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Caryn James

The Best of Jonah Hill's SNL: DiCaprio Revisits 'Titanic,' And a 'Her' Parody

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  • January 26, 2014 9:27 AM
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It was a pretty safe guess that there would be some Wolf of Wall Street reference during Jonah Hill's stint as SNL host, but the opening monologue turned out to be better than any sketch.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Crazy-Good Golden Globes Hosts (Video)

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  • January 13, 2014 12:07 AM
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Totally fun and totally (allegedly) drunk, the Golden Globes show rose to the crazy-high comic level of its hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was loose and as slyly fun as the opening monologue, which at first seemed a bit tame -- until you noticed the edgy lines the hosts slipped in.

Good and Bad Surprises in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

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  • May 6, 2013 10:26 PM
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Novel? What novel? I went into Baz Luhrmann's 3-D, Jay Z-soundtracked The Great Gatsby assuming that the kindest, smartest approach would be to forget there was ever a book behind it. Surprisingly, the film is more attached to F. Scott Fitzgerald than I expected, and that turns out to be its downfall.

Two Other Gatsbys, Two Better Nicks

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  • May 6, 2013 10:24 PM
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The Great Gatsby is both irresistible to filmmakers and notoriously hard to adapt. All that color and glamour comes crashing up against the eloquence of Fitzgerald's prose and the ineffability of Gatsby's dreams. Baz Luhrmann's new version gives us a wondrous performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and a dreadful, flat performance by Tobey Maguire as the narrator, Nick Carraway. (You can find my review here.) But take a look at two better Nicks and one good, maligned Gatsby:

Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington On Race, the N-Word & 'Django Unchained' (Video Interview)

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 20, 2012 8:58 AM
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When I asked Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington if they had refused anything that director Quentin Tarantino asked them to do or say in Django Unchained – you can imagine that these very smart African-American actors, playing slaves, might tell their white director where to draw the line -- I got a very revealing non-answer. “We’ll keep that private,” Foxx said, then went on to describe the dynamics on set, including what he thinks about the N-word, how Leonardo DiCaprio felt saying it, what Samuel L. Jackson told Leo in rehearsal.

George Vs. Leo For Best Actor

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 10, 2011 10:19 AM
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I would still so love to see George Clooney win the Best Actor Oscar for "The Descendants," one of the year’s best films. His performance is witty, touching and as always understated – and I could almost see his chances trickling away with every prosthetic added to Leonardo DiCaprio’s face in "J. Edgar." Here’s what it comes down to: Clooney is great in a lovely, touching, relatively small family drama. DiCaprio is good and nearly unrecognizable in a big, bad film. Hmmm.

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