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Caryn James

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

'The Monuments Men' Cast On Jimmy Kimmel: Matt Damon and Bill Murray Steal the Show

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  • February 7, 2014 4:32 PM
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The cast of George Clooney's The Monuments Men have been everywhere lately, promoting a film that will need all their high-profile popularity to lure viewers in. Critics have rejected it. It is very rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. I found the World War II adventure about recovered art strangely flat. (You can read my review here.)

Penn & Teller Conjure 'Tim's Vermeer'

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  • January 31, 2014 8:59 AM
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Did Vermeer paint by numbers? Tim Jenison, a software innovator with lots of time, imagination and money to throw around, has an idea that comes close to that. In Tim's Vermeer, the delightful new documentary narrated by Penn and directed by Teller, we watch as Jenison tries out his theory.

George Clooney Saves the World (Or At Least Art) in 'The Monuments Men'

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  • January 29, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Monuments Men begins with a captivating scene, set in Belgium during World War II. We see close-ups of a work of art -- van Eyck's oversized Ghent Altarpiece—hear banging, then see priests crate up the individual panels of the painting, put them in a truck in the dark of night and send it off for safekeeping.

The Best of Jonah Hill's SNL: DiCaprio Revisits 'Titanic,' And a 'Her' Parody

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  • January 26, 2014 9:27 AM
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It was a pretty safe guess that there would be some Wolf of Wall Street reference during Jonah Hill's stint as SNL host, but the opening monologue turned out to be better than any sketch.

Stephen Colbert's Book Club Takes on Hemingway (Video)

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  • January 22, 2014 12:18 PM
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Ernest Hemingway – genius writer or macho cliche? Or both? Stephen Colbert's latest installment of The Colbert Book Club, lovingly and admittedly stolen from Oprah, lets you choose, as the host puts on a safari jacket, holds a gun and swigs from a wineskin while pretending to have read A Farewell to Arms.

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