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SNL: Eli Manning

ZOË RICE: The Fox News spoof wasn’t a home run, and it lagged a bit (with weirdly dated references, to Christmas trees for instance), but it was passable.

HOWARD MEGDAL: SNL’s Fox News problem is that it is consistently battling The…

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State of Chris Brown

Jocelyn Hoppa: During the Grammy’s, as Chris Brown accepted his first award, a flood of Twitter comments came from various people I follow, most with the hash tag “#neverforget” following various jokes and/or outright dismay that he would be granted an award after being in the public eye for beating Rihanna’s face to a black-and-blue pulp.

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Rihanna’s New Music Video

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Just so you know for next time, Rihanna, you’re allowed to take some creative license when you make a music video. Just because the lyrics of the song you’re singing describe shooting a man down in a train station, doesn’t mean you have to act that scene out exactly in the music video.

JESSICA BADER: While I generally prefer music videos that are 100% free of gun violence, there’s something about the way “Man Down” is being criticized that bothers me. A lot of the uproar over the vigilante justice depicted in the video for Rihanna’s latest single is centered around it being Rihanna’s video. Somehow, the performer’s status as a survivor of domestic violence is overwhelming the way we see a music video in which she portrays a woman who is sexually assaulted on her way home from a party and guns down her assailant in a train station the next morning. Continue reading

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SNL in Review: Jon Hamm/Rihanna

ZOË RICE: “Biden time” was pretty mediocre. I like Sudeikis’s impression, but I can’t say there was anything memorable about this episode’s opener.

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Jamie Cullum: The Pursuit

AKIE BERMISS: Jamie Cullum is a kind of enigma in the music business. He’s a wild jazz piano-playing rockstar from England. He’s a bit like the UK’s Michael Buble, only much grittier and irreverent. I came to know his music in 2005 when I came across his Twentysomething album. I remember thinking it was a pretty great record. A good amount of jazz, pop, and piano. The record had a particularly acoustic and direct quality to it, like you might walk into a tiny jazz club and hear the band playing any given track. Since that record, though, Cullum has gotten a little produced and overwrought for my tastes. His latest release, The Pursuit, is a little less prefab sounding.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Both Akie and I have a similar take on Jamie Cullum. I did have some different impressions of his particular choices in The Pursuit, and how well he carried them off. Continue reading

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SNL: Blake Lively / Rihanna

STEVE MURPHY: Muppets? Where the hell did this joke even come from? Are the Muppets somehow a timely reference? I can’t tell if Blake Lively is terrible or if this idea is just the worst thing ever. The Muppets were funny a couple weeks ago in that driving sketch, but this was a horrific second appearance for what could have been a great recurring set of characters. Shouldn’t the monologue have something at least tangentially related to the host? I will say that Blake Lively’s breasts performed very well.

HOWARD MEGDAL: She made Megan Fox look like a pilgrim! But right on- monologue was totally aimless. Continue reading

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