Caryn James

Matt Damon Takes Over 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Video)

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  • January 25, 2013 11:55 AM
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It’s always fun when movie stars and talk-show hosts laugh at themselves and their genres, and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' did that for a terrific full hour last night when Matt Damon taped  Kimmel to a chair and highjacked the show as host. The ten-year running  joke has been that Kimmel bumped Damon as a guest every night, and Damon’s fake-revenge was full of surprise guests – including Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman and Amy Adams, with Sheryl Crow replacing the show’s bandleader and Andy Garcia taking over for sidekick Guillermo. All this and not a word from Kimmel himself, sitting there with a gag in his mouth.  

Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar-Worthy Parody "Movie: The Movie"

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  • February 27, 2012 2:08 AM
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If the Oscar show was all about safety and nostalgia, Jimmy Kimmel’s Post-Oscar special proves what movies are really about: big-name stars, silly plots, endless promotion. Kimmel got some of the biggest stars and plenty of Oscar winners and nominees to join in his parody trailer for Movie: The Movie. There’s George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks as RoboLawyer, Gary Oldman as a Centaur, Gabourey Sidibe as Black Hitler, Matt Damon as a bunch of grapes and much more.

Clooney vs. Dujardin: Can Subtlety Ever Win The Best Actor Oscar?

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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The Oscar for best Actor doesn't usually reward subtlety. Look at the past two years: Colin Firth won last time around for his stuttery role in The King’s Speech, while the year before his infinitely more nuanced and better performance in A Single Man lost to Jeff Bridges’ roaring drunk country singer in Crazy Heart. You get the picture: the Academy voters’ motto is We Love Big Gestures.

Top Oscar Surprises: Gary Oldman and Demian Who?

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  • January 24, 2012 10:41 AM
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The awards season zooms ahead now that the Oscar nominations have been announced. What didn’t we see coming? And what were those voters thinking? Never mind; a pointless question. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises and how they change the race.

Colin Firth Talks About "Tinker, Tailor" and The Oscar (Video Interview)

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 9, 2011 9:10 AM
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Colin Firth signed on for his role in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy long before winning his Oscar for The King’s Speech. Even so, it’s a little jolting to find him in a relatively small role as one of a half-dozen British intelligence agents and possible moles being investigated by George Smiley (Gary Oldman, the film’s center of gravity). But Firth gives a typically shining and sly performance as the dapper Bill Haydon, ever-so-much more sophisticated than his drab colleagues. And if casting is destiny, this teasing film makes you wonder: is there some big payoff coming for his character or is he the ultimate red herring?

Gary Oldman Talks About "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (Video Interview)

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 7, 2011 11:22 AM
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How do you take a 1974 spy novel, already famous as a 1979 miniseries, and make it new without changing the setting? The key to Tomas Alfredson’s fresh take on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is Gary Oldman’s powerfully solid yet edgy performance as George Smiley, the British intelligence agent forced into retirement, only to be brought back to hunt down a mole in his own service.

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