Caryn James

The New Heisenberg: Jimmy Fallon Does 'Joking Bad' (Video)

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  • September 12, 2013 1:29 AM
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Now down to its final episodes, Breaking Bad gets darker, wilder, more go-for-broke. The lighter side? That would be Joking Bad, the latest pop-cult parody from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Clive Owen On 'Shadow Dancer' And An Older Film He Wants You to See (Video)

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  • May 31, 2013 8:50 AM
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What is the best, little-known Clive Owen film? It's not Closer or Croupier; those highly praised films showed us that no one does compassionate, conflicted intensity better than Owen -- a quality that made him a natural for Shadow Dancer as an MI-5 agent who becomes disillusioned with his job.

James Marsh and Andrea Riseborough Talk About the Personal, the Political and 'Shadow Dancer'

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  • May 31, 2013 8:49 AM
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James Marsh may be best known as the director of the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the Twin Towers, and Andrea Riseborough as the star who actually burnished her reputation by playing Wallis Simpson in Madonna's otherwise critically reviled W.E. But they've made something altogether different and wonderful together: the taut, off-your-guard psychological and political thriller Shadow Dancer.

Watch Ben Affleck and Bill Hader's SNL Promo

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  • May 15, 2013 1:10 PM
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Before Ben Affleck became Mr. Big-Time-Oscar-Winning-Director ... oh, never mind, that is so not his persona even now. Here he is in a promo for the season finale of SNL, proving he still has his comic timing. And here's Bill Hader (who will not be returning to the show next season) asking Affleck if he made up that country Iran in Argo.

Watch Ricky Gervais' Hilariously Awful Music Video, 'Equality Street'

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  • March 15, 2013 6:31 PM
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Shot in gloriously pretentious black and white, 'Equality Street' is the official music video from David Brent -- Ricky Gervais' crazily un-self-aware character from The Office -- and Dom Johnson, the rapper Brent manages. It's cringe-worthy good, as the rapper and the white guy in a bad suit dance down a multiethnic street and Brent sings: "Let me take you down Equality Street / You ever know the people you'll meet."

Ricky Gervais Returns as David Brent in 'The Office Revisited' (Video)

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  • March 15, 2013 6:01 PM
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It has been a decade since Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's original version of The Office ended its brief but brilliant run. Now Gervais has brought David Brent back in The Office Revisited, a 10 minute video done for Red Nose Day, an All-Star BBC program that is part of the UK's Comic Relief fundraiser.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Parodies: With Lena Dunham and As A Rom-Com

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  • February 28, 2013 12:10 PM
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Who knows if these parodies might have helped Zero Dark Thirty in the Oscar race? (Could they have hurt more than the controversy about torture?) Laughing about the subject probably wasn’t in anybody's awards strategy, but these two very funny videos reveal how firmly the film has pervaded the cultural conversation.

Jimmy Kimmel's 'Movie: The Movie 2V' with Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper (Video)

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  • February 25, 2013 3:13 PM
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After the success of his hilarious all-star fake trailer, Movie: The Movie, which premiered after last year’s Oscars -- and has been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube alone, more than 30 million overall -- Jimmy Kimmel has come back with a follow-up. As he says, "When you have a big success in Hollywood, there's only one reasonable thing you can do: cheapen it with a sequel.”

The 'Rejected Pitches' Oscar Special, Part 2

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  • February 22, 2013 7:33 PM
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In Part 2 of the 'Rejected Pitches’ Oscar special, the comedy web series gives us typical Hollywood dismissals of Les Miserables (with a perfect Tom Hooper impersonator), Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

"Rejected Pitches" Takes On the Oscars (Video)

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  • February 21, 2013 3:22 PM
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“Rejected Pitches,” the on-line comedy series that plays out typical Hollywood rejections of very successful films, takes on this year’s crop of Oscar nominees with some priceless responses to Silver Linings Playbook, Argo and Beasts of the Southern Wild: “I love Hushpuppy – she’s so sassy! Everything else can go.”

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