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Caryn James

'Blue Jasmine': Woody Allen's Most Successfully Tragic Yet Witty Film

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  • July 22, 2013 2:50 PM
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Witty about social pretensions, eloquently moving about failure and loss, acerbic about family relations -- Blue Jasmine feels like a rich destination Woody Allen has been heading toward for years. It's as if the sibling drama of Interiors were handled (more successfully) with credibility and humor, and Manhattan's skewering observations about money and class given tragic weight, in a film that elicits full, grounded performances from actors as predictably good as Cate Blanchett, as head-spinning as Andrew Dice Clay.

Justin Timberlake's All-Star, All-Good SNL (Video)

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  • March 10, 2013 12:13 PM
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Justin Timberlake was totally aware of the high expectations for his hosting gig on SNL - "Thank you, Internet," he said during the monologue - but there was no need to worry. He was so on, he even gave just the right sly, I-know-it's-hokey reading to the line "Five Timers Club" when announcing his membership as a five-time host.

Touching Kids' Chorus, F-Bombing Sam Jackson, McCartney And A Llama: SNL's Great Christmas

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  • December 16, 2012 8:36 AM
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Just as it did when the show returned after 9-11, Saturday Night Live found a way to eloquently acknowledge a tragedy and move on to comedy. In the eerie but appropriate cold open, the New York City Children’s Chorus sang “Silent Night,” with the line “sleep in heavenly peace” a piercing tribute to the children lost in the Newtown shooting. But after a brief black screen, followed by the kids saying, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night,” the show’s Christmas episode turned out to be one of the best – if most retro -- of the season, with Martin Short as host and Paul McCartney as musical guest.

Jon Hamm, Paul McCartney Guest On Hilarious, Live 30 Rock (UPDATED WITH VIDEO)

  • By Caryn James
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  • April 26, 2012 10:47 PM
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When recorded series go live, it’s usually hard to overcome the stuntiness of it all. (Alec Baldwin promised in a promo that the live 30 Rock would be “liver” than ever, so we all get to make up new words). But 30 Rock found a brilliant, hilarious meta-solution by making its live show about live TV.

Jimmy Fallon Brings Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Back To SNL

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 18, 2011 12:03 PM
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Jimmy Fallon returned to host SNL last night and brought a crowd of guests, including Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler and Tracy Morgan.

Watch Alec Baldwin's Tracy Morgan Impression

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  • December 6, 2011 1:35 AM
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Alec Baldwin is one of the best SNL hosts, and he brought some of that sketch style to Conan last night.

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