Caryn James

Oscar Review: Awards As Bland As Oatmeal

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 27, 2012 12:28 AM
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Well don’t James Franco and Anne Hathaway look better now? Last year’s Oscar show may have been a headlong collision, but at least a crash has curiosity value. This year’s show was as lively and colorful as cold oatmeal. You know it’s a dull show when even the Best Dead People “In Memoriam” sequence is chilly, unemotional and flat.

Best Ways To Watch The Oscars

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 26, 2012 8:45 AM
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If you’re a fan of Billy Crystal and nostalgia (they sort of go together, don’t they?) tonight’s Academy Awards show has your name on it. But if, like many more of us, the throwback to Oscar hosts past and the presumed dominance of The Artist sounds like a snooze, here are some ways to approach the Academy Awards. (To be fair, the photo above is from this year's Oscar promo.)

Watch The New Oscar Trailer: The Search For Billy Crystal

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 5, 2012 9:10 PM
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The Academy has released its first promo for the reconstituted Oscar show, a spot in which Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox, with some help from Robin Williams, trek halfway across the world to find once-and-future host Billly Crystal.

Ricky Gervais Returns As Globes Host; Celebrate With This Liam Neeson Video

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 16, 2011 5:32 PM
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Hard to believe, but now that Ricky Gervais has been announced as the returning host,  The Golden Globes are much more relevant than the Oscars – in the worlds of media and television if not film. Bringing Gervais back after his irreverent turn last time was always an inspired idea, but coming so soon after the Oscar-host debacle, the choice highlights just how out of touch the Oscars are. Brett Ratner as producer and Eddie Murphy as host was never very promising, but replacing them with Billy Crystal is the esssence of safe, timid television, or a bad flashback.

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