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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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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How Deadpool became the most hated and loved character in comics

How Deadpool became the most hated and loved character in comics
Credit: 20th Century Fox, Marvel Comics

People just can't get enough of Deadpool. The character is somehow both wildly popular and divisive amongst comic book fans.

Here, Eric Eisenberg and Roth Cornet look back on the character's history and what makes him so dynamic.

Take a look in the player above or our full Deadpool show below, where we predict why this film will be the one to break the R-rated comic book movie cure and how Deadpool will fit into the larger X-Men universe. 

Let us know what you think here or on Twitter.

 

Roth: @RothCornet

Eric: @EEisenberg 

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A timeline of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny's 'X-Files' 'feud'

Charting the course of the co-stars' rift from the '90s to today
A timeline of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny's 'X-Files' 'feud'
Credit: FOX

In September 1997, 28-year-old X-Files star Gillian Anderson took out full-page ads in both The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety thanking the cast and crew of her mega-hit FOX series after neglecting to mention creator Chris Carter, the show's writers and, most glaringly, co-star David Duchovny during her acceptance speech at the Emmys earlier that week. The E! Online rundown of the kerfuffle is particularly harsh in its assessment of the actress:

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Supergirl's 'cameo' on 'The Flash' last night goes a long way to explaining the crossover

Multiverses. Multiverses everywhere.
Flash/Supergirl crossover cameo

One of the great things DC Entertainment is doing with their live-action properties is diversifying them. While the cohesive unit that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be cool, the seams are really visible sometimes. Especially when huge plot points on shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have little or no repercussions in the films. By introducing two — and now three — universes, DC has sidestepped that thorny issue by keeping film and television separate. It also keeps the TV writers hands from being tied to major movie dates. But still, there is a vast gulf between the “Arrowverse” and National City. The best way to avoid the issue? MORE UNIVERSES!

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Could the Johnny Depp/Funny or Die Trump video actually help The Donald?

Could the Johnny Depp/Funny or Die Trump video actually help The Donald?
Credit: Funny or Die

This morning Funny or Die released a 50-minute movie starring Johnny Depp as Donald Trump. The Art of the Deal (also the title of Trump’s business manifesto) pokes fun at Trump’s central life lessons.

Here, Louis Virtel, Roth Cornet, and Eric Eisenberg talk about the role that Johnny Depp was clearly born to play, and if Trump can actually roll into this and make it work for him.

Take a look in the player above or below and let us know what you think here or on Twitter.

Louis: @LouisVirtel

Roth: @RothCornet

Eric: @EEisenberg

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'Broad City' trailer promises Cynthia Nixon, Blake Griffin & a lot of lube

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Broad City

Credit: Comedy Central

We're a week away from the third season premiere of Broad City, and Comedy Central has released a full-length trailer for the latest adventures of Abbi and Ilana, which include guest appearances from Blake Griffin, Cynthia Nixon, and Tony Danza (plus the return of Susie Essman as Ilana's mom), Abbi using a whole lot of lubricant to get Ilana out of a tight spot, and a lot more. Enjoy.

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This is not a drill! Watch the first 4 minutes of 'The Walking Dead' mid-season premiere!

This doesn't look good, y'all.
The Walking Dead premiere
Credit: AMC

Hahaha! Remember when we were all complaining and/or disappointed by the lack of death in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead last year? How could that much go wrong so quickly and the only casualty be Deanna? Remember how showrunner Scott Dimple promised the mid-season premiere would be quite deadly? He might have meant for the fans, because the first four minutes of The Walking Dead is online now, and I might have just had a heart attack.

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Larry Wilmore parodies 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' with all the Bill Cosby jokes

Larry Wilmore parodies 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' with all the Bill Cosby jokes
Credit: Comedy Central

So, The People v. O.J. Simpson seems to be a hit and the Bill Cosby case is ongoing (and, thanks to Kanye West, still very much in the news). 

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Johnny Depp is Donald Trump in a 50 minute Funny or Die movie, and it's all we ever wanted

Johnny Depp is Donald Trump in a 50 minute Funny or Die movie, and it's all we ever wanted
Credit: Funny or Die

Well, Funny or Die has done it. The site made a movie about Donald Trump, and it's starring Johnny Freaking Depp as Trump (if you thought Depp's Whitey Bulger impression was good, wait until you see his Trump. Just awesome), based on Trump's best-selling book Art of the Deal, and done in the style of an 80s TV movie that never aired, as, Ron Howard explains, it was pre-empted by a Monday Night Football game. 

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