Caryn James

Review, "Red Riding Hood": How to Make "Twilight" Look Good

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  • March 10, 2011 4:19 AM
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“It appeals to the 14-year-old girl in me,” Gary Oldman told Conan O’Brien about the new Red Riding Hood from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. Oldman, who plays a mysterious, menacing wolf-hunter in the film, probably knows that 14-year-olds are the only possible audience for this clunky mess, and then only as a stopgap while waiting for the next Twilight.

Pick Your Palin: Julianne Moore or Kathy Griffin?

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  • March 9, 2011 10:20 AM
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Sarah Palin manages to make news even on the rare occasions when she keeps her mouth shut. Today in the world of Palin media, it was announced that Julianne Moore will play her in the HBO film Game Change, based on Mark Halperin and John Heilbrun’s best seller about the 2008 election. So far Moore is the only actor officially cast in the film by Jay Roach, who also directed the HBO political film Recount (and more famously Meet the Parents).

Moviegoer, She Married Him: Wasikowska and Fassbender in a Glorious Jane Eyre

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  • March 9, 2011 2:00 AM
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That woman with the braids on her head, struggling to walk through lashing rain, falling in the mud, determinedly fleeing we don’t know what – in the dramatic opening of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s new film, she could be any fiery 19th century heroine, from Tess of the D’Urbervilles to Cathy in Wuthering Heights. Yet within minutes we see she could only be Jane Eyre.

Video: Stephen Colbert Explains Natalie Portman's Baby to Mike Huckabee

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  • March 8, 2011 5:51 AM
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Stephen Colbert begins by explaining to politician Mike Huckabee, who criticized Natalie Portman's unmarried pregnancy, why her baby is so special. He goes on to pull apart another comment Huckabee had to back away from: that Obama was raised in Kenya.

TV Review: Hugh Laurie, Zombie Killer

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  • March 8, 2011 3:37 AM
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I’m devoted to House, but it’s no Singing Detective, even when a special Stunt Episode has Hugh Laurie in top hat and eye liner singing “Get Happy” with a chorus line of garishly made-up docs and nurses. Like most over-produced musical scenes – and it was a fairly short scene – this one took itself too seriously. Throughout last night’s episode of movie and TV parodies, the lighter the touch, the better.
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Michael Fassbender and Other Mr. Rochesters: Why So Dreamy?

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  • March 7, 2011 2:30 AM
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One thing is certain about Jane Eyre's Mr Rochester: he was no dreamboat. Try telling that to the people who cast Michael Fassbender as Rochester to Mia Wasikowska’s Jane in the new version arriving Friday.

TV Tonight: "House" Does "Butch Cassidy"

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  • March 7, 2011 2:00 AM
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It’s a medically-induced movie dream: in tonight’s episode of the strong-as-ever House (after a rocky start this season), Cuddy becomes a patient, and under the influence of who knows what hallucinates the cast into a series of films, including eveyone’s favorite, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. This behind-the-scenes interview with Hugh Laurie and producer Greg Yaitanes offers a glimpse of the perfectly-detailed set.

Charlie Sheen Jumps the Shark (with Video)

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  • March 6, 2011 4:25 AM
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It took less than a week for Charlie Sheen to cross over from out-of-control wild man to calculating performance artist – but unlike most people self-consciously playing themselves, Sheen’s act didn’t start out that way.

Watch Miley Cyrus Play Justin Bieber on SNL

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  • March 6, 2011 3:21 AM
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The Miley Cyrus Show, with Vanessa Bayer playing a babbling, "Pretty Cool"-spouting Miley, has been a highlight of Saturday Night Live's season. So when Cyrus hosted last night you might have expected dueling Mileys. Instead, she played that calculating kid - even his winks are planned - Justin Bieber.
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Catherine Breillat’s “Sleeping Beauty”: A Thinking Woman’s Fairy Tale

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  • March 4, 2011 2:40 AM
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Movies are meant to enchant us and Catherine Breillat’s visually stunning The Sleeping Beauty does that and more. Like her recent Bluebeard, this is a thinking woman’s fairy tale, in which Breillat explores the sexual awakening of girls, and the meaning of class and gender, revising the familiar stories while keeping their enrapturing charm.

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