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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.”  

The Daily Show: The Republicans Are Like A Box Of Chocolates

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  • January 4, 2012 11:33 AM
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The compensation for post-vacation return to real life: new episodes of late night shows. None of them were at their best last night, with The Daily Show and Colbert Report suffering most from having taped before the Iowa Caucuses even started. Not that Mitt Romney’s squeaker win would have mattered much, but as Jon Stewart explained in a ghost-story voice, he didn’t have results because “I’m speaking to you from the past.”

Watch The Best Videos of 2011

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  • December 21, 2011 10:26 PM
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Like many of you, I’ll be taking some time off over Christmas weekend, but please come back to this post and spend an escapist minute or two with some of the funniest videos of the year, from Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon in a live-action “Ambiguously Gay Duo” to Ricky Gervais’ notorious, scathingly funny monologue at the Golden Globes. Remember when the world pretended that was a problem? Gervais, of course, has signed on to host again. (Yay!)

Mitt Romney Does Letterman's Top Ten

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  • December 20, 2011 9:10 AM
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David Letterman’s Top Ten List has become the place politicians go for damage control (remember Rick Perry’s Top Ten Excuses for his “I forgot” moment?), or to try so liven up a robotic image or revive a faltering campaign. The robotic and the faltering problems both apply to Mitt Romney, who last night delivered the “Top Ten Things Mitt Romney Would Like To Say To The American People.”  

Jude Law, Nicholas Cage and Jesus in the Non-Fallon SNL Sketches

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  • December 18, 2011 12:24 PM
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The Jimmy Fallon episode of SNL was terrific and crowded with guests, but he can’t do everything himself. There was room for some very funny non-Fallon sketches.

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