Caryn James

Obama With Fallon: The Prez Slow Jams The News

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  • April 25, 2012 2:06 AM
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President Obama had a clear political agenda in visiting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on the road at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: reaching out to young voters and more specifically lobbying against a Congressional threat to increase interest on student loans. But how cool is it that he slow-jammed the news, a Late Night feature that seems surreal enough when Brian Williams does it?

Where Even The Spoons Are Political: "Veep" and "Scandal" Do D.C. For TV

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  • April 17, 2012 11:51 AM
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“We live in a culture now where it’s almost like we are used to being lied to,” Julia Louis-Dreyfuss said in a recent New York Times Magazine piece about her HBO series Veep – to which any thinking person can only respond, “ALMOST?”  (Or hope that she delivered that line with more irony than the profile made it sound.)

Steven Spielberg's Latest: Laser Cats 7 (SNL Video)

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  • April 15, 2012 10:34 AM
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Steven Spielberg played himself in an SNL Digital Short last night, as the ostensible director of the latest installment of Laser Cats  -- the low-tech, sci-fi series with Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, a perfect franchise for a guy obsessed with space aliens. Although the Spielberg alter ego called attention to what he crowingly called his “Hitchcockian cameo” in the film, the real homages were to E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park.

Jon Stewart on Easter Vs. Passover (Video)

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  • April 10, 2012 11:03 AM
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It’s not called the Judeo-Christian tradition for nothing, but in the spring holiday face-off the two sides of that equation are not equally fun. Jon Stewart calls on his own team, the Jewish side, to step it up, as he said, because when it comes to magic, Invisible Elijah is no match for a rabbit who brings chocolate eggs. His rejoinder to the Easter Bunny? Passover Pete, a lion who comes bearing pizza.

Sofia Vergara Promos SNL With (Really!) Jokes About Her Accent

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  • April 4, 2012 4:15 PM
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Sofia Vergara breaks away from Modern Family to host SNL this Saturday. She’s game and funny, but if the show doesn't go beyond easy, obvious accent-jokes there’ll be a lot of ’splainin to do.

"The Killing" Returns: Can You Forgive It?

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  • April 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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If you’re going to watch season 2 of The Killing – and based on tonight’s premiere I recommend you should - you just have to say “All is forgiven” about the season 1 finale, which pointedly did not tell us who killed Rosie Larsen. You will not find out tonight either, or for a long time to come; the producers have promised to reveal the killer late in the season. So relax and enjoy what The Killing does best: engage us, even more deeply this season, in  Det. Sarah Linden’s (the powerfully restrained Mireille Enos) personal obsessions and fraught relationship with her adolescent son, Jack. Here's a question (no answer below, just the question) you will have answered tonight:

Stay Classy, Anchorman: Watch Will Ferrell Announce The Sequel On Conan

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  • March 29, 2012 12:12 AM
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Ron Burgundy – aka Will Ferrell - stopped by Conan O’Brien’s show last night to officially announce that Anchorman 2 has a greenlight. The sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, was once intended for Broadway, but will appear on screen after all, reportedly with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, who played Burgundy’s partners in action-news.

It's Good To Be Shameless

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  • March 28, 2012 9:00 AM
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There is a hilarious, clever new expletive in the Leslye Headland’s Sundance film Bachelorette: “Jesus H. Macy!” I don’t think she meant it this way, but there is truly something miraculous about William H. Macy’s performance in Shameless as Frank Gallagher, the drunken, ne-er-do-well and improbably likable father of six. Throughout season two, which has its finale on Showtime this Sunday, this dazzling black comedy laced with emotional drama has grown both stronger and truer to itself.

Watch Jon Hamm, All Wet With Jimmy Fallon For Mad Men Return

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  • March 21, 2012 11:15 AM
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There has been an avalanche of hype and a little hand-wringing about the season premiere of Mad Men on Sunday. (Brief review: it’s good and answers some cliff-hanging questions in a flash.) But don’t let his amazing performance as Don Draper obscure the fact that Jon Hamm is a very funny guy, as we know from his appearances on SNL. Last night, he and Jimmy Fallon has a water war that redfines silliness.

Will Ferrell Visits Jimmy Kimmel, En (Broken) Espagnol

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  • March 14, 2012 11:24 AM
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Whatever Casa de Mi Padre turns out to be – and it looks promising – Will Ferrell hasn’t fallen into the trap of promoting it with the same familiar answers on every talk show around. He has promoted it with different comic routines on every talk show around. The movie is a spoof of spaghetti Westerns, with the absurdist twist that it is made entirely in Spanish. To promote it on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ferrell and Kimmel did their whole interview in intentionally mangled Spanish – at least that’s what the subtitles told me.

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