Caryn James

Lesser-Known But Just As Good: Some Other Danny Boyle Films

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  • July 29, 2012 9:45 AM
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Before Danny Boyle was famous, and not long before 28 Days Later came out, I interviewed him, and he said something incredible that I actually believed.  Looking back at his experience directing The Beach, a big-budget fiasco in which the studio insisted he use Leonardo Di Caprio rather than the then-little-known Ewan McGregor, Boyle said he’d has his chance at Hollywood commercial success and wasn’t ambitious for it anymore; he had a comfortable life making the films he wanted, and that was fine with him.

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm Campaign Against Lame Interviews

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  • July 27, 2012 1:28 PM
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Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm came together last night to fight a serious cultural blight: lame interview questions. How much longer should we have to endure actors swearing that they had the most fun ever making the movie, or directors who insist that every member of the cast was absolutely the first, dream choice? Please! Promoting their new film, 'The Campaign,' Ferrell and Galifianakis clearly have had enough.  Along with guest Jon Hamm, they staged an intervention and challenged Jon Stewart to stop the lazy questions. We are all grateful. (Although in real life Stewart is obviously not a major offender.)

Kristen Stewart's Apology: Damage Control or Performance Art?

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  • July 25, 2012 9:02 PM
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Call me a cynic, but I’ve always wondered whether Kristen Stewart’s romance with Robert Pattinson was real or conveniently staged for maximum ‘Twilight’ publicity. Now that she has publicly apologized for cheating on him – after Us Weekly published incriminating photos of her kissing another man – I’m more skeptical than ever. Only a romance staged for the red carpet and press junkets could result in her bizarrely personal three-sentence apology, which ends: “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry." This might be damage control; it’s weird enough to play as performance art. What it doesn’t even approach is reality.

Stranger Than Life: Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano In The Fabulist 'Ruby Sparks'

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  • July 24, 2012 9:45 AM
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Neurosis hasn’t seemed this adorably sane since Woody Allen. Clever, funny, expertly walking the line between arty and mainstream, "Ruby Sparks" is a lovable romantic comedy, with Paul Dano as a novelist who writes a dream girl, and Zoe Kazan – Dano’s real-life partner, who wrote the screenplay  - as the fictional woman who fantastically comes to life, leaving her underwear around his apartment, cooking him eggs.

Rush Limbaugh's Gift to Conan and Kimmel: The Bane-Bain Conspiracy (Video)

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  • July 19, 2012 12:32 PM
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For a while it seemed as if that ogre Rush Limbraugh had drained all the fun out of the Bane/Bain coincidence by taking it seriously, claiming that "The Dark Knight Rises" villain Bain was meant as a left-wing attack on Romney’s outsourcing, money-making company Bain. That idea, of course, is so ludicrous that it was quickly turned back on Limbaugh, who became the butt of late-night routines. Funny in spite of himself, he just can’t help handing comedians these gifts.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel in His PJ's Announce the Emmy Nominations

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  • July 19, 2012 10:26 AM
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The best part of the Emmy nominations? Jimmy Kimmel appearing in his pj’s, speaking truth to power. “This could be just as good at noon, really,” he said at the insane hour of 5:40 AM Pacific time. Kimmel, who will host the awards show on Sept 23., stepped in to announce the nominations with Kerry Washington when Nick Offerman was delayed in the East because of yesterday’s monster storm. And he went straight to an even more cogent point in an interview with GMA after the nominations.

Upright Citizens Brigade Vets Romney's VP Choices (Video)

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  • July 16, 2012 9:15 AM
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For a blip of time last week, there was a flurry of Condi for Vice-President chatter – which was quickly shot down as a distracting Republican attempt at “Look over there! Not at the Romney Bain fiasco!”  But even if Condoleezza Rice isn’t going to be the next vice-president, Upright Citizens Brigade has been on the case with a very funny series of videos called “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps.”  And we know how much the McCain campaign could have used some vetting help.  

Might Live Free, Might Die. The Last Season of 'Breaking Bad' Begins.

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  • July 13, 2012 9:15 AM
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Where do you go after you’ve blown off the face of your rival, the area’s biggest meth-lord? Really blown off his face, the way Walter White (Bryan Cranston) did at the end of last season’s 'Breaking Bad,' when he set a bomb and lured Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) to visit a supposed old rat in an assisted living community, so that Fring lurched out of the room like one of the zombies from 'The Walking Dead,' half his face a bloody red mask over a skeleton?  As you may have been reminded by teasers for the new season (which begins Sunday on AMC) Fring had threatened Walt with, “I will kill your infant daughter,”  so if anyone had it coming . . .  

Don't Call Her Shirley. Or Hillary. Sigourney Weaver in 'Political Animals'

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  • July 11, 2012 9:05 AM
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Politics can be sleazy, but might just be out-sleazed by 'Political Animals,' the melodrama a clef that unimaginatively, nastily leeches off the Clintons. Even the great Sigourney Weaver, in the don’t-call-her-Hillary role, can’t save this tacky, leaden miniseries, whose clumsy allusions to reality amount to a series of groaners.

'Savages': Oliver Stone Collides with the World of 'Breaking Bad'

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  • July 6, 2012 9:36 AM
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Savages begins with an image of severed heads, and like so many Oliver Stone films, the story sounds as if it has substance beneath all its violence. A Mexican drug cartel  has sent this head-rolling video as a warning to a trio of beautiful young things living in idyllic Laguna Beach: Andrew Johnson as Ben, a smart and sensitive grower of the world’s best weed; Taylor Kitsch as Chon, his tattooed, hot-headed Iraq-vet partner and best friend, and Blake Lively as O. (for Ophelia) the lithe blonde they share equally and happily. Character, suspense, action, what could go wrong? Well, like so many Oliver Stone films, this one turns out to be vapid after all.

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