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Caryn James

Clive Owen On 'Shadow Dancer' And An Older Film He Wants You to See (Video)

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  • May 31, 2013 8:50 AM
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What is the best, little-known Clive Owen film? It's not Closer or Croupier; those highly praised films showed us that no one does compassionate, conflicted intensity better than Owen -- a quality that made him a natural for Shadow Dancer as an MI-5 agent who becomes disillusioned with his job.

James Marsh and Andrea Riseborough Talk About the Personal, the Political and 'Shadow Dancer'

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  • May 31, 2013 8:49 AM
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James Marsh may be best known as the director of the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the Twin Towers, and Andrea Riseborough as the star who actually burnished her reputation by playing Wallis Simpson in Madonna's otherwise critically reviled W.E. But they've made something altogether different and wonderful together: the taut, off-your-guard psychological and political thriller Shadow Dancer.

Jimmy Fallon's 'Game of Thrones' Update: Watch 'Game of Desks'

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  • May 25, 2013 1:24 AM
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I am not a Game of Thrones fan. For two seasons, I really tried, but gave up when some unbearably awful line of dialogue sent me running. In season 1, the line was "I am a Khaleesi of the Dothraki." As one irate comment pointed out at the time, that's the equivalent of "I am the Queen of England," which was pretty much my point - that's a terrible line. My GOT aversion comes with some exceptions, though: Peter Dinklage, just because he's fantastic as the wily Tyrion, and now Jimmy Fallon, whose parody Game of Desks premiered last night. Guess who announces herself as the Khaleesi?

Michael Douglas, Kitsch and Depth: Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra'

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  • May 21, 2013 12:45 PM
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Despite the earnest pr spin surrounding it, Behind the Candelabra invites us to laugh at - not always with - the grinning, gaudy Vegas spectacle that is Liberace. But Michael Douglas' performance is also deep, sympathetic and brilliant, an act of impeccable mimicry that reveals the essence of a man defined by his fame as surely as he is encased in his spangled tux. The wonder of Steven Soderbergh's hugely entertaining film is that it beautifully walks the line between hilarious kitsch and character study.

Seth and Stefon's Big SNL Wedding, and Iran's Reply to Argo (Video)

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  • May 19, 2013 11:35 AM
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Stefon -- the guide to New York's hottest, most twisted clubs - was never my favorite Bill Hader character, but he grew on me. And since last night's SNL was Hader's last, it was inevitable that Stefon would pop up on Weekend Update. But who could have guessed that, tired of his unrequited love for Seth Meyers, Stefon would leave to marry another man, only to have Meyers run after him like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate? Take a look at Stefon's big wedding, with Amy Poehler and Anderson Cooper.

Watch Ben Affleck and Bill Hader's SNL Promo

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  • May 15, 2013 1:10 PM
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Before Ben Affleck became Mr. Big-Time-Oscar-Winning-Director ... oh, never mind, that is so not his persona even now. Here he is in a promo for the season finale of SNL, proving he still has his comic timing. And here's Bill Hader (who will not be returning to the show next season) asking Affleck if he made up that country Iran in Argo.

Good and Bad Surprises in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

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  • May 6, 2013 10:26 PM
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Novel? What novel? I went into Baz Luhrmann's 3-D, Jay Z-soundtracked The Great Gatsby assuming that the kindest, smartest approach would be to forget there was ever a book behind it. Surprisingly, the film is more attached to F. Scott Fitzgerald than I expected, and that turns out to be its downfall.

Two Other Gatsbys, Two Better Nicks

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  • May 6, 2013 10:24 PM
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The Great Gatsby is both irresistible to filmmakers and notoriously hard to adapt. All that color and glamour comes crashing up against the eloquence of Fitzgerald's prose and the ineffability of Gatsby's dreams. Baz Luhrmann's new version gives us a wondrous performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and a dreadful, flat performance by Tobey Maguire as the narrator, Nick Carraway. (You can find my review here.) But take a look at two better Nicks and one good, maligned Gatsby:

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