in Live from New York, James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ exhaustive oral history of SNL.

However! A lot has changed since 1994. SNL, which was famously dysfunctional and hostile (especially for its female cast members) in the mid-’90s, has become a kinder, gentler, more lady-friendly place. And Silverman, whose SNL run was over in the blink of an eye, has spent the past 20 years becoming one of the world’s most notorious and beloved comedians. From her standup specials to The Sarah Silverman Program to “I’m F–king Matt Damon” (man, remember “I’m F–king Matt Damon”?), Silverman has carved out a niche for herself: She’s outrageous, edgy, and unapologetic, but she says the crazy things she says with the voice of a precocious 10-year-old and the face of the quiet girl in your Hebrew School class. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' premiere recap: The start of something new (and odd)

Are SNL‘s growing pains over as it enters its 40th season? It certainly didn’t seem that way from the show’s bizarre season opener. While Chris Pratt—and Chris Pratt’s abs, in a supporting role—conducted themselves amiably, the show seemed to lack the festive air we’d expect from a premiere tied to such an important season. Instead, it seemed on a mission to prove that a new era has come to Studio 8H—one with a markedly different tone.

There was only one notable cameo, and it came from Pratt’s wife, Anna Faris—not, as might have been expected, his Parks and Recreation costar Amy Poehler. In fact, there was little about the show that was familiar. It seemed intent on showing off the new generation, lingering on new cast member Pete Davidson and its brand-new Weekend Update lineup. Even Leslie Jones, an SNL writer who joined the show midway through last year and made a controversial appearance on Update in May, had a chance to show off her material.

This confidence resonates better than last season’s opener, when the new cast members were forced to endure the “New Cast Member or Arcade Fire” sketch. But in doing so, the show seemed to push aside some of its strongest, more veteran players, like Kate McKinnon and Vanessa Bayer. Let’s move on to specifics:

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