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Caryn James

Watch Sylvain Chomet's Very French 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

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  • March 6, 2014 2:51 PM
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Just in time for this year's rich edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, created this delightful opening couch gag for Sunday's episode of The Simpsons.

The Improved Oscar Show with Ellen, Lupita, Jared & Adele Dazeem

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  • March 3, 2014 1:39 PM
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I did not have great hopes for the Oscar show going in -- I'm not even an Ellen fan -- but you cannot hate anything that has Brad Pitt passing around pizza and John Travolta creating an entirely new name for the person he was introducing (Adele Dazeem, a star is born).

'Non-Stop': Liam Neeson and Killers on a Plane (Review & '60 Mins.' Video)

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  • February 26, 2014 12:30 AM
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I will see Liam Neeson in anything, which doesn't mean I want to. So it was a relief to find that Non-Stop -- Taken meets Speed on a plane, with a dash of Agatha Christie -- was as breezily entertaining as a commercial action thriller is supposed to be.

'Late Night with Seth Meyers,' My New Favorite Show

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  • February 25, 2014 10:13 AM
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Late Night with Seth Meyers was the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and Meyers is an ideal host, with a sharply satirical wit yet plenty of personal warmth.

Will Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Show Be Derailed by His "I Hate Woody" Fame?

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  • February 24, 2014 3:29 PM
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Ronan Farrow began his new MSNBC show today by saying, "I grew up watching the greats of TV news," then delivered his wry list of "Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert." He wasn't really kidding, because Ronan Farrow Daily is all about trying to channel his generation. At a glance the show wasn't rocky; it was flat and safe, which might be worse.

Will Ferrell Skates to 'Downton Abbey' Theme (Video)

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  • February 21, 2014 11:27 AM
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Who needs the real Olympics when you have Will Ferrell? Here he is from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, doing a figure-skating routine that might have been, choreographed to the theme from Downton Abbey.

Technical Glitch (I'm Fine with Jared Leto)

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  • February 20, 2014 4:26 PM
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Because of a technical glitch far beyond my understanding, another blog's post about trans actors who might have played Jared Leto's role in Dallas Buyers Club went out under my Twitter feed, RSS and possibly newsletter. To clarify: I had nothing at all to do with that article.

Jimmy Fallon's Beta 'Tonight Show' (Review & Video)

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  • February 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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If you want a sense of what Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will be, look at his guest list. The first episodes feel like a soft launch.

A Valentine's Day Prank? Colin Farrell in 'Winter's Tale'

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  • February 14, 2014 9:59 AM
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A white winged horse soars across the New York skyline, reminding us of . . . the Tri-Star production logo? We aren't meant to be that distracted, but if a flying horse can't capture any magic you can imagine how thudding the rest of Winter's Tale is

Behind the Scenes with Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

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  • February 12, 2014 8:59 AM
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Like no one else, Wes Anderson combines a sense of childhood – arrested childhood in The Royal Tenenbaums, actual kids in Moonrise Kingdom – with a sophisticated narrative and gloriously detailed visuals that might be dollhouses come to life. No wonder Fantastic Mr. Fox, (newly released by the Criterion Collection) may be his most enchanting film

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