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Caryn James

Dog Wars: Scorsese Defends Blackie

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 1, 2012 12:48 PM
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I’m not a dog person, so I don’t really have an animal in this fight. But I have to agree with the Uggie backlash, which took off when Christopher Plummer pointed out – quite rightly I think – that Cosmo from Beginners is a much cuter dog. Now Martin Scorsese is getting into the act, defending Blackie from Hugo on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Top Oscar Surprises: Gary Oldman and Demian Who?

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 24, 2012 10:41 AM
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The awards season zooms ahead now that the Oscar nominations have been announced. What didn’t we see coming? And what were those voters thinking? Never mind; a pointless question. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises and how they change the race.

Coriolanus Opens and Ralph Fiennes Has a Pillow Fight With Andy Cohen

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 20, 2012 11:31 AM
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Publicizing a film makes for very strange sleepovers. Ralph Fiennes’ stunning modern-day version of Coriolanus – which Fiennes directed and stars in – arrives in theaters today after a brief awards-qualifying run in December. Set in a country resembling Serbia during the war, with Fiennes as the prickly and ambiguous military hero Coriolanus, the Shakespearean high drama is fraught with topical issues including political ambition and pandering, loyalty and betrayal of family and country - so I can’t really explain why Fiennes’ promotion included turning up on Andy Cohen’s cocktail-infused talk show Watch What Happens Live on pajama night. It was last night’s stunt show in which Cohen and guests Fiennes and Holly Hunter all wore pjs and animal slippers, and ended up having a raucous pillow fight.

Watch the Enticing Trailer for Keanu Reeves' New Documentary (UPDATED)

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 17, 2012 11:30 PM
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UPDATE: In a great, forward-looking match, Tribeca Film has just acquired Side By Side, and plans a summer release.

Best Films of 2011

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 19, 2011 9:21 PM
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If there were ever a year to be wimpy and declare a tie, this would have been it: choosing between my Number 1 and Number 2 films was just silly. One is big, the other smaller; both are ambitious and perfectly made, but in wildly different ways. I adore them both.

Ralph Fiennes Talks About Directing Coriolanus (Video Interview)

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 23, 2011 10:59 AM
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Ralph Fiennes’ career has taken him from the swoon-inducing romantic hero of The English Patient to noseless Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. Now, in his fierce, accomplished first film as director, he has extended his range again with a topical, centuries-old political drama: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, in which he plays the thorny title character, a war-hero turned candidate for office.

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