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Watch Alec Baldwin's Tracy Morgan Impression

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 6, 2011 1:35 AM
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Alec Baldwin is one of the best SNL hosts, and he brought some of that sketch style to Conan last night.

Batman Visits Steve Buscemi on SNL

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 4, 2011 12:00 PM
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If you want to see Steve Buscemi at his recent best, don’t miss him as the strangely sympathetic and charismatic crooked politician Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. (Preview tonight's tense, next-to-last episode of the season here.) But he had some good moments hosting SNL last night, in sketches that were more of a throwback to the weird-guy roles he has built his career on.

Preview Tonight's Tense Boardwalk Empire

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 4, 2011 1:26 AM
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All season, as I’ve talked to people about Boardwalk Empire, I’ve been surprised to find that it often leaves viewers cold – they don’t hate it, they’re just not engaged. (Not enough zombies?) I still find it the richest series on television, with the most believably layered, ethically challenged characters. Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson is a classic, a corrupt politician whose warm heart occasionally shines through. Do we doubt that he loves Margaret in his own peculiarly defensive way?   (As I said at the season’s start, they’re Tony and Carmela in the 20’s.)

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

  • By Caryn James
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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

  • By Caryn James
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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

  • By Caryn James
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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

  • By Caryn James
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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

  • By Caryn James
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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.

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