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As Paul Rudd hosted his third Saturday Night Live this week, he picked up on a pattern: the musical guest always overshadows him. Perhaps that's because he's not a great host.First came Beyonce, then Paul McCartney, and now poppy juggernaut One Direction. Rudd's opening monologue featured a showdown between this boy band and his "man band"--the "Anchorman" crew of Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carrell. The nine of them sang --what else?-- "Afternoon Delight." The One Direction mania was slightly reworked in one of Rudd's best performances of the night as One Direction's #1 fan.SNL opened this week with a "condensed" version of the "Sound of Music." The sketch was preceded by a smug promo of an introduction, noting the 18 million viewers who watched NBC's live production this week. Despite the self-congratulatory start, the skit was excellent. Kristen Wiig showed up to reprise her role »

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