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‘SNL’ Scorecard: Woody Harrelson Wins the Quarter Quell

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by Mike Ryan November 16, 2014 10:09 AM
NBC
Woody Harrelson’s third time as host of ‘SNL’–and his first since way back in 1992 (he hosted just a few weeks after Jason Priestly)–was actually pretty great. Anticipation for an ‘SNL’ host is a fickle beast. Now, one might circle the calendar when he or she sees, say, Chris Rock’s name show up as host, then that show winds up being a bust. I suspect that not a lot of people were thinking, Oh, man, Woody Harrelson is hosting ‘SNL’! I need to cancel all of my plans because that will be one I can’t miss. Then Harrelson goes out and is everything we want out of a host: funny, up for anything, looks like he’s having fun, willing to sing a song about apples that is still stuck in my head. Anyway, he hosted the best show of the season so far and here is your ‘SNL’ Scorecard.

WookieeLeaks: The Wacky Theory About Daisy Ridley’s ‘Star Wars’ Character

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by Jacob Hall November 14, 2014 10:55 AM
Dark Horse
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars!’ From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, we dive into a weird theory about Daisy Ridley's character in ‘The Force Awakens,’ see which iconic character will appear in the next ‘Star Wars’ video game, and learn how much you have to spend to dress like an Imperial officer.

The 50-Year-Old Virgin: How ‘Foxcatcher’ Warps Steve Carell’s Funny Persona Into Something Terrifying

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by Nick Schager November 13, 2014 03:28 PM
Steve Carell’s ‘Foxcatcher’ role builds upon his solid dramatic work in 2007’s 'Dan in Real Life' and 2013’s 'The Way Way Back.' But more importantly, it’s a part that’s tailor-made for the comedian, given that it functions as something like the dark flip-side to his trademark funnyman persona.

'Dumb and Dumber To': A Movie Made For 1994

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by Mike Ryan November 13, 2014 11:31 AM
Universal
The target audience for ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is college-age kids from 1994. Now, by that, I don’t mean “people living in 2014 who went to college in the mid-‘90s.” I mean that it’s for someone who is in college right now and it’s also 1994. I’ve never seen a movie like ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ that is so unabashedly not from this time. It’s one of the best period pieces I’ve ever seen, even though the plot of the film is set in the present. The Farrelly brothers have successfully made a movie from 1994 in 2014.

This Movie Actually Exists: 'Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd'

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by Mike Ryan November 12, 2014 02:17 PM
Warner Bros.
Shia LaBeouf is in ‘Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.’ He plays a high school student named Lewis who wears a horse costume. This is the most remarkable about the 2003 prequel to 1994’s ‘Dumb and Dumber’ -- a prequel that the directors of the original film, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, had nothing to do with and actively despise.

They Don’t Make Nostalgia TV Sitcoms Like They Used To

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by Brian Moylan November 11, 2014 01:33 PM
Buena Vista Television
'The Wonder Years' finds itself staunchly in the great pantheon of nostalgia TV. It seems like there’s always one of these shows on the air, a sitcom that looks back at the past and reexamines it in some way: 'Happy Days,' 'The Wonder Years,' 'That ‘70s Show,' 'The Goldbergs.' While historical dramas are flourishing on cable with everything from 'Mad Men' and 'Masters of Sex' earning Emmy nominations, they just don’t make nostalgic sitcoms like they used to. There will never be another 'Wonder Years' because now we can never let go of our childhoods.

15 Moments That Made Us Unintentionally LOL During This Week’s ‘Gotham’ Episode, "The Mask"

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by Mike Ryan November 11, 2014 10:11 AM
Fox
Monday night’s ‘Gotham,’ titled ‘The Mask,’ was about a business tycoon who makes his job applicants fight to the death in an abandoned office building, with the winner being hired. Like most episodes of ‘Gotham,’ it was pretty entertaining, but also unintentionally hilarious. Here are the 15 times I laughed out loud while watching ‘Gotham.’