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Caryn James

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).

Review, Hanna: A Fairy Tale Princess As Thrillling Action Heroine

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  • March 30, 2011 12:50 PM
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I didn’t think Joe Wright had it in him. In Hanna he leaves behind the polite literary pieces he’s known for – he directed Atonement and the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice – and comes through with a thrilling action movie about a teenaged girl trained to kill. He hasn’t entirely lost his literary roots, though. Hanna, played with ferocity and thorough conviction by Saoirse Ronan, is metaphorically a fairy tale princess updated to a contemporary superheroine.

Video: How Is "The Borgias" Like "The Godfather"?

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  • March 30, 2011 9:04 AM
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Was it Fredo Corleone who said "Happy families are all alike?" Maybe I'm misremembering.

Watch Edie Falco's Droll Nurse Jackie: New, Full Episode

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  • March 29, 2011 2:41 AM
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For two seasons, the heroine of Nurse Jackie has been pulling off the near-impossible: crushing pills and snorting them in the hospital bathroom, juggling her husband and her pharmacist (how convenient! ) boyfriend, all without getting caught. And Edie Falco has done something just as miraculous: kept us on Jackie’s side while she has selfishly used everyone who loves her.

Watch United States of Tara, with Eddie Izzard: New, Full Episode

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  • March 29, 2011 2:40 AM
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I’ve dipped in and out of United States of Tara for the last two seasons, always feeling that the heroine's multiple personalities - the gun-toting biker guy, the teenaged slut, the happy homemaker – were too often an excuse for stunt acting. But Toni Collette did win an Emmy, and the show has its passionate fans.

DVD: "Upstairs, Downstairs," the Series Everyone Steals From

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  • March 28, 2011 8:41 AM
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Before there was Gosford Park or the recent hit series Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs, Downstairs, the 1970’s series that created the template for masters and servants mingling on screen, wearing fussy Edwardian clothes, getting into all sorts of scandalous adventures, from a servant with dirty gloves (the horror!) to stolen babies, suicide, illegitimate children, adulterous affairs. All those scandals and more are in Upstairs, Downstairs. Jean Marsh, who played the maid Rose (photo above), and Eileen Atkins – yes, the actress – created the series’ inspired formula, which many others have shamelessly borrowed.

Review: Jeremy Irons and Those Seductive, Scheming, Irresistible Borgias

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  • March 28, 2011 4:37 AM
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Amid all the lust, murder, backstabbing and love in Neil Jordan’s sumptuously shot, elegantly written miniseries The Borgias, the most memorable scene may be the one with the monkey. Rodrigo Borgia, played with sublime smoothness and depth by Jeremy Irons, has recently become Pope, and his son and consigliere, Cesare, arrives at a banquet for cardinals with a tiny monkey on his shoulder. The Borgias pass this off as an eccentricity, but that monkey is a food taster, and in the poisonous court of Pope Alexander VI not likely to have a long life.
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