Caryn James

'Mad Men' Preview: The Sense of an Ending

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  • April 12, 2014 7:28 PM
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Given everything we know about Mad Men -- that its final season is about to start, that its main characters have been in a constant state of emotional torture lately -- it's no surprise that by the end of Sunday's new episode one character is in a puddle of tears on the floor.

The Bright Side of the Death on 'The Good Wife'

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  • March 24, 2014 1:47 AM
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If you're on-line reading this, I don't see how you could possibly have missed hearing about the surprise death on last night's The Good Wife, but just so we're clear: there are spoilers here. (Happy now?)

Watch Sylvain Chomet's Very French 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

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  • March 6, 2014 2:51 PM
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Just in time for this year's rich edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, created this delightful opening couch gag for Sunday's episode of The Simpsons.

'Late Night with Seth Meyers,' My New Favorite Show

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  • February 25, 2014 10:13 AM
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Late Night with Seth Meyers was the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and Meyers is an ideal host, with a sharply satirical wit yet plenty of personal warmth.

Will Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Show Be Derailed by His "I Hate Woody" Fame?

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  • February 24, 2014 3:29 PM
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Ronan Farrow began his new MSNBC show today by saying, "I grew up watching the greats of TV news," then delivered his wry list of "Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert." He wasn't really kidding, because Ronan Farrow Daily is all about trying to channel his generation. At a glance the show wasn't rocky; it was flat and safe, which might be worse.

Will Ferrell Skates to 'Downton Abbey' Theme (Video)

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  • February 21, 2014 11:27 AM
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Who needs the real Olympics when you have Will Ferrell? Here he is from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, doing a figure-skating routine that might have been, choreographed to the theme from Downton Abbey.

Jimmy Fallon's Beta 'Tonight Show' (Review & Video)

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  • February 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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If you want a sense of what Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will be, look at his guest list. The first episodes feel like a soft launch.

'The Monuments Men' Cast On Jimmy Kimmel: Matt Damon and Bill Murray Steal the Show

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  • February 7, 2014 4:32 PM
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The cast of George Clooney's The Monuments Men have been everywhere lately, promoting a film that will need all their high-profile popularity to lure viewers in. Critics have rejected it. It is very rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. I found the World War II adventure about recovered art strangely flat. (You can read my review here.)

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.

Stephen Colbert's Book Club Takes on Hemingway (Video)

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  • January 22, 2014 12:18 PM
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Ernest Hemingway – genius writer or macho cliche? Or both? Stephen Colbert's latest installment of The Colbert Book Club, lovingly and admittedly stolen from Oprah, lets you choose, as the host puts on a safari jacket, holds a gun and swigs from a wineskin while pretending to have read A Farewell to Arms.

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