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

  • By Caryn James
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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.

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.

Lady Mary Meets Vic Mackey in Funny or Die Spoof

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  • January 3, 2014 10:33 PM
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Lady Mary is the kind of role that could stereotype an actress, but Michelle Dockery has the good sense to be making fun of her aristocratic counterpart already. In this Funny or Die spoof, she plays opposite Michael Chiklis in a pretend -- but painfully close to real -- new TNT crime series, Tough Justice.

'Downton Abbey,' Season 4: Bad Lines, Extra Melodrama, Still Irresistible

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 3, 2014 12:19 PM
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"Kiss me now!" says Lady Edith to her married beau, as they sit the middle of a restaurant. "Kiss me!" says Cora, Countess of Grantham to Lord Grantham as he heads off on a trip. "Kiss me!" says ... oh, at least a couple of other people in season 4 of Downton Abbey, as if writer and creator Julian Fellowes were intermittently channeling dialogue from some bad romance novel.

Fallon, Timberlake, McCartney and Madonna on Christmas SNL (Video)

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  • December 22, 2013 10:21 AM
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Jimmy Fallon hosted one of the best Saturday Night Live episodes of the season last night, with Justin Timberlake as virtual co-host, and an extravagant list of guests including Paul McCartney and Madonna.

Watch Joaquin Phoenix Break Up with Jimmy Fallon

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 12, 2013 10:02 AM
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How good an actor is Joaquin Phoenix? He plays a touchingly heart-broken, love-lorn ordinary guy in Spike Jonze' Her, yet we all suspect his real personality is closer to the bizarro performance art he displays on talk shows and the sort-of doc I'm Still Here. His conversation with Jimmy Fallon last night had a little bit of each.

Watch Jehane Noujaim, Director of 'The Square,' on 'The Daily Show'

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  • December 5, 2013 11:41 AM
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Netflix is releasing Jehane Noujaim's taut , smart, timely film The Square in January, but as she told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night, the film still cannot be shown in Egypt.

'The Returned': Zombies with Elan and Souls, Speaking French

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 29, 2013 8:30 AM
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The back-from-the-dead characters in Sundance Channel's smart, enthralling series The Returned have much more élan than your usual zombies – and not only because they speak French, although that helps. There's no lurching around, no corroded faces slipping away from the skull. These are flesh and blood people who have returned to their isolated mountain town years after they were dead and buried, resuming their existences where they left off, while time for others has moved on. Camille, 15 years old when her school bus crashed, walks back in the door one day with no idea of how she got there, only to find that her twin, Lena, is now 19.

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