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"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.”

'Between Two Ferns' Oscar Edition Part 2, with Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain

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  • February 12, 2013 10:20 AM
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In the followup to yesterday’s "Between Two Ferns," Oscar Edition, today Zach Galifianakis talks to Jessica Chastain, Sally Field and his old friend from "The Hangover" Bradley Cooper.

Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns: Oscar Questions As They (Maybe) Ought To Be

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  • February 11, 2013 12:25 PM
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In a promo for 'Pitch Perfect' that seems to have been on an endless loop on my On Demand Chanel lately, Rebel Wilson gushes “We had such fun” making the movie. Just once, I would love to hear an actor say: “It was hell, we hated each other, I never want to work with those losers again.” Just once.  In the meantime, we have Zach Galifianakis’ new Oscar installment of his faux-web show, 'Between the Ferns'. Galifianakis, as the idiot host, talks to real-life nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams about, as he puts it  “all of their Oscar buzzness around them.”  His question to Watts – “Do you have to shrink yourself to get into the camera?” -- is only slightly more ridiculous than some actual questions I’ve heard.

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

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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.

Christoph Waltz on Quentin, Race in America, and 'Django Unchained' (Video Interview)

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  • December 20, 2012 8:53 AM
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Django Unchained proves that Christoph Waltz’s amazing performance as a Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds was no fluke. He is every bit as vivid, and sly in a completely different way, in Tarantino’s latest film about slavery, violence and pre-Civil War America. To say that Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter who buys and frees the slave played by Jamie Foxx, then helps him find his wife, doesn’t begin to hint at the way the character develops, or how Waltz, perfectly in sync with Tarantino once again, subtly makes his character a moral compass as well as a fast-shooting Western sidekick, sometimes funny and sometimes eloquent.

Mike Bloomberg, Chris Christie and Some Jersey Hand Gestures (SNL Video)

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  • November 4, 2012 11:16 AM
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I wonder how this will play outside New York and New Jersey, but if you’ve been watching Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s press briefings you know that his sign language interpreter has become a minor celebrity. SNL’s cold open did a brilliant take on Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, along with their interpreters, at press conferences.

Daniel Day-Who? Louis C.K. Does Lincoln

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  • November 4, 2012 10:17 AM
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What if Louis C.K. had been cast in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln instead of Daniel Day-Lewis? Or, as SNL had it, what if the character of Lincoln merged with the character from his television series Louie -- stand-up comic, acerbic observer of life, and in this case emancipator of slaves and preserver of the union?

Reclaiming the Scarlet Letter for Women's Rights: Martha Plimpton and "A is For"

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  • November 2, 2012 7:43 PM
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Good old Hester Prynne, wearing her scarlet letter proudly – not a bad role model for women claiming their bodies as their own. Improbably, when it comes to women’s reproductive rights and health care, today’s political right seems to have channeled those 19th-century witchhunters Hawthorne wrote about. Now Martha Plimpton proves she’s as good an activist as she is an actor, founding a group called “A is For,” which fights against the 21st-century assault on women’s rights. The group’s savvy, wry symbol: a red  A. Take a look at their all-star video featuring Plimpton, Amy Poehler,  Billy Crudup, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and a raft of other high-profile advocates.  

Preview: Henry Jaglom's Latest, 'Just 45 Minutes From Broadway'

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  • October 8, 2012 10:01 PM
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Can actors ever be happy if they marry civilians? More than a question for gossip sites, that issue is also at the center of Henry Jaglom’s latest film, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, which gives is a whole family of actors – unconventional, unruly, amusing (to us if not to each other). As they gather in their upstate house, lunching under the trees and discussing the theater, the film’s obvious touchstone is Chekhov. The patriarch, who came up through Yiddish theater, invokes him reverently.

Oliver Platt and Allison Janney On Making 'The Oranges' Comic Yet Real

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  • October 3, 2012 9:15 AM
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In the fresh little film The Oranges, Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play the befuddled parents of a young woman (Leighton Meester) who successfully seduces her father’s best friend (played by Hugh Laurie). Yet somehow this is a comedy, thanks largely to Platt and Janney’s mastery as Terry and Carol Ostroff – he’s passionate about new gadgets, she is devoted to trying to bend her wild-child daughter to her will. Both react to their daughter’s love affair by being understandably outraged and comically flummoxed.

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