Caryn James

TV Review, "Being Human" : The Ghost, The Werewolf and the Vampire

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  • February 17, 2011 5:37 AM
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It sounds like a bad joke: a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire walk into a bar. As fans of Being Human – both the original British cult hit, shown here on BBC America, and this season’s American version on SyFy - know, these three are actually roommates, banding together to face the peculiar challenges of their quick-change existences.
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Release Colin Firth! His Long-Delayed Interview Is On Piers Morgan Tonight

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  • February 17, 2011 4:07 AM
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As much as we all love Oscar publicity, it's hard to compete with world crises. Colin Firth's taped, weeks-old interview for Piers Morgan Tonight, originally scheduled for January 28th, has been announced and postponed twice as the show covered events in Egypt. Some people on Twitter are saying that Colin Firth is Piers' Matt Damon - but when Jimmy Kimmel perpetually apologizes to Damon for bumping him from the show, that really is a joke.
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Movie Review: Liam Neeson in the Mistitled "Unknown"

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  • February 16, 2011 8:02 AM
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If you’re watching an action- thriller about a man who wakes from a four-day coma, only to be told he’s not who he thinks he is - but whoever he is, thugs are out to kill him - you really shouldn’t be able to guess the big reveal halfway through. That is true even when the mystified hero is played by the ever-dynamic Liam Neeson, heroically trying to turn the pedestrian Unknown into something as energetic as the much better Taken. I’m not proud of guessing the movie’s secret; in fact, I felt like an idiot for not having guessed it sooner, Unknown is that obvious.

TV Review: "The Social Network" Invades "The Good Wife"

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  • February 16, 2011 7:28 AM
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A nerdy young social-network creator sues a movie studio for depicting him as “a creep and a jerk.” And that’s just the start of the Social Network echoes in last night’s sly episode of The Good Wife, which plays like Mark Zuckerberg’s path not taken. This episode did not present some vague, Facebook-y story. It was loaded with head-on reference to all things Social Network.
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Coming Tonight: The Good Wife Meets The Social Network

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  • February 15, 2011 7:30 AM
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The Good Wife is one of the best series on TV with Julianna Margulies as Alicia, a lawyer whose professional and romantic life intersects with politics in the most sophisticated, deliciously tangled way.

TV Review: “Our America With Lisa Ling,” Newest on OWN

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  • February 15, 2011 2:01 AM
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Our America with Lisa Ling (premiering tonight at 10 ET) has a lot that’s promising, and even more that reveals why Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is struggling with its ratings, why it will be a challenge to move beyond devoted Oprah-istas.
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TV Review. "Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes," Best on OWN

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  • February 15, 2011 2:00 AM
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A month and half after its premiere, one thing is clear about Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network: it’s biggest ratings success, the show people are actually talking about and loving, is Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, which follows the star and her staff as they put together the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Piggybacking on the success of the daytime show is not what makes Season 25 so appealing, though.
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Winners Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter Backstage at the Baftas

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  • February 14, 2011 2:00 AM
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This year’s Bafta show began in a way it usually doesn’t, with a hideous dance number, cringe-worthy and Oscar-ready. There were breakdancers in baseball caps lifting ballerinas in tutus – I won’t punish you with more details. Fortunately, that was the end of the fake entertaiment, and The King’s Speech continued its march toward world domination.

Video: Watch Russell Brand in SNL's British Crime Movie

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  • February 13, 2011 3:56 AM
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If you've ever watched an early Guy Ritchie movie thinking, "Huh? What'd they say?" Saturday Night Live has a film for you. Russell Brand joins Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a mock British crime movie they promise is like Ritchie or Sexy Beast, but even harder to understand.

Ebert Predicts Why The King's Speech Wins the Oscar

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  • February 12, 2011 6:40 AM
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In the runup to the Oscar-predicting BAFTA awards tomorrow – I’m counting on a Colin Firth win and wonder about a possible sentimental sweep for the very British The King’s Speech -- Roger Ebert has the smartest observation I’ve seen about why The King’s Speech will beat The Social Network to win the Oscar.

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