Caryn James

Watch Jimmy Fallon's Justin Bieber Parody

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  • February 11, 2011 7:45 AM
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You're on your own for the new part-doc, part-concert movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - the saga of how he went from diapers-to-riches in 14 short years! But Bieber himself is such a pop-cult touchstone, you can laugh at the parodies even if you've never paid attention to the original. In fact, the best part of this parody is Jimmy Fallon, whose Late Night is becoming the new, more consistent SNL, offering some of the best comedy on TV.

BAFTA Predictions and the Oscars: Colin Firth, Colin Firth, Colin Firth

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  • February 10, 2011 7:26 AM
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On Sunday, the BAFTAs will be handed out, the last serious awards ceremony before the Oscars. Can the British Academy predict the Oscars? Last year’s best film BAFTA went to The Hurt Locker and best director to Kathryn Bigelow; just saying.

TV Review: Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones Film Cormac McCarthy

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  • February 10, 2011 4:46 AM
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Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson are confined to a single room in The Sunset Limited, but this film version of Cormac McCarthy’s play distills the same questions that explode in action in his best-known novels and the movies made from them. Just as No Country for Old Men can be seen as a parable of good and evil set in a contemporary gun-slinging West, and The Road projects issues of faith and responsibility across a barren, apocalyptic landscape, the two characters who sit and talk in a shabby New York apartment here deal with moral issues of light and dark straight out of Milton.
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TV Tonight: Watch Allison Janney in Mr. Sunshine, Top Chefs Cook for Jimmy Fallon

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  • February 9, 2011 7:36 AM
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Matthew Perry is the star of the surprisingly funny Mr. Sunshine (as I said in my review) but Allison Janney is the show's equal partner in comedy. Here's a clip of Janney at her loony best:
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Movie Review: Ed Helms Stays Small-Town in "Cedar Rapids"

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  • February 9, 2011 2:45 AM
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Somewhere inside Cedar Rapids, with Ed Helms as a very-small-town insurance salesman sent to a convention in Iowa’s big city, there’s a scathing Christopher Guest satire waiting to get out. There’s also a raucous Hangover-style comedy waiting to get out. Too bad neither one takes over.

Colin Firth Loses: Those Wacky London Evening Standard Awards

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  • February 8, 2011 5:00 AM
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No one pays attention to the London Evening Standard Film Awards – well, barely anyone. The awards from the British newspaper were not a blip on the Oscar radar. Then, yesterday, Andrew Garfield was named best actor for his roles in Never Let Me Go and The Social Network, beating the formerly unbeatable -- not to mention very British and ever-charming at acceptance speeches -- Colin Firth.

TV Review. Bad Title, Funny Show: Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine

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  • February 8, 2011 3:30 AM
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Strange as this sounds, Matthew Perry’s horribly-titled new ABC series, Mr. Sunshine, is pretty funny, his thoroughly unsunny character like a comic version of House. I actually laughed out loud twice during the pilot, which is twice more than with most sitcoms.
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Watch the Less-Hyped Video You Missed at the Super Bowl

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  • February 7, 2011 5:00 AM
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Those splashy movie trailers and expensive Super Bowl commercials will be running in endless loops from now on. Here's a look at a few of the less-hyped spots that really worked:
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TV Review: Jarecki's "Reagan" Rises Above the Centennial Chatter

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  • February 7, 2011 2:30 AM
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Actors are lying all the time, projecting a made-up persona, yet you have to be able to look in their eyes and see something true. That paradoxical job description goes a long way toward explaining the actor-turned-politician phenomenon, and no actor was ever more politically successful than Ronald Reagan.
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Watch a Better, Shorter "Roommate": Justin Bieber and Andy Samberg on SNL

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  • February 6, 2011 4:41 AM
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As I said in my review of the ludicrous psycho-friend thriller The Roommate (you can read it here), the movie offers more laughs than jolts. Here's the latest addition to the film's so-bad-it's-funny reputation: Justin Bieber and Andy Samberg from last night's Saturday Night Live. The parody works if you've only seen the trailer, and even if you haven't.
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