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Video: Stephen Colbert Introduces James Franco's Twin, Frank Jameso

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  • April 6, 2011 3:24 AM
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The old evil twin plot! Actually, if James Franco did have a twin, that would explain a lot. The guy just works endlessly, so he's everywhere (here's my review of his latest film, Your Highness) , and this is the best interview yet.

Why "The Good Wife" is Smart Where Other Shows Are Stupid

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  • April 6, 2011 3:14 AM
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From the start, The Good Wife has been one of the sharpest series on television, as it reveals heroine Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) tangle of personal and political drama – does she forgive the politician husband who publicly humiliated her by going to prostitutes? – with her own legal career and attraction to her boss and old lover, Will (Josh Charles, in the photo above).
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DVD: Kevin Spacey At His Best as Corrupt, High-Flying Lobbyist

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  • April 5, 2011 3:12 AM
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In Casino Jack, Kevin Spacey gives the kind of performance few actors can: he's both satiric and believable as Jack Abramoff, the D.C. lobbyist who befriended and bought off Congressmen, duped Indian casino-owners, and eventually landed in prison. The film, directed by George Hickenlooper (who died shortly before its release last December), flags a bit when Spacey is off screen, but that doesn't happen often.

Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Cartoon "The Governator" in Action

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  • April 4, 2011 5:54 AM
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Some people think Arnold Schwarzenegger has always been a live-action cartoon, but this time he's cartoon-y on purpose. As he announced recently, a comic book featuring him as a crime-fighting hero called "The Governator" is in the works, to be followed by an animated TV version, both co-created by Spider-man's Stan Lee.
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Review: Even James Franco and Natalie Portman Can't Save One-Joke "Your Highness"

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  • April 4, 2011 1:00 AM
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There’s something wonderful and goofy about a film that has James Franco in a long wig and a codpiece sending up legendary heroes, as the Medieval Prince Fabious, and Natalie Portman as a slender, vengeful warrior with the toughness of an Amazon. But that wit doesn't go far in Your Highness, a sporadically funny one-note comedy.

Video: Elton John's Movie-Centric SNL, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks

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  • April 3, 2011 1:36 AM
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That's Tom Hanks as Sir Michael Caine in the photo above, in a Saturday Night Live sketch tweaking entertainment figures who have been knighted, with Elton John playing himself. I wasn't looking forward to John as host, but the show was more fun than I expected because, as predictable as he was, he was also surrounded by surprises. Hanks turned up in several sketches, and Jake Gyllenhaal did a deapan cameo next to Andy Samberg as Nicolas Cage.
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Video: Stephen Colbert Sings The Rebecca Black Anti-Hit "Friday"

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  • April 2, 2011 5:41 AM
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Part of a joint running joke, Stephen Colbert sang "Friday" on Jimmy Fallon's show last night, covering the Rebecca Black video that has become a viral sensation - more than 75 million hits - for the wrong reason: everybody hates it. Backed by The Roots and surprise guests, wearing a tux and sounding not at all like a teenaged girl, Colbert proved that the song really is laughable.

Review: "The Kennedys" Is Off-the-Charts Bad, But Not Because of Its History

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  • April 1, 2011 1:00 AM
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Poor Greg Kinnear. Poor Tom Wilkinson. I came away from the ham-fisted miniseries The Kennedys feeling bad for those actors, because they are quite good as JFK and his father, Joe. (You’ll notice I didn’t add “Poor Katie Holmes” as Jackie.) Kinnear and Wilkinson don’t have two worthwhile lines or scenes in the entire series, though. The Kennedys is clumsy in its writing, dull in its direction, not even interesting enough to be a hoot.
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Video: James Franco Talks About His Dissed Oscar Gig, With Letterman

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  • March 31, 2011 9:51 AM
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James Franco is refreshingly candid as he talks about his Oscar-hosting gig with David Letterman. ln this preview from the show, on Friday, Franco compares Anne Hathaway's energy to a Tasmanian Devil's, answers the "Were you stoned?" question, and makes a good, serious point about public reaction to the Oscars. Dave, who's been there, is fun too.

McDreamy and Other Bad Kennedys On Screen

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  • March 31, 2011 1:00 AM
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The new Kennedys miniseries, with Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes as Jack and Jackie, is nearly here after months of high-pitched rhetoric about its accuracy. The already-notorious series was, of course, bought and dumped by the History Channel, then rejected all over town and finally picked up by Reelz (at least it gets that channel in the news).

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