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TV Review: Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes Implosion

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  • January 17, 2011 6:58 AM
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If you were watching Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes on Sunday, for the first hour you could tell you were watching a go-for-broke performance that would become -- and I‘m not exaggerating – legendary, a benchmark by which other flameout hosting gigs are measured. In his opening monologue Gervais took on Scientologists and accusations of bribery in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that hands out the Globes.
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Well-Matched, Well-Played, Robert Downey: Watch Him at the Globes

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 17, 2011 6:10 AM
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Ricky Gervais' monologue and Robert Downey Jr.'s comeback were the most talked-about moments at last night's Golden Globes, for good reason. While most of the audience seemed so flummoxed by Gervais' often brilliant skewering that they couldn't decide whether to laugh, Downey volleyed back with the same kind of mockery, sending up one of Hollywood's biggest cliches, sleeping with your co-stars.
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TV Review: MTV's "Skins" Takes on "Gossip Girl"

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 17, 2011 3:00 AM
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MTV may have missed a marketing opportunity for its brash, engrossing American remake (yet another one!) of Skins, the hit British series about a group of teenaged friends who have sex, do drugs, drink and ... well, that’s pretty much what they do. The MTV slogan could have been: Come for the social anthropology, stay for the characters.
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Golden Globes Preview: What To Look For (I Mean Laugh At) On TV

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  • January 16, 2011 5:54 AM
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I stand by my idea that the show's the thing, so here are a few moments I hope will be eye-opening as we watch the awards tonight (NBC at 8 ET):

TV This Weekend: Golden Globes and More

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 14, 2011 7:30 AM
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Predict the Golden Globe winners? I’d never try to fathom those unfathomable Globes voters. Besides, while I may cheer on some favorites in film and TV (Black Swan, Boardwalk Empire) I don’t own stock in the production companies; their wins won't change my life. For me it’s all about the show, and whether the star-gazing and comedy will be entertaining enough to be worth my time. I’m optimistic about host Ricky Gervais, who has promised to be even less reverent than last year. I’ll have a full review when the show is over, and highlight clips on Monday. For instant reaction while it's happening, please follow me on Twitter: @carynjames
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TV Review. "Big Love" and Mormons, Mormons Everywhere

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 14, 2011 6:16 AM
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As Big Love begins its final season (Sunday on HBO) we can see the influence of this series about a polygamist and his three wives all over the culture. In recent months alone we’ve had Brady Udall’s rich, grabbing literary novel The Lonely Polygamist and the reality series Sister Wives on TLC. The pattern is clear: not mainstream Mormons, but breakaway polygamists, feeding our voyeuristic interest in multiple marriage.
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A Major French Film Festival, Online

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 13, 2011 6:04 AM
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One of the best little thrillers I’ve seen lately is Espion(s) (translated with bizarre spelling as a Spy(ies) ) with charismatic Guillaume Canet as a baggage handler blackmailed into working for MI-5 in London, helping them trap a businessman smuggling explosives from Damascus. It’s a highlight among a promising group of French films, none shown in the U.S. before, available online as part of My French Film Festival.
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TV Preview: When Piers Met Oprah (Plus Macaroni and Cheese)

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 12, 2011 11:01 AM
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Piers Morgan Tonight begins its run as the replacement for Larry King Live on Monday, but Morgan has been teasing his first interview, with Oprah Winfrey, for days. You'll notice it's not Piers Morgan Live, and the already-taped two-hour extravaganza will be cut down to 45 minutes or so on air. That's some heavy-duty editing, with lots of interesting bits likely to be left out.

Watch Stephen Colbert's TV Commercial Sell-Out-Off

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 12, 2011 5:06 AM
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Deep into awards season, it's time to remember what awards are really about: money.
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Movie Review: It’s Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 12, 2011 5:01 AM
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Even slimmed down, Seth Rogen brings the good-hearted shlubiness of his Knocked Up character to his superhero’s role in The Green Hornet. Michel Gondry may be its director – and he’s usually a film’s wizard -- but The Green Hornet is Seth Rogen’s show. As actor and writer he provides its most winning qualities.

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