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Video Preview: Doctor Who Comes to America

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  • April 7, 2011 12:59 PM
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In the new season of Doctor Who, the Doctor travels to America and visits some landmark places, including the Oval Office. It looks fun to me. Here are two quick glimpses of what's coming up, on April 23.

Less Froth, More Nazis: A Darker “Upstairs Downstairs”

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  • April 7, 2011 3:58 AM
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The new Upstairs Downstairs is as visually glittering as you might want. The camera swirls around a crystal chandelier in the opening credits; the stylish young owners of 165 Eaton Place have painted the walls in the entry hall a beautiful peacock blue. And glamor? Wallis Simpson drops by a cocktail party, Cecil Beaton comes to photograph the family, and the soon-to-be King George VI stops by to chat, without the hint of a stutter. But there is also a Nazi who crashes the party, a Fascist chauffeur, and a Jewish maid who has escaped from Germany.
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Video: Funny All-Star Spoof, "Uptown Downstairs Abbey"

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  • April 7, 2011 1:00 AM
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Before the new version of Upstairs Downstairs arrives on Sunday, take a look at Uptown Downstairs Abbey, a delicious parody of the genre and a direct descendent of the recent Downton Abbey.

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.

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