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Caryn James

The Best of Jonah Hill's SNL: DiCaprio Revisits 'Titanic,' And a 'Her' Parody

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  • January 26, 2014 9:27 AM
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It was a pretty safe guess that there would be some Wolf of Wall Street reference during Jonah Hill's stint as SNL host, but the opening monologue turned out to be better than any sketch.

Fallon, Timberlake, McCartney and Madonna on Christmas SNL (Video)

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  • December 22, 2013 10:21 AM
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Jimmy Fallon hosted one of the best Saturday Night Live episodes of the season last night, with Justin Timberlake as virtual co-host, and an extravagant list of guests including Paul McCartney and Madonna.

Wes Anderson Trailers: SNL's with Edward Norton, and the Real 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

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  • October 31, 2013 10:29 PM
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Edward Norton as Owen Wilson in a Wes Anderson film – that is perfect casting, in SNL's trailer for a horror movie a la Anderson: The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.

Tina Fey as Blerta, The New Roommate on 'Girls' (SNL Video)

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  • September 29, 2013 10:18 AM
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It's easy to spoof Girls, from Lena Dunham's very particular delivery to her character's unlimited insecurity and narcissism. But host Tina Fey took an entirely fresh approach in the best of the sketches from last night's otherwise tame Saturday Night Live, as a new roommate -- a peasant crone named Blerta who blurts out the truth to the friends. "Don't speak. They will know you are simple," she advises Shoshanna. But she saves the most perfect observation for Hannah (perfectly played by new cast member Noel Wells) at the end.

Watch Ben Affleck and Bill Hader's SNL Promo

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  • May 15, 2013 1:10 PM
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Before Ben Affleck became Mr. Big-Time-Oscar-Winning-Director ... oh, never mind, that is so not his persona even now. Here he is in a promo for the season finale of SNL, proving he still has his comic timing. And here's Bill Hader (who will not be returning to the show next season) asking Affleck if he made up that country Iran in Argo.

Melissa McCarthy Gives Physical Comedy a Good Name On SNL (Video)

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  • April 7, 2013 11:12 AM
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Even if you're not a fan of physical comedy - and I'm usually not - the brilliant Melissa McCarthy makes it hilarious and sophisticated. She began her latest SNL hosting gig by entering on sky-high, red-sequined platform heels, stumbling her way on stage in a routine that was also a goof on the absurdity of actress' shoes today.

Justin Timberlake's All-Star, All-Good SNL (Video)

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  • March 10, 2013 12:13 PM
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Justin Timberlake was totally aware of the high expectations for his hosting gig on SNL - "Thank you, Internet," he said during the monologue - but there was no need to worry. He was so on, he even gave just the right sly, I-know-it's-hokey reading to the line "Five Timers Club" when announcing his membership as a five-time host.

Watch Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' Promo

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  • March 6, 2013 11:05 AM
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I don't believe in jinxes, so I'll flat-out say that nothing is a safer bet for fantastic television than Justin Timberlake hosting 'Saturday Night Live'. He's back this week, and even his promos are better than SNL's usually are (better than some of the sketches lately.)

Justin Bieber Hosts SNL; Watch the Unaired Non-Bieber Sketch Instead

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  • February 10, 2013 10:53 AM
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Last night’s 'SNL' host was Justin .. . oh, how I wish I could say Timberlake, but No. It was Bieber, set loose among squealing audience members and a flood of predictable Bieber jokes. He wasn’t much as a comic, but he did go along wih a lot of Bieber-Playing-A-Dumb-Guy sketches. None of them mentioned the unfortunate Instagram he had posted the day before of himself with SNL's all-powerful Lorne Michaels, which Bieber spelled Lauren. (Some generous people on Twitter blamed Autocorrect; maybe.)

SNL's Preview of The Next 18 Hobbit Movies (Video)

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  • January 20, 2013 11:26 AM
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Some people (and I‘ll never be one of them) can’t get enough of Perter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. SNL offers a preview of how Jackson plans to take advantage of that – split the next Hobbit installments into 18 different films: in one, Frodo forgets something back at the shire and has to turn around, in another the whole crew (including Jennifer Lawrence as the Elf Queen) splits a complicated dinner bill. There's "Apple Maps: An Unexpected Detour," and the dwarves assembling an Ikea dresser.

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