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Caryn James

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

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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.

Watch Daniel Radcliffe's SNL Promos

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  • January 11, 2012 11:42 AM
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Daniel Radcliffe hosts Saturday Night Live this week. He has already proven he can do more than be Harry Potter – he may not be brilliant at singing or dancing but he’s game and charismatic, and he was the only good thing in the creaky Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

Watch Cranky George Lucas On The Daily Show

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  • January 10, 2012 12:57 PM
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George Lucas had some cranky – but not wrong – things to say about the difficulties of mainstream distribution on The Daily Show last night. He showed up to promote Red Tails, a film about black fliers during World War II that he produced and financed and, he says, had been trying unsuccessfully to get studios interested in for years. Stewart, speaking for most of us, was kind of incredulous – George Lucas can’t get something out there?  - but Lucas, with some wit yet still in cranky-geezer mode, is worth hearing.  

Paradise Lost 3 Comes to HBO

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  • January 10, 2012 12:06 PM
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When Paradise Lost 3 premieres on HBO on Thursday, it will be the same smart, cogent doc that was shown at the New York Film Festival last fall: the absorbing story of the West Memphis 3, who were wrongly accused of murder as teenagers and recently freed after nearly 20 years in prison. But now the film arrives shadowed by some unexpected competition: the documentary West of Memphis, produced by Peter Jackson and his wife and partner Fran Walsh. Even more interestingly, producer credits also go to Damien Echols, the West Memphis teenager had been sentenced to death, and his wife, Lorri Davis.

Watch The New Oscar Trailer: The Search For Billy Crystal

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  • January 5, 2012 9:10 PM
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The Academy has released its first promo for the reconstituted Oscar show, a spot in which Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox, with some help from Robin Williams, trek halfway across the world to find once-and-future host Billly Crystal.

Don Cheadle In House of Lies On Showtime Free Weekend

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  • January 5, 2012 8:30 PM
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Showtime’s best series don’t have much room for the warm and fuzzies – that’s one thing I like about them, from The Borgias and Homeland (both returning for second seasons, The Borgias sooner and Homeland later) to dark comedies like Shameless, which begins its second season on Sunday. Premiering after Shameless is the new House of Lies, with Don Cheadle as a high-powered management consultant so cynical and manipulative he makes the series’ title sound understated. You can see both shows and sample other series and films during the free Showtime weekend, from Friday through Sunday.

Downton Abbey: Does Mary Get Matthew, And Will Patton Oswalt Tweet?

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  • January 5, 2012 9:01 AM
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It took a costume drama about nose-in-the-air aristocrats to give PBS pop-culture traction. But just before New Year’s, there was Patton Oswalt catching up with season 1 and  practically swooning as he Tweeted with arch wit but no irony, “Oh DOWNTON ABBEY, how have I only just now seen your 1st episode? I'm as besotted as a vicar at a crumpet orgy!” And,  confessing his attachment to Lord Grantham’s feminist daughter, his unlikely sex symbol of a valet and the household’s proper but deeply humane butler, he admitted,  “I  now have a lust-crush on Lady Sybil, a man-crush on Bates and a scorching butler-crush on Mr. Carson.”  

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