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Caryn James

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.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Crazy-Good Golden Globes Hosts (Video)

  • By Caryn James
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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

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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.

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