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Caryn James

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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Movie Review: Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly in The Roommate

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 4, 2011 8:48 AM
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My Evil Twin did not write this review, although by the end it may seem that way. The Roommate, with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly in a would-be Single White Female psycho-thriller, has many problems, but here is a big one: it is a terrible movie, yet it probably needs to make a ton at the box office just to earn back its budget for lip gloss.

Watch Mini Darth Vader; The Real Super Bowl of Movie Trailers, Ads

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  • February 4, 2011 2:08 AM
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I happen to know that the Packers and the Steelers are facing off in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but only because I asked someone who cares; football is not my concern. The movie trailers and mini-movies meant to sell us things, though, they promise to be more entertaining.
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Watch Anderson Cooper Narrate Video of His Attack in Egypt

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 3, 2011 3:45 AM
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For days, the images of the violent demonstrations in Cairo have looked eerily like a movie, especially when colorfully-clothed men on horseback swooped through, attacking the crowds in Tahrir Square. Yesterday the look and feel changed as American journalists found it wasn't safe to report from the streets. "Anyone with a camera was a target" of pro-Mubarak demonstrators, Anderson Cooper said on CNN, and around 10:00 PM last night Eastern time, near dawn in Cairo, you could see how dangerous it had become.
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Natalie Portman in "The Other Woman," Deja Vu

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  • February 3, 2011 2:15 AM
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Riding the tail feathers of Black Swan, The Other Woman finally arrives in theaters tomorrow, a month after it began its on-demand run. As I said when I reviewed it on VOD, Don Roos’ drama about a woman mourning her dead child and trying to adjust to being a stepmother is an irredeemable muddle; even Natalie Portman’s fierce performance can’t save it. Here's a link to that review.

Movie Review, "Cold Weather": Indie Vision Meets Sherlock Holmes

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  • February 2, 2011 5:35 AM
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The label independent film is tossed around so casually it can mean almost anything, but Cold Weather – written, directed and edited by Aaron Katz – displays a true independent vision. This accomplished, small-scale work dares to break a fundamental rule of movie-making: it starts out as one kind of film and playfully, successfully swerves into another.

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