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Look at This Instagram (Nickelback Parody)

Even if you don't have an Instagram account or Nickelback is your favourite band, you can still appreciate this parody song that takes some hilarious shots at the way people use the No. 1 photo-sharing service to post photos of themselves, cats in glasses, their feet and most importantly, their lunches. bit.ly/Instagram_parody

RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES

More Moriarty than Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays Sherlock Holmes in the contemporary series Sherlock (that is to say: the good contemporary series, as opposed to Elementary) shows his darker side as the voice of the Dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure, and as the designated villain John Harrison -- not Khan -- in the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness, which just released its teaser trailer in anticipation of its May 17 release.

BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV

Short, Sir Paul bring festive fun to SNL

Well, this should certainly be an abundance of great amusement, I must say -- Canuck-born comedy star Martin Short, who contributed such memorable characters as Ed Grimley, Katharine Hepburn and Jerry Lewis during his single season (1984-85) in the Saturday Night Live cast, returns to New York to host the Christmas edition of the show (Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 p.m. on NBC/midnight on Global). Musical merriment will be added to the SNL mix by ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.

MORLEY WALKER / MAGAZINES

Thank goodness it wasn't Black Sabbath

British novelist Zadie Smith, 37, grew up blissfully ignorant of Canadian singer songwriter Joni Mitchell and even went through a phase in university of actively hating her music. Then, on a car radio a few years ago, she heard the cut River from Mitchell's 1971 album Blue and underwent an instant conversion. In a great essay in the Dec. 17 New Yorker, Smith uses the experience to reflect upon her ability, or inability, to appreciate the full spectrum of the arts.

KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE

It's fun to have fun...

See the feline interloper in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat balance a tea cup, a cake, three books, a fishbowl on an umbrella and more while standing on a ball during the stage adaptation of one of the most popular children's books of all time. The Manitoba Theatre for Young People is hosting the production from the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis that delights the 3-11 set with the mayhem caused by Cat and his fun friends Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 13, 2012 C2

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