Caryn James

My Oscar Predictions (Trust My Taste, Not My Math)

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  • February 23, 2011 3:42 AM
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IndieWire’s annual poll of critics and bloggers – a Will Win / Should Win format for the Oscars and Spirit awards – has almost arrived. Here's a quick view of my Oscar choices:

Steve Martin’s Oscar Holy Week Continues

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  • February 22, 2011 7:50 AM
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Day by day, Steve Martin’s sharp-edged tweets have been leading us toward that holiest of Hollywood events, the Oscar ceremony. Here’s his latest Oscar-worshipping entry, sure to make awards losers feel better.

"Kings of Pastry": Hegedus and Pennebaker In a Different Kind of War Room

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  • February 22, 2011 2:18 AM
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The great documentary team of Chris Hedegus and D A Pennebaker have made enormously influential films like The War Room, which changed the way we see political theater. But they also have a taste for lively, entertaining docs like their latest, Kings Of Pastry, a delightful bon-bon of a film which shows why they’re such masters: they find the narrative, the personal story and the unexpected high drama in a pastry competition in France.

The Oscar Gem on the "Fish Tank" DVD

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  • February 22, 2011 1:59 AM
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Andrea Arnold’s Oscar-winning short, Wasp, is every bit as accomplished and harrowing as her amazing feature, Fish Tank, and takes the same gritty, realistic approach to its working-class characters.

Steve Martin Tweets The Religious Experience Of The Oscars

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  • February 21, 2011 7:15 AM
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He may not be hosting again this year, but Steve Martin still has an Oscar presence, one that tweaks his own background a little (he did write an autobiographical play called WASP) and the rituals of Hollywood awards season a lot.

"The Simpsons" Skewer Ricky Gervais, Golden Globes and Toy Story

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  • February 21, 2011 3:54 AM
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Last night’s awards-themed episode of The Simpsons was overflowing with Hollywood jokes, as Bart made his way through awards season with his autobiographical short, Angry Dad. There were too many sharp little bits to mention. Here are a few highlights that put awards season in its place:

Watch Colin Firth on "60 Minutes," Plus The Real-Life Letters Behind "The King's Speech"

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  • February 21, 2011 2:26 AM
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Colin Firth has been everywhere in the run-up to the Oscars, but this new 60 Minutes interview goes beyond the usual questions; in fact it travels with Firth all the way back to his childhood neighborhood.

TV: Watch a Clip of LeBlanc's "Episodes" Finale and More

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  • February 19, 2011 6:30 AM
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Three don't-miss shows coming up this weekend.

Watch "Threat Level Midnight," Action Thriller from "The Office"

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  • February 18, 2011 5:31 AM
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Last night's episode of The Office revealed Michael Scott's dream project, 11 years in the making, an action-spy thriller called Threat Level Midnight. Everyone wants to direct; we should have seen this coming.

Ricky Gervais and the Globes Visit "The Simpsons"

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  • February 18, 2011 2:00 AM
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How can Ricky Gervais follow up his wild Golden Globes hosting gig? By playing himself in an awards-themed episode of The Simpsons, called “Angry Dad: The Movie.”

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