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Lilyhammer: Take the Gun, Leave the Sheep's Head. Silvio Goes to Norway

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  • February 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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As Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, a mob guy who has crossed too many people, Steven Van Zandt looks and sounds exactly like Silvio Dante, his character from The Sopranos, right down to the giant pompadour and petulant lower lip. The similarity is intentional and for a short time a problem. There’s a reason secondary characters are secondary. Much as we love him, do we really want a whole series about Sil? But as soon as Lilyhammer makes its offbeat swerve, this new series really takes off. Frank rats out his boss and asks to be relocated to Lillehammer because he remembers it from the ’94 Olympics as the land of beautiful snow and beautiful women. Suddenly he’s Giovanni (“Call me Johnny”) Hendriksen, importing his tough-guy ethos to Norway, and Van Zandt convinces us we do want to see what happens to Silvio in the gentle land of snow. It’s not always so different from hunting down a victim in the Pine Barrens, but this victim is a wolf. Not a metaphorical wolf, an actual animal.

Newt Gingrich, Moon President: "May Divorce Be With You." (SNL Video)

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  • February 5, 2012 9:35 AM
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Last night’s SNL started off with the best sketch of the show: Newt Gingrich, President of the Moon, with cameos by Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Calista and a Reaganesque robot. (Everyone except host Channing Tatum.)

Lana Del Rey Snarks Back, Via Kristen Wiig (SNL Video)

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  • February 5, 2012 9:23 AM
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Channing Tatum did a pretty funny Matthew McConaughey impression in a not-so-funny sketch on SNL, and while he was a fine host overall the show didn’t really belong to him. All those sketches about his early stripper days became very one-note. But when the show turned away from Tatum, it took off. A highlight was Kristen Wiig as Lana Del Rey.

Ricky Gervais In Flames (Not The Kind He Promised): Golden Globes Television Review

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  • January 15, 2012 11:26 PM
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And just like that, the Golden Globes went back to being one more bloated, boring awards show. You could tell from the start when Ricky Gervais came out and began with a Kim Kardashian joke – really? so obvious? – and not even a funny one, counting off the ways she’s different from Kate Middleton. She’s louder, trashier, drunker ... sigh. He took swipes at NBC’s fourth place status among networks, which is so tired and so true it doesn’t qualify as edgy even though he was on NBC. And he did all this wearing a maroon tieless tux from somebody’s long-ago prom. OK, maybe that was ironic. Ugly but ironic.

Watch Jason Sudeikis As Ricky Gervais At The Golden Globes

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  • January 15, 2012 12:07 PM
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No,That’s not Ricky Gervais above, it’s Jason Sudeikis on SNL as the guy who will host The Golden Globes . . . as well as every other awards show, including local flower shows, dog shows and the BET awards, some much more successfully than others.

Watch Daniel Radcliffe As Casey Anthony's Dog

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  • January 15, 2012 11:56 AM
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The SNL writers didn’t do Daniel Radcliffe many favors, as he smiled his way through sketches that should have been funnier (like Harry Potter can’t stay away from Hogwarts). The best was totally unexpected: Radcliffe, deadpan on Weekend Update, as Casey Anthony’s scared-for-his-life dog.

From The Apocalypse to Twitter: Top Four Things To Watch For At The Golden Globes

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  • January 14, 2012 11:08 PM
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We could stretch it to more than four, but let’s stay focused. All ears, of course, will be on Ricky Gervais, as we wonder what he can possibly do to top his hilarious, irreverent turn as host last year. The first five minutes should tell.

Ricky Gervais Turns His Chest Into a Porn Site on Conan

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  • January 13, 2012 12:06 AM
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Ricky Gervais has been making the media rounds pumping up his Golden Globes appearance on Sunday, and has played it fairly safe while insisting he’s going to take risks as host. But when he appeared with Conan O’Brien, he went for the really risky stuff, turning his chest into – believe it or not – a porn site. You can catch it in this barely suitable for work segment.

Stephen Colbert Turns His Super PAC Over to Jon Stewart

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  • January 12, 2012 11:30 PM
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Would-be fake president Stephen Colbert – who has polled higher than Jon Huntsman in his native South Carolina – has been piling up money in his Super PAC. But now that he’s ready to form an explororatory committee for his campaign, he can’t legally run the PAC himself. (We know that Romney and Gingrich and all the others don’t coordinate with their PACs; that’s what they’ve said, so it must be true). What to do?

Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes Media Blitz

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 12, 2012 6:27 PM
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When Ricky Gervais comes back to host the Golden Globes on Sunday, there’s one thing he’ll be missing: the element of surprise. His acerbic digs were explosive last year because they created such unease in the room, a reaction very different from the easy laughter of all of us at home. Really, those stars were not prepared to laugh at themselves. But now they’re all in on the joke, ready – maybe they’ll even be honored – to be the target of a Gervais insult.

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