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Caryn James

The Real Brad Pitt Chanel Ad Vs. SNL's: Can You Tell the Difference?

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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Just try to tell them apart. Brad Pitt’s recently unveiled commercial for Chanel No. 5 is so loaded with high-flown, nonsensical language that it out-parodies itself without any help from satirists. But SNL’s Taram Killam offers a very funny take on the commercial anyway, which includes Pitt saying to the off-screen director: “You want me to sound less coherent? Really?” Now that would explain a lot.

Obama, Romney and Tom Hanks in SNL's Debate

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 21, 2012 9:46 AM
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Were all the “binders full of women” jokes used up? SNL’s debate sketch ignored the most popular satirical target from the last Presidential debate, focusing instead on the candidates' pugnacious attitudes, with the added attraction of Tagg Romney promising to punch the President.

Biden Roars, Ryan Guzzles Water, Raddatz Wins in SNL's VP Debate

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  • October 14, 2012 10:54 AM
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Martha Raddatz was the big winner at the Vice-Presidential debate, and she had some great moments in SNL’s terrific opening sketch too: look at how smoothly she feints, using baseball to sneak in a question about abortion.  Kate McKinnon, who has already done the unthinkable by making Ann Romney a very funny character, has almost instantly become one of the show’s most valuable and versatile cast members.

Review: Terror Meets Humor in Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 10, 2012 9:01 AM
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Argo places us so much in the middle of the furious crowd storming the American Embassy in Tehran -- and the captives inside who see it coming -- that the episode is viscerally frightening. Back home, the Hollywood players who create a fake movie as a cover for the CIA rescue mission of Americans is full of hilarious lines sending up the movie business. One of the wonders of Ben Affleck’s extremely entertaining film is how easily he shifts from the threatening to the comic, keeping a steady balance.

Jon Stewart on The Big Bird Wars

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  • October 9, 2012 10:53 AM
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Who would have thought that the possible firing of Big Bird would become a topic of national debate? (Yes, it sometimes takes threatening a puppet to create a political uproar.) After Mitt Romney’s threat to cut funding for PBS, Jon Stewart took a closer look at how Sesame Street is “indoctrinating our children,” as some right-wing-nuts have claimed. Teaching kids to share? That’s just a recipe for social dependency.

Preview: Henry Jaglom's Latest, 'Just 45 Minutes From Broadway'

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 8, 2012 10:01 PM
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Can actors ever be happy if they marry civilians? More than a question for gossip sites, that issue is also at the center of Henry Jaglom’s latest film, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, which gives is a whole family of actors – unconventional, unruly, amusing (to us if not to each other). As they gather in their upstate house, lunching under the trees and discussing the theater, the film’s obvious touchstone is Chekhov. The patriarch, who came up through Yiddish theater, invokes him reverently.

SNL and the Post-Debate Fallout (The Horror, The Horror!)

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 7, 2012 10:40 AM
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It’s a good thing SNL had the presidential debate as fodder, because they absolutely wasted Daniel Craig. And while Jay Pharoah continues to struggle with his Obama impression (why the grimace? Obama doesn’t channel Denzel Washington) the sketches included a very funny, perfectly–targeted recreation of MSNBC’s post-debate coverage: the horror, the excuses, the Chris Matthews hysteria. 

SNL's Lost Bond Girls, From Annie Hall to Penny Marshall

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  • October 7, 2012 10:03 AM
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Daniel Craig was game as host of SNL, but he was seriously underused and put into some of the worst-written sketches in recent memory, including an excruciatingly long one in which he was a construction worker with a mangled vocabulary of cat calls. He had better material – but not much more to do – in a Bond sketech; he was there, after all, to promote Skyfall.

'The Paperboy': Nicole, Zac and Alligators

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 4, 2012 9:11 AM
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On screen in The Paperboy and on stage at the New York Film Festival press conference afterwards, Nicole Kidman seemed – and this is compliment though it may not sound like one—less plastic than she has in the recent past. She is fearless and pretty convincing in the film. If she looks too well-scrubbed and well-dressed for the character – Charlotte, a woman you can only call trashy, who writes sexy letters to prisoners and falls in love with a convicted killer – you can almost justify it because her Barbie look fits the conventions of Lee Daniels’s pulpy psycho-sexual drama. As Daniels explained in his part of the press conference, he wanted the film, set in 1969, to reflect the colors and style of a 70’s thriller.

Oliver Platt and Allison Janney On Making 'The Oranges' Comic Yet Real

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 3, 2012 9:15 AM
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In the fresh little film The Oranges, Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play the befuddled parents of a young woman (Leighton Meester) who successfully seduces her father’s best friend (played by Hugh Laurie). Yet somehow this is a comedy, thanks largely to Platt and Janney’s mastery as Terry and Carol Ostroff – he’s passionate about new gadgets, she is devoted to trying to bend her wild-child daughter to her will. Both react to their daughter’s love affair by being understandably outraged and comically flummoxed.

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