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Caryn James

It's Good To Be Shameless

  • By Caryn James
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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.

"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)

  • By Caryn James
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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.

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