Is Melissa McCarthy the best recurring 'SNL' host?

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. This puts me at ease. I think we can confirm that more than any other recurring host, the Spy star commits to ridiculous characters, crafts great moments, and brings a level of shameless audacity that no other performer can touch. The singular weirdness of her characters and their baffling universality is 

Look, here she is previewing this week's hosting gig by singing the famous Kanye West jam "Butterscotch Man."

Perhaps her most famous sketch character was Arlene the Office Flirt, a ravenous bandit in a swivel chair who threw herself at Jason Sudeikis and made lewd comments about balloons. It is somehow grosser than I remembered.

While "unsettling" is a key characteristic of many McCarthy renderings, it is particularly awesome to see her irk a wine-guzzling women's group with her grim weirdness. The line about yogurt is hilarious (as is the Jennifer Hudson cameo). 

People who eat other people's spare pizza are, indeed, heroes, so please respect Barb's entrepreneurial wisdom here. What is that voice? I respect it. 

Tell me if my otherwise flawless pop culture memory is failing me: Besides Sue Sylvester on Glee and Betty Buckley's character in Carrie, we've not had many memorable lady coaches. Well, finally we have a third one. The wardrobe alone is flawless and the brick-throwing is essential. Here's hoping her fourth hosting appearance is as audacious and downright hilarious as her last three outings. 

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Lost 'Mrs. Doubtfire' scenes prove it is Robin Williams' most emotional movie

That movie about Robin Williams dancing to "Dude Looks Like a Lady" was secretly brutal.
Mrs Doubtfire

I tend to remember the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire thanks to its flashy trailers, which included Robin Williams vacuuming saucily in schoolmarm drag while "Dude Looks Like a Lady" played. Though he was disguising himself as a woman in order to hang out with his kids amid a bad divorce, I tend to look back on the movie's slapstick moments most of all.

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The Oscars' weird new speech rule: awesome or embarrassing?

Oscars

Inside Out scribe Pete Docter revealed something strange in an Oscar nominee roundtable with New York magazine: a new way for winners to express thanks for people and organizations they can't fit in their speech. Is this a step up or a treacherous step back for the Academy Awards?

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Samantha Bee was once an awesome Mother Goose on 'Sesame Street'

Samantha Bee

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is off to a running start thanks to its whip-smart commentary on Jeb Bush and his wilting exclamation point, but let's not forget that Samantha Bee once gave us a formal lesson in rhetoric on Sesame Street -- in a stunning Mother Goose costume.

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Marcia Gay Harden is ready for her 'Fifty Shades of Grey' dominatrix moment

Marcia Gay Harden

You might think of Marcia Gay Harden as that dependable Oscar winner who stars on Code Black, but it's time to shake up your preconceived notions: Marcia is here to wear a skimpy metallic costume and give Fifty Shades of Grey fans a treat.

Harden, who played Christian Grey's (Jamie Dornan) mom in Fifty Shades of Grey, tweeted what I can only call a lovely shout-out to her movie son. I can't tell if this photograph is doctored, but I can tell you this photograph is just right. 

 

Marcia is here to troll E.L. James fans all day and night, so I hope they'll sign a contract to let the torture continue.

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Should you tell a woman she's sexy online?

Should you tell a woman she's sexy online?
Credit: Miri Jediekin

The online comment community and social media have raised all kinds of questions about the new social norms. 

Here, Miri Jedeikin, Alicia Malone, and Roth Cornet answer a viewer who wonders if it's appropriate to both appreciate their work and mention their sexual appeal.

Take a look in the player above and the full show below where we chat about the Leslie Mann/Dakota Johnson interview that went viral and more!

Miri: @MiriTheJedi

Roth: @RothCornet

Alicia: @AliciaMalone

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Did Lady Gaga outperform the entire Super Bowl halftime show?

Be honest.
Lady Gaga

In this edition of THE SNAP, we review what made Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance so great and wonder if Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars lost steam somehow. 

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If 'the people' voted on Oscar nominations, would they be more diverse?

A quick glance at the most beloved performances in the biggest films of the year says: Yes.
Star Wars

In an alternate universe where average (but prestige-conscious) moviegoers decided the Oscar nominations, who'd come out on top? We tried to answer this question by looking at the biggest box office earners of 2015 and picking which movies gave us the most beloved performances. We realized two things: 1) this list looks a lot like what we expect from the upcoming MTV Movie Award nominations; 2) it'd be a bit more diverse than the real Oscars.

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Forget Coldplay, this is the worst Super Bowl halftime show ever

Forget Coldplay, this is the worst Super Bowl halftime show ever
Credit: ABC

Look, the Coldplay halftime performance was terrible. We all know it! Never before or since has the main act felt so shoehorned into their own show, and no amount of Day Glo colors and wild stage-spinning by Chris Martin could make up for that (though in fairness, no one could really be expected to compete with Beyonce).

And yet it still wasn't as bad as the 1995 Super Bowl halftime show, a mega-extravaganza produced by Disney to promote their forthcoming Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland. Cue Halloween Store Indy, a Marion Ravenwood who's been transformed into a shrieking, one-note damsel in distress ("Indyyyyyyy!" she exclaims over and over and over again), drummers wearing snake costumes made out of cardboard, Patti Labelle doing some of the worst lip-syncing I've ever seen, a thematically-incongruous Lion King song and that riveting, showstopping force of nature Tony Bennett injecting some of his famed high-energy theatrics into the mix. ("This is so exciting," he croons, unconvincingly.) It's truly horrid, and you can read a full accounting of how it came together over at The Bleacher Report.

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How far have we come with #OscarsSoWhite?

We review the key quotes from Hollywood's biggest players and see if we've learned something.
The Snap

We're still weeks away from the Oscars, but we keep adding to the #OscarsSoWhite frustrations with new and somewhat startling quotes from nominees, past winners, and other opinionated Hollywood players. In this edition of The Snap, I recap what nominees like Charlotte Rampling and Julie Delpy have said (and then apologized for) and what the takeaway from this whole discussion has been. 

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