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Video: Aaron Sorkin on 30 Rock

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  • March 25, 2011 7:00 AM
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Aaron Sorkin hasn't always seemed like a guy ready to make fun of himself; you'd expect the writer of "You can't handle the truth!" to take himself very seriously. But while picking up the Oscar and other awards for The Social Network he seemed looser than ever. Here he does a terrific little self-referential cameo on 30 Rock, playing himself as a writer scrambling for work because the profession is dying.
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Review, The Book of Mormon: Joseph Smith Has Never Been Funnier

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  • March 24, 2011 11:24 AM
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Sex, Ambition, Snobbery: Reasons to Love "Mildred Pierce"

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  • March 24, 2011 1:00 AM
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Todd Haynes’ brilliant miniseries is too smart to thwack you over the head with its themes, but the heroine of Mildred Pierce is a true subversive masquerading as a Depression-era woman in a dowdy brown hat.
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Paging Carey Mulligan and Helen Mirren: Nancy Mitford's Novels Need You

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  • March 23, 2011 1:00 AM
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That ridiculous poster you see is for one of the all-time laughable bad movies made from good books. Nancy Mitford’s 1951 novel The Blessing is a great romantic comedy of cultural manners about a proper Englishwoman who marries a womanizing Frenchman (kind of redundant to say womanizing Frenchman, which is very much Mitford’s point).

Watch The "Big Love" Creators Explain The Ending

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 22, 2011 3:26 AM
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Now that you've watched the series finale of Big Love, take a look at the creators' and actors' grandiose explanations of what they were trying to do. I disagree with almost all of it, and not just because they toss around words like "martyr" and cliches like "the circle of life."
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“Big Love” Ends: The Good, The Bad and the Plurally Married

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  • March 21, 2011 6:19 AM
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HBO’s daring, inventive Big Love ended with an episode that let us know exactly what happened to polygamist Bill Henrickson and his three wives; no Sopranos black-screen ambiguity here. And in a way that’s too bad. The clarity was satisfying in simple story-telling terms, but the episode wasn’t one of the strongest.
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The South Park Creators' Earlier "Book of Mormon" Musical

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  • March 20, 2011 1:00 AM
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Last night I saw a critics’ preview of The Book of Mormon, the new, already-sold-out Broadway musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q. I’m sworn to secrecy until the review embargo lifts at 10 P.M. Thursday, but I can tell you this isn’t the first time the South Park guys have dealt with Mormons in song. In one of the series’ funniest episodes ever, a Mormon family moves to town and we get a musical explanation of their religion.

Movie Review: Bradley Cooper Cleans Up Well in Limitless

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  • March 18, 2011 12:59 PM
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Looking at Bradley Cooper for a couple of hours is never a bad thing, so there’s that. Otherwise, Limitless starts off as an ambitious, gripping, quasi-sci-fi thriller and turns into an over-the-top mess.

Video: Jimmy Fallon, Bob Dylan, and . . . Charles in Charge?

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  • March 18, 2011 3:09 AM
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Jimmy Fallon has followed up his brilliant, timely Charlie Sheen impression with another priceless parody that couldn't be less timely: here's Fallon as Bob Dylan singing the theme to the totally forgettable old sitcom Charles in Charge.

Movie Review, Paul: Seth Rogen's Voice, E.T.-Shaped Skull

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 17, 2011 6:44 AM
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Paul, the CGI alien with Seth Rogen’s voice, is an irresistible creature. With an E.T.-shaped head and big blue eyes, he wears cargo shorts and flip-flops, smokes a cigarette, and best of all has Rogen’s deadpan delivery. When Paul appears to two British fan boys - so geeked out they’ve just left Comic-Con for an RV tour of America’s alien-sighting landmarks - the panicked men try to communicate in ways the English-speaking alien won’t understand. Rogen hilariously, accurately snaps, “Was that Klingon? You psychotic nerd!”

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