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Caryn James

Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde in Paul Haggis' Maddening, Self-Important 'Third Person'

  • By Caryn James
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  • June 20, 2014 8:48 AM
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Does Paul Haggis take us for idiots, or does he actually believe that this pretentious, simplistic film has any substance? Is he cynical or deluded? Either way, the result is the same: 'Third Person' is overwrought and vapid.

Stephen Colbert Asks James Franco, 'Are You a Fraud?'

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 6, 2013 11:06 AM
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James Franco has taken on one of his most mainstream roles in the new Disney film, 'Oz the Great and Powerful'; nothing is more mainstream than Disney. (You can read my review here.) But his entire career still has the shape of wide-ranging performance art -- and with a lot more focus, Stephen Colbert's on-screen right-wing persona has so overshadowed the "real" Colbert that the character can be considered one of the most successful, long-running pieces of performance art of all time. So consider the many layers of reality and artifice when Colbert asks Franco, the professor-filmmaker-writer-actor-whatever: "Are you a fraud?"

Risk-Taking James Franco In Risk-Free 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 6, 2013 10:00 AM
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Flying moneys, good. Flying baboons, bad. That's one difference between the classic, 1939 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' Disney's pricey new extravaganza with James Franco as the pre-wizard carnival con man. More important: don’t go on comparing them. The new 'Oz' is loaded with references, some direct and some tongue-in cheek, but mostly it is a sweeping, kinetic adventure all its own.

From The Apocalypse to Twitter: Top Four Things To Watch For At The Golden Globes

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 14, 2012 11:08 PM
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We could stretch it to more than four, but let’s stay focused. All ears, of course, will be on Ricky Gervais, as we wonder what he can possibly do to top his hilarious, irreverent turn as host last year. The first five minutes should tell.

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