Caryn James

"You Gotcha!": Andy Samberg Plays Sarah Palin (Video)

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  • March 11, 2012 11:12 AM
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There are Sarah Palin impersonations eerily close to reality: Tina Fey’s instant-classic comic version, and Julianne Moore’s dramatic one in the current HBO film Game Change. Then there’s Andy Samberg’s Sarah, unveiled on SNL.

Game Change: Julianne Moore, Sarah Palin and Lamebrain Politics

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  • March 7, 2012 8:45 AM
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Sarah Palin can whine all she wants, but no reasonable person believes that the creators of Game Change went out of their way to make her look shallow and ridiculous – she didn’t need any help with that. But the HBO film will certainly play better to people who see Palin as a blight on politics. This behind-the-scenes dramatization of her abrupt choice and disastrous campaign as John McCain’s running mate is a fast, smart and totally enjoyable tragi-comedy. Julianne Moore is an impressive Palin clone, right down to her confident walk and wave. But Game Change is also a cynical (if all too obvious) cautionary tale about the bubble-headed way elections work today. Palin just happens to be the best example we have.  

Best Housewives Yet: Real Housewives of Disney (Video)

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  • March 4, 2012 12:17 PM
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Lindsay Lohan hosted SNL last night and the less said about that the better. Was Lorne Michaels trying to do her a favor? Or latch onto tabloid hype? Either way, it felt like punishment for us, with a couple of exceptions. Jon Hamm showed up in a couple of great short cameos: one as the back-up host sitting in the audience; another pretending to be in love with Snooki, played by Bobby Moynihan on Weekend Update.

Still More Kimmel's Making the Movie: Scorsese in Black and White

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  • March 2, 2012 10:27 AM
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Every producer knows you’re not through until you have drained all the possible behind-the-scenes extras for the DVD; same for Jimmy Kimmel’s parody trailer Movie: The Movie. The third installment was on his prime-time special last night, and he saved some of the best for last, including a short supposedly directed by George Clooney, starring Martin Scorsese in black and white. (Wonder what they’re making fun of.)

Russell Brand, Jon Stewart, Eddie Izzard In Free, Live-Streamed Secret Policeman's Ball

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  • March 2, 2012 9:00 AM
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Jon Stewart, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Coldplay, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd – that’s just part of the crazy-long list of performers who will be on stage at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday for the first U.S. version of The Secret Policeman’s Ball, the long-running, usually raucous and hilariously raw benefit in Britain for Amnesty International. The show will be on the EPIX channel and – even better – live-streamed free by EPIX so everyone can watch on-line.

George Clooney, Behind The Scenes of Kimmel’s Movie: The Movie

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  • February 28, 2012 9:53 AM
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If you missed Jimmy Kimmel’s star-filled parody Movie: The Movie, catch it here.  And if you want the behind-the-scenes scoop, watch the latest addition to the franchise, the Making Of ... featurette. Here are George Clooney, Tom Hanks and many more analyzing their craft.

Oprah Visits Kimmel: "Book Club Fight Club" And Other New Series (Video)

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  • February 27, 2012 1:01 PM
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When Oprah was Jimmy Kimmel’s guest on his Post-Oscar show, she didn’t just turn up to promote her network, OWN. She got advice from Kimmel, who in this short film suggests several new shows to boost OWN’s ratings, including Book Club Fight Club. In their interview, Oprah said she wants to act more, and this is a pretty good start if she wants to do comedy.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar-Worthy Parody "Movie: The Movie"

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  • February 27, 2012 2:08 AM
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If the Oscar show was all about safety and nostalgia, Jimmy Kimmel’s Post-Oscar special proves what movies are really about: big-name stars, silly plots, endless promotion. Kimmel got some of the biggest stars and plenty of Oscar winners and nominees to join in his parody trailer for Movie: The Movie. There’s George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks as RoboLawyer, Gary Oldman as a Centaur, Gabourey Sidibe as Black Hitler, Matt Damon as a bunch of grapes and much more.

Oscar Review: Awards As Bland As Oatmeal

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  • February 27, 2012 12:28 AM
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Well don’t James Franco and Anne Hathaway look better now? Last year’s Oscar show may have been a headlong collision, but at least a crash has curiosity value. This year’s show was as lively and colorful as cold oatmeal. You know it’s a dull show when even the Best Dead People “In Memoriam” sequence is chilly, unemotional and flat.

Uggie Predicts the Oscars On Jimmy Kimmel Live (UPDATED)

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  • February 23, 2012 9:30 AM
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Predicting the Oscars while sitting in New York is possible, but probably not the best way to guess – it’s like covering the Republican primaries through the media without ever setting foot in a caucus state. You can do it, but someone who has more contact with the locals may have an edge. So we might as well trust Uggie’s Oscar predictions. That silent-film but surely French-accented dog from The Artist has gone Hollywood for awards season, and has been predicting the Oscars every night this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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