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Caryn James

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.

Best Fairy Tale Films For Grownups

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  • March 4, 2011 2:21 AM
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Fairy tales for grownups are everywhere, fraught with love, sex and menace. Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, wonderfully cast with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, arrives next week. Catherine Breillat's smart revision of Sleeping Beauty opens in July. (Here's my review from the French film festival.)

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Puts Charlie Sheen's Words In The Cat in the Hat's Mouth

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  • March 4, 2011 1:46 AM
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Charlie Sheen mashups have been almost as inescapable as his interviews, but only Jimmy Kimmel Live! had the wit to put audio from his interview with ABC's Andrea Canning into Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat.

TV: Does "Breakout Kings" Live Up To Its Hype?

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  • March 3, 2011 7:48 AM
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A&E’s massively hyped new crime series, Breakout Kings, is the street version of USA’s more urbane, better written White Collar.
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Video: Jimmy Fallon's Perfect Charlie Sheen Parody

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  • March 3, 2011 1:28 AM
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Jimmy Fallon goes beyond the usual late-night punch lines with this commercial for Sheen's new men's fragrance, "Winning."

Why We're Watching Charlie Sheen: Waiting for the Crash (UPDATED With New Video)

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  • March 2, 2011 1:14 AM
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The country has been riveted to Charlie Sheen. The newest twist: late yesterday his twin sons were removed from his house after his ex-wife got a restraining order, and this morning Sheen turned up on the Today show with his lawyer to argue his case.

Video: Behind the Scenes of Kiefer Sutherland's New Web Series

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  • March 2, 2011 12:07 AM
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It's as if Jack Bauer finally came clean and admitted he's just a killer, none of that national security stuff to cloak his murderous instincts. In his new webseries The Confession, coming to Hulu later this month, Kiefer Sutherland plays a hit man confessing to a priest, played by John Hurt.
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Review: Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Love Saves “The Adjustment Bureau”

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  • March 1, 2011 6:37 AM
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Love can save your life; that’s the message of The Adjustment Bureau. But it’s Matt Damon and Emily Blunt who save the film, turning it from the overloaded political sci-fi romantic thriller it might have been into a breezy, charming love story. In the old Hollywood days, what the actors have together would have been called chemistry; they have the irresistible ease and appeal of classic movie couples.

What We Did - and Didn't - Learn In Oprah's Post-Oscar Show

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  • February 28, 2011 11:23 AM
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The Oprah Winfrey Show did its annual post-Oscar program today, dragging sleep-deprived winners from Colin Firth to Melissa Leo back onto the stage of the Kodak Theater for one more interview. Maybe they think of it as gradual withdrawal from the frenzy of campaigining.

Review: Franco Tweets While Oscars Burn

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  • February 28, 2011 6:51 AM
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Idea for a sci-fi movie: the villain sneaks a drug into the air at the Oscars so that almost everybody seems a little bit stoned . . . or, wait, did that really happen?

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