Caryn James

Angelina Jolie Smartly Promotes "Blood and Honey" on 60 Minutes

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  • November 28, 2011 12:39 AM
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If you missed Bob Simon's exceeeeeedingly polite interview with Angelina Jolie on 60 Minutes, watch it here. All week CBS had been teasing the piece with a snippet in which Jolie recalled her wild, "dark" days and said she was lucky she hadn't died. Did Simon press her on that? He very courteously asked her to be more specific and she declined. OK. On one side is lurid TMZ, on the other courtly 60 Minutes, in between is a real interview we'll never get. Still, there's a reason to watch. 

SNL's Mitt Romney: Raw and Unleashed

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  • November 20, 2011 3:10 PM
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With Romney the default Republican candidate, the impressions of him are piling up. Jason Sudeikis’ needs some work (so far Jimmy Fallon and his glistening Romney wig are in the lead) but this SNL sketch with Romney  trying desperately to be edgy – yes, he wears a leather jacket – is a shrewd take on political consultants.

Martin Scorsese and Jon Stewart: Thomas Edison Invented Movie Piracy

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  • November 18, 2011 9:15 AM
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Martin Scorsese talked to Jon Stewart last night about Hugo – a truly magical film about a boy and the love of movies. And, as Stewart pointed out, a film with a much lower body count than he expected from Scorsese.

TV's Big Interviews: Giffords and Husband, Cain's Deluded Wife, Penn State's Scandal

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  • November 14, 2011 11:47 PM
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You needed more than one DVR to keep track of the three high-profile interviews appearing at the same time last night, each irresistible for wildly different reasons, each dramatic enough to sound like a long-running series. There was Gabrielle Gifffords’ remarkable, touchingly partial recovery shown in all its tough reality and hope, as she and her husband, Mark Kelly, talked to Diane Sawyer on ABC’s 20/20. Meanwhile, loyal Gloria Cain appeared with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News to deny those sexual-harassment charges against her husband, Herman. And NBC’s magazine Rock Center had its first major coup with the kind of interview that makes you want to scream and run as much as watch: Bob Costas did a tough, stomach-churning phone interview with Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach accused of molesting small boys amid a devastating university coverup.

Emma Stone And The Devil On SNL

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  • November 13, 2011 12:43 PM
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In her second appearance as SNL host, Emma Stone proved that her great performance last time was no fluke. She's funny, game, not locked into her own image. The best sketch from last night's show didn't take her far from what might have been one of her movie roles, though, as office workers have a good cry over the Adele song "Someone Like You."  You can watch it at the SNL site; keep an eye out for Coldplay. NBC isn't allowing embeds for the "Sad Song" sketch, but it is for the night's other highlight: Jason Sudeikis as the Devil, horrified at the Penn State scandal. Take a look:

Jimmy Fallon's New Political Ads, Beyond Perry's Brain Melt

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  • November 11, 2011 1:25 AM
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Jimmy Fallon revealed a new crop of Republican campaign ads last night, just in time to take advantage of Rick Perry's brain-fail. Or, as Fallon put it in his monlogue, "Turned out that George Bush was the smart Texas governor." His forgetful Perry and cash-poor Michele Bachmann are fun, but the sharpest is his dead-on, already hilarious Mitt Romney impression. The non-Fallon Herman Cain ad is pretty shrewd too.

Rick Perry Delivers Top Ten Excuses on Letterman

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  • November 10, 2011 8:41 PM
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What a difference a brain-freeze makes. Yesterday's news was all about Herman Cain, but after Rick Perry couldn't remember all three of the federal agencies he wants to abolish during last night's Republican debate, he became the big political story for reasons consultants dread. As Perry said in explaining himself: "Oops!" Tonight as part of his damage-control tour (good luck with that), he appeared on Late Show With David Letterman to deliver his Top Ten Excuses.

Jon Stewart's Take: More From the Herman Cain Files

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  • November 8, 2011 2:47 AM
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Jimmy Kimmel may have been the only late-night host with Herman Cain as his guest last night, but he wasn't the only one with Cain in his sights. Take a look at Jon Stewart's typically ultra-smart take.

Jimmy Kimmel's Wily Interview With Herman Cain

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  • November 8, 2011 2:19 AM
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The Jimmy Kimmel Live writers and producers are now officially among the smartest around. With Herman Cain as a guest on the very day a fourth woman, Sharon Bialek, took the spotlight to accuse him of sexual harassment, Kimmel leapt in with Cain jokes during his monologue. First he called Cain “the latest cast-off of Dancing With the Stars,” then corrected himself: “That’s a joke from next year.” That sounds pretty close to true.

Herman Cain On Jimmy Kimmel Tonight (Go Jimmy!)

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  • November 7, 2011 5:15 PM
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Remember when Sarah Palin went into that Katie Couric interview expecting softball Mom questions, and came out in tatters? Well, OK “ What papers do you read?” really was a softball question for a vice-presidential candidate, but Palin was in shreds by the end anyway. And tonight, presidential candidate Herman Cain - who has moved from Godfather’s Pizza to The Campaign That Couldn’t Shoot Straight - is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live, even while those sexual harassment accusations and murky, non-disclosure settlements are swirling around him. Laugh if you want to, but as Palin discovered, it is a mistake to underestimate your interviewer.

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