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Ansel Elgort in 'Hairspray' and 'Rent,' Taran Killam in 'Evita,' and more stars in high school musicals

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There is nothing else to say except this: Ansel Elgort, whose charming swagger won your heart in The Fault in Our Stars, played Link Larkin in a high school production of Hairspray.

Elgort has made frequent mention of his theater (and tap-dancing) past — but the video evidence below is really just too good to be true. Not only is there proof of Elgort’s basically perfect casting as Tracy Turnblad’s well-coiffed love; there’s also footage of Elgort’s performance as Collins in a theater camp production of Rent at the famed Stagedoor Manor.

And Elgort, of course, isn’t the only celebrity who tread the theater boards as a student. In honor of these videos surfacing, we’ve rounded up a handful of other stars who were surprise dynamos in their high school musical theater programs. Let them entertain you in the clips below: READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live': And this year's overall MVP is...

… Kate McKinnon. Which should come as no surprise, whether you faithfully watched each of season 39′s episodes or only caught a few of its sketches online.

Let’s back up. Each week in our SNL recaps, EW’s writers have selected one cast MVP — the featured or repertory player who made the best individual impression in that Saturday’s episode. Sometimes those MVP slots were shared between two cast members; sometimes, as in this season’s premiere, we cited both a New Cast MVP and an Old Cast MVP, just to spread the wealth around. Because our recaps are written by different staffers with different preferences, the system’s a little less biased than it would be if the same person had chosen an MVP each week — meaning that the season’s overall winner has plenty of broad appeal, at least among the enormous subset of the population that is EW SNL recappers.

That said: The contest wasn’t even close. READ FULL STORY

Charlize Theron beats up Taran Killam in new 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Do Charlize Theron and Aidy Bryant have a history?

The best joke in Theron’s Saturday Night Live promos sure seem to point to a (fake) rivalry. Taran Killam informs Theron that Bryant has been trash-talking her all week. Note to Bryant: As Theron shows in a later promo, making A Million Ways To Die In the West taught her how to beat people up.

Elsewhere, Theron — who last hosted SNL 14 years ago — proves herself a capable straight woman for Killam’s goofiness, whether that means messing around in the control room or being tricked into recording Killam’s voicemail message. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick sings in 'Saturday Night Live' promos, because of course -- VIDEO

Should we begin prepping for a musical monologue now?

The first promos for Anna Kendrick’s debut Saturday Night Live hosting stint have arrived, and Taran Killam wastes no time pointing out that Kendrick has a musical theater background (prior to Pitch Perfect, she was also in Camp). Killam tries to make Kendrick feel at home by singing her some show tunes, but music rights get in the way of everything. No matter; the duo make up their own goofy song (complete with a competitive edge), and barely manage to keep a straight face. All that, and a bit-too-late April Fool’s Day prank!

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Jonah Hill prepares for an f-bomb-free 'Saturday Night Live' hat trick -- VIDEO

This weekend marks Jonah Hill’s third time hosting SNL — not exactly a milestone worthy of its own lengthy, star-studded sketch, but still something worth noting. (Back when Superbad was released, who’d have thunk Michael Cera would end up with a regular gig on indie comedy staples like Childrens Hospital and Burning Love — while Hill would be the one hosting SNL once every few years and winning Oscar noms in his spare time?)

Hill’s new SNL promos do just that, making much out of his three-peat and, interestingly enough, mentioning the whole Best Supporting Actor thing just once. Maybe they’re saving all their best “two-time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill” material for Saturday?

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Miley Cyrus talks tongues and 'the children' in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

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Thought things got weird at SNL last week? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet — because this Saturday, the one and only Miley Cyrus will serve as both host and musical guest. And if there’s anything we’ve learned over the past few months, it’s to expect the unexpected from The Artist Formerly Known as Hannah Montana.

Thankfully, the girl clearly has a sense of humor about herself — as you’ll see in the following promos. Take, for example, the first segment, in which Taran Killam immediately addresses the foam elephant in the room:

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'Drunk History': Lessons learned from 'Nashville'

Comedy Central’s Drunk History is so hilarious if you’re in the right mood, and probably even if you aren’t. So, what’d we learn from “Nashville”? (NSFW language and somewhat blurry hand gestures ahead.)

KEY ‘DRUNK HISTORY’ LESSONS for the week of AUGUST 20, 2013

–When Dolly Parton (Casey Wilson) went to New York to tell the RCA executives she was leaving The Porter Wagoner Show, her exact words were “I’m gonna be in f*cking movies. “Are you in or are you out? Back me or back the f*ck off.” And they were like yeah, sure. Whatever. Sounds fantastic. READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy's 'SNL' future is so bright, she has to wear shades -- VIDEO

After the season high that was Justin Timberlake’s March 9 episode — and yet another hiatus — Saturday Night Live is finally back this week with a new episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy. Judging by this promo, we can expect dry humor, absurdity, and perhaps a little bit of pouting from forgotten birthday girl boy Taran Killam. (No joke — he really did turn 31 on April 1.) All that’s missing is a giant vat of ranch dressing:

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Daniel Craig and Taran Killam's 'SNL' promos are double-o-heaven -- VIDEO

Taran Killam tweeted that filming a set of Saturday Night Live promos with this week’s host, Daniel Craig, made for the “greatest day ever.” After watching their video, you’ll see why. At first, the clips focus on Killam’s futile efforts to impress and, uh, make out with the guy who plays James Bond. Then, apropos of nothing, there’s a completely charming montage of Killam and Craig wearing wigs, rocking out on air guitars, and eating cupcakes together — you know, just normal guy stuff. Who knew craggy Craig had such a silly side?

I’d be totally happy if Saturday’s episode ends up just being 90 minutes of these two goofing around together. In the meantime, let’s watch the promos on an endless loop:

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Who should play Paul Ryan on 'Saturday Night Live'? Take our poll!

When John McCain announced that Sarah Palin would be his running mate in the 2008 election, the news struck a chord with arch conservatives — and fans of NBC’s comedy lineup. Even casual viewers immediately noticed that Palin bore a striking resemblance to 30 Rock star Tina Fey, kicking off speculation that Fey would return to her old SNL stomping grounds in order to play Palin onscreen. The rest, as they say, is history, “I can see Russia from my house!”-style.

But when Mitt Romney announced his own running mate this past Saturday, the news didn’t send comedy nerds into a similar frenzy. Much like Palin, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is a young, good looking politician with bright, twinkly eyes and an aggressive reputation — but unfortunately, he isn’t a dead ringer for anyone affiliated with SNL. Then again, looks aren’t everything: Chevy Chase didn’t even bother donning a bald cap when he skewered Gerald Ford in 1975, but his impression became the stuff of legend anyway.

So, keeping that in mind, who should get the chance to flank Jason Sudeikis’s robotic Romney when Saturday Night Live returns in September? (Provided Sudeikis does return to the show, of course.) READ FULL STORY

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