Caryn James

Jimmy Fallon Channels James Taylor: "I've seen Romney, I've seen Bain."

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  • September 8, 2012 8:28 PM
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James Taylor wrote some enduring lines with:

'Side By Side': Watch Dunham, Gerwig And Others In Outtakes As Good As The Film

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  • September 1, 2012 9:30 AM
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Side By Side, the terrific, widely-praised documentary with interviews by one of its producers, Keanu Reeves, has been available On Demand for a few weeks and is has just opened in New York – an event that offers your very own counterpart to the movie’s unexpectedly fascinating debate about film vs. digital technology. Do you watch at home or go old-school and actually visit a theater?

Watch Clint Eastwood Talk to Invisible Obama at RNC

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  • August 30, 2012 11:19 PM
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There are no words . . . even Rachel Maddow was nearly stunned into silence at the end of Clint Eastwood's bizarre, rambling stand-up routine of a speech at the Republican National Convention. You can read a description - that Clint talked to an empty chair, pretending that President Obama was sitting there. But no description can prepare you for the odd reality of the cringe-worthy performance, part lame vaudeville comedy, part unintentional performance art. (In minutes, there was a Twitter account for "Invisible Obama.")

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm Campaign Against Lame Interviews

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  • July 27, 2012 1:28 PM
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Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm came together last night to fight a serious cultural blight: lame interview questions. How much longer should we have to endure actors swearing that they had the most fun ever making the movie, or directors who insist that every member of the cast was absolutely the first, dream choice? Please! Promoting their new film, 'The Campaign,' Ferrell and Galifianakis clearly have had enough.  Along with guest Jon Hamm, they staged an intervention and challenged Jon Stewart to stop the lazy questions. We are all grateful. (Although in real life Stewart is obviously not a major offender.)

Rush Limbaugh's Gift to Conan and Kimmel: The Bane-Bain Conspiracy (Video)

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  • July 19, 2012 12:32 PM
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For a while it seemed as if that ogre Rush Limbraugh had drained all the fun out of the Bane/Bain coincidence by taking it seriously, claiming that "The Dark Knight Rises" villain Bain was meant as a left-wing attack on Romney’s outsourcing, money-making company Bain. That idea, of course, is so ludicrous that it was quickly turned back on Limbaugh, who became the butt of late-night routines. Funny in spite of himself, he just can’t help handing comedians these gifts.

Upright Citizens Brigade Vets Romney's VP Choices (Video)

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  • July 16, 2012 9:15 AM
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For a blip of time last week, there was a flurry of Condi for Vice-President chatter – which was quickly shot down as a distracting Republican attempt at “Look over there! Not at the Romney Bain fiasco!”  But even if Condoleezza Rice isn’t going to be the next vice-president, Upright Citizens Brigade has been on the case with a very funny series of videos called “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps.”  And we know how much the McCain campaign could have used some vetting help.  

Watch Amy Poehler Answer Tumblr Questions On Sex, Music, Comedy

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  • June 27, 2012 9:30 AM
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When I interviewed Amy Poehler last week at the 92nd St. Y, she answered a few questions submitted  through Tumblr. And even if you’ve never wondered about what song she likes to make out to, or another secret about her husband, Will Arnett (famed for Arrested Development and now Up All Night) you’ll want to hear her answers. She started out in improv, of course, so it’s not surprising she was so funny in the moment.

Irreplaceable Andrew. Watch 'Andrew Sarris: Critic in Focus,' An Eloquent, Recent Short

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  • June 25, 2012 3:10 PM
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Andrew Sarris’ most recognizable influence may have been The American Cinema, the book that established the auteur theory’s importance. But it was his endlessly-searching intelligence that made him so vital to the last days of his wonderfully long career. The Andrew I knew as a critic and a friend -- and it was a great gift to have known him -- is visible in Andrew Sarris: Critic in Focus, a short by Casimir Nozkowski centered around an interview with Andrew in late 2010. As you’ll see, it captures his wit, warmth and generosity, the personal qualities that always shaped his writing. And it displays one of the essential qualities of a great critic -- he was fearless about revisiting movies and revising opinions, always looking for something new, ready to discover another favorite.

Jimmy Fallon And Friends Go to Downton Abbey (Video)

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  • April 13, 2012 9:00 AM
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Just when you’ve gotten through Downton Abbey withdrawal, here’s another parody to remind you of what’s missing from television: Jimmy Fallon and friends from Studio 6B give us Downton Sixbey. In the spirit of Jersey Floor, it sounds like a recurring Late Night series, which would be great (it will give Fallon a chance to work on a  consistent British accent). But this version is already fun for it guest appearances.

Can Tap Dancing Save Your Life? Whit Stillman On The Retro-Utopia of Damsels in Distress

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  • April 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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Once glance at Damsels in Distress reminds you that Whit Stillman is a true original. This delicious, sharp, sometimes daffy film give us a benign coven of flower-named college students - Violet, Lily, Rose and Heather – in a story that is technically set in the present but actually exists in a pastel-colored throwback to an earlier era when even students were well-dressed and polite (except for those clods at the Roman-letter, rather than Greek,  fraternity; one of them can’t even name colors, but that’s what higher education is for).

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