Caryn James

The Improved Oscar Show with Ellen, Lupita, Jared & Adele Dazeem

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  • March 3, 2014 1:39 PM
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I did not have great hopes for the Oscar show going in -- I'm not even an Ellen fan -- but you cannot hate anything that has Brad Pitt passing around pizza and John Travolta creating an entirely new name for the person he was introducing (Adele Dazeem, a star is born).

Will Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Show Be Derailed by His "I Hate Woody" Fame?

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 24, 2014 3:29 PM
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Ronan Farrow began his new MSNBC show today by saying, "I grew up watching the greats of TV news," then delivered his wry list of "Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert." He wasn't really kidding, because Ronan Farrow Daily is all about trying to channel his generation. At a glance the show wasn't rocky; it was flat and safe, which might be worse.

'The Monuments Men' Cast On Jimmy Kimmel: Matt Damon and Bill Murray Steal the Show

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 7, 2014 4:32 PM
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The cast of George Clooney's The Monuments Men have been everywhere lately, promoting a film that will need all their high-profile popularity to lure viewers in. Critics have rejected it. It is very rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. I found the World War II adventure about recovered art strangely flat. (You can read my review here.)

George Clooney Saves the World (Or At Least Art) in 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 29, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Monuments Men begins with a captivating scene, set in Belgium during World War II. We see close-ups of a work of art -- van Eyck's oversized Ghent Altarpiece—hear banging, then see priests crate up the individual panels of the painting, put them in a truck in the dark of night and send it off for safekeeping.

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

  • By Caryn James
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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.

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