Caryn James

'Zero Dark Thirty' Parodies: With Lena Dunham and As A Rom-Com

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  • February 28, 2013 12:10 PM
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Who knows if these parodies might have helped Zero Dark Thirty in the Oscar race? (Could they have hurt more than the controversy about torture?) Laughing about the subject probably wasn’t in anybody's awards strategy, but these two very funny videos reveal how firmly the film has pervaded the cultural conversation.

Review: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Stoppard and HBO's Dreamy 'Parade's End'

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  • February 26, 2013 9:07 AM
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In Part 3 of HBO’s lyrical, nuanced, romantic and tough-minded World War I era series, Parade’s End, the aloof Sylvia Tietjens says of her aristocratic husband, “Christopher is the last decent man in England. How dare they put their knives into him – he’s mine.” By then we know that she is not simply complaining that Christopher’s colleagues in the British government have turned on him; she is saying the he is hers to manipulate and torture in an endless dance of love and hate. This is the most fun we’ve had with Edwardians since Downton Abbey.

Jimmy Kimmel's 'Movie: The Movie 2V' with Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper (Video)

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  • February 25, 2013 3:13 PM
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After the success of his hilarious all-star fake trailer, Movie: The Movie, which premiered after last year’s Oscars -- and has been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube alone, more than 30 million overall -- Jimmy Kimmel has come back with a follow-up. As he says, "When you have a big success in Hollywood, there's only one reasonable thing you can do: cheapen it with a sequel.”

Oscar Review: Seth MacFarlane's Badness Explained

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  • February 25, 2013 2:39 AM
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Was Seth MacFarlane the victim of some terrible time-travel accident that caused him – and all his Oscar-show material – to be trapped in the 1950’s (and not in a successfully ironic way)? That’s the most generous explanation I have for his pathetically unfunny job as Oscar host.  

Your Burning Oscar-Show Questions Answered, MacFarlane to Best Dead People

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  • February 25, 2013 1:00 AM
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The Oscar show was bloated with movie music that had no reason being there. (A tribute to Chicago? Other than the fact that the Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also produced that movie .. oh yeah, that’s why). It had Seth MacFarlane, whose jokes might have been offensive if they weren’t so stale and dull. It had Adlele singing the theme from Skyfall, only to have her voice struggle to be heard over the orchestra. No sound editing at this all-musical Oscars? Ugh.

Predicting the Oscars: Don't Trust Me, Trust Nate Silver

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  • February 23, 2013 9:30 AM
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I was thinking this might be the first year in recent memory when the Oscars actually held some suspense about the winners. Is anything really a lock for Best Picture? What about that wacky Best Directors race, already full of also-rans? Then I read Nate Silver’s thoroughly lucid and compelling analysis in his FiveThirtyEight blog, so: Argo, Argo, Argo. And Spielberg.

The 'Rejected Pitches' Oscar Special, Part 2

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  • February 22, 2013 7:33 PM
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In Part 2 of the 'Rejected Pitches’ Oscar special, the comedy web series gives us typical Hollywood dismissals of Les Miserables (with a perfect Tom Hooper impersonator), Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

"Rejected Pitches" Takes On the Oscars (Video)

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  • February 21, 2013 3:22 PM
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“Rejected Pitches,” the on-line comedy series that plays out typical Hollywood rejections of very successful films, takes on this year’s crop of Oscar nominees with some priceless responses to Silver Linings Playbook, Argo and Beasts of the Southern Wild: “I love Hushpuppy – she’s so sassy! Everything else can go.”

'Downton Abbey' Ends Season 3: What Will We Do Without You-Know-Who?

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  • February 17, 2013 10:45 PM
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Oh dear, just when things were looking better. . . . If you haven’t watched the game-changing final episode of Downton Abbey, Season 3, you might want to turn back now, because all will be revealed.

Preview the "Downton Abbey" Season Finale

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  • February 16, 2013 9:30 AM
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Because the current season of Downton Abbey ended in the U.K. before it had even begun here on PBS – well the series’ worst-kept secret probably would have leaked out even if there hadn’t been all that rumbling about a certain lead who had decided not to return. But just in case, PBS has cooked up this spoiler-free preview,  with no hint of how the drama will sneak up on you.

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