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Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig

Coming home is a big part of the modern American tradition of Thanksgiving, so it’s apropos that self-described Turkey-head Kristen Wiig returned to Saturday Night Live on the eve of the holiday. The SNL all-timer (and five-time Emmy nominee for her seven seasons on the show) hosted once before, in 2013, when she resurrected sketches as Dooneese, Gilly, Target Lady, and Kat. It’s a reflection of her deep bench of characters that she could do another show with zero overlap.

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Critical Mass: Arrival sticks its landing

Awards season heats up with three potential Oscar contenders hitting theaters this weekend. The critics have spoken, and EW’s Critical Mass guide will help you decide which of them to see in the coming days. Read on for reviews of Arrival, Elle, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkAlmost Christmas, and the hottest holdover titles now playing. 

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Arrival

Opens Nov. 11.

EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:

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Martin Short and Steve Martin goof around on The Tonight Show

As longtime comedy superstars, Steve Martin and Martin Short can make any situation exponentially more goofy and fun. They proved this once again during their double appearance on The Tonight Show Thursday night. Martin and Short not only played one of Jimmy Fallon’s signature games (True Confessions), they also did a physical comedy skit that involved literal rolling around NYC. 

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Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn shine in exclusive Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk trailer

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee pushed the technological envelope while filming Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 3D at 120 frames-per-second with 4K HD clarity, and EW has an exclusive first look at the film’s sleek visuals in an explosive new trailer for the upcoming drama.

Newcomer Joe Alwyn fronts the film’s ensemble cast as a 19-year-old Iraq War veteran suffering from the beginning stages of post-traumatic stress disorder in 2004, as his squad prepares to take the halftime show stage alongside Destiny’s Child at a fictitious football match on Thanksgiving Day.

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Liev Schreiber recalls awkward arousal with Steve Martin

Liev Schreiber is mostly known these days for playing the titular tough guy on Ray Donovan, but his first movie role (for Nora Ephron’s Mixed Nuts) was something quite different. Schreiber played Chris, a transvestite who ends up dancing with Steve Martin’s character. As Schreiber told Conan O’Brien on Monday night, his very first day on set was a dance rehearsal with Martin. Not just any dance, either; they were doing the foxtrot, which involves one dancer sticking his leg between the others’ legs and leading them around.

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Kelly Ripa and Emma Stone to guest-star in Maya & Marty finale

The season finale of Maya & Marty will feature a healthy dose of Kelly & Emma.

Kelly Ripa and Emma Stone will guest-star on the July 12 episode of Maya Rudolph and Martin Short’s sketch comedy, EW has learned.

Ripa appears in an edition of “Jiminy Glick’s Celebrity Sensations,” which earlier this week put Jerry Seinfeld in the Q&A hot seat.

Also popping up are Steve Martin and Sean Hayes, who appeared in earlier episodes this season.

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David Letterman fact checks Steve Martin at Peabody Awards — exclusive

Heartfelt speeches about legacy are a mainstay of awards ceremonies. However, when the people involved are lifelong comedic tricksters like Steve Martin and David Letterman, things go awry.

Letterman was honored at the Peabody Awards in New York on May 21. The introduction began on the right foot, with Martin calling him a “television legend we all know and fear.”

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Steve Martin and Stephen Colbert's song about best friends goes awry

Steve Martin and Stephen Colbert are not best friends, but they still sang a song about that relationship during Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Martin, playing the banjo, and Colbert performed an original song about two best friend sitting in a forest (where they were seated), but the lyrics took a turn after Martin revealed he was actually singing about a man named Gary. Colbert thought they were singing about each other.

“Who’s Gary?” Colbert asked.

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Steve Martin tells Jimmy Fallon about his first stand-up set in 35 years

Steve Martin has always been a renaissance man. He’s a movie star, a banjo player, a writer and raconteur, and a wild and crazy guy, to name just a few of his talents. But Martin made his name as one of the most beloved comedians to ever command the stage, and on Feb. 18, he surprised everyone when he performed stand-up for the first time since 1981.

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