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With Sony’s decision to cancel the Christmas Day release of The Interview due to threats from hackers allegedly tied to North Korea dominating headlines this week, naturally Saturday Night Live devoted a couple of skits to it. They would’ve been stupid not to. Everyone’s talking about it.

The night had a few great clips and saw a couple of surprise SNL alum cameos from Kristen Wiig and Mike Myers. The latter revisted his classic Dr. Evil persona from the Austin Powers movies. Overall, it was a solid showing for Amy Adams’ second time hosting the long-running show.

Musical guests One Direction performed two numbers and joined Adams for the always popular Girlfriends Talk Show sketch. My favorites of the night were “Asian American Doll,” “A Very Somber Christmas With Sam Smith,” “A Magical Christmas” and “Office Christmas Party.”

My vote for worst sketch was for “A Very Cuban Christmas” which saw Cecily Strong and Taran Kilam take on Gloria Estefan and Pitbull. No bueno!!! Check out all the videos below.

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Saturday Night Live caps of 2014 by tapping Amy Adams to host the final episode of the year. This marks the second time for the 40-year-old actress. She previously helmed an episode of the long-running show back in 2008 with Vampire Weekend as the musical guest.

It’s safe to say Adams is far more excited having One Direction on the show with her. She hilariously freaks out when she realizes the British boy band will be sharing the stage. Hardcore fangirls have nothing on Amy. Even Paul Rudd, who joked about being the group’s number one fan back when he hosted last year, isn’t at her fanatic level. Rudd versus Adams? My money is on Amy :)

Check out the other promos below which feature Taran Killam and Adams play with imaginary snow, a marriage proposal and other amusing moments. Be sure to catch Amy this Saturday on NBC. It should be a good one.

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Tim Burton directs Amy Adams in her latest bid for Oscar glory. Big Eyes is based on a true story about famed American painter Margaret Keane (Adams). Her husband claimed credit for her work to great acclaim and fortune. After painting masterpieces in her basement, her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) would then add his signature. Things eventually became sour and the two ended up in a huge legal battle. The movie hits theaters on December 25.

Lana Del Rey’s soundtrack contribution, also named “Big Eyes,” will appear midway through the movie. It is one of two songs the 29-year-old singer recorded for the album. Her love for smoky strings, dramatic horns and sweeping production on her music will suit the film perfectly.

“The whole thing is about a woman who can’t find her voice. Lana’s song expresses what Margaret is feeling so perfectly, it’s like a soliloquy of her inner thoughts,” the film’s producer and co-writer Larry Karaszewski recently said about Del Rey’s involvement. Give the preview snippet which premiered on Yahoo a view below.

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It’s most likely Amy Adams will score another Oscar nomination with her much-buzzed about performance in Big Eyes. After five previous nods, could lucky number six finally be her ticket to Oscar glory. Award pundits think it’s a strong possibility. Fingers crossed she wins. The 40-year-old is long overdue.

In Big Eyes, Adams plays famed painter Margaret Keane whose husband claimed credit for her work to great acclaim and fortune. After painting masterpieces in her basement, her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) would then add his signature. Things eventually became sour and the two ended up in a huge legal battle. The presiding judge placed two easels side by side and challenged each of them to start painting.

Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter, Danny Huston and Terence Stamp round out the cast. Big Eyes directed by Tim Burton hits theaters on December 25. Check out the first trailer below.

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Disney Developing Enchanted Sequel

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Get ready for another trip to Andalasia. Seven years after Amy Adams enchanted moviegoers as the princess Giselle, Deadline.com is reporting that Disney is developing a sequel to Enchanted. It makes perfect business sense since the original generated $340 million worldwide at the box office and even snagged Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been hired to write Enchanted 2. No word on if any of the original cast members including Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon or Adams will be involved.

It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes this time. It’d be a shame if Adams and Dempsey didn’t get their happily-ever-after, after all. Perhaps, the story could revolve around Dempsey’s daughter who’s probably a young adult now.

Are you looking forward to a sequel? Do you think the original stars should come back? Or should the sequel involve new characters? Sound off below.

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How the mighty have fallen. Maxim named Miley Cyrus the sexiest woman of 2013. However, AskMen.com readers and, more importantly, staff disagree. To be fair, even though the “Wrecking Ball” singer landed on the 99th slot, she actually placed higher on the list based on readers’ votes. The publication made the editorial decision to give her the bottom spot to make a point. Here’s their explanation as to why.

“We ask both the readers and the staff to take more than just sex appeal into account. We ask them to consider all the character traits they would look for in a significant other, including personality, ambition, talent, and potential for the year ahead. From our point of view, the fact that Miley made the list, and the slot that she finished in, really speaks to this diverse criteria. Within the content team, we didn’t think that she deserved to make the list at all, and we voted accordingly.”

“Don’t get me wrong, we do think that she’s attractive, ambitious and talented; we also think she will have a big year in 2014. However, she seems thrives on bad publicity and polarizing behaviors, and this is deeply undesirable. AskMen believes desirability consists of a combination of attractive physical and intellectual qualities — the ability to stir up controversy to the extent that it defines your year is not one of them.”

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2014 Critics Choice Movie Awards Winners

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The 19th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards were held on Thursday, January 16 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Aisha Tyler hosted the event, honoring the finest achievements in filmmaking the past year.

Gravity rocketed to the top, walking away with a record seven wins. However, 12 Years A Slave was the big winner by snatching Best Picture honors. For the most part, the winners lined up with those who walked away with Golden Globes statues a few days ago. The most notable exception was Lupita Nyong’o taking Best Supporting Actress honors over Jennifer Lawrence.

The American Hustle actress shouldn’t be too worried about her Oscar chances. Last year, Jessica Chastain beat her for Best Actress at the Critics Choice but lost the Academy Award. As much as I love J-Law, I’m rooting for Lupita. I love an underdog. American Hustle didn’t walk away empty-handed. It took home four awards for Best Acting Ensemble, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams.

Speaking of Adams, it’s looking like a tight race for the Best Actress Oscar between Amy and Cate Blanchett. Once again, both won a statue, but since comedy and drama were separated, it’s difficult to predict who’ll bask in Oscar glory. At the upcoming SAGs, Adams was snubbed so there’s no direct competition between these two at a major awards show until the main event. Amy is the only Best Actress Oscar nominee this year without an Academy Award statue to her name. Once again, I’m rooting for the underdog.

Over on the men’s side, Matthew McConaughey is solidifying himself as the frontrunner. Don’t count out Leonardo DiCaprio just yet. The Wolf of Wall Street is picking up steam. DiCaprio could sneak pass McConaughey for the win because Leo has never won despite being nominated numerous times. It could be his time finally. Check out all the winners below.

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Movie Review: Her

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Spike Jonze’s Her is easily one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. It is a beautifully stylized futuristic love story about a man who falls in love with the operating system of his computer. I use the term futuristic loosely as the film’s setting is not that far off from our own. There are some technological advances and some adorable fashion throwbacks, which include high-waisted pants (yes!), but this world is very much just around the corner from today.

Joaquin Phoenix plays the man, Theodore Twombly, who works for a company that makes handwritten letters for people, the first sign this society has a problem with communication and human connection. Scarlett Johansson voices the woman, Samantha, who is actually genderless but I will continue to use female pronouns for the sake of this review. Samantha is an AI based operating system with the ability to learn and grow and we see her do just that throughout the course of the film.

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