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Caryn James

Stephen and Mitt Go To The Olympics

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  • June 13, 2012 10:03 AM
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Stephen Colbert knows the next big thing when he sees it. A horse partly-owned by Ann Romney is trying out for the Olympics, and what bettter way for Mitt to earn some blue-colllar cred than for the family horse to win that big dressage competition? Here’s The Colbert Report’s priceless take on the ultimate Romney sport – the show has declated dressage The Official Colbert Report Sport Of the Summer – with new sing-along lyrics to “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

Amy Poehler Visits IFC and (More Important) Me!

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  • June 13, 2012 9:30 AM
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This Friday, Amy Poehler is Scott Aukerman’s guest on his supersmart, funny new IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang! which does for talk shows what Christopher Guest mockumentaries have done for dog shows, community theater and other cultural touchstones. Poehler’s deadpan turn as an earnest star in a wig big and blonde enough for a Real Housewife is a great fit for the show’s droll satire. But wouldn’t you rather come out and see her in person? Poehler, whose brilliant series Parks and Recreation has just ended its best season yet, will be my guest on stage at the 92nd St. Y this Friday (ticket info here; the event is sold out but you can still join the waiting list).

How 'Mad Men' Ended Its Season of Old-Fashioned Sexual Politics

  • By Caryn James
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  • June 11, 2012 1:15 AM
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Matthew Weiner loves to tease Mad Men viewers and keep them off guard, so of course the season finale refused to give us the expected, explosive plot turn. There were enough of those in the  past few weeks: Joan agreed (yes, agreed) to be pimped out to a client, Peggy quit, Lane killed himself. You want more? And throughout the season, Don gradually discovered he was not married to a doormat. Now that it’s over, we can see that this season – a season as good as this spectacular series has ever been – was mostly about what would come to be called, soon after the Mad Men years, sexual politics.

Can Aubrey Plaza Time Travel? 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

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  • June 8, 2012 9:01 AM
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Safety Not Guaranteed is not a sci-fi movie, even though the story is about a group of reporters following up on an ad for a partner to time-travel with: “Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.” And it’s not a Duplass Brothers film even though the droll, low-key style, not to mention Mark Duplass as the would-be time-traveler, make it feel that way. It is a totally charming, un-hokey romantic comedy that above all gives Aubrey Plaza a chance to break away from her character of eye-rolling, deadpan April on Parks and Rec without actually straying too far. If you like April ( and don’t we all?) you will love Plaza’s character of Darius and this wacky, touching film.

Jane Fonda Brings Back the 60's in 'Peace, Love & Misunderstanding'

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  • June 7, 2012 9:05 AM
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Please don’t take this as an endorsement of the film, but Jane Fonda’s casting and witty performance add a clever layer of history to the otherwise dismal Peace, Love & Misunderstanding. This clunky, obvious comedy about a fractured family is ludicrous from its premise on.

Let's Ask Again: Can Robert Pattinson Act?

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  • June 6, 2012 9:02 AM
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Robert Pattinson has made some daring artistic choices apart from his most famous, pasty-faced role; too bad so many of those fillms have been clunkers.

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