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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.

Watch Jimmy Fallon's Justin Bieber Parody

  • By Caryn James
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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.

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